Flowers & Tulasi

Wish you all a very Happy Shravana Masa and a wonderful and Joyous festive season. It has been raining non-stop for the past few days, and it also has been raining lots of Jasmine, Kanakambara and Tualsi at my place.

I just offer flowers and tulasi as is on week days, and try to make garlands on weekends and if possible on Thursdays. Today being Bheemana Amavasya I decided to spend some of my time and make three garlands –  Jasmine and Tulasi for our Beloved Rayaru, Jasmine and Kanakambara for Goddess Lakshmi, and Just Jasmine for Lord Srinivasa or Venkateshawara. In spite of these three garlands there was still lots of flowers left which I offered as is.

Take a look at the amazing flowers and tulasi. All grown in our house.



Upcoming Shravana Masa Festivals – July – August 2017


As per Uttaradimatta Panchanga, this year in Hemalambi Nama Samvatsara, Shravana Masa starts from July 24th and ends on August 21st.

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 2017.

Mangala Gowri Vrata

All details for this festival can be found here:

Vrata Details.

  • July 25th – Tuesday

  • August 1st – Tuesday

  • August 8th – Tuesday

  • August 15th – Tuesday

Nagara Chathurthi & Panchami


Pooja Details.

  • July 26th – Wednesday – Nagara Chathurthi

  • July 27th – Thursday– Nagara Panchami

Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja


Pooja Details.

  • July 28th – Friday

  • August 4th – Friday

  • August 11th – Friday

  • August 18th – Friday

Vara MahaLakshmi  Pooja Vrata

Vrata Details.

  • August 4th – Friday

Sree Raghavendra Swamy  Aaradhane

Aaradhane Details

  • August 8th – Tuesday– Sree Raghavendra Swamy Poorva Aaradhane

  • August 9th – Wednesday – Sree Raghavendra Swamy Madya Aaradhane

  • August 10th – Thursday– Sree Raghavendra Swamy Uttara Aaradhane

Sree Krishna Jayanthi – Sri Krishna Janmashtami


Janmashtami Pooja Details

  • August 14th – 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 Indian Standard Time.

Updated : Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje – July 23rd 2017

Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje, is an important pooje performed by unmarried women and newly married women for 9 years after their marriage. It is performed on the new moon day or amavase in the month of Aashada masa. This year it is on July 23rd 2017 Sunday.

This pooje is also called Bheemeshwarana pooje. This pooje is dedicated to God Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Mud models of Shiva and Parvathi in the form of a cone with a flat base are made, kept in the sun to dry and decorated with white dots made out of limestone paste, or sometimes with akki hittu(rice flour) mixed with milk. A thread immersed in turmeric paste, a flower and sometimes turmeric root are tied around the model for Parvathi. After the pooje, usually either the girls Mom or Mother-in-Law ties this thread to the girls wrists.

Those who have brothers, later in the evening worship the hosthilu or threshold of their house. They call it “Bhandara vadiyodu“. The girls brother brakes the bhandara and gives money to his sister.

The story for Bhimana Amavase goes like this:

In a city there was a king called Vajrabahu. He had one and only son called Vijayashekara, who dies suddenly while still young. The king and queen decide to perform his marriage; even though he is dead. But, who would marry a corpse, right? No one comes forward to marry him. A Brahmin couple, named Madhava and his wife Sushila have five daughters and nine sons. They are extremely poor and they decide to marry one of their daughters in marriage to the dead prince; in return they would get lot of money and can use it to feed their family.

This girl is left with her dead husband and than she prays to God Shiva and Goddess Parvathi with great devotion. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi ask her to perform this pooje; since she is in the forest and doesn’t have any money she uses clay or mud and performs the pooje. The dead prince comes back to life. The king, queen and everyone is now happy to see their son come back to life.

Now that you know why and how to do the pooje, tell the significance of this story to your daughter, perform the pooje, tie the thread across her wrist and bless her with all your heart.

Happy Gandana Pooje.

