Sri Chakradevi Araikaasu Amman Potri


With complete devotion and submission, recite the following Namavali whole heartedly on Tuesdays and Fridays by placing a Beetle leaf with Kumkum/Saffron along with sweetened lime water. Perform Aarti to seek Her blessings. Performing such a pious prayer shall fulfill all the desires requested to Sri Chakradevi Araikaasu Amman. Also apply the saffron after the puja to witness ever prosperity in life

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Om Devi Madurai Meenakshi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Chidambaram Kaali Ammane Potri
Om devi Annai Kanniga Parameswari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Mangadu Kamatchi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Kollur Mookambigai Ammane Potri
Om Devi Vijayawada Kanadurgai Ammane Potri
Om Devi Karaikudi Koppudai Ammane Potri
Om Devi Siruvachur Madurakali Ammane Potri
Om Devi Kasi Visalakshi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Melmalaiyanur Angala Ammane Potri

Om Devi Annai Vishnu Durgai Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thirukkadaiyur Abirami Ammane Potri
Om Devi Erode Bannari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thayamangalam Muthumaari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Periyapalayam Bavani Ammane Potri
Om Devi Devakottai Ammane Potri
Om Devi Annai Aatrukaal Bagavathi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thanjavur Ujjaini Maakali Ammane Potri
Om Devi Patteswaram Duragai Ammane Potri
Om Devi Kalkatha Kaali Ammane Potri

Om Devi Salem Annathana Maari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Virudunagar Muthu Maari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thiruverkadu Karumaari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Kandanoor Sellaayi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Kayakumaari Kumari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Kaasi Annapoorani Ammane Potri
Om Devi Imayamalai Vaishnavadevi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thirumechur Lalithaparameswari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thiruvanaikaaval Agilandeswari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thirukarukaavur Karparakshambigai Ammane Potri

Om Devi Sengai Nagathu Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thirunelveli Muthupechi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Annai Durga Ammane Potri
Om DeviThirumullaivai Pacchai Ammane Potri
Om DeviThiruvetrivur Vadivudai Ammane Potri
Om Devi Mysore Chamundeswari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Sooloorpettai Sengala Ammane Potri
Om Devi Perambakkam Sellatha Ammane Potri
Om Devi Chottanikarai Ammane Potri
Om Devi ThiruvaiyaaruVeyilugantha Ammane Potri

Om Devi Aranthaangi Veeramakaali Ammane Potri
Om Devi Bengalaru Rajarajeswari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thanjavur Punnainallurmaari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Vandiyur Theppakulam Maari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thiruvarur Rajadurgai Ammane Potri
Om Devi Pudukottai Buvaneswari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Nellai Gandhimathi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Erode Periyamaari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Pudukottai Ariyanaachi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Rajamathangi Ammane Potri

Om Dei Samayapuram Maari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Naatarasankottai Kannaathaal Ammane Potri
Om Devi Sankarankovil Komathi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thirupathi Vaguladevi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Annai Kalyana Maari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thiruvannamalai Abithagujalambaal Ammane Potri
Om Devi Kulasegarapattinam Muthara Ammane Potri
Om Devi Annai Vasiyamuki Ammane Potri
Om Devi Padavedu Renugambaal Ammane Potri
Om Devi Kurangini Muthumaalai Ammane Potri

Om Devi Annai Gayathri Ammane Potri
Om Devi Naagai Nellukkadaimaari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Annai Vanadurgai Ammane Potri
Om Devi Melur Thiruvudai Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thirumullaivayal Kodiyudai Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thiruchanoor Padmavathi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Annai Chandra Parameswari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Kalahasthi Gnanaprassannambiga Ammane Potri
Om Devi Malaysia Makaali Ammane Potri
Om Devi Chakkulathukkavu Bagavathy Ammane Potri

Om Devi Annai Balathiripurasundari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Annai Santhoshimaatha Ammane Potri
Om Devi Chennai Kolavizhi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Kudamurutti Seethaladevi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Annai Srichakkaradevi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Buvanagiri Poonkavanathu Ammane Potri
Om Devi Annai Gurukula Devi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thirunelveli Peraathu Selli Ammane Potri
Om Devi Mumbai Mumba Devi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Vettaivalam Manonmani Ammane Potri

