Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Shivarathri Specialties & Recipes

Maha Shivratri, the night for the worship of Shiva falls on a moonless February night when Hindus offer special prayer to the lord of destruction. This year it is celebrated on Febrauary 17th, 2015. 

The entire night is spent chanting Mantras or listening to stories of Shiva. Some of the important mantras that are chanted on the day include: Shiva Panchakshari Mantra – Om Namah Shivaya or chanting the sacred names of Lord Shiva.

Reasons to celebrate Maha-Shivarathiri :- 

# The absolute formless God, Sadashiv appeared in the form of "Lingodbhav Moorti" exactly at midnight on Maha Shivratri. That is why all Shiva devotees keep vigil during the night of Shivratri and do "Shivlingam abhishekham" (coronation of the phallic idol) at midnight. 

God in his manifestation as Vishnu made his appearance as Krishna during midnight at Gokul , 180 days after Shivratri, commonly known as Janmashtami. Thus, the circle of one year is divided into two by these two auspicious days of the Hindu Calendar. 

# Lord Shiva was married to Devi Parvati on Shivratri. Remember Shiva minus Parvati is pure 'Nirgun Brahman'. With his illusive power, (Maya, Parvati) he becomes the "Sagun Brahman" for the purpose of the pious devotion of his devotees. 

# It is also believed that on Shivratri, Lord Shiva became 'Neelkantham' or the blue-throated by swallowing the deadly poison that came up during the churning of "Kshir Sagar" or the milky ocean. The poison was so deadly that even a drop in his stomach, which represents the universe, would have annihilated the entire world. Hence, He held it in his neck, which turned blue due to the effect of poison. Shivratri is therefore also a day of thanksgiving to the Lord for protecting us from annihilation.  

A Festival Significant for Women :-
Shivrathri is considered especially auspicious for women. Married women pray for the well being of their husbands and sons, while unmarried women pray for an ideal husband like Shiva, who is the spouse of Kali, Parvati and Durga. But generally it is believed that anyone who utters the name of Shiva during Shivratri with pure devotion is freed from all sins. He or she reaches the abode of Shiva and is liberated from the cycle of birth and death. 
Observing Fast on Shivarathri :-
On the auspicious occasion of Shivaratri, Hindu devotees around the world observe Shivratri Vrat or Upvaas or fast. The fasting involves refraining from eating any food and not sleeping through out the night. The fasting begins on the morning of Shivratri and ends next day morning or the Amavasa morning. 

Some people observing fast consume a mid-day meal consisting of non-cereal food such as boiled potatoes which is made into a curry without onion, garlic, adarak or haldi. Another food eaten on the day is pakori or poori. Most devotees go for a fruit diet and drink lots of water. No meal is eaten after sunset. Next meal is taken on the morning of Amavasi after doing puja and giving alms.

Above information source - Google.

Check out the below recipes :- 
 

SWEETS :-
Banana Halwa-MW
Jackfruit Halwa
Khoya/Kova Jamun
Malpua
Semiya Kesari
Rava Kesari
Cornflakes Laddu
Rava Laddu
Payasam | Kheer Varieties :-
Besan Payasam
Carrot Payasam
Mango Payasam
Aval Payasam
Chakka Pradhaman
Jackfruit Payasam

Pasiparuppu Payasam
Moongdal Kheer

5 . SUNDAL VARIETIES :- 

White Channa Sundal
Black Channa Sundal
Peanut Sundal
Pattani Sundal
6 . VADA VARIETIES :-

Pulusu Vadai
Sago Vadai
Paruppu Vadai

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