Archive for August 12th, 2018

Shri Raghavendra Swami Aradhana Mahothsavam – 26th and 27th 2018

SBAT temple here in Maryland is celebrating our Beloved Raghavendra Swamy Aaradhane on 26th and 27th. Attached below is the invite. If you are close by in the DC area please visit. And let me know as well, so I can meet you at the temple.

Upcoming Shravana Masa Festivals – August – September 2018

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As per Uttaradimatta Panchanga, this year in Vilambi Nama Samvatsara, Shravana Masa starts from August 12th and ends on September 9th

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 2018.

Mangala Gowri Vrata

All details for this festival can be found here:

Vrata Details.

  • August 14th – Tuesday

  • August 21st – Tuesday

  • August 28th – Tuesday

  • September 4th – Tuesday

Nagara Chathurthi & Panchami

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Pooja Details.

  • August 14th Tuesday – Nagara Chathurthi

  • August 15th  – Wednesday– Nagara Panchami

Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja

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Pooja Details.

  • August 17th – Friday

  • August 24th – Friday

  • August 31st – Friday

  • September 7th – Friday

Vara MahaLakshmi  Pooja Vrata

Vrata Details.

  • August 24th – Friday

Sree Raghavendra Swamy  Aaradhane

Aaradhane Details

  • August 27th – Monday– Sree Raghavendra Swamy Poorva Aaradhane

  • August 28th – Tuesday – Sree Raghavendra Swamy Madya Aaradhane

  • August 29th – Wednesday– Sree Raghavendra Swamy Uttara Aaradhane

Sree Krishna Jayanthi – Sri Krishna Janmashtami

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Janmashtami Pooja Details

  • September 2nd – Sunday

 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.

Update : Nagara Chauthi/Panchami

  • August 4th – Sunday – Nagara Chathurthi

  • August 5th – Monday– Nagara Panchami

 

Nagara Chauthi is the fourth day of the Shravana masa. On this day married women take head bath and wearing wet clothes (or washed clothes separately) which makes it very pure, either do the pooje to the snake hootha or place a silver idol of Nagappa and continue. Unboiled milk or raw milk, haldi,  soaked kadale, gejjevastra and flowers are offered to the idol of Nagappa. Women who do the pooje on this day fast as well. This is how we do the pooje in Madhwa houses. No fried items are prepared during this day. Women also prepare thambittu and do aarathi to Nagappa using the same. All this needs to be done in madi.

P.S: No Kumkum is applied to Nagappa on Chauthi. The gejjevastra is prepared by applying Haldi. No deep fired items as well.

Next day being the Nagara Panchami, everyone in the house performs the pooje; including children. If you are offering milk to the idol of Nagappa; it is customary to do the pooje to Nagappa as soon as you wake up, take a shower and even before drinking your coffee in the morning. As done in the previous day, place a silver plate, keep the idol of Nagappa. Pour 3 times milk, water, haldi, kumkum, gejjevastra, flowers and kadale. Prepare the thambittu and do the aarathi.

P.S:Kumkum is applied to Nagappa on Panchami. The gejjevastra is prepared by applying Kumkum. No deep fired items as well.

It is also customary to draw images of Nagappa on the front door, hosthilu and also near the place you worship using rice paste. Haldi, kumkum, gejje vastra and flowers are applied to these as well.

Lord Krishna was playing ball with his friends, when suddenly the ball got entangled in the high branch of a tree. Krishna volunteered to climb the tree and fetch the ball. But below the tree the river Yamuna was flowing in full glory, in which the snake Kalinga was living. Nobody dared to go near that place. Lord Krishna ignoring the warnings of his friends jumps into the water. The dangerous ‘Kalinga” serpent comes up. But Krishna was ready and jumping on the snake’s head, starts dancing on its head. Kalinga realizes the strength of Lord Krishna and pleads with Krishna: “Please, do not kill me.” Krishna takes sympathy on Kalinga and after taking a promise that henceforth he would not harm anybody, he let the snake go free into the river again. Hence, Nag Panchami is also commemorated as a day of victory of Lord Krishna over Kalinga the legendary snake.

What to eat during Nagara Chauthi?

So, here are the items you can prepare during this day, when you are not supposed to fry anything.

What to eat during Nagara Panchami? No frying on this day as well. And no dish made out of Vermicelli or Shavige.

To prepare Thambittu follow this procedure:

P.S: Nagara Panchami Haadu/Song is posted here

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