Nava Grahas and Planets

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Image Credit: http://dvtmangalore.org/parivar.htm

Every time we visited a temple and there was a Nava Graha temple, I recited the following sloka, and also taught it religiously to my Daughter. Even now, when we visit a temple which has Nava Grahas, I keep asking her “Sneha, do you remember the Nava Graha Stotra”. And as all daughters do, she rolls her eyes and recites the mantra.

Namah Sooryaya Chandraya Mangalaya Budhaya Cha
Guru Shukra Shanibhyascha Raahave Ketave Namaha
What it means is – My Salutations to Soorya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Mangala (Mars) and Budha
(Mercury). I also salute Guru (Jupiter), Shukra (Venus), Shani (Saturn) as well as Rahu and Ketu.

However, I never ever thought that there was any difference between the Nava Grahas and the Planets. I thought they were one and the same until I read this article.

As I was browsing through the web, I found a very interesting article which explains the difference between Nava Grahas and the Planets. When you look at the Nava Graha Stotra, Rahu and Ketu don’t belong to any planet. And this article clearly explains that they are actually classified as Chaya Graha(meaning shadow grahas, not the real ones).

Lord Narashima in my Dream

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I really have no clue what to make of the dream, but Monday early morning around 4.30 AM I saw Lord Narashima in my dream. I was thinking about the Satsangha we are having this coming Sunday, and wondering that my Beloved Rayaru had not come in my dream for a long long time.

I do have a Lord Narashima idol which was given to me by my Mom during my last visit. I do worship the idol everyday. But, to get the Lord in my dream was just chilling. There wasn’t much which happened in my dream, just that I was in a temple praying to Lord Narashima.

Humbled and also blessed to see our Beloved Rayaru’s Lord in my dream. As always, wanted to share with you all about this.

 

60 Samvatsara Names in Hindu Calendar

Samvatsara is one year in our Hindu calendar. There are 60  samvatsaras which repeat after one complete cirecle. The 60 unique names of the samvatsaras are listed below. 2016-2017 we had Drumukhi Nama Samvatsara. Next year 2017-2018 it is going to be Hevilambi Nama Samvatsara. Now you have an idea what Samvatsaras come year after year! Our Hindu calendar starts from Ugadi day. We are on the 30th one this year.

