Daily Kolam / Thina Kolam

Daily Kolam / Thina Kolam

These kolams are to be drawn on each day of the week. There are totally 7 kolams, for each day signifying each deity. These kolams are drawn in front of the pooja room or the place where God is kept.There is a unique pattern and symbol for each day.

There are slogams to recite on each day. Each day of the week is important for each God, reciting the particular slogam on the particular day helps one acquire all what they want. It also bring in good luck and fortune.Drawing these kolams, and reciting these slogams is said to bring all the goodness in life.

 

Monday: This kolam drawn on Monday is specially for Lord Soma (moon).

thingal Kolam - Monday Kolam

Tuesday: The kolam drawn on Tuesday is special for the Navagraha Chevai which is the Mars.

Chevvai Kolam - Tuesday Kolam

Wednesday: This Kolam drawn on Wednesday signifies Lord Budhan (planet Mercury).

bhudan Kolam - Wednesday Kolam

Thursday: This kolam is drawn on Thursday signifies Lord Guru Bagavan, which is the planet Jupiter.

Viyalan Kolam - Thursday Kolam

Friday: This kolam drawn on  Friday is to honour lord Sukran which is the planet Venus.

Velli Kolam - Friday Kolam







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday: This kolam primarily honors Lord Shanieeswaran which is considered to be the most powerful planet Saturn.

Shani Kolam - Saturday Kolam

 

Sunday: This kolam is drawn on Sunday and this is specially drawn for the Sun God, Surya Bagavan.

Niyayiru Kolam - Sunday Kolam

 

Indian’s Traditional tree – Banyan Tree

Indian’s Traditional tree – Banyan Tree

(Ficus Benglensis)
Kingdom: Plantae, Division: Magnoliophyta, Class: Magnoliopsida, Order:Rosales, Family:Moraceae, Genus:Ficus, Subgenus: Urostigma
English: banyan tree, Bengali:bata, Hindi: bhandir, Konkani: goli, Kannada: aaladamara, Malayalam: peeraath, Manipuri: khongnang taru, Marathi: nyagrodh, Sanskrit: nyagrodh,, Tamil: alamaram, Telugu:marri chettu

Banyan Tree

Banyan Tree

Banyan Tree is the national tree of India. Most of branches root themselves build like a new trees over the big vast area. The roots of the banyan tree give rise to more big trunks and so many branches. This tree is considered most valuable and is an integral part of the myths, gurus and legends of India. In olden days all the village debates, small town and village counselling’s, justice given under this tree. In large part of rural India, even today this tree shade is the main point for council meets.
The name of Banyan tree has has beautiful, smooth, shining, stiff and leathery leaves, broadly oval in shape. The flowers and fruits are inconspicuous, the flowers and fruits are being held together in the fig, which is a sort of pouch that contains hundreds of flowers or fruits.

This tree has many medical benefits, in indian traditional medicine, it is used to treat a lot of ailments. The leaf buds used to control the bleeding.

The fruit of the banyan tree has many uses. They should be dried and grinded and 12 grams of it should be taken and mixed with milk. When you drink this daily, your memory improves.

The sticks are used as brushes since olden days in India. The sticks of the banyan tree has many medicinal properties, it strengthens the gums and the roots of the teeth. It is a natural medicine to treat bad breath and pyorrhea.

The pedicel of the flower, should be mixed with the the bark of the fig tree and powdered well. Along with this, add same amount of sugar and mix with milk and used. This is a traditional medicine, used to increase sperm count.

The hanging roots or the Ariel roots is used for breast upliftment. Take the yellowish red part of the hanging roots, grind it and apply the paste on the breast. Droopiness of breast gets reduced.

The banian leaves dried in shade and made into a paste by mixing with equal amount of milk is used in treating menstural problems and white discharge problems in women.
The bark of the banyan tree dried and powdered and mixed with little butter serves as a medicine for white discharge problems in women. 4 grams of this mixture taken in morning and evening is a cure for menstural cramps too. The bark of the banyan tree should be powdered well and mixed with milk, and 6 grams of this when taken daily cures the swelling of the ovary.

The root of the banyan tree, when mixed with water and heated well( made into a kashayam) is a traditional Indian medicine to cure diabetes.

Its fruits are also a good medicine for urinary infections, and urinary tract problems. The fruits should be dried in shade and powdered well. Mix equal amount of sugar and take 5grams of it everyday. This powder is the best medicine for urinary infections.

The bark is also used in treating piles, loss of memory, swollen gums and cough and also early sperm release.

Take about 6 grams of the young leaves of banyan tree, pour some water and grind and filter it. Add some butter to it and consume it. This is an immediate cure for vomitting.

