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June 20, 2017

How To Do Friday Lakshmi Pooja At Home – Thiruvilakku Pooja Procedure

Mahalakshmi pooja procedure - Thiruvilakku pooja
This post explains a simple method of how to perform Mahalaxmi puja / Thiruvilakku Pooja every Friday at home.I have included Puja vidhi/ pooja procedure, slokas, mantra and songs required in Tamil & English.I have given a simple Lakshmi pooja method for working women and a detailed procedure with 108 potri for housewives.  I have shared a downloadable PDF format for Lakshmi Pooja slokas, mantras in Tamil.   Please download it by clicking the link.
            In South India - Tamil nadu, most of the housewives do this thiruvilakku poojai regularly at home in a simple way by chanting 108 potri. We worship Goddess Mahalakshmi in the lamp and perform this pooja.When I posted Friday neivedyam recipes, my readers requested me to share our Pooja vidhanam with Ingredients needed, Pre-preparation, Pooja kolam/Rangoli, songs in a detailed manner just like my other festival procedures post. Few readers wanted me to share a simple pooja that helps working women and busy moms. So I have shared the pooja procedure in two ways by referring my Friday pooja book in Tamil.One is a very simple version( Panchopachara pooja) that hardly takes 5 to 10 minutes to do it. It would be ideal for working women to do it either in the morning or evening around 6 pm. Not just on Friday, you can do this pooja everyday. The second one is my family’s traditional way with 108 potri which I learnt from my MIL. Some people make it in an elaborate way by keeping kalasha. If you are looking for the authentic Mahalakshmi pooja vidhanam with shodasha upachara puja, please refer my in-laws blog – Learn kolam. I have shared it in detail.
Basically Lakshmi puja is performed by married women seeking long life for their husband, health, wealth, peace of their family.This pooja gives us immense benefits if done whole heartedly with full faith.In North India, this puja is performed during Diwali in a grand manner.  Today I have shared this post mainly for beginners and newly wedded girls. I have also mentioned the benefits and significance of this pooja. I have shared all the pictures from my pooja room. Hope it would be useful for you all to get some ideas.
When I was young, I have seen Thiruvilakku pooja performed in Amman temples & Murugan temples in Tamil nadu. But I never thought it can be performed at home till my marriage. I came to know about it from my MIL. She used to do this pooja every Friday at home. Initially I was just a listener sitting along with her and watching it. After 5 years of my marriage, I started doing it on my own by following her method while she continues to do it in our Salem house even at this age. After buying our own house, I performed Vaibhava Lakshmi pooja by keeping Kalasam for 11 weeks as advised by my neighbor. Its an elaborate pooja just like Varamahalakshmi festival. So I will share it later.In this post, we will see how to do Friday Mahalakshmi pooja at home in a simple way without keeping kalasam/Kalasha. As usual, this post would be very lengthy as I have given all the sloka in English and Tamil.So please bear with me. If possible. I will try to make a separate post in Telugu and Hindi with the help of my friends and try to make a PDF of them in near future. Thanks for visiting this page. If you find this post helpful, please share a few words in the comment section which will make me happyHappy.

Click THIS LINK to download the PDF format of sloka, mantras in Tamil.
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May 8, 2017

Chitra Pournami – How To Celebrate Chitra Pournami At Home – Pooja Procedure

Chitra pournami pooja celebration at home
Hello Friends, In this post, I have shared the importance of Chitra Pournami– (A festival with my name Winking) celebration, how to celebrate it at home with its pooja procedures as per my family’s practice. I have also shared the links for Chitra pournami recipes for neivedyam. Hope this post would be helpful for beginners. I must thank my Mother-in-law for giving me detailed guidance about this celebration. Please visit my in-laws blog “ LEARN KOLAM” for Rangoli/ Kolam ideas for this festival.
Chitra Pournami is a ceremony observed on the Poornima day (Full moon day) in the Tamil month of Chithirai that falls any day between April 15th – May 15th. This year 2017, it falls on 10th May-2017 ( i.e on Wednesday). Chitra pournami is one of the important festivals celebrated in Tamil nadu.
This auspicious day is celebrated as Chitragupta’s Birthday. Chitra Pournami /Chithirai pournami (in Tamil) ritual commemorates Chitra gupta who is known as the assistant of Lord Yama, the God of Death. Chitra means collection of Pictures and Gupta means Hidden. Chitra Poornima is the day dedicated to Chitra Gupta, the Keeper of Deeds. Lord Brahma created Chitra Gupta through the Sun God and he is considered as the younger brother of Lord Yama. It is believed that Chitra Gupta examines the good and bad performances of each individual. When a person dies, his soul first goes to Lord Yama, where Chitragupta tallies the deeds and report it to Yama. He reads out the good and bad deeds of the person.He is the Devata for planet Kedhu. Worshipping Chitra Gupta on this day would ward of kedhu dhosha in one's horoscope.Worshipping Vinayaka also ward of this dosha. There is only one temple in South India for Chitragupta at Kanchipuram. Chitra Pournami is a very auspicious day here. The day is also dedicated to Indra, the head of Devas. It is on this day that the star Chitra and Pournami (full moon) come together.
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January 9, 2017

