How to perform Seva for Sree Raghavendra Swamy

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Many of you have asked me about details on performing seva to our beloved Rayaru at home. The link for performing seva at Mantralaya has been posted already. For more details see this post:

I have documented below how we perform seva at my place. This is how I have been doing seva, my Mom, my Sister, My Grandmother and other relatives perform seva. The rituals you follow may be different. So, follow this only if you wish. If you disagree with any of the rituals, better consult a priest or contact the Mutt and find out. I have documented it as a Q&A.

Q. 1: When to perform Seva?

A.1: Perform seva on days you know you will be able to devote the days you wish to perform seva. At any cost, the number of days should not be changed once you start the seva.

Q.2: How many days to perform Seva?

A. 2: Odd number of days. 1,3,5, 7 and so on.

Q.3: What to do if something happens while performing the seva?

A.3: For example, if someone dies, or some other untoward incident happens for which there is a Mailige( not sure what it is called in English) than you stop the seva immediately.

Q.4: Do we always have to keep a coconut?

A.4: Yes, if you are doing the seva for a specific reason, you have to keep a coconut when you do sankalpa.

Q.5: Do I completely fast while doing Seva?

A.5: You can eat just 1 lunch. No breakfast, no dinner. Maybe some milk and fruits in the night.

Q.6: Can I work during seva?

A.6: Yes, you can continue working while doing seva. However, no traveling.

Q.7: Should I take head bath everyday?

A.7: Yes, one should take head bath everyday.

Q.8 What clothes can be worn?

A.8: While performing seva for Rayaru, clothes which are washed and dried separately are supposed to be worn.

Q.9: What Pooje do I perform?

A.9: First, perform daily pooje for God. Next, perform pooje to Rayaru. Offer Coconut, Fruits,  flowers, light lamps, perform aarathi. Recite Rayara Ashtotra, and many more lyrics posted on this blog.

Q.10. Do we perform pooje in the evening also? Should I take shower in the evening also?

A.10. Yes, we perform pooje in the evening also. Many say women shouldn’t shower in the evening. However, since we would have touched so many other people during the day, and at work, we used to shower ( no head bath) in the evening also.

Q.11: How do we decorate the pooja room?

A.11 : As you would decorate for any other pooja. Place a coconut on the right side, and don’t touch it until you finish the seva.

Q.12: What flowers to offer?

A.12: We all know our beloved Rayaru loves Roses, so offer Roses. If not available, Jasmine is also fine.

Q.13: What to eat?

A.13: Food with no onion and garlic is eaten. Like I said, just lunch. No dinner, no breakfast. No store brought food. All food should be cooked fresh everyday.

Q.14: What to do with the coconut?

A.15: The day you finish the seva, break the coconut and share it with all your family members.

Q.15: Do we get a dream after the Seva?

A.15: If your bhakthi and devotion has reached our beloved Rayaru, he will definitely come in your dream as himself, or someone else and bless you. In many cases in our relatives we have had dream where an old priest gave us a purna phala, which is coconut, phala mantrakshate, flowers and so on.

A few in my family has never had a dream. So, don’t get disappointed if you don’t get any dream.

Q.16: Other than work, and pooje what else do I do?

A.16: Most time during the seva is spent chanting Rayaru’s name and reading devotional books. No watching TV, no movies, no extra curricular activities.

Q.17: Where to sleep?

A.17: No sleeping on mattress. Sleep on a chape. Remember, you are trying to give your utmost devotion & Bhakti. There are many who complain about the rituals, just remember we are doing this since we want. No one is forcing us to do this. If you don’t agree, and think just your Bhakti is enough, so be it.

Q18: Where can find all the songs and lyrics to recite?

A18: This blog has several songs and lyrics. Take a look at the following link:

P.S: Since many of you have asked, hence this post. I have documented what I have been doing. Like you all know, I am a great devotee of Rayaru, and I am even more tough while performing seva. So, this is just a guideline. Make any changes you wish.

MAY OUR BELOVED RAYARU BLESS ONE AND ALL WHO PERFORM HIS SEVA.

Upcoming Shravana Masa Festivals – August-September 2015

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As per Uttaradimatta Panchanga, this year in Manmatha Nama Samvatsara, Shravana Masa starts from August 15th and ends on September 13th.

There are many festivals during this month and as always I will re-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 2015.

Mangala Gowri Vrata

All details for this festival can be found here:

Vrata Details.

  • August 18th – Tuesday

  • August 25th – Tuesday

  • September 1st – Tuesday

  • September 8th – Tuesday

Nagara Chathurthi & Panchami

Pooja Details.

  • August 18th – Tuesday – Nagara Chathurthi

  • August 19th – Wednesday– Nagara Panchami

Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja

Pooja Details.

