November 2013


It was a 4 day weekend here for us, with thanksgiving and day off after thanksgiving as well. I took a day off on Wednesday also. Much needed rest. Our Daughter Sneha came home for Thanksgiving, and it was a fun 4 days we spent. I made lots and lots of food over the past few days. From rice, rasam , palya, and samabar to brown rice bisibele bath, Sweet and Khara Pongal, Raita, Capsicum and Cucumber Gojju, Upma, Poori Channa, Idli, Vada and Sambar and last but not the least Green Peas Potato Paratha. It was too much cooking and cleaning, however no complaints. I love cooking right?

Just an update: My Husband reminded me that we also made Puliyogre, Raita, Pani Puri, and Bhel Puri. We ate all varieties in the last 5 days. Just can’t believe how many pounds we might have gained.

I can’t explain the happiness on my daughters face when she saw this plate meals. Worth all the effort.

IMG_0700[1]For Thanksgiving night dinner, my Daughter prepared a special all American meal. It was spicy corn bread, Salad, Sweet Potato and Potato Fries, Apple Crisp, and some Mexican tortilla. I will post some of these recipes as well.

She left today on Saturday to avoid traffic tomorrow, and the house is all empty. And this was the time for me to get back to my laptop as well. We already miss her.

Sneha loves all kinds of Paratha, and I decided to pack her a few of them so she can eat them the next few days. Quite healthy, and easy also to make.

Ingredients for the Stuffing:

  • 1/2 cup peas – frozen or fresh
  • 1 potato – boiled and cubed
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • Red Chilli Powder for taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp Kasuri Methi (Optional)
  • Chapathi Dough ( You all know the recipe for Chapathi dough right?)

Method:

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  • Cook the peas
  • Boil the potatoes and mash them
  • In a pan, add 1/2 tsp oil. When it is hot, add cumin seeds
  • Add the peas, potatoes and cook for a few minutes
  • Next, add salt and red chilli powder
  • Also add Kasuri Methi by crushing them within your palm
  • Add coriander leaves – I skipped this step
  • Once the mixture is cold enough, make small balls from them
  • Take a small ball of chapathi dough and stuff and roll them
  • Cook each Paratha on a pan with some oil
  • Serve hot with raita

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Composer: Sri Puranadaradasa
Singer: Sri Vidyabhushana
Contributor: Ms. Bhavana Damle

ಹೇಳಿದರೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಮೇಲೆ ಯಾಕಮ್ಮ ಸಿಟ್ಟು ಇಂಥ
ಗಾಡಿಗಾರ ಮಗನ ಪಡೆದ ಮೇಲೆ ನೀವಿಷ್ಟು ||ಪ.||

ಸಣ್ಣ ರುಮಾಲು ಕಟ್ಟಿ ಚುಂಗ ಬಿಟ್ಟೂ ಫಣೆಗೆ
ಬಣ್ಣಿಸಿ ಕಸ್ತೂರಿ ತಿಲಕವನ್ನಿಟ್ಟು
ಚಿಣ್ಣಿಕೋಲು ಚೆಂಡು ಬುಗರಿ ಕೈಯಲಿಟ್ಟು ಪೊಸ
ಬೆಣ್ಣೆಯ ಮೆಲ್ಲು ಹೋಗೆಂದು ಕಳುಹಿಬಿಟ್ಟು ||೧||

ಕರೆದು ಕೈಯಲ್ಲಿ ಚಿಟ್ಟೆ ಬೆಲ್ಲ ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಚಿಕ್ಕ
ಹರಳು ಕಲ್ಲುಗಳನ್ನೇ ಆರಿಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟು
ವಾರಿಗೆಯ ಪುಂಡರನ್ನು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಟ್ಟು ಗೋಪಿ
ಊರನೆಲ್ಲ ಸುಳಿಯೆಂದು ಕಳುಹಿಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟು ||೨||

