Shri Krishna Janmashtami/Krishna Jayanthi – August 17th 2014

ಕೃಷ್ನಯ ವಾಸುದೇವಾಯ
ದೇವಕಿ ನಂದ  ನಾಯಚ
ನಂದಗೋಪ  ಕುಮಾರಾಯ
ಶ್ರೀ  ಗೋವಿಂದಯ ನಮೋ  ನಮಃ

ಕೃಷ್ಣಯ ವಾಸುದೇವಾಯ  ಹರಯೇ  ಪರಮಾತ್ಮನೇ
ಪ್ರಣತ ಕ್ಲೇಶ  ನಾಶಾಯ  ಗೋವಿಂದಾಯ  ನಮೋ ನಮಃ

KRISHNAYA VASUDEVAYA
DEVAKI NANDA NAYACHA
NANDAGOPA KUMARAYA
SRI GOVINDAYA NAMO NAMAHA

KRISHNAYA VASUDEVAYA HARAYE PARAMAATMANE
PRANATHAH KLESHA NAASHAAYA GOVINDAAYA NAMONAMAHA


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Shri Krishnastami is celebrated on Sunday August 17th 2014. Sri Krishnastami or Krishna Jayanthi marks the celebration of the birth of Lord Sri Krishna;the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Lord Sri Krishna was born on the ‘Rohini’ nakshatra on Ashtami; that’s why it is called Krishnastami. In karnataka it is also known as Gokulashtami and Janmashtami. The festival occurs between August and September in our English calendar.

According to our Hindu mythology, Krishna was born to destroy Mathura’s demon King Kamsa, brother of his virtuous mother, Devaki. A celestial voice told Kamsa that he would be killed by the eighth child of Devaki. Alarmed by the message, Kamsa imprisoned Devaki and her husband Vasudeva. Taking no chances, Kamsa went on killing Devaki’s children soon after birth. Lord Krishna was born as the eighth child of Vasudeva at midnight. But at Krishna’s birth, under divine instructions, Vasudeva left the prison unnoticed with the baby. He crossed the mighty river Yamuna which was in spate due to heavy rains. Without any difficulty, he walked across the river protected from rain by the mighty serpent Shesha, and reached Gokul. In Gokul, on the same midnight, a girl named Yogamaya had been born to Yasoda, wife of Nanda a herdsman. The babies were exchanged, and Vasudeva came back to prison with the girl. When Kamsa was told that his sister had given birth to a child, Kamsa attempted kill the child. But the baby who was Goddess Maya, flew off to the heaven, warning Kamsa that Krishna, who would kill him, had already been born and was alive. Eventually, Krishna killed Kamsa, and released his parents from the prison, and brought peace and happiness to the common people.

In our Madhwa tradition, we are supposed to fast on this day, and late during the night; usually midnight we are supposed to give Arghya to Lord krishna. Here is the stotra to be said while giving Arghya to Lord Krishna. While giving the Arghya, hold a coin, a lemon and dried date in your right hand, and using a silver spoon offer 3 times milk and 3 times water to Lord krishna in a silver bowl, and keep repeating the below Stotra as well. Everyone in the household has to give Arghya to the Lord.

Argya Stotra

Arghya Stotra

Arghya Stotra from the Utharadi Matta Panchanga

Arghya Stotra from the Utharadi Matta Panchanga

Krishna Arghya

Jathaha Kamsavadarthaya Bhoobharotharanayacha|
Kouravanam Vinashaya Dhaityanam Nidhanaya Cha ||
Pandavanam Hitharthaya Dharamasamsthapanaya Cha|
GruhanaArghyam Maya Dhatham Devakya Sahitho Hare ||

Chandra Arghya

Kshirodharnava Sambhootha AthiGotraSamudhbhava |
GruhanaArghyam Maya Dhatham Rhohinya Sahitho Shashin ||

Another set from Prasanna.

