27 March 2012

Ugadi of 2012

This is a Ugadi special post - the festival that fell on the 23rd of March. Maharashtrians call it Gudi Padwa, Sindhis - Cheti Chand, Manipuris - Sajibu Cheiraoba & Punjabis - Baisakhi. Hindus believe that Brahma started creation on this day.

"Yuga Adi” means 'the beginning of a new age'. This has been a beginning of sorts - for me at least. In the South, the first Ugadi immediately after marriage is a very important one. Ours came after 6 long years!

Here’s a snapshot of our celebration. Whoever has read ‘A Regret’ would know why I am writing this post. This is a promise kept!

The day began with oil bath. We decorated the entrance of the house with mango leaves (traditionally, it signifies good crop & prosperity) These leaves are strewn together to make a garland and tied to the main door of the house

& immediately after that I set off on my mission to draw the first ever rangoli of my life!

This is me, mid-way during the design, sweating it out in the scorching morning heat with aching hands & legs doing something which looks very simple on the face of it

Here's the final cut - the fruit, err, design of my labour: Tanvi proud of her mother's once-in-a-lifetime burst of creativity!!

Followed by prayers at the nearby temple

and then at home in my mother-in-law's pooja room:

and eating of Bevu-Bella (ಬೇವು-ಬೆಲ್ಲ – neem-jaggery). The mixture has:

1. Neem – bitterness (taste) - Sadness (significance)

2. Jaggery – sweetness (taste) - Happiness (significance)

3. Green Chilli – hot - Anger

4. Salt – saltiness - Fear

5. Tamarind Juice – sourness - Disgust

6. Raw Mango – tang - Surprise

Why do we eat that? To show that life is a blend of different experiences & all of it must be accepted with the same grace throughout the New Year. I have to mention here that up until this point of eating the Bevu-Bella at around 11 a.m, I had eaten nothing since the time i woke up which is again a FIRST for me!!

Then my mother-in-law & I got busy with preparing the feast – Obbattu (puran poli/holige), obbattsaaru, maavinakai chitranna (a rice dish made from grated raw mangoes) & kosambri (salad). On the first day ONLY VEG! But that's ok. All I wanted to eat was the Holige & I held the record for eating the maximum number of holiges in one day which was THREE!

For those interested in knowing how to make it, here's an illustration!!

The second day is when we binged on non-veg & it is called Hosadadku.

Oh before i forget here's me with the bangles and the flowers!

And then here's are some pictures of the two temples that we visited

1. Armugam Temple with the panchmukhi Subramanya

2. Jyotirlinga Temple which houses replicas of the 12 lingas from all over the country

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  1. Looks like you celebrated with a lot of gusto. You look lovely in the sari and bangles, all traditional. Not a bad effort at rangoli either :). Living in Bangalore, I've been exposed to the enthusiasm with which Ugadi is celebrated. And, only 3 holiges? That's the best you could do :). Enjoyed the post.

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    1. thanks Rachna.
      yeah 3 was all i could manage - the others had stopped at one! :))

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  2. Yay! Finally. I was waiting for this post since I read "The Regret". I am so glad you were able to fulfill that promise. Happy for you. And the first ever Rangoli, looks very good, not bad at all. :)Again, very beautifully you have explained all the rituals and their meanings. :)

    Tasty obbattu, nangu beku :D I ate a whole lot of it that day. :D

    And for Hosadadku, I am a pure veg but my friends had a great time feasting on the non-veg day! :D

    Finally you celebrated your first Ugadi after six years. Wish you and your family more bella than bevu, always :)

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    1. you know when i wrote about Hosadadku i actually really thought about you & your animal lover post!

      thank you so much for the lovely wish Akshay. and for you i wish that God gives you the most important thing He can ever give you - Waley Arogya! because the rest - 'aishwarya, budhi, shakti,dhana, shanti' you will surely manage on your own with your spirit

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    2. Awww that is so sweet of you. Thank you so much Ma'm for your lovely wishes. I'm touched. :))

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  3. Belated Ugadi wishes...wonderful images...especially the dishes..hope u invite me for next ugadi :)

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    1. haha yes surely will invite you nest year...after all now i am an expert on Ugadi! :D

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  4. Where is my holige..???hahaha....Is it a new saree, which can tell story of Ugadi 2012...??

