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Shri Krishna Vrundavana, North Carolina

Yesterday, Friday we visited the Shri Krishna Vrundavana temple in North Carolina. It is about 25 minutes from my Daughters home. We were visiting her due to Thanksgiving holidays here in the USA.

The temple is around 150 steps from the Shree Venkateswara temple in Cary, NC. We always visited the Shree Venkateswara temple, and now to walk a few steps and visit our Lord Almighty Krishna, Shree Mukyaprana Devaru and beloved Rayaru is amazing.

His Holiness Sri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji of Puthige Mutt, Udupi, has established a chain of Sri  Krishna Vrundavanas in USA with idols of Lord Sri Krishna and Sri Mukhyaprana and the Brindavana of Sri Rayaru. We have actually visited the temples in Canada, New Jersey, Arizona and now North Carolina.

With the permission from the priest, who is from Udupi and knew all the priests from our Maryland temple, I clicked a few pictures to share with you all.

Attached below are some pictures from the temple.

Idols of Lord Sri Krishna and Sri Mukhyaprana and the Brindavana of Sri Raghavendra Swamiji.

Lord KrishnaSri Mukhyaprana Devaru

ShreeRaghavendra Gurugalu

According to the temple website “On Sunday, October 25th  2020, the idols of Lord Sri Krishna and Sri Mukhyaprana and the brundavana of Sri Raghavendra were installed at an auspicious muhurta and  panchamrutha abhisheka and kalashabhisheka were performed by Puthige Swamiji. In his benedictory speech, Puthige Swamiji said there is a link between the number eight and Lord Krishna, the eighth child of Devaki and the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu who incarnated on Ashtami. The number eight is dear to Lord Krishna. So, he was pleased and moved by the devotion shown by the people of Raleigh and chose Raleigh as His eighth branch in the USA.”

Attached is the link for the temple website.

https://skvnc.org/temple/

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/

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.

Rayaru Madhyaradhane Pictures – 2021

2nd day pictures. Guru Sarvabhowma ki Jai.

Some pictures from my home.

Rayaru Poorvaradhane Pictures – 2021

Hopefully you all are having an amazing and blessed Rayaru aaradhane 2021. I am sharing pictures from my home. We did Rayaru mrithika brindavana pooje, the brindavana given to us by my Father. We also did panchamrutha abhisheka and naivedya of rice, dal and hayagreeva.

And on the other side for doing namaskaras, arranged all of our pictures, Rayaru books and idols. Did 108 pradakshina namaskara. I had taken 3 days off, but had to cancel due to some urgent work.

Some pictures from my home.

I will share pictures from Mantralaya and around the world.

Shri Raghavendra Swamy Aaradhane 2021

  • August 23rd – Monday – Sree Raghavendra Swamy Poorva Aaradhane

  • August 24th – Tuesday – Sree Raghavendra Swamy Madya Aaradhane

  • August 25th – Wednesday – Sree Raghavendra Swamy Uttara Aaradhane

In some cities in USA, including Maryland it is being celebrated on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

And also watch Mantralaya celebrations online. 

 

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Shri Raghavendra Swamy Aaradhane  is celebrated all across India, and many other countries in Rayara Matta’s and also many households. My parents do Rayara Seva every year during Aaradhane, and I being a strong devotee  of Rayaru do it myself; no matter where I am in the world. I did it when I was in India, Dubai and continue doing here as well in the USA. So, if you are a devotee, than try doing as much or as little as possible to this great Guru of ours and get his blessings.

If you need to know how to do Seva, here is a link from the Mantralaya web site about who and how the seva should be performed. Read the link here:

In paragraph 10, it clearly states other ways of offering seva to Rayarau as such:

10.Are there other ways of performing Seva to Rayaru?

Yes. As stated before, if one is sincere and devoted to Hari, Vayu and Rayaru, there are many ways of performing Seva to Rayaru. The following section lists some of the main ones:

a) Sitting in one place and reciting Sri Raghavendra stotra 108 times.

b) Hejje namaskara (going around the Brindavana advancing one foot at a time and performing namaskara for each stride)

c) Urulu Seva – rolling on the body and going around the brindavana. This is forbidden for women.

d) Reciting Sri Raghavendra stotra 108 times while performing abhisheka for Rayara Brindavana with cow’s milk.

e) Going through religious works composed by great gyaanis; some of the popular ones are Sudha, Parimala, Sri Madhva Vijaya,Sri Raghavendra Vijaya etc.

In all of the above cases, the main ingredient is sincerity, pure heart and intense devotion.

I have added several lyrics on Shri Raghavendra Swamy in this blog, you can look for those at the lyrics page, or click on the Shri Raghavendra Swamy categories section and you will be listed with several songs. There are several songs as well on the audio on youtube page.

