Diwali 2014 dates for northern USA

Diwali Dates for Northern East part of USA they are

Evening prayers in Sanskrit

Oct 19th Sunday  Rama Ekadashi /Ddwadashi or agiyaaras/vagh baaras

Oct 20th Monday  Dhan teras

Oct 21st Tuesday  Kaali chaudas

Oct 22nd Wednesday Narak Chaturdashi/ Diwali/Laxmi Poojan

Oct 23rd Thursday Surya grahan

Oct 24th Govardhan puja New year.

Oct 25th Bhai dooj(Bhai Beej)

Nov 3rd Tullsi vivaah

Nov 5 th Dev Diwali

Dudh Pauna (flaked pounded rice porridge) – Sharad Purnima special

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Kojagiri purniam or Sharad Purnima/Sharad poonam as it is commonly known, Here is a wonderful recipe for the ritual and combined with raas garba It is out this world. Enjoy everyone.

Originally posted on pratibhajanisvegetarianrecipes:

Dudh Pauna (flaked pounded rice porridge) – Sharad Purnima special

Dudh Pauna

Dudh Pauna

Sharad purnima brings back again so many good memories in my childhood.  Sharad purnima is also know as Kojagiri Purnima. Many families also enjoy raas garbaa (Traditional gujrati folk dances) as it is considered to have been enjoyed by Lord Krishna and his consort Radha and the gopikas as an all nite dance party.

Two greatest memories are that my Dad used to love the full moon and always wanted to take us up to the terrace of the building to lie down in the full moon at night. And It si also my Mom’s Birthday.

So we used to take the “Dudh Pauna” (Link sugar and flat flaked rice known as poha or pauna.) This recipe is very common and popular part of annual ritual in gujarati families.

We are supposed to eat this Dudh Pauna. after…

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Navratri 2014

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Navratri 2014 Short shlokas

Navratri  2014  Short shlokas

As the shraddha /pitrupaksha end today,For 2014,  tomorrow (9/25/14)  is day one of Navratri the festival of Mother goddess of Hindu Religion. This festival runs for nine days and we are supposed to fast all nine days if we can, but if not, the last three days are good as well, if that is not possible just one day the eighth days which is ashtami or aatham is also fine. The reason for fasting and eating less or light food is to give our body time to cleanse from within, and while it is doing so, the mind can focus more on higher spiritual needs of the Human life, the Meditation, pranayam and chants and prayers to get closer to one self from within, to get closer to the supreme Universe of which we all are a small part of.It is said that

  • the first three days are dedicated to The mother goddess Durga who is the destroyer of evil (our external and internal enemies) clean dn purify yourself by chanting shlokas for mother goddess Maa Durga.
  • The next three days are  dedicated to Mahalaxmi (Also Maa amba) who showers us is wealth and prosperity. and
  • the last three days are dedicated to Maa saraswati the goddess of learning and knowledge.

Here is a short audio for the three shlokas.  

So do the best you can.

During the nine days of Navratri we also have beautiful Garba dances happening in the evenings in honor of the mother goddess. In short, the Mother goddess protects the good and punishes/kills  the evil demons at the end of the nine day festival.

As a respect to the mother goddess I will be posting some chants, shlokas and prayers that we normally chant and sing to invoke /praise/pray to the mother goddess for our well being, health, wealth and happiness, all round progress in material world and in the spiritual world as well.

Hope you enjoy the posts, and share as you feel comfortable. Comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Remember to check out my views on “Fasting Then and Now”  to help you thru the navratri fasting days

Stay tuned for more. Also visit my you tube and
My vegetarian recipes Blog for fasting recipes.

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Here are some shlokas and prayers and aarti for Navratri.

Namantram Strotam. Devi Paradhan Kshamapaan strotam

Prayer for forgiveness and Blessings to Mother Goddess

 

Significance of Pitrupaksha (Shraddha) poem

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I received this message from my brother who received a message feed,

So do not know the author’s name but a beautiful poem I wish to share here.

Hope you like it.

Gujrati first then the English meaning for those who wish to understand and do not know gujrati.

🔵 “શ્રાધ્ધ”નો કાગડો બોલે છે…the crow of pitrupaksh speaks)

👉 જીવતાંમાબાપને સ્નેહથી સાંભળશો
ગુમાવ્યા પછી
“ગીતા” સાંભળવાનો
શું અર્થ?

