Update : Can Prayer Heal the Sick?

Happy Dasara and Vijaya Dashami

Thanks a million for all your wishes, emails, prayers, texts and messages. I have undoubtedly done something very great in my previous births to have you all in my life. It is just unbelievable how many of you wrote to me, suggested prayers, sent me well wishes. THANK YOU!

Now back to my health issue. The pain continued as usual. Every step I took, I recited names of Shree Vadirajaru, Shree Raghvendra Swamy and Shree Bhoota Rajaru. I went back to the Doctor twice. She did ECG and many more blood tests. Everything came back normal, and the pain continued as is. I couldn’t sleep, nor sit. On Wednesday last week, it was just too much pain, and before going to bed, I looked at the photo of our Beloved Rayaru and asked him “Why am I suffering so much, what is the reason, is this going to be another long road for recovery just like my foot pain?”. I had tears in my eyes, even though I was very optimistic about Doctors reports and all, I am still  a human being. I can take only so much pain, right?

Around 5.30 AM Thursday morning I had an amazing dream, I was with my Husband Raghavendra in an old temple belonging to our beloved Rayaru. There were thousands of people. The Priest calls me and my Husband and gives us Panchamruta. I immediately consume, look around and everyone else is still holding it in their hands. I immediately apologize to the Priest and he says “No worries, I gave it to drink, see I will drink it to show that it is OK”. We moved forward,  and there are many people around Singing one of my favorite Rayaru songs “Raya Baro Thande Thayi Baro”. My Husband looks at me and says “Meera, you sing this song with so much devotion, why not sing here”. I tell him “No, Raghu I don’t want to sing in public”.He keeps telling me ” you are a great devotee of Rayaru, and hesitating to Sing”. I immediately sing the song. And at this point, I was startled and got woken up. To have received Panchamruta in a mutta and in my dream was an attestation that Rayaru cannot see us crying. 

It was an amazing dream and since that last Thursday, my pain has been going away slowly. Earlier, I used to take 3 800 mg Motrin. Now this week, it has reduced to 1 in the night. No more pain when I eat, or sneeze. Too much sitting still hurts, but when compared to how much pain I suffered, it is way better.

Once again, thanks a million to each one of you who sent me messages, emails, comments, texts. Many of you prayed for me. Many of you told me you were thinking of me. Many of you shared your own pains, aches and troubles. All of which showed how much I mean to you all. THERE IS NO WORD IN THE DICTIONARY TO THANK YOU ALL. IT IS A SMALL WORD. I AM HUMBLED, BLESSED TO HAVE YOU ALL. GOD IS GREAT, AND YES PRAYERS HEAL THE SICK.

From posts which talk mostly about food and festivals to this one, you may be wondering right? Let me give you all a few updates. The past few months had been busy, very hectic with work and festivals. You all saw the pictures I posted for many of the Shravana Masa festivals and Ganesha festival as well.

After Ganesha Festival, starting September 20th, I had severe cough. For someone who boasts to be the most healthy lady, it completely took over me. I don’t remember the last time I had cough in my life.

I tried everything from, Kashaya, Honey, Tulasi with Pepper, Cloves, you name it I had it. However, the cough got worse and worse to the point where I had to finally go to the Doctor.

Doctor confirmed it was a bacterial infection, gave prescription medicine. 7 days went by and nothing changed. Went back to the Doctor, and she gave me Robutussin with Codeine to sleep. Last Friday, the cough reduced a little bit.

As I was struggling here, my Daughter was suffering with severe mouth ulcers. She hadn’t seen us in months, and so we decided to drive to North Carolina on Saturday last week. We reached there and from Saturday night I started having severe chest pain.

The pain was on the right side, so we knew it was not a Heart Attack. Sneha did some tests, and gave some pain killers. By Sunday, it became worse. We decided better to be home, than in a different place and we drove back home Sunday night.

