Thursday, August 17, 2006

Sri Krishnastami

Yesterday,we visited ISKCON Temple in LA on the occasion of "Krishnastami" and another reason was going to the temple is Yesterday was Gopi's birthday . We felt a great divine and spiritual experience at temple.Devotees are enchanting Bhajans and Kirthans and "Mangal Aarathi" has been performed for deities.See here for more information at ISKCON.Com
We have a tradition of performing "Gokulastami" in our house.We purchased Krishna Murthi's from temple Gift shop - "Govinda's Imports".Temple is having Govinda's Buffet with pure vegetarian food for diners.

ISKCON,3764,Watseka Ave,Los Angeles,California

Know more about Krishnastami

"Krishnastami" Rituals:
Little Krishna's foot steps are drawn with rice flour mixed with water from the entrance of the house to pooja room .It shows that Lord Krishna entered into the house.Decorating Lord Krishna Murthi and offering prasadam with Tulasi Dalam,Pushpam(Flowers),Dhoopam(Incense Sticks) ,Deepam,Panchagajjayam and chanting Lord Krishna asthotram ,Vishnu Sahsra Namam and doing mangal harathi in the evening and especially "Unjal seva" for little Krishna.

Lord Krishna - Krishnastami Pooja - Dhoopam ,Deepam ,Prasadam

Unjal Seva (Dolotsava) for Little Lord Krishna

Unjal Seva (Dolotsava) held last evening for Little Lord Krishna


Navaneetham(butter) mixed with milk and fruits for little Lord Krishna


Rava Ladoo

Rava/Semolina(Bombay rava) - 3cups
Milk - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 1 cup
Sugar - 2 cups
Cardamom - 8 no,crushed
Cashewnuts - 15 no


1.Take a heavy saucepan/kadai ,add 1 tbspn of ghee and add rava to that and roast for light brown color stirring continuously with wooden spatula in low medium heat.If Sooji/Rava size is big I will grind along with sugar in blender for powder.

2.When Rava changes to light brown color add powdered sugar,caradamom pwd and mix well.When sugar melts into rava ,add ghee ,sprinkle milk slowly and mix well for 5 minutes until rava becomes wet.

3.Heat Ghee in a pan and first fry raisins,once they plump up remove from spatula and add cashewnuts and fry for brown color.

4.Add these into rava mixture and remove from stove.Wet hand with 1tbspn of chill milk and shape the rava mixture into small balls.Chill milk prevents your palms from burning.You can moisten with ghee /oil also instead of milk if rava mixture is luke warm.Shelf will more if you don't add milk to ladoos . Ladoos can be shaped into round balls if mixture is hot.

5.Allow to cool these Rava Ladoos and store in an airtight container.


Maida - 2 cups
Rice flour - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 3 tspn
Ajwain / Vamu /Omam seeds - 5 tspn
Asafoetida - a pinch
Red Chilli pwd - 3 tspn( it depends on how hot you like.)
Salt to taste
water (sufficient for making dough)
Oil for deep frying


1.Sieve the both flours and mix into a bowl.Add melted ghee ,warm water ,salt,red chilly pwd,ajwain seeds ,asfoetida and knead well for a fine dough.

2.Cover with a damp cloth and leave it for 15 minutes.

3.Take the dough into a small ball size and roll it like a long pencil by using your palms.

4.Cut this long dough string into 2 ½ " pieces and join the two ends to make a "Ring".Make rings in the same manner with the whole dough.

5.Heat Oil in a Kadai,if the oil is enough hot for deep frying slowly drop these chegodi's into hot oil.Fry into golden brown color and strain on tissue paper to remove excess oil. Once cool if it is a festival then offer to god as "Naivedhyam" and a Great evening snack with a cup of Hot Coffee.

6.Store in an airtight container and "CHEGODILU" lasts for 3 weeks.


Pistachio -Green Peas Doodh Peda


Linda said...

Vineela, I really enjoyed reading this, thank you for sharing. Lovely photos as always :)

Hi Linda,
Nice to hear that you liked reading about this post.
Thanks for visiting and for your coments.

Menu Today said...

Hi Vineela,
Nice post. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you,MM

Tanuja said...

Hi Vineela,

chinni krishnuni adalu chupinchi nanduku channa thanks,channa bhaga present chesaru.

Hi Tanuja,
Chinnappati nunchi ammammagarintlo cheyyadam alavatu.chala sandadiga vuntundi .
Thanks for your comments.

Latha said...

Lovely Post Vineela. Your pictures are beautiful. And chinni krishnudu looks so cute!
I love chegodilu, Can u post the recipe soon? Cannot wait to make them..


Hi Latha,
I too liked chinni krishnudu .He is so cute,isn't it?
I posted chegodilu recipe .Definetly give it a try i hope you like the taste.
Nice to See your kitchen cabinet which looks great and i liked tupper ware "poppludabba".
thanks for visiting.

Menu Today said...

Hi Vineela,
I liked your "rawa laddu". Expecting your post soon. Thanx

Hi MM,
So sweet that you liked "rava ladoo" .I posted recipe,MM.
thanks for visiting.

Prema Sundar said...

Good post vineela. All the pics are wonderful.

Hi Prema,
thanks for your comments.I liked your post too.

Krithika said...

Thank you so much for sharing these pictures. All the neiyvedhyam items look delicious

Thank You,Krithika.

Luv2cook said...


Sucha a beautiful Lord Krishna. Everything looks so divine. Thanks for sharing!

Hi Sam,
Even we felt the same way when we saw " Krishna Murthy "
Thanks for your comments.

Lera said...

Lovely pictures...thanks for sharing them.Happy Krishna jayanthi to you too.

Thank You,Lera

Anonymous said...

Lovely pics.. and I am so tempted looking at the Chegodilu.. can you pls post the recipe for that

Hi Anonymous,

I posted chegodilu recipe .once you prepare let me know how you liked.
Thannks for your comments.

Chandrika said...

Lovely post Vineela! I enjoyed reading it and the pictures are beautiful! Happy Krishna Jayanthi!

Hi Chandrika,
Nice to hear that you like the post.Happy KrishnaJayanthi to you and your family.


Ashwini said...

Very beautiful Vineela

Thank You,Ashwini

sudha said...

WOW..seems like you had a great time on krishnastami. Beautiful Lord Krishna and Delicious Prasadams. Liked your chegodilu.

Hi Sudha,
I learnt doing the way of rituals of "krisnastami" from my grandmom.
Thanks for visiting.

indosungod said...

lovely celebration Vineela

Thankyou ,ISN

Madhu said...

Oh what a lovely celebration.'Bala Krishan' idol is soooo cute. Loved your rava ladoo and Chegodilu(we call Kodubale). Thanks for the feast Vineela.
Hi Madhu ,
Ya,Bala Krishna is really cute.Thanks for telling the dish name in "kannada".We love doing Krishnastami,Vinayaka Chavithi,Bommala Koluvu in our house.I feel great exictement by doing these festivals since my childhood.

Anonymous said...

Happy Krishna Jayanthi!

Thank You ,LG.

archana said...

Happy Krishna Jayanthi Vineela !! What a fine spread of sweets, thank you for sharing this with us.

RP said...

What a treat!
Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed reading this post too. Thanks, Vineela!


Meena Kandlakuti said...

Vineela ,

looks like you have lots of patience.So many delicious recipes for krishnahstami.Thanks for sharing them.

KrishnaArjuna said...

Great pictures Vineela! Chinni krishnudu looks really cute.

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