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Upakarma(Rigveda and Yajurveda) – August 10th 2014

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 – August 8th 2014

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

Shri Vara MahaLakshmi Vrata 1

Update: Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja Vidhana – August 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd

2013 pictures of Evening Lakshmi Pooje.

Preparation for Pooje – Step 1.


Pooje Preparation of gejje vastra, flowers, lamps, and naivedya.


Offer Haldi Kumkum, flowers, gejje vastra, and light the lamps.


Light the Agarbathi.


Break the coconut, perform naivedya, do mangalaruthi and aarathi for Goddess Lakshmi.


Evening Lakshmi Pooja on 7/20/2012.

Rangoli designs for the Pooja, with Lakshmi Hrudaya.

A picture of jasmine garland made from flowers in my own garden for Lakshmi Pooja.

Pooja begins with lamps, flowers, Gejje Vastra:

After, Naivedya, Mangalaruthi, and Lakshmi Aarathi.

Shravana Shukravara Lakshmi pooja is performed on all the Friday’s. This year it is performed on August 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd.

I have scanned and attached a document which has the complete details on performing Sri Lakshmi Pooja during Fridays and also Shravana Masa. This shouldn’t be confused for Sri VaraMahaLakshmi Vrata. I will post a separate post providing all details for Sri VaraMahaLakshmi Vrata.

This document has all the details from doing the Achamana, to Sankalpa, Dhyana, Naivedya, and Maha Mangalarathi.

It is a PDF document and is in Kannada.

Attached below are other links posted here on Goddess Lakshmi.

Attached below are some other links where many more posts have been added on Lyrics and Goddess Lakshmi.

Attached below are links to various food prepared during the festival. As always, no onion and no garlic offered to God.

Update : Nagara Chauthi/Panchami – July 31st- August 1st 2014

Nagara Chauthi is the fourth day of the Shravana masa. On this day married women take head bath and wearing wet clothes (or washed clothes separately) which makes it very pure, either do the pooje to the snake hootha or place a silver idol of Nagappa and continue. Unboiled milk or raw milk, haldi,  soaked kadale, gejjevastra and flowers are offered to the idol of Nagappa. Women who do the pooje on this day fast as well. This is how we do the pooje in Madhwa houses. No fried items are prepared during this day. Women also prepare thambittu and do aarathi to Nagappa using the same. All this needs to be done in madi.

P.S: No Kumkum is applied to Nagappa on Chauthi. The gejjevastra is prepared by applying Haldi. No deep fired items as well.

Next day being the Nagara Panchami, everyone in the house performs the pooje; including children. If you are offering milk to the idol of Nagappa; it is customary to do the pooje to Nagappa as soon as you wake up, take a shower and even before drinking your coffee in the morning. As done in the previous day, place a silver plate, keep the idol of Nagappa. Pour 3 times milk, water, haldi, kumkum, gejjevastra, flowers and kadale. Prepare the thambittu and do the aarathi.

P.S:Kumkum is applied to Nagappa on Panchami. The gejjevastra is prepared by applying Kumkum. No deep fired items as well.

It is also customary to draw images of Nagappa on the front door, hosthilu and also near the place you worship using rice paste. Haldi, kumkum, gejje vastra and flowers are applied to these as well.

Lord Krishna was playing ball with his friends, when suddenly the ball got entangled in the high branch of a tree. Krishna volunteered to climb the tree and fetch the ball. But below the tree the river Yamuna was flowing in full glory, in which the snake Kalinga was living. Nobody dared to go near that place. Lord Krishna ignoring the warnings of his friends jumps into the water. The dangerous ‘Kalinga” serpent comes up. But Krishna was ready and jumping on the snake’s head, starts dancing on its head. Kalinga realizes the strength of Lord Krishna and pleads with Krishna: “Please, do not kill me.” Krishna takes sympathy on Kalinga and after taking a promise that henceforth he would not harm anybody, he let the snake go free into the river again. Hence, Nag Panchami is also commemorated as a day of victory of Lord Krishna over Kalinga the legendary snake.

What to eat during Nagara Chauthi?

So, here are the items you can prepare during this day, when you are not supposed to fry anything.

