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Friday, September 23, 2011

Navrathiri celebration in Detail part 2

This is the second part with the menu for the SUNDAL and SWEETS  to be prepared on all 9 days. The flowers to use for the pooja. There is no hard and fast rule, flowers can be whatever is available at your door steps.

Starting from Wednesday  this year ....

    WED :  Sweet is AKKARA VADISAL  made of rice , ghee and sugar.

               Sundal  - green moong or pachcha payaru 

                Flower  -  Marik kozhundu [ green color ] 
  THURSDAY :  Sweet is  Chana dal, coconut, jaggery, ghee 
                            jaggery , poha or aval  with ghee.            
                           Sundal  -  Kabuli chana

                            Flower  -     Yellow flower like saamandi. 

   FRIDAY :   Sundal  -  White peas,  vellai pattaani

                                        Coconut rice 

                         Flower  -    Lotus

SATURDAY : Sundal - Desi chana or  karuppu 'konda kadalai'
                                          Tamarind rice / til-   karuppu yellu rice 

                        Flower -    Blue color     neela sampangi.

SUNDAY:  Sundal  - Mochchai sundal

                                   Urad dal vadai


                     Flower- Red color like rose.....

MONDAY: Sundal   -   White karamani [ cow pea]    

                             Kadamba saadam [ mixed vegetable rice without onion                               garlic and spices]

                            Kalkandu baath [ diamond sugar]  with cooked rice                                               elaichi , ghee and cashew nuts 

                           Flower -  White flowers like lily, jasmine mogra, 
TUESDAY         Sundal - red karamani  [ which we use for karadaiyan nonbu kara adai. 

                      Puttu or  Moong dal payasam 

                        Flower - Arali 

Generally if one is karam the other can be sweet . 
One is the general pooja neyvediyam the other for the golu neyvediyam . 
Saraswathi Pooja:

The documents to be kept in pooja are : 

mark sheets,
house documents ,
vehicle documents
policies of all types,
investment papers/ RD/FD  receipts,
bank passbooks, cheque books ,
appointment letters/employment files,
birth certificates / passports,
students notebooks and books,
stationery items,
pen drives,


photo courtesy to my grand nephew  Mr. Dhiraj Vishy who took pains to upload the photos for me ,thanks alot Dhiraj.

1 comment:

  1. How to keep Golu? We get readymade metal stands for keeping 3,5,7,9 steps; as tradition, this to be started on full moon day; starting from Kalasam (as per family custom), marapatchi (Bangalore/Tirupathi-one can get beautiful decorated black wooden dolls), we can arrange golu; From top to bottom-Gods, Avatars of God, different types of poojas-Tulsi pooja, lakshmipooja, Garuda sevai, Naga pooja, pradosha pooja, we get many sets these days to suit our needs/purse; then come Acaryas-Adi sankara, Vivekananda, Shridi Baba, Raghavendra, etc., Gandhi, Meera, Buddha, and other prominent leaders can be placed next; then, agriculture related sets; cricket set; kalyanam set; panchathanthra stories; latest themes-you may add Anna Hazare, also; then comes Chettiar and Chettiyarama-trade and business; park; swimming pool; traffic signals-road safety & importance; a small prayer with meaning(may be changed everyday); and finally with animals/birds. One should be enlightened that from insects, birds, animals, human, acharya we elevate step by step and reach the God's feet (Jeevathama reaching Paramathma). You may tell the stories to children who are visiting your Golu; as the joint family concept slowly taking backseat and no grandparents around in many nucleus families, our younder generation not knowing any of our traditions, cultures, but glued to the TV with Pogo and Cartoons-would definitely enjoy our new set of purnams and stories-thus making two-in-one-story and the message behind each ritual. We have to educate our younger generation these values, which was given to us by our grandparents and see that it goes on and on. India known for its rich traditions and more so South India with much more customs and values, it is our duty to take this to our children and Pongal, Varalakshmi Vridham, Krishna Jenmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Dasera, Diwali, Karthigai Deepam, Vishu, etc., are the festivals which are connected with richest heritage, tradition, seasonal agri produce, essential food supplements (today's children ask many details with scientific backup!!)and more than anything, the abundant happiness in celebrating the festivities with near and dear, enquiring each other and exchanging pleasantries with friends and others, Mera Bharath Mahan!!!! Jai Hind!