The month of Shravana is considered the most auspisicious month of the Hindu calendar. The star shravana is said to rule the sky. This month becomes a busy for ladies especially on tuesdays and fridays who call married ladies for sumangali pooje or Arisina kunkum. As kids we would enjoy going along with our mom to visit other houses eating the sweets and sundals/kadale vogarne. So every tuesday and fridays we would have sweet dishes and vadas of different kinds. Every day is Shravana is considered auspicious for different dieties. Newly married ladies are advised to perform gowri pooje on tuesdays during shravana.
Naga-panchami is the first festival falls on the 5th day of sharavana which is worshipped in honour of snakes or nagas. To know more about nag-panchami check out here.
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Each day in the month of Shravana has a special significance .
Monday: is the day of Lord Shiva worship.
Tuesday: Gauri is worshipped in every home, by women for the good health of their family. Additionally ladies perform kumkum pooja too
Wednesday: are dedicated to Vithala, a form of Vishnu or Krishna.
Thursday: are also days for worshipping Buddh and Guru.
Friday: every home worships Lakshmi and Tulsi, also perform sumangali pooje.
Saturday: are for Saturn (Shani). It is also known as Shravan Saturdays, with the object of object of obtaining wealth. These days are known as Sampat Sanivara (wealth Saturdays). i remember in shravan the temples would be full of yell deepa( black seseme tied in black cloth deepa offered to Shani God to obtain peace and harmony)
Sundays: are meant worshipping the Sun god. Sun worship was general in the Vedic period and even now it is so. Especially in Shravan, every Sunday the Sun is worshipped without fail.
As for me I do enjoy celebrating these festivals and even my neightbourhood friends make me active in involving in these celebrations. But wholly i celebrate the festives with great pleasure when it is on weekend else I atleast make sure the kids know the importance of the day and why is it celebrated. I myself was not aware of many festivals until I got married when i explored to find out more about them. Living far from your own culture sure makes us more to explore the roots of our culture.
All you need
Plain flour – 1 cup
wheat flour – 1/4 cup
oil – 1/2 cup
pinch of tumeric(optional)
salt to taste
grated coconut – 1 cup
jaggery – 1cup
rice flour – 1/4 cup
cardamom – 1/2 tsp
poppy seeds (optional)
- Make the dough mixing all the ingredients to form a smooth dough just like for parathas and let it soak for 2 hrs or more
- make a fine paste of grated coconut and keep aside
- Boil jaggery with around 2 tbsp until it dissolves, strain the soln and heat again until it is slightly sticky
- now add the grated coconut and rice flour stiring continuously at times the qnantity may not hold well add more rice flour/coconut if it is too watery
- Stir until it forms a mass add cardamom stir and let it cool
- Check the dough take a small amount of it and spread on covering your palm using a little oil it is easily spreads without breakage then the dough is right
- Make small balls out of the hoorna and keep aside
- Spread the dough well covering your left palm keep a small lemon sized ball and cover the dough
- Take either a alluminium foil/waxed paper to roll the holige
- If the dough the hoorna are well done you can make very thin holiges this goes with practise
- Heat on a non stick tava and fry until golden brown
- Allow to cool and refrigerate and use for 1 week.
The slide is showing the very first holige as you try the next few will be very thin and crisp.the outer covering as you roll must be like a transparent film. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right for the first time trial and error are part of learning phase. I did not have time to take the rest of the snaps of hoorna and dough which have been provided in various sites do check them out at Shilpa’s version here.
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Thanks a lot for all my friends who kept a note and messages enquiring about my well being. Last week i was down with infection along with the work load I might be on and off with blogging from this month. I will try to visit your blogs when I find some time. Do continue visiting and blogging 🙂