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Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Dwadashanama Stotra

This powerful stotra with 12 names Dwadasha Nama of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha helps destroy all sins.  He will come help us at the right time, just like he came for Bhaktha Praladha.

Hope you all can recite during Guru Pushya Yoga tomorrow.

|| ಶ್ರೀ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀನೃಸಿಂಹ ದ್ವಾದಶನಾಮ ಸ್ತೋತ್ರ ||

|| Shree LakshmiNarasimha DwadashaNama Stotra||

ಅಸ್ಯ ಶ್ರೀ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀನೃಸಿಂಹ ದ್ವಾದಶನಾಮ ಸ್ತೋತ್ರ ಮಹಾ ಮಂತ್ರಸ್ಯ

ವೇದವ್ಯಾಸೋ ಭಗವಾನ್ ಋಷಿ ಅನುಷ್ಟಪ್ ಛಂದಃ

ಶ್ರೀ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀನೃಸಿಂಹೋ ದೇವತಾ, ಶ್ರೀ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀನೃಸಿಂಹ ಪ್ರೀತ್ಯರ್ಥೇ ಜಪೇ ವಿನಿಯೋಗಃ ||

asya Shree LakshmiNarasimha DwadashaNama Stotra Maha Mantrasya

Vedavyasao Bhagavan Rushihi Anustupchandah

Shree LakshmiNarasimha devatha Shree LakshmiNarasimha prityarte jape viniyogaha ||

ಸ್ತೋತ್ರ Stotra

ಪ್ರಥಮಂ ತು ಮಹಾಜ್ವಾಲೋ ದ್ವಿತೀಯಂ ತೂ ಉಗ್ರ ಕೇಸರೀ |
ತೃತೀಯಂ ವಜ್ರ ದಂಷ್ಟ್ರಶ್ಚ ಚತುರ್ಥಂ ತು ವಿಶಾರದಃ ||

Prathamam thu Mahaajwalo dweetheeyam thu ugra kesari|
Threetheeyam Vajra damshtro Chathurtho thu Visharadha ||

ಪಂಚಮಂ ನಾರಸಿಂಹಶ್ಚ ಷಷ್ಠಃ ಕಶ್ಯಪಮರ್ದನಃ |
ಸಪ್ತಮೋ ಯಾತು ಹಂತಾ ಚ ಅಷ್ಟಮೋ ದೇವ ವಲ್ಲಭಃ ||

Panchamam Narasimhascha Shashta Kasyapamardhanaha
Sapthamo yathu hantha cha Ashtamo Deva vallabha ||

ನವ  ಪ್ರಹ್ಲಾದ ವರದೋ ದಶಮೋ ಅನಂತ ಹಂತಕಃ |
ಏಕದಶೋ ಮಹಾರುದ್ರಃ ದ್ವಾದಶೋ ದಾರುಣಸ್ತಥಾ ||

Nava Prahaladha Varadho  dashamo Anantha hasthaka |
Ekadaso Maharudraha  Dwadhaso dharunasthadha ||

ದ್ವಾದಶೈತಾನಿ ನಾಮಾನಿ ನೃಸಿಂಹಸ್ಯ ಮಹಾತ್ಮನಃ |
ಮಂತ್ರರಾಜ ಇತಿಜ್ಞಾತಂ ಸರ್ವಪಾಪವಿನಾಶನಮ್ ||

Dwadhashaytani namani Nrusimhasya Mahathmanaha |
Manthraraja ithijnatham Sarvapapavinashanam ||

ಕ್ಷಯಾಪಸ್ಮಾರ ಕುಷ್ಠಾದಿ ತಾಪಜ್ವರ ನಿವಾರಣಮ್ |
ರಾಜದ್ವಾರೇ ಮಹಾಘೋರೇ ಸಂಗ್ರಾಮೇ ಚ ಜಲಾಂತರೇ ||

Kshayapasmara kushtadhi  thapajwara nivaranam |
Rajadhware Mahaghore sangrame cha Jalanthare ||

ಗಿರಿಗಹ್ವಾರ ಆರಣ್ಯೇ ವ್ಯಾಘ್ರಚೋರಾಮಯಾದಿಷು |
ರಣೇ ಚ ಮರಣೇ ಚೈವ ಶಮದಂ ಪರಮಂ ಶುಭಮ್ ||

Girigavhara aaranye Vyagrachoramayadishu |
Rane cha marane chaiva shamadham paramam Shubham ||

