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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Rama Navami Vaazhthukkal (subakaankshalu)

Celebrating Rama Navami means wishing Lord Sri Rama a happy bday :). This day is also celebrated as Sita- Rama wedding day.

 Sri Rama temple in Bhadrachalam is known for its extravagant celebrations.Here is the video of Sita Rama Kalyana Mahotsavam at Bhadrachalam. The voice over is in Telugu (low volume recommended)
source : youtube
This festival is celebrated with a lot of fanfare in every Rama temple in Andhra Pradesh, India. 

Celebrations at home:
 We offer prayers to Sri Rama and serve the following as naivedyam.
  • Panakam (jaggery, dry ginger powder and elaichi/cardamom powder and a hint of lemon juice, all diluted in water)
  • Neer mooru (diluted buttermilk garnished with fresh grated ginger, green chillies, salt, asafoetida, curry leaves and cilantro/Coriander leaves)
  • Vada Paruppu (pappu) - A refreshing salad made from pre soaked moong dal, green mango, salt, asafoetida and lemon juice. Curry leaves and cilantro/coriander leaves for garnish. I also added some grated carrot.

Interesting facts- 
I came to know these interesting facts about Rama Navami from Rukku Perima (aunt). She said

"Rama Navami marks the onset of Indian Summer and people gear up to tackle rising temperatures. Naivedyam served includes, panakam, neer mooru and vada paruppu. All these dishes are a great way to refresh our digestive system and prepare our body to bear the summer heat. On Ram Navami, we generally serve Panakam and Mooru when guests arrive home. This is Indian hospitality at its best and a great way to help them ward off heat and prepare their appetite for a sumptuous meal.

Also, this is the time when people used to begin their pilgrimages in the olden days. And communities and groups used to set up Chalivindhrum to serve free buttermilk to travelers passing through their village.This tradition continues till date and it feels nice to be served with fresh buttermilk when cool a parched throat "

I love the fact that Indian traditions have something special to mark every occasion, be it welcoming seasons, or celebrating life in general.

Please share any other information you have about our festivals with me. Would love to know more!


  1. Remembered me those days after coming from school my ajji was ready to serve these kosambari and panaka

  2. quite true i miss those days too... :)



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