Archive for the ‘Pooje’ Category

Update : Shree Vyasa Raja Thirthara Aaradhane – March 16th 2017

Vyasa Theertha or Vyasa Raja, the Raj Guru of Vijatanagara Emperors is the earlier avatar of our beloved Raghavendra Swamy. Vyasa Raja was born sometime in 1460 in Bannur near Mysore and entered Brindavana in Nava Brindavana in Hampi in 1539.
Vyasa Rajaru has composed numerous songs, and was the guru of Sree Purandara Dasaru and Sree Kanaka Dasaru.
Vyasa Raja was entombed in the Brindavana in the middle of Nava Brindavan. The day was Saturday and the date March 8, 1539. He  was 90 years old or a little more at the time of leaving the mortal world.

A few pictures of Shree Vyasa Raja Thirthara Aaradhane from Nava Brindavana and Shimoga. You can see Shree Vyasa Raja Thirthara alankara as a King. So, beautiful. Thanks again to the webmasters for posting such wonderful pictures.

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Update : Sree Vadiraja Aaradhane – Sunday March 15th 2017

Wednesday March 15th is our great gurugalu Sree Vadirajara Aaradhane. So, attached below are all the details required to get the blessings our Great Gurugalu Sree Vadirajaru.

Sree Vadirajara Brindavana in Sonda. Image courtesy: http://www.raghavendramutt.org.

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Shri Vadiraja Thirtharu

Shri Vadiraja Thirtharu

Attached below is the prayer to say and get the blessing from Sree Vadirajaru

Tapo Vidya Virakthyadi

Sadgunuoughakaranaham !

Vadirajagurun vande

Hayagreeva dayasrayan !!

Update: Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday – March 9th 2017

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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 .

March 9th 2017 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/

Maha Shivaratri – 24th February 2017

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Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on Friday 24th February 2017. 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 : Sree Raghavendra Swamy Birthday – March 4th/5th 2017

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The birthday of our beloved Rayaru is on March 4th 2017 in USA and 5th in India. Since the past 8 years, I have been posting regularly about giving a Birthday Gift to our Rayaru. What might a person like Rayaru need you may ask? He needs nothing materialistic since he left all those very early in his life. He needs our utmost love and devotion and sincere Bhakthi. And now you have an opportunity to show all these to our beloved Rayaru by giving him a gift which he loves immensely.

Yes, I and many in my family have been giving a little bit our time and chanting “Sree Raghavendraya Namaha” a minimum of 16,000 times. Once you complete the chanting, any number greater than 16,000 offer it our be beloved Rayaru. Start chanting and get the blessings from Sree Raghavendra Swamy.

Some tips on how I do the Japa Count:

1. Chant in the morning, and in the evening. Keep a notepad and write down how many you have chanted. I usually have an excel spreadsheet since it makes easy to count. No writing, just recite “Sree Raghavendraya Namaha”.

2. No head bath everyday, regular thing you do for every day Pooja. In the evening, no bath, again whatever you do to perform evening pooja. Wash your face, hands and legs and perform the chanting in the evening.

3. If I miss chanting a few days, I will make up the count during the weekends when I have time.

4. I recited 1080 times everyday in the morning. I have a Japa Mala with 108 beads, so used to chant 10 rounds everyday morning.

P.S: please send info@saptaaha.com with your japa count. Thanks Harsha Avare.

Updated: Sri Madhwa Navami – Feb 5th 2017

This year Madhwa Navami is on Sunday February 5th 2017.  It is the most important day for all Madhwa’s. For those of you residing in the DC area, SBAT is celebrating Madhwa Navami on Saturday February 4th 2017. SSVT is celebrating it on Sunday February 5th.

Prathamo Hanuman Nama Dwitheeyo Bheema Eva cha
Poornapragna Treetiyasthu Bhagavat Karya saadakaha

We all do know the famous sloka from Sri Madhwacharya:

vande vandyam sadaanandam vaasudevam niranjanam
indiraa pathimaadyaadi varadesha vara pradam

I can write detailed information about Sri Madhwacharya, but it would all be incomplete.

So, I have compiled useful links for those of you who are interested in knowing more and more about this great philosopher and our Guru.

1. Madvacharya
2. tatvavada.org
3. dviata.org
4. Madhva.org
5. Interesting links from dvaita.org
6. Sri Madwacharya’s works can be found here.
7. All Posts on Our Gurugalu

I have posted the lyrics for Sri Madhwa Nama and a pdf about Sri Madhvacharya’s lineage here at my blog:

  1. Sri Madhwa Nama
  2. Madhvacharya’s Lineage-GURU CHARITE

Update: Makara Sankranthi – Jan 14th 2017

The 2nd week of January is the festival “Makara Sankranthi”. This year it is on 14th, which is a Saturday.

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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