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Updated : Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje – July 23rd 2017

Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje, is an important pooje performed by unmarried women and newly married women for 9 years after their marriage. It is performed on the new moon day or amavase in the month of Aashada masa. This year it is on July 23rd 2017 Sunday.

This pooje is also called Bheemeshwarana pooje. This pooje is dedicated to God Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Mud models of Shiva and Parvathi in the form of a cone with a flat base are made, kept in the sun to dry and decorated with white dots made out of limestone paste, or sometimes with akki hittu(rice flour) mixed with milk. A thread immersed in turmeric paste, a flower and sometimes turmeric root are tied around the model for Parvathi. After the pooje, usually either the girls Mom or Mother-in-Law ties this thread to the girls wrists.

Those who have brothers, later in the evening worship the hosthilu or threshold of their house. They call it “Bhandara vadiyodu“. The girls brother brakes the bhandara and gives money to his sister.

The story for Bhimana Amavase goes like this:

In a city there was a king called Vajrabahu. He had one and only son called Vijayashekara, who dies suddenly while still young. The king and queen decide to perform his marriage; even though he is dead. But, who would marry a corpse, right? No one comes forward to marry him. A Brahmin couple, named Madhava and his wife Sushila have five daughters and nine sons. They are extremely poor and they decide to marry one of their daughters in marriage to the dead prince; in return they would get lot of money and can use it to feed their family.

This girl is left with her dead husband and than she prays to God Shiva and Goddess Parvathi with great devotion. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi ask her to perform this pooje; since she is in the forest and doesn’t have any money she uses clay or mud and performs the pooje. The dead prince comes back to life. The king, queen and everyone is now happy to see their son come back to life.

Now that you know why and how to do the pooje, tell the significance of this story to your daughter, perform the pooje, tie the thread across her wrist and bless her with all your heart.

Happy Gandana Pooje.

Here below is the step by step procedure to perform Diwasi Gowri pooje as per the book I have now:

1. Clean the place where you are going to perform the pooja, put an elaborate rangoli (ರಂಗವಲ್ಲಿ). Find links to various rangoli (ರಂಗವಲ್ಲಿ) here:

2. Place a wooden plank called Mane(ಮಣೆ).
3. On this Mane, place a silver plate and within the plate, keep the idols of Diwasi Gowri and Managal Gowri( if you are performing Managal Gowri).
4. Also keep 1 dry cocnout (Kobbari Battalu ಕೊಬ್ಬರಿ ಬಟ್ಟಲು) as it is called in Kannada, 10 betel nut (adike ಅಡಿಕೆ), 10 betel leaves (villedele ವಿಳೇದೆಲೆ), 10 rounds of thread ದಾರ.
5. Now, worship the gowri and offer her 10 Kucchida Kadabu (ಕುಚ್ಚಿದ ಕಡಬು).
6. Next, tie 10 knots on the thread immersed in turmeric paste, a flower and sometimes turmeric root. For married ladies, 10 knots and unmarried girls 5 knots, and 5 rounds of thread.
7. Put this on the Gowri idol.
8. Perform Aarthi to Gowri. Offer your prayers, and do namaskaras.
8. Once, you finish all the pooja, usually either the girls Mom or Mother-in-Law ties this thread to the girls wrists or can also put it around her neck.

9 Million All Times Hits to Kalpavriksha Kamadhenu – Thank You

I had never imagined having so many visitors visit this blog even in my wildest dreams. I had posted about 8 Million in November 28th, 2016, and within a few months to have another million is just unimaginable.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU. Let us keep our culture alive, spread our customs and traditions in a good way and above all spread tolerance and patience.

None of this would have been possible without the blessings of Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru.

I have gone silent for the past few weeks, mostly due to hectic work, travel, speaking at conferences and a never ending back pain.

THANKS AGAIN. AND HERE IS TO WISHING WE WILL REACH 10 MILLION by end of 2017.

