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241. Upakarma

Upakarma is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Sraavana. In brahmin families, the brahmacharya of a boy begins with “Upanayana“.  A boy or a married man has to change the sacred thread known as “Yagnopavitham”  every year on upakarma day.

To infuse new energy and erase dhoshas, the rituals on this day are mandatory. By dharmic practices and  vedic manthra recitals, we are thanking the rishis who made them. By wearing new janivara and doing upakarma, a brahmin pays his three debts ie to the teacher, to the God and to the forefathers.

The three threads in Janivara represent  mummoorthis viz., Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The nine divinities in Yagnopavitham are Omkaara, Agni, Naaga, Soma, Pithru, Prajapathi, Vaayu, Soorya and Vishwedhevathagalu. A prayer to atone the sins is important on this day. While wearing new Janivara the brahmana has to say, “I am wearing this sacred thread which is highly pure and inseparable from God & which gives me strength and dignity. While removing the old thread one has to pray, “I remove this with respect “. This day is more auspicious as Sreeman Narayana took the incarnation of Hayagreeva on this day.

Next day, after early bath, “gayathri japam” has to be done without fail.

238. Janmashtami

We celebrate the birthday of Sree Krishna as “Janmashtami” or “Gokulashtami” or Krishna Jayanthi”. It falls on ashtami day after krishna paksha in the month of shravana as per madhva calender.  All the Hindus celebrate this festival very grandly as Krishna is favourite God to all. Normally we observe fasting throughout the day and prepare neivedhyam items in madi.

In the evening we decorate the house and kolam afresh in front of the house. We also draw “Putta krishna pada” from this kolam. We have to draw krishna pada in such a way that Lord krishna comes from rangoli to our puja room and sit in the plank kept in front of krishna photo. We have to imagine that He walks step by step.

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We have to put rangoli on the plank and keep krishna vigraha in a plate. We have to do pooja in the usual way with  kunkum, manjal, chandan, akshadai, gejavasthram, flowers, garlands, ghenta, dheepa, dhoopa and aarathi to the photo and vigraha. We have to say slokas, sthothrams and songs on Lord Krishna while doing the pooja. We have to keep thamboolam, cocunut, all types of fruits, milk, curd, butter, aval, murukku, cheedai and laddu varieties as neivedhya.

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After performing puja, we have to give arghya. We have to keep a lemon and a coin in our right palm and pour water, milk and again water three times. We have to keep a bowl under our right arm. We have to say the arghya manthram while giving arghya.

அர்க்ய மந்த்ரம் :

ஜாதம்  கம்சவதார்த்தாய  பூபாரோத்தாரணாய ச

கௌரவாணாம் வினாஷாய தைத்யானாம்  நிதனாய ச

பாண்டவானாம் ஹிதார்த்தாய  தர்மசம்ஸ்தாபனாய ச

க்ருஹாணார்க்யம் மயா தத்தம் தேவக்யா  சஹிதோ ஹரே

தேவகி சஹித ஸ்ரீ க்ருஷ்ணாய நமஹ

இதமர்க்யம் இதமர்க்யம் இதமர்க்யம் சமர்ப்பயாமி.

After giving arghya we can take simple tiffin along with fruits and nevedhyam items.

196. Pavamana homa

Mankind is having the habit of running after pleasure. In this process, knowingly or unknowingly, we may harm others or other jeevarasis.

There is a time in our life to stop and think about this in life. God will make us to think. Due to our sins commited in this jenma and previous jenmas, we are getting problems,  When we are in great trouble, we used to pray to Gods one by one to get relief. When many Gods are coming in group to help us, how great it is?

Lord Vishnu in the form of Sri Narasimha, Lord Lakshmi, Lord Hanuman, Lord Saraswathi,  Lord Indira, Lord Ema, Lord Agni and Lord Soma are worshipped in pavamana homa. Our sins are purified and positive energy is being created in our home. This homa creates a positive spark in our life. Pavamana or Soma is the lord of delight. This homa can be done on any auspicious day.

While doing pavamana homa we have to commit that we will not do sins again as it is believed that past sins done by us will be vanished. Those who recite and hear pavamana manthras shall have progress spiritually. When we get an opportunity to attend pavamana homa, we should not miss it.

179. Adhika masa

In the lunar calender, 354 days comes in a year. The solar calender consists of 365 days. An adhika masa comes in a lunar calender once in 32 months, 16 days and 24 minutes. For the lunar calender followers, a month begins with amavashya. In the year 2015, adhika masa is from June 17 to July 16. This year will have 13 months instead of 12 months.

The adhika masa  is dedeicated to Lord Krishna. During adhika masa, we have to follow spiritual things. This month is for self-development, self-revaluation and self-assessment. We have to do lot of punya karya during this period. Fasting, reciting and hearing manthras & slokas and performing pujas are to be done. Also, we have to do some dhanas compulsorily during this period. The religious rituals help us to get rid of our sins.

Generally the dhanas given are thambula, deepa, apopa(adirasam in kanchu pathram), fruits, gajavasthram, anna, vasthra, rava laddu  or anything else you can. We have to give these items in the count of 33 to brahmanas. While giving these dhanas we can keep mangala items like vetrilai, pakku, seeppu, kannadi, balai, dhakshanai, arisina, kunkuma, palam, kaadolai, karugumani, blouse bit, akki, bella, belai,  poo and hanju.

Normally we won’t perform any shubakarya like grahapravesam, upanayanam and marriage during adhika masa. So, in the mechanical life, let us spare some time for puja, vratha and dhana during this month.

