Soak the saffron in 1 tsp of milk and keep aside.
Wash the rice well and soak in water for about an hour.
Boil milk in a thick bottomed vessel.
Add soaked rice to the boiling milk.
Cook on medium heat with occasional stirring to prevent milk from getting stuck in the pan and getting burnt.
Maintaining low heat and stirring is essential to avoid milk from boiling over also.
Let rice cook well in the milk. This will take at least 25 minutes.
After the rice is cooked well, add sugar and the soaked saffron.
Continue stirring and cooking on low flame till the contents of the pan thicken again after becoming a little watery with dissolved sugar.
Let the mixture cook on low-heat for about 20 minutes till the mixture blends well and has a pouring porridge consistency. During this process the cooked rice absorbs sweetness and the flavouring.
Remove the payasam from fire and keep aside.
Put 1 tsp of ghee into a small frying pan on a low flame. Fry the nuts and raisins and add to the payasam.
Add cardamom powder and mix well.
Halu payasaa naivedyam is ready.
For a richer texture use condensed milk and normal milk in equal proportion.
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.
(Bow I before), Vyasa who is Vishnu, Vishnu who is Vyasa, And again and again bow before, He, who is born, in the family of Vasishta. I bow before you Vyasa, The treasure house of penance, The great grandson of Vasishta, The grandson of Shakthi, The son of Parasara, and the father of Shuka, the great saint.