banana sheera also known as just sheera in our parts of Karnataka, is very commonly prepared during Varalakshmi Vratam, Ganesh Chaturti , Diwali Lakshmi puja and Satyanarayana Swamy puja too. It can be prepared in a jiffy, all that we need to prepare this banana sheera is rava (semolina), sugar, banana and ghee. There […]
Varalakshmi Vratham Recipes - This year varalakshmi vratham is celebrated on Friday, 04 th August 2017.
Varalakshmi vratam is a festival that is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the companion (wife) of Lord Vishnu. Lakshmi is the mother goddess of Hindus and is believed that she takes 8 different forms known as Ashtalakshmi to grant us different kinds of wealth.
Vara or varam literally translates to a boon/blessing and varalakshmi denotes “Lakshmi who grants boon”. Vratham means performing a ritual. In the full sense varalakshmi vratham means "Performing a ritual for Goddess Lakshmi to get her blessings/boon".
Varalaxmi vratham is performed on the Friday prior to Poornima in the month of Shravana or shravana masam. It is carried out with much devotion by married women for the prosperity of the family, mainly the husband. It is believed that worshipping Godess Varalakshmi on this day is equal to worshiping Ashtalakshmi – i.e Aadilaxmi, Dhanalaxmi, Dhanyalaxmi, Gajalaxmi, Santanalaxmi, Veeralaxmi, Vidyalaxmi, and Vijayalaksmi.
On this day, different foods are offered as naivedhyam to please the Goddess. It is good to follow the Vratham procedure followed by the elders in the family as it is mostly based on the family customs. Traditionally payasam, boorelu, pulihora, garelu, punugulu, kudumulu, pachi chalimidi, vada pappu, panakam, pongali, phulagam are most commonly prepared in our home. I have not included payasam recipes using saggubiyyam/sago and semiya since they are processed foods and is not used by some people for naivedhyam. I have used green chili, garlic and onion in some recipes, skip them. You can also replace green chili with pepper corn.
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