Archive for July, 2017

Shree Raghavendra Swamy Aaradhane at SBAT

SBAT temple is celebrating our beloved Rayaru Aaradhane on August 9th and August 12th. If you are in and around DC, please do visit. I have taken a day off August 9th and plan to be there from start to finish. Hope to see you all there on Wednesday or Saturday.

Guru Sarvabhowma Ki Jai.

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Flowers & Tulasi

Wish you all a very Happy Shravana Masa and a wonderful and Joyous festive season. It has been raining non-stop for the past few days, and it also has been raining lots of Jasmine, Kanakambara and Tualsi at my place.

I just offer flowers and tulasi as is on week days, and try to make garlands on weekends and if possible on Thursdays. Today being Bheemana Amavasya I decided to spend some of my time and make three garlands –  Jasmine and Tulasi for our Beloved Rayaru, Jasmine and Kanakambara for Goddess Lakshmi, and Just Jasmine for Lord Srinivasa or Venkateshawara. In spite of these three garlands there was still lots of flowers left which I offered as is.

Take a look at the amazing flowers and tulasi. All grown in our house.

 

Upcoming Shravana Masa Festivals – July – August 2017

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As per Uttaradimatta Panchanga, this year in Hemalambi Nama Samvatsara, Shravana Masa starts from July 24th and ends on August 21st.

There are many festivals during this month and as always I will re-post slokas, pooja details and many more details a few days before each of these important dates. Here is a list of important dates and festivals during Shravana Masa 2017.

Mangala Gowri Vrata

All details for this festival can be found here:

Vrata Details.

  • July 25th – Tuesday

  • August 1st – Tuesday

  • August 8th – Tuesday

  • August 15th – Tuesday

Nagara Chathurthi & Panchami

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Pooja Details.

  • July 26th – Wednesday – Nagara Chathurthi

  • July 27th – Thursday– Nagara Panchami

Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja

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Pooja Details.

  • July 28th – Friday

  • August 4th – Friday

  • August 11th – Friday

  • August 18th – Friday

Vara MahaLakshmi  Pooja Vrata

Vrata Details.

  • August 4th – Friday

Sree Raghavendra Swamy  Aaradhane

Aaradhane Details

  • August 8th – Tuesday– Sree Raghavendra Swamy Poorva Aaradhane

  • August 9th – Wednesday – Sree Raghavendra Swamy Madya Aaradhane

  • August 10th – Thursday– Sree Raghavendra Swamy Uttara Aaradhane

Sree Krishna Jayanthi – Sri Krishna Janmashtami

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Janmashtami Pooja Details

  • August 14th – Monday

 Please refer to the closet temple or other calendar to find the dates of the festivals in the country you are living. These dates posted are based on Indian Standard Time.

Updated : Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje – July 23rd 2017

Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje, is an important pooje performed by unmarried women and newly married women for 9 years after their marriage. It is performed on the new moon day or amavase in the month of Aashada masa. This year it is on July 23rd 2017 Sunday.

This pooje is also called Bheemeshwarana pooje. This pooje is dedicated to God Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Mud models of Shiva and Parvathi in the form of a cone with a flat base are made, kept in the sun to dry and decorated with white dots made out of limestone paste, or sometimes with akki hittu(rice flour) mixed with milk. A thread immersed in turmeric paste, a flower and sometimes turmeric root are tied around the model for Parvathi. After the pooje, usually either the girls Mom or Mother-in-Law ties this thread to the girls wrists.

Those who have brothers, later in the evening worship the hosthilu or threshold of their house. They call it “Bhandara vadiyodu“. The girls brother brakes the bhandara and gives money to his sister.

The story for Bhimana Amavase goes like this:

In a city there was a king called Vajrabahu. He had one and only son called Vijayashekara, who dies suddenly while still young. The king and queen decide to perform his marriage; even though he is dead. But, who would marry a corpse, right? No one comes forward to marry him. A Brahmin couple, named Madhava and his wife Sushila have five daughters and nine sons. They are extremely poor and they decide to marry one of their daughters in marriage to the dead prince; in return they would get lot of money and can use it to feed their family.

This girl is left with her dead husband and than she prays to God Shiva and Goddess Parvathi with great devotion. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi ask her to perform this pooje; since she is in the forest and doesn’t have any money she uses clay or mud and performs the pooje. The dead prince comes back to life. The king, queen and everyone is now happy to see their son come back to life.

Now that you know why and how to do the pooje, tell the significance of this story to your daughter, perform the pooje, tie the thread across her wrist and bless her with all your heart.

Happy Gandana Pooje.

Here below is the step by step procedure to perform Diwasi Gowri pooje as per the book I have now:

1. Clean the place where you are going to perform the pooja, put an elaborate rangoli (ರಂಗವಲ್ಲಿ). Find links to various rangoli (ರಂಗವಲ್ಲಿ) here:

2. Place a wooden plank called Mane(ಮಣೆ).
3. On this Mane, place a silver plate and within the plate, keep the idols of Diwasi Gowri and Managal Gowri( if you are performing Managal Gowri).
4. Also keep 1 dry cocnout (Kobbari Battalu ಕೊಬ್ಬರಿ ಬಟ್ಟಲು) as it is called in Kannada, 10 betel nut (adike ಅಡಿಕೆ), 10 betel leaves (villedele ವಿಳೇದೆಲೆ), 10 rounds of thread ದಾರ.
5. Now, worship the gowri and offer her 10 Kucchida Kadabu (ಕುಚ್ಚಿದ ಕಡಬು).
6. Next, tie 10 knots on the thread immersed in turmeric paste, a flower and sometimes turmeric root. For married ladies, 10 knots and unmarried girls 5 knots, and 5 rounds of thread.
7. Put this on the Gowri idol.
8. Perform Aarthi to Gowri. Offer your prayers, and do namaskaras.
8. Once, you finish all the pooja, usually either the girls Mom or Mother-in-Law ties this thread to the girls wrists or can also put it around her neck.

9 Million All Times Hits to Kalpavriksha Kamadhenu – Thank You

I had never imagined having so many visitors visit this blog even in my wildest dreams. I had posted about 8 Million in November 28th, 2016, and within a few months to have another million is just unimaginable.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU. Let us keep our culture alive, spread our customs and traditions in a good way and above all spread tolerance and patience.

None of this would have been possible without the blessings of Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru.

I have gone silent for the past few weeks, mostly due to hectic work, travel, speaking at conferences and a never ending back pain.

THANKS AGAIN. AND HERE IS TO WISHING WE WILL REACH 10 MILLION by end of 2017.

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