Makar sanskranti Jan 14th by Pratibha Jani prayers and sesame seeds candy prasad
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.
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.
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