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ಮರದ ಬಾಗಿಣ ಮತ್ತು ಮಹತ್ಬಗಳು – Importance of giving Maradha Bhagina

Mr. Krismaly had commented here on the blog and left a message. It is a great article to recognize the significance and importance of giving ಮರದ ಬಾಗಿಣ Maradha Bhagina. I will try to translate this once I have some time.

I had posted an earlier article on what is included in the Marada Bhagina a while ago. See the link below.

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ಮರದ ಬಾಗಿಣ ಮತ್ತು ಮಹತ್ಬಗಳು…
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ಮರದ ಬಾಗಿಣ ಮತ್ತು ಮಹತ್ಬಗಳು..
ಮರದ ಬಾಗಿಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಕುವ ಪದಾರ್ಥಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ದೇವತೆಗಳು..
೧. ಅರಿಸಿನ : ಗೌರಿದೇವೀ.
೨. ಕುಂಕುಮ : ಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ
೩. ಸಿಂಧೂರ : ಸರಸ್ವತೀ
೪. ಕನ್ನಡಿ : ರೂಪಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ.
೫. ಬಾಚಣಿಗೆ : ಶೃಂಗಾರಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ.
೬. ಕಾಡಿಗೆ : ಲಜ್ಜಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ.
೭. ಅಕ್ಕಿ : ಶ್ರೀ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ.
೮. ತೊಗರಿಬೇಳೆ : ವರಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ.
೯. ಉದ್ದಿನಬೇಳೆ : ಸಿದ್ದಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ.
೧೦. ತೆಂಗಿನಕಾಯಿ : ಸಂತಾನಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ.
೧೧. ವೀಳ್ಯದ ಎಲೆ : ಧನಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ.
೧೨. ಅಡಿಕೆ : ಇಷ್ಟಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ.
೧೩. ಫಲ(ಹಣ್ಣು) : ಜ್ಞಾನಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ.
೧೪. ಬೆಲ್ಲ : ರಸಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ.
೧೫. ವಸ್ತ್ರ : ವಸ್ತ್ರಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ.
೧೬. ಹೆಸರುಬೇಳೆ : ವಿದ್ಯಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ.
ಮುತೈದೆ ದೇವತೆಯರು೧೬ ಜನರು. ಇವರನ್ನು ಷೋಡಶಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀಯರು ಎಂದು ಕರೆಯುತ್ತಾರೆ..
ಗೌರಿ, ಪದ್ಮ, ಶುಚಿ, ಮೇಧಾ, ಸಾವಿತ್ರಿ, ವಿಜಯಾ, ಜಯಾ, ದೇವಸೇನಾ, ಸಾಹಾ, ಮಾತರಲೋಕಾ, ಮಾತಾರಾ, ಶಾಂತೀ, ಪೃಥ್ವಿ, ಧೃತೀ, ತುಷ್ಟೀ, ಸ್ವಧಾದೇವಿ..
ಸೀರೆ ಸೆರಗಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀಯು ಸೌಭಾಗ್ಯ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಸೆರಗು ಹಿಡಿದು ಮರದ ಬಾಗಿಣ ಕೊಡುತ್ತಾರೆ..
