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September 19, 2015

Purattasi Sani Thaligai,Date-How To Celebrate Purattasi Sani Pooja

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Tamil month Purattasi is one of the very special months for Hindus. We Tamil people celebrate Purattasi sani in a grand manner by offering 5 rice varieties, sweet pongal, maa vilakku & Vada malai for Perumal. We call this offering as "Thaligai podrathu"( Thalu) . Purattasi month is called as Ashwin Month by North IndiansMahalaya Paksha or Pitru paksha and Durga Navratri falls in this month.During this month, many people( especially Brahmins) strictly follow a No onion No Garlic menu. Non-vegetarians usually avoid eating non-veg food during this month. Purattasi month is very auspicious for Lord Venkateshwara as it is believed that Lord came to Earth on this month. So special Pooja & Mahotsava are performed in Tirupathi temple.

Purattasi Sani is very special, because on this day, Shri Saneeswara Bhagvan is said to reduce his negative power and praying him helps us to get more benefits. Pooja on this day is believed to bless all those who suffer from chronic illness, financial losses and delay in marriage. Shani grants good health, longevity, leadership, authority, ambition, wisdom and immense wealth to his devotees.Worshipping Vishnu, Fasting on Purattasi Saturday would please Sani graha.

This year 2020, Purattasi month starts on 17th September and it lasts till 16th October. This year there are 4 Purattasi Saturdays (Sanikizhamai). So you can make this thaligai and do the pooja on 1st or 3rd Saturday of this month.

19 September 2020 – 1st Saturday
26 September 2020 – 2nd Saturday
03 October 2020 – 3rd Saturday
10 October 2020 – 4th Saturday

Last year we celebrated Purattasi Sani in my in-laws place. So I clicked the pictures and kept in draft to make this post. I hope beginners who look for Purattasi Pooja procedures would be benefitted by this post. And I consider this post as my record for future reference too.

Disclaimer : Pooja vidhanam/Procedures I have shared here is based on our tradition. It may vary from place to place. So please ask the elders of your family and make changes as per your practice.

Pooja & Neivedyam Requirements
  • One silver sombu/Pot or silver tumbler ( Use velli pathram) for drawing Namam, Sangu & Chakaram OR You can draw on walls too. It is assumed as the Lord. Invert the sombu and draw using Namakatti( a piece of chalk). Refer the picture for the idea.
  • Vada malai with 11 or 21 pepper vadas (without onion)
  • Raw rice for 5 Rice varieties ( Sweet pongal, Coconut rice, Tamarind rice, Black Sesame seeds/Ellu rice, Curd rice) OR No onion No garlic full meals
  • Sundal ( White or brown Chana OR Chana dal/Kadalai paruppu sundal)
  • Maavilakku
  • Fruits, Betel leaves & Nuts
  • Tulsi water for neivedyam ( Add tulsi leaves, crushed cardamom, cloves, a pinch of edible camphor (Pachai karpooram) to a cup of water)
  • Tulsi leaves or garland
  • Incense stick, camphor
  • Flowers
Purattasi sani thaligai

How to Plan for Neivedyam & pooja

You should undergo fasting till you finish the pooja on Purattasi saturday. Making rice varieties for neivedyam is very easy . You can prepare pulikachal paste, ellu podi the previous day night. Soak chana for sundal, Urad dal for vada and coconut rice. Grind the urad dal and make the vada batter. Store in refrigerator till next day’s use. Keep a sombu ready & draw the sangu, chakkaram, namam using namakatti or rice flour paste and let it dry.

Wash the lamps and keep it ready by keeping sandal & kumkum dots.The next morning draw the Kolam. We usually draw Sangu,Chakkaram and Namam in the entrance and in pooja room. Take a pressure cooker and cook raw rice/pacharisi & dal for sweet pongal. In a small bowl or plate, take the soaked chana and cook along with rice and dal.

In another cooker, cook the raw rice for puliodharai, coconut rice, ellu sadam and curd rice. Remove 3/4th of the cooked rice and spread in a plate to cool down. Drizzle some sesame oil. Mash the remaining rice for curd rice. Add boiled milk, curd and salt to the mashed rice. Mix well and temper it. Temper and make the sundal. Grind the urad dal adding little water and make pepper vada batter if you din't prepare the batter the previous night. Make 11 or 21 vada and tie in a thread to make vada malai. Do not use onions in this day for offering God. PLEASE WATCH THE RICE VARIETIES VIDEO GIVEN AT THE END OF THIS POST TO GET SOME IDEAS ON COOKING THIS LUNCH MENU.

Prepare maa vilakku by grinding grated jaggery & rice flour adding cardamom. Add ghee and make a ball. Put a dent, add ghee. Put a thread & kumkum dots. Keep it ready for pooja.


How to do pooja

You should do the pooja in the auspicious time of the day. Avoid Rahukalam and Yamagandam. So after preparing rice varieties, sundal, sweet pongal, vada malai and maa vilakku, arrange everything in a banana leaf or a plate and keep in front of silver pot/sombu. Place the fruits, betel leaves, nuts and coconut in a plate. Light the lamp. Keep tulsi water. Light maavilakku and do the neivedyam. Show dhoop & dheep. Finish the pooja and drink the tulsi water first. Then you can have the lunch. We enjoyed the variety rice with koozh vadam & potato chips.



Links for Neivedyam Recipes

Please refer the video below on how to cook these rice varieties easily. Please make tamarind rice instead of lemon rice for this festival.






