Radha Ashtami

 

29th August  is Radha Ashtami

Hindus celebrate Radha Ashtami on 29th August .Radha is known to be an ‘avatar’ of Goddess Lakshmi.Radha Ashtami is celebrated 15 days after ‘Janmashtami’, the birth anniversary of Sri Krishna.

Radha Ashtami is commemorated as birth anniversary of Goddess Radha, the consort of Lord Krishna. It falls on Ashtami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month.

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Devotees keep fast on Radha Asthami day. Goddess Radha is worshipped during Madhyana Kaal which is noon time according to Hindu division of the day. Currently Radha Ashtami falls in the month of August or September in English calendar. Radha Ashtami is also known as Radhashtami and Radha Jayanti.

Radha Ashtami story is associated with the birth of Goddess Radha. Radha was born as a daughter to Vrishbhanu Gop. Her mother’s name was Kirti. According to Padma Purana, Radha ji has been said to be King Vrishbhanu’s daughter. According to Padma Purana, Vrishbhanu received Radhaji when he was cleaning the floor for organizing a Yagya. Vrishbhanu considered Radhaji to be his own daughter and took care of her.

 

It has also been mentioned in Padma Purana that Lord Vishnu asked his family members to come to planet Earth as incarnations before being born as Lord Krishna. Therefore, Goddess Laxmi who is Lord Vishnu’s wife incarnated as Radhaji. According to Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Radha was a friend to Lord Krishna whose love and devotion was unfathomable. She was married to a person named Rapan or Rayan. Radhaji is also considered to be Lord Krishna’s loverIt is mentioned in the Hindu scriptures, the observer of the Radha Ashtami vrat will be blessed with a prosperous and happy life. the person will overcome all his obstacles, attain the materialistic desires and finally attain salvation. It is believed that after observing the Radha Ashtami fast and worshipping Goddess Durga, the person will be freed from all their sins. Their minds will be cleared from negative and bad thoughts and he/she will attain spiritual bliss.

Happy Festive Celebrations !!

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Happy Gokulashtami / Krishna Jayanti / Janmashtami

img“Gokulashtami” or “Krishna Jayanti” or “Janmashtami” marks the celebration of the birth of Sri Krishna.Krishna Jayanthi, one of the biggest festivals celebrated all over India. Krishna is considered to be one of Lord Vishnu’s most glorious incarnations. Sri Krishna is Lord Vishnu’s eighth avatar (incarnation) on earth. The main object of this incarnation of Vishnu as Krishna, was to destroy the cruel King Kansa of Mathura.

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 In the mid night of ashtami (8th day of krishnapaksha) in the month Shravana (July-August) Lord Krishna was born. People celebrate his birth by singing songs, Bhajans, play Krishna Leela. In Mathura and Brindavan, the celebrations of Krishna Janmashtami are very grand. Lord Krishna is said to be the powerful incarnations of Lord Vishnu who came to earth to end the rule of injustice and adharma. In North India, breaking of Dahi Handi is very popular. On Krishna Jayanthi, children in the house are dressed as little Krishna who steals butter with his friends. An elaborate puja is done in temples and households to Lord Krishna late in the evening. On that day, the people of the households prepare foods that are his favorite and are given as nivedhanam.

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Plenty of Indian sweets are made during this festival.  Among these are Seedai, Appam, Murukku, Thattai, Aval payasam and so on. Most families keep a “vrat” or fast on this day. The fast is done all day and then one meal is had during the day.In the houses, mango leaves are tied to the doorways to mark the auspicious occasion. Colorful “Rangolis ” are drawn on the front yard. Inside the house, a small wooden mandap is erected and decorated with flowers and plantain leaves. An idol of a crawling baby Krishna is placed in a silver cradle which is then placed in the mandap. Lord Krishna’s idol is decorated with flowers and a crown and jewelry at times.