ಹೋಗೆಂದು ರಂಗನ ಕಳುಹಿಕೊಟ್ಟು ಗೋಪಿ
ಆಗಭೋಗಂಗಳೆಲ್ಲ ತುಂಬಿಕೊಟ್ಟು
ನಿಗಮಗೋಚರನೆಂಬ ಪೆಸರನಿಟ್ಟು ಗೋಪಿ
ಪುರಂದರವಿಠಲನ್ನ ಬೆಳೆಸಿಬಿಟ್ಟು ||೩||

hELidare namma mEle yAkamma siTTu iMtha
gADigAra magana paDeda mEle nIviShTu ||pa.||

saNNa rumAlu kaTTi chuMga biTTU phaNege
baNNisi kastUri tilakavanniTTu
chiNNikOlu cheMDu bugari kaiyaliTTu posa
beNNeya mellu hOgeMdu kaLuhibiTTu ||1||

karedu kaiyalli chiTTe bella koTTu chikka
haraLu kallugaLannE ArisikoTTu
vArigeya puMDarannu mADikoTTu gOpi
Uranella suLiyeMdu kaLuhisikoTTu ||2||

hOgeMdu raMgana kaLuhikoTTu gOpi
AgabhOgaMgaLella tuMbikoTTu
nigamagOcaraneMba pesaraniTTu gOpi
puraMdaraviThalanna beLesibiTTu ||3||

Audio link: http://kannadaaudio.com/Songs/Devotional/home/Sundara-Muruthi-Mukhyaprana-Sri-Vidyabhushana.php

I visited Guatemala last week for work. I was in this country for 4 days and had a chance to take a taxi ride and see the City for nearly 4 hours. Guatemala – means Land of Trees. And yes, it is indeed a Land of Trees. The city is covered entirely with mountains, and it has three active volcanoes.

I took some pictures of the city. Take a look.

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I also visited the fruit and vegetable market.

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Clean roads, tall buildings and the city getting ready for Christmas.

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The court and the state house.

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The hotel where I stayed in Guatemala City.

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The airport.

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Guatemala is a meat eating place. People didn’t even know what vegetarian means. It was hard to explain in English what I needed since it is a Spanish speaking country. Anyway, I tried to eat as little as possible, and it was mostly salad, bread, soup.

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Even though it was a short trip, I enjoyed the place. The people are amazing and very nice. If you get a chance, definitely visit Guatemala.

During my visit to Bangalore in October, I had the opportunity to visit Sri Kamadhenu Kshetra as well. My co-sister Mrs. Vasanthi and her sister Mrs. Vidya are regular visitors to the temple. Mrs.Vidya is related to Sri. Gurushesha, the founder of the temple.

It was on October 22nd that we visited the temple. The temple is still under construction. The founder spent quite a lot of time with all of us, and told us many many miracles which had happened in the temple and for many devotees. It is amazing to see how our beloved Rayaru is blessing one and all. Like his name, Rayaru has no bar for caste, color or creed. He needs just our sincere devotion.

So, attached below are the pictures of my visit to Sri Kamadhenu Kshetra.

Entrance to the temple.

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The empty land which surrounds the temple.

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A close-up of the entrance.

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The side entrance to the seva room:

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Seva Counter:

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A few pictures of the brindavana made of the books:

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The famous sloka for our beloved Rayaru on entrance to the Garbha Gudi.

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A picture posted in the seva counter of Mangalaruthi being done during Sree Purandara Utsava.

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The entrance to room which has Goddess Sreevalli and Kalpavalli.

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Goddess SreeValli and Kalpavalli.

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The Tulasi Garden at Sri Kamadhenu Kshetra

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Lot of new construction going on for performing big functions.

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Ghee Deepa for which you can pay and light the lamp to fulfill your wish.

IMG_2713Below are the rates for performing Ghee deepa:

  Thuppada Deepa (2) : Rs 10/-
    Thuppada Deepa (5) : Rs 25/-
    Thuppada Deepa (9) : Rs 45/-
    Thuppada Deepa (16) : Rs 80/-
    Thuppada Deepa (21) : Rs 108/-
    Thuppada Deepa (54) : Rs 252/-
    Thuppada Deepa (108) : Rs 504/-

A huge hall where you can see the picture of Mantralaya Swamigalu.

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The Address at Bangalore if you wish to visit:

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

Visit the website here:

Sri Kamadhenu Kshetra

The founder of the temple gave me several books to write Sree Raghavendraya Namaha. I kept a few and donated most of them to my Parents, Brother, Sister and Aunt.

Composer: Sri ShyamaSundara Vittaladasaru

Thanks Ms. Bhavana for the lyrics and the links.

