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Shri Krishna Janmashtami/Krishna Jayanthi Pooja Preparation – Some Tips

In some places Krishna Janmastami is celebrated on Thursday 18th and in some Friday 19th. So, please check your calendars and celebrate accordingly.

Many of you have asked me how I prepare for one of the most exciting and beloved Festivals we have, Shri Krishna Janmashtami/Krishna Jayanthi or whatever name you wish to give this festival. It is celebrated all over the world. With the invent of internet, everyone wants to perform this festival and is looking for tips especially if you are working.  Based on decades of experience I have in observing as performed by my parents and performing the festival myself since I got married,  I am sharing some tips and tricks which will make it easy and not to stress out.

Remember, at the end of the day it is the Bhakthi and devotion which you can offer the Lord which is of utmost importance not the count of items you cook.

Attached below are some tips and tricks I follow.

Grocery List:

I buy all items new for this and Ganesha festival. Just a habit, nothing else. I am not listing how many lbs/kgs to buy, left to your discretion. With the list below you can prepare all items listed in Recipe Section.


  1. Rice Flour
  2. Maida or All purpose flour
  3. Besan
  4. Urda dal flour
  5. Red chilli powder
  6. Hing
  7. Oil
  8. Moong Dal
  9. Channa dal
  10. Dry Coconut Powder
  11. Salt
  12. Thick Poha
  13. Thin Poha
  14. Sooji
  15. Jaggery
  16. Sugar
  17. Jeera
  18. Mustard Seeds
  19. Ghee
  20. Butter
  21. Milk
  22. Butter Milk since Yogurt is not used during this vrata
  23. Coconut

Vegetables List:

  1. Green chillies
  2. Coriander leaves
  3. Curry leaves
  4. Green Chillies
  5. Cucumber
  6. Coconut
  7. Capsicum

Pooja List:

I am hoping you have the daily pooja items like Haldi, Kumkum, etc etc. This list is specific for this day and in no particular order you can arrange them as you wish.

  1. Flowers, buy assortment of all flowers as shown below:Collages
  2. Fruits, all fruits are allowed in this vrata.IMG_29333. Banana plant and Leaves if available. 4. Argya Items – milk, water, lemon, coin and a dry date. Keep them ready!IMG_30035. Prepare all the lamps to light, Mangalarathi and aarathi  using Ghee or Oil that you use.IMG_3004IMG_30056. 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 Krishna from the front door.

O7. Prepare Gejje Vastra with Kumkum. No set number here, I use one set for each idol I keep.IMG_30158. Make sure you have camphor, Agarbathi and also soaked for Mangalaruthi.

9. Prepare the cradle for Lord Krishna. Once you are done giving the Argya, we rock the cradle and sing the lullaby. IMG_3089

10. If not anything else, just offer butter, coconut and fruits.IMG_1881

11. The detailed pooja procedure is posted at the following link:

Theertha Yaathra – A Pilgrimage (Part-1)

During my visit to India in May, as we were planning our visit to several Teertha Kshetras, my Father was telling me the meaning of Teertha. Having a father so learned in our Madhwa Philosophy and one who doesn’t ever judge anyone whether they know everything or nothing at all is very rare. I would say unheard of.

In my experience, even when someone has learnt even an ounce of our religion, they start judging everyone else and behave in a very condescending way. I can narrate hundreds of such incidents which have happened to me.

Anyway, I have two twitter accounts, one for my work where my company shares many of the articles I write, conferences I speak at and tag me. I couldn’t use this for my personal use. I needed one for my blog, so I created a personal one for my blog where I follow several accounts. One such account I follow is @bhargavasarma.

I was planning to write everything my dad had shared with me on Theertha when coincidentally, I saw a tweet from @bhargavasarma.

To quote from their tweet ”

“New #eBook release, With Sri GuruRayara prerana/anugraha, my poorva janma sukruta, a sincere attempt (as per my yogyata) to bring out #15th#eBook (PDF) titled…

THEERTHA YAATHRA – A PILGRIMAGE (Part-1) for the benefit of devout/novice society”

It is an amazing book, and the first 11 pages gives you an insight into what Theertha means.

