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Bevu Bella: How to prepare Ugadi Pachadi?

Bevu Bella, or Ugadi Neem leaf Pachadi, is an indispensable offering on Ugadhi, the Kannada and Telugu New Year day. This unique Bevu or Neem leaf preparation symbolically represents the different facets of life – sweet and bitter experiences of life.
Bevu Bella is just a simple mixture of fresh neem leaves and unprocessed broken jaggery. It is usually offered as a Prasad on the morning of Ugadi in many temples in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is also prepared in almost all homes. Ingredients Handful of fresh neem leaves.¼ cup or three spoon broken jaggery Preparation Clean the neem leavesGrind with a little waterAdd jaggery into the mixture.Some people to avoid the bitter taste of neem add banana, honey or grated coconut. Bevu Bella is eaten on empty stomach on the Ugadi day. Dry Bevu Bella Ingredients Fresh tender neem leavesJaggery proportionate to the number of neem leaves. Preparation Mix tender leaves and jaggery and serve dry. Another preparation during Ugadi is the Neem fl…

Story of Uchchaihshravas – The Horse of Indira

The story of the origin of Uchchaihshravas is found in the Bhagavad Purana. This divine horse appeared during the churning of ocean (Samudra Manthan) by Devas (demi gods) and Asuras (demons). Uchchaihshravas means one with long ears or one that neighs loudly.
Uchchaihshravas is white like the moon and has seven heads. This flying horse was taken by Indra, the king of Devas. It is also the king of the horses.
The color of the tail of Uchchaihshravas was the reason for Vinata and Garuda becoming the slave of Kadru and her serpent sons. Vinata was sure that the tail of Uchchaihshravas was white but Kadru said it was black. After a bitter argument it was decided that whoever was wrong would become the slave of the winner.
Kadru’s serpent sons hanged to the tail of Uchchaihshravas and made it appear black, when in reality the tail was white. Thus Vinata and her son Garuda became the slaves of Kadru and her sons.
Another story has it that Goddess Lakshmi once happened to see Uchchaihshrava…

Book – The Seduction of Shiva: Tales of Life and Love

Book titled ‘The Seduction of Shiva: Tales of Life and Love’ is compiled and translated by Aditya Narayan Dhairyasheel Haksar. The stories of love and longing from various Sanskrit texts including Puranas are part of the book. Indian Express writes  ”All great literature deals with the theme of the relation between the sexes and I have tried to bring together a collection of stories covering as big a period as possible,” Haksar said during the book release here recently. The first story in the anthology talks about how the god Shiva is seduced by Mohini, the female form assumed by Vishnu. In another tale, Urvashi curses the Pandava prince Arjuna when he rejects her advances. The protagonist in another story pursues pleasure first as a man and then as a woman. “The stories in the ‘Seduction of Shiva’ have been taken over a over 1500 years let me drew material from not only from what is called secular writing but also literature traditionally regarded as scriptural like tales from the P…

Hingalaj Puja 2018 date – Goddess Hinglaj Mata Jayanti in 2018

Goddess Hingalaj Mata is a manifestation of Goddess Shakti and she takes her name from the mountain cave Hinglaj on the Makran coast in the Lyari District of Balochistan in Pakistan. Hingalaj Mata Puja date in 2018 is March 15. Many people from India travel to HingalajTemple to offer pujas during her Jayanti period.

Legend has it that Vishnu cut the body of Goddess Sati – to stop Shiva’s lament after Sati’s death – part of her head fell at Hingalaj or Hingula. Thus this is one among the 51 Shaktipeeths.

Hingalaj Mata gave darshan to her devotees on the 13th day of the Krishna Paksha of Chaitra Month as per traditional calendar followed in North India.