A new page is also created with all the lyrics for our beloved Rayaru.

 

The Paramaguru of Rayaru

All credit to my brother’s blog : https://raghavendraswamy.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/the-paramaguru-of-rayaru/

He was born to rule the spiritual world and he did so with his customary elan and finesse. A renowned scholar, author and the head of a powerful matha, he put several other scholars ad pandits on the backfoot with his deep knowledge of philosophy and extensive literary talent.

A man who had mastered all the arts, he was one of the favorite disciples of one of India’s best known philosopher-logician-composer and rajaguru-the indomitable Vyasa Raja or Vyasa Theertha (1447-1539).

Vyasa Theertha had two disciples who excelled in all the arts and whose knowledge of religion and philosophy astounded every one. The two disciples were Vadiraja (1480-1600) and Shree Vijayeendra Theertharu (1517-1614). Both studied at Vijayanagar University and both of them have left their mark on Madhwa thought and philosophy.

Each of them were indebted to Vyasa Theertha who was the Raja Guru of six Vijayanagar Emperors, including Krishna Deva Raya (1509-1530), Achuta Deva Raya (1530-1542), who taught them everything he knew and readied them for taking on the future.

Since Vyasa Thertha was also the chancellor of the magnificent Vijayanagar University where he also taught, he ensured that both Vadiraja and Vijendra were taught everything or rather all the arts, including logic, theology, philosophy, fine arts, magic, painting, sculpting, composing and even dance.

If Vadiraja moved towards the coast (Udupi-Sode region) to spread Madhwa philosophy and made Udupi his base, Shree Vijayeendra Theertharu moved deep south towards Kumbakonam where he was once again schooled in the Sri Matha by its reigning pontiff, Surendra Theertha.

This post is about Shree Vijayeendra Theertharu whose aradhane is being celebrated. One of the most illustrious saints of the Madhwa fold, he has unfortunately not been given the due he deserves. One reason could be because he choose to enter Brindavana at Kumbakonam. Perhaps the distance of Kumbakonam from Mysore region where Madhwa religion and literature flourished contributed to vest an air of obscurity on the seer and his works.

Whatever the reason for not giving Shree Vijayeendra Theertharuhis due, none can dispute his mastery over the arts, his superb works and his contribution in steering Madhwa faith and religion through troublesome times. So, here goes a small tribute to this great sage……..

Vyasa Theertha had decided to make Shree Vijayeendra Theertharuthe mathadipathi after him but this could not be as Surendra Theertha asked for him during one of his visit to Hampi. Vijendra Theertha was born as Vittalacharya and he was named Vishnu Theertha by Vyasa Theertha.

When Vyasa Theertha reluctantly handed him over to Surendra Theertha, the later renamed him as Shree Vijayeendra Theertharu. When Vijendra Theertha ascended the peetha of the Sri matha, it was sometime in 1575. By then, the Vijayanagar Kingdom had been defeated by the combined Muslim kingdoms of the Deccan (1565) and Hampi was a ruined city.

The complete sack of Hampi and its ruins must have come as a shock to Shree Vijayeendra Theertharu as he had left it at the height of its prosperity. The Vijayanagar Emperor, Ramaraya (son-in-law of Krishna Deva Raya) had placed Vijendra Theertha on the throne and conducted Ratnabhisheka.

Shree Vijayeendra Theertharu had stayed on in Vijayanagar (Hampi) for a few months before leaving for sanchara (pilgrimage). He had foreseen the defeat of Vijayanagar and even warned Rama Raya about it.

As Vishnu Theertha, he had interacted regularly with Vyasa Theertha and his other disciples, including Purandara Dasa, Kanaka Dasa, Vaikunta Dasa. While Purandara Dasa died in 1564, Kanaka Dasa in 1609 and Vaikunta Dasa in 1550, Vadiraja Thertha had moved to Sode as the head of the Sode Matha. As Shree Vijayeendra Theertharu, he interacted with Sudhindra Teertha, who later became his disciple and two other direct disciples of his Vyasa Theertha-Srinivasa Theertha and Rama Theertha. He also interacted with Madhwapathi Dasa, the son of Purandara Dasa who had fled Hampi after its sacking.

A prolific author, he has to his credit more than one hundred and eight works and they cover a range of topics from religion to literature, grammar to logic, philosophy to fine arts.

Unfortunately, his contribution to Dasa Sahitya and Dasara Padagalu remains unrecognized. He has several beautiful compositions in Kannada. Vyasarajavijaya and Subhadra Dhananjaya are two beautiful dramatized poetic works. Two other works, Narasimhastuti and Papavimochanastotra are grantha stotras.

