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4 Million(40 Lakh) Visitors to Kalpavriksha Kamadhenu – Thank You


May our beloved Rayaru whose Birthday we are celebrating today bless all the 4 Million visitors.


It is with great joy that I am writing this post to inform all of the visitors that this blog has exceeded 4 Million (40 Lakh) visitors.

There are many visitors who are not just visitors, but regular contributors. Thanks to each and every one who contribute regularly to this blog. Also, there are many who regularly comment and bring a smile to my face. And I do thank many of you who write to me personally, and many who don’t comment.

The blog has more than 811 posts with several thousand comments. I am amazed by the wonderful emails I receive from many who are regular visitors. It brings a great sense of satisfaction that I have been able to influence and be a great role model for many of you. Thanks for letting me know that as well. What started as a hobby has become an obsession now. I am really happy that I am able to contribute something useful to our community.

Once again, four million thanks to all the contributors, and to all those who visit and comment, and also to those who visit and don’t comment.

Updated: Maha Shivaratri – 27th Feb 2014


Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on Thursday Feb 27th 2014. It is mandatory to visit the temple and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva during this day. In many customs they do fast on this day, but in our Madhwa tradition it is a festival and we do not fast. I remember visiting the Shiva Temple at Vijaya College in Bijapur which had 1001 Lingas along with my parents every year.

Attached below are prayers to say for Lord Shiva and seek his blessings.

Vandhe Sambhum Umaapathim Suragurum
Vandhe Jagath Kaaranam
Vandhe Pannaga Bhooshanam Mrigadharam
Vandhe Pasoonaam Pathim
Vandhe Soorya Sasaanga Vahnni Nayanam
Vandhe Mukundha Priyam
Vandhe Baktha Janaasryam Cha
Varadham Vandhe Sivam Sankaram


I bow to Sambu the Lord of Uma and the teacher of the Devas. I bow to the Lord Who is the root cause of the entire world. I bow to the Lord, Who has the serpent as His ornament, Who carries a deer. I bow to the Lord of all beings. I bow to the Lord Who has the Sun, the Moon and the Fire as His three eyes. I bow to Him Who is fond of Mukundha. I bow to Him, Who is the refuge of all devotees and Who grants boons to them. I bow to Siva, the creator of all auspicious things.

This blog has lyrics for several songs on Lord Shiva. Check the links below

Update: Madhvacharya’s Lineage “GURU CHARITE”

Madhvacharya’s Lineage  “GURU CHARITE”  is written by Dr. H.K Vedavyasacharya I was sent the pdf of this document by Mr. Shivprasad Dinkar.  Thanks so much for providing such a great document.

During my travel to India, I read this document several times. It has detailed information about all the great saints from our Acharaya Sri Madhvacharya, to our beloved Guru Sri Raghavendra Swamy and also other saints like Sri Vadeendra Thertharu, Sri Sushameendra Theertharu to the current Guru of Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt.

I had tears rolling my eyes while reading through the miracles of Sri Raghavendra Swamy, and also the places he visited.

This is a treasure document if you want to learn and know more about all the great saints/Gurus. The document also has songs and slokas, books written by these saints and the places they visited.

All credit of this document goes to the author Dr. H.K Vedavyasacharya and SRS MUTT. I am just providing the pdf to help people know about the great Gurus.

Below is the link to download the document.

Madhvacharya’s Lineage

Sree Raghvendra Swamy Face Impression on a Wall

As I was talking to my Mom on phone today, she mentioned about a miracle which was happening in Sree Kalyani Rayara Mutta in Bangalore. We are very familiar with Sree Kalyani Rayara Mutta since this was where we performed all the rituals of our Late Mother-in-law.

Mom said an impression of our Rayaru’s face was coming up on the wall in the temple. Mom also mentioned it was mentioned in the VijayaVani news paper. I searched online and found the article on VijayaVani e-paper. Mom gave me all the details which helped me in searching the article online.

Attached below is a clipping of the article from the newspaper. If you are in Bangalore, please visit the temple and get the blessings of our beloved Rayaru.


The link to the Saturday’s version of the newspaper is also attached below.

Abburu Pictures

Mr. Sudheendra Khedkar  visited Abburu to see Shri Brahmanya Theerthara Vrindavan.  He wanted to share few photos of the same and also the Shri Brahmanya Theerthar Gururgja Pancha Rathna Malika Stothra for our blog viewers.

I have visited Abburu with my family and my Parents during our 2007 visit to India.