Raya Baro Thande Thayi Baro English Lyrics

I posted the lyrics for this song very soon after I started this blog in 2008. Since than many of you asked for the lyrics in English, and I kept postponing the same. However, this Saturday we had Satsangha at my Sister Suma’s place and I was once again asked to post the lyrics in English. I typed and kept it ready to post it yesterday for Father’s Day, however was completely per-occupied and forgot to push the publish button. So, without any further delay for all the devotees of our Beloved Rayaru, one of my favorite songs on our beloved Rayaru.

You can find the lyrics in Kannada at the following link:

ರಾಯ ಬಾರೋ ತಂದೆ ತಾಯಿ ಬಾರೋ

Raya baro tande tayi baro nammanu kaya baro |

mayigala madisida raghavendra raya baro ||

vandipa janarige mandara taruvantha  kundada bhishtava salisutirpa  raya baro |
kumdada bhishtava salisutirpa sarvagna mandana matige raghavendra raya baro ||1||

aarumuru elu nalku entu granthada sarartha toridi sarvarige nyayadinda  raya baro|
toridi sarvarige nyayadinda sarvagna surigalarasane raghavendra raya baro || 2||

rama padambhuja sadbhrunga krupanga  bhramaka janara manabhanga  raya baro|
bhramaka janara manabhangava madida dhimantarodeyane raghavendra raya baro ||3||

bhusura charitane bhusura vandyane  shri sudhindraryara varaputra raya baro|
shri sudhindraryara varaputra varayogi deshikarodeyane raghavendra raya baro ||4||

bhutalanathana bhitiya bidiside pretatva kaledi mahishiya  raya baro|
pretatva kaledi mahishiya maha mahima natha guru jagannatha vithala baro thande thayi baro || raya baro ||

Listen to part of Raya Baro song here at youtube:

#BeBoldForChange

Today is International Women’s day. The UN theme for 2017 is Empowering Women: Empowering Humanity #BeBoldForChange. What better way to celebrate it than by writing a blog post about breaking the stereotype messages we hear all the time?

I am bold and strong being a woman.

I am bold and fierce being a Senior Principal Consultant in the Security Consulting world, which is dominated by Men.

I am bold and loving and caring being a Mom, in spite of having missed a few award ceremonies and a few tennis lessons for my Daughter.

I am bold and a loving Wife, and still cry on the shoulders of my amazing Husband.

I am bold and still scared while driving at night, and call my Husband.

I am bold and an amazing cook, but still crave for a plate of food to be handed to me when I return from a long day at work. I enjoy every bite of it when handed to me by none other than a Man my Husband.

I am bold and a woman, and Mentor many men at work.

I am bold and a Hindu, and still believe in the Supreme Lord Krishna.

I am bold and a staunch devote of my beloved Guru who is again a Man.

I am bold and a confident woman, and speak at many events and conferences which is filled by Men.

I am bold and adventurous and travel alone for Work.

Who says that being a woman means doing the stereotypes? I have broken several barriers, and push my Daughter, my Mentees, woman I work with, woman I met in my everyday life to break those barriers, and still be a woman.

To quote from the blog I wrote for my Company with minor changes:

This International Women’s Day, based on the theme I want to challenge women around the world to be brave and bold. Be BRAVE and be BOLD, sign up for new challenges which you have never accomplished. Challenge yourself to break the stereotypes.

I will close this post by a famous quote from our 44th President of the United States Barack Obama “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

 

Kartivirarjuna Mantra – iPhone

Since I posted the mantra for recovering lost items in 2009, I have seen hundreds of comments on this post. You can read the post here:

Last Saturday, we went to Costco the wholesale shop near my house to buy a few items for my Daughter Sneha who was home for Thanksgiving holiday. Just like all other girls, Sneha was excited seeing all the clothes and items on sale. We went around for almost an hour stocking up the cart, and when we were almost ready to leave Sneha says ” Mom Dad where is my iPhone?”. We were like it is with you, and we hurriedly went through all the items in the cart and the phone was found nowhere. we looked in all of our coats, pockets and handbags. Being a Saturday, Costco was jam packed with people. we were very sure we will not find the phone.

