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Upakarma(Rigveda and Yajurveda) – August 28th and 29th 2015

Upakarma is one of the ancient Vedic rituals practiced to date by every Brahmin. It is done once a year, during Shravana Masa- which is usually in August or September. The main activity performed in an Upakarma is the changing of the Janivara or Holy Thread. This year the dates are as follows:

August 28th and 29th 2015 – Rigvedics on 28th and Yajurvedis on 29th August 2015

Check your local panchanga to find out the exact date.

Did you know that Upakarma means “Beginning” in Sanskrit.

For more details on Upakarma, visit the Mantralaya site listed below:

And the procedure is very well explained in Sumadhwaseva web site. It has the YAGNOPAVEETA DHARANA VIDHI in Kannada, Sanskrit, Telugu and English.

Attached below is the link:

Now that we have all the details for the Upakarma, how about Raksha Bhandan? Raksha” means protection, “bandhan” means bound or binding. During this festival brothers and sisters show that they care for each other; include your cousins also. A sister will tie the rakhi, which is made of thread around her brother’s right wrist, usually with flowers attached to it. In return, her brother will give sweets, or money to show that they will love and protect them.

As with any other festival, there are many legends for this festival as well.

1. In ancient times a woman tied a ‘rakshaa’ on her husband’s wrist to protect him from evil. Later, she tied a ‘rakshaa’ on her brother’s right wrist, to protect him from evil influence and those factors which may taint his character, and to strengthen the bond of sibling love between them.

2. Vishnu helped the wife of Indra, to aid her husband in his battle against the demon Bali. Bali had driven Indra out of heaven. Vishnu gave Indra’s wife a silk thread to put on Indra’s wrist as a lucky charm. It enabled him to defeat Bali and regain his kingdom.

3. During the battle of Mahabharat,Queen Kunti tied a raksha on her grandson Abhimanyu to protect him in battle.

Ashtadala Padma Rangoli – ಅಷ್ಟದಳ ಪದ್ಮ ರಂಗೋಲಿ

For the greatest Lakshmi pooja, Sree VaraMahalakshmi I have practiced and  learnt how to draw the Ashtadala Padma Rangoli – ಅಷ್ಟದಳ ಪದ್ಮ ರಂಗೋಲಿ. I have drawn this on my notebook so it is easy to practice and draw the same for the Festival on Friday. As soon as I have the picture drawn for the pooje, I will post that as well. Once you draw for the Festival, share with me the image.

  • Draw one dot at the center.
  • Four dots at four corners.

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  • Continue with 4 dots in between these four corners.rang2
  • Join dots 1 -3 and back to 1. 1,3,1.

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  • The next set of 1, 3 and 1  as shown below.

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  • Now join dots 2,4 and 2.

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Join 2,4, 2 a second time as shown below

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Quick and easy.

One last time, lets recap the Rangoli.

  1. One dot at center
  2. Four dots at four corners
  3. Four dots in between these four corners. So, totally 8 corners
  4. Join 1,3 and back to 1 in two corners
  5. Join 2,4 and 2 in the second two corners

Kamadhenu Kshetra Aaradhane Invitation

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Sree Gurushesh has sent the invitation for 2015 Kamadhenu Kshetra Aaradhane Invitation. If you are in Bangalore, or able to travel there during the Aaradhane, visit Kamadhenu Kshetra and get the blessings of our beloved Rayaru.

I have posted several updates on Kamadhenu Kshetra in this blog.

You can find all of the links attached below.

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Click on the images to see them enlarged.

For more details contact:

Gurushesh
(Managing Trustee)
Kamadhenu Kshetra
Sri Gururaghavendra Sevashrama Trust (R)
Mobile : 9964465860
E-mail : srigurusevashrama@gmail.com
Web     : www.kamadhenukshetra.com

The Address at Bangalore if you wish to visit:

Kammasandra Main Road,
Vaddarahalli, Kadabagere Post,
Dasanapura Hobli,
Bangalore North Taluk,
Bangalore City Dist.

Friday Lakshmi Devi & Chamundeshwari Pictures

Sharing a few pictures from Facebook of Goddess Lakshmi Devi and Goddess Chamundeshwari.

Kolhapur Lakshmi Devi

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Kolhapur Lakshmi Devi

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Goddess Tiruchaanoor Padmaavati

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Mysore Chamundeshwari Devi

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Kolhapur Lakshmi Devi

IMG_4428All credit to the people who took the pictures. Many thanks to them.