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41 comments :

Rachu said...

Good info.

Kavitha said...

Hey Chitra, thanks for the detailed info. btw, the link to sweet pongal is not working.

Unknown said...

Very good information for beginners, ur blog awesome,

Chitra said...

Thanks for the mention. I will update it.

Chitra said...

Thank you sankar saranya :)

Unknown said...

We shouldn't make this pooja on 4th sat since I can't make next week pls reply me in my mail id aranjini88@gmail.com

Chitra said...

I have mailed you.Please chk it.

Unknown said...

Good useful info.....

A Pinch of Ronit's Decor said...

what is ontop of the sombu

Chitra said...

To hold vadai malai i have kept a hundi box on top of sombu😊

harini said...

hi chitra very informative post.though we dont do puja s on purattasi saturday happy to know about this.one small request for u. please search and find the recipe for tirupathi laddu.i am fed up of searching the net.i saw the laddu in a sweet shop called perambur srinivasa in chennai.though it is usually available in tirupathi as prasadham.i am die-hard fan for this laddu.please find and post this recipe.so that we can keep this also for neivedhyam .(though it is not a custom)

Chitra said...

Hi Harini, Even I thought of trying this one. I will do some research and make it :)

Unknown said...

Hi Chitra, nice info. I live in US but still I do Pooja for puratasi and I don't take NV for the entire month. However, my periyappa my dad's own elder brother passed away on 21st Sep 16. My family members told me not to do Pooja until 31 days. I wanted to know if I can perform Pooja irrespective of this? Also I broke the rule of taking non veg as I had egg. Will this be a problem? Can u answer me pls? My email id Priya.lakshman09@gmail.com

Chitra said...

I will mail you.

Unknown said...

whether puratasi thaligai can be done this year (2016) 3rd saturday (because on that day it is pradamai). please reply to my mail id akashbhuvanesh@gmail.com

Chitra said...

Yes you can do it. Do the pooja in good time not in Rahu kalam and yama kandam.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the dates and recipe :)

Unknown said...

Hi
In my home town all are keeping full meals like dhal,rice and three varieties of vegeltables but here u mention variety rice is that k then ur sombu picture is not clearly seen can u put the picture

Chitra said...

Hi, It depends on our practice. We can keep either full meals or rice varieties. You can follow your family's practice. It is good. For sombu, I have kept a box on top it to hold the vadai malai. I have also added a picture of our recent celebration. Hope it is clear. Thanks

Unknown said...

Thank u , bt I m the beginner and this is my first time now I m in Singapore so we don't have tat much relation so only ,ur method is easy bt little confusion wil follow or not is that ur method will nop any type meals isn't k or there was any rule I m asking common

Unknown said...

Hi
Some of them put 5 banana leaves and many varieties and some of 1 simply regular meals some of them varieties rice , I know it depends upon our practice bt I don't exact procedure just I want to know correct procedure if u know detail about tat pls explain me

Chitra said...

Oh fine. Then you can follow any. Either variety rice or meals.

Chitra said...

Sorry. I am not sure. I will ask about it to my mil and let you know.

Unknown said...

Thank u

Unknown said...

Hi Thanks Chitra
I currently live in USA
This is my first purattasi sani thaliyal pooka after marriage
Ur blog really helped me a lot I simply followed ur steps
Loads of thanks and keep posting 😊👍🏻

Unknown said...

Thanku Chitra
I currently live in USA
Ur blog helped me a lot as this is my first purattasi thaliyal pooja after my marrriage
U r doing a great job by posting all these with clear explanation appreciated 😊👍🏻👏🏻

Chitra said...

Thank you so much. Happy to know it :)

Unknown said...

Hi
One general doubt during puratasi month we cook mushroom or not is mushroom is veg or non veg if cook means no prob ah

Chitra said...

Hi, Mushroom is considered as vegetarian.So you can use :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for the recipes we did exactly the same as your recipe and the pooja it was awesome and satisfying.but we did it this Saturday which is 4 th we already did the pooja . Is it good to do on 4th Saturday. Please advice.

Chitra said...

Thanks. Glad this post helped you. Usually we don't do it in even number of weeks ie. 2 & 4. But its ok as you have done it unknowingly. Don't worry, any pooja done wholeheartedly is accepted by God :) Next year you can celebrate in 1, 3 or 5th week.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the detailed post on thaliyal procedure (which we generally don't find :) We too do the same way except for the full lunch menu instead of variety rice. I found it very helpful before the pooja to cross check if I missed out anything.

Chitra said...

Thank you so much. Glad it helped you 😊

K. Sridharan said...

Thanks for SOPs.few things not known to me so far. Please let me know if 3rd Saturday falls during தேய்பிà®±ை, can we still perform Puja. Sridharan (9710684630)

HemaMohan said...

Thank you for the information. One doubt, should the sadam varieties be be made only with பச்சரிசி or normal cooking rice.

Chitra said...

Hello sir, Thanks. For this pooja, we don't see theipirai. So you can do it on 3rd week.

Chitra said...

Hello Hema, you should use raw rice/ pacharisi as we are offering to God.

HemaMohan said...

Thank you

Unknown said...

Dear Chitra, thank you for very informative blog post. Do you know by any chance why the odd Saturdays of Puratasi is more significant and chosen for perumal thaligal
Thank you

Chitra said...

Hello, Thank you. I will check with my elders and share here.

Unknown said...

Thank you Chitra. I await your reply. Kind regards,Smriti