Shri Narsingh Prayers and Aarti.श्री नरसिन्ह By Pratibha Jani

Shri Narsingh Prayers and Aarti.श्री नरसिन्ह By Pratibha Jani

Lord Narsingh श्री नरसिन्ह is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is supposed to have taken this form to save his devotee Bhakta Prahlaad(a young boy) and to teach a lesson to the evil demon Hiranyakashyapu. In short The story goes to say that The Lord  took the form “Narsingh Avataar ” which means half Lion, Half man.

The demon had a boon that he would not be killed by a man, or a beast, in morning or at night, and such many other criteria  which  made him almost impossible to be killed. Due to this boon he had grown stronger and when the atrocities of this demon became unbearable the Lord took the form of half man, half lion, during the sunset time and killed the demon in mid air on his thighs,with his nails.  Thus protecting his devotee Prahlaad from being burnt on the fire pillar and also keeping the boon in tact.

Shri Narsingh  Jayanti falls on the day before full moon in the month of Vaishakha (April/May) and the prayers are typically done at the time of sunset. This year it falls on May 23rd, 2013.

It is very difficult to find too many prayers and shlokas for Lord Narsingh. I have gathered some shlokas, prayers,chants, stuti and Aarti over the years and am Presenting them here to any one interested.

The shlokas are narrated slowly so beginners and children can follow along. Enjoy, share, and Like if useful.

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Until Next time, Pratibha

Shivratri Fasting recipes Pratibha Jani

Shivratri Fasting recipes Pratibha Jani

Mahesh Murti Shiva Elephantacaves India

shivlingam Pratibha Jani
shivlingam Pratibha Jani

 

 

 

 

 

So, today as I woke up this morning, I thought of how we used to gt up early in the morning and cook fasting recipes for the day. We also used to cook for the members of the  family who did not fat so we did two set of cooking on that day. Fun right? Yup. Actually it was.  Then, once all the kitchen was taken care of, we used to go to Shiva temple. Any temple close to home works just fine.So many times I was also very lucky to be a tour guide at the famous Elephanta caves in Mumbai on the day of shivratri. I loved it so much.

I still do my temple visits here even in NJ.  We are lucky to find Shiva temples in our area that do the special Pujas and follow the Hindu calendar days to perform the Puja.

Really it doesn’t matter if you follow the physical visit to the temple  social /cultural/religious set of customs or if you can just take some time for yourself in introspection and try to reach your inner self, to find that YOU within your self, and /or try to tap into the higher authority that makes the universe and beyond go around. Take a few minutes for yourself and just be at peace with yourself. Meditate and do some pranayam. Do some Shiva chants/shlokas, prayers , aartis, what ever works for you but do something.   So here are my this morning’s fasting recipes: cooking recipes all ready to enjoy and share.    This morning  I made

  • Moriya ni khichdi
  • Bhinda nu shaak
  • Rajagra ni Bhakhri
  • and Moriya ni kadhi
Shiv ratri fasting recipes Pratibha Jani
Shiv ratri fasting recipes Pratibha Jani

Let me know how your day goes today.

and yes fruits

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Pratibha Janisrecipes

 

Happy shivratri everyone, and if you are not fasting you  can still eat these recipes

Makar sankranti Puja and Naivedya sesame seeds candy Pratibha Jani

Makar sankranti Puja and Naivedya sesame seeds candy Pratibha Jani

Makar sankranti Puja and Naivedya sesame seeds candy Pratibha Jani
Makar sankranti Puja and Naivedya sesame seeds candy Pratibha Jani

 

 

 

 

Makar sankranti, Thai Pongal or Uttaran,Uttarayan and the kite festival are all different names of one harvest festival in India that falls on Jan 14th each. Traditionally, we make sesame seeds candy and offer as prasad or naivedya. to the family deity, Lord Sun (Surya). You can also recite the Gayatri Mantra/ Typically we are to bath early morning with oil and then perform this puja as a sign of good luck, and ask for blessings-with lighting a lamp or two lamps and incense, fresh flowers and recite the. Offer this Naivedya Prasad (this sesame seeds candy) and recite shlokas, chants, prayers. You can also offer panchamrut along with this prasad. The celebration of upcoming of the harvest festival when the fields will be all ready to seed/plough and at the same time it is also considered as the six months of the Gods/Devas day time. Enjoy this beautiful day with family friends and relatives.

For written recipe of this Naivedya (Prasad) follow my recipe site here Pratibha Jani’s vegetarian recipes

Prayers to lord surya- Surya naman Sanskrit shlok is here

 

Prayers to Lord Surya in Gujrati is here

Maha Gayatri – Shad devata gayatri mantra is here

 

Shad Devata Gayatri mantra in written is here

Simple Only Gayatri mantra is also good to do if you are short of time.

हरि ॐ   श्री गायत्री मन्त्रः

  • ॐ भुर्भुवस्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम् भर्गोदेवस्यः धीमहि
  • धियोयोनः प्रचोदयात्

Hari Om Shri Gayatri Mantra:

  • Om Bhurbhuvasva Tut saviturvarenyum, Bhargo devasya dhimahi
  • Dhuyo yonah prachodayaat.