Take care of your parents while they are still alive, as it is no use   listening to gita after they have passed.

👉સાથે બેસી જમવાની એમની ઈચ્છા પ્રેમથી પુરી કરજો
પછી ગામ આખાને લાડવા જમાડવાનો શું અર્થ?

Lovingly Fulfill their wishes to sit and eat together , as it is no use of feeding the whole town after they have passed

👉વ્હાલની વર્ષા કરનારને વ્હાલથી ભીંજવી દેજો.
ચીર વિદાય પછી આંસુ સારવાથી  શું અર્થ?

Soak them with kind loving ness (to parents) who have showered love on you, as it is no use crying after they have passed,

👉ઘરમાં બેઠેલા માબાપ રૂપી ભગવાનને ઓળખી લેજો
પછી અડસઠ તીર્થ ફરવાનો શું અર્થ?

Know your god like parents sitting in the house itself, what is the use of going on  a relifious tour pilgrimage of 68 places after they have passed?

👉સમય કાઢી વૃધ્ધ વડલાં પાસે બેસી જાશો
પછી બેસણાંમાં ફોટા સામે બેસવા બેસાડવાનો શો અર્થ?

Make time and sit with those older parents, as it is no use of sitting in front of their picture at their funeral after they have passed.

👉લાડકોડ પુરનાર માબાપને સદાય હૈયામાં રાખજો
પછી દિવાન ખંડમાં તસવીર રાખવાનો  શું અર્થ ?

Keep them in your heart – those parents who have fulfilled all your wishes , as it is no use of hanging their picture in the living room after

👉હયાતીમાં જ હૈયું એમનું ઠારી સેવાનું સુખ આપજો
પછી ગંગાજળમાં અસ્તી પધરાવવાનો શું અર્થ?

serve them make them happy while they are alive and take blessings, as what is the use of sprinkling their ashes in the ganges afterwards?

👉માવતર એજ મંદિર એ જ સનાતન સત્ય રાખજો
પછી રામ નામ સત્ય બોલવાનો શું અર્થ?

motherplace (Birth home) is the true temple keep that truth as ancient and immortal as  it is, since it is no use to say raam naam satya later on afterwards.

🙏માબાપને ભૂલશો નહીં   Do not forget your parents.

2014 Pitrupaksha dates for NJ

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This year Pitrupaksha (shraddha paksha) for NJ (USA)

  • Starts on Sept 9th Tuesday 2014 pratipada shraddha.
  • Monday Sept 8th is Bhadrapada poonam (when certain families believe that married daughters can perform the Poonam shraddha of her maternal side of the family members)
  • Sarva Pitru shraddha is on sept 23rd, 2014.

In Hindu culture, Once a year, every year, comes Shraddha Paksha/Pirtu Paksha. (The Ancestors’ forthnight). The time to pay respects, perform some religious ceremony and remember our ancestors- Known as Pitrtus, for their wisdom, sacrifices and their being that have helped us come into this world and be what we are today.    On the day of their particular shraddha day, It is believed that if we cook their favorite food and offer to the Pancha maha bhoot- crows, cows, dogs, give some to children, the temple priest, the poor etc, the ancestors will be fully satisfied where ever they are for the next one year and will have a happy and fulfilling life no matter where they are at this time. They will shower blessings of happiness, health and prosperity upon us and our family of future generations

Click here for platter placement and cooking tips for Shraddha /Pitrupaksah days meal platter

from day 1 of pirtupaksha for the next 15 days, in Hindu calendar we offer prayers, respects to the dearly departed ancestors of our family. They have done a lot for us during their life time and this is a special day in one year when we remember them all, each on their specific day or departing from this world and from us.   In respect to our ancestors,

In my family we  typically sing the following prayer/s of

Maa baap ne bholsho nahin

Parmaatmaa E Aatmaa ne

Recitation of the Bhagwad gita chapter 12 and 15 are also considered to be very beneficial for the ancestors as it helps them in achieving peace and happiness in their  abode/next life cycle

Chapter 12 Bhagwad Gita

Chapter 15 Bhagwad Gita

Cook their favorite food on the day  and feed all you can and after offering to all, enjoy the meal with your family.

cooking vegetarian Indian Meal platter series

In case you do not remember which day they passed, the last day is a good day to offer your food and prayers. It is know as Sarva Pitru shraddha. (The day for all the ancestors)

 

2014 Shri Ganesh visarjan dates for NJ.

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Shri Ganesh visarjan/Anant chaturdashi  for this year in NJ is Sunday Sept 7th,2014.

