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Updated : Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje – July 26th 2014

Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje, is an important pooje performed by unmarried women and newly married women for 9 years after their marriage. It is performed on the new moon day or amavase in the month of Aashada masa. This year it is on July 26th 2014

This pooje is also called Bheemeshwarana pooje. This pooje is dedicated to God Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Mud models of Shiva and Parvathi in the form of a cone with a flat base are made, kept in the sun to dry and decorated with white dots made out of limestone paste, or sometimes with akki hittu(rice flour) mixed with milk. A thread immersed in turmeric paste, a flower and sometimes turmeric root are tied around the model for Parvathi. After the pooje, usually either the girls Mom or Mother-in-Law ties this thread to the girls wrists.

Those who have brothers, later in the evening worship the hosthilu or threshold of their house. They call it “Bhandara vadiyodu“. The girls brother brakes the bhandara and gives money to his sister.

The story for Bhimana Amavase goes like this:

In a city there was a king called Vajrabahu. He had one and only son called Vijayashekara, who dies suddenly while still young. The king and queen decide to perform his marriage; even though he is dead. But, who would marry a corpse, right? No one comes forward to marry him. A Brahmin couple, named Madhava and his wife Sushila have five daughters and nine sons. They are extremely poor and they decide to marry one of their daughters in marriage to the dead prince; in return they would get lot of money and can use it to feed their family.

This girl is left with her dead husband and than she prays to God Shiva and Goddess Parvathi with great devotion. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi ask her to perform this pooje; since she is in the forest and doesn’t have any money she uses clay or mud and performs the pooje. The dead prince comes back to life. The king, queen and everyone is now happy to see their son come back to life.

Now that you know why and how to do the pooje, tell the significance of this story to your daughter, perform the pooje, tie the thread across her wrist and bless her with all your heart.

Happy Gandana Pooje.

Here below is the step by step procedure to perform Diwasi Gowri pooje as per the book I have now:

1. Clean the place where you are going to perform the pooja, put an elaborate rangoli (ರಂಗವಲ್ಲಿ). Find links to various rangoli (ರಂಗವಲ್ಲಿ) here:

2. Place a wooden plank called Mane(ಮಣೆ).
3. On this Mane, place a silver plate and within the plate, keep the idols of Diwasi Gowri and Managal Gowri( if you are performing Managal Gowri).
4. Also keep 1 dry cocnout (Kobbari Battalu ಕೊಬ್ಬರಿ ಬಟ್ಟಲು) as it is called in Kannada, 10 betel nut (adike ಅಡಿಕೆ), 10 betel leaves (villedele ವಿಳೇದೆಲೆ), 10 rounds of thread ದಾರ.
5. Now, worship the gowri and offer her 10 Kucchida Kadabu (ಕುಚ್ಚಿದ ಕಡಬು).
6. Next, tie 10 knots on the thread immersed in turmeric paste, a flower and sometimes turmeric root. For married ladies, 10 knots and unmarried girls 5 knots, and 5 rounds of thread.
7. Put this on the Gowri idol.
8. Perform Aarthi to Gowri. Offer your prayers, and do namaskaras.
8. Once, you finish all the pooja, usually either the girls Mom or Mother-in-Law ties this thread to the girls wrists or can also put it around her neck.

343rd Aradhana Mahotsava 2014 – Invitation

As many of you already know, the Aradhane of our beloved Rayaru is fast approaching. The details have been posted in an earlier post.

  • 11.08.14    Poorva Aradhana
  • 12.08.14    Madhya Aradhana
  • 13.08.14    Uttara Aradhana

As always, has details about all the dates and extended invitation to one and all.

Below is the link for the invitation.

ಆಷಾಢ ಮಾಸ – Ashada Masa – June 28th – July 26th 2014

ಆಷಾಢ ಮಾಸ or Ashada Masa starts June 28th and ends on July 26th 2014 in Jaya Nama Samvatsara - ಜಯ ನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ
. This entire month is considered inauspicious. Newly wed couple are not allowed to stay in the same house. And in some families I have also seen that Mother-in-Law and Daughter-in-law don’t stay in the same house as well. No idea who or how these beliefs came into existence.

During this month, there are no marriages, upanayanas, or any good deeds performed. However, it is during this month that the Chaturmasa Starts, and the last day of ಆಷಾಢ ಮಾಸ or Ashada Masa is Bhimana Amavasya.More about this festival later in the month.

Some dates in ಆಷಾಢ ಮಾಸ – Ashada Masa:

  • July 7th – Chaturmasa Begins
  • July 8th – Ekadashi
  • July 12th – Poornima – Hunnime
  • July 22nd – Ekadashi
  • July 26th – Amavasya

Stay tuned for our most auspicious month – ಶ್ರಾವಣ ಮಾಸ  or Shravana Masa which starts from July 27th – August 25th 2014.