ಶತಮಾವರ್ತಯೇದ್ಯಸ್ತು ಮುಚ್ಯತೇ ವ್ಯಾಧಿಬಂಧನಾತ್ |
ಆವರ್ತಯೇತ್ಸ ಸಹಸ್ರಂತು ಲಭತೇ ವಾಂಛಿತಂ ಫಲಮ್ ||

Sathamaavarthayedhyasthu muchyathe Vyadhibhandanath |
Aavarthayestu sahasramthu labhathe Vanchitham phalam ||

|| ಇತಿ ಶ್ರೀ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀನೃಸಿಂಹ ದ್ವಾದಶನಾಮ ಸ್ತೋತ್ರ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣಂ ||

|| Iti Shree Lakshminarasimha Dwadashanama Stotra Sampurnam ||

Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday – November 25th 2021


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The above picture is Today’s alankara at Mantralaya November 24th 2021.

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 .

November 25th 2021 is Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday. I saw calendars in both India and USA have the Nakshatra. 

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/

When Rayaru gave moksha to Kanaka

Today is Kanaka Dasara Aaradhane.

There are several songs composed by the ankita Kagineleyadi keshava. Some posted in this blog are:

  1. Keshava Nama
  2. Ishtu Dina Ee Vaikunta
  3. Dimbadalliruva Jeeva Song Lyrics

Thought of sharing an interesting article from my Brother’s blog. All credit to B.S. Ramesh.

Well, this incident happened in Hampi or Vijayanagar sometime in the early years of the 16th Century.

Hampi was one of the greats cities of its time and its fame had spread far and wide. Foreign travelers and historians made a beeline to Hampi and went into raptures describing the beauty of the city.

The glory of Hampi  was not only due to the deeds of the Vijayanagar Emperors but also due to the unmatched growth in art, literature, religion and philosophy.

One of the shining lights of the Vijayanagar period Was Vyasa Raja or Vyasa Theertha. Almost all the foreign travelers such as Nuniz, Domingo Peas and even Razak have spoken glowingly of this seer and his achievements.

Vyasa Raja had gathered a galaxy of shishyas each outdoing the other. Some of the Shiashyas were Vijendra Theertha, Sudhindra Theertha, Vadiraja Theertha, Purandara Dasa, Kanaka Dasa, Vaikunta Dasa and many others.

If Purandara was the master of Carnatic music, Vadiraja Theertha was God personified. Vijendra Theertha was an embodiment of  the 64 arts.

Many of the disciples, including the above mentioned greats met Vyasa Theertha, also called Vyasa Raja or Vyasa Raya at Hampi.

On one particular occasion, Vysaa Raja asked all his disciples to get together. The meeting took place at the Vijayanagar Vishwa Vidyalaya, of which Vyasa Raja was the Chancellor.

Even as the gathering watched, Vyasa Raja called all the three-Vadiraja Theertha, Purandara Dasa, Kanaka Dasa- and discussed some aspects of the shastras and Vedas with them. The gathering was spell bound as they realized that they had in their midst four persons who had seen Sri Hari with their own eyes.  

It was then Vyasa Raja revealed a side he had never before shown anybody. Turning to Vadiraja Theertha, he said you will continue to live for many more years. (Vadiraja Theetha outlived Vyasa Raja and entered Brindavana only in 1600. By the way, Vyasa Raja entered Brindavana in 1539).

He then spoke lovingly to Purandara his favourite disciple. He said, Purandara you shall live longer than me but you have sic more births to go before attaining Moksha.

Vyasa Raja then astonished the gathering by telling Kanaka Dasa that he would meet him in the next birth. Vyasa Raja had given the Ankita Nama Kanaka to Thimappa Nayaka.

This was the first indication that Vyasa Raja gave to his devotees about his coming avatar as Raghavendra Swamy.

Vyasa Raja passed away in 1539 and took rebirth as Raghavendra Swamy in 1571.

By then, Purandara had died (in 1564 in Hampi) and Vadiraja Theertha was staying at Sode near Sirsi.  Kanaka Dasa was wandering around Karnataka and other places singing the glory of Hari. He died in 1609.

