Anjaneyar vadai

Anjaneyar vadai is a traditional prasadham offered in many Anjaneyar temples and in Perumal temples. The main ingredient for this recipe is urad dhal and black peppercorn. This recipe is much easier than the normal urad dhal vadai. I made it with white urad dhal. You can make the same recipe with black urad dhal.

INGREDIENTS

Urad dhal- 1 cup

Rice flour- 2 tbsp

Pepper- 1 tbsp

Salt- To taste

Oil – 1 tsp/Frying

  • Wash and soak the urad dhal for 20 to 30  minutes.
  • Drain the water completely and grind it to a fine paste.
  • Add rice flour, pepper, salt and grind it once again.
  • In a plastic sheet, apply oil.
  • Take a ball of the dough and place it on the greased plastic sheet.
  • Cover it with another plastic sheet and press it with the davara(bowl) to make a flat pattice. The vadai should be thin.
  • Make sure the pressure applied is even.
  • Makle ahole in the centre with a finger.
  • Heat oil and deep fry the vadais until they turn golden brown in colour and crispy.
  • Offer it to God and store it in an air tight container.
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Hanuman Jayanthi

In Tamil Nadu, Anjaneyar Jayanthi is observed on Moolam Nakshatram in the Margazhi month or Margali Masam, which is one of the most auspicious months in Tamil Calendar.  Hanuman Jayanthi is observed during various time of year by different Hindu communities. Majority of the people observe it on the Purnima or full moon day in the Chaitra month (March – April).

In Hindu mythology, Lord Hanuman is regarded as the God of power, strength and knowledge. He is also known as the Param Bhakth of Lord Rama and is the incarnation of Lord Shiva. He was born to Kesari and Anjana Devi on Chaithra Shukla Purnima. Hence called as Kesari Nandhan and Anjaneya.  ramayana is incomplete without the understanding of the unfathomable devotion of Lord hanuman for Shri Ramar.

It is widely believed that Lord Hanuman is present where the story of Lord Ram is recited. Therefore people read the Ramayana on the day or recite prayers dedicated to Rama. The Sundara Kandam chapter of Ramayana is read by most people. Special prayers are held on the day in Hanuman Temples and are visited by large number of devotees.

At home, idols or pictures of Hanuman are thoroughly cleaned at dawn. Idols and pictures are smeared with Sindhoor. Sweets and bananas are offered to Hanuman.

Some of the popular Anjaneyar Temples in Tamil Nadu organize various rituals. Special prayers and pujas are held on the day. Food donation, feeding of animals and special prasadam are distributed on the day.

Anjaneya Stotram is chanted on the day.

Anjaneyar vadai

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