Red Bell Pepper Chutney

During the Satsangha in February, Ms. Rekha had prepared Red Bell Pepper Chutney. I also got a cup of the remaining Chutney and had it with Green gram dosa the next day. It was very delicious, and I emailed Rekha for the recipe. This is Ms.Rekha’s recipe I tried this week, and had it again with Green gram dosa. The Chutney is very delicious, very healthy since you have peanuts, sesame seeds and bell pepper. I also didn’t add onion since we had the dosa on a Thursday. And we also didn’t add any seasoning. But, if you have guests coming, definitely add it. I am sure it will taste even more delicious. Thanks Rekha for the wonderful recipe.
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Ingredients:
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped about an inch size)
  • 1 onion (optional) I did not use it.
  • 1 or 2 dried red chillies per your taste, I used 6 red chillies.
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup Sesame Seeds (Til)
  • 1/4 cup dried desiccated cocounut ( I use 1 Tbl spoon)
  • Tamarind, Jaggery, salt to taste
  • Seasoning – 1 tsp oil, mustard seeds, hing and curry leaves.
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Method:
  • Saute bell pepper, onion(optional) and red chillies with a pinch of oil (literally a pinch)till they turn soft.
  • Let it cool.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and blend with water.
  • If you want to add seasoning, heat a small pan, add oil, and the rest of the seasonings and add to the Chutney.

Maha Shivaratri – 24th February 2017

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Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on Friday 24th February 2017. It is mandatory to visit the temple and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva during this day. In many customs they do fast on this day, but in our Madhwa tradition it is a festival and we do not fast. I remember visiting the Shiva Temple at Vijaya College in Bijapur which had 1001 Lingas along with my parents every year.

Both SBAT and SSVT temples have special pooje for Maha Shivaratri. The attraction in SBAT is Rayara Brindavana. The attraction in SSVT is Lord Venkateshwara. We will definitely visit one of the temples and get the blessings from Lord Shiva.

Attached below are prayers to say for Lord Shiva and seek his blessings.


Vandhe Sambhum Umaapathim Suragurum
Vandhe Jagath Kaaranam
Vandhe Pannaga Bhooshanam Mrigadharam
Vandhe Pasoonaam Pathim
Vandhe Soorya Sasaanga Vahnni Nayanam
Vandhe Mukundha Priyam
Vandhe Baktha Janaasryam Cha
Varadham Vandhe Sivam Sankaram

Meaning:

I bow to Sambu the Lord of Uma and the teacher of the Devas. I bow to the Lord Who is the root cause of the entire world. I bow to the Lord, Who has the serpent as His ornament, Who carries a deer. I bow to the Lord of all beings. I bow to the Lord Who has the Sun, the Moon and the Fire as His three eyes. I bow to Him Who is fond of Mukundha. I bow to Him, Who is the refuge of all devotees and Who grants boons to them. I bow to Siva, the creator of all auspicious things.

This blog has an entire page dedicated to Lord Shiva. Check the link below to find 20 lyrics on Lord Shiva:

Update : Sree Raghavendra Swamy Birthday – March 4th/5th 2017

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The birthday of our beloved Rayaru is on March 4th 2017 in USA and 5th in India. Since the past 8 years, I have been posting regularly about giving a Birthday Gift to our Rayaru. What might a person like Rayaru need you may ask? He needs nothing materialistic since he left all those very early in his life. He needs our utmost love and devotion and sincere Bhakthi. And now you have an opportunity to show all these to our beloved Rayaru by giving him a gift which he loves immensely.

Yes, I and many in my family have been giving a little bit our time and chanting “Sree Raghavendraya Namaha” a minimum of 16,000 times. Once you complete the chanting, any number greater than 16,000 offer it our be beloved Rayaru. Start chanting and get the blessings from Sree Raghavendra Swamy.

Some tips on how I do the Japa Count:

1. Chant in the morning, and in the evening. Keep a notepad and write down how many you have chanted. I usually have an excel spreadsheet since it makes easy to count. No writing, just recite “Sree Raghavendraya Namaha”.

2. No head bath everyday, regular thing you do for every day Pooja. In the evening, no bath, again whatever you do to perform evening pooja. Wash your face, hands and legs and perform the chanting in the evening.

3. If I miss chanting a few days, I will make up the count during the weekends when I have time.

4. I recited 1080 times everyday in the morning. I have a Japa Mala with 108 beads, so used to chant 10 rounds everyday morning.

P.S: please send info@saptaaha.com with your japa count. Thanks Harsha Avare.

Vittala Salaho Swamy

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A very simple and amazing composition by Sri Purandara Dasaru on Lord Vittala. Just few sentences, and you can learn it in few minutes.