To learn more about Shri Brahmanya Theertharu please visit:

Attached below are the pictures from Abburu which is in Channapatna, Karnataka.




Temples In and Around Bangalore

During my visit to India in October, I visited many temples. Attached below are some pictures of the same.

Uttaradi Mutt visit on 10/10/2013 evening in Basavanagudi. The mutta is undergoing major construction. It has a new Idol of Lord Narashima installed. You can also see the brindavana of Sree Raghotama Theertharu and Sree Jayatheertharu.

I asked all the Priests if I could take pictures and only when I received a YES, did I take pictures. I also visited Bhanashankari Temple, but was not allowed to take pictures. Same with Mulbagal, so just the outside temple is posted.


Next, we visited Sree Vyasarayara Mutta, Basavanagudi. This is where we performed the 80th birthday celebration of my Father.



On the same day, we visited NR Colony Sree Raghavendra Swamy temple. It was Thursday evening, and they were performing the evening Rathotsava Pooja.


We also visited 5th Block Sree Raghavendra Swamy Temple. This is the temple I visited everyday while I was staying in Bangalore.


On October 13th Vijaya Dashami day, was my parents wedding anniversary. We had given for Panchamrita Abhisheka for Lord Venkateshwara in LIC Colony temple. Below are some pictures of the same.


LICColony2 LICColony3 LICColony4

On October 22nd, I visited Sree Khamadhenu Kshetra. I have several pictures posted in an earlier post. I also visited a place called KhambhaSandra, where there is a temple of Lord Narashima. Lord Narashima in a Khamabha or Pole, that’s why the name KhambhaSandra.


On October 23rd, we visited Mulabhagal. Like I said, I was not allowed to take any pictures inside. So, just the outside temple.


On October 24th, we visited the temples near 4th T block. There are three temples here in the play ground. Goddess Chandrala Parameshwari, Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha.



My Father performs Saligrama Pooje everyday. I miss taking Thirtha and Phala Mantrakshathe from him everyday. After receiving the Thirtha, I used to do Namaskara to him. How I wish I could be close to my Parents.




Tulasi Damodara Lagna at Mantralayam

Some amazing pictures of Tulasi Damodara Lagna at Mantralayam. Please take a look at the link below:

Prabhodotsava at Mantralayam – 2013

Also, the pictures posted on Karteeka Deepotsava at Mantralayam is just amazing.

Karteeka Deepotsava at Mantralayam

ಸ್ಮರಿಸೊ ಸರ್ವದ ಹರಿಯ – Smariso Sarvada Hariya lyrics

Composer: Sri Puranadaradasa

Singer: R.K. Srikanthan

Contributed : Ms.Bhavana Damle

ಸ್ಮರಿಸೊ ಸರ್ವದ ಹರಿಯ ||
ಸುರವರ ದೊರೆಯ ಕರುಣಾನಿಧಿಯ ||

ಮುನಿಜನ ವಂದ್ಯನ ಮನಸಿಜನಯ್ಯನ
ಮನದಲಿ ಅನುದಿನ ನೆನೆಯೊ ಹರಿಯ ||೧||

ವರಗುಣಪೂರ್ಣನ ಸರಸಿಜನೇತ್ರನ
ಪರವಾಸುದೇವನ ಪ್ರಾಣನ ಪ್ರಿಯನ ||೨||

ವೆಂಕಟರಮಣನ ಸಂಕಟಹರಣನ
ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀರಮಣನ ಪುರಂದರವಿಠಲನ ||೩||

smariso sarvada hariya ||
suravara doreya karuNAnidhiya ||

munijana vaMdyana manasijanayyana
manadali anudina neneyo hariya ||1||

varaguNapUrNana sarasijanEtrana
paravAsudEvana prANana priyana ||2||

veMkaTaramaNana saMkaTaharaNana
lakShmIramaNana puraMdaraviThalana ||3||

Youtube link:

Updated : Devaranama On Tulasi

This song is written by Sree Purandara Dasaru, and is in Kalyani Raaga   and Adi tala. The lyrics were provided to me by my Aunt, Ms. Lalitha. She said my great great grandfather used to ask her to sing this song during Tulasi Habba. Thanks Aunty for this wonderful song. And thanks Bhavana for the updated lyrics.

Attached below are the updated lyrics in Kannada and English provided by Ms.Bhavana Damle.