What to eat during Nagara Panchami? No frying on this day as well. And no dish made out of Vermicelli or Shavige.

To prepare Thambittu follow this procedure:

P.S: Nagara Panchami Haadu/Song is posted here

Mangala Gowri Vrata – ಮಂಗಳ ಗೌರಿ ವ್ರತ Details

Many of you constantly asked for the Mangala Gowri Vrata – ಮಂಗಳ ಗೌರಿ ವ್ರತ pooja details. Having done this pooja myself almost 18 years back, I really do not remember, nor with all the travel we did across the world have the books with me.

However, seeing all your requests I decided to search on the internet the proper way for you all to do this Vrata – ವ್ರತ.

I found out that www.Sumadhwa.Seva has detailed information on how to perform this Vrata. And before you ask, it is in Kannada and English. So, should help anyone performing this Vrata. There is PDF for both languages. so print it out, perform the vrata and get blessings from Mangala Gowri – ಮಂಗಳ ಗೌರಿ.

Attached below the link for the same.


This year in Shravana Masa which starts on Sunday, Mangala Gowri Vrata – ಮಂಗಳ ಗೌರಿ ವ್ರತ should be observed on the following Tuesdays:


August  12th – Tuesday – Mangala Gowri Vrata

August 19th – Tuesday – Mangala Gowri Vrata

Attached below are pictures from my Brother-in-Law Madhav Rao’s house. The ladies in the pictures are my co-sister Prameela and her daughter-in-law Snehal. My Husband and I visited Bangalore for their marriage in March, this is her First Mangala Gowri being performed in great pomp. Thanks to Durga Prasad who took the pictures and sent it to me.




Upcoming Shravana Masa Festivals- July – August 2014

As per Uttaradimatta Panchanga, this year in Jaya Nama Samvatsara, Shravana Masa starts from July 27th and ends on August 25th 2014.

There are many festivals during this month and as always I will post slokas, pooja details and many more details a few days before each of these important dates. Here is a list of important dates and festivals during Shravana Masa 2014.

July 29th – Tuesday – Mangala Gowri Vrata

July 31st – Thursday – Nagara Chathurthi

August 1st – Friday– Nagara Panchami

August 1st – Friday – Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja

August  5th – Tuesday – Mangala Gowri Vrata

August 7th – Thursday – Ekadashi – Dadi Vrata Begins

August 8th – Friday – Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja

August 8th – Friday – Vara MahaLakshmi  Pooja

August 11th – Monday– Sree Raghavendra Swamy Poorva Aaradhane

August  12th – Tuesday – Mangala Gowri Vrata

August 12th – Tuesday- Sree Raghavendra Swamy Madya Aaradhane

August 13th– Wednesday– Sree Raghavendra Swamy Uttara Aaradhane

August 15th – Friday – Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja

August 17th – Sunday– Sree Krishna Jayanthi – Sri Krishna Janmashtami

August 19th – Tuesday – Mangala Gowri Vrata

August 21st – Thursday – Ekadashi

August 22nd – Friday – Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja

August 25th – Monday – Amavasya

 Please refer to the closet temple or other calendar to find the dates of the festivals in the country you are living. These dates posted are based on Indian Standard Time.

Kanakadhara Stotram Lyrics

Composer: Shri Adi Shankaracharya
Singer: Smt. M.S.Subbalakshmi
Contributor: Ms.Bhavana Damle

|| श्री कनकधारास्तोत्रम् ||

अङ्गं हरेः पुलकभूषणमाश्रयन्ती
भृङ्गाङ्गनेव मुकुलाभरणं तमालम् |
माङ्गल्यदाऽस्तु मम मङ्गलदेवतायाः ||१||

मुग्धा मुहुर्विदधती वदने मुरारेः
प्रेमत्रपाप्रणिहितानि गतागतानि |
माला दृशोर्मधुकरीव महोत्पले या
सा मे श्रियं दिशतु सागरसंभवायाः ||२||

आमीलिताक्षमधिगम्य मुदा मुकुन्दं
आनन्दकन्दमनिमेषमनङ्गतन्त्रम् |
भूत्यै भवेन्मम भुजङ्गशयाङ्गनायाः ||३||

