Friday, July 11, 2014

VyasaPurnima / Guru Purnima



Full moon day during Ashadha month is known as Guru Purnima day. Traditionally this day is reserved for Guru Puja or Guru Worship. On this day disciples offer Puja or pay respect to their Gurus. Guru refers to spiritual guide who enlighten disciples by his knowledge and teachings. 

Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima and this day is commemorated as birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa. Veda Vyasa was the author as well as a character in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Adi Shankara, Sri Ramanuja Acharya and Sri Madhvacharya are some of the noteworthy Gurus in Hinduism. 

Guru Purnima is also celebrated by Buddhists in the honor of Gautama Buddha to commemorate the day when Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India. 

Hindus attach paramount importance to spiritual gurus. Gurus are often equated with God and always regarded as a link between the individual and the Immortal. Just as the moon shines by reflecting the light of the sun, and glorifies it, all disciples can dazzle like the moon by gaining from their Gurus.

What is Guru Purnima?

The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as the auspicious day of Guru Purnima, a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Vyasa. All Hindus are indebted to this ancient saint who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata. Vyasa even taught Dattatreya, who is regarded as the Guru of Gurus.

Significance of Guru Purnima

On this day, all spiritual aspirants and devotees worship Vyasa in honor of his divine personage and all disciples perform a 'puja' of their respective spiritual preceptor or 'Gurudevs'.

This day is of deep significance to the farmers, for it heralds the setting in of the much-needed rains, as the advent of cool showers usher in fresh life in the fields. It is a good time to begin your spiritual lessons. Traditionally, spiritual seekers commence to intensify their spiritual 'sadhana' from this day.

The period 'Chaturmas' ("four months") begins from this day. In the past, wandering spiritual masters and their disciples used to settle down at a place to study and discourse on the Brahma Sutras composed by Vyasa, and engage themselves in Vedantic discussions.


I wish you all my dear blogger friends,Family members a very Happy Guru Purnima.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tholi Ekadashi / Devshayani Ekadashi



According to Hindu Calendar, Devshayani Ekadashi  takes place during Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Hindu month of Ashad. The day of Devshayani Ekadashi is devoted to Lord Vishnu. Devotees observe a Vrat (fast) to please the Lord on the day of Devshayani Ekadashi.


Parana Muhurat is the auspicious time to break the fast of Devshayani Ekadashi. It is believed that one should terminate his/her fast within Dwadashi Tithi (succeeding day).

In 2014,Devshayani Ekadashi is on July 8th ,Tuesday.


Once, there was a king named Mandata. He was very generous toward his subjects and was immensely popular among the common men. Moreover, Mandata was very honest and was engaged in numerous auspicious activities. But, one event changed the fate of his kingdom. The kingdom received no rains for a period of three years and this affected the prosperity of the place, to a large extent. Mandata performed several rites, but could not bring back the prosperity of his kingdom.

Henceforth, he set out on a journey when he met several holy men with whom he discussed his problem. But he could not find any solution from them. Finally, he met Sage Angira and advised by him to follow the Vrat of Ekadashi in the month of Ashad. Mandata followed his advice and observed Ashad Ekadashi Vrat with a devout heart. As a result, his kingdom received heavy rains and the prosperity was regained, after a drought for three years. Since then, the day of Devshayani Ekadashi came into being.
Devshayani Ekadasi is also popular as Deva Sayani Ekadashi, Shayana Ekadashi, Tholi Ekadashi, Pedda Ekadashi, Vishnu Sayan Ekadashi, Harivasara Ekadashi, Maha Ekadashi, Ashada Devasayani Ekadashi and Padma Ekadashi in different regions of India.

How to follow the rituals of Devshayani Ekadashi ?


Following are the rituals that are to be followed on the day of Devshayani Ekadasi .

Prayers and hymns are chanted to pacify the souls of deceased forefathers on Devshayani Ekadashi.
Devotees who observe Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat, abstain from consuming any food item on the day of Ekadashi.

The fast begins from the day of Dashami, while observing the Vrat devotees are not allowed to consume more than a meal.
Rituals are performed in the afternoon for the departed members of the family.
Ashwamedha Yagna (horse sacrifice) ritual is performed on Devshayani Ekadashi.
The fast is finally terminated on the next day during the Parana period.

 The Mythological significance of Devshayani Ekadashi:


 Significance Of Devshayani Ekadashi:


According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that Vishnu falls asleep on the day of Devshayani Ekadashi in Ksheera Sagar (ocean of milk). Hence, the day is known as Devshayani Ekadashi (sleeping moment of god on eleventh day).

Vishnu awakens from his sleep after a period of four months, on the day of Prabodhini Ekadashi. His sleeping period is known as Chaturmas (four months). Devshayani Ekadashi marks the commencement of Chaturmas. It is believed that if devotees follow a Vrat on Devshayani Ekadashi, he/she is blessed with a blissful life.

Observe the day of Devshayani Ekadashi and lead a charming life in the near future. All you need to do is to purify your heart, not with water or elixir, but with a devout heart full of dedication toward Lord Vishnu.

PelalaPindi /PopCorn Powder is the recipe/Naivedyam is offered & taken today



Divya's Cooking Journey  wishes you all a blessed Devshayani Ekadashi in 2014!!

