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Updated: Sri Madhwa Navami – Feb 5th 2017

This year Madhwa Navami is on Sunday February 5th 2017.  It is the most important day for all Madhwa’s. For those of you residing in the DC area, SBAT is celebrating Madhwa Navami on Saturday February 4th 2017. SSVT is celebrating it on Sunday February 5th.

Prathamo Hanuman Nama Dwitheeyo Bheema Eva cha
Poornapragna Treetiyasthu Bhagavat Karya saadakaha

We all do know the famous sloka from Sri Madhwacharya:

vande vandyam sadaanandam vaasudevam niranjanam
indiraa pathimaadyaadi varadesha vara pradam

I can write detailed information about Sri Madhwacharya, but it would all be incomplete.

So, I have compiled useful links for those of you who are interested in knowing more and more about this great philosopher and our Guru.

1. Madvacharya
2. tatvavada.org
3. dviata.org
4. Madhva.org
5. Interesting links from dvaita.org
6. Sri Madwacharya’s works can be found here.
7. All Posts on Our Gurugalu

I have posted the lyrics for Sri Madhwa Nama and a pdf about Sri Madhvacharya’s lineage here at my blog:

  1. Sri Madhwa Nama
  2. Madhvacharya’s Lineage-GURU CHARITE

Update: Makara Sankranthi – Jan 14th 2017

The 2nd week of January is the festival “Makara Sankranthi”. This year it is on 14th, which is a Saturday.

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.

yellu

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:

Update – Vaikunta Ekadashi – Jan 8th/9th 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE WHO HAS VISITED THIS BLOG. MAY 2017 BRING PEACE HAPPINESS, AND HEALTH TO EACH ONE OF YOU!

January 8th 2017 is Smartha Ekadashi.

January 9th 2017 is Bhagavatha Ekadashi.

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 8th and 9th 2017. 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 man 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.

60 Samvatsara Names in Hindu Calendar

Samvatsara is one year in our Hindu calendar. There are 60  samvatsaras which repeat after one complete cirecle. The 60 unique names of the samvatsaras are listed below. 2016-2017 we had Drumukhi Nama Samvatsara. Next year 2017-2018 it is going to be Hevilambi Nama Samvatsara. Now you have an idea what Samvatsaras come year after year! Our Hindu calendar starts from Ugadi day. We are on the 30th one this year.

1. Prabhava – ಪ್ರಭವ

2. Vibhava – ವಿಭವ

3. Shukla – ಶುಕ್ಲ

4. Pramoda – ಪ್ರಮೋದ

5. Prajapatti – ಪ್ರಜಾಪತ್ತಿ

6. Angirasa – ಅಂಗಿರಸ

7. Shri Mukha – ಶ್ರೀಮುಖ

8. Bhava – ಭಾವ

9. Yuva – ಯುವ

10. Dhatri – ಧಾತ್ರಿ

11. Ishvara – ಈಶ್ವರ

12. Bahudhanya – ಬಹುಧನ್ಯಾ

13. Pramathi – ಪ್ರಮಥಿ

14. Vikrama – ವಿಕ್ರಮ

15. Vrisha – ವ್ರಿಷ

16. Chitrabhanu – ಚಿತ್ರಭಾನು

17. Svabhanu – ಸ್ವಭಾನು

18. Tarana – ತಾರಣ

19. Parthiva – ಪಾರ್ಥಿವ

20. Vyaya – ವ್ಯಯ

21. Sarvajeeth – ಸರ್ವಜಿತ್

22. Sarvadhari – ಸರ್ವಧಾರಿ

23. Virodhi – ವಿರೋಧಿ

24. Vikriti – ವಿಕೃತಿ

25. Khara – ಖರ

26. Nandana – ನಂದನ

27. Vijaya – ವಿಜಯ

28. Jaya – ಜಯ

29. Manmatha – ಮನ್ಮಥ

30. Durmukhi – ದುರ್ಮುಖೀ

31. Hevilambi – ಹೇವಿಳಂಬಿ

32. Vilambi – ವಿಳಂಬಿ

33. Vikari – ವಿಕಾರಿ

34. Sharvari – ಶಾರ್ವರೀ

35. Plava – ಪ್ಲವ

36. Shubhakruti – ಶುಭಕೃತಿ

37. Shobhakruti – ಶೋಭಕೃತಿ

38. Krodhi – ಕ್ರೋಧಿ

39. Vishvavasu – ವಿಶ್ವಾವಸು

40. Parabhava – ಪರಾಭವ

41. Plavanga – ಪ್ಲವಂಗ

42. Kilaka – ಕೀಲಕ

43. Saumya – ಸೌಮ್

44. Sadharana – ಸಾಧಾರಣ

45. Virodhikruthi – ವಿರೋಧಿಕೃತ್

46. Paridhavi – ಪರಿಧಾವಿ

47. Pramadicha – ಪ್ರಮಾದಿಚ

48. Ananda – ಆನಂದ

49. Rakshasa – ರಾಕ್ಷಸ

50. Anala – ನಲ

51. Pingala – ಪಿಂಗಲ

52. Kalayukti – ಕಾಲಯುಕ್ತ

53. Siddharthi – ಸಿದ್ಧಾರ್ಥೀ

54. Raudra – ರೌದ್ರ

55. Durmathi – ದುರ್ಮತೀ

56. Dundubhi – ದುಂದುಭೀ

57. Rudhirodgari – ರುಧಿರೋದ್ಗರಿ

58. Raktakshi – ರಕ್ತಾಕ್ಷೀ

59. Krodhana – ಕ್ರೋಧನ

60. Akshaya – ಅಕ್ಷಯ

Update: Pushya Nakshatra and Sunday – November 20th 2016

Rayaru

Rayaru

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 .

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 : Dasara – Navarathri – October 1st – October 11th 2016

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 1st – October 11th 2016. 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.

Pattada Gombe 2

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 9th
    Read more about Saraswathi Pooje here.
  • Durgasthami – October 9th
  • Ayoodha Pooja – Mahanavami – October 10th. Read more about Ayoodha Pooja here.
  • Vijayadashami – October 11th

Devotional Songs for Dasara:

Dasara Pictures around the world:

Food Prepared during Dasara

Other links posted on the blog:

Update: Mahalaya Paksha Masa – September 17th – September 30th 2016

The fortnight (15 days) preceding the Navaratri/Dasara or the second half “Krishna Paksha” of Bhadrapada Masa is called Pitru Paksha also known as Mahalaya Paksha. This period is important for honoring our ancestors. Men, whose fathers have passed away, offer their obeiscence (shraddha) to their ancestors during this period. This year it falls on the following days in the United States and India.
No functions such as upanayanam, marriage, gruhapravesha, engagement or any such activities performed during these 15 days. These 15 days are totally dedicated to our ancestors.
Pitru Paksha – Mahalaya Paksha : September 17th – September 30th 2016
There are many resources available online to assist in giving tarpana and doing shradha for the departed souls of ones family. Attached below are all the links.
If you have any resource, please share.

Sree Shiva Vishnu Temple is performing the same and a donation of $95 is charged and includes dakshina for the priest as well.

P.S: Please refer to dates in your country, and check with elders or temple priests.

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