Om Gum(n) Ganapataye Namah.

Ganpati visarjan is such a huge festival in Mumbai I remember growing up we used to go find a spot to sit on the hghest available home window or terrace or a roof top to get the best view of all the town’s Ganesh idols going for immersion into the beach….Fond memories of the past. Here’s to Lord Ganesh.

After the 108 names, and at the end of this post are a few simple steps to follow for Ganesh Visarjan if you are doing it at your homes. Please remember immersions are only done for statues/idols/images of Ganesh that are brought specifically on the day of ganesh chaturthi for this event.(Usually made of clay).  The regular statues,images of Lord Ganesh that are in our homes  are NOT to be immersed.They stay.

Here are the Ashtottara Shatanamavali श्री गणेश अष्टोत्तर शतनामावलि of Lord Ganesh:

  • ॐ गजाननाय नमः।
  • ॐ गणाध्यक्षाय नमः।
  • ॐ विघ्नाराजाय नमः।
  • ॐ विनायकाय नमः।
  • ॐ द्वैमातुराय नमः।
  • ॐ द्विमुखाय नमः।
  • ॐ प्रमुखाय नमः।
  • ॐ सुमुखाय नमः।
  • ॐ कृतिनॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सुप्रदीपाय नमः।
  • ॐ सुखनिधयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सुराध्यक्षाय नमः।
  • ॐ सुरारिघ्नाय नमः।
  • ॐ महागणपतयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ मान्याय नमः।
  • ॐ महाकालाय नमः।
  • ॐ महाबलाय नमः।
  • ॐ हॆरम्बाय नमः।
  • ॐ लम्बजठरायै नमः।
  • ॐ ह्रस्व ग्रीवाय नमः।
  • ॐ महॊदराय नमः।
  • ॐ मदॊत्कटाय नमः।
  • ॐ महावीराय नमः।
  • ॐ मन्त्रिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ मङ्गल स्वराय नमः।
  • ॐ प्रमधाय नमः।
  • ॐ प्रथमाय नमः।
  • ॐ प्राज्ञाय नमः।
  • ॐ विघ्नकर्त्रॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विघ्नहन्त्रॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विश्व नॆत्रॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विराट्पतयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ श्रीपतयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ वाक्पतयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ शृङ्गारिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ अश्रितवत्सलाय नमः।
  • ॐ शिवप्रियाय नमः।
  • ॐ शीघ्रकारिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ शाश्वताय नमः।
  • ॐ बल नमः।
  • ॐ बलॊत्थिताय नमः।
  • ॐ भवात्मजाय नमः।
  • ॐ पुराण पुरुषाय नमः।
  • ॐ पूष्णॆ नमः।
  • ॐ पुष्करॊत्षिप्त वारिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ अग्रगण्याय नमः।
  • ॐ अग्रपूज्याय नमः।
  • ॐ अग्रगामिनॆ नमः।
  • ॐ मन्त्रकृतॆ नमः।
  • ॐ चामीकरप्रभाय नमः।
  • ॐ सर्वाय नमः।
  • ॐ सर्वॊपास्याय नमः।
  • ॐ सर्व कर्त्रॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सर्वनॆत्रॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सर्वसिद्धिप्रदाय नमः।
  • ॐ सिद्धयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ पञ्चहस्ताय नमः।
  • ॐ पार्वतीनन्दनाय नमः।
  • ॐ प्रभवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ कुमारगुरवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ अक्षॊभ्याय नमः।
  • ॐ कुञ्जरासुर भञ्जनाय नमः।
  • ॐ प्रमॊदाय नमः।
  • ॐ मॊदकप्रियाय नमः।
  • ॐ कान्तिमतॆ नमः।
  • ॐ धृतिमतॆ नमः।
  • ॐ कामिनॆ नमः।
  • ॐ कपित्थपनसप्रियाय नमः।
  • ॐ ब्रह्मचारिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ ब्रह्मरूपिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ ब्रह्मविद्यादि दानभुवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ जिष्णवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विष्णुप्रियाय नमः।
  • ॐ भक्त जीविताय नमः।
  • ॐ जितमन्मधाय नमः।
  • ॐ ऐश्वर्यकारणाय नमः।
  • ॐ ज्यायसॆ नमः।
  • ॐ यक्षकिन्नेर सॆविताय नमः।
  • ॐ गङ्गा सुताय नमः।
  • ॐ गणाधीशाय नमः।
  • ॐ गम्भीर निनदाय नमः।
  • ॐ वटवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ अभीष्टवरदाय नमः।
  • ॐ ज्यॊतिषॆ नमः।
  • ॐ भक्तनिधयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ भावगम्याय नमः।
  • ॐ मङ्गलप्रदाय नमः।
  • ॐ अव्यक्ताय नमः।
  • ॐ अप्राकृत पराक्रमाय नमः।
  • ॐ सत्यधर्मिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सखयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सरसाम्बुनिधयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ महॆशाय नमः।
  • ॐ दिव्याङ्गाय नमः।
  • ॐ मणिकिङ्किणी मॆखालाय नमः।
  • ॐ समस्त दॆवता मूर्तयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सहिष्णवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सततॊत्थिताय नमः।
  • ॐ विघातकारिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विश्वग्दृशॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विश्वरक्षाकृतॆ नमः।
  • ॐ कल्याणगुरवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ उन्मत्तवॆषाय नमः।
  • ॐ अपराजितॆ नमः।
  • ॐ समस्त जगदाधाराय नमः।
  • ॐ सर्वैश्वर्यप्रदाय नमः।
  • ॐ आक्रान्त चिद चित्प्रभवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ श्री विघ्नॆश्वराय नमः।