Download the free PDF from the link below:

Shri Vara Mahalakshmi Vrata Details

  • August 5th – Friday – Shri Vara Mahalakshmi Vrata

Shri Vara Mahalakshmi Vrata is performed by married Hindu women to seek the blessings of the Goddess Mahalakshmi, wife of Lord Vishnu.

The Vrata is observed on the Friday immediately preceding the full moon day of the month of
Sravana Masa. On the day of Pooje or Vrata, women clean their homes and decorate their front yards with rangolis. Later, they take a bath and deck wear pure silk saree and jewellery. The lady performing the pooje makes a mandala with the drawing of a lotus upon it. A kalasha filled with rice and topped with fresh mango and betel leaves, a coconut smeared with haldi and kumkum and cloth are placed on the mandala and Lakshmi is invoked therein.

After the worship of the kalasha, follows the worship of Ganesha, then the worship of the sacred thread. Now the main worship of Vara Lakshmi begins and the scared thread is worshipped a second time. It is then tied to the right hand of the lady. After the worship thamboola is given to 5 married ladies.

The same evening, we invite all the neighboring ladies(married women) and offer them tamboola; also called veeledele Adike, which is an offering of betel leaves, fruits, betel nuts, kumkum, haldi and dakshine. At this point the ladies also sing songs in praise of goddess Varalakshmi.

Attached below is a scanned vrata procedure in Kannada:

So, here comes the link which has the lyrics for all songs posted on this blog on Goddess Lakshmi.

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:

Attached is the post link for the links I have for lyrics, and Shravana Friday Pooje procedure.

P.S: As always no food is prepared with onion or garlic.

Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday – July 28th 2022

This coming Thursday is an amazing day with so many festivals. It is Amavasya, It is the last day of Ashada Masa, we have Bheemana Amavasya, or Gandana Pooje or often called Jyothirbheemeshwara Vrutha on this same day.  I will soon post details about all the upcoming festivals in Shravana Masa and details about Gandana Pooje. 

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 .

July 28th 2022  is Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday. I saw calendars in both India and USA both have the Nakshatra and Amavasya also.

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/

Karkataka Sankramana – Dakshinayana

This year in the US, Dakshinayana starts from July 16th Saturday. In India, it is July 17th Sunday.

Below some additional details:

The term Uttarāyaṇa  is derived from two different Sanskrit words – “uttara” (North) and “ayana” (movement) –  northward movement of the Sun.

Dakshina means South and Aayana means travel or movement. The movement of Sun in the Southern direction is called as Dakṣiṇāyaṇa.

Uttarayana or Dakshinayana consists of six months each is the time taken by the Sun to travel from one house to the other during these periods.

Our Hindu calendar is  divided into two periods  of six months each.

Sun is the central point for both Uttarayana and Dakshinayana.

Legend also has it that Uttarayana represents Gods and Dakshinayana represents Pithrus. Uttarayana is the day time and Dakshinayana is the night time for all Gods. 

All major festivals are during the Dakshinayana period including Shravana Masa, Chatur Masa, Dasara, and Deepavali. Pitru Paksha is also during this period. 

On this day, Karkataka Sankramana when the transition happens from Uttarayana to Dakshinayana, tarpana is given to forefathers. As always Anna dana is good. Any religious activity such as reciting Vishnu Sahasranama, other devotional songs and slokas can be recited.

Mangala Slokas at Shri Krishna Vrundavana, North Carolina

Like I mentioned in my previous posts, we visit the temple twice or thrice a week here in North Carolina. Thursday’s for the evening Bhajane 100% we have been all 4 weeks. We also visit the temple Saturday’s after our visit to the Venkateshwara temple.

On Thursday’s after reciting Rayaru Stotra, Mangalashtaka, Jaya Jaya Veeve, at the end they recite Managala Slokas. Thought of posting so if you are doing Bhajane you can recite it as well at the end.

As always Lyrics in Kannada followed by in English. I will also post a video soon.

