Friday, January 30, 2015

Chandi Pooja details (in English and Tamil)!

Those of us who want to have phalan of Chandi Homam without doing any sacrifice, we can perform a following pooja with only pooja dravyams and a deepam with 13 mukham. This pooja I learnt from a Shree Vidya Upasaka Shri Venkatesha shastrigal who had His adhyayanam from our Kanchi Matam.

To drive away all the bad spirit, bad vibration around us Chandala Sumangali dosham and have the full blessings of Chandi Devi who is in roudra (full of anger) as she destroys all the demons in the universe to give peace and harmony to the people , we perform this pooja. All cannot perform Homam as it needs a lot of preparation and time too. For this Devi mahamtyam which describes Devi's destruction of all asuras can be chanted with a good pandit who is well versed in Sanskrit , followed with a Deepa puja chanting Lalitha sahasranamam by 10 sumangalis doing Archana too.

Devimahatmyam consists of 3 parts, Kavacham, Keelakam and Argala being the 1st part that is the preface, 2nd part being the main 13 chapters 700 shlokas in which 4th and 11 th are Devi sthuti and the rest all vadham (destruction) of Asuras that all we know. The 3rd part is Pradhanya rahasyam, Vaikrutika rahasya and moorthi rahasyam and to end with Devi kshama prarthana (begging pardon of Devi for what all mistakes we did while doing pooja and chanting.

The pooja thus starts with Ganapathi pooja and Book Devimahatmyam. Place a very big Deepam with 13 mukha and ghee full , decorated with flowers ornaments and a small skirt so as to look like a girl. Prepare 13 different offerings(naivadyam) like chitrannam, vadai, sarkarai pongal panchamrutam, panakam, different kinds of fruits and so on. Invite 10 Sumangalis , do pada puja to them and shodasopachara to those ladies. Do aavahanam of Devi in the Deepam. When the Pandit is doing parayanam each chapter ends do a neivadyam and Harathi. In this way we can offer 13 types of offerings to Devi.

When the parayanam is done start with Sahasranama archana with kumkumam by all the 10 ladies starts. finally offer Suddhannam, Panakam coconut, betel leaves with nut ,milk with haldi(manjal) elaichi powder and sugar. With Harathi and prostration the Devi pooja ends. Then serve food for the ladies invited with utter dedication. Do prostration and circumbulation to the ladies and do Harathi too. Provide them with all mangala dravyams like betel leaves, nuts, manjal 5 in counts coconut and fruits and blouse piece or saree whichever possible .

13 Mukhams lit in the Deepam represent 13 main chapters . For sumangalis at the end of puja mehandi (marutani) also must be given along with other mangala dravyams.

Thus the elaborate pooja comes to an end. This way you can please Devi in rudra roopam and get rid of all the hurdles in your life and the bad spirits around us. This way I follow as per Venkatesha Shastrigal's advice. I have suggested people around me and some of them followed this.

Please click on this link for details in Tamil: Chandi Pooja details in Tamil

Devi sharanam.

Ya Devi sarva bhutheshu Mathru roopena samstitha Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha||

Thanks a bunch to Saraswathi Thygarajan Mami for meticulously compiling the pooja details!

Monday, January 26, 2015

"Bhajare Gurunatham" --- Song on Mahaperiyava, composed by Periyava

The song Bhajare Gurunatham was composed by Sri Periyava, within a couple of months of Sri Mahaperiyava attaining Maha Samadhi. We (me, my brothers and sisters) were witnesses to HIS composing the lines. He just dictated the lines to a devotee and taught us to sing it in the same tune as Sri Sadasiva Brahmendra's "Bhajare Yadunatham" set to Misra Peelu raaga and Adi tala (by Sri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer). Initilally, He always asked us to sing "Bhajare Yadunatham" first and then "Bhajare Gurunatham", so that we got the tune correct.

The above was narrated by a Devotee, I forget who.

