Bhai Beej -Bhai Duj sanskritchantsnprayers by Pratibha Jani

Bhai Beej -Bhai Duj sanskritchantsnprayers by Pratibha Jani

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.

 

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Shivratri Fasting recipes Pratibha Jani

Shivratri Fasting recipes Pratibha Jani

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

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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