Festival celebrations at Kanaka Durga Temple Vijaywada

Vijaya dashami is one of  the important festival in andhra.It is celebrated for 9 days and  concludes on the 10th day of vijaya dashami.This festival is celebrated in all the temples of goddess Durga.Goddess durga is decorated in nine forms for nine days.This festival is celebrated with much fan fare in vijaywada kanaka durga temple.

My good friend and a fellow food blogger who is a resident of vijaywada has written an excellent write up on how the 9 days festivities are conducted and celebrated at the kanka durga temple in  vijaywada which is located in coastal Andhra on the banks of river Krishna.

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I would like my readers to have a ring side view of the festivities through the eyes and thoughts of rekha who happens to be resident of the famous temple town of vijaywada.

Dasara – Sharan Navaratrulu is one of the most famous festivals in India. In Vijayawada (Andhra pradesh) Kanaka Durga Temple is very famous for this festival, especially for KanakaDurga Devi alankarams they do to Kanaka durga Devi main idol in the temple. The very first day they decorate Goddess asSWARNA KAVACHALANKRUTA KANAKA DURGA DEVI.

Every day we offer different prasadams to Goddess.The first day halwa and poori are offered to the goddess

On the second day Kanaka Durga is decorated as BALATRIPURA SUNDARI.On this day Durga Devi is decorate as bala. Bala means small child. On this day small kids under 2 -10 years will be given new cloths and also some gifts . Payasam is offered today as prasadam.

Trithiya is the third dayafter no moon day and this is the third day of Navratri. On this day Goddess Gayatri one of the form of maa durga is worshiped by her devotees. Goddess Gayatri is considered the Veda mata, The mother of Vedas. Vedas are large body of texts, composed in Vedic Sanskrit and they form the oldest layer of Sanskrit Literature, and the oldest sacred text of Hinduism, Goddess Gayatri is the mother of the Vedas.

 The goddess often sits on a red lotus flower and appears with five heads and five pairs of hands and representing the incarnations of the Goddess as parvati, saraswati and she is especially identified with saraswati. Nimmakaya (lemon) pulihora is offered as a prasadam.

Chaviti is the fourth dayof Navratri which is dedicated toGoddess Annapoorna Devi, Goddess of food. Anna means food,poorna means full, complete. She is the symbol for the one who grants nourishment on every level. She is the supreme Goddess of Kasi ( well known as Varanasi).Before taking any food Hindus chant the prayer of Annapoorna and distribute food in a large scale. Goddess Annapoorna is described as holding a golden spoon in her right hand and a vessel full of Paramannam(rice pudding) in her left hand.Pongal and minapa garelu (vada) are offered are prasadam.

Panchami the fifth dayof navaratri festival on this auspicious day Kanaka Durga Devi is decorated as Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi. She is the Echa, Chaitanya Gnyana shakthi swaroopini. Lalita means ”she who plays”, all creation, manifestation and dissolution, Tripura means the three worlds Svarloka ( heaven) Bhuloka ( Physical world) patala (Hell), Sundari means most beautiful so in full Lalitha Thripura Sundari means” The Most Beautiful Girl in the three Worlds”. She is the Goddess of bliss.

The lalitha Sahasranama is one of the famous prayers of Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi, details her charms from head to foot, and describes her as a mother to all beings in the World. Lalitha sahasranamam is a very powerful prayer of Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi especially auspicious to chant this on Fridays.

It is very auspicious to chant Lalitha Sahasranama on this day.Daddojanam (curd rice) or Gudannam (bellapu Annam, jaggery rice) as prasadam. She appears enthroned with her left foot upon the sri chakra, holding her traditional symbols like sugarcane, flower, noose (pasam), goad (amkusam), and right side with Goddess Lakshmi Devi and left side with goddess Saraswathi Devi.

Sasthi the sixth dayof navaratri Kanaka Durga devi is worshiped as Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi. She is the Goddess of wealth, prosperity, wisdom and fortune. Goddess Maha lakshmi is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of money related sorrows. She is the daughter of the king of milky ocean, and later married to Lord Vishnu. She is a form of Shakti.Goddess Lakshmi is described as a fair lady with four arms, standing upon lotus, dressed in fine garments and precious jewels and holding lotus flowers in her two hands. She appears in 8 forms and is well known as Asta Lakshmi. Maha lakshmi devi is especially worshiped on Fridays and Diwali festival day and 6th day of navaratri with red color flowers.she is offeered prasadams like Ksheeraannm and pournalu.

