Maa Vilakku is ideally performed on a Friday omitting the first and last Friday of the Aadi month. The procedure for performing maavilakku poojai is as follows. Kuzhavi,chooral and a wooden board are kept. Turmeric paste is made and applied on the wooden board. On that 25 red dots 5 rows and 5 columns are placed here and there. Draw maakolam (Rangoli made using rice paste) on the area where the pooja is to be done. Kuzhavi is washed well and the turmeric paste is made into a thick round and placed on it. Two red dots with kumkum are placed as eyes and is also placed as pottu. It is placed on the sand spread in front of the wooden board. A brass sombu is filled with water and Neem leaves are kept in it. Bunch of neem leaves and red colour flowers are placed on it. Along with it the chooral(wooden stick) is placed. On the side kuthuvilakku is placed and it is lighted. On a large plate, rice flour is placed with jaggery and ghee in it. This is how the pooja is performed in my house.
In my husband’s family different method is followed. Kalasam is placed. And two lamps are made with rice flour and jaggery. And the lamp is lit on that.
Other recipes made on this day
Arachukalakki with Ginger( Since adding ginger denotes 1000 curry have been made)
Payasam(Any payasam made with jaggery)