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48 Days Historic Yagna Mahotsava @ Kamadenu Kshethra

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This time during my visit to Bangalore, I had the opportunity once again to visit the very famous Kamadenu Kshethra. My parents, husband, brother-in-law Ramesh and his wife Vasanthi (related to the founder of Kamadenu Kshethra) and their daughter Arpitha accompanied me. I was personally asked to visit Kamadenu Kshethra by the Founder Sree. Gurusesh Guru.

The founder Sree. Gurusesh Guru has sent me some details about the upcoming 48 Days Historic Yagna Mahotsava @ Kamadenu Kshethra being conducted from 5.6.2014 – 27.7.2014. Please visit Kamadenu Kshethra and get the blessings of our beloved Rayaru.

Attached below are the brochure for the program details in Kannada and English.

The Devotees can also contribute their donations for SEVAS through fund transfer to the below mentioned account

Bank Name INDIAN OVERSEAS BANK

Branch Sunkadakatte

Branch Code 2309

Name of the Account SRI GURURAGHAVENDRA SEVASHRAMA (R)

IFS Code IOBA0002309

Account no 230901000001200

Chandra Grahana – ( Lunar Eclipse) – April 14th 2014

An email received by my Husband for the upcoming Eclipse from Sri Krishna Vrundavana Toronto. All credit goes to the temple, I am just quoting the email as is.

Dear Devotees,

The most auspicious ‘ ChandraGrahana’ ( Lunar Eclipse) will take place on this Monday, April 14th at mid-night.

Lunar eclipse on midnight of Monday, April 14th (AM of April 15th)


Eclipse Information

Time Zone

Sparsha ( Begins) Madhya ( Greatest) Moksha (Ends)

Eastern

01:58 AM 03:45 AM 05:33 AM

Central

12:58 AM 03:45 AM 04:33 AM

Pacific

10:58 PM 12:45 AM 02:33 AM

Mountain

10:58 PM 12:45 AM 02:33 AM

Sydney, Australia

    Begins at moon Rise – 6:28 PM 08:33 PM

Not visible in India, UK, Europe, Gulf Counties …………..

 

  • This Lunar eclipse is called as most auspicious (ChudamaniGrahana) as it’s occurs on a Monday.
  • The eclipse time is called as ‘ Punya Kala’ ( most sacred time)

 

What to do (As per our ancient scriptures)

  • Snaana (Bath) is suggested for all, after the beginning (01:58am EST) and after the end (05:33am EST) of this Chandra GrahaNa. 
  • Fasting is insisted by our scriptures for ‘this eclipse’ starting from 8:00pmEST.
  • Small kids, sick and very seniors – from 10:30pm
  • Fasting has to be continued until the completion of morning prayers on April 15th
  • Any  ‘daana’ or ‘Punya – Karma’ done with full faith in this period yields immense ‘Phala’ 
  • We may keep the ‘Daana’ article/ money in front of God at our home and donate the same to a priest or Temple later at our convenience.
  • ‘Eclipse time’ is considered as most ‘fruitful’ time for any Japa, Parayana and Tarpana.
  • We have to wash the clothes, etc touched/used through the ellipse. (wash- at the end of this eclipse but before the Snaana )
  • Due to this eclipse, Monday April 14th is not considered as a good day to have any event.
  • PoornimaSathyanarayana has to be performed on previous day or next day.
  • Solar Yugadi ( Vishu – Tulu, and Malayalam) has to be observed on Tuesday, April 15th

Not to do

  • Do not keep any food (except milk / yogurt) through the ellipse.
  • Do not sleep, eat, drink, and use restrooms during the eclipse. (Excluding babies, very sick…..) 

 

GrahaNaDosha (astrological effect of the eclipse)

  • This eclipse will take place in ‘ChitraNakshatra’ – ‘KanyaRashi’
  • It will also affect following Rashi-s :Simha, Kanya, Dhanu and Mesha.
  • People who born in above rashi-s and lives in eclipse visible area are required to do remedies.
  • GrahanaDosha is just indicating the ‘karma’ of our previous lives and insisting us to do more Punya to avoid its negative effect.  So no fear. 
  • Let’s take this opportunity to do more Sat-karma , please Almighty and  be happy J

DoshaParihaara (Remedies) (During or after (any day) the Grahana)

  • Chanting  Vishnu SahasraNama , Rudra and Vayustuti
  • Chanting   the Prayers on Narasimha, Shiva,  Ganesha and Navagraha
  • Daana of Rice or Sesame oil or Horse gram to a Vedic priest
  • Rudraabhisheka , Navagraha / MrutyunjayaHoma
  • Shiva Panchakshari / Narasimha Mantra Japa

For more details please contact temple via email or the phone numbers listed below.