ಮರದ ಬಾಗಿಣಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತದಲ್ಲಿ ವೇಣುಪಾತ್ರ ಎಂದು ಕರೆಯುತ್ತಾರೆ..
ಮರದಬಾಗಿಣದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾರಾಯಣನ ಅಂಶ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ..
ಮರವೆಂಬ ನಾರಾಯಣ ಮತ್ತು ಒಳಗಿರುವ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿಯರು ತರಹ ಜೊತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ,
ದಂಪತಿಗಳು ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ-ನಾರಾಯಣರ ತರಹ ಇರಲಿ ಅನ್ನೋ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೆ ಮತ್ತು ಸುಮಂಗಲಿ ತನ ಯಾವಾಗಲೂ ಇರಲಿ ಅನ್ನೋ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೆ ೧೬ ಸುಮಂಗಲೀ ದೇವತೆಗಳ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿಯಾಗಿ, ಬಾಗಿಣ ಕೊಡುತ್ತಾರೆ..
ಈ ೧೬ ದೇವತೆಗಳು ನಿತ್ಯಸುಮಂಗಲಿಯರು..
ಈ ೧೬ ದೇವತೆಗಳು ಸಂಸಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವುದೇ ತರಹದ ಕಷ್ಟ,ನೋವು,ದುಃಖ ಬಂದರೂ ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ರಕ್ಷಿಸಲಿ ಎಂದು ನೆನೆದು ಬಾಗಿಣ ಕೊಡಬೇಕು..
ಈ ೧೬ ದೇವತೆಗಳನ್ನು ಸ್ಮರಿಸುತ್ತಾ ಸ್ವರ್ಣಗೌರೀ ಹಬ್ಬದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಡುವ ಹೋರಾಪೂಜೆ, ಎಂದರೆ ದಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಮಾಡುವ ಪೂಜೆ..
೧೬ ಅರಿಸಿನ ದಾರ, ೧೬ ಗಂಟುಗಳು, ೧೬ ಬಾಗಿನ, ೧೬ ಎಳೆ ಗೆಜ್ಜೆವಸ್ತ್ರ, ಪೂಜಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದು ಗ್ರಂಥಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ..
ದಾನಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಫಲಗಳು..
೧. ಅರಿಸಿನ ದಾನ : ಅರಿಸಿನ ದಾನ ಮಾಡಿದಷ್ಟು ರೋಗ ನಿವಾರಣೆ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ..
ಸುಮಂಗಲಿಯರಿಗೆ ಸೌಭಾಗ್ಯತನ ವೃದ್ಧಿಸುತ್ತದೆ..
ಸುಮಂಗಲಿಯರಿಗೆ ಸುಮಂಗಲಿತನ ಯಾವಾಗಲೂ ಇರಲಿ ಎಂಬ ಉದ್ದೇಶಕ್ಕೆ ಮೊದಲು ಅರಿಸಿನ ಕೊಡುತ್ತಾರೆ..
೨. ಕುಂಕುಮ ದಾನ : ಕುಂಕುಮವನ್ನು ಯಾರು ಧರಿಸುತ್ತಾರೋ ಅವರು ಬಹಳ ತೇಜಸ್ಸು ಮತ್ತ ನಂಬಿಕೆ ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ಆಗುತ್ತೆ..
ಕುಂಕುಮ ಧಾರಣೆಯಿಂದ ದೈವಶಕ್ತಿ ಜಾಸ್ತಿಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ..
ದೃಷ್ಟಿದೋಷ ನಿವಾರಣೆ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ..
ಕೋಪ, ಹಠ,ಕಮ್ಮಿ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ..
೩. ಸಿಂಧೂರ ದಾನ ; ಸತಿ ಪತಿ ಕಲಹ ನಿವಾರಣೆ.., ರೋಗಭಾಧೆ,ಋಣಭಾದೆ, ನಿವಾರಣೆ..
ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂದೇಹ, ಒಳಜಗಳ, ಮಾಂತ್ರಿಕ ದೋಷಗಳು ನಿವಾರಣೆಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ..
ಶುಭವಾಗಲಿ..

