Diwali Series-Naraka Chaturdasi-Choti Diwali

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The second day of Diwali: Choti Diwali
The second day of dipawali is called Narak Chaturdasi. On this day Lord Krishna destroyed the demon Narakasur and made the world free from fear. On this day, one should massage the body with oil to relieve it of tiredness, bathe and rest so that Diwali can be celebrated with vigour and devotion.

Legend has it that the destruction of this mighty Asura was actually at the hands of Satya Bhama the consort of Sri Krishna who accompanied him on this expedition. She was supposedly sulking about Sri Krishna being snatched away suddenly from a game by the Gods and insisted on accompanying him. Later, during the battle when the Lord pretended to lose consciousness Satya Bhama took up his bow and arrows and kept the battle raging.

Man, talk about emancipation in 2010. If this was the status of women back then who could complain 🙂

On this night, Yama Diya should not be lit. The Shastras (Laws of Dharma) declare that Yama Diya should be offered on Triodasi night with Prasad. Some people mistook it to mean that because Yama Deeya was lit on that night, that it should always be lit on the night before deepavali. This is absolutely not true. It is advisable that one consults with a learned Pandit or Hindu Astrologer for proper guidance on this matter.

In South India, we ensure that we light lamps at the Tulasi tree or Holy Basil tree before sunrise, actually at the crack of dawn to signify the death of the Asura. We also light the first cracker.

On this day I decided to keep food at its traditional best so I made Pulihora,Daddhojanam(Tempered Curd Rice) and Rasgullas-Not quite 🙂

Actually this was my first attempt at making my favourite sweet dish, and I must say that I researched almost for 4-5 hours yesterday on the net and zeroed in on a very simple recipe from Aayi’s recipes, a website I have grown fond of over the months. Armed with it i tried this out and was puzzled when these sweet balls of wonder refused to hold shape and my efforts did not give the desired results.

The rasgullas were very tasty but did not hold shape.

Rasgullas-Not Quite!!

I wonder whether I did anything wrong while making them?? Also, went through Tarla dalal’s recipe that seemed quite complicated and hence did not give it a shot…

suggestions anyone??

for Aayi’s recipes visit here

http://www.aayisrecipes.com/2008/10/17/rasgulla

For the Tarla Dalal Recipe go here

http://www.tarladalal.com/Rasgulla-2005r

Thanks for visiting this morning. Am making Mirchi Bajjis this evening and a host of other dishes, the alu pulav,Gutti Vankaya Kura etc.

You thought I would quit after one dish BOMBED?? Nope…Not me 🙂

Watch this space for more “MASALA”…off shopping for Crackers and Flowers for the Puja!

Enjoiiii Today!!

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8 thoughts on “Diwali Series-Naraka Chaturdasi-Choti Diwali

    • iluvgoodfood

      Thanks for your interest Jeremy. There is a link on top that says subscribe. Please use it if you wish to do so and get back to me if it doesnt work. I am really new to blogging and am still getting the hang of it 🙂

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