ಮಂಗಳಂ ಜಯಮಂಗಳಂ ಮಂಗಳಂ ಶುಭಮಂಗಳಂ ||pa||

ಅಕ್ರೂರಗೊಲಿದ ತ್ರಿವಿಕ್ರಮಗೆ

ನಕ್ರನ ಗೆಲಿದ ಪರಾಕ್ರಮಿಗೆ

ಶಕ್ರನ ಗರ್ವ ಪಹಾರವ ಮಾಡಿದ

ಶುಕ್ರನ ಶಿಷ್ಯನ ಗೆಲಿದವಗೆ ||1||

ಗಂಗೆಯ ಪಡೆದ ಶ್ರೀರಂಗನಿಗೆ


ಭೃಂಗಕುಂತಳೆಯರ ವ್ರತವನೆ ಕೆಡಿಸಿದ

ಅಂಗಜನಯ್ಯ ಶುಭಾಂಗನಿಗೆ ||2||

ಧರೆಯೊಳಧಿಕ ವೆಂಕಟಾಚಲಗೆ

ಸ್ಥಿರವಾಗಿ ಪುಷ್ಕರಿಣಿಲಿ ನೆಲಸಿಹಗೆ

ಪರತತ್ವ ಶ್ರೀಪುರಂದರವಿಠಲಗೆ

ವರವೆಂಕಟೇಶ ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸಗೆ ||3||

ಕಾಯೇನ ವಾಚಾ ಮನಸೇಂದ್ರಿಯೈರ್ವಾ

ಬುಧ್ಯಾತ್ಮನಾ ವಾ ಪ್ರಕೃತೇಃ ಸ್ವಭಾವಾತ್‌

ಕರೋಮಿ ಯದ್ಯತ್‌ ಸಕಲಂ ಪರಸ್ಮೈ

ನಾರಾಯಣಾಯೇತಿ ಸಮರ್ಪಯಾಮಿ ||

ಹಗಲು ನಿನ್ನ ನೆನೆಯಲಿಲ್ಲ ಹಸಿವೆ ತೃಷೆಯಿಂದ

ಇರುಳು ನಿನ್ನ ನೆನೆಯಲಿಲ್ಲ ನಿದ್ರೆಯ ಭರದಿಂದ

ಇವೆರಡರ ಭಾಧೆಗೆ ನಾ ಒಳಗಾದೆನೋ ಪುರಂದರ ವಿಠಲ

ಕರುಣಿಸಿ ಕಾಯೋ ಪುರಂದರ ವಿಠಲ||

ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ

ಇಂದಿನ ದಿನವೇ ಶುಭ ದಿನವೂ |

ಇಂದಿನ ವಾರ ಶುಭ ವಾರ |

ಇಂದಿನ ತಾರೆ ಶುಭ ತಾರೆ |

ಇಂದಿನ ತಾರೆ ಶುಭ ತಾರೆ |

ಇಂದಿನ ಕರಣ ಶುಭ ಕರಣ |

ಇಂದಿನ ಲಗ್ನ ಶುಭ ಲಗ್ನ |

ಇಂದು ಶ್ರೀ ಪುರುಂದರ ವಿಠಲರಾಯನ ಪಾಡಿದ ದಿನವೇ ಶುಭ ದಿನವೂ ||

ಶುಭವಿದು ಶೋಭನಾ ಹರಿಗೆ |

ಶುಭವಿದು ಶೋಭನಾ ಸಿರಿಗೆ |

ಶುಭವಿದು ಪುರಂದರ ವಿಠ್ಠಲ ರಾಯಗೆ |

ಶುಭವಿದು ಶೋಭನಾ ಹರಿಗೆ |

ಶುಭವಿದು ಪುರಂದರ ವಿಠ್ಠಲ ರಾಯಗೆ |

ಶುಭವಿದು ಶೋಭನಾ ಸಿರಿಗೆ ||

Maṅgaḷaṁ jayamaṅgaḷaṁ maṅgaḷaṁ śubhamaṅgaḷaṁ ||pa||

akrūragolida trivikramage

nakrana gelida parākramige

śakrana garvapahārava māḍida

śukrana śiṣyana gelidavage ||1||

gaṅgeya paḍeda śrīraṅganige


bhr̥ṅgakuntaḷeyara vratavane keḍisida

aṅgajanayya śubhāṅganige ||2||

dhareyoḷadhika veṅkaṭācalage

sthiravāgi puṣkariṇili nelasihage

paratatva śrīpurandaraviṭhalage

varaveṅkaṭēśa śrīnivāsage ||3|| 

kāyēna vācā manasēndriyairvā budhyātmanā vā prakr̥tēḥ svabhāvāt‌ ।
karōmi yadyat‌ sakalaṁ parasmai nārāyaṇāyēti samarpayāmi ||

Hagalu ninna neneyalilla hasive thrusheyinda

Irulu ninna neneyalilla nidreya bharadinda

Iveradara bhaadhege naa olagaadeno purandaravitala

Karunisi kayo purandara vitala||

Indina dinave shubha dinavu |
Indina vaara shubha vaara |
Indina taare shubha taare |
Indina yoga shubha yoga |
Indina karana shubha karana |
Indina lagna shubha lagna |
Indu shree purundara vittalaraayana |
Paadida dinave shubha dinavu |

Shubhavidu shobhana harige |
Shubhavidu shobhana sirige |
Shubavidu purandara vittala raayage
Shubhavidu shobhana harige |
Shubavidhu purandara vittala raayage
Shubhavidu shobhana sirige |

Lord KrishnaSri Mukhyaprana Devaru

ShreeRaghavendra Gurugalu

Attached is the link for the temple website.

July 2022 Important Dates

Shubhakruthu Nama Samvatsara, Uttarayana/Dhakshinayana, Ashada Masa

USA: Please refer local calendars, I am now referring Shree Krishna Vrindavana, NC calendar.

July 10th Sunday – Shayani Ekadashi, ChaturMasa, Shaka Vrata Begins

July 13th Wednesday – Guru Poornima

July 17th Sunday – Sri Jayatheerthara Aradhane

July 23rd Saturday – Ekdadashi

July 28th Thursday – Amavasya, Guru Pushya Yoga

India Dates

July 10th Sunday – Shayani Ekadashi, ChaturMasa, Shaka Vrata Begins

July 13th Wednesday – Guru Poornima

July 18th Monday – Sri Jayatheerthara Aradhane

July 24th Sunday – Ekdadashi

July 28th Thursday – Amavasya , Guru Pushya Yoga

Shaka Vrata starts from Aashada Shudha Dwadashi to Sharavana Shudha Dashami. During this time one should not offer Vegetables, Banana, Coconut , fruits to Lord. Mangoes are allowed.

Dwadasha Namaskara By Shree Purandara Dasaru

Amazing small song on Dwadasha Namaskara to Lord Almighty written by Shree Purandara Dasaru. My Jayu Aunty shared the lyrics and we asked to record the same and Aunty shared the recording as well. Which I have posted on Youtube. Thanks so much Aunty for sharing the lyrics and also the tune.