बाह्वन्तरे मधुजितः श्रितकौस्तुभे या
हारावलीव हरिनीलमयी विभाति |
कामप्रदा भगवतोऽपि कटाक्षमाला
कल्याणमावहतु मे कमलालयायाः ||४||

कालाम्बुदालिललितोरसि कैटभारेः
धाराधरे स्फुरति या तडिदङ्गनेव |
मातुस्समस्तजगतां महनीयमूर्तिः
भद्राणि मे दिशतु भार्गवनन्दनायाः ||५||

प्राप्तं पदं प्रथमतः खलु यत्प्रभावात्
माङ्गल्यभाजि मधुमाथिनि मन्मथेन |
मय्यापतेत्तदिह मन्थरमीक्षणार्धं
मन्दालसं च मकरालयकन्यकायाः ||६||

आनन्दहेतुरधिकं मुरविद्विषोऽपि |
ईषन्निषीदतु मयि क्षणमीक्षणार्धम्
इन्दीवरोदरसहोदरमिन्दिरायाः ||७||

इष्टाविशिष्टमतयोऽपि यया दयार्द्र-
दृष्ट्या त्रिविष्टपपदं सुलभं लभन्ते |
दृष्टिः प्रहृष्टकमलोदरदीप्तिरिष्टां
पुष्टिं कृषीष्ट मम पुष्करविष्टरायाः ||८||

दद्याद्दयानुपवनो द्रविणाम्बुधारां
अस्मिन्नकिञ्चनविहङ्गशिशौ विषण्णे |
दुष्कर्मधर्ममपनीय चिराय दूरं
नारायणप्रणयिनीनयनाम्बुवाहः ||९||

गीर्देवतेति गरुडध्वजसुन्दरीति
शाकम्भरीति शशिशेखरवल्लभेति |
सृष्टिस्थितिप्रलयकेलिषु संस्थितायै
तस्यै नमस्त्रिभुवनैकगुरोस्तरुण्यै ||१०||

श्रुत्यै नमोऽस्तु शुभकर्मफलप्रसूत्यै
रत्यै नमोऽस्तु रमणीयगुणार्णवायै |
शक्त्यै नमोऽस्तु शतपत्रनिकेतनायै
पुष्ट्यै नमोऽस्तु पुरुषोत्तमवल्लभायै ||११||

नमोऽस्तु नालीकनिभाननायै
नमोऽस्तु दुग्धोदधिजन्मभूम्यै |
नमोऽस्तु सोमामृतसोदरायै
नमोऽस्तु नारायणवल्लभायै ||१२||

नमोऽस्तु हेमाम्बुजपीठिकायै
नमोऽस्तु भूमण्डलनायिकायै |
नमोऽस्तु देवादिदयापरायै
नमोऽस्तु शार्ङ्गायुधवल्लभायै ||१३||

नमोऽस्तु देव्यै भृगुनन्दनायै
नमोऽस्तु विष्णोरुरसि स्थितायै |
नमोऽस्तु लक्ष्म्यै कमलालयायै
नमोऽस्तु दामोदरवल्लभायै ||१४||

नमोऽस्तु कान्त्यै कमलेक्षणायै
नमोऽस्तु भूत्यै भुवनप्रसूत्यै |
नमोऽस्तु देवादिभिरर्चितायै
नमोऽस्तु नन्दात्मजवल्लभायै ||१५||

सम्पत्कराणि सकलेन्द्रियनन्दनानि
साम्राज्यदानविभवानि सरोरुहाक्षि |
त्वद्वन्दनानि दुरितोद्धरणोद्यतानि
मामेव मातरनिशं कलयन्तु मान्ये ||१६||

सेवकस्य सकलार्थसंपदः |
संतनोति वचनाङ्गमानसैः
त्वां मुरारिहृदयेश्वरीं भजे ||१७||

सरसिजनिलये सरोजहस्ते
धवलतमांशुकगन्धमाल्यशोभे |
भगवति हरिवल्लभे मनोज्ञे
त्रिभुवनभूतिकरि प्रसीद मह्यम् ||१८||

दिग् हस्तिभिः कनककुंभमुखावसृष्ट-
स्वर्वाहिनीविमलचारुजलप्लुताङ्गीम् |
प्रातर्नमामि जगतां जननीमशेष-
लोकाधिनाथगृहिणीममृताब्धिपुत्रीम् ||१९||

