Lord Rama’s birthday is celebrated all over India on the 9th day, Navami of the Chaitra month. It also signifies the end of Vasant Navaratri. Lord Rama, the seventh Avatar of Lord Vishnu, was born to King Dasaratha and Queen Kaushalya, in order to slay the dangerous demon king Ravana. To celebrate his birth, devotees all over the country perform pujas, sing bhajans and offer a variety of prasad as holy offerings to the Lord. Here are a few of them.
1.Panakam – Jaggery Water
A very easy drink to make, this dish is a coolant in these hot summer times.
You need –
1 cup Water
1/4 cup Jaggery
1/2 tsp crushed cardamom
1/4tsp dry ginger powder
Soak the jaggery in water for about 15 mins. Once it melts mix it well to make sure there are no lumps left. Strain it to remove impurities. Now add the cardamom and dry ginger and stir. It can be served as it is or chilled.
2. Neer Mor – Buttermilk
Add water to curd and churn it to get diluted buttermilk. Add salt, hing, chopped green chillies, grated ginger,curry leaves and coriander leaves. Serve chilled.
3. Kosambari – Moong Salad
Soak the Moong Dal for an hour. Drain the water. Heat a little oil and add mustard seeds to it. When it crackles add it to the Moong Salad. Add salt, chopped green chillies, grated coconut and coriander leaves. This is served as it is to the God.
Hope you all enjoy preparing these simple prasadams.