Om Devi Pattukottai Naadi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Pallathoor Periyanayaki  Ammane Potri
Om Devi Annai Kamalambigai Ammane Potri
Om Devi Kovai Thandumaari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Annai Shiyamaladevi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Aranthaangi Ainthu Veetukaali Ammane Potri
Om Devi Muppanthal Isakki Ammane Potri
Om Devi Kalkatha Aayiram Kai Kaali Ammane Potri
Om Devi Marathurai Kathyayini Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thuljappur Bavani Ammane Potri

Om Devi Rameswaram Nambunayagi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Pondicherry Ezhaimaari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Uraiyur Jayakaaligambaal Ammane Potri
Om Devi Mysore Nimishaambaal Ammane Potri
Om Devi Panjalanguruchi Jakkamma Ammane Potri
Om Devi Naanguneri Ulaganayaki Ammane Potri
Om Devi Paalayankottai Aayirathu Ammane Potri
Om Devi Navalur Periyakaandi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Ottabiram Ulagaanda Easwari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Rasipuram Nithya Sumangalimaari Ammane Potri

Om Devi Thiruvotriyur Bagampiriyaal Ammane Potri
Om Devi Kovilpatti Senbagavalli Ammane Potri
Om Devi Aruppukottai Sowdeswari Ammane Potri
Om Devi Haridwar Gangai Ammane Potri
Om Devi Sirungeri Saradadevi Ammane Potri
Om Devi Dindugal Rajakaali Ammane Potri
Om Devi Thirumangalakudi Mangalambigai Ammane Potri
Om Devi Rathnamangalam Araikasu Ammane Potri! Potri!

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Om Araikaasu Ammane Potri!
Om Araikaasu Ammane Potri!
Om Araikaasu Ammane Potri!
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Bhajan Collections - Ganesha

Ucchi Pillayar, Trichy

Jaya Lambodhara Pahimaam,
Jagadambasuta Rakshamaam (Jaya Lambodhara)
Sharanagatha Rakshamaam
Hey Karunanidhe Paahimaam
Sri Gananaatha Samrakshamaam
Nija Bhakti mudam dehimaam (Jaya Lambodhara) 
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Gajanana Hey Subhanana Gowri Manohara Priyanandana (Gajanana Hey) Pasupathi thanaya Gajanana Parama Niranjana Shubhanana – Hey Parama niranjana Shubhanana(Gajanana Hey) Gajanana Hey Subhanana Gajanana Hey Gajavadana Gajanana Hey Subhanana Gajanana Hey Gajavadana (Gajanana Hey)


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Gam Gam Gam Ganeshwaram Gam Gam Gam Ganeshwaram Ganeshwaram Ganaadhipam Ganaadhipam Gajaananam (Gam Gam) Gajananam Ganeshwaram Gajeshwaram Bajaamyaham (Gam Gam) Bajaamyaham Bajaamyaham Bajaamyaham Bajaamyaham (Gam Gam)


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Siddhi vinayaka namo namo Sakthi balaka namo namo Vigna Vinayaka namo namo Vidhya Dhayaka namo namo Bala ganapathe namo namo Shanmukha shodara namo namo Mooshika vahana namo namo Modhaka Hastaa namo namo Shiva gana natha namo namo Chinmaya roopa namo namo Mohana Roopa namo namo Maheswara Puthra namo namo


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Sri Sai Sachcharira - Chapter -9 - Part 2

Sri Sai Sachcharira - Chapter -9 - Part 1
Effect of touch of Guru's hand and Sai Baba's words, URS on Ramanavami Day, Chandan celebration, Arrangement for the fare, Inter-relatedness of US and Ramanavami, Renovation of mosque.

Inner-relatedness of Ramanavami and URS 

Ramanavami at Shirdi

This idea appealed to Kaka Mahajani. Now the main problem was how to get a 'haridas' who could perform 'sankirtan' chanting glories of God. But Bhishma solved this problem. He told: "the composition on the story of Sri Ram, written by me is complete, in which the birth of Sri Ram is also included. I will do the kirtan of that and you give me company on the 'harmonium'(musical instrument) and Radhakrishna mai would prepare 'Prasad'.

