Updated : Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje – July 26th 2014

Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje, is an important pooje performed by unmarried women and newly married women for 9 years after their marriage. It is performed on the new moon day or amavase in the month of Aashada masa. This year it is on July 26th 2014

This pooje is also called Bheemeshwarana pooje. This pooje is dedicated to God Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Mud models of Shiva and Parvathi in the form of a cone with a flat base are made, kept in the sun to dry and decorated with white dots made out of limestone paste, or sometimes with akki hittu(rice flour) mixed with milk. A thread immersed in turmeric paste, a flower and sometimes turmeric root are tied around the model for Parvathi. After the pooje, usually either the girls Mom or Mother-in-Law ties this thread to the girls wrists.

Those who have brothers, later in the evening worship the hosthilu or threshold of their house. They call it “Bhandara vadiyodu“. The girls brother brakes the bhandara and gives money to his sister.

The story for Bhimana Amavase goes like this:

In a city there was a king called Vajrabahu. He had one and only son called Vijayashekara, who dies suddenly while still young. The king and queen decide to perform his marriage; even though he is dead. But, who would marry a corpse, right? No one comes forward to marry him. A Brahmin couple, named Madhava and his wife Sushila have five daughters and nine sons. They are extremely poor and they decide to marry one of their daughters in marriage to the dead prince; in return they would get lot of money and can use it to feed their family.

This girl is left with her dead husband and than she prays to God Shiva and Goddess Parvathi with great devotion. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi ask her to perform this pooje; since she is in the forest and doesn’t have any money she uses clay or mud and performs the pooje. The dead prince comes back to life. The king, queen and everyone is now happy to see their son come back to life.

Now that you know why and how to do the pooje, tell the significance of this story to your daughter, perform the pooje, tie the thread across her wrist and bless her with all your heart.

Happy Gandana Pooje.

Here below is the step by step procedure to perform Diwasi Gowri pooje as per the book I have now:

1. Clean the place where you are going to perform the pooja, put an elaborate rangoli (ರಂಗವಲ್ಲಿ). Find links to various rangoli (ರಂಗವಲ್ಲಿ) here:

2. Place a wooden plank called Mane(ಮಣೆ).
3. On this Mane, place a silver plate and within the plate, keep the idols of Diwasi Gowri and Managal Gowri( if you are performing Managal Gowri).
4. Also keep 1 dry cocnout (Kobbari Battalu ಕೊಬ್ಬರಿ ಬಟ್ಟಲು) as it is called in Kannada, 10 betel nut (adike ಅಡಿಕೆ), 10 betel leaves (villedele ವಿಳೇದೆಲೆ), 10 rounds of thread ದಾರ.
5. Now, worship the gowri and offer her 10 Kucchida Kadabu (ಕುಚ್ಚಿದ ಕಡಬು).
6. Next, tie 10 knots on the thread immersed in turmeric paste, a flower and sometimes turmeric root. For married ladies, 10 knots and unmarried girls 5 knots, and 5 rounds of thread.
7. Put this on the Gowri idol.
8. Perform Aarthi to Gowri. Offer your prayers, and do namaskaras.
8. Once, you finish all the pooja, usually either the girls Mom or Mother-in-Law ties this thread to the girls wrists or can also put it around her neck.

Upcoming Shravana Masa Festivals- July – August 2014

As per Uttaradimatta Panchanga, this year in Jaya Nama Samvatsara, Shravana Masa starts from July 27th and ends on August 25th 2014.

There are many festivals during this month and as always I will post slokas, pooja details and many more details a few days before each of these important dates. Here is a list of important dates and festivals during Shravana Masa 2014.

July 29th – Tuesday – Mangala Gowri Vrata

July 31st – Thursday – Nagara Chathurthi

August 1st – Friday– Nagara Panchami

August 1st – Friday – Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja

August  5th – Tuesday – Mangala Gowri Vrata

August 7th – Thursday – Ekadashi – Dadi Vrata Begins

August 8th – Friday – Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja

August 8th – Friday – Vara MahaLakshmi  Pooja

August 11th – Monday– Sree Raghavendra Swamy Poorva Aaradhane

August  12th – Tuesday – Mangala Gowri Vrata

August 12th – Tuesday- Sree Raghavendra Swamy Madya Aaradhane

August 13th– Wednesday– Sree Raghavendra Swamy Uttara Aaradhane

August 15th – Friday – Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja

August 17th – Sunday– Sree Krishna Jayanthi – Sri Krishna Janmashtami

August 19th – Tuesday – Mangala Gowri Vrata

August 21st – Thursday – Ekadashi

August 22nd – Friday – Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja

August 25th – Monday – Amavasya

 Please refer to the closet temple or other calendar to find the dates of the festivals in the country you are living. These dates posted are based on Indian Standard Time.

Sprouted Moong Beans vegetable – Hesara Kalu Palya – Variation 2

I have posted several recipes of Sprouted Moong beans or Hesary Kalu. This is the variation I usually prepare on Thursday night for dinner.

hesarulaupalya2

Ingredients:

  1. 3 cups bean spouts cooked for 1 whistle in the pressure cooker.
  2. 5 green chillies.
  3. 2 chopped Tomatoes
  4. 2 Potatoes, washed, peeled and cooked
  5. 6 curry leaves.
  6. 1 tsp red chilli powder
  7. 5 tsp finely chopped cilantro.
  8. 2 tsp Oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds, pinch of hing, 1 tsp Haldi for seasoning.
  9. Salt to taste.
  10. 2 tsp lemon juice.