ಕಾಯೋ ಕಾವೇರಿ ರಂಗ ಕಾರುಣ್ಯ ಪಾಂಗ ||ಪ.||
ಕಾಯೊ ಕಾಯೊ ಕಾವೇರಿ ನಿಲಯನೆ ಕಾಯ ವಾಙ್ಮನಪೂರ್ಣದಲ್ಲಿಂದು
ತೋಯಜಾಂಘ್ರಿಯ ನಂಬಿದೆನೊ ಭವ ಮಾಯ ಗೆಲುವ ಉಪಾಯ ತೋರಿ ||ಅ.ಪ.||

ದೇವಾಧಿದೇವ ನೀನು ಪ್ರಣತಜನರಿಗೆ ದೇವತರುಮಣಿಧೇನು
ಎಂದರಿತು ನಿಷ್ಠಿಲಿ ಧಾವಿಸಿ ಬಂದೆ ನಾನು ರಘುವಂಶ ಭಾನು |
ಕಾವನಯ್ಯ ನೀ ಒಲಿದು ಕರುಣದಿ ಪಾವಮಾನಿಯ ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರವರಿತು
ಭಾವಭಕುತಿಲಿ ನಿನ್ನ ಪಾಡುವ ಕೋವಿದರ ಸೇವಕನ ಮಾಡಿ ||೧||

ಪನ್ನಂಗಪತಿಶಯನ ಶಿರಬಾಗಿ ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥಿಪೆ ಪನ್ನಂಗರಿಪುವಾಹನ
ಎನ್ನಪರಾಧವ ಮನ್ನಿಸೋ ಹಯವದನ ವೈಕುಂಠಸದನ |
ನಿನ್ನನುಗ್ರಹ ಪೂರ್ಣ ಪಡೆದು ಧನ್ಯರೆನಿಸಿದ ಮಾನ್ಯ ಮಾನವಿ
ಘನ್ನ ಗುರು ಜಗನ್ನಾಥದಾಸರ ಸನ್ನಿಧಾನದಿ ಬಂದೆ ಪ್ರಭುವೇ ||೨||

ನೇಸರಕುಲಜಾತ ವೇದೋಕ್ತ ಕ್ರಮದಿಂ ಭೂಸುರಕರ ಪೂಜಿತ
ಕೌಶಿಕನ ಯಜ್ಞವ ಪೋಷಕ ಪವನಪಿತ ಪಾವನ್ನ ಚರಿತ |
ವಾಸುದೇವಾನಂತ ಮಹಿಮ ವಿಭೀಷಣಪ್ರಿಯ ದೋಷ ಕಳೆಯುವ
ಭೇಶ ಪುಷ್ಕರಣೀಶ ಕೇಶವ ದಾಶರಥಿ ಶ್ರೀ ಶ್ಯಾಮಸುಂದರ ||೩||

kAyO kAvEri raMga kAruNya pAMga ||pa.||
kAyo kAyo kAvEri nilayane kAya vA~gmanapUrNadalliMdu
tOyajAMghriya naMbideno bhava mAya geluva upAya tOri ||a.pa.||

dEvAdhidEva nInu praNatajanarige dEvatarumaNidhEnu
eMdaritu niShThili dhAvisi baMde nAnu raghuvaMsha bhAnu |
kAvanayya nI olidu karuNadi pAvamAniya shAstravaritu
bhAvabhakutili ninna pADuva kOvidara sEvakana mADi ||1||

pannaMgapatishayana shirabAgi prArthipe pannaMgaripuvAhana
ennaparAdhava mannisO hayavadana vaikuMThasadana |
ninnanugraha pUrNa paDedu dhanyarenisida mAnya mAnavi
ghanna guru jagannAthadAsara sannidhAnadi baMde prabhuvE ||2||

nEsarakulajAta vEdOkta kramadiM bhUsurakara pUjita
koushikana yaj~java pOShaka pavanapita pAvanna charita |
vAsudEvAnaMta mahima vibhIShaNapriya dOSha kaLeyuva
bhEsha puShkaraNIsha kEshava dAsharathi shrI shyAmasuMdara ||3||

Audio link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY6d-wC9n4Q

An Article on Sri ShyamaSundara Vittaladasaru : http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/vijayavittala/conversations/topics/924

Bichchale or Bichali or Bhikshaalaya is the place where Guru Raghavendra Swamy’s greatest devotee Sri Appanacharya lived. It is here that  Guru Raghavendra Swamy stayed with Sri Appanacharya for 13 years. Bichchale is situated in the district of Raichur, Karnataka. Bhikshaalaya is on the bank of Tungabhadra River.

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Another look at the River Thungabhadra. This is exactly the place where Sri Appanacharyaru jumped into the river and started singing PurnaBhodha stotra the moment he came to know his beloved Rayaru had entered brindavana. The most famous Rayara Stotra.