133. Some slokas on Lord Vigneshwara

Daily, in the morning and at night, I used to say some slokas. I strongly believe that my body and mind will get purified by this process. If we say for few days, we can memorise easily. It is a good practice to teach the children to say slokas atleast once. You may be knowing these slokas already. But, I just want to convey them once again to you, with meaning.

1.சுக்லாம்பரதரம் விஷ்ணும் சசிவர்ணம் சதுர்புஜம் பிரசன்ன வதனம் தியாயேத் சர்வ விக்ன உபசாந்தயே.

(கணேசர் தூய்மையைப் பிரதிபலிக்கும் வெண்ணிற ஆடையை எப்போதும் அணிந்திருப்பார். சாம்பலைப் போல பக்திமணம் கமழ எங்கும் நிறைந்திருக்கும் பரபிரம்மம் அவர். பிரகாசமான முகத்தை உடைய அவர் நான்கு கரங்களைக் கொண்டிருப்பார். எல்லாவித தடைகளையும் போக்கும் அந்த மேலான கடவுளை நான் பிரார்த்திக்கிறேன்).

2.வக்ரதுண்ட மஹாகாய சூர்யகோடி சமபிரபா, நிர்விக்னம் குருமே தேவ  சர்வ கார்யேஷு சர்வதா.

(கணேசர் வளைந்த தும்பிக்கையையும், தீர்க்கமான உடம்பையும் உடையவர். சூரியனுடைய கோடிக் கதிர்களின் பிரகாசத்தை உடையவர். நான் செய்ய நினைக்கும் காரியங்களில் வரும் தடைகளைப் போக்கி, வெற்றியைத் தர வேண்டுமென பிரார்த்திக்கிறேன்).

3.ஏகதந்தம் மஹாகாயம் தப்தகாஞ்சன சன்னிபம் லம்போதரம் விசாலாக்ஷம் வந்தே அஹம் கணநாயகம்.

(ஒரு தந்தத்தையும், தொப்பையுடன் கூடிய பெரிய உடம்பையும், பெரிய கண்களையும், தங்கத்தை உருக்கியது போல மேனியையும் உடைய கணேசருக்கு வணக்கம் கூறி சரணடைகிறேன்).

4.மூஷிக வாஹன மோதக ஹஸ்தா சாமர கர்ண விளம்பித சூத்ரா வாமண ரூபா மஹேஷ்வர புத்ரா விக்ன வினாயக பாத நமஸ்தே.

(எலியை வாகனமாகக் கொண்டு,  கரத்தில் மோதகத்தை ஏந்தி, விசிறியைப் போன்ற காதுகளுடன், இடுப்பில் அரணாக்கொடியுடன்  சிறிய உருவமாகக் காட்சி அளிக்கும் மஹேஷ்வரரின் புதல்வரே. எல்லாத் தடைகளையும் போக்கும் உங்கள் பாதங்களில் விழுந்து வணங்குகிறேன்).

5.கஜானனம் பூத கணாதி சேவிதம் கபித ஜம்பு பலசார பக்ஷிதம் உமாசுதம் ஷோக வினாஷ காரணம் நமாமி விக்னேஷ்வர பாத பங்கஜம்.

(யானைமுகம் கொண்டு. தேவதைகளால் பூஜிக்கப் பட்டு, விளாம்பழத்தையும், நாவல் பழத்தையும் புசித்துக்கொண்டு இருக்கும் உமாவின் புத்திரரே, உங்கள் கமலமலர் பாதங்களை சரணடைகிறேன்).

I will continue sloka on some other God in my next blog.

53. Rama nama japa

Those who don’t have time to do meditation, can simply say “rama nama“. One who chants “rama nama” one crore times, will get the darshan of “rama”.

When bridge was built by  monkeys under the leadership of Hanuman, to bring back  Sita from Lanka, Hanuman wrote the name of “rama” in small rocks and threw them into water. The rocks floated in water. Rama himself threw some rocks into the water but they got immersed in water. Hanuman explained Rama that rama nama is more poerful than Rama.

Those who want peace and happiness in life should do rama nama japa. Shri Thyagaraja got the darshan of Rama after chanting his name for one crore times. Those who die in Varanasi will get moksha as Lord Parameshwara himself will chant “rama nama” in their ears. The name rama is the combination of Parameshwa”ra-ma”heshwari. While doing rama japam we actually do pranayama. The inhilation and exhilation of air during rama japam is very good for health and also for the realisation of God.

I used to chant rama nama at the time of travel. I get peace of mind and could reach my destination safely. Rama nama is known as taraka manthra. It relieves us from the cycle of birth and death. The letters “ra” from Om namo Narayana and the letters “ma” from Om nama Shivaya give rama and by doing rama japa, we get the blessings of Shiva and Vishnu. So, make time to do rama nama japa.

13. Effect of Manthras

Simple prayer with manthras daily will help us to start our activities smoothly. The manthras we say guard us from evil things throughout the day. If we are not fluent in chanting manthras, we can listen to them again and again.

The vibration of manthras is very good for the house. To control blood pressure and normalise the heart beat, at the time of having emotional feelings, listening or chanting manthras will be very much helpful.

Sitting and saying bhajans in a group, will help us to be more energetic. When we are afraid of something, the manthras will give us the strength to face any problem. In the peace and calm atmosphere, say in the early morning, if we are hearing or chanting manthras, the power of vibration will be much more. If we start a work after chanting manthras on God, we can approach with more positive energy and there is no doubt about our success in the work.

The persons chanting or listening manthras will have the “thejas” in their faces and people who meet them, will definitely give respect. The purity of mind we get cannot be expressed in words. We should always use our energy for positive work. We should not chant or hear manthras for the negative works. So, let us cherish the benefits of manthras.