Raghavendra Swamy once came to Bellary and stayed at a Hanuman Temple on the banks of the Tungabhadra. Rayarui went to the river and had a bath. He then was about to enter the temple for performing the Moola Rama pooje when he noticed a person belonging to a lower caste standing nearby..

Rayaru looked at the person and spoke as if he had known him all his life.

“What, Kanaka. How are you. What are you doing here”, asked Rayaru.

The person called Kanaka relied. “I am as you see me. We meet again. I do not want to live anymore. I should be allowed to leave.”

Rayaru smiled at the answer and retorted, “If so what will you offer to my lord”.

The person said he would bring something and vanished from the place. He came back and gave a packet to Rayaru. The packet has mustard seeds, he said.

Rayaru did not say anything but handed over the packet to the cook and asked him to use it for the day’s cooking. This astonished everybody present there as it was Chaturmasa (October to January) and mustard seeds were Nishida or banned.

All the while, the person sat outside the temple watching the proceedings. When Rayaru finished the Moola Rama Pooje, he turned towards the person who then burst into a melodious song praising Moola Rama.

The moment the song ended. The person gave up his life and fell down dead. Even as the other devotees stood around the body anxiously, Rayaru did not show any emotion. Instead, he smiled and said,  “You have attained salvation or Moksha. Peace be with you.”

The perplexed devotes did not understand. It was then some persons in the matha where Rayaru was staying confirmed that Rayaru was Vyasa Theertha in his previous birth and he had just met Kanaka Dasa as a low caste person and helped him attain Moksha.

One of the eye witnesses to this entire episode was Krishna Swamy, a businessman.

Vyasa Raja had ruled over the Dharmic kingdom of Vijayanagar. However, Vijayanagar was shattered after the battle of Talikota in 1565. When Raghavendra Swamy visited Hampi, Nava Brindavana and Hospet, the Vijayanagar empire had practically vanished from the scene and all he saw was utter ruin and desolation.

Yet, not for a moment or even a day did Raghavendra Swamy allude to his glories during his past incarnation as Vyasa Raja. The only physical evidence he gave to his disciples was when he sat and meditated in front of the Brindavana of Vyasa Raja in Nava Brindavana.

The devotees could not contain their curiosity and some among them wanted to know why the venerable Vyasa was visible only to their Guru. It was then Raghavendra revealed that he was born as Vyasa Raja in his previous incarnation and he was only speaking to him.

Dasara – Navarathri – October 6/7th – October 14/15th 2021

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 October 6th  October 14th 2021 in USA and October 7th October 15th 2021 in India. 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.

Devotional Songs for Dasara:

Dasara Pictures around the world:

Food Prepared during Dasara

Other links posted on the blog:

Lord Daksinamurti

This weekend we visited Arsha Vidya Gurukulam situated in Pocono Mountains, PA USA with family and friends. It is in between acres and acres of land with several wooded trails. It was founded in 1986.

You can find more details about the same on their website. https://arshavidya.org/

Arsha Vidya is home to a shrine of Lord Daksinamurti, an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

To be very honest, all of my life I had never heard about Lord Daksinamurti. We all know Daksina means south and murti means form. Lord Dakshinamurti is always facing south. Also, Lord Daksinamurti is said to be a Guru or teacher who guides us on to the right path, he is worshipped as the god of wisdom. Lord Daksinamurti imparts knowledge with love and compassion.

Lord Daksinamurti is shown with four arms facing the south. He is seated with several sages listening in great attention to his teachings. His right foot is placed on the demon of ignorance ‘Apasmara’. Lord Daksinamurti left foot is folded on his lap as you seen in the above photo. One of his upper arms wields a snake and the other holds a flame. His lower right hand is shown in the Vyakhyanamudra posture and the lower left is shown grasping a bundle Holy Scriptures.

So, if you are reading this post, teach your kids this simple stotra of Lord Daksinamurti for them to attain knowledge and excel in their studies.

Om Namo Bhagwathe Dakshinamurthaye Mahyam, Medham Pragnam Prayacha Swaha!

“ಒಂ ನಮೋ ಭಗವತೇ ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಮೂರ್ತಯೇ ಮಹ್ಯಂ ಮೇಧಾಂ ಪ್ರಜ್ಞಾಂ ಪ್ರಯಚ್ಛ ಸ್ವಾಹಾ” chant just 8 times daily. 

