Diwali 2017-Festival beyond…….

 

 

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candleThis is a festival celebrated by all beyond caste, creed or religion… This shows our country’s diversified nature..

“Diwali” – festival¬† is known as “Festival of Lights”… In north, people would light lamps would be grand looking the house full of lamps lit… And in evening, they would do Lakshmi pooja…. And I had been a great witness to the celebration in north india at the time of Diwali….. my golden days of 2007…
Moreover, there are many aspects on why this festival is celebrated in a grand way by all the hindus across the globe…
Diwali in religious sense is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for different reasons. Let me put forth few of the reasons based on each religion. First if we take Hinduism there are about ten interpretations on the history of Diwali. However most of the interpretations have its roots on God Vishnu, his avatars and Goddess Lakshmi. According to Hinduism Lord Vishnu is the God who protects. As per Hindu scriptures he has taken ten avatars to protect this earth namely (let me use simple terms for everyone’s understanding) fish, tortoise, boar, half human half lion, dwarf(vamana), Parasurama (angry sage with axe), Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Buddha and Kalki.
Let me state a few important historical interpretations of deepavali on the perspective of Hindu mythology.
1.Diwali is considered the day when Lord Rama killed Ravana.
2.Diwali is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna killed Narakasura who was the king of the demons or asuras.
3.Third interpretation is this day was celebrated as the day where Vishnu in vamana avatar helped Goddess Lakshmi from being a prisoner. This may be one of the reason why Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during diwali.
4.Fourth interpretation is on this auspicious day Pandavas returned back home after being banished by gauravas.
Apart from Hinduism this day is celebrated as the day in which King Vikramaditya known to be one of the greatest kings in Indian history was crowned to rule our land. Sikhs celebrate this day because it was on this day of festival the first stone of golden temple was laid, moreover on this day the famous sikh guru Harogobind got released from imprisonment. Jains celebrate this day that marks the achievement of nirvana by Mahavir.
Diwali traditions based on religions
Now that we know how diwali came into existence we shall see how Indians celebrate diwali. Diwali is known to be celebrated for around two to four days in most parts of India especially in south. Wheres in north India there is continuous festivity for around five days. Deepavali in south India mostly includes two important celebrations one is deepavali and second is lakshmi puja. The first day i.e., deepavali includes usual festival celebrations which we would see below and the second day i.e., lakshmi puja is puja to goddess of wealth with fasting and prayers. In north diwali is celebrated elaborately for five days each day has its own significance. The first day is called Danteras (worship for wealth to goddess Lakshmi, second day is small (choti) diwali ( marks lord Krishna killing narakasura), third day is Bigger diwali (emphasizing lord Rama killing Ravan), fourth day is Govardhan pooja, fifth is karthika(lighting lamps). Each of these celebration involves prayers, sacrificing food to God, flower and deepa adorations to God.

Sikh celebrate Diwali as Bandi chhorarh divas as a day where guru Harogobind was released from prison and also as the day of commencement of building golden temple in Amristar. On this auspicious day Sikhs would get together to get the blessings of Guru at the temple. Amristar golden temple would be filled by devotees on this day. This days marks significance for Jains for they consider Mahavir to have attained the supreme state called as Nirvana. During Diwali Jains have midnight prayer that extends till day time and they worship earnestly reading the Jain scriptures. These type of Jain diwali celebrations can be witnessed in Gujarat. It is said that Buddists too celebrate diwali as a day where king Ashoka became a buddist. It is important to mention that crackers and fireworks during diwali is quite common to all irrespective of religion.

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Apart from the stories n religions behind Diwali, in south the general things which we follow are getting up very early in the morning, take oil bath, wear new dress n crack the crackers for the whole day… would be of so much fun those days… It continues for the children/kids these days too n having a yummmmmmmmy feast with so many sweeets n savouries….. there were lot of family get togethers during this time only… we would meet lots of ppl-our relatives n friends

diwa
got from store…

 

bhakshanams
Made by me few yrs back….

 

We would loooooooong for the festival to come those days..Waiting for the yummy feast since those days all made homemade bhakshanams….
Unforgettable those days were… Thnks to my parents n the whole family for making my golden days a great one!!
P.N:All the pics posted here are mine collected during craft time n festival season… thnk u ūüôā

 

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Moong Dal Laddoo

Moong dal Laddoo
Moong dal Laddoo

Ingredients:

Moong dal -2 tumblers
Nattu sakkarai (natural unrefined cane sugar)- 1/2 tumbler
Hot melted Ghee – 5-6 tblsp
Cardamom powder -1/4 tsp

Method:

  • Just dry roast the moong dal till the aroma comes…
  • Switch off n let it cool…
  • Then grind it in the mixer.
  • Then add it to a big bowl. Add sugar n cardamom powder.

Finally start adding ghee to the mixture.. When you are able
to make laddus from it stop adding ghee at that juncture.

Yields around 10-15 laddus..

Since its a kids snack added much of ghee than sugar.
result was yum… A perfect yum kid snack!!!

Dussehra 2015 Feast

This time did not keep golu but instead concentrated on the delicacies to be made each day in morning¬†and evening!!! So happy that i was able to make it up doing all these this time!! Feeling good… Just a collage of what i did these days… One sweet in the morning n sundal in evening ūüôā

 

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  1. Semiya payasam
  2. pattani sundal
  3. dates payasam
  4. rava payasam
  5. kondakadalai sundal
  6. parupu payasam
  7. dry fruits laddu
  8. payatham parupu sundal
  9. poha kesari
  10. pachai payaru sundal
  11. chana dal sundal
  12. groundnut sundal
  13. arisi thengai payasam

Few sweet recipes taken from jeyashri’s kitchen… All turned out well… We liked it very much… Finally, dussehra nearing the end!!! Happy saraswathi pooja to everyone!! hope all are having a great time!!