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Like I mentioned, Guru Raghavendra Swamy spent 13 years staying with Sri Appanacharya. The house where Rayaru stayed is in Bichchale as well.

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Within the house they have marked a space showing where our beloved Rayaru slept. The house was completely destroyed in 2009 floods.

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Next to this room is another room where they have Lord Hanuman installed by Sri Appanacharya. In this room they do have the original picture of Rayaru, which I have posted a long time back.

IMG_2503Like I have mentioned in many many posts, our Rayaru liked Channa Dal Chutney very much. Sri Appanacharya used to prepare channa dal chtuney using this stone grinder called Varalu in Kannada.

IMG_2510You can see a close-up of the same here:

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Bichchale is also a very sacred place which was visited by Sree Sripada Rajaru and Sree Vyasa Rajaru. They have idols installed by both of them here. Take a look.

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And Lord  Lakshmi Narashima installed by Sree Sripada Rajaru.

IMG_2517And below is the Idol of Lord Prana Devaru- Hanuman by Sree Vyasa Rajaru

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There is also an idol installed by Sree Raghavendra Swamy.

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There is also the place where our beloved Rayaru did Japa for 13 years.

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And finally, we have the Brindavana created by Sri Appanacharya for Sree Raghavendra Swamy.

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Another look at the brindavana from the front:

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Mrs Bhavana Damle says she was happy to see Mantralaya while staying at home with the pictures posted yesterday. She remembered the song by S.P. Balasubramaniam and shared it with all of us.

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ಪೂಜ್ಯಾಯ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಾಯ ಸತ್ಯಧರ್ಮರತಾಯಚ |
ಭಜತಾಂ ಕಲ್ಪ್ವೃಕ್ಷಾಯ ನಮತಾಂ ಕಾಮಧೇನವೇ ||

ಇದೇ ನೋಡಿ ಮಂತ್ರಾಲಯ
ರಾಯರು ನೆಲೆಸಿಹ ಪುಣ್ಯ ನಿಲಯ
ಇದೇ ಅವರ ಬೃಂದಾವನ
ಭಕ್ತರ ಹೃದಯ ಸಿಂಹಾಸನ ||

ಪೂಜಾಸಮಯ ಆಯಿತು ಬನ್ನಿ
ತುಂಗೆಯಲಿ ಮಿಂದು ಬೇಗ ಬನ್ನಿ
ಫಲಪುಷ್ಪಗಳ ಪೂಜಿಸೆ ತನ್ನಿ
ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ನಿನ್ನ ನಮಿಸುವೆ ಎನ್ನಿ ||೧||

ಢಂ ಢಂ ಢಂ ಢಂ ಎನಲು ನಗಾರಿ
ಭಂ ಭಂ ಭಂ ಭಂ ಊದಲು ಶಂಖ
ಮೂಲರಾಮನ ಸನ್ನಿಧಿ ಪ್ರಕಾಶ
ಮಂಗಳಾರತಿ ಜೊತೆ ಮಂತ್ರಘೋಷ ||೨||

ವರುಷಗಳು ಏಳು ನೂರರ ಕಾಲ
ನಿರತವು ರಾಯರ ಕರುಣೆಯ ಲೀಲ
ಪ್ರಹ್ಲಾದರಾಯರ ತಪಫಲವೆಲ್ಲ
ಹಂಚುವರಂತೆ ಭಕ್ತರಿಗೆಲ್ಲ ||೩||

pUjyAya rAghavEMdrAya satyadharmaratAyacha |
bhajatAM kalpvRukShAya namatAM kAmadhEnavE ||

idE nODi maMtrAlaya
rAyaru nelesiha puNya nilaya
idE avara bRuMdAvana
bhaktara hRudaya siMhAsana ||

pUjAsamaya Ayitu banni
tuMgeyali miMdu bEga banni
phalapuShpagaLa pUjise tanni
rAghavEMdra ninna namisuve enni ||1||

DhaM DhaM DhaM DhaM enalu nagAri
bhaM bhaM bhaM bhaM Udalu shaMkha
mUlarAmana sannidhi prakAsha
maMgaLArati jote maMtraghOSha ||2||

varuShagaLu ELu nUrara kAla
niratavu rAyara karuNeya lIla
prahlAdarAyara tapaphalavella
haMchuvaraMte bhaktarigella ||3||

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