Prayers for Bhai Beej (Bhi Duj) The day after Hindu New Year
Sisters pray for the brother’s long and happy life on this day of Bhai Beej.
Pray to these seven immortal souls of ancient times and ask for their blessings to grant your brother/s and long life.
अश्वथामा बलिर्व्यसः हनुमन्च विभीषण कृपाह परशुरामच सप्तेते चिरन्जिविन
Ashvathama Balirvyasah, hanumancha vibhishanah;
Krupaha Parshuramacha, Saptetey Chiranjijeevah:
Then address the following prayer to Lord Markandeya:
मार्कण्डेय महाभाग,सप्तकल्पा जीवितह
चिरन्जीवी यथा त्वं,लाथा मे भ्रातारं कुरुः
Markandeya Mahabhaga,Saptakalpa Jeevitaha
Chiranjivi Yathaa tvam tathaa me Bhraataaram Kuruhu.
Meaning: O Lord Markandeya, You are most fortunate and are Chiranjeevi (immortal), who will live for the duration of seven Kalpa, Please grant my brother a life as long as yours by virtue of being a Chiranjeevi.
Shivratri Fasting recipes 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
Let me know how your day goes today.
and yes fruits
Happy shivratri everyone, and if you are not fasting you can still eat these recipes
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.
Khuskhus kopra na ladoo(Ganpati Prasad Laadoo)
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.
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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.
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.
On a more grown up note here is
shri purushasuktum I am posting it here enjoy if you wish
Enjoy, Like, Share, Teach and pass it on to the next generation.
3. Ghantaanaad घण्टानाद (Sound the bell) and
4. Aagaman- आगमन् (invitation)
(Ringing of bell ) Is Mainly to bring your own mind’s focus and concentration into your present task from the wandering around the world. So Be in the present. Remember, it is all to bring yourself within. Go within. Connect to yourself. Close your eyes if possible and say the following shloka as you are ringing the bell or as you do the ghantnaad (Sound of the bell) “Audio of all shlokas at the end of Gurudhyaan shloka”
आगमनार्थम् तू देवानाम् , गमनार्थं तू राक्षषां
गुरुवे घण्टारवं रम्यम् ,देवता वानलान्च्छनं
शुक्लं बरदरं विष्णुं शशि वर्णम् चतुर्भुजं
प्रस्सन्न वदनं ध्याये सर्व विघ्नो पशान्तये
Aagamaartham to devaanaam, gamanaartham to raakshashaam.
Guruve ghaantaaravam ramyam,devataa Vaanalaanchanam.
Shuklaam baradaram vishnum,shashi varnam chaturbhujam.
Prassana vadanam dhyaaye,sarva vighno pashaantaye.