Sunday, January 11, 2009

Ananda Tandava,The Tao of Physics, and Thiruvadirai Kali

Ananda Tandava,The Tao of Physics, and Thiruvadirai Kali
The month of Margazhi (Tamil Calendar) or the Dhanur masa is dawn in Heaven, and the day breaks for its celestial inmates. Waking up the omnipresent Lord every morning by chanting the Suprabatha (Good morning!) is a very exhilarating experience for a staunch devotee. Since Margazhi is dawn to the Lord, praying and chanting during this month acquires greater religious fervour.
Lord Sri Narayana opens the doors of his abode Vaikunta for his devotees and blesses them on Vaikunta Ekadashi day.

Similarly, on the day when the star Adhirai (or Arudhra) falls on the full moon day of the Margazhi Masam, Lord Shiva blesses his devotees with his blissful Cosmic Dance performance - the Dance which creates, sustains and destroys the entire universe. Thiruvadhirai is supposed to be the birth day of the Lord who is beyond births and deaths. Fritjof Capra draws a parallel between Shiva’s Ananda Tandava (Blissful dance) and the dance of the sub atomic particles in his book – The Tao of Physics, which was published in 1975. It explains the very faint line between modern physics and the age old mysticism. Therefore whether you are a scientist or a mystic, whether you are a theist or an atheist, Thiruvadirai is the day to celebrate Lord Shiva’s Cosmic Dance.
On Thiruvadirai day, we wake up early in the morning and offer our prayers to Lord Shiva. A sweet dish – Thiruvadirai Kali – is prepared and offered to the Lord along with Yezhu Kari Koottu, which is prepared with all the vegetables which are harvested during the season.

Rice – 1 cup
Jaggery – 1 cup
Cardamom – 4
Cashew nuts – 10
Raisins – a few
Ghee – 4 tbsps

METHOD:1. Dry roast rice until it becomes pink in colour.
2. Dry grind the roasted rice till it becomes like fine semolina.
3. Dissolve jaggery in 3 cups of water and add 1 tbsp of ghee.
4. Bring the jaggery water to a boil, and add the roasted and broken rice.
5. Stir well and cook until it becomes a lump.
6. Add 3 tbsps of ghee and blend well.
7. Heat the remaining ghee in a ladle, and fry the cashew nuts to a golden colour.
8. Add the raisins and fry till they bloat, and add to the prepared Kali.
9. Mix in the cardamom powder and offer it to the Lord.

Relish the hot prasadam with a dollop of butter, and Yezhu Kari Koottu on a cold Margazhi morning. The recipe for Yezhu Kari Koottu is given here.

10 Post your Comments:

Lakshmi said...

Enjoyed reading about Ananda Tandava. It is a new info for me so I should thank you for the knowledge update you have given through this post. I love prasadams....ummm..I can almost imagine the aroma virtually

YOSEE said...

The Kali itself as a shivalingam ( in the picture) is a wonderful idea. In some temple ( forgot name) they cover the moola lingam with cooked rice and call it "annam brahma" . In Trissur vadakkunnathan temple, its solidified ghee.

Raks said...

I too made thiruvathirai adai and kali,but dint posted ...But the information you have given is good to know,thanks for sharing!

Chitra said...

Hi dibs,
nice to see the thiruvathirai kali & kootu.I too posted the same in my blog with some variations:)make a visit to mine when u find time.

Purnima said...

Dibs, thats a very new technique of prasadam, also didn't know about the info you have beautifully worded!

Sunshinemom said...

As a matter of fact everything in mythology has a parallel in the dynamics of modern Science! I love the parallel you have shown - just goes to show how advanced Indian knowledge in the field of Astronomy was!! Thanks - I love the kootu and the kali separately but cannot have it combined!

Asha said...

Great post, never knew about these. I am not very religious but Shiva is DA man for me for some reason! Last year I even missed Shivaratri because I didn't know when it was and knew only when some bloggers started wishing me!It was too late!:D

Enjoy, sweet looks yummy. I am making pudding today, will post at Aroma later.

Unknown said...

very interesting post, the kali looks yum :-)

Dibs said...

Thanks for all your feedback. I too did not know about these things, until Chitra Amma wrote this post!

Unknown said...

wow wow I want to say namaskaram to you for the info. looks so divine and kali is very new to me and kootu looks like our kadambam pulusu looks so yummy thanls for info and recipe s