Nellikayi Deepa for Uttanadwadashi
Uttana Dwadashi/Tulasi Habba is celebrated on 12th day of Kartika masa. It is believed that Godess Tulasi got married to Lord Vishnu today. On this auspicious occasion, we decorate tulasi plant along with a twig of amla and tamarind and offer prayers to Godess Tulasi and Lord Vishnu. It is celebrated on the 12th day after Balipadyami hence the name 'Utthanadwadashi' also known as 'Kiru deepavali' which means little deepavali. As kids, we remember amma sparing fire crackers for this day and evening was filled with lots of activity from singing kirtans in front of tulasi plant, offering neivedyam, distributing prasadam etc., Did a simple pooja today. Sharing it here with you all.
Clean up the area in front of Tulasi Plant and draw rangoli. I have place Lord Krishna's Photo in front of Tulasi plant. Place two Ghee lamps. Offer Turmeric and Vermilion to Goddess.
Tulasi Prarthane :
ಯನ್ಮೂಲೇ ಸರ್ವ ತೀರ್ಥಾನಿ ಯನ್ಮಧ್ಯೇ ಸರ್ವದೇವತಾ
ಯದಾಗ್ರೆ ಸರ್ವ ವೇದಶ್ಚ ತುಳಸಿ ತ್ವಂ ನಮಾಮ್ಯಹಂ
You can choose to prepare the following :
2.Huli Anna (Tamarind Rice)
Fruits and Coconut with two paan leaves plus a coin for neivedya in a separate plate.
Nellikayi aarathi to Goddess Tulasi -
Cut a portion of Gooseberry on top and bottom. Place a wick which is soaked in ghee. Keep it in a plate and light the lamp.
Smastha Sanmangalani Bhavantu. Sarve Jana Sukhino Bhavantu