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Om jaya jagadesha hare

Swami jaya jagadeesha hare

Bhakta janana ke sankata

Dena janana ke sankata

Kshana mei dura kare

Om jaya jagadesha hare

Jo dya wei phala pawei

Dukha veenashei manaka

Swami dukha veenashei manaka

Sukah sampati ghara awei

Sukah sampati ghara awei

Kasta mitei tana ka

Om jaya jagadesha hare

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Aadi 18

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சூரியன் தெற்கு நோக்கிப் பயணிக்கத் துவங்கும் மாதம் ஆடி. மழை ஆரம்பித்ததன் காரணமாக ஆறுகளில் நீர் பெருகும், அதனைக் கொண்டாடும் பண்டிகையே ஆடி பதினெட்டு. உழவு தலையாய பணியாய் இருந்த நம் சமூகத்தில் நீர் வரத்து எத்தகைய கொண்டாட்டத்திற்கு உரியதாக இருந்திருக்கும் என்பதை நாம் ஊகித்துக் கொள்ளலாம். மண் வளத்தின் குறியீடான பச்சையம்மனை வழிபட்டு முளைப்பாரி எடுத்து, கும்மி கொட்டி இயற்கையை சிலாகித்துக் கொண்டாடும் ஓர் அற்புதத் திருநாள் ஆடி பதினெட்டு.
தமிழர் பண்டிகை என்றுமே மதக் குறியீடுகளைக் கடந்து இயற்கையை முதன்மைப் படுத்தும் பண்டிகைகளாகவே இருக்கும் என்பதற்கு ஆடிப் பெருக்கு மிகச் சிறந்த சான்று.
இன்று கால ஓட்டத்தில் நகர வாழ்வில் நீர் வரத்தினைக் கொண்டாடும் தேவை அற்றுப் போயிருந்தாலும் நம் வரலாற்றினை நமக்கு உணர்த்தும் பண்டிகையாதலால் நாம் எங்கு இருந்தாலும் ஆடிப் பெருக்கினை சிறப்பான முறையில் கொண்டாடுவது தமிழர் எனும் அடையாளத்தினை தொடர்ந்து நாம் தக்க வைத்துக் கொள்ள கண்டிப்பாக உதவும்.
In English….
Sun’s shift in direction towards South happens in the month of Aadi. Water flow in the rivers starts in Aadi with the start of rainy season after a long dry summer. Aadi perukku is about celebrating the start of this water flow in the rivers. As farming is the primary occupation, water flow in the rivers should be the best opportunity for celebration. Aadi perukku is about a day of celebration which includes worshipping the Goddess of green land Pachaiamman, taking Mulaippari, singing Kummi etc.,
Tamil festivals are always about worshipping nature with out any religious marks and Aadi Perukku festival is one other best example for the same. With the change in life style and living places the importance of raising water levels in the river might not be as enthusiastic as before. But it is our duty to celebrate Tamil people’s most traditional Aadi perukku festival in order to keep our traditions live.
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Happy Ramnavami

Lord-Ram-and-SitaSri Rama Navami is one of the important festivals celebrated in India.

This festival is celebrated to proclaim the birth of Lord SriRam, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The day generally falls in the months of March or April, every year. Ram symbolizes the good and is the destroyer of evil. The story of Rama’s life as described in the epic Ramayana defines the concept of dharma in the form of the ideal husband, wife, brother and parents. Ramanavami is a day which celebrates Lord Rama and all of the ideals associated with him in Hinduism.

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It is celebrated by different names at different places such as in the Maharashtra it is celebrated by the name Chaitra Navratri, in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu it is celebrated by the name Vasanthothsava etc.
People celebrate this festival by decorating the statues of the Lord Rama, Mata Sita and Lord Hanuman. They prepare sweets perform the puja, On this day Panakam and Kosambari are distributed as prasadam. People involve in singing the devotional songs for whole day as well as listening the recitations from the various Hindu religious books.Vedic mantras are chanted by the religious people of the community at this occasion. Keeping fast at this day has another significance of getting body and mind purified. At some place, people perform a religious and cultural event called Ramlila to reveal the history of Ram in front of people.
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Happy Ram Navami wishes to all
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Aadi Month