How To Celebrate Thiruvathirai At Home/ Arudhra Darshan

Significance of Arudra darshan
Soure:wiki and google
Thiruvathirai/Arudhra darshan is a popular Hindu festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Arudhra Darshan or Arudara Darshan is observed in the Tamil month of Margazhi (December – January) on Thiruvathirai Nakshathram day. In this year 2017, it falls on January 11th,Wednesday ( tomorrow). It is essentially a Shaivite festival and celebrates the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, which is represented by the Nataraja form. Arudra festival is celebrated with fervor in Lord Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia and in other parts of the world by Tamil speaking population. In Kerala, this festival is primarily celebrated for women.The most important Arudhra Darisanam festival takes place at the Chidambaram Lord Nataraja Temple in Tamil Nadu. Arudhra signifies the golden red flame and Shiva performs in the form of this red-flamed light.The cosmic dance of Lord Shiva represents five activities – Creation, Protection, Destruction, Embodiment and Release. In essence, it represents the continuous cycle of creation and destruction.Arudra Darshan celebrates this ecstatic dance of Lord Shiva.
It takes place on the full moon night in the month of Margazhi and this is also the longest night in a year. The festival is mainly observed in the Tamil speaking world.As per the Puranaas, on this day Lord Shiva has shown this blissful dance that energizes this world to two of his devotees - Vyagrapadha and Adisesha (on whom Lord Vishnu Reside). Hence this day is celebrated, in appreciation of the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, by offering Prayers to the Nataraja aspect of the Lord.
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August 31, 2016

Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja Procedure / Puja Vidhi / Pooja Vidhanam

Ganesh chaturthi pooja vidhanam
I have shared Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja / Pooja vidhi / Pooja vidhanam with slokhas and mantra in PDF format in Tamil as per my readers request. Last year I made a post on with details about Abishekam things, pooja items along with its procedures and Ganesh chaturthi recipes links. But it is purely based on my family’s tradition and practice. Some people have the practice of keeping Kalasha and Gouri on this day. Recently one of my readers requested me to share Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja Vidhanam/Puja vidhi along with mantras just like my Varalakshmi Vratham pooja post. So I referred my book “Avanai maadha Pooja Vidhanam” ( My friend Shalini’s gift) and shared the slokhas, detailed pooja method with pictures and Ganesha story in PDF format ( you can see at the end of post) to help people who wish to celebrate Ganesh chaturthi pooja in an authentic way. I have shared pooja vidhanam in Tamil. So I have mentioned some useful links for pooja vidhi in Sanskrit, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada at the end of the post. Hope you find them useful.

Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha.He is the first worshipped God before any holy puja or occasion.This year 2016, Vinayagar Chaturthi festival falls on September-5th, Monday. This festival is also known as 'Vinayak Chaturthi' or 'Vinayaka Chavithi' .It is observed during the Hindu month of Bhadra in Hindi /Avani in Tamil (mid-August to mid-September). For more information on Ganesh chaturthi festival, click this link .
Click this Video on how to make Homemade Ganesh using Kozhukattai dough.

For Ganesh chaturthi Kolam/Rangoli designs, please Visit my in-laws blog for Learn kolam.

Disclaimer : The pictures and pooja procedures I shared in this post are from a devotional book gifted by my friend. This is just one of the ways of celebration. It may vary from place to place. Please consult the elders in your family and follow your tradition.Beginners can follow this if you don’t have any specific procedure at home. Thanks for visiting this page.

How to celebrate Ganesh chaturthi at home


List for Abishekam, pooja and neivedyam
  • Ganesh idol

  • Wooden plank or peeta to place Ganesha

  • Flowers

  • Milk

  • Curd

  • Honey

  • Tender coconut water

  • Water

  • Rice flour

  • Sesame oil

  • Turmeric powder

  • Shikakai powder

  • Kumkum,Sandal paste

  • Panchamirtham (Curd based delicacy consisting of Panch(5) items: Milk, Sugar, Ghee (clarified butter), Honey, Bananas)  Some items are not shown in pic.