1. Prabhava – ಪ್ರಭವ

2. Vibhava – ವಿಭವ

3. Shukla – ಶುಕ್ಲ

4. Pramoda – ಪ್ರಮೋದ

5. Prajapatti – ಪ್ರಜಾಪತ್ತಿ

6. Angirasa – ಅಂಗಿರಸ

7. Shri Mukha – ಶ್ರೀಮುಖ

8. Bhava – ಭಾವ

9. Yuva – ಯುವ

10. Dhatri – ಧಾತ್ರಿ

11. Ishvara – ಈಶ್ವರ

12. Bahudhanya – ಬಹುಧನ್ಯಾ

13. Pramathi – ಪ್ರಮಥಿ

14. Vikrama – ವಿಕ್ರಮ

15. Vrisha – ವ್ರಿಷ

16. Chitrabhanu – ಚಿತ್ರಭಾನು

17. Svabhanu – ಸ್ವಭಾನು

18. Tarana – ತಾರಣ

19. Parthiva – ಪಾರ್ಥಿವ

20. Vyaya – ವ್ಯಯ

21. Sarvajeeth – ಸರ್ವಜಿತ್

22. Sarvadhari – ಸರ್ವಧಾರಿ

23. Virodhi – ವಿರೋಧಿ

24. Vikriti – ವಿಕೃತಿ

25. Khara – ಖರ

26. Nandana – ನಂದನ

27. Vijaya – ವಿಜಯ

28. Jaya – ಜಯ

29. Manmatha – ಮನ್ಮಥ

30. Durmukhi – ದುರ್ಮುಖೀ

31. Hevilambi – ಹೇವಿಳಂಬಿ

32. Vilambi – ವಿಳಂಬಿ

33. Vikari – ವಿಕಾರಿ

34. Sharvari – ಶಾರ್ವರೀ

35. Plava – ಪ್ಲವ

36. Shubhakruti – ಶುಭಕೃತಿ

37. Shobhakruti – ಶೋಭಕೃತಿ

38. Krodhi – ಕ್ರೋಧಿ

39. Vishvavasu – ವಿಶ್ವಾವಸು

40. Parabhava – ಪರಾಭವ

41. Plavanga – ಪ್ಲವಂಗ

42. Kilaka – ಕೀಲಕ

43. Saumya – ಸೌಮ್

44. Sadharana – ಸಾಧಾರಣ

45. Virodhikruthi – ವಿರೋಧಿಕೃತ್

46. Paridhavi – ಪರಿಧಾವಿ

47. Pramadicha – ಪ್ರಮಾದಿಚ

48. Ananda – ಆನಂದ

49. Rakshasa – ರಾಕ್ಷಸ

50. Anala – ನಲ

51. Pingala – ಪಿಂಗಲ

52. Kalayukti – ಕಾಲಯುಕ್ತ

53. Siddharthi – ಸಿದ್ಧಾರ್ಥೀ

54. Raudra – ರೌದ್ರ

55. Durmathi – ದುರ್ಮತೀ

56. Dundubhi – ದುಂದುಭೀ

57. Rudhirodgari – ರುಧಿರೋದ್ಗರಿ

58. Raktakshi – ರಕ್ತಾಕ್ಷೀ

59. Krodhana – ಕ್ರೋಧನ

60. Akshaya – ಅಕ್ಷಯ

Rayaru and Srimushnam

Being a part of the Rayara satsangha group has brought so much joy and so much information about our Beloved Rayaru. Mr. Rajaraman Nagarajan sends us Moola Brindavana pictures everyday without fail. We also get to see pictures of other deities which devotees share. One such picture which Mr. Rajaraman Nagarajan shared this week was about the place Rayaru lived in Srimushnam, and I remembered my Brother had written a detailed article about the same. And this was the right forum for me to tie together the picture and the article. All credit for the picture and article goes to Mr. Rajaraman Nagarajan and my Brother Ramesh. I pray to our beloved Rayaru to shower his choicest blessings on both of them.

Article Credit : My Brother Ramesh

Image Credit: Mr. Rajaraman Nagarajan

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Raghavendra Swamy is by far one of the most popular Madhwa saints. He is also perhaps the most well-known Madhwa seer but also the world over.

Over the years, there has been growing interest in Raghavendra Swamy his works, life and times and the many mathas or temples dedicated to Raghavendra Swamy. Almost every aspect of the life and times of Raghavendra Swamy has been so well documented that there is very little left of him that we do not know.

Yet, Rayaru is such a magnanimous person and the depth of his knowledge and  philosophy is so deep that we get the facts about the seer of Mantralaya and each passing day seems to bring in a new facet of his personality.

Though there is growing interest about Rayaru, there are still many things that are yet to become popular. One such aspect is the places where Rayaru spent time. Though we are all familiar with Bhuvanagiri, where he was born: Bichale where he spent thirteen years in the house of  his close devotee Appanacharya and Mantralaya where he entered Brindavana in 1671, there are many other places which are not as popular among visitors and pilgrims as these three places.

One such place is Srimushnam, one of the ten most holy Vaishnava shrines in the world. If Ayodhya is known as the birth place of Lord Rama and Mathura is associated with Krishna, Srimushnam is the revered Varaha Kshetra or the abode of Lord Vishnu or Hari.

Apart from being home to the Varaha Swamy temple, Srimushnam has another distinction which many are not aware of. It is here that Raghavendra Swamy is supposed to have spent close to twelve years.

A staunch Madhwa, Raghavendra worshipped the Varaha diety here and stayed in a house. This was much before he entered Bichale in Karnataka sometime in 1658.

Rayaru was born in Bhuvanagiri which is just a few kilometers from Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. Srimushnam too is near Chidambaram and Rayaru spent much of his formative years in the Mudarai- Kumbakonam-Thanjavur, Srirangam-Srimushnam belt for several years.

If he learnt Vedas, Shastras and other religious texts at Madurai, he took Deekshe at Thanjavur, joined the Sri Matha of Vijendra Theerta at Kumbakonam and spent years meditating at Srimushnam and worshipping Hari.

Rayaru stayed for years at a house in Srimushnam and this house can still be seen. The Nanjangud Mantralaya Matha, or the Sri Raghavenmdra Matha, took over the house in 2010 and constructed a temple dedicated to Raghavendra Swamy here.

