Ganesha Festival Pictures 2019

Hope you all had a wonderful Gowri and Ganesha festival. As we do every year, we visited performed Gowri Pooje at my sisters place. Ganesha festival was done at my place. I had my Sister’s family in the morning, and a few of my friends in the evening for pooje. The Ganesha idol was prepared by my niece Shwetha.

It was quite hectic performing the pooje, and cooking all the items. We missed having our daughter since she already started her residency.

Attached are a few pictures. I am late this time, since was sick after the Ganesha festival and also got very busy with work.

Gowri Ganesha Festival Preparation & Recipes

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This year Gowri Ganesha Festival is celebrated on September 1st and 2nd 2019.

So, this post is to help all of you prep for this festival and get the blessings of Gowri and Ganesha.

Gowri Habba Preparation:

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  • Prep for all the pooja items like Haldi, Kumkum, Mantrakshate, Gejje Vastra.
  • Make sure you have Rangoli, if you don’t have the dry powder, use Kundan Rangoli, a chalk and draw. If even that is not available, take some printouts and use them. I have used a combination of all of them as seen below. Draw small feet of Lord Ganesha from the front door.
  • Make sure you have camphor, Agarbathi and also soaked cotton for Mangalaruthi.
  • Buy all the ingredients required for the Maradha Bhagina. The  two posts which have already been published are linked below:
  • Buy fruits, Coconut, Banana leaves, Mango leaves, Betel leaves and nuts.
  • Buy plenty of flowers.
  • If you are performing Panchamruta abhisheka, buy all items required for that.
  • A list of all food items which can be prepared is added at the end of this post.

Ganesha Habba Preparation:

  • All pooja items as listed in Gowri Habba.
  • In addition to all fruits, flowers get lots of garike and leaves for Lord Ganesha.
  • The key food items made are 21 Modaka, 21 Kadabu and 21 Chakkali. Recipes listed all the way at the end.
  • Offer Gejje Vastra. Usually fancy ones are offered here. 16 strings or some times 21 strings.

Food Items for Gowri Ganesha Festival:

 

Kosambari ಕೋಸಂಬರಿ

  1. Cucumber Kosambari

  2. ಕಡಲೆ ಬೇಳೆ ಕೊಸಂಬರಿ – Channa Dal Kosambari

ಚಟ್ನಿ Chutney

  1. Channa Dal or Kadale Bele Chutney

  2. Coconut Chutney

  3. Pudina or Mint Chutney

  4. Mint Mango Chutney – ಫುದಿನಾ ಮಾವಿನಕಾಯಿ ಚಟ್ನಿ

Bonda – ಬೋಂಡ ಭಜ್ಜಿ Bhajji

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  1. Heerekayi Bonda

  2. Red and Green Capsicum Bonda or Fritters

  3. Aloo Methi Pakoda

  4. Ambode

  5. Bombai (Aloo) Bonda

  6. Sabhudani Vada – Gluten Free

ಸಿಹಿ ತಿಂಡಿಗಳು- Sweet Dishses

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  1. Badam Poori

  2. Kayi Kadabu

  3. Dry Coconut kadabu

  4. Coconut Burfi

  5. Mango Rasayana or seekarane

  6. Pineapple Kesaribath

ಪಾಯಸ – Payasa – Kheer

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  1. ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer

  2. Evaporated MilkyWay ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer

  3. Gasgase or Poppy seeds Payasa

ಸಾರು ಹುಳಿ ಕೂಟು – Rasam Sambar Kootu

  1. Hesaru Bele Thove

  2. Ridegourd Thove

  3. Sweet or Sihi Kootu

  4. Sandige Huli Recipe

  5. ರಾಯರ  ಕೂಟು – Spicy Kootu Made in Sree Raghavendra Swamy Mutt

ಮಜ್ಜಿಗೆ ಮೊಸರು ಅಡಿಗೆಗಳು – Yogurt Based Dishes

  1. Majjige Huli

  2. ಹಸಿ ಮಜ್ಜಿಗೆ ಹುಳಿ – Hasi Majjige Huli

  3. ಬೂದ ಕುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ ಮಜ್ಜಿಗೆ ಹುಳಿ  – Winter Melon Majjige Huli

ಗೊಜ್ಜು – Gojju

  1. Gojju

  2. Cucumber Gojju

Gowri-Ganesha Festival – September 1st and 2nd

Pooja preparations:

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Gejje Vastra and Flowers getting ready to be offered to God.

