Sri Medha Dhakshinamurthy Ashtotharam !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Sri Medha Dakshina Murthy Ashtothara is hundred and eight names  of Lord Medha Dhakshina Murthy.   This is one of the sacred  forms of Lord Shiva as 'Acharya' / 'Guru'. 


Om Vidya Roopiney Nama:
Mahayoginey Nama:
Shudhha Gnaniney Nama:
Pinakadruthey Nama:
Ratnalamkrutha Sarvanginey Nama:
Raktha Maliney Nama:
Jada Dhariney Nama:
Gangadharaya Nama:
Achala Vasiney Nama:
Sarva Gnaniney Nama:
Maha Gnaniney Nama:
Samadhikruthey Nama:
Aprameyaya Nama:
Yoga Nidhaye Nama:
Tharakaya Nama:
Brahma Roopiney Nama:
Baktha Valsalaya Nama:
Jagath Vyapiney Nama:
Vishnu Murthaye Nama:
Puranthakaya Nama:
Vrushaba Vahanaya Nama:
Charma Vasaya Nama:
Peethambaradharaya Nama:
Moksha Nidhaye Nama:
Andhakaraye Nama:
Jagad Pathye Nama:
Vidhya Dhariney Nama:
Shukla Thanuvey Nama:
Vidhya Dhayiney Nama:
Ganadhipaya Nama:
Papadhasmara Samhathrey Nama:
Sashimoulaye Nama:
Maha Swaraya Nama:
Samaveda Priyaya Nama:
Avyaya Nama:
Sadhavey Nama:
Samastha Devathalankruthaya Nama:
Hasthi Vahnikaraya Nama:
Srimathey Nama:
Mruga Dhariney Nama:
Sankaraya Nama:
Yagna Nathaya Nama:
Yamanthakaya Nama:
Bakthanugraha Karakaya Nama:
Baktha Sevithaya Nama:
Vrushabadwajaya Nama:
Basmodhoolitha Vigrahaya Nama:
Akshamala Dharaya Mahathey Nama:
Thrimoorthaye Nam::
Parabrahmaney Nama:
Naga Rajalamkruthaya Nama:
Santha Swaroopiney Nama:
Maha Roopiney Nama:
Ardha Nariswaraya Nama:
Devaya Nama:
Muni Sevyaya Nama:
Surothamaya Nama:
Vyakyana Devaya Nama:
Bhagavathey Nama:
Ravi Chandragni Lochanaya Nama:
Jagad Shreshtaya Nama:
Jagad Heythavey Nama:
Jagad Vasiney Nama:
Trilochanaya Nama:
Jagad Guruvey Nama:
Mahadevaya Nama:
Maha Nrutha Parayanaya Nama:
Jada Dhariney Nama:
Maha Yoginey Nama:
Maha Mohiney Nama:
Gnana Deepairalamkruthaya Nama:
Vyoma Ganga Jalasnathaya Nama:
Siddha Sanga Samarchithaya Nama:
Thathwa Moorthaye Nama:
Bakthanam Ishta Phala Pradaya Nama:
Para Moorthaye Nama:
Chit Swaroopiney Nama:
Thejo Moorthaye Nama:
Anamayaya Nama:
Veda Vedanta Thathwarthaya Nama:
Chathush Shashti Kalanidhaye Nama:
Bava Roga Bhaya Dwamsiney Nama:
Bakthanam Abhaya Pradaya Nama:
Neelagreevaya Nama:
Lalatakshaya Nama:
Gaja Charminey Nama:
Gnanadhaya Nama:
Aroginey Nama:
Kama Dhahanaya Nama:
Thapaswiney Nama:
Vishnu Vallabhaya Nama:
Brahmachariney Nama:
Sanyasiney Nama:
Gruhasthashrama Karanaya Nama:
Danthasramavatham Shreshtaya Nama:
Dayanidhaye Nama:
Yoga Pattabiramaya Nama:
Veena Dhariney Nama:
Vicheythanaya Nama:
Mathi Prakja Sudha Dhariney Nama:
Mudra Pustaka Dharanaya Nama:
Vethaladhi Pishachaika Vinasanaya Nama:
Raja Yakshmadhi Roganam Vinasanaya Nama:
Sureswaraya Nama:
Sri Medha Dhakshina Murthaye Nama:


Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Chaitra Amavasya on 2/3rd May, 2011 !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

The New Moon Day or  Amavasya creates special upsurge of energies in human body.  Severe austerities on the days of Amavasya and Pournami (Full moon) are treated as auspicious.  The New Moon Day  considered as capable to bring abundance of merits for men by following austerities and by paying homage to departed  souls (Pitru Tharpanam), similarly austerities on  the Pournami day also brings abundance of merits to women.  Amavasya which falls in the month of September/October known as Pitru Paksha/Mahalaya Paksha, treated as the most auspicious period to offer reverence to the departed souls.

Amavasya is the day to remember forefathers.   It is believed that the departed souls stay close to their beloveds during the day of Amavasya from dawn to dusk.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Pradosha Mahathmyam !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Hara Hara Sankara Jaya Jaya Sankara !!

Yevai Pradosha Samaye Parameswarasya
Kurvanthyananya Mansangri Saroja Poojaam
Nithya Pravrudha Thara Puthra Kalathra Mithra
Sowbhagya Sambad Adhikastha Ihaiva Lokey

Whoever worships Lord Shiva during the Pradosha would avail His blessings. 


The Pradosha Kalam - 'Dosha' Kala is the time to worship Lord Shiva.  The time of 'Pradosha' is 4.30 PM to 7.00PM to worship the glory of Lord Rudra.   The Worship of Lord can be done by Mananam, Sravanam and Keerthanam.  The Mananam is the process of uttering or chanting the glory of Lord Shiva, Sravanam denotes listening or reading   the sacred scriptures and last but not the least singing and praising the glory of the Lord.  'Shiva' in sanskrit means ' The Auspicious'.    

The scriptures describe the worshipping forms of Lord Shiva as:

Anugraha Murthy - Lord Shiva with pleasing features blessing His worshiper

Rudra/Samhara Murthy - Lord Shiva in a fuming rage/ destructive mood

Tandava Murthy - Performing cosmic dance

Sri Dakshina Murthy - Form of an 'Acharya'/ Guru

Linga - Universal form/Nirguna Brahmam

Bhikshadandar - Saintly form

Harihara/Sankaranarayana - Two equal halves represents Hari and   Hara

Ardhanarishwara - Two equal halves, one represent Lord Shiva and other half Goddess Sakthi

Ayur Nasyathi Pasyatham Prathi Dinam
Yathi Kshayam Youvanam
Prathyayanthi Gatha Puna Na Divasa
Kalo Jagat Bakshaka
Lakshmisthoya Thanga Banga Chapala
Vidhyuchalam Jeevitham
Asman Mama Saranagatham Saranadha
Twam Raksha Rakshaa Dhuna

Hara Hara Sankara Jaya Jaya Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

The Glory of Ekadashi !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!


Ekadashi Vratam Nama
Sarva Kama Phala Pradam
Kartabyam Sarvada Viprair
Vishnu Prinana Karanam


The above line reveals the importance of Ekadashi Vrata and fasting on Ekadashi Days.  The Ekadashi Vrata could bring Everything in the life of worshipper whoever follows with utmost faith and devotion.  It brings Dharma (Righteousness), Kama (Desires), Artha (Knowledge about Self), Moksha (Salvation).


There are 26 Ekadashis in a Year and they are:

Utpanna Ekadashi, Moksada Ekadashi, Saphala Ekadashi, Putrada Ekadashi, Sattila Ekadashi, Jaya Ekadashi, Vijaya Ekadashi, Amalaki Ekadashi, Papamocani Ekadashi, Kamada Ekadashi, Varuthini Ekadashi, Mohini Ekadashi, Apara Ekadashi, Nirjala Ekadashi, Yogini Ekadashi, Sayana Ekadashi, Kamika Ekadashi, Pavitra Ekadashi, Annada Ekadashi, Parsva Ekadashi, Indira Ekadashi, Pasankusa Ekadashi, Rama Ekadashi, Utthana Ekadashi, Padmini Ekadashi and Parama Ekadashi.