ಒಂದು ನಮಸ್ಕಾರವು ಇಂದಿರಾ ರಮಣನಿಗೆ

ಎರಡು ನಮಸ್ಕಾರವು ಗರುಡ ವಾಹನನಿಗೆ

ಮೂರು ನಮಸ್ಕಾರವು ಮುಚಕುಂದನಿಗೆ

ನಾಲ್ಕು ನಮಸ್ಕಾರವು ನಂದತನಯನಿಗೆ

ಐದು ನಮಸ್ಕಾರವು ಯದುಕುಲಾನಂದನನಿಗೆ

ಆರು ನಮಸ್ಕಾರವು ಅನುರೂಪಹಾರನಿಗೆ

ಏಳು ನಮಸ್ಕಾರವು ಪ್ರಹ್ಲಾದ ವರದನಿಗೆ

ಎಂಟು ನಮಸ್ಕಾರವು ವೈಕುಂಠಪತಿಗೆ

ಒಂಬತ್ತು ನಮಸ್ಕಾರವು ಕಂಬುಕಂಠ ನುಗೆ

ಹತ್ತು ನಮಸ್ಕಾರವು ಭಕ್ತರೊಡೆಯನಿಗೆ

ಹನ್ನೊಂದು ನಮಸ್ಕಾರವು ಪನ್ನಗಶಯನನಿಗೆ

ಹನ್ನೆರಡು ನಮಸ್ಕಾರವು ಶ್ರೀಹರಿ ನಿಮಗೆ

ಇಷ್ಟ ನಮಸ್ಕಾರಗಳನ್ನು ಭಕ್ತಿಯಿಂದ ಮಾಡುವೆನು ತಪ್ಪು ಕ್ಷಮಿಸು, ಪುರಂದರವಿಠ್ಠಲ ||

Ondu namaskāravu indirā ramaṇanige

eraḍu namaskāravu garuḍa vāhananige

mūru namaskāravu mucakundanige

nālku namaskāravu nandatanayanige

aidu namaskāravu yadukulānandananige

āru namaskāravu anurūpahāranige

ēḷu namaskāravu prahlāda varadanige

eṇṭu namaskāravu vaikuṇṭhapatige

ombattu namaskāravu kambukaṇṭhanuge

hattu namaskāravu bhaktaroḍeyanige

hannondu namaskāravu pannagaśayananige

hanneraḍu namaskāravu śrīhari nimage

iṣṭa namaskāragaḷannu bhaktiyinda māḍuvenu tappu kṣamisu purandaraviṭhṭhala ||

June 2022 Important Dates

Shubhakruthu Nama Samvatsara, Uttarayana, Jyestha Masa

USA: Please refer local calendars, we refer Shree Krishna Vrindavana, NJ calendar.

May 31st – Jestha Masa Begins

June 10th – Ekadashee

June 13th – Shree SreePadarajaru Punyathithi ( Mulabagal)

June 14th – Hunnime, Poornima, VataSavitri Hunnime

June 16th – Shree Raghuvarya Theerthara Punyathiti ( Nava Brindavana)

June 17th – Sankashtahara Chathurthi Vrata

June 24th – Ekadashee

June 26th – Shree Vijayeendra Theerthara Punyathithi ( Kumbhakonam)

June 28th – Amavasya ( Mannethina Amavasya)


May 31st – Jestha Masa Begins

June 10th – Ekadashee

June 13th – Shree SreePadarajaru Punyathithi ( Mulabagal)

June 14th – Hunnime, Poornima, VataSavitri Hunnime

June 17th – Shree Raghuvarya Theerthara Punyathiti ( Nava Brindavana)

June 24th – Ekadashee

June 26th – Shree Vijayeendra Theerthara Punyathithi ( Kumbhakonam)

June 29th – Amavasya ( Mannethina Amavasya)

Akshaya Thritiya ಅಕ್ಷಯ ತೃತಿಯಾ – May 3rd 2022

Please check with your local calendar to find out about the same.

Akshaya Tritiya ಅಕ್ಷಯ  ತೃತಿಯಾ is the most important day in the hindu calendar.  Akshaya means growth and tritiya is the third day of the month in Vaishaka Masa. They say that in order to perform any major function like marriage, gruhapravesha you don’t even have to check your horoscope for finding a good Muhurtham. Any ritual or religious function performed on this day leads to growth.

The Uttaradi matta panchanga also mentions it is very important to apply gandha ಗಂಧ to the Lord. So, if you have access to the same, please do that as well. The significance and stotra as per the panchanga.

ಈ ದಿನ ಮಾಡಿದ ಸ್ನಾನ, ಜಪ, ಹೋಮ, ಪಿತೃತರ್ಪಣ, ದಾನ ಇವುಗಳು ಅಕ್ಷಯವಾದ ಫಲವನ್ನು ನೀಡುತ್ತದೆ. ಸರ್ವ ಪಾಪಗಳನ್ನು ಪರಿಹರಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಇಂದು ದೇವರಿಗೆ ವಿಶೇಷವಾಗಿ ಗಂಧವನು ಅರ್ಪಿಸಬೇಕು. 

Translation in English:

One who does, on this day Snana, Japa, Homa, Pitru tarpana, dana etc etc it will give infinite fruits. Will get rid of all papa we have done. On this day, apply Ghandha to Lord. 

The stotra to be recited:

ಯಃ ಪಶ್ಯತಿ ತೃತಿಯಾಯಾಂ ಕೃಷ್ಣ0 ಚಂಧನಭೂಷಿತಮ್ |

ವೈಶಾಖಸ್ಯ ಸಿತೇ ಪಕ್ಷೇ ಸ ಯಾತ್ಯಚುತ್ಯಮಂದಿರಮ್ ||

yah pashyathi truthiyayam krishnam chandhanabhooshitaM |

vaishakhasya Sitē pakshe sa yathyachuthyamandiraM ||

On this day, many ladies give thambula including blouse piece, and other items. Any thing you give or donate they say becomes akshaya. Meaning infinite or one that never diminishes.

So, if you have decided to do anything new this year, this is the right day to get started.

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