Krishna Arghya mantra
jatah kamsavadharthay bhubharo harNayacha

kouravaNam vinashaya diatyanam nidhanaya cha
panDavanam hitarthaya dharma sansthapanay cha

grahaNaarghyam mya dattam devikya sahito hare||

chandra arghya
kshirodarNav sambhootham atrigotra samudbhavam
grahaNrghyam mya dattam rohiNya sahitah shashinah||

The food items performed are mostly sweet dishes, fried items and items with Avalakki. All these dishes are performed with extreme madi. If you are not able to do so, here are some useful tips:

1. The most important thing in any festival is the breaking of the coconut and offering it to god, so bring a coconut.

2. Keep also 5 fruits for offering to god, like Banana, Mango, Apple, Orange, Grapes, Plum, Pear and so on..

3. You can make the following dishes which have been mentioned here in the blog which need no cooking at all, add the seasonings after you do the Naivedaya to god.

4. If you don’t mind cooking on the gas stove, here are other recipes you can make as well

5. Bring lots of flowers which are again easily available; roses

6. Offer butter also to the Lord which again is available in all grocery stores.

7. Below are several links which has all the songs in praise of Lord Krishna posted in this blog.

8. Here are some links from dvaita.org as pdf files

9. We also place a silver cradle and keep the Ambegalu Krishna idol in the cradle and rock the cradle while singing the following song:

10. Recite Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya as many times as possible.

11. Little feet of Lord Krishna are drawn as well along with other rangolis.

11. Last but not the least, do as many namaskaras as you can and break the fast.

Once you finish the pooje, surrender yourself to the Almighty Lord by saying the following Stotra.

ಕಾಯೇನ  ವಾಚ ಮನಸೇನದ್ರಿಯಿರ್ವ
ಬುದ್ಧ್ಯತ್ಮನ  ವ  ಪ್ರಕೃತೆ  ಸ್ವಭಾವತ್
ಕರೋಮಿ  ಯದ್ಯಥ್   ಸಕಲಂ  ಪರಸ್ಮೈ
ಶ್ರೀಮಾನ್ ನಾರಾಯಣಯೇತಿ ಸಮರ್ಪಯಾಮಿ

KAYENA VACHA MANASENDRIYAIRVA
BUDDHYATMANA VA PRAKRITE SWABHAVATH
KAROMI YADYAD SAKALAM PARASMAI
SRIMAN NARAYANAYETI SAMARPAYAMI

May Lord Krishna Bless ALL

ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣರ್ಪನಮಸ್ತು

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107 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by SR on August 19, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Meera,
    I love your site. Keep up the good work.

    I would like to get the pooja padhathi for krshna Jayanthi as mp3 or any other audio version if u have it.

    thanks

    Reply

  2. Posted by meeraghu on August 19, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Hi SR,
    Thanks for your comments. No, I do not have any mp3 or audio version. I have plans to do get those in this blog as well; hopefully for next year.

    Reply

  3. Posted by RB on August 19, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Meera

    It would be nice if you could get a mp3 or audio version of teh song jo jo krishna paramananda in your blog..

    Thanks
    RB

    Reply

  4. My parents were searching for the book that had the arghyam stotra, and were amazed when I “found” it for them online! Thanks so much!

    Reply

  5. […] I dug the Krishna arghyam stotra out for them, after they had spent a week searching high and low for the mantra book. Needless to […]

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  6. I had posted a comment earlier, but it seems to have disappeared! Thanks Meera, for posting this – it sure helped!

    Reply

  7. Posted by gaythri on August 20, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Dear Meera,
    I can not thank u enf 4 ur site…Can u please clear the following 4 me:shd the fast begin previous night or in the morning?
    shd it b broken after midnight?
    Thanx again!

    Reply

    • Posted by Jayashree purnaprasad. on August 16, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Adyastitva niraahaara shobhunkte parameshwara II bhoshaami pundareekaksha asmin janmaastami vratha I
      we have to chant this mantra to begin with. Then Arghya with Jaatako & the rest.

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  8. Posted by meeraghu on August 21, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Gaythri,
    We fast in the morning, and is broken after you give the Arghya to Lord Krishna.

