How to perform Seva for Sree Raghavendra Swamy


Many of you have asked me about details on performing seva to our beloved Rayaru at home. The link for performing seva at Mantralaya has been posted already. For more details see this post:

I have documented below how we perform seva at my place. This is how I have been doing seva, my Mom, my Sister, My Grandmother and other relatives perform seva. The rituals you follow may be different. So, follow this only if you wish. If you disagree with any of the rituals, better consult a priest or contact the Mutt and find out. I have documented it as a Q&A.

Q. 1: When to perform Seva?

A.1: Perform seva on days you know you will be able to devote the days you wish to perform seva. At any cost, the number of days should not be changed once you start the seva.

Q.2: How many days to perform Seva?

A. 2: Odd number of days. 1,3,5, 7 and so on.

Q.3: What to do if something happens while performing the seva?

A.3: For example, if someone dies, or some other untoward incident happens for which there is a Mailige( not sure what it is called in English) than you stop the seva immediately.

Q.4: Do we always have to keep a coconut?

A.4: Yes, if you are doing the seva for a specific reason, you have to keep a coconut when you do sankalpa.

Q.5: Do I completely fast while doing Seva?

A.5: You can eat just 1 lunch. No breakfast, no dinner. Maybe some milk and fruits in the night.

Q.6: Can I work during seva?

A.6: Yes, you can continue working while doing seva. However, no traveling.

Q.7: Should I take head bath everyday?

A.7: Yes, one should take head bath everyday.

Q.8 What clothes can be worn?

A.8: While performing seva for Rayaru, clothes which are washed and dried separately are supposed to be worn.

Q.9: What Pooje do I perform?

A.9: First, perform daily pooje for God. Next, perform pooje to Rayaru. Offer Coconut, Fruits,  flowers, light lamps, perform aarathi. Recite Rayara Ashtotra, and many more lyrics posted on this blog.

Q.10. Do we perform pooje in the evening also? Should I take shower in the evening also?

A.10. Yes, we perform pooje in the evening also. Many say women shouldn’t shower in the evening. However, since we would have touched so many other people during the day, and at work, we used to shower ( no head bath) in the evening also.

Q.11: How do we decorate the pooja room?

A.11 : As you would decorate for any other pooja. Place a coconut on the right side, and don’t touch it until you finish the seva.

Q.12: What flowers to offer?

A.12: We all know our beloved Rayaru loves Roses, so offer Roses. If not available, Jasmine is also fine.

Q.13: What to eat?

A.13: Food with no onion and garlic is eaten. Like I said, just lunch. No dinner, no breakfast. No store brought food. All food should be cooked fresh everyday.

Q.14: What to do with the coconut?

A.15: The day you finish the seva, break the coconut and share it with all your family members.

Q.15: Do we get a dream after the Seva?

A.15: If your bhakthi and devotion has reached our beloved Rayaru, he will definitely come in your dream as himself, or someone else and bless you. In many cases in our relatives we have had dream where an old priest gave us a purna phala, which is coconut, phala mantrakshate, flowers and so on.

A few in my family has never had a dream. So, don’t get disappointed if you don’t get any dream.

Q.16: Other than work, and pooje what else do I do?

A.16: Most time during the seva is spent chanting Rayaru’s name and reading devotional books. No watching TV, no movies, no extra curricular activities.

Q.17: Where to sleep?

A.17: No sleeping on mattress. Sleep on a chape. Remember, you are trying to give your utmost devotion & Bhakti. There are many who complain about the rituals, just remember we are doing this since we want. No one is forcing us to do this. If you don’t agree, and think just your Bhakti is enough, so be it.

Q18: Where can find all the songs and lyrics to recite?

A18: This blog has several songs and lyrics. Take a look at the following link:

P.S: Since many of you have asked, hence this post. I have documented what I have been doing. Like you all know, I am a great devotee of Rayaru, and I am even more tough while performing seva. So, this is just a guideline. Make any changes you wish.


49 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Shalaka on September 30, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Meera mam,

    Thankyou for the guidance of seva along with beautiful picture of Rayaru.

    Warm Regards,


  2. Posted by S Kumar on October 1, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Thanks a lot Mdm


  3. Posted by murali on October 1, 2013 at 3:47 am

    idu thumba upayukthavaagide pl.continue the good work


  4. Posted by meena on October 1, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Thanks for all the information & lyrics on your blog.


  5. Posted by rangavittal on October 1, 2013 at 7:28 am

    great seva done by you , keep up the good work. Om shri Raghavendraya Namaha!!


  6. Posted by Punya Kedambadi on October 1, 2013 at 7:43 am

    dear madam,

    Namaste. In your article u had written offer Gejje vastra to rayaru, may i know what is it? can we have water during fasting? can we take just a glass a milk in the morning? sorry if you find its silly question.

    thanking you Punya



  7. Posted by devi on October 3, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Dear madam,

    Long back i did this pooja and i got a dream can i share it here with you?