Then both of them went to the mosque to get the approval of Baba. Baba being omniscient knew what was happening in the wada. Baba asked a question to Mahajani:"what was happening there?". Mahajani got dismayed by suddenly asked this question. Then Baba asked Bhishma what is the matter? Bhishma presented the idea of celebrating Ramanavami festival before Baba and requested him for his approval. Baba gave approval with pleasure.The next day the mosque was decorated with colorful buntings. Smt. Radhakrishna mai brought a cradle and put it before Baba and thereafter the celebration commenced. Bhishma stood up to do 'Sankirtan' and Mahajani gave him company on the 'Harmonium'. Then Baba called for Mahajani. Mahajani was bewildered with a doubt whether Baba will allow all this festivity to go on. When he reached near Baba, he put a question to him. Why this cradle is put here?

Mahajani told that the programme of Ramanavami celebration has started, and that is why the cradle has been placed here. Baba took up two garlands, ofwhich one he put around the neck of Kaka and other he sent for Bhishm. Now Sankirtan continued. When 'Sankirtan' ended shouts of glory be to 'Raja ram' were raised aloud and red colored powder was thrown up in the air, a few particles of which fell into the eyes of Baba accidentally. There upon Baba got rage and furious. He began furiuosly to shout unpalatable words. All were fear-stricken by witnessing this sudden turn of pleasant event. The close devotees and those who were well-versed with Baba's such sudden outbursts were not to be upset. They took Baba's outbursts as blessings. They thought that today is the birthday of Lord Ram, therefore it is but natural for Baba to be so enraged for the destruction of Ravana and egoistic tendencies of demonic nature. Therefore they all were amusingly taken aback. Radhakrishna mai too was afraid lest Baba may not break up the cradle. So she told kaka Mahajani to remove away the cradle from there.But Baba stopped him from doing so.after sometime Baba was at peacewith himself and the programme of worship and 'Aarti' of that day was completed without any further interruption. Thereafter kaka Mahajani asked permission to take away the cradle. But Baba declined by saying that the celebration was still not over.

The next day 'Gopal Kala' celebration was held, then afterwards Baba allowed taking away of the cradle. In this celebration curd mixed cooked rice is hung upin earthen pot and after the 'Sankrtan' being over the pot is broken and then is distributed to all as 'prashad'. During the day procession of two flags and at night 'chandan' procession was taken out with great festivity. After this Urs celebration was turned into Ramanavami celebration. From the next year (1912) theschedule of Ramanavami celebrations was expanded to include chandan and Urs processions. Smti Radhakrishna mai started 'Naamsaptah' from the 1st day of 'chaitra'(week long recitation of God's name). All devotees took part in it turn by turn. She too joined them in the morning. Ramanavami celebrations are held in all parts of the country. So the next year also the availability of 'Haridas' to do Sankirtan was faced. But it was solved before the commencement of the celebration. Five-six days before Shri Mahajani incidently met Bala Buva. Bala Buva is famous as the present day Tukaram and this year's Sankirtan was assigned to him.

The next year in 1913, Sri Haridas (Bala Buva of satarkar of Satara District) because of out break of Plague in the Kavate village could not do the job of Haridas in his village. So he came to Shirdi this year. Kaka Saheb got the approval of Baba for Kirtan to be performed by him. Baba too gave adequate reward.In 1914 Baba removed the problem of Haridas forever. He assigned the duty to Dasaganu Maharaj. It is worth noting that the procession and the festivity both Hindus and Muslims worked together. But even till today no controversy took place among them.

Renovation of the Mosque

As the idea of holding Urs or fare came to the mind of Shri Gopal Gund first of all, similarly the idea of renovation of the mosque came to his mind alone. He collected stone for this purpose and cut in rectangular shape. But the credit for this job to be completed was reserved for Nana Saheb Chandrokar and doing the floor work to Kaka Saheb Dixit. At first Baba did not give his approval, but on the intervention of local devotee Mahalsapti his approval was obtained and the entire floor of the mosque was completed in single night. Till now Baba used to sit on a piece of tattared mat. Now by removing it from there a small mattress was placed for him to sit. In 1911, the assembly hall too was diligently repaired.