Astai Tanyavrataghnani
Apo Mulam Phalam Payah
Havir Brahamana Kamya Cha
Guror Vachanam Aushadham

Worship of Lord Sri Hari on the day of Ekadashi, fasting and keeping awake in the night was absolutely perfect for the people in Kritha, Treta, Dwapara Yuga unlike Kaliyuga.  At this Kaliyuga, where there is no moral values, faith, devotion, dedication, inability to concentrate, poor memory and multiple illness etc... make difficult to follow the vrata as prescribed in the scriptures.  At least, avoiding meals made out of rice, moong dal, wheat flour, white flour, Barley, Lentil, Green Peas, Sesame oil and Mustard oil will keep the  Ekadashi Vrata with austerity.  The consumption of rice and the pulses on the day of Ekadashi brings the sins of Brahmahathya and the sin of killing Cow.  It is believed the sins of the above said take shelter in the grains and the probhibited pulses on these days.   The Ekadashi Vrata  also  known as the day of 'Upavasa' ( Upa + Vasam =  stay close to Lord), refraining from all other activities and engage in chanting and praising the glory of Sriman Narayana.  

Jai Sriman Narayana !! 

Sri Rangam Chithirai Brahmostavam - Day II !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

The reproduced below is an interesting and informative article regarding Sri Rangam Chithirai Brahmostavam by Sri Narasimha Bhattar. 


 
At around 6:00 AM in the morning at Srirangam  Namperumal leaves from Kannadi Arai (palace of mirror) and goes for a stroll around the Chitra Streets and after that He reaches Aasthana Mandapam which is on the banks of Cauvery river.


There are many mandapams in Srirangam where the deity is brought over for relaxng sometime during the way to Aasthana Mandapam along the way there are also many holy ponds, some of them are Vraja Theertham, Sathayu Theertham, Vriksha Theertham, Kadamba Theertham, Shanku Theertham, Aja Theertham, Chandra Pushkarani, Surya pushkarani etc.  On the way towards Aasthana mantapam all the ubayadars (Donors) perform the kainkaryam to Lord Namperumal  by offering fruits / flowers and prasadam.


At around 6:30 PM Namperumal leaves from the Mantapam by Karpaka vriksham and reaches Kannadi Arai after  a good stroll through the Chitra streets.  In Kannadi Arai the Ekantha thirumanjanam (taking bath) by a lukewarm water and dressed up in soft clothes.  After the offerings are made  of milk (with Saffron / elachi /jaggery)  Lord Sri Ranganatha goes to Aanadha sayanam (tranquilizing state) like a new born kid.


Details about Karpaka Vriksham:

 



Karpakam refers to Softness / Kindness / Prosperity. This Karpaka Vruksham is a holy tree which blesses people with whatever they desire. Namperumal who is benign, who fulfills the people's right desire strolls throughout the day under the shadows of Karpaka Vruksham, people who worship Namperumal on this day is really blessed with  prosperity throughout their life.

“Ichuvai Thavira Yan Poi Indira Lokam Alum
 Achuvai Perineum Venden Arangamanagarulane”

Alwar says that he wants only nitya darshan of Arangan , and rejects even if he is offered Indra’s position!

Andal  says “ Yam Vanda Kariyam Arayindu Aruleror Embavai” – analyse what we have come to you for , and give what we deserve. The beauty here is that Godha Devi herself is described by Swami Desikan as “Kalpavalli” – Karpaga ( a type of creeper)
 
“Sri Vishnuchiha Kulanandana Kalpavalli, Srirangaraja Harichandana Yogidrusham”

Sri Kulasekaralwar says “ Inbamarum Selvamum Ivvarasum Yan Venden”


Parasara Bhattar who exclaimed:

“Kadaham Kaverithata Parisare Ranganagare” – when shall I reach Srirangam on the banks of Kaveri to receive His blessings.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Sri Rangam Chithirai Brahmostavam - Day I

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
 
 
 

The reproduced below is an interesting and informative article regarding Srirangam Viruppan Thirunaal Chithirai Brhmothsavam by Sri Narasimha Bhattar. 



'Srirangam' holds great historical importance, each and every festival that is celebrated at this holy place is celebrated for the people so as to bring them closer.

Thondaradipodi Alwar says:

“Masatran Manathulanai Vanagi Nam Iruppadallal,
Pesathan Avathundo, Pethai Nenjey Nee Sollai”


Apart from worshiping our Lord who resides in our heart, is it possible for us to give any speech?

The First day of  Azagiya Manavalan's Brahmotsavam:

Our Namperumal blesses everyone as he passes by the Chitra streets of Srirangam at early morning and  in the evening  He is Rangarajan, the King of Kings and Legend of Srirangam to make sure that His people in this beautiful city are all happy and peaceful.  Azagiya Manavalan  leaves from the Kannadi Arai (Palace of Mirrors) with Ubayanachiar (Sreedevi and Boodevi) with Oyyara Nadai (Walking with Pride) in the Chitra Street inquiring the welfare of each and every one when  passes on His way.   The people share their desires and the worries to Him,  which He discusses with Ubayanachiyar.

Parasara Bhattar describes the concern of Sri Rangarajan towards His people: 
"Vilamabam Asahan Iva" - as if He cannot tolerate any delay in  rescue of His people

“ Sada Panchayedheem Bibrastha Na: Sriranganayaka:”  May  Lord Srirangaraja who is always be with His Panchayudas,  Please come to our rescue.

He proceeds to Yagnasala (Fire Ceremony Place) to perform the Pachagni Homam and Thirumanjanam with Sreedevi and Boodevi.  On the next day, around 1' clock in the morning He will go back to Kannadi Arai and Ubnachiyars proceed to their Moola sthanam (Sanctum Sanctoram).

Blessed are the adiyars who are able to witness such divine sight of Our Lord with Ubhayanachiyars. They don’t need anything else in this Birth! As Thirumanagai Alwar says:

Aniyar Pozhil Soozha Aranga Nagarappa
Thuniyen Ini Nin Arulallathu Enakku

Oh Lord !  Who is residing in beautiful  city of Srirangam surrounded by verdant groves, I will not look at anything other than your glory.  At 7.00 AM Lord Sri Ranganatha proceeds in  a Pallaku (Palanquin) known as Karpaka Vruksham (The Sacred tree that blesses people with all their desires) through the Chitra Streets.



I pray Azhagiya manavalan (Namperumal) and Ubayanachiyar (Sreedevi and Boodevi) to bless all with prosperity and Happiness. 

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Sri Lalithambal Sobanam - Birth of Lord Harihara Putra !! Part II !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

The Demons realised and flabbergasted at the fact that, Mohini disappeared from the scene leaving behind the empty Divine Nectar Pot.  They were fuming in a rage started to fight with the deities.  The fierce battle continued, finally the deities made the Demons ran away from the Heaven.  With the amazing effect of the divine nectar, the deities’ proppelled them into 'Pathal Loka' (netherworld).  The Deities praised the glory of Lord Vishnu.

After this incident, Maharishi Narada ran off to Lord Shiva and explained to him about what had happen while serving the divine nectar.    Immediately, Lord Shiva arrived at the Milky Ocean to have a word with Lord Vishnu and to appreciate him in His efforts to save the Deities.  Lord Shiva had begun His overwhelming speech with Lord Vishnu.  In between their conversation, Lord Shiva requested Lord Vishnu to reveal his incarnation as 'Mohini' to save the nectar of Immortality from the wrong hands.  Lord Vishnu humbly accepted the request of Lord Shiva and disappeared. 

Lord Shiva turned around to visualise the incarnation of Lord Vishnu as 'Mohini'.  Lord Shiva amazed at the view of enthralling garden with varieties of flower filled with scents, there He found a beautiful young lady with enchanting physical features.  She was playing with the balls made of flowers.  Lord Shiva got attracted to the lady, in a moment he hurried to her and hugged her.  As a consequence,  Lord Hari Hara Putra born to this divine couple.  

Immediately after the incident Mohini vanished   and Lord Shiva realised the things which had happen between them.  Lord Shiva returned to Mount Kailash on His Vehicle 'Rishabha'. 

Jai Sriman Narayana !!


