Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday – January 28th 2021



The common interpretation of Pushyaarka Yoga is the combination of Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday or Sunday.This common interpretation is when moon entering Pushya nakshatra on Thursday  or Sunday is PushyArka yoga .

January 28th 2021 is Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday. I saw calendars in both India and USA have the Nakshatra. 

Raghavendra Mutta says “On this Holy day one should Recite or Chant Guru Stotra ( Raghavendra Stotra)s, Singing songs will bring happiness and prosperity in your life.”

The significance of this day is also mentioned in Rayara Stotra – 27th Stanza.

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Anyone who recites this holy Sri Raghavendra Stotram 108 times with intense devotion, on the occasion of solar/lunar eclipse or the combination of Sunday with the star Pushya, will be relieved of all evil influence, e.g., haunting etc. (27)

You can find more details about this great day below in the link:

To find lyrics on Rayaru, please visit this page:

The Raghavendra Stotra to be recited is posted here:

Shri Raghavendra Stotra or Shri Poornabhodha Stotra Lyrics/

Shodhopachara pooja for Rayaru by Sri Krishnavadhootaru

Yesterday during our Monthly Satsangha on Zoom, I recited the Duhkha Harana Stotra written by Sri Krishnavadhootaru. Sri Krishnavadhootaru is one of two greatest devotees of our beloved Rayaru along with Shree Appanacharyaru. 

Today morning as I open the email, I see an email from Shri Canchi Ravi sir about Shodhopachara pooja for Rayaru. I am blessed to have parents who I worship as God, I feel God couldn’t be everywhere so he sent them to us. I also feel the same with many of my extended families and one of them is Canchi Ravi Sir. It is not a coincidence that several times I have received his email during though and challenging times. I feel this is a divine connection through none other than our beloved Rayaru.

Here is the contents of Sir’s email:

 Recently one devotee enquired about Rayara idol and pooja.  Recently I got the below Shodadhopachara pooja for Rayaru, written by Sri Krishnavadhootaru.  You must be knowing about this great Rayara devotee (like Appannacharyaru).  In his book he has stated that himself and Appannacharyaru were Dwarapalakas for Prahlada Rajaru.  Do many Rayara stotras, including Sahasranama stotra starting from Akara to Kshakara.  Aksharamalika stotra also written by him.  
     Hope the below given matter will be helpful to many devotees.
And here is the page, I will soon translate into English and post as well.

P.S: All credit to Canchi Sir and Tulasi Mutta for helping us serve our beloved Rayaru. 

You can read more about Sri Krsihnavadhootaru in the blog below.


Raghavendra Yati Sarvabhauma Lyrics and Audio

The above picture was from Jan 12 2020 satsangha at my place. I wanted to post the pictures and all details, Amma got sick and I rushed to India within few days. Once I came back, I lost all interest. Time for sure heals, I will never ever forget those final few months but with Rayaru’s grace I am able to come to terms now. It hurts like nothing I have ever felt that Amma is not there, but she will ever remain in my heart. A piece of me is lost forever with her.

I wanted to learn this song from a long long time. Finally, during the holidays had the time to learn and record. Anytime I learnt a new song, Amma was my first audience. I used to sing to her and she would say ” Minnu ( her pet name for Meera) where do you have time? When did you learn the song?”.  I used to tell her “Amma, learnt this while driving, learnt this while I was sitting in the airport waiting for my flight “. She was my biggest cheerleader.

Here comes the lyrics and audio on youtube.

ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ  ಯತಿ  ಸಾರ್ವಭೌಮ  ದುರಿತ್‌ಘ  ದೂರ  ತೇ ನವೋ ನವೋ
ಮಾಗಧರೀಪು ಮತ  ಸಾಗರ  ಮೀನ  ಮಹಾಘ  ವಿನಾಶನ ನವೋ ನವೋ

ಶ್ಲಾಘಿತ ಗುಣ ಗಣ  ಸೂರಿ  ಪ್ರಸಂಗ  ಸದಾಗಮಜ್ಞ  ತೇ ನವೋ ನವೋ
ಮೇಘ  ಶ್ಯಾಮಲ  ರಾಮಾರಾಧಕ ಅಮೋಘ  ಬೋಧತೇ ನವೋ ನವೋ

ತುಂಗಭದ್ರ  ಸುತರಂಗಿಣಿ ತೀರಗ  ಮಂಗಳ  ಚರಿತ  ಶುಭಾಂಗ ನವೋ
ಇಂಗಿತಜ್ಞ ಕಾಳಿಂಗ  ಮರ್ಧನ  ಯದು ಪುಂಗವ  ಹೃದಯ  ತುರಂಗ ನವೋ
ಸಂಗಿರ  ಚಿಹ್ನಿತ ಶೃ0ಗಾರಾನನ ತಿಂಗಳ  ಕರುಣಾಪಾಂಗ ನವೋ
ಗಾಂಗೇಯ ಸಮಭಾಂಗ ಕುಮತ  ಮಾತಂಗ  ಸಂಘ ಶಿತಪಿಂಗ ನವೋ

