Friday, September 10, 2010

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

Vaina Pooja 2010

My first Vayana Pooja

Godu Pova

Wishing you all a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi. 

We also celebrate Gowri pooja or Vayana/ Vaina pooja before Ganesh Pooja (Chavati in Konkani). Gowri is also known as Ganesh's mother and Lord Shiva's wife. For the Gowri pooja we use coconuts to symbolize the goddess. The coconuts are soaked in turmeric water to purify and then all the fiber is scrapped off the coconuts to smoothen the surface. Then it is marked with chalk or wet rice powder with a circle mid way around the coconut. I decorate the coconut with haldi and kumkum but traditionally they are decorated with sindhoor on the mouth of the coconut and sandal wood paste in between the two eyes. Kajal is applied to the eyes of the coconut and they are decorated with flowers. My garden flowers came handy to decorate my Gowri's :) I got the gowri puja samagri from the Indian store. It consists of black bead magalsutra, the red colored mangalsutra thread, comb, bangles, mirror and haldi and kumkum. The diyas are placed on top of the coconut, but due to the carpets in my home, I place them in a separate plate. I chant the 108 names of Gowri as mantra and with every name chant a pinch of rice and flowers is sprinkled as offering. After the Gowri puja, Lord Ganesh is worshiped. 

I made godu pova as offering to Gowri and Ganesh. It is very similar to Panchkadayi, but a lot simpler to make. We don't make this in my home and this recipe was given to me by one of my good friends C when she made this for her son's birthday.

1 1/2 cup jaggery or gur
1 cup grated coconut
1 teaspoon powdered cardamom
2 cups thin pova

Cut the jaggery into small pieces. Heat the jaggery in a pan with 4 teaspoon water till the jaggery melts. Cool it completely and add the cardamom and coconut. Mix well and add the pova in 2 or 3 batches. 
Mix the pova well into the jaggery so that all the pova is coated with the jaggery.