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Varamahalakshmi festival Vratam / Recipes / Silk sarees

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Varalakshmi Puja is observed by married women in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and other parts of South India. Varamahalakshmi Festival date is based on Hindu calendar and panchang time in India. Varalakshmi Puja 2019 date is August 9. Goddess Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity – is worshipped on the day. Varamahalakshmi literally means the boon granting goddess.
The Friday before the Full Moon, or Pournami day, of Tamil Month Aadi is chosen to perform Varalakshmi Puja. The corresponding month in the Kannada, Marathi and Telugu Calendar is the Shravan month.

Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on Varalakshmi Vrata day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalaksmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength.
The importance of Varalakshmi Puja is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. It is believed that importance of Varalakshmi Puja was narrated to Goddess Parvati by Lord Shiva.
Goddess Parvati wanted to know about a Vrata that is highly beneficial to a woman, which will help her lead a happy and prosperous life on earth. Lord Shiva then mentioned about the Varamahalakshmi Vratam.

Varamahalakshmi Vratha - Early in the morning women after taking bath, make a rangoli on the place where the kalasha is placed. The sacred Kalasha (brass/copper/silver) filled with rice and topped with fresh betel or leaves, a coconut and cloth are placed on the mandala and Lakshmi is invoked. Goddess is invoked by decorating the Kalasa with flowers, jewellery, vastra fruits, dry fruits, fresh grains, sweets and savouries. Some place coins, or rupee notes or make a garland of notes. The Vratha is performed with the beginning of Puja to Lord Ganesha. Then the main worship of Varalakshmi begins. The raksha is worshiped for a second time and tied to the right hand of the woman.

HOW TO MAKE OR COOK AVALAKKI PAYASA OR AVAL PAYASAM RECIPE

Avalakkai payasa is a traditional sweet dish made with beaten rice/poha, jaggery and coconut.   This sweet dish is very popular in South India and it is also delicious and healthy.  Jaggery has lot of iron content and beaten rice is easily digestible and fat free.  Avalakki payasa is prepared on Janmashtami day, an auspicious occasion and  served as offering/prasad to Lord Krishna.  It is also prepared on all special and festive occasions.
Ingredients
·         Beaten or flattened rice - 1 cup
·         Jaggery - 1 cup
·         Milk - 1/2 cup
·         Fresh grated coconut - 1/2 cup
·         Cardamom powder - 1/2 teaspoon
·         Ghee - 2 tablespoons
·         Cashewnuts - 10
·         Raisins - 10
Method
Step 1
HOW TO MAKE OR COOK AVALAKKI PAYASA OR AVAL PAYASAM RECIPE Heat a pan on a medium flame. Add beaten rice and roast for 1 to 2 minutes till the raw smell goes away. Remove the roasted beaten rice in a bowl and allow it to cool down.
Step 2
Wash the roasted beaten rice with plain water. Soak them in 3/4 cup of warm water. Close the bowl with a lid. The beaten rice will get softened after 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside
Step 3
Grate the jaggery and keep separately in a plate.
Step 4
Grind the grated coconut with very little water to a smooth and thick paste. Set aside
Step 5
Heat a pan on a low flame. Add 1 tablespoon of ghee. Add cashewnuts and stir fry till golden brown. Remove the roasted cashew nuts. Then add raisins and stir fry for half a minute. Set aside.
Step 6
In the same pan, add soaked beaten rice and milk. Cook for 2 minutes on a medium flame.
Step 7
Then add grated jaggery and coconut mixture and mix well. Cook for another 8 to 10 minutes on a medium flame, till all the ingredients blend well with each other. Bring the payasa to a medium consistency or consistency as desired by you.
Step 8
Add cardamom powder and remaining ghee to the payasa and cook for 2 minutes on a low flame
Step 9
Remove from the flame. Garnish with stir fried cashewnuts and raisins.
Step 10
Serve avalakki payasa warm or cold.
  



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