Thursday, October 14, 2010

7thday Naivedyam to Sri Mahalakshmi Devi

The Seventh day of Navaratri is dedicated to worship the Goddess "Sri MahaLakshmi Devi".In KanakaDurga temple ,at Vijayawada ,devotees are blessed and have darshan Durga Devi as in the Mahalakshmi alamkaram.In 2010,Thursday 14th October is dedicated to worship the Goddess Mahalaxmi and read "Sri MahaLakshmi Ashtakam"& reading of this slokam is auspicious.

Sri Mahalakshmi devi is the Goddess of prosperity.Mahalakshmi is the Goddess of prosperity, splendour, and glory. In the connotation of Sri, as distinguished from that of Lakshmi, she is identified with auspiciousness. Sri is also represented as the ruling power.

In the scriptural development of the concept, we come across different myths about the origin of Mahalakshmi. She is variously described as the daughter of Daksha-Prajapati, the daughter of Bhrgu, and as an emanation from Sati, the consort of Siva. While some Puranas describe her as the wife of Dharma, the most popular interpretation is that of Lakshmi as the consort of Vishnu.

 "Sri Lakshmi's Origin in the Vedas," brings out the gradual development of Sri and Lakshmi as deities. Though both these terms are often used interchangeably, most of the passages in the Vedas refer to them with different meanings in different contexts.

Later in the Puranas, Lakshmi is fully developed as a Goddess. She arose from the Milky Ocean when it was churned by the devas and asuras. Invariably, Lakshmi accompanied Vishnu as his consort in the different human incarnations as avatars.

Lakshmi as Supreme Power notes that in the Lakshmi tantra, exclusive worship is bestowed on Lakshmi rather than Vishnu, while Alavandar's Chatusloki highlights that Lakshmi is inseparable from Vishnu.

As, Sri Mahalakshmi arose from the Milky ocean,So I would like to Prepare "Ksheerannam".Here goes my Naivedyam recipe.

Ksheerannam ~ Milk Pongali:

  • Rice-1cup
  • Sugar / Jaggery-1 1/2 cup.(I used Sugar)
  • Milk-2cups
  • Chanadal-2tsp
  • Cashews-few
  • Raisins-few
  • Almonds-few
  • Ghee-1tsp
  • Water-1 1/2 cup
  • Cardamonpowder/ Elachipowder-1tsp
  • Wash the Rice and Chandal separately or mixing it.
  • Drain all the water and soak it in water for 10minutes.
  • Meanwhile,take a pan ,heat it with ghee & roast all the nuts & set aside.
  • Take a cooking vessel,add the milk and boil it.
  • Once the milk gets boiled ,add the rice & let it cook ,keeping the gas in simmer.Because ,the rice cooking with milk is tedious and it may stick the bottom of the Vessel.
  • Cook the rice ,till it turns to soft & mushy.
  • Add the Sugar / Jaggery & stir with a laddle to melt with the rice and milk.
  • After adding the Jaggery / Sugar ,the rice releases its aroma.You can also add little water in middle of cooking.
  • Now add the Cardamon powder and fried nuts.
  • Turn off the gas and serve it.
  • Cooking rice in milk may takes tedious,so you can cook rice separately in water and add to the milk & follow the above procedure.
  • Remember to keep the flame in simmer,if you are cooking with Jaggery.
  • You might also like to read this Book.
  • I like and  used to sing this Song for MahaLaxmi .You also hear and Sing .
  • You also like this Song too.

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