The courtyard of the mosque was very small and inconvenient. Kaka saheb wanted to raise a roof-cover over it by enlarging it. By spending the required money, he purchased the steel pillars etc.,and the work commenced. By working day and night the devotees raised the pillars. The next day when Baba returned from Chawadi he pulled out those pillars and enraged. He pulle dout the pillars by holding it with one hand and by the other he pulled off the turban of Tatya and put it in fre. Due to rage Baba's eyes appeared as if burning amber. None was able to gather courage to look to him. All were afraid of what may happen next. One of Baba's devotees Bhagoji Shinde got courage to move forward, but Baba pushed him behind. Whosoever tried to make him quiet, something to other happened to him.

On his being quiet and the anger over, he called shopkeeper and purchasing an embroidered piece od cloth tiedit on the head of Tatya himself as if a special honor was done to him, watching this wonderful action devotees were astonished. They were unable to know for what unknown reason Baba was so enraged. Why did he give a beating to Tatyaand laterhis anger was cooled off? Baba at time used to be in very serious moods and sometimes on his own become quiet and held loving conversation. But all of a sudden he also used to be enraged without any apparent reason.

****"Om Sai Ram"****

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Benefits of performing Abishekas

Various types of Abishekam

Abhishekam is the ancient sacred Hindu custom of bathing a deity in water, milk, honey, ghee, fruit juice and other liquids. This resulting mixture is intended to be served as prasadam to the devotees who offer their prayers. The pouring of these liquids symbolizes the pouring of a devotee’s purest love for God.  Performing this ceremony, with a pure mind, faith and conviction, results in washing away of sins, and purification of the devotee’s own heart and mind.  Generation after generation, millions of Hindus continue to perform abhishekam to this very day.
But Atheists may raise many questions like over this ritual.  Why is necessary?  Aren’t we just wasting food? 

We get the answer from Sudha Aditya in "The Inner Journey" compares this act to a mother caring for her child:

Take a mother and her child, for example. The mother loves her child dearly and she spares no effort to please it. She cooks the child’s favourite dishes, dresses it in fine clothes and does everything in her power to make the child happy and feel loved and cared for.  The mother never thinks that her is wasting her money, time or effort.
Similarly, the abhishekam is an offering to God and should not be viewed as a waste of materials, effort or time.  In fact, Sudha Aditya goes on to say:

…what we are offering Him by way of abhishekam is actually an minuscule part of what He gives us. We are merely giving Him what already belongs to Him.
As we move into the ritual, the puranic(ancient) vedhas had left evidences that each form of Abhishekam has a definite purpose and devotees are blessed accordingly as stated below:
One who performs abhishekam using:
  • Mangoes will be gifted with Victory ever
  • Panchamirth will be gifted with Prosperity
  • Tender coconut water will be gifted with Good position
  • Vibhudhi(Ash) will be gifted with Goodness
  • Sandal will be gifted with Highest post
  • Paneer(Rose water) will be gifted with Happiness
  • Milk will be gifted with Long life
  • Sesame oil will be gifted with Relief from viral disease
  • Lemon will be gifted with overcome fear of death
  • Bananas will be gifted with full Granary
  • Curd will be gifted with Flourish with generations
  • Honey will be gifted with Good health
  • Jaggery will be gifted with Relief from grieve
  • Sugar will be gifted with Overcome enemies
  • Food will be gifted with All wealth and health
  • Water will be gifted with Peace
The rituals and custom we observe and perform are carried out through generations just not for the religious sake but as the chanting of "OM" creates wonders each of these rituals have been carefully meant to its value and the perfect way of carrying forward it with full faith and dedication results only in peace for everyone on all worldly matters.
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Sri Sai Sachcharira - Chapter -9 - Part 1

Effect of touch of Guru's hand and Sai Baba's words, URS on Ramanavami Day, Chandan celebration, Arrangement for the fare, Inter-relatedness of US and Ramanavami, Renovvation of mosque.
Shirdi Sai Baba, Mylappore, Chennai

Effect of touch of Guru's hand and Sai Baba's words

The power of the touch of the hand of Sadguru is great and astonishing. The subtle body, which is indestructible even by the fire and it envelopes the world, is vanquished by the mere touch of the hand of Guru. Sins of innumerable births are washed away. The mind of such people who have no interest in religious and Godly matters become inclined to piety. The voice gets chocked by ecstasy at the mere 'darshan' of Sri Sai Baba's enchanting form, tears begin to flow and when the heart is overtaken by emotion, bliss of Atmic experience follows with the feelings of "I am that"(So_Aham).