Patteeswarar Temple, Perur - Coimbatore!!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Patteeswarar Temple is one of the famous temples of Lord Shiva situated in a village called Perur in the District of Coimbatore.  Perur was also known as Melai Chidambaram located on the banks of river Noyyal.   Patteeswarar Temple is one of the historic temples mentioned in Thirupukazh and Thevaram as well.    This magnificent temple was built by the chola King Karikala Cholan. The Kings of Hoysala and Emperors of Vijayanagara   also have made great architectural contributions to this temple.  The historical and Architectural land mark of Perur  Patteeswarar Temple was built some 1500 year back on the banks of river Noyyal.

The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Patteeswarar and Goddess Maragathambikai/Pacchai Nayaki.   Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of self-manifested Linga.   The temple has a grand Kanakasabai (Dais of Cosmic Dance), a golden hall with exquisite sculptures closely associated with the legend of Cosmic Dance of Lord Shiva.

The main festivals celebrated in this temple are: Panguni Uthram, Shangabishekam and Annabishekam in the Tamil month Karthikai, Arudra Darisanam in the month of Markazhi, Natyanjali in the month of September.  It is believed that this temple is known as one of the 'mukthisthal', last rites for the departed souls also perform here. 

The temple remains open from 5.00 AM to 12.00PM and 3.00PM to 8.00PM.

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

'Meditation' - Its Physiological, Psychological and Spiritual Benefits !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

The re-produced below is an interesting article regarding the benefits of  'Meditation'. 


*Physiological benefits:*

1. It lowers oxygen consumption.

2. It decreases respiratory rate.

3. It increases blood flow and moderate the  level of heart beat.

4. Increases  the tolerance level.

5. Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.

6. Reduces the level of  high blood pressure.

7. Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.

8. Decreases muscle tension

9. Reduces the level of chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.

10. Reduces the symptoms of  Pre-menstrual Syndrome.

11. Helps in post-operative healing.

12. Enhances the immune system.

13. Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress

14. Enhances energy, strength and vigour.

15. Helps with weight loss

16. Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage

17. Higher skin resistance

18. Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.

19. Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.

20. Decreases the aging process.

21. Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)

22. Prevention, reduction or control of pain due to chronic illness

23. Makes you sweat less

24. Cure headaches & migraines

25. Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning

26. Reduced Need for Medical Care

27. Less energy wasted

28. More inclined to sports, activities

29. Significant relief from asthma

30. Improved performance in athletic events

31. Normalizes to your ideal weight

32. Harmonizes our endocrine system

33. Relaxes our nervous system

34. Produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity

35. Helps cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with
the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).

*Psychological benefits:*

36. Increase the self-confidence level.

37. Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour.

38. Resolve phobias & fears

39. Helps control own thoughts

40. Helps with focus & concentration

41. Increase creativity

42. Increased brain wave coherence.

43. Improved learning ability and memory.

44. Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.

45. Increased emotional stability.

46. Improved relationships

47. Mind ages at slower rate

48. Easier to remove bad habits

49. Develops intuition

50. Increased Productivity

51. Improved relations at home & at work

52. Able to see the larger picture in a given situation

53. Helps ignore petty issues

54. Increased ability to solve complex problems

55. Purifies your character

56. Develop will power

57. Greater communication between the two brain hemispheres

58. Respond more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event.

59. Increases ones perceptual ability and motor performance

60. Higher intelligence growth rate

61. Increased job satisfaction

62. Increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones

63. Decrease in potential mental illness

64. Better, more sociable behaviour

65. Less aggressiveness

66. Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction

67. Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals

68. Helps to recover from sleep deprivation

69. Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia

70. Increases sense of responsibility

71. Reduces road rage

72. Decrease in restless thinking

73. Decreased tendency to worry

74. Increases listening skills and empathy

75. Helps make more accurate judgments

76. Greater tolerance

77. Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways

78. Grows a stable, more balanced personality

79. Develops emotional maturity

*Spiritual benefits:*

80. Helps keep things in perspective

81. Provides peace of mind, happiness

82. Helps you discover your purpose in life

83. Increased self-actualization.

84. Increased compassion

85. Growing wisdom

86. Deeper understanding of yourself and others

87. Brings body, mind, and spirit in harmony

88. Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation

89. Increased acceptance of one self

90. Helps learn forgiveness

91. Changes attitude toward life

92. Creates a deeper relationship with your God

93. Increases the synchronicity in your life

94. Greater inner-directedness

95. Helps living in the present moment

96. Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love

97. Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego

98. Experience an inner sense of Assurance or Knowingness

99. Experience a sense of Oneness

100. Leads to enlightenment

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Sri Lalithambal Sobanam - Birth of Lord Harihara Putra!!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!