हरिः ॐ गं गणपतये नमः. इति श्री गणेशाय अष्टोत्तर नमः हरि ॐ शतनामावलि समाप्तः

Hari om Gum Ganapataye namah. Iti shri ganeshay ashttottara namah. Hari On shatanamavali .

Steps to follow For Ganesh visarjan:  श्री गणेश विसर्जन

In case you cannot follow these steps due to lack of availability of items or time, that’s ok.  Just close your eyes and have an intention and do manas pooja (Mentally) offer these to lord Ganesh and

recite the prayers,chalisa,shlokas,108 names and conclude with aarti.

  • Aavahan
  • Shtaapan
  • Aasan
  • Arghya
  • Aachman
  • snanam(with panchamrut)
  • Vastra
  • yagnipavita
  • gandha
  • akshata
  • pushpamala
  • dhoop
  • deep
  • naivyedhyam
  • Taambul
  • Aarti
  • and Visarjan- Bring the idols/statues/images for immersion

In Marathi:  Ganpati Bappa Moriyaa..Pudchyaa varshi lavkar yaa..

English Meaning: Hail to lord Ganesh. Please come back soon next year.

 

 

 

Shraavan Maas Shraavan Somvaar Day 1

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I knew it was shraavan meditation time . When I was sitting out on the deck swing this morning and the rain drops started falling on me with the sky full of dark clouds, my heart just wanted to meditate and not get up. (Quiet meditation). Yes it is the first day of  The month of Shraavan has always been one of my favorites as it starts all the religious festivities of the season.

In Gujrati we call it : Shraavan naa saravdaa – શ્રાવણ નાં સરવડા  means shraavan brings light showers.

In Marathi we  have a really short and sweet poem from my childhood school days  that is embedded in my mind since and always reminded by my brother it goes like this: “Shraavan maase harsha maanasi hiravad daate chohi kade, kshanaat padti sar sar dhaaraa kshanaata firuni uuna padey.”  श्रावण मासी हर्ष मानसी हिरावाड दाते चोही कडे क्षणात पडती सर सर धारा क्षणात फिरुनी ऊन पडे. (it means my heart fills happy in the month of Shraavan as there is greenery all around and it would rain showers the one minute and the next we see bright sunshine).

We are also lucky enough to see quite a few rainbows in India (Mumbai) during this season. My of my other favorites nature’s colorful bounty.

