Archive for the ‘Madhwa Calendar’ Category

Sri Madhwa Navami – Jan 29-30 2023

This year Madhwa Navami is on Sunday Jan 29th in USA and Monday 31st in India.  It is the most important day for all Madhwa’s. For those of you in USA, events are planned all across.

For people living in North Carolina, come join us at SKV, NC Sunday for celebrations. https://skvnc.org/madhwa-navami/

I have created a seperate page itself dedicated to Acharyaru. In there I also have Sri Manmadhvamuni Smarane Dhyana Slokas. Slokas from Harikathamruta Sara, Slokas fromVyasaRajaru, Vijayeendraru and Rayaru from my Bhajana Manjari book.

Link to the page : https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/lyrics/sree-madhwacharya/

Makara Sankranthi – Jan 14 and 15 2023

The 2nd week of January is the festival “Makara Sankranthi”.

This year it is on 14th, which is a Saturday here in USA. And it is celebrated 15th Sunday 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.

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:

Pushya Nakshatra and Sunday – Jan 8th 2023

Sunday Jan 8th 2023 is Pushyaarka Yoga, so wanted to keep you all informed. The nakshatra is in India and USA.

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 .

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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/

January 2023 Important Dates

Few keys dates to remember in the new month and new year 2023. Please check dates in your local calendar.

Trying something new for 2023. Hope to keep this format going forward.

As always will share more details as and when each day approaches.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2023.

USA

DateEventDetails
January 2nd MondayVaikunta Ekadashihttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?p=12024
January 3rd TuesdayMukkoti Dwadashi
January 6th FridayHunnime/PoornimaSatyanarayana Pooja – https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?s=Satyanarayana
January 8th SundayPushya NakshatraRecite Sri Raghavendra Stotra
January 14th SaturdayMakara SankramanaSankranthi – https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?s=Sankranthi
January 14th SaturdayGopala Dasara Aaradhanehttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/category/sri-madhwacharya/sri-gopala-dasaru/
January 18th WednesdayEkadashi
January 21st SaturdayAmavasya & Purandara Dasara Aradhanahttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/lyrics/composers/sri-purandara-dasaru/
January 27th FridayRatha Saptmai
January 28 SaturdayBheeshmastamiRecite Vishnu Sahasranama
January 29 SundayMadhwa Navamihttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?s=Madhwa+Navami
January 31 TueEkadashi 

India

DateEventDetails
January 2nd MondayVaikunta Ekadashihttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?p=12024
January 3rd TuesdayMukkoti Dwadashi
January 6th FridayHunnime/PoornimaSatyanarayana Pooja – https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?s=Satyanarayana
January 8th SundayPushya NakshatraRecite Sri Raghavendra Stotra
January 15th SundayMakara SankramanaSankranthi – https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?s=Sankranthi
January 15th SundayGopala Dasara Aaradhanehttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/category/sri-madhwacharya/sri-gopala-dasaru/
January 18th WednesdayEkadashi
January 21st SaturdayAmavasya & Purandara Dasara Aradhanahttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/lyrics/composers/sri-purandara-dasaru/

January 28th SaturdayRatha Saptmai
January 29 SundayBheeshmastamiRecite Vishnu Sahasranama
January 30th MondayMadhwa Navamihttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/?s=Madhwa+Navami

Vaikunta Ekadashi – January 2nd 2023

January 2nd 2023 – Monday

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

Vaikunta Ekadashi falls in the month December-January. This year it falls on January 2nd 2023 – Monday. This is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu. Please check your local calendars to see when it falls.

Vaikunta Ekadashi is of great significance at the Tirupati Balaji Temple, and also all Balaji temples. They prepare what is called a “Swargada Bagilu” also called as ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the heaven‘ This gate is opened on this day. This is the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the Lord. Scores of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikunta in the temples.

For the devotees of Lord Vishnu, every Ekadashi is a very sacred day No rice should be eaten on Ekadashi days. This is very important.

Those who are unable to fast completely can take some light fruit and milk. So you may ask why we shouldn’t eat rice, so here comes the story for the same.

The sweat that fell down from the head of Brahma assumed the form of a demon and said to the Lord, “O Lord! now give me an abode to dwell.” Brahma replied, “O demon! go and dwell in the rice particles eaten by men on Ekadashi day and become worms in their stomach.” For this reason rice is prohibited on Ekadashi.

If you don’t believe in this story, just think of all the benefits you can get from fasting.

Fasting makes a humans strong, both spiritually and mentally.Fasting controls passion. It checks the emotions. It controls the senses also. It is good to fast once in a while as it recuperates the body. Ekadashi observance cleans our body and the digestive organs get much needed rest.

Those people suffering from ailments and on medications should take the advice of a doctor before fasting. Never torture your body in the name of religion. There is nothing wrong in having fruits or milk. And you can bring a certain amount of flexibility in the way it is observed.