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  9. Dear,Friend
    Janmashtami is the joyful celebration of Lord Krishna’s birth. Major

    celebrations of Krishna Janmashtami takes place at midnight as Krishna is

    said to have made his divine appearance in that hour. Fasting, bhajans, pujas

    and many other rituals mark Janmashtami celebrations in India.Krishna

    Janmashtami is observed on the eighth day of the dark half (Krishna Paksha)

    of the month of Shraavana in the Hindu calendar, when the Rohini

    Nakshatram is ascendent.According to the Puranas Krishna was born on the

    8th lunar day (Ashtami) of the waning moon of the month of Smvana at

    midnight, upon the moon’s entrance into Rohini asterism.
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  10. Posted by Sri on August 21, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Hi Meera,

    Thanks for your Article. Its really good. Let Lord Krishna bless you..

    I am confused when to fast this year. Do I need to fast on Aug 23rd whole day and break the fasting in the mid night ? Usually my mother celebrates krishna jayanthi during evening. But Krishna is born during mid night .. Do I need to extend my fasting till midnight of Aug 23rd? Please clarify my doubts.

    Thanks a lot.

    Sri

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  11. Posted by meeraghu on August 21, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Hi Sri,
    Yes, we need to fast the whole day on August 23rd, and yes break the fast after giving Arghya to Lord Krishna which is actually during mid-night.

    In many households, people give Arghya somewhere around 8.30 – 10.00 p.m. in the night, and later break the fast. That’s how my parents do, and same in my in-laws house as well. It depends on how long you can stay up in the night. :)

    Hope I am clear.

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  12. Posted by Sri on August 21, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Yes, its clear now.. Thanks a lot !! Thanks for replying immediately..

    Thanks,
    Sri

    Reply

  13. Posted by baaji on August 22, 2008 at 3:42 am

    thanks a lot

    Reply

  14. Posted by baaji on August 22, 2008 at 3:44 am

    am pleasatly shocked to se all these ..

    do not have any words to express my feelingso

    Reply

  15. Posted by Dany on August 22, 2008 at 5:34 am

    Hi,
    well this may be hard to follow, but has to be done this way..the correct way
    Fast on 23rd Aug , give arghya at Midnight and break the fast next day afternoon after 3:37PM(24 Aug).

    I do agree there are some paddathis of their house, but that could be an exception
    Regards,
    Dany

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  16. Posted by Nandita Rao on August 22, 2008 at 6:38 am

    hi
    this is wonderful – i was looking for this for quite some time.
    however i can;t read kannada script. do you have the script written in hindi or english??
    thanks

    Reply

  17. Posted by meeraghu on August 22, 2008 at 6:47 am

    No Nanditha,
    I don’t have it in Hindi or English. I tried writing it in English like I do for most lyrics, most words are so complicated that it didn’t convey the right meaning, that;s why I removed it.

    Reply

  18. Posted by Nandita Rao on August 22, 2008 at 6:51 am

    oh thats too bad.. thanks for the immediate reply tho – its wonderful to see this here!

    Reply

  19. Posted by kuppibai ranganathan on August 22, 2008 at 7:03 am

    I need Argya Mantra Sanskrit) in Tamil Script—or in English Script . can anybody help me now within 20 minutes. Please

    Reply

  20. Posted by Lakshmi on August 22, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks Meera.
    Typical madhwara maneya paddhati explain maadiddira…..i miss the gokulashtami back home……amma madili ella tinidi maadta iddre naanu raatri arghya kodokke kaayta irtidde..;-)….eega idanu odi naale habba maadokke double khushi…..

    Lakshmi

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  21. Posted by meeraghu on August 22, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Same here Lakshmi. My mom used to cook all the eatables in charcoal stove; agistike, and my father used to sing all the important songs like “Jayathi Thedikam”, “Palayachtha Palayagitha”, and many more which I have posted here. The whole day tomorrow, I will keep remembering what they did and are still doing in Bangalore.

