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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.

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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.

228. Happy Gandana Pooja

Gandana pooja has to be performed by all married and unmarried women in Madhva community. It is said that the married women should compulsorily do this pooja for 9 years. Before marriage, a girl is doing this pooja for getting a good husband.In the Aashada masa, on Amavasya day, we celebrate this festival. This pooja is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi.

Two numbers of mud models in the shape of “bella achu” are to be prepared and dried well. We have to decorate them by putting dots in sandal powder on all sides. One model is Lord shiva and the another one is Goddess Parvathi. A thread immersed in turmeric powder should be tied around the  Parvathi model with turmeric root and flowers.They should be kept on a plate with raw white rice. One more thread immersed in turmeric powder, with nine knots and flowers has to be kept in front of Devuru.

We have to perform pooja in the usual manner with kunkuma, arisina, ghendha, atchadhai, gejavasthra and flowers to models as well as yellow thread. Payasa or pongal neivedhya has to be prepared. Thamboola, banana and coconut are also to be offered to God. Slokas and songs on Parvathi Parameshwara have to be recited. After taking aarathi, the girl or woman should sit on a manai with thamboola and coconut in her hands. The girl’s mother or mother-in-law or husband should tie the yellow thread on her right wrist.

Shall we see the story behind this festival. Vijayashekara was the son of King Vajrabahu. There was a poor brahmin named Madhava in that city and his wife was Susila. They  had 5 daughters and 9 sons. Vijayashekara died suddenly and the king announced that the family of the girl who marries his died son will get lot of money. Madhava decided to marry one of his daughters to him and to get huge wealth to save other children. The girl who marred a corpse was left in a forest. She prayed to Lord Parameshwara and Goddess Parvathi. They appeared before her and asked her to perform this poja. In the forest she collected mud and made 2 models and worshiped with great devotion, with available flowers & fruits in the forest. The dead prince came back to life and everybody felt happy.