Happy Dashain Everyone :) Last year was my first time growing Jamara here in the United States. I was very nervous at first but then the results slowly but gradually came out to be amazing. Jamara grew out nice yellow in color and also there was plentiful for me to make a "mala" for little Durga Bhagwan frame I have. Therefore, I thought about sharing easy step by step process to grow Jamara for this year's Dashain with you all :X
Things you will need:
Aluminum Tray (2 medium sized, Picture reference = Walmart)
Soil (I bought a packet from Home Depot)
Corn used for Popcorn (1/2 cup)
Barley Seeds/Jau (1 cup)
Water (for 1 cup)
Soak corn in water over night (one day before Ghatsthapana)
On the day of Ghatsthapana, fill 1 aluminum tray with with soil (Do not overfill the tray- leave at least 1 inch space for corn and jau).
Soak Jau for 10 minutes in water.
Drain water from Jau and Corn.
Place Jau and Corn on top of the soil.
Slowly Sprinkle water with your hands on top of everything. Cover the tray with another aluminum tray until the Jamra becomes 2 inches tall). Store this in a dark room if you want Jamara to be yellow in color.
Sprinkle water every morning and night until the day of Tika. Do not panic if you see no signs of growth within 1-2 days.
On Tika day, cut Jamara (1 inch above from the soil) using knife or scissor.
Enjoy and have a wonderful dashain with your friends and family >:D<