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Dasara Important Dates – 2022

According to calendars dates are different in India and USA.

Some pictures from my home last year.

USA Dates below:

September 26th – Sharad Rutu, Ashweeja Masa, Navaratri Begins

October 2nd – Saraswathi Avahana

October 3rd – Saraswathi Pooja

October 3rd – Durgastami, Maha Navami, Ayoodha Pooja

October 4th – Vijaya Dashami, SRI MADHWA JAYANTI

India Dates below:

September 26th – Sharad Rutu, Ashweeja Masa, Navaratri Begins

October 2nd – Saraswathi Avahana

October 3rd – Saraswathi Pooja and Durgastami

October 4th – Maha Navami – Ayoodha Pooja

October 5th – Vijaya Dashami, SRI MADHWA JAYANTI

Srinivasa Kalyana to Recite during Dasara links below:

  1. Srinivasa Kalyana by Harapanahalli Bheemavva
  2. Srinivasa Kalyana by Purandara Dasaru
  3. Sri Srinivasa kalyana by Sri Vadiraja Thirtaru
  4. Srinivasa Bhajane

Lyrics page on Lord Srinivasa

Update: Mahalaya Paksha Masa – September 10th – September 25th 2022

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. This year it falls on the following days in the United States and India.
I was talking to my Father and he said this is the period where you remember all people who have made some impact in your life, relatives, friends, well wishers who have departed this world, and you have no way to convey your thanks, gratitude to them, and this is the time to offer your tarpana and say Thanks to them. Such noble thoughts. The person doesn’t have to be just your father or mother, anyone who is not in this world and you know them. Our religion is just awesome. We just have to know the real meaning of why we do certain rituals.
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 10th – 25th 2022 USA
Pitru Paksha – Mahalaya Paksha :September 11th – 25th 2022 India
September 18th – Avidhava Navami USA
September 19th – Avidhava Navami India
For women who are Mutaides and leave this world before their Husbands, and while husbands are still alive this special day is celebrated during Paksha Masa.

The word Avidhava means one who is not a widow or sumangali. According to our scriptures, Avidhava Navami is to be observed till the husband of the sumangali is alive.

I fell a deep pain listening to this, since it is now happening to our mother.

For those of you who have lost your Mothers, this is the day to give Bhagina for married women in the name of your mothers. Many of you may have lost your Sisters, Aunts, grandmothers and if their husbands are still alive is when this is celebrated. So, take a moment to donate on this day.

Let’s take the time to remember them, pray for them and seek blessings from them.

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.

This information about Pithru paksha on twitter by Bhargava sharma @bhargavasarma. Sharing it here.

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


Ananthanagantu Rangoli

Shree Anantha Padmanabha Vrata or Ananthana Vrata or Anantha Chaturdhasi as it is called is celebrated on September 9th 2022 Friday in USA and India. We don’t have this vrata at my place. 


I saw at several places where there was a special rangoli called Ananthana Gantu being drawn for this Vrata. I learnt the same. practiced on my notebook and hope to draw at least the rangoli on Friday.

I couldn’t create a video, so a series of pictures will help you draw the same. The tedious process is putting the 15 X 15 dots and in a straight line.

It is usually drawn as the base and kept in your pooja room. I have tried to simplify as much as possible. Just knowing what dots to join is key here as shown below in several images. Click on the images to see enhanced view.

September Important Dates

Few keys dates to remember in September. Shree Anantha Chaturdasi, Pakshya Masa and Navaratri. Please check dates in your local calendar.

04th – Shree Jagannatha Dasara Aaradhane

Details about Dasaru can be found here

06th – Ekadashi
07th – Shravanopavasa Ekadashi, Vamana Jayanti
09th – Anantha Chaturdashi – Poornima
, Hunnime

10th – Mahalaya Pitru Paksha start

18th – Avidhava Navami

21st – Ekadashi

25th – Mahalaya Pitru Paksha ends,  Mahalaya Amavasya

26th – Navaratri, Dasara Begins

Gowri-Ganesha Festival – August 29, 30 and 31st

The Ganesha festival falls on the fourth day Bhadrapada Masa. That’s why we say “Bhadrapada Shulkada Chauthi Aamdu”. Swarna Gouri Vrata and Ganesha Festival is celebrated on August 29th and 30th in USA and August 30th and 31st in India. Check your local calendars.

As always, check your closet temple to find the correct dates.

An idol of Gowri made of clay is brought two days before the Ganesha festival. Gowri is an incarnation of Parvathi. Gowri Habba, also called as Swarna Gowri Habba is celebrated one day before Ganesha Festival.

The Legend:

Goddess Gowri, while taking shower, created Ganesha out of the mud of and placed him at the entrance of the house. She told him not to allow anyone to enter while she went inside for a bath. Lord Shiva returned home and was stopped by Ganesha at the gate. Shiva became angry and cut off Ganesha’s head. When Gauri came to know of this she was grieved.