The deities and Demons decided to churn the Milky Ocean using the Mandara Mountain as the center point object and the serpent Vasuki as rope.   As a result, many of the precious things generated while churning the Ocean including the divine nectar of 'Immortality'.  After seeing the divine nectar, the greedy demons started to fight for it; it created a huge mess amongst the deities and demons. 


The fight with the deities and demons continued, Lord Vishnu prayed to Goddess Mahamaya and turned out a beautiful young woman - Mohini and started playing her tricks.  In order to distract the attention of the demons, Mohini gracefully walked into the middle of them and magnetized them.  At the mesmerizing features of Mohini, the demons totally lost their interest for the divine nectar.  They started to follow the gorgeous young woman and fallen at her enchanting physical features.

Mohini's attractive features, her anklets, precious jewels, thin waist was decorated with jewels’, dazzling attire decorated with diamond & precious stones, red lips symbolized the sweet pomegranite fruit, her eyebrows revealed the beauty of the bow of Lord Kamadeva, her earlobe were decorated with jewels, her diamond nose rings, her long beautiful hair locks added her boundless beauty.  The demons stopped their fight for the divine nectar and encircled her, thinking of her shimmering beauty. 

Mohini grabbed the attention of all the demons and assured them that they are the one going to get benefited with the divine nectar after serving a small portion of it to the deities.  She tactfully got the pot of divine nectar from the hands of the demons.   The deities and demons seated in a line waiting for the turns of divine nectar of Immortality.  Mohini started serving the deities with the divine nectar, the golden spatula moving elegantly in and out of the golden pot of the nectar to the deities.   Her graceful movements, the noises made by the jewels adorned her body captured the whole attention the demons.  They obediently waited for their turn. She continued serving the nectar to all the deities; the spatula made a peculiar sound which disclosed the emptiness of the pot.  Immediately, Rahu and Kethu recognized the truth, they disguised into deities and seated amongst the Lord Surya and Chandra to secure their portion of nectar.  Mohini realized the presence of Rahu and beheaded him with the spatula as a punishment for the deceitful act of consumption of the divine nectar.  Mohini  kept the empty nectar pot in front of the demons and disappeared. 

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thiru Kalahasthi !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Hara Hara Sankara Jaya Jaya Sankara !!


Sri Kalahasthi Temple is one of the 'Pancha Bootha Sthalangal ' of Lord Shiva, which represents 'Wind'.  This temple is situated in a village known as SriKalahasthi, situated 38 km away from Tirupati.  This is one of the most famous Temples of Lord Shiva considered as 'Dakshin Kailash' in South India situated on the eastern banks of River Swarnamukhi.   The vast structural contributions to this temple were made by the Kings of Chola and Vijayanagara Kingdom.  Sri Kalahasthi Sathakam written by Durjeti Kavi in Telugu describes the myth of the temple and  it speaks about the life of Kannappa Nayanar ardent devotee of Lord Shiva.



Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga white in color.  This swayambu Linga was remain untouched from the begining, not even by the priests.  The shrine of Lord Kalahasthiswara and Gnana Prasunambika situated on the raised platform in the third enclosure.  The well known fact is that Lord Shiva is 'Abisheka Priya'  ( ceremonial bath), the Abishekam for the Lord is performed in the form of Scented water, Ashes, Honey, Rice, Sandal Paste, Flower, Panchamrutham, Tender coconut water etc.. on the Ustava Murthi.  There are sannidhis for Lord Ganesha under the ground, Durgamba temple on the northern part of the hill and Sri Kannapeswsara Temple dedicated to Sage Kannapa Nayanar on the southern part of the hill .


