Archive for the ‘Shravana Masa’ Category

Important Dates – 2016-2017

Mr.B K T Raju shared an image for important dates such as  festival lists, Ekadashi and Aaradhane dates for 2016 and 2017. This is very handy and can be saved in your smart phones, laptops and desktops. Thanks Sir for the list. This is amazing. It also has Ekadashi dates.

P.S: Make sure you check with your local calendars for some changes in dates.


Sree Krishna Janmasthami Pictures – 2015

Hope you all had a wonderful Sree Krishna Janmasthami and celebrated the birth of our Almight Lord Krishna. We were planning to have this festival quite simple, and when our Daughter called and told us she would be joining us for the Festival, things changes completely. It was quite hectic, but at the end of the pooje so satisfying.  After the pooje when you sit back and look at the festivities, all your strain and pain just vanishes.

The Mango leaves and the plantain leaves were from our Garden!

The menu items I prepared were:

  • Moong Dal Kosambari
  • Chana Dal Kosambari
  • Upma
  • Kesari Bath
  • Sweet Avalakki
  • Khara Avalakki
  • Majjige Avalakki
  • Thengolu
  • Ompudi
  • Shankar Poli
  • Kodubale

So, here are some pictures from my home.

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Mantralaya Poorva Aaradhane Pictures.

Attached below are links and a few pictures from Mantralaya. All credit to webmaster at Mantralaya.

344 th Aaradhane

344 th Aaradhane

Below are some links to see amazing pictures:

Rayara Aaradhane at Maryland – 2015

It was a humbling experience to be part of Rayara Aaradhane at SBAT Temple, Maryland here. Having our Beloved Rayaru’s mrutike Brindavana was unbelievable.We were able to perform Pada Pooja and Kanakabisheka for as well,

My Husband and performed Rayara seva at our house. This time I wanted to do 108 Pradakshina, so we made a little different arrangement at home. I have include a few pictures of my home Pooje as well.

I also met several wonderful ladies and men who were following the blog and came talked to me. Don’t want to mention any names to keep things private. To each one of you who came and talked to me, I am humbled and blessed to know that this blog has helped each one of you. This blog has reached this height only because of the blessings of our beloved Rayaru. Thanks a million to each one of you. I can’t express how much happiness it brings to me when you all come talk to me. Thanks again.

Attached are pictures from my home pooje celebrations of 344th Rayara Aaradhane.






And a few pictures from the temple.

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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.


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


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


  • Now join dots 2,4 and 2.


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


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


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:

(Managing Trustee)
Kamadhenu Kshetra
Sri Gururaghavendra Sevashrama Trust (R)
Mobile : 9964465860
E-mail :
Web     :

The Address at Bangalore if you wish to visit:

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


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