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    Krishna angaraha chathurdasi.


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    Krishna paksham tuesday (sevvai=angarahan) chathurdasi thithi; This is equivalent to solar eclipse punyah kaalam.This comes on 31-3-2011 and on 25-10-2011 this year. In the journal "vaithikasri" March 2006 edition page no 7 an article is there. yama tharpanam should be done on that day.

    Fourteen yama tharpana manthrams are there. after finishing bath and sandhyavandhanam do sankalpam krishna angaaraha chathurdasi punyahkalae yamatharpanam karishyae.
    each 3 times.
    yamaaya namaha yamam tharpayami.

    dharmarajaaya namaha dharmarajam tharpayami.

    mruthyave namaha mruthyum tharpayami.

    anthakaya namaha anthakam tharpayami.

    vaivasvathaaya namaha vaivasvatham tharpayami.

    kaalaaya namaha kaalam tharpayami.

    sarva bootha kshayaaya namaha sarva bootha kshayam tharpayami.

    audhumbaraaya namaha audhumbaram tharpayami.

    dhathnaaya namaha dhathnam tharpayaami.

    neelaaya namaha neelam tharpayami.

    parameshtinae namaha parameshtinam tharpayaami.

    vrukodharaya namaha vrukodharam tharpayaami.

    chithraaya namaha chithram tharpayaami.

    chithra gupthaaya namaha chithraguptham tharpayami.

    Then slogam; yamo nihanthaa pithru dharmarajo vaivasvatho dhandharashcha kaalaha

    praythaathipo mruthyuragaapahaari kruthaanthako may subha maathanothu.


    Neelaparvatha sangaasaha rudhra kobha samudhbhava

    kaaladhandaadhara sriman vaivasvatha namosthuthey.
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    On 17th july 2012 krishna angharaha chathurthasi is there. Interested persons may do yama tharpanam.
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    this year it falls on 31-12-2013.
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    Upanayanam. Kaarya kramam for yajur vedha iyers aapasthamba soothram.

    UPANAYANAM BRAHMOPADESAM. serial no.1 (1) Anuggai.2. ganapathy pooja..3.ganapathy yathasthanam sankalpam. 4 kalasa sthapanam varuna pooja. 5. udhaka santhi japam. 6 punyahavachanam. 7 grahapreethy. 8 nandhi sratham 9 anna prasnam (if not done earlier) 10. raksha bandanam. 11. Angurarpanam. 12. chowla homam. 13. chola dig bhavanam. 14. new yagyopavedam. 15. kumara bojanam. hair cutting. 16. samith 17. Ammi. 18 Vasthram. 19 Mounjee. 20. deer skin. 21 Prokshanam. 22 Hastha grahanam. 23. parirakshanam. 24. homam. 25 guru upadesam. 26 Upanayana sankalpam. 27 Upanayana anuggai. 28 Graha preethy. 29 Paatha prakshalanam. Brahmopadesam. 31. Palasa dhanda dharanam. 32. Surya darsanam. 33. Samidha dhaanam. 34. Guru sishya samvaadham. 35 Biksha saranam. 36 Pranava sradha medha pooja. 37 Palasa homam. 38 Guru dhakshina. 39 AAsirvaadam. 40. Haarathy.

    Anuggai= Permission, Vigneswara pooja. Udhaka shanthy. Requirements for upanayana poorvangam. Turmeric powder 100 gram; kumkumam 50 gram; sandal powder 10 gram; thodutha pushpam 5 metre. coconut,4; Plantain fruit 25. betel 100 nos; betel nut 100 gram; pakku potlam and seeval 100 gram; mango leaf bunches 8 nos; haaram 1; plantain leaf 8; wheat 2kilo; raw rice 2 kilo; black gram 500 grams; black ellu 200 gram;

    Brass kudam 1; for udhaka shanthi; one brass sombu for prathisaram and punyahavaachanam; pancha pathra uthirini; Thambalam/ Tray 4 nos; kinnam or pakku mattai kinnam 12 nos; mud paligai 5 nos; Paddy; black ellu; green gram and Black gram and kadugu each 20 gram as paaligai saman. cow's milk 250 ml;

    On the brahmopadesam day; Haaram 1; thodutha pushpam 4 metre; coconut 10;Plantain fruits 50; betels 100 nos; betel nuts and and paaku potlam 100 gram; scented chunnam 1 bottle; wheat 2 kilo; raw rice 2 kilo; plantain leaf 4 nos; deeksha vasthram 9x5 one no.; jaggary; curd; honey; kadugu; rice flower each 20 grams; Havis 100 gram; Ghee 500 gram; Knief 1; Dhothy for kumara bojanam 2 metre 2 nos; Ammi 1;

    deer skin small piece; Brahmopadesa pattu 1 no; bitchai raw rice 5 kilo; coconut 2; silver and gold poonal each 1; pancha pathra uthirini; plate or some container to give bikshai; pakku matai plates and kinnam; 12 nos; visiri; sundal and appam for neivedhyam..no.10 nool kandu 1;

    Draw kolam in a cleaned place spread wheat and over it plantain leaf and over it raw rice and over it brass kudam duly filled in scented water (elakai; krambu, pachai kalpooram and vetti ver and a drop of ghee and silver and gold ornaments, outside of the brass kudam decorate with no.10 nool and apply sandal paste and kumkumam and place a turmeric pasted coconut on mango leaf bunch along with dharbhai koorcham

    Haaram and kumba vasthram in one metre length; and in brass sombu pour water and decorate it with sandal paste mango leaf bunch turmeric paste added coconut with koorcham for punya havachanam. 6 sastrigals are required for doing japam of variuos manthras . It will take 3 to 4 hours for them to finish chanting manthras and also they will chant punyahavachanam manthras. This water will be poured on the child who is going to wear poonal the next day.

