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ಆಷಾಢ ಮಾಸ – Ashada Masa – June 28th – July 26th 2014

ಆಷಾಢ ಮಾಸ or Ashada Masa starts June 28th and ends on July 26th 2014 in Jaya Nama Samvatsara - ಜಯ ನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ
. This entire month is considered inauspicious. Newly wed couple are not allowed to stay in the same house. And in some families I have also seen that Mother-in-Law and Daughter-in-law don’t stay in the same house as well. No idea who or how these beliefs came into existence.

During this month, there are no marriages, upanayanas, or any good deeds performed. However, it is during this month that the Chaturmasa Starts, and the last day of ಆಷಾಢ ಮಾಸ or Ashada Masa is Bhimana Amavasya.More about this festival later in the month.

Some dates in ಆಷಾಢ ಮಾಸ – Ashada Masa:

  • July 7th – Chaturmasa Begins
  • July 8th – Ekadashi
  • July 12th – Poornima – Hunnime
  • July 22nd – Ekadashi
  • July 26th – Amavasya

Stay tuned for our most auspicious month – ಶ್ರಾವಣ ಮಾಸ  or Shravana Masa which starts from July 27th – August 25th 2014.

 

Meera – Where have you been?

Meera – where are you? How are you? This is exactly what many of you have been asking. Makes me feel so special.

It has been very hectic work wise for the past two months since I returned from India end of March. I have been traveling almost every week, which is taking its toll as well. Just today morning, I returned back from California, will be traveling again to New Jersey for work Tuesday, and the following week to Philadelphia. I have taken a week of vacation after that to actually relax and gain back my energy.

It is too much stressful when you travel so much. At the end of the night, I have no energy left to write or even reply to comments. Hopefully, from second week of June, the travel reduces and I can update you all with many more posts.

I should also mention that during all my visits to work, I have been meeting with many of you who follow the blog as well. It is just so humbling to know that this blog and I myself have inspired you. Thanks for letting me know that as well. Worth all the time I spend on this blog.

Once again thanks for all the emails, and comments. Will come back soon in June and keep you all busy with many many posts.

Thanks  a million.

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

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

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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.

Happy New Year -2014

Dear All,

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one of the millions of visitors who have visited this blog.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who has subscribed to this blog.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who has tirelessly contributed to this blog.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who has commented.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who has sent me personal emails.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who wrote to me saying I have inspired you.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who has conveyed their personal feelings and asked for my prayers.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who have read the blog.

2013 was an amazing year for me. The most amazing day was the one when we performed the Sahasra Chandra Darshana Homa of our Father.

I traveled to many places far and nearby, and many of you joined me online in this journey. Thanks for that.

I shared many of the miracles which happened in our Family, which brought tears to many of you, and for many who commented solidified the faith in our Supreme Lord.

I was able to see our Beloved Rayaru at Mantralaya, and Bichale.

A blog which has crossed many milestones, a blog which is being read in many countries, a blog which has many contributors, a blog which has influenceD many, a blog which brings many to share their own stories, a blog which makes people have faith in our Supreme Lord, would not have been possible withOUT the blessings from the Supreme Lord.

This blog wouldn’t have been possible without the constant support from my Dear Husband and Dear Daughter.

This blog wouldn’t have been possible without the upbringing from my Parents. Everything I have learned about my religion, about our Supreme Lord, about our beloved Rayaru is because of my Parents.

This blog wouldn’t have been possible without the constant support from YOU ALL.

Thanks for everything and have a wonderful NEW YEAR -2014.

 

 

 

Mom Survives Building Collapse

This miracle happened many years back late in the 80’s. If you have read my many posts, you will know by now that my Parents are great devotees of Sree Raghavendra Swamy. All the Bhakthi, Belief and devotion I have is basically because of my Parents. My Mom used to do seva every year during summer for 7 days. My sister and I used to sit next to her and sing all the songs. I as a kid thought that Shree Raghavendra Swamy was one of my grandfathers. I still consider him the same. Grandparents are so attached to their grand kids right? And that’s how our beloved Rayaru is also attached to us.

