Aug 10, 2012

Janmashtami Special/ Coconut Laddoo/ Nariyal Laddoo

Jai Shree Krishana To All



Radhe Radhe japo chale aayenge beehari
Aayenge bihari chale aayenge beehari
Radhe Radhe

This is one of the famous songs that people sing on the occasion of Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna the eighth avatar (Incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. This religious festival is celebrated all over India in the month of August/September on the ashtami of Krishna Paksh or the eighth day in the month of Bhadon according to the Hindu calendar with great devotion and zeal.
Janmashtami is also known as Gokulashtami, Krishnasthami, Srijayanti. 
In Uttar Pradesh where the Lord was born in Mathura, his playground Gokul and Vrindavan become more crowded and celebrations go up to a week. In Gujarat where the city Dwarka has Dwarkadhish temple celebrates it with pomp and joy. In Jammu, kite flying is an important part of the celebration on his day. In the eastern state of Orissa, around Puri and West Bengal in Nabadwip, people celebrate it with fasting and doing puja at midnight. Purana Pravachana from Bhagavata Purana is done from the 10th Skandha which deals with pastimes of Lord Krishna. The next day is called Nanda Utsav or the joyous celebration of Nanda Maharaj and Yashoda Maharaani. On that day people break their fast and offer various cooked sweets during the early hour.


"Dear devotees of Krishna, let us take a pledge today, let us make a resolution that we will not allow even advertently any blemish to defame the noble life of that spotless, innocent, virtuous and realized soul. Let us follow the footsteps of the ideals of great people." Following are the words of Krishna
yad yad acarati shresthasthat devetaro janah
sa yat pramam kurute lokas tadanuvartate
This is thus the preaching of life and the simple solution of finding happiness, peace and prosperity in life.
Rituals
On Janamashtmi, devotees keep fast and keep themselves awake while chanting 'bhajans', until midnight follows. Midnight is the moment when Lord Krishna was born. The prayer ceremony is a simple affair. The priests chant holy mantras and bath the idol of Lord Krishna placed on a swing with Pancha-amrit made of milk, ghee (clarified butter), curd, honey and sugar from aconch shell and Ganga-Jal. Some rituals are performed by others are Rasleela, Dandiya, Krishan Bhajan ceremony, Decorative Temples, Dahi- handi Celebrations.




Coconut Laddoo/ Nariyal Laddoo
Today I post “Coconut Laddoos” on the very special occasion of Lord Krishana Jayanti, Which is prepared with coconut powder and some condense milk. You can make this mixture as coconut fudge form. Lord Krishana loves milk, butter and all food which made with milk but pure vegetarian. On this day, we (mom and me) both do whole day fast, and after mid night when moon appeared nearby 12:30am, open our fast with falahar ( in which fruits and fast food included).
Ingredients
200ml Amul Mithai Mate (Condense Milk)
3 Cup Coconut Powder (White portion)
25gms. Milk Powder
1 tsp. green cardamom powder
Directions
Take half cup coconut powder and keep aside separately for further use, now combine all ingredients (condense milk, milk powder, cardamom powder and rest of coconut powder) in thick bottom wok or kadai. Mix well. Heat the mixture on medium flame, stirring constantly, so that it does not stick to the bottom of the wok (approx. 5 minutes), remove from fire and cool. Roll into laddoos form and toss in the rest of grated coconut.
Note: At the time of rolling shape of laddoo, spread little ghee on your hands and instead of condense milk, you can use readymade khoya or mawa.
Variations: Instead of laddoo, you can use same mixture for Nariyal Barfi or Coconut fudge.

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8 comments:

  1. Loved the beautiful pics of Krishna!!nice and delicious coconut ladoo's.
    Happy krishna janmashtmi dear!

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  3. That's a nice and easy recipe! Love the the photos of Krishna!
    || jai Shree Krishna ||

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  4. Laddoo looks yummy....love the photos a lot :)

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