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Fruits and coconut for Lord Ganesha:

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Kadabu, Modaka and Idli for Lord.

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After the morning pooja and naivedya.

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Close up of the Lord.

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Evening Pooje.

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Chakkali prepared by my Husband for the Lord.

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Mangalaruthi and evening naivedya chakali for the Lord to request him to come home every year.

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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 September 1st and 2nd.

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.

The Legend:

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”.

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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:

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In case you see the moon on this day, here is the sloka you are supposed to say:

ಚೌತಿ ಚಂದ್ರ ದರ್ಶನ ಅಪವಾದ ಪರಿಹಾರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ

ಸಿಂಹಃ ಪ್ರಸೇನಮವಧೀತ್
ಸಿಂಹೋ ಜೌ0ಬವತಾ ಹತಃ |
ಸುಕುಮಾರಕ ಮಾರೋದಿಃ
ತವಹ್ಯೇಷ ಸ್ಯ್ಮಮಂತಕಃ ||

Simha prasenamavadith
simho jambhuvatha hathah |
sukumaraka marodhihi
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.

 

2019 Shree Krishna Pooja Pictures

Hope you all had a wonderful and joyous Shree Krishna Jayanthi/Janmasthami. The festival was on a Friday, so I tool two days off on Thursday and Friday.

Last year I had just recovered from my ankle fracture, so this year I had so much enthusiasm to celebrate and welcome our Lord. Didn’t even have a drop of water.

My own blog helped in getting all the links for songs, food items and recipes.

Food prepration like you see were items such as:

    • Moong dal Kosambari
    • Channa dal Kosambari
    • Uppittu or Upma
    • Avalakki
    • Sweet Avalakki
    • Thengolu
    • Om Pudi
    • Shankar Poli
    • Chakli
  • Rava Laddoo
  • Besan Laddoo

I had brought the Mantapa my Late brother-in-law used to perform Shree Satyanarayana Pooje. We were able polish the same, and use it for this festival and will keep using it for all upcoming festivals. I just couldn’t take away my eyes from the Pooje we did. It was truly humbling.

Some picture from this year. You can click on pictures to see them enlarged.

Pooje preparation:

Close up of our Mantapa and the Lord.

And of course food.

Now for the next big festival Shree Gowri Ganesha Festival. We have holiday even for Gowri and Ganesha festival so that’s super awesome.

Will post all links and recipes as we approach the festival.

May Lord Krishna Bless us all. Jai Shree Krishna!

Rayaru Poorvaradhane 2019

Hope you all had a wonderful day praying to our Beloved Rayaru and visiting many temples. All credit to Rayaru mutta for the Mantralaya pictures.



And Rayaru Aaradhane  poole from my home.


Rayaru Aaradhane in Atlanta – August 17th 2019

In Atlanta, Sri Krishna Vrundavana is celebrating Rayara Aradhane on saturday, August 17, 2019. Devotees from Atlanta and surrounding area can cotact skvatlanta@gmail.com or call 678-648-5198 for more information

Rayara Aaradhane takes place in 2320, Meadow Church Way
Duluth
GA 30087

8.30 a.m Pooja starts
12 pm Mahapooja
12.30 Annadana
2 p.m to 5 p.m , Pravachana by Ms.Bhavana Prabhu and cultural programs
5 p.m to 8 p.m – Ranga pooje, and Pallaki utsav

Rayaru Aaradhane in DC Area – August 17th 2019

This year 2019 our beloved Rayaru Aaradhane is on August 16th, 17th and 18th. For everyone in the DC area we all visit the SBA temple. This year the temple is dedicating Golden Kavacha for our beloved Rayaru on 17th. Please find attached the flyer and details of the Aaradhane function. I am going to be visiting all three days. Come join me and thousands of devotees and get the blessings of our Rayaru.

 

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