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VINAYAKA CHAVITHI




Ganesha Chaturthi or Ganesha Festival is a day on which Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi in Sanskrit, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu, Chavath in Konkani and Chathaa in Nepali.

It is celebrated as it is the birthday of Lord Ganesha. The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 20 August and 15 September.

While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Goa (Biggest festival for Konkani people all over the world), Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, and other areas. Outside India, it is celebrated widely in Nepal which was only Hindu Kingdom in the world and Tamil Hindus in Sri Lanka.




Lord Ganesha-The Lord Of Power And Wisdom (Meaning)

Lord Ganesha is the elephant-headed God. He is worshipped first in any prayers. His names are repeated first before any auspicious work is begun and also before any kind of worship is begun. He is the Lord of power and wisdom. He is the eldest son of Lord Shiva and the elder brother of "Skanda" or Kartikeya. He is the energy of Lord Shiva and so He is called the son of Shankar and Uma Devi. By worshipping Lord Ganesha, mothers hope to earn for their sons the sterling virtues of Ganesha.



Prasad for the festival :

Different varieties of sweet puddings are prepared and offered to the Lord. Different varieties of fruits are also offered. The main sweet dish during the festival is the modak (modagam or modakam in South India). A modak is a dumpling made from rice flour/wheat flour with a stuffing of fresh or dry-grated coconut, jaggery, dry fruits and some other condiments. It is either steam-cooked or fried. Another popular sweet dish is the karanji (karjikai/karijikayi in Kannada) which is similar to the modak in composition and taste, but has a semicircular shape it is either steam cooked or fried. Which is also called as KOZHUKATTAI in Tamil. But when it comes to the fried variety of Karjikai the outer cover is made of maida and rava, which I will post some other day. 

KARJIKAI(Steamed variety) OR KOZHUKATTAI(Modak) / UDHU UNTALLU


In our house we offer Karjikai(Kozhukattai), Sundal [Which is done either with one or with mixed beans(Black channa, Dried peas, White channa, Green Gram) by adding some spices & seasoning], Kudumullu(Idli in Tamil) and Uddhu Untallu which is made with coarsely ground dhal seasoned and steamed.


IDLI (Kudumulu)


SUNDAL(MIXED BEAN WITH SEASONING)



" WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY GANESHA CHATURTHI "


Will post the recipes of all the prasadams in couple of days with my awards. Stay tuned.......

Here are the recipe for the vinayaka chavithi... Kozhukkattai, udhu untallu and sundal....

jayasri  – (August 23, 2009 at 5:14 PM)  

wow, lovely presenatation, first time here, you have a eye-catching blog, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such lovely comments, all the goodies looks so yum.., after joining this indian cooking challenge i have come to know of all this andhra words for so many sweets & savouries,..., will come back again soon to look into all the recipes..
thanks once again pavitra
warm regards
jayasri

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine  – (August 23, 2009 at 6:25 PM)  

Delicious dishes and lovely presentation. Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi to you.

Bhawna  – (August 23, 2009 at 7:09 PM)  

Happy Ganesh Chathurti. Nicely presented prasadam.

Ann  – (August 23, 2009 at 7:24 PM)  

Wow.. it looks too good and mouth watering. Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi to you

Sanghi  – (August 23, 2009 at 9:00 PM)  

Wow what a presentation dear??? lovely lovely..!

En Samaiyal  – (August 23, 2009 at 9:10 PM)  

wow nice presentation ..... Happy vinayaka chathruthi ....

Hema  – (August 23, 2009 at 9:27 PM)  

The spread is awesome pavithra... And the details are good too! Good work

Anu  – (August 23, 2009 at 9:52 PM)  

Delicious dishes and lovely presentation.
Happy Vinayaka chathurthi.

Sushma Mallya  – (August 23, 2009 at 10:14 PM)  

wonderful pictures and just love the way u present those yummy dishes....happy ganesh chaturti pavitra...

Nithya  – (August 24, 2009 at 12:02 AM)  

Lovely pooja. All the prasadams look yummm.. :) Happy chathurthi too :)

Rekha shoban  – (August 24, 2009 at 12:09 AM)  

Lovely presentation...Happy vinayaka chathurti.

shanthi  – (August 24, 2009 at 12:16 AM)  

lOVELY PRESENTATION AND CLICK.

chakhlere  – (August 24, 2009 at 12:17 AM)  

WOW!! Lovely arrangements!

Love all the Prasad platters.

Priti  – (August 24, 2009 at 12:55 AM)  

Wish you happy Chavithi too ....nice deco and arrangements...all prasad looks delicious

rekhas kitchen  – (August 24, 2009 at 1:44 AM)  

Happy Vinayaka chaviti to you and your family nice and yummy spread and beautiful presentation looks great.

Aparna Prabhu  – (August 24, 2009 at 3:28 AM)  

Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi....Wonderful presentation just loved everything...:)

Shama Nagarajan  – (August 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM)  

lovely presentation dear..nice decoration

Purva Desai  – (August 24, 2009 at 6:34 AM)  

Very lovely presentation.....everything looks divine...
U can sent this post for Ganesh Chaturthi Event on my blog...

Mrs.Menagasathia  – (August 24, 2009 at 7:00 AM)  

Delicious dishes and lovely presentation Pavithra!!