Method:

  1. Pressure cook for one whistle the sprouts.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves, red chilli powder and haldi.
  3. Add the tomatoes and allow it to cook.
  4. Add the boiled and cooked potatoes.
  5. Next, add the cooked sprouts.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Add salt, cilantro and lemon juice.
  8. Mix well and keep stirring for a few minutes.
  9. Serves for 4 people

hesarukalupalya

Here is a link for other variations:

  1. How to make bean sprouts.

  2. Sprouted Green Gram Sabzi / Hesara Kalu Palya

  3. Hesara Kalu Usli

Rice Vermicelli Puliyogre or Rice Noodles Puliyogre

 

rice-puliyogre

Rice noodles or Rice vermicelli are thin noodles that are made from rice. Their principal ingredients are rice flour and water. Rice vermicelli has a white color when cooked. Just like in India, it is available in many grocery stores in USA also.

You can find the recipe for Rice noodles or Rice vermicelli Uppittu in the below link.

In India, we call this dish Akki Shavige Uppittu. In B’lore we used to get the Dragon variety. I have brought these noodles (the thin variety) from Giant, Safeway, and Asian Stores like Han Ah Reum etc. The one I usually use for making this recipe looks like this:

Rice Noodles

Many of you might have been preparing this dish, I remembered one of my colleagues in Bangalore used to bring this dish for lunch.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Packet of Rice noodles.
  • 5-6 curry leaves finely chopped(optional)
  • 1 tsp channa dal(optional)
  • 1 tsp urad dal(optional)
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 tsp haldi(optional)
  • Cilantro finely chopped for garnishing
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 3 tsp MTR Puliyogre Mix
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. In a lager pot boil enough water. Once the water is boiling, turn off the gas, and add the noodles. Let it sit for 5-6 minutes, it will turn white. Drain the water completely.Keep aside.
  2. In a pan, heat oil. Add mustard seeds, when it starts spluttering all over your stove, add urad dal, chaana dal, turmeric or haldi, curry leaves, and ground nuts.
  3. Fry for a minute or two.
  4. Add the cooked noodles, salt.
  5. Make sure you keep stirring once you add the noodles.
  6. Now add the Puliyogre mix
  7. Make sure all the ingredients are mixed well, keep stirring on low fire. Adjust the seasoning.
  8. Finally add finely chopped cilantro
  9. This serves 4 people

rice-puliyogre

 

Potato Beans Pudi Palya – ಆಲೂಗಡ್ಡೆ ಹುರಳಿಕಾಯಿ ಪಲ್ಯ

This Potato Beans Pudi Palya – ಆಲೂಗಡ್ಡೆ  ಹುರಳಿಕಾಯಿ ಪಲ್ಯ requires the use of ವಾಂಗಿಭಾತ್ ಪುಡಿ – ಪಲ್ಯದ ಪುಡಿ – Vangibath Powder. The recipe for ವಾಂಗಿಭಾತ್ ಪುಡಿ – ಪಲ್ಯದ ಪುಡಿ – Vangibath Powder can be found here:

aloobeans

Ingredients:

  1. 3 washed chopped Potatoes
  2. 1 cup Beans – washed and chopped
  3. 3 tsp ವಾಂಗಿಭಾತ್ ಪುಡಿ – ಪಲ್ಯದ ಪುಡಿ – Vangibath Powder
  4. 1/2 tsp haldi or turmeric, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp jeera
  5. 2 tsp oil
  6. pinch of hing or Aasafotedia
  7. salt to taste

Method:

  1. In a microwave bowl, cook the potatoes and beans separately.
  2. Next, in a pan, add the oil. When the oil is hot enough add the mustard seeds and jeera. When it starts spluttering all over your stove, add the haldi, hing and , ವಾಂಗಿಭಾತ್ ಪುಡಿ – ಪಲ್ಯದ ಪುಡಿ – Vangibath Powder.
  3. Fry for a few minutes until all of them get mixed well.
  4. Add the cooked potatoes and beans.
  5. Drizzle water to make sure the vegetables and the ವಾಂಗಿಭಾತ್ ಪುಡಿ – ಪಲ್ಯದ ಪುಡಿ – Vangibath Powder get mixed well.
  6. Cover and cook on low flame for a few minutes

Serve with rice, chapathi or jolada roti. This quantity serves two people.

343rd Aradhana Mahotsava 2014 – Invitation

As many of you already know, the Aradhane of our beloved Rayaru is fast approaching. The details have been posted in an earlier post.

  • 11.08.14    Poorva Aradhana
  • 12.08.14    Madhya Aradhana
  • 13.08.14    Uttara Aradhana

As always, srsmutt.org has details about all the dates and extended invitation to one and all.

Below is the link for the invitation.

Shri Vijayeendra Teerthara Madhyaradhana – Kumbakonam

Attached is the link for Shri Vijayeendra Teerthara Madhyaradhana, as always amazing pictures from http://www.raghavendramutt.org/

 

400th Aradhana Mahotsava of Shri Vijayeendra Teertharu – Kumbakonam

Amazing pictures from SRSMUTT.org. Check the link below.

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