As I have written earlier, the customs and traditions followed are many even for the same festival. So I would like to share here how I celebrate this festival.
In the morning, we perform puja to the Lord Krishna idols we have. He is in the famous crawling pose. After performing archana, we offer five types of fruits that include jamun (Jambul in Hindi or naga pazham in Tamil ). My father used to offer Jambul leaves also for Krishnashtami puja. We also offer, milk, curd, butter and ghee. In the evening we perform puja to the picture of Lord Krishna for more than five decades, now ( I am told). It is a Thanjavur painting that we have. The offering include that are the favourites to many of us. Uppu seedai, vella seedai, thenkuzhal, sweet appam, kheer or javvarisi (sago) payasam and aval (flattened rice). Aval reminds us of Sudama and Lord Krishna's friendship and Akshaya Tritiya.
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Thenkuzhal murukku naivedyam recipe for Sri Jayanthi / Krishnashtami
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How to draw Krishna's feet
Feet of Lord Krishna are drawn from the entrance to the Puja room just as we do for Varalakshmi Vratham where we draw the feet of Goddess Lakshmi. Some designs that can be drawn are shown in the image below. Ready made stencils are also available.
How to make uppu seedai (Palakayalu in Telugu)
How to make vella seedai
Home made rice flour, jaggery (small pieces) and water are needed for this seedai. The proportion is 1:1:1. Take water in a kadai, add the jaggery pieces and let in boil for five minutes or for a couple of minutes after jaggery melts completely. During this process add white sesame seeds (a teaspoon) and pinch of cardamom powder. Filter the jaggery solution if required. Dry coconut ( kopparai can be added and that is optional.
Now,add rice flour and stir continuously to get a dough like formation. At this stage add one tablespoon ground fried urad dhal as in uppu seedai or dry roasted urad dhal powder . Mix it thoroughly and close it with a lid. After three hours using the dough, roll it to make ball like shapes - a little ghee can be added to make this dough smooth and non-sticky while rolling. Do not apply too much pressure while making a ball or do not try to get a perfect spherical powder Fry in oil to get vella seedai. Oil should not be overheated otherwise the seedai will break.
How to make a thoranam
Thoranam made from coconut fronds that yellow-green in colour are an important part of festival celebrations. Though it is easier to purchase them from the nearest flower vendor occasionally we can also try to make it. It is quite easy. First cut one side of the frond to form a long thin portion so that two thoranams can be tied together and hung on the door way.
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