ಶ್ರೀ  ಸುಧೀಂದ್ರ  ಕರಜಾತ ನವೋ ನವೋ

ಭೂಸುರ  ವಿನುತ  ವಿಖ್ಯಾತ ನವೋ ನವೋ
ದೇಶಿಕ  ವರ  ಸಂಸೇವ್ಯ ನವೋ ನವೋ

ದೋಷ  ವಿವರ್ಜಿತ  ಕಾವ್ಯ ನವೋ
ಕ್ಲೇಶಿತ  ಜನ  ಪರಿಪಾಲ ನವೋ ನವೋ

ಭಾಸಿತ ಕರುಣಾಶೀಲ ನವೋ
ವ್ಯಾಸರಾಯ  ಪದ  ಭಕ್ತ ನವೋ ನವೋ

ಶಾಶ್ವತ ಧರ್ಮಾಸಕ್ತ ನವೋ

ಕೋವಿದ  ಮಸ್ತಕ  ಶೋಭಿತ  ಮಣಿ  ಸಂಭಾವಿತ  ಮಹಿಮಾ  ಪಾಲಯಮಾಮ್
ಸೇವಾಪರ  ಸರ್ವಾರ್ಥಪ್ರದ  ಬೃಂದಾವನ  ಮಂದಿರ  ಪಾಲಯಮಾಮ್
ಭಾವಜ  ಮಾರ್ಗಣ  ಭುಜಗವಿನಾಯಕ  ಭಾವಜ್ಞ  ಪ್ರಿಯ  ಪಾಲಯ  ಮಾಮ್
ಕೇವಲ  ನುತಜನ  ಪಾವನ ರೂಪಿ  ಸದಾ  ವಿನೋದಿ  ಹೇ  ಪಾಲಯ  ಮಾಮ್

ಸನ್ನುತ ಮಹಿಮ  ಶ್ರೀ  ಜಗನ್ನಾಥ  ವಿಠಲ  ಸಹ್ನಿತ  ಮಾನಸ  ಜಯ  ಜಯ  ಭೋ
ಚಿಹ್ನಿತ  ದಂಡ  ಕಮಂಡಲ  ಪುಂಡರ  ಪ್ರಪನ್ನ  ಭಯಾಪಹ  ಜಯ  ಜಯ  ಭೋ
ಮಾನ್ಯ  ಮಹಾತ್ಮ  ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ವದನ  ಕಾರುಣ್ಯಪಯೋನಿಧಿ  ಜಯ  ಜಯ  ಭೋ
ಧನ್ಯ ಕ್ಷಮ ಸಂಪನ್ನ ಧರಾಮರ ಶರಣ್ಯ ಶಾಶ್ವತ ಜಯ  ಜಯ  ಭೋ


rAghavEMdra yati sArvabhauma duritaugha dUra tE namO namO
mAgadharIpu mata sAgara mIna mahAgha vinAshana namO namO
shlAgita guNa gaNa sUri prasanga sadAga majna tE namO namO
mEgha shyAmala rAmArAdaka AmOgha bOdha tE namO namO

tungabhadra sutarangiNi tIraga mangaLa carita shubhAnga namO
ingitajna kALinga mardhana yadupungava hrdaya turanga namO
sangira cihnita shrngArAnana tingaLa karuNApAnga namO
gAngEya sama bhAnga kumata mAtanga sangha citapinga namO

shrI sudhIndra karajAta namO namO

bhUsura vinuta vikhyAta namO namO
dEshika vara samsEvya namO namO

dOSa vivarjita kAvya namO
klEshita jana paripala namO namO

bhaSita karuNA shIla namO
vyAsarAya pada bhakta namO namO

shAsvata dharmAsakta namO

kOvida mastaka shObhita maNI smbhAvita mahima pAlayamAm
sEvApara sarvArthaprada brndAvana mandira pAlayamAm
bhAvaja mArgaNa bhujagavinAyaka bhAvajna priya pAlaya mAm
kEvala nutajana pAvana rUpi sadA vinOdi hE pAlaya mAm


sannuta mahima shrI jagannAtha viThala sahnita mAnasa jaya jaya bhO
cihnita daNDa kamaNDala puNDra prapanna bhayApaha jaya jaya bhO
mAnya mahAtma prasanna vadana kAruNyapayOnidhi jaya jaya bhO
dhanya kShama sampanna dharAmara sharaNya shashwatha jaya jaya bhO

Makara Sankranthi – Jan 14 2021

The 2nd week of January is the festival “Makara Sankranthi”. This year it is on 14th, which is a Thursday here in USA.