Saptami the seventh day of navaratri Kanaka Durga Devi appears as Sri Maha Saraswathi. Seventh day is Moola Nakshatram which is the maa Saraswathi s nakshatram (astrological star). She is the goddess of knowledge and music and arts, and also she regarded as Vagdevi Goddess of sound, speech, consciousness and wisdom. Maa Saraswathi appears with white dress, seated on white lotus and with four hands in one hand holding a book, in one hand playing veena (a musical instrument) in one hand japa mala(rosary) this representing the power of meditation and spirituality and in the other hand Kamandalam(A pot with sacred water)representing creative and purificatory powers. Saraswath Devi is also referred as Sharda Devi. A white swan is her vahanam (vehicle) so that she is known as Hamsa vahini. On this navaratri seventh day especially Saraswathi devi is worshipped and all students are traditionally required to study on this day and also start study of something new on the same day. Small children under 5 year’s starts to write there first alphabet which is called Vidyarambham is take part today. Gurus (teachers) are worshipped to day as embodiments of Saraswathi. Offering honey is very important in Saraswathi pooja, as honey represents perfect knowledge. Payasam is offered as parasadam on this day.

 

Astami the eight day of navratri on this auspicious day Kanaka Durga Devi is appears in the form of Durga. The most powerful goddess she is the mother of the universe, she is the power and she is behind the work of creation, preservation and destruction of the world. Durga Devi is mentioned by Vedas as a supreme power.

The meaning of the Durga in Sanskrit is a fort, or is a place which is very difficult to reach. And one more meaning of durga is Durgatinashini meaning is the one who removes your sufferings. Hindus believe that Durga Devi protects her devotees from the evils of the world and removes there sorrows. She has Simha vaahini means Loin is her vehicle, she is Trinayani means she is a three eyed Goddess. So durga Devi appears on Astami day to kill Mahishasura (an inhumane force/ a demon with buffalo face) with three eyes and eight arms with holding many weapons and red color saree and beautiful jewellery is made by gold and ocean pearls and precious stones. On this Durgastami day people believe in praying Durga Devi with red color flowers, cloths and read Durga saptashati or Devi mahatyam and offers Pulagam or Kadambam Annam as prasadam.

Maha navami is the ninth day of navratri on this auspicious day Maa durga appears as Mahishasura mardhani. This is the most fiercely form of Maa Durga which is the warrior aspect of divine mother. Mahishasura mardhani is the form of Durga Devi after she killed mahishasura. Mahishasura mardhani means the slayer of Mahishasur. So people celebrate this day as divine mother’s victory on bad evil.

She appears riding on a Lion with ten arms carrying weapons was given by Gods and maintaining a meditative smile on her beautiful face. Today devotees read Mahishasura Mardhini Stotram and offer Pulihora (tamarind rice) Garelu (lentil dumplings) panakam (jaggery juice) vadapappu (moong dal salad).

The final and last day of navaratri Sri Kanakadurga Devi appears as Sri Rajarajeswari. After her victory in the battle with Mahishasura we celebrate Dasami the 10th day as vijayadasami, vijaya means victory dasami means 10th day. She is the mother of the world. she is the form of Lalitha tripura sundari devi.she appears on the 10th day sitting on the throne and holding sugarcane in one hand, and giving blessings to her devotees with a peaceful and beautiful smile.

In Kanaka durga temple (vijayawada) she appears like this in the day time and in the evening there will be a boat festival in Krishna river, they bring the Goddess Kanaka durga utsava vigraham(a small idol of Kanaka durga devi) down, they decorate a beautiful swan shape boat with lights and place the Devi idol on it and make few rounds in the Krishna river and bring back the idol to the main temple this is called Teppotsavam. Dasara is a very important and famous festival in Vijayawada which is celebrated every year. Kanakadurga temple is the synonymous with Vijayawada. Special poojas are performed during dasara and also called durga navaratrulu

  This is the repost and original post can be found  here

Thanks a lot rekha for the wonderful and detailed description of  festivites at kanaka durga temple,vijaywada.

Image source:Google images and Kanaka durga temple official website.

Please don’t tell anyone

Me:Happy dussehra

Mom:Yes yes,happy dussehra only to you

Me:What??  (heard sister laughing from behind)

Mom:It’s ok if you celebrate vijayadashmi today.

Me:Why you didn’t call me to tell me about the date of the festival?

Mom:Was planning to call you today evening to remind you about tomorrow’s festival.

Me:Oh i got up at 5.00 in the morning and did payasam,tamarind rice,vada………

Mom:It’s ok you celebrate today.

Me:Please don’t tell anyone about this

Mom:I won’t tell but everyone here guessed it  😉

This is not rare thing to happen 😀 😀 😀

If the ramayan were on facebook— Got this link from rohini of rohinified,check the link

My Heart is in my neck

Wondering what is the title ??  Below is the conversation i had with varunavi today

Varunavi comes running to me and says amma my heart came up

Me: What??

She keeps my hand on her neck and says choodu na heart payki na neck loki vachindi (my heart came up to my neck)

Me: How it came up? 😛

Varunavi: I don’t know,i bend down to pick up my book and i started feeling the beats in my neck  ( Nanu vanganu book tesukuntanki,neck lo beats start ayindi) 😯

Actually she asked me what is heart? i explained to her what heart does to us and where it is located.

