Shree Raghavendra Satsangha Pictures– June Sunday 19th @ Maryland

As promised, I am updating all of you on the Satsangha we had yesterday, Sunday June 19th. It was just an amazing experience to host the same at my place. We recited all stotras as mentioned in the website by Shri Rajaraman. I also had kept the books provided to me by Shri Canchi Ravi and gave them to three wonderful women to read about the miracles of our Beloved Rayaru.

We started promptly at 6.00 PM. We started with Shree Vishnu Sahasranama and later covered all the songs mentioned on the Satsangha web site. Everyone had brought flowers and fruits as you can see in the pictures below. The entire home filled with chanting of Shree Raghavendra, and that was such a humbling experience. And listening to the miracles from at least a few people was a chilling experience.

Please find attached the Satsangha Pictures.

Flowers for the Pooje.

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Getting ready for the Pooje.

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Lord Venkateshwara and Our Beloved Rayaru.

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Pooje to our Parama Poojya Acharayaru, Hanuma, Bheema and our Beloved Rayaru.

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All the diyas lighted.

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After Mangalaruthi.

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Preparing to give Bhagina for all Ladies.

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Shree Raghavendra Satsangha – June 19th Sunday @ Maryland

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It is quite well known to everyone who knows me and follows my blog that I am a devotee of our Beloved Rayaru. You also know that I had posted 3 reviews of the book “SRI RAGHAVENDRA – THE SAINT OF MANTRALAYA” given to my by Sri Canchi Ravi Sir.

While I was reading the 3rd volume was when I received a text from Sri Rajaraman Nagarajan asking me to join his whatsapp group of interested Raghavendra Swamy devotees. At first I hesitated to join and when he said it was Raghavendra Swamy prerane and that’s why he was asking me to join I said yes and gave him my phone number.

The next few days he mentioned he was coming to Maryland to Smt Vandana’s house for Satsangha and asked us to join. I agreed and My Husband and I went to Smt. Vandana’s house in the evening at Gaithesburg. There were 4 more families who had come and none of us knew each other. In spite of not knowing anyone, the Satsangha went so nicely, we were all sharing Rayaru miracles almost until 11.00 PM in the night. Sri Rajaraman Nagarajan called me and Smt Vani who was also there and said based on his prerane from Rayaru that we wanted me and Smt Vani to carry the torch of conducting these Satsangha in the Maryland, Virginia and DC area. We said yes and returned home. After a few weeks Sri Rajaraman Nagarajan again asked us what was our plan and that’s when Smt Vani and I decided to have the Satsangha at my place on June 19th. Sri Rajaraman Nagarajan is one of the greatest devotees of our Beloved Rayaru I have seen. He is very active in NJ, and also owns the http://www.gururaghavendra1.org/ website. If you listen to his miracles you will be just amazed to know the blessings of our Rayaru.

Same goes to all of the couple who attended the Satsangha in Smt Vanadana’s house. Once I returned from the Satsangha, I kept wondering if I was anymore a devotee of Rayaru, he has blessed so many people no matter what their caste color or creed or social status. Just unbelievable.

This post is to invite all of you who live in the Maryland, DC and Virigina area to come join us on June 19th Sunday evening at 5.30 PM for the Satsangha. Like I said it doesn’t matter whether you know anyone or not, you all know our Beloved Rayaru and have and have great devotion towards him. That’s all required for the Satsangha. We will have light dinner after the Satsangha. We will perform the Satsangha as laid out by Sri Rajaraman Nagarajan in his web site. We will share miracles which happened in our lives, we will sing songs together and last but not the least say at the end ” Thoogire Rayara Thoogire Gurugala”.

Please com join us and let your friends and family know if they are devotees of our Beloved Rayaru as well. And yes, it is fathers day and our Beloved Rayaru is our Father like we say ” Thande Ninnu Raghavendra Thayi Ninnu Raghavendra”. what a day to show our devotion to our beloved Rayaru.

Comment here with your email ID, and I will send my home address and all other details.

The Satsangha guide can be found here:

http://www.gururaghavendra1.org/sats/

 

Ugadi – Durmukha Nama Samvatsara(ದುರ್ಮುಖ ನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ) – April 8th 2016

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The new year for all Hindus starts from April 8th 2016. This year it is Durmukhi Nama Samvatsara(ದುರ್ಮುಖ ನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ). Please check your local calendars for exact date.