Anyway, back to the miracle which happened to my Mom and everyone in our family. Mom was a lecturer or Professor you may call at SECAB Degree College in Bijapur. She used to teach History to Graduate Students. She completed her Post Graduation in History from Dharwad, Karnataka University.

This incident happened in August. It had been raining for almost a week in Bijapur. Mom had her first class at 7.35 AM and was teaching in her College. There was lot of construction going on in her college. There were just 4 girls in her class that day since it was raining. Mom started her class, and during that same time some cement and a few bricks fell from the roof of the classroom. Mom and the girls joked that they would all runaway if the building collapsed. As they were speaking and laughing, the roof collapsed and the door completely jammed. The girls and Mom couldn’t get out of the door, so Mom asked everyone of them to jump out of the window which they broke open.

Two of the girls escaped, the third girl was about to jump out of the window when the window collapsed and crushed her left hand completely. She was bleeding profusely and her hand was completely jammed.

Our Mom had another window to escape, and as she was about to jump out of the window the entire window and part of the ceiling collapsed on her head. Mom was bleeding profusely and lost consciousness. This was just the first class, and it was around 8.05 AM. The college staff went crazy and called ambulance. They called my Father who was working in Sainik School, Bijapur. Since this was an accident, Mom and the remaining two girls were taken to the Civil Hospital near Sainik School. A girl from Mom’s college came home, I opened the door and she had my Mom’s bag and slippers. As soon as I saw that, I knew something really bad had happened. She told me my Mom was in a terrible accident and in Civil Hospital and that we had to rush there immediately to see her.

My brother, sister and I rushed to the hospital. Our Dad was waiting there. Mom was not conscious. She was in the ICU for almost a week. We couldn’t talk to her. She kept screaming anytime she got her senses back. The only thing she remembered for weeks was the accident. My Sister and I were still in High School. So, my Father had to stay at night with my Mom in the Hospital. My Father who until now had never asked anything from God or our Beloved Rayaru said he prayed for my Mom. He asked God and Rayaru to save her for his three kids. I should mention that I have not seen one day in my entire life my Dad missing Sandhyavandana or not reciting Rayara Ashtotra.

Even after 3-4 weeks there was no change in Mom’s condition. In the meantime, our Mysore Ajji, Uncles and Aunts rushed to Bijapur seeing the news in the newspaper. Ajji took over taking care of Mom and all of us. When Mom was allowed to travel, Dad took her to NIHMANS in Bangalore where they performed a brain scan. They found out at that point that she had a hair line fracture. If the fracture was 1 mm to the left or right she would have been completely mad or in coma. The Neurosurgeon told our Father that Mom was really lucky.

Of course, there is no luck here. It was the ultimate devotion to our beloved Rayaru that both my parents had which saved her life. Mom struggled for almost a year with severe head ache. When she woke up, her eyes used to be blood red. Slowly and steadily with medication, lots of love from Dad, Ajji, relatives and her three kids and above all God’s grace Mom was her old self. She continued working in SECAB college until her retirement.

As I was chatting with my Mom today over the phone, we recollected this incident. Mom keeps telling me that I am a great devotee of Rayaru, and I reminded her that it is all in my gene because of her. We talked a lot about this incident, and that’s when I told her I am going to post about this incident in my blog. This is just a reminder that with our Bhakthi and devotion and sincere prayers, our Beloved Rayaru can change our fate. That’s why he is called ” Kalpavriksha Kamadhenu”. That’s why he remained back in earth to help his devotees.

Stay tuned for many more miracles….

MAY SHREE RAGHAVENDRA SWAMY BLESS ONE AND ALL.

 

 

Another Miracle – Foot Pain which Disappeared

For those of you following this blog, many of you know that I had been suffering with severe foot pain the past 7 years. The pain started sometime in 2005. I underwent many treatments from Orthotics, Physical Therapy, CorticoSteroids, MRI, Nerve Conduction study, Bone scan. We spent thousands of dollars for medical in spite of having insurance. The pain was unbearable in my right foot. Once Orthopadeic surgeon treated me for Plantar Fasciitis. Another said there was a big gap between the bones and hence the pain. Long story short, nothing helped and I took strong pain killers for many years. I was suggested to undergo a major surgery which I was not willing.