In the service of the Lord and His Holiness,
Shankar Narayana Bhat(Priest)
781 Warden avenue, Scarborough, 
ON, M1L 4C2 Canada
Phone:(905) 487-6137 / (416) 548-4138
Cell: (289) 500-7292
Web: http://www.srikrishnabrundavana.org/
Email: info@srikrishnabrundavana.org

ಬೇವು – ಬೆಲ್ಲ -Neem Flowers and Jaggery

Happy Ugadi – ಯುಗಾದಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಹಾರ್ದಿಕ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು

An email I received from Ms. Bhavana Damle shows how ಬೇವು – ಬೆಲ್ಲ -Neem flowers and Jaggery are used during the Ugadi festival.

Bevu - Bella

ಮರೀಚಿ ಹಿಂಗ ಲವಣ ಅಜಮೋದಿಕ ಶರ್ಕರ |
ತಿಂತ್ರಿಣೀ ಮೇಲನಂ ಕೃತ್ವಾ ಭಕ್ಷಯೇತ್ ರೋಗನಾಶನಂ ||
marIchi hiMga lavaNa ajamOdika sharkara |
tiMtriNI mElanaM kRutvA bhakShayEt rOganAshanaM ||

marIchi= black pepper = ಕರಿ ಮೆಣಸು
hiMga = Asafoetida = ಇಂಗು
lavaNa = Salt = ಉಪ್ಪು
ajamOdika = ajwain seeds = ಓಮ ಕಾಳು
sharkara = sugar = ಸಕ್ಕರೆ
tiMtriNI = Tamarind = ಹುಣಸೆ

Bhavana Says:

Dear Meera,
We prepare bevu – bella on Ugadi mixing above items with tender neem leaves. But we add jaggery instead of sugar.We crush them together and eat on this auspicious day. This is very tasty also.

Ugadi – Jaya Nama Samvatsara(ಜಯ ನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ) – March 31st 2014

The new year for all Hindus starts from March 31st 2014. This year it is Jaya Nama Samvatsara(ಜಯ ನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ).

Panchangas for Uttaradi Math is available online. I have downloaded the Sanskrit one already. A hard copy was also given to me by my Dad when I visited India last week.

Free Uttaradi Math Calendar 2014-2015 in PDF available here:

P.S: Thanks a million to the webmaster at Uttaradi Math for these downloads. It greatly helps each and every one in following our customs and traditions.

During Ugadi, the leaves of neem also called Bevu ಬೇವು is mixed with jaggery called Bella ಬೆಲ್ಲ; and is distributed on the occasion. Neem, which is extremely bitter in taste( Kahi) , and jaggery which is sweet and delicious, signify the two different aspects of human life – joy and sorrow.

Authentic Madhwa Recipes page posted on the right hand side has several recipes you can prepare:

P.S: As always no food is prepared with onion or garlic.
You can find some amazingly good greetings in Kannada, at the following link

And here is the lyrics for the famous song by Shri Bendre, which we used to hear on major radio channels, Yuga Yugadi Kaledaru:

yuga yugAdi kaLedarU yugAdi maraLi barutide
hosa varushake hosa harushava hosatu hosatu tarutide

honge hUva tongalalli bhrungada sangIta kEli matte kELabarutide
bEvina kahi bALinalli hUvina nasugampu sUsi jIvakaLeya tarutide

varushakondu hosatu janma harushakondu hosatu neleyu akhila jIvajAtake
onde ondu janmadali onde bAlya onde haraya namagadashTE EtakO

niddegomme nitya maraNa edda sala navIna janana namage Eke

bAradOelE sanatkumAradEva elE sAhasi chiranjIva ninage lIle sEradO

yuga yugAdi kaLedarU yugAdi maraLi barutide
hosa varushake hosa harushava hosatu hosatu tarutide nammanashTe maretide

You can of course listen to a preview of this song sung by S.Janaki at the following links here:

Watch on Youtube here.

Updated: Maha Shivaratri – 27th Feb 2014

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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

Meaning:

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

Free Uttaradi Math Calendar 2014-2015 in PDF

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For those of you who wish to use the PDF format of the Uttaradi Math Calendar 2014-2015, the downloads are available from Uttaradi Math website. The calendar is available in Kannada and Sanskrit.

For those who wish a hard copy and are not visiting India soon, I posted the links yesterday to buy the same.

Uttaradi Math Calendar 2014-2015

The Uttaradi Math Calendar 2014-2015 is now available for purchase from madhwakart online.  The upcoming samvatsara is called Jaya Nama Samvatsara.

The calendar in Sanskrit can be purchased at the following link for Rs.15.

The calendar in Kannada can be purchased at the following link for Rs.30.

The website says it is available for shipping worldwide.

P.S: As always, I will post and update the festival list as soon as I get a new copy. 