All the way, you know what I did. Kept praying to our Beloved Rayaru to help tolerate the pain. Monday morning, I woke up to pain which was so severe, and I felt very nauseated. We rushed to the Hospital, they checked the vital signs like BP, Pulse, heart and said it is not serious and asked us to wait.

After almost 3 hours the Doctor came back, did all other tests. I was all the way thinking something had gone wrong and I would be having some kind of surgery. I kept thinking it might be Appendix which might have burst, it might be a Cyst which might have burst, having the web at your finger tips doesn’t help either. You keep entering the symptoms and worry about all the issues which might have happened.

Finally, the Doctor told me I was not having a heart attack, nor was I having any serious issue. The severe cough I had for more than 2 weeks, had caused a problem called as Chondrocostal junction syndrome or Tietze syndrome.If you read about this on WIKIPEDIA, it says “The main presentation of the syndrome is significant, acute pain in the chest, along with tenderness and some swelling of the cartilages affected, which is commonly palpable on examination. Perceived pain is often exacerbated with respiration.[4] Although many times it can be extremely painful, to the point of being debilitating, Tietze’s Syndrome is considered to be a benign condition that generally resolves in 12 weeks. However, it can often be a chronic condition. The pain can be identical to a heart attack and can cause hyperventilating, anxiety attacks, passing out, panic attacks and temporary numbness/paralysis.”

The Doctor gave me even more high dose pain killers, asked me to do some heat therapy and sent us home.  What a relief to come home without any surgery.

The pain even now is quite severe. It is hard to sit or sleep, but I can keep walking all day and night long. I am trying to work from home as much as possible. The faith and belief I had and the prayers I kept saying might have made a difference for me to bear the pain. I now know how anyone feels when they are having severe pain, and the one and only thing which kept me sane was the name of our Beloved Rayaru.

I might have recited our Beloved Rayaru’s name almost a million times the last few weeks. I am also so glad the diagnosis was not something major. I really might have done something good to have just come out of this bad few weeks with just pain.

If you want to learn more Chondrocostal junction syndrome or Tietze syndrome, read this article on the wikipedia.


Like I said, prayer, faith and belief in our beloved Rayaru kept me going. God will not take away the pain, but he will definitely help us in managing the pain. He will give us the strength to overcome the pain. He will give us the belief that all is going to be OK. He will show us miracles will happen.

It is not possible in this world to be healthy all the time, we are humans and we will have to undergo sickness and pain. The prayer and faith we have will reduce the intensity. It reiterates to me that “God listens to our Prayers”.

Hopefully, in the next few weeks the pain will go away, and Meera can be herself.

Do you think prayers can heal the sick? What are your thoughts? Share your experiences.

Updated : Dasara – Navarathri – October 13th – October 22nd 2015

Dasara is celebrated all over India as a religious as well as a social festival. Nava means nine and rathri means night and so Navarathri means nine nights. Some call it as Navarathri, some as Vijaya Dashami, and some as Dussehra. Doesn’t matter what you call, does it?

This year Dasara is celebrated from October 13th – October 22nd 2015. Please check the dates in the country you are residing.

From day one of the festival, it is customary to keep a Kalasha (ಕಲಶ), this is filled with water(ನೀರು) and 4 betel leaves(ವೀಳೆದೆಲೇ) are arranged as shown below in the pictures.Apply Haldi (ಆರಿಶಿನ) , Kumkum(ಕುಂಕುಮ), and flowers, gejje vastra (ಗೆಜ್ಜೆ ವಸ್ತ್ರ) as shown again. This Kalasha is kept in front of the Pattada Gombe (ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ) which is given during the marriage to the bride. This ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ signifies Lord Srinivasa and Goddess Padmavathi. Again, see pictures below. These ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ are decorated with different jewelery, crown, bangles, dresses every few years.

Pattada Gombe 2

If you are keeping an elaborate Gombe (Dolls), than the Kalasha and the Pattada Bombe are placed on the top shelf. And all other arrangements follow next.

