Ugadi – Vilambhi Nama Samvatsara(ವಿಲಂಬಿ ನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ) – March 18 2018

The new year for all Hindus starts from March 18th 2018 Sunday. This year it is Vilambhi Nama Samvatsara(ವಿಲಂಬಿ ನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ) . Please check your local calendars for the exact date.

Panchanga for Uttaradi Math  is available online. Within the next week I will post important dates for the year 2018 and 2019 of festivals and other important events.

Panchangas for Raghavendra Mutta is available online and posted in this blog as well.

Download Kannada Panchanga


During Ugadi, the leaves of neem also called Bevu ಬೇವು is mixed with jaggery called Bella ಬೆಲ್ಲ; and is distributed on the occasion. Neem, which is extremely bitter in taste( Kahi) , and jaggery which is sweet and delicious, signify the two different aspects of human life – joy and sorrow.

Authentic Madhwa Recipes page posted on the right hand side has several recipes you can prepare:



Happy Ugadi – 2018


Wish you all a very happy and prosperous NEW YEAR – Vilambi Nama Samvatsara. May Lord Venkateshwara and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on this occasion on all of us.

Please find attached 2018-2019 handy calendar in both Kannada and English.


I have posted these two calendars for easy access on the 2018-2019 Important Dates side bar.

2018-2019 Important Dates.

Holiness Parama Poojya Sri 1008 Sri Sugunendra Teertha Swamiji in Atlanta USA

His Holiness Parama Poojya *Sri 1008 Sri Sugunendra Teertha Swamiji doing sanchara in Atlanta area, USA.*
Sri HariVayu Gurubhyo Namah

Sri Sugunendra Teertha Gurubhyo Namah…

By the grace of Sri Hari Vayu Gurugalu, we are fortunate and blessed to have been graced by the visit of His *Holiness Parama Poojya Sri 1008 Sri Sugunendra Teertha Swamiji* Chief Pontiff of Puthige Matha to Atlanta. Sri Swamiji started his sanchara from Greenville, South Carolina from 4th March, and is now in Atlanta, and will be there till about 20th March.
During this sanchara period, Poojya Swamiji will perform the maha pooja to Sri Vitthala Davaru, Sri Lakshmi Bhuvaraha, Sri Srikara Narayana, Sri Dhanvantari and several other deities passed on in the glorious lineage of Sri Puthige Matha, some of which were worshiped by the preceptor of the lineage, Sri Upendra Teertha, and are 750 years old.
Sri Swamiji will also perform evening Tottilu Pooja to Lord Sri Krishna in the houses of various devotees.
Additionally, Sudarshana homa and Taptamudradharana will be organized for devotees on Sunday, 11th March, in northern Atlanta. Madhwa priest services are also available during this time for any religious functions like Homa, ShashtiAbdaPoorthi, shraddha etc
Devotees are encouraged to host Swamiji for pooja or perform Swamiji’s pada pooja during this unique visit. It is the fortune of many births to bring home the deities worshiped by some of the greatest seers in the Madhwa tradition, and to have darshana of them.
Devotees may utilize this unique opportunity to further their pursuit of jnana, bhakti and vairagya, and obtain the blessings of Sri Sri Sugunendra Teertha Swamiji.

*Please contact Sandarsh Bharadwaj (SC) 864 593 4270 or
Gokul Venkatesan (Atlanta/GA) – 404 782 9685 *

if you are interested for details of this sanchara, or to schedule padapooja/mahapooja/tottilu pooja.

Please pass on this information to your relatives / friends in Atlanta Area.
Madhwantargata Srikrishnarpanamastu

Chief Secretary

Green Chutney – Coriander Chutney

We had 3 bunches of coriander leaves and wanted to use it to the full extent. So, decided to make this quick simple and spicy green chutney. Tasted very good with Rava Idli. Gather all ingredients, grind and eat. 3 simple steps to make this delicious chutney. The chat masala gives it a very tangy taste. Loved it.


  1. 2 bunches fresh coriander leaves
  2. 3/4 cup groundnuts
  3. 5 green chillies
  4. 1 inch grated ginger
  5. 1 tsp lemon juice
  6. salt to taste, and 1/4 tsp sugar
  7. 1/2 tsp Chat Masala
  8. 1 tsp Oil


  1. Fry the groundnuts for 5-6 minutes on a pan. You can also microwave the same for 2-3 minutes. Make sure the groundnuts don’t burn. Let it cool
  2. Now, add all the ingredients from 1-8 and grind to a smooth paste.

