Benefits of Vishnu Sahasranama

We had our November satsangha yesterday at Ms. Vani’s house in Herndon, Virginia. As I have told several times, we recite Vishnu Sahasranama followed by taratamya stotras and slokas.

Once we finished, Ms. Padma talked about the video she had listened in Facebook about the Benefits of Vishnu Sahasranama. I asked her to send the link, listened to it from start to finish to today. This is a gem of a video and couldn’t help posting it here in my blog.

We all recite Vishnu Sahasranama, but to literally understand the significance as told by our Acharyaru is truly amazing. Listen at your leisure. This was the very first time we heard about Dr. Vyasanakere Prabhanjanacharya, and his discourse is mind blowing. Blessed to have technology sow we can listen and learn from great scholars.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=642133839521531&id=519343811438492&_rdr

And if you have a facebook account, listen at the below link:

https://www.facebook.com/madhwacharya4youth/videos/642133839521531/

Updated:ತುಲಸೀ ಹಬ್ಬವಿವಾಹ ಉತ್ವಾನ ದ್ವಾದಶಿ – Uthwana Dwadashi/Tulasi Habba – November 20th 2018

ತುಲಸೀ ಹಬ್ಬವಿವಾಹ ಉತ್ವಾನ ದ್ವಾದಶಿ – Uthwana Dwadashi/Tulasi Habba – November 20th 2018 Tuesday
Last year’s pictures:

 

Close up of our little Tulasi Plant:

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Lighting of Agarbathi:

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Aaruthi for Tulasi.
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Tulasi Pooje Preparation 2013:IMG_2807

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Uthwana Dwadashi – Tulasi Habba or Tulasi Pooje is celebrated a fortnight after Deepavali. It signifies the day Tulasi married Lord Vishnu. On this day, Tulasi katte is decorated like a bride. Amla trees are planted along with the tulsi plant.

Pooje to be done in the evening.

What’s Tulasi?

In most Hindu homes, you find a Tulasi plant growing out of a Tulasi katte . Tulasi is considered to be a holy plant and is worshiped every morning. Tulasi has medicinal value and is often used as a herb in curing the common cold and cough.

So what’s Tulasi Habba?
Tulasi came out of the ocean during Amrita Manthan as a younger sister of Lakshmi. She too was devoted to Lord Vishnu and wanted to marry him. But Lakshmi who was already married to him did not like the idea and cursed her to become a plant. Thus the tulasi plant was born. But the all merciful Lord Vishnu took pity and fulfilling her wish declared that when he will be in the form of a saligrama, found in most temples and madhwa houses, she will remain close to him in the form of a tulasi leaf. Therefore even today a saligrama will have a tulsi leaf along with it. In front of every Hindu home there will be a tulasi katte in which a plant grows round the year.
Although the prayers are offered to Tulasi everyday by watering the plant in the morning and lighting an oil lamp before it in the evening, on Kartik Shukla Dwadashi there will be an annual Tulasi Pooja in the evening when the tulasi katte will be beautifully decorated with clay lamps.

Attached below is a screen shot of the Tulasi Vivaha Slokas and Procedure as printed in the Uttaradi Matta Panchanga. If you click on the image a bigger picture will display which has the words very very clear.

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Here is the link for all the Tulasi slokas at this weblog.

1. Slokas

2. Daily Tulasi Pooja Procedure

3. Tulasi Sankeerthaney Lyrics and Audio

4. Devaranama on Tulasi – ಒಲ್ಲನೋ ಹರಿ ಕೊಳ್ಳನೋ

5. Vrundavanadevi Namo Namo Lyrics

6. Tulasi Pooje Songs

Some Updates

It has been almost more than a month since I wrote anything in my blog. October was a tough month for us. October 19th Friday we performed satsangha at my house. I was hoping to post pictures and the details before flying to Nice, France to speak at a conference on Sunday October 21st.

On Saturday night our time 9.30 PM, we received news that my Husbands eldest brother had suffered a massive heart attack and lost his life.

My brother-in-law was a staunch devote and performed all festivals, rituals as dictated in our scriptures. On Saturday which has ekadashi, he had fasted. Dwadashi, he woke up early morning at 3.45pm, cooked chaturmasya food, and was performing Devara pooje. He was about to perform Saligrama pooje, when we suffered a massive heart attack, collapsed and lost his life in front of God, doing god’s pooje.

It was a huge shock for all of us. Everyone I talked to said they had never heard anyone who lost their life performing God’s pooje. My brother in law was crazy about God. Never ever in my 27 years of married life did I ever hear him complain about God. He always said ” we are reaping what we did in our previous birth, why should we ever blame god”. I have never seen anyone filled with so much Bhakthi and loved doing anything and everything to God.

It was a huge shock, we attended all the 13 days rituals and returned back to USA on November 8th. We didn’t celebrate Diwali. It was too shocking to even light lamps. When the mind is not in the right frame, what festival can you do?

It is almost close to 4 weeks, and we are slowly accepting the fact that he is no more. It is so unbelievable, how can you just lose your life one day, just doing pooje, I cannot even think about it. The more I relive that day, the more I become depressed.

Life is so short, you are alive one day and dead the next day. It has been tough. Many of you asked why there were no updates, hence I thought I should share the challenges we faced the past 1 month.

I will start posting soon, especially the Tulasi Habba coming on 20th. Even if we are not allowed to celebrate, we can perform  festivals on a small scale.

Make sure you tell your loved ones every single day, you love them, you miss them, and you care for them.

Thanks so much for all your support.

