Mantralaya Visit – 2014

The visit to Mantralaya was amazing. I went with my Parents on November 19th Wednesday night, reached early morning on Thursday 20th. We attended all the pooja celebrations, stayed until 9.00 PM night, and returned back to Bangalore on Friday early morning.

The entire day we spent was magical. Even though the Mutta was crowded, since we had given for special pooje, we were allowed close to the Brindavana. It was humbling seeing our beloved Rayaru.

Below are some pictures from this years visit.

The walkway to the Thungabhadra River has been cleaned thoroughly. My Dad and I walked half way and I took a few pictures. The river is dry and so we didn’t venture going very close.

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Visited a few Temples in Bengaluru

After a hectic week, on Sunday I was able to visit LIC Colony Sree Venkateshwara Temple and 5th Block Rayara Mutta. Some pictures for you all to enjoy.

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Tulasi Pooja Pictures – 2014

It has been a very hectic few months for me with all the travel and work. It was just this Monday and Tuesday i.e. today that I have worked from home. I will be traveling to Bangalore, India for work on Thursday. Work is for two weeks, take a few days off to spend time with Parents and relatives and back here to USA in time for Thanksgiving so I can be with my Daughter for a few days.

During this short visit for Work, I am also planning to visit Mantralaya and see our beloved Rayaru. I will definitely keep you all posted if I do visit and see our beloved Rayaru.

I am also going to visit Mysore to see my Grandmother (Ajji), Uncles and Aunts. Hopefully, I will have a few hours to record at least a few devotional songs from Ajji and my Aunts. They sing amazing devotional songs. :)

Might not update the blog regularly, so please bear with me until end of November.

Today being ತುಲಸೀ ಹಬ್ಬವಿವಾಹ ಉತ್ವಾನ ದ್ವಾದಶಿ – Uthwana Dwadashi/Tulasi Habba, we performed the pooje in the evening. It is getting very cold here in the US, and so we had to bring all the plants indoor, including the Tulasi plants. Rather than keeping the Tulasi plant in the Pooja Room, I decided to do the pooje in the Sun room it self. Attached below are pictures of the same.

For dinner, I made Kosambari, Shavige(Semia) Payasa, and Vegetable rice.

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Close up of our little Tulasi Plant:

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Lighting of Agarbathi:

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Aaruthi for Tulasi.
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Updated:ತುಲಸೀ ಹಬ್ಬವಿವಾಹ ಉತ್ವಾನ ದ್ವಾದಶಿ – Uthwana Dwadashi/Tulasi Habba – November 4th 2014

Tulasi Pooje Preparation:

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Uthwana Dwadashi – Tulasi Habba or Tulasi Pooje is celebrated a fortnight after Deepavali. It signifies the day Tulasi married Lord Vishnu. On this day, Tulasi katte is decorated like a bride. Amla trees are planted along with the tulsi plant.

Pooje to be done in the evening.

What’s Tulasi?

In most Hindu homes, you find a Tulasi plant growing out of a Tulasi katte . Tulasi is considered to be a holy plant and is worshiped every morning. Tulasi has medicinal value and is often used as a herb in curing the common cold and cough.

So what’s Tulasi Habba?
Tulasi came out of the ocean during Amrita Manthan as a younger sister of Lakshmi. She too was devoted to Lord Vishnu and wanted to marry him. But Lakshmi who was already married to him did not like the idea and cursed her to become a plant. Thus the tulasi plant was born. But the all merciful Lord Vishnu took pity and fulfilling her wish declared that when he will be in the form of a saligrama, found in most temples and madhwa houses, she will remain close to him in the form of a tulasi leaf. Therefore even today a saligrama will have a tulsi leaf along with it. In front of every Hindu home there will be a tulasi katte in which a plant grows round the year.
Although the prayers are offered to Tulasi everyday by watering the plant in the morning and lighting an oil lamp before it in the evening, on Kartik Shukla Dwadashi there will be an annual Tulasi Pooja in the evening when the tulasi katte will be beautifully decorated with clay lamps.

Attached below is a screen shot of the Tulasi Vivaha Slokas and Procedure as printed in the Uttaradi Matta Panchanga. If you click on the image a bigger picture will display which has the words very very clear.

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Here is the link for all the Tulasi slokas at this weblog.

1. Slokas

2. Daily Tulasi Pooja Procedure

3. Tulasi Sankeerthaney Lyrics and Audio

4. Devaranama on Tulasi – ಒಲ್ಲನೋ ಹರಿ ಕೊಳ್ಳನೋ

5. Vrundavanadevi Namo Namo Lyrics

Deepavali Mahabhisheka at Mantralaya

Stunning pictures from Mantralaya for Deepavali Mahabhisheka. Take a look.

http://raghavendramutt.org/stories/deepavali-mahabhisheka

Mantralaya website also has a short video of the Deepavali Mahabhisheka. Watch here.

http://raghavendramutt.org/stories/deepavali-mahabhisheka-video

May our beloved Rayaru bless everyone who believes in him on this Diwali Festival.

Naraka Chaturdashi celebrations in Mantralaya

Please find attached pictures of Naraka Chaturdashi celebrations in Mantralaya.

http://raghavendramutt.org/stories/naraka-chaturdashi-celebrations-shri-matha

Wish you all a VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS DEEPAVALI/DIWALI.

Solar Eclipse – Thursday Oct 23rd 2014

A partial solar eclipse is visible in the United States on Thursday October 23rd 2014. Eclipse Begins at 3:38 PM EST and Ends at 7:42 PM EST.

The Lakshmi Pooja which usually is performed on Amavasya i.e. Thursday should be performed a day earlier on Wednesday or a day after the Eclipse Friday.

As I have been traveling extensively the past couple of months, and am in New Jersey right now, I am going  to perform the Lakshmi Pooje on Friday October 24th 2014.

Please check your local calendars if you reside in other countries.

 

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