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    1. no no. it is not. but it is a saree which is very dear to my heart & most precious because it was the gift from INC staff for my bayake function :)

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  5. I was eagerly waiting for your post on Ugadi to see your wonderful celebrations and know more about the festival and its heritage. And you have given a wonderful rendition of the festival. It was great reading about all the rituals and what they meant in great detail.

    Loved the Rangoli and Tanvi's lovely pose beside. ;) You look wonderful in the sari and bangles and the obattu looks really delicious. And I never knew about the Bevu-Bella - very unique. :)

    And as Akshay said nicely: wish you and your family a lot of bella. :)

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    1. thanks Raj ... wish you lots of happiness too :) and may The Muse always bless your writing

      i feel in the villages this festival would mean a lot more to them what with it being connected to farming/crop and all. but still i was happy to celebrate it - pure joy :)

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  6. A very visual post, Sujatha with nice explanation and significance of various things associated with festivities!Baisakhi is celebrated on 13 Apr to hearld the arrival of new crop:)

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    1. oh is it? the dates are different? hmmmm thanks for sharing that

      yeah Sir finally a "visual" post from me :DD

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  7. wow! i would love to celebrate each n every festival with the same enthusiasm n detail as u did! lovely pics too!

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    1. yeah me too ... now i feel the same way too ... hope i can keep this enthusiasm. if for nothing else but at least for my daughter's sake :)

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  8. I was so awaiting this post!
    Hoilige!!!! Ahh I so want to eat one now.

    Your sari is beautiful, but I like Tanvi's dress so much more. I am going to stitch one for myself now.

    And the Rangoli is very pretty :-) And yes I agree it is totally tough.

    And am so glad, this post has so many photos!! Lovely, totally!

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    1. hehehhhe yeah me glad too that finally i have a post with some color!! otherwise always boring endless black & white text!!!

      thank you Jenny :)

      Tan's dress is actually one of my old saris transformed that way!!!

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  9. Lovely presentation..

    Rangoli made by you is suberb, awesome n I know how effort n attention required to make even simple rangoli...

    Quite informative post...

    Tanvi is looking so cute n bright...

    You are also looking good:)

    Overall nice post....BTW Happy Belated Ugadi!

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    1. oh thanks a lot for liking the rangoli! dil khush ho gaya :))
      yes it is lot of effort... m glad you understand

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  10. You look Awesome!!! It was a delight to see all those photos. I can understand the happiness which has come after 6 years. Loved the colors in Rangoli.. We had been to Shirdi on Yugadi day! :)

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    1. yeah after "vanavasa" of 6 years :D

      thank you Sahana... oops...forgot...no saying thank you!!

      visited Shirdi -- aah! must have been memorable :)

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  11. You ans lil Tanvi look gorgeous! And rangoli was really good considering you did it for the first time....The pictures of the temples are very pretty! Nice fun you guys had!

    Happy Belated Ugadi! :)

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    1. yes, we enjoyed all the festivities.

      thanks Manju for the rangoli compliment ... i am shamelessly fishing for it ...oh the effort that goes into it ... NOW i understand !!!

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  12. I sent wishes to you on that day, I do not know in the huge fan following of yours my wish got unnoticed I think. yeah was waiting for ur post since u mentioned about your first special ugadi. Nice to know about the things in more depth than I know. pictures of obattu made my mouth watery as it is one of my favourite sweets. remembered my first ugadi and several other ones where my mother in law served me hot ones with full of ghee to me. thank you for sharing the festival with us. Although it was ur first attempt of Rangoon it came excellent . Ur daughter is very cute. Wish god that u have many more festivals with joy.

