When is Meena Sankranti

Transition of sun from one phase to other

As per the Hinduism celestial bodies also have great impact on human life and hence the events occurring in the sky are also celebrated on earth. The Meena Sakranti is the best example to prove that the Hinduism has relate the movement of celestial bodies to routine life also. The festival of Meena Sankranti is one of the major Indian festivals normally celebrated in the month of March. This festival is usually celebrated all over India. In some states such as Punjab, Kerala, Tamil Nadu the festival has great significance and is specifically celebrated during the beginning of each month by these states.

This auspicious festival has huge importance. It is the day when the sun transits from Pisces to Aries which means changes Rashi which is an important part of Hindu Panchang. People donate various things to needy people on this particular day.  Depending on the transitions of sun from one particular phase to other, there are various sankrantis such as Roopa Sankranti, Dhanya Sankranti and Meena Sankranti. This festival Meena sankrantri falls on the twelfth and the final month of the Hindu calendar. It clearly indicates that the sun enters the Aries zodiac from the pisces and this duration is considered auspicious to start up new events, such as new business or to shift to new house.

Donating things is the common feature on this special day and people donate various things to poor and to those who cannot afford. Some even offer land to the poor and other valuables to attain happiness in return. Temples are found occupied with huge crowd on this day and colorful diyas and flowers are used to decorate the temple as well as the idols of the goddess. People even enchant various shlokas and sing devotional songs in the temples offering their prayers to the lord.

Next Meena Sankranti is on 14 March 2017 (Tuesday)

Days Remaining in Next Meena Sankranti

363 Days : 14 Hours : 25 Min : 53 Sec

March 12, 2016

Karadaiyan Nombu Pooja Procedure

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Karadaiyan nombu procedure

Karadaiyan Nombu/Nonbu is a traditional festival of fasting observed in remembrance of the Satyavan – Savitri legend.As it an important festival of India, I thought of sharing its pooja procedure/Pooja vidhi for beginners and wanted to keep a record of all our festival celebrations in my blog for my future reference.There is a story/Katha behind this festival. I have shared it in detail below.Click this link for nonbu adai recipe for neivedyam. A princess, Savitri through her unparalleled devotion saved her husband, Satyavan, from the clutches of death.So this festival is also known as Savitri vratam in Tamil / Savitri Vrat in Hindi. On this day, Women observe fasting and pray for the wellness and long life of their husbands. This nonbu/vrat should be done exactly in the time when Tamil month ‘Masi’ ends and the next month ‘Panguni’ starts.I have shared the nonbu timings for different parts of world below. Please check it.Fast is observed from the sunrise on the supposed transition day and ends with the Puja.Women break the fast by eating the Karadai (Made of Rice & dal) preparation with unmelted butter by chanting a slokha.
In short, the reason why this fasting is carried out is that “ Savithri fought with yema (the God of Death) to save her husbands (Satyavan) life”, the same way the married women should fast on this auspicious day for long life of their husbands. Unmarried woman also observe Karadaiyan Nombu and pray to Goddess to get good men as their husband.Prayers are offered to Gowri Devi and women meditate on Savitiri and wear a yellow thread round their neck as they chant the following slokha/slokam.
Throram Krishhnami subhake saharitham
Dharami aham bharthu
Ayushya Sidhartham supreethabhava sarvadha

The following is the Tamil chant

Urukaadha Venneyum oradaiyam naan nootren
Orukkalum en kanavar ennai vittu pririyadhirukka vendum

“உருகாத வெண்ணெயும் ,ஓர் அடையும் நோற்று உனக்கு நான்  வைத்தேன் ,எந்நாளும் என் கணவர் எனை விட்டு நீங்காத அருள் தருவாய்” என்று  அம்மனை நோக்கி வேண்டி நமஸ்கரிக்கவும்.

which means I offer butter and the rice made out of kaar arisi.Bless me that I live happily with my husband for long.

Karadaiyan nonbu adai

Story of Karadayan Nombu

Savithri was born as the daughter of King Asrapathi. Savitri was a princess of a rich kingdom in ancient India and was the only child of her parents. When she reached marriageable age, she told her father that she would herself search for a suitable husband for her and she wished to marry Sathyavan who lived in the forest.Despite being warned by the palace astrologer that he would die within a year of marriage,she married Sathyavan.Days passed and the last day of Satyavan’s life as per the prediction dawned.On that day, Satyavan made Savitri sit under a tree and went to fetch fruits and logs for fuel. After sometime, he returned feeling very tired. Savitri made him lie in a bed made of fresh green leaves keeping his head in her lap. As Satyavan started closing his eyes, there appeared in front of Savitri, a huge figure with a bison for his vahana. Savitri with her dedication and devotion could immediately recognize the figure as that of Yama, the God of death.
She immediately saluted him and asked him the purpose of his visit. Yama replied that as destined Satyavan’s life span was over and he had come to take his life to the other world. Saying this Yama started walking away with Satyavan’s soul. Savitri left the body of the lifeless Satyavan under the tree and started following Yama. Yama forbade her from following him, saying she could not follow him to the other world, as Yama loka was inaccessible to living beings. Only souls of dead beings are taken there. Savitri insisted on following her husband’s soul. Yama could not stop her from following him. At last, Yama agreed to grant her three wishes on condition that she would go back. She agreed. She asked as the first boon, that her in-laws get back their lost kingdom which Yama granted readily. For the second wish she asked that, as she was the only child of her parents, they get more children. This was also granted by Yama immediately. As the last wish, she asked that she be granted the wish of having many children which also was granted by Yama in his eagerness to get rid of her. Only after granting this wish, did Yama realize that he had been tricked into granting Satyavan life, as a pious and pathivratha (chaste) woman like Savitri cannot have children if Satyavan were to be dead. Yama had to accept his defeat and restore the life of Satyavan. Savitri came back to the tree where she had left the lifeless body of Satyavan. By the blessings of Yama, Satyavan woke up as if from his sleep and Savitri narrated the happenings to him. To offer her gratitude to the Gods, Savitri immediately made a simple neivedyam with available things on hand, Rice & dals and tied the mangala sutra once again as her husband had got back his life.Her offerings were durwa grass and peepal leaves.She performed neivedhyam with wild rice and toor dal. That is kaar arisi and thuvaram paruppu.The preparation is known as Karadai nombu adai – the festival takes its name from the unique Kara Adai dish. It is believed that Savitri cooked such a dish and offered it to Lord Yama along with unmelted butter as a sort of thanksgiving for sparing her husband’s life.