So….Most importantly the Mondays Shri Shivji temple visits and offering the milk to the lingam.Tomorrow starts the first shraavan somvaar for this year. 2014. Shraavan Monday.  So if you have read one of my earlier blogs, it is considered very auspicious to offer milk on Mondays of the month of Shraavan and fast if possible.

So let’s get ready for the fasting of Shraavan if we can but if not we can still chant all the hymns, prayers, chants and prayers of our beloved Lord Shiva. Visit the Shri Shivji’s page tab for ore and the fasting recipes on my recipes blog if you are fasting during this month. Fasting then and now is available to get tips and process I feel helpful for today’s modern lifestyle.  Om Namah Shivaay!!!

  1. Dwaadash Jyotirlingaani,
  2. Shiv manas pooja,
  3. Shiv lingaashtakam
  4. Vedasaarshivastav
  5. Shri shiv mahimna Stotrum
  6. Shivji’s aarti

 

 

 

 

 

They are also available on the Lord Shiv a page tab

Any and all of these work.  Please try to share and pass it on to the next generation.

Do the best you can during this very religious, auspicious month of Shraavan.

Surya Prarthanaa at the Beach

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Meditation, relaxation,chants and prayers at the beach during sunrise and sunset are traditionally the best times and when done on the beach they just have a totally different effect on the mind body and the spirit within us. Here s to sharing with you.

Surya Prarthanaa at the Beach in gujrati Namu aaj aaditya ne

 

 

Please enjoy and pass it on.

 

Lingaashtakam लिङ्गाष्टकं

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Lingaashtakam लिङ्गाष्टकं

Shiv Lingam

Shri Shivji’s Lingashtakam
श्री शिव लिङ्गाष्टकं

 

 

 

  • ब्रह्म मुरारी सुरार्चित लिङ्गं निर्मल भाषित शोभित लिङ्गं
    जनमज दुख विनाशक लिङ्गं  तत्प्रनमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गं
  • देव मुनि प्रवरार्चित लिङ्गं कामदहन करुणाकर लिङ्गं
    रावण दर्प विनाशक लिङ्गं  तत्प्रनमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गं
  • सर्व सुगन्ध सुलेपित लिङ्गं बुद्धि विवर्धन कारण लिङ्गं
    सिद्ध सुरासुर वन्दित लिङ्गं तत्प्रनमामि सदा शिव लिङ्गं
  • कनक महामणि भूषित लिङ्गं पनिपति वेष्ठित शोभित लिङ्गं
    दक्ष सुयज्ञ विनाशन लिङ्गं तत्प्रनमामि सदा शिव लिङ्गं
  • कुंकुम चन्दन लेपित लिङ्गं पङ्कज हार सुशोभित लिङ्गं
    संचित पाप विनाशन लिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदा शिव लिङ्गं
  • देव गनार्चित सेवित लिङ्गं भावैर्भक्ति  भिरेवच लिङ्गं
    दिनकर कोटि प्रभाकर लिङ्गं तत्प्रनमानि सदा शिव लिङ्गं
  • अश्तदलोपरि वेष्टित लिङ्गं सर्व समुद्भव कारण लिङ्गं
    अष्ट दरिद्र विनाशन लिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदा शिव लिङ्गं
  • सुरगुरु सुरवर  पूजित लिङ्गं  सुरवण पुष्प सदार्चित लिङ्गं
    सर्व परम परमात्मक लिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदा शिव लिङ्गं

लिङ्गाष्टक मिदं पुण्यं यः पठेत शिव संनिधौ
शिव लोक म वाप्नोति शिवेन सह मोदते ll

Lingaashtakam English

  • Brahma Muraari Surarchita Lingam Nirmala Bhaashita Sobhita Lingam
  • Janmaja Dhukha Vinaasana Lingam Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam
  • Devamuni Pravaraarchita Lingam Kaama Dahana Karunaakara Lingam
  • Ravana Darpa Vinaasaka Lingam Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Sarva Sugandha Sulepitha Lingam  Buddhi Vivaardhana Kaarana Lingam

  • Siddha Suraasura Vandhitha Lingam Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam
  • Kanaga Mahaamani Bhooshitha Lingam Panipati Veshthitha Shobita Lingam
  • Daksha Suyajna Vinaasana Lingam Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Kunkuma Chandhana Lehpitha Lingam Pankaja Haara Susobhitha Lingam