Tulasi Matha – ತುಳಸಿ ಮಠ

Shri.Sreedhara has sent me the following email and pictures of Tulasi Matha – ತುಳಸಿ ಮಠ. It is amazing to read about the same.

Sri Gurukrupa Seva Trust
TULASIMATA
Hosapalya, Agara Village, via Tataguni
Kanakapura Road, Bengaluru – 560 062.
Mata Phone: Mobile: 9743396264 and 9481420731
Sri Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji of Sri Pejawara MaTa performed BHOOMI POOJA on 9-10-2008 for the Construction of Sri Raghavendra Swamy & Sree Yantrodharaka PraNa Devara Prateeka at Hosapalya, Agara village, Kanakapura Road – Mysore Road, Bengaluru-62. Now called TULASIMATA.  The Great Spiritual Event PRATISHTAPANE by HH Sri Sri
108 Sri Suyateendra SrigaLu Peetadhipati Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt. Mantralaya on 14 JUNE 2010.
FIRST of its KIND in the WORLD Sri Raghavendra Swamy Brundavana with Sri Yantrodharaka PraNa Devara Prateeka with 108 holy Saligramas in three staged DESIGNER Brundavana.
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GROW TULASI SAVE MAN KIND is the purpose of Distributing FREE Tulasi Plants total Project is to Distribute 10,00,000 (2,25,000 already Distributed) We would like to involve in creating awareness about Environment by Growing Tulasi which is known for its Importance.
TAVARINA TULASI: Project To Distribute 1,08,000/- Plants at MANTRALAYA. already 700 in Mantralaya +1600 plants (in Bengaluru) distributed.
Srirama Jayarama Japa Yojane: Please Call & Enroll yourself for Shata koti(100 Crores) SRIRAMA JAYARAMA Japa yojane & SRI RAGHAVENDRAYA NAMAHA Japa KoTi Yojane from TulasimaTa. Pl perform Regular 108 to 1008 or more japas daily 2 times, call & inform us every month, attend every 3 months group japa @ Tulasimata, Pl make your friends, relatives to Join. 50 crores completed by 3300+ still growing.
TV-9, Kasthuri TV, Zee TV Kannada, presented program on TulasimaTa, Vijaya Karnataka photo album, Kannada Prabha, Samyukta Karnataka, City Plus Weekly news paper, VipranuDi, Kolara VaaNi, MukhyapraNa and others have published Articles on Tulasi Distribution.  Sri Aurabindo Kapali Sastry Institute for Vedic Culture and Kannada Sanskrit University has given AWARD for Social HEALTH for Distribution of Tulasi Plants.
Grama Devatha, Sri Hanuman temple, Sri BeTTada Timmaraya Swamy Temple, Sri Swanandaashrama are nearby places to visit. We REQUEST Devotees to kindly DONATE Cash, Kind, Inform about our work to your contacts. Distribute Tulasi and Involve in the Seva activities at TULASIMATA and be blessed.
Some additional details to donate:
Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 6.46.08 PMYou can look at pictures posted here about the program:

Aadhika Masa – Significance of 33 – A brief note

A few of you asked the significance of 33 in Aadhika Masa. It is nice that I didn’t have to research too much and found a great article by Sree Raghavendra mutt Mantralaya. Part of the article is copied here. All credit to the webadmin at Sree Raghavendra mutt Mantralaya. You can read the full article here:

http://www.raghavendramutt.org/stories/adika-masa-brief-note

In Hindu religion, each and every God is worshipped in a unique way and there is custom of finding God in each and every festival. All the 12months in the Hindu calendar has its own significance. “Adhika Masa” comes once in 3 years and it holds as a very special month. There are no festivals in this month but the daana(donations) and spiritual rituals done in this month are very sacred. Below is a small description about this month.

According to Vashishta philosophy Adhika Masa comes in 32 months, 16 days, 3 hrs, and 12 mins. The month of moon in which surya sankranti is not there, is known as Adhika masa. Sankranti is the time when sun moves from one zodiac to another. To say in a modern way, Adhika masa is a mixture of scientific and mathematical theorems.

The calculation of time on earth should be in respect with the season of 2 months (ruthu). Revolution of seasons occurs accordingly to the rotation of Earth. Hence the solar measurement of time is dependent on the counting of seasons. Since from ages even the moon is seen at different stages, even the lunar measurement of time is considered. Hence both solar measurement of time and lunar measurement of time are used. Solar measurement of time and lunar measurement is adjusted in accordance to the period or season of two months.

Earth takes 2422 days to complete one revolution. This time is calculated on the basis of solar measurement of time. Moon takes 27.3 days to revolve round the earth. This time is calculated on the basis of lunar measurement of time. That means, earth and moon together takes 27.3 days to go round the sun i.e they complete 1/12th of the sun. Moon takes 2.2 more days from one full moon to another full moon. There is a difference because of the change in the orbit of earth round the sun. Moon takes 29.531 days to revolve from one full moon to another full moon since earth revolves round the sun even when moon is revolving around it. Hence the lunar measurement of time is calculated as 29.531*12=354.372 days.