Source: http://jaishreesblog.blogspot.in/2008/03/karadayan-nombu.html

Nombu Timings

In 2016, the date of Karadaiyan Nonbu is March 14 and the time to break the fast is at between 10:00 AM and 10:40 AM (Indian Standard Time). In United States it is on March 13. Australia Time is on March 14 at 3:48 PM.Singapore and Malaysia Time is 12:30 – 1:48 PM on March 14.

  • The USA timings are – Panguni Masam begins at 12:48 AM on March 14, 2016 Eastern Standard Time in USA
  • begins at 11:48 PM on March 13, 2016 Central Standard Time in USA
  • begins at 9:48 PM on March 13, 2016 Pacific Standard Time in USA
  • begins at 10:48 PM  on March 13, 2016 Mountain Standard Time in USA

Please note that the exact time of Maasi ending and Panguni starting varies from country to country. So the apt and ideal choice is to consult your temple priest or check with elders or refer your regional Panchangam. The time I have given below is based on Indian calendars and Panchangam. I referred The Hindu blog and asked my in-laws to confirm these timings. In USA,in some places, month starts at mid night. So you may not able to do the pooja at that time, you can perform it the next day early morning sunrise i.e before 6am or in an auspicious time of that day.

 Click on this kolam to view with video
Click on this picture to view how to draw it with video 🙂
Ingredients required for Pooja
  • Rice flour paste (for drawing rangoli) – Refer my in-laws blog for kolam ideas
  • Lamps
  • Flowers
  • Betel leaves, nuts, coconut, banana
  • Rice,Legumes ( black eyed peas – We keep a mix of 9 grains) and Unmelted butter
  • Jaggery,cardamom, chilli,Ginger and seasoning ingredients for making sweet & spicy adai.
  • Camphor,Incense stick
  • Yellow rope tied with a flower in the center.
How to perform pooja
For pre preparatory work,sweep the house.Wash the lamps and keep kumkum dots on the eve of festival. Prepare the homemade rice flour, roast and keep it ready for the next day use.

On the festival day morning, we wake up early and take head bath. Draw Rangoli/Padi kolam in the entrance using rice flour paste(Maakolam) and in front of the pooja room. Roast the black eyed peas and pressure cook for one whistle.Prepare sweet adai by mixing rice flour and cooked peas in jaggery syrup.Similarly prepare salt adai too.Steam both the adai in an idli pot and set aside.After finishing the neivedyam works, decorate the pooja room. Make yellow thread by greasing a thread with turmeric powder.Tie a flower in the center of rope. The number of threads should be equal to the number of woman+girls at home along with one for Goddess Lakshmi. After decorating the pooja room, light the lamps.At the time of pooja, wear a silk saree. Keep the Nombu adai with umelted butter on top of adai in a plate. In another plate, keep the broken coconut, betel leaves,nuts and banana.In the same plate, keep the yellow ropes too.Do the neivedyam, show the dhoop & dheep. Perform Mangala aarti by chanting the slokha.

“உருகாத வெண்ணெயும் ,ஓர் அடையும் நோற்று உனக்கு நான்  வைத்தேன் ,எந்நாளும் என் கணவர் எனை விட்டு நீங்காத அருள் தருவாய்” என்று  அம்மனை நோக்கி வேண்டி நமஸ்கரிக்கவும்.

After finishing the pooja, sit in the same place and tie the yellow rope for Goddess Lakshmi and then tie a rope around your neck and around the wrist for unmarried girls.i.e Married women should tie the thread around the neck and unmarried girls should tie it around the wrist. After tying the rope, take one adai along with unmelted butter and eat it.Ladies should eat this adai and break the fasting.Then it should be distributed to the members of family.If you wish, you can fall at the feet of your husband and get his blessingsHappy. This is how Karadaiyan Nonbu is performed in our house. This procedure may differ as per places. Consult the elders about your family practice and do the pooja.

NOTE : The thread you tied around the Lakshmi Idol can be removed after few days once its worn out and tied to a plant or dispersed in river water. The thread tied around the women can be tied to the mangal sutra if you wish OR tie it for a plant or branch of a tree. Women who are not able to perform this pooja on Nombu day can do this pooja on the following Tuesday or Friday in Panguni month.
Click this link for Karadaiyan nombu Sweet adai & salt adai recipes using homemade rice flour  in detail with step by step pictures.
I hope beginners would find this post useful for performing this pooja. Have a blessed day !
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