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Kallur Shree Mahalakshmi Stotras for Success, Marriage and Child

I was sent this image in my WhatsApp group and asked to translate the Stotras in English. I give all credit to whoever prepared this brochure, just attaching here to benefit the visitors of this blog and translated and recorded the Stotras to help. Youtube link at the end.

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Sarva Karya Siddi Stotra:

Ananadathirtha Varade Danavaranya Pavake|

Gyanadayini Sarveshe Shreenivasesthume Manaha||

Shree Venkateshan Lakshmisham Anishtagnamabhistadam|

Chaturmukera tanayam Shreenivasam Bhaje Nisham||

Sloka for Marriage:

Katyayini Mahamaye Mahayoginyadhishwari|

Nandagopam Sutham Krishna Pathim Me kurute Namaha||

For bearing a Child Stotra:

Devakisuta Govinda Deva Deva Jagathpathe|

Dhehime Tanayam Krishna Twamaham Sharanam Gatha||

Do this seva starting on an auspicious day. Recite 21 times and do pradakshina namaskars to the picture of Goddess Koluuru Shree Mahalaskhmi. This Pooje has to be done for 48 days.

I have also recorded the Stotras and posted on youtube so you can get the accents properly.

 

Dreams for future women, lessons from the past 101 years as a woman

My grandmother (Ajji we call in our language) turned 101 today, yes you read it right hundred and one years old. I spent a few hours last week while I was in India with my grandmother. We celebrated her 100th birthday and all her extended family was invited for this occasion. It was the same time during which I was profiled in USA Today article. My uncle read out the article to her and my Ajji was super happy. She hugged me, kissed me told my parents they were lucky to have me as a daughter. The one thing which stuck me was when Ajji told “ During my time, I was not allowed to go to school. I fought with my father and studied until 2nd grade so I could at least read and write Kannada(our regional language in Bangalore, Karnataka). In my next birth I want to study, work hard and be like you”. I was stunned to hear that, my 101 year old grandmother was thinking of studying, working and succeeding in life. And this might not go well with our President, but asked me to take everyone with me to USA so that they could all succeed in this country which I call my home now. It shocked everyone around us.

That long flight back home from India, I kept thinking what my Ajji said. I kept thinking how hard her life was, I kept thinking how much she longed to study, I kept thinking how fortunate we were to be able to study, work and succeed and finally how we all have taken this for granted.

Ajji went through tough tough challenges in life, lost my grandfather in her late 50’s for cancer, lost her daughter and daughter-in-law, her 6 sisters, many in her extended family, but she never lost her strength, never lost her will power, never lost her will to survive all odds.

Ajji was the pillar of strength to the entire family and to my parents a great deal. Ajji was responsible for allowing my Mom to continue studies after her High school. Mom was told to stop studies after her high school, Mom influenced by Mahatma Gandiji went on Satygraha to coerce her Father and family to let her continue studies. Mom completed her Bachelor of Arts and later got married. When Mom decided to continue her studies after three kids, Ajji came and stayed with us to help my Mom complete her Masters and become a History Professor.
When Mom had a major accident, and needed help since I was in my final year of Engineering college, Ajji was right with us helping us in everything.

Ajji was super excited that her granddaughter my daughter Sneha was pursuing Medicine and was going to be like her Husband a Doctor. She asked Sneha to be the best Doctor, help patients like her great grandfather and have compassion and above all be humble.

Today being my Grandmother’s 101 birthday, I wish her A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. AJJI YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION NOT JUST TO ME BUT WILL BE TO EVERYONE WHO READS THIS ARTICLE. We have learnt a lot from our Ajji, and I hope to keep learning from her.

And here is the USA Today article link and a picture:

http://project.mediaplanet.com/20819.pdf#page=11

Green Chutney – Coriander Chutney

We had 3 bunches of coriander leaves and wanted to use it to the full extent. So, decided to make this quick simple and spicy green chutney. Tasted very good with Rava Idli. Gather all ingredients, grind and eat. 3 simple steps to make this delicious chutney. The chat masala gives it a very tangy taste. Loved it.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 bunches fresh coriander leaves
  2. 3/4 cup groundnuts
  3. 5 green chillies
  4. 1 inch grated ginger
  5. 1 tsp lemon juice
  6. salt to taste, and 1/4 tsp sugar
  7. 1/2 tsp Chat Masala
  8. 1 tsp Oil

Method:

  1. Fry the groundnuts for 5-6 minutes on a pan. You can also microwave the same for 2-3 minutes. Make sure the groundnuts don’t burn. Let it cool
  2. Now, add all the ingredients from 1-8 and grind to a smooth paste.

