Archive for the ‘Dasara’ Category

Chandi Homa at SSVT, Maryland

Having several temples at driving distance is truly amazing. Shree Shiva Vishnu Temple in Maryland is just around 12 miles from our house. We visit the temple on all important occasions. The deities, the vibrations at the temple brings such calmness to our mind when we visit.

Today morning, we visited the temple since they were performing Chandi homa on the occasion of Navarathri. We had given for special pooje, so were extremely blessed to be part of the homa. Especially during the time of poornahuti, the items offered to Goddess Durga was mesmerizing. The priests reciting the vedas takes us to a different world altogether.

And to watch the Abhisheka for Goddess Durga, and later Alankara was stunning.

The temple also had, amazing decorations of dolls and had adorned Goddess with 108 sarees. If you are in and around Maryland, plan a visit to the temple in the next few days.

Temple website : ssvt.org

Some pictures I am sharing.

Dasara Important Dates – 2021

Hope you all are having a wonderful Navarathri Dasara Festival.

According to calendars dates are different in India and USA.

USA Dates below:

October 11th – Saraswathi Avahana

October 12th – Saraswathi Pooja

October 13th – Durgastami

October 14th – Maha Navami – Ayoodha Pooja – Vijaya Dashami

India Dates below:

October 12th – Saraswathi Avahana

October 13th – Saraswathi Pooja and Durgastami

October 14th – Maha Navami – Ayoodha Pooja

October 15th – Vijaya Dashami

Some pictures from my home.

Dasara – Navarathri – October 6/7th – October 14/15th 2021

Dasara is celebrated all over India as a religious as well as a social festival. Nava means nine and rathri means night and so Navarathri means nine nights. Some call it as Navarathri, some as Vijaya Dashami, and some as Dussehra. Doesn’t matter what you call, does it?

This year Dasara is celebrated from October 6th  October 14th 2021 in USA and October 7th October 15th 2021 in India. Please check the dates in the country you are residing.

From day one of the festival, it is customary to keep a Kalasha (ಕಲಶ), this is filled with water(ನೀರು) and 4 betel leaves(ವೀಳೆದೆಲೇ) are arranged as shown below in the pictures.Apply Haldi (ಆರಿಶಿನ) , Kumkum(ಕುಂಕುಮ), and flowers, gejje vastra (ಗೆಜ್ಜೆ ವಸ್ತ್ರ) as shown again. This Kalasha is kept in front of the Pattada Gombe (ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ) which is given during the marriage to the bride. This ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ signifies Lord Srinivasa and Goddess Padmavathi. Again, see pictures below. These ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ are decorated with different jewelery, crown, bangles, dresses every few years.

If you are keeping an elaborate Gombe (Dolls), than the Kalasha and the Pattada Bombe are placed on the top shelf. And all other arrangements follow next.

Even though all the 10 days and nine nights are important, there are a few major days where pooja is done with great devotion and pomp.

Devotional Songs for Dasara:

Dasara Pictures around the world:

Food Prepared during Dasara

Other links posted on the blog:

Nambide Ninna Paadava Venkataramana Lyrics and Audio

As requested by Mr. Sashikannth kulkarni Avaru the lyrics for this song in Kannada and English. I listened to the audio and made corrections so we could all learn at the same time this amazing lyrics on Lord Venkateshwara.

The lyrics in some places say Ninna and the audio has it as ninnaya. So, either can be used.