Burn the banyan leaf and take the ash. This ash when consumed along with beetle leaf is a cure for sexually transmitted disease.

The milk that is secreted in the banyan tree is a cure for ear, tooth problems, early sperm release, piles, certain boils also. Even small bruises gets cured when the milk is applied over the affected area.

In general, banyan trees gives coolness and good health.

The world biggest banyan tree is in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Howrah, near Kolkata, India. It is the widest tree in the world in terms of the area of the canopy and is estimated to be around200 to 300 years old. It became diseased after it was struck by lightning, but still it continues to spread to nearby places.

Traditional Recipe ( Naivedyam) for Lord Ram and Lord Ayyappan (Iyappan) – Panakam / Panaka (Summer cooler)

Traditional Recipe ( Naivedyam) for Lord Ram and Lord Ayyappan (Iyappan) – Panakam / Panaka (Summer cooler)

Lord Swami Ayyappan‘s (Iyappan, Ayapan, Sasta, Manikandan, Iyappa ) main naivediyam (offering) is Panakamall that is why he is called Panaka Priyare. This is one of the traditional hindu prasadam prepared for puja. This traditional drink panakam is also main Naivedyam for Rama during Rama Navami/ Ram Navami, radha kalyanam.
The Panakam is also given as prasadam in temples. It is a best summer drink and cools our body.
paanaham

paanaham

Ingredients
  • Jaggery powder – Half Cup
  • Dry Ginger powder / Sukku Powder / shunthi, shunthee – 1 Spoon
  • Small Lemon-1
  • Elachi/cardamom - 2 nos
  • Pachai karpooram/edible camphor - A small pinch (Optional)
  • Plain Water-2 cups
  • Holy Basil /Thulasi leaves – 5 pcs
Method:
1. Add Jagerry powder, dry giner powder, Elachi powder with water
2. Squeeze the Lemon into it.
3. Put the Basil leaves
4. Now Panaka is ready
About Dry Ginger and its is medical Use:
Dry ginger (Dry Ginger powder / Sukku Powder / shunthi, shunthee ) is mainly used in ayurvedic and siddha medicines to heal stomach and throat related problems.
This is the home remedy for cold and cough. It also is a healthy drink for kids.

It aids digestion, burning sensation, burping problems and is also an appetizer.

Tamil: Sukku,
Assamese:Adasuth, Aadar shuth
Bengali:Suntha, Sunthi
English:Ginger root Ginger
Gujrati :Sunth, Sundh, Suntha
Hindi Sonth
Kannada:Shunthi
Kashmiri:Shonth
Malayalam:Chukku
Marathi:SunthOriya
SunthiPunjabi:Sund
Sanskrit:Ardraka, Ausadha, Mahausadha, Visvabhesaja, Srngavera, Visva,Visvausadha
Telugu :Sonthi, SuntiUrdu :Sonth, Zanjabeel

Organic Clothes – A Natural Healer

Organic Clothes – A Natural Healer

organic dress

organic dress

Organic Clothes – A Natural Healer . In modern days, we have started to understand the value of the word “organic”. Starting from the milk we drink, the vegetables and groceries we use in our day-to-day life, we have now gone organic. How about organic clothes? ‘Clothes maketh a man’ goes the proverb, but wearing organic clothes not only maketh a man but also heals him.

These naturally healing clothes are techniques that are handed down from generation to generation in India. In the making, cotton collected for weaving is genuine organic cotton, and is purified using cow’s urine, which is a traditional Indian system of medicine. The bleaching of the yarn is done using an herbal concoction where cow’s urine is mainly used. And this is again, not from any other cow, but cow fed with only organic food. After this, it is dipped in a natural adhesive where many herbs, aloe vera, camphor are all used.

The colors are also organic, from plants and no artificial dyes are used for this process. Turmeric, a natural anti septic, is used to give the yellow color for the clothes, The indigo shade is obtained from the neela amari plant, which is known for its anti-venom properties. Tulsi leaf or the holy basil leaf, which is loaded with natural medicinal properties, is used to obtain the green color. Another natural anti bacterial and antiseptic herb, neem, is also used to obtain the green color.

These organic clothes are eco-friendly, non-polluting and chemicals-free. Apart from these benefits, these clothes are a cure for many ailments like arthritis, rheumatism, depression, skin-ailments, insomnia and even diabetes. They also make you go stress-free and fresh. People suffering from certain skin problems like psoriasis, allergies can use these clothes to help them feel better. People who have skin cancer, and are undergoing chemotherapy use these clothes to make them cope better with the trauma and feel cooler. These clothes made out of a wide range of natural herbs produce better cure for all the ailments.