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  23. Posted by Raji on August 22, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Meera
    You are doing an excellent job
    Can you please tell me whether you moderate and group, so that we could subscribe and get useful information from you all the time

    Reply

  24. Krishna Arghya mantra
    jatah kamsavadharthay bhubharo harNayacha

    kouravaNam vinashaya diatyanam nidhanaya cha
    panDavanam hitarthaya dharma sansthapanay cha

    grahaNaarghyam mya dattam devikya sahito hare||

    Excellent blog madam May god bless You.
    sri krishnarpan mastu

    chandra arghya
    kshirodarNav sambhootham atrigotra samudbhavam
    grahaNrghyam mya dattam rohiNya sahitah shashinah||

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  26. Dear,Friend
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  27. Posted by meeraghu on August 23, 2008 at 6:49 am

    Thanks, Prasanna.

    Reply

  28. Posted by meeraghu on August 23, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Hi Raji,
    You can subscribe by using the following URL:

    http://feeds.feedburner.com/KalpavrikshaKamadhenu

    It is also available on the left hand side below pages: called RSS Feed. You can also subscribe to receive emails as well.

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  29. ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಜನ್ಮಾಷ್ಟಮಿ ಪ್ರಯುಕ್ತ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು!!!
    ಅ೦ತ್ರಜಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಅರ್ಗ್ಯ ಹುಡುಕುತ್ತಾ ಇದ್ದವನಿಗೆ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಬ್ಲಾಗಿನ ಕೊ೦ಡಿ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿತು. ಅನುಕೂಲವೂ ಆಯಿತು.
    ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳೊ೦ದಿಗೆ,
    ಕೃಷ್ಣಾರಾಜ

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  30. Posted by Vinod on August 23, 2008 at 8:14 am

    thanks for posting.. i misplaced the book, and found this on the net.. just on time! :) :)

    Reply

  31. Posted by tushar balaramarao pandit on August 23, 2008 at 9:15 am

    thanks but is this the only mantra or is there something else also

    Reply

  32. Posted by meeraghu on August 23, 2008 at 9:25 am

    For giving the Arghya, this is the one and only mantra.

    Reply

  33. Posted by tushar balaramarao pandit on August 23, 2008 at 9:38 am

    thanks so much sir, we had lost the book written by my peers and today my father also told me to ask at any book depot but then in mumbai it is not possible, so i gave a try on the net and lo like a miracle i got the arghyam mantra thank you so very much

    Reply

  34. Posted by meeraghu on August 23, 2008 at 9:44 am

    No problem, Tushar. I had faced a similar problem when I was in Dubai. We didn’t have access to the internet either, so I decided I would create a site where in people would be able to access all the stotras and slokas at one place from across the world. It is still a long way, but I am getting there.

    BTW, it is not Sir, I am Meera.

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  35. Posted by srprao on August 23, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Thank You Meeraraghu. this is one of my favourite festival and we all look forward to eat all the goodies at the end of the fast.Howewver,we see to it that we give arghya but we were unable to find the mantra.Once we got on to your blog,w e got it and we are immensely pleased.

    Thanks,
    Om namo bhagavate vasudevaaya.

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  36. Posted by Sudha Murthy on August 23, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Namskaara Meera,

    We are in Bangalore, and today just before we were to start the puje, we realized that the stothra book is missing! we were frantically searching all the papers, books etc for the argya mantra.

    Thanks to your post, we were able to find the stothra, and the bonus for us was that we found it in kannada! tumba khushi aytu nimma site nodi.

    Have a nice day and God bless!

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  37. Posted by Nandita Rao on August 23, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    the stotra is there and just in time – this is a god send.. literally!
    i think i punched in the wrong mail id by mistake – my apologies.. have rectified it now!
    thanks again
    nandita

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  38. Posted by rekha katte on August 24, 2008 at 3:36 am

    thanks meera, this info was helpful…i did the same three things, cucumber kosambri, avalakki paayasa and benne for naivedya. :)

    Reply

  39. Posted by meeraghu on August 24, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Thanks to all of you who took time to comment. I really appreciate the same. Thanks again.

    Reply

  40. Posted by Dany on August 25, 2008 at 5:22 am

    Nice Photos…Appreciate the enthu to do these things even in US.