We were so upset, and I told her “Sneha, let us recite our Kartivirarjuna Mantra”. We started reciting the mantra and went to the main entrance and started to trace back our steps. I told her, have you enabled Find my iPhone, can we test it? She took my iPhone, entered the required details, and it showed us the phone was in the store and we started walking towards the direction the phone started giving us. And there it was ringing in between 4 pairs of jeans. My Husband was close there, and he immediately got the phone.

So, our great Kartivirarjuna Mantra and Find my iPhone helped us find the phone. All is well that ends well.

Just wanted to share with you all this incident. We have to do our part and leave everything else to God to help us.

8 Million All Times Hits to Kalpavriksha Kamadhenu – Thank You

I had never imagined having so many visitors visit this blog even in my wildest dreams. I had posted about 7 Million in April 22, 2016, and within a few months to have another million is just unimaginable.

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THANKS TO ALL OF YOU. Let us keep our culture alive, spread our customs and traditions in a good way and above all spread tolerance and patience.

None of this would have been possible without the blessings of Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru.

I have gone silent for the past few months, have gone through some tough challenges in personal life. It was tough to keep faith during those challenges, and our Beloved Rayaru has his own way of showing light and making us feel secure once again.  I promise all of you that I will keep posting regularly and keep this blog lively once again.

THANKS AGAIN. AND HERE IS TO WISHING WE WILL REACH ANOTHER MILLION IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

Updated:ತುಲಸೀ ಹಬ್ಬವಿವಾಹ ಉತ್ವಾನ ದ್ವಾದಶಿ – Uthwana Dwadashi/Tulasi Habba – November 12th 2016

ತುಲಸೀ ಹಬ್ಬವಿವಾಹ ಉತ್ವಾನ ದ್ವಾದಶಿ – Uthwana Dwadashi/Tulasi Habba – November 12th 2016
Last year’s pictures:

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Close up of our little Tulasi Plant:

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Lighting of Agarbathi:

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Aaruthi for Tulasi.
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Tulasi Pooje Preparation 2013:IMG_2807

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Uthwana Dwadashi – Tulasi Habba or Tulasi Pooje is celebrated a fortnight after Deepavali. It signifies the day Tulasi married Lord Vishnu. On this day, Tulasi katte is decorated like a bride. Amla trees are planted along with the tulsi plant.

Pooje to be done in the evening.

What’s Tulasi?

In most Hindu homes, you find a Tulasi plant growing out of a Tulasi katte . Tulasi is considered to be a holy plant and is worshiped every morning. Tulasi has medicinal value and is often used as a herb in curing the common cold and cough.

So what’s Tulasi Habba?
Tulasi came out of the ocean during Amrita Manthan as a younger sister of Lakshmi. She too was devoted to Lord Vishnu and wanted to marry him. But Lakshmi who was already married to him did not like the idea and cursed her to become a plant. Thus the tulasi plant was born. But the all merciful Lord Vishnu took pity and fulfilling her wish declared that when he will be in the form of a saligrama, found in most temples and madhwa houses, she will remain close to him in the form of a tulasi leaf. Therefore even today a saligrama will have a tulsi leaf along with it. In front of every Hindu home there will be a tulasi katte in which a plant grows round the year.
Although the prayers are offered to Tulasi everyday by watering the plant in the morning and lighting an oil lamp before it in the evening, on Kartik Shukla Dwadashi there will be an annual Tulasi Pooja in the evening when the tulasi katte will be beautifully decorated with clay lamps.

Attached below is a screen shot of the Tulasi Vivaha Slokas and Procedure as printed in the Uttaradi Matta Panchanga. If you click on the image a bigger picture will display which has the words very very clear.

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Here is the link for all the Tulasi slokas at this weblog.

1. Slokas

2. Daily Tulasi Pooja Procedure

3. Tulasi Sankeerthaney Lyrics and Audio

4. Devaranama on Tulasi – ಒಲ್ಲನೋ ಹರಿ ಕೊಳ್ಳನೋ

5. Vrundavanadevi Namo Namo Lyrics

6. Tulasi Pooje Songs

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