My Cross Stitch Works

Pattern for double sides

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“The Balance”

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House

                

  Simple pattern

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“Lara”: A Self-Made Tycoon

A recent novel which i read:  “The Stars Shine Down” by Sidney Sheldon.  

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Lara Cameron seems to possess everything that life has to offer…

Young, beautiful, a self-made tycoon, she has outshone her competitors to
reach the pinnacle of international fortune and renown.But the real Lara is
a lonely figure, driven by a childhood obsession, trying, at all costs, to bury
the ghosts of her terrible past…

With her glittering marriage to a world famous concert pianist, Lara is sure she
has fulfilled her destiny.But what she cannot foresee is that terrifying,
uncontrollable forces from her secret past are bent on destroying everything
she has created, everything she values in life..

 
Moving from Scotland and Nova Scotia, to Chicago, New York, London, Rome and
Reno. On the whole, it is a magnificent story of passion, intrigue, ambition
and revenge.

It’s an interesting story to read!!!

Vinayak/Ganesh/Pillaiyar Chaturthi Celebrations

Pooja starts

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This festival is celebrated as “Pillaiyar chaturthi” (or) “Ganesh Chaturthi” in all parts of India. Neivedyam–1–Poorana Kozhukkattai

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Especially these celebrations are very famous in Mumbai. During my school days, I used to go with my mom or grandpa to buy pillaiyar on the morning of the festival day. Those days were wonderful. Today morning, me and my hubby went to the main market near by my house to get things needed for the festival. I have a great liking towards the purchase of things needed for the festivals. Love these kinds of things a lot.   The essential purpose of the Vinayaka Chaturthi festival is to teach a person to avoid the company of bad people and cultivate the company of the good. What does the term Ganapathi signify? ‘Ga’ means Buddhi or intellect, ‘Na’ means Jnana (Wisdom). ‘Ganapathi’ means one who is the Lord of the intellect and of wisdom. He is also the Lord of all Ganas (spiritual entities). Gunas also symbolise the senses. Ganapathi is thus the Lord of the senses. “Vigath nayakah Vinayakaha” (Vinayaka is one who is without a master above him). Vinayaka is one who drives away all sorrows, difficulties and miseries. He is the enemy of

Neivedyam-2-Ammini Kozhukkattai”]

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obstacles. He confers happiness and peace (on his devotees). He is the master of all those powers (Buddhi and Siddhi). What is this Siddhi? When there is purity of mind, you achieve peace (which is Siddhi). Vinayaka is thus the Lord of Buddhi and Siddhi (the Intellect and Self-Realisation). Hence, every human being should acquire control over the mind.    Thereby, on this day, people purchase vinayaka in different forms and sizes. They do pooja in a very elaborative manner. Finally, they take all the ganeshas in a procession and immerse them into the river. The neivedyams: spl ones for ganesha is kozhukkattai.There are also different  kinds of kozhukkattai’s which we can make. The 2 types of kozhukkattai which i made was Poorana kozhukkattai(filled with jaggery and coconut) and ammini kozhukkatai( seasoned with mustard and green chilly)– Finally add lemon juice to it.

After pooja--with neivedyams

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Today’s menu:

  • LadiesFinger Curry
  • Radish Sambar
  • Ulunthu vada
  • Kozhukkattai–Pooranam and ammini kozhukkatai.
  • Vadams
  • Curd

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Gokulashtami

 

It is celebrated in different names in different areas of the country.

My collections of Lord krishna

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The names are: Janmashtami. Gokulashtami, Gopalkaala, Sri krishna jayanthi etc..

According to hindu lunar calendar, Lord Krishna was born on the eighth day (ashtami) of the second (dark) fortnight in the month of Shravana. On his birthday, We used to put the small footsteps of Lord krishna from entrance of our house till the place of the room where the pooja is going to be held. We can see Lord krishna in 2 forms. 1) As a baby.-In Doddamallur temple near bangalore 2) Lord krishna with Radha.-In mathura(birthplace of Lord krishna)

Regd the pooja, first we do pillaiyar pooja and then read krishna ashtothra
namavali and towards the end we can sing classical songs on name of lord krishna.Then, Arathi is shown. Then, Reciting or listening to bhagavatam is considered to be highly auspicious on this day.
  Footsteps of kutti Lord Krishna

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One of the historic stories can be remembered at this point. Lord krishna is pleased with anything that is offered to him in true devotion.Krishna was happy with sweat drenched beaten rice offered by Kuchela or Sudama.

