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2018 Ganesha Pooje Pictures

Every year once we finish the festival we look back and say lets plan simple next year, but come next year we try and perform the Ganesha festival with full force. This year was no different. Even though my Ankle is still giving lots and lots of problems, we again managed to perform the festival like every year. And once again we had my Daughter join us and she helped us every step of the way.

We didn’t even have a drop of water until we finished the pooje, did Naivedya, have my sister and brother-in-law as Brahmana Mutaide, served food for the two of them, my daughter husband, and when I had lunch it was close to 3 pm. It was just humbling to see even my daughter not even have.a sip of water until lunch was served. Blessed are we to have a daughter who grew up all her life in America, is going to be an Orthopedic surgeon soon, and still follows our customs and traditions. And yes, she did 21 namaskaras to Lord Ganesha.

We also had a few of my Satsangha sisters for pooje, Ganesha story reading and followed by dinner. I wish a few of the blog friends could have joined, but well it was a week day so cannot force anyone.

Most flowers, banana leaf, Tulasi, grass-garike, patre leaves were from our garden. Mango leaves and Betel Leaves from my Sister’s garden. Like I always say, we had lots of fruits, coconut, flowers. And as always we prepared all the food. Some of the items we prepared were:

  1. Moong Dal Kosambari
  2. Chana Dal Kosambari
  3. Potato Palya
  4. Chayote – Seeme Badanekayi Palya
  5. Idli
  6. Chatni
  7. Dal Thove
  8. Saaru/Rasam
  9. Majjige Huli
  10. Shavige Payasa
  11. Kadabu
  12. Modaka
  13. Mango Chitranna
  14. Happala

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

The Ganesha was handmade by my Sister Suma and Niece Shwetha. we did the visarjane in the night itself.

Pooja Preparation:

Morning Pooja:



Naivedya For Lord:

 

Banana Leaf food for us:

Evening Pooja:

Pratha Sankalpa Gadhya by Shree Raghavendra Swamy

I have been reciting this since Vidwan Galgali gave pravachana in our SBA Temple.
The link for the video is here posted on youtube. Recite this as soon as you open your eyes. It is just two sentences, and you can learn it within a few minutes. If not, write it down on a piece of paper, keep it below your pillow and read as soon as you wake up.

The sloka in Kannada is posted below:

The sloka in English:

Prathaha pravruthi sayaantham sayaadi Pratharanthathaha
Yatkaromi jagannatha tadasthu tava poojanam

Update -2018 Mantralaya Aaradhane Pics

Uttara Aaradhane picture from Mantralaya.

 

Poorva Aaradhane and Madhya Aaradhane Pictures from Mantralaya. All credit to the admins who shared this, I am just reposting them here for the benefit of those who don’t have access to Facebook and other messaging apps.

Poorva Aaradhane Rayaru.

Madhya Aaradhane Rayaru. The Vrindavan was decorated all four sides.


Shree Raghavendra Satsangha – May 20th 2018 @ Maryland

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Last year we performed Satsangha at my home on May 21st Sunday. What a coincidence to be hosting the same again in May, on a Sunday and on 20th.

So, hereby I am inviting all of you residing in the Maryland, Virginia and DC area to come join us. We will start promptly at 10.30 AM. After the pooje, we will have lunch prepared by yours truly. 🙂

Please consider this as a personal invitation and join me and Raghu at our house. If you leave a comment, I will share my home address and phone number. Hoping to See you all.

I will post pictures and hopefully video this time of the pooje.

Rayaru Singing Indu Enage Govinda

I have posted the lyrics for this very famous song written by our Beloved Rayaru. I also taught this song to the ladies in our Satsangha group.

You can find the lyrics and youtube video here:

Lyrics for Indu Enage Govinda

Two weeks back found this picture on FB and couldn’t control my tears. It is an amazing picture, may our Beloved Rayaru bless whoever painted this picture. All credit goes to the person who painted. I am just sharing to show how beautiful and heart touching the picture is.

Look at how Rayaru is singing and how Lord Krishna one hand behind and another holding a flute is looking at our Beloved Rayaru. Just stunning picture.

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.

Achyutam Keshavam Lyrics

 

We had an amazing satsangha today at Ms. Rajani Srinivas house at Maryland. Ms. Rajani sang a song on Lord Krishna which was so meaningful and beautiful. I asked for her to send me the lyrics, and so I am posting it here to help all my extended family.

The song like I said is beautiful, heart touching and so emotional. Thanks Rajani for the lyrics.

Below is the link for the lyrics and the video on youtube.

Achyutam Keshavam Lyrics

And below is the video on youtube.

Achyutam Keshavam Youtube

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