Nagula Chavithi Naivedyam

Nagula Chavithi is the day people in Andhra Pradesh worship Nagas or snakes. This festival falls on the fifth day after Naraka Chaturdashi (This year Nagula Chavithi is on October 27, 2014 November 15, 2015 November 3, 2016). On this day, in my home, we fast through the day; worship nagas; offer naivedyam of Vada Pappu, Chalimidi, Chimmili, Panakam, bananas, and milk; and eat at night after the Mangala Aarathi. The only food we eat is that offered as naivedyam.

Traditionally, women visit the nearest pamula putta or snake pit to pray to the snake god. If a pammula putta is not accessible (as is the case in Mumbai), we make an idol of the snake god with wheat flour and offer prayers to this idol. On the next day, this idol of the snake god is either immersed in a water body or left on a tree as a symbolic way of returning him to nature.

Read more about Nagula Chavithi at http://theancientindia.blogspot.in/2012/11/nagula-chavithi-festival-for-snake-god.html

Here are the recipes for Nagula Chavithi Naivedyam.

Chimmili
Chimmili | Nuvvula Undalu | Sesame and Jaggery Laddoos

Pachi Chalimidi - Naivedyam for Rama Navami, Navaratri, Varalakshmi Pooja, Seemantham
Pachi Chalimidi | Akki Thambittu

Vada Pappu
Vada Pappu

Panakam
Panakam

Chimmili (Nuvvula Undalu, Sesame and Jaggery Balls, Til aur Gur ke Laddoo)

Chimmili, Sesame and Jaggery Laddoos, Nuvvula Undalu
Chimmili, Sesame and Jaggery Laddoos, Nuvvula Undalu

Now that Deepavali is over, it is time to think of Nagula Chavithi, which falls on the fourth day after Deepavali. This is a day when women in Andhra fast and pray to serpents/snakes. Legend has it that when Lord Shiva swallowed the poison from  the Sagara Manthanam, a few drops spilled over. The Nagula Chavithi, Panchami, and Sashti poojas are performed to alleviate the ill effects of this poison. On this day, we typically eat only milk, fruits, and two naivedyam items called Chimmili and Chalimidi.

Chimmili (also called Nuvvula Undalu) is a simple laddoo made from nuvvulu (sesame/til) and jaggery. It is rich in iron, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous. I guess this makes it the ideal food for someone on a fast!

Ingredients

  1. Unpolished Nuvvulu/Sesame/Til – 1 Cup
  2. Bellam/Jaggery/Gur – 1/2 Cup
  3. Neyyi/Clarified Butter/Ghee – 1/2 tsp

Method

  1. In a mixer, crush the nuvvulu by giving it a whirl for about 5-10 seconds at low speeds.
  2. Add the grated jaggery and grind for about 1-2 minutes till the nuvvulu and jaggery are well-mixed.
  3. Grease palm with ghee and make lemon-sized laddoos.
  4. Offer Chimmili as naivedyam and eat as prasadam.