With Uttana Dwadasi around the corner, I thought it is a good time to post the details of this pooja (with pictures from last year) as it might be helpful to some of you.
Karthika shukla paksha dwadasi is known as Uttana dwadasi. ‘Uttana’ means getting up from sleep. It is believed that God sleeps for 4 months during Chaturmasa and is getting up on Uttana Dwadasi day. This generally falls in Oct/Nov.Uttana Dwadasi is celebrated as the Tulasi Vivaaha day – The day when Tulasi got married to Lord Krishna (Vishnu). Tulasi (Basil) plant is considered very sacred and is also known for its medicinal properties. It can be found in almost all the households and ladies water and do pooja for the Tulasi plant daily. This Pooja is a very important festival for Madhwas and is celebrated in a grand manner.
Significance of the Amla plant – In Karthika Month, it is believed that God Vishnu exists in the Amla plant in the name of Damodara. Hence this is used in this function.
- Rangoli powder (Kola maavu) and Gheru (Semman)
- Paat (Plank)
- Tulsi plant (in Tulsi vrindavan or any other pot)
- Twig from Amla (gooseberry) plant preferably with some Amlas in it
- 5 Amla (gooseberry) fruits for aarathi (or Silver Amla lamps)
- Fruits, Flowers and Cocunut
- Beetel leaves and Supari
- Haldi, Kumkum, Mantarakshata, Vasthra
- Lamps/Diyas for lighting, Aligarathi
- Tulsi/Goddess face with a small black beads mangalsutra – if you have this.
- Picture or idol of Krishna to place along with Tulasi.
- Crackers/Fireworks (if you have saved some from Diwali!)
1) This Utwan Dwadasi pooja is usually done in the evenings (I love that it is in the evenings – morning poojas before office is really stressful :)!).
2) You can place the Tulasi plant in the house where you want to do the pooja after putting a small rangoli and also keep a twig from the Amla plant in it.
3) Decorate the Tulasi plant as you like and keep a picture or idol of Krishna along with Tulasi.
4) Light lamps and agarbathi (incense stick) for the Goddess.
5) On a aarathi plate, place the Amla/Gooseberries and put wicks (Phool vaath) on them. I also use silver gooseberry lamps that my mom got for me for this purpose (please see the picture below – these are available in India). It might look a bit tricky to make the gooseberries stand on the plate. Usually some turmeric mixed with water is used under each amla to form a steady base. (I have not done that in this picture as my amlas were seated fine without it)
6) Put Haldi, Kumkum, Mantarakshatha, Vastra, flowers and do Pooja. You can tell Tulasi slokas if you know this. I have included Tulasi Archana Sloka below. The archana can be done with flowers or with kumkum.
7) Light the amla lamps and do aarathi for Tulasi and Krishna.
8) Do Neivaidhya of fruits, laddoos and other items (please scroll down for details on the neivaidya items)
9) Do Namaskara and pray to Tulasi for a good life!
10) Many more lamps can also be lit outside and around the house. Kids also enjoy fireworks on this day.
11)Vida/Thamboolam can be given to Sumangalis along with Kosambari and Laddoos.
Menu/Neivaidya items –
Apart from preparing the typical festival food, for Uttana Dwadasi specifically Laddoos are made with different items like Pori (puffed rice), Pottu kadalai (fried gram), groundnuts etc.
- 5 different types of laddoos
- Yellow Moong Kosambari
(The Archana can be done with kumkum or flowers)
Loka Vandithayai Namaha
Pithambara Dharanyai Namaha
Ksheerambdi Tanayayai Namaha
Loka Jananyai namaha
Damodara priyayai Namaha
Sakalasura Poojithayai Namaha
Sarvabharana Bhooshitayai Namaha
Taadanga Dharinyai Namaha
Tulasyai Namaha II