Thursday is when you do pooje for Lord Daksinamurti and also on Guru Purnima day.

There are several Mantras dedicated to Lord Daksinamurti and people pray to him for protection, overall well-being and success in education is what I was told from my friends.

I throughly enjoyed every minute of my stay, and completely forgot I even existed. That’s how powerful the Arsha Vidalaya premises are. The greenery like you can see, the satvic food, the vibration of listening the vedas was just out of this world.
If you are in USA, and are able to visit this amazing place, do make a trip.

Update: Mahalaya Paksha Masa – September 21st – October 5th 2021

The fortnight (15 days) preceding the Navaratri/Dasara or the second half “Krishna Paksha” of Bhadrapada Masa is called Pitru Paksha also known as Mahalaya Paksha. This period is important for honoring our ancestors. This year it falls on the following days in the United States and India.
 
I was talking to my Father and he said this is the period where you remember all people who have made some impact in your life, relatives, friends, well wishers who have departed this world, and you have no way to convey your thanks, gratitude to them, and this is the time to offer your tarpana and say Thanks to them. Such noble thoughts. The person doesn’t have to be just your father or mother, anyone who is not in this world and you know them. Our religion is just awesome. We just have to know the real meaning of why we do certain rituals.
 
No functions such as upanayanam, marriage, gruhapravesha, engagement or any such activities performed during these 15 days. These 15 days are totally dedicated to our ancestors.
 
Pitru Paksha – Mahalaya Paksha :September 21st – October 5th 2021
 
There are many resources available online to assist in giving tarpana and doing shradha for the departed souls of ones family. Attached below are all the links.
 
If you have any resource, please share.

Ms. Anuradha found this information about Pithru paksha on twitter by a person Bhargava sharma @bhargavasarma. Sharing it here. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1H_BW4EVVOs2cTqh8jTaHy68y4Y2Q4m1h/view

P.S: Please refer to dates in your country, and check with elders or temple priests.

 

Gowri-Ganesha Festival – September 9th and 10th 2021

Pooja preparations:

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Gejje Vastra and Flowers getting ready to be offered to God.

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Fruits and coconut for Lord Ganesha:

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Kadabu, Modaka and Idli for Lord.

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After the morning pooja and naivedya.

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Close up of the Lord.

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Evening Pooje.

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Chakkali prepared by my Husband for the Lord.

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Mangalaruthi and evening naivedya chakali for the Lord to request him to come home every year.

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The Ganesha festival falls on the fourth day Bhadrapada Masa. That’s why we say “Bhadrapada Shulkada Chauthi Aamdu”. Swarna Gouri Vrata and Ganesha Festival is celebrated on September 9th and 10th. Check your local calendars.

As always, check your closet temple to find the correct dates.

An idol of Gowri made of clay is brought two days before the Ganesha festival. Gowri is an incarnation of Parvathi. Gowri Habba, also called as Swarna Gowri Habba is celebrated one day before Ganesha Festival.

The Legend:

Goddess Gowri, while taking shower, created Ganesha out of the mud of and placed him at the entrance of the house. She told him not to allow anyone to enter while she went inside for a bath. Lord Shiva returned home and was stopped by Ganesha at the gate. Shiva became angry and cut off Ganesha’s head. When Gauri came to know of this she was grieved.

Lord Shiva ordered his servants to cut off and bring to him the head of any creature that might be sleeping with its head facing north. The servants went on their mission and found only an elephant in that position. Lord Shiva then joined the elephant’s head onto the body of Ganesha.

Mr. Lakshmisha P, had left a comment here that he had the pdf files for the Swarnagowri vratha puja & katha. Attached below are the links for both the pdf files he has provided.
Thanks so much Me. Lakshmisha for all the support and also the time you have taken to convert this into pdf.

We used to sing at the top of our voice “Ganesha bhanda, kai kadubu tinda, chikka kerele edda, dodda kereli bidda”.

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Lord Ganesha is not just worshiped on this day, but is worshiped first in all occasions since he is considered to be the remover of all obstacles, one who brings good luck on new activities or endeavors.

As always links for several resources songs, lyrics and stotras are posted on this blog.