The Nanjangud Raghavendra Swamy Matha is the official matha of Raghavendra Swamy and its name stems from the holy city of Nanjangud near Mysore which  has a Rayaru temple where there is an exquisite idol of Raghavendra Swamy. Since many seers of the Matha spent time here, the samshtahan came to be called as Nanjangud Mantralaya Matha.

The then seer of the Raghavendra Swamy Matha, Sushameendra Theertha, had wanted to develop a Raghavendra Swamy Matha at Srimushnam so that devotees and pilgrims can get accommodation and Theertha Prasada. He wanted to provide overnight accommodation to people.

He also wanted to renovate the house where Rayaru had lived.

His successor, Suyateendra Teertha Swamy, brought this idea into action. On November 24, 2010, he performed the Pratishtapana of Sri Rayaru and Sri Mukhyaprana in the premises of the old Rayara Mane or the home of Rayaru.

Incidentally, the stone for constructing the Brindavana was taken from the same segment in Madhavara, where the stone for the Moola Brindavana at Mantralaya was brought. It was Rayaru himself who had asked Dewan Venkanna to construct his Brindavana from the rock at Madhavara, which is near Mantralaya.

This makes the Brindavana of Raghavendra Swamy at Srimushnam the only other Brindavana apart from Mantralaya to be sculpted from the same stone.

Today, the house of Rayaru in Srimushnam has been transformed into a temple of Rayaru. The Mantralaya Matha maintains the home and matha and provides several facilities for pilgrims and devotees.

Another interesting fact about Srimushnam  for Madhwas is that Madhwacharya spent time during a Chaturmasa here and he gave some excellent discourses on Vishnu Purana, Bhagavath Geetha and other topics.

Srimushnam is today one of the foremost pilgrim centres for Vaishnavas. It is among the few places where we can see Varaha with his consort Bhoo Devi. It is also the place sanctified by Madhwacharya and Raghavendra Swamy.

This is also the place where Vyasa Raja or Vyasa Theertha and his guru, Sripadaraja, spent time as did Raghuttoma Theerta of Tirukoilur.

Incidentally, the Nanjangud Mantralaya matha has drawn up ambitious plans to develop the matha into a center of learning. It wants to expand the matha activities further so as to spread the Dwaitha tenet. It also plans to start a VedicSchool and a research center.

As of now, the newly established Matha  provides transit accommodation, Teertha Prasada (lunch) and other basic amenities for pilgrims.

For more details contact Nanjangud Sri Raghavendra Swamy Matha
No 1, North Car Street,
Srimushnam

608703
District: Cuddalore.

Tamil Nadu
Ph: 09486568218

Kartivirarjuna Mantra – iPhone

Since I posted the mantra for recovering lost items in 2009, I have seen hundreds of comments on this post. You can read the post here:

Last Saturday, we went to Costco the wholesale shop near my house to buy a few items for my Daughter Sneha who was home for Thanksgiving holiday. Just like all other girls, Sneha was excited seeing all the clothes and items on sale. We went around for almost an hour stocking up the cart, and when we were almost ready to leave Sneha says ” Mom Dad where is my iPhone?”. We were like it is with you, and we hurriedly went through all the items in the cart and the phone was found nowhere. we looked in all of our coats, pockets and handbags. Being a Saturday, Costco was jam packed with people. we were very sure we will not find the phone.

We were so upset, and I told her “Sneha, let us recite our Kartivirarjuna Mantra”. We started reciting the mantra and went to the main entrance and started to trace back our steps. I told her, have you enabled Find my iPhone, can we test it? She took my iPhone, entered the required details, and it showed us the phone was in the store and we started walking towards the direction the phone started giving us. And there it was ringing in between 4 pairs of jeans. My Husband was close there, and he immediately got the phone.

So, our great Kartivirarjuna Mantra and Find my iPhone helped us find the phone. All is well that ends well.

Just wanted to share with you all this incident. We have to do our part and leave everything else to God to help us.

Shree Raghavendra Prarthane

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Post Details: My Brother Ramesh.

Image Courtesy : SRSMUTT

The Raghavendra Prarthana is composed by Sri Guru Jagannatha Dasaru of Kosigi.