Quick and Easy PC2 Palya

Can you guess what PC2 is? Of course, you can after seeing the image below –  Potato, Capsicum and Corn. Such a great combination, and can be done within minutes. Quick, and easy and yummylicious.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Potatoes
  • 2 Red Capsicum(Bell pepper), you can use any color, I used Red
  • 1 box frozen corn
  • 3 Green Chillies slit lengthwise
  • 1 sprig curry leaves finely chopped
  • 3-4 springs coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger finely grated
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp oil, 1/4 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp jeera

Method:

  1. Clean, boil and remove the skin of the potatoes. Chop into bite size pieces. You can boil them traditional way or use microwave.
  2. Microwave the frozen corn.
  3. I also microwave red capsicum for 3-4 mins until it is soft
  4. Next, in a pan heat oil. Add mustard seeds, jeera, green chiilies, curry leaves. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Next, add potatoes, and grated ginger. Keep frying for another 3-4 minutes on low heat.
  6. Add Red Capsicum, and corn.
  7. Finally, add salt, and coriander leaves.
  8. Just before serving, add the lemon juice.

Another look at the yummy, quick and easy palya:

P.S: I ate it as is, but it is a good combination to use in a chapathi wrap, or eat it with chapathi. You can also use different colors of capsicum.

Doddapatre Fritters or ದೊಡ್ಡಪತ್ರೆ ಬೋಂಡಾ

It is raining bondas at my place. Just kidding. No, to be correct it is raining Doddapatre  or ದೊಡ್ಡಪತ್ರೆ, I mean it is growing like crazy all over the pots. And so I decided to prepare this yesterday for Father’s Day, but was unable to do so. And since it rained heavily today, prepared and since it was not in the blog, clicked a few pictures to share with you all and have a digital memory.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup gram flour or besan
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • A pinch of asafoetida or hing
  • A pinch of Turmeric or haldi powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Whole Doddapatre  or ದೊಡ್ಡಪತ್ರೆ  leaves, washed and dried.

Method:

Put the gram four in a bowl. Mix the red chilli powder, turmeric, hing, and salt. Slowly add water, mixing simultaneously with a spoon until you get a smooth batter of medium thickness.

Put oil in a wok and set over medium heat. When the oil is medium hot, dip the leaves in the batter and drop them in the oil, one by one. The batter was a little thick when compared to other bonda’s I prepare since these leaves are very tender.

Click on the pictures to see a bigger image.

 

 

 

Fry both sides until the fritters turn crisp and golden. Use a slotted spoon to remove fritters and drain the excess oil on kitchen paper. Server hot with hot hot Tea.

 

Rayaru and Srimushnam

Being a part of the Rayara satsangha group has brought so much joy and so much information about our Beloved Rayaru. Mr. Rajaraman Nagarajan sends us Moola Brindavana pictures everyday without fail. We also get to see pictures of other deities which devotees share. One such picture which Mr. Rajaraman Nagarajan shared this week was about the place Rayaru lived in Srimushnam, and I remembered my Brother had written a detailed article about the same. And this was the right forum for me to tie together the picture and the article. All credit for the picture and article goes to Mr. Rajaraman Nagarajan and my Brother Ramesh. I pray to our beloved Rayaru to shower his choicest blessings on both of them.

Article Credit : My Brother Ramesh

Image Credit: Mr. Rajaraman Nagarajan

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Raghavendra Swamy is by far one of the most popular Madhwa saints. He is also perhaps the most well-known Madhwa seer but also the world over.

Over the years, there has been growing interest in Raghavendra Swamy his works, life and times and the many mathas or temples dedicated to Raghavendra Swamy. Almost every aspect of the life and times of Raghavendra Swamy has been so well documented that there is very little left of him that we do not know.

Yet, Rayaru is such a magnanimous person and the depth of his knowledge and  philosophy is so deep that we get the facts about the seer of Mantralaya and each passing day seems to bring in a new facet of his personality.

Though there is growing interest about Rayaru, there are still many things that are yet to become popular. One such aspect is the places where Rayaru spent time. Though we are all familiar with Bhuvanagiri, where he was born: Bichale where he spent thirteen years in the house of  his close devotee Appanacharya and Mantralaya where he entered Brindavana in 1671, there are many other places which are not as popular among visitors and pilgrims as these three places.

One such place is Srimushnam, one of the ten most holy Vaishnava shrines in the world. If Ayodhya is known as the birth place of Lord Rama and Mathura is associated with Krishna, Srimushnam is the revered Varaha Kshetra or the abode of Lord Vishnu or Hari.

Apart from being home to the Varaha Swamy temple, Srimushnam has another distinction which many are not aware of. It is here that Raghavendra Swamy is supposed to have spent close to twelve years.

A staunch Madhwa, Raghavendra worshipped the Varaha diety here and stayed in a house. This was much before he entered Bichale in Karnataka sometime in 1658.

Rayaru was born in Bhuvanagiri which is just a few kilometers from Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. Srimushnam too is near Chidambaram and Rayaru spent much of his formative years in the Mudarai- Kumbakonam-Thanjavur, Srirangam-Srimushnam belt for several years.

If he learnt Vedas, Shastras and other religious texts at Madurai, he took Deekshe at Thanjavur, joined the Sri Matha of Vijendra Theerta at Kumbakonam and spent years meditating at Srimushnam and worshipping Hari.

Rayaru stayed for years at a house in Srimushnam and this house can still be seen. The Nanjangud Mantralaya Matha, or the Sri Raghavenmdra Matha, took over the house in 2010 and constructed a temple dedicated to Raghavendra Swamy here.

The Nanjangud Raghavendra Swamy Matha is the official matha of Raghavendra Swamy and its name stems from the holy city of Nanjangud near Mysore which  has a Rayaru temple where there is an exquisite idol of Raghavendra Swamy. Since many seers of the Matha spent time here, the samshtahan came to be called as Nanjangud Mantralaya Matha.

The then seer of the Raghavendra Swamy Matha, Sushameendra Theertha, had wanted to develop a Raghavendra Swamy Matha at Srimushnam so that devotees and pilgrims can get accommodation and Theertha Prasada. He wanted to provide overnight accommodation to people.

He also wanted to renovate the house where Rayaru had lived.

His successor, Suyateendra Teertha Swamy, brought this idea into action. On November 24, 2010, he performed the Pratishtapana of Sri Rayaru and Sri Mukhyaprana in the premises of the old Rayara Mane or the home of Rayaru.

Incidentally, the stone for constructing the Brindavana was taken from the same segment in Madhavara, where the stone for the Moola Brindavana at Mantralaya was brought. It was Rayaru himself who had asked Dewan Venkanna to construct his Brindavana from the rock at Madhavara, which is near Mantralaya.

This makes the Brindavana of Raghavendra Swamy at Srimushnam the only other Brindavana apart from Mantralaya to be sculpted from the same stone.

Today, the house of Rayaru in Srimushnam has been transformed into a temple of Rayaru. The Mantralaya Matha maintains the home and matha and provides several facilities for pilgrims and devotees.

Another interesting fact about Srimushnam  for Madhwas is that Madhwacharya spent time during a Chaturmasa here and he gave some excellent discourses on Vishnu Purana, Bhagavath Geetha and other topics.

Srimushnam is today one of the foremost pilgrim centres for Vaishnavas. It is among the few places where we can see Varaha with his consort Bhoo Devi. It is also the place sanctified by Madhwacharya and Raghavendra Swamy.

This is also the place where Vyasa Raja or Vyasa Theertha and his guru, Sripadaraja, spent time as did Raghuttoma Theerta of Tirukoilur.

Incidentally, the Nanjangud Mantralaya matha has drawn up ambitious plans to develop the matha into a center of learning. It wants to expand the matha activities further so as to spread the Dwaitha tenet. It also plans to start a VedicSchool and a research center.

As of now, the newly established Matha  provides transit accommodation, Teertha Prasada (lunch) and other basic amenities for pilgrims.

For more details contact Nanjangud Sri Raghavendra Swamy Matha
No 1, North Car Street,
Srimushnam

608703
District: Cuddalore.

Tamil Nadu
Ph: 09486568218

Shree Raghavendra Prarthane

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Post Details: My Brother Ramesh.

Image Courtesy : SRSMUTT

The Raghavendra Prarthana is composed by Sri Guru Jagannatha Dasaru of Kosigi.

Guru Jaganntha Dasaru has composed several songs on Raghavendra Swamy.  Apart from Raghavendra Vijaya, he is the author of  Raghavendra Vybhava, Raghavendra Mahatme, Raghavendra Karavalamba Stotra, Raghavendra Prarthana, Raghavendra Sahasra Namavali, Raghavendra Aapaadee Mauli Sotra, Raghavendra Sarva Karma Samarpana Strotra, Raghavendra Astakam and Raghavendra Ashawa Dhati Stotra.

The Raghavendra Prarthana is a beautiful composition on Rayaru and it is a prayer to the Seer of Mantralaya.

Here goes the Kannada and English lyrics.

ಅಹೀಶಾಂಶಮೀಶಂ ಸಮೀರೇಣ ಯುಕ್ತಂ
ಸರೋಜಾಯತಾಕ್ಷಂ ಸುದಾಸೈಕಪೂಜ್ಯಮ್|
ವದಾನ್ಯಂ ಸುಮಾನ್ಯಂ ವರೇಣ್ಯಂ ಶರಣ್ಯಂ
ಗುರುಂ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಂ ಸದಾಽಹಂ ನಮಾಮಿ      ||೧||

ಸದಾ ಮಂದಹಾಸಂ ಸುಪೂರ್ಣೇಂದುವಕ್ತ್ರಂ
ಲಸಚ್ಚೇಲಭೂಷಂ ಸ್ಮರಸ್ಯಾತಿದೂರಮ್|
ನಮತ್ಕಾಮಧೇನುಂ ಹರಂತಂ ಮನೋ ಮೇ
ಅಘಧ್ವಂಸಿನಂ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಂ ಭಜಾಮಿ                ||೨||

ಭಜತ್ಕಲ್ಪವೃಕ್ಷಂ ಭವಾಬ್ಧ್ಯೇಕಪೋತಂ
ಮಹಾನಂದತೀರ್ಥಂ ಕವೀಂದ್ರಾಬ್ಜಮಿತ್ರಮ್|
ಧರಾದೇವಪಾಲಂ ರಮಾನಾಥಲೋಲಂ
ತ್ಯಜತ್ಕಾಮಜಾಲಂ ಭಜೇ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಮ್           ||೩||

ನ ಯಾಚೇ ಗಜೇಂದ್ರಂ ನರೇಂದ್ರಾಧಿಪತ್ಯಂ
ನ ಯಾಚೇಽಮರತ್ವಂ ನ ಲೋಕಾಧಿಪತ್ಯಮ್ |
ನ ಜಾಯಾಂ ನ ಪುತ್ರಂ ನ ಶಿಷ್ಯಾಲಿಮನ್ನಂ
ನ ಭಾಗ್ಯಂ ಗುರೋ ದೇಹಿ ತೆಏ ಪಾದದಾಸ್ಯಮ್         ||೪||

ಘನಾನಂದಸಾರಂ ನವಾಂಭೋದನೀಲಂ
ಮುರಾರಾತಿಮಿತ್ರಂ ತ್ರಿಲೋಕೀಶರಣ್ಯಮ್ |
ಪರಾಭೂತಶೊಕಂ ಸುರಾರಾತಿಜಾತಂ
ರಾಮನಾಥಪೋತಂ ಭಜೇ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಮ್          ||೫||

ಧರಾದೇವದಂತಾಂಶುಜಾತಸ್ರವಂತೀ-
ತಟೋಲ್ಲಾಸಿ ರಾಮಾಭಿರಾಮಾಂಘ್ರಿದಾಸಮ್ |
ಸುಧಾಮ್ನಾಂ ಲಲಾಮಂ ಕೃತೋದ್ಧಾಮಚರ್ಯಂ
ಪರಿವ್ರಾಡಧೀಶಂ ಭಜೇ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಮ್              ||೬||