कमले कमलाक्षवल्लभे त्वं
करुणापूरतरङ्गितैरपाङ्गैः |
अवलोकय मामकिञ्चनानां
प्रथमं पात्रमकृत्रिमं दयायाः ||२०||

देवि प्रसीद जगदीश्वरि लोकमातः
कल्याणगात्रि कमलेक्षणजीवनाथे |
दारिद्र्यभीतिहृदयं शरणागतं माम्
आलोकय प्रतिदिनं सदयैरपाङ्गैः ||२१||

स्तुवन्ति ये स्तुतिभिरमीभिरन्वहं
त्रयीमयीं त्रिभुवनमातरं रमाम् |
गुणाधिका गुरुतरभाग्यभागिनो
भवन्ति ते भुवि बुधभाविताशयाः ||२२||

|| इति श्रीमच्छङ्कराचार्यकृत श्री कनकधारास्तोत्रं संपूर्णम् ||

ಅಂಗಂ ಹರೇಃ ಪುಲಕ-ಭೂಷಣಮಾಶ್ರಯಂತೀ
ಭೃಂಗಾಗನೇವ ಮುಕುಲಾಭರಣಂ ತಮಾಲಂ |
ಮಾಂಗಲ್ಯದಾಸ್ತು ಮಮ ಮಂಗಲದೇವತಾಯಾಃ ||1||

ಮುಗ್ಧಾಮುಹುರ್ವಿದಧತೀ ವದನೇ ಮುರಾರೇಃ
ಪ್ರೇಮತ್ರಪಾಪ್ರಣಿಹಿತಾನಿ ಗತಾಗತಾನಿ |
ಮಾಲಾ-ದೃಶೋ-ರ್ಮಧುಕರೀವ ಮಹೋತ್ಪಲೇ ಯಾ
ಸಾ ಮೇ ಶ್ರಿಯಂ ದಿಶತು ಸಾಗರ-ಸಂಭವಾಯಾಃ ||2||

ಆಮೀಲಿತಾಕ್ಷಮಧಿಗಮ್ಯ ಮುದಾ ಮುಕುಂದ-
ಮಾನಂದಕಂದಮನಿಮೇಷಮನಂಗತಂತ್ರಂ |
ಆಕೇಕರ-ಸ್ಥಿತ-ಕನೀನಿಕ-ಪಕ್ಷ್ಮ ನೇತ್ರಂ
ಭೂತ್ಯೈ ಭವೇನ್ಮಮ ಭುಜಂಗಶಯಾಂಗನಾಯಾಃ ||3||

ಬಾಹ್ವಂತರೇ ಮಧುಜಿತಃ ಶ್ರಿತಕೌಸ್ತುಭೇ ಯಾ
ಹಾರಾವಲೀವ ಹರಿನೀಲಮಯೀ ವಿಭಾತಿ |
ಕಾಮಪ್ರದಾ ಭಗವತೋsಪಿ ಕಟಾಕ್ಷಮಾಲಾ
ಕಲ್ಯಾಣಮಾವಹತು ಮೇ ಕಮಲಾಲಯಾಯಾಃ ||4||

ಧಾರಾಧರೇ ಸ್ಫುರತಿ ಯಾ ತಟಿದಂಗನೇವ |
ಮಾತುಃ ಸಮಸ್ತಜಗತಾಂ ಮಹನೀಯಮೂರ್ತಿಃ
ಭದ್ರಾಣಿ ಮೇ ದಿಶತು ಭಾರ್ಗವ-ನಂದನಾಯಾಃ ||5||

ಪ್ರಾಪ್ತಂ ಪದಂ ಪ್ರಥಮತಃ ಖಲು ಯತ್ ಪ್ರಭಾವಾತ್
ಮಾಂಗಲ್ಯಭಾಜಿ ಮಧು-ಮಾಥಿನಿ ಮನ್ಮಥೇನ |
ಮಯ್ಯಾಪತೇತ್ತದಿಹ ಮಂಥರಮೀಕ್ಷಣಾರ್ಧಂ
ಮಂದಾಲಸಂ ಚ ಮಕರಾಲಯಕನ್ಯಕಾಯಾಃ ||6||

