Weekend Treats— Saffron, Cardamom Kulfi

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Who doesn’t like desserts! I think all of us do like it.

Each day is special, but Weekends are fun, because everyone in the family is relaxed.

So, anything to bring more happiness to the family.

Homemade food is delicious, because it contains an important ingredient, which you will not find otherwise.

That secret ingredient is — ‘Love.’

Try this dessert, more popularly known as “Kulfi” in India.

There can be many flavour variations, when making “Kulfi”, such as Kesar-Pista Kulfi (Saffron-Pistachios), Gulab Kulfi (Rose), Malai Kulfi (Cream), Mango Kulfi and many more.

Here I am sharing the recipe of Saffron-Cardamom Kulfi (Kesar—Ilaichi Kulfi), perfect for the summer evenings.

For details of the recipe please follow the link, and Enjoy with family.

https://delishably.com/world-cuisine/Easy-and-Yummy-Saffron-Cardamom-Desert-Recipe-Kesar-Elaichi-Kulfi-Recipe

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Easy Way to Grow Marigold Flowers

My Garden Marigold
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There is nothing like the beautiful sight of blooming flowers in your home garden. It’s a wonderful feeling to see them grow and blossom, if you have planted them, by yourself.

Marigolds or Genda, as it is popularly called in India, is a common flower, used in almost every home, for puja (worship) purpose, or wedding decorations, in mandaps ( the place where wedding rituals, are performed).

It’s used on almost every special occasion, for garlands, for Toran (door or gate decorations).

Marigolds have a gentle fragrance and it’s bright golden colour is synonymous with positive vibes.

Genda or the marigolds are symbolic of Lord Sun, and Lod Vishnu according to Sanatan Dharma.

Recently, I found out that this beautiful flower can be grown by it’s own dried petals.

My Marigold blossoms, grown with dried petals, Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

The process is simple—

Just collect the marigolds from the plants. Cut it neatly, once they start to dry a little after blooming.

On a paper, break and spread the petals and let them dry.

Spread on moist soil, and sprinkle water on them.

Make sure, not to water too much.

Plant them, where there is at least 4-5 hours of Sunlight.

Within two weeks, you can see small sprouts.

And, you can see the flower buds, within 2-3 months.

Marigolds or Genda flowers can be found throughout the year in India, but the best season to plant them is October-November, and Vasant or Spring season in India.

Hope you all would love to plant some Marigolds in your home garden.

Please follow the link to know the detailed procedure of growing your own Marigold flowers.

How to grow Marigolds, in your garden, from it’s dried petals.

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments section.

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Happy Holi 2022 🎉

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Happy and Blessed, Festival of Colours, of Happiness, of Rejuvenation

Happy Holi to everyone, who celebrate 💞💞

Women’s Day 2022

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Wisdom, Beauty, Grace,

Hope, Dreams, Prayers,

Strong, Inspirer, Visionary,

Educators, Scientists, Doctors,

Caring, Peaceful, Motivators,

Friend, Partner, Guide,

Mother, Sister, Daughter, Wife,

They are all this, and much more.

Happy Women’s Day. 💞💞

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Shiva—The Spiritual Significance

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Shiva is formless, limitless, the auspicious one.

Shiva has no beginning ( aadi), and no end (antt).

Shiva is the destroyer, the transformer, the universal force.

Shiva is the Lord of dance, the Nataraj, the Adiyogi.

Shiva is the Lord of the universe, the Vishwanath.

Shiva is formless, but all forms belong to him.

Let’s Meditate for Shiva’s blessings, for the divine energy, for the supreme strength, for art, for yog, for his grace, on the auspicious occasion of this

Maha Shivratri 🙏🙏

What is Love ❤️ —Poem

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What is Love?

Can we define it?

I believe, that it’s difficult to define, or explain the term, Love.

Love is a feeling, which can be felt, through eyes, through touch, through your behaviour, through your thoughts or words.

Love can mean respect, acceptance, understanding, sacrifice, and so many things.

Love can be expressed through gifts, or even without it.

You don’t need any particular day to express it, and you don’t even need to be near to the person, to express your love for him/ her.

Love connects the souls, and one can sense it.

Acrostic Poem on Love 💕 💕

Love is divine,

Our most powerful emotion,

Value those, who love you,

Each day, and forever.

💞💞💞

Colours of India—Happy Republic Day 2022

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Happy Republic Day to all fellow Indians. 🇮🇳🇮🇳

Let’s celebrate the glory of our Nation and share the pride of being an Indian. 🎉🎉🎉

Jai Hind 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳

Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2022

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As we are about to usher in another New Year, my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all those, who have been reading my posts on this site.

My sincere good wishes to all of you, for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

May the coming year bring lots of happiness to you and your family, and may your dreams come true, and desires get fulfilled.

We all know about the tough times, the Whole World has faced due to the Pandemic.

History is the proof that human beings have shown immense patience, inner strength and admirable adaptability, in countless adverse situations.

And, this pandemic is not different. The good news is that the Human race has survived earlier, and it will be so this time, as well.

Let’s begin this New Year with a deep sense of gratitude, and lots of positive thoughts in our mind.

I hope and pray for everyone to have a Very Happy New Year.

Welcome 2022. 🌹🌹🎉🎉

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The Festival Spirit

Merry Christmas to everyone. Festivals bring hope and positivity all around us. Let’s wish that the coming year is full of love, peace and happiness for everyone, all around the World.

Merry Christmas 🎅 🎅🎉🎉🎄🎄

These pictures are from the Christmas decorations at the Sterling Resorts, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India. Mussoorie is also referred to as the Queen of hills.

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Worshipping The Sun, and The Nature—Chath Puja

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An ancient festival, to worship The Sun — The Chath Puja is celebrated primarily in Bihar, and other states such as, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi in India.

The Sun is the ultimate source of energy, and therefore it makes sense to pay our respects and gratitude to the Sun.

In this festival, there is a custom to worship the setting Sun, along with the rising Sun.

This festival is celebrated by standing in a water body, generally in a revered river, such as the Ganga, or the Yamuna. Those who perform puja, stand with folded hands, and then with offerings, mainly composed of fruits and vegetables, and homemade sweets, with all purity.

Basically, this is a festival to worship Mother Nature, because of which their is life of all the living creatures.

Purity, cleanliness, devotion, family togetherness, community spirit, perseverance are some of the wonderful things, which make this 4 days festival, unique and a true Vedic tradition of India.