Ganesh Chauth Celebrated- A Festival of The Lord of Obstacles (Remover)

We celebrate this festival every year on the auspicious day of the fourth day of Bhadrapada màsa (the sixth month of Hindu calendar) that generally falls at the middle of August or first week of September.

This festival is celebrated for nine days and on the tenth day, the idol is immersed in rivers or tanks with due respect.

All Ganesha temples are a place of the congregation of devotees during all these days. Cultural programmes are also arranged in which music and dance programs take place during daytime or late evenings after the worships are over.

The roads are filled with idols being carried by groups of devotees in carriages for immersion on the last day of the festival with bands of music and shouting of farewell slogans to God with a request to come earlier next year to protect them from problems.

A South Indian sweet food for divine offerings

This is the period of ‘pongal’ or  ‘sankranti’  in our Hindu religious customs. A full month of worships and prayers remembering the great saintess “Andal” or Goda devi’s devotion and attachment towards God and her contribution towards the spiritual attainment knowledge.

We worship Lord Sri Krishna reciting the hymns created by her for 30 days during this period (16th December to 14th Jan.) and offer a divine food known as Pongal to the god all these days. On some specific days, we have to prepare sweet pongal as the offering along with normal plain pongal.

So, on 31st December, we prepared the sweet pongal recipe as the offering. I wanted to share this dish with you which is sweet, delicate and often topped with a lot of ghee by frying cashew nuts and raisins in that ghee. It will taste so sweet and delicious and full of proteins and energy that you may like to have it often.

chakkara pongali

chakkara pongal or sweet pongal

chakkara pongal recipe preparation

Anybody can prepare this recipe very easily.

The ingredients required are – rice, jaggery (brown sugar), some milk, ghee, broken cashew nuts, raisins, cardamom powder.

Cook the rice in a cooker and add jaggery, milk and some water to it and cook again for some time without lid so as to mix the jaggery entirely into it making it soft. Then, heat the ghee in a small pan and fry the broken cashewnuts and raisins in it and mix it into that cooked preparation along with the cardamom powder. Your chakkara pongal or sweet pongal recipe is now ready for serve.

Some people add a little bit of split green gram (moong dal) while cooking rice for taste. But the green gram is normally added only for preparing plain pongal adding salt which is not sweet and it is to be topped with black pepper powder and cumin seeds only.

This post is posted as a sequence in the tasty thursdays blog event for this week. You can visit the blog event of tasty thursdays at this link.

Christmas spirit and holidays

Christmas spirit is all around now with people engaged in buying gifts and decorating the christmas tree. There’s great excitement and hurry among people to procure the most appealing christmas gifts to please and lure their children as well as friends and elders.

Christmas

Birth of Christ

In this run for false prestige and show, most of the original purpose and spirit of Christmas is often forgotten.

We are forgetting to offer our prayers and thanks to Jesus for all His sacrifices and love for humanity. We enjoy the holidays celebrating parties and picnics or watching movies and engaging in other sources of entertainment bypassing the real purpose of Christmas Day.

Christmas is the day for celebrating the love of God towards mankind. It is the day of showing gratitude to Jesus, the Son of God who came into this world to sacrifice his own life to save his people. It is the day when He took all evil upon Him by being crucified so as to bear all the wounds upon him and remove the pains from their lives.

So we must try to understand the real christmas spirit by remembering all those pains underwent by Him for our own emancipation and enlightenment. We should show our love and respect towards Him and thank Him for all those sacrifices made by Him for our own sake.