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Ananthanagantu Rangoli

Shree Anantha Padmanabha Vrata or Ananthana Vrata or Anantha Chaturdhasi as it is called is celebrated on September 9th 2022 Friday in USA and India. We don’t have this vrata at my place. 


I saw at several places where there was a special rangoli called Ananthana Gantu being drawn for this Vrata. I learnt the same. practiced on my notebook and hope to draw at least the rangoli on Friday.

I couldn’t create a video, so a series of pictures will help you draw the same. The tedious process is putting the 15 X 15 dots and in a straight line.

It is usually drawn as the base and kept in your pooja room. I have tried to simplify as much as possible. Just knowing what dots to join is key here as shown below in several images. Click on the images to see enhanced view.

Gowri Ganesha Festival Preparation & Recipes


This year Gowri Ganesha Festival is celebrated on August 29th and August 30th 2022 in USA. In India, it is August 30th and August 31st 2022.

Please check your local calendars.

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

Gowri Habba Preparation:


  • 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, milk, yogurt, honey, ghee, fruits, coconut water.
  • 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. Prepare them before so you can save some time.

Food Items for Gowri Ganesha Festival:


Items that I often cook can be used just as a guide, and you can add more items if needed or cook less if time doesn’t permit.

  1. Moong Dal Kosambari
  2. Chana Dal Kosambari
  3. Potato Palya or Beans Palya
  4. Chayote – Seeme Badanekayi Palya
  5. Idli
  6. Chatni
  7. Dal Thove
  8. Saaru/Rasam
  9. Kootu
  10. Majjige Huli
  11. Appi Payasa or Shavige Payasa or Wheat Payasa or Akki Kadalebele Payasa
  12. Kadabu – 21
  13. Modaka – 21
  14. Capsicum Vegetable bath or Chitranna or Vegetable bath
  15. Happala
  16. Potato and Chayote bonda or Ambode
  17. Majjige or Mosaru
  18. Yogurt rice
  19. Chakli in the evening


Upcoming Shravana Masa Festivals – July – August 2022

As per Shubhakruth Nama Samvatsara Panchanga, this year Shravana Masa starts from July 29th and ends on August 27th 2022.

There are many festivals during this month and as always I will re-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 2022.

Shree Mangala Gowri Vrata

All details for this festival can be found here:

Vrata Details.

  • August 2nd – Tuesday

  • August 9th – Tuesday

  • August 16th – Tuesday

  • August 23rd – Tuesday

Nagara Chathurthi & Panchami


Pooja Details.

  • August 1st Monday– Nagara Chathurthi

  • August 2nd Tuesday – Nagara Panchami

Shravana Masa Shree Lakshmi Pooja

Pooja Details.

  • July 29th– Friday

  • August 5th – Friday

  • August 12th – Friday

  • August 19th – Friday

  • August 26th – Friday

Shree Vara MahaLakshmi  Pooja Vrata

Vrata Details.

  • August 5th – Friday


  • August 11th – Thursday – Rigveda Upakarma ( USA)

  • August 11th – Thursday – Yajurveda Upakarma ( USA)

  • August 12th – Friday – Rigveda Upakarma ( India)

  • August 11th – Friday – Yajurveda Upakarma ( India)

Shree Raghavendra Swamy  Aaradhane

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Raghavendram Bhavayami Seemateetham Kamateetham

Yet another amazing song I found in my book. Like I said, I was planning on learning 7 new songs as birthday gift to Rayaru. I have already posted four on youtube. This is the 5th one. Just 5 lines, but beautiful.

Typed as usual in Google Translate from my book.