Note:

Here you can find the few links about this Festival in Telugu .I like those to share ,Have a Wonderful look friends(Telugu Lovers) to this .


http://eenadu.net/Editorial/Antaryamiinner.aspx?item=070714anta


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Uppu Mirapa Kaayalu / Curd Chillies


Hi Friends,This recipe is from my Mother & Mother -In-Law. It's easy and we need to make sure we have a good sun .It's  good  to prepare it during the summer season.

Ingredients:
  •  Fresh Green Chillies 1/2 Kg
  • Yogurt / Buttermilk  slightly  Sour   1 litre ( neither thin or thick)
  • Salt  to taste 
  • Plastic Sheet or Cloth to Place the chillies to dry it  under the sun.
Method:
  • Wash the green chillies and dry them on a kitchen napkin .
  • Slit them vertically keeping the ends intact and also retain the stalks of green chillies.
  • Remove the Seeds if they are spicy.
  • Add salt to buttermilk and beat nicely,the consistency of buttermilk should neither be very thin nor thick.
  • Add the green chillies to the buttermilk mixture.
  •  Make sure they are well immersed in the buttermilk.
  • Cover it and soak it for 3 days and leave it aside.They will slightly change in color after 3 days.
  • After 3 days squeeze them slightly with hands and arrange them in a single layer on a plastic sheet and dry them under sun until evening.Keep the buttermilk don't pour it away.
  • In the evening again add them to the left over buttermilk mixture and let it sit in the buttermilk mixture overnight.
  • Next day morning squeeze them again and dry them until evening on the plastic sheet ,arrange the chillies neatly in rows space between them .
  •  Follow the same process for the chillies until all the buttermilk mixture is finished.It might take few days 5-6 days.
  • After the buttermilk mixture is finished you can dry them in sun for another few days until they are completely dried.
  • Store them in an air tight container.It stays for more than a year.
Serving Style:
  • You can fry it and serve this along with Rice ,Sambhar,Dal.
  • Curd chillies can be tempered with cumin , mustard seeds and pinch of turmeric to be served with the meals.
  • Fried curd chillies can be added to rice flour upmas & Senagala Mixture / Masala.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lemon & Ginger Rasam

Ingredients:


  • Cooked Dal -1/3 cup
  • Fresh Grated Ginger-1 tsp
  • Lemon  Juice-1tbsp
  • Oil- 1tbsp
  • Turmeric - a pinch
  • Green Chillies- 2no
  • Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds-1/2tsp
  • Asafoetida- a pinch
  • Red Chilli Powder - 1no
  • Curry leaves- few
  • Water- 2 cups

Method:
  • Take a Vessel ,heat with oil.
  • Add the Mustard seeds,Cumin seeds,Asafoetida,Red chillies,Green Chillies,Curry leaves,add  the grated ginger.
  • Fry them all well.
  • Now Mash the cooked dal and add to the seasoning.
  • Mix it well,add the water,adjust with salt and allow to boil it.
  • Nice aroma starts and this stage turn off the flame and add the Lemon juice.
  • Mix well and serve with the Rice.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tomato & Paneer Curry.



Hello Friends,

Thank you all for your wonderful  stoppings & visiting to my cooking journey & sharing your valuable comments.

As I can't make every one to taste my  cooking recipes ,even though feeling very happy to have that chance by posting them through blog.Thanks a lot to all the blog Friends for your Likes on my Facebook Page too.

Now without delay today's Special recipe goes here.


Ingredients:

  • Fresh Paneer pieces - 1cup
  • Tomato - 1 chopped
  • Frozen green peas- 1/2 tbsp
  • Turmeric- a pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Onion - 1no small chopped
  • Butter/ Oil -2tbsp 
  • Ginger Garlic paste-1/2tsp

Method :

  • Heat the pan or Vessel with oil/butter.
  • Saute the Onions till they turn soft.
  • Next add the chopped tomatoes ,turmeric,and cook well.
  • Now add ginger garlic paste.Fry it well.
  • Add the paneer pieces , frozen green peas mix well.
  • Adjust with salt,chilli powder .
  • Cover the lid and allow to cook for few minutes.
  • Tasty Paneer & Tomato Curry is ready to taste.
  • Serve this along with roti or rice.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!!

Divya's Cooking Journey Wishing  You  all a Very Happy Father's Day!!



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Buddha Poornima



Buddha Purnima during Vaishakha month is celebrated as birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha. Gautama Buddha whose birth name was Siddhartha Gautama was a spiritual teacher on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. 

The time of Gautama Buddha’s birth and death is uncertain. However, most historians date his lifetime between 563-483 B.C. Most people consider Lumbini, Nepal as birth place of Buddha. Buddha died at the age of 80 at Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh. 

For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important pilgrimage site related to the life of Gautama Buddha. The other three important pilgrimage sites are Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath. It is believed that Gautama Buddha obtained Enlightenment at Bodhagaya and he first taught the Dharma at Sarnath. 


It is believed that Gautama Buddha obtained Enlightenment and passed away on the same day. Buddha Purnima is also known as Buddha Jayanti, Vesak, Vaishaka and Buddha’s Birthday.