ಒಲ್ಲನೋ ಹರಿ ಕೊಳ್ಳನೋ
ಎಲ್ಲ ಸಾಧನವಿದ್ದು ತುಳಸಿ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಪೂಜೆ ||ಪ.||

ಸಿಂಧು ಶತಕೋಟಿ ಗಂಗೋದಕವಿದ್ದು
ಗಂಧವು ಪರಿಮಳ ವಸ್ತ್ರವಿದ್ದು
ಚಂದುಳ್ಳ ಆಭರಣ ಧೂಪದೀಪಗಳಿದ್ದು
ಬೃಂದಾವನ ಶ್ರೀ ತುಳಸಿ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಪೂಜೆ ||೧||

ದಧಿ ಕ್ಷೀರ ಮೊದಲಾದ ಅಭಿಷೇಕಗಳಿದ್ದು
ಮಧುಪರ್ಕ ಪಂಚೋಪಚಾರವಿದ್ದು
ಮುದದಿಂದ ಮುದ್ದು ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣನ ಪೂಜೆಗೆ
ಸದಮಲಳಾದ ಶ್ರೀ ತುಳಸಿ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಪೂಜೆ ||೨||

ಮಂತ್ರ ಮಹಾಮಂತ್ರ ಪುರುಷಸೂಕ್ತಗಳಿದ್ದು
ತಂತು ತಪ್ಪದೆ ತಂತ್ರ ಸಾರವಿದ್ದು
ಸಂತತ ನಿಜಸಂಪೂರ್ಣನ ಪೂಜೆಗೆ
ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಪ್ರಿಯಳಾದ ತುಳಸಿ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಪೂಜೆ ||೩||

ಕಮಲ ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಜಾಜಿ ಸಂಪಿಗೆ ಕೇದಿಗೆ
ವಿಮಲ ಘಂಟೆ ಪಂಚವಾದ್ಯಗಳಿದ್ದು
ಅಮಲ ಪಂಚಭಕ್ಷ್ಯ ಪರಮಾನ್ನಗಳಿದ್ದು
ಕಮಲನಾಭನು ಶ್ರೀ ತುಳಸಿ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಪೂಜೆ ||೪||

ಪೂಜೆಯ ಮಾಡದೆ ತುಳಸಿ ಮಂಜರಿಯಿಂದ
ಮೂಜಗದೊಡೆಯ ಮುರಾರಿಯನು
ರಾಜಾಧಿರಾಜನೆಂಬ ಮಂತ್ರವೃಷ್ಟಿಗಳಿಂದ
ಪೂಜಿಸಿದರೂ ಒಲ್ಲ ಪುರಂದರವಿಠಲನು ||೫||

ollanO hari koLLanO
ella sAdhanaviddu tuLasi illada pUje ||pa.||

siMdhu shatakOTi gaMgOdakaviddu
gaMdhavu parimaLa vastraviddu
chaMduLLa AbharaNa dhUpadIpagaLiddu
bRuMdAvana shrI tuLasi illada pUje ||1||

dadhi kShIra modalAda abhiShEkagaLiddu
madhuparka paMchOpachAraviddu
mudadiMda muddu shrI kRuShNana pUjege
sadamalaLAda shrI tuLasi illada pUje ||2||

maMtra mahAmaMtra puruShasUktagaLiddu
taMtu tappade taMtra sAraviddu
saMtata nijasaMpUrNana pUjege
atyaMta priyaLAda tuLasi illada pUje ||3||

kamala mallige jAji saMpige kEdige
vimala ghaMTe paMchavAdyagaLiddu
amala paMchabhakShya paramAnnagaLiddu
kamalanAbhanu shrI tuLasi illada pUje ||4||

pUjeya mADade tuLasi maMjariyiMda
mUjagadoDeya murAriyanu
rAjAdhirAjaneMba maMtravRuShTigaLiMda
pUjisidarU olla puraMdaraviThalanu ||5||

Listen to the song on youtube here:

Note: My Aunt Ms. Lalitha has provided this link where you can buy Tulasi plant. Thanks Aunty.

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Updated:ತುಲಸೀ ಹಬ್ಬವಿವಾಹ ಉತ್ವಾನ ದ್ವಾದಶಿ – Uthwana Dwadashi/Tulasi Habba – November 14th 2013



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 madhwa homes, you find a Tulasi plant growing out of a Tulasi katte . Tulasi is considered to be a holy plant and is worshipped every morning in Madhwa families. 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.


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


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