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Update: Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday – July 4th 2019

Update: Rayaru today at Mantralaya – July 4th 2019.

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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 4th 2019 is Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday.

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/

Updated Post: Akshaya Thritiya ಅಕ್ಷಯ ತೃತಿಯಾ – May 7th 2019

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.

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.

2019-2020 Important Dates

Please find attached a neat handy version of important festival dates for Vikarinama Samvatsara. All credit to the webmaster who created this. I am just sharing it.

Vikari Nama Samvatsara – 2019-2020

I hope you all had time to celebrate our Beloved Rayaru Pattabhisheka and his birthday and Pushya Nakshatra on Sunday.

PS: These dates are based on India time, festival dates may vary in other parts of the world.

Vilambi Nama Samvatsara is finally coming to an end. The new year Vikari Nama Samvatsara for all of us starts on April 6th 2019. The new year calendar has already come and hope you all had a chance to buy the same.

I am posting a few important dates just so you can all have it handy for the new year. As always, will post details about festivals, important dates as and when it approaches.

  • April 6th 2019 – Ugadi Festival
  • April 13th 2019 – Shree Rama Navami
  • April 19th 2019 – Shree Hanuma Jayanthi
  • May 7th 2019 – AKshaya Thrithiya
  • May 17th 2019 – Shree Narashima Jayanthi
  • August 4th 2019 – Nagara Chauthi
  • August 5th 2019 – Nagara Panchami
  • August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th 2019 – Shree Mangala Gowri Vratha
  • August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th 2019- Shree Shravana Lakshmi Pooje
  • August 9th 2019 – Shree VaraMaha Lakshmi Pooje
  • August 14th 2019 – Rigveda Upakarma
  • August 15th 2019 – Yajurveda Upakarma
  • August 16th, 17th and 18th 2019 – Shree Raghavendra Swamy Aaradhane
  • August 23rd 2019 – Shree Krishna Jayanthi
  • September 2th 2019 – Swarna Gowri Vratha and Ganesha Festival. Looks like both are on the same day as per Uttaradi mutts calendar
  • September 3rd 2019 – Rishi Panchami
  • September 14th 2019- Mahalaya Begins
  • September 28th 2019 – Mahalaya Amavasya
  • September 29th – October 8th 2019 – Navarathri 
  • October 26th – 29th 2019- Diwali Festival
  • November 9th 2019 – Tulasi Habba
  • January 15th 2020 – Sankranthi

 

Will update post 2020 later. Hope this helps you all for a quick reference.

March Important Dates

It has been months since I posted anything. I am extremely sorry, have been traveling non-stop and so slacking in posting updates here. However, there are some important festivals in March so thought of providing a quick update. Click the links to see more details.

All details have already been posted on how to perform Rayaru Seva.

Hope you all get the blessing from Lord Shiva and our Beloved Rayaru.

Chandra Grahana – Lunar Eclipse Sunday, 20th January 2019

A Lunar eclipse, Chandra Grahana as we call it is visible in USA on Sunday, January, 20th. The time period is from 10:33 pm to 1:50 am.

 

Update: Makara Sankranthi – Jan 14/15th 2018

The 2nd week of January is the festival “Makara Sankranthi”. This year it is on 14th, which is a Monday here in USA and Tuesday 15th in India.

P.S: Please check your local calendars and temples to see the exact date.

Makara Sankranthi is a widely celebrated festival in different parts of India.  On this day,  Lord Surya or Sun is worshiped.  It is also celebrated as a harvest festival in many parts of India. On this day, Sun begins his journey to the Northern Hemisphere, most commonly called as Uttharayana.  As with all other festivals, this festival also has many legends, two such commonly told legends are:

1. Lord Surya or Sun visits Shani on this day.

2. Bheeshma Pithamaha, who was able to choose when he will die, chose this day to end his life.

The house is cleaned, and decorated with fresh green mango leaves tied as thorana to the front door. Beautiful, and colorful rangoli is drawn at the front of the house.  After performing the pooja, yellu(Sesame seeds) and Bella(Jaggery) is offered to God. Usually it is prepared by mixing Till, finely chopped Jaggery, roasted groundnuts cut into small peices, with finely chopped dried coconut, and Putani, also called as Hurigadale.

Attached below are the pictures and the steps to making Yellu Bella.

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I use the following proportion to prepare the yellu:

* 1/2 cup Yellu or Sesame Seeds
* 1 cup Groundnuts or peanuts ( Fried, skin removed and cut into half)
* 1 cup Dhalia or hurigadale
* 1 cup finely chopped dry coconut
* 1 cup Jaggery, finely chopped

Usually the Sesame seeds are cleaned, washed and dried. Later, they are fried. I skip this step, and just fry the Sesame seeds for a few minutes.

Next, grate the black portion of the dry coconut. Chop them into squares as shown in the above picture. Chop the Jaggery also and make sure they are dry. My mom used to keep it in the sun for a few days.

Mix, all the ingredients together. Distribute to your family and friends. If all the ingredients are dry, it will stay for months.

Here is the recipe for Yellu Unde/Burfi:

Ingredients:

  1. Sesame Seeds/Yellu – 1 cup
  2. Peanuts – 1 cup
  3. Dhalia – 1 cup
  4. Jaggery – 2cups
  5. Grated Coconut – 2 tsp
  6. 7-8 cardamom – ground finely
  7. 2 tsp Oil or Ghee(I never use Ghee)

Method:

  • Fry the Sesame seeds for 4-5 minutes. Take out in a plate.
  • In a pan, heat oil or ghee. Now add the jaggery. Add just enough water so that the Jaggery dissolves.
  • Keep stirring for almost 9-10 minutes until the jaggery starts leaving the sides.
  • Next, add peanuts, sesame seeds, dhalia and mix well. Let it continue on the stove top for another 3-4 minutes. Add in the cardamom as well.
  • Turn off the stove. Grease a tray, and pour the mixture. Let it cool a little bit.
  • Cut squares. ANd the left over, was formed to a round shape.
  • Finally garnish with grated coconut.

I called it Yellu Burfi, and everyone called it Sesame Squares.

Most dishes prepared during this day are made out of Yellu or Sesame seeds and Rice. It is also tradition to prepare Sweet and Khara Pongal during this festival. The recipes are posted here in the blog and are attached below for your convenience:

If you wish to cook elaborate dishes during Sankranthi, many authentic recipes are posted here:

And you can find various Rangoli designs here:

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