Ratha Saptami – A Day of Prayers to Surya Bhagavan or the Sun God

Ratha Saptami or Surya Jayanti is the day dedicated to the worship of Surya Bhagavan or the Sun God. It is the day that heralds the beginning of spring in South India. This year it falls on January 26, 2015. Traditionally this day begins with a ritual bath during sunrise. 7 Jilledu

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Bellam Paramannam (Rice and Jaggery Pudding)

Paramannam literally means the Ultimate Food (Param-Annam) or the food fit for gods. And it truly is. You can make Paramannam (also called Paravannam) with Bellam (Jaggery or Gur) or with Panchadara (Sugar or Shakkar). Bellam Paramannam is a great favourite with my father and one of the many naivedyams

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