Vaikunta Ekadashi falls in the month December-January. This year it falls on December 28th 2009. This is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu. Vaikunda Ekadashi is of great significance at the Tirupati Balaji Temple, and also all Balaji temples. They prepare what is called a “Swargada Bagilu” also called as ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the heaven‘ This gate is opened on this day. This is the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the Lord. Scores of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikunta in the temples.
Orthodox Madhwa people in South India observe complete fasting on ordinary Ekadashi day. For the devotees of Lord Vishnu, every Ekadashi is a very sacred day
No rice should be eaten on Ekadashi days. This is very important. Those who are unable to fast completely can take some light fruit and milk.
So you may ask why we shouldn’t eat rice, so here comes the story for the same.
The sweat that fell down from the head of Brahma assumed the form of a demon and said to the Lord, “O Lord! now give me an abode to dwell.” Brahma replied, “O demon! go and dwell in the rice particles eaten by men on Ekadashi day and become worms in their stomach.” For this reason rice is prohibited on Ekadashi.
If you don’t believe in this story, just think of all the benefits you can from fasting. Fasting makes a man strong, both spiritually and mentally.Fasting controls passion. It checks the emotions. It controls the senses also.
It is good to fast once in a while as it recuperates the body. Ekadashi observance cleans our body and the digestive organs get much needed rest.
Those people suffering from ailments and on medications should take the advice of a doctor before fasting. Never torture your body in the name of religion. There is nothing wrong in having fruits or milk. And you can bring a certain amount of flexibility in the way it is observed.
If you can’t fast completely here are some quick and simple recipes you can choose from on Ekadashi day:
So many of you had asked for this famous song. I tried a lot asking my mother, my sister and everyone I knew. My mom asked my grandmother and everyone she knew in India. Not one person had the lyrics for this song. Everyone knew just the first paragraph.
I continued my quest to get the lyrics for this song, and finally my Lalitha Aunty who resides in NJ, USA sent me the CD with not just this song, but many more arathi songs. Of course the CD also has lyrics in Kannada. Thanks so much, Aunty.
Since I just returned from California, I didn’t have time to transfer the lyrics. However, until that time, I thought I should share with you all the song. I have posted the song on youtube. It is sung by Padhma, Geetha and Meghamala.
The lyrics can be found here:
I am traveling the next 6 weeks to California for work. I am coming back home only for a few days for New Year. So, there will be no posts during the next 6 weeks. Keep the comments and your suggestions coming though.Until than,
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009!
I have been asked by many visitors here to provide the recipe for Kootu. Last week, I finally decided to prepare the same. When I opened my diary which is dated back from 1985, I saw two recipes for Kootu given to me by my Mysore Ajji. One was called “Sihi Kootu or Sweet Kootu” and the other ” Kharada Kootu or Spicy Kootu“. For a change I decided to prepare the Sweet one and so here comes the recipe for the same.
Ingredients to grind:
- Urad dal or Uddina Bele - 1 tablespoon
- Whole Black pepper or Menasu – 10
- Raw Rice – 1 and 1/2 tablespoons
- Whole Red Chillies – 5 (use less than less spicy)
- Fresh or dry coconut – 5 tablespoons
P.S: 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons
- 3 carrots
- 1/2 pound beans
- 2 big potatoes
- 2 coyotes
- 1 cup cooked toor dal
- 2 tea spoon jaggery, and 1/2 tsp turmeric.
- For seasoning : Oil, mustard seeds, hing, groundnuts.
- Fry all the ingredients mentioned in ingredients to grind. Once it is cooled, grind into a smooth paste.
- Cook toor dal in pressure cooker. We need 1 cup here.
- Cook all the vegetables also.
- In a big vessel, mix the cooked dal, vegetables. Let the heat be on medium.
- Add the ground paste.
- Add salt, turmeric and also jaggery and mix well.
- In a pan, heat oil. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, hing, groundnuts.
- Add this to the dal, and vegetable mixture.
- Let it boil for a few more minutes.
- Serve with rice or chapathi.
P.S: I will soon post the recipe for the Spicy Kootu also.
Veda Sri has taken the time to translate and share the Mahishasura Mardini Stotra in Telugu. She sent me the baraha script, I have translated and converted to a pdf file. Thank so much Veda Sri.
You can download the lyrics in different languages here:
Venkatesh Rao, has taken time to translate and send me the lyrics for a great song written by Shri Purandara Dasaru on Lord Hanuma. As always attached below is the lyrics. If you need the baraha script, let me know and I will send it to you. Thanks Venkatesh for the lyrics.
Shwetha has sent me the lyrics for this song from the movie Sathya Harischandra on Lord Shiva. It was a very popular movie and also a popular song. Attached below is the link for the lyrics in Kannada and also the link to listen to the same at youtube. Thanks Shwetha for taking the time to translate the song and also sharing the same with all of us.
It is really hard to come up with new innovative and healthy ideas for packing lunch everyday. Usually, I have some leftover rice. Takes less than 15 minutes to prepare this dish. Packed with lots of carrot, it is tasty and very healthy as well.
* 2 cups cooked rice
* 2 cups yoghurt
* 3 carrots finely grated
* 1 tsp cream
* 1 cup fresh milk
* 1 tsp ghee or oil
* 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
* 1/4 tsp asafotedia or hing
* 3 cashew nuts
* 2 green chillies finely chopped
* 1 tsp finely cut fresh ginger or even grated
* Fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
* Fresh curry leaves – 5 or 6 leaves
* salt to taste
In a small wok, heat the ghee or oil, splutter the mustard seeds, add asafotedia, cashew nuts, green chillies, curry leaves and ginger. Fry well.
Add the yoghurt, cream, milk and salt to the rice. Pour the fried contents from the wok into the rice and mix well.
Now add the finely grated carrots and mix well.
Garnish with finely cut coriander leaves before serving.
P.S: The recipe for Spiced Creamy Rice or Plain Mosaranna can be found here:
I have not seen the lyrics for this song in any of the books I have. I was given a book by my maternal grandfather when I was 13 years old which has all the wonderful songs about Shri Raghavendra Swamy. Even when I was 13, I was singing all the songs on rayaru, and my grandfather who used to read all the lyrics from this book decided to give it to me. My grandfather was a great devotee of Rayaru. I am sure he will be happy to know that I have shared this song with you all. He died of bone cancer when I was just 15 years old.
As you will see in the pdf, it is very very old and has travelled with me to many countries. Not sure how to preserve the same either. The song has been posted on youtube also, you can listen to the same to learn the tune as well.
I literally had no time to translate this into English, or write it in Baraha. So, just took images of all the pages from this book and converted the same into pdf.
So, here is the link below for the pdf and also the video on youtube.
Pahi Pahi Raghavendra Guru – Shri Raghavendra Guru Bhajane
P.S: If you are interested in translating the same into English or any other language, please do so and send me the same. I will post it here.