Pooje preparations in the morning.
Ganesha Pooje in the Morning.
Ganesha Evening Pooje.
Evening Chakalli naivedya and Maha Mangalaruthi.
Gowri Pooje at my Sisters place.
Gejje Vastra and Flowers getting ready to be offered to God.
Fruits and coconut for Lord Ganesha:
Kadabu for Lord.
After the morning pooja and naivedya.
Close up of the Lord.
Chakkali prepared by my Husband for the Lord.
Mangalaruthi and evening naivedya chakali for the Lord to request him to come home every year.
The Ganesha festival falls on the fourth day Bhadrapada Masa. That’s why we say “Bhadrapada Shulkada Chauthi Aamdu”. Swarna Gouri Vrata and Ganesha Festival is celebrated on Thursday August 28th and Friday August 29th 2014.
As always, check your closet temple to find the correct dates.
An idol of Gowri made of clay is brought two days before the Ganesha festival. Gowri is an incarnation of Parvathi. Gowri Habba, also called as Swarna Gowri Habba is celebrated one day before Ganesha Festival.
Goddess Gowri, while taking shower, created Ganesha out of the mud of and placed him at the entrance of the house. She told him not to allow anyone to enter while she went inside for a bath. Lord Shiva returned home and was stopped by Ganesha at the gate. Shiva became angry and cut off Ganesha’s head. When Gauri came to know of this she was grieved.
Lord Shiva ordered his servants to cut off and bring to him the head of any creature that might be sleeping with its head facing north. The servants went on their mission and found only an elephant in that position. Lord Shiva then joined the elephant’s head onto the body of Ganesha.
Mr. Lakshmisha P, had left a comment here that he had the pdf files for the Swarnagowri vratha puja & katha. Attached below are the links for both the pdf files he has provided.
Thanks so much Me. Lakshmisha for all the support and also the time you have taken to convert this into pdf.
We used to sing at the top of our voice “Ganesha bhanda, kai kadubu tinda, chikka kerele edda, dodda kereli bidda”.
Lord Ganesha is not just worshiped on this day, but is worshiped first in all occasions since he is considered to be the remover of all obstacles, one who brings good luck on new activities or endeavors.
As always links for several resources songs, lyrics and stotras are posted on this blog.
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And here comes the link which has colorful and many designs for drawing Rangoli
And can any festival be complete without authentic dishes? Here are some recipes posted in this blog:
In case you see the moon on this day, here is the sloka you are supposed to say:
ಚೌತಿ ಚಂದ್ರ ದರ್ಶನ ಅಪವಾದ ಪರಿಹಾರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ
ಸಿಂಹೋ ಜೌ0ಬವತಾ ಹತಃ |
ತವಹ್ಯೇಷ ಸ್ಯ್ಮಮಂತಕಃ ||
simho jambhuvatha hathah |
thavahyesha syamanthakaha ||
P.S: The above sloka in Kannada is exactly as it is in the Uttaradi Matta Panchanga. Rather than taking a picture, I typed in the words. The English translation is done from the Kannada sloka to the best of my knowledge.
As always no food is prepared with onion or garlic.
Many of you have asked for the Pooja Vidhana of the festival, I do have the book for Ganesha festival, and it is several pages. I had no time at all to translate it into English. So, here is the link for the pooja vidhanas for both Gowri and Ganesha pooja. Hopefully I will have them next year.
P.S: If you have a scanned copy of the Ganesha Vrata Pooja Vidhana, please share. I can post it here.
The festival was celebrated on Sunday evening. Our Daughter Sneha joined us for the festival. She helped us in all the preparations and also was the Photographer for the evening. Sneha was gifted a new Canon Professional Camera for Graduating with Distinction and Highest Honors at UNC, Chapel Hill.
Thanks Sneha for the amazing pictures you took. :)
Below are the pictures from preparation to final aarathi to our Lord Krishna.
P.S: Click on any picture to see it enlarged.
Pooje as evening approaches.
I have posted several recipes of Sprouted Moong beans or Hesary Kalu. This is the variation I usually prepare on Thursday night for dinner.
Here is a link for other variations:
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:
Many of you might have been preparing this dish, I remembered one of my colleagues in Bangalore used to bring this dish for lunch.
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:
Serve with rice, chapathi or jolada roti. This quantity serves two people.
I have already given two variations I use to prepare . The first one is the traditional one, and the second my invention.
Can you guess how this 3 rd option if different from the first two? Did you read the title? Any guess?
You can see the two options posted earlier here in the link below:
Evaporated Milky Way ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer:
The evaporated milk gave the ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer completely new taste the first time I prepared. Everyone in my family just loved it. I have been preparing it this Way for many months now. If you like experimenting with food, give it a try. It tastes heavenly.
P.S: This serves almost 20 people. I prepared ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer this weekend for my Daughter Sneha’s graduation party. Everyone asked for the recipe and wanted to know the secret. And now the secret of Meera’s amazing delicious ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer is out. :)