Shri Uttaradi Math Apps for Apple and Android Phones

It is just amazing how much I learn from our monthly satsangha. Yesterday, it was hosted by Ms. Vani Keshav. And while doing sankalpa my sister Suma showed me the Shri Uttaradi Math Panchanga App on her iPhone. I tried downloading it today and was searching for Shri Uttaradi Math Panchanga and couldn’t find anything in the AppStore.

So, went online on and found the app for both iPhone and Android. Very handy to do sankalpa everyday while performing pooje. Of course you should remember to take your phone even to the pooja room.

The other thing I found out was Stotra App. This is quite amazing and has at least a couple we recite during every Satsangha. Vishnu Sahasranama, Lakshmi song, Shree Yantrodhara Hanumath Stotra, Rayaru stotra. And for many who keep on asking these in Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit, the UM Stotra has it in all languages.


Download the app and get the blessings from our Lord, Goddess and Beloved Rayaru. Yaay Mobile Apps. A million thanks to the developers who developed these applications.



Update : Sree Raghavendra Swamy Birthday – February 22nd 2018

Rayaru 1

The birthday of our beloved Rayaru is on February 22nd 2018. Since the past 9 years, I have been posting regularly about giving a Birthday Gift to our Rayaru. What might a person like Rayaru need you may ask? He needs nothing materialistic since he left all those very early in his life. He needs our utmost love and devotion and sincere Bhakthi. And now you have an opportunity to show all these to our beloved Rayaru by giving him a gift which he loves immensely.

Yes, I and many in my family have been giving a little bit our time and chanting “Sree Raghavendraya Namaha” a minimum of 16,000 times. Once you complete the chanting, any number greater than 16,000 offer it our be beloved Rayaru. Start chanting and get the blessings from Sree Raghavendra Swamy.

Some tips on how I do the Japa Count:

1. Chant in the morning, and in the evening. Keep a notepad and write down how many you have chanted. I usually have an excel spreadsheet since it makes easy to count. No writing, just recite “Sree Raghavendraya Namaha”.

2. No head bath everyday, regular thing you do for every day Pooja. In the evening, no bath, again whatever you do to perform evening pooja. Wash your face, hands and legs and perform the chanting in the evening.

3. If I miss chanting a few days, I will make up the count during the weekends when I have time.

4. I recited 1080 times everyday in the morning. I have a Japa Mala with 108 beads, so used to chant 10 rounds everyday morning.

P.S: please send with your japa count. Thanks Harsha Avare.

Maha Shivaratri – 13th -14th February 2018


Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on 13 or 14th February 2018. Please check your local calendars. It is mandatory to visit the temple and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva during this day. In many customs they do fast on this day, but in our Madhwa tradition it is a festival and we do not fast. I remember visiting the Shiva Temple at Vijaya College in Bijapur which had 1001 Lingas along with my parents every year.

Both SBAT and SSVT temples have special pooje for Maha Shivaratri. The attraction in SBAT is Rayara Brindavana. The attraction in SSVT is Lord Venkateshwara. We will definitely visit one of the temples and get the blessings from Lord Shiva.

Attached below are prayers to say for Lord Shiva and seek his blessings.

Vandhe Sambhum Umaapathim Suragurum
Vandhe Jagath Kaaranam
Vandhe Pannaga Bhooshanam Mrigadharam
Vandhe Pasoonaam Pathim
Vandhe Soorya Sasaanga Vahnni Nayanam
Vandhe Mukundha Priyam
Vandhe Baktha Janaasryam Cha
Varadham Vandhe Sivam Sankaram


I bow to Sambu the Lord of Uma and the teacher of the Devas. I bow to the Lord Who is the root cause of the entire world. I bow to the Lord, Who has the serpent as His ornament, Who carries a deer. I bow to the Lord of all beings. I bow to the Lord Who has the Sun, the Moon and the Fire as His three eyes. I bow to Him Who is fond of Mukundha. I bow to Him, Who is the refuge of all devotees and Who grants boons to them. I bow to Siva, the creator of all auspicious things.

This blog has an entire page dedicated to Lord Shiva. Check the link below to find 20 lyrics on Lord Shiva:

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