Even though all the 10 days and nine nights are important, there are a few major days where pooja is done with great devotion and pomp.
Those days are as follows:

  • Saraswathi Pooja – October 20th
    Read more about Saraswathi Pooje here.
  • Durgasthami – October 21st
  • Ayoodha Pooja – Mahanavami – October 21st. Read more about Ayoodha Pooja here.
  • Vijayadashami – October 22nd

Devotional Songs for Dasara:

Dasara Pictures around the world:

Food Prepared during Dasara

Other links posted on the blog:

Doddapatre Thambuli – ದೊಡ್ಡಪತ್ರೆ ತಂಬುಳಿ

I posted the benefits of using Curd (Yogurt) for Health and Beauty way back in 2012. The post if you haven’t seen it yet is linked below:
Curd (Yogurt) for Health and Beauty

I have one pot where I am growing Doddapatre  – ದೊಡ್ಡಪತ್ರೆ  at home. It is called Cuban Oregano in English. Botanical name is Coleus aromaticus.

As I went back to this post, I saw Ms. Deepa Mahishi had posted a recipe for the same. I followed the same steps and created this. It is just out of this world tasty.


  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • 4-5 black pepper
  • 1-2 green chillies
  • A bunch of Doddapatre  – ದೊಡ್ಡಪತ್ leaves
  • 1 tsp Ghee or oil
  • Yogurt 2-3 cups
  • For seasoning, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp urad dal, 1 sprig curry leaves, hing and 1/2 red chili.


  • Wash Doddapatre leaves thoroughly.
  • Fry Jeera, black pepper, green chillies, Doddapatre leaves cut into pieces in 1tbsp of Ghee.
  • Once it cools down, grid it in mixer with yogurt.
  • Make seasoning with Mustard, Urad dal, hing, red chilli and Curry leaves in Ghee or oil.
  • Add it to the Tambuli. You can also substitute Spinach for Doddapatre leaves.

Pictorial Procedure:





So, how should we consume this? I had it as is. No accompaniment. It is just delicious. So, can be had without anything. You can eat it with rice, and make a thicker version and eat it with Chapathi also.

JIvakusumavidu Misalu Ninage – ಜೀವಕುಸುಮವಿದು ಮೀಸಲು ನಿನಗೆ Lyrics

Contributed by Ms. Bhavana Damle. An amazing composition from Pujya Sree Swami Brahmananda Ji of Chinamaya Mission. Thanks, Bhavana for any amazing song and lyrics.

ರಚನೆ: ಪೂಜ್ಯ ಸ್ವಾಮಿ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾನಂದಜೀ, ಚಿನ್ಮಯ ಮಿಷನ್
ಗಾಯಕಿ : ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ಶಾಂತಾ ಜಯತೀರ್ಥ

ಜೀವಕುಸುಮವಿದು ಮೀಸಲು ನಿನಗೆ
ಉದ್ಧರಿಸು ದೇವ ದೇವಾಧಿದೇವ |
ನೇಸರನ ಹೊಂಗಿರಣ ಸೋಂಕದ ಮುನ್ನ
ಸುಳಿಯುವ ತಂಗಾಳಿ ಸೋಂಕದ ಮುನ್ನ
ಉದ್ಧರಿಸು ದೇವ ದೇವಾಧಿದೇವ ||

ಪಾತಾಳದಿಂದಾಚೆ ನಿನ್ನಯ ಚರಣ
ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾಂಡದಿಂದಾಚೆ ನಿನ್ನಯ ಮುಕುಟ
ಬೃಹತ್ತು ನೀನು ಅಲ್ಪತೆಯು ನಾನು
ಉದ್ಧರಿಸು ದೇವ ದೇವಾಧಿದೇವ ||