    Ganesh chaturthi pooja


    For Decoration and pooja

    • Vastram for Ganesha ( New blouse bit or dhoti cloth)

    • Mupiri nool for poonool ( 3 threaded string)

    • ArugamPul (Bermuda grass (English). Arugampul (Tamil), Dhub (Hindi), Durva (Sanskrit). Karuka (Malayalam), Garikagoddi (Telugu), Garikoihallu (Kannada))

    • Tulsi leaves ( Its allowed only on this day)

    • Vellerukku Malai ( White flower garland, refer the above picture)

    • Yellow rice/Akshathai

    • Flowers

    • Kumkum & Sandal powder

    • Incense stick

    • Camphor

    • Sesame oil & ghee for lamp

    • Fruits,coconut,betel leaves & betel nut for offering

    • Banana leaf

    • Turmeric powder for manjal pillayar

        For Neivedyam recipes

        Click THIS LINK for Neivedyam recipes collection.

    • Coconut

    • Jaggery

    • Chana dal/Moong dal

    • Sugar

    • Besan

    • Urad dal

    • Green chillies,ginger,salt ( for pooran)

    • Raw rice for payasam

    • Urad dal for vada

    • Wheat flour,banana & jaggery for appam

    • Sesame seeds for ellu urundai

    • Click HERE to see the no onion no garlic lunch menu cooking with ingredients

    how to celebrate ganesh chaturthi
    Abhishekam Orderhow to celebrate ganesh chaturthi

    Benefits of Abhishekam
    PANCHAGAVYAM - Removes all sins of mankind
    PANCHAMRUTHAM - Gives wealth
    GHEE- Gives Moksha state
    MILK - Gives long life
    CURD - Gives Good Children
    HONEY - Melodious voice
    RICE POWDER - Frees from debts
    SUGAR CANE JUICE - Gives good health and removes enmity
    LIME JUICE - Removes fear of death
    TENDER COCONUT JUICE - Gives enjoyment and full satisfaction in life
    SANDAL PASTE - Gives Lakshmi's Grace
    SUGAR - Removes enmity
    Source :
    how to celebrate ganesh chaturthi

    Abhishekam should be done by the elders of the family. In our house, my daughter sits with my husband and do the abhishekam :)  Refer the above picture. If you are having Ganesha made of Turmeric powder, soft clay or Kozhukattai dough, pour water and other abhishekam items only in spoons else Ganesha will dissolve in water.

    You can chant this Ganesha Gayathri mantram while doing Abhishekam.
    Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Vakratundaya dheemahi, Tanno Danti Prachodayat”

    Draw Kolam/Rangoli on where you are going to do the pooja.Take all the abhishekham items in a plate as shown in the picture. Keep a bowl full of water.Keep some flowers in a plate. Keep an incense stick and a camphor ready.Take a wide plate ( thambaalam). Place a wooden plank inside it and keep the Ganesh idol. Start the abhishekam by putting some flowers and few drops of water. Before doing abhishekam,keep this mind. Ganesh idol should not fall down during abhishekam. So do not pour more water. Touch the idol carefully with support. First do the sesame oil abhishekam, then apply shikakai powder.Wash it well by adding water.Then apply turmeric powder, light the incense stick and show the dhoop & dheep. Mix rice flour in water and do the abhishekam.Then comes milk, lemon juice, tender coconut water, curd, panchamirtham followed by honey. Collect the panchamirtham with honey in a plate.Pour some water and then continue with sandal paste, Kumkum and lastly viboodhi abhishekam. Finish the abhishekam with little milk.Show the dheep. Pour water and start to decorate the Ganesh. Collect all the abhishekam water in the wide plate and pour in tulsi plant or under some trees.

    Lord Ganesha Decoration

    Wipe the idol with a clean cloth. Put a poonool / Mupiri nool(3 threaded string) from left to right keeping Ganesha facing towards you. Then wear a new cloth for the idol. Decorate with Tulsi leaves (Generally Tulsi should not be used to decorate Ganesha. But it is allowed only on this day.) Vellerukku malai, arugampul malai and flowers. After abhishekam & decoration,start doing the pooja.

    How to do pooja
    Check out this PDF for detailed pooja stotras in Tamil. Please download it and follow the directions.

    Before you start the pooja, keep lots of flowers, leaves and Arugampul in a plate. Make a small cone shaped pillayar/Ganesh with turmeric powder and keep a kumkum dot. Keep a small bowl full of Panchamirtham and a spoonful of honey in a bowl.

