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2019-2020 Important Dates

Please find attached a neat handy version of important festival dates for Vikarinama Samvatsara. All credit to the webmaster who created this. I am just sharing it.

Aadhika Masa Day Update – May 26th – 31st 2018

Man proposes god disposes is a phrase I use so very often. We make plans, carefully plan them, are so excited about, and God actually has made his own plan and executes them based on what he thinks he has already written in our fate.

My plans took a great hit last week. I posted that I won’t be writing for the next week, hoping I would enjoy my vacation, take a break, relax and continue with my busy schedule and also do some good work during this Aadhika Masa. However, God had already made his plans for me and my family, I just had no clue how he would completely change the course of my next 2 months.

Saturday night, May 26th we were out of state, and was unpacking our car in the parking lot. There was a big pot hole which I couldn’t see and was painted the same color as the parking lot. My left feet got stuck in the hole, ankle twisted and I feel on the ground. The ankle started swelling, and my Husband and daughter immediately decided to take me to Emergency care to a hospital. We reached the hospital at 11.30 PM Saturday night within 5 mins of the accident. They took X-Ray and found out I had broken my Ankle bone. They put a temporary cast, asked us to see an Orthopedic Surgeon within 7-14 days, and also said I may need surgery. We came back around 5.00 AM Sunday morning.

The past few days have been roller coaster, had to learn how to manage with 1 since there was no weight bearing on the left one, no walking, bed rest. Even using the bathroom was tough the first day. My family rented a wheel chair so it would be easy to move around, sitting has been challenging, anytime I put my feet down, it swells and changes color.

I was supposed to travel to San Francisco next two weeks, than India and a few other countries. All activities canceled. I have an appointment on Wednesday to see the progress, if surgery is needed and be put on a real cast. No idea about the recovery time, my Daughter says at least 6-8 weeks on cast.

I am still reciting Shree Krishna Stotra 33 times. And many other slokas just to distract myself and not be depressed. Some days are good, some tough.

Like I said earlier, Meera proposes, God disposed it according to his wish. Just hoping and praying to God, beloved Rayaru that I don’t have to undergo surgery. As my extended family I request you all to pray for me.


Aadhika Masa Day 9 & 10 Update – May 24th 25th 2018

Day 9, i.e yesterday was most hectic. Just couldn’t sleep at all. Woke up at 3.00 AM, tossed and turned in bed, and finally decided to wake up at 5.00 AM since I had an early morning flight. Took shower, drew rangoli again on paper, recited Shree Krishna Stotra 33 times, and Shree Raghavedraya Namaha 33 times. Left to airport, and reached home quite late at night.

Today, Day 10 actually at home drew Rangoli. Since it was Ekadashi was able to spend a little more time at the Pooja room. Did recite Shree Krishna Stotra 33 times.

I will keep you posted hopefully maybe once a week at least. Thanks again to all of you for all the support. Your comments mean a lot to me, and many times I have had tears reading your amazing comments. Even though I don’t see the person who wrote the comments, I can read through and see the heartfelt message.

Thanks a million.


Aadhika Masa Day 6, 7 and 8 Update – May 21st, 22nd and 23rd 2018

Monday May 21st was a devastating day in my Sister’s family, we had an unthinkable tragedy and I came to know about it in the wee hours of 21st. I really had no idea even how to digest the same, and was just devastated. However, I took shower and did my duty of praying. Had really no energy or even mood to draw the rangoli, so just recited Krishna Stotra 33 times, Shree Krishna Namaha 33 times twice, and Shree Raghavedraya Namaha 33 times twice. Had my flight in the morning, so left for San Francisco.

Tuesday and Wednesday May 22nd and 23rd I had calmed down a little bit, but since I was in a hotel and no access to anything, drew the Rangoli on paper and recited Krishna Stotra 33 times. You can see the images of the Rangoli I drew and also a few others that I drew like the Shankha, Chakra, Gadha, Lakshmi Pada, and Tortoise.

And here is the one I drew today May 23rd.

Since I am flying back home tomorrow in the morning, it will just be reciting Shree Krishna Stotra 33 times. If time permits will try to draw the rangoli as well. Hope you all are doing some activities to make use of this Aadhika Masa.

Aadhika Masa Day 4 & 5 Update – 19th and 20th May 2018

Day 4 was hectic but very fulfilling. I drew 33 Ashta Dala Rangoli, recited Krishna Stotra 33 times, Shree Raghavendraya Namaha 33 times 3 times, and Shree Krishanaya Namaha 33 times 3 times. I also prepared 2 Gejje Vastras with 33 Gejjes for the Satsangha on 20th. The entire afternoon and evening was spent cleaning, preparing and shopping for Satsangha. I also brought 5 tiles for ladies to draw Ashta dana rangoli and prepared bagina of 33 almonds, 33 raisins, 33 Hoovu Bathi and 33 mangalaruthi bathi.

Day 5 was just an awesome and the most humbling day. To host satsanyha during Aadhika Masa and also on Pushya Nakshatara for someone who is an ardent devotee of Rayaru cannot be explained in words. Woke up early in the morning, took shower Recited 33 times Krishna Stotra and arranged for the pooje in our sun room.

It was an awesome day, a million thanks to my Husband who worked with me hand in hand, tirelessly, awesome because of my Sister and her family who could join, awesome coz my parents could join through WhatsApp, my daughter through FaceTime, and our Satsangha extended family who came for the satsangha, and blog throug which Vaishnavi and her husband could join.

In the beginning all ladies drew 33 astha dana rangoli. Images below. Suma my sister taught everyone how to draw the rangolis.

We started by Reciting Vishnu Satha Nama Stotra instead of Vishnu Sahasranama since we wanted to recite other stotras today. Later, 33 times all of us recited Krishna Stotra 33 times. Than Lakshmi Stotra, Shree Yanthrodharaka Stotra. We were 11 people. so we all recited Rayaru Stotra 3 times so it was 33 in count. We recited 108 Rayaru Ashotra, and we all recited 108 times Shree Raghavendraya Namaha. Than we recited the following devara namas:

  1. Nere Nambhide Madh Hrudayadolu on Lord Panduranga
  2. Istu Dina ee Vaikunta
  3. Keshava Nama on Lord Krishna
  4. Indu Yenage Govinda on Lord Krishna

Followed by Jaya Jaya Veeve Raghavendra, Rayaru Mangalashtaka, Naivedya , Aarathi, Tugire Rayara, Swami Lali, and Mangala song. Next, gaive Haldi Kumkum for all ladies, and last but not the least the much awaited lunch.

Here are some amazing pictures of the day, you can see rangolis and also 33 Gejje Vastra for Lord Venkateshwara and Lord Krishna.


My parents were able to join us through WhatsApp video and my daughter through FaceTime. It is amazing that we can share all these important events with our loved ones, and is also amazing to share with you all my extended family.

Food was just delicious. I prepared two kosambaris, beans palya, Saru, rice, Appi karadi Payasa which is favorite to our beloved Rayaru. My husband made Kadale bele chatni which is again another favorite for our Rayaru, my sister  Suma made bisibele bath, Ms. Rekha made pineapple Gojju, Ms. Rajani made potato playa and Ms. Vani brought amazing sweets. We also had Ms. Vaishanavi who commented on the blog and made it to our satsangha. It was awesome having all of them.

What a fruitful day, blessed to be able to host satsangha on such auspicious day and get the blessings of our Lord Krishna and our Beloved Rayaru. Day 6 starts a new week with travel to San Franciso, lets see how I will continue with my Krishna Stotras. Will keep you all posted.

Aadhika Masa Day 2 & 3 Update – May 17th 18th 2018

Day 2 yesterday was so hectic, I woke up at 5.00 AM, finished pooje, lighted lamps recited Shree Krishna Stotra 33 times. And left home to work by 6.30 AM to Virigina. During the 2 hour long drive to work listened to several Devotional songs instead of listening to Radio.

Spoke at an office conference, drove back home, was stuck in traffic for almost 2 hours, packed my bags and left to BWI Airport to New York City. Reached NY at 10.30 PM. In between during my train ride, I recited Achuthaya Namaha Ananthaya Namaha and Govindaya Namaha 33 times 4 times.

DAY 3 since I was at a hotel, couldn’t do much and today just recited Shree Krishna Stotra 33 times. Had to go early to a client site, finished work, took train back home and reached by 7.00 PM.

Hopefully, tomorrow and day after during Satsangha I can do a few more things.I am planning on getting all ladies who join Satsangha draw 33 Ashta Dala Padma Rangoli. Will post pictures and video.

Will post tomorrow’s update. Let me know what you all did?

Aadhika Masa Day 1 Update – May 16th 2018

I am going to update everyday what I did for this year’s Aadhika Masa on a daily basis. Technology is amazing, my Sister Suma early in the morning sent me 33 Astha Dala Padma Rangoli she had drawn and also that she did 33 namaskaras. Her rangoli picture is attached below:


I had planned to recite Three Krishna Stotra as posted in the blog, and my Sister Suma said it is customary to draw Ashta Dala Padma Rangoli, keep a silver plate with rice in it, keep kalasa, Krishna Idol and recite the Stotra 33 times. I also drew 33 Ashta Dala Padma Rangoli, and did as per her instructions.

Picture below.

I also recited Achuthaya Namaha Ananthaya Namaha and Govindaya Namaha 33 times 4 times. Since I was working from home today this was easy to do.

I will be traveling non-stop the next few months starting tomorrow. Hopefully, I will be able to at least recite Lord Krishna’s names, his Stotra  while traveling, while in train, in flight and keep track of the same.

Writing this post everyday is to keep me honest and be accountable for myself.

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