Raghavendram Raghavendram bhavayami seematee tham kamateetham ||pa||

Mangalaangam hastharoopam yogeendranutam bhaktaaneekam || a pa||

vaidehipathim patithapavanam | mruta bhoosurasuta punarujjeevitham

kodandadharam ratricharanthakam | brindavanagatham

kamaleshamaham || charanam||

ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ0 ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ0 ಭಾವಯಾಮಿ ಸೀಮಾತೀತಂ ಕಾಮತೀತಂ ||ಪ||

ಮಂಗಳಾ0ಗಂ ಹಸ್ತರೂಪಂ ಯೋಗೀ0ದ್ರನುತಂ ಭಕ್ತಾನೀಕಂ || ಆ ಪ ||

ವೈದೇಹಿಪತಿ0 ಪತಿತಪಾವನಂ | ಮೃತ ಭೂಸುರಸುತ ಪುನರುಜ್ಜೀವಿತಂ

ಕೋದಂಡಧರಂ ರಾತ್ರಿಚರಾಂತಕಂ | ಬೃಂದಾವನಗತಂ

ಕಮಲೇಶಮಹಂ || ಚರಣಂ||

Dhanur Maasa 2021-2022

As I was talking to my Father today, he mentioned Dhanur Maasa starts from tomorrow 12/17/2021 in India. It already started today in USA. This month is focused on worshipping Lord Vishnu. If we worship him during this month even on a single day it is equivalent to worshipping him for a 1000 years. Isn’t that amazing?

Some important dates again, need to look in details based on your country.

12/16/2021 – 12/17/2021 – Dhanur maasa Starts

01/13/2022 – Vaikunta Ekadashi – Both USA and India

01/14/2022 – Mukoti Dwadashi – Both USA and India

During Dhanur Maasa it is key to prepare Pongal as naivedya to Lord Vishnu. That too in the early morning hours. The ratio of preparing rice to moong dal or Hesaru bele which I saw in one of my books is as follows:

Atti uttama – One cup rice, 2 cups moong dal

Uttama – one cup rice one cup moong dal

Madhyama – 2 cups rice one cup moong dal

Adama – 4 cups rice and 1 cup moong dal.

what are you waiting for, prepare the pongal with Atti Uttama ratio and offer to Lord Vishnu.

Recipe below: But change the ratio of rice to moong dal.

Tower Idlis or Cup Idlis

What’s in the shape you may say? But, honestly the different types of Idlis you prepare taste differently with different sizes and shapes. The same Idli batter when done in normal idli plate versus plate idli the taste is completely different. I can attest to this because we make Plate or Tatte idli for Lord Ganesha festival and it truly tastes divine. And the batter we use is the same.

Today, with the Idli batter we had, my Husband surprised me with these Tower Idli’s. When he brought the small steel coffee glasses from the stack of steel utensils we had, I thought it was for drinking small amounts of coffee rather than using the oversized coffee mugs we use here in the USA.

When I came back to the kitchen after several meetings, I saw Tower Idlis ready to be eaten. He used two different steel tumblers for making the Idlis. If you have small size steel glasses or tumblers try this new type of Idlis.

And having those on plantain leaf was just too delicious. With a dollop of ghee on those piping hot idlis and yummy sambhar what’s to not like these idli’s right?

Interesting facts about Jagannatha Dasaru

Credit: My Brother B.S.Ramesh

My brother shares lots of interesting facts n our daily whatsapp chat. He truly has extraordinary memory and is a voracious reader. He shared all the below interesting facts about Dasaru. The past week was Jagannatha Dasaru Aaradhane and that’s when my brother was sharing all the details.

Jagannatha dasaru was a friend of Dewan poornaiah. The dasa was very well known fir his Rangoli.
He always drew rangoli while singing and, therefore, came to be known as Rangoli Dasaru.
He visited Srirangapatna twice and Dewan poornaiah came to know of the devotion of Dasaru when he found that Dasaru had drawn a rangoli of lord Ranganatha without certain ornaments.

When the Dewan asked Dasaru the reason, he replied that the Lord was not wearing the ornaments .
The Dewan ordered his bodyguards to go to the Ranganatha temple and check the veracity of the claim.

The body guards came back ,and said the Archaka had not set the ornament on the idol.

Jagganatha Dasaru has a very close connection with Rayaru. When Rayaru was Prahalada, Dasaru was his younger brother Sahalada. When Rayaru was Balika Raja, Dasaru was king Salya,the brother of Queen madri and mother of Nakula and Sahadeva. Salya was the charioteer of karna. He was equal to Krishna in steering a chariot.

Though a lot is known about Jagannatha Dasa and his magnum opus,” Harikatamrutasara”, very few know that his father, Narasappa, was also a dasa. Narasappa was a landlord of Byagavatti village, now called Talati, near Manvi in Raichur district.