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    1. ah! no no it didn't go unnoticed...if i remember right, i think i responded to your wish...ummm...yeah i think so...appreciate your wishes Gopinath...and there really is no fan following

      thanks for liking the rangoli ..m very happy and wish that you too have many festivals with lots of happiness

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  13. Cool....colorful....looks nice...nice post...:)

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  14. We also celebrate it the same way. In Telugu, the holige is called Pappu Poli. I love to eat it :) That's the only thing I do on this day. They asked me to take oil bath, and as usual I refused. Refused means, I take a normal bath and go tell people that I had an oil bath :) Of course, they can find out. I don't like these festivals much, because I think there is no significance to them in the modern times. But I love eating special food on these days :)

    Destination Infinity

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    1. pappu poli ..ok :)

      yeah things have changed ...the customs and rituals are losing their relevance in the cities but well i thoroughly enjoyed the two days of celebration ... just all of us together in the same house eating and talking was something to cherish

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  15. You did it Sujatha :):)I loved your rangoli and the concept of Bevu Bella .Little one looks angelic and you Ati -Sundar in that lovely saree and bangles.

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    1. yeah Kavita i did it! yay! :D

      you know that "Ati-Sundar" suddenly reminded me of Dharmendra's dialogue in the movie Chupke Chupke :)

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  16. very pretty post! Happy Ugadi :)

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  17. Belated Happy Ugadi Sujatha!! The rangoli is great! And nice pics too!!

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  18. Wishing you all happiness this Nandana Samvatsara. The obattu looks appetizing and you really good.

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    1. Nandana Samvatsara - wow! sounds so nice! thanks :) and wish you the same too Krupaa :)

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  19. Belated Yugadhi wishes.May the New Year bring you and your family all happiness.
    The tradition followed is the same on Tamil New year day too with some minor variations.

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    1. yeah i read that Tamil's follow the solar calendar

      thank you for the wishes Sir and wish you loads of happiness now and forever too :)

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  20. Belated Yugadhi wishes to you and your family. I liked seeing all the pics and the details of Yugadhi. I am from Kerala but I don't know much about this festival. Your post was an eye-opener.

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    1. yes for Kerala i think it is Onam that is the most important festival.
      here i guess we have lots more
      thank you for the wishes and wish you lots of joy too :)

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  21. Absolute delight to see such a festive environment being created here on a blog and in reality as well. Great to see that you celebrated in full spirit.

    Belated Ugadi wishes.

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    1. thanks ... ummm....ouch sorry but what is your name? eeks! embarrassing that i don't know your name though i been reading you since a month now

      anyways, well...thanks for the wished and yes,it was a delight celebrating it

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  22. wonderful narration and beautiful pics...
    you looking very pretty too!

    Belated Happy Yugadi!!

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  23. You look beautiful, Sujatha! For first time, you rangoli looks good. Tanvi must have enjoyed. Holige looks yummy too!

    So, the first full-fledged festival is done! All the best for the coming festivals. You are doing good!

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    1. ah! thank you so much for saying the rangoli looks good ... i feel you are a Pro at it so means a lot to get that approval :)

      yeah now i am getting ready to "take on" the rest of the festivals - one at a time :DD

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  24. A nice, grounded to roots, Ugaadi post. That Rangoli was hard work, wasn't it? I could sense your delight, having completed it. Those pictures greatly compliment the post.

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    1. oh yaaaa rangoli is BIG time labor!

      now i salute all the rangoli competition participants/winners from school & college and all my neighbor aunties who draw one daily, & so beautifully without as much as a whimper :)

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  25. That's a nice post, Sujatha :)
    And, I guess now you have no more regrets! :)you've done a good job!!:)
    and you look spectacular in the traditional outfit with gajra and all :)
    Awesome!

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    1. hahah yeah :)) no more regrets but like Sandhya said above, now i must get ready to take on the rest of the festivals of India :D

      thank you for all the compliments. i am beginning to feel more than ugadi this has turned our to be a "fishing for compliments" kinda post :D

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  26. you, tanvi, tasty looking food, celebrations and colors of rangoli..
    it was all like perfect things coming together.. Thatz the fun of festivals..

    Totally enjoyed this post :)
    u n tanvi lookin fab !!!