Since it is a holiday all over the world, you can recite Either Bhagavad Gita or Vishnu Sahasranama or several lyrics posted here in the blog.

  1. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/lyrics/lord-vishnu/
  2. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/lyrics/lord-sreenivasa/
  3. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/lyrics/lord-rama/
  4. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/category/lord-krishna/
  5. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/category/lord-narashima/

Pushya Masa Begins

Pushya Masa important dates for USA and India.

USA

23rd December – Pushya Masa begins

2nd January – Vaikunta Ekadashi

3rd January – Mukkoti Dwadashi

8th January – Pushyarka Yoga – Recite Shree Raghavendra Stotra

14th January – Makara Sankranthi

India

24th December – Pushya Masa begins

2nd January – Vaikunta Ekadashi

3rd January – Mukkoti Dwadashi

8th January – Pushyarka Yoga – Recite Shree Raghavendra Stotra

15th January – Makara Sankranthi

Lyrics for Shree Raghavendra Swamy can be found here : https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/lyrics/sree-raghavendra-swamy/

YouTube videos for Rayaru songs can be found here : https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyhTi04bvQpeVrPFP2F7f5n4gzGxN2u-7

December Important Dates

Few keys dates to remember in December. Please check dates in your local calendar.

USA

03rd – EkadashiGita Jayanthihttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/2022/11/27/gita-jayanthi-december-3rd-2022/

04th – Dwadashi
05th – Hanumad Vrata
07th – Poornima
, Hunnime – Sri Satyanarayana Katha Lyrics – https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/2022/07/10/shree-satyanarayana-katha-lyrics/

11th – Sankatahara Chaturthi

19th -Ekadashi

20th – Dwadashi

22nd – Amavasya

23rd Pushyamasa Begins

India

04th – Ekadashi –

Gita Jayanthihttps://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/2022/11/27/gita-jayanthi-december-3rd-2022/


05th – Hanumad Vrata
08th – Poornima
, Hunnime – – Sri Satyanarayana Katha Lyrics – https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/2022/07/10/shree-satyanarayana-katha-lyrics/

19th -Ekadashi

20th – Dwadashi

23rd – Amavasya

24th Pushyamasa Begins

As per Uttaradi Mutta Panchanga: Poornima or Hunnime day if possible we should do Sahasra Shanka Abhisheka for Lord.

English Translation : During Margashira Masa Hunnime, we should be doing Abhisheka with milk to Lord using Shankha. Based on your convenience, 8, 16, 24, 108 or 1008 times Abhishekha sould be done.

Santatam Tosham Dehi Tvam Dehi Lyrics and Audio

On 28th Monday in USA and 29th Tuesday in India is Skanda Subramanya Shashti.

Sri Vadirajaru has an amazing stotra on Lord Subramanya.

सुब्रह्मण्यस्य महिमा वर्णितुं केन शक्यते |

ಸುಬ್ರಹ್ಮಣ್ಯಸ್ಯ ಮಹಿಮಾ ವರ್ಣಿತುಂ ಕೇನ ಶಕ್ಯತೇ |

Subrahmanyasya mahima varnitum kena shakyate |

Meaning : No one has the capacity to describe the merits of Lord Subramanya

Worship of Lord Subrahmanya a Vedic God is prevailing in Hindu religion since time immemorial. Widely known as son of Lord Shiva, Lord Subrahmanya was commander-in-chief of army of Gods (Devasenapathi) who killed the demon Tharakaasura. He is called Subrahmanya (Su+BraHmanya) the one who is highly chaste, one who has understood the Brahman (absolute reality) and blossomed by Brahma JnaAna the supreme knowledge. He is considered as Brahmachari (Bachelor). He is also known as Kumara because He always looks like a teenager (youth). Lord Subrahmanya is considered as a personification of charm, youth, masculinity, valour, vitality and wisdom. He is an incarnation of Manmatha; Lord Subrahmanya is popularly known as #KaArthikeya; the one whose birth star is Krittika which is a cluster of six stars whose feminine energies (divine mothers) have brought Him up. Since He was suckled by six divine mothers He is also known as #ShanMaAthura.

In Sri #VishnuSahasranama Stotram (sloka # 36), Lord Vishnu is extolled as “#SkAnda#SkaNdadhAraH” the one who is…commander of the forces of wisdom, great thoughts, light and delight and unstoppable destructive force for all taMasik people like asurasas and other evil-doers. He is internal commander in our conflict with the good and the bad; guiding us towards the spiritual strength, wisdom and discriminative power; An exclusive Purana #SKANDAPURANA is named after Lord Subrahmanya scripted by Sri #VedavyasaRu forms part of Ashtaadasa Maha-Puraanas. While Peacock is Vaahana (mount) of Lord Subrahmanya, we find Rooster (Kukkuta) on his flag and portrayed as holding a Spear as his weapon. Kukkuta believed to be representing Ego (Tarakasura) which was subdued by Lord Subramanya;

Lord Subrahmanya popularly known as #Shanmukha or #ShadaAnana is symbolized as having six faces. It is believed that six faces represent the five senses and the mind. He is worshiped for marital prosperity, obtaining progeny; remedy for health problems especially skin diseases like leprosy, leukoderma, relief from enemies (internal & external), relief from debts apart from overall prosperity & general well-being. He is also worshiped for relief from malefic effects of Rahu/Kethu, Sarpa/Naga Dosha; Kuja (Angaraka) Dosha.

We find temples of Lord SubrahManya across the country & even abroad; Some of the famous shrines exclusively dedicated to SubrahManya R.. Thiruttani, Palani, Tiruchendur, Tirupparakundram, Swami Malai & Pazamudhircholai (in T.N.) Kukke Subramanya & Ghati Subramanya in Karnataka.

Above text credit:

bhargavasarma (krishna bhagavan nirikhi)

The book I have “sri-prasanna-venkata-dasara-samagra-keerthanegalu-part-1.pdf” has one song on Lord Subramanya. On the occasion of Subramanya Shashti, decided to post and record this song. No raga or tala so I added my own.

Picture Credit: Kukke Subramanya Temple, Twitter

Composed by : Sri Prasanna Venkata Dasaru

ಸ್ಕಂದ (ಸುಬ್ರಹ್ಮಣ್ಯ)

ಸಂತತಂ ತೋಷಂ ದೇಹಿ ತ್ವಂ ದೇಹಿ
ಶ್ರೀ ಸುಬ್ರಹ್ಮಣ್ಯ ದೇಹಿ ತ್ವಂ ದೇಹಿ ॥ಪ॥

ದೇಹಿ ದೇಹಿ ತವ ಸ್ನೇಹ ಸುಖವಚಂ
ಬ್ರೂಹಿ ಸುವಚನ೦ ಗಹನ ಜ್ಞಾನಂ || 1 ||

ಅಭ್ರೋಡುಪ ನಿಭ ಶುಭ್ರ ಶರೀರಾ
ದಭ್ರ ದಯಾನಿಧೆ ವಿಭ್ರಾ ಜಿತಶಂ ॥೨॥

ವಾಸವ ಸೇನಾ ಧೀಶ ಖಳಾನ್ವಯ
ನಾಶ ಸ್ವಜನ ಪರಿ ಪೋಷ ಸುತೋಷಂ ॥೩॥

ಭೂರಿ ಫಲದ ಭಯದೂರ ಕುಮಾರ ಕು
ಮಾರ ಸುಧಾರಾ ತೀರಗ ಸುಮತಿಂ ॥೪॥

ಪನ್ನಗ ನೃಪ ಸುಪನ್ನಗ ನಗಪ ಪ್ರ
ಸನ್ನ ವೆಂಕಟ ಪತಿ ಚಿನ್ಮಯ ಭಕ್ತಿಂ ॥೫॥

Santataṁ tōṣaṁ dēhi tvaṁ dēhi śrī subrahmaṇya dēhi tvaṁ dēhi॥pa॥

dēhi dēhi tava snēha sukhavacaṁ brūhi suvacana0 gahana jñānaṁ || 1 ||

abhrōḍupa nibha śubhra śarīrā dabhra dayānidhe vibhrā jitaśaṁ॥2॥

vāsava sēnā dhīśa khaḷānvaya nāśa svajana pari pōṣa sutōṣaṁ॥3॥

bhūri phalada bhayadūra kumāra ku māra sudhārā tīraga sumatiṁ॥4॥

pannaga nr̥pa supannaga nagapa pra sanna veṅkaṭa pati cinmaya bhaktiṁ॥5॥

Gita Jayanthi – December 3rd & 4th 2022

USA – December 3rd 2022

India – December 4th 2022

P.S: Check dates in your country.

The Shukla Ekadashi of Margasheersha Masa was when we got the greatest gift from Lord Sri Krishna – The Bhagavad Gita. Lord Krishna imparted the Bhagawad Gita to his greatest devotee Arjuna. This day is celebrated as Gita Jayanthi. It is also an important Ekadashi in many many parts of India, and of course to Madhwas.

On this day Lord Krishna spoke to Arjuna about the ultimate goal of human life in 700 verses in 18 Chapters.

The Bhagavad Gita is considered to be the greatest spiritual books the world has ever known. In a very clear and wonderful way Lord Krishna describes the science of self-realization and the exact process by which a human being can establish their eternal relationship with God.

