ThiruKarthigai 2014/ Recipe

Karthigai 2014

2010 karthigai
2010 karthigai

It is celebrated in a special manner in Thiruvannamalai(Southern Part of India). Lord Shiva asks Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to find out the exact location of his head and his feet. Since Lord Shiva takesย  a gigantic form, they are not able to find out anywhere. Then Lord Shiva takes the form ofย  a jyothi (light of fire) on the hill of Thiruvannamali. Therefore, this festival is also known as Annamalai Deepam. Here, a special torch is lighted on the zenith of the hill and it is believed that Lord Shiva’s
jothi will be visible on this day.

Lord Muruga took the form of six babies in a lake called “Saravana Poigai”. On this day, all his six forms were united by Parvathi(his mother) and this way, he had six faces. Special poojas are performed to Lord Muruga.

On this day, people clean the houses. In the evening, they draw kolams (rangoli) in the front of the house and also place some lamps on it. The lamps(Agal) are placed in the pooja and lighted. Then the Deeparathana is done in which the lamps are moved to different places in the house. The lamps glow all over the streets on this day. The lamps are arranged near the doors and windows and also in the balconies. In this way, people of Tamil Nadu celebrate Kaarthigai Deepam for three days.
Kaarthigai Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the Tamil month of Kaarthigai. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Kaarthigai month which coincides with Krithikai star. It is celebrated in a special manner in Thiruvannamalai. Lord Shiva asks Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to find out the exact location of his head and his feet. Since Lord Shiva takes a gigantic form, they are not able to find out anywhere. Then Lord Shiva takes the form of a jyothi (light of fire) on the hill of Thiruvannamali. Therefore, this festival is also known as Annamalai Deepam. Here, a special torch is lighted on the zenith of the hill and it is believed that Lord Shiva’s jothi will be visible on this day. Lord Muruga took the form of six babies in a lake called “Saravana Poigai”. On this day, all his six forms were united by Parvathi(his mother) and this way, he had six faces. Special poojas are performed to Lord Muruga. On this day, people clean the houses. In the evening, they draw kolams (rangoli) in the front of the house and also place some lamps on it. The lamps(Agal) are placed in the pooja and lighted. Then the Deeparathana is done in which the lamps are moved to different places in the house. The lamps glow all over the streets on this day. The lamps are arranged near the doors and windows and also in the balconies. In this way, people of Tamil Nadu celebrate Kaarthigai Deepam for three days.

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Knowledge Sharing of my views on this festival:

In North India,they celebrate “Diwali” as Celebration of Lights.But, whereas
In Southern Part, they have a separate festival called “Karthigai” Which usually
falls in between Nov-December in the tamil month of “Karthigai”. This festival is especially for lighting agal vilakkus(made of clay) rather decorating our home with natural decoration of lights from entrance to backyard. Lots of people who work with clay get an opprtunity to sell their wonderful clay lights in different form n structure. It would be great witnessing those things!! Also this festival is celebrated in the evening time only. Then, coming to delicacies which is the important part of any festival-Another part of sellers who have a good time is grain sellers.. Commonly it is called as “Pori” which is white in color. It is of 2 different forms.
1. “Ner” pori
2. “Aval” pori

The difference between both the poris is that aval pori is little thinner than
ner pori.

So, we commonly say it as for karthigai – “Pori Urundais” are famous Which is prepared with jaggery and tit bits of coconut. Then Nei Appam. This time i prepared a simple porridge with milk n rice.

Milk Porridge with Rice flakes:

Ingredients:

A handful of rice
Milk – 2 cups
Sugar- According to taste
cashew n raisins -5 no.s
Elaichi -5
Coconut milk (optional)

Method:
1.Soaked the rice for half hr or so.. Then grinded it in the mixie!
2.keep a wide open vessel and switch on the stove.
3. Pour the milk and then grinded rice flakes.
4. Allow it to boil. Takes 5 mins or so!!
5. After it’s fully boiled, add required amt of sugar to taste/add coconut milk also for taste.
6. Then after sugar gets dissolved, just mix it n switch off the stove!

Finally add cashews, raisins n elaichi!!

Now, it is time to serve!

Porridge
Porridge

Have had wonderful memories of this festival.Love lighting so many lamps. Wishing You all a very happy karthigai!! Good time munching ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, this celebrated in a grand manner in a place called “Thiruvannamalai”- Southern part of India. The sivan temple is very famous there. A must visit place. Have gone many time “girivalams” in that temple..Lovable time n memories!!!

Also, we celebrate this festival for 3 days in southern india since we dedicate each day to different type of theepam names
1. Barani deepam
2. Annamalai deepam (Thiruvannamalai)
3. Sarvalaya Deepam.

2014 karthigai
2014 karthigai

People celebrate according to which deepam they belong to!! Depends on their Hierarchy…

Due to airy atmosphere, lamps did not stand for a long time. felt bad that inspite of lighting so many lamps was able to take a single pic only this year.

Happy Evening Folks!!

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8 thoughts on “ThiruKarthigai 2014/ Recipe”

  1. In this fast paced age, these festivals offer us to spend time quality time together sharing the pleasantries and the sweets & dishes…. (we bought pori urundai from Grand sweets while mom (aged 70+) made arisi pori and aval pori urundai herself. needles to mention it was tasting greatttt….)

    On this occasion, I also wish our hindu religious leaders leave their status, banda behind and mingle and merge with common people setting an example themselves to prove the world, caste, colour and creed make no difference and only the values make the difference and do their bit for the society. Whereas, our religious leaders and gurus are only interested in living life `king size’…. (if one has to go by how extravagant these ashrams are and what life these so called `gurudevs’ live)

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