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Today is Chida-Dahi festival

Panihati Recipe with Chida and Dahi

Here is the recipe for a delicious chida-and-dahi preparation in four different flavours for you to celebrate Panihati festival.

Soaking time: 1 hour

Serves: Each flavored portion serves 3-4

Ingredients:

Chida [thick rice flakes]: Washed in water.
Soaked in milk for an hour 350 gms
Milk: Boiled 500 ml
Cardamom powder: 2 tsp
Sugar: 275 gms
Condensed milk (Amul Mithai Mate): 6 tbsps (for rice flakes soaked in milk)
Curds: Beaten 500 ml
Honey: 3 tbsps (for rice flakes soaked in milk)

For flavoring:

Jamun: Puree 2 tbsps
Jackfruit: Diced 2 tbsps
Mango: Diced 2 tbsps
Banana: Mashed 2 whole
Rasgulla: Pista stuffed 5-6

Method

For milk soaked rice flakes
:

Soak rice flakes in very hot milk for an hour along with sugar and cardamom powder.
Once the rice flakes soaked in milk have come to room temperature add condensed milk, curds and honey to it. Mix well to combine. At this point we need to divide the chida mix into 4 equal portions for flavoring.
Now add each of the fruits (mango, jackfruit, banana and jamun puree) into each of the portions i.e., each fruit gets one portion of rice flake mix. Mix well to combine.
You can drop in some pista stuffed rasgullas in one of the portions and serve cold.
Killing of Shakatasura

During the festivities of Lord Krishna's first birthday celebrations, mother Yashoda being very busy, was unable to give full attention to Krishna. The child became hungry and began to demand his mother's attention and started crying, lifting and kicking His lotus feet just like an ordinary child. At that time He was placed by His mother under the shade of a hand-driven cart on which were piled various kinds of utensils and brass and metal dishes.

This cart was actually the ghastly demon Shatakasura. Baby Krishna with his soft lotus like foot just kicked the wheel of the cart and it collapsed, and everything scattered hither and thither. All the cowherd men were astonished, as to how the sturdy cart could have collapsed by itself. Although this demon appeared most harmless and in an ordinary form but behind this was the deception of a very great demon.

The most dangerous times in life, is when everything appears very nice, very normal, because then one is off guard. When anyone is caught off guard, when he is not expecting danger, he is most vulnerable to be harmed. Shakatasura represents a load carrying mentality arising out of old and new bad habits from this life and previous lives. He also represents lethargy, dullness and false pride.

Each of the demons that Krishna killed in the Vrindavana Lila is said to be representative of some material contamination or obstacle in the development of our Bhakti. When a devotee sincerely prays to the lord to destroy these problems, Krishna vanquishes all these demoniac tendencies. Krishna removes this contamination by kicking it aside.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Killing of the demon Trinavarta

One day shortly after His first birthday, Sri Krishna was sitting on the lap of His mother. Knowing past, present and future, He understood that a demon was about to approach and He wanted to perform the lila of liberating him as well as protecting the Brijbasis. So, he became very heavy for His mother. Yashoda maiya therefore placed the baby down in a safe place.

The demon Trinavarta came in the form of whirlwind. He created so much of dust everywhere that the Brijbasis could neither see nor breathe. He very easily carried Krishna into the air. The little baby child Krishna who was no bigger than two feet tall, when He was being lifted by Trinavarta became very light so that the demon could easily lift Him up but as soon as the whirlwind demon went high up in the sky, the baby assumed such a weight that he could not go any further. Trinavarta felt the baby to be as heavy as a big mountain and he tried to get out of his clutches but he was unable to do so. His eyes popped out from his sockets and fell down to the ground dead.

The demon Trinavarta represents the obstacle of disloyal controversy, which means mental speculation and useless argumentation and includes gossip and spreading of rumors. Krishna becomes obscured by the effects of this whirlwind of this disloyal controversy and we cannot find Him anywhere - not in our heart, not in the temple, nor amongst Vaishnavas because there is the dust of suspicion, envy, anger and doubt. We can combat this demon by chanting the Lord's holy name, hearing His glories; becoming the servant of the servants and thus at all times keeping our mind at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
One hundred eight feet tall statue of Vyas to be constructed
Press Trust of India | Kathmandu | Last Updated at June 23 2019 22:15 IST


A detailed plan for the construction of 108-feet tall statue of Maharshi Ved Vyas, who is credited for classifying holy Hindu scripture Veda into four categories, has been unveiled in the Vyas Municipality of Tanhu disrict in western Nepal.

The Tanhu district is believed to be the birth place of Vyas who is said to have authored Mahabharata in Vyas cave situated in the area.

The proposed statue will be constructed at Shiva Panchyan temple area of Tanhu district in a bid to give a boost to religious tourism and attract tourists from Nepal and India.

According to Deputy Mayor of Vyas Municipality Meera Joshi, a total of Rs 63 crore has been allocated for the project, which also includes construction of a home for senior citizens, a dharamshala, a research centre, a Yoga centre and a pond.

As per the plan, 35,000 kg of copper will be utilised to construct the statue of Vyas
Killing of Vatsasura

Once, when Krishna and Balarama were playing on the bank of the Yamuna, a demon of the name Vatsasura came there in the form of a calf. He wanted to kill the two brothers and so he mingled with the other calves. But, Krishna noticed this immediately and told Balarama. Then, both the brothers sneaked up upon the demon from behind. Krishna caught hold of the calf by the two hind legs and tail, whipped him around very forcibly and threw him up into a tree, thus killing him.

Vatsasura represents a childish mentality, mischievous and easily influenced by bad company. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur explains that such evils of a neophyte can be removed by constant engagement in Krishna’s service. It is the nature of children to be playful and fun-loving; this should not be artificially suppressed because it will do them more harm than good. Instead of restricting them, they should be engaged in Krishna conscious activities and should be handed over to proper qualified spiritual teachers.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare