Archive for August, 2022

2022 Shree Ganesha Festival Pictures

Hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Gowri Ganesha festival.

This year we celebrated here at North Carolina. The only difference was we missed my Sister and her family, and the many friends and colleagues who used to visit us during the evening pooje.

We were able to visit the temple for the evening Aarathi and Ganesha Visarjana. Later pack all the food I made and deliver to our Daughter since she was on call and couldn’t visit us.

Like I said, not much size left here in the blog to post pictures so recorded a video and sharing the celebration at my place.

Ganesha Vrata Katha in Kannada

It is customary to listen to the Vratha Katha after performing pooje. Here comes a small video in Kannada on Ganesha Vratha Katha.

Picture Credit: Gowri Pooje at my place last year.

Swarna Gowri Vrata Katha

It is customary to listen to the Vratha Katha after performing pooje. Here comes a small video in Kannada on Swarna Gowri Vratha Katha. I will soon post Katha for Ganesha festival also.

Picture Credit: Gowri Pooje at my Sister’s place

Akshaya Patre Rangoli

An amazing rangoli to be drawn during any major festivals like Shree Vara MahaLakshmi pooje, Shravana Fridays, Gowri and Ganesha festival. It is called Akshaya Patre Rangoli – ಅಕ್ಷಯ ಪಾತ್ರೆ ರಂಗೋಲಿ.

I saw this Rangoli as shared by Ms. Sowmya Raghav, our Bhajane and Harikathamrutasara teacher. Ms. Sowmya had shared a picture during Shree Vara Maha Lakshmi pooje. I asked about the same and finally found a couple videos and learnt to draw the Rabgoli. Thanks so much Sowmya for sharing the same.

I first practiced on paper and later drew it on my Rangoli tile with chalk.

Draw a dot at the center and on 8 corners 5 dots each. Five lines reducing in size in between as seen below. And join from the center dot to the tip of the opposite line.

Continue as such on all corners.

Write Shree ಶ್ರೀ  and apply Haldi Kumkum. Click on the above images to see a bigger picture and zoom.

Key points from Poojya Sri Puthige Shreegalu

I saw this message posted in FB by Shri Janardhan Krishnarao. Asked permission to post it here in my blog. Thanks so much Sir for permitting to post the same.This message from Swamigalu is so apt for each and everyone of us.

The more and more I meet people, whether it is in Maryland, now North Carolina or even in India, people are not happy, filled with ego, lot of stress, too much competition, too much hatred and above all not leading a contented life.

This message below hits like a lightning if you are able to self analyze and see your own strengths and weaknesses. We have so much to learn from our Swamigalu.

Key points from Poojya Sri PuthigeShreegalu’s interactive session with Corporate Leaders – San Jose, California, USA held on Aug 27th 2022

BhagvadGita is a scripture for everyone – should not be seen as a religious text confined to Hinduism. BhagvadGita is the most comprehensive and universal guide to leading a content and peaceful life. It offers wisdom and guidance needed to resolve dilemma in our daily lives and in any situation. Krishna represents the source of ultimate wisdom and Arjuna represents all of us – The teacher and the taught.

1. Inner peace is required to make the right decisions in our daily lives

A critical pre-requisite to preparing the mind to always making the right decision, is to keep it calm and free of worries. A restless mind cannot make the right or the best decision.

One of the ways to bring inner peace, is to understand that we are not alone in this journey – there is a higher-self and a protector behind us, and our worries are handed off to him. This mind-set relieves us of anxiety or worries and helps maintain a tranquil mind.

If you are worried, you are thinking about the past; If you are anxious, you are thinking about the future – you have no control over either one. In the Corporate world, we all need to learn from our past mistakes and plan for the future. We need to do both with clear objectives without dwelling on either of them, unnecessarily. Being consumed by worry or anxiety will affect our decision-making ability and productivity.