He was perhaps the first person to immediately recognise Venkatanatha as the avatar of Vyasa Theertha, his teacher. When Venkatanatha and his wife, Saraswathi, along with their young son, Lakshminarayana, came to the Sri Matha in Kumbakonam, both Vijendra Theertha and his disciple Sudheendra Theertha were seated in the matha.

On seeing Venkatanatha among a crowd of people, Shree Vijayeendra Theertharu recognised him as Vyasa Theertha. He pointed out Venkatanatha to Sudheendra Theertha and asked him to hand over the pontificate of the matha to him after him (Sudheendra Theertha).

Thus, Shree Vijayeendra Theertharu becomes the only seer to see both the avatars of Vyasa Theertha and Raghavendra Swamy. He is the disciple of one and the paramaguru of the other. As Vishnu Theertha, he was a devoted student of Vyasa Theertha and he lived for several years at Vijayanagar. As Shree Vijayeendra Theertharu, he recognizes Venkatanatha as Vyasa Theertha and directs Sudheendra Theertha to handover the pontificate to Venkatanatha.

It is sometime in 1614 that Vijendra Theertha decided to enter Brindavana. He chooses Kumbakonam itself for Brindavana pravesha. However, it shpould be understood that there is still no unanimity on the time line of Vijendra Theertha. Different scholars assign different times for this seer. If BNK Sharma, the scholar, assigns him the period between 1517 and 1595, Dr. Vedavyasachar in his Gurucharitre, puts the period of Shree Vijayeendra Theertharu between 1575 and 1614. However, it is best that we go by the dates assigned by the Sri Raghavendra Swamy Matha.

Whatever his timeline, Madhwas and, indeed, all people should never forget the contribution of this saint.

Raghavendra Swamy himself has referred to the works of Vijendra Theertha on several occasions.  

Shree Vijayeendra Theertharu

Today, tomorrow and day after is the Aaradhane of Shree Vijayeendra Theertharu. His period is from 1517 – 1614. He was given ashrama by none other than Shree Vyasarajaru. His brindavana is in Kumbhakonam.

I truly want to visit all these places, no idea when Rayaru will bless us to see his Gurugalu. He is the Guru of Shree Sudheendra Theertharu and Shree Sudheendra theertharu is Guru of our beloved Rayaru.

A very popular sloka on Shree Vijayeendra Theertharu:

Bhakthanam manasambhoja bhanave Khamadhenave |
Namatam Kalpatharave Jayeendragurave Namaha ||

ಭಕ್ತಾನಾಂ ಮಾನಸಾಂಭೋಜ ಭಾನವೇ ಕಾಮಧೇನವೇ |

ನಮತಾಂ ಕಲ್ಪತರವೇ ಜಯೀಂದ್ರಗುರವೇ ನಮ: ||

Upcoming Shravana Masa Festivals – August – September 2021


As per Plava Nama Samvatsara Panchanga, this year Shravana Masa starts from August 9th and ends on September 6th 2021.

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 2021.

Shree Mangala Gowri Vrata

All details for this festival can be found here:

Vrata Details.

  • August 10th – Tuesday

  • August 17th – Tuesday

  • August 24th – Tuesday

  • August 31st – Tuesday

Nagara Chathurthi & Panchami

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Pooja Details.

  • August 11th Wednesday – Nagara Chathurthi

  • August 12th Thursday – Nagara Panchami

Shravana Masa Shree Lakshmi Pooja

Pooja Details.

  • August 13th– Friday

  • August 20th – Friday

  • August 27th – Friday

  • September 3rd – Friday

Shree Vara MahaLakshmi  Pooja Vrata

Vrata Details.

  • August 20th – Friday

Upakarma

  • August 21st – Saturday – Rigveda Upakarma

  • August 22nd – Sunday – Yajurveda Upakarma

Shree Raghavendra Swamy  Aaradhane

Aaradhane Details

  • August 23rd – Monday– Shree Raghavendra Swamy Poorva Aaradhane

  • August 24th – Tuesday – Shree Raghavendra Swamy Madya Aaradhane

  • August 25th – Wednesday– Shree Raghavendra Swamy Uttara Aaradhane

Shree Krishna Jayanthi – Shree Krishna Janmashtami

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Janmashtami Pooja Details

  • August 29th Sunday or 30th – Monday

 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 USA Eastern time and referred to Shri Krishna Vrundavana Calendar. If there are any changes I will post immediately.

Pushya Nakshatra and Sunday – July 11th 2021

Sunday July 11th is Pushyaarka Yoga, so wanted to keep you all informed. The nakshatra is in India and USA.

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 .

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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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