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    1. ya you said it well ... all things coming together. i guess that's the best thing about festivals ...true

      thanks :)

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  27. I had seen the Ugadi written one calendar but could understand its meaning only after your post. So, thanx for posting about it.

    From mouth-watering cuisines to lovely rangoli pics and from cherubic Tanvi to stunning Sujatha pics, the post has every essence of Ugadi captured with utter finesse.

    Anyways,where is papa of Tanvi,you have kept him out of the post,why?... To click pics!

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    1. hahah papa was busy clicking all the ladies of the house - each one screaming for his attention!!
      anyways, for your sake, will post one of his pics on FB. check it out :)

      thanks for the lovely comment

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  28. happy udagi lady. sorry late ho gaya comment karne mein :)

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  29. Yuga+Adi=Ugadi and its meaning - that's quite a revelation to me.Now onwards, I think I should be be better able to understand the cultural and religious significance of this beautiful festival. The worship , the Alpana or the Rangoli and the delicacies ( only veg for me please !) you prepare and serve are all nice and wonderful. and last but not the least you look gorgeous !
    A very nice post with beautiful pics !

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    1. alpana - new word for me

      thank you for the nice comments

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  30. Traditionally done which always wonderful .....

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  31. Oh I am Sorry. I was late to comment as I was on off for Ugaadi to my home town and so was away from computers too.. Well, I too started my day with Bevu-Bella and the Puran Poli for breakfast:) It feels good to celebrate the festival with our dear once.. Thanks for this beautiful post of yours:) Nimage hosa varshada Subhasheyegalu :)

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    1. nimgu kooda hosa varsha tumba santosha tarali :)

      oh you had puran poli for breakfast itself! wow!
      yes, its nice to celebrate with all family members - the more the merrier :)

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  32. need I say that both you and ur daughter look beautifulllllllll!!

    the step by step commentary was delightful to read more so with the lovely pics accompanying them...

    holige is called puran poli in maharashtra and i love it too!! the rangoli looks gr8 too!

    wish you and ur family a gr8 year ahead!!

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    1. thank you so much for all the nice words...oh i don't know how i missed responding to you...so sorry :(
      only after your second comment i realized my mistake...sorry again

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  33. Sujatha hosavarusha tumba joraage aacharisiddira anta aitu.. You look pretty in the traditional look. Loved you Rangoli. Very good for the first attempt. Obbattu ruchiyaagittu anta photo indaane tiLitaa ide.. I ate kayi obbattu this time - and I beat you I ate 4 in a day:) Enjoyed your post.

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    1. This festival signifies the creation of the world. Really, I didnot have any idea about this festival before. Thanx for sharing and pics are great!!!!

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    2. wow! 4! great ya Ashwini!

      thank you for all the nice words :)

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    3. Sriram,

      thank you :) even i did not have much idea about the festival before this :D. Only thing i knew was we can eat holige on that day which is my most favorite sweet

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  34. at my place we celebrate ugadi for the reason that we get to eat puran poli on this day :P

    belated Ugadi wishes !

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    1. that is definitely a major attraction of this festival :)

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  35. you look good in natural pose (first 2 pics).

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  36. Very nice pictures Sujatha...and seems like you guys had real fun! wish to visit India someday...hope you will invite me one day;p

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    1. hey come over right away :) always welcome :)
      ghar chota hai par we would be so happy to have you over. pakka. soch lo aur jaldi se tayyari kar lo :)

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  37. WOW...
    So you kept your words!!!
    That was a super coolm personal post and I simply enjoyed...
    I wish that the technology is more advanced to enable you to distribute my favorite - Obbattuuu...
    Your Ugadi post made me miss my good old Bangalore days...
    Cheers!!!

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    1. ya i did keep my word :))

      oh you were in Bangalore? ok

      thanks. m so glad you liked the post

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  38. Excellent very well done , you did what you had said you would. the pictures are beautiful and tanvi looks very excited :)

    and happy ugadi to you and everyone around you

    Bikram's

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  39. Tanvi is very cute :) ..

