Sanskrit Chant/Prayers for Bhai Beej (Bhai Duj)


Sanskrit Chant/Prayers for Bhai Beej (Bhai Duj)

Prayers for Bhai Beej (Bhi Duj) The day after Hindu New Year

Sisters pray for the brother’s long and happy life on this day of Bhai Beej.   

Pray to these seven immortal souls of ancient times and ask for their blessings to grant your brother/s and long life.

अश्वथामा बलिर्व्यसः हनुमन्च विभीषण कृपाह परशुरामच सप्तेते चिरन्जिविन

Ashvathama Balirvyasah, hanumancha vibhishanah;

Krupaha Parshuramacha, Saptetey Chiranjijeevah:

Then address the following prayer to Lord Markandeya:

मार्कण्डेय महाभाग,सप्तकल्पा जीवितह

चिरन्जीवी यथा त्वं,लाथा मे भ्रातारं कुरुः

Markandeya Mahabhaga,Saptakalpa Jeevitaha

Chiranjivi Yathaa tvam tathaa me Bhraataaram Kuruhu.

Meaning: O Lord Markandeya, You are most fortunate and are Chiranjeevi (immortal), who will live for the duration of seven Kalpa, Please grant my brother a life as long as yours by virtue of being a Chiranjeevi.

Dudh Pauna: Sharad Purnima special By Pratibha Jani


Dudh Pauna: Sharad Purnima special By Pratibha Jani

Sharad purnima brings back again so many good memories in my childhood.  Sharad purnima is also know as Kojagiri Purnima. Many families also enjoy raas garbaa (Traditional gujrati folk dances) as it is considered to have been enjoyed by Lord Krishna and his consort Radha and the gopikas as an all nite dance party.

Two greatest memories are that my Dad used to love the full moon and always wanted to take us up to the terrace of the building to lie down in the full moon at night. And It si also my Mom’s Birthday.

So we used to take the “Dudh Pauna” (Link sugar and flat flaked rice known as poha or pauna.) This recipe is very common and popular part of annual ritual in gujarati families.

We are supposed to eat this Dudh Pauna. after offering it to god and allowing it to sit in the rays of the full moon for a few minutes. The rays of the full moon (indirect rays of the sun) falling on the recipe are to be then consumed by the family members as prasad.

White cool peaceful is to be consumed by your mind body and soul on this nite. This particular recipe is symbolic of the very same. In short summary of the entire ritual.

Most families used to eat this as supper for the night. We of course also would eat a lot of other fun crispy food with it. Like deep fried bhajiyas etc.

Basically whatever you like. Anyway, so as I remember the good happy childhood sharad ponam nites with my parents and siblings, days, I am sharing  this simple quick easy yet healthy and filling soup/porridgy/ recipe especially mant for Sharad Purnima or sharad poonam nite. Hope  you all enjoy with your near and dear and loved ones and look at the moon with love joy happiness and peace in your heart. Ask for all things good in your life and those around you.

Dudh Pauna (flaked pounded rice porridge) – Sharad Purnima special


  • 1 cup thin flat pounded rice flakes (poha or pauna)
  • 2 cups luke warm milk
  • Saakar or khadi saakar  (rock sugar/sugar candy) to taste – about one/two table spoon
  • garnish almonds,pistachios,cardammom as an optional but best all white.

saakar, khadi saakar or rock sugar or sugar candy

saakar, khadi saakar or rock sugar or sugar candy
luke warm milk

luke warm milk

Method: Wash, rinse the pauna (poha) very well in a large bowl and keep is aside to soften for about fifteen minutes.

soaked pauna

soaked pauna

Now add the like warm milk to it slowly stirring and the rock sugar (khadi saakar) Stir with a fork to keep the flakes from getting clumpy.  

Set aside for a few minutes so all ingredients mix well together. sugar will melt. Now offer to the full moon and there after enjoy the prasad with your dear and near ones. It is also said that best to offer in a silver bowl if possible or in a stainless steel. In case none of these are available plain clear glass is just fine.  
Tip: some times some brand of pauna (thick or thin) soak a little more milk than others . In that case just add a little more milk if gets too thick. Usual consistency is the one you/r family like the best.

Happy Sharad Poonam/ Kojagiri

Purnima to all. This also marks the beginning of our special snacks for Guess let us get ready for Yep!!! Diwali.

Fasting recipes for navratri


Fasting recipes for navratri


                  Below are the traditional most commonly used and Popular Gujrati fasting recipes


Galkaa Nu shaak n Rajagra ni bhakhri 

Moriyaa ni Bhakhri(Rotla) Done

Moriyaa ni Bhakhri(Rotla)