Maa Chandraghanta is the third Shakti of Maa Durga. Maa Chandraghanta is worshiped on the third day of Navratri Pooja. Maa Chandraghanta is a manifestation of goddess Durga and on the third day of the Navratri goddess Chandraghanta is worshiped by the devotees. Those who worship Devi Chandraghanta get eternal strength and be blessed by Devi Maa to be happy throughout one’s life.
She has a Chandra or half moon, in the shape of a Ghanta (bell), on her forehead that why Third Shakti of Maa Durga addressed as Chandraghanta. Maa Chandraghanta has three eyes and ten hands holding ten types of swords, weapons and arrows. She establishes justice and gives her devotees the courage and strength to fight challenges.
She appears like a gold which provide radiance to the environment. The goddess Chandraghanta represents supreme knowledge and bliss with radiant face. She is a symbol of peace, serenity and prosperity and by her blessings all the hindrances coming in way of a person are removed. Her pleasant looks clears all sorrows and sadness of her devotees. Her roaring voice alerts and makes the Demons to tremble.
Devotees of Goddess Durga observe fast on the occasion of nine-day-long Durga Puja celebrations every year with full faith and sincerity. The purpose of observing fast is to propitiate Durga Ma and seek her divine blessings. Fasting during Navratri is not meant to be some food feast. It enables us to indulge in the practice of cleansing and purifying one’s body and soul, or simply de-toxing as they say these days.
During Navratri Pooja, Maa Durga Devotee consumes only simple vegetarian food without onion, ginger and garlic. Some devotees consume only milk-made item, some food and somebody take one time complete meal. Here we are going to share Navratri special recipe ‘Sabudana Kheer’ to make your Navratri festival more divine and pure.
Sabudana kheer is a very simple and flavourful dessert. It is mostly prepared for fasting menu, but is can be enjoyed anytime of the year.
Preparation Time: 10 Mins.
Cooking Time: 20 – 25 Mins.
People to Serve: 6
Ingredients for Sabudana Kheer
- Sabudana (Sago pearls or tapioca pearls) – 1/2 cup
- Milk (whole) – 4 cups
- Sugar or sugar substitute – 1/2 cup
- Saffron (kesar or zafran) – 12 strands
- Cardamom powder (elaichi) – 1/4 tsp
- Almonds – 12 sliced
How to make Sabudana Kheer
- First of all soak sabudana with just enough water to cover it. Soak it for 4-6 hours or overnight. Now sabudana becomes light and fluffy.
- Now put Heavy bottom on flame and add milk to boil. Bring it to boil once and let it simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. Add saffron strands and stir occasionally.
- Now you need to add soaked sabudana to the milk and stir gently. Let it cook for further 6-8 minutes till sabudana becomes translucent.
- After proper consistency, add half of the sliced almonds and sugar to it. Simmer for 5 more minutes.
- Now put-off from gas and keep side to keep it cool. Sabudana kheer becomes thick when cools.
- Finally your Sabudana Kheer is ready to be served.
- Garnish sabudana kheer with remaining sliced almonds and few strands of saffron. Enjoy this wonderful dessert chilled or warm.