Solar measurement of time for one revolution = 365.2422

Lunar measurement of time (29.531*12) = 354.372

Difference between solar and lunar measurement of time = 10.8702 days

This difference counts to 32.6106 days for 3 yrs. To balance this difference Adhika masa comes in 3rd year. Which means every 33rd month is adhika masa. On this basis a custom of giving 33 danas came into force.

Adhika masa starts from the next day of full moon and lasts till amavasya in Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. But in North India Adhika Masa starts from the first day of Vyshaka month and lasts till full moon of the month.

Adhika Masa: Sri Vedavyasa has composed 18puranas. Among these, the one which tells about the importance of adhika masa and 33 apoopadaana is “Bruhannaaradeeya Puraana Grantha”. Since it specifies the conversation between God Srihari and Narada, it is famous as “Bruhannaaradeeya Puraanaantargata Adhika Maasa Mahatme”. It’s been described in 21 chapters(1563 shlokas).

Adhika masa is also known as “Malimlucha Maasa”, “Asankraanta Maasa” and “Purushottama Maasa”. This month is known as Asankraanta Masa as sun stays in just one zodiac the whole month. In the Kaala Nirnaya epic it’s been described as:

Chaandramaasohya sankraanto malamaasa prakeertitaha iti malatwancha kaalaadhikyaat |

Taduktam gruhya parishishto-malamvadantikaalasya maasam kaalavidhodhikamiti ||

(Among the 12 months of Hindu calendar, Sun will be in one zodiac not just in adhika masa but also from chaitra masa to karthika masa and the last phalguna maasa. Hence these months are known as asankraanta maasa since sankraanti won’t be there in these months)

The two ekadashi’s which come in every month has its own individual mythological significance. (For e.g. the ekadashi which comes in shukla paksha of chaitra month is known as “kaamadaa ekadashi” and the one which comes in Krishna paksha of the same month is known as “varuthini ekadashi”.) The ekadashi which comes in shukla and Krishna paksha of adhika masa is known as padmini and paramaa ekadashi respectively. Adhika masa is also known as Purushotama masa since both the ekadashi’s of this month is in accordance with Radha and Purushothama.

33 Gods of Adhika Masa:

Ashta          –      (8) Vasu

Ekadasha      –   (11) Rudra

Dwadasha    –    (12) Aaditya

(1)   Prajaapati

(1)   Vashatkaara

Totally 33 Gods

Aadhika Maasa & 33 Songs

Many of you have been asking me via email, texts and other medium about how to perform Aadhika Maasa when you are not in India and in a country where not many items listed are available.

I was talking to my Mom, and she had just returned from my Aunt Ms. Jayalakshmi’s house after performing a great function for Aadhika Masa. Mom said my Aunt had invited several women, and a music teacher and they all sang 33 devaranamas in the evening. They also distributed 33 bangles, 33 betel leaves and nuts, fruits and so on.

I thought this was a great idea to share with you all here on the blog. Even if you don’t have 33 bangles to share, 33 betel leaves and nuts to share, we all have access to 33 fruits and in this very blog access to several hundred devaranamas or lyrics.

So, look at all the lyrics posted on right hand side, decide on a date, sit with your family and friends in the evening and recite 33 of your favorite songs. Offer Lord 33 flowers like Jasmine, 33 nuts, 33 fruits and seek his blessings.

May all the good deed we do during this period, double and triple. May Lord Almighty shower double his blessings.

For your benefit the links are posted below:

Update :Adhika Vaishaka Masa (ಅಧಿಕ ವೈಶಾಖ ಮಾಸ) Daily Offerings List

I had posted this list in 2010. Thought it would help using this list to offer dhana during this month.

The following is a list of items which can be offered everyday during Adhika Vaishaka Masa ಅಧಿಕ ವೈಶಾಖ ಮಾಸ.