Guru Jaganntha Dasaru has composed several songs on Raghavendra Swamy.  Apart from Raghavendra Vijaya, he is the author of  Raghavendra Vybhava, Raghavendra Mahatme, Raghavendra Karavalamba Stotra, Raghavendra Prarthana, Raghavendra Sahasra Namavali, Raghavendra Aapaadee Mauli Sotra, Raghavendra Sarva Karma Samarpana Strotra, Raghavendra Astakam and Raghavendra Ashawa Dhati Stotra.

The Raghavendra Prarthana is a beautiful composition on Rayaru and it is a prayer to the Seer of Mantralaya.

Here goes the Kannada and English lyrics.

ಅಹೀಶಾಂಶಮೀಶಂ ಸಮೀರೇಣ ಯುಕ್ತಂ
ಸರೋಜಾಯತಾಕ್ಷಂ ಸುದಾಸೈಕಪೂಜ್ಯಮ್|
ವದಾನ್ಯಂ ಸುಮಾನ್ಯಂ ವರೇಣ್ಯಂ ಶರಣ್ಯಂ
ಗುರುಂ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಂ ಸದಾಽಹಂ ನಮಾಮಿ      ||೧||

ಸದಾ ಮಂದಹಾಸಂ ಸುಪೂರ್ಣೇಂದುವಕ್ತ್ರಂ
ಲಸಚ್ಚೇಲಭೂಷಂ ಸ್ಮರಸ್ಯಾತಿದೂರಮ್|
ನಮತ್ಕಾಮಧೇನುಂ ಹರಂತಂ ಮನೋ ಮೇ
ಅಘಧ್ವಂಸಿನಂ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಂ ಭಜಾಮಿ                ||೨||

ಭಜತ್ಕಲ್ಪವೃಕ್ಷಂ ಭವಾಬ್ಧ್ಯೇಕಪೋತಂ
ಮಹಾನಂದತೀರ್ಥಂ ಕವೀಂದ್ರಾಬ್ಜಮಿತ್ರಮ್|
ಧರಾದೇವಪಾಲಂ ರಮಾನಾಥಲೋಲಂ
ತ್ಯಜತ್ಕಾಮಜಾಲಂ ಭಜೇ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಮ್           ||೩||

ನ ಯಾಚೇ ಗಜೇಂದ್ರಂ ನರೇಂದ್ರಾಧಿಪತ್ಯಂ
ನ ಯಾಚೇಽಮರತ್ವಂ ನ ಲೋಕಾಧಿಪತ್ಯಮ್ |
ನ ಜಾಯಾಂ ನ ಪುತ್ರಂ ನ ಶಿಷ್ಯಾಲಿಮನ್ನಂ
ನ ಭಾಗ್ಯಂ ಗುರೋ ದೇಹಿ ತೆಏ ಪಾದದಾಸ್ಯಮ್         ||೪||

ಘನಾನಂದಸಾರಂ ನವಾಂಭೋದನೀಲಂ
ಮುರಾರಾತಿಮಿತ್ರಂ ತ್ರಿಲೋಕೀಶರಣ್ಯಮ್ |
ಪರಾಭೂತಶೊಕಂ ಸುರಾರಾತಿಜಾತಂ
ರಾಮನಾಥಪೋತಂ ಭಜೇ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಮ್          ||೫||

ಧರಾದೇವದಂತಾಂಶುಜಾತಸ್ರವಂತೀ-
ತಟೋಲ್ಲಾಸಿ ರಾಮಾಭಿರಾಮಾಂಘ್ರಿದಾಸಮ್ |
ಸುಧಾಮ್ನಾಂ ಲಲಾಮಂ ಕೃತೋದ್ಧಾಮಚರ್ಯಂ
ಪರಿವ್ರಾಡಧೀಶಂ ಭಜೇ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಮ್              ||೬||

ಮಹಾನಂದತೀರ್ಥಬ್ಧಿಮೀನಾಯಮಾನಂ|
ಸುಗೇಯಂ ಸುಬೋಧಂ ಸುಲೀಲಾಂಶುಜಾಲಮ್ |
ಮಹಾನಂದಗಾಢಂ ಸದಾ ಸದ್ವಿನೋದಂ
ಗುರುಂ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಂ ಭಜೇ ಸಾರ್ವಭೌಮಮ್      ||೭||