ಆನಂದ-ಹೇತುರಧಿಕಂ ಮಧುವಿದ್ವಿಷೋsಪಿ |
ಈಷನ್ನಿಷೀದತು ಮಯಿ ಕ್ಷಣಮೀಕ್ಷಣಾರ್ಧಂ
ಇಂದೀವರೋದರ ಸಹೋದರಮಿಂದಿರಾಯಾಃ ||7||

ಇಷ್ಟಾವಿಶಿಷ್ಟಮತಯೋsಪಿ ಯಯಾ ದಯಾರ್ದ್ರ-
ದೃಷ್ಟ್ಯಾ ತ್ರಿವಿಷ್ಟಪ ಪದಂ ಸುಲಭಂ ಭಜಂತೇ |
ಪುಷ್ಟಿಂ ಕೃಷೀಷ್ಟಮಮ ಪುಷ್ಕರ-ವಿಷ್ಟರಾಯಾಃ ||8||

ದದ್ಯಾದ್ದಯಾನುಪವನೋ ದ್ರವಿಣಾಂಬುಧಾರಾಮ್
ಅಸ್ಮಿನ್ನಕಿಂಚನ-ವಿಹಂಗಶಿಶೌ ವಿಷಣ್ಣೇ |
ದುಷ್ಕರ್ಮ-ಘರ್ಮಮಪನೀಯ ಚಿರಾಯ ದೂರಂ
ನಾರಾಯಣ-ಪ್ರಣಯಿನೀ-ನಯನಾಂಬುವಾಹಃ ||9||

ಗೀರ್ದೇವತೇತಿ ಗರುಡಧ್ವಜ-ಸುಂದರೀತಿ
ಶಾಕಂಭರೀತಿ ಶಶಿಶೇಖರ-ವಲ್ಲಭೇತಿ |
ಸೃಷ್ಟಿ-ಸ್ಥಿತಿ-ಪ್ರಲಯಕೇಲಿಷು ಸಂಸ್ಥಿತಾಯೈ
ತಸ್ಯೈ ನಮಸ್ತ್ರಿಭುವನೈಕ-ಗುರೋಸ್ತರುಣ್ಯೈ ||10||

ಶ್ರುತೈ ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ಶುಭಕರ್ಮ-ಫಲಪ್ರಸೂತ್ಯೈ
ರತ್ಯೈ ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ರಮಣೀಯ-ಗುಣಾಶ್ರಯಾಯೈ |
ಶಕ್ಯೈ ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ಶತಪತ್ರ-ನಿಕೇತನಾಯೈ
ಪುಷ್ಟ್ಯೈ ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ಪುರುಷೋತ್ತಮ-ವಲ್ಲಭಾಯೈ ||11||

ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ನಾಲೀಕ-ನಿಭಾನನಾಯೈ
ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ದುಗ್ಧೋದಧಿ-ಜನ್ಮಭೂತ್ಯೈ |
ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ಸೋಮಾಮೃತ-ಸೋದರಾಯೈ
ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ನಾರಾಯಣ-ವಲ್ಲಭಾಯೈ ||12||

ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ಹೇಮಾಂಬುಜ-ಪೀಠಿಕಾಯೈ
ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ಭೂಮಂಡಲನಾಯಿಕಾಯೈ |
ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ದೇವಾದಿ-ದಯಾಪರಾಯೈ
ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ಶಾರ್ಙ್ಗಾಯುಧ-ವಲ್ಲಭಾಯೈ ||13||

ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ದೇವ್ಯೈ ಭೃಗುನಂದನಾಯೈ
ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ವಿಷ್ಣೋರುರಸಿ ಸ್ಥಿತಾಯೈ |
ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮ್ಯೈ ಕಮಲಾಲಯಾಯೈ
ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ದಾಮೋದರ-ವಲ್ಲಭಾಯೈ ||14||

ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ಕಾಂತ್ಯೈ ಕಮಲೇಕ್ಷಣಾಯೈ
ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ಭೂತ್ಯೈ ಭುವನಪ್ರಸೂತ್ಯೈ |
ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ದೇವಾಧಿಭಿರರ್ಚಿತಾಯೈ
ನಮೋsಸ್ತು ನಂದಾತ್ಮಜ-ವಲ್ಲಭಾಯೈ ||15||

