SIGNIFICANCE OF SHIVRATHRI
Maha Shivaratri is celebrated widely in the temples all over Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala ,Tamil Nadu and Telangana. Shiva is considered the Adi (first) Guru from whom the yogic tradition originates. According to tradition, the planetary positions on this night are such that there is a powerful natural upsurge of energy in the human system. It is said to be beneficial for one's physical and spiritual well-being to stay awake and aware throughout the night.
The festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bael / vilvam leaves to Shiva, all-day fasting and an all-night-vigil All through the day, devotees chant "Om Namah Shivaya", the sacred mantra of Shiva.
SIGNIFICANCE OF SHIV RATHRI FOR WOMEN
Mahashivratri Festival is also considered to be an extremely significant festival by women. Married and unmarried women observe fast and perform Shiva Puja with sincerity to appease Goddess Parvati who is also regarded as ‘Gaura’ - one who bestows marital bliss and long and prosperous married life. Unmarried women also pray for a husband like Lord Shiva who is regarded as the ideal husband.
Roasted yellow moong dal - 1 cup
Sugarcane juice - 2 ½ cups
Jiggery - ¼ cup
Thick Coconut extract - 1cup
Water - 1 cup
Milk - ½ cup
Cardamom powder - 2 pinches
INGREDIENTS FOR GARNISHING
Cashews - 10 to 12 nos
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Heat a pan and dry roast the moong dal till the raw smell goes or till golden colour.
Wash well and pressure cook with 1 ½ cups of water and 1 ½ cups of sugarcane juice.
Meanwhile heat the ¼ cup of sugarcane juice, and add jiggery.
When the jiggery dissolves strain it and keep aside.
Transfer the cooked dal into a heavy bottomed pan and mash the dal gently.
Add jiggery, milk and the balance sugarcane juice and boil well.
Add cardamom powder, mix well and add the coconut extract and immediately remove from flame.
Fry the cashews in ghee, and add it to the payasam.
Sugarcane juice coconut milk yellow moong dal payasam is ready for naivedyam.
Serve hot or chilled.