ನಂಬಿದೆ ನಿನ್ನಯ ಪಾದವ ವೆಂಕಟರಮಣ
ನಂಬಿದೆ ನಿನ್ನಯ ಪಾದವ ||ಪ||
ನಂಬಿದೆ ನಿನ್ನ ಪಾದಾಂಬುಜ ಯುಗಳವ
ಚಂದದಿ ಸಲಹೋ ಮಂದರ ಧರನೆ ||

ತಂದೆಯು ನೀನೇ ತಾಯಿಯು ನೀನೇ
ಬಂಧುವು ನೀನೇ ಬಳಗವು ನೀನೆ
ಬಂದ ದುರಿತ ವೆಲ್ಲ ಹೊಂದಿಕೊಳ್ಳದಂತೆ
ಬಂದೆನ್ನ ಸಲಹೋ ಮುಕುಂದ ಮುರಾರಿ ||

ಚಿಕ್ಕಂದು ಮೊದಲು ನಾನು ನಿನ್ನಯ ಪಾದ
ಹೊಕ್ಕು ಜೀವಿಸುತಿಹೆನು
ಘಕ್ಕನೆ ಜ್ಞಾನವ ಅಕ್ಕರದಿಂದಲೆ ಕೊಡು
ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಮಾಣಿಕ್ಯ ರುಕ್ಮಿಣಿಯರಸ ||

ಮರೆತು ನಾ ಮಾಯದೊಳು ಮುಳುಗಿದೆ ಮಾಯವ
ಅರಿತು ಅರಿಯದಾದೆ
ಮರೆಯದೆ ಎನ್ನನು ಸಲಹೊ ಕೃಪಾನಿಧಿ
ವರದ ಶ್ರೀವೆಂಕಟ ಪುರಂದರವಿಠಲ ||

Nambide ninnaya padava venkataramana
nambide ninnaya padava ||pa||
Nambide ninna paadaambuja yugalava
Chandadi salaho mandara dharane ||

tandeyu neene taayiyu neene
bandhuvu neene balagavu neene
bandha duritha vella hondikolladante
bandhennaa salaho mukunda murari ||

chikkandu modalu naanu ninnaya padava
hokku jeevisuthiheno
ghakhane gynanava akkaradindali kodu
makkala maanikya rukminiyarasa ||

marethu na maayadolu mulugide maayava
aritu aariyadaade
mareyade ennanu salaho krupanidhi
varada Shreevenkata Purandaravitala ||

 

And another audio link by Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna

Dasara Lakshmi Pictures

The technology is amazing in this day and age and even in COVID era. We don’t have to travel anywhere, just within our hands and a phone we are able to have darshan of our God and Goddesses almost every single day. Some were shared by my brother and a few in the other WhatsApp group. Credit to all the temples for sharing this. 

Below are a few amazing darshan of our Goddess Lakshmi.

  • Kolhapur Maha Lakshmi

  • Bijapur Maha Lakshmi.

  • Bangalore Maha Lakshmi

Dasara – Navarathri – October 17th – October 25th 2020

Dasara is celebrated all over India as a religious as well as a social festival. Nava means nine and rathri means night and so Navarathri means nine nights. Some call it as Navarathri, some as Vijaya Dashami, and some as Dussehra. Doesn’t matter what you call, does it?

This year Dasara is celebrated from October 17th  October 25th 2020. Please check the dates in the country you are residing.

From day one of the festival, it is customary to keep a Kalasha (ಕಲಶ), this is filled with water(ನೀರು) and 4 betel leaves(ವೀಳೆದೆಲೇ) are arranged as shown below in the pictures.Apply Haldi (ಆರಿಶಿನ) , Kumkum(ಕುಂಕುಮ), and flowers, gejje vastra (ಗೆಜ್ಜೆ ವಸ್ತ್ರ) as shown again. This Kalasha is kept in front of the Pattada Gombe (ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ) which is given during the marriage to the bride. This ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ signifies Lord Srinivasa and Goddess Padmavathi. Again, see pictures below. These ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ are decorated with different jewelery, crown, bangles, dresses every few years.

If you are keeping an elaborate Gombe (Dolls), than the Kalasha and the Pattada Bombe are placed on the top shelf. And all other arrangements follow next.

