Firstly, I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Joyful Ganesha Chathurthi!

Modhakam/ Laddukam – Sanskrit terminology for this sweet meat. We chant Laddukapriya ya Namaha!

Kollukattai – Tamil

Mooshika Vahana Modhaha Hastha – This manthra is chanted to Lord Ganesha, it defines Lord Ganesha.

Mooshika Vahana – The rat (Lord Ganesha’s vehicle)

Mothaha Hastha – Holds the Modhakam in one hand (as seen in the above photo)

 

One of Ganesha’s favourite sweet dish is the Mothakam, thus on this day of Continue reading

Aside: I have reached my century in blogging. This is my 100th post and am so glad I have chosen this topic.

The first thing that comes to my mind after reading the above title is Little Krishnan. Gokulashtami is celebrated once a year. The story/myth goes like this.

Maha Vishnu took various avatars to protect the mortal world from the evildoers and sinners. One such incarnation was his birth as the child of King Vasudeva and Queen Devaki Devi. Gokul Ashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna. It falls on the 8th day of the dark half of the month of ‘Bhadrapada’ (August-September) and is one of the greatest of all Hindu festivals. Lord Krishna was born at midnight.Continue reading

Sky lanterns, also known as Kongming Lantern or Chinese lanterns are airborne paper lanterns that are best known as a tradition found in some Asian cultures. They are traditionally constructed from oiled riced paper on a bamboo frame, and contain a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. When lit, the flame heats the air inside the lantern, thus lowering its density causing the lantern to rise into the air. The sky lantern is only airborne for as long as the flame stays alight, after which the lantern sinks back to the ground.

Sky lanterns are also referred to as sky candles or fire balloons, however the latter term is also used to refer to balloon munitions used during World War II.

Lanterns have proved extremely unpopular with farmers in many countries due to the potential for causing crop fires and the chance of death of livestock on consuming the lantern remains upon landing.

The Kongming Lantern (Chinese孔明燈) was the first hot air balloon, said to be invented by the Chinese sage and military strategist Zhuge Liang, whose reverent term of address was Kongming. They were first deployed at the turn of the 3rd century as a type of signaling balloon or, as it’s said, as a type of spy blimp in warfare. Alternatively the name may come from the lantern’s resemblance to the hat Kongming is traditionally shown to be wearing. – Wikiepedia

Yesterday evening I had a fun time lighting the sky lantern and watching it float away in the horizon. Here are some photosContinue reading

It is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Muruga. It is pretty similar to Lent in Christianity or Ramadan in Islamic…well just the fasting part. People give up food and fast saltless, full fast, or South African Indians give up non veg food for a couple of weeks and they carry Kavady. Kavady is a wooden structure that contains a metal bar at the top for decoration with flowers and leaves (preferably marigold flowers and Slinga berry leaves) and 3 wooden dowel sticks for inserting lime or lemon. Here is a photo taken at the Midrand Temple, RSA. The credit goes to the photographer my hubby.

Hundreds of un-decorated kavadies

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Who wouldn’t love christmas, whether you are christian or not, this applies to all barriers! Christmas is fun… especially if you live in a neighbourhood with Christmas lights on the street. What comes in mind when you think about christmas?

  • Snow check
  • Stockings check
  • Christmas tree check
  • Candles check
  • Deco for christmas tree check
  • Prezzies for family check
  • Christmas carols check
  • Christmas daddy with a reindeer check
  • Deco lights for house Check the following video out!

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As an offering to the God, over 1392 different types of food dishes are offered in the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar, Gujarat- India! (Source: Indian Food Kitchen)

That’s a lot of fooood! I hope the food went to the needy…

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