Narasappa worked as a Kulkarni – an official who collected taxes. He was falsely framed and implicated in a case and dismissed from service.

Narasappa then approached Timmannayya, the Dewan of Adoni – which then was under the Nawabs.
Thimannayya gave Narasappa a small piece of land and advised him to give up service under the nawab.
Timmanayya himself came under the influence of Vijaya dada and took to the dada tradition. He came to be known as Gopal Vittala.

Narasappa settled in manvi and became a dasa with the Ankita Narasimha Vittala .
When Jagannatha dasa was born- he was called Srinivas Acharya then- Gopala Vittala advised Narasimha Vittala to send his son for further studies to the Rayaru Matha at MAntralaya.

Srinivas Acharya met the then matha pontiff, Varadendra tveeetha and instantly composed a five stanza poem called Varadendra Pancharathnam.

The first stanza was in praise of varadendra theertha and Varadaraja swamy, the second was in Rayaru and Lord Rama, the third was on Vasudeva and Vayu, fourth was on moola ramadevaru and setting up of the matha in mantralaya and the last was a desire by Sreenivasa Acharya to study .

Tomato Uppittu or Upma

We have hundreds and hundreds of Tomatoes, green chillies and capsicum growing in our garden. My husband loves Tomato Uppittu or Upma. So, less ingredients, and a very very tasty upma. Yummy.


So, used almost 10 big tomatoes, 5 red chillies in this Uppittu or Upma.


  • 1 cup Rava or Sooji or Rave
  • 10 big tomatoes chopped.
  • 5 red chillies.
  • 4-5 curry leaves finely chopped
  • 3 tsp finely chopped cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • sugar to taste
  • 2-3 tsp Oil, and 1 tsp mustard seeds,  1/2 tsp turmeric, pinch of hing for seasoning


First, in a non stick pan or any deep vessel fry the rava continuously until it turns golden brown. Make sure it doesn’t burn out. Transfer this onto a plate.

Next, add  oil. When it is hot enough add all the seasoning ingredients one after another. Add green chillies and curry leaves also. Add the tomatoes and 2 cups of water and cover. Let this boil until the tomates are cooked. Now add the salt, sugar. Once this boils as well, slowly add the rava. While you are adding rava, make sure there are no lumps, so keep stirring continuously. It should look watery when you have added all the rava.

Now, cover the vessel, and cook on slow fire for another 15-20 minutes, once the rava is cooked, add coconut, finely chopped cilantro.


Serve with chatnipudi and yoghurt. Enjoy.

2021 Ganesha Festival

We had an amazing festival, hope you all had a wonderful Gowri Ganesha Festival. We visited my Sister’s place for Gowri festival. Ganesha was performed at our home.

Last week we had visited New York for the US Open Tennis tournaments. On our return we stopped by at Edison, New Jersey and purchased an amazing Rajastani Mantap and matching table, and also got eco friendly Ganesha. I also did some DIY Gejje vastra, which you can see in some pictures, will post soon.

We had many many family and friends visit us in the morning and night. The food was as always very elaborate for this great festival.

  1. Moong Dal Kosambari
  2. Chana Dal Kosambari
  3. Potato Palya
  4. Chayote – Seeme Badanekayi Palya
  5. Idli
  6. Chatni
  7. Dal Thove
  8. Saaru/Rasam
  9. Kootu
  10. Appi Payasa
  11. Kadabu
  12. Modaka
  13. Capsicum Vegetable bath
  14. Happala
  15. Potato and Chayote bonda

To see everyone have food on plantain leaf was a feast to the eyes. All the flowers, tulasi, cucumber, green chillies, capsicum, plantain leaf were from our garden.

It was good I had taken Thursday and Friday off from work. And having the weekend was a blessing to recover and be ready for work starting Monday.

I missed my Mom so so much, was able to talk to my Father and to hear the joy in this voice when I told him all the menu and how every single pooje I do, I dedicate to him. And everything I am spiritually is because of my parents. They never ever told me from when my memory serves, that I am a girl, I cannot do this, I cannot do that. Blesses I am to have such amazing parents.

Some pictures from the festival. Click on each image to see them in high resolution.

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