    If you are placing Kalash, It should be placed firmly on a Copper/Silver plate with rice spread on it. A Coconut is placed over the mouth of the Kalash. Five mango leaves are placed inside the kalash before placing the coconut (like a skirting).

    The decorated Ganesha Idol can be placed above on a table/stool and the Kalasha and its plate can be placed in the ground. Light the lamp on the sides of Ganesha. Keep the small turmeric Ganesha( made of turmeric powder mixed with little water) nearby the idol. Keep kumkum & flowers. Place a plate with 5 types of fruits, broken coconut, betel leaves and nuts in front of the God.
    In another plate or banana leaf,spread the neivdeyam recipes. Kozhukattai varieties comes to the left side of Ganesha. Rice and other items has to be kept in the usual order. Refer picture for the idea. Keep payasam and aval.pori kadalai/Puffed rice with peanuts in small bowls. Start doing the pooja.

    For any pooja, Poorvanga pooja is considered as Pradhana pooja. So keep the turmeric Ganesha before the Ganesh idol and start the poorvanga pooja mantra. 

    Check out this PDF for detailed pooja stotras with method in Tamil. Please download it and follow the directions. For complete Puja vidhi in Hindi, Tamil, English, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam, Please refer THIS LINKFinish the pooja with mangala aarti !

    Ganesha Chaturthi pooja vidhi with mantras in sanskrit / english

    Please use to transliterate the mantras to your script (tamil / telugu / kannada ) from Devanagari.

    Siddhi Vinayaka Ashtottara sadha namavali  in other languages

    Sanskrit -

    Tamil -

    Telugu -

    English - IAST -


    • Click this LINK for Pooja Vidhanam Audio in Telugu
    • Check this LINK , LINK for Pooja Vidhanam Audio in Tamil
    • For Hindi version,check this youtube video LINK

     After celebration procedures ( Visarjanam)

    On Chaturthi evening, make wheat flour appam and do the neivedyam.The next day morning, you can keep idli for neivedyam or simply fruits would do. On afternoon, keep dal and rice with ghee for neivedyam. Continue this neivedyam till Ganesha stays in your house.The next day or the third day, take the ganesha idol along with flowers, vastram, some puffed rice, jaggery and fried gram dal(Do not remove anything from idol) and put it in water. Let the Ganesh idol dissolve in water and take away all the misfortunes of people.
      Click THIS LINK for Neivedyam recipes collection.
    ganesh chaturthi pooja vidhanam

    Neivedyam Recipes


    Please click this LINK for full collection of neivedyam recipes.This is the LINK for Kozhukattai making Videos & Homemade Ganesh idol using rice flour dough.

    Disclaimer : The pictures and pooja procedures I shared in this post are from a devotional book gifted by my friend. This is just one of the ways of celebration. It may vary from place to place. Please consult the elders in your family and follow your tradition.Beginners can follow this if you don’t have any specific procedure at home. Thanks for visiting this page.

    Wish you all a very happy Ganesh chaturthi ! Happy
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    August 1, 2016

    Aadi 18(Pathinettam Perukku) - How To Celebrate Aadi 18

    Aadi 18/Aadi perukku
    Aadi 18/ Aadi Perukku is a festival observed on the 18th day in Tamil month Aadi. It is also known as Pathinettam perukku or aadi perukku in Tamil. This year 2017, it falls on August 3rd. Aadi perukku is a unique South Indian festival that marks the beginning of Tamil festivals in Tamil nadu. It is observed on the 18th day of Tamil month Aadi. In this post, I have shared the significance of Aadi 18, What to do on Aadi 18, its rituals, how to perform aadi pooja and how to celebrate this festival at home along with the list of Aadi 18 recipes lunch menu / Neivedyam recipes links and our celebration pictures in detail for your reference. Last year I shared the celebration procedures for most of the important Hindu festivals to help beginners and to keep a record for my future reference. But I couldn’t make a post about our first festival, Aadi perukku celebration in a detailed manner. So this year I wanted to share it with my last year’s pictures. Please go through them and have a happy aadi 18 celebration. Hope beginners would find this post useful.
    Wish you all a very happy Aadi 18Happy.

