Fourth day celebrations…..
It is known as Govardhan Puja or Padwa. This day celebrates the incident of Lord Krishna lifting mount Goverdhan. It is customary to prepare a small mount of mud and decorate it with flowers and other accessories.
The fourth day of diwali celebrations is also observed as Anna-Koot, which literally means ‘mountain of food’. On this auspicious day the people prepare fifty-six or one hundred and eight different varieties of delicious dishes to offer Lord Krishna as ‘Bhog’.
For Annakut a mountain of food is decorated symbolizing Govardhan mountain said to be lifted by Lord Krishna to save the people from the wrath of Lord Indra, the God of rain.’Govardhan’ is a small hillock situated at ‘Braj’, near Mathura.
This pooja is performed with great enthusiasm. In this pooja, there is a tradition of building cow dung hillocks, which symbolize the Mount Govardhan, the mountain which was once lifted by Lord Krishna. After making such hillocks people decorate them with flowers and then worship them. They move in a circle all round the cow dung hillocks and offer prayers to Lord Govardhan.
In Maharashtra it is celebrated as Padva or BaliPratipada. The day commemorates King Bali. Men present gifts to their wives on this day. In Gujarat, it is celebrated as New Year, as Vikram Samvat starts on this day.
Now coming back to my ladoo celebrations…for this special day I prepared Wheat Ladoos (Atte Ke Ladoo) and would love to share with all in my space…..
- Atta ( Wheat Flour ) – 2 cups
- Powdered Sugar – 2 cups
- Cardamom Powder – 1 teaspoon
- Edible gum – 2 tablespoons
- Dry fruits – 1/4 cup (I used almonds, raisins)
- Ghee – 1 cups
- Dried Tarbooz (Watermelon) seeds – 2 tablespoons
Take a heavy bottom kadai or a pan, firstly add 1 tablespoon ghee and fry the edible gum for a minute, take it out from the kadai and keep aside, now in the same kadai dry roast the atta till the color starts changing on low flame, after that add ghee to it and keep stirring.Keep frying the atta in the ghee till you smell a nice aroma. We need a little dark color of atta. But please remember to fry it on low flame with lots of patience. It will take you approx 30 minutes for this, keep stirring as we don’t want the atta to get burnt.
In a mixer grind the edible gum and all the nuts separately. Add this to the Atta mixture and mix well, now turn off the heat and let the entire mixture cool a little. When the fried atta is little lukewarm and not hot, add the powdered sugar to it and mix well. From this mixture, prepare small lemon size balls with both your palms, press the mixture to form solid round balls.
Healthy yummy ladoos ready to serve, you can keep them in an air tight container for about a month.
Enjoy these yummy Ladoos this Diwali season!!