Archive for February, 2011

Maha Shivaratri – March 2nd 2011

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on March Wednesday 2nd 2011. 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.

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 also has the lyrics for Lingashtakam or Shiva Stuti as it is called.
1. lingashtakam-shiva-stuthi


Seva for Sree Raghavendra Swamy

If you wish to perform Sankalpa Seva for Sree Raghavendra Swamy, please read the procedure posted here. The link is courtesy

Sambar Powder – ಹುಳಿ ಪುಡಿ Recipe

Every year when we travel to India, we bring several packets of ಹುಳಿ ಪುಡಿ – Sambar Powder, ಸಾರಿನ ಪುಡಿ – Rasam Powder, ವಾಂಗಿಭಾತ್ ಪುಡಿ Vangibath Powder, Bisibele Bath powder and so on and so forth.

However, for almost 3 weeks now ಹುಳಿ ಪುಡಿ – Sambar Powder was over. And I didn’t want to buy it from the Indian grocery store. Unfortunately, I have misplaced my old recipe book which had my Grandmothers recipes for all these powders. So, long story short when I talked to my Mom I asked her the ingredients and prepared the ಹುಳಿ ಪುಡಿ – Sambar Powder this Tuesday. I was working from home, so you know I save close to 3-4 hours of drive time and so had some time to fry all the ingredients and grind it.

So, without any delay here comes the recipe for Authentic Madhwa ಹುಳಿ ಪುಡಿ – Sambar Powder recipe.

  1. 1 cup urad dal
  2. 1 cup channa dal
  3. 2 cups coriander seeds
  4. 1 and 1/2 cups dry desiccated coconut
  5. 2 cups dry red chillies
  6. 2 inch long cinnamon sticks
  7. 10-12 pepper corns
  8. 1 tsp methi seeds


  1. Ina  non stick pan, add a little bit of oil and fry urad dal and channa dal.
  2. remove on a plate.
  3. Next, fry the coriander seeds, with cinnamon, pepper corns and methi seeds.
  4. add this to the same plate.
  5. now fry the red chillies with a little bit of oil. This is the one which burns quite fast, so keep an eye.
  6. Finally, fry the dry coconut.
  7. Once all these ingredients are cool, grind them.
  8. Store in an air tight container.

P.S: My cup measure was very small. If you like spicy sambar, add another cup of red chillies. Many people also add asafotedia(hing) and curry leaves. I add these when I am preparing the Sambar.

Attached is the Radhish Samabar – ಮೂಲಂಗಿ ಹುಳಿ which I prepared with this new and fresh ಹುಳಿ ಪುಡಿ – Sambar Powder. Enjoy with some ಹಪ್ಪಳ – Papad and ಸಂಡಿಗೆ Sandige.


ಗುರು ಮಧ್ವ ರಾಯರಿಗೆ ನಮೋ ನಮೋ (guru madhva rayarige namo namo) lyrics

Sri Guru Shrisha Vittala Dasa was in the period during 1740-1846. His original name was Kuntogi Narasimha Dasa. He wrote devotional songs using the ankitha Guru Shrisha Vittala. He was from the place Kanakagiri. Attached below is one of his famous compositions on our Guru Parampare.

ಗುರು  ಮಧ್ವ  ರಾಯರಿಗೆ  ನಮೋ  ನಮೋ

ಗುರು  ಮಧ್ವ  ಸಂತತಿಗೆ  ನಮೋ  ನಮೋ

ಶ್ರಿಪಾದರಜರಿಗೆ   ಗುರು  ವ್ಯಾಸರಾಜರಿಗೆ

ಗುರು  ವಾದಿರಾಜರಿಗೆ ನಮೋ  ನಮೋ

ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ  ರಾಯರಿಗೆ  ವೈಕುಂಠ  ದಾಸರಿಗೆ

ಪುರಂದರ  ದಾಸರಿಗೆ  ನಮೋ  ನಮೋ

ಗುರು  ವಿಜಯ  ದಾಸರಿಗೆ  ಭಾಗಣ್ಣ  ದಾಸರಿಗೆ

ಶ್ರೀ  ರಂಗ  ವಲಿದ  ದಾಸರಿಗೆ  ನಮೋ  ನಮೋ

ಪರಮ  ವೈರಾಗ್ಯಶಲಿ  ತಿಮ್ಮಣ್ಣ  ದಾಸರಿಗೆ

ಹುನ್ದೆಕಾರ  ದಾಸರಿಗೆ  ನಮೋ  ನಮೋ

ಗುರು  ಶ್ರೀಶ  ವಿಠಲನ   ಪರಮ  ಭಕ್ತರ  ಚರಣ

ಸರಸಿಜ  ಯುಗಗಳಿಗೆ  ನಮೋ  ನಮೋ

And attached below are the lyrics in English:

