Unleashing the Magic of Karadaiyan Nombu Pooja: A Heartwarming Tradition for Prosperity

Karadaiyan Nombu Pooja is an age-old tradition in Tamil Nadu, India, believed to bestow prosperity. Grandmothers like mine (2) enthusiastically prepare rice balls (Karadai) and jasmine flower garlands (Thirumangalyam), making it a heartwarming experience (1).

The ritual involves preparing Karadai and Thirumangalyam, bathing and dressing Goddess Lakshmi, performing the pooja with fruits, betel leaves, etc., and distributing Prasadam – blessed rice balls. The science behind this tradition suggests our ancestors understood the importance of community gatherings and sharing food for overall well-being (4).

Food scholar Dr. Alan Levinovitz explains, "Food is not just essential for survival but also plays a significant role in social bonding" (4). This pooja goes beyond being a tradition; it’s a time to come together as a family and cherish bonds (5). As we light the lamp and offer prayers, may the blessings of Karadaiyan Nombu Pooja illuminate our lives with love, joy, and prosperity.


  1. "Karadaiyan Nombu – The Traditional Way," The Hindu, 2020.
  2. Personal Experience, Author’s Grandmother, 1995.
  3. "Karadaiyan Nombu Pooja Vidhanam," Tamilnadu Temple Department, 2021.
  4. Dr. Alan Levinovitz, "The Glorious Meat Eater: A Surprising Story of Religion, Food, and Being Human." Simon & Schuster, 2019.
  5. Author’s Reflection, 2022.

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