229. Mangala Gowri Vratha

Shravana month is considered as holy month as there are many poojas performed during this month. All Tuesdays during this month are dedicated to Gowri(Parvathi)  and  Mangala Gowri Vratha is done on these days.The newly married girl has to perform this pooja compulsorily for five years  in  Madhva community.

For this pooja, first take five turmeric rhyzomes(manjal kilangu). Rub the bottom so  that they become flat and can be seated. In a plate spread rice and keep these Gowris(four on four sides and one in the middle) and put kunkum. On the backside Parvathi-Parameshwara photo or a big mirror has to be kept. Join 5 threads and dip in turmeric powder and put  it covering all the gowris. All the Gowris are to be decorated with kaadholai- karugumani, bangles, blouse bits, new comb, mirror, kan-mai, kobburi, manjal, kunkum, thamboolam and any other mangal item. The silver mangala gowri(if available) should also be kept. Some people keep rava irundai(5 in number) on both the sides. Some people make it as neivedhyam. Both are OK.

Other neivedhyams are Venpongal with arahar dal,  payasam, soaked chick-peas, sikuli and thembittu. As usual thamboolam with cocunut and fruits are to be kept for neivedhyam. The girl has to perform puja in the usual manner with kunkum, manjal, chandan, akshadai, flowers, flower mala and gejavashthram, after finishing thulasi pooja.

While performing pooja, songs on Gowri have to be sung. After doing neivedhyam and aarathi, uruttani, udithumbudhal & kumara kunkum with a piece of betal leaf are to be done to the girl by an elderly person at home. After lighting 5 thembittu deepas, with a brass ladle, kan-mai has to be prepared. This kan-mai has to be offered to gowri with a flower. After finishing pradikshanai namaskaram and prarthanai,  sodal aarathi & thembittu aarathi have to be taken.


For all the sumangalis  thamboolam, blouse piece, mangal items, coconut,  flower, dakshinai,  soaked chick-peas, prepared kan-mai  are to be given. This pooja has to be performed with the same gowris, mangal items and yellow thread. In  the last week, after finishing pooja, after tieing 5 knots in the yellow thread, the girl has to wear it on her right wrist.  Like this  mangala Gowri pooja has to be done for 5 years. On the fifth year, a new bronze vessel has to be filled with wheat and a small silver nagara has to be kept inside. The vessel has to be tied with a blouse bit and kept for puja. After finishing puja on the last week, this has to be given to the girl’s mother with mangal items and moradhu baayanaa. This is our method of performing managala gowri pooja. Procedures may vary from house to house.

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