Bhajare Gurunaatham, maanasa bhajare gurunaatham 
Bhasma rudraakshaadi alankruta sareeram 
Bilva maalaadi alankruta siraskam 
Bhajare Gurunaatham maanasa bhajare gurunaatham 

Manthra mahaamani manthra swaroopam 
Pranava payodhara pranava swaroopam,pranava swaroopam 
Bhajare Gurunaatham maanasa bhajare gurunaatham 

Mandahaasa mukham mandaaksha veekshanam 
Raajaadhi raajam jagadguru roopam kaamakoti roopam 
Bhajare Gurunaatham maanasa bhajare gurunaatham

Here it is in Shri T.M. Krishna's melodious voice:

Here is my crude translation with help from others:


Oh Mind, chant the name of the Guru
The One whose body is decorated with Rudraksham beads and Vibhuti Holy Ash
The One on whose Head adorns Vilvam Leaves

The One who is the Form of the Holy Manthras
The One who is the embodiment of Omkara. He is Pranava himself like the water-bearing cloud.

The One whose Face is enveloped in Bliss
The One who is King of Kings
The One who is the Jagadguru
The One who is Kamakoti!
Oh Mind, chant the name of the Guru


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Sringeri's New Bala Periyava!


Sri Guru Pahimam - Paramadhayalo Pahimam!

Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peethadhipati Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati 

Tirtha Mahaswamigal has announced His Shishya Sweekara. Sri Kuppa Venkatesha 

Prasada Sharma to be His Uttaradhikari - the successor-designate to the Dakshinamnaya 

Sri Sharada Peetham. He will be the 37th Acharya in the Sringeri  lineage of Acharyas. He 

is 22 years Aged. He had his school education at Hyderabad,and then studied at Veda 

Patashala at Tirupathi. For the last 5 years He is in Sringeri and expertised on Sasthras, 

Thargam, Meemamsam etc.,

His parents are Sri Siva Subramanya Avadhanigal and Smt Sita Nagalakshmi.
The would-

be Acharya's parents and family are very well known to Kanchi Periyavas. He 

used to fluently chant 'Atharvana Veda' during the present Sringeri Acharya's 

chathurmasya stay in Madras couple of years ago.The present Swamiji's parents (along 

with their Son before becoming Sanyasi) have done Pada Puja to HH Sri Mahaperiyava 

when HH toured AP with HH Pudhu Periayava.

Brahmachari Sri Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma was born in Tirupati in 1993 to Sri 

Kuppa Shivasubrahmanya Avadhani and Smt. Seetha Nagalakshmi. He belongs to the 

Kaundinya Gotra and is a native of Anantavaram, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh. The 

Brahmachari had his Upanayanam at the age of five and began his first lessons in Krishna 

Yajur Veda under his grandfather and Yajur Vedic scholar, Sri Kuppa Ramagopala 

Vajapeyayaaji. He continued his Vedic education up to Krishna Yajur Veda Kramanta under 

his illustrious father, who is currently serving as Principal of TTD Veda Pathashala in 

Tirumala and as Project Officer in Dharma Prachara Parishad managed by TTD.

Born in a family of disciples of the Sringeri Jagadguru, the Brahmachari had accompanied 

his father while the latter had come to Sringeri to participate in Dharmic activities in the 

years 2006, 2008 and 2009. The Darshan of Jagadguru Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji 

during these visits made a profound impact on the Brahmachari. The Brahmachari 

expressed his desire of studying Shastras directly under the Jagadguru in early 2009. With 

the blessings and consent of Jagadguru Mahaswamiji, the Brahmachari took refuge under 

His Lotus Feet of the in June 2009. Under the tutelage of the Jagadguru, the Brahmachari 

mastered the Sanskrit language. Then, the Jagadguru Himself taught the Brahmachari the 

entire Tarka Shastra. The Brahmachari is endowed with Guru Bhakti, scholarship in the 

Vedas and Shastras, adherence to tradition and dispassion.

Sishya sweekaram is slated to be on Jan 22nd and Jan 23rd, and Sanyasa day is on Jan 

23rd, 2015 at Sringeri!. The next 3 days are the 125th year celebrations of Sringeri 

Patashala which was started by His Holiness Sri Sri Sachidananda Shivabinava Narasimha 

Bharathi Mahaswamigal.

All are requested to attend the function and obtain the Graces of the Acharyas and be 


He is Sri Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji now!

Sri Guru Pahimam

Paramadayalo Pahimam

Sringeri Jagathguru Pahimam

Bharathi Theertha Pahimam!


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