    Disclaimer : All the pictures & celebration procedures I have shared is based on my family's tradition. It may vary from place to place. Beginners, please keep this as reference. Consult the elders in your family and follow it :)
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    April 13, 2016

    Tamil New Year Celebration, Recipes – Varusha Pirappu Recipes Collection

    Tamil New Year – Varusha Pirappu/Tamil Puthandu is the celebration of first day of the Tamil  new year that comes in Mid April. Its a special day for Tamilians as it marks the beginning of all Tamil festivals. Following this, we celebrate Rama Navami, Chitra Pournami,Aadi Pandigai etc..This year, Tamil new year falls on April 14, 2016. Tamil people all over the world celebrate this day by Keeping new Panchangam  and offering some special dishes like Mango Pachadi, Panakam, Neer mor etc. This festival falls in the month of Chithirai, the first month of the Tamil solar calendar. On the eve of Chithirai Puthandu, a tray arranged with three fruits (mango,banana and jack fruit), betel leaves and arecanut, gold/silver jewellery, coins/money, flowers and a mirror is placed. This is to be viewed upon waking in the morning.
    In the temple city of Madurai, the Chithirai Thiruvizha is celebrated in the Meenakshi Temple. In Kerala, people celebrate this  day as Vishu festival. The day is marked with a feast in Tamil homes and entrances to the houses are decorated elaborately with  Maa kolams (Visit my in-laws blog to check varieties of Kolams). In most parts of India, one can see neem trees blooming with their flowers and the first batch of mangoes hanging prominently. So this day is celebrated with neem flowers and raw mangoes to symbolize growth and prosperity ( Source:Wiki).
    As I am posting the celebration procedures of all our Indian festivals, I guess my regular readers would be expecting this post from me Happy. Though the celebration method is very simple, the specialty of this festival lies in including Raw mango, fresh or dried neem flowers & making an elaborate full meals lunch menu for offering God along with fresh fruits.We should include all the five taste on this day. Full meals menu includes Rice, Mango Pachadi, Paruppu, Sambar, Poriyal, Kootu, Payasam, Vada. You should make Panakam and neer mor if you keep Panchangam for pooja else its optional. You can do it for Rama navami. Lets see the celebration procedure of Tamil new year with recipe links.
    Tamil New year kolam

    Kolam from my in-laws blog
    Ingredients for Pooja & menu

    On this day we avoid vegetables like Drumstick, Bottle gourd, brinjal, Keerai/greens, cabbage, Beetroot, Carrot, Beans, Potato, Onion and garlic in our cooking as we offer the lunch menu to God.
    • Lamp
    • Flowers
    • KumKum and turmeric powder
    • Betel leaves & nuts
    • Banana leaf
    • Coconut
    • Match box,incense stick, dhoop, and camphor
    • Banana, Mango & fruits like apple, jackfruit on ur wish ( Banana is essential)
    • Vegetables like Raw banana, cluster beans, Broad beans, Lady’s finger, Gooseberry etc
    • Raw Mango ( Must buy)
    • Dried or fresh neem flowers
    • Urad dal for making vada
    • Rice & dal, jaggery for making Payasam
    • Other essentials for cooking
    Preparations for Tamil New Year
    On the previous day, i.e 13th of April, Wash the lamps, clean the house. Keep dots, put threads in the lamps. Buy all the required fruits, vegetables, groceries, flowers and pooja items for the festival and keep them ready.Soak the urad dal for vada and grind the batter using mixie or grinder. Keep the batter in fridge without adding salt.
    If you want, you can roast the rice & dal and keep it ready for making payasam the next day.Chop all the vegetables and store in a box if needed.These pre preparations can be done to make the lunch quickly.
    You can do the pooja at any auspicious time. Make sure there is no Rahu Kalam and Yama kandam. Tomorrow – Thursday, we can do the pooja anytime after 7.30am before 1.30pm.
    How to prepare the menu
    On April 14th, early morning we take head bath and draw maa kolam in the entrance and before pooja room. Keep flowers and decorate the pooja room. Start preparing the lunch menu. Pressure cook roasted rice+dal mixture for making payasam. In another cooker, keep the rice. After cooking rice+dal for payasam, add the jaggery and let it boil. Add coconut milk and cardamom powder.Add the fragrant spices like Pachai karpooram, Jathikai powder. Roast cashews in ghee and add to payasam. Transfer the payasam to a bowl and wash the cooker. In the same cooker, pressure cook moong dal for making paruppu. Temper mustard seeds, curry leaves and hing. Add to the cooked moong dal.Make Mango pachadi.Keep it ready. Make sambar, Poriyal or kootu. We make either poriyal or kootu for the menu. You should make Panakam and neer mor if you keep Panchangam for pooja else its optional. Instead of this full meals menu, you can make 5 rice varieties like Lemon rice, Coconut rice, Sweet pongal, Tamarind rice and curd rice along with vada and payasam.
    Lastly you can make Urad dal vada and appalam. Make Mormilagai and pickle if you wish.
    If you can’t get Raw mango and Neem flowers, no issues. Just make some thayir pachadi with vegetables like carrot or lady’s finger or even with vada and offer to God.
    How to do the pooja
    After you finish cooking, wash the banana leaf and spread it in front of pooja place. Arrange all the prepared dishes in the banana leaf ( Check out my Full meals lunch menu post to view the order of arranging the dishes ).Light the lamps. Show the incense stick, do the neivedyam.Show the dhoop, deep and finish the pooja showing mangala Harathi.

