How to make glass bangle garland



Bangle garland for God | Bangle garland for Amman | Easy method

Bangle garlands are offered to Mariamman for Aadi Pooram festival .  This is a very popular festival in Tamil Nadu.  Aadi is Ashada month and Pooram is Purva Phalguni start.  So in this month and on the day this star occurs this festival is celebrated.  Many offer glass bangle garlands .  Some offer just bangles in as many pairs as they can.  The bangles are then distributed to the devotees.
Aadi Pooram 2018 date is 13th of August. 

What I have shown in the images below is one of the simplest methods of making a "kannadi valayal " malai .  What we need are bangles and a fancy lace.

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Tie the lace to one of the bangles

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Keep the bangle as shown and place the next bangle below the first one.
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Take the lace through the portion where the bangles intersect
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and draw it through the bottom as shown.  This way the first bangle is held firml

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The next bangle is placed below the second, the lace taken in the ellipse formed at the intersection of the 2nd and third bangles
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 and drawn through the bottom of the third bangle

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The image shows three bangles in place

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Next photo shows the fourth bangle in position
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After completing the garland ,  we can make it as long as we want to suit the height of the deity.  However tradition has it that the number is usually 18,27, 54 ,108.
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After completion tie a knot at the other end to hold all the bangles together.

If we are looking for a different decoration for Varalakshmi Pooja we can do with small bangles


How to remove whole corn kernels fromcob


How to remove corn from cob without cutting | How to remove corn kernels

This is an easy kitchen tip that is regularly done by women in the traditional way.  Without using a machine we can remove the corn kernels as the seeds are called. 

First remove the husk 
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There are different layers of varying thickness the inner most being almost transparent ! Nature's creation at its best !
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Remove the silk from the corn

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Next remove the shank portion of the corn cob

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Using the thumb and fore finger remove two adjacent kernels and proceed upward to produce a gap
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This weakens the other kernels on either side and we can remove them very easily

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Repeat the process i.e removing two adjacent kernels for the next five or six layers

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Using this method the whole corn kernel is removed

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What is left is only the chaff

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There are some very good recipes using the corn kernels.  I will share them here.

Koyambedu Sivan temple Perumal temple


Sri Vaikunta vasa Perumal temple with Kanakavalli Thayar  , Koyambedu 

This board states that there is a neem tree between two vilva ( bilva ) trees in this temple.  Vilva leaves are sacred to Lord Shiva and Goddess Lakshmi .  This is a rare combination. Actually the trunks are so close that we cannot easily distinguish.  Only when we look above we can see the branches of the trees. It is believed that this represents Lord Narayana at the wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess  Parvathi.  The board further gives information on how to perform Puja to the trees to obtain the blessings like marriage and Soubhagya.  

Goddess Lakshmi here is Kanakavalli Thayar.  There are idols of Goddess Sita (  🙏🙏 ) and idols of Lava and Kusa.  We went there in the evening and felt blessed because the priest offered us a pamphlet giving the importance  of various Ekadasi vrats !  He also informed the devotees that the temple is more than 1000 years old.  Lord Vaikunta Vasa Perumal sannidhi is divine.

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Lord Kurungaleeswarar  with Aram valartha Annai Dharmasamvardhini , Koyambedu


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A view of the temple Gopuram.  It is believed that Lava and Kusa with their Mother Goddess Sita lived in the hermitage of Sage Valmiki here .  They detained the horse of the Aswamedha Yaga performed by Lord Rama and hence had to fight  His army.  Since they incurred pitru dosha by doing so they atoned their sins by worshiping Lord Shiva here.  He is Kurngaleeswarar , the name refers to shortness in height .  Since the  children had to perform Puja this Shiva Linga is short.  Goddess Dharmasamvardhini sannidhi is also very divine and the whole atmosphere is suitable  for meditation.  

There is also a temple for Lord Hanuman nearby , called the  Koyambedu Hanuman temple.  It is said that He listened to Ramayana at this place when Sage Valmiki recited it to Lava and Kusa.

Where are these temples in Koyambedu

When we travel from Anna Nagar to Koyambedu the Metro station is on the right.  The temple  is a few hundred meters ( approximately 750 metres ) inside.  After reaching the Metro Station we  can enquire the locals or auto drivers and they guide us.

Gejje vastra for Varamahalakshmi


Varamahalakshmi festival  2018 will be celebrated on 24th of August


The image shows the Yamuna kalasam for Varamahalakshmi Pooja decorated with gejje vastra
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The completed gejje vastra .  Two cotton spheres are made and dipped in kumkum mixed in water.  They are stuck to the vastra and and then used to stick the vastra to the Varalaxmi idol or kalash

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Purchase cotton from Puja shops this is workable and easy for us to stretch.  Cotton from pharmacies i.e surgical cotton is not workable as it is packed in layers 

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This cotton splits easily into two quite easily.
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Again split it to get  thin long cotton suitable for making the vastra.  The idea of offering this cotton garland decoration is that we imagine that we are offering a new dress to Goddess.  In some places in USA, UK  we may not get flowers of our choice then we can decorate with this cotton garland.
It should be easy to carry this from the Puja shops in India .  After all cotton is very light

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Next roll gently so that the cotton fibres adhere to one another.  The next step stretching is made easy thus
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For proper grip we can use vibhuti , milk or water.  However those who are orthodox do not use water.
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Stretch the cotton gently so that it does not break.  It comes with practice.

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Form one ball after another .  I make a garland with 25 spheres for Varalakshmi Vratham

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Mix kumkum in water and  apply between the spheres.  For Naga Chaturthi , Naga  Panchami and Ganesh Chaturthi we mix turmeric powder in water.

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Apply between the spheres as shown.

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Roll the cotton into two spheres,  dip them in kumkum mixed in water.

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These two are stuck to the garland and then they are stuck to the idol or kalash so that the garland stays firmly in place

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Iyengar padi kolam patterns steps thru images


 

Video from YouTube Channel Rangolisansdots ( My kolam videos Channel  )


           

Padi kolam designs pics

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These type of padi kolam use curved lines instead of straight lines , the result a beautiful pattern emerges.
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It is a tradition to draw at least two lines either simultaneously or separately

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The next step in the rangoli , it expands outwards through curved lines

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One more set of lines to make it a pair
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The centre can be decorated with a lotus design

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Again the rangoli expands outwards as shown in the next few photos
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The position of the hand can be watched in the next two images to draw the pattern.  Though there are many ways to draw a pattern I have tried to follow a simple method to make it easy for those who want to learn.  For those who have knowledge of these patterns , they can be drawn with fewer steps

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Spirals and dots decorate the outermost gaps .  As is the norm ,  these designs depend upon our imagination

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These beautiful padi kolam can be drawn on Fridays and for Navratri



The next padi kolam for this Aadi masam kolangal is some what tricky and can be complicated for some.  Drawing kolam is a challenge to our dexterity and if we achieve some degree of dexterity it is with practice only there is no rocket science involved !  It is a common art drawn daily and all of us should  be able to do it with practice.

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The more we practice , the more graceful we become as our confidence increases exponentially with regular practice, grace and near perfection follow automatically.  The curved lines in the kolam above are beautiful to look and it is a pleasure to draw them too.  Please try !