    Reply

  41. Posted by meeraghu on August 25, 2008 at 7:13 am

    Thanks, Dany.

    Reply

  42. Posted by Kalavathi Gururao on August 26, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Hi,

    Nice pictures of Krishna Jayanthi. Thanks for the Argya sloka. Could you please post some Arathi mangalam songs – Lakshmi, gowri, krishna, ganesha etc. do you know this song “shakthi sahita ganapatim snaranthi sevitham”……
    you cover so authentic madhva recipies, cultures. it is very interesting.

    good luck.

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  43. Posted by meeraghu on August 26, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Hi kalavathi,
    There are numerous lyrics posted here, please check the lyrics section.

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  44. Posted by Venkatesh Rao on August 28, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Great pics of SriKrishnaJanmashtami. I’d guess that was somewhere in your kitchen. I’ve a setup something similar … ;)

    Please post the recipe for Kadubu and Holige. I’d love to make them on Ganesha Chaturthi.

    Thanks.

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  45. […] is one of the many songs I learnt from my Father. He sings this stotra with so much devotion during Shri Krishna Janmashtami. I can still feel and listen to my Father singing this every year. I am going to record the same […]

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  46. Posted by Neha on October 7, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Hi meera

    Can u please tell me why we do fast on Janmashtami. As it is the celebration day on Lord krishna birthday.
    please reply.

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  47. Posted by meeraghu on October 7, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Good question, Neha. I remember Shri Raghavendra Swamygalu asking us to fast on this day during his last speech(posted in the blog as well). However, I never in all these years thought or asked anyone why we fast. I sure will find out and let you know as well.

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  48. Posted by Archana on July 16, 2009 at 1:41 am

    hi meera,
    thanks once again,i visit ur website everyday.i get information on all the important days from ur site.mainlyabout the important festivals.and thanks for the arghya stotra.keep up the good work.all the best.

    Reply

  49. Posted by Sudaya on August 6, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Hi Meera,

    As mentioned by you that the items for Krishnashtami have to be performed in full madi. But for me its some how difficult to use the other sources, hence I need to use the gas stove only, but we wash the gas stove completely with water the previous night. I am upset that complete Madi cant be done but at the same time we cant give away the items which we prepare. Please clarify

    Hi Sudaya, My Mom does prepare all the items in Madi. I am also not able to perform any dishes on charcoal here in USA. So, as you have rightly said, I clean the gas stove the day before and prepare all the items. Why should you be upset? Being in a foreign country, we try to follow as much as possible. Some things we have to adjust. Hope I am clear. On the other hand, if you don’t want to use gas stove, there are a few dishes I have mentioned in the article which you can prepare.

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    • Posted by Sudaya on August 7, 2009 at 12:40 am

      Thanks a lot Meera. Your words are very encouraging. I have learnt many things from your website, in fact I showed this website to my mother who stays in Hubli she felt very happy that being in USA you follow most of the rituals very well. You website encourages lot of youngsters like to us to do the most. Thanks a lot. I am too young to appreciate but I wish you all the best.

      Most welcome, Sudaya.

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      • Posted by Sudaya on August 10, 2009 at 1:13 am

        Hi Meera,

        Had one query I heard from my mother in law that at my father in law’s side they don’t celebrate Krishna Janamashtami actually I am not clear about it, I didn’t ask my in laws in detail about it. Is it something like the other festivals for e.g Varamahalaxmi vrata which is performed in some houses and some houses its not. Could you please let me know some details

        Thanks
        Sudaya

        Hi Sudaya. I am not an expert in our customs and traditions. However, since Janmasthami is not a vratha, I think you can do the festival. But, this again is my opinion. Please contact a priest and find out.

  50. Posted by Sudaya on August 6, 2009 at 3:03 am

    As mentioned by you that the items for Krishnashtami have to be performed in full madi. But for me its some how difficult to use the other sources, hence I need to use the gas stove only, but we wash the gas stove completely with water the previous night. I am upset that complete Madi cant be done but at the same time we cant give away the items which we prepare. Please clarify

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  51. Posted by johnny on August 7, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Hello. Thank you for this great info! Keep up the good job!