guru madhva rayarige namo namo

guru madhva saantatige namo namo

shripadarajarige guru vyasarajarige

guru vadirajarige namo namo

raghavendra rayarige vaikunaa dasarige

purandara dasarige namo namo

guru vijaya dasarige bhaganna dasarige

shri ranga valida dasarige namo namo

parama vairagyashali timmanna dasarige

hundeekara dasarige namo namo

guru shrisha vithalanna parama bhaktara charana

sarasija yugagalige namo namo


ಹರುಷದಿಂದಲಿ ಕಾಯೋ ಹನುಮಾ Lyrics

Ms. Veena has provided this amazing lyrics on Lord Anjaneya. The song also talks about the three avatars of Our Guru Madhwacharya. He was Lord Anjaneya, Bheema and later Guru Madhwacharya.

The song is composed by Karpara Narahari Vittala Dasaru. He was in the period from 1896-1979. His original name was Koppara Giri Acharya. And he is from the place called Koppara.

Thanks so much Veena, for the wonderful lyrics.

||ಶ್ರೀ ||
ಹರುಷದಿಂದಲಿ ಕಾಯೋ ಹನುಮಾ ಹಾಲಬಾವಿಯೋಳಿರುವಂಥ  ಭೀಮಾ |

ಗುರು ಮಧ್ವ ರಾಯರ ಚರಣಕೊಂದಿಪೆ  ನಿತ್ಯ |

ಹರಿ ಸರ್ವೋತ್ತಮನೆಂಬ ನಿಜವಾದ ಮತಿ ಕೊಡು ಹನುಮಾ ಹಾಲಬಾವಿಯೋಳಿರುವಂಥ ಭೀಮಾ || ಪ||
ಅoಜನಾದೇವಿ  ಸಂಭೂತಾ | ಧನಂಜಯನಣ್ಣ   ಅತಿ ಪ್ರಖ್ಯಾತಾ |

ಕುಂಜಲೋಚನ ರಾಮ ದೂತಾ | ಕುರು ಭುಂಜಿಸಿ ಆನಂದತೀರ್ಥ |

ಅoಜಿಕಿನ್ಯಾತಕೆ ಸಂಜೀವ ರಾಯಾ | ಸೌಗಂಧಿಕಾ  ಪುಷ್ಪ ತಂದ ಸುಂದರ ತಂದೆ ಶ್ರೀ ಹನುಮಾ ||೧||
ಸಾಗರ ದಾಟಿದ ಧೀರ | ಧರ್ಮರಾಜನ್ನ ನಿಜ ವ್ರಕೋದರ | ಆ ಮಧ್ಯಗೇಹರ  ಕುವರ |

ಹನುಮ ಭೀಮದೇವ ಮಧ್ವವತಾರ | ಆ ಮನೋಹರ ದಿವ್ಯ ರಾಮ ನಾಮಾಮೃತ |

ಪ್ರೇಮದಿ ಕರುಣಿಸೋ ಸ್ವಾಮಿ ದಯನಿಧೆ ಹನುಮಾ ||೨||
ದೂರ ನೋಡದಿರೋ ಹನುಮಾ | ಕರ ಜೋಡಿಸಿ ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥಿಪೆ ಭೀಮಾ |

ಆನಂದ ತೀರ್ಥರ ಪ್ರೇಮದಿಂದ ವ್ಯಾಳ್ಯ  ವ್ಯಾಳ್ಯಕೆ ಹರಿ ನಾಮಾ |

ಪ್ರೇರಣೆ ಮಾಡಿಸೋ ಭಾರತಿ ರಮಣನೆ | ಸಿರಿ ದೊರೆ ನರಹರಿ ವಿಠಲನ ನಿಜದೂತ ಹನುಮಾ ||೩||


An Amazing Dream

An Amazing dream, yes the one I had just yesterday has been posted on my other blog.
If you are curious, do read at this link.

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