Vishu

This Vishu,feast with Nellara! Nellara brings you a sadhya you can't miss!

Posted by Nellararestaurant on Monday, April 11, 2016

Vishu is known as the Harvest Festival in India, though synonymous with the Malayalam land, Vishu is celebrated across India under different names. In the neighboring states of Karnataka & Tamil Nadu it is known as Bisu and Chithirai Vishu respectively, the states of Andra Pradesh & Telangana celebrate Ugathi, Maharashtrians celebrate it as Gudi Padva, In Punjab it is known as Baisakhi, Bengali’s celebrate it as Poila Baisakh and the Assamese call it Bohag Bihu. Every region has its distinct way of celebrating Vishu.

Vishu is celebrated on the first day of the Medam month according to the Malayalam calendar; this day is also considered as the astrological New Year, hence is highly auspicious.On the day of Vishu,the oldest female member of the family guides the blindfolded family members towards the Vishu Kani. The Vishu Kani consists of Unakkalari (raw rice), Kanivellari (cucumber), Vettila (betel leaves), Adakka (ripe arecanut), Mango, Jackfruit, Coconut, Banana, Sandalwood, Jewellery, Coins, Valkannadi (hand mirror), Kasavu Mundu (Kerala Dhoti), Kanikkonna (Cassia Fistula) and the holy text of Ramayana or Bhagvad Gita. All these are kept in an Uruli and placed under the idol of Sri Krishna.

The sight of the Vishu Kani at the Brahma-Muhartham assures its believers a year filled with happiness and prosperity. After a brief prayer, the family serves Vishu Kanji (Rice Porridge) followed by sumptuous Vishu Sadhya consisting of about 14-15 varieties of vegetarian curries and 3-4 Payasams.

Vishu is a wonderful time for the grown ups and kids alike; the elders treat their children, grandchildren’s, workers and servants with Vishu Kaineetam. Vishu Kaineetam often lasts as pocket money for children. The others are treated with gold ornaments, gold coins or Vishu Kodi (Traditional Clothes).Vishu usually ends with a round of firecrackers and fireworks that adorn the night sky.

May this Vishu bring you prosperity & good luck, Nellara restaurant wishes you a Happy Vishu!

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