    Thanks.

    Reply

  52. Posted by Sreepada on August 10, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Great work you have did it!!!

    Thanks.

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  53. Posted by Arun on August 11, 2009 at 2:08 am

    Hello SriKrishna is the 9th Avatar and not 8th avatar of Lord Vishnu

    Hello, check all these links:
    1. http://hinduism.about.com/od/godsgoddesses/a/10avatars.htm
    2. http://www.punditravi.com/dasavtar__the_10_incarnations_of.htm
    3. http://www.panchangam.com/dasha.htm

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  54. Posted by gayathri on August 12, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    wow!!! u r doing great job..nice to see all madhva festivals and its procedure ..really no words to express..pls continue ur good work..so that it will be useful for so many people..thanks a lot ..daily i will check ur blog .i learnt so many useful info thro this..thanks for that ..
    regards,
    gayathri,los angeles,ca

    Thanks gayathri.

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  55. Posted by Deepak Pokhrel on August 12, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Jay Shree Krishna………..Happy Krishna Jayanthi

    Same to you Deepak.

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  56. Posted by chandresh on August 13, 2009 at 5:48 am

    dhanyavaad a lot for info;
    today i wanted to know about arghya! & i got it from here.

    om namo bhagavathe vaasudevaaya.

    Glad this blog helped you.

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  57. Posted by Prashanth Nayak on August 13, 2009 at 6:35 am

    dear mam,

    i would appreciate your gud work in this gesture.I would like to bring this point to your notice.. while writing in english you have committed a small mistake,apreciate if you can correct it, so that the persons following your english version will not commit the mistake. you have written “Kamsavadathaya” where as it should be ” Kamsavadarthaya “.it is actually written correctly 2nd time.

    thanks.would like to c more from u on other things as well.

    Thanks.

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  58. Posted by KANCHI SRI VENKATESH on August 13, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Dear Madam,
    Thanks a lot to you and to all those who support you for reminding people like me to continue the pooja tarditions of our madhwa sect.
    I Salute You.
    Rama katha in kannada i have with me as a scanned copy i.e Ashta kashat ondu patna…..
    shall i send so that you can include in your site if u feel deem fit.
    Regards
    venkatesh

    Dear Sir, please post it. You can send it through the Contact Meera tab.

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  59. Posted by RAMESH on August 14, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Ri happy krishnastami

    Same to you Ri.

    Reply

  60. Posted by srinivas rao v on August 14, 2009 at 6:35 am

    happy krishnastmi

    Same to you.

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  61. Posted by Suma on August 14, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Hi Meera…nice posting…really it’s handbook for any puja/song/recipe reference. keep up your good work.

    I just wanted to know about the puja in detail…if you don’t mind please clarify my doubts.

    Arghya is a respectful offering of water is made to the god… Why should we give arghya (water) to krishna & milk arghya to chandra? what’s its significance?

    Suma, no idea. I have to clarify with my father.

    After giving arghya what are we supposed to do with that? where do we leave that? [to the plants?]
    Yes, I put them to the plants today.

    And what abt Dry date, coin & a lemon? what to do with that?

    Date and lemon you can consume. Coin can be used as well.

    And where do we get Lord’s little feets [seen in your photos…I mean where in B’lr?]

    I brought those in Basavangudi, B’lore. There were several stores on the main street.

    Please reply me.

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  62. Posted by suma on August 24, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Hi meera,

    Thanks for the reply :) I shall wait for “arghya” clarification!!! take ur time :)

    Belated Gowri – Ganesha Festival wishes to you & your family

    I shall look forward for the Anantha Chathurdashi posts :)

    Reply

  63. Posted by Deepthi Murthy on September 10, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Meera,

    Must give all credit to you for such a wonderful and informative website.

    Congratulations !!

    Meera, i’ve been searching for the mp3 of Palayachutha Palayajitha and all my attempts so far are in vain.