  • August 21st – Friday

  • August 28th – Friday

  • September 4th – Friday

  • September 11th – Friday

Vara MahaLakshmi  Pooja Vrata

Vrata Details.

  • August 28th – Friday

Sree Raghavendra Swamy  Aaradhane

Aaradhane Details

  • August 30th – Sunday– Sree Raghavendra Swamy Poorva Aaradhane

  • August 31st – Monday – Sree Raghavendra Swamy Madya Aaradhane

  • September 1st – Tuesday– Sree Raghavendra Swamy Uttara Aaradhane

Sree Krishna Jayanthi – Sri Krishna Janmashtami

Janmashtami Pooja Details

  • September 5th – Saturday

 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.

Upakarma(Rigveda and Yajurveda) – August 28th and 29th 2015

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 28th and 29th 2015 – Rigvedics on 28th and Yajurvedis on 29th August 2015

Check your local panchanga to find out the exact date.

Did you know that Upakarma means “Beginning” in Sanskrit.

For more details on Upakarma, visit the Mantralaya site listed below:

And the procedure is very well explained in Sumadhwaseva web site. It has the YAGNOPAVEETA DHARANA VIDHI in Kannada, Sanskrit, Telugu and English.

Attached below is the link:

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.

Ashtadala Padma Rangoli – ಅಷ್ಟದಳ ಪದ್ಮ ರಂಗೋಲಿ

For the greatest Lakshmi pooja, Sree VaraMahalakshmi I have practiced and  learnt how to draw the Ashtadala Padma Rangoli – ಅಷ್ಟದಳ ಪದ್ಮ ರಂಗೋಲಿ. I have drawn this on my notebook so it is easy to practice and draw the same for the Festival on Friday. As soon as I have the picture drawn for the pooje, I will post that as well. Once you draw for the Festival, share with me the image.

  • Draw one dot at the center.
  • Four dots at four corners.

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  • Continue with 4 dots in between these four corners.rang2
  • Join dots 1 -3 and back to 1. 1,3,1.

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  • The next set of 1, 3 and 1  as shown below.

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  • Now join dots 2,4 and 2.

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Join 2,4, 2 a second time as shown below

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Quick and easy.

One last time, lets recap the Rangoli.

  1. One dot at center
  2. Four dots at four corners
  3. Four dots in between these four corners. So, totally 8 corners
  4. Join 1,3 and back to 1 in two corners
  5. Join 2,4 and 2 in the second two corners

Kamadhenu Kshetra Aaradhane Invitation

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Sree Gurushesh has sent the invitation for 2015 Kamadhenu Kshetra Aaradhane Invitation. If you are in Bangalore, or able to travel there during the Aaradhane, visit Kamadhenu Kshetra and get the blessings of our beloved Rayaru.

I have posted several updates on Kamadhenu Kshetra in this blog.

You can find all of the links attached below.

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Click on the images to see them enlarged.

For more details contact:

Gurushesh
(Managing Trustee)
Kamadhenu Kshetra
Sri Gururaghavendra Sevashrama Trust (R)
Mobile : 9964465860
E-mail : srigurusevashrama@gmail.com
Web     : www.kamadhenukshetra.com

The Address at Bangalore if you wish to visit:

Kammasandra Main Road,
Vaddarahalli, Kadabagere Post,
Dasanapura Hobli,
Bangalore North Taluk,
Bangalore City Dist.

Friday Lakshmi Devi & Chamundeshwari Pictures

Sharing a few pictures from Facebook of Goddess Lakshmi Devi and Goddess Chamundeshwari.

Kolhapur Lakshmi Devi

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Kolhapur Lakshmi Devi

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Goddess Tiruchaanoor Padmaavati

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Mysore Chamundeshwari Devi

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Kolhapur Lakshmi Devi

IMG_4428All credit to the people who took the pictures. Many thanks to them.

Shri Raghavendra Swami Aradhana Mahothsavam – 29 & 30 August 2015

SBAT temple here in Maryland is celebrating our Beloved Raghavendra Swamy Aaradhane on 29th and 30th. Attached below is the invite. If you are close by in the DC area please visit. And let me know as well, so I can meet you at the temple.

SBAT-Aaradhane

“Guru Pushya Yoga” Mantralaya Pictures

Guru Pushya Yoga Pictures

Guru Pushya Yoga Pictures

Some amazing pictures of “Guru Pushya Yoga” function held in Mantralaya. I hope you all had a chance to recite the name of our Beloved Rayaru.

Link attached below:

“Guru Pushya Yoga” Mantralaya Pictures

Sree Raghavendra Swamy Brindavana

Sree Raghavendra Swamy Brindavana

P.S: Image Courtesy : http://www.raghavendramutt.org/

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