When ego begins to be inflated in devotees, then Guru by annihilating it bestows his power and enables them to attain their final aim and make them worthy of eternal happiness and contentment. The one who takes refuge in Baba becoming humble easily attains virtue, prosperity, pleasures and liberation. There are four paths leading to God-realization works, wisdom, yoga and devotion. Of these the path of devotion is full of pitfalls, and thorns. But if by relying upon Sadguru and avoiding pitfalls and thorns one proceeds further the ultimate aim is easily attained. For the upliftment of devotees the following words of assurance given by Sri Sai Baba are memorable.

In the house of devotees there shall be no shortage of food and clothings'. This is my special attribute that whosoever takes refuge in Me and worships Me in his innermost being I am always worried about his welfare. Lord Krishna too dwelt upon this in Gita. So do not worry unnecessarily for food and clothings'. If you are desirous of asking for something then ask only for God. By giving up the wordly praises and titles, get grace of God and his boon of being fearless, keep on holding fat to your "Ishta"(particular chosen form of God). Engage all your senses and mind in contemplation of God. Do not be attracted to anything material and be immersed in Me so that the tendancies of your mind are not drawn towards senses, progeny, wealth, name and fame. Then your mind shall become steady, peaceful and fearless. Attaining this state is indicative of 'sthitpragya'. If the wavering of mind is not controlled then it cannot be concentrated upon and ultimate goal cannot be achieved".

URS on Ramanavami Day

There was one inspector Shri Gopalrao Gund in Kopargavon village. He was a great devotee of Baba. He had three wives, but none had a child. By the race of Sri Sai Baba he got a son. In the event of being so happy in 1897 he got an idea that a fare or urs should be held in Shirdi. He expressed his idea to other devotees - Tatya Patil, Dada Kote Patil and Madhav Rao. They all liked the idea and they got evev the approval of Baba.

For holding urs was required Government permission. So an application was sent to the collector. But permission was not granted due to objection by village official, but on trying a second time for it the permission was finally granted and with the approval of Baba holding urs on Ramanavami day was decided accordingly.

But now there was difficulty of getting water. There were only two wells in village of which one used to be dry and water of the other was salty. Baba turned salty water to sweet water by dropping a flower into the well. But for how many people water from one well suffice? So Tatya Patil arranged for getting water from outside. Temporary storage of woods and bamboo were put up and boats were arranged. A friend of Gopal Rao Damu Anna Kasar liven in Ahmednagar. He was grieved beacuse of having no child. He too was blessed with a son by the grace of Sri Sai Baba. Sri Gund asked him to offer a flag. Another flag was given by Shri Nana Saheb Nimonar. Both the flags were taken in procession with great gaiety through out the village, and at last they were hoisted on the corners of the mosque which was called Dwarakamai by Baba. This programme continues to be held as before even till to-day.
Ramanavami at Shirdi

"Chandan" Celebration

This celebration was the idea of muslim devotee of Korhal Shri Amir Shakkar Dalal. Normally such a celebration is observed in the honor of Muslim Pir. Lots of sandal paste is collected by rubbing it on a stone sill and placed along with perfumed sticks in large flat vessels. The sticks are lighted and taken in procession to the mosque where the celebration comes to an end. The 'sandal paste' and burning perfumed sticks are scattered on Neem tree and around the mosque. For the first three years arrangements for this celebration were made by ShriAmir Shakkar and after him, his wife did the same. So flag procession by Hindus and 'Chandan' procession by the Muslims were taken out together. This tradition continues even till to-day.

