Let’s remember valentine’s day is all about the depth of True love which includes Parents, Brother,sister our children and our Better Halves. Let’s also remember those less fortunate and pray and wish for them all to have the same love and blessings that all deserve. Help someone in need. Smile at or with someone that you don’t expect anything from. Try to make others happy and healthy for someone who does not know you or spend time with someone you normally don’t get a chance to do with. Don’t forget your Morning 2 minute pranayaam (Yoga breathing exercises) in these early morning sun rays
Shri Satya Narayan Puja is one of the most popular puja done in many Hindu homes on an annual or a special occasion basis. We have three types of prasad that we offer for this puja.
A mixture of some dry fruits and nuts
A banana and a couple
1 or 2 seasonal fruits(optional)
Siro or sweet porridge
Here is making of the Prasad (Offering to God) Siro or sweet porridge for this occasion.
1 and a half cup cream of wheat (or wheat flour- in some parts of the country)
1 cup of sugar 1 cup of ghee
1 to 1 1/2 cup of milk
some chopped/sliced almonds
1 teaspoon of cardammom powder
1 teaspoon of charoli(charodi)
1 teaspoon of cardammom seeds
some pistachio nuts
pinch of saffron if available (optional)
These are all the ingredients needed to prepare the siro. Most importantly, you can always work with less nuts and dry fruits . As long as you have the basic cream or wheat, sugar, milk and ghee you are good.
Heat the ghee in a large pan and then Roast the cream of wheat in it till you smell roasted and it starts to turn slightly golden brown. Now add some milk and stir well as you cook some more. Milk starts evaporating. Add some more if you feel the need , Normally one cup should work just fine but it depends on the quality of cream of whet you have. Once the milk is all absorbed, add the sugar about one cup or a little less if fine. Stir well and cover it on medium heat to mix simmer and cook well. In a three to four minutes stir again and add most of the dry nuts and spice powder. Mix well.Cover and let it simmer for one minute. Now remove from the stove and spread it on a large plate or bowl (stainless steel preferred) and garnish with the remaining nuts.
Allow it to cool before offering it in front of god for prasad. Remember to put a tulsi leaf on top before offering. Place the plate with the fruits/nuts Your prasad for the puja is ready for offering. After the puja, all members attending the puja take a small portion as as prasad from god for blessing and good luck
शिव पञ्चाक्षर स्तोत्रम् Shiva Panchaakshara Stotrum Pratibha Jani
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