Even though all the 10 days and nine nights are important, there are a few major days where pooja is done with great devotion and pomp.
Those days are as follows:

  • Saraswathi Pooja – October 22nd
    Read more about Saraswathi Pooje here.
  • Durgasthami – October 23rd
  • Ayoodha Pooja – Mahanavami – October 24th. Read more about Ayoodha Pooja here.
  • Vijayadashami – October 25th

Devotional Songs for Dasara:

Dasara Pictures around the world:

Food Prepared during Dasara

Other links posted on the blog:

Updated : Dasara – Navarathri – September 29th – October 8th 2019

Dasara is celebrated all over India as a religious as well as a social festival. Nava means nine and rathri means night and so Navarathri means nine nights. Some call it as Navarathri, some as Vijaya Dashami, and some as Dussehra. Doesn’t matter what you call, does it?

This year Dasara is celebrated from September 29th  October 8th 2019. Please check the dates in the country you are residing.

From day one of the festival, it is customary to keep a Kalasha (ಕಲಶ), this is filled with water(ನೀರು) and 4 betel leaves(ವೀಳೆದೆಲೇ) are arranged as shown below in the pictures.Apply Haldi (ಆರಿಶಿನ) , Kumkum(ಕುಂಕುಮ), and flowers, gejje vastra (ಗೆಜ್ಜೆ ವಸ್ತ್ರ) as shown again. This Kalasha is kept in front of the Pattada Gombe (ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ) which is given during the marriage to the bride. This ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ signifies Lord Srinivasa and Goddess Padmavathi. Again, see pictures below. These ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ are decorated with different jewelery, crown, bangles, dresses every few years.

If you are keeping an elaborate Gombe (Dolls), than the Kalasha and the Pattada Bombe are placed on the top shelf. And all other arrangements follow next.

Even though all the 10 days and nine nights are important, there are a few major days where pooja is done with great devotion and pomp.
Those days are as follows:

  • Saraswathi Pooja – October 6th
    Read more about Saraswathi Pooje here.
  • Durgasthami – October 6th
  • Ayoodha Pooja – Mahanavami – October 7th. Read more about Ayoodha Pooja here.
  • Vijayadashami – October 8th

Devotional Songs for Dasara:

Dasara Pictures around the world:

Food Prepared during Dasara

Other links posted on the blog:

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.

Elaborate Dasara Dolls Display

Ms. Aparna Achar sent me this email inviting all of us for Dasara Doll Display at her home. Attached below is part of Ms. Aparna’s emails and the invitation. Please visit if time permits. Thanks Ms. Aparna for the invite.

Hello Meera mam,

My name is Aparna Achar and I live in Bangalore. I have been diligently reading your posts and feel enriched by the information and experiences that you share. I have a small request. We do an elaborate Dasara dolls display in our house and during this nine day period, we have pravachana, bhajans, etc so as to give a positive vibration in the house and also do some dharma karya.
I would be happy if any of your blog readers from Bangalore are interested to visit our house to see the display. We have enumerated the Ramayana, Krishna Leela, besides Indian cultural aspects. We have also maintained the tarathamya of Dvaita philosophy in our arrangements.
May I request you to post this invite in  your blog so that is any of your readers and well wishers are keen, they can call and come to our place. We will be keeping the dolls display till 15th October. If any group is interested in conducting bhajans or lakshmi shobanae, we would be happy to host them.
Thank you for your cooperation.
regards, aparna achar
Below is the invitation

 

Shri Venkatesha Parijatha

 

As a kid, I grew up listening my parents recite Shri Venkatesha Parijatha, Sreenivasa Kalyana during the Dasara days. Last time I visited India, I went to Vidya Peetha to get these books. However, they were not available. Yesterday, in our whataspp group message Mrs. Anita Kulkarni asked me about this. I said I had listened to it as a kid but had not got the books. She immediately sent me the links for the audio. It is unbelievable how the internet and the world has changed. I was able to listen Part 1. Hoping to listen each part every day until the final Vijaya Dashami day. Thanks Anita Avare.

Here are the links for the audio.

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