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Update: Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday – January 4th 2018

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 .

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/

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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.

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:

Vishnu Shatha Nama Stotra Lyrics

Friday as you all know is Vaikunta Ekadashi. Ms. Radhika mentioned in our whatsapp group that reciting Vishnu Shatha Nama Stotra on this day is like performing Ashwamedha Yaaga.

So, below is the link for the lyrics in almost all languages, Kannada, English, Tamil, Telugu and other Indian Languages.

Hopefully, you all will have recite and get blessings from Lord Vishnu.

Link for lyrics in all languages:

http://www.vignanam.org/veda/sree-vishnu-ashtottara-sata-nama-stotram-kannada.html

Update – Vaikunta Ekadashi – December 29th 2017

December 29th 2017

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 December 29th 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.

Shri Venkatesha Parijatha

 

As a kid, I grew up listening my parents recite Shri Venkatesha Parijatha, Sreenivasa Kalyana during the Dasara days. Last time I visited India, I went to Vidya Peetha to get these books. However, they were not available. Yesterday, in our whataspp group message Mrs. Anita Kulkarni asked me about this. I said I had listened to it as a kid but had not got the books. She immediately sent me the links for the audio. It is unbelievable how the internet and the world has changed. I was able to listen Part 1. Hoping to listen each part every day until the final Vijaya Dashami day. Thanks Anita Avare.

Here are the links for the audio.

2017 Ganesha Pooje Pictures

What can I say? The much awaited festival is over and after the Ganesha festival I sat in front of the Lord and stared at him for almost an hour. I just couldn’t believe the festival was over. It was the most hectic week. I just can’t believe how much energy, mental strength and patience it takes to perform these festivals as per traditions during the week. It was tough, but at the end well worth every minute we spent. This year my daughter was able to join us, so it was extra special.

Most flowers, banana leaf, Tulasi, grass-garike, patre leaves were from our garden. Mango leaves and Betel Leaves from my Sister’s garden.

As always, sharing some pictures for you all. Hope you all had a wonderful Ganesha Festival.

I planned on making simple food, but like I said since my daughter was there, it was complete in itself. Except modaka, which I couldn’t make.

Pooje Preparation pictures:



Pooje Pictures:

 

 

 

 

Full Profile Pictures:

 

 

Naivedya and Food:

Finally, Night Pooje:

Simple and Easy Mantras to Chant During Shree Krishna Janmasthami

These set of mantras were sent to me on whatsapp by my Sister Suma. However, there are many in the community who don’t know Kananda. I did my humble seva to Lord Krishna by quickly typing the same in English. All credit to whoever wrote the original text, I just translated the slokas.

Family,
Today is janmashtami. As per Srimad Acharya’s “ಜಯಂತಿ ನಿರ್ಣಯ Jayanthi Nirnaya” – a very powerful day to destroy major sins over many births if you do pray Krishna and fast on this day. How do we remember Krishna throughout the day?
Srimad Acharya had revealed some important but simple things to perform throughout the day and next day ಪಾರಣೆ. Try to chant these simple mantras at the times indicated:
While taking bath in the morning:
ಯೋಗಾಯ ಯೋಗಪತಯೆ ಯೋಗೊಶ್ವರಾಯ ಯೋಗಸಂಭವಾಯ ಗೋವಿಂದಾಯ ನಮೋ ನಮಃ
Yogaya yogapathaye yogeshwaraya yogasambhavaya govindaya namo namaha
After evening pooja and Argya chant:
ಯಙ್ಞಾಯ ಯಙ್ಞಪತಯೆ ಯಙ್ಞೇಶ್ವರಾಯ ಯಙ್ಞಸಂಭವಾಯ ಗೋವಿಂದಾಯ ನಮೋ ನಮಃ
Yagnaya yagnapathaye yagneshwaraya yagnasambhavaya govindaya namo namaha
Just before going to sleep in the night:
ವಿಶ್ಯಾಯ ವಿಶ್ವಪತಯೆ ವಿಶ್ವೇಶ್ವರಾಯ ವಿಶ್ಸಸಂಭವಾಯ ಗೋವಿಂದಾಯ ನಮೋ ನಮಃ
Vishwaya Vishwapathaye vishveshwaraya vishwasambhavaya govindaya namo namaha
At the time of next morning’s ಪಾರಣೆ chant:
ಸರ್ವಾಯ ಸರ್ವಪತಯೆ ಸರ್ವೇಶ್ವರಾಯ ಸ್ಸರ್ವಸಂಭವಾಯ ಗೋವಿಂದಾಯ ನಮೋ ನಮಃ
Sarvaya sarvapathaye sarveshwaraya sarvasambhavaya govindaya namo namaha
Nextday after ಪಾರಣೆ offer some dakshine to a bramhin and  chant
ಭಾರತೀರಮಣಮುಖ್ಯಪ್ರಾಣಾಂತರ್ಗತ ಶ್ರೀಕೃಷ್ಷಾರ್ಪಣ ಮ್ ಅಸ್ತು by chanting:
Bharathiramanamukyaprananthargatha shree krishnarpanamasthu
ಧರ್ಮಾಯ ಧರ್ಮಪತಯೆ ಧರ್ಮೇಶ್ವರಾಯ ಧರ್ಮಸಂಭವಾಯ ಗೋವಿಂದಾಯ ನಮೋ ನಮಃ
Dharmaya Dharmapathaye Dharmeshwaraya dharmasambhavaya govindaya namo namaha

 

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