Lord Shiva ordered his servants to cut off and bring to him the head of any creature that might be sleeping with its head facing north. The servants went on their mission and found only an elephant in that position. Lord Shiva then joined the elephant’s head onto the body of Ganesha.

Mr. Lakshmisha P, had left a comment here that he had the pdf files for the Swarnagowri vratha puja & katha. Attached below are the links for both the pdf files he has provided.
Thanks so much Me. Lakshmisha for all the support and also the time you have taken to convert this into pdf.

We used to sing at the top of our voice “Ganesha bhanda, kai kadubu tinda, chikka kerele edda, dodda kereli bidda”.


Lord Ganesha is not just worshiped on this day, but is worshiped first in all occasions since he is considered to be the remover of all obstacles, one who brings good luck on new activities or endeavors.

As always links for several resources songs, lyrics and stotras are posted on this blog.

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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:


In case you see the moon on this day, here is the sloka you are supposed to say:

ಚೌತಿ ಚಂದ್ರ ದರ್ಶನ ಅಪವಾದ ಪರಿಹಾರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ

ಸಿಂಹಃ ಪ್ರಸೇನಮವಧೀತ್
ಸಿಂಹೋ ಜೌ0ಬವತಾ ಹತಃ |
ಸುಕುಮಾರಕ ಮಾರೋದಿಃ
ತವಹ್ಯೇಷ ಸ್ಯ್ಮಮಂತಕಃ ||

Simha prasenamavadith
simho jambhuvatha hathah |
sukumaraka marodhihi
thavahyesha syamanthakaha ||

P.S: The above sloka in Kannada is exactly as it is in the Uttaradi Matta Panchanga. Rather than taking a picture, I typed in the words. The English translation is done from the Kannada sloka to the best of my knowledge.

As always no food is prepared with onion or garlic.

All details posted here: 

Gowri Ganesha Festival Preparation & Recipes

Lord Ganesha page for Lyrics

Rangoli designs

Aarathi and Mangala Songs

Gowri Ganesha Festival Preparation & Recipes


This year Gowri Ganesha Festival is celebrated on August 29th and August 30th 2022 in USA. In India, it is August 30th and August 31st 2022.

Please check your local calendars.

So, this post is to help all of you prep for this festival and get the blessings of Gowri and Ganesha.

Gowri Habba Preparation:


  • Prep for all the pooja items like Haldi, Kumkum, Mantrakshate, Gejje Vastra.
  • 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 Ganesha from the front door.
  • Make sure you have camphor, Agarbathi and also soaked cotton for Mangalaruthi.
  • Buy all the ingredients required for the Maradha Bhagina. The  two posts which have already been published are linked below:
  • Buy fruits, Coconut, Banana leaves, Mango leaves, Betel leaves and nuts.
  • Buy plenty of flowers.
  • If you are performing Panchamruta abhisheka, buy all items required for that, milk, yogurt, honey, ghee, fruits, coconut water.
  • A list of all food items which can be prepared is added at the end of this post.

Ganesha Habba Preparation:

  • All pooja items as listed in Gowri Habba.
  • In addition to all fruits, flowers get lots of garike, and leaves for Lord Ganesha.
  • The key food items made are 21 Modaka, 21 Kadabu and 21 Chakkali. Recipes listed all the way at the end.
  • Offer Gejje Vastra. Usually fancy ones are offered here. 16 strings or some times 21 strings. Prepare them before so you can save some time.

Food Items for Gowri Ganesha Festival:


Items that I often cook can be used just as a guide, and you can add more items if needed or cook less if time doesn’t permit.

  1. Moong Dal Kosambari
  2. Chana Dal Kosambari
  3. Potato Palya or Beans Palya
  4. Chayote – Seeme Badanekayi Palya
  5. Idli
  6. Chatni
  7. Dal Thove
  8. Saaru/Rasam
  9. Kootu
  10. Majjige Huli
  11. Appi Payasa or Shavige Payasa or Wheat Payasa or Akki Kadalebele Payasa
  12. Kadabu – 21
  13. Modaka – 21
  14. Capsicum Vegetable bath or Chitranna or Vegetable bath
  15. Happala
  16. Potato and Chayote bonda or Ambode
  17. Majjige or Mosaru
  18. Yogurt rice
  19. Chakli in the evening


Chatur Masa – Dadhi Vrata

Dadhi means Yogurt, curd, or mosaru. Dadhi vrata in Chatur Masa starts from Today Putrada Ekadashi to ends September 6th. During this month all food items using curd are avoided.

You can use butter milk instead of Curd. The Dadhi vrata ends on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi in Bhadrapad masa.

So, starting tomorrow you can offer any fruit, dry fruit and coconut as naivedya. I had a tough time just offering Mangoes and Candy Sugar as naivedya daily.

I am excited to offer all types of fruits, dry fruits, coconut and also other food items starting tomorrow daily and for Upakarma, Shravana Friday’s, Rayaru Aaradhane and Krisha Janmastami.