Shri Raghavendra Swami Aradhana Mahothsavam – 29 & 30 August 2015

SBAT temple here in Maryland is celebrating our Beloved Raghavendra Swamy Aaradhane on 29th and 30th. Attached below is the invite. If you are close by in the DC area please visit. And let me know as well, so I can meet you at the temple.

SBAT-Aaradhane

Update : Nagara Chauthi/Panchami

August 18th – Tuesday – Nagara Chathurthi
August 19th – Wednesday– Nagara Panchami

Nagara Chauthi is the fourth day of the Shravana masa. On this day married women take head bath and wearing wet clothes (or washed clothes separately) which makes it very pure, either do the pooje to the snake hootha or place a silver idol of Nagappa and continue. Unboiled milk or raw milk, haldi,  soaked kadale, gejjevastra and flowers are offered to the idol of Nagappa. Women who do the pooje on this day fast as well. This is how we do the pooje in Madhwa houses. No fried items are prepared during this day. Women also prepare thambittu and do aarathi to Nagappa using the same. All this needs to be done in madi.

P.S: No Kumkum is applied to Nagappa on Chauthi. The gejjevastra is prepared by applying Haldi. No deep fired items as well.

Next day being the Nagara Panchami, everyone in the house performs the pooje; including children. If you are offering milk to the idol of Nagappa; it is customary to do the pooje to Nagappa as soon as you wake up, take a shower and even before drinking your coffee in the morning. As done in the previous day, place a silver plate, keep the idol of Nagappa. Pour 3 times milk, water, haldi, kumkum, gejjevastra, flowers and kadale. Prepare the thambittu and do the aarathi.

P.S:Kumkum is applied to Nagappa on Panchami. The gejjevastra is prepared by applying Kumkum. No deep fired items as well.

It is also customary to draw images of Nagappa on the front door, hosthilu and also near the place you worship using rice paste. Haldi, kumkum, gejje vastra and flowers are applied to these as well.

Lord Krishna was playing ball with his friends, when suddenly the ball got entangled in the high branch of a tree. Krishna volunteered to climb the tree and fetch the ball. But below the tree the river Yamuna was flowing in full glory, in which the snake Kalinga was living. Nobody dared to go near that place. Lord Krishna ignoring the warnings of his friends jumps into the water. The dangerous ‘Kalinga” serpent comes up. But Krishna was ready and jumping on the snake’s head, starts dancing on its head. Kalinga realizes the strength of Lord Krishna and pleads with Krishna: “Please, do not kill me.” Krishna takes sympathy on Kalinga and after taking a promise that henceforth he would not harm anybody, he let the snake go free into the river again. Hence, Nag Panchami is also commemorated as a day of victory of Lord Krishna over Kalinga the legendary snake.

What to eat during Nagara Chauthi?

So, here are the items you can prepare during this day, when you are not supposed to fry anything.

What to eat during Nagara Panchami? No frying on this day as well. And no dish made out of Vermicelli or Shavige.

To prepare Thambittu follow this procedure:

P.S: Nagara Panchami Haadu/Song is posted here

Upcoming Shravana Masa Festivals – August-September 2015

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As per Uttaradimatta Panchanga, this year in Manmatha Nama Samvatsara, Shravana Masa starts from August 15th and ends on September 13th.

There are many festivals during this month and as always I will re-post slokas, pooja details and many more details a few days before each of these important dates. Here is a list of important dates and festivals during Shravana Masa 2015.

Mangala Gowri Vrata

All details for this festival can be found here:

Vrata Details.

  • August 18th – Tuesday

  • August 25th – Tuesday

  • September 1st – Tuesday

  • September 8th – Tuesday

Nagara Chathurthi & Panchami

Pooja Details.

  • August 18th – Tuesday – Nagara Chathurthi

  • August 19th – Wednesday– Nagara Panchami

Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja

Pooja Details.

  • August 21st – Friday

  • August 28th – Friday

  • September 4th – Friday

  • September 11th – Friday

Vara MahaLakshmi  Pooja Vrata

Vrata Details.

  • August 28th – Friday

Sree Raghavendra Swamy  Aaradhane

Aaradhane Details

  • August 30th – Sunday– Sree Raghavendra Swamy Poorva Aaradhane

  • August 31st – Monday – Sree Raghavendra Swamy Madya Aaradhane

  • September 1st – Tuesday– Sree Raghavendra Swamy Uttara Aaradhane

Sree Krishna Jayanthi – Sri Krishna Janmashtami

Janmashtami Pooja Details

  • September 5th – Saturday

 Please refer to the closet temple or other calendar to find the dates of the festivals in the country you are living. These dates posted are based on Indian Standard Time.

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