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Ganesha Festival Pictures – 2016

It was a festive day yesterday. Just the thought of doing pooje to our Lord Ganesha lit up the mind and the house. As always, the blog, the computer and the phone assisted us in many many ways. 🙂

Attached are some pictures of the greatest festival at my place. This year we decided to bring Ganesha instead of using the Gold idol one we used to use. We plan on bringing the same from now on.

We had relatives and friends for pooje in the morning and evening. We served food on Banana leaf from our own garden. As always I had prepared food as per our tradition –

  • Moong Dal Kosambari
  • Channa Dal Kosambari
  • Beans Palya
  • Seme Badnekayi Palya
  • Idli
  • Chatni
  • Chitranna
  • Payasa
  • Modaka
  • Kadabu
  • Saru
  • Kootu
  • Happala Sabdhudana Sandige
  • And Yogurt

Hope you all had a blessed Ganesha festival.








Home grown banana leaf used for serving food:



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Gowri-Ganesha Festival – September 4th and 5th 2016

Pooja preparations:



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.


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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 September 4th and 5th.

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”.


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

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.

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.

Gowri Ganesha Festival Preparation & Recipes


This year Gowri Ganesha Festival is celebrated on September 4th Sunday and 5th Monday. For those of you in India, it is a national holiday. For us in USA, it is Labor day weekend so we have Monday holiday.

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.
  • 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


  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


  1. Badam Poori

  2. Kayi Kadabu

  3. Dry Coconut kadabu

  4. Coconut Burfi

  5. Mango Rasayana or seekarane

  6. Pineapple Kesaribath

ಪಾಯಸ – Payasa – Kheer


  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

Important Dates – 2016-2017

Mr.B K T Raju shared an image for important dates such as  festival lists, Ekadashi and Aaradhane dates for 2016 and 2017. This is very handy and can be saved in your smart phones, laptops and desktops. Thanks Sir for the list. This is amazing. It also has Ekadashi dates.

P.S: Make sure you check with your local calendars for some changes in dates.


2015 – Ganesha Festival Pictures

It was a blessing performing the pooja of Lord Ganesha. Since it was a week day, I had taken a day off. We also had invited a few families for evening Pooja and Dinner. I read the Story and we had a wonderful time. The feeling of performing the pooja and sharing it with others brings such joy to ones state of mind.I have no words to express those in English, nor does the dictionary have any words.

My Sister, Niece and my Husband ate on Banana leaf sitting down for lunch. I served them the food. The items I prepared were:

  1. Moong Dal Kosambari
  2. Channa Dal Kosambari
  3. Bean Playa
  4. Potato Methi Palya
  5. Chatni
  6. Plate Idli
  7. Modaka
  8. Kadabu
  9. Capsicum Rice
  10. Gulab Jamun
  11. Rasam
  12. Winter Melon Majjie Huli
  13. Thove
  14. Papad
  15. Last but not least Yogurt

Dinner for my family and Friends in the night was on Steel plates. We had lots of good discussions in the night during the blog, the posts. Quite interesting. Humbled again by how popular this blog has become and how it has changed lives of many in our community.

I kept praying to Lord Ganesha that he overcome all the obstacles in ones life.

A few pictures for you all to enjoy until next year.


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Steamed Modaka – ಮೋದಕ Recipe


So many of you had asked for the recipe for Modaka – ಮೋದಕ prepared during Ganesha Festival. I had not prepared this one in a long long time. Last year I tried the same and it came out just delicious. We ate it with a dollop of Ghee. Yes, you heard it right, Ghee for a change.

So, here is what you require for preparing this.

Ingredients for the Coconut Filling:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups freshly grated coconut
  • 2 and 1/2 cups Brown Sugar, or Powdered Jaggery
  • 5 Cardamom
  • 2 tsp Poppy Seeds, Gasgase fried in Ghee (optional)


  • In a heavy bottomed pan , mix both the Coconut and Jaggery as shown below.

  • Keep stirring the mixture and make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom and burn.
  • After, 10-15 minutes, the mixture will change its color to dark brown
  • If it is too think, just add 2-3 drops of water.
  • Once it becomes thick, add the ground Cardamom, and Poppy seeds.

Ingredients for the Dough:

* 1 cup rice flour
* 3/4 cup water – be judicious here
* pinch of salt
* 2 tsp oil


  • Boil water in a pan. When it is boiling add salt, oil.
  • Slowly mix the rice flour and keep stirring.Turn off the stove.
  • When it is easy to handle and still hot, keep kneading the dough.
  • When the dough is well kneaded, take a small ball in your palm, flatten the edges, keep the filling and close it.
  • When you have completed all of them, place in a pan and steam it in a cooker.I used the Idli stand, steamed 4 at a time.
  • Place it in a plantain leaf and offer to Lord Ganesha.