    Recipe Links for making Full meals



      Variety Rice Recipes + Vada + Payasam

      Check out my Full meals lunch menu post to view the order of arranging the dishes 

        Mixed vegetable kootu OR Avial


        Sweet pongal / sakkarai pongal in cooker

        Obbattu/Puran poli

        15 Easy Sweets collection


      • Semiya/Vermicelli kesari

      • Microwave rava kesari

      • Milk kesari/Paal kesari recipe

          All the above recipe links are for variations. You can try any based on the availability of ingredients. Its not a hard and fast rule to make a full meals and offer GOD. Some people celebrate Tamil new year just by offering a payasam & vada. If you are a bachelor and wish to do the pooja, you can simply soak Poha/Aval in Milk adding sugar & cardamom and offer to God. GOD will accept everything and anything if done whole heartedly. The celebration procedure I have shared here is based on my family practice.It may vary as per your tradition and custom.So beginners, please consult the elders of your family and do the pooja Happy.
          Wish you all a very happy & prosperous Tamil New Year !!
          அனைவருக்கும் இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல் வாழ்த்துக்கள் !!!

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          March 6, 2016

          How To Celebrate Maha Shivaratri – Celebration Procedures

          Maha shivaratri celebration

          Image source : Up-Rising in flickr 
          Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. It is also known as Padmarajarathri. It is celebrated all over South India(In Tamil nadu, Karnataka) and North India. Shivaratri literally means the great night of Shiva or the night of Shiva. It is celebrated every year on the 13th night/14th day of the Maagha or Phalguna month of the Hindu calendar. This year 2016, it falls on March 7th. Vrat time is from Sunrise on March 7 to sunrise on March 8. On shivaratri day, fasting involves refraining from eating any food and not sleeping through out the night.  Followers visit Shiv temples and bath the idol of Lord Shiva and follow rituals to please the lord. Devotees begin the day by worshipping the Lingam of Lord Shiva in temples.
          According to Shiv Purana, the following items are a must: Shiva Linga must be bathed with water, milk and honey. Also, bilva patra must be offered to the lord as it purifies the soul. Vermilion ( a reddish orange paste) must be applied over Shiva Linga after bathing, it represents virtue. Symbolizing longevity, different kinds of fruits are offered to the Linga for the fulfillment of wishes.The worship is then concluded with Lord Shiva’s Aarti. The day is considered auspicious for women. They fast and pray to the Lord to get blessed with blissful married life, while unmarried woman would pray for an ideal husband like Shiva.People chant “Om Nama Shivaya” all through the day.
          There are different stories based on different puranas on why we celebrate Maha Shivratri. Some of these stories are mentioned here.
          • According to a few books, Maha Shivratri is the night when Lord Shiva performed the Tandava.
          • Based on a few other puranas, it is believed that Lord Shiva drank “halahal” or poison on this day, and was known as Neela kantha then after.
          • Some believe that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati on this auspicious day.
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          September 3, 2015