The body odour is gone off naturally, thanks to the herbs that are both medicinal and produce natural aroma. As we sweat, skin absorbs the herbal properties of the clothes thereby promoting wellness to the skin.  “Health is Wealth” is the old saying, but health lies not only on what you eat but also on what you wear. And as always,’ Prevention is better than cure’.

 

 

 

Super Foods – Old Wine in New Glass

Super Foods – Old Wine in New Glass

 

onion-garlic

onion-garlic

Now-a-days there’s much awareness of what are called “Super Foods”. This is our traditional concept that has come with a new name called “Super foods”. These are foods that are loaded with good qualities which help in lowering blood cholesterol, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease. Nutritionists and medical practitioners are urging people to maintain healthy lifestyle using the “super foods”.

It’s much easier to include these super foods in our diet, onion and garlic – the two most widely used vegetables in India, have many benefits. Garlic even prevents certain types of cancers. Tomatoes are rich in lycopine. A glass of carrot of beet root juice all make a wholesome fortifying breakfast.

Super foods is not actually a new concept, Maca for instance grown in the mountains is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, tannins, alkaloids and other phytochemicals. This superfood was consumed for thousands of years by the Incas. Colostrum – the milk given by the cow within 8-hours of the birth of its calf, is high in anti-ageing properties. This superfood helps in building the immune system.

We are now-a-days using UHT milk, but it is always better to go in for fresh milk. Gooseberry(Amla), which was a very traditional food item used since our olden days, is very rich in Vitamin C. It is a remedy for many disease. Ayurveda, an ancient medicine uses Goose berry(Amla) for treating many disease like :

Hair care: Amla enriches hair growth and hair pigmentation. Amla oil is very popular in India as it serves as a very good hair growth booster thereby preventing hair loos.

Eye care: Taking Gooseberry juice with honey is good for improving eyesight. It reduces intraocular tension.

Diabetes: Gooseberry contains chromium. It has a therapeutic value in diabetics. Indian Gooseberry or Amla stimulate the isolated group of cells that secrete the hormone insulin. Thus it reduces blood sugar in diabetic patient.

Diarrhea and dysentery: Amla has very good laxative property in it, therefore it is a good medicine for diarrhoea and dysentery.

Improving appetite: Consuming Gooseberry powder with butter and honey before meal improves appetite. It helps in balancing Nitrogen level and thus increases weight in a healthy way.

Onion, garlic, ginger, green beans, carrots, spinach, honey, soy tomatoes and squarsh which are good sources of antioxidants and phytonutrients make good super foods. Along with these super foods, yoga,exercise and meditation, which was all a regular habit of our ancestors could make your life healthy and beautiful.

Sabari Malai swamy Ayyappan

Sabarimala e-Coupon Online for Queue booking

Sabarimla e-coupon or online coupon online booking queueing system for peaceful dharshan. e-Queue booking System for lord ayyappa dharsan

This e-coupon or online coupon (e-booking, online boking) system is now available only during Sabarimala Mandala – Makaravilakku Season.  Booking of Virtual Q Coupon opened up to 19/01/2013.
Q-Coupon booking started for the period from November 16th to December 15th, 2012, Please see attached sample e-ticket for  your reference, it will be very useful while visiting there. For Q-coupon booking, please visit http://www.sabarimalaq.com.
Sabarimala authorities introduced an innovative e-queue system in Sabarimala for devotees of Lord Ayyappa, during the Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrimage season of 2011-2012. Under this system, devotees can make bookings online and ensure their place in a separate queue.The Booking system will continue during the Pilgrimage season of 2012-2013.

 

Pilgrims who do online booking need not wait for hours for the darshan at the Ayyappa shrine during the annual pilgrimage season.

 

Devotees who make the bookings will have to present identify proof to be allowed into the separate queue. To avoid inconvenience, they will also be given a time when they can join a batch of pilgrims.
As of now, devotees, including senior citizens and children, have to stand in queues for 12 to 14 hours to have darshan, after trekking two hillocks-Neelimala and Apachimedu. Authorities believe that the e-queue system will help avoid this to a large extent.
Millions of pilgrims, the majority of them from the South Indian states, trek to the hill shrine every year to have the darshan of Lord Ayyappa.
The number of pilgrims has been going up every year, stretching the infrastructure of the area to the very limits.
As per the proposed system, pilgrims who register on the website will have to reach the Valiya Nadappanthal at the time allotted to them. They will be permitted to enter the general queue for darshan at the Lower Tirumuttom, bypassing the long queue along the trekking path-Valiya Nadappanthal stretch.

e-Quopon for sabarimalai queue reservation