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Jul 24, 2011

Maa Vilakku


  1. Rice - 1 cup
  2. Jaggery - 3/4 cup
  3. Elachi powder - 1/2 tsp
  4. Cotton wick
  5. Ghee (fuel for lamp)





Wash and soak rice for 10 minutes. Drain. Then in a clean cloth spread it under fan to dry. In a mixer, powder it nicely. Take a plate, put the rice flour, elachi powder and 1/2 jaggery and mix it well with hands. Till you get the dough firm, keep kneading. The remaining jaggery add as per requirement as while kneading it will melt and the dough should be firm to hold the ghee when we light the lamp.

Divide the dough into two equal parts. Shape them into smooth balls and press it slightly flat. Place them on a plaintain leaf or on a clean greased plate.  Make a hollow in the centre, place a cotton wick, pour melted ghee and grease the tip of the wick. Make very little vermillion dots on both sides of the lamp (As an auspicious sign) where the wick is placed.  Place it before the pooja shelf or in pooja room before the deities and light it.

While distributing the prashad, Offer some betel leaves with betel nuts, whole turmeric, flowers, banana, coconut slices and a small portion of the vilakku dough.

When eaten with coconut, it tastes very delicious.

(ps : Maavilakku is a traditional light offered to the goddess in the tamizh month of Aadi on Fridays and Tuesdays)

Maa Villakku / மா விளக்கு

மா விளக்கு(Maa Vilakku) is a lamp that is made out of flour into which the cotton wick is placed and ghee is poured and the lamp is lit and offered to Devi followed by chanting of slokas and prayers to Devi (goddesss). This maa vilakku is offered to the Goddess on any Friday in the Tamizh month  (falls between july & august) of "Aadi" at homes and at temples, along with Coconuts, beetel leaves, betel nut, whole Turmeric and Flowers. After the lamp calms down, the portions from it is distributed along with coconut slices as prashad.

Aadi month is dedicated to the goddess and in the state of Tamizh Naadu, devotees offer Ragi Porridge (Raagi Koozh) is prepared, offered to the Goddess "Amman" and then distributed to devotees as "Prashad" (as a blessing from God). Aadi month falls in Summer time hence the porridge that is made of Raagi acts as a coolant too and reduces body heat and a very healthy drink.

During the first Friday of this year, i offered maa vilakku to Devi. Presenting it for you as a virtual prashad.


How to make Maavilakku :Click on the link for the procedure.

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