ವಿಠಲ ಸಲಹೋ ಸ್ವಾಮಿ
ನಮ್ಮ ವಿಠಲ ಜಗದಂತರ್ಯಾಮಿ ||ಪ ||

ಎಡಕೆ ವಿಠಲ ಬಲಕೆ ವಿಠಲ
ಎಡಕೆ ಬಲಕೆ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ||೧ ||

ತಂದೆ ವಿಠಲ ತಾಯಿ ವಿಠಲ
ತಂದೆ ತಾಯಿ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ||೨ ||

ಬಂಧು ವಿಠಲ ಬಳಗ ವಿಠಲ
ಬಂಧು ಬಳಗ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ || ||೩ ||

ಜಯ ಜಯ ವಿಠಲ
ಜಯ ಹರಿ ವಿಠಲ
ಜಯ ಜಯ ಜಯ ಹರಿ ಪುರಂದರ ವಿಠಲ || ೪ ||

ಜಯ ಜಯ ವಿಠಲ ಜಯ ಹರಿ ವಿಠಲ
ಜಯ ಜಯ ವಿಠಲ ಜಯ ಹರಿ ವಿಠಲ
ಜಯ ಜಯ ವಿಠಲ ಜಯ ಹರಿ ವಿಠಲ
ಜಯ ಜಯ ವಿಠಲ ಜಯ ಹರಿ ವಿಠಲ ||

Vittala salaho swamy
namma Vittala jagadantaryami ||pa||

Edake Vittala balake Vittala
Edake balake Vittala Vittala ||1||

Tande Vittala taayi Vittala
Tande taayi Vittala Vittala ||2||

Bandhu Vittala balaga Vittala
Bandhu balaga Vittala Vittala || 3||

jaya jaya Vittala jaya hari Vittala
jaya jaya jaya hari Puranadara Vittala || ||pa||

jaya jaya Vittala jaya hari Vittala
jaya jaya Vittala jaya hari Vittala
jaya jaya Vittala jaya hari Vittala ||

 

And listen to the song here by:

Rayaru in Mom’s Dream

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About a few months back, my dad had severe cough and cold, as usual he went to a Doctor close to home and got medicine. Even after a week his symptoms never improved, and he started having swelling in this throat and could hardly swallow anything. The Doctor suggested seeing an ENT specialist.

ENT specialist did ultrasound and found out he had stones in his salivary duct glands. Since there was lot of infection due to puss formation, they decided Dad needs to stay in the hospital for couple days to get rid of the infection first. Dad was in the hospital for 5 days, got better and better. The ENT surgeon suggested getting the stones removed by Surgery. Dad was against surgery and kept saying he didn’t want to have one at the age of 83.

Like I have told you all, Mom and Dad are great devotees of Rayaru. Every sloka, stotra I know I have learnt from them. So, when I called my parents, my Mom told me she will do Rayara seva for 3 days if he cures dad without having surgery. I told my Mom ” Amma, why are you testing our Rayaru by saying such things. We are all humans, such things happen to our body, the surgery is very simple, please don’t ask Rayaru that”. Mom was adamant.

Dad stayed in the hospital for 5 days, came back home, they consulted an Ayurveda Doctor and started getting treatment. Dad started getting better, could eat better, and things went back to normal. My Sister visited India end of December, they traveled to Tirupathi with her and almost everyone forgot about the seva they had promised Rayaru.

Last week as we were driving to SBAT for Madhwa Navami festival, my mom told me the amazing incident. Saturday early morning Rayaru came in her dream, gave her threee bananas and asked her ” Amma, seve maduthini antha helidyala, marathe bitteya?”( for those of you who don’t understand Kannada, “Amma, you told me you are going to do seva, did you forget?”)..

Mom couldn’t understand for almost few hours what the dream was, and after taking shower and when she was reciting Rayara stotra she said it flashed to her that Rayaru came and asked for her to complete the seva she had promised. As mom was telling me her dream, I kept telling her” Amma, yentha bhakthi ninnadu, Rayaru bandhu ninna nanna seve madu antha helabekadare”( for those of you who don’t understand Kannada, I said Amma, your bhakthi is great, how fortunate you are for Rayaru to come in your dream and ask to complete the seva”).

I was a little worried how Mom was going to do the seva at this age. She started the seva on Monday last week, completed three days of Seva, on Thursday she performed KanakabhiShekha for Rayaru at 4th T block temple, and also had food at the temple. Mom and Dad are just amazed by our Rayaru’s grace. They can’t stop telling the same incident over and over again. The surgery was something which was bothering both of them very much, and at for Rayaru to have listened to them shows how karunamayi our beloved Rayaru is.

I mentioned this dream of Mom yesterday during our Monthly Satsangha. And I had to share with you all my extended family as well.

This shows that if you have complete faith in our Beloved Rayaru he will protect his devotees. Rayare Gathiyu Namage – Guru Rayaru is our ultimate saviour. Guru Sarvabhowma Ki Jai as I always say.

Lunar Eclipse – Friday Feb 10th 2017 – USA

There is a lunar eclipse on Friday Feb 10th 2017 in USA. The Eclipse will take place in Ashlesha Nakshatra. So, if you are of that Nakshatra, please follow the instructions as posted on the Krishna Vrindavana web site.

I have attached link below for the same.

Shree Madhwa Navami Celebrations in USA

Hope you all had a chance to attend and perform the pooje to our Guru Shree Madhwacharyaru. We visited the SBAT temple on Saturday, and attended the pooje there. Below are some pictures from the temple, and pooje pictures from my home done today.

Pooje to Lord Bhaktha Anjaneya.

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Madhwa Navami :

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Rayara Brindavana.

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Today pooje at my home:

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