Amazing Songs Online – Sangeetha Music

Found this amazing web site for those of you who wish to listen to devotional songs online. If you wish, you can buy the songs as well.

You can listen to Kannada Devotional Songs at the below link, there are hundreds of selections.

If you like to listen to Kannada Bhavageethegalu, there is a wide variety there as well.

If you like to listen to Dr.Rajkumar, below is the link.

If you like to listen to Sri Vidyabhushana, below is the link.

Kolu Kolenna Kole Lyrics

Ms. Rajasree asked for the lyrics of Kolu Kolenna Kole. She commented saying “Request to you Meera Please could you upload the lyrics for Kolu Kolanna Kole sung by Mysore Ramachandra ji which gives details of DashaAvtara of Shree Krishna Bhagvan, at the earliest please”.

As you all know, the last few weeks were hectic with too much traveling for work. Now that I am back, I searched for the lyrics and found the same on the website

Attached below is the link on the website for the lyrics in Kannada. It is a PDF file. All credit for the song goes to

And here is the link on youtube for the same song by Mysore Ramachandrachar. Enjoy.

ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎನಬಾರದೆ – Krishna Enabarade Lyrics

I cannot believe I had not posted this amazing song by Shree Purandara Dasaru. Also, with so many lyrics posted it has become hard to track what has been posted and what not. Need a way to organize the songs.

Mr. P.S.Thammanna from Bangalore sent me an amazing list of songs composed by Shree Purandara Dasaru. It is a huge document in Baraha. This is amazing work from him. No way to thank him.


Attached below are the lyrics in Kannada and Baraha English.

ರಾಗ: ಸೌರಾಷ್ಟ್ರ – ಛಾಪು ತಾಳ

    ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎನಬಾರದೆ | ಕೃಷ್ಣನ ನೆನೆದರೆ ಕಷ್ಟ ಒಂದಿಷ್ಟಿಲ್ಲ ||ಪ||

ನರಜನ್ಮ ಬಂದಾಗ ನಾಲಿಗೆ ಇರುವಾಗ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎನಬಾರದೆ ||ಅ|| ಮಲಗೆದ್ದು ಮೈಮುರಿದು ಏಳುತಲೊಮ್ಮೆ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎನಬಾರದೆ ||ನಿತ್ಯ ||

ಸುಳಿದಾಡುತ ಮನೆಯೊಳಗಾದರು ಒಮ್ಮೆ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎನಬಾರದೆ ||೧|| ಮೇರೆ ತಪ್ಪಿ ಮಾತಾಡುವಾಗಲೊಮ್ಮೆ | ಕೃಷ್ಣಎನಬಾರದೆ || ದೊಡ್ಡ ||

ದಾರಿಯ ನಡೆದಾಗ ಭಾರವ ಹೊರುವಾಗ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎನಬಾರದೆ ||೨||

ಗಂಧವ ಪೂಸಿ ತಾಂಬೂಲವ ಮೆಲುವಾಗ | ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎನಬಾರದೆ ತನ್ನ | ಮಂದಗಮನೆ ಕೂಡ ಸರಸವಾಡುತಲೊಮ್ಮೆ ಕೃಷ್ಣಎನಬಾರದೆ ||೩||

ಪರಿಹಾಸ್ಯದ ಮಾತಾಡುತಲೊಮ್ಮೆ | ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎನಬಾರದೆ | ಪರಿ ಪರಿ ಕೆಲಸದೊಳೊಂದು ಕೆಲಸವೆಂದು | ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎನಬಾರದೆ ||೪||

ಕಂದನ ಬಿಗಿದಪ್ಪಿ ಮುದ್ದಾಡುತಲೊಮ್ಮೆ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎನಬಾರದೆ || ಬಹು || ಚಂದುಳ್ಳ ಹಾಸಿಗೆ ಮೇಲೆ ಕುಳಿತೊಮ್ಮೆ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎನಬಾರದೆ ||೫||

ನೀಗದಾಲೋಚನೆ ರೋಗೋಪದ್ರವದಲೊಮ್ಮೆ | ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎನಬಾರದೆ || ಒಳ್ಳೆ ಭೋಗ ಪಡೆದು ಅನುರಾಗದಿಂದಿರುವಾಗ | ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎನಬಾರದೆ ||೬||

