Thursday, September 13, 2018

A Bouquet of Coconut Blooms for Auspicious beginnings on Ganesh Chaturthi !!!

 वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ॥

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all our Readers!!!!
My sublime morning begins with eliciting the great Almighty's blessings - 

Shree Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha, Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvada" The essence of the mantra is that I meditate on Sri Ganesha, Who has a curved trunk, large body, and who has the brilliance of a million suns. O lord, please make all my works free of obstacles, always!!!
  On Ganesh Chaturthi, Lord Ganesha, the Vighnaharta, is worshipped as the God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and to remove all the obstacles from the life, and bestow auspicious beginnings and blessings!!!


On the podium of life, besides relishing Modak's and Ladoo's, the auspicious festival resonates with the reality of life with beauty and grace!!!

 It's indeed time to seize the moment, to be embellished with a noble, kind, compassionate, humane heart and soul in the journey of life, echoing an aura of positivity and spreading happiness and excellence ...!!! 


A Bouquet of Coconut Blooms for Auspicious beginnings on  Ganesh Chaturthi !!!

With the flurry of flowers, People bring  Ganesha idols at home. Family and friends come together to celebrate this festival.  The much-awaited festival of Lord Ganesha is celebrated with loads of zest....!!!!! Though the festival is celebrated across the nation,  Mumbai is famous for the most famous Ganpati pandals and celebrations. The Ganeshotsav ends with Ganesh Visarjan of the idol or the more preferred eco-friendly idol at home or even with the Supari.  

The festival gives a valuable lesson of life which is a mash-up of joys and sorrows  - learning the art of living with grace in times of both pleasure and pain; learning the art of attachment and detachment; learning the art to let go with dignity in amity and sorrow, the pleasures of the materialistic world in a flash as we all have to immerse all the worldly desires one day and merge with the subtle colors of mother nature.  
The celebration and immersion of Lord Ganesh is marked with an important message that people should accept the eternal cosmic law of nature that which took form has to become formless again. It is a never-ending cycle - chakra of life birth and rebirth. This cycle is infinite, one who has taken birth has to die and take re-birth according to their Karma. 
Besides celebrations with food and sweets, this is a time to ponder about the true Purpose of life, which is loud and clear-
 "The Lord neither arrives nor leaves. 
He has existed before time and will exist beyond. 
Ganeshotsav is symbolic of our life cycle - 
We Arrive, We Celebrate, We Merge into the elements...."
Ganesh Visarjan and its Symbolism
Lord Ganesha,  a Symbol of Wisdom & Blessings!!!
A Bouquet of Coconut Blooms for Auspicious beginnings on  Ganesh Chaturthi, to mark the symbolic celebrations at home !!! 


Rose Coconut Blooms !!!



Simple and Sweet Melt in Mouth Coconut Blooms!!!

Check out the recipe for simple and sweet melt in mouth blooms:
Desiccated Coconut powder: 2 cups 
Fresh Khoya: 1 cup (grated)
Sugar: 1 cup
Ghee: 2 Tsp
Milk: 1/2 cup 
Cardamom powder: a generous pinch 
Rose essence, syrup and sliced almonds and pistachios for garnish.
Dry roast the khoya and coconut. Add ghee, sugar, cardamom powder, milk, nuts, rose essence, syrup (in a partial batch). Mix well to get a dough like consistency. Let it cool down a bit and shape as you like. Share the sweets and Eat, Pray and Love !!!!! As we all know the family which prays together, stays together!!!
Signing off with my best wishes that May the Great Almighty bless you with the bounty of 

BEAUTIFUL and BLESSED LIFE !!!



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