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How to Prepare Aravana Payasam? – Sabarimala Aravana Payasam

Aravana Payasam is an important sweet offering in many Hindu temples in South India. The most famous and popular Aravana Payasam is the one that is offered at the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. To prepare this sweet offering the main ingredients are dry rice (unakkalari), ghee and jaggery.
The main difference between other rice payasams and Aravana is that excess ghee and jaggery is used in Aravana.
Ingredients Dry Rice (unnakalari) Jaggery Milk Ghee Kalkandam – Rock Sugar Dry grapes – unakka mundiri
The quantity of rice decides the amount jaggery, ghee etc.
Take dry rice in a vessel (hard bottom) and fill water. The amount of water should be just above the rice level.
Cook the rice.
When the rice is cooked start adding jaggery.
Keep stirring. This is important otherwise it will get stuck to the bottom.
The quality of Aravana payasam depends on how well the rice and jaggery are mixed together.
When the water starts to dry add ghee, rock sugar and dry grapes. (sometimes milk is also added.)

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the 12th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the twelfth chapter of the Gita. The questions might be tough. The aim of the quiz is to study Gita.

You can use Bhagavad Gita in your home to find answers as this will help you in understanding Gita more.

If there any mistakes or you would like to add more questions please mail the corrections and questions to [email protected]
Related Quiz on Chapter 11 of Gita
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13 Quiz

A calm vision reveals unity – Jiddu Krishnamurti

When viewed without the twin distortions of love and hate, like and dislike, all forms, all effects, all causes are experienced as Brahman only.
But when the vision is affected by love and hate, each form, each effect and cause appears different from the rest.
When one mediates, the mind is calm and feelings are balanced, only in these conditions can one experience the many as One.
An agitated mind can never have a single vision. It runs along contrary lines, so it experiences the world, nature and the Cosmos as separate from Brahman. Such vision creates division.
A calm vision reveals unity. As the vision, so the impression, and the view of the world.
Related Jiddu Krishnamurti on Silence