Panchangas for Uttaradi Math and Raghavendra Mutta is available online and posted in this blog as well.

During Ugadi, the leaves of neem also called Bevu ಬೇವು is mixed with jaggery called Bella ಬೆಲ್ಲ; and is distributed on the occasion. Neem, which is extremely bitter in taste( Kahi) , and jaggery which is sweet and delicious, signify the two different aspects of human life – joy and sorrow.

Authentic Madhwa Recipes page posted on the right hand side has several recipes you can prepare:

P.S: As always no food is prepared with onion or garlic.
You can find some amazingly good greetings in Kannada, at the following link

And here is the lyrics for the famous song by Shri Bendre, which we used to hear on major radio channels, Yuga Yugadi Kaledaru:

yuga yugAdi kaLedarU yugAdi maraLi barutide
hosa varushake hosa harushava hosatu hosatu tarutide

honge hUva tongalalli bhrungada sangIta kEli matte kELabarutide
bEvina kahi bALinalli hUvina nasugampu sUsi jIvakaLeya tarutide

varushakondu hosatu janma harushakondu hosatu neleyu akhila jIvajAtake
onde ondu janmadali onde bAlya onde haraya namagadashTE EtakO

niddegomme nitya maraNa edda sala navIna janana namage Eke

bAradOelE sanatkumAradEva elE sAhasi chiranjIva ninage lIle sEradO

yuga yugAdi kaLedarU yugAdi maraLi barutide
hosa varushake hosa harushava hosatu hosatu tarutide nammanashTe maretide

You can of course listen to a preview of this song sung by S.Janaki at the following links here:

Watch on Youtube here.

Sri Raghavendra Swamy Vardanti Video 2016 – Srirangam Mutt

This video of our beloved Raghavendra Swamy Vardanti Video 2016 from Srirangam Mutt is just amazing. As you watch the abhisheka and pushpa aaradhane, trust me tears will flow down. Beautiful. Glad we have technology and at least a few temples have adopted them, and we are in luck to see the videos from any where in the world.

http://www.raghavendramutt.org/stories/sri-guru-raghavendra-swamy-vardanti-video-2016-srirangam-mutt

A million thanks to the temples for posting the same.

Sree Raghavendra Swamy Birthday – March 15th 2016

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The birthday of our beloved Rayaru is on March 15th 2016. Since the past 7 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.

Last year, I did 101,088. This year the count has come close to 6000. 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 recite 1080 times everyday in the morning. I have a Japa Mala with 108 beads, so used to chant 10 rounds everyday morning.

P.S: I sent  email to info@saptaaha.com to see if they were performing the pooje they did every year. I didn’t receive any response. Please visit a nearby Rayara Mutta and perform seva there and dedicate the japa count.

Pushyarka Yoga @ Mantralaya

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As I was going through the Mantralaya website, reading the following sentences brought tears in my eyes. Imagine thousands of devotees saying “Om Sree Raghavendraya Namaha”, and being part of that. Just out of this world. And imagine how our Rayaru might be blessing his devotees reciting his name. Text from the website below:

“Sunday 24th January 2016 saw a celestial muhurta – Pushya Yoga on a Sunday with full moon(hunnime) thrown in for added measure. Sri appannacharya has mentioned the greatness of this muhurta in his ode “Raghavendra Ashotara” (Sri poornabhodha guru teertha …). He says – “Soma surya parage cha pushyarkadhi samagame, Yonuthamam idham stotram ashtothara satham japeth”.

Keeping this in mind, H.H. Swamiji had organised a mega event which was made a success by thousands of devotees. Rayara Ashottara has 8 aksharas in it and it was Swamiji’s intention to offer 8 crore repitions of the said japa. Accordingly thousands of devotees took up his clarion call and surpassed his expectations and tallied a total of over 22 crore japas. Truly magnificient offering on the holy day. Along with the regular early morning pooja, special panchamruta abhisheka to Rayara brundavana by Swamiji, a special Raghavendra Ashtottara Homa was conducted as an offering of the Ashottara Japa Yaga held by h. H. Swamiji.

The prakara then resonated with the ashottara parayana which culminated with hundreds of devotees repeating “Om Sree Raghavendraya Namaha” 108 times on the top of their voices which was a sight to behold. A few photos as a glimpse of the days events…”

And link for the pictures below:
Pushyarka Yoga

Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday – June 9th 2016

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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/

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