Update: Pushya Nakshatra and Sunday – January 24th 2016

Rayaru

Rayaru

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/

Rayare Gathiyu Namage – ರಾಯರೇ ಗತಿಯು ನಮಗೆ Lyrics

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How appropriate is this song for all of us who are devotees of our Beloved Rayau. I saw this song lyrics posted on Facebook by Sri. Nagaraju Haveri. I requested his permission to post this here. Thanks, Sir for the lyrics.
( ಶ್ರೀ ಶ್ಯಾಮಸುಂದರದಾಸರ ಕಣ್ಣಲ್ಲಿ ಶ್ರೀ ಗುರುಸಾರ್ವಭೌಮರು )

ರಾಗ : ಕಾಂಬೋಧಿ ತಾಳ : ಝಂಪೆ

ರಾಯರೇ ಗತಿಯು ನಮಗೆ ।
ವಾಯು ಮತ ಮತೋದ್ಧಾರ ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಗುರು ।। ಪಲ್ಲವಿ ।।

ಶುಕ ಪಿಕ ಮೊದಲಾದ ವಿಕುಲಕ್ಕೆ ಮಧುರ ಫಲ ।
ಯುಕುತವಾಗಿಹ ಚೂತ ಸುಕುಜ ಗತಿಯೋ ।
ಮುಕುತಿಗೆ ಸುಜ್ಞಾನ ಭಕುತಿ ವಿರಕುತಿ ಗತಿಯು ।
ಅಕಳಂಕ ಶ್ರೀಮಂತ್ರ ಮಂದಿರದಿ ನೆಲೆಸಿಪ್ಪ ।। ಚರಣ ।।

ಋಷಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಪ್ರಣವೆ ಗತಿ ರುಷಗಳಿಗೆ ಜಲವೆ ಗತಿ ।
ಸಸಿಗಳಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗೆ ಶಶಿ ರವಿ ಗತಿಯೋ ।
ಶಿಶುಗಳಿಗೆ ಜನನಿ ಗತಿ ಪಶುಗಳಿಗೆ ತೃಣವೆ ಗತಿ ।
ಅಸಮ ಮಹಿಮೆಯಲಿ ಮೆರೆವ ಮಿಸುನಿಶಯ್ಯನಜರಾದ ।। ಚರಣ ।।

ಕಾಮಿನಿ ಮಣಿಯರಿಗೆ ಕೈಪಿಡಿದ ಕಾಂತ ಗತಿ ।
ಭೂಮಿ ಬುಧರಿಗೆ ಮಧ್ವ ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ ಗತಿಯೋ ।
ತಾಮರಸ ಸಖ ಸುತನ ಧಾಮ ಭಯ ಪೋಪುದಕೆ ।
ಶ್ಯಾಮಸುಂದರವಿಠ್ಠಲ ಸ್ವಾಮಿ ನಾಮವೆ ಗತಿಯೋ ।। ಚರಣ ।।

ವಿವರಣೆ :

ಶುಕ = ಗಿಳಿ
ಪಿಕ = ಕೋಗಿಲೆ
ವಿಕುಲ = ಪಕ್ಷಿ ಕುಲ
ಚೂತ ಸುಕುಜ = ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಮಾವಿನ ಮರ
ಪ್ರಣವ = ಓಂಕಾರ
ರುಷಗಳು = ಜಲಚರ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳು
ಮಿಸುನಿಶಯ್ಯಜ = ಹಿರಣ್ಯಕಶಿಪುವಿನ ಮಗ
ತಾಮರಸ ಸಖ = ಕಮಲದ ಹೂವಿಗೆ ಮಿತ್ರನಾದ ಸೂರ್ಯ
ಸುತನ = ಯಮಧರ್ಮರಾಜರ
ಧಾಮ = ಪುರಕ್ಕೆ

ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಯರನ್ನು ಯಾರು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಭಕ್ತಿ ಶ್ರದ್ಧೆಗಳಿಂದ ಪೂಜಿಸುತ್ತಾರೋ, ಭಜಿಸುತ್ತಾರೋ, ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಯರೇ ಗತಿಯೆಂದು ಸರ್ವ ಕಾಲಗಳಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಸೇವಿಸುತ್ತಾರೋ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಶ್ರೀ ಯಮಧರ್ಮರಾಜರ ಭಯವು ಅಂದರೆ ” ನರಕ ” ದ ಭಯ ಇಲ್ಲ ಎನ್ನುವುದನ್ನು ಶ್ರೀ ಶ್ಯಾಮಸುಂದರದಾಸರು ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಗುರುರಾಯರ ಅದ್ಭುತ ಮಹಿಮೆಯನ್ನು ಅತಿ ಮನೋಜ್ಞವಾಗಿ ಸರಳ ಸುಂದರವಾಗಿ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ನಮ್ಮ ನಿಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ರಾಯರೇ ಗತಿಯು ನಮಗೆ ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಗುರುರಾಯರೇ ಗತಿಯು!!!!!

Savadhanadindiru Manave – ಸಾವಧಾನದಿಂದಿರು ಮನವೇ Lyrics

Shri. Canchi Ravi who is one of the greatest admirers of my blog has sent us this amazing lyrics by Shree. Purandara Dasaru. I have attached lyrics in both Kannada and English. Thanks so much Sir for the lyrics. And I appreciate all your comments, your support, and the books you sent me about our Beloved Rayaru.

 

 Lyrics in Kannada:
ಸಾವಧಾನದಿಂದಿರು ಮನವೇ   |
ದೇವರು ಕೊಟ್ಟಾನು ಕೊಟ್ಟಾನು ಕೋಟ್ಟಾನು  || (pa)
ಡಂಭವ ನೀ ಬಿಡಲೊಲ್ಲೇ ರಂಗನ  |
ನಂಬಿದ ಆ ಕ್ಷಣದಲ್ಲೇ  ||                             (೧)

ದೃಢ ಮಾಡಾತನ ಸ್ಮರಣೆ  ಭಕ್ತರ  |
ಬಿಡಾತನು ಅತಿ ಕರುಣಿ              ||               (೨)

ಪುರಂದರ ವಿಠಲನ ನಂಬು ನಿನಗಿಹ  |
ಪರಲೋಕದ ಸಂಪದಗಳನೆಲ್ಲ    ||             (೩)
Lyrics in English:
Savadhanadindadiru Manave
Devaru Kottanu Kottanu Kottanu || pa||
Dhambhava nee Bidalolle Rangana |
Nambida Aa Kshanadalle || 1 ||
Drudha Maddatana Smarane Bhakthara |
Bhidatanu Aathi Karuni || 2 ||
Purandara Vittalana Nambu Ninagiha |
Paralokhada Sampadagalanella || 3||
And you can listen to the song sung by Puttur Narasimha Nayak

Redesigned Pooja Room

My Husband had promised and redesigned and renovated the pooja room completely. He did everything manually. Thought of sharing the pictures with you all as well. I did all the rangoli and other arrangements!

Goddess Lakshmi Devi, Chamundeshwari and our kula devata Durga Devi.

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Our Mane Devarau, Lord Venkateshwara.

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Guru Madhwacharyaru, Guru Vadirajaru and Bhoota Rajaru.

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Our Mane Devarau, Lord Venkateshwara. IMG_5361

Update: Makara Sankranthi – Jan 15th 2016

The 2nd week of January is the festival “Makara Sankranthi”. This year it is on 15th, which is a Friday.

P.S: Please check your local calendars and temples to see the exact date.