The legend has that, Umanabha the son of Vishwakarma (Celestial Architect) was an excellent sculptor.  He started creating replica of the creations of Lord Brahma.  This made Lord Brahma agitated and cursed Umanabha to become a Spider.   Umanabha turned out a Spider,   realized his mistake pleaded Lord Brahma.  In order to get relieved out of the curse, Lord Brahma advised Umanabha to worship Lord Shiva at Dakshin Kalish.  The spider became an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and started to decorate the temple roofs with its beautiful webs.   In order to test the devotion of the spider, Lord Shiva set out fire on the webs from a lamp.  The bewildered spider attacked the lamp and cried out the help of the Lord.  The compassionate Lord Shiva appeared before the spider and offered 'Salvation'.


In Tretayuga a serpent made delay on its way back from netherlands to adorn Lord Shiva's neck, thus it came down to earth at His curse.  So as to get rid of the curse, the serpent began worshipping Lord Shiva at Dakshin Kailash with Gem.  In Dwapara Yuga, an elephant also engaged in worshipping Lord here, with the aim of get rid of the curse.   The serpent continued to worship Lord with the Gem.   The elephant remove the Gems and worship Lord with Bilva leaves.   This practice continued for several days.  At last they confronted each other and ended up in a big fight.   Finally, the serpent and elephant got killed each other.   At the devotion of the serpent and elephant, Lord Shiva out of mercy granted them liberation.   The name of the temple 'Sri Kalahasthiswara' commemorates the incidents took place  here.    'Sri' stands for 'Spider', 'Kala' stands for 'The Serpent' and the Hasti stands for  ' Elephant' respectively. 


Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Varuthini Ekadashi !!

Jai Sriman Narayana!!

Bavishyothara Puranam describes the glory of Varuthini Ekadashi which falls on the wanning period of moon.  Lord Krishna explains to King Yudhishtira about the austerities should be followed on the day of Varuthini Ekadashi.


Lord Krishna narrates that the observer should strictly follow the austerities from the previous day of Ekadashi by consuming meal once and abstaining from all the sensual pleasures.  Moreover, the food consumed should be self-cooked in earthen pots. and consumption of meat, chickpeas, honey, spinach, dal should be strictly avoided.


On the day of Varuthini Ekadashi, the observer should not indulge in gambling, sleeping, tattletale or engage in any of the sinful deeds.  The observer should fast on this day, worship Lord Hari chanting His glories with utmost faith and devotion and keep awake in the night. On the day after Varuthini Ekadashi (Dwadashi) after ablutions and worship of Lord Hari with Bhog,  Dwadashi Parana should be followed within the specified time.

Lord Krishna continued, King Mandata and Dhuntumara were the strict followers of Ekadashi, which brought them the highest of the piety, freed them from the cycles of birth and death.   Observing the Varuthini Ekadashi brings the remarkable piousness known as 'Salvation'.  It also provides good fortune, perpetual happiness and eradicates all the sins committed.   One can achieve the merit,  that is equivalent to observing austerities for ten thousand years by observing Varuthini Ekadashi.  The piousness includes, donating 40 kilos of gold during the time of solar eclipse in the righteous land Kurukshetra.

 
Lord Krishna explains about the types of charities.  Donating an elephant is superior than donating a horse, donating a land is superior than donating an elephant, donating  sesame seeds are greater than  donating a piece of land, donating gold is greater than donating the sesame seeds, donating food grains is greater than donating gold.  Donating food grains earns the highest merit in the charities  which is equivalent to donating cows, by this act one can satisfy deities, forefathers and all the living entities.   Last but not the least giving knowledge to others is one of the most rewarding and highest among all the charities. 
 

Lord Krishna explains some of the heinous acts that mount up the sins are:  giving away  a girl child  in exchange of money  out of greed or for livelihood is the highest among the sins, the sinner of the above act born as cat in his/her next birth and the latter remains in  the hell until the total annihilation to the Universe takes place.   The parents who perform 'Kanya Dhanam' as per the prescribed rules and rituals attain the piety which is difficult to count or describe not even by Chitra Gupa, who is the chief in the ministry of Abode of Lord Yama.   Lord Krishna declared that by following Varuthini Ekadashi with utmost faith and devotion, one could attain all the devoutness.

