Updated : Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje – August 11th 2018

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 August 11th 2018 Saturday.

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.

19 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Saroja on July 25, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I sent an email few days back.I want to down load baraha, i want to print the slokas in kannada, pl could you let me know how to do it. Thanks waiting for your reply. with regards, ssrao


    • Posted by meeraghu on July 25, 2013 at 9:05 am

      I haven’t received any email. You can download baraha from the web. Google Baraha, and you will get the link to download. Once downloaded, it is quite easy to use it.


  2. Dear Sir,

    Namaskara, Hare Srinivasa.Thanks for the detailed information regarding the Gandana pooja and how to perform. In this occassion we pray Lord Shiva and Parvathi and the antheryami of their Almighty Sri Bhuvaraga all our community Brides has to get good and suitable alliances and Life Partrners.

    With Kind Regards.
    Srimushnam K Nagarajan, Organiser,
    Vivaha Mariage Information Cntre,
    (only For Madhwas Kannada and Desistha)
    No 42, Rajarathinam Main Road,
    AMS Flats, Narmadha Nagar,
    ULLAGARAM, Chennai 600 091,
    Mob; 0 9444469340


  3. Thank you very much for presenting this Gandana Pooja for us. I never heard about this
    before. I will tell my friends about this pooja.


  4. Posted by manjula on July 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    it is performed by smartha brahmin famalies also
    both married and un married women perform it
    unmarried women pray to shiva for a good husband and married women pray for wealth health and prosperity of her family


  5. dear madam i am big fan of u and my 6 year daughter learnd songs 4m u r posts we smartha bramins celebarete with pair of lighting diya [jyothi beemeswara] nd kumaris do wt beemanna,that we make with kemmannu in rectangular shape and decorate with shunna [while we having tamboola we had dis].. and 4 theard we tie 9 knots and we do pooja 4 dt as navama granti pooja dis theard vl keep till gowri vratha


  6. Posted by Shweta on July 30, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Very well described… Thank you


  7. Posted by Ravi on July 22, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Dear Meeraji,

    As usual you have given in your impeccable way the genesis, importance and methodology for performing the pooja. An NRI friend of mine said your messages are like a beacon; particularly helpful for VBCDs.(Videshi born confused deshis).

    Pls. keep it up.


  8. Posted by parimala on July 23, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I am very glad to visit your blog.. You are doing great job.. Thumba dhanyavadagalu..


  9. Posted by Bharathesh Hiremath on August 8, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing knowledge which this generation educated girls do not need.Girls are becoming boys in their thinking and deeds for which they may have to pay price!


  10. Posted by sowmya srihari on December 12, 2015 at 1:12 am


    Do you have a method of making “gokula” on gokulashtami.


  11. Posted by Raji on August 9, 2018 at 3:11 am

    What is the best time to perfom this pooja on August 11th 2018


  12. Posted by Kumudha on August 11, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Dear Meera,

    How are you doing now. Is your leg okay…

    Thank you so much for all the information.

    With the Divine blessings of Lord Krishna and Sri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji, Shri Krishna Vrundavana South East, Atlanta welcomes devotees to participate in Naga Panchami, Ashlesha Bali , Mandala pooja on August 15 , 2018 at 9.30 a.m

    The event is at 4946 Shiloh Road
    Cumming GA

    For more infomation, devotees can contact
    Jayaprasad Acharya at 678 -648 – 5198 or e-mail skvatlanta@gmail,com


    • Posted by meeraghu on August 12, 2018 at 11:02 am

      Much better, able to walk now without crutches. Wow, wonderful events. wish I can come join sometime.


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