3.18.18 was Ugadi, South Indian New Year. It is in my ancestral tradition to ritually prepare, offer, and eat a dish called "Ugadi Pachadi" which is a mixture of six different tastes sweet, sour, salt, pungent, spice and bitter with each ingredient describing a special taste of life. It is made of neem flowers, raw mango, jaggery, chili pepper, tamarind juice and salt. The neem flowers indicate sadness because of the bitter flavour, raw mango indicates surprise for its tang, jaggery or ripe bananas indicate the happiness in life because of the sweetness they bring, pepper powder or chilli indicates anger because of its hot taste, tamarind juice indicates disgust because of its sourness and salt indicates fear because of the saltiness.
This is eaten to remind ourselves of the highest goal of enlightenment - Sthitaprajna state. To be able to accept ups and downs of life with even mindedness is the highest achievement in life. - State of Sthitaprajna as indicated by Bhagavadgita 2.56. #tamil #happyugadi #happynewyear #infinitelove #tbt #kannada #dravidian #telegu