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What does Morya mean?

Credit: My brother B.S.Ramesh shared on our whatsapp.

There is a significance of the word MORYA in “Ganapati Bappa Morya”!!

Devotees chant Ganapati Bappa Morya all the time to sing the praises of Lord Ganesh. But how many of us know what the word Morya signify?

The word Morya refers to a famous devotee of Lord Ganesh in the fourteenth century called Morya Gosavi, originally from village called Shaligram in Karnataka where his devotion was looked upon as madness!!

He later travelled and settled in Chinchvad, near Pune and invoked the Lord with severe penance. He attained siddhi (special powers and blessings) at Shree Chintamani and his son built the temple to commemorate the event. It is said that Moryaji also performed penances at Siddhi Vinayak in Ahmedabad and in Moreshwar/Mayureshwar at Moregoan where he also built the temple. Overwhelmed by the devotion of Moryaji, he was blessed by Lord

Ganesha to fullfill any of his wish. Morya asked to be remembered forever on this earth whenever anyone remembers his Lord, as his ‘Param Bhakt’.

Thus this depicts the inseparable relationship between God and his devotee.” Always remember this when you say ‘Ganapati Bappa Morya’.

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

Gowri-Ganesha Festival – September 9th and 10th 2021

Pooja preparations:

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Gejje Vastra and Flowers getting ready to be offered to God.

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Fruits and coconut for Lord Ganesha:

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Kadabu, Modaka and Idli for Lord.

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After the morning pooja and naivedya.

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Close up of the Lord.

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Evening Pooje.

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Chakkali prepared by my Husband for the Lord.

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Mangalaruthi and evening naivedya chakali for the Lord to request him to come home every year.

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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 September 9th and 10th. 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”.

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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:

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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.

Shravana Friday’s

It was amazing performing Shravana Masa Friday poojes for the past 4 weeks. Even though I do Shree Maha Lakshmi Sahasranama every Friday, following my Mother’s foot steps, Shravana Masa is different since I also recite the Shukravarada Haadu. So, reciting all the songs and the Shukravarada Haadu will be missed for the next one year.

The list of Shree Maha Lakshmi songs I have in the blog is amazing, so I picked a few new ones each Friday so I could get to them all. A few pictures of the Friday’s pooje. We don’t have the vratas in our family.

The flowers such as Jasmine and Roses, the Tulasi all from our own Garden. The enthusiasm to prepare everything, arranging, decorating is something which brings so much joy each Shravana Masa. Until next year.

3 Minutes Sandhyavandana

Tattvavada E-Library on Twitter shared two links, and their message was Aapatkaala Sandhyavandana (3 minutes Sandhyavandana) by Sri Sri Bannanje Sri Raghavendrateertharu. When I asked permission to post the link, I was told “Please also note that this was translated by our team and not by the Mutt in any capacity.

The two links shared were for English and Kannada. Just click the download, down arrow and save onto your computer or any device.

 

https://ia800907.us.archive.org/5/items/Apatkala_Trikala_Sandhyavandane_-_Sri_Bannanje_RaghavendraTirtharu/Apatkala%20Trikala%20Sandhyavandane%20-%20Bannanje%20Raghavendra%20Tirtharu.pdf

Sankalpa Mantra for America

You all must have been performing sankalpa when you visit any temple and ask to perform any pooja. Many of you might be doing it even daily, like I do when I start my morning prayers. If you have been doing Sandyavandhana also you will be doing sankalpa.

Sankalpa is a Sanskrit word, which means resolution. By doing sankalpa you are verbally trying to convey your intention to the people around you and the Lord almighty about what you are going to do. It is like a pledge or an oath.

The sankalpa mantra for America is different from India. And I had this small page from a temple calendar which I used in the beginning, and now it is memorized and on a daily basis and even during our monthly satsangha’s I recite the sankalpa.

The mantra for India is available everywhere, here I am posting the mantra for America. Download any daily vedic calendar, and recite the mantra when you are performing pooje.

Click on the image above and you can see it clearly.

This blog has much more details on sankalpa and all its elements.

https://pujayagna.com/blogs/pooja-havan-yagya/what-is-sankalpa-in-puja

Sarvamoola Grantha’s Online

I saw the link on Twitter and also several people shared on whatsapp. Entire grantha’s are available online in several languages such as English, Sanskrit, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. A simple screen share below.

What an amazing initiative to get them on the web so the entire Hindu population across the world speaking many different languages can benefit from the same.

Truly amazing. See link below.

https://anandamakaranda.in/Home/

Guru Purnima or Vyasa Purnima

Guru Purnima or Vyasa Purnima is dedicated to our Gurus they might be spiritual or even our teachers. For me, there is no greater spiritual guru other than my Late Mom and my Father. Every call I used to have with my Mother she had some spiritual story about either Shree Raghavendra Swamigalu, or our Dasaru or something she had read in the magazines. Mom was a voracious reader.

And now my Father every day when I talk to him, he guides me on every single step whether it is daily pooje, the significance of certain days, reciting certain slokas, or some important facts about our Gurugalu, Dasaru and God. He also like my mother is a voracious reader. Doesn’t watch TV, always has a book in his hand. Mostly written by our great Saints.