    Appreciate if you can please share with me, an mp3 of the same.

    I did find one mp3 of the same song , but the raaga is totally different.

    I am looking for a particular one that is sung in Udupi.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Deepthi

    Reply

  64. Posted by Aishwarya on August 27, 2010 at 3:54 am

    hi meera,
    This will be my first gokulastami and i have no clue as to what all needs to be prepared that day. can u plz post the dishes.. i am aware that chide,(sweet and saly) om pudi and thengulo are prepared.. what apart from them??

    Reply

  65. Posted by vasantharao dusthakar on August 29, 2010 at 6:00 am

    sri
    thanks
    thvam swayam krishna premi meera!

    Reply

  66. Posted by Nagashri Heggade on August 30, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Hello Meera,

    Ee article tumba chandavaagi moodi bandide.. Nimma blog heegeye munduvariyali yemba haaraike… :-)

    Dhanyavadagalu,
    Nagashri Heggade.

    Reply

  67. Posted by Archana on August 30, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    hi meera,
    thanks onceagain for the wonderful job ur doing and i should this is also another seva ur offering to god by letting us know our duties at times.the festivals are the most important thing that brings all our family members together and we celebrate with full joy uttering the almighty’s name.thank u so much and keep going with ur work.on this wonderful day of god’s birthday i pray god that he gives you full strength and capacity to continue this work and bless your family with loads of happiness and joy.

    thanks onceagain……………………….

    Reply

  68. Posted by basavaraj t on August 31, 2010 at 12:30 am

    i am very much pleased to know the various good things thtough ur blog. which in a way enriches the
    spiruchial power. thank you.

    Reply

  69. Posted by Gururaj on August 31, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Thanks.
    I was searching for arghya mantra and got complete details.
    Is it possible to post Dashavathara stuti.
    If Mp3 is available, great

    Reply

  70. Posted by Shwethashree on August 31, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Very nice and informative reg Arghya sloka.

    Reply

  71. Posted by Sudha Pradhyumna on September 1, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Dear madam,

    I’am from a smartha family and married to a madhwa guy. For me it is more easy to understand the custom of a madhwa family by going thru your website.

    I’am thankful to you for sharing so many useful information. I’am a regular visitor of your blog.

    Dhanyavadagalu,
    Sudha Pradhyumna

    Reply

  72. Posted by meeraghu on September 1, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Most welcome, Sudha. Glad this blog helped.

    Reply

  73. Posted by Sumanth on September 1, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Its very useful info. I was searching for argya mantra and i got the details.. Have seen other sections also thanks for putting all this info

    Reply

  74. Posted by Somashekara on September 1, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Namaskara,

    I was impressed with much details provided. Keep up your good work.
    I am presently in US and I used to search these type of writings.

    Dhanyavadagalu,
    Somashekara

    Reply

  75. Posted by Sanath on September 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you very much…

    Reply

  76. Posted by Preethi Prasanna on September 2, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Dear Meera Aunty,

    Thank you Very much for the Post. I am a regular follower of your blog. I reside in Dubai. This is my first Krishnashtami after my Wedding. Only because of your blog I am able to follow all our habba’s properly. This blog is very useful for newly married girls like me. Without my mom’s and mom in law’s help i did everything successfully on my own following your blog. Please Keep Posting. Thanks once again.

    Hare Srinivasa !

    Preethi Prasanna

    Reply

  77. Another superb blog Meera! You have put together all the information one may look for in one place. Not a day passes without us visiting your blog site and Udupi Shiroor Mutt site (http://udupishiroormutt.in/shiroor/) where Lord Krishna alankara photos are uploaded everyday and they are a treat to watch.

    I just want to clarify one thing here regarding parane. I checked with the learned people here and
    understand that parane can be taken only in the morning next day. Whatever be the sampradaya, our
    SHASTRAs are supreme and it clearly says that we need to observe complete FAST on
    Gokulashtami day no matter the time Argya is given. It is wrong to consume Upittu or sweets, khara
    without giving neivedya to Goddess Lakshmi devi & Vayu devaru which can be given only after
    devara puje in the morning.