Arrangement for the Fare

The sacred day of Ramanavami is very dear to the devotees of Sri Sai Baba. The external and internal matters were managed by Tatya Pati and a great devotee of Sri Sai Baba Radhakishna mai respectively. On this occassion their residence used to be full of guests and they had to take care of all people who gathered there. At the same time they had to make all necessary arrangements for the fare. The other job she used to do with pleasure was to sweep and clean the mosque and white-wash it. The walls and courtyardof the mosque got blackened due to smoke coming out of constantly burning fire inside it. when Baba would go to Chawadi for taking rest there during night then she used to do all the work. Everyhting including burning pier had to be taken out of the mosque and after cleaning and white-washing they had to be placed in their proper places and properly decorated. The most dear activity of Baba was feeding the poor, which was a part of all the celebrations. For this purpose grand feast used to be arranged. All this job used to be done at the residence of Radhakrishna mai. Many rich persons helped by contributing money. Several volunteers also took active part in the arrangements of the fare.

Inner-relatedness of Ramanavami and URS

In 1911, a changed occured in this programme. A devotee KrishnaraoJogeshwar Bhishma, the author of Sagunopasana, stayed one day before the fare in the Dixit Wada at Shirdi along with Dada Saheb Khaparne of Amaravati. When he was lying in its corridor, Laxmanarao alias Kaka Mahajani was going towards the mosque carrying with him articles of worship. They both exchanged their views how to hold URS fare together with Ramanavami celebration?

......to be continued....
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Chithraguptha Swamy - Chithra Pournami special


Mashibhajansanyuktaschrasi Twang! Maheetale|
Lekhani-Katinihasta Chitragupta Namostute ||
Chitragupta Namstubhyam Lekhakaksharadayakam |
Kayasthajatimasadya Chitragupta! Namostute ||

Lord Chitragupta is the Divine Accountant and personal assistant of Lord Yama  who keeps an account of our karmas. It is believed that Chitragupta examines the good and bad deeds(Karma) of every person. When a person dies, his soul first reaches  Lord Yama, where Chitragupta tallies the deeds and report it to Yama. Special worship is done in Honour of Him on this day - Chithra Pournami
to appeal for forgiveness for our shortcomings are raised on this day.
 
The history of Shri Chithragupta Swamy is given in three different versions but is inter- related. 

One version narrates as Lord Shiva gave a picture depicting the rainbow colours which was given life by Goddess Parvathi and eventually became Shri Chithra(picture) Guptha Swamy. 

The second version goes like this….. In order to clear the curse of Shri Indira Devan, Shri Chithragupta Swamy was delivered by Kamadhenu in the Indira Heaven. That is why we avoid cows milk and curd to sanctify the diety of Shri Chithragupta Swamy.

‘Chith’ means inner conscience. ‘Aptham’ means hidden conscience. Whatever we hold back in our conscience is brought out by Shri Chithragupta and plans the life of a person. Hence the name Chithragutha. 

Having to account the sins and goodness of crores of people Lord Yama Dharma felt it difficult doing it all alone so he prayed to God Shiva to give him an assistant. Immediately Lord Shiva instructed Brahma to give an assistant to Lord Yama. Brahma knew that this is possible only by Sun God(Surya Devan). So Brahma created a fire within the sun. The sun develops romance and in that romantic mood seven colours of the rainbow integrates and forms into a girl and she became to be known as Neeladevi and she lived with the sun. The relationship results into the delivery of a male child in the tamil month of chithirai and that too on a full moon day hence he was named as Chithraputhiran(The son of colors). The child on delivery carried a book in his left hand and a writing nail in the right. (Since Chithragupthar was born of a rainbow people as sacrifice present him with multi colored clothes).

Chithraguptar performed penance and prayed to Lord Shiva and in turn he received intelligence and all brilliance. In order to test his powers he began to create. This stunned Brahma the “God of Creation”. This act was complained to Sun God. The Sun God advised his son Chithragupta that he determines the time of human beings by terming day and night likewise you can account for the goodness of human beings. The work of creation is Brahman .

The sun god decided to get his son married inorder to bring him into control. The Virgins who came as descendants of shiva namely Mayabrahman’s daughter Prabhavathy, Manu Brahmam’s daughter Neelavathy, Viswa brahma who occupied anthanar dharmam whose daughter Karnagi. All there three were married to Chithraguptar. Lord Yama who was annoyed over the way Chithraguptar was maintaining his family in a happy way, complained to his father ‘‘Sun” and ‘Sun God’ immediately sent Chithraguptar to be responsible and help Lord Yama.

