Archive for the ‘Pooje’ Category

Updated : Dasara – Navarathri – September 25th – October 3rd 2014

Dasara is celebrated all over India as a religious as well as a social festival. Nava means nine and rathri means night and so Navarathri means nine nights. Some call it as Navarathri, some as Vijaya Dashami, and some as Dussehra. Doesn’t matter what you call, does it?

This year Dasara is celebrated from September 25th – October 3rd 2014. Please check the dates in the country you are residing.

From day one of the festival, it is customary to keep a Kalasha (ಕಲಶ), this is filled with water(ನೀರು) and 4 betel leaves(ವೀಳೆದೆಲೇ) are arranged as shown below in the pictures.Apply Haldi (ಆರಿಶಿನ) , Kumkum(ಕುಂಕುಮ), and flowers, gejje vastra (ಗೆಜ್ಜೆ ವಸ್ತ್ರ) as shown again. This Kalasha is kept in front of the Pattada Gombe (ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ) which is given during the marriage to the bride. This ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ signifies Lord Srinivasa and Goddess Padmavathi. Again, see pictures below. These ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ are decorated with different jewelery, crown, bangles, dresses every few years.

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If you are keeping an elaborate Gombe (Dolls), than the Kalasha and the Pattada Bombe are placed on the top shelf. And all other arrangements follow next.

Even though all the 10 days and nine nights are important, there are a few major days where pooja is done with great devotion and pomp.
Those days are as follows:

  • Saraswathi Awahana – October 1st
  • Saraswathi Pooja – October 2nd
    Read more about Saraswathi Pooje here.
  • Durgasthami – October 2nd
  • Ayoodha Pooja – Mahanavami – October 2nd. Read more about Ayoodha Pooja here.
  • Vijayadashami – October 3rd

Devotional Songs for Dasara:

Dasara Pictures around the world:

Food Prepared during Dasara

Other links posted on the blog:

Update: Mahalaya Paksha Masa – September 9th – September 24th 2014

The fortnight (15 days) preceding the Navaratri/Dasara or the second half “Krishna Paksha” of Bhadrapada Masa is called Pitru Paksha also known as Mahalaya Paksha. This period is important for honoring our ancestors. Men, whose fathers have passed away, offer their obeiscence (shraddha) to their ancestors during this period. This year it falls on the following days in the United States and India.
No functions such as upanayanam, marriage, gruhapravesha, engagement or any such activities performed during this 15 days. These 15 days are totally dedicated to our ancestors.
Pitru Paksha – Mahalaya Paksha : September 9th – September 24th 2014
There are many resources available online to assist in giving tarpana and doing shradha for the departed souls of ones family. Attached below are all the links.
If you have any resource, please share.

Sree Shiva Vishnu Temple is performing the same and a donation of $95 is charged and includes dakshina for the priest as well.

P.S: Please refer to dates in your country, and check with elders or temple priests.

Gowri-Ganesha Festival – August 28th and 29th 2014

Pooja preparations:

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Gejje Vastra and Flowers getting ready to be offered to God.

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Fruits and coconut for Lord Ganesha:

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Kadabu for Lord.

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After the morning pooja and naivedya.

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Close up of the Lord.

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Chakkali prepared by my Husband for the Lord.

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Mangalaruthi and evening naivedya chakali for the Lord to request him to come home every year.

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The Ganesha festival falls on the fourth day Bhadrapada Masa. That’s why we say “Bhadrapada Shulkada Chauthi Aamdu”. Swarna Gouri Vrata and Ganesha Festival is celebrated on Thursday August 28th and Friday August 29th 2014.

As always, check your closet temple to find the correct dates.

An idol of Gowri made of clay is brought two days before the Ganesha festival. Gowri is an incarnation of Parvathi. Gowri Habba, also called as Swarna Gowri Habba is celebrated one day before Ganesha Festival.

The Legend:

Goddess Gowri, while taking shower, created Ganesha out of the mud of and placed him at the entrance of the house. She told him not to allow anyone to enter while she went inside for a bath. Lord Shiva returned home and was stopped by Ganesha at the gate. Shiva became angry and cut off Ganesha’s head. When Gauri came to know of this she was grieved.

Lord Shiva ordered his servants to cut off and bring to him the head of any creature that might be sleeping with its head facing north. The servants went on their mission and found only an elephant in that position. Lord Shiva then joined the elephant’s head onto the body of Ganesha.

Mr. Lakshmisha P, had left a comment here that he had the pdf files for the Swarnagowri vratha puja & katha. Attached below are the links for both the pdf files he has provided.
Thanks so much Me. Lakshmisha for all the support and also the time you have taken to convert this into pdf.

We used to sing at the top of our voice “Ganesha bhanda, kai kadubu tinda, chikka kerele edda, dodda kereli bidda”.

Lord Ganesha is not just worshiped on this day, but is worshiped first in all occasions since he is considered to be the remover of all obstacles, one who brings good luck on new activities or endeavors.

As always links for several resources songs, lyrics and stotras are posted on this blog.