    A colourful post with many pics. Good to see the changes the writing is taking.. Lovely post as always.. And yes ಹೊಸ ವರುಷದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು :)

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    1. thanks

      nimgu kooda hosa varushada shubhashayagalu :)

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  40. I never knew the meaning of Ugadi or the fact that it's celebrated in north india too! That's good to know! Loved your saree! Happy Belated Ugadi wishes to you and your family.

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    1. ya even i didn't know before this. Writing the post "A Regret" a month back made me do a little bit of research :))

      thanks for the wishes and same to you too

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  41. Ahaha Sujatha super ri neevu, chendavagi alankara madkondu ishtu sundravagi mane yella decorate madi, adige madi habba madidiri, Excellent you kept ur promise lovely!!!! keep it up.

    Best thing is sumne habba madodala adara artha thilkondu madidiri u have inspired me :D I will also celebrate from this yr

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    1. thanks a lot Ramya :) first time alwa full josh.

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  42. Baayalli neer barta ide kanree holige nodi. Aaha..maavinkaayi chitranna :)
    Those two temples are near uttarahalli & RR nagar alwa?
    Good rangoli for a first timer (surprised to hear you are a first timer)...
    Will have to read 'a regret' to know why your first ugaadi came 6 years after your wedding?
    Nice write up kanree!

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    1. yesss those temples are near Uttarahali and RR Nagar. you been there? every hill there has a newly built temple....nice view from the mountains...aa area heng change agta ideyappa

      actually to know why my first ugadi came so late you have to read Love To Hate You

      to know why rangoli wise i am a first timer read A Regret :DD

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  43. You made the Rangoli :)
    Great that you gave it all a shot!
    You look beautiful and elegant :)

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    1. thank you Juhi :) yeaah i made the rangoli ... finally!!!

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  44. I stay i j p nagar and i travel to office via uttarahalli everyday.

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  45. Hi Sujatha

    Just not able to make up my mind which to laud first - Your Rangoli, the poli, u in a sari, the post, ur cute girl ...Hmmm....

    Overall an awesome Ugadhi I suppose....Wish you a belated Happy Ugadi and have a peaceful, happy , prosperous and healthy year ahead !!
    I am in office at 1:58 pm and have now got a craving for this poli ...Wondering how to tackle it hi hi

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    1. Hi there.

      What a lovely post .I learned a lot about your cultural and this specific celebration of Ugadhi.Loved it

      You made a pretty awesome Rangoli there .Seems like you've had a great time.

      Just found your blog .Following it.

      Care to follow back ?

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    2. Jaish,

      thank you so much Jaish. wish you a very very happy year ahead too :)

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    3. Hi Izdiher,

      welcome to my space! thanks for reading the post and the follow too. m glad you liked your time here

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  46. Sujatha - Brilliant!! True to your words you've kept your promise ..The pictures look so nice, looks like you had lots of fun and your daughter looks gorgeous in pattupavada ..

    :)

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    1. thank you Sangeeta. yeah it was really nice celebrating
      my daughter loves the pattupavada very much :)

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  47. Wish u belated Happy Ugadi!!

    For the first timer Rangoli was good..Pachadi,Puranpolis,Rangoli,temple,sweets...u have potrayed all vibrant colors of our great culture very beautifully..All our festivals are celebrations of life.Incidentally this day was also day of Gangour-festival of Rajasthani women in which they dress up traditionally and pray to goddess for longer and peaceful life of their husbands

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    1. :) thank you

      Gangour festival - oh didn't know that. You know so many things on each and every topic!

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    2. Iam a Rajasthani hence know abt that festival which begins on Ugadi day and ends on third day with procession of traditionally dressed women carrying "Kalash" on their heads...

      I know little..there are many wonderful things to be known or read about....Like in this post i really liked attribution of human feelings to various ingredients of Bevu bella...

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    3. oh you are a Rajasthani. ok. finally i know something about you other than the name :). i was thinking you are from Hyderabad - Telugu

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    4. Iam a Rajasthani based in Hyderabad...infact i was born here in hyd....my great grand father came here on invitation of Nawab of Hyd who was keen to develop Hyd as business centre.