  • Paadya ಪಾಡ್ಯ – Haldi, Kumkum, Betel Leaves, Nuts (ಎಲೆ ಅಡಿಕೆ) and Coins
  • Bidige ಬಿದಿಗೆ – Haldi, Kumkum, Betel Leaves, Nuts (ಎಲೆ ಅಡಿಕೆ)
  • Tadige ತದಿಗೆ – Dry Coconut and Sugar (ಕೊಬ್ಬರಿ ಸಕ್ಕರೆ)
  • Chouthi ಚೌತಿ – Lemon, Sugar and Cardamom
  • Panchami ಪಂಚಮಿ – Rice, Betel Leaves, Nuts (ಎಲೆ ಅಡಿಕೆ)
  • Shashti – Yogurt ಮೊಸರು
  • Sapthami – Fruits ಹಣ್ಣು
  • Ashtami – Toor Dal ತೊಗರಿ ಬೇಳೆ
  • Navami – Cluster Beans ಗೋರಿಕಾಯಿ, ಚವಳೇ
  • Dashami – 2 blocks of Jaggery ಬೆಲ್ಲದ ೨ ಅಚ್ಚು
  • Dwadashi – Milk
  • Trayodashi – Wheat flour
  • Chatrudashi – Jasmine flowers ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಹೂ
  • Hunnime – Cucumber
  • Bhahula Padya – Ridge Gourd ಹೀರೇಕಾಯಿ
  • Bidige – Root veg,
  • Tadige – Blouse piece Betel Leaves, Nuts (ಎಲೆ ಅಡಿಕೆ)
  • Chauthi – Dalia Split ಹುರಿಗಡಲೆ
  • Panchami – Ground nuts
  • Shashti – Rava(sooji) Betel Leaves, Nuts (ಎಲೆ ಅಡಿಕೆ)
  • Sapthami – Tulasi with Sri Krishma Idol
  • Ashtami – Cotton
  • Navami – Gram flour
  • Dashami – Glass Bangles
  • Dwadashi – Moong dal
  • Thrayodashi – Avalakki
  • Chatrudashi – Ground nut oil
  • Amavasya – Channa dal
  • Shuddha Padya – Blouse piece Betel Leaves, Nuts (ಎಲೆ ಅಡಿಕೆ)

And here is a list sent to me today by Mr. Canchi Sir.

The following important item was found under Madhwa group of Facebook and I thought it will be useful for your website also.  We have circulated this to all our Bhajana mandali members in our mutt.

DAANA ITEMS FOR ADHIKA MAASA
 
         TITHI
             SHUKLA PAKSHA
          KRISHNA PAKSHA
PADYAMI
Arisina, Kumkuma
(Ridgegourd) Heerakai
DWITEEYA
Bangles, Mirror, Mangala padarthagalu
Geddegalu (aloo,genusu etc)
TRITEEYA
(Dry coconuts), Vanakobri, Sakkari
Blouse piece
CHAVITHI
Lemon, sugar, Elaichi
Roasted gram (Huri kadale)
PANCHAMI
Rice
Groundnut (senga)
SHASTI
Curd
Rawa (sooji)
SAPTAMI
Fruits (any)
Krishna Vigraha with Tulasi
ASHTAMI
Toor dal (Toware bele)
 
Haththi (cotton)
NAVAMI
Cluster beans (gorikai)
Besan (kadale hittu)
DASAMI
Achchu bella
Arisina,Kumkuma, Bangles, Kannadi
DWADASI
Milk
Hesaru bele (Moongdal)
TRAYODASI
Atta (Godi hittu)
Avalakki
CHATURDASI
Jasmine flowers
Til Oil
HUNNIMI/AMAVASYA
Cucumber (sowthekai)
Kadale bele (chanadal)
 

Rayara Brindavana in Maryland

Today we visited the Sri Bhaktha Anjaneya Temple also called as SBAT temple at Fingerboard Road, Fredricksburg, Maryland. One of the many priests Shri. Balakrishna Bhat had performed the Gruhapravesha of our home in 2008. He is from Vidyapeetha in Bangalore. He performs most rituals for us.

The main diety here Anjaneya.

The pratisthapana of the Brindavana was performed yesterday. Attached below are some pictures of the temple and if you are in the DC area, visit the temple.

