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2019 Tulasi Pooje Pictures & Updates

A few updates:

The blog has reached 13 million( 130 lakhs) visitors. It is just mind blowing to even see that number. Even more so when so many of you have become my extended family. The love and affection I have received from you all is something only 1 in that 13 million can get and I am humbled to be that one person.

Also, last post I had informed about my Mom. By your prayers she is getting better, takes time. Your prayers have been heard. The emails you all sent was truly a blessing from our beloved Rayaru. My namaskars to you all.

And finally, below are some pictures from the Tulasi Vivaha. It has been a hectic few months with work pressure, but it was Friday evening and we were able to perform the pooje.

Once again, my heartfelt namaskars to you all. Since it is winter all plants have come inside now.

2019 Deepavali Lakshmi Pooje

It was a Sunday and some break from heavy travel all across the world. Hope you all had a wonderful Deepavali and Lakshmi Pooje.

We performed the Lakshmi Pooje as taught by my Mother. Mom has not been keeping good health the past 1 month, so request you all to pray for my Mom’s speedy recovery. With a heavy heart I sang all the songs she taught me. Tears rolled down as I was reciting the Lakshmi Sahasranama. Mom has been performing Lakshmi Pooje and Sahasranama every Friday. Shravana Masa and Deepavali Lakshmi pooje was very special to her. I was not sure about posting about my Mom’s health, but I know how your prayers have helped me during my health issues, and so couldn’t stop from requesting for your prayers. Please forgive me. You are all my extended family, and I just couldn’t hold back.

Below are some pictures from Lakshmi Pooje.

Shree Ganesha Pooja, followed by Lakshmi Pooje.

 

Updated : Dasara – Navarathri – September 29th – October 8th 2019

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 September 29th  October 8th 2019. 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.

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 6th
    Read more about Saraswathi Pooje here.
  • Durgasthami – October 6th
  • Ayoodha Pooja – Mahanavami – October 7th. Read more about Ayoodha Pooja here.
  • Vijayadashami – October 8th

Devotional Songs for Dasara:

Dasara Pictures around the world:

Food Prepared during Dasara

Other links posted on the blog:

Ganesha Festival Pictures 2019

Hope you all had a wonderful Gowri and Ganesha festival. As we do every year, we visited performed Gowri Pooje at my sisters place. Ganesha festival was done at my place. I had my Sister’s family in the morning, and a few of my friends in the evening for pooje. The Ganesha idol was prepared by my niece Shwetha.

It was quite hectic performing the pooje, and cooking all the items. We missed having our daughter since she already started her residency.

Attached are a few pictures. I am late this time, since was sick after the Ganesha festival and also got very busy with work.

2019 Shree Krishna Pooja Pictures

Hope you all had a wonderful and joyous Shree Krishna Jayanthi/Janmasthami. The festival was on a Friday, so I tool two days off on Thursday and Friday.

Last year I had just recovered from my ankle fracture, so this year I had so much enthusiasm to celebrate and welcome our Lord. Didn’t even have a drop of water.

My own blog helped in getting all the links for songs, food items and recipes.

Food prepration like you see were items such as:

    • Moong dal Kosambari
    • Channa dal Kosambari
    • Uppittu or Upma
    • Avalakki
    • Sweet Avalakki
    • Thengolu
    • Om Pudi
    • Shankar Poli
    • Chakli
  • Rava Laddoo
  • Besan Laddoo

I had brought the Mantapa my Late brother-in-law used to perform Shree Satyanarayana Pooje. We were able polish the same, and use it for this festival and will keep using it for all upcoming festivals. I just couldn’t take away my eyes from the Pooje we did. It was truly humbling.

Some picture from this year. You can click on pictures to see them enlarged.

Pooje preparation:

Close up of our Mantapa and the Lord.

And of course food.

Now for the next big festival Shree Gowri Ganesha Festival. We have holiday even for Gowri and Ganesha festival so that’s super awesome.

Will post all links and recipes as we approach the festival.

May Lord Krishna Bless us all. Jai Shree Krishna!

Rayaru Aaradhane in DC Area – August 17th 2019

This year 2019 our beloved Rayaru Aaradhane is on August 16th, 17th and 18th. For everyone in the DC area we all visit the SBA temple. This year the temple is dedicating Golden Kavacha for our beloved Rayaru on 17th. Please find attached the flyer and details of the Aaradhane function. I am going to be visiting all three days. Come join me and thousands of devotees and get the blessings of our Rayaru.

 

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.

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