2. Ego is one of the biggest barriers to achieving higher goals

With ego taking control, we stop learning, which in turn will limit our progress and success.

For corporate leaders this means ensuring employees’ ideas, contributions, views are respected, and they are empowered to make decisions. This acts as a force multiplier of brains and ideas in a large corporation, which is critical for the success and growth of business. Else, only the single egoistic brain is working.

Steve Jobs in his famous Stanford commencement speech said “Stay Foolish, Stay Hungry”

There is an old saying “When you are ready, you will see the teacher” – it is the mind-set of willingness to learn

3. Enemies are a necessary evil

On the positive side, we progress when enemies exist.

It is important to understand, enmity creates a sense of competitiveness and is good for human progress.

In the Corporate world, this is the “competitor” – they keep us on our toes and drive us to achieve higher success. Without competitors, most business can get complacent, and growth may be limited.

4. We have innate power to make the right decision in any situation

However, most of us lose the ability to “tune in” and listen to the inner voice – The conscience, The Guide, The Sakshi, the GPS for our life journey.

To harness the ability to seek guidance through our Conscience, we need to lead a life of truthfulness; When our body, mind and soul (specifically words and actions) are constantly in Synch – our inner voice is clearly guiding us on the right track. Even simple white lies will turn off the Antenna to receive the signals of our inner voice and we will be constantly in a state of confusion and disconnected from the conscience (or our GPS).

In the Corporate world, this means saying what you do and doing what you say – in essence “walking the talk”. Internalizing this principle, will invoke the “inner voice” that will guide us to always make the right decision.

Regular meditation will help develop concentration and focus, which will further improve the signal to noise ratio of the Inner voice or the Sakshi – in essence, amplify it.

5. Employees (and Children) do not do what the Leaders (or parents) ask them to do

Employees (and Children) simply follow the Leader’s (or parent’s) actions, not the words.

It is important for a leader to be a role-model – there is no better way to delegate or have the entire company focus on a common goal or success

In the Corporate world, this means leading by example. Employees follow the leader’s actions/behavior and not so much, the “command”

Design Gejje Vastra 2

After my daily pooje, I was determined to sit down and finish Gejje vastra for Lord Ganesha. Monday the beginning of the week is going to be hectic with office work. So, even before having breakfast, sat down to finish this task.

I had brought pre-made Gejje vastra from India during my visit. I just added Kumkum, brought a few red crystals from Michael’s store here. And, made two Gejje Vastra’s. Very simple.

I will post pictures after the festival.

Here is the one I did for last year. Hope you got some ideas. If you prepare one, do share with me.

Design Gejje Vastra

Have a blessed Gowri and Ganesha Festival.

Lord Venkateshwara in my Dream

Update: We visited the temple this morning, sponsored Archana for Lord Venkateshwara. While standing in front of him with folded hands felt like a tiny human being while Lord stood there all Magnanimous, seeing his hands showing us to surrender to him, that he will protect us always. Felt a strange feeling in my heart, peaceful and calm.

The past 2 months since being here in North Carolina, the visit to Venkateshwara temple almost every Saturday has brought immense joy to me.

The SV temple here in Cary is literally 6 mins from our home.

A few weeks back while talking to my Father, I was telling him how amazing the alankara is here at our temple. And my father said, that much Alankara doesn’t happen in Tirupathi becuase the Lord complained about the fragrance of flowers would bring him head ache, and the heavy jewelry pains his body. We all know that Lord himself is in Tirupati.

Last week, in our whatsapp group I had seen a video of Vastra being presented to our Beloved Rayaru by Tirumala Priests. Thanks Padma for sharing the video always.

This Thursday, I was talking to Padma here in Cary, who visits the temple almost every time I visit and I was telling her how beautiful, how amazing, our SV temple Venkateshwara is, especially when I visited he just had Tulasi hara/mala, a bright color panche, and bare shoulders.