Here below is the step by step procedure to perform Diwasi Gowri pooje as per the book I have now:

1. Clean the place where you are going to perform the pooja, put an elaborate rangoli (ರಂಗವಲ್ಲಿ). Find links to various rangoli (ರಂಗವಲ್ಲಿ) here:

2. Place a wooden plank called Mane(ಮಣೆ).
3. On this Mane, place a silver plate and within the plate, keep the idols of Diwasi Gowri and Managal Gowri( if you are performing Managal Gowri).
4. Also keep 1 dry cocnout (Kobbari Battalu ಕೊಬ್ಬರಿ ಬಟ್ಟಲು) as it is called in Kannada, 10 betel nut (adike ಅಡಿಕೆ), 10 betel leaves (villedele ವಿಳೇದೆಲೆ), 10 rounds of thread ದಾರ.
5. Now, worship the gowri and offer her 10 Kucchida Kadabu (ಕುಚ್ಚಿದ ಕಡಬು).
6. Next, tie 10 knots on the thread immersed in turmeric paste, a flower and sometimes turmeric root. For married ladies, 10 knots and unmarried girls 5 knots, and 5 rounds of thread.
7. Put this on the Gowri idol.
8. Perform Aarthi to Gowri. Offer your prayers, and do namaskaras.
8. Once, you finish all the pooja, usually either the girls Mom or Mother-in-Law ties this thread to the girls wrists or can also put it around her neck.

9 Million All Times Hits to Kalpavriksha Kamadhenu – Thank You

I had never imagined having so many visitors visit this blog even in my wildest dreams. I had posted about 8 Million in November 28th, 2016, and within a few months to have another million is just unimaginable.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU. Let us keep our culture alive, spread our customs and traditions in a good way and above all spread tolerance and patience.

None of this would have been possible without the blessings of Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru.

I have gone silent for the past few weeks, mostly due to hectic work, travel, speaking at conferences and a never ending back pain.


Narasimha Nembo Devanu Lyrics – Shorter Version


I have posted the complete lyrics in an earlier blog post, however the shorter version was what my Mysore Ajji taught us. We are learning this song as part of our weekly group and so decided to post the shorter version.

The full lyrics is posted at the below link:

ನರಸಿಂಹ ನೆಂಬೋ ದೇವನ ನಂಬಿದಂಥ ನರರಿಗೆಲ್ಲ ವರವ ಕೊಡುವನು ||

ಓಂ ನಮಃ ಶಿವಾಯ ಎನುತಲಿ ಅಸುರ ತನ್ನ ಸುತಗೆ ಬರೆದು ತೋರಿಸೆಂದನು
ನರಹರಿಯ ನಾಮವನ್ನು ನಲಿಯುತಾರೆ ಬರೆಯುತಿರಲು
ಎಡದ ತೊಡೆಯಲಿರುವ ಶಿಶುವ ಬಡೆದು ಧರೆಗೆ ನೂಕಿದನು ನರಸಿಂಹ ||೧||

ಕಟ್ಟಿ ಕಂಭವನ್ನೇ ಉರುಳಿಸಿ ಅಸುರ ತಾನು ಪಟ್ಟದಾನೆ ಕೈಲಿ ಕೊಲ್ಲಿಸಿ
ಹರಳು ಮನೆಯ ಮಾಡಿ ಸುಟ್ಟು ಹುಲಿಯ ಬೋನಿನೊಳಗೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟು
ಯತನವಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಸುತನ ಕರೆದು ಶಕ್ತನಾಗಿ ತಾನು ನಡೆದ ನರಸಿಂಹ ||2||

ನಿನ್ನ ದೇವರಿದ್ದ ಎಡೆಯನು ಅಸುರ ತಾನು ಸುತಗೆ ಕರೆದು ತೋರಿಸೆಂದನು
ಎನ್ನ ದೇವರಿಲ್ಲದಂತ ಎಡೆಗಲುಂಟೀ ಲೋಕದೊಳಗೆ
ಕಂಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವನೆಂದು ಕೈಯ ಮುಗಿದಿ ತೋರಿದನು ನರಸಿಂಹ ||3||

ವಜ್ರಕಂಭವನ್ನು ವದೆಯಲು ದೇವ ತಾನು ಉಗ್ರ ಕೋಪವನ್ನು ತಾಳಿದ
ಕಟಕಟೆಂಬ ಧ್ವನಿಯ ಮಾಡಿ ನಖಗಳಿಂದ ಕರುಳಬಗೆದು
ಕರುಳ ಮಾಲೆಯನ್ನೇ ಧರಿಸಿ ಕಂದಭಕ್ತ ನಪ್ಪಿಕೊಂಡ ನರಸಿಂಹ ||4||

ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ನರಸಿಂಹ ಚರಿತೆಯ ಉದಯ ಕಾಲ ಉಚ್ಚರಿಸಿದಂಥ ಮನುಜಗೆ
ಅಷ್ಟ ಐಶ್ವರ್ಯಗಳನು ಪುತ್ರಸಂತಾನಗಳನು
ಕೊಟ್ಟು ರಕ್ಷಿಷುವ ನಮ್ಮ ಪುರಂದರ ವಿಠ್ಠಲ ರಾಯ ನರಸಿಂಹ ||5||

