Then a banana leaf (nuni ilai in Tamil ) is placed on the mantap and rice in placed on the leaf and the thoranam arrangement is similar to the one used for Varalakshmi Pooja.
Though ready made thoranam made from coconut fronds are available the video in my channel Rangolisansdots for those who want try at least once - how to make a thoranam
The image on the right I drew in front of Ganpati for Puja. I used a rangoli stencil after a long time. The central flower design was filled with one colour and the outer motif with blue. Finally I added some colourful lines on the outside. If a rangoli is to be drawn in front of the mantap for Ganpathi, it can be chosen from Simple rangoli with 5 dots for a dot design. For free hand many designs are available here including Margazhi kolam designs.
In Tamil Nadu, the tradition is purchase a clay idol of Ganapthy and an umbrella, the idol is placed in the mantap and is decorated with plantain leaves and maavilai thoranam.
Turmeric is applied to the garland at the narrow areas. A 21 ball cotton garland is used.Again we can recite slokas or songs according to our customs.(Where one does not get banana leaf, mango leaves etc. replicas may be used) Offerings to the main idol include fruits - bananas, wood apple, sugarcane, corn, coconut, betel leaves and nuts, kheer or payasam amavadai and of course kozhukattai and modhakam.
How to make kozhukattai
Rice flour and water in equal proportions are taken. Water is boiled adding a pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon oil. Rice flour is added to boiled water, the stove brought to "sim". Stir continuously to avoid formation of lumps. The colour changes to light brownish when it is completely cooked. Allow it to cool.
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