Yes, I have two amazing Padma’s in my life now in Maryland, and in Cary.

Maybe these three incidents were stuck in my mind I have no clue.

Today, early morning, I am walking within huge crowds, lots of people, going in circles and keep asking which temple is this? Where are we? I don’t remember who was with me. At the end, I come to a stop and in front of me quite at a distance is Lord Venkateshwara with just oil lamps, bare minimum flowers and standing tall in the Garbha Gudi with his Diamond adorned Crown. I am filled with joy and keep reciting ” Srinivasa Govinda Shree Venkatesha Govinda”. Lord looked something like the above image.

I got woken up and to know I had been to Tirupati, saw Lord on a Saturday brought amazing joy. As soon as I woke up, told my Husband. Did a video call and talked to my Father and Sister. And the next thing sharing with you all my dearest extended family.

Tugona Banni Rayara Lyrics

An amazing lyrics on Rayaru to be sung after your Bhajane.

Will share the audio soon.

Lyrics in Kannada and English.

Composer : Shree Shymasundara Dasaru

ತೂಗೋಣ ಬನ್ನಿ ರಾಯರ | ತೂಗೋಣ ಬನ್ನಿ ||ಪ||

ಪ್ರಥಮ ಪ್ರಹ್ಲಾದನಾಗಿ | ಭಕುತಿಯಿಂದ ಹರಿಯ ಕೂಗಿ |

ಪಿತಗೆ ಮುಕುತಿ ಪಥವ ತೋರಿದ | ರಾಯರ ತೂಗೋಣ ಬನ್ನಿ ||1||

ಚಂದ್ರಿಕಾರ್ಯ ಭೂಮಿಯೊಳು | ಪೂರ್ಣಚಂದ್ರನಂತೆ ಮೆರೆಯುತಿರುವಾ |

ಆನಂದತೀರ್ಥ ಮತೋದ್ಧಾರರ | ರಾಯರ ತೂಗೋಣ ಬನ್ನಿ ||2||

ಭೋಗ ಭಾಗ್ಯವೆಲ್ಲ ತೊರೆದು | ಯೋಗಿವರ್ಯರಾಗಿ ಮೆರೆದ |

ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಯತೀಂದ್ರರ | ರಾಯರ ತೂಗೋಣ ಬನ್ನಿ ||3||

ಮಂತ್ರಪುರದಿ ನಿಂತು ಭಜಿಪರ | ಅಂತರಂಗವನ್ನೆ ತಿಳಿದು |

ಸಂತಸದಿ ಪೂರ್ಣಗೋಳಿಪ | ರಾಯರ ತೂಗೋಣ ಬನ್ನಿ ||4||

ನಾಮಸ್ಮರಣಿ ಮಾತ್ರದಿಂದ | ಕಾಮಿತಾರ್ಥವನ್ನೆ ಕೊಡುವ |

ಶ್ಯಾಮ ಸುಂದರ ಹರಿಗೆ ಪ್ರಿಯರ | ರಾಯರ ತೂಗೋಣ ಬನ್ನಿ ||5||

Tūgōṇa banni rāyara | tūgōṇa banni ||pa||

prathama prahlādanāgi | bhakutiyinda hariya kūgi |

pitage mukuti pathava tōrida | rāyara tūgōṇa banni ||1||

candrikārya bhūmiyoḷu | pūrṇacandranante mereyutiruvā |

ānandatīrtha matōd’dhārara | rāyara tūgōṇa banni ||2||

bhōga bhāgyavella toredu | yōgivaryarāgi mereda |

rāghavēndra yatīndrara | rāyara tūgōṇa banni ||3||

mantrapuradi nintu bhajipara | antaraṅgavanne tiḷidu |

santasadi pūrṇagōḷipa | rāyara tūgōṇa banni ||4||

nāmasmaraṇi mātradinda | kāmitārthavanne koḍuva |

śyāma sundara harige priyara | rāyara tūgōṇa banni ||5||

Gowri-Ganesha Festival – August 29, 30 and 31st

The Ganesha festival falls on the fourth day Bhadrapada Masa. That’s why we say “Bhadrapada Shulkada Chauthi Aamdu”. Swarna Gouri Vrata and Ganesha Festival is celebrated on August 29th and 30th in USA and August 30th and 31st in India. Check your local calendars.

