Happy Navratri to All : Worship Goddess Chandraghanta on Navratri Tithi : Tritya, Day -3 . Made Patli Gur Payesh | Rice Kheer made with date palm jaggery

Mother Goddess is also called Shakti. It represents protection, love, prosperity and knowledge. Unlimited and vibrant love, compassion and mercy are regarded as the divine attributes of Mother Goddess. She is known as Durga and worshiped in different forms.

During Navratri the mother goddess is said to appear in 9 forms, and each one is worshipped for a day. These nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences. The third among these nine forms is Goddess Chandraghanta …

Third among the Shakti Roopas is Goddess Chandraghanta. Chandraghanta originated from the word Chandra (Moon) and Ghanta (Bell). She has crescent moon on her forehead and her roaring voice is like a tumultuous sound of a bell that makes the atrocious demons tremble. This Goddess gives extreme peace and provides ultimate good. She is full of charm and bright. She is Golden in color, possesses ten hands and three eyes. Eight of her hands display weapons while the remaining two gestures bestowing boon and stopping harm. This Durga Shakti rides a tiger.

By the blessings of Goddess Chandraghanta, all the sins of the worshiper are burnt and obstacles are removed. Her worship is instantly fruitful. A very good quality that develops in those who worship her is bravery and fearlessness accompanied by serenity and humility. Wherever the devotees of mother Chandraghanta go, they disperse peace and blessings among the people. By worshipping her one can get rid of all worldly sorrows, and attain the supreme goal spontaneously

During Navaratras, the third day is of great importance. On this day, the mind of the worshiper enters Manipura Chakra. At this stage, by the grace of mother Chandraghanta, the seekers become capable of seeing unearthly and divine things. They smell the divine fragrance and become capable of hearing many types of divine sounds. However, on this day and in this stage of discipline, the striver is required to be most careful.

Mantra to be chanted on this day: Om Chandraghantaaye Namah

Offerings to be made on this day must include Kheer & Milk.

“Sree Durga Saptashati” Patha  isrecited: Adhyay – 4

Color for the day is Gray.

. It is also claimed that khiri found its origin in Orissa. Generally it is made with rice, milk and sugar. However, you can also add gur/ jaggery to it to make it more healthy and tasty.  In Bengal kheer has got another name called payesh. A friend got me date palm jaggery which is jaggery in liquid form straight from Bengal. The recipe given below is made using the same. Well, if you do not get this jaggery, you can use molasses instead.

What you need:

1 Milk 1 litre
2 Basmati Rice ¼ cup
3 Date Palm Jaggery 1 cup
4 Cardamom 3
5 Bay leaf 1
6 Chopped Dry Fruits (Cashew Nuts, Almonds, Raisins) ½ cup
7 Ghee 1 tbsp

Steps to Make:

Soak rice in water for half an hour.
Drain and put in the grinder jar(smallest one)  and whisk for 2 seconds. 
This will roughly break each   grain into 2-3 pieces.
Heat ghee in a non stick wok. Fry the dry fruits and     keep aside.
Be careful not to burn raisins.
Add rice to it and gently mix with ghee.
Add cardamom, bay leaf and milk.
Cook on low flame for half an hour.
Stir in between at frequent intervals to prevent  milk sticking from the bottom.
Once rice is cooked properly in milk and milk is  reduced to 3/4th, add the dry fruits and switch off        the flame. Allow kheer to cool down.
Add jaggery to it and mix well when kheer is still luke warm.
Mix well. Serve chilled or as it is with hot puris.

4 comments:

  1. Looks Mouthwatering perfect for the festive occasion :)

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  3. Thank You Sushma.. Glad You liked the recipe..

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  4. Thank you Sathya... I Have been to your blog. Appreciate the effort you take to capture each step when you cook.

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