Chithraguptar who went along with his wives to Yama’s world is still accounting the goodness and evil activities of mankind from then on.

It is but a blessing that Shri Chithragupta Swamy in accompaniment of Shri Karnagi Ambal is seated in the sanctorium of a temple in the centre of Kanchipuram near the bus stand. This temple adds effect to Kanchipuram town which is considered as one of the seven heavens.
 
In 1907 when temple renovation was done under the earth and beneath the altar a statue was found that of Chithraguptar with his wife. The period of the statue is not known. That statue is kept in the main sanctum.

Thulabara Mandapam Kanakarayar a minister in Chola King Chenni Valavan’s cabinet created a statue for festive occasions. This diety is separately placed in the temple and it is taken in procession.

On Chithra Pournami (full moon day of the Chithrai month) special pooja and the marriage celebrations of Chithraguptar takes place and food is sponsored.

Off the nine planets Kethu’s Lord is Chithraguptar. Hence any offering made to Chithraguptar will relieve us from all trial and tribulation of Kethu planet.

The offering comprises of cereals, seven lamps, and multicolour clothes. Added to this an abhisheka is done.

Most importantly there is only one temple for Chithraguptar and that too in Kanchipuram.

On this auspicious day, special poojas will be performed in temples and people take bath in holy rivers/temple ponds and pray to wash their sins.  There is a Chitragupta Temple at Kancheepuram and it is the only temple in South India for Chitragupta.
 
Also women observe fasting on this day from early morning 6am and finish the fasting once they see the moon in evening through a sieve. Some do not consume any salted food this day. Its a belief if married women does this vrath she will be suhagan - sumangali (Living with her husband till her death) forever.
 
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9 paths to attain the blessings of Lord MahaVishnu in this Kaliyug


Lord Venkateswara Swamy, Tirumala, Tirupathi
9 paths to attain the blessings of Lord MahaVishnu in this Kaliyug as by Vishnu puranam,

  1. Shravanam - hear only good things.
  2. Keerthanam - Singing songs on Him
  3. Smaranam - Think and meditate on Him
  4. Patha Sevanam - Worship His divine Lotus feets.
  5. Archanam - Worshipping Him in His temple and offering Tulsi and flowers.
  6. Vandhanam - Worshipping Him doing namaskaram and bowing to Him.
  7. Dasyam - becoming slave to Him.
  8. Sakyam - Taking Him as a friend and beloved.
  9. Athma Neivethanam - Charanagathy - Surrender to His feet.
Sri Vari Padaalu - Lotus feets of Lord Venkateswara Swamy

~ Jai Sriman Narayana ~
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Maruthamalai Muruga

Lord Muruga, - Utchavamoorthy, Maruthamalai
The ancient past of the temple can be traced to the period of Sage Kachyapar's PERUR PURANAM. The origin of the temple is rooted in legendary antiquity and dates back to the age of Surapadama, the demon destroyed by Lord Subramanya referred to in SKANDAPURNAM. Evidance of existence of this temple has been found in the inscriptions of Thirumuruganathaswami Temple, Thirumurganpoondi to 12th century A.D. 

According to Perurpuranam, unable to bear the agony and anguish of Soorapadama, the scourge of the gods aided by his mighty brothers, Singamukha and Tharaka, the gods approached Lord Siva and sought His succour. Lord Siva comforted the Gods that Lord Muruga would come to their rescue, root out and destroy Surapadama and his aides. The gods should hurry to the Marudhamalai Hills and await the arrival of Lord Muruga, their Saviour! Perupuranam also alludes to a king called Kusathvajan, who, it is said, was blessed with a male issue, only after worshipping Marudhamalai Muruga. 

Temple Entrance - Maruthamalai



The Divine Cow Kamadhenu(Komatha) is reported to have grazed in the pastures of the hills of Marudhamalai. 

Main Shrine - Maruthamalai

In the temple premises, we can find Aathimoolasthanam, Edumban temple, Kuthirai Kulampadigal, abodes of Siddhas  - Pambatti Siddhar and Pancha Vrutcham( 5 entangled divine trees).