Update: Rayara Brindavana Banner

Many call our Beloved Rayaru Brindavana a samadhi, it is not. Many call our Beloved Rayaru Brindavana a stone structure, it is not. Many call our Beloved Rayaru a God, he is not. Many call our Beloved Rayaru a magician, he is not.

To really know and understand the intricate details of the Brindavana and know what a great saint our Beloved Rayaru is, please take a look at the banner attached which is provided by SRSMUTT Mantralaya.

Many of you sent me this over emails, WhatsApp, thanks so much. Appreciate it very much. Download the PDF, most details are in Kannada, I am planning on converting the same in English, just need the time to do so.

Rayara Brindavana Banner

Please also find updated banner with all Gods name in English. This took almost 4 hours to complete. I am not copying anything, all credit to SRS Mutt Mantralaya. The English subtext is just to help people who don’t read Kannada. No other intention. Zoom the Pdf to see the text.

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Updated : Dasara – Navarathri – October 10th – October 18th 2018

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 10th – October 18th. 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.

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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 16th
    Read more about Saraswathi Pooje here.
  • Durgasthami – October 17th
  • Ayoodha Pooja – Mahanavami – October 18th. Read more about Ayoodha Pooja here.
  • Vijayadashami – October 18th

Devotional Songs for Dasara:

Dasara Pictures around the world:

Food Prepared during Dasara

Other links posted on the blog:

Celery Chutney

We are almost a dozen close knit satsangha group who have truly become sisters. We eagerly wait for the monthly satsangha, each one a staunch devotee of our beloved Rayaru. The very first attraction to all of us is our Rayaru, and the second the love and affection we have for each other, and last but not the least the food.

In the month of August we had Satsangha at Ms. Radhika’s house. Ms. Padma prepared Celery Chutney and it was just delicious and something I had never eaten. My Sister used to make Majjige Huli from Celery, but I had never eaten Celery Chutney. It was very very delicious and immediately became a super hit.

Yesterday, we had Satsangha at Ms. Vandhana’s house, and Padma once again made this chutney, and once again it was liked by one and all. Everyone started asking the recipe, and the next thing I know they all wanted me to post it here so we can refer to it anytime we wanted. So, here comes the recipe for Celery Chutney. Thanks Padma, and Radhika.

Recipe as sent by Ms. Padma on our WhatsApp group.

Ingredients:

  1. Celery Sticks – 1 bunch
  2. Peanuts – Handful
  3. Mustard Seeds, Jeera, Methi seeds, Hing
  4. Oil
  5. Ginger, Tamarind, Green chillies, Jaggery, Coriander leaves, Curry leaves

Method:

  • Celery sticks – fresh medium size bundle (you can use the leaves also). Wash , chop into small pieces and keep aside. Use them fresh so that it has water content in it.
  • In a kadai, put some oil and let it heat. Add the following in same order:
  • 2 handful of peanuts and let it fry till light brown, move it to the side in the kadai itself and add 2 tea spoon of mustard seeds and let it splutter, add 2 tea spoon of jeera, 1 tea spoon of methi seeds and mix all the ingredients, add a small ball of tamarind and  little hing and stir, add 4-6 green chillies based on how much spicy you want, add coarsely chopped ginger, curry leaves broken into pieces by hand and give it a stir, add chopped celery, stir and leave it open to cook on  low to medium flame – do not close the vessel, it will anyways leave water.
  • Cook for approx 8 to 12 mins
  • Add salt, jaggery and Coriander bunch and stir. It will leave more water. Let it cook for another 5 mins in low to medium heat.
  • Let it cool completely
  • Blend either finely (for sandwiches) or coarsely for rice/ idly/dosa. Celery will still have water in it and most likely, you will not need to add water while blending.

2018 Ganesha Pooje Pictures

Every year once we finish the festival we look back and say lets plan simple next year, but come next year we try and perform the Ganesha festival with full force. This year was no different. Even though my Ankle is still giving lots and lots of problems, we again managed to perform the festival like every year. And once again we had my Daughter join us and she helped us every step of the way.

We didn’t even have a drop of water until we finished the pooje, did Naivedya, have my sister and brother-in-law as Brahmana Mutaide, served food for the two of them, my daughter husband, and when I had lunch it was close to 3 pm. It was just humbling to see even my daughter not even have.a sip of water until lunch was served. Blessed are we to have a daughter who grew up all her life in America, is going to be an Orthopedic surgeon soon, and still follows our customs and traditions. And yes, she did 21 namaskaras to Lord Ganesha.

We also had a few of my Satsangha sisters for pooje, Ganesha story reading and followed by dinner. I wish a few of the blog friends could have joined, but well it was a week day so cannot force anyone.

Most flowers, banana leaf, Tulasi, grass-garike, patre leaves were from our garden. Mango leaves and Betel Leaves from my Sister’s garden. Like I always say, we had lots of fruits, coconut, flowers. And as always we prepared all the food. Some of the items we prepared were:

  1. Moong Dal Kosambari
  2. Chana Dal Kosambari
  3. Potato Palya
  4. Chayote – Seeme Badanekayi Palya
  5. Idli
  6. Chatni
  7. Dal Thove
  8. Saaru/Rasam
  9. Majjige Huli
  10. Shavige Payasa
  11. Kadabu
  12. Modaka
  13. Mango Chitranna
  14. Happala

As always, sharing some pictures for you all. Hope you all had a wonderful Ganesha Festival.

The Ganesha was handmade by my Sister Suma and Niece Shwetha. we did the visarjane in the night itself.

Pooja Preparation:

Morning Pooja:



Naivedya For Lord:

 

Banana Leaf food for us:

Evening Pooja:

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