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MaaVilakku

Discussion in 'Festivals, Functions & Rituals' started by Sriniketan, Oct 15, 2007.

  1. Sriniketan

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    Siri,
    Purattasi is a Tamil month. It falls during the English months ( approx. Sept.15th to Oct. 15th). This month is considered as a favourite for Lord Venkateswara (Lord Balaji) of Seven Hills.
    Some Devi bakthas also do Maavilakku, but on a different month.

    To this maavilakku procedure..mix the rice flour and jaggery of an equal amount alongwith cardamom powder..you can also add coconut scrappings to this mixture. Also get ready with the melted ghee. Next morning that is on a Saturday morning, take a bath and pour this mixture of flour and jaggery in a plate and make it look like a mountain and make a dent on the top to have wick and ghee and lit it with camphor. After some time, when the light is going down, offer fruits or any sweets prepared for that occasion, lit the camphor and have this mixture as a prasadam. You can give it others as prasadam too.
    Hope I answered your questions to some extent.

    Sriniketan
     
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    siri1505 New IL'ite

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    sri,
    Thanks u somuch for replying to me, so this yr,when u r dng, as i have no idea abt this, so when u r dng this, & can we soak rice ,etc on friday itself & use this on saturday aa? , & do anyone have any idea of when's koti somavaram falling this year??
     
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    Siri,
    I am yet to see the calendar...but as I had mentioned earlier it will be between Sept.15 and Oct. 15..I will let you know later after verifying with my mom.
    The way we make the flour is just buy a new packet from the store solely for this purpose.

    Sriniketan
     
  4. Padmasudha

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    Some general info on maavillaku, as practised in North Arcot Smartha brahmin families:

    It is held a number of times every year:
    - a Thai veLLI and Aadi veLLI (a Friday in the month of Thai and Aadi) for amman
    - a Purattasi sani (Saturday in the month of Purattasi) for Lord Venkataramana
    - on Karthigai festival day in the month of Karthigai for Muruga

    The method is the same, the purpose is to offer worship to the corresponding deity in the form of a jothi (light). I have always been touched by the fact that the worship is offered through common and relatively cheap food items available in every home- rice flour, jaggery, ghee (which is probably the one expensive item, but one can use it sparingly- see below).

    Usually the rice flour is prepared at home the previous day. Have a headbath, soak rice in water, semi airdry and powder it. My mum used to say it should be one aaL arisi (enough to feed to feed one person)- so at least one cup. Airdry the rice powder.

    The next day, the rice flour and powdered jaggery (no particular measure, just eye measure as we say, enough to sweeten the rice flour) are mixed in a thambaLam (brass plate). TWO small agals (lamps) are made from the mixture, into which ghee is poured, wicks (jothi thiri) added. Other normal pooja accoutrements are set out- vettrilai, paaku, manjal, chandanam, fruits, flowers, coconut etc. The lamps are then lit. Nivedhya is:
    - chakkarai pongal and uLLUtham vadai for Lord Venkataramana
    - any vella payasam and vadai for the others
    When the lighted agals are just about to extinguish themselves (this is called viLLaku malai eruthal), karpura arati is done.

    That is all. Very simple, the point is all in the faith that drives it. The custom is handed over from MIL to DIL.

    Later in the evening, the burnt out wicks may be removed, the ghee soaked agals crumbed into the remaining flour, cardamom powder If not added earlier) and scraped coconut (from the morning's nivedhya) mixed in, and the whole rolled into balls, which are then distributed to family members, neighbours etc- that is a unique taste!

    I believe that the benefit is in the personal discipline and good thoughts that it encourages in the practitioner, more than anything else.
     
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    Padmasudha,
    Thanks a lot for this elaborate information, which would be very useful for the first timers and also for the ones, who are out of station.

    sriniketan
     
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    Thanks. To add to my previous info:
    - the actual day chosen should be auspicious- no ashtami or navami, and have good yogam (siddha or amruta yogam)
    - the Purataasi sani should NOT be during mahalaya paksham- in some years, it is quite difficult to find a `good' Saturday!

    By the way, maviLakku is also done during Swami samaradhanai events in North Arcot homes- whatever the kula deivam (I am familiar with Tirupati Venkatachalapathi, Tiruttani Muruga as well as Sholingur Narasimha samaradhanais- for all, maviLakku is performed) . Usual samaradhanai puja is done, with maviLakku placed along with the God's picture during pooja.
     
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    In some smartha families, there is a custom to put maavilakku in any friday except third friday in the month of thai or aadi. Usually, there will be four fridays in the month. Sometimes, there may be five fridays also.
     
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    i've seen ppl doin maa vilaku without adding jaggery n other stuffs mentioned. just the rice flour itself to make the vilaku. how to make it into a dough?

    can i do this on friday regardless any mth ?

    thanks
     

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