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

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

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.

Shri Shiv Manas pooja शिव मानस पूजा Pratibha Jani Pdf and audio

Shri Shiv Manas pooja शिव मानस पूजा Pratibha Jani Pdf and audio

शिवजी Shivji Shiv Manas Pooja
शिवजी Shivji Shiv Manas Pooja

Shiv Manas puja Pdf Pratibha Jani

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

fruits Pratibha Janisrecipes
Pratibha Janisrecipes


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