      I can read and write Telugu fluently

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  48. ನಮ್ಮ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯನ್ನು ಗೌರವಿಸುವಂತಿರುವ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಆಚರಣೆಯು ಆತ್ಮೀಯವೆನಿಸಿತು. ಛಾಯಾಚಿತ್ರಗಳು ಹಬ್ಬದ ಸಡಗರವನ್ನು ಕಣ್ತು೦ಬಿಸಿದರೆ, ಹೋಳಿಗೆಯು ಬಾಯಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರೂರಿಸಿತು :o)

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    1. hhehehhe tumba khushi aithu nimma comment (ouch! comment ge kannadalli yenu!!) odi :)

      nimge ugadiya shubhashayagalu

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    2. ಸುಜಾತ ಅವರೇ, ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದೀರಿ - ತುಂಬಾ ಸಂತೋಷ. ನಿಮಗೂ, ನಿಮ್ಮ ಕುಟುಂಬದವರೆಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ, ವಿಶೇಷವಾಗಿ 'ತನ್ವಿ' ಪುಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಹೊಸ ಸಂವತ್ಸರವು ಹರ್ಷ ತರಲಿ ಎಂದು ಹಾರೈಸುತ್ತೇನೆ :o)

      Comment ಪದಕ್ಕೆ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ 'ಅನಿಸಿಕೆ / ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ / ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ' ಪದಗಳನ್ನು ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಬಹುದೆಂಬುದು ನನ್ನ ಕಲ್ಪನೆ. ಸರಿಯಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೆ ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು ತಿದ್ದಿರಿ.

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    3. ayyo kannada panditaru neevu...neevu correct agiye helirthira bidi

      nimma haraikegalige innomme dhanyavadagalu

      howdu neev henge kannadana kanndadalley bardiddu? nange kannada na english words alli bareyodu tumba onthara rodhne

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    4. ಕನ್ನಡವನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೇ ಬರೆದರೆ ಚೆನ್ನ! ಅಲ್ಲವೇ? :o)

      ನಿಮಗೂ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೇ ಬರೆಯಬೇಕು ಎನಿಸಿದರೆ, ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು Google Transliterate (http://www.google.com/transliterate/kannada) ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಿ. ನಿಮಗೆ ಸಮಯವಿದ್ದಾಗ ಈ ವಿಷಯವಾಗಿ ನನ್ನ Blog ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆದಿರುವ ಲೇಖನ (http://pacchiee.blogspot.in/2010/05/blog-post_23.html) ಓದಿ.

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    5. ತುಂಬಾ ತುಂಬಾ ಥ್ಯಾಂಕ್ಸ್ Prashanth. ತುಂಬಾ ಹೆಲ್ಪ್ ಆಯಿತು

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  49. wow to your rangoli and the obattu!

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  50. and your profile pic is smashing!!!

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  51. Thanks for this mini Ugadi tour, inspite of being at Bangalore for 3 yrs, I am yet to experience Ugadi celebrations. Good that I dropped in here :)

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    1. that's strange. 3 years and not yet been to any local friend's home for ugadi? next time u must - at least for the feast

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  52. I didnt know much about Ugadi till I read this post..But it is indeed different from the sameday celebration here in maharashta..gudipadwa..!
    Nice Rangoli..n yeah ur daughter looks pretty cute ! loved her!

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    1. thank you :)

      yeah gudipadwa they tie a pole with a pot and a garland & a cloth na? hmmm

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  53. 100 comments and counting!! a record of sorts..congrats Sujatha!

    Hey btw did you notice that mine is the only comment that you missed! ( iam somewhere midway ) awww...*sniffles*

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    1. ah! thanks for bringing it to my notice...it never happens usually...first time :(
      in fact as soon as i respond to the comment, i visit the person's blog and read the posts. maybe i read your photo blog posts and forgot to respond...goof-up is a goof-up
      ... *wiping the sniffles* :)

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  54. awesome post with nice presentation & lovely cliks..
    first time here sujatha..love your space..
    Am your new follower now..;)
    do stop by mine sometime..

