The Hinduism Today team is working on a special feature for the next issue: Hindu Festivals! And of course, no Hindu festival is complete without the sumptuous meals prepared with love to be offered to the Deity as naivedyam and then shared by the devotees.
These are modakas, a favorite of Lord Ganesha.
Soumya Sitaram, a specialist on the subject, provided the initial text and beautiful photos, such as the one for these kozahkattai.
Hinduism Today needs help to test the recipes. Not just to revise them, but to actually cook them following nothing but the instructions in the recipe that will be printed. We need to know how they turn out, if anything is missing or any previous knowledge is assumed and should not be.
Sundal, a feast for the taste buds!
You are interested in this sweet job (and salty and many more flavors) please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hindus believe in each individual as a soul, a divine being who is inherently good. We all have a threefold nature: instinctive, intellectual, intuitive. Develop the intuitive/spiritual/soul nature with compassion, devotion, penance. Use the intellect to help subdue the instinctive mind. Guilt is not a part of Hinduism. There is no eternal hell. You have a continuity of consciousness when you transition to the inner worlds. There is no devil, but there are mischievous "asuras."