Whoever reads or listens to the glories of Varuthini Ekadashi would attain the merit of donating one thousand cow and would be  freed from all the sins and attain the Abode of Lord Sri Hari. 


Jai Sriman Narayana !!






          

Sri Varaha Jayanthi on Ist May, 2011 !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Srimad Bhagavatha Purnam describes the glory of Lord Vishnu's incarnation as Lord Varaha, which stands third in line of the ten incarnations.

Lord Brahma' had 'Manasa Putras', they were Marichi, Atri, Angira, Pulaha, Pulasthya, Krathu, Brighu, Vashishta, Daksha and Narada.  They all were great sages and 'Prajapathis'.  Marichi's son Sage Kashyapa married to Aditi, Diti and Danu  daughters of Daksha Prajapathi .  Aditi was a gentle and pious lady gave birth to Devas.  Diti and Danu were self-centered and proud, they gave birth to Demons. Obviously, Danu's children were Hiranyaksha and Hiranya Kashipu.  These two arrogant and powerful demons, Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakaship underwent severe penance for nearly hundred years to win over his step-brothers who were ruling the Devaloka. 

Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu continued their penance; the most pleased Lord Brahma appeared before them to offer boons.  Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakshipu desired for the ’Immortality’, Lord Brahma revealed that it was impossible to provide and was  against the nature.  The two brothers obtained several boons such as no one could kill them, not by human or animal, not with any astra or shastra etc.. After acquiring extraordinary powers the two demons started to harass the entire world.   The two brothers had only one thing in their mind to conquer Lord Vishnu in order to get hold of the entire Universe.  They made a wicked plan to hide the Mother of Earth /Boodevi -(Consort of Lord Vishnu)  and plunged Her into the depth of the ocean.   It made a big mess, all lives wiped out.   The most infuriated Lord Vishnu decided to battle against  the unruly act of the demon. 

The deities were terrorized by these two demons and approached Lord Brahma.   Lord Brahma anxiously heaved a sigh at the disappearance of the Mother Earth.   At this moment, a tiny speck was propelled out from His left nostril.  While looking at this, it was started to grow bigger and bigger and turned out a transcendental boar.  The deities and Lord Brahma realized the presence of the Supreme Lord and praised the glory of Him.   Lord Varaha appeared with garlands of lotus and beautifully adorned with jwels, Panchajanya, Sudarsana Chakra and mace.  The  tumultuous roaring divine boar plunged into the ocean and entered a fierce battle with Hiranyaksha.   The fierce battle continued for thousand years.  Finally, Lord Varaha pierced Hiranyaksha and killed him with His sharp tusks.  Lord gently lifted Mother of the Earth from the depth of the ocean with His  tusks.  This is one of the incarnation of  the most compassionate Lord Vishnu in order to save Mother Earth.


Jai Sriman Narayana !!



The Hindu Rituals & Routines !! The Epilogue !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

I have been receiving the mail attachment regarding 'The Hindu Rituals & Routines' for the past several months and kept it safely for reading in my leisure hours.   Somehow, I did not find time to go through the same.  When did I receive last time,   I have decided ( ' Arey, kuch tho karo apaney life mey and educate yourself. '  Summa pozhuthu pokarathiliye irukkama.. ) that is it.   I immediately started to read 'The Hindu Rituals & Routines by  Swami Chinmayanandaji's advises and explanations.   Simultaneously, I was posting them  on my blog for my readers.   Finally,  I had the impression  that I have learned about many things which I was following all these years without knowing the fundamental  facts.   After reading and posting this,  I felt contented and happy that I have done something good.

I request my blog readers, if possible  go through one posting each a day.  It hardly takes precious few minutes or seconds of yours, I assure you this action of yours will definitely provide its fruit.   There are twenty two postings  altogether.  After all, Why we are here? .  As our Acharyas instructed, the knowledge is the only instrument  to wave off the darkness in life.  It is the one and only ultimate tool to know the 'Brahmam' .  Let us follow the foot steps  of our sainly people with  firm mind.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!