The most important part of Swarna Gowri vratha ಸ್ವರ್ಣ ಗೌರಿ ವ್ರತ or Gowri habba in Karnataka is giving away/distributing or sharing 2 or 5 pairs of Morada baagina ಮೊರದ ಬಾಗಿನ to ladies.
ಗೌರಿ ಹಬ್ಬ ಎಂದರೆ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಮೊದಲು ಜ್ಞಾಪಕಕ್ಕೆ ಬರುವುದು ಮರದ ಬಾಗಿನ..
‘Mora’ in kannada means a tray made out of bamboo or simply bamboo tray.. These tray pairs are washed and turmeric powder and kumkuma dots are smeared, dried and the below mentioned items are arranged, before giving it away to the ladies.
Nowadays this morada baagina or morada jothe is also given made out of decorative items/alankaara, plastic morada jothe, in large sized boxes, beautiful baskets etc.. Below I have provided the picture of traditional morada baagina that has been followed since ages.
This baagina consists of the items mostly that are used for cooking.. The significance is to share the provision items with near and dear ones as an integral(sacred) part of the festival celebration ritual.. Each item also signifies presence of Goddess Gowri in ashta Lakshmi forms..
Items to be arranged in the baagina :-
Raw rice ಅಕ್ಕಿ – 2 cups
Toor daal or togari bele ತೊಗರಿಬೇಳೆ- 1 cup
Hesaru bele or moong dal ಹೆಸರುಬೇಳೆ 1 cup
Uddina bele or urad dal ಉದ್ದ್ದಿನ ಬೇಳೆ 1 cup
Kadale bele or bengal gram ಕಡಲೆ ಬೇಳೆ- 1 cup
Crystal or rock salt ಕಲ್ಲುಪ್ಪು- 1/2 cup
Jaggery ಬೆಲ್ಲ – 1 square
Betel leaves, betel nuts, blouse piece, glass bangles ವಿಿಲೆೆದೆಲೆ, ಅಡಿಕೆ
Bale bicchole packet ಬಳೆ ಬಿಚ್ಚೋಲೇ – 1 set ( Consists of items like small mirror,Kajal,small bangles, beads etc.. It is said that these items belongs to Goddess Gowri)
Bansi rava or small rava ರವೆ -1 cup
Fruits, 1 coconut, Coins or money in the form of dakshiNe
Turmeric root, Cotton wicks/cotton garlands, Tamarind etc ( Optional in some households)
Turmeric and Kumkum packets
Apart from all these, sarees, deepa or lamps, gifts like fancy items are also given…
This time inside the mora ( bamboo tray), I used the below fancy box to keep all items.. which looks good and later usable for other purposes by the ladies, isn’t it? 🙂 💐
Once all the pooja rituals are complete, one can give the baagina first offering the baagina to Goddess Gowri , mother and to the ladies..
One can decorate the mora with various available kundan stones, glitter and color papers, acrylic paints etc… The same is done while distributing moras during weddings of Karnataka..