          Krishna Janmashtami/Krishna Jayanthi Celebration At Home-Pooja Procedures

          Krishna janmashtami celebration at home

          Yesterday I got a request from a reader to make Krishna Janmashtami celebration post. So I have discussed how to celebrate Krishna Jayanthi/Gokulashtami/Krishna Janmashtami at home by Indians especially South Indians in a very simple way. I have also shared a video on how to draw Krishna feet using rice flour paste. Pooja procedures I have given here is based on my family's tradition. It may vary from place to place. So take this as a reference and get the guidance from your family's elders.
          As you all know, Krishna Jayanthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna.It’s a most important and sacred day for Hindus. People pray to Lord Krishna on this day and seek his blessings for a happy and good life.Krishna Janmashtami is observed on Ashtami – the eighth day of Krishna Paksha month/Shravana month i.e between mid August & early September. This year it falls on August 14, 2017 - Monday evening. It is celebrated all over India. In Tamil nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and North Indian temples, Gokulashtami is celebrated in a grand manner. Festivities begin before dawn and extend all day until midnight, the exact moment of the anniversary of Krishna’s appearance. Many people observe fasting on this day. But we don't have that practice.
          At home, we do the pooja only in the evening i.e after 6 pm. On those days, my MIL used to do the pooja around 11 pm at night.So its better to do the pooja anytime after 6 pm till midnight. Midnight is the exact time that Krishna appeared on this planet, so it is the most auspicious and spiritually inspiring time to perform pooja. Temples prepare at least one hundred and eight different food dishes on Janmashtami. At home, Tamil people do the pooja by offering flowers, neivedyam recipes like seedai , murukku, laddu, appam, payasam/Kheer etc and  performing Mangala aarti to Lord Krishna Idol or photo. If you are not able to prepare all these dishes,don’t worry - Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita, “If you offer me with love a leaf, flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.” So offer whatever you can - it’s just your love and devotion that matters.

          Please click here for the full collection of Krishna Janmashtami recipes of my blog ! I have also shared a No cook Aval panchamirtham recipe with fruits to make a simple neivedyam.

          Visit my in-laws blog for kolam ideas.

          Krishna janmashtami recipes


          Please click here for the full collection of Krishna Janmashtami recipes of my blog.

          Gokulashtami recipes

          • Krishna Idol or photo frame
          • Flowers/Garland for decoration
          • Fruits like apple, pomegranate,Orange,banana, guava etc
          • One coconut for neivedyam
          • Betel leaves and nuts (Vetrilai paaku)
          • Oil and ghee to light the lamp
          • Rice flour and colors for drawing Rangoli and Krishna feet.
          To offer in front of GOD
          • A small cup of milk, curd, butter, Poha/Aval mixed with jaggery or sugar.
          These offerings are must and should even if you don’t prepare sweets and snacks.

          Ingredients for making neivedyam recipes
          • Raw rice and Rice flour ( for making seedai , murukku and paal payasam )
          • Sesame seeds or cumin seeds
          • Coconut
          • Jaggery ( For vella seedai and appam)
          • Banana ( for appam)
          • Sugar ( for Milk payasam)
          • Milk ( for payasam/Kheer)
          • Urad dal and Roasted gram dal ( Pottukadalai ) ( For making seedai, murukku)
          • Butter/Ghee for snacks
          • Cooking oil ( to deep fry)
          • Do the shopping two days before the festival and finish making the deep fried neivedyam recipes like vella seedai , Uppu seedai , Kai murukku etc on the previous day of festival. Store them in an air tight box after everything cools down completely else they may turn soggy. DO NOT TASTE IT UNTIL YOU FINISH POOJA.
          • Wash the lamps and other pooja vessels on the previous day night and keep the turmeric, kumkum dots.Put the threads and oil the lamp. Suppose if  you don’t have enough time, you can do this job the next day morning or afternoon as we are going to do the pooja only in the evening after 6 pm. So its your choice.
          On Gokulashtami afternoon, mix the ingredients for sweet appam and make payasam in cooker. Cook the appam around 5.30 pm. Around 4 pm in the evening, sweep the house and entrance. Draw Rangoli in the entrance and in front of the Pooja room. Draw the krishna feet from entrance till pooja room. Decorate the krishna idol by keeping flowers and garland. Make him ready for celebration :)


          In many houses in South India, people draw footsteps of Lord Krishna from the entrance of the house to the Puja room. These footsteps are drawn with rice flour paste and drawing these footsteps is a sign of welcoming Lord Krishna to home. Women draw patterns of tiny footsteps like those of infant Krishna. I have given a video below on how to draw krishna feet using rice flour. Please watch it to draw easily.
          how to draw krishna feet

          How to draw Krishna Feet - Video

          Take a broad plate such that your hands should fit in. Dilute the rice flour adding enough water and make the paste. Do not make it too thick or too thin. Its consistency should be like dosa batter. Now fold your hands as if you are punching someoneWinking. Dip your side of the hand in the rice paste. It will be coated with the paste. Now make the impression on the floor. Keep 5 dots for fingers. Draw the right leg first. Repeat the same procedure using your left hand for drawing left leg. Do this alternatively. Draw both the legs together near the entrance and pooja room. Refer the stepwise pictures for clear understanding. For drawing legs of baby Krishna, fold your hands tightly and make the impressions as shown in pics. If you want to draw slightly bigger legs, watch this video. Alternatively, u can ask your kids to make impressions on the floor. They would enjoy doing this and help you out Happy.


