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2019 Navaratri Recipes For Your 9 Nights Of Celebration


Nine Divine Nights Of Navratri Celebration

Navaratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of Hindu deity Shakti. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit, ‘nava’ meaning nine and ‘ratri’ meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. The 10th day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra.”

Navaratri is divided into sets of three days to adore three different aspects of the supreme goddess or goddesses.

First three days

The goddess is separated as a spiritual force called Durga also known as Kali in order to destroy all our impurities. During these three days neivedyam will have to be spicy, sour like Pulihora, Lemon and Sambar Rice

Second three days

The Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees inexhaustible wealth, as she is the goddess of wealth. During these three days, neivedyam like Sakkarai Pongal, Kesari and Payasam is offered.

Final three days

The final set of three days is spent in worshiping the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. During these three days, neivedyam that is in white colour like Ven Pongal, Thiyar Sadam, Sago Payasam is offered.

In order to have all-round success in life, believers seek the blessings of all three aspects of the divine femininity, hence the nine nights of worship. We’ve gathered a few exciting facts on the festival like decoration, Neivedhyam, flowers for pooja, fruits, etc, so this can help you plan your perfect festival nights!

Here’s a list for the Neivedayam:

First Day

Decoration : Maheswari .
Flowers : Jasmine and Vilvam
Fruits : Banana
Color: Red
Naivedyam or Dishes : Venn Pongal and Karamani Sundal

Second Day 

Decoration : Kaumarid
Flowers : Thulasi and Mullai
Fruits : Banana
Color: Blue
Naivedyam or Dishes : Konda Kadalai Sundal and Puliyodarai

Third Day

Decoration : Varahi.
Flowers : Hibiscus, Maru, Sampangi
Fruits : Jack Fruits
Color: Yellow
Naivedyam or Dishes : Pattani Sundal and Kadambam Rice

Fourth Day

Decoration : Mahalakshmi
Flowers : Jathimalli
Fruits : Gauva
Color: Green
Naivedyam or Dishes : Mochai Payaru Sundal and Sakkari Pongal

Fifth Day

Decoration : Vaishnavi
Flowers : Shenbaga poo
Fruits : Pomegranate
Color : Grey
Naivedyam or Dishes : Kadambam Sundal and Thayir Sadam!

Sixth Day

Decoration : Indrani
Flowers : Kunguma poo
Fruits : Orange , Banana
Color: Orange
Naivedyam or Dishes : Verkadalai Sundal and Elumichai Sadam!

Seventh Day

Decoration : Saraswathi
Flowers : Thazhambu, Thumbai
Fruits : Dates
Color: White
Naivedyam or Dishes : Sunnundalu and Thengai Sadam!

Eighth Day

Decoration : Narasimhi
Flowers : Marudhani, sampangi
Fruits : Grapes
Color: Pink
Naivedyam or Dishes : Channa Dal Sundal and Appam

Ninth Day

Decoration : Chamundeswari
Flowers : Marikozhundhu, Lotus
Fruits : Naval Pazham
Color: SkyBlue
Naivedyam or Dishes : Venn Pongal and Moong Dal Sundal,

Tenth Day

Decoration : Maha Durgai
Flowers : Sevvarali, Roja
Fruits : Sevvazhai
Color: Red , Sky Blue
Naivedyam or Dishes : Sakkarai Pongal, Thayir sadham, Puliyodharai and Moong Dal Sundal.

In Southern states of Tamil Nadu and to a lesser extent in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the festival of Navrathri is called Kolu or Navratri Golu, where women set up decorated planks in a corner of the house and decorating it with dolls which are collected over the years. Sundals are very popular among Navratri recipes/Golu Recipe as various varieties of sundals are made everyday for Neyveidhyam and the same are distributed to the friends, relatives and neighbours who are invited to see the Golu

Happy Navaratri, everyone!