14468412_1625148630833528_6340142573914572376_oDo you know why Aadi is an auspicious month in the Tamil calendar?
Aadi is the fourth month of the Tamil calendar and is the period when the summer heat wanes and the rains begin to fill up the shrunken water bodies. According to Hindu belief, this is a time when the night of the Gods begins so humans are discouraged from conducting any auspicious activities as the Gods will not bless them. It is instead considered to be a good time for festivals and connecting to divinity.
Aadi comes during the Dakshinayana period when daylight is shortest in the Northern hemisphere. Traditionally, the period from mid-summer to mid-winter is also called pitryana or path of the ancestors and was considered to be a good time for ancestor worship. Aadi Amavasya is a day set aside for this ancestor worship.
Other festivals in this month are Aadi Pirappu that marks the beginning of this festive month. It is especially important for newly-weds. Aadi Pooram dedicated to Goddess Aandal, an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Aadi perukku, which is a monsoon thanksgiving festival. Aadi Sundays, Aadi Tuesdays (adi chevvai and Aadi Fridays (Aadi velli) are important days. Varalakshmi puja is observed by women on an Aadi Friday. Another festival celebrated in this month is Puthukku paal where snakes are worshipped. The last important celebration is Aadi Krithigai, a day to appease Murugan and ward off negative forces and obstacles.