ಮರದ ಬಾಗಿಣ ಮತ್ತು ಮಹತ್ಬಗಳು – Importance of giving Maradha Bhagina

I have tried to translate as much as possible. If there any mistakes, please let me know.

Mr. Krismaly had commented here on the blog and left a message. It is a great article to recognize the significance and importance of giving ಮರದ ಬಾಗಿಣ Maradha Bhagina. I will try to translate this once I have some time.

I had posted an earlier article on what is included in the Marada Bhagina a while ago. See the link below.


ಮರದ ಬಾಗಿಣ ಮತ್ತು ಮಹತ್ಬಗಳು… Importance of Maradga Bhagina and its significance
ಮರದ ಬಾಗಿಣ ಮತ್ತು ಮಹತ್ಬಗಳು..
ಮರದ ಬಾಗಿಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಕುವ ಪದಾರ್ಥಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ದೇವತೆಗಳು., Items to be put in the Bhagina.
೧. ಅರಿಸಿನ : ಗೌರಿದೇವೀ. Turmeric : Gowri Devi
೨. ಕುಂಕುಮ : ಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ Kumkum : Maha Lakshmi
೩. ಸಿಂಧೂರ : ಸರಸ್ವತೀ Sindoor : Saraswathi
೪. ಕನ್ನಡಿ : ರೂಪಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ. Mirror : Roopa Lakshmi
೫. ಬಾಚಣಿಗೆ : ಶೃಂಗಾರಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ. Comb: Sringara Lakshmi
೬. ಕಾಡಿಗೆ : ಲಜ್ಜಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ. : Kajal : Lajja Lakshmi
೭. ಅಕ್ಕಿ : ಶ್ರೀ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ. Rice : Shree Lakshmi
೮. ತೊಗರಿಬೇಳೆ : ವರಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ. Toor Dal : Vara Lakshmi
೯. ಉದ್ದಿನಬೇಳೆ : ಸಿದ್ದಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ. Urda Dal : Siddha Lakshmi
೧೦. ತೆಂಗಿನಕಾಯಿ : ಸಂತಾನಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ. Coconut: Santana Lakshmi
೧೧. ವೀಳ್ಯದ ಎಲೆ : ಧನಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ. Bettel Leaves : Dhana Lakshmi
೧೨. ಅಡಿಕೆ : ಇಷ್ಟಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ. Bettel Nut – Issta Lakshmi
೧೩. ಫಲ(ಹಣ್ಣು) : ಜ್ಞಾನಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ. Fruit – Gyana Lakshmi
೧೪. ಬೆಲ್ಲ : ರಸಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ. Jaggery : Rasa Lakshmi
೧೫. ವಸ್ತ್ರ : ವಸ್ತ್ರಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ. Cloth : Vasthra Lakshmi
೧೬. ಹೆಸರುಬೇಳೆ : ವಿದ್ಯಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ. Moong dal : Vidhya Lakshmi
ಮುತೈದೆ ದೇವತೆಯರು೧೬ ಜನರು. ಇವರನ್ನು ಷೋಡಶಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀಯರು ಎಂದು ಕರೆಯುತ್ತಾರೆ..

Married woman are equal to 16 people.They call them Shoda Lakshmi.
ಗೌರಿ, ಪದ್ಮ, ಶುಚಿ, ಮೇಧಾ, ಸಾವಿತ್ರಿ, ವಿಜಯಾ, ಜಯಾ, ದೇವಸೇನಾ, ಸಾಹಾ, ಮಾತರಲೋಕಾ, ಮಾತಾರಾ, ಶಾಂತೀ, ಪೃಥ್ವಿ, ಧೃತೀ, ತುಷ್ಟೀ, ಸ್ವಧಾದೇವಿ..

Gowri, Padhma, Shuchi, Medha, Savitiri, Vijaya, Jaya, Devasena, Saha, Mataraloka, Matara, Shanthi, Pruthvi, Druthi, Tushti, Swadhadevi.
ಸೀರೆ ಸೆರಗಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀಯು ಸೌಭಾಗ್ಯ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಸೆರಗು ಹಿಡಿದು ಮರದ ಬಾಗಿಣ ಕೊಡುತ್ತಾರೆ..

Goddess Lakshmi resides in the saree pallu, and that;s why you should hold the pallu and give the Bhagina.
ಮರದ ಬಾಗಿಣಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತದಲ್ಲಿ ವೇಣುಪಾತ್ರ ಎಂದು ಕರೆಯುತ್ತಾರೆ..