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And here comes the link which has colorful and many designs for drawing Rangoli

And can any festival be complete without authentic dishes? Here are some recipes posted in this blog:

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In case you see the moon on this day, here is the sloka you are supposed to say:

ಚೌತಿ ಚಂದ್ರ ದರ್ಶನ ಅಪವಾದ ಪರಿಹಾರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ

ಸಿಂಹಃ ಪ್ರಸೇನಮವಧೀತ್
ಸಿಂಹೋ ಜೌ0ಬವತಾ ಹತಃ |
ಸುಕುಮಾರಕ ಮಾರೋದಿಃ
ತವಹ್ಯೇಷ ಸ್ಯ್ಮಮಂತಕಃ ||

Simha prasenamavadith
simho jambhuvatha hathah |
sukumaraka marodhihi
thavahyesha syamanthakaha ||

P.S: The above sloka in Kannada is exactly as it is in the Uttaradi Matta Panchanga. Rather than taking a picture, I typed in the words. The English translation is done from the Kannada sloka to the best of my knowledge.

As always no food is prepared with onion or garlic.

Sankalpa Mantra for America

You all must have been performing sankalpa when you visit any temple and ask to perform any pooja. Many of you might be doing it even daily, like I do when I start my morning prayers. If you have been doing Sandyavandhana also you will be doing sankalpa.

Sankalpa is a Sanskrit word, which means resolution. By doing sankalpa you are verbally trying to convey your intention to the people around you and the Lord almighty about what you are going to do. It is like a pledge or an oath.

The sankalpa mantra for America is different from India. And I had this small page from a temple calendar which I used in the beginning, and now it is memorized and on a daily basis and even during our monthly satsangha’s I recite the sankalpa.

The mantra for India is available everywhere, here I am posting the mantra for America. Download any daily vedic calendar, and recite the mantra when you are performing pooje.

Click on the image above and you can see it clearly.

This blog has much more details on sankalpa and all its elements.

https://pujayagna.com/blogs/pooja-havan-yagya/what-is-sankalpa-in-puja

Shree Krishna Janmasthami – August 29th 2021

Shree Krishna Janmasthami this year is celebrated on Sunday August 29th 2021. Please check your local calendars for the correct date. Some places it is being celebrated on Monday August 30th 2021.

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I have posted several posts for many years now, and this one has all the links for easy access to you all. Hope you all have a wonderful celebrations and get the blessings from our Lord Krishna. Click on the links below to get all information. May Lord Krishna bless us all.

  1. Pooja preparation Tips and Tricks

  2. Simple and easy mantras to chat during Shree Krishna Janmashtami

  3. Pooja Details

  4. All recipes

  5. All Lyrics

  6. Shree Krishna Ashtotra in Kannada Sanskrit

  7. Shree Krishna Ashtotra in English

Rayaru Uttaradhane Pictures – 2021

3rd day pictures. Guru Sarvabhowma ki Jai. What an amazing three days of pooje we had at our home. Waking up early each day, preparing food even the most basic to be offered as Naivedya to our beloved Rayaru, reciting all the stotras, 108 Rayaru shatanamavali, and 108 pradakhinas in the morning, evening pooje and reciting my favorite songs and to offer all the seva to Rayaru and Almighty Lord Krisha was truly humbling.

The first day, we offered rice, dal and hayagreeva to Rayaru.

Second day it was rice, dal, and Appi Payasa the most favorite of our beloved Rayaru.

Third day it was rice, dal, akki kadalebale payasa, and mu husband prepared Channa dal chutney which is Rayaru’s favorite. Having the Mritika brindavana truly brought some divine blessings by our beloved Rayaru. I will be ever grateful for my father for this gift. And ever grateful for my Mother for the devotion and any bhakti we have on Rayaru.

Like they say “Kereya neeranu kerege chelli”, giving back a little from so much Rayaru and God has given us, back to Rayaru and Almighty Lord with our dedication, sincerity and bhakti. We had brought coconuts, 5 different fruits, fresh milk, Butter milk, all fresh items, ghee, flowers, with lots of Tulasi, Dhavana, and plantain leaf from our own garden.

None of this would have been possible without 100% support from my Husband and all the pooje he did for Lord Almighty and Rayaru Mritika Brindavana.

Some pictures from my home from today’s pooje.

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