ದುರಿತರಾಶಿಗಳನು ತಂದು ಬಿಸುಡಲು ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎನಬಾರದೆ | ಸದಾ || ಗರುಡವಾಹನ ಸಿರಿಪುರಂದರ ವಿಠಲನ್ನೇ | ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎನಬಾರದೆ ||೭||

<b>rAga: saurAShTra – CApu tALa<-b>

kRuShNa enabArade | kRuShNana nenedare kaShTa oMdiShTilla ||pa||

narajanma baMdAga nAlige iruvAga kRuShNa enabArade ||a||

malageddu maimuridu ELutalomme kRuShNa enabArade ||nitya || suLidADuta maneyoLagAdaru omme kRuShNa enabArade ||1||

mEre tappi mAtADuvAgalomme | kRuShNaenabArade || doDDa || dAriya naDedAga bhArava horuvAga kRuShNa enabArade ||2|| gaMdhava pUsi tAMbUlava meluvAga | kRuShNa enabArade tanna | maMdagamane kUDa sarasavADutalomme kRuShNaenabArade ||3|| parihAsyada mAtADutalomme | kRuShNa enabArade | pari pari kelasadoLoMdu kelasaveMdu | kRuShNa enabArade ||4||

kaMdana bigidappi muddADutalomme kRuShNa enabArade || bahu || caMduLLa hAsige mEle kuLitomme kRuShNa enabArade ||5|| nIgadAlOcane rOgOpadravadalomme | kRuShNa enabArade || oLLe bhOga paDedu anurAgadiMdiruvAga | kRuShNa enabArade ||6|| duritarAshigaLanu taMdu bisuDalu kRuShNa enabArade | sadA || garuDavAhana siripuraMdara viThalannE | kRuShNa enabArade ||7||


Attached is the link to listen to the song by Bombay Sisters on youtube.


Some Amazing Links

Please visit the following links to see Amazing pictures of Mantralaya Swamiji and our Beloved Rayaru.

1. Shri Swamiji visit to Bangalore

2. Sri Vadeendra Teerthara Aradhana Celebration

3. Pejawar Mutt Swamiji visit


Finally Home Sweet Home

It was amazing to come home after a very hectic and tiring week. To see all the flowers which had bloomed made me realize how much I miss my home. Traveling extensively takes it toll, and when I saw these Roses in their full bloom, my heart filled with joy. All these Roses taken care by none other than my Husband. And many of these Roses make their way to the Prayer room everyday.

I have told you right, our Beloved Rayaru loves Roses. So, a Rose a day to our Rayaru, keeps you in good spirits.  Enjoy. You will see many posts regularly now.



ಕಾಯೋ ಶ್ರೀ ನಾರಸಿಂಹ ಕಾಯೋ – kayo Sree Narasimha Lyrics


ಕಾಯೋ ಶ್ರೀ ನಾರಸಿಂಹ ಕಾಯೋ ||ಪ||

ಕಾಯೋ ಶ್ರೀ ನಾರಸಿಂಹ ತ್ರಿಯಂಬಕಾದ್ಯಮರೇಶ

ಭಯ ಅಂಧ ತಿಮಿರ ಮಾರ್ತಾಂಡ ಶ್ರೀ ನಾರಸಿಂಹ ||ಅ ಪ||

ಘೋರ ಅಕಾಲಮೃತ್ಯು ಮೀರಿಬರಲು ಕಂಡು

ಧೀರ ನೀ ಬಿಡಿಸದಿನ್ಯಾರೊ ಶ್ರೀ ನಾರಸಿಂಹ ||೧||

ಭೀಷಣನೆ ಸುಭದ್ರ ದೋಷ ಮೃತ್ಯುಗೆ ಮೃತ್ಯು

ಸುಷುಮ್ನಾನಾಡಿಸ್ಥಿತವಿಭುವೆ ಶ್ರೀ ನಾರಸಿಂಹ ||೨||

ಜ್ಞಾನರಹಿತನಾಗಿ ನಾ ನಿನ್ನ ಮರೆತರೆ

ನೀನೂ ಮರೆತದ್ಯಾಕೆ ಪೇಳೊ ಶ್ರೀ ನಾರಸಿಂಹ ||೩||

ಪ್ರಬಲೋತ್ತಮನೆನಿಸಿ ಅಬಲರ ಕಾಯದಿರೆ

ಸಬಲರು ಕಂಡು ಮೆಚ್ಚುವರೆ ಶ್ರೀ ನಾರಸಿಂಹ ||೪||

ಪಾಲಮುನ್ನೀರಾಗರ ಪದುಮೆ ಮನೋಹರ

ಗೋಪಾಲವಿಠಲ ಜಗತ್ಪಾಲ ಶ್ರೀ ನಾರಸಿಂಹ ||೫||

kaayO shrI naarasiMha kaayO ||pa||

kaayO shrI naarasiMha triyaMbakaadyamarEsha

bhaya aMdha timira maartaaMDa shrI naarasiMha ||a pa||

ghOra akaalamRutyu mIribaralu kaMDu
dhIra nI biDisadinyaaro shrI naarasiMha ||1||