P.S: Please check your local calendars and temples to see the exact date.

Makara Sankranthi is a widely celebrated festival in different parts of India.  On this day,  Lord Surya or Sun is worshiped.  It is also celebrated as a harvest festival in many parts of India. On this day, Sun begins his journey to the Northern Hemisphere, most commonly called as Uttharayana.  As with all other festivals, this festival also has many legends, two such commonly told legends are:

1. Lord Surya or Sun visits Shani on this day.

2. Bheeshma Pithamaha, who was able to choose when he will die, chose this day to end his life.

The house is cleaned, and decorated with fresh green mango leaves tied as thorana to the front door. Beautiful, and colorful rangoli is drawn at the front of the house.  After performing the pooja, yellu(Sesame seeds) and Bella(Jaggery) is offered to God. Usually it is prepared by mixing Till, finely chopped Jaggery, roasted groundnuts cut into small peices, with finely chopped dried coconut, and Putani, also called as Hurigadale.

Attached below are the pictures and the steps to making Yellu Bella.


I use the following proportion to prepare the yellu:

* 1/2 cup Yellu or Sesame Seeds
* 1 cup Groundnuts or peanuts ( Fried, skin removed and cut into half)
* 1 cup Dhalia or hurigadale
* 1 cup finely chopped dry coconut
* 1 cup Jaggery, finely chopped

Usually the Sesame seeds are cleaned, washed and dried. Later, they are fried. I skip this step, and just fry the Sesame seeds for a few minutes.

Next, grate the black portion of the dry coconut. Chop them into squares as shown in the above picture. Chop the Jaggery also and make sure they are dry. My mom used to keep it in the sun for a few days.

Mix, all the ingredients together. Distribute to your family and friends. If all the ingredients are dry, it will stay for months.

Here is the recipe for Yellu Unde/Burfi:


  1. Sesame Seeds/Yellu – 1 cup
  2. Peanuts – 1 cup
  3. Dhalia – 1 cup
  4. Jaggery – 2cups
  5. Grated Coconut – 2 tsp
  6. 7-8 cardamom – ground finely
  7. 2 tsp Oil or Ghee(I never use Ghee)


  • Fry the Sesame seeds for 4-5 minutes. Take out in a plate.
  • In a pan, heat oil or ghee. Now add the jaggery. Add just enough water so that the Jaggery dissolves.
  • Keep stirring for almost 9-10 minutes until the jaggery starts leaving the sides.
  • Next, add peanuts, sesame seeds, dhalia and mix well. Let it continue on the stove top for another 3-4 minutes. Add in the cardamom as well.
  • Turn off the stove. Grease a tray, and pour the mixture. Let it cool a little bit.
  • Cut squares. ANd the left over, was formed to a round shape.
  • Finally garnish with grated coconut.

I called it Yellu Burfi, and everyone called it Sesame Squares.

Most dishes prepared during this day are made out of Yellu or Sesame seeds and Rice. It is also tradition to prepare Sweet and Khara Pongal during this festival. The recipes are posted here in the blog and are attached below for your convenience:

If you wish to cook elaborate dishes during Sankranthi, many authentic recipes are posted here:

And you can find various Rangoli designs here:

Saturday Rangoli

Here comes the rangoli for Saturday. All your obstacles will be removed for any work you are planning.

Click image to see full screen. To be drawn in front of God in your Pooja room.

Told you literally takes 10 seconds, draw them and share the pictures. I will share as I put the rangolis.

Friday Rangoli

Here comes the rangoli for Friday.

Click image to see full screen. To be drawn in Pooja room, and in front of God.

Told you literally takes 10 seconds, draw them and share the pictures.

Thursday Rangoli

Here comes the rangoli for Thursday.

Click image to see full screen. To be drawn in Pooja room, and in front of God.


Told you literally takes 10 seconds, draw them and share the pictures.

Wednesday Rangoli

Here comes the rangoli for Wednesday.

Click image to see full screen. To be drawn in Pooja room, and in front of God. The centre letter is Ai – ಐ for ಐಶ್ವರ್ಯ wealth.

Told you literally takes 10 seconds, draw them and share the pictures.

Hari Chitta Satya Audio

Another song I recorded while my Father was here. He likes this song very much.

Lyrics in Kannada and English posted long time back.

ಹರಿಚಿತ್ತ ಸತ್ಯ – Haricitta Satya Lyrics

Tuesday Rangoli

Here comes the rangoli for Tuesday.

Click image to see full screen. Draw in front of God, in your Pooja Room. The centre letter is Shree, which you can write in your language. Below you can see written in Kannada and second image in Sanskrit.

Told you literally takes 10 seconds, draw them and share the pictures.

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