Narasimha nembo Devanu Nambidanta Nararigella Varava Koduvanu ||

Om Namaha Shivaaya Yenutali Asura Tanna Sutage Baredu Torisendanu

Narahariya Naamavannu Naleyuthare Bareyutiralu

Yedada Todeya liruva Shishuva Badedhu Dharegey Nookidanu Narasimha || 1||

Katti kambhavanne Urulisi Asura Tannu Pattadaane Kaili kollisi

haralu maneya Maadi Suttu Huliya Boninolage bIttu

Yatanavillade Sutana karedu Shaktanagi tanu nadeda Narasimha || 2||

Ninna DevariadYedeyanu asura Tannu Sutage karedu thorisendanu

Yenna DevariIlladanta Yedegaluntee Lokadolage

Kambhadalii Iruvanendu Kaiya Mugidi toridanu Narasimha ||3||

Vajrakambhavannu Vodeyalu deva thanu UGRA Kopavannu Taalida

Katakatemba Dhvaniya Maadi Nakhagalinda karulabhagedu

Karula maale yanne dharisi Kandha Bhakta nappikonda Narasimha ||4||

Lakshmi Narashima chariteya Udaya Kaala ucharisi dantha manujage

Ashtaa aishwaryagalanu Putrasantaanangalanu

Kottu rakshishuva namma Purandara Vittala Raya Narasimha ||5||

You tube link.

Aloo Channa Chat – Potato Chickpeas Salad

With all the traveling and work, it has become hard to follow any diet. Since this week I was not going to travel, I decided to at least focus on some healthy eating. We had a huge can of chickpeas, and so decided to prepare this yummy salad as I call. It took less than 10 minutes to put this dish together. You can definitely prepare this as a starter for many of your get together.


  • 2 potatoes boiled and peeled
  • 2 cups soaked chickpeas – I used canned, washed and drained
  • Red chilli powder to taste
  • Chat masala powder to taste
  • Tamarind and Date chutney from store
  • Green chutney from store
  • Bhel mixture from store
  • Finely chopped onions, and cilantro


  • Boil potatoes, and chop them. You can also microwave and chop them into bite size.
  • I also microwaved the chickpeas so they are a little soft
  • Put the potatoes, chickpeas, onion in a bowl
  • Give a good toss.
  • Add both chutneys, red chilli powder, chat masala powder and cilantro.
  • Serve by topping the Bhel mixture.

P.S: You can definitely skip onion and add tomatoes and cucumber and carrot.

Raya Baro Thande Thayi Baro English Lyrics

I posted the lyrics for this song very soon after I started this blog in 2008. Since than many of you asked for the lyrics in English, and I kept postponing the same. However, this Saturday we had Satsangha at my Sister Suma’s place and I was once again asked to post the lyrics in English. I typed and kept it ready to post it yesterday for Father’s Day, however was completely per-occupied and forgot to push the publish button. So, without any further delay for all the devotees of our Beloved Rayaru, one of my favorite songs on our beloved Rayaru.

You can find the lyrics in Kannada at the following link:

ರಾಯ ಬಾರೋ ತಂದೆ ತಾಯಿ ಬಾರೋ

Raya baro tande tayi baro nammanu kaya baro |

mayigala madisida raghavendra raya baro ||

vandipa janarige mandara taruvantha  kundada bhishtava salisutirpa  raya baro |
kumdada bhishtava salisutirpa sarvagna mandana matige raghavendra raya baro ||1||

aarumuru elu nalku entu granthada sarartha toridi sarvarige nyayadinda  raya baro|
toridi sarvarige nyayadinda sarvagna surigalarasane raghavendra raya baro || 2||

rama padambhuja sadbhrunga krupanga  bhramaka janara manabhanga  raya baro|
bhramaka janara manabhangava madida dhimantarodeyane raghavendra raya baro ||3||

bhusura charitane bhusura vandyane  shri sudhindraryara varaputra raya baro|
shri sudhindraryara varaputra varayogi deshikarodeyane raghavendra raya baro ||4||

bhutalanathana bhitiya bidiside pretatva kaledi mahishiya  raya baro|
pretatva kaledi mahishiya maha mahima natha guru jagannatha vithala baro thande thayi baro || raya baro ||

Listen to part of Raya Baro song here at youtube:

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