bhIShaNane subhadra dOSha mRutyuge mRutyu
suShumnaanaaDisthitavibhuve shrI naarasiMha ||2||

j~jaanarahitanaagi naa ninna maretare
nInU maretadyaake pELo shrI naarasiMha ||3||

prabalOttamanenisi abalara kaayadire
sabalaru kaMDu meccuvare shrI naarasiMha ||4||

paalamunnIraagara padume manOhara
gOpaalaviThala jagatpaala shrI naarasiMha ||5||

Listen to the song here on youtube sung by my Mom.

Update: Sree Narasimha Jayanthi – May 13th 2014

Narasimha Jayanthi celebrated on May 13th 2014


This day signifies the appearance of Lord Narasimha on the planet. Lord Narasimha is the fourth and the greatest incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is believed to have appeared to protect his devotee, Prahlada, from his father Hiranyakashyapu .

If you listen to the song ” Narashima Nembo davana” posted on youtube, there is a paragraph which explains how Lord Narashima came from the pillar. Hiranyakashyapu pointed out at a pillar in his palace and asked Prahalada whether Lord Vishnu was present in it pillar. Prahalada who was a great devotee said yes. Next, you know Hiranyakashyapu uses his Gadha and broke open the pillar and there emerged our Lord Narasimha who than slained  Hiranyakashyapu using his sharp paws.

The day signifies the triumph of good over evil and the eagerness of the lord to protect his devotees from evil.

When my Parents visited us last year, my Father recited the “Bhagavatha Purana” for three weeks at my place. The way my Dad explained this part of the Purana, brings tears to my eyes every time I listen “Narashima Nembo Devana”. The greatest mistake I made was to not record the purana. Hopefully will record the next time my Father visits us.

Here is the link for the song Narashima Nembo Devana on Lord Shri Lakshmi Narashima

Here is the link for Kayo Shree Narasimha.

About Narasimha Jayanthi: Ms. Lakshmi’s write up summary from the book  “ಭಾರತೀಯ  ಹಬ್ಬ  ಹರಿದಿನಗಳು” by ಶ್ರೀ ಶ್ರೀ ರಂಗಪ್ರಿಯ ಮಹಾದೇಷಿಕ ಸ್ವಾಮಿಗಳು.

“The pillar in evil Hiranyakashipu’s royal court, signifies the ṃērusthambha, the central backbone system. Through the central nervous system called ṣuśumna, the brilliant light emanated. The energy associated came out  in its full fierce glory  as Narasimha and later transformed into the peaceful form after the destruction of evil force.”

When is Narasimha Jayanthi celebrated?
Narasimha Jayanthi is one of the important festivals of Vaiśnavas. It is
celebrated in the vaiśāka māsam,on ṣukla pakśa chaturdaśi, after akśhaya thrithēya, svāti nakśatra, siddha Yōga, vanija karanam. The date is  determined according to chāndramāna system. Since the inception of this avatāram is in the evening, the worship is done in the evening. It is considered to be more auspicious if this day coincides with sōmavasarē, Monday or ṣanivasarē, Saturday.  It is a sacred day to remember Lord Narasimha’s  sarva vyāpakatva- all pervading – spiritual knowledge,
wealth, strength, valor, splendor, and compassion toward His devotees.

Which are the major manifestations of Lord Narasimha?

There are three major forms of Lord Narasimha.

1. Ugra-Narasimha – His fierce form: In this form He has conch – ṣanka, discus – chakra, mace – gada, bow – chāpa, bells – ghanta-, trident like – ankuśa, and his two hands ready to chisel the demon heart, as His āyudhams – weapons. This form is  worshipped in the evenings.
2. Lakshmi Narasimha: In this form he is very peaceful – ṣanta – with His consort – Sri Lakshmi sitting on his left lap, with ādiseṣa on his head as umbrella, and Prahallāda standing in his front praying with his folded hands.  This manifestation is followed after his fierce form– as a result, he is worshipped in the morning.
3. Yoga Narasimha – meditative: Here, He is in his Meditative form for those who aspire for results of Yoga.

What are the various ways of experiencing Lord Narasimha?

