O Mother Annapurna, who is Mother Earth, Governess of all beings, Divine Mother who grants bountiful nourishment and sustenance, whose dark tresses are arranged in braids, who ever nourishes, verily the great Deliverer and bestower of eternal welfare, Presiding Deity of the city of Kashi, O renderer of the support of compassion, grant me alms! ~ Annapurna Ashtakam
The Hindu Goddess Annapurna is said to be a form of Parvati, the wife of Shiva. Her name means anna (food, grains) and purna (filled completely). She is the Giver of Food, Goddess of nourishment and cooking, as well as the sustainer of prosperity.
In Annapurna’s hands, she has a jeweled, sacred container of food and a spoon showing her offering of food to the people. In front of her are many plates, symbolic of her promise to provide. Many Hindu homes, restaurants, and food businesses have altars for Annapurna and she is vital in Hindu beliefs and customs since food is an integral part of society and worship.
Invoke Annapurna while you are preparing meals. Food may be prepared with mindfulness, holiness, imparting the blessing of the Gods (and the preparer!) through the alchemy of the prepared food. Annapurna is not just the physical food, but she is nourishment in action.Through Annapurna’s grace, we become Goddess breathing nourishment, wisdom, sustenance, love into the food we prepare. The bounty of Annapurna sustains our “temples”, our bodies, on a daily basis. By consuming food with divine awareness, we invite the sacred energy of Annapurna to fill us inside and out. Annapurna removes lack both in the emotional world and physical world.
Annapurna’s day is Monday, although you may offer prayers and invite her nourishment before every meal. Generally, the food prepared and offered for Annapurna is vegetarian and can include rice or even sweets. She also likes fragrant, bright flowers.
Prayer to Annapurna before eating:
Annapurna Sada Purna
Shankara Prana Vallabhe
Jyana Vairakya Sowbagya Sidhyartham
Biksham Dehicha Parvati
Oh Annapurna Complete in All Things
In the breath of Lord Shiva sheltered
For perfect wisdom I am Your beggar
To You Parvati give me Alms
May Annapurna nourish you each and every day!
Annapurna Bliss Bowl: Black Rice, Kale, Sweet Potatoes, Red Cabbage and Tahini Dressing Recipe
A marvelous way to celebrate Annapurna is to make this Bliss Bowl aka Buddha Bowl or to brainstorm one of your own. Start with a healthy grain – quinoa, black rice, brown rice, freekeh. Then, load up the veggies. You can do a breakfast Bliss Bowl, one for a meal, or one for a snack. Let your intelligent cravings be your guide!
Ingredients (made enough for 2 bowls):
- 1 cup of Forbidden Rice from Lotus Foods (makes about 3 cups cooked rice)
- 1 large sweet potato, cubed and roasted
- 2 handfuls of kale (see marinade below)
- 2 cups of chopped red cabbage
- 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil for roasting the sweet potatoes
- salt and pepper to taste
For the Tahini Dressing:
- 1/3 cup of tahini
- 1 clove garlic pressed/minced
- 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- Salt to taste
- use hot water to thin if needed
- 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon of Bragg’s Amino Acids
- 1 – 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
Preheat oven to 380 degrees. Lightly toss the sweet potato cubes in approximately 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil. Spread them on the baking sheet and roast for approximately 30 minutes until soft but not overly brown.
Prepare the rice according to the package while the sweet potatoes are roasting.
Mix the dressing for the kale and pour over the kale in a bowl. Massage the dressing into the kale and allow it to sit, tossing it a few times.
Combine all the ingredients for the tahini dressing. Taste and adjust accordingly.
Chop the red cabbage.
When the potatoes and rice are done, build your Bliss Bowl. I put rice at the bottom as well. Drizzle the bowl with the tahini dressing.
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**Original recipe on The Hungry Goddess