Remember the kite flying if you and your children like it and are able to fly some kites. Have a very happy Thai Pongal, sankranti, and uttarayan everyone. Make this sweet dish and share the good ness in your heart.

 

 

 

 

Platter placement n cooking tips for shraddha days(pitrupaksha)

Just a simple basic video of some tips for following the days of shraddha /poonam and amavasya shraddha,and platter placement for the panch maha bhoot (the birds/animals etc) for our ancestors. This video includes some small snips of a couple recipes I use for my platter but the main purpose of this video is to show the placement of the recipes for the shraddha platter. So the recipes are not in detail. Those videos will follow later in the posts. Please follow your family customs if you have/know them. Follow this video if you are looking to learn or do not know or remember your family customs for he shraddha platter.

 

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Platter placement n cooking tips for  shraddha days(pitrupaksha)

Just a simple basic video of some tips for following the days of shraddha /poonam and amavasya shraddha,and platter placement for the panch maha bhoot (the birds/animals etc) for our ancestors.   This video includes some small snips of a couple recipes I use for my platter but the main purpose of this video is to show the placement of the recipes for the shraddha platter. So the recipes are not in detail. Those videos will follow later in the posts.  Please follow your family customs if you have/know them. Follow this video if you are looking to learn or do not know or remember your family customs for he shraddha platter.

Hope this helps.

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Khuskhus kopra na ladoo(Ganpati Prasad Laadoo)

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Everyone

 

Always remember if you are short on time and cannot make this recipe a small piece of gud(Gor) or jaggery will serve just as well for ganpati prasad.

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Khuskhus kopra na ladoo(Ganpati Prasad Laadoo)

Ghaun naa laadoo(Wheat flour ladoos)

Khuskhus is – poppy seeds
Kopra- dry shredded coconut.
Ladoo- is sweet round balls (dessert) gujrati- લાડૂ

Typical traditional Indian Gujrati families always like and make wheat flour laddoos (sweet dish). This recipe takes some time to make but is very tasty. Yes it is very rich due to ghee/olive oil and a generous amount of gud (Gor) or jaggery. Yet, it is so worth it to be enjoyed on special occasion such as Ganesh Chaturthi. Laddoos are considered to be the most favorite sweets of Lord Ganesh and we also use this as an excuse to feed our own sweet tooth. Make sure to put the ladoos for prasad first.

So here is how we make it. There is a longer traditional version but I am trying to follow a much healthier and shorter version to make these Laddoos.

Video will follow as…

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Janmashtami- Lord Krishna’s Birthday

Janmashtami- Birth of Lord KrishnaJanmashtami- Lord Krishna’s Birthday is celebrated and rejoiced all over India and around the world every year. This year in USA it falls on Wed 8/28/13.

The birth of Lord Krishna started with a lot of miracles around and too many hardships. Although the beauty of the child’s birth is miraculous, amazing and captivating stories the lessons are taught at each step of his life. starting from birth. Krishna’s childhood is what we typically celebrate on this day as it signifies that the almighty decided to take a human form to tackle the overgrowing evil- Evilness in the earth. One of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu takes birth in human form and the domination of good over evil is once again proclaimed.

Baal Krishna( Gopal Krishna)
Baal Krishna( Gopal Krishna)

Pray as many chants songs and happy childhood poems you remember as you can on this day and be happy. The most childhood innocent prank stories of lord krishna as a child are how he and his buddies broke into village homes of neighbouring cowherds- and stole the fresh made butter and butter milk and distributed among the friends while the women folks were away at the river banks doing their daily chores like filling up water and doing laundry etc. Each story has a morale which signifies to share the good with all and not just to keep it to yourself. To see good in even the worst of things and situations, to make sure that your own homes, families, communites are fully satisfied and fully fed healthy meals before selling or giving it out for profits.  HOW VERY true even in today’s world. Most of all, that our ego is always kept in check in some way or another and humility  rules.  So much learning and wisdom in such small 2 and 3 minutes folk songs

Some of these are incorporporated in these two short small folk songs. I remember two small poems from my childhood that my grandma used to sit and sing on the swing at sunset times. Both are in gujrati. Simple small family bhajan folk songs from my family to yours.   I am posting it here enjoy if you wish and teach it to your young children or grand children if you like.  Poems themselves are less than 2 minutes each.

  • Daakor no thaakor (lord krishna)
  • Alyaa Kanha (Krishna as a child) taney ek vaata kahu..    My children and myself used to sing it on the deck swing when thery were much younger as well.   Hope you pass it on to your younger ones.
Baal Krishna( Gopal Krishna)
Baal Krishna( Gopal Krishna)

On a more grown up note here is

Shri Krishnashtakum     and  

shri purushasuktum   I am posting it here enjoy if you wish

Bhagwad gita chapters 3, 12 and 15 are here 

Enjoy, Like, Share, Teach and  pass it on to the next generation.