Hope you all have a great remainder of Shravana Festival season.

And here are the slokas to recite from UM Panchanga:

ಶಾಕವ್ರತ ಸಮರ್ಪಣ

ವಾಸುದೇವ ನಮಸ್ತುಭ್ಯಂ ಆಷಾಢ ಮತ್ಯತೇನ ಚ |

ಶಾಕವ್ರತೇನ ದೇವೇಶ ಪ್ರಸನ್ನೋ ಭವ ಮಾಧವ

Śhakavrata Samarpaṇa

Vasudeva Namastubhyam Ashada Matyatena Cha |

Shakavrate’s Devesha Prasanno Bhava Madhava

ದಧಿ ವ್ರತ ಸಂಕಲ್ಪ

ಸಂಕರ್ಷಣಾರವಿಂದಾಕ್ಷ ಕರಿಷ್ಯಽಹಂ ದಧಿವ್ರತಮ್ |

ದ್ವಿತೀಯೇ ಮಾಸಿ ದೇವೇಶ ನಿರ್ವಿಘ್ನಂ ಕುರು ಮೇ ಪ್ರಭೋ ।।

Dadhi vrata Sankalpa

Sankarshanaravindaksha Karishyaham Dadhivaratam |

Dweeteyo maasi devesha nirvighnam kuru mei prabho ||

Shri Raghavendra Swamy Aaradhane 2022

  • August 12th – Friday – Sree Raghavendra Swamy Poorva Aaradhane

  • August 13th – Saturday – Sree Raghavendra Swamy Madya Aaradhane

  • August 14th – Sunday – Sree Raghavendra Swamy Uttara Aaradhane

Same dates in India and USA and many other countries. The much awaited Aaradhane is this week. It is going to be an exciting weekend for all Rayaru devotes all across the world. Every moment the only thing we can do is recite his name and get his blessings. 


As always, I will share as many photos of Aaradhane as possible. My blog is getting to its maximum space limit, may not be able to upload pictures, I will post all pictures on YouTube and share a link. 

If you are in any part of the world and want to share pictures of Aaradhane in your country, please share with me and I will upload them all.


Shri Raghavendra Swamy Aaradhane  is celebrated all across the world, and many households.

If you need to know how to do Seva, here is a link from a web site about who and how the seva should be performed. Read the link here:

In paragraph 10, it clearly states other ways of offering seva to Rayarau as such:

10.Are there other ways of performing Seva to Rayaru?

Yes. As stated before, if one is sincere and devoted to Hari, Vayu and Rayaru, there are many ways of performing Seva to Rayaru. The following section lists some of the main ones:

a) Sitting in one place and reciting Sri Raghavendra stotra 108 times.

b) Hejje namaskara (going around the Brindavana advancing one foot at a time and performing namaskara for each stride)

c) Urulu Seva – rolling on the body and going around the brindavana. This is forbidden for women.

d) Reciting Sri Raghavendra stotra 108 times while performing abhisheka for Rayara Brindavana with cow’s milk.

e) Going through religious works composed by great gyaanis; some of the popular ones are Sudha, Parimala, Sri Madhva Vijaya,Sri Raghavendra Vijaya etc.

In all of the above cases, the main ingredient is sincerity, pure heart and intense devotion.

I have added several lyrics on Shri Raghavendra Swamy in this blog, you can look for those at the lyrics page, or click on the Shri Raghavendra Swamy categories section and you will be listed with several songs. I have also recorded so many songs on YouTube. Below is the link with a playlist of all Rayaru songs:

A new page is also created with all the lyrics for our beloved Rayaru.

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.

Upcoming Shravana Masa Festivals – July – August 2022

As per Shubhakruth Nama Samvatsara Panchanga, this year Shravana Masa starts from July 29th and ends on August 27th 2022.

There are many festivals during this month and as always I will re-post slokas, pooja details and many more details a few days before each of these important dates. Here is a list of important dates and festivals during Shravana Masa 2022.

Shree Mangala Gowri Vrata

All details for this festival can be found here:

Vrata Details.

  • August 2nd – Tuesday

  • August 9th – Tuesday

  • August 16th – Tuesday

  • August 23rd – Tuesday

Nagara Chathurthi & Panchami


Pooja Details.

  • August 1st Monday– Nagara Chathurthi

  • August 2nd Tuesday – Nagara Panchami

Shravana Masa Shree Lakshmi Pooja

Pooja Details.

  • July 29th– Friday

  • August 5th – Friday

  • August 12th – Friday

  • August 19th – Friday

  • August 26th – Friday

Shree Vara MahaLakshmi  Pooja Vrata

Vrata Details.

  • August 5th – Friday


  • August 11th – Thursday – Rigveda Upakarma ( USA)

  • August 11th – Thursday – Yajurveda Upakarma ( USA)

  • August 12th – Friday – Rigveda Upakarma ( India)

  • August 11th – Friday – Yajurveda Upakarma ( India)

Shree Raghavendra Swamy  Aaradhane

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