Happy Koodaravalli

Happy Koodaravalli!

Thanks to Appa and Amma for keeping track of all the little and big Indian festivals (too many of them!) and urging me to celebrate it with the boys.

It is a belief that each day of Marghazi month, Sri Andal Nachiar sang a verse of Thirupavai (totally 30 verses) in praise of Lord Narayana. While singing 27th verse “Koodaarai vellum seer Govinda…” Lord Narayana blessed Sri Andal with Thirukalyana Varam. Hence the 27th day of Margazhi month is celebrated as Koodaravalli.

On this day Lord Narayana blessed Sri Andal with marriage boon. Devotees go to temple, offer Ghee filled Akaravadisal to Lord Govinda and end Marghazhi Month Nonbu (fast).

I know. After reading all that I know what you are thinking.

“Ambal, let us cut to the chase. Where is my share of the akaravadisal?? Save some for me!”

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

1993 Ganesh Chaturthi Puja:
20 years ago, Daddy completed Ganesh Chaturthi Puja at our house in Chennai. Then, we both took the bus to Tiruchy to start my under-grad journey. With a heavy heart, Daddy dropped me off at my under-grad school and waved good-bye. He had no long list of do’s and dont’s. He always treated me a friend. Then and now. He just said “Try your best. Make us proud”. I stayed strong until he boarded the bus back home. I even managed a fake “Don’t worry Daddy” smile. T

2013 Ganesh Chaturthi Puja:
Now, how much ever I dread making kozhukattai for fear it might be too soggy or too hard, I realize it is my duty as a mom to continue the tradition. So, I asked Kumar to help me mix the dough. He, as always, helped me with a happy face and an encouraging tone “I am sure it will be good. Let us try it.” We made the kozhukattais. We did the puja. We sung a few slokas with the kids.

How far my life has come?

Here is to your new beginnings!

P.S. Adi said “Amma, Super kozhukattai”. Made it all worthwhile.

Karthikai Deepam

Karthikai Deepam or Karthikai vilakkidu is a Hindu specially Tamils Festival of Lights. The festival is observed in most Hindu homes and every temple, and falls in the month of Kārttikai (mid-November to mid-December) as per Tamil calendar.

Maa Vilakku (Rice Flour Lamp) is made during special occasions such as aadi velli,purattasi sani, thai month, karthigai deepam etc.

Maa Vilakku is a special lamp made with freshly ground rice flour and jaggery kneaded together as a dough with a dent in the middle where we pour ghee, place the wick(thiri) and lit the lamp.

Mavu Vilakku for Karthigi Deepam - 2 - Ambal Balakrishnan Mavu Vilakku for Karthigi Deepam - 1 - Ambal Balakrishnan