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Update: Sree Narasimha Jayanthi – May 2nd 2015

Narasimha Jayanthi celebrated on May 2nd 2015

Khambha-Narashima

This day signifies the appearance of Lord Narasimha on the planet. Lord Narasimha is the fourth and the greatest incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is believed to have appeared to protect his devotee, Prahlada, from his father Hiranyakashyapu .

If you listen to the song ” Narashima Nembo davana” posted on youtube, there is a paragraph which explains how Lord Narashima came from the pillar. Hiranyakashyapu pointed out at a pillar in his palace and asked Prahalada whether Lord Vishnu was present in it pillar. Prahalada who was a great devotee said yes. Next, you know Hiranyakashyapu uses his Gadha and broke open the pillar and there emerged our Lord Narasimha who than slained  Hiranyakashyapu using his sharp paws.

The day signifies the triumph of good over evil and the eagerness of the lord to protect his devotees from evil.

When my Parents visited us last year, my Father recited the “Bhagavatha Purana” for three weeks at my place. The way my Dad explained this part of the Purana, brings tears to my eyes every time I listen “Narashima Nembo Devana”. The greatest mistake I made was to not record the purana. Hopefully will record the next time my Father visits us.

Here is the link for the song Narashima Nembo Devana on Lord Shri Lakshmi Narashima

Here is the link for Kayo Shree Narasimha.

About Narasimha Jayanthi: Ms. Lakshmi’s write up summary from the book  “ಭಾರತೀಯ  ಹಬ್ಬ  ಹರಿದಿನಗಳು” by ಶ್ರೀ ಶ್ರೀ ರಂಗಪ್ರಿಯ ಮಹಾದೇಷಿಕ ಸ್ವಾಮಿಗಳು.

“The pillar in evil Hiranyakashipu’s royal court, signifies the ṃērusthambha, the central backbone system. Through the central nervous system called ṣuśumna, the brilliant light emanated. The energy associated came out  in its full fierce glory  as Narasimha and later transformed into the peaceful form after the destruction of evil force.”

When is Narasimha Jayanthi celebrated?
Narasimha Jayanthi is one of the important festivals of Vaiśnavas. It is
celebrated in the vaiśāka māsam,on ṣukla pakśa chaturdaśi, after akśhaya thrithēya, svāti nakśatra, siddha Yōga, vanija karanam. The date is  determined according to chāndramāna system. Since the inception of this avatāram is in the evening, the worship is done in the evening. It is considered to be more auspicious if this day coincides with sōmavasarē, Monday or ṣanivasarē, Saturday.  It is a sacred day to remember Lord Narasimha’s  sarva vyāpakatva- all pervading – spiritual knowledge,
wealth, strength, valor, splendor, and compassion toward His devotees.

Which are the major manifestations of Lord Narasimha?

There are three major forms of Lord Narasimha.

1. Ugra-Narasimha – His fierce form: In this form He has conch – ṣanka, discus – chakra, mace – gada, bow – chāpa, bells – ghanta-, trident like – ankuśa, and his two hands ready to chisel the demon heart, as His āyudhams – weapons. This form is  worshipped in the evenings.
2. Lakshmi Narasimha: In this form he is very peaceful – ṣanta – with His consort – Sri Lakshmi sitting on his left lap, with ādiseṣa on his head as umbrella, and Prahallāda standing in his front praying with his folded hands.  This manifestation is followed after his fierce form– as a result, he is worshipped in the morning.
3. Yoga Narasimha – meditative: Here, He is in his Meditative form for those who aspire for results of Yoga.

What are the various ways of experiencing Lord Narasimha?

Sāligrāma – sacred stone that pervades the presence of the deity
Narasimha mantra – sacred chant
Idol worshipping
Fire – agni – by performing homam.
Reading scriptures such as the Upaniśad and ṣruthi – sacred knowledge orally transmitted by the Brahmans from generation to generation.

What are the items are offered to Lord Narasimha?

There following items are offered to Lord Narasimha:

– Incense, lamplight, flowers and ṣrigandha or perfume.-
tuḻasi or Holy Basil — Since he has the element of both viśnu and rudra-
kamalam – Lotus,
bilva daḻam – leaves of stone apple,
japākusumam- red hibiscus can be offered to the Lord.