          After you finish the decoration and neivedyam preparations i.e after 6 pm, place the decorated Krishna on a plank/Peeta. Offer all the neivedyam recipes, fruits, curd, milk, butter in front of the God. Light the lamp and do the pooja, perform Mangala harathi. You can sing Krishna songs or read Bhagavad Gita/Sri Krishna Ashtakam OR simply chant “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya “means “Om, I bow to Lord Vasudeva or Lord Krishna’'in front of the GOD.

          To perform a simple pooja without any special neivedyam recipes, just garland the Krishna idol, garland it. Light the lamp, Place a small cup of milk, curd, butter, Poha/Aval/rice flakes mixed with jaggery or sugar. Do the pooja and mangala harathi. Please check the picture below for reference.

          Krishna jayanthi celebration at home

          The next morning, do the pooja with a simple neivedyam like dry grapes or candy(kalkandu). Remove the idol at a good time of the day ( Avoid Rahu kalam and Yama kandam ).

          DISCLAIMER : The details I have shared here is purely our family’s method of celebration.It may vary from place to place based on your traditions. So please take this as a reference, consult the elders of your family for more guidance.

          Thanks for visiting this page. Wish you all a very happy Gokulashtami :)

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          August 22, 2015

          Varalakshmi Vratham-Pooja Procedure/Puja Vidhanam

          Picture Courtesy – My friend Archana

          In this post I have shared how to do Varalakshmi vratham Pooja at home with details about the decoration, things needed, requirements for pooja, slokhas, Varalakshmi viratham neivedyam recipes and also about a simple Varamahalakshmi pooja at home for first timers. Hope beginners would find this information useful to you.This year Varalakshmi pooja falls on Friday, August 4,2017.
          Varalakshmi Vratham/Varamahalakshmi festival is the most auspicious festival celebrated by married woman(Hindu) to commemorate Goddess Mahalakshmi."Vara" means "boon" and Goddess Lakshmi grants all boons to those who performs pooja with utmost devotion on this day.Varalakshmi Vratam is a most popular festival in South Indian states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil nadu & North Indian states like Maharashtra & Orissa.Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalakshmi ( 8 Lakshmi)– Goddesses of Wealth(Shri), Earth(Bhu), Learning(Saraswati), Love(Priti), Fame(Kirti), Peace(Shanti), Pleasure(Tushti) and Strength(Pushti). This pooja is performed for the well being of family members especially for the life of Husband & to get children,Wealth etc.Every year Varalakshmi Vratham is observed in Sravana(in Telugu) month(Avani in Tamil & Sawan in Hindi).It is celebrated on Friday preceeding the full moon day(Pournami).Those who cannot perform it on that day, can do it on any other Friday in that month.On this day, married woman should observe fasting till they finish the puja.
          In my family,both Mom & MIL don’t have the practice of doing Varalakshmi Viratham but every Friday we used to do Vilakku poojai for Goddess Mahalakshmi. But still I am making this post as per a reader's request. A reader from Chennai mailed me to share the details of Varalakshmi Vratham with pooja vidhanam/procedures and slokas as she is a beginner.So I thought of asking my friends who perform Varalakshmi Vrata every year in a grand manner.For making this post,I took the help from two of my friends Shalini and Archana. When I told them about this post,they became very happy and shared their pooja procedures along with their Varalakshmi decoration pictures.Shalini gave me a book titled “Aadi, Avani maadha Pooja Vidhanam” in which all the important festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Varalakshmi Vratham, Naga Chathurthi and Garuda Panchami were discussed in detail with slokhas in Tamil.Not just that, Shalini spent nearly 3-4 hours over phone ,explained each and everything about the pooja while I was drafting the post.Without the help of Shalini, this post would not have come up in my blog.I must really thank God for giving me such a helpful friend in all aspects of my lifeHappy . If you are a beginner and looking for Varalakshmi pooja slokas in Tamil, right click on the images and click "Save as", download and save them in your mobile or PC and chant these slokas while doing the pooja. I have also shared some audio, video links for people who look for Varalakshmi vratham pooja vidhanam and idol decoration in Telugu and Tamil .Please scroll through the end of this post to check the links. Lets see the Neivedyam recipes list, pooja items requirements list, Things needed for pooja, Pooja procedures,Varalakshmi vratham story and slokhas for Varalakshmi Vrata in step by step.
           Please visit my in-laws kolam blog "Learn Kolam" for Rangoli ideas.Lets see how to do Varamahalakshmi Pooja at home :)
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