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Panchamrut Ingredients – Items used for making Panchamrut

Panchamrut is made using five ingredients. Panchamrut is a combination of two words ‘Pancha’ meaning five and Amrita meaning immortal. It is believed that the combination of the five items make it amrut – elixir of life. Panchamrut ingredients are Milk Yoghurt Honey Ghee and Sugar The above items are taken in equal proportion and mixed well to create Panchamrut. Please note that the famous Panchamruta made in Palani Muruga Temple in Tamil Nadu is prepared using an entirely different set of ingredients. 

Onam Pookalam 2013

Talk about Onam in Kerala and one of the first images that come to mind is that of the flower bed or floral (designs) arrangements known as Pookalam or Athapookalam. Onam Pookalam 2013 designs are given below. The traditional Onapookalam usually consists of ten rings indicating the ten day ritual during the ten day celebrations of Onam which begins on Atham and ends on Thiru Onam in the month of Chingam (August – September). Onam Pookalam 2013 Photos Related Onam Pookalam Photos 2012

Hoi Mata Fast – Vrat dedicated to Goddess Hoi

Hoi Mata fasting is dedicated to Ahoi Mata or Goddess Hoi and it is observed on the eighth day during the waning phase of the moon (Krishna Paksha) in Kartik Month as per North Indian Hindu calendar. Hoi Mata Fast 2023 date is November 5. Dedicated to Goddess Hoi, it is observed by mothers for the welfare of their children. Hoi Mata fasting is from morning to sighting of the moon. Some people end the fast when the first star is sighted. A popular story associated with Hoi Mata Fast states that a mother had lost seven sons. She was able to get back all her sons safely after observing this particular fast dedicated to Goddess Hoi. Hoi mata fast is more popular in North India and is popularly known as Ahoi Ashtami Vrat . You may also like to read Hoi Vrat Katha – Story of Hoi Fasting How to observe Hoi Fasting and Puja?