My foot pain was a great cause of worry for my Parents and also my Mother-in-Law. Every time I called them, without fail they asked me about my foot pain. Everyone I knew personally, had seen me suffer. The one and only question everyone asked me when they saw me or talked to me was” Meera, how is your foot pain?”. I had suffered with this foot pain for so many years.  I constantly wore special shoes for 5 years even at home. Didn’t attend many functions for fear of not able to wear the shoes.

I wore this boot for the most part of 2007-2008 and 2009. With this boot in place, I traveled all over United States for work as well. Can you imagine seeing the image how uncomfortable it must have been?

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The boots did help me travel and bear the pain. However, by evening I would have swelling and not able to do any work. My Husband and Daughter( who still was in Middle and later High School) did most of the household work in the night.

I wrote a couple posts in this blog about a few misdiagnosis as well. Read them here:

So, the pain continued, the treatments continued, money was spent like water, and the end result was a big zero.

Than came my visit to India in October 2009. I decided maybe I can find some good Doctors in Bangalore, and get an answer. So, went to India with bucket full of hope. I saw many Doctors (famous and the not so famous), each and everyone had a different suggestion. Again, spent money like crazy hoping to find a solution. Came back home empty handed and with great disappointment.

Around November 2009, as I was climbing upstairs to go to bed, my Daughter followed me. She sat with me next to my bed and asked how was my foot pain. I had enough by this time and just broke down. I said to her ” Why am I suffering so much? Why can’t any Doctor find a solution to my problem? I have had enough, if in the next few months Raghavendra Swamy doesn’t cure my foot pain, I am not going to pray.What is the benefit of waking up everyday, praying sincerely without asking anything? If he cannot cure my Foot pain which none of the Doctors have been able to do, what use is he? I went on and on. Tears flowing my eyes, I said this is it. I will continue praying to Raghavendra Swamy until his Birthday in 2010, I will give him enough time to cure my foot pain. I will recite his name 108 times everyday, and also his Stotra. However, if the foot pain remains as is, there will not be any more prayers.”

I continued my prayers and my medication. The day of Sree Raghavendra Swamy’s birthday came. And my Foot pain had vanished. The past two years I visited many places, 5 visits to India, several visits to clients here in the United States, and not even once have I complained about my foot pain. I can walk like anyone else, and run like anyone else.

Everyone who has met me is surprised with this sudden change. The foot pain just vanished and the one and only reason being the utmost devotion to our beloved Sree Raghavendra Swamy. That one day, I sincerely asked him to cure my pain, and in that pain threatened to not pray at all.  I felt there was one and only one person who could cure my pain and that was Sree Raghavendra Swamy.

Long story short, it was a miracle of our beloved Rayaru that the pain which troubled me for many many years was gone with no surgery and no medication. I don’t wear any shoes anymore, and don’t take any steroids or any other pain killers. I work, travel, clean the house, and do everything on my own now. No pain, nothing. Absolute miracle from our beloved Rayaru.

 

Visit to Guatemala

I visited Guatemala last week for work. I was in this country for 4 days and had a chance to take a taxi ride and see the City for nearly 4 hours. Guatemala – means Land of Trees. And yes, it is indeed a Land of Trees. The city is covered entirely with mountains, and it has three active volcanoes.

I took some pictures of the city. Take a look.

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I also visited the fruit and vegetable market.

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Clean roads, tall buildings and the city getting ready for Christmas.

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The court and the state house.

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The hotel where I stayed in Guatemala City.

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The airport.

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Guatemala is a meat eating place. People didn’t even know what vegetarian means. It was hard to explain in English what I needed since it is a Spanish speaking country. Anyway, I tried to eat as little as possible, and it was mostly salad, bread, soup.

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Even though it was a short trip, I enjoyed the place. The people are amazing and very nice. If you get a chance, definitely visit Guatemala.

Sahasra Chandra Darshana – Sri B.G.Subbarao

I had promised all of you that I will post the pictures of the Sahasra Chandra Darshana performed for my Father Sri B.G.Subbarao on October 20th 2013 at Sree Vyasarayara Mutta, Basavanagudi, Bangalore. This function is performed when one is 80 years old. Sahasra is 1000, so it is a way of saying thanks to the Lord for having blessed us to see 1000 Full Moon over the past 80 years. It is a rare function since it is not common for both Husband and wife to be alive.