Makara Sankranthi is a widely celebrated festival in different parts of India.  On this day,  Lord Surya or Sun is worshiped.  It is also celebrated as a harvest festival in many parts of India. On this day, Sun begins his journey to the Northern Hemisphere, most commonly called as Uttharayana.  As with all other festivals, this festival also has many legends, two such commonly told legends are:

1. Lord Surya or Sun visits Shani on this day.

2. Bheeshma Pithamaha, who was able to choose when he will die, chose this day to end his life.

The house is cleaned, and decorated with fresh green mango leaves tied as thorana to the front door. Beautiful, and colorful rangoli is drawn at the front of the house.  After performing the pooja, yellu(Sesame seeds) and Bella(Jaggery) is offered to God. Usually it is prepared by mixing Till, finely chopped Jaggery, roasted groundnuts cut into small peices, with finely chopped dried coconut, and Putani, also called as Hurigadale.

Attached below are the pictures and the steps to making Yellu Bella.

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I use the following proportion to prepare the yellu:

* 1/2 cup Yellu or Sesame Seeds
* 1 cup Groundnuts or peanuts ( Fried, skin removed and cut into half)
* 1 cup Dhalia or hurigadale
* 1 cup finely chopped dry coconut
* 1 cup Jaggery, finely chopped

Usually the Sesame seeds are cleaned, washed and dried. Later, they are fried. I skip this step, and just fry the Sesame seeds for a few minutes.

Next, grate the black portion of the dry coconut. Chop them into squares as shown in the above picture. Chop the Jaggery also and make sure they are dry. My mom used to keep it in the sun for a few days.

Mix, all the ingredients together. Distribute to your family and friends. If all the ingredients are dry, it will stay for months.

Here is the recipe for Yellu Unde/Burfi:

Ingredients:

  1. Sesame Seeds/Yellu – 1 cup
  2. Peanuts – 1 cup
  3. Dhalia – 1 cup
  4. Jaggery – 2cups
  5. Grated Coconut – 2 tsp
  6. 7-8 cardamom – ground finely
  7. 2 tsp Oil or Ghee(I never use Ghee)

Method:

  • Fry the Sesame seeds for 4-5 minutes. Take out in a plate.
  • In a pan, heat oil or ghee. Now add the jaggery. Add just enough water so that the Jaggery dissolves.
  • Keep stirring for almost 9-10 minutes until the jaggery starts leaving the sides.
  • Next, add peanuts, sesame seeds, dhalia and mix well. Let it continue on the stove top for another 3-4 minutes. Add in the cardamom as well.
  • Turn off the stove. Grease a tray, and pour the mixture. Let it cool a little bit.
  • Cut squares. ANd the left over, was formed to a round shape.
  • Finally garnish with grated coconut.

I called it Yellu Burfi, and everyone called it Sesame Squares.

Most dishes prepared during this day are made out of Yellu or Sesame seeds and Rice. It is also tradition to prepare Sweet and Khara Pongal during this festival. The recipes are posted here in the blog and are attached below for your convenience:

If you wish to cook elaborate dishes during Sankranthi, many authentic recipes are posted here:

And you can find various Rangoli designs here:

Happy New Year -2016

Dear All,

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one of the millions of visitors who have visited this blog.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who has subscribed to this blog.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who has tirelessly contributed to this blog.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who has commented.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who has sent me personal emails.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who wrote to me saying I have inspired you.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who has conveyed their personal feelings and asked for my prayers.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who have read the blog.

I shared my health issues, which brought tears to many of you, and for many who commented solidified the faith in our Supreme Lord.

A blog which has crossed many milestones, a blog which is being read in many countries, a blog which has many contributors, a blog which has influenced many, a blog which brings many to share their own stories, a blog which makes people have faith in our Supreme Lord, would not have been possible without the blessings from the Supreme Lord.

This blog wouldn’t have been possible without the constant support from YOU ALL.

Thanks for everything and have a wonderful NEW YEAR -2016.

 

 

 

Tulasi Pooje Pictures -2016

The Tulasi pooje in the evening went very well. I always feel humbled and blessed when I perform the same. And the next best thing for me is to share the pictures with you all my extended family.

So, here are some pictures from the Night! All the plants are inside since it has started to get very cold in the nights. The banana plants, Jasmine and all the pepper plants have made it inside along with the Tulasi Plant.

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