Raja gopuram at dusk

Aathimoolasthanam


As we approach the hill top present is the prime shrine were Lord Subramanya with his two consorts, Valli and Teyvannai, enshrined in the form of linga .The first pooja is performed for these deities.

Edumaban temple 

In the shrine of Idumba the image of the deity is carved on a huge round rock in the posture of carrying a Kaavadi. Married couples having no issues worship the deity and offer toy cradles with the firm faith of being blessed with progeny by the Grace of god.

Pancha Virutcham

Under the cluster of trees entangled with one another. is an Idol of Lord Ganesha - Heramba Ganapathy. The breeze wafting along the foliage has an unfailing cure for all diseases of the people. A host of saints, invisible to the common man's eyes, are supposed to dwell here doing meditation. An aged Irula tribesman, 80 years old identified the entangled trees as Korakattai, Ichi, Banyan, Vakkanai and Ottu maram and added there was one tree in the group, Peepal in the days of yore, and it is extinct now. The tribalman also said that this tree existed in the same manner even during his childhood. This is a unique phenomenon which has attracted botanists apart from devotees.

Kuthirai Kulambadiagal

Continuing our ascent, we find a beautiful mandapam, enshrining what is called 'Kudirai Kulambu' (hoof marks of the horse). It is believed that the horse of Lord Muruga caused the marks, as he marched against the Demon Surapadma or the horse on which Lord Muruga rode and chased the robbers referred to earlier might have imprinted by them.

Pambatti Siddhar cave

The Pambatti Siddhar Cave is another shrine drawing our attention. It is located on the slopes towards the east and can be approached by a narrow path, protected by a stone hedge or parapet. One can notice a natural image of a snake on the rock. There is an underground passage from the cave to the primal shrine through which the Pambati Siddhar wended his way everyday to worship Lord Subramanya in the Company of his consorts .Pambatti Siddhar used this cave as his abode for meditation on Lord Muruga and attained salvation here. A snake comes to the cave everyday and feeds itself on the fruit and milk kept for it. Devotees offer milk and fruit for the snake.

Golden Chariot of Lord Muruga 

Golden chariot or car festival happens mostly in the evenings of Kiruthigai especially on Aadi Kiruthigai. The clippings here portrays the grandiose appearance of God of Youth smiling in the golden car wishing good luck to all his sincere devotees.






Lord Muruga - Magnificant look in Golden Chariot


Where is Maruthamalai?

Maruthamalai is a small hill in Coimabatore 15KM away from Gandhipuram  - the center of Coimbatore. Perurpuranam lists the three neighbouring hills, vellingiri, Nili and Marudhamalai as the very manifestations of Lord Siva, Parvathi and Subramanya respectively and the three hills taken together as the very symbol of Somaskanda.

Buses from Gandhipuram to Maruthamalai -  1,  1-B,  1-D,  I-E,  S-12,  S-13,  S-15,  S-16,  S-26,  46,  70,  70-A,  70-B,  76,  92

Note:

Siddhas are mystic philosophers who exercise their mental faculties to the utmost and attain godhead by means of meditation and reflection. They are endowed with incredible powers of the mind by which they perform great miracles and astound the common world. Siddhas can set at rest all their senses and awaken their spirit alone. Thus they are bodily asleep and spiritually awake. In this blessed mood they enter into a personal communion with god. 

It is believed that there were 18 Siddha’s. One of the 18 siddha’s used to animate dead snakes and dance with him, so he was popularly known as Pambatti Siddhar. Pambatti Siddhar greatly revered in the Kongu region, he is credited with having lived in the company of snakes and made them dance to his tunes. Once, in the course of his wanderings, he chanced to meet one, Sattai Muni Siddhar, a contemporary and counterpart who initiated him into the art of entering into trances - the Jeeva Samadhi Nilai. 

Once he transmigrated into the dead body of a king and performed great miracles. He composed songs of enlightenment. 'Siddharudam' is a work, attributed to his prophetic genius. Lord Muruga took joy in teasing and tantalizing the Siddha with his spiritual pranks. Once as an enormous boulder came down, rolling gaining momentum, the siddha tried to halt it, arrested its movement and averted a great havoc.
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