Enjoy n have a great time folks… c u in next post!!!

Kids snack time

Trying out a kid’s snack for the first time… It’s a health mix laddu.. ¬†Tried in a small qty..

Ingredients Needed:

Manna Health mix-100 gms

Cashewnuts -7 pieces

Almonds – 7 pieces

Melted Ghee

Method:

  1. Add cashewnuts, badams in a mixer so that it crushes to pieces..
  2. Then, mix the health mix powder with the crushed nuts pieces.
  3. Finally, add melted ghee to the mix.Keep adding ghee till you get hold of it to make a shape.
  4. Can add some sugar to suit the kids taste..

Here comes my tried version

Health mix Laddu
Health mix Laddu

First bday celebrations 2015

DSC_0219DSC_0227AT KARNA PRAYAG DAY CARE

Adoption ¬†was legally registered today.. So, we celebrated today in the same trust from where we took the baby.. All ¬†felt very happy ūüôā the cake was black forest 2 kg cake… more of cake pics n other pics taken at day care with other cute babies.. Indeed, we had a splendid day!!!

 

 

 

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Day care center-karna prayag

 

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Day care center-1

Double Celebrations

Sep 5 2015 -Krishna Jayanthi/Janmashtami… ¬†I made uppu seedai and kesari for this year festival..

Entrance kolam
Entrance kolam

The above pic-kolam was put by our house help..

foot steps of varun
foot steps of varun

Then, above foot steps is of our son varun which we treated as krishna steps since he is our house cute krishna..

After pooja with all neivedyam
After pooja with all neivedyam

Then,in above pic except for kesari and only seedai bowl kept near the array of delicacies- others are store bought..

Hope all are having a blast.. Happy janmashtami to everyone!!

Sep 4, 2015:

The Story of Guruvayur trip from Coimbatore

Below pic source: Google

 

Guruvayur krishna.
Guruvayur krishna.

Since it was our son’s first star bday we started early morning 6 am today and we reached there by 10 am due to the¬†needs of our kiddo in the middle.. we gave thulabaram-equal amt of sugar to his weight. It was a nice experience. ¬†We missed to take pics since we did not know the rules n regulations of the temple. No regrets. we thought can make it up next time when we go with our kiddo. To our surprise, he did not cry while sitting in tharasu/weighing seat..

Then, we came out from that line and started waiting in the line to have darshan of our lord cute krishna… In the¬†outside queue, we waited for almost an hr.. in btw, varun felt asleep. after we went inside, we waited there for about 10 minutes… meanwhile, i started observing around – bananas, coconuts, yellow pumpking were lying around¬†more. Also, they were playing music in nadaswaram n molam.. Was giving ear to it whether i was able to find out¬†the song they were playing… Luckily, before we entered the sanctorum of Lord, he was playing “Aadathu asangathu”..¬†Felt happy that i was able to identify the song!!have given the link of the song below.

This song is apt for today since its krishna jayanthi

classical song

When we entered the sanctorum, cute krishna was dressed in golden color dress… It was beautiful to watch even though¬†it remained for just few secs.. Luckily varun slept till we came out of the temple.. Then, as usual a small¬†shopping in the line of shops sprung outside. We ate and then to the place which we liked the most as usual to¬†elephant sanctuary… clicked a few pics there..

The main part comes here… We were supposed to meet a friend of raghu in palakkad. When that person called,¬†we had been inside the temple and so, raghu’s mobile was switched off.. When we started back from guruvayur,¬†raghu called him many times to know the shortest route to their place from guruvayur…But that fellow was not¬†reachable… By that time, we had reached beyond thrissur, he took the mobile and told the¬†proper route.. From ottapalam to patthiripala and then 2 kms from there. By that time we had reached mannuthy.so, we turned around¬†and it took around 3hrs to reach ottapalam.. Just waste of time… but anyways, we met the person… No regrets!!!

The actual route from guruvayur to palakkad is no need to enter thrissur… from guruvayur we need to catch¬†the road which goes to pattambi and from there to palakkad… Time taken will be one and half hrs..

This trip was an absolute learning lesson for us.. Helped to know the proper route in parts of kerala and the few names of the places in kerala.. The new names were surprising and at times funny too since it took few mins to get hold of the name!!

We returned home around 9pm back to cbe…

On the whole it was a memorable journey also.Even though no temple pics, few pics taken at places made it more memorable!!!

Hope you all enjoyed reading… Thank you ūüôā

 

 

 

Avani Avittam

“Happy yajur vedha avani avittam folks”

Upakarma

Source: Wikipedia…

Just thought why i put a halt to my writing skills…

Being an auspicious day, wanted to kick start it again whenever i find time!! Also,  i do not have many persons to share it with, so write and blog it whenever time permits!!

During festive times, one would always love to eat especially the delicacies you make.. When there are people around to eat the things you make, who would hesitate to make them a good deal of dishes. so tried ulundu vadai and appam. I do not mind abt the shape it turned out.. No rule that it should be like that.. So just accepted the way it turned but all tasted good.

happy that i tried out… hope to practise more…here comes the pics of appam n vadai

Appam n vadai
Appam n vadai

Happy festive days folks…. have a great time!!