Padma  – (August 24, 2009 at 7:01 AM)  

Happy Ganesha festival Pavithra....lovely feast and presentation :)

lata raja  – (August 24, 2009 at 7:47 AM)  

Hi Pavithra, happy festival time to you.Loved your delicious spread.

Gita  – (August 24, 2009 at 7:54 AM)  

Happy Vinayaka Chavithi Pavithra...everything looks divine :)

Parita  – (August 24, 2009 at 8:02 AM)  

Lovely presentation, everything looks sooo good! Happy ganesh chaturthi dear..

Vrinda  – (August 24, 2009 at 8:21 AM)  

Happy ganesha chathurthi Pavitra,yummy treats and nice clicks...

Shri  – (August 24, 2009 at 8:23 AM)  

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you too!BTW, you have been tagged:)

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥  – (August 24, 2009 at 10:15 AM)  

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi!!! Such delicious food and the most gorgeous presentations!!

sree  – (August 24, 2009 at 10:15 AM)  

Happy Ganesh chaturdi....WOW visual treat for us and real treat for Ganesha...:)

Anuradha –   – (August 24, 2009 at 10:47 AM)  

Hi anni... Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi. Nice presentation!

rekhas kitchen  – (August 24, 2009 at 10:51 AM)  

Happy Ganesh chaturthi to you too so beautiful presentation nice pic.

Mythreyi Dilip  – (August 24, 2009 at 11:37 AM)  

Happy Vinayaka Chavithi. Delicious prasadham.

Sireesha  – (August 24, 2009 at 11:42 AM)  

Happy ganesh chaturthi to you & your family dear :)
Pooja looks Divine....What a lovely spread .
Soup 'N Juice Event is going on in my blog.Please do participate in it.

Priya  – (August 24, 2009 at 12:11 PM)  

Lovely dishes and such a divine post, awesome presentation Pavithra..Happy Ganesh chavithi..

Preety  – (August 24, 2009 at 2:21 PM)  

happy ganesh chaturthi ..lovely presentation of everything

SnacksGiving  – (August 24, 2009 at 3:51 PM)  

looks like you made a lot of dishes for the festival! Wish I was invited ..haha

Chef Jeena  – (August 24, 2009 at 4:55 PM)  

Beautiful display of food, you really prepared a fabulous feast of delicious treats.

Pam  – (August 24, 2009 at 5:33 PM)  

Everything looks so pretty.

RAKS KITCHEN  – (August 24, 2009 at 10:38 PM)  

Love the whole spread,nice presentation as usual :)

Valarmathi  – (August 24, 2009 at 11:07 PM)  

Lovely presentation. Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi.

Pooja  – (August 24, 2009 at 11:13 PM)  

lovely presntation pavithra.. liked the arrangement of the oranges.. splendid.. very creative !

Babli  – (August 24, 2009 at 11:40 PM)  

Very beautiful presentation with delicious and moth watering dishes.Wish you a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.

Trish  – (August 24, 2009 at 11:42 PM)  

Oh my goodness....have you ever got a wonderful spread there...and you made it all? You are industrious my friend! Yes...I will gladly be back for the recipes...yummers!

Nandini  – (August 24, 2009 at 11:53 PM)  

Lovely presentation and prasadams!
You have worked very hard and keep rocking!

Chitra  – (August 25, 2009 at 12:18 AM)  

Lovely pics..Happy chathurthi.U had
really enjoyed ur festival :)

Anonymous –   – (August 25, 2009 at 1:56 AM)  

First time to your blog! You have a very wonderful dishes and your presentation rocks! The festival offerings to god is really awesome! You should have spent a lot of time on them. You have a good collection of dishes! Keep it up and move forward.>>>>>>> Will frequent your blog.

nima  – (August 25, 2009 at 2:04 AM)  

wow...beautiful appetizing blog...

Thank you for visiting my blog with your lovely comment

Ammu  – (August 25, 2009 at 4:34 AM)  

Hi,
Mind blowing presentation
Am very much inspired

Srivalli  – (August 25, 2009 at 5:25 AM)  

Happy vinayaka chavithi. Nice presentation of Prasadam.

DEESHA  – (August 25, 2009 at 7:24 AM)  

wow, nice dishes out there ..

Sowmya  – (August 25, 2009 at 7:39 AM)  

Pavi, Ganesh ji should have been surely delighted with your prasadam spread..Lovely..

Shama Nagarajan  – (August 25, 2009 at 10:58 AM)  

have tagged u dear..please do check my blog

Jyoti V  – (August 25, 2009 at 11:00 AM)  

Hi Pavithra,

Happy Ganesh chaturthi to you and your family....
Thank you for visiting my blog and for lovely comments.

Your pooja & Prasad looks so good :)

Vijitha Shyam  – (August 25, 2009 at 11:39 AM)  

wow! lovely clicks da. I feel like grabbing few kozhukatais

Viki's Kitchen  – (August 25, 2009 at 1:58 PM)  

Eye catching presentation dear. All the dishes look so perfect.Happy vinayagar chathurthi.

Kiran  – (August 25, 2009 at 6:09 PM)  

Happy Ganesh Chathurthi to you too, he presentation & food looks lovely as always.

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