ಮಹಾನಂದತೀರ್ಥಬ್ಧಿಮೀನಾಯಮಾನಂ|
ಸುಗೇಯಂ ಸುಬೋಧಂ ಸುಲೀಲಾಂಶುಜಾಲಮ್ |
ಮಹಾನಂದಗಾಢಂ ಸದಾ ಸದ್ವಿನೋದಂ
ಗುರುಂ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಂ ಭಜೇ ಸಾರ್ವಭೌಮಮ್      ||೭||

ಭಜೇ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಂ ಭಜೇ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಂ
ಭಜೇ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಂ ಭಜೇ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಮ್ |
ನಮಸ್ಯಾಮಿ ನಿತ್ಯಂ ನಮಸ್ಯಾಮಿ ನಿತ್ಯಂ
ನಮಸ್ಯಾಮಿ ನಿತ್ಯಂ ನಮಸ್ಯಾಮಿ ನಿತ್ಯಮ್            ||೮||

ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥನಾ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಸ್ಯ ಲೋಕಕ್ಷೇಮಾಭಿಲಾಷಿಣಾ |
ಸ್ವಾಮಿನಾ ರಚಿತಾ ಸೈಷಿ ಸರ್ವಾಭೀಷ್ಟಫಲಪ್ರದಾ ||

ಇತಿ ಶ್ರೀಗುರುಜಗನ್ನಾಥದಾಸಾರ್ಯವಿರಚಿತ ಶ್ರೀರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಪ್ರಾರ್ಥನಾ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣಂ

||ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣಾರ್ಪಣಮಸ್ತು||

The English lyrics of Raghavendra Prarthana is as follows:

ahIshaaMshamIshaM samIrENa yuktaM0
sarOjaayataakShaM sudaasaikapUjyam|
vadaanyaM sumaanyaM varENyaM sharaNyaM
guruM raaGavEMdraM sadaa&haM namaami       ||1||

sadaa maMdahaasaM supUrNERMduvaktraM
lasaccElabhUShaM smarasyaatidUram|
namatkaamadhEnuM haraMtaM manO mE
aGadhvaMsinaM raaGavEMdraM bhajaami        ||2||

bhajatkalpavRukShaM bhavaabdhyEkapOtaM
mahaanaMdatIrthaM kavIMdraabjamitram|
dharaadEvapaalaM ramaanaathalOlaM
tyajatkaamajaalaM bhajE raaGavEMdram       ||3||

na yaacE gajEMdraM narEMdraadhipatyaM
na yaacE&maratvaM na lOkaadhipatyam |
na jaayaaM na putraM na shiShyaalimannaM
na bhaagyaM gurO dEhi teE paadadaasyam     ||4||

GanaanaMdasaaraM navaaMbhOdanIlaM
muraaraatimitraM trilOkIsharaNyam |
paraabhUtashokaM suraaraatijaataM
raamanaathapOtaM bhajE raaGavEMdram        ||5||

dharaadEvadaMtaaMshujaatasravaMtI-
taTOllAsi raamaabhiraamaaMGridaasam |
sudhaamnaaM lalaamaM kRutOddhaamacaryaM
parivraaDadhISaM bhajE raaGavEMdram        ||6||

mahaanaMdatIrthabdhimInaayamaanaM|
sugERyaM subOdhaM sulIlaaMSujaalam |
mahaanaMdagaaDhaM sadaa sadvinOdaM
guruM raaGavEMdraM bhajE saarvabhoumam     ||7||

bhajE raaghavEMdraM bhajE raaghavEMdraM
bhajE raaghavEMdraM bhajE raaghavEMdram |
namasyaami nityaM namasyaami nityaM
namasyaami nityaM namasyaami nityam        ||8||

praarthanaa raaGavEMdrasya lOkakShEmaabhilaaShiNaa |
svaaminaa racitaa saiShi sarvaabhIShTaphalapradaa ||

iti shrIgurujagannaathadaasaaryaviracita shrIrAGavEMdrapraarthanaa saMpUrNaM

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