Updated: Sri Madhwa Navami – Feb 8th 2014

February 8th 2014 Saturday is Madhwa Navami. It is the most important day for all Madhwa’s. For those of you residing in the DC area, Shiva Vishnu Temple is celebrating Madhwa Navami on Sunday February 9th 2014. You can check details on the temple web site also.

Prathamo Hanuman Nama Dwitheeyo Bheema Eva cha
Poornapragna Treetiyasthu Bhagavat Karya saadakaha

We all do know the famous sloka from Sri Madhwacharya:

vande vandyam sadaanandam vaasudevam niranjanam
indiraa pathimaadyaadi varadesha vara pradam

I can write detailed information about Sri Madhwacharya, but it would all be incomplete.

So, I have compiled useful links for those of you who are interested in knowing more and more about this great philosopher and our Guru.

1. Madvacharya
2. tatvavada.org
3. dviata.org
4. Madhva.org
5. Interesting links from dvaita.org
6. Sri Madwacharya’s works can be found here.

I have posted the lyrics for Sri Madhwa Nama and a pdf about Sri Madhvacharya’s lineage here at my blog:

  1. Sri Madhwa Nama
  2. Madhvacharya’s Lineage-GURU CHARITE

Update: Makara Sankranthi – Jan 14th 2014

The 2nd week of 2014 is the festival “Makara Sankranthi”. This year it is on Jan 14th.

Makara Sankranthi is a widely celebrated festival in different parts of India.  On this day,  Lord Surya or Sun is worshiped.  It is also celebrated as a harvest festival in many parts of India. On this day, Sun begins his journey to the Northern Hemisphere, most commonly called as Uttharayana.  As with all other festivals, this festival also has many legends, two such commonly told legends are:

1. Lord Surya or Sun visits Shani on this day.

2. Bheeshma Pithamaha, who was able to choose when he will die, chose this day to end his life.

The house is cleaned, and decorated with fresh green mango leaves tied as thorana to the front door. Beautiful, and colorful rangoli is drawn at the front of the house.  After performing the pooja, yellu(Sesame seeds) and Bella(Jaggery) is offered to God. Usually it is prepared by mixing Till, finely chopped Jaggery, roasted groundnuts cut into small peices, with finely chopped dried coconut, and Putani, also called as Hurigadale.

Attached below are the pictures and the steps to making Yellu Bella.

yellu

I use the following proportion to prepare the yellu:

* 1/2 cup Yellu or Sesame Seeds
* 1 cup Groundnuts or peanuts ( Fried, skin removed and cut into half)
* 1 cup Dhalia or hurigadale
* 1 cup finely chopped dry coconut
* 1 cup Jaggery, finely chopped

Usually the Sesame seeds are cleaned, washed and dried. Later, they are fried. I skip this step, and just fry the Sesame seeds for a few minutes.

Next, grate the black portion of the dry coconut. Chop them into squares as shown in the above picture. Chop the Jaggery also and make sure they are dry. My mom used to keep it in the sun for a few days.

Mix, all the ingredients together. Distribute to your family and friends. If all the ingredients are dry, it will stay for months.

Here is the recipe for Yellu Unde/Burfi:

Ingredients:

  1. Sesame Seeds/Yellu – 1 cup
  2. Peanuts – 1 cup
  3. Dhalia – 1 cup
  4. Jaggery – 2cups
  5. Grated Coconut – 2 tsp
  6. 7-8 cardamom – ground finely
  7. 2 tsp Oil or Ghee(I never use Ghee)

Method:

  • Fry the Sesame seeds for 4-5 minutes. Take out in a plate.
  • In a pan, heat oil or ghee. Now add the jaggery. Add just enough water so that the Jaggery dissolves.
  • Keep stirring for almost 9-10 minutes until the jaggery starts leaving the sides.
  • Next, add peanuts, sesame seeds, dhalia and mix well. Let it continue on the stove top for another 3-4 minutes. Add in the cardamom as well.
  • Turn off the stove. Grease a tray, and pour the mixture. Let it cool a little bit.
  • Cut squares. ANd the left over, was formed to a round shape.
  • Finally garnish with grated coconut.

I called it Yellu Burfi, and everyone called it Sesame Squares.

Most dishes prepared during this day are made out of Yellu or Sesame seeds and Rice. It is also tradition to prepare Sweet and Khara Pongal during this festival. The recipes are posted here in the blog and are attached below for your convenience:

If you wish to cook elaborate dishes during Sankranthi, many authentic recipes are posted here:

And you can find various Rangoli designs here:

Update – Vaikunta Ekadashi – Jan 11th 2014

January 11th 2014 is Vaikunta Ekadashi.

P.S: Please check your local calendars and temples to see the exact date.

Vaikunta Ekadashi falls in the month December-January. This year it falls on January 11th 2014. This is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu. Please check your local calendars to see when it falls.

Vaikunta 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 get 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.

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