The festival was celebrated on Sunday evening. Our Daughter Sneha joined us for the festival. She helped us in all the preparations and also was the Photographer for the evening. Sneha was gifted a new Canon Professional Camera for Graduating with Distinction and Highest Honors at UNC, Chapel Hill.
Thanks Sneha for the amazing pictures you took. :)
Below are the pictures from preparation to final aarathi to our Lord Krishna.
P.S: Click on any picture to see it enlarged.
Flowers to our Lord.
Lord Krishna sitting with all decoration.
Pooje as evening approaches.
Flowers offered to our Lord.
Naivedya for the Lord.
Mrs.Sathya Ramamoorthy has shared some amazing pictures of Toronto Krishna brundavana’s Madhya aaradhne. Thanks so much.
This is one of the oldest lyrics I have in my book given to me by my Late Grandfather. It has the lyrics for Shree Raghavendra Sthavana. I learned the lyrics by my Mom.
During the Aaradhane the past three days, I was reciting this to our beloved Rayaru. My Husband recorded it today during the evening pooje. Attached is the video for the same. I will post the lyrics as and when I get time.
Please take a look at the Shri Raghavendra Swamy urvaradhana/Madhyaradhana pictures from Mantralaya. Just amazing. And a billion thanks to SRSMUTT for the links.
Upakarma is one of the ancient Vedic rituals practiced to date by every Brahmin. It is done once a year, during Shravana Masa- which is usually in August or September. The main activity performed in an Upakarma is the changing of the Janivara or Holy Thread. This year the dates are as follows:
August 10th 2014 – Rigveda Upakarma, Yajurveda Upakarma and Raksha Bandhan. Check your local panchanga to find out the exact date.
Did you know that Upakarma means “Beginning” in Sanskrit.
Now that we have all the details for the Upakarma, how about Raksha Bhandan? Raksha” means protection, “bandhan” means bound or binding. During this festival brothers and sisters show that they care for each other; include your cousins also. A sister will tie the rakhi, which is made of thread around her brother’s right wrist, usually with flowers attached to it. In return, her brother will give sweets, or money to show that they will love and protect them.
As with any other festival, there are many legends for this festival as well.
1. In ancient times a woman tied a ‘rakshaa’ on her husband’s wrist to protect him from evil. Later, she tied a ‘rakshaa’ on her brother’s right wrist, to protect him from evil influence and those factors which may taint his character, and to strengthen the bond of sibling love between them.
2. Vishnu helped the wife of Indra, to aid her husband in his battle against the demon Bali. Bali had driven Indra out of heaven. Vishnu gave Indra’s wife a silk thread to put on Indra’s wrist as a lucky charm. It enabled him to defeat Bali and regain his kingdom.
3. During the battle of Mahabharat,Queen Kunti tied a raksha on her grandson Abhimanyu to protect him in battle.
Shri Vara Mahalakshmi Vrata is performed by married Hindu women to seek the blessings of the Goddess Mahalakshmi, wife of Lord Vishnu.
The Vrata is observed on the Friday immediately preceding the full moon day of the month of
Sravana Masa. On the day of Pooje or Vrata, women clean their homes and decorate their front yards with rangolis. Later, they take a bath and deck wear pure silk saree and jewellery. The lady performing the pooje makes a mandala with the drawing of a lotus upon it. A kalasha filled with rice and topped with fresh mango and betel leaves, a coconut smeared with haldi and kumkum and cloth are placed on the mandala and Lakshmi is invoked therein.
After the worship of the kalasha, follows the worship of Ganesha, then the worship of the sacred thread. Now the main worship of Vara Lakshmi begins and the scared thread is worshipped a second time. It is then tied to the right hand of the lady. After the worship thamboola is given to 5 married ladies.
The same evening, we invite all the neighboring ladies(married women) and offer them tamboola; also called veeledele Adike, which is an offering of betel leaves, fruits, betel nuts, kumkum, haldi and dakshine. At this point the ladies also sing songs in praise of goddess Varalakshmi.
Attached below is a scanned vrata procedure in Kannada:
So, here comes the link which has the lyrics for all songs posted on this blog on Goddess Lakshmi.
And here comes the link which has colorful and many designs for drawing Rangoli
And can any festival be complete without authentic dishes? Here are some recipes posted in this blog:
Attached is the post link for the links I have for lyrics, and Shravana Friday Pooje procedure.
P.S: As always no food is prepared with onion or garlic.
Shri Vara Mahalakshmi Vrata pooje at Chandrika’s house six years back.
Shri Vara MahaLakshmi Vrata 1