Some more photos of Tulsi Vivah celebrations decorations rangoli , aarti , cotton garland
Tulasi kota decoration or Tulasi katte decoration for Tulsi marriage festival
Tulsi Vivah or Tulsi plant rangoli
Some rangoli vidos from my YouTube rangoli Channel - Rangolisansdots
Apart from auspicious rangoli designs for Tulsi Vivah we can actually have a representation of a Tulsi plant or madam usinga 5 by 5 plus 3 by 1 plus 5 by 1 dot grid some free hand patterns for leaves and branches and cotton buds. The pictures below should be self explanatory.
The Tulsi Vivah ( marriage of Tulsi withVishnu say the puranas) is also celebrated as Uttwandwadasi. The image of Tulsi Devi is placed on the Tulsi plant. Since we celebrate a marriage Tulsi is adorned with a mangalsutra. Garlands made from cotton and flowers like jasmine are used to adorn the plant. I have added the pink and red roses that bloomed in the rose plants in flower pots I have. Growing your own floral plants, watering them see the buds bloom into flowers, using the flowers for puja gives me a lot of mental satisfaction. However, flowers and rangoli have a lot in common, both are beautiful, colourful and both last for a very short time.
One of the most important rangoli that is drawn for the Tulsi plant is the Hridaya Kamalam - a dot rangoli design showing a lotus design as viewed from the top. I have added video to my YouTube channel showing this rangoli drawn with two parallel lines to make the lotus design more intricate. The parallel lines are of different colours. How ever if you like to see the basic rangoli design go to Hridaya kamalam - a lotus rangoli.
Offerings for Tulsi Vivah Puja include ladoos made from peanuts, roasted gram, rava ladoo, moong dhall and puffed rice (nel pori urundai in Tamil ). One of them puffed rice ladoo is shown here.
How to make puffed rice ladoo or nel pori urundai ?Clean the puffed rice off any paddy husk that may be present. For 100g of puffed rice take 25 g of jaggery. Add the jaggery to water and heat it and dissolve to a stage when a drop of the solution is placed on water it can be easily rolled into a ball. Add dry ginger powder and cardamom powder to puffed rice. Coconut sliced into small pieces can be added to the jaggery syrup (it is optional). Gently pour the syrup on pufffed rice (nel pori ) mix thoroughly and roll the combination into ladoos.
The Tulsi plant is held in reverence in many parts of India. It is a ubiquitous part of Indian culture and hence many Indian households.I understand that many studies have been conducted by experts on the medicinal value of the plant. However it is beyond the scope of this blog to discuss it.
Lamps are lit at the base of the Tulasi maadam or Vrindavan daily in the evening. In the morning water is offered and puja is performed with haldi and kumkum. On Fridays and other festivals it is decorated with cotton garland and Hridaya Kamalam is drawn . The photos below give an idea.
My kolam videos
Rangoli / kolam for Tulsi Plant
Navratri decoration ideas
Navaratri is a festival celebrated for nine days. Three days are dedicated to Goddess Durga, three days for Goddess Lakshmi and the last three days for Goddess Saraswathi. Our family tradition is preparation of sweets in the morning and sundal in the evening. Each day we prepare a different sundal and hence nine different types for nine days. This is the tradition in many South Indian homes. Sundal is distributed to neighbours and children who come to have a look at the kolu.
Navartri is an important season for celebration particularly in Tamil Nadu. It is considered one of the most important festivals for women. Since it is celebrated for nine days talent of women in art, music, decorations, cooking and many other areas are brought out. There is competition among neighbours for display of kolus. There is competition for displaying talent in cooking sundal etc. and for course for drawing rangolis before the kolu. Obviously, I should confine myself to rangolis in Rangoli-sans-dots.
How to decorate khalasam for Navratri
Limestone mixed in water is applied around the neck of the kalasam. Then sandal paste, kumkum are applied on the four sides. The kalasam filled with water in which a little kumkum is mixedMango leaves or betel leaves are placed and at the centre any fruit like mosambi, pomegranate. Some families place coconut in the khalasam. It is not moved for nine days.
Among the decorations that can be done for the kolu, the special variety of rangoli, kundan rangoli is one of them that can be tried. It is an important type of rangoli craft, I would say. So, the kundan rangoli design in the image below for Navratri celebrations. Kundan stones are usually mounted on OHP sheet. We have make motifs with OHP sheet according to our imagination. Decorate them with kundan or glass beads and colourful tape or metallic chains to get the required design. Apart from regular and kundan rangoli design, a rangoli on water also called floating rangoli (! ). It is a design drawn on water. Once such idea is in rangoli with 5 dots . Since it is difficult to draw a rangoli on water add rice flour to it and mix thoroughly. The transparency of water reduces and the density increases. Now with regular rangoli it is possible to draw a rangoli on water.
How to light Akhanda deepam during Navratri
Ananta Vratha festival
Rice is fried in ghee and soaked in water. After half an hour grated coconut is added to this rice. Cardamom. powder is also added. Grind the mixture in a mixer. Boil on a stove for a few minutes. Add sugar according to your taste.
Dosa without fermentation is by using the flour immediately after grinding without allowing it to ferment.
Another important offering is sweet dosa.
Maida and wheat flour are taken in the ratio 1:1. For one measure of maida or wheat flour add three-fourth measure of jaggery. Jaggery is grated and added to water till it soaks well. Filter it to remove stones if present !.
In this solution add the maida and wheat flour mixture , cardamom powder and stir well. This wet flour is used to make sweet dosa.
Festival - Mangala Gowri Vratham
It is performed for first five years after marriage. The idol of Mangala Gowri is handed over to the married lady. She performs this puja every year after marriage for five years on Sravana Tuesday (Mangala vaar) i.e on all Tuesdays of the month. This is done for a happy married life. Betel leaves and nuts ( eight numbers) are offered to Goddess (Gowri or Parvathi) and eaten by the husband and wife. Offerings include wheat flour modhakam and a kheer with wheat flour ball in milk. Sixteen wicks are made from cotton, dipped in ghee and aarti is performed with these wicks.