    Tasty Appetite

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    1. m happy you liked your first visit here enough to follow the blog. thank you so much Jay

      will definitely check your space.
      would have done it even if you hadn't asked me to :))

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  55. Ugadi for us in Tamilnadu so far had been just a public holiday. Knowing the meaning of the word and the food that is prepared on that day, etc was good. For Tamilnew year we also prepare Neem Pachchidi- a mixture of neem and Jaggery, idea being the same that you have mentioned.
    Arumugam temple- does the statue have really 6 faces (all sides together)? Wonderful.

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    1. glad o have you here after a long time Sir :)

      yeah Tamils follow the solar calendar, na?

      Arumugam temple - panchmukhi - 5 faces

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  56. wow! That is just amazing!I remember going for Ugadi celebrations myself!! :) And that rangoli is beautiful Sujatha! Your daughter is sure excited! :D

    I can see myself in her..my mom used to do all the rangoli on various ocassions while I used to pester my mom and irritate her while she kept being busy !! :)

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    1. yaaaaaa my daughter was pestering me too....endlessly that she wanted to put the colors too....

      we had fun celebrating

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  57. Yes :-) You did keep up your Promise :-) Lovely Pictures and I love your saree :-) Tanvi looks cute too , Like her mom :-)

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  58. nice post...i did know about ugadi but did not how exactly it is celebrated....now i do!!!

    http://sushmita-smile.blogspot.in

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  59. belated happy Ugadi...and loved your celebration..everything about it.from oil bath to rangoli to dressing, temple and feast....there is something so awesome about celebrating in a traditional way...

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    1. yes, it is true Renu...we liked it very much...celebrating in traditional way

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  60. Lovely post and that rangoli is very nice. I can't draw a straight line...I was not aware of the details of this festival, looks like a big festival of south. For us, it represents that the harvest is fully grown. We don't celebrate it to that extent. Thanks for sharing and photos are lovely.

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    1. thanks Saru. yeah down south it is an important festival and even in cities it is celebrated with lot of interest

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  61. First time on your blog... nice post, festivales very well explained....

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    1. welcome to my blog :)

      m glad you liked the post

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  62. hey i wasnt awaare of ugadi so thanks for sharing and i must add u are looking gorgeous in the pics

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  63. First time at your blog, enjoyed reading the detailed post on Ugadi. Belated Ugadi wishes to you and ur family :) :)

    Came to know a lot of information about the significance of a lot of rituals followed during Ugadi.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, do stay in touch!!

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    1. thank you Shalini. in fact, you have come here before - once. you had read & responded to my post on Yercaud :)

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  64. a traditional touch:-)nice; sometimes envy you guys- We miss India life here:-)
    cheers

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  65. nice pics and great details... :-)
    love that bugged look you are giving to the camera while doing the rangoli :P

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    1. haha thanks ...yeah kinda bugged because of the scorching sun :)

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  66. Such an awesome post and good description about the festival.... and give a tight hug to ur daughter from my side... she is such a cutie.. :D :D ;)

    You should take part in this contest - Coolest Blog Contest 2012

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    1. thank you Ankit :)

      let me see ... will check out that contest

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  67. Looks like you celebrated Ugadi in traditional fashion.Lot of hard work for you !Great Pics.

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    1. yes Sir it was lot of hard but sweet work :)

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  68. how beautiful!! I like this very very much!!

    xx

    www.blondedutchpie.blogspot.com

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  69. Good to see culture followed at its best.

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  70. Pooran Poli is one of my favorite dishes. Love it and binge on it each time I go to India. Belated Happy Ugadi.

    PS - You look lovely in the photos.

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  71. pooran poli is the bestest i sooo totally agree... :) :)... and yes I have been MIA for sometime.. so now reading all the missed posts.. and see it started on a sweet note.. bbuuurrrppp :D :D.. & u look beautifullest in the pix <3 <3 <3

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  72. Suku,
    thanks dear. glad you are back.
    you were MIA for really long

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