ಸಂಪತ್ಕರಾಣಿ ಸಕಲೇಂದ್ರಿಯನಂದನಾನಿ
ಸಾಮ್ರಾಜ್ಯದಾನವಿಭವಾನಿ ಸರೋರುಹಾಕ್ಷಿ |
ತ್ವದ್ವಂದನಾನಿ ದುರಿತಾಹರಣೋದ್ಯತಾನಿ
ಮಾಮೇವ ಮಾತರನಿಶಂ ಕಲಯಂತು ಮಾನ್ಯೇ ||16||

ಯತ್ಕಟಾಕ್ಷಸಮುಪಾಸನಾ ವಿಧಿಃ
ಸೇವಕಸ್ಯ ಸಕಲಾರ್ಥಸಂಪದಃ |
ಸಂತನೋತಿ ವಚನಾಂಗಮಾನಸ್ಯೈ-
ಸ್ತ್ವಾಂ ಮುರಾರಿಹೃದಯೇಶ್ವರೀಂ ಭಜೇ ||17||

ಸರಸಿಜನಿಲಯೇ ಸರೋಜಹಸ್ತೇಃ
ಧವಲತಮಾಂಶುಕಗಂಧಮಾಲ್ಯ ಶೋಭೇ |
ಭಗವತಿ ಹರಿವಲ್ಲಭೇ ಮನೋಜ್ಞೆ
ತ್ರಿಭುವನಭೂತಿಕರಿ ಪ್ರಸೀದ ಮಹ್ಯಮ್ ||18||

ದಿಗ್ಘಸ್ತಿಭಿಃ ಕನಕಕುಂಭಮುಖಾವಸೃಷ್ಟ
ಸ್ವರ್ವಾಹಿನೀವಿಮಲಚಾರುಜಲಪ್ಲುತಾಂಗೀಮ್ |
ಪ್ರಾತರ್ನಮಾಮಿ ಜಗತಾಂ ಜನನೀಮಶೇಷ
ಲೋಕಾಧಿನಾಥಗೃಹಿಣೀಮಮೃತಾಬ್ಧಿ ಪುತ್ರೀಮ್ ||19||

ಕಮಲೇ ಕಮಲಾಕ್ಷವಲ್ಲಭೇ ತ್ವಂ
ಕರುಣಾಪೂರತರಂಗಿತೈರಪಾಂಗೈಃ |
ಅವಲೋಕಯ ಮಾಮಕಿಂಚನಾನಾಂ
ಪ್ರಥಮಂ ಪಾತ್ರಮಕೃತ್ರಿಮಂ ದಯಾಯಾಃ ||20||

ದೇವಿ ಪ್ರಸೀದ ಜಗದೀಶ್ವರಿ ಲೋಕಮಾತಃ
ಕಲ್ಯಾಣಗಾತ್ರಿ ಕಮಲೇಕ್ಷಣಜೀವನಾಥೆ |
ದಾರಿದ್ರ್ಯಭೀತಿಹೃದಯಂ ಶರಣಾಗತಂ ಮಾಮ್
ಆಲೋಕಯ ಪ್ರತಿದಿನಂ ಸದಯೈರಪಾಙ್ಗೈಃ ||21||

ಸ್ತುವಂತಿ ಯೇ ಸ್ತುತಿಭಿರಮೀಭಿರನ್ವಹಂ
ತ್ರಯೀಮಯೀಂ ತ್ರಿಭುವನ-ಮಾತರಂ ರಮಾಂ |
ಗುಣಾಧಿಕಾ ಗುರುತರ-ಭಾಗ್ಯ-ಭಾಗಿನಃ
ಭವಂತಿ ತೇ ಭುವಿ ಬುಧಭಾವಿತಾಶಯಾಃ ||22||

Updated – Kundan Rangoli Designs

Ms. Madhuri sent me the images of many Kundan Ragoli designs created by her Mother. Ms. Madhuri, please convey to your mother that these designs are just awesome. How talented your mother is.