I owe everything I know, everything I do in my spiritual journey to my Parents. My Koti Koti namakaras to my mother and my Father on this day.

Today my father wrote a page about Guru Purnima and shared it on whatsapp. Attached is the same and I have also translated the same in English for everyone else.

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Vyasa Purnima

The birthday of Shree VedaVyasaru. Hence this day is called Vyasa Purnima or Guru Purnima. He is the great grandson of Sage Vashista. Grandson of Maharshi Shakthi. Son of Maharshi Parashira. His mother is Satyavathi.

  1. Since he was born in the lineage of Vashista he is called “Vashista”.
  2. Being the son of Parashara he is called “Parashara”.
  3. Since he divided the Vedas he is called “Veda Vyasa”.
  4. Since he did Tapasu in Badari to get Lord Narayana’s blessings “Badarayana”.
  5. Being a part of Lord Vishnu ” Vishnu Kalodbhava”.
  6. Being dark, and born in an island ” Krishna Dwaipayana” or “Dwaipayana”.

Created 18 puranas – 1 lakh slokas in Mahabharatha. Resides in all gyanis. That’s why this purnima is popularly known as “Vyasa Purnima” or “Guru Purnima”.

Shree Krishnarpanamasthu – BGS ( B G Subbarao)

ಆಷಾಢ ಮಾಸ – Ashada Masa Shree Mahalakshmi Pooja

ಆಷಾಢ ಮಾಸ or Ashada Masa starts July 10th and ends on August 8th in Plava Nama Samvatsara 

During this month, there are no marriages, upanayanas, or any good deeds performed. However, it is during this month that the Chaturmasa Starts, and the last day of ಆಷಾಢ ಮಾಸ or Ashada Masa is Bhimana Amavasya.

As I was talking to my Father today, he was mentioning about Ashada Masa Shree MahaLakshmi Pooje to be done every Friday.

My Father was also mentioning that there is nothing in the puranas that this month is inauspicious. He was mentioning this was the month when Ganga came to earth, it is the beginning of Chaturmasa, Ashada Friday’s doing Shree Mahalakshmi pooje is very auspicious. And this is the month on Ekadashi that we do the mudra dharane. 

 

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So, the Friday’s July 16th, July 23rd, July 30th, and August 6th would be the days to perform Shree MahaLakshmi Pooje in the evening.

My Mysore Ajji had taught my Mom doing Shree MahaLakshmi Pooje every Friday almost 30 years back. My Mom performed it throughout her life. Last year, as we were mourning our Mom, and I was crying unconsolably while talking to my Daughter she asked me “Amma, what’s one thing Ajji used to perform that you want to carry forward.”. I said I haven’t seen anyone in the family do Shree MahaLakshmi Pooje every single Friday throughout the year for several years. And maybe we continue that tradition from her. I immediately mentioned to my Sister, we both decided we will carry forward that legacy of our Mom and started doing Shree MahaLakshmi Pooje every Friday evening. We haven’t missed since we started. And the pandemic has aided in working from home and be able to continue this tradition.

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The way we do the pooje is like below:

  1. Use both Idol and photo of Shree MahaLakshmi
  2. Do sankalpa
  3. Apply Haldi, Kumkum, Mantrakshate, and flowers
  4. Recite Shree MahaLakshmi Sahasranama, 1000 names of Shree MahaLakshmi 
  5. Recite Lakshmi songs
  6. Recite Devranama
  7. Do Naivedya
  8. Mangalaruthi and Aaruthi

You can perform the pooje in the morning, but evening time while sun is setting is very auspicious. So, for Ashada masa if time permits, please do Shree MahaLakshmi Pooje every Friday in the evening. If you cannot do Shree MahaLakshmi Sahasranama, you can at least perform Ashtotra which is 108 names.

Here is a link of Shree MahaLakshmi Sahasranama http://www.hindupedia.com/en/Lakshmi_Sahasranama_Stotram#Sahasranama

And here is another one in several languages:

https://www.drikpanchang.com/hindu-names/goddesses/lakshmi/1008-lakshmi-names.html

Pushya Nakshatra and Sunday – July 11th 2021

Sunday July 11th is Pushyaarka Yoga, so wanted to keep you all informed. The nakshatra is in India and USA.

The common interpretation of Pushyaarka Yoga is the combination of Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday or Sunday. This common interpretation is when moon entering Pushya nakshatra on Thursday  or Sunday is PushyArka yoga .

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Raghavendra Mutta says “On this Holy day one should Recite or Chant Guru Stotra ( Raghavendra Stotra)s, Singing songs will bring happiness and prosperity in your life.”

The significance of this day is also mentioned in Rayara Stotra – 27th Stanza.

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Anyone who recites this holy Sri Raghavendra Stotram 108 times with intense devotion, on the occasion of solar/lunar eclipse or the combination of Sunday with the star Pushya, will be relieved of all evil influence, e.g., haunting etc. (27)

You can find more details about this great day below in the link:

To find lyrics on Rayaru, please visit this page:

The Raghavendra Stotra to be recited is posted here:

Shri Raghavendra Stotra or Shri Poornabhodha Stotra Lyrics/

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