As always, check your closet temple to find the correct dates.

An idol of Gowri made of clay is brought two days before the Ganesha festival. Gowri is an incarnation of Parvathi. Gowri Habba, also called as Swarna Gowri Habba is celebrated one day before Ganesha Festival.

The Legend:

Goddess Gowri, while taking shower, created Ganesha out of the mud of and placed him at the entrance of the house. She told him not to allow anyone to enter while she went inside for a bath. Lord Shiva returned home and was stopped by Ganesha at the gate. Shiva became angry and cut off Ganesha’s head. When Gauri came to know of this she was grieved.

Lord Shiva ordered his servants to cut off and bring to him the head of any creature that might be sleeping with its head facing north. The servants went on their mission and found only an elephant in that position. Lord Shiva then joined the elephant’s head onto the body of Ganesha.

Mr. Lakshmisha P, had left a comment here that he had the pdf files for the Swarnagowri vratha puja & katha. Attached below are the links for both the pdf files he has provided.
Thanks so much Me. Lakshmisha for all the support and also the time you have taken to convert this into pdf.

We used to sing at the top of our voice “Ganesha bhanda, kai kadubu tinda, chikka kerele edda, dodda kereli bidda”.


Lord Ganesha is not just worshiped on this day, but is worshiped first in all occasions since he is considered to be the remover of all obstacles, one who brings good luck on new activities or endeavors.

As always links for several resources songs, lyrics and stotras are posted on this blog.

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And here comes the link which has colorful and many designs for drawing Rangoli

And can any festival be complete without authentic dishes? Here are some recipes posted in this blog:


In case you see the moon on this day, here is the sloka you are supposed to say:

ಚೌತಿ ಚಂದ್ರ ದರ್ಶನ ಅಪವಾದ ಪರಿಹಾರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ

ಸಿಂಹಃ ಪ್ರಸೇನಮವಧೀತ್
ಸಿಂಹೋ ಜೌ0ಬವತಾ ಹತಃ |
ಸುಕುಮಾರಕ ಮಾರೋದಿಃ
ತವಹ್ಯೇಷ ಸ್ಯ್ಮಮಂತಕಃ ||

Simha prasenamavadith
simho jambhuvatha hathah |
sukumaraka marodhihi
thavahyesha syamanthakaha ||

P.S: The above sloka in Kannada is exactly as it is in the Uttaradi Matta Panchanga. Rather than taking a picture, I typed in the words. The English translation is done from the Kannada sloka to the best of my knowledge.

As always no food is prepared with onion or garlic.

All details posted here: 

Gowri Ganesha Festival Preparation & Recipes

Lord Ganesha page for Lyrics

Rangoli designs

Aarathi and Mangala Songs

Design Gejje Vastra

As a child, I grew up watching both my Mysore Ajji and Bangalore Ajji making gejje vastra. While Mysore Ajji made the traditional ones, Bangalore Ajji made so many designs with gejje vastra that my mother used them for big festivals like Shree Varamaha Lakshmi Habba, Gowri Habba, Ganesha festival, Dasara festival.

However, last year I was determined to start and at least try a simple design for adorning Lord Ganapathi with some fancy Gejje Vastra and tried this.

It is very simple, I took three gejje vastras, and braided them and put stickers in between.

It looked just divine on the Lord. However, once we put all flowers and garike it was hard to see the same.

So, this year if you need an idea, this can help you get started. Simple, easy and looks fancy.

I will try a few more this weekend and post it. If you have any designs, please do share.

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