  • Sanchitha Paapa Vinaashana Lingam Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam
  • Deva Ganaarchita Sevita Lingam Bhavair Bhakhi Bhirevacha Lingam
  • Dinakar Koti Prabhaakara Lingam Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Ahshta Dalopari Veshthitha Lingam Sarva Samudbhava Kaarana Lingam

  • Ahshta Daridra Vinaasaka Lingam Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam
  • Suraguru Suravara Poojitha Lingam   Suravana Pushpa Sadarchitha Lingam
  • Parava Param Paramatmaka Lingam Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Lingashtaka Midam Punyam Yah Pathet Sivasannidhau

Sivaloka Mavaapnoti Sivena Saha Modatheh

Happy Father’s day

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Happy Father’s Day everyone.

Here’s to all fathers, those who have fathers, would be fathers, brothers, uncles, and all father figures in our lives.

The love, the care and the sacrifice we receive from them all our lives is to be respected and appreciated and not take for granted. May god bless them all always and for ever where ever they are. Here are some shlokas for those interested to include fathers in our lives and to the Father of all fathers. Reflect upon the good wise learning you have received from him/them, the moral, the social, ethical and courageous words of wisdom that you have inherited.

  • मातृ देवो भवः Maatru  Devo Bhava
  • पितृ देवो भवः Pitru Devo Bhava
  • पिता स्वरग् पिता धर्म    Pita swarga, pita dharma
  • पितहि परम् तप पिता सर्व देवता  Pitahi param tapah pita sarva devata.

Meaning

  • Mother is considered like Goddess,
  • Father is considered like God.
  • Father is Heaven
  • Father is Dharma(religion)
  • Father is ultimate sacrifice
  • Father is all Gods combined.

http://sanskritchantsnprayers.wordpress.com/category/tvameva-maata-eve-prayers-

Enjoy make something special that your dad likes Spend some qualtiy time with him if you can.  Here’s mine.    http://pratibhajanisvegetarianrecipes.com/2014/06/12/mango-lassi/

 

 

 

 

Aatmapooja अथः आत्मपूजा

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Aatmapooja अथः आत्मपूजा

After Veghneshwar pooja, (Ganesh dhyaan), this is the next step in continuation of our series of Hinduism- Basics or daily pooja rituals.

Aatmapooja अथः आत्मपूजा Join your hands and recite the following mantra shlokas. (if both together are too much for you then just pick the second one)

1. Sanskrit

  • ह्रदि स्थितं पंकजमष्टपत्रां सकेसरं कर्निकमध्यानलं |
  • अङ्गुश्तमात्रम् मुनयो वदन्ति |
  • ध्यायेत्च विष्णु पुरुषं पुराणां ||
  • हृदयकमलमध्ये सुर्यबिम्बासनस्थम्
  • सकल भुवनबीजं श्रुष्टि सन्हारहेतुम् |
  • निरतिशयसुखात्मज्योतिषं ह्न्सरूपं |
  • परमपुरुषमाध्यंचिन्त येदात्ममूर्तिं ||
  • आराधयामि मनिसन्निभ मात्मलिङ्गम्
  • मायापुरिहृदायपङ्कजसन्निविष्टं  ||
  • श्रद्धानदीविमलचित्तजलाभिषेकैः |
  • नित्यं समाधिकुसुमैर्नपुनर्भवाय ||
  • देहोदेवालयः प्रोक्तो जीवो देवः सनातनः |
  • त्यज्येदग्याननिर्माल्यं सोऽहं भावेन पूजयेत |
  • स्वामिन् सर्व जग्गनाथ यावत्पॊजावसानकम् |
  • तावत् त्वं प्रीतिभावेन बिम्बेअस्मिन् सन्निधिं कुरु ||

