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Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Its the Malayalam month of Dhanu. Dhanu is the month of the mild, beautiful winter of Kerala. And, the month of Thiruvathira. It is the festival or fast women observe for the well-being of their husbands. Unmarried girls observe this fast for getting good husbands.

The concept behind Thiruvathira is the goddess Parvathy's attempts to get Siva as husband. Kamadeva, the god of amour, was trying to awaken love between Siva and Parvathy, when he was caught red-handed and was burnt down in the flames arising out of the third eye of the angry god. According to the Thiruvathira legend, the women in the world decided to commit suicide lamenting on the death of Kama. They prayed to Siva for one whole night to bring him back. Siva, pleased at last, decided to grant Kama life - only that he would remain without body.

So, the laments turned into celebrations. The ropes with which the women had threatened to hang themselves turned into swings of celebration. Thus was born the festival of Thiruvathira.

The diet on Thiruvathira included some special dishes, like muthirappuzhukku and koovappayasam. Ettangadi is another special dish. The fasting women do not eat rice, but only tubers, pulses and fruits.

Though it is termed a fast, Thiruvathira means over-eating in fact !

The recipees and more details I will add later.


At 7:33 AM, Blogger anthony said...

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At 2:20 PM, Blogger Lakshmi said...

From one Thrissur-kaari to another...:-) I was born and raised in Bombay but my Mom is from Thrissur and I visited Thrissur every summer vacation. Have really strong memories... of Parmekkavu ambalam, Vadakkunnaathan, Bhajana Matham, Mani's cafe, Swapna theatre... endless!
I blog at Live Journal but I'll drop by here...:-)


At 6:58 AM, Blogger Sumitha said...

I havent heard of those dishes Renu,please do post their recipes!


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