    Our Jagad Guru Acharyaru has also cleary highligted in “Jayanthi Nirnaya” and in “Krishnamruta
    Maharnava” granthas. One should offer Ramaa neivedhya & prana devaru neivedhya before breaking
    the fast. Ramaa & Prana devaru neivedhya can be offered during the day only. Hence after argya in
    the night, we have to continue the fast and after morning devara pooja and rama neivedhya, parane
    needs to be done. Sri V. Prabhanjanacharya has also referred to this in his “Sadachara Vinodha” on
    Sri Krishnajayanthi Vrata.

    Hare Srinivasa!
    Anand

    Reply

  78. Posted by sudha acharya on November 28, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Very nice site. Lots of information given which is followed by us.

    Reply

  79. Informative Site.
    Thank you!

    Reply

  80. Posted by NEHA on August 18, 2011 at 4:51 am

    really u doing work keep it up & keep doing like this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply

  81. Posted by Padma Prasad Kenchem on August 21, 2011 at 4:55 am

    thanks for the argya mantra

    Reply

  82. Posted by pavan kashyap on August 21, 2011 at 7:34 am

    hare Krishna
    this blog is very good…
    and i found the arghya stotram right here and i came to know about some of the new recipes….continue this good work….
    lord Krishna will bless us

    Reply

  83. Posted by sowmya on August 21, 2011 at 9:17 am

    its great keep it up
    blog was superb it gives clear information abut krishna

    Reply

  84. Posted by mahesh on August 21, 2011 at 11:51 am

    thanks for the sloka, we were searching for the sloka book for long, suddenly i thought of google, it was a tremendous gesture on part of you to post the sloka on net, may your tribe grow, incidentally my mothers name is also
    meera

    thanks
    mahesh, chennai

    Reply

  85. Posted by Prasanna on August 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I was looking for Krishna arghya mantra today being in US.. helped complete the pooja.. :o)

    Reply

  86. I HAVE KNOWN NEW THINGS ABOUT THIS FESTIVAL

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  87. A VERY GOOD DESCRIPTION ABOUT THIS FESTIVAL

    Reply

  88. Posted by Sheela Sathyanarayan on August 7, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Thank you for the input… I especially was looking for the shloka…

    Reply

  89. Posted by K Padma Prasad on August 28, 2013 at 8:59 am

    thanks for the sloka, last year i searched for this and i could find it here, this year also i searched for the sloka and surprisingly i could find the same site. i could remember the site because of the photos

    Reply

  90. Posted by Deepthi Ananth on August 12, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Hello Meera,,
    I so loved your writing. Keep up the good work. I am madhwa woman residing in Florida. This is my sons first Krishnashtami and I plan to make it very grandly. However, I remember my mom doing my brothers kaalu hejje in dose batter long back. I plan to do that with my son also, but I don’t know why is that done, what is the story behind it. Would you mind explaining if you knew about it.
    Thank you

    Reply

    • Posted by meeraghu on August 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Hello Deepthi,
      We make kaalu hejje like you see in the rangoli as well. Not out of dose batter, but with rice flour soaked in water and made like a paste or rangoli. It is to show that Lord Krishna( who was born) is coming home.

      Reply

  91. Posted by sushma suresh on August 17, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Hi Meera ..have been following your blog for some time now…thanks a ton..your slokas and acharne, have been helpful to me. Just a query, can we use rice flour for hejje rangoli or should we only use rangoli pudi? Always thought that rice flour was not considered for madi.

    Reply

    • Posted by meeraghu on August 18, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Not sure about Madi. In my house rice is soaked in water, finely ground and than Rangoli is drawn.

      Reply

  92. Posted by Raghu on August 17, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Hi, This site is very useful for Madhwas in particular. Please keep up your good work. My only request if possible would be for use of alternate terminology instead of “Hindu Mythology”.

    Reply

  93. Posted by Raghavendra Purohit on August 18, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Hare Shrinivasa, The information is incredible and helps. Thank you for the post
    -Raghavendra Purohit

    Reply

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