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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Daily Morning shlokas-Chaturmaas

Morning prayers for grown ups. Daily Morning shlokas-Chaturmaas

This is a collection of morning prayers in Sanskrit especially beneficial during the four auspicious months of Chaturmaas.(the Four months that come around June to Sept ) of every year. These months are very auspicious for spiritual practices. Shri purusha Suktum especially is to be recited daily. These shlokas also used for daily morning prayers. Includes : Our scriptures also say that we should always recite Shri Suktum (For mother goddess) but recite Purusha suktum(Prayer to the Lord vishnu , consort of The mother goddess) before we recite Shri suktum. So here goes.

  • Aatmashatkum
  • Shivohum
  • Shri Shivparadhanstotrum
  • Shri Krishnashtakum
  • Shri Purushasuktum
  • Shri Suktum.

Hope you enjoy and make it part of your daily morning prayer routine.  These are separately posted as well on this Blog. Here is a collection of all of them together.

Shankha Pooja अथ शङ्ख पूजा

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7. अथ शङ्ख पूजा Atha Shankha Pooja

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shankha (Conch shells)

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Not a regular common practice for daily prayers but it is followed for special occasions. For taking the kind of shankha it is beneficial to have a shankha that is “dakshin Varti” which means circling towards the south(opening) is best.  Any size you can find is fine.

Now take the sankha and dip it in the water of the kalash and take the water into the shankha. take a couple leaves of tulsi if you have , if not then some plain rice or few petals of flower are also fine. Now take this shankha and place it in a copper plate that is called Tarbhaanu.

Tarbhaanu(Copper plate for puja)
Tarbhaanu(Copper plate for puja)

a stainless steel plate is also ok.

Join your hands in prayer and say the following shloka to bring the shankha as part of the ceremony. Shankha is considered to have born from the ocean so invite Lord Vishnu and Shankha to the special occasion.

video and the written format of the shloka is as below

Let’s start.  Shankha Pooja by Pratibha Jani   pdf here

शङ्खं चन्द्रार्कदैवत्यं वारुणंचादि दैवतं |
पृष्ठे प्रजापति विद्यात् अग्रे गङ्गा सरस्वती|
त्रैलोक्ये यानि तीर्थानि वासुदेवस्य चाज्ञया |
शङ्खे तिष्ठन्ति विपेन्द्र तस्माद शङ्खं प्रपूजयेत् |
त्वं पूरा सागरोत्पन्नः विष्णुना विधृतः करे ||
निर्मितः सर्वदेवैस्तु पाञ्चजन्य नमोष्तुते |
पवनाय नमः
पाञ्चजन्याय नमः
पद्मगर्भाय नमः
अम्बुराजाय नमः
कंबुराजाय नमः
धवलाय नमः
पाञ्चजन्याय विद्महे पद्मगर्भाय धीमहि तन्नः शङ्खः प्रचोदयात् ||

Śaṅkhaṁ candrārkadaivatyaṁ vāruṇan̄cādi daivataṁ |
Pr̥ṣṭhē prajāpati vidyāt agrē gaṅgā sarasvatī |
Trailōkyē yāni tīrthāni vāsudēvasya cājñayā |
Śaṅkhē tiṣṭhanti vipēndra tasmāda śaṅkhaṁ prapūjayēt |
Tvaṁ pūrā saagarōtpannaḥ viṣṇunā vidhr̥taḥ karē | |
Nirmitaḥ sarvadēvaistu pāñcajan’ya namōṣtutē |
Pavanāya namaḥ
Pāñcajan’yāya namaḥ
Padmagarbhāya namaḥ
Amburājāya namaḥ
Kamburājāya namaḥ
Dhavalāya namaḥ
Pāñcajan’yāya vidmahē pādmagarbhāya dhīmahi tannaḥ śaṅkhaḥ pracōdayāt | |

Bow your head in respect and join your hands in prayer, invitation to the conch shell/Lord Vishnu.

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