Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje – July 19th 2012

Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje, is an important pooje performed in Hindu/Madhwa houses 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 19th 2012.

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).
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.

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21 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Padma on July 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Dear Meera Madam,

    Thanks a lot madam for updating regarding all festivals, i hope this would going to really help for many people . Madam you are doing very much fantastic job, because every year i have to be depend on others but this time your blog would help for me.
    I really appreciate if you update regarding shravana gouri as early as possible.

    Reply

    • Posted by meeraghu on July 26, 2011 at 10:26 am

      Padma,
      Are you asking about Friday Lakshmi pooja?

      Reply

      • Posted by Padma on July 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm

        Yes madam,
        It is about shravan gouri ,(lakshmi pooja) , because my confusion is, do we perform the same pooja on Tuesday or Friday.
        As well i need the details( including level of madi) because i have to go out for job, since i am doing for the first time i need your full technical support regarding the Shravan gouri,& i also heard that if we have lack of time ,we can perform this pooja any of one friday or tuesday in shravan month.

        I know i am bothering you lot , please do not mind madam
        Regards,
        Padma

      • Posted by meeraghu on July 28, 2011 at 9:20 pm

        The pooja is performed on Friday. Padma, how much Madi you want to depends on you. You can wear pure silk saree and perform the pooje after taking head bath. Just don’t eat anything until you finish the pooja. Yes, you can perform the pooje 1 friday as well.

      • Posted by Padma on July 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

        Thanks for your help madam

  2. Posted by K.Usha on July 26, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Thank u very much Meera for providing the necessary details to perform the pooja.

    usha

    Reply

  3. Posted by Ashwini on July 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Meera,
    Thank you very much for the information on Bhimana amavase pooje and Diwasi gowri pooje.I wanted the procedure for performing Bhimana amavase pooje and aslo mangala gowri pooje,is there any online book on this.

    Thanks in advance
    Ashwini

    Reply

  4. Posted by meeraghu on July 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Ashwini,
    CHeck the link posted below, and browse to page 21, it has details for Mangala Gowri Vrata.

    http://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/2010/08/12/handbook-for-performing-festivals/

    Reply

  5. Posted by Ranjitha Sastry on July 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    hello, when is it this year?

    Reply

  6. Posted by Sirisha on July 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Meera Garu !! Many thanks for posting the story .. I missed the story every year so far.. May be I should read it those many times this year to make up :-) God bless you !! Can you also let me know if there is any specific naivedyam to offer at the Pooja??

    Reply

  7. Posted by meeraghu on July 11, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Just the Kucchida Kadabu as mentioned in the post. And as always, offer a variety of fruits and coconut.

    Reply

  8. Posted by Laxmi on July 17, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Hello Madam,
    For Diwasi Amasi pooje, do I need to have my 5 yr daughter also perform this pooja?

    Reply

  9. dear meera,
    with shravana maasa just around the corner, I am so grateful to your website which provides me with all the details and dates of festivals. I was feeling left out whenever I spoke with my parents in India, as they are busy preparing for the festivals. but your site gives me solace and a feel of home and helps me keep in touch with our greatest tradition
    Thanks a ton

    Reply

  10. Can a 5 yr old do the pooja?

    Reply

  11. Posted by Sudha Batni on August 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Meera madam,
    I am very greatful to see your blog and the deatiled information of all the festivals and pooja vidhana. I wanted to know regarding shravana shukravara puje…Due to some personal disturbances I may not do 1st shravana shukravara pooja. Can I continue the pooja on 2nd week or only 1 friday is enough to do…pl clarify…

    Reply

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