Kundan Rangoli was completely new to me. When Mr. Madhukar shared with me the pictures for Sree Vara MahaLakshmi Pooje, the rangolis surprised me. I asked Mr. Madhukar to send me more details about the same.

Mr. Madhukar writes as follows:

The “Kundan Rangoli” is art work using coloured plastic pieces pasted on OHP sheets.  These are now a rave in Bangalore with footpath vendors popping up during festivals selling pieces from Rs. 50 – thousands – depending on size and design.

The ones pictured were ‘created’ by my mother Savithramma – now aged 77 – who has always had an artistic craze – an exponent of the regular rangoli – colour fillings – hittina rangoli etc.  now that she cannot bend due to knee problems has ‘migrated’ to Kundan rangolis :)
Varamahalaxmi festival always used to be a much sought of festival in our neighbourhood in Mysore (Chamarajapuram) – mainly because of the 1 1/2 to 2 ft Square Colour rangolis that she would display.  She had the co-operation is this aspect by my grand father, grandmother, father, aunt and of course my elder brother and myself.
Attached below are the various pictures sent.
Thanks so much. Mr.Madhukar, And please convey my Namaskaras to your Mother. She is a great artist.
I will definitely buy these during my visit to Bangalore, hurray yes, coming soon to Bangalore in a few weeks. :)
P.S: If you are familiar with this kind of Rangoli and have been drawing them, send me the designs. I will post it here.

Sree Krishnajanmasthami Pictures 2013

The festival was celebrated with great devotion. I couldn’t prepare as many items as I wanted to prepare since it was a week day. So, I prepared just a few items with help from my Husband. Sneha our daughter joined us through FaceTime, and we gave Arghya to Lord Krishna as she was watching us. She listened to many of the songs and was there for almost 2 hours of the Pooje. I guess, we need to thank technology for making this possible. My laptop was handy, and so was my blog which had all the lyrics, songs in one place. Rather than going through all the books, it was just one page on the blog which could be referred. By the time we finished all pooje, it was almost midnight.

Attached below are some pictures I took as we performed the pooje starting from pooje preparation to the end.




IMG_1857  IMG_1872






The satisfaction you get after finishing the pooje, and saying “Sree Krishnarpana Masthu” is unbelievable.

Sri Krishna Jayanti Events at Mantralayam, see pictures at the link attached below:

Shri Krishna Janmashtami/Krishna Jayanthi – August 28th 2013

ಕೃಷ್ನಯ ವಾಸುದೇವಾಯ
ದೇವಕಿ ನಂದ  ನಾಯಚ
ನಂದಗೋಪ  ಕುಮಾರಾಯ
ಶ್ರೀ  ಗೋವಿಂದಯ ನಮೋ  ನಮಃ

ಕೃಷ್ಣಯ ವಾಸುದೇವಾಯ  ಹರಯೇ  ಪರಮಾತ್ಮನೇ
ಪ್ರಣತ ಕ್ಲೇಶ  ನಾಶಾಯ  ಗೋವಿಂದಾಯ  ನಮೋ ನಮಃ



Last year Pictures:




Pictures from 2009:




Updates: Pooje at my residence on August 23rd 2008.

Preparation 1

Preparation 1

Closeup of Lord's idols

Closeup of Lord

Another look before pooje

Another look before pooje

After the Pooje

After the Pooje

After the Naivedya

After the Naivedya

Shri Krishnastami is celebrated on Wednesday August 28th 2013. Sri Krishnastami or Krishna Jayanthi marks the celebration of the birth of Lord Sri Krishna;the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Lord Sri Krishna was born on the ‘Rohini’ nakshatra on Ashtami; that’s why it is called Krishnastami. In karnataka it is also known as Gokulashtami and Janmashtami. The festival occurs between August and September in our English calendar.