Maradha Bhagina is called as Venu Patra in Sanskrit.
ಮರದಬಾಗಿಣದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾರಾಯಣನ ಅಂಶ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ..

Lord Narayana resides in Maradha Bhagina.
ಮರವೆಂಬ ನಾರಾಯಣ ಮತ್ತು ಒಳಗಿರುವ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿಯರು ತರಹ ಜೊತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ,
ದಂಪತಿಗಳು ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ-ನಾರಾಯಣರ ತರಹ ಇರಲಿ ಅನ್ನೋ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೆ ಮತ್ತು ಸುಮಂಗಲಿ ತನ ಯಾವಾಗಲೂ ಇರಲಿ ಅನ್ನೋ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೆ ೧೬ ಸುಮಂಗಲೀ ದೇವತೆಗಳ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿಯಾಗಿ, ಬಾಗಿಣ ಕೊಡುತ್ತಾರೆ..

Since the Maradha Bhagina symbolizes Lord Narayan and Lakshmi Devi, it is given to married women so they can live a happy married life like Lord Narayan and Lakshmi Devi, and is given to 16 married women.
ಈ ೧೬ ದೇವತೆಗಳು ನಿತ್ಯಸುಮಂಗಲಿಯರು..

The 16 Goddesses are Nitya Sumangalis.
ಈ ೧೬ ದೇವತೆಗಳು ಸಂಸಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವುದೇ ತರಹದ ಕಷ್ಟ,ನೋವು,ದುಃಖ ಬಂದರೂ ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ರಕ್ಷಿಸಲಿ ಎಂದು ನೆನೆದು ಬಾಗಿಣ ಕೊಡಬೇಕು..

Given the Maradha Bhagina so that the 16 Goddesses will protect you from any difficulty, any sorrow.
ಈ ೧೬ ದೇವತೆಗಳನ್ನು ಸ್ಮರಿಸುತ್ತಾ ಸ್ವರ್ಣಗೌರೀ ಹಬ್ಬದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಡುವ ಹೋರಾಪೂಜೆ, ಎಂದರೆ ದಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಮಾಡುವ ಪೂಜೆ..
೧೬ ಅರಿಸಿನ ದಾರ, ೧೬ ಗಂಟುಗಳು, ೧೬ ಬಾಗಿನ, ೧೬ ಎಳೆ ಗೆಜ್ಜೆವಸ್ತ್ರ, ಪೂಜಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದು ಗ್ರಂಥಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ..
ದಾನಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಫಲಗಳು..
೧. ಅರಿಸಿನ ದಾನ : ಅರಿಸಿನ ದಾನ ಮಾಡಿದಷ್ಟು ರೋಗ ನಿವಾರಣೆ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ..
ಸುಮಂಗಲಿಯರಿಗೆ ಸೌಭಾಗ್ಯತನ ವೃದ್ಧಿಸುತ್ತದೆ..
ಸುಮಂಗಲಿಯರಿಗೆ ಸುಮಂಗಲಿತನ ಯಾವಾಗಲೂ ಇರಲಿ ಎಂಬ ಉದ್ದೇಶಕ್ಕೆ ಮೊದಲು ಅರಿಸಿನ ಕೊಡುತ್ತಾರೆ..

By giving Turmeric as Dhana, it will help relieve any disease. It will help women live as married women.
೨. ಕುಂಕುಮ ದಾನ : ಕುಂಕುಮವನ್ನು ಯಾರು ಧರಿಸುತ್ತಾರೋ ಅವರು ಬಹಳ ತೇಜಸ್ಸು ಮತ್ತ ನಂಬಿಕೆ ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ಆಗುತ್ತೆ..
ಕುಂಕುಮ ಧಾರಣೆಯಿಂದ ದೈವಶಕ್ತಿ ಜಾಸ್ತಿಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ..
ದೃಷ್ಟಿದೋಷ ನಿವಾರಣೆ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ..
ಕೋಪ, ಹಠ,ಕಮ್ಮಿ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ..

By giving Kukkum, it will help increase the belief on God. Help cure eye sight.
೩. ಸಿಂಧೂರ ದಾನ ; ಸತಿ ಪತಿ ಕಲಹ ನಿವಾರಣೆ.., ರೋಗಭಾಧೆ,ಋಣಭಾದೆ, ನಿವಾರಣೆ..
ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂದೇಹ, ಒಳಜಗಳ, ಮಾಂತ್ರಿಕ ದೋಷಗಳು ನಿವಾರಣೆಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ..

By giving Sindhoor, it will help cure diseases, misunderstanding between husband and wife, and any misunderstanding between any relatives.

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