Mahashivratri 2018: Favourite Shivratari Prasad, How To Prepare Makhana Kheer

Mahashivratri 2018: Favourite Shivratari Prasad, How To Prepare Makhana Kheer

New Delhi: Hindus are celebrating Mahashivratri with spirit today and the festive spirit is hard to miss, it's Mahashivratri or the 'Great night of Lord Shiva', one of the most auspicious and widely celebrated Hindu festivals. According to Hindu belief, there is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, but Mahashivratri is celebrated only once a year, in the month of Phalguna. This year Mahashivratri would be celebrated on 13th February, 2018 i.e today. 

On this auspicious day, temples around the country witness an outpouring of devotees. Hindu scriptures contain many tales wherein Shiva with his wrath destroyed many evils from the face of the Earth. Another side of Shiva that is popular is his benevolent nature towards his devotees. According to legends, from devas to asuras everybody worshipped Shiva because he grants wishes without any prejudice or bias. 

One such most loved food that is offered as Prasad on Mahashivratri is Makhane ki kheer  Makhana Kheer is a delectable dessert made of milk simmered till thick with lotus seeds and flavored with nuts and cardamom. Makhana or lotus seed is a favourite vrat ingredient. Puffy and crunchy, Makhanas are broken into smaller pieces and added to milk and simmered for about 1 to 2 hours. The seeds then soften and blend with the creamy kheerMakhanas or Lotus seeds come from a plant called Euryale Fox which grows in the stagnant water of wetlands or ponds in Eastern Asia. They found an important place in the science of Ayurveda too. They are low in cholesterol, fat and sodium too.

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