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Few days back varunavi went to her friends birthday party,apart from a gift she gave this letter to her.

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Pinkuda was looking at the mirror and started shouting balls balls,i asked where?

She showed me her eyes and said there are two balls in my eyes and started crying that she wants to play with the balls.

Cheers and have a great weekend 🙂 🙂 🙂

Happy Birthday Sis

Happy Birthday Kavi

No matter where I go

I’ll always find you there 

Because you’re in my heart

 Of this I’m quite aware

We breath the same air

 We walk under the same moon

The sun shines on us both

We dance to the same tune

Whether we’re together Or we’re far apart

 When you see the stars shining

Remember you’re in my heart

May the time quickly pass

Until we’re together again

I miss you more than you know 

Happy Birthday kavi.I am greatful that i have you as my elder sister,who always used to protect and i always cherish our childhood days,you always made it a point to wait for me to have lunch together during college days,calling me very often when i am out on work.You are the only one who came to my rescue when a terrible thing happened in my life,you are the one who took care of me when i was bed ridden with facture.You are the one who cried for me when i was in pain,i will never forgot that day when you sat outside the hospital room,cried and prayed for me.

I know i was always demanded you and i am the only one who pull your legs.You like a meek soul never said anything .Hugs to a wonderful sister,if at all i get another life i pray that i should get you as my sister.

I don’t know whether i am a good sister to you or not but your are the best and wonderful sister.Have a great day and i miss you so much.

Poem Source:-Google

 

Varunavi school started after summer break and i am not getting much time to blog.So going on a blog break but will try to read and comment on all my blog samaj friends blogs,excuse me if i have missed comming to your blogs,will surely come on Fridays and Saturdays.

Have a great day  🙂 

My ramblings and a tag

Varunavi school started since yesterday.Poor child got up at 5.40 am without any fuss,took all pinks to the school (her bag,lunch box,pencil box,pencil,eraser…….. all pink).On her way to school hubby met with a small accident and our new car had a big scratch at the back.And varunavi called me telling that a uncle doesn’t know how to drive and he came and hit us,i jumped and my head touched the roof of the car.Thank god that nothing has happened but she was late for her school.She made a card to her teacher in which she wrote I LOVE YOU MAAM and did some flowers and coloured  it.

Pinkuda terrible missed her sister.As soon as varunavi left she went and slept on varunavi’s bed and covered herself with her sister’s comforter,slept there for 1 hour or so.After sometime she started crying that she too want to go school,she brought old school bag of varunavi,kept few of her books.

When varu came back she hugged her,kissed and said i love u akka (Sister).The scene was like they both met each other after very long time and pinkuda was following her where ever varu went.Today also pinkuda got up with her sister and was crying that she wants to take bath with her and want to get ready for school.Just took her till the bus stop and came back.

Sandhya tagged me to do dance number,here is my list of favourites:-

1.This is a song from Aqua–Barbie girl,this used to come on doordarshan in 90’s.This is the only english song i know and i understand also as i find it difficult to follow english songs.

D’you wanna go for a ride? Sure Ken. Jump in… I’m a barbie girl, in a barbie world Life is so fantastic.Check here
DO CHECK THE LINK.

2.Om Shanti Om — Deewangi deewangi …… this is for Solilo.My kids love this song

(I am not able to upload this video as pinkuda poured water on the laptop and few keys are not working)

3.Jab We Met– I don’t like kareena kapoor but i love this song and the singer.

 4.Prema Desham– remake of tamil hit,superb songs.I bunked my class for the first time to see this movie.Excellent music by A.R.Rehman.

5.Gentleman — Another master pc of prabu deva dance,excellent

My Creations Crafty’s Inspirations

In school i had SUPW class in which i was taught how to make sweaters with crochet.Until i saw crafty’s creation i never knew that one can do so much with the crochet.If anyone missed seeing her blog ,pls check here, they are so beautiful, adorable  and  inspirational.She was so sweet she send me few links and designs,i learnt from all those links the  abbreviations used in the making of crochet and did few designs.

This is varunavi’s pouch in which she keeps all her hair accessories

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YSR is no more

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Hope after hope since yesterday that CM of Andhra Pradesh and other 4 members of his team who were travelling by chopper to chittor are alive.But now it is confirmed that CM is no more and also the 4 members are not alive.They crashed into a hill and lost contact with the air controller.

 Every politician has draw backs but he is the one who really contributed to the welfare of the poor people.He is the one who did so much for the backward people.He gave free power to the farmers, free education,Rajiv Arogya Shree free health care programme for the poor and Rs.2.00 rice to name a few.I personally know people who got benefited by the rajiv arogya shreefree health, where the patient got free medical treatment amounting to 1 lac rupees absolutely free.

He will always be cherised as the politician who really worked for the people.

May his soul rest in peace.My heart felt condolence to his family. 

Image courtesy:-Deccan Chronicle