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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:

In case you see the moon on this day, here is the sloka you are supposed to say:

ಚೌತಿ ಚಂದ್ರ ದರ್ಶನ ಅಪವಾದ ಪರಿಹಾರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ

ಸಿಂಹಃ ಪ್ರಸೇನಮವಧೀತ್
ಸಿಂಹೋ ಜೌ0ಬವತಾ ಹತಃ |
ಸುಕುಮಾರಕ ಮಾರೋದಿಃ
ತವಹ್ಯೇಷ ಸ್ಯ್ಮಮಂತಕಃ ||

Simha prasenamavadith
simho jambhuvatha hathah |
sukumaraka marodhihi
thavahyesha syamanthakaha ||

P.S: The above sloka in Kannada is exactly as it is in the Uttaradi Matta Panchanga. Rather than taking a picture, I typed in the words. The English translation is done from the Kannada sloka to the best of my knowledge.

As always no food is prepared with onion or garlic.

Many of you have asked for the Pooja Vidhana of the festival, I do have the book for Ganesha festival, and it is several pages. I had no time at all to translate it into English. So, here is the link for the pooja vidhanas for both Gowri and Ganesha pooja. Hopefully I will have them next year.

P.S:  If you have a scanned copy of the Ganesha Vrata Pooja Vidhana, please share. I can post it here.

Shri Krishna Janmashtami/Krishna Jayanthi @ 14619

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.

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Flowers to our Lord.
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Pooje as evening approaches.

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ಬಾರೋ ಕೃಷ್ಣಯ್ಯ – Baro Krishnayya Lyrics

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ragamalika; Tala:Adi

Composer: Kanakadaasa

Contributed by: Ms. Bhavana Damle

bArO kRuShNayya ninna bhaktara manegIga kRuShNayya || pa. ||
bArO ninna mukha tOrO ninna sari yArO jagadhara shIlanE || a.pa. ||

aMdugE pADagavu kAlaMduge kiru gejje dhim dhimi
dhimi dhimi dhimirenuta poMgoLalanUduta baarayya || 1 ||

kaMkaNa karadalli ponnuMgura hoLeyuta kiMkiNi kiNi kiNi kiNirenuta
poMgoLalUduta bArayya bArO kriShNayya || 2 ||

vAsa uDupili neleyAdi kEshavanE dAsa ninna pada dAsa
dAsa ninna pada dAsa ninna pada dAsa salahalu bArayya || 3 ||

ಬಾರೋ ಕೃಷ್ಣಯ್ಯ ನಿನ್ನ ಭಕ್ತರ ಮನೆಗೀಗ ಕೃಷ್ಣಯ್ಯ || ಪ. ||
ಬಾರೋ ನಿನ್ನ ಮುಖ ತೋರೋ ನಿನ್ನ ಸರಿ ಯಾರೋ ಜಗಧರ ಶೀಲನೇ || ಅ.ಪ. ||

ಅಂದುಗೇ ಪಾಡಗವು ಕಾಲಂದುಗೆ ಕಿರು ಗೆಜ್ಜೆ ಧಿಮ್ ಧಿಮಿ
ಧಿಮಿ ಧಿಮಿ ಧಿಮಿರೆನುತ ಪೊಂಗೊಳಲನೂದುತ ಬಾರಯ್ಯ || ೧ ||

ಕಂಕಣ ಕರದಲ್ಲಿ ಪೊನ್ನುಂಗುರ ಹೊಳೆಯುತ ಕಿಂಕಿಣಿ ಕಿಣಿ ಕಿಣಿ ಕಿಣಿರೆನುತ
ಪೊಂಗೊಳಲೂದುತ ಬಾರಯ್ಯ ಬಾರೋ ಕ್ರಿಷ್ಣಯ್ಯ || ೨ ||

ವಾಸ ಉಡುಪಿಲಿ ನೆಲೆಯಾದಿ ಕೇಶವನೇ ದಾಸ ನಿನ್ನ ಪದ ದಾಸ
ದಾಸ ನಿನ್ನ ಪದ ದಾಸ ನಿನ್ನ ಪದ ದಾಸ ಸಲಹಲು ಬಾರಯ್ಯ || ೩ ||

ತೂಗಿರೆ ರಂಗನ ತೂಗಿರೆ ಕೃಷ್ಣನ – Thugire Rangana Thugire Krishnana Video

I just posted a video on ತೂಗಿರೆ ರಂಗನ ತೂಗಿರೆ ಕೃಷ್ಣನ – Thugire Rangana Thugire Krishnana on Youtbue for the upcoming festival. The lyrics for the song in Kannada and English can be found here:

ತೂಗಿರೆ ರಂಗನ ತೂಗಿರೆ ಕೃಷ್ಣನ – Thugire Rangana Thugire Krishnana

 

Toronto Krishna Brundavana’s Madhya Aaradhne Pictures

Mrs.Sathya Ramamoorthy has shared some amazing pictures of Toronto Krishna brundavana’s Madhya aaradhne. Thanks so much.

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