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The festival of Durgashtami is celebrated on Ashwayuja Shukla Ashtami (September-October). Durga is the Goddess of Power, protection and prosperity. She holds a Trishul in her hand and the other hand is the Varada Hastha. Goddess Durga is also known as “Sarvartha Sadhike/ the goddess who fulfills every wish. Hence, it is observed that Durgashtami is celebrated as a special festival.

Kedareshwara Vratha is performed every year on the day of Ashwayuja Shuddha Ashtami (during September/October). Lord Kedareshwara is one of the famous forms of Shiva. Kedareshwara Vratha is normally performed by Sumangalis. Sumangalis perform Kedareshwara Vratha and tie a 19 knotted Dora/string. It is believed those who perform this Vratha and their family will be blessed with happiness and longer life. Kedareshwara vratha is the main ritual for Farming communities, they observe vratha by decorating and worshiping the cattle that are responsible for their wealth. Also, Kedareshwara is worshiped by the married couple for Progeny.

Lord Srinivasa is the most auspicious divine representation of Lord Maha Vishnu. Venkateswara's most prominent temple is the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple located in Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh in Southern India. Venkateswara literally means "Lord of Venkata".The word is a combination of the words Venkata (the name of a hill in Andhra Pradesh) and isvara ("Lord"). the word "Venkata" means "destroyer of sins", deriving from the Sanskrit words vem (sins) and kata (power of immunity). Lord Srinivasa/Venkatesha is known as the Lord of Kaliyuga. He is regarded as “Nitya Kalyana Daivatha”. Goddess Lakshmi resides where Lord Srinivasa is. Srinivasa puja can be performed every day. The days special for the puja of Lord Vishnu are Wednesday and Saturday. Hence, Srinivasa puja is special on every Wednesday and Saturday. Vaikuntha Ekadashi is annually the special day for Srinivasa puja. This falls on Pushya masa, Shukla paksha, Ekadashi (during December). It is believed that worshiping Lord Srinivasa will bless you with Longevity, wealth, peace and happiness. Also, it is believed that unmarried women will be blessed with prosperous married life. Here is the video to perform Srinivasa Puja.

 

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Bele Obbattu is prepared with the Bele Hoorana which is the fine mixture of Togari Bele / Toor dal and Bella / Jaggery as the main ingredient and an outer layer of Chiroti rava and Maida powder, mixed to form a Dough. The sweet dish tastes even better when served with Ghee or Milk. Bele Obbattu is the offering which is mandatory during the Hindu calendar new-year of Ugadi. The mixture of Toor dal and Jaggery are considered as auspicious. Hence, Bele Obbattu is served as a favourite sweet during other main occasions also.

Traditionally cooks chanted shlokas and verses from our scriptures while making Naivedya. Generally, one should have a bath before cooking for the Lord. Everytime / anytime during the cooking process, hands must be washed if comes in contact with the mouth. In other words, one should consciously not put their hands/fingers to their mouth. Another important point is that the food should NOT be tasted at any stage until offered as Naivedya. The timings are approximate and have been given as guidelines only

Traditionally cooks chanted shlokas and verses from our scriptures while making Naivedya. Generally, one should have a bath before cooking for the Lord. Everytime/anytime during the cooking process, hands must be washed if comes in contact with the mouth. In other words, one should consciously not put their hands/fingers to their mouth. Another important point is that the food should NOT be tasted at any stage until offered as Naivedya. The timings are approximate and have been given as guidelines only.

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