We enjoyed this function, and my Father was very happy. We are blessed to have done this function the way he wanted. May Lord the Almighty and our beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on our Father.

Enjoy the pictures. We had a professional who took pictures and video. These pictures are from the album we have. Click on the pictures to see a bigger version. I have been sensitive and posted the pictures only of my Father, Mother, Grandmother and the Priest. Didn’t want to post pictures of anyone else online and offend them.

1. Outside the Temple.

012. Different Deities in the temple.

023. Navagraha and other pooje. You can see my parents in this picture.

044. Sahasra Chandra Darshana Homa

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5. How often can you see your Parents getting married? Such an amazing picture.

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6. Father applying kumkum to Mother

DSC_01267. Exchanging of Garlands.

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8. My Parents with my Grandmother, dearly called Mysore Ajji. Ajji is 96 years old and came from Mysore to see the function of her Son-in-Law.

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9. Mother and Daughter

DSC_023510. A final Goodbye from my Parents, saying thanks to one and all.

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11. Last but not the least a quick reminder of the date and the function.

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Blog Break – Visting India

I am so very excited to let you all know that I am traveling to Bangalore, India early next week. My Sister is accompanying me. My family and my Sister’s family are unable to join us since they have work, and school. We will miss them all each and every moment.

We are visiting India to celebrate the 80th birthday of our Father.

We will be visiting Mantralaya, Tirupathi and a few other places. We will be in India for two weeks.

It is unbelievable that I will be seeing our beloved Rayaru, Lord Sreenivasa. The last time I visited Mantralaya was in 2009, and Tirupathi was in 2006. So, it is going to be a very fun and exciting trip.

I am going to bring back lots of memories, pictures, books, and many more articles to post. I am not sure I would have too much time to write from Bangalore. So, no more posts until end of October. Hopefully, I will be able to add some posts in time for Diwali.

HAPPY DASARA – NAVARATHRI TO ONE AND ALL.

Blog Turns 6 Years Old

I am so glad to let you all know that 6 years back, on September 22nd 2007 I started this blog. It was going to be a personal space where I could upload lyrics, pooja vidhana, and recipes. The main intent was that my Daughter would use it later in her life when she had a family of her own. :)

Initially, there were 100-150 visitors each day, and around 3000 visitors a month. Slowly, it changed as the posts went on increasing. In the past 3 years, on a regular day the blog has close to 4000 visitors, and on festivals around 10,000 visitors. On an average, around 80,000 –  100,000 a month. This is just amazing. The total views to-date is 3,525,719.

Now coming to comments. There are around 10,000 comments. Many leave comments here, and many of you write to me personally as well. I just can’t believe the love and affection so many have showed me during this 6 year journey of the blog. There are many good, bad and ugly comments. Good comments motivate me and make me spend more time on the blog. It is hard to find time, but your comments inspire me a lot. Bad comments make me think about the person who wrote them. Would they be willing to say the same thing to me if in case they meet me personally? I don’t think so. Social media makes it easy for people to disguise themselves and say bad things. I do publish these bad comments. However, when it comes to ugly comments, I just don’t even bother to publish them. There are too many bad elements in this world, and why bother about people who have so much negativity in them, right?

Than comes Contributors. Like you have seen over the past 6 years, there are many who contribute lyrics, videos, audios, PDF files, recipes. A big thanks to each and everyone who has contributed. Without your help and contribution, there wouldn’t be 722 posts. This blog wouldn’t have reached this height without your contribution.

Than there are those who come to me at temples, and other places and ask me if I am Meera. They congratulate me on the blog, and tell me how it has helped them on many occasions. Many many thanks to each and everyone of you who came to me and talked. It does make a huge difference.

Once again, thanks to everyone. Visitors, commenters, contributors, and silent readers.

I would like to thank my Husband Raghavendra and Daughter Sneha who are so proud of this blog, and help me in every step.

Last but not the least, I would like to thank the Lord Almighty without his blessings this blog wouldn’t be possible.

Thanks a MILLION TO EVERYONE WHO VISITS.

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