    Angara, akshiti ,mudre hakikonda ondu hiriya manishya(parichaya iruva vyakti roopa), bellagina panchi, saluva hakikondu bandu nanna mane munda nintru…..avarana kandu na horagabandu ….olagadi barokka avhana madide….aduru avaru barlilla….nannane tammahatra barokka helidaru…..nahogi avaramunde ninte…aga avaru kayyallittikonda biliya mandara huvvugalu (devarige yerisida nirmalya da huvvu) nanna yeradu kaitumbha haki asweervadamadi hodaru………
    ye kanasannu naanu nanna jivana paryanta marilare……
    yidu Rayara krupa
    kannara kande atanna nanna kanasinalli

    with regards


  8. Posted by smitha on October 7, 2013 at 5:27 am

    i have some information from our elders that we dont offer gejje vastra to any munivrya or yathigalu.Pls confirm me


  9. Thanks for your guidance to the seva of Rayur. The person who cannot do it this seva directly they can do our seva near our Ragavendra Temple.


  10. Posted by murali.k.l. on October 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    great job


  11. i am very glad to read this , i also done rayara seva every year 3 days rayara Aradhane and i get so mush happiness from this


  12. Posted by saritha on November 23, 2013 at 8:34 am

    hi meera,

    when is rayaru birthday in 2014? could you let me know as we generally chant the mantra and offer prayer to rayaru.


  13. Posted by Sharad on February 23, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Hello Meera,

    I am planning to do sankalp seva for 3 days at Mantralayam. I will go from Delhi. Can you or anyone else please explain that what does 3 days mean? Suppose I reach Mantralaya on Sunday night and start seva from Monday morning then will 3 day seva end on Wednesday night or Thursday morning? Secondly, do I need to carry pooja things from Delhi or can I buy every thing at Mantralayam? Do I have to wear a gents dhoti or cotton pants is ok? Any response will be greatly appreciated.

    Om Sri Raghavendraya Namah

    Thank you.


    • Posted by meeraghu on February 23, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      3 days will be over on Wednesday night. I would suggest carrying everything from Delhi. Gents Dhoti, no pants allowed while doing seva. Hope this helps.

      May our beloved Rayaru bless you.


  14. Posted by Sharad on February 23, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you Meera for your quick response. I have another question about what exactly I have to take for sankalpa seva? Can you tell me or is there a site where I can read.

    Thank you,


  15. Posted by shalini on April 24, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Thanks for your information, it will help all the devotees of Raghavendra swamy.


  16. Posted by shubha on May 21, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    I want to know where do we have to place the coconut should that be on kalasha with water filled in it or should the coconut be kept aside?


  17. Posted by Devaraj on July 16, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Respected Madam,
    Madam i am Devaraj my mother got ankle fracture and it is seems going complicated
    for that i am praying Sri Raghavendra Swamy for do Seva behalf of my mother for better health and walkable for her please guide me whether i have to go for mantralaya for perform seva or i can do seva near by Mutta of my home


  18. I desperately need help and God knows all about me. I never prayed to Raghavendraswamy before. After reading this read I want to.


  19. Posted by suprita on May 24, 2015 at 11:00 am

    can i start 3 day sri raghavendra swamy vratam on ashtami


  20. Posted by suprita on May 24, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Who can perform 3 days Sri Raghavendra Swamy vratam and what are their dress codes. What food can be taken on vratam days ie, rice or chapati(palaharam) pls specify


    • Posted by meeraghu on June 3, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Anyone can perform. Dress code is washed clothes, and anything which is comfortable, mostly saree. Rice only once.


  21. Posted by nagapadma on June 1, 2015 at 4:11 am

    what is the difference between seva and aradhana


    • Posted by meeraghu on June 3, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Seva is what you do. Aradhana is the 3 days function celebrated during which Rayaru entered the brindavana.


  22. Posted by Ravi Desmukh on August 28, 2015 at 2:09 am

    May Sri Rayaru bless you ever more.


    • Posted by meeraghu on August 28, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Thanks so much. No end to receive God’s and Rayaru’s blessings. It is like Akshaya Patre, the more we get the more we need.


  23. Tks 4 ur good information. Have a blessed weekend!! Sree Guru Raghavendrayar Namaha!!!


  24. Posted by Anita Prasad on August 28, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you so much for such good information. Om Sri Guru Raghavendraya Namaha!!!


  25. Posted by Vidya jitendran on August 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Namaskara mam,got clear informations about the seva..tkq mam..pls let me know how many pradikshinas should I do


  26. Posted by Sriya on September 10, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Dear Meera,
    Thank you for your patient responses for all our queries, just want to clarify a question in my mind, can a person performing the seve have water or milk during the morning, and water when thirsty? i am asking since one of my friend wants to perform seve and she has gastric acidity. Please advise. Thanks.


  27. Posted by Sriya on September 10, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks Meera for your supersonic response🙂 really appreciate it, by morning pooja you mean after the morning seve, she is planning to do the seve at Mantralaya. Thanks a ton.


    • Posted by meeraghu on September 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Yes, Sriya. Before the morning seve, no water or milk. Once you are done and take thirta in the temple, she can drink water as many times as she wishes.


  28. Posted by Sriya on September 10, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks Meera, you are awesome🙂


  29. Posted by shobhaa on August 18, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Could you please elaborate on the 3 days pooja at mantralaya or at home


  30. Posted by Mangala on August 21, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Yes.our rayaru helped me so many sri raghavendraya namaha


  31. Posted by rashmi on September 19, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    hi thanks for such a nice explanation, i have a doubt ,
    my husbands grandfather had died 3months ago, we have sutaka for 1 year so we should not break coconut for 1 year, and also should not offer coconut for 1 year.
    so what do i do. plz reply


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