Sāligrāma – sacred stone that pervades the presence of the deity
Narasimha mantra – sacred chant
Idol worshipping
Fire – agni – by performing homam.
Reading scriptures such as the Upaniśad and ṣruthi – sacred knowledge orally transmitted by the Brahmans from generation to generation.

What are the items are offered to Lord Narasimha?

There following items are offered to Lord Narasimha:

- Incense, lamplight, flowers and ṣrigandha or perfume.-
tuḻasi or Holy Basil — Since he has the element of both viśnu and rudra-
kamalam – Lotus,
bilva daḻam – leaves of stone apple,
japākusumam- red hibiscus can be offered to the Lord.

What kinds of  food can be offered to Lord Narasimha?

Athirasa – fried cake made with jaggery and rice flour.
Pāyasa – milk puddings made out of any of moong dal, channa dal, and – - – Pānaka – typically made with jaggery water and pepper, or fruit juice like lemonade.
Any sātvik food can be offered with great devotion by chanting the Narasimha Mantra. sātvik  food is that food creates an internal calmness and balance, when one consumes it.

The lord graciously accepts devotees’ service and reverence.  All worship should be followed by distribution of Prasāda  or food offered to God.

How do we worship Lord Narasimha?

Lord Narasimha can be worshipped in two ways.  The first is detailed below:
Along with firm faith, worship of Narasimha is associated with rigid criteria.
This is explained in detail below
1. ācharana ṣuddhi – Requires strict adherence to performance.
2. Cleanliness of ḍravya- physical things like utensils, lamps, ingredients.
3. Inner sanctity of five senses – body, intellect, mind, place, and act of worship
4. Chastity of Mind, speech and deeds unification, compassion, calmness of virtuous soul within. These are to prevent any glitches that might distract the mind while doing the worship.
5. Taking bath and starting with daily routine worship followed by pūja sankalpa-declaration to do worship, and completion without break with little or no food intake till then.
6. Bodily calmness in turn calms the mind. This helps to open up the channel that leads to internal visualization and realization of Narasimha.
These are things that keep body, mind and intellect in balance to further the pursuit of (worship til)attaining perfection.
7. Those who seek Salvation, do fasting till worship is over in the evening.Those who seek all types of desire fulfillment  do fasting till the next day morning worship and  follow with chanting of Narasimha mantra.
8. To do further,  people could do hōma – oblation and read “Nrsimhatāpini ” upaniśad.
9. An idol of Narasimha can be donated to someone who has great respect and potential to worship the idol.

The second means of worship is detailed for those who find it difficult to adhere to the above strict rules, can do the following steps

1. ḍhyāna or  meditation – along with imagining the worship of Narasimha with the above said flowers etc.
2. Acts of mind and soul offered to God is also oblation. This is equivalent to hōmam.
3.Various purifying actions performed during puja
a. snānha – ablution, pāna – intake of water and food offered to God
b. pādya – chant with clean and clear heart and intellect
c. arghya – water offered with respect from the river of faith
d. āchamana – water used for sipping same river
e. abhiśeka – for the lord
f.  Mind filled with the flow of thoughts of God from the river of faith,
ṣraddha – as the water for cleansing.
4. ātma – Offer sacred soul which is inside the body.
5. bow and perform salutation with state of equanimity
6. ṣaranāgati– self surrender to the Lord

With pure mind and internal contemplation there is no need for external rituals to be performed. Pāramārthika or worship of realizing supreme alone with internal purity surpasses all other forms of worship. That is, true worship with internal purity is more powerful than the external rituals.

As part of worship, singing, listening to discourse is recommended at the end of the worship.

What is the power of worshipping Lord Narasimha?

Lord Narasimha destroys sins, grants virtues, grants moral religious merits, grants objects of human pursuit – Puruśhartha. The lord grants ultimate peace, knowledge, and joy. He fulfills wishes for the seekers of the worldly desires.

Insight about this incarnation of ṣri mahāviśnu:
The brilliant form of Narasimha is described as comprising of three entities.  1. Brahma from feet to naval, 2. Vishnu–naval to neck  3. Rudra–neck unto head., From there onwards– it is  the supreme Godhead,  Parabrahma.
Narasimha is personification of truth–perceived and experienced by those who are in the state of union with divine, and that, which is beyond senses – Yoga Samādhi.

The brilliant form of Narasimha is also considered and viewed as an internal phenomenon.

” ōm namō bhagavatē narasimhāya namas tējas-tējasē āvir-āvirbhava vajra-nakha vajra-damśtra karmāsayān randhaya randhaya tamō grasa grasa ōm svaha; abhayam abhayam ātmani bhūyistha ōm ksraum “
-Stanza from Srimad Bhāgavatam


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