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Monday, September 12, 2016


Lord Hayagreeva is the God of wisdom and knowledge. Hayagreeva Jayanthi falls on Aavani(tamil month) shravanam (star) / Shravan month . The oofering / naivedhyam is a sweet called "Hayagreeva"/"Maddi"/"Bandi". Offering this sweet to The Lord on any Tiruvonam day, gives knowledge and wisdom to the children and they will perform well in studies.  Lord Hayagreeva, give us the power to discriminate between right and wrong.


Chenna dhal - 1 cup
Crushed jaggery - 1 cup
Cardamom - 4
Scraped coconut - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 1 ladle


Choose red variety of jaggery ( paahu vellam) and crush it. Powder the cardamoms.

Wash and pressure cook chenna dhal. When cool, drain the water and keep aside. Do not mash it.

Dissolve jaggery in 1/4 cup of water and strain it without any mud.

Heat a heavy bottomed pan, pour in the jaggery and allow it to boil till it diffuses its raw smell. Now add scraped coconut, cardamom powder and boiled chenna dhal and mix well . Add ghee and saute till thick. Offer it to The Lord.


  1. hai madam...nice post..new information to me about hayagreeva...the above picture is like vinayar with nandi face....it is hayagreeva?...because in my native place my greatgrand father had a small temple in which he had kept a similar idol ,we used to call it as nandi mugam vinayagar.....i am really astonished to see ur picture...if possible can u send me mail about this.........

  2. It is not nandi . It is a God with Horse face who rescued the Vedas from the asuras. As per Bhagavatham, there are some more avataras, one of which is Hamsa avatar and also Hayagreeva avatar. It is said that Vadirajar, will make the mentioned sweet and keep it in his head, and he can see a horse's feet from the backside on his shoulders and eat the sweet.

  3. Shanthi, I offer only honey because I was told about that in Thaadikombu temple. But next Thiruvonam onwards will bear this recipe in mind and offer.Thank you.

  4. Nice read as always shanti..and your prasada look yummy as well !!

  5. ur dish ,information & the god picture looks lovely

  6. Nice informative post shanthi! Yummy dish too!

  7. I love this sweet dish..Mouthwatering!!

  8. Shanthi Maami,

    Good post. My mil was just telling my daughter the other day to start saying the Hayagriva Strotram everyday while puja.

    BTW - I wanted to get your input on this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSwhpF9iJSs

    the goras have hyped up our age old tradition into calling it Super Brain Yoga..what do you think of this.

  9. Thanks for the recipe. I dont have this in my book.Will add it.

  10. I used to recite hayagreeva mantram when I used to study.. Brings back my old memories.. Nice info Shanthiji


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