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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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How to perform Seva for Sree Raghavendra Swamy


Many of you have asked me about details on performing seva to our beloved Rayaru at home. The link for performing seva at Mantralaya has been posted already. For more details see this post:

I have documented below how we perform seva at my place. This is how I have been doing seva, my Mom, my Sister, My Grandmother and other relatives perform seva. The rituals you follow may be different. So, follow this only if you wish. If you disagree with any of the rituals, better consult a priest or contact the Mutt and find out. I have documented it as a Q&A.

Q. 1: When to perform Seva?

A.1: Perform seva on days you know you will be able to devote the days you wish to perform seva. At any cost, the number of days should not be changed once you start the seva.

Q.2: How many days to perform Seva?

A. 2: Odd number of days. 1,3,5, 7 and so on.

Q.3: What to do if something happens while performing the seva?

A.3: For example, if someone dies, or some other untoward incident happens for which there is a Mailige( not sure what it is called in English) than you stop the seva immediately.

Q.4: Do we always have to keep a coconut?

A.4: Yes, if you are doing the seva for a specific reason, you have to keep a coconut when you do sankalpa.

Q.5: Do I completely fast while doing Seva?

A.5: You can eat just 1 lunch. No breakfast, no dinner. Maybe some milk and fruits in the night.

Q.6: Can I work during seva?

A.6: Yes, you can continue working while doing seva. However, no traveling.

Q.7: Should I take head bath everyday?

A.7: Yes, one should take head bath everyday.

Q.8 What clothes can be worn?

A.8: While performing seva for Rayaru, clothes which are washed and dried separately are supposed to be worn.

Q.9: What Pooje do I perform?

A.9: First, perform daily pooje for God. Next, perform pooje to Rayaru. Offer Coconut, Fruits,  flowers, light lamps, perform aarathi. Recite Rayara Ashtotra, and many more lyrics posted on this blog.

Q.10. Do we perform pooje in the evening also? Should I take shower in the evening also?

A.10. Yes, we perform pooje in the evening also. Many say women shouldn’t shower in the evening. However, since we would have touched so many other people during the day, and at work, we used to shower ( no head bath) in the evening also.

Q.11: How do we decorate the pooja room?

A.11 : As you would decorate for any other pooja. Place a coconut on the right side, and don’t touch it until you finish the seva.

Q.12: What flowers to offer?

A.12: We all know our beloved Rayaru loves Roses, so offer Roses. If not available, Jasmine is also fine.

Q.13: What to eat?

A.13: Food with no onion and garlic is eaten. Like I said, just lunch. No dinner, no breakfast. No store brought food. All food should be cooked fresh everyday.

Q.14: What to do with the coconut?

A.15: The day you finish the seva, break the coconut and share it with all your family members.

Q.15: Do we get a dream after the Seva?

A.15: If your bhakthi and devotion has reached our beloved Rayaru, he will definitely come in your dream as himself, or someone else and bless you. In many cases in our relatives we have had dream where an old priest gave us a purna phala, which is coconut, phala mantrakshate, flowers and so on.

A few in my family has never had a dream. So, don’t get disappointed if you don’t get any dream.

Q.16: Other than work, and pooje what else do I do?

A.16: Most time during the seva is spent chanting Rayaru’s name and reading devotional books. No watching TV, no movies, no extra curricular activities.

Q.17: Where to sleep?

A.17: No sleeping on mattress. Sleep on a chape. Remember, you are trying to give your utmost devotion & Bhakti. There are many who complain about the rituals, just remember we are doing this since we want. No one is forcing us to do this. If you don’t agree, and think just your Bhakti is enough, so be it.

Q18: Where can find all the songs and lyrics to recite?

A18: This blog has several songs and lyrics. Take a look at the following link:

P.S: Since many of you have asked, hence this post. I have documented what I have been doing. Like you all know, I am a great devotee of Rayaru, and I am even more tough while performing seva. So, this is just a guideline. Make any changes you wish.


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.

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.


“Guru Pushya Yoga” Mantralaya Pictures

Guru Pushya Yoga Pictures

Guru Pushya Yoga Pictures

Some amazing pictures of “Guru Pushya Yoga” function held in Mantralaya. I hope you all had a chance to recite the name of our Beloved Rayaru.

Link attached below:

“Guru Pushya Yoga” Mantralaya Pictures

Sree Raghavendra Swamy Brindavana

Sree Raghavendra Swamy Brindavana

P.S: Image Courtesy :

Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday – August 13th 2015


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 .

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/


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