Archive | April 2017

361. Sri Rama Navami



Sri Ramachandra appeared as the son of Dasharatha, the king of Ayodhya, who hailed from the dynasty of Maharaja Ikshvaku (also known as Raghu vamsha). Dasharatha had three wives: Kaushalya, Kaikeyi, and Sumitra, but he had no children. On the advice of Maharishi Vashishtha, the king performed a Putra Kameshti Yajna. As a result the three wives conceived sons. Kaushalya gave birth to Rama and Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharata. Sumitra gave birth to the twins: Lakshmana and Shatrughna.

Sri Rama is the seventh avathar of Lord Vishnu.  Some Vaishnava Hindus visit a temple, others pray within their home, and some participate in a bhajan or kirtan with music as a part of puja and aarti.  The ideal person great Rama’s heart totally filled with humility, love, spirituality, kindness in contrast Ravana heart filled with greedy, boldness, injuries, egoism.  So, we remember all the good qualities of Rama and try to follow him in real life.

For neivedhyam we can prepare moongdal payasam. For this, soak 1 tsp of raw rice & 2 tsp of moong dal for half an hour.  Then, pressure cook the mixture for 15 minutes. Take 4 tsp of jaggery and dissolve it in half cup of water. After clearing the dust, keep the jaggery water in a pan and add cooked rice and dal mixture.  Prepare coconut milk using 1/2 coconut and put it in the pan. Add 1/2 tsp of elaichi powder and mix well. After 5 minutes switch off gas. In another pan put 1/2 tsp of ghee and fry few cashews & dry grapes.  Add it to moong dal payasam.

Panagam. a special  neivedhyam dish is prepared on Rama Navami. We prepare this by adding 1/2 tsp ginger powder, 1/2 tsp elaichi powder, 2 tbs of jaggery powder and 1/2 tsp of lemon juice in a cup of water.

Another special item is cool buttermilk(neer moar), which is  very suitable for this hot summer.  We add ginger, cumin seed powder, one green chilly(finely chopped),  hing, salt, curry leaves  and corriander leaves to buttermilk.