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Updated : Dasara – Navarathri – October 10th – October 18th 2018

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 10th – October 18th. 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.

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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 16th
    Read more about Saraswathi Pooje here.
  • Durgasthami – October 17th
  • Ayoodha Pooja – Mahanavami – October 18th. Read more about Ayoodha Pooja here.
  • Vijayadashami – October 18th

Devotional Songs for Dasara:

Dasara Pictures around the world:

Food Prepared during Dasara

Other links posted on the blog:

2018 Ganesha Pooje Pictures

Every year once we finish the festival we look back and say lets plan simple next year, but come next year we try and perform the Ganesha festival with full force. This year was no different. Even though my Ankle is still giving lots and lots of problems, we again managed to perform the festival like every year. And once again we had my Daughter join us and she helped us every step of the way.

We didn’t even have a drop of water until we finished the pooje, did Naivedya, have my sister and brother-in-law as Brahmana Mutaide, served food for the two of them, my daughter husband, and when I had lunch it was close to 3 pm. It was just humbling to see even my daughter not even have.a sip of water until lunch was served. Blessed are we to have a daughter who grew up all her life in America, is going to be an Orthopedic surgeon soon, and still follows our customs and traditions. And yes, she did 21 namaskaras to Lord Ganesha.

We also had a few of my Satsangha sisters for pooje, Ganesha story reading and followed by dinner. I wish a few of the blog friends could have joined, but well it was a week day so cannot force anyone.

Most flowers, banana leaf, Tulasi, grass-garike, patre leaves were from our garden. Mango leaves and Betel Leaves from my Sister’s garden. Like I always say, we had lots of fruits, coconut, flowers. And as always we prepared all the food. Some of the items we prepared were:

  1. Moong Dal Kosambari
  2. Chana Dal Kosambari
  3. Potato Palya
  4. Chayote – Seeme Badanekayi Palya
  5. Idli
  6. Chatni
  7. Dal Thove
  8. Saaru/Rasam
  9. Majjige Huli
  10. Shavige Payasa
  11. Kadabu
  12. Modaka
  13. Mango Chitranna
  14. Happala

As always, sharing some pictures for you all. Hope you all had a wonderful Ganesha Festival.

The Ganesha was handmade by my Sister Suma and Niece Shwetha. we did the visarjane in the night itself.

Pooja Preparation:

Morning Pooja:



Naivedya For Lord:

 

Banana Leaf food for us:

Evening Pooja:

Gowri-Ganesha Festival – September 12th and 13th

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 12th and 13th.

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.

Many of you have asked for the Pooja Vidhana of the festival, I do have the book for Ganesha festival, and it is several pages. I had no time at all to translate it into English. So, here is the link for the pooja vidhanas for both Gowri and Ganesha pooja. Hopefully I will have them next year.

P.S:  If you have a scanned copy of the Ganesha Vrata Pooja Vidhana, please share. I can post it here.

Gowri Ganesha Festival Preparation & Recipes

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This year Gowri Ganesha Festival is celebrated on September 12th and 13th 2018.

So, this post is to help all of you prep for this festival and get the blessings of Gowri and Ganesha.

Gowri Habba Preparation:

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  • Prep for all the pooja items like Haldi, Kumkum, Mantrakshate, Gejje Vastra.
  • Make sure you have Rangoli, if you don’t have the dry powder, use Kundan Rangoli, a chalk and draw. If even that is not available, take some printouts and use them. I have used a combination of all of them as seen below. Draw small feet of Lord Ganesha from the front door.
  • Make sure you have camphor, Agarbathi and also soaked cotton for Mangalaruthi.
  • Buy all the ingredients required for the Maradha Bhagina. The  two posts which have already been published are linked below:
  • Buy fruits, Coconut, Banana leaves, Mango leaves, Betel leaves and nuts.
  • Buy plenty of flowers.
  • If you are performing Panchamruta abhisheka, buy all items required for that.
  • A list of all food items which can be prepared is added at the end of this post.

Ganesha Habba Preparation:

  • All pooja items as listed in Gowri Habba.
  • In addition to all fruits, flowers get lots of garike and leaves for Lord Ganesha.
  • The key food items made are 21 Modaka, 21 Kadabu and 21 Chakkali. Recipes listed all the way at the end.
  • Offer Gejje Vastra. Usually fancy ones are offered here. 16 strings or some times 21 strings.

Food Items for Gowri Ganesha Festival:

 

Kosambari ಕೋಸಂಬರಿ

  1. Cucumber Kosambari

  2. ಕಡಲೆ ಬೇಳೆ ಕೊಸಂಬರಿ – Channa Dal Kosambari

ಚಟ್ನಿ Chutney

  1. Channa Dal or Kadale Bele Chutney

  2. Coconut Chutney

  3. Pudina or Mint Chutney

  4. Mint Mango Chutney – ಫುದಿನಾ ಮಾವಿನಕಾಯಿ ಚಟ್ನಿ

Bonda – ಬೋಂಡ ಭಜ್ಜಿ Bhajji

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  1. Heerekayi Bonda

  2. Red and Green Capsicum Bonda or Fritters

  3. Aloo Methi Pakoda

  4. Ambode

  5. Bombai (Aloo) Bonda

  6. Sabhudani Vada – Gluten Free

ಸಿಹಿ ತಿಂಡಿಗಳು- Sweet Dishses

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  1. Badam Poori

  2. Kayi Kadabu

  3. Dry Coconut kadabu

  4. Coconut Burfi

  5. Mango Rasayana or seekarane

  6. Pineapple Kesaribath

ಪಾಯಸ – Payasa – Kheer

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  1. ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer

  2. Evaporated MilkyWay ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer

  3. Gasgase or Poppy seeds Payasa

ಸಾರು ಹುಳಿ ಕೂಟು – Rasam Sambar Kootu

  1. Hesaru Bele Thove

  2. Ridegourd Thove

  3. Sweet or Sihi Kootu

  4. Sandige Huli Recipe

  5. ರಾಯರ  ಕೂಟು – Spicy Kootu Made in Sree Raghavendra Swamy Mutt

ಮಜ್ಜಿಗೆ ಮೊಸರು ಅಡಿಗೆಗಳು – Yogurt Based Dishes

  1. Majjige Huli

  2. ಹಸಿ ಮಜ್ಜಿಗೆ ಹುಳಿ – Hasi Majjige Huli

  3. ಬೂದ ಕುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ ಮಜ್ಜಿಗೆ ಹುಳಿ  – Winter Melon Majjige Huli

ಗೊಜ್ಜು – Gojju

  1. Gojju

  2. Cucumber Gojju

Pratha Sankalpa Gadhya by Shree Raghavendra Swamy

I have been reciting this since Vidwan Galgali gave pravachana in our SBA Temple.
The link for the video is here posted on youtube. Recite this as soon as you open your eyes. It is just two sentences, and you can learn it within a few minutes. If not, write it down on a piece of paper, keep it below your pillow and read as soon as you wake up.

The sloka in Kannada is posted below:

The sloka in English:

Prathaha pravruthi sayaantham sayaadi Pratharanthathaha
Yatkaromi jagannatha tadasthu tava poojanam

Shri Krishna Vrundavana, Atlanta – 347 Aradhana Mahotsava – September 15, 2018

As you all know Rayaru Aaradhana is being celebrated all over the world, and at different parts of United States. As Kumudha had commented, on 15th September it is being celebrated in Atlanta. Please join if you are close by and share pictures.

Shri Krishna Vrundavana, Atlanta , 347 Aradhana Mahotsava of Sri Raghavendra Swami is celebrated on September 15, 2018 and it is , All Day Grand Celebration!

At 9 a.m Pooja Sankalpa, 9.30 Panchamrutha , 10 a,m Raghavendra Ashtottara, 12 Mahapooja , 1 Annadana, 3 p.m to 6 p.m, cultural events, 6. 30 Ranga pooja, 7 p.m Pallakki utsava, 7.30 Ashtavadhanna seva, 8.30 Annadana.

The grand celebration is on september 15, 2018 at

S Convention Center 540 Access Road
Cumming GA 30041

Devotees can call 678-648-5198 for more info.

2018 Aaradhane Celebrations at Home

From the day of my accident, the one and only thing in my mind was will I be able to perform Aaradhane, will I be able to do our Beloved Rayaru seva, will I be able to walk. All my prayers were answered except for Rayaru giving me the ability to sit down. I am still unable to sit down, the leg and especially ankle swells a lot if I either walk, stand or even sit for a long time without raising my leg.

So, I used to sit on a chair and do pooje, My husband sat down. Since I know so many songs and there was no way I could sing them all everyday, I chose 5 songs for each day. Started with Sankalpa, Vishnu stotra, Lakshmi Stotra, Shree Yanthrodhara Stotra, followed by Rayaru Stotra and all other songs. In the night followed by Thogire Rayara, Swami Lali and Mangalam for Rayaru.

We started our seva from Sunday since that was when the Aaradhane celebrations was taking place in our Maryland mutta. On Sunday and Monday we visited the mutta, participated in all day celebrations. Will post pictures soon from the temple.

As always, there is an abundance of fruits, coconut and flowers here in USA. We brought all kinds of flowers and fruits for pooje. I decided to do 108 pradakshina namaskaras every day. We ( My Husband and I) planned to do seva for 5 days, however I couldn’t continue the 108 pradakshina namaskaras after 3 days.

On Sunday and Monday we were blessed to hear pravachana by Vidwan Shree Gopinath Galgali. On Sunday he talked about the miracles of Rayaru, and mentioned the visit of Sir Thomas Monroe 5th generation to Mantralaya. He also mentioned that during one of his pravachanas a lady from Desai generation in California talked to him. Hope you all remember a baby boy falling in Mango seekarane and Rayaru saving the child, the lady was from Desai’s family. It brought tears in my eyes.

On Monday, Vidwan Shree Gopinath Galgali talked about Sarva Samarpana Gadya written by Rayaru. He taught us all the two sentences we should recite every morning, as soon as we wake up. Will post soon the video and also the sloka. Tuesday morning, when I woke up I tried reciting the same, and wasn’t getting them properly. I looked at Rayaru photo and said “Guru sarvabhowma please remind me the sloka, and within seconds I recited the sloka exactly like it was”.

On Monday, during the pooje, I was also asked to sing at the temple. For the very first time in my life I sang with a mic in a temple. I sang ” Raya Baro and Kori Kareve”. For someone who speaks at conferences and on big stages regularly, singing in a temple felt like a huge achievement like out of this world. I feel blessed.

It was indeed challenging to continue 108 pradakshinas and so I stopped after 3 days. I heard so many miracles, saw so many pictures from around the world, listened to so many songs, it was just unbelievable. I also met so many devotees of Rayaru at the temple and so many followers of this blog. Many came personally to me and talked, thanks a million.

Tell me how you performed seva for our Rayaru? What miracles did you hear? what miracles happened?

As promised pictures from seva at my place attached below.

Day 1 preparation.


Day 1 Pooje.

Day 3 Pooje and food

Day 4 pooje

Day 4 Pooje

 

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