ಬೇಡನ ಕೊಂಡೊಯ್ದೆ ಕೈಲಾಸನಿಧಿಗೆ
ಕೂರಂಬು ಎಸೆದ ನರನಿಗೆ ಒಲಿದೆ
ಭಕ್ತಿಯ ಪ್ರಿಯ ನೀನು ಭಕ್ತರ ಪ್ರಿಯ ನೀನು
ಉದ್ಧರಿಸು ದೇವ ದೇವಾಧಿದೇವ ||

jIvakusumavidu mIsalu ninage
uddharisu dEva dEvAdhidEva |
nEsarana hoMgiraNa sOMkada munna
suLiyuva taMgALi sOMkada munna
uddharisu dEva dEvAdhidEva ||

pAtALadiMdAce ninnaya caraNa
brahmAMDadiMdAce ninnaya mukuTa
bRuhattu nInu alpateyu nAnu
uddharisu dEva dEvAdhidEva ||

bEDana koMDoyde kailAsanidhige
kUraMbu eseda naranige olide
Baktiya priya nInu Baktara priya nInu
uddharisu dEva dEvAdhidEva ||

Yakshagana in SBAT, Maryland – October 10th

The temple I often write about here in Maryland, USA is hosting artists from Karnataka, who are going to perform Yakshagana. If you are free and near the area, please do visit. I will try visiting as well. I have seen Yakshagana once and just love the art.

Details attached below.

Update: Mahalaya Paksha Masa – September 28th – October 12th 2015

The fortnight (15 days) preceding the Navaratri/Dasara or the second half “Krishna Paksha” of Bhadrapada Masa is called Pitru Paksha also known as Mahalaya Paksha. This period is important for honoring our ancestors. Men, whose fathers have passed away, offer their obeiscence (shraddha) to their ancestors during this period. This year it falls on the following days in the United States and India.
No functions such as upanayanam, marriage, gruhapravesha, engagement or any such activities performed during these 15 days. These 15 days are totally dedicated to our ancestors.
Pitru Paksha – Mahalaya Paksha : September 28th – October 12th 2015
There are many resources available online to assist in giving tarpana and doing shradha for the departed souls of ones family. Attached below are all the links.
If you have any resource, please share.

Sree Shiva Vishnu Temple is performing the same and a donation of $95 is charged and includes dakshina for the priest as well.

P.S: Please refer to dates in your country, and check with elders or temple priests.

24/7 Radio on Guru Raghavendra


Mr.DIWAKAR RAO N sent me an email a couple days back about the Radio. He had sent me a link of Android radio on Guru Raghavendra, which naturally didn’t work for me since I have an iPhone. Tried many options and couldn’t get it working. So, I did what best I do, googled the same and alas found the link on Facebook and a couple other places for the radio.

For those of you having an Android phones, you can download the same from the link below:

Guru Raghavendra Bhakthi Radio – Android Apps on Google Play

For those of you having a iPhone, the following search on the AppStore allows you to download the app:

Guru Raghavendra Radio

For those of you who want to listen on your laptop, below is the link:


So, doesn’t matter what device or computer you have, you can now listen to Songs and Pravachanas at your finger tips.  I heard a few amazing songs, and still looking for the lyrics. Once found will post it here.

Once again, Thanks Mr.DIWAKAR RAO N  for sharing such a wonderful link.

The program schedule as per the website is as such:

  • Guru Raghavendra Radio Schedule (24×7) every day – All times Mantralayam (india) Time:
  • Tamil Songs Morning – 4:00 am – 6:30 am
  • Suprabatha Seva – 6:30 am
  • Devotee Time (Real Interviews with devotees on Rayarus miracles in Kannada, English, Tamil and Telugu) – 1 AM ,3 am, 9 am , 11 am, 12:30 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm,8 pm, 10 pm
  • Tamil Songs Evening – 4 pm
  • Kannada Dasa Vaibhava will play All other times other than the times listed above. Rare songs on Rayaru sung by great haridasas in Kannada

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