According to our Hindu mythology, Krishna was born to destroy Mathura’s demon King Kamsa, brother of his virtuous mother, Devaki. A celestial voice told Kamsa that he would be killed by the eighth child of Devaki. Alarmed by the message, Kamsa imprisoned Devaki and her husband Vasudeva. Taking no chances, Kamsa went on killing Devaki’s children soon after birth. Lord Krishna was born as the eighth child of Vasudeva at midnight. But at Krishna’s birth, under divine instructions, Vasudeva left the prison unnoticed with the baby. He crossed the mighty river Yamuna which was in spate due to heavy rains. Without any difficulty, he walked across the river protected from rain by the mighty serpent Shesha, and reached Gokul. In Gokul, on the same midnight, a girl named Yogamaya had been born to Yasoda, wife of Nanda a herdsman. The babies were exchanged, and Vasudeva came back to prison with the girl. When Kamsa was told that his sister had given birth to a child, Kamsa attempted kill the child. But the baby who was Goddess Maya, flew off to the heaven, warning Kamsa that Krishna, who would kill him, had already been born and was alive. Eventually, Krishna killed Kamsa, and released his parents from the prison, and brought peace and happiness to the common people.

In our Madhwa tradition, we are supposed to fast on this day, and late during the night; usually midnight we are supposed to give Arghya to Lord krishna. Here is the stotra to be said while giving Arghya to Lord Krishna. While giving the Arghya, hold a coin, a lemon and dried date in your right hand, and using a silver spoon offer 3 times milk and 3 times water to Lord krishna in a silver bowl, and keep repeating the below Stotra as well. Everyone in the household has to give Arghya to the Lord.

Argya Stotra

Arghya Stotra

Arghya Stotra from the Utharadi Matta Panchanga

Arghya Stotra from the Utharadi Matta Panchanga

Krishna Arghya

Jathaha Kamsavadarthaya Bhoobharotharanayacha|
Kouravanam Vinashaya Dhaityanam Nidhanaya Cha ||
Pandavanam Hitharthaya Dharamasamsthapanaya Cha|
GruhanaArghyam Maya Dhatham Devakya Sahitho Hare ||

Chandra Arghya

Kshirodharnava Sambhootha AthiGotraSamudhbhava |
GruhanaArghyam Maya Dhatham Rhohinya Sahitho Shashin ||

Another set from Prasanna.

Krishna Arghya mantra
jatah kamsavadharthay bhubharo harNayacha

kouravaNam vinashaya diatyanam nidhanaya cha
panDavanam hitarthaya dharma sansthapanay cha

grahaNaarghyam mya dattam devikya sahito hare||

chandra arghya
kshirodarNav sambhootham atrigotra samudbhavam
grahaNrghyam mya dattam rohiNya sahitah shashinah||

The food items performed are mostly sweet dishes, fried items and items with Avalakki. All these dishes are performed with extreme madi. If you are not able to do so, here are some useful tips:

1. The most important thing in any festival is the breaking of the coconut and offering it to god, so bring a coconut.

2. Keep also 5 fruits for offering to god, like Banana, Mango, Apple, Orange, Grapes, Plum, Pear and so on..

3. You can make the following dishes which have been mentioned here in the blog which need no cooking at all, add the seasonings after you do the Naivedaya to god.

4. If you don’t mind cooking on the gas stove, here are other recipes you can make as well

5. Bring lots of flowers which are again easily available; roses

6. Offer butter also to the Lord which again is available in all grocery stores.

7. Below are several links which has all the songs in praise of Lord Krishna posted in this blog.

8. Here are some links from as pdf files

9. We also place a silver cradle and keep the Ambegalu Krishna idol in the cradle and rock the cradle while singing the following song:

10. Recite Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya as many times as possible.

11. Little feet of Lord Krishna are drawn as well along with other rangolis.

11. Last but not the least, do as many namaskaras as you can and break the fast.

Once you finish the pooje, surrender yourself to the Almighty Lord by saying the following Stotra.

ಕಾಯೇನ  ವಾಚ ಮನಸೇನದ್ರಿಯಿರ್ವ
ಬುದ್ಧ್ಯತ್ಮನ  ವ  ಪ್ರಕೃತೆ  ಸ್ವಭಾವತ್
ಕರೋಮಿ  ಯದ್ಯಥ್   ಸಕಲಂ  ಪರಸ್ಮೈ
ಶ್ರೀಮಾನ್ ನಾರಾಯಣಯೇತಿ ಸಮರ್ಪಯಾಮಿ


May Lord Krishna Bless ALL

ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣರ್ಪನಮಸ್ತು


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