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VaraLakshmi Poojai/Nonbu

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Varalakshmi Puja or Varalakshmi Vratham is an important ritual observed by married women in South India and Maharashtra( known as Varadaa Lakshmi) for the prosperity and welfare of their families. Varalakshmi Vratham will be celebrated on the Friday prior to the full moonday in Shravana, usually second Friday in the month of Shravana.
The devotee intending to do the puja should wake up early in the morning on Friday
take a bath(mangala snana). Traditionally speaking the waking up time for the puja is the brahma muhurtham. Then the designated puja area and house should be spotlessly cleaned and a beautiful rangoli,generally ashtadala padma or Hrudaya Kamala design rangoli is to be drawn on the intended place of puja.
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Next is the preparation of the kalasha. A bronze or silver pot is selected and and is smeared with sandalwood paste/turmeric/kumkum/lime and red soil. The kalasham pot is filled with raw rice/wheat or water, coins, whole betelnut, five different kinds of leaves(pancha pallava), and five fruits/dry fruits like Badam, cashew, pista, raisins,dry dates, etc if the kalasha is small (pancha phala) and branched turmeric route. The items used to fill the kalasham vary from region to region and includes turmeric, comb, mirror, small black/green bangles and black beads and other auspicious items.
Then 5 or 8 mango leaves are placed on the mouth of the kalasham. Finally, a coconut smeared with turmeric is used to close the mouth of the kalasham. To this coconut, an image of Goddess Lakshmi face made of silver or brass is fixed or the image of Lakshmi is drawn using turmeric powder. Now the kalasha symbolically represents Goddess VaramahaLakshmi.keep separate kalasha for Yamuna puje
Padma/lotus design will be drawn and peetham/flat wooden stand will be placed upon it. A cup of raw-rice is spread over upon this peetha and Kalasha will be placed on the rice bed.
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A small Ganesha image will be placed in the right corner of Peetham and a piece of jaggery or banana will be placed before Ganapathi for naivedyam. Image of Lakshmi Narayana will be placed in front of Kalasham.
These items should be readily available for puja:
1. Turmeric powder /Kumkum/Sindhoor/sandalwood paste/mantrakshatha-whole rice grain colored with turmeric and lime or kumkum
2. Sweet scented flowers like jasmine, lotus, champagne, kewda, oleander etc and Garland
3. Gejjevastra, Garland made of cotton colored with kumkum for offering as divine clothing.
4. Nine line thread with nine knots dipped in turmeric water and knots highlighted with kumkum for wearing as dorakam after puja
5. Fruits/sweets and offerable food items for naivedyam and betel leaves, betel nuts, clove, elaichi, and lime paste for mukhavasa/tambulam
6.One pot full water for puja and cup of water for achamana.
7. Lamps, arathi, camphor, incense items for dhoop deepam.
8.Milk, curd,ghee,honey,sugar, fruits for panchamrutham.
Now start puja with achamana, sankalpa, Ganesha puja.
Do shodashopachara puja(16 upacharas) by reciting Shreesukta or any other puja mantra
1.Dhyana- say Lakshmi dhyana mantra and think that the Goddess has appeared before you in the form of kalasha.
2.Avahana- Pray Goddess to invoke her gracious presence in kalasha.
3.Asana- offer seat to Goddess
4.Padya- offer water to the feet of Mahalakshmi
5.Arghya- offer water in the hands of Mahalakshmi
6.Achamana- offer water for drinking
7.Madhuparka, punarachamana- offer coconut water/ honey and water
8.Snana-Pachamrutha and Mahabhisheka- do abhishekam to small image placed before kalasha or sprinkle water to kalasha with a flower
9.Gandha- offer sandalwood paste, turmeric kumkum etc
10.Akshatha: offer manthrakshata
11.Vastra- offer cloth and/or gejje vastra
12.Abharana: offer golden ornaments and touch the mangala suthra already tied to the neck of kalasha or image.
13.Pushpa: offer flowers and decorate with Garlands.
Nama puja/Anga puja/ pushpa puja/ pathra puja/ ashtottara kumkumarchana
Recite divine names of Mahalakshmi and worship all parts of the body starting from holy feet to face. Worship with different flowers and sacred leaves like tulasi bilwa etc. Do Kumkumarchane by offering a kumkum by chanting 108 holy names of Mahalakshmi.
Do doraka puja and granthi puja(holy thread and its knots)
14.Dhoopa- offer incense
15.Deepa- do arathi and show divine light
16.Naivedya- offer food items and fruits.
Paneeya- offer water/panakam-lime juice
Tambula-betel leaves and nuts.
Prasannarghya-offer water with flower and kumkum at the holy feet
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Prarthana-pray the Goddess
Finally do mangalarathi and read Varamahalakshmi vratha katha/mythological story behind observing this puja.
Now the sacred thread may be tied to the right wrist of the women who performed puja. While wearing this thread she should either hold kumkum bowl or a whole fruit in her right hand.
Do arathi in the evening. Chant Shlokas and sing songs in praise of Goddess Mahalakshmi. Invite married women to home and offer them Kumkum thambulam and other auspicious items.
The next day, that is on Saturday, after taking a bath the kalasham is dismantled and the water in the kalasham is sprinkled in the house. If rice/wheat is used then it is to be used for making sweet dish to be consumed by the family members only.
This is a simple way of observing the vrath and the procedure may vary from region to region and from one family tradition to another.
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The Vakratunda Mahakaya Shlok Mantra

“Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Surya-Kotti Samaprabha

Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvadaa”

The meaning in English of this Lord Ganesha mantra (actually in Sanskrit) is –
“O one with a majestic trunk, a massive form and the radiance of a million suns, I pray to you to remove the obstacles from all my endeavors, always.”

Ganesh Moola Mantra

“Om Shreem Hreem Kleem Glaum Gum Ganapataye Vara Varad Sarvajan janmay Vashamanaye Swaha Tatpurushaye Vidmahe Vakratundaye Dhimahi Tanno Danti Prachodyat Om Shantih Shantih Shantihi”

The God Ganesh mool mantra is believed to create a powerful aura around one’s body because of the cosmic energy in the sound vibrations of the Sanskrit words. This mantra is uniquely musical and lifts the mind to a state of trance. Lord Ganesha Mool Mantra in Tamil or in any other language is also very powerful and is widely chanted during Puja’s and Yagya’s to please Lord Ganesha. It brings peace, good luck, success and removes all obstacles from one’s life if incanted in the proper way .17426006_1821549264526796_2446036844678196026_n

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