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Updated Post: Akshaya Thritiya ಅಕ್ಷಯ ತೃತಿಯಾ – April 18th 2018

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.

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Happy Ugadi – 2018

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Wish you all a very happy and prosperous NEW YEAR – Vilambi Nama Samvatsara. May Lord Venkateshwara and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on this occasion on all of us.

Please find attached 2018-2019 handy calendar in both Kannada and English.

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I have posted these two calendars for easy access on the 2018-2019 Important Dates side bar.

2018-2019 Important Dates.

Ugadi – Vilambhi Nama Samvatsara(ವಿಲಂಬಿ ನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ) – March 18 2018

The new year for all Hindus starts from March 18th 2018 Sunday. This year it is Vilambhi Nama Samvatsara(ವಿಲಂಬಿ ನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ) . Please check your local calendars for the exact date.

Panchanga for Uttaradi Math  is available online. Within the next week I will post important dates for the year 2018 and 2019 of festivals and other important events.

Panchangas for Raghavendra Mutta is available online and posted in this blog as well.

Download Kannada Panchanga

 

During Ugadi, the leaves of neem also called Bevu ಬೇವು is mixed with jaggery called Bella ಬೆಲ್ಲ; and is distributed on the occasion. Neem, which is extremely bitter in taste( Kahi) , and jaggery which is sweet and delicious, signify the two different aspects of human life – joy and sorrow.

Authentic Madhwa Recipes page posted on the right hand side has several recipes you can prepare:

 

Shri Uttaradi Math Apps for Apple and Android Phones

It is just amazing how much I learn from our monthly satsangha. Yesterday, it was hosted by Ms. Vani Keshav. And while doing sankalpa my sister Suma showed me the Shri Uttaradi Math Panchanga App on her iPhone. I tried downloading it today and was searching for Shri Uttaradi Math Panchanga and couldn’t find anything in the AppStore.

So, went online on https://www.uttaradimath.org/home and found the app for both iPhone and Android. Very handy to do sankalpa everyday while performing pooje. Of course you should remember to take your phone even to the pooja room.

The other thing I found out was Stotra App. This is quite amazing and has at least a couple we recite during every Satsangha. Vishnu Sahasranama, Lakshmi song, Shree Yantrodhara Hanumath Stotra, Rayaru stotra. And for many who keep on asking these in Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit, the UM Stotra has it in all languages.

 

Download the app and get the blessings from our Lord, Goddess and Beloved Rayaru. Yaay Mobile Apps. A million thanks to the developers who developed these applications.

 

 

Maha Shivaratri – 13th -14th February 2018

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Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on 13 or 14th February 2018. Please check your local calendars. It is mandatory to visit the temple and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva during this day. In many customs they do fast on this day, but in our Madhwa tradition it is a festival and we do not fast. I remember visiting the Shiva Temple at Vijaya College in Bijapur which had 1001 Lingas along with my parents every year.

Both SBAT and SSVT temples have special pooje for Maha Shivaratri. The attraction in SBAT is Rayara Brindavana. The attraction in SSVT is Lord Venkateshwara. We will definitely visit one of the temples and get the blessings from Lord Shiva.

Attached below are prayers to say for Lord Shiva and seek his blessings.


Vandhe Sambhum Umaapathim Suragurum
Vandhe Jagath Kaaranam
Vandhe Pannaga Bhooshanam Mrigadharam
Vandhe Pasoonaam Pathim
Vandhe Soorya Sasaanga Vahnni Nayanam
Vandhe Mukundha Priyam
Vandhe Baktha Janaasryam Cha
Varadham Vandhe Sivam Sankaram

Meaning:

I bow to Sambu the Lord of Uma and the teacher of the Devas. I bow to the Lord Who is the root cause of the entire world. I bow to the Lord, Who has the serpent as His ornament, Who carries a deer. I bow to the Lord of all beings. I bow to the Lord Who has the Sun, the Moon and the Fire as His three eyes. I bow to Him Who is fond of Mukundha. I bow to Him, Who is the refuge of all devotees and Who grants boons to them. I bow to Siva, the creator of all auspicious things.

This blog has an entire page dedicated to Lord Shiva. Check the link below to find 20 lyrics on Lord Shiva:

Update: Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday – January 4th 2018

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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 .

January 4th 2018 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/

Update: Makara Sankranthi – Jan 15th 2018

The 2nd week of January is the festival “Makara Sankranthi”. This year it is on 15th, which is a Monday.

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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