ಭಜೇ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಂ ಭಜೇ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಂ
ಭಜೇ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಂ ಭಜೇ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಮ್ |
ನಮಸ್ಯಾಮಿ ನಿತ್ಯಂ ನಮಸ್ಯಾಮಿ ನಿತ್ಯಂ
ನಮಸ್ಯಾಮಿ ನಿತ್ಯಂ ನಮಸ್ಯಾಮಿ ನಿತ್ಯಮ್            ||೮||

ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥನಾ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಸ್ಯ ಲೋಕಕ್ಷೇಮಾಭಿಲಾಷಿಣಾ |
ಸ್ವಾಮಿನಾ ರಚಿತಾ ಸೈಷಿ ಸರ್ವಾಭೀಷ್ಟಫಲಪ್ರದಾ ||

ಇತಿ ಶ್ರೀಗುರುಜಗನ್ನಾಥದಾಸಾರ್ಯವಿರಚಿತ ಶ್ರೀರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಪ್ರಾರ್ಥನಾ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣಂ

||ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣಾರ್ಪಣಮಸ್ತು||

The English lyrics of Raghavendra Prarthana is as follows:

ahIshaaMshamIshaM samIrENa yuktaM0
sarOjaayataakShaM sudaasaikapUjyam|
vadaanyaM sumaanyaM varENyaM sharaNyaM
guruM raaGavEMdraM sadaa&haM namaami       ||1||

sadaa maMdahaasaM supUrNERMduvaktraM
lasaccElabhUShaM smarasyaatidUram|
namatkaamadhEnuM haraMtaM manO mE
aGadhvaMsinaM raaGavEMdraM bhajaami        ||2||

bhajatkalpavRukShaM bhavaabdhyEkapOtaM
mahaanaMdatIrthaM kavIMdraabjamitram|
dharaadEvapaalaM ramaanaathalOlaM
tyajatkaamajaalaM bhajE raaGavEMdram       ||3||

na yaacE gajEMdraM narEMdraadhipatyaM
na yaacE&maratvaM na lOkaadhipatyam |
na jaayaaM na putraM na shiShyaalimannaM
na bhaagyaM gurO dEhi teE paadadaasyam     ||4||

GanaanaMdasaaraM navaaMbhOdanIlaM
muraaraatimitraM trilOkIsharaNyam |
paraabhUtashokaM suraaraatijaataM
raamanaathapOtaM bhajE raaGavEMdram        ||5||

dharaadEvadaMtaaMshujaatasravaMtI-
taTOllAsi raamaabhiraamaaMGridaasam |
sudhaamnaaM lalaamaM kRutOddhaamacaryaM
parivraaDadhISaM bhajE raaGavEMdram        ||6||

mahaanaMdatIrthabdhimInaayamaanaM|
sugERyaM subOdhaM sulIlaaMSujaalam |
mahaanaMdagaaDhaM sadaa sadvinOdaM
guruM raaGavEMdraM bhajE saarvabhoumam     ||7||

bhajE raaghavEMdraM bhajE raaghavEMdraM
bhajE raaghavEMdraM bhajE raaghavEMdram |
namasyaami nityaM namasyaami nityaM
namasyaami nityaM namasyaami nityam        ||8||

praarthanaa raaGavEMdrasya lOkakShEmaabhilaaShiNaa |
svaaminaa racitaa saiShi sarvaabhIShTaphalapradaa ||

iti shrIgurujagannaathadaasaaryaviracita shrIrAGavEMdrapraarthanaa saMpUrNaM

8 Million All Times Hits to Kalpavriksha Kamadhenu – Thank You

I had never imagined having so many visitors visit this blog even in my wildest dreams. I had posted about 7 Million in April 22, 2016, and within a few months to have another million is just unimaginable.

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THANKS TO ALL OF YOU. Let us keep our culture alive, spread our customs and traditions in a good way and above all spread tolerance and patience.

None of this would have been possible without the blessings of Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru.

I have gone silent for the past few months, have gone through some tough challenges in personal life. It was tough to keep faith during those challenges, and our Beloved Rayaru has his own way of showing light and making us feel secure once again.  I promise all of you that I will keep posting regularly and keep this blog lively once again.

THANKS AGAIN. AND HERE IS TO WISHING WE WILL REACH ANOTHER MILLION IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

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