1. English narration

  • Hradi sthitam pankajamashtapatraam sakesaram karnika madhyaanalam.|
  • Angushta maatram munayo vadanti |
  • dhyaayetchha vishnu purusham puraanaam ||
  • Hrudaya kamala madhye surya bimbaasanastham |
  • sakala bhuvana beejam shrushti sanhaara hetum |
  • niratishaya sukhaatmajyotisham hansaroopam |
  • parama purushamaadhyaam chinta yedaatmamoortim||
  • aaraadhayaami manisannibhamaatmalingam |
  • maayaapurihridayapankaja sannivisham ||
  • shraddhaanadivimalachitajalaabhishekaih|
  • nityam samaadhi kusumaairnapunarbhavaay ||
  • deho devaalayah prokto jeevo devah sanaatanah |
  • tyajyetgyana nirmalyam sohum bhavena poojayet |
  • swasminsarva jagannaatha yaavatpoojaavasaanakam |
  • taavatvum pritibhaavena bimbeasmin sannidhim kuru ||

2. Sanskrit

  • ॐ आत्मने नमः
  • ॐ अन्तरात्मने नमः
  • ॐ परमात्मने नमः
  • ॐ ज्ञानात्मने नमः

आत्मपूजां समर्पयामि

English transliteration

  • Om Aatmaney namah
  • Om antaraatmaney namah
  • Om Paramaatmaney namah
  • Om Gyanatmaney namah

Aatmapoojaam samarpayaami.

Next in this series will be Mandap pooja

 

 

 

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Mahashivratri shlokas prayers n Aarti

महाशिवरात्रि  Maheshmurti Shiva

Shiv Lingam

Shiv Lingam

This year Mahashivratri महाशिवरात्रि  is falling on Feb 27th, 2014.

Lord Shiva (Shivji) is considered to be self born. Mahashivratri  is usually celebrated at midnight on the indian calendar month of Magha chaturdashi of Krishna paksha. This roughly falls in feb/march of our English calender. Celebration of Mahashivratri is typically done by fasting on the day for the whole day and performing abhishek (offferings to shiv lingam) chanting shlokas, prayers and concluded by aarti. In case you do not have a shiv lingam a picture photo or image shud be fine. Lastly your mental prayers shud be fine as well.

As mentioned in my recipe blog on the page ” Fasting-Then and Now” we have various different levels  of fasts in Indian-Hindu culture. Fore more details visit the link  Fasting- Then and Now, and use your own personal and family discretion for the level of fasting that you wish or your body and mind can handle. Always remember if you do not wish to fast or cannot fast for any reason, you can still perform the puja/abhishek or visit temple or just pray at home. You can also most definitely do the mental prayer offerings.

Now let’s move to the rituals/shlokas/prayers/aarti/puja etc for Mahashivratri.

As far as time for this puja there are specific times although due to modern life styles/crazy work schedules, my personal opinion is that you can perform your puja any time during the entire day or evening up to midnight of this day. Again performing abhishek and all the rituals according to the time and energy.

jalaadhaari stand and jalaadhaari2

jalaadhaari stand and jalaadhaari2

You can perform the abhishek  by slowly offering milk in a thin stream (with a nozzle pot or a small cup that can create a steady small stream on top of the shiv lingam while chanting ॐ नमः शिवायः Om Namah Shivay  for 5,7,9,11, or 21 or 108 times  is the simplest form of abhishek one can perform. After which you can end it by flowers and rice and chandan tilak. This would be a short simple puja. Bilva patra (three petaled leaf) is very dear to lord shiva and you offer that as well if you are able to find it in your area. Flowers would do as well, inc ase the bilvapatra is not available. Conclude with aarti at the end if you have time.

Best times for this puja would be early in the morning after shower. For those with busy schedules, any time that is peaceful and quiet and suits your daily schedule is good. Just before midnight, around sunset are other preferred best times for this puja. Most important is you should have the inner will and intention to do the puja. I am posting below all the shiv puja links from my blog on one page.

nozzle pot for jalaadhaari

nozzle pot for jalaadhaari

Om Namah Shivay    ॐ नमः शिवायः simple short mantra for Lord shiva (narrate 108 times if possible) while doing abhishek.

Shiv mahimna stotra श्री शिव महिम्न स्तोत्रम् (about twenty minutes)

Shiv Manas Pooja श्री शिव मानस पूजा (under seven minutes) as well during abhishek.

Dwaadash Jyotirlingaani द्वादश्ज्योतिर्लिङ्गानि (written sanskrit/english)  twelve names of Lord Siva jyotirlingam.   under two minutes

Vedasaar shivastavah  वेदसारशिवस्तव   (under six minutes) shiv prayers

conclude with

ShivJi’s Aarti शिवजी आरती