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

“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 : http://www.raghavendramutt.org/

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

Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday – August 13th 2015

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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/

Updated : Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje – August 14th 2015

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 August 14th 2015 Friday.

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.

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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