What kinds of  food can be offered to Lord Narasimha?

Athirasa – fried cake made with jaggery and rice flour.
Pāyasa – milk puddings made out of any of moong dal, channa dal, and – – – Pānaka – typically made with jaggery water and pepper, or fruit juice like lemonade.
Any sātvik food can be offered with great devotion by chanting the Narasimha Mantra. sātvik  food is that food creates an internal calmness and balance, when one consumes it.

The lord graciously accepts devotees’ service and reverence.  All worship should be followed by distribution of Prasāda  or food offered to God.

How do we worship Lord Narasimha?

Lord Narasimha can be worshipped in two ways.  The first is detailed below:
Along with firm faith, worship of Narasimha is associated with rigid criteria.
This is explained in detail below
1. ācharana ṣuddhi – Requires strict adherence to performance.
2. Cleanliness of ḍravya- physical things like utensils, lamps, ingredients.
3. Inner sanctity of five senses – body, intellect, mind, place, and act of worship
4. Chastity of Mind, speech and deeds unification, compassion, calmness of virtuous soul within. These are to prevent any glitches that might distract the mind while doing the worship.
5. Taking bath and starting with daily routine worship followed by pūja sankalpa-declaration to do worship, and completion without break with little or no food intake till then.
6. Bodily calmness in turn calms the mind. This helps to open up the channel that leads to internal visualization and realization of Narasimha.
These are things that keep body, mind and intellect in balance to further the pursuit of (worship til)attaining perfection.
7. Those who seek Salvation, do fasting till worship is over in the evening.Those who seek all types of desire fulfillment  do fasting till the next day morning worship and  follow with chanting of Narasimha mantra.
8. To do further,  people could do hōma – oblation and read “Nrsimhatāpini ” upaniśad.
9. An idol of Narasimha can be donated to someone who has great respect and potential to worship the idol.

The second means of worship is detailed for those who find it difficult to adhere to the above strict rules, can do the following steps

1. ḍhyāna or  meditation – along with imagining the worship of Narasimha with the above said flowers etc.
2. Acts of mind and soul offered to God is also oblation. This is equivalent to hōmam.
3.Various purifying actions performed during puja
a. snānha – ablution, pāna – intake of water and food offered to God
b. pādya – chant with clean and clear heart and intellect
c. arghya – water offered with respect from the river of faith
d. āchamana – water used for sipping same river
e. abhiśeka – for the lord
f.  Mind filled with the flow of thoughts of God from the river of faith,
ṣraddha – as the water for cleansing.
4. ātma – Offer sacred soul which is inside the body.
5. bow and perform salutation with state of equanimity
6. ṣaranāgati– self surrender to the Lord

With pure mind and internal contemplation there is no need for external rituals to be performed. Pāramārthika or worship of realizing supreme alone with internal purity surpasses all other forms of worship. That is, true worship with internal purity is more powerful than the external rituals.

As part of worship, singing, listening to discourse is recommended at the end of the worship.

What is the power of worshipping Lord Narasimha?

Lord Narasimha destroys sins, grants virtues, grants moral religious merits, grants objects of human pursuit – Puruśhartha. The lord grants ultimate peace, knowledge, and joy. He fulfills wishes for the seekers of the worldly desires.

Insight about this incarnation of ṣri mahāviśnu:
The brilliant form of Narasimha is described as comprising of three entities.  1. Brahma from feet to naval, 2. Vishnu–naval to neck  3. Rudra–neck unto head., From there onwards– it is  the supreme Godhead,  Parabrahma.
Narasimha is personification of truth–perceived and experienced by those who are in the state of union with divine, and that, which is beyond senses – Yoga Samādhi.

The brilliant form of Narasimha is also considered and viewed as an internal phenomenon.

” ōm namō bhagavatē narasimhāya namas tējas-tējasē āvir-āvirbhava vajra-nakha vajra-damśtra karmāsayān randhaya randhaya tamō grasa grasa ōm svaha; abhayam abhayam ātmani bhūyistha ōm ksraum ”
-Stanza from Srimad Bhāgavatam

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