I still remember singing the the first sloka in the Bhagavad Gita in my school:

dharmakshetre kurukshetre samaveda yuyutsavaha
mamaka pandavaschaiva kimakurvata sanjayaha

Some posts I have in the blog are listed below:

  1. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/2021/12/29/the-bhagavad-gita-free-ebook/
  2. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/2021/12/20/the-concluding-benedictory-verse-gita-vivruti/
  3. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/2021/08/11/the-bhagavad-gita/

Our SKV, temple here in North Carolina has Bhagavad Gita Recitation starting at 5:00PM on December 3rd. Come join us and recite the Gita.

You can find more details here: https://skvnc.org/geeta-jayanti/

I listen to the audio here for pronunciation : https://mychinmaya.org/bhagavad-gita-all-chapters-audio/

Significance of Maargasira Maasa

In USA Maargasira Maasa starts from November 24th – December 22nd 2022.

In India Maargasira Maasa starts from November 24th – December 23rd 2022.

Excerpts from : Composed & Published by bhargavasarma (Nirikhi Krishna Bhagavan) @ Hari Sarvottama – Vaayu
Jeevottama – for novice understanding @ https://www.facebook.com/bhagavanknl
https://www.bhargavasarma.blogspot.com:

All credit to bhargavasarma.

The month in which Moon is at or nearer to Mrigasira nakshathra on the full moon day that month is denoted as Margasira Masa
which is also known as MaArgaSeersha Maasa.

During the month Sun transiting in Scorpio sign (Vrischika raasi) will be entering into DhaNus raasi when it is known as Dhanurmasa the Solar month.

MargaseErsha also called AgraHayana is the 9th month in a Hindu lunar calendar starting from Chaitra masam. The word
AgraHayana means the month of equinox. In olden times the year used to begin with Margasira Maasa.

Margasira maasa marks the beginning of a new season called Hemantha Ruthu that generally occurs during the calendar
months of November and December.

Margasira masa is highly meritorious month for worshiping Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi Devi and Sun God (Surya Naarayana)
apart from Lord Hanuman and Lord Subramanya. Several religious events occur during the month of Margasira.

Dedicated to Lord Subramanya, sixth day of Margasira masam (sukla Shashti) is known as Skhanda Shashti or Subramanya Shashti or Champa Shashti.

Margasira sukla Ekadasi is known as Mokshada Ekadasi the most auspicious day to worship Lord Vishnu. This day is also revered as Geeta Jayanthi, the day Lord Sri Krishna counselled Arjuna withis famous preaching known as Bhagawadgita. It is befitting to
read at least one chapter of Bhagawadgita on this sacred day duly understanding its meaning; If this day of Sukla Ekaadasi is also associated/coincide with Dhanurmasa then it known as Vaikunta Ekadasi or Mukkoti Ekadasi. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, sukla Trayodasi in Margasira masa is observed as Hanumad Vrata. On this day Lord Hanuman is exclusively worshiped by one and all for good health, peace and prosperity.
Lord Vedavyasa had narrated the significance of this Vratha to Dharmaraja and it was performed by Draupadi Devi. Significant feature in this vratha is worshipping Lord Hanuman with a yellow coloured thread having 13 knots known as Thora and is worn after pooja.

Full Moon day in Margasira masam is celebrated as Dattaatreya Jayanthi, the day Lord Dattaatreya an incarnation of Lord Vishnu
was born.
मासानाां मार्शग ीर्षोहम ्- MaAsaAnaAm MaArgaseErsho~ham…
In Bhagawadgita, Vibhuthi Yoga (sloka # 35), Lord Sri Krishna says that, amongst the months He is Margaseersha Masam. Literally Seersha means Head and Margasira is a Superior month which has special Vibhuti of Lord Sri Krishna; These words of Lord Sri Krishna testify the significance given to Margasira masam in the Hindu spiritual calendar.
RaAmo ViraAmo Virajo #MaArgo Neyo Nayo-anayaH
VeErah ShaktimataAm ShressHtah Dharmo DharMaviduttamah;

MaArgaH is one of the several thousand names of Lord Vishnu that we come across in Sri Vishnu Sahasranaama Stothram (sloka MaArga means path. RaAMA (Lord Vishnu) is the ONE who creates the path to the devotees to reach the zones of liberation
and immortality.

Lord Vishnu who is the MaArgah paves the way for all spiritual aspirations and realizations. If one follows this path or direction
created by God-Hari Sarvottama, it leads to liberation and ultimate realization.
Lord Vishnu in the name KESAVA is the presiding Deity (Masa Niyamaka) who governs Margasira maAsa.
AakaAsaat Patitam Thoyam Yathaa Gachchati Saagaram
Sarva Deva Namaskaaram Kesavam Pratigatchchati;

Details about all other Masa and significance can be found out in this document shared by bhargavasarma.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wiovJdhA_4Ae34AOajMX4-cXQ_3h0FcH/view

I will try and post as many lyrics and record videos on Lord Narayana, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Hanuman, Subramanya and Sun.

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