He was happy with the last leaf left  in Draupadi’s Aksheyapatra. He was content with the gruel in Vidura’s (Dhritarashtra’s minister in Mahabharata) home. So, we need not indulge ourselves in doing too much of complex rituals.  Just the japa ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ rendered devotionally is more than enough.

After pooja with neivedyams

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  • Aval with jaggery
  • seedai
  • thattai
  • mullu muruku

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Varalakshmi Vratha Pooja

  Welcoming Goddess from entrance of our house

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This is one of the important pooja in hindu tradition. Usually, the fourth friday of the month “AADI” is welcomed by this pooja only. It is one of my favourites too. People usually keep Goddess Lakshmi face in silver and then decorate with flowers for the

Overall view

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pooja. But, in my hubby’s family, they follow a way which is different from the usual one. They paste the eyes and nose on the silver “sombu”(சொம்பு)  and we consider her as Goddess lakshmi and decorate her with all grandeur.For pasting eyes and nose, urad dal is soaked in water for 5-6 hrs and then make it as a paste with the help of a mixer. This pooja has some historic stories also regarding it’s origin…

THE STORY IS AS FOLLOWS:
முத்துசுவாமி தீட்ஷிதர் தனது “வரலக்ஷ்மி நமஸ்துப்யம்” கிருதியில் இந்த விரதத்தைப் பாடிஇருக்கிறார். வரலக்ஷ்மி விரதத்துக்கு புராணக் கதைகளும் உண்டு. அன்னை பார்வதியின் சாபத்துக்கு ஆளான தேவர் உலகின் சித்ரநேமி என்கிற கணதேவதை அப்சரஸ் பெண்கள் கடைப்பிடித்த  வரலக்ஷ்மி விரதத்தை கண்டு, அவர்களிடம் இருந்து கேட்டு விரதத்தை கடைப்பிடித்து சாப விமோசனம் பெற்றார்.
பூவுலகில் சொவ்ராஷ்ற்ற(sourashtra) நாட்டின் ராணி சுசந்திரா செல்வ வளத்தின்  மமதையால் மகாலக்ஷ்மியை அவமதித்தாள். அனைத்து செல்வங்களையும் இழந்து வருந்தினாள்.  சுசந்திராவின் மகள் சாருமதி தெய்வ அனுகூலத்தால் வரலக்ஷ்மி விரதம்  பற்றி அறிந்து அதைக் கடைப்பிடித்தாள்.  அதனால் மகிழ்ந்த மகாலக்ஷ்மித் தாய் அவளுக்கு சகல நலன்களையும் அருளினாள். சுசந்திராவும் தன் மகளைப் பார்த்து வரலக்ஷ்மி விரதம் கடைப்பிடித்து இழந்த செல்வத்தை மீண்டும் பெற்று வளமோடு வாழ்ந்தாள்.

After pooja is finished

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During our school days, we used to participate in this festive at our grandma’s place. One by one, me, my sis and my mom’s sisters used to tie the sacred thread (சரடு) in our right hand.Then, we will have a get together feast at my grandma’s place. Me, My sis, Our parents,  my 2 chithis and mom’s brother… All super majaa… Good old days….I should say…:)
Regd the pooja, we start with pillaiyar pooja, and then perform archana on goddess lakshmi by reading “Lakshmi Asthtothra Sathanamavali”.(லக்ஷ்மி அஷ்டோத்திர சதநாமாவளி). We pray for our well being and prosperity to Goddess and tie the sacred thread ( சரடு ) in right hand. After all these things are over, we do spl neivedyams to Goddess.  We can sing  classical songs in the name of goddess  lakshmi also. Finally, arathi is shown to god as a sign of ending.

NEIVEDYAMS:
“Neivethyam – 1 – Kozhukkatai

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Neivedyam – 2 – Ulunthu Vada

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