    Then Nandhi : 10 sastrigals are required for nandhi. No prachinavedham no ellu ; plantain leaves 10 nos; raw rice 5 kilo; paruppu 1 kilo; valaikai 10 nos 9x5 cotton dhothy 10 nos; optional; dhhakshinai; Homam is also there for nandhi; but now a days nobody is doing homam; meals for them. pancha pathira uthirini in copper 10 nos. for them optional;coconut 10 nos; thamboolam and fruits optional.

    Prathisara bandham= raksha bandanam.IN brass sombu decorated with sandal paste and kumkumam, mango leaf bunch; koorcham and turmeric pasted coconut place it over rice varunan aavaahanam pooja, In the north side of the kalasam place some raw rice and place a turmeric pasted nool with sandal paste and with flower. sastrigal then chant varuna sooktham and other veda manthras. Then it will be knotted on the right hand . to be continued

    Then Angurarpanam= 5 mud paligai; paligai dhanyam paddy;black gellu; black gram; green gram;kadugu. soak in water the previous day itself. to clean 5 mud paligai punyahavachanam should be done. place a brass sombu on some raw rice. pour water into the brass sombu. decorate the brass sombu with sandal paste and kumkumam and place mango leaf bunch and turmeric pasted coconut and one koorcham. do punyahavachana manthra japam( pavamaana sooktham (4 times) . place in a tray 5 mud paligai pour some mud on them. First prokshanam of punyahavachana theertham to the mud paaligai.

    In the centre paligai aavaahanam of Brahma. In the east side paligai avahanam of Indran. In the south side yaman; In the west side varunan. In the north side somam. do upachara pooja for these devadas.

    Add milk in the paligai dhanyam and water, sastrigal must chant oshadhi sooktham now. First in the centre (Brahma paligai) pour some dhanyam with manthra first time and then without manthra pour the dhanyam 2 times. Then with other manthras for each from east ,south,west,north one time with manthras and 2 times without manthram.

    Then say Om by touching each paligai. THen request 5 or 7 or 9 sumangalis to pour the germinated seeds along with milky water. You have to give for these sumangalis sandal paste, kumkumam, flower, thamboolam and dakshinai. Then cover these paligai with mud and pour some water daily morning and evening and these things should be poured in the river or tank. ladies will do kummi dance to finish this function.

    IN the book it has been written that sumangalis without any children should not participate in this paligai seed thelithal. In some places it is said that sumangalis should pour only milky water and not the dhanyams. Do as per family tradition. to be continued

    Hair cutting: Here comes homam So you need Homa kundam or 10 bricks and sand 5 kilo; vratti 25 nos; srai 5kg; visiri; match box; camphor Start poorvangam portion for Homam place near it the following items; Gold and Silver poonal; water; Dharbhai koorcham; vasthram; ammi kal; palasa dhandam; deer skin; and Mounchi=Dharbhai kairu.

    Do 8 homam with manthras and do jayadhi homam; Apply hot water on the boy's head to be continued

    With the help of knief and three dharbhai , cut thr hair and dharbhai from east.south.west.north directions separately each with chanting manthras. and put the hair under a athi tree.

    New poonal for the boy chanting usual manthras. Then kumara bhojanam. request brahmacharis in even nos; 4 or 6 donate them 2 yards cotton dhoty and request them to take lunch along with this boy. This boy now will do parisheshanam and aapochana pranahoodhi along with other boys.lunch should be without kaaram and salt. that is sweets.

    Then the barber will cut his hair. the boy has to take bath and should wear new clothes and marks in the forehead. now he has to wear silver and gold poonal. Then place one samithu in the fire chanting manthras. In the northern side of the homa kundam place one ammi and request the boy to place his right leg on the ammi and chant manthras. Then he is wearing new vasthram chanting manthras.

    By chanting manthras he is wearing mounchi=dharbhai kair in his hip thrice clockwise. Then deer skin in his poonal. Then water prokshanam with manthras. Then by chanting manthras his guru will touch his hands.then the guru will requst the devadas to protect him.Then guru upadesam. Then sankalpam for upanayanam. Then 11 homamas.Permission for guru upadesam; Graha preethi.

    Brahmopadesam. in a duly covered by pattu vasthram. samitha dhaanam. Then the boy must take biksha first from his mother and then from all ladies. Pranava sradha metha pooja: permission to do pranava sradha medha pooja;ganesa 16 upachara pooja, punyaha vachanam; graha preethy.AAvaahanam of pranava sradha metha and do 16 upachara pooja. Then do aavaahanam inthe homa kundam indran and eight thikku paalakargal.

    Vasthra dhaanam to guru; palasa homam chanting 11 manthras Jayadhi homam; Guru dhakshinai; sthamba pooja eesaanaadhi sthamba pooja; aasirvaadham.harathy.

    Boy's Maternal grandfather ,Amman seer varisai: Silver and gold poonal; Brahmopadesa pattu; aasirvadha vesti; saree;silver pancha pathra uthirini; plate to receive bikshai rice .sweets,murukku. athirasam.thamboolam. manjal;kumkumam; flowers, plantain fruits.paruppu thengai.

    Inform caterer quantity of meals,tiffin,cofee for these 2 days. you may use naathaswaram cd; If required get rented shamiana, chairs, meals table. ; If you want to give gifts, buy them, bags required to put the thamboolam; fruit or coconut . You may call only your close relatives.

    You can do it in your house. Do it according to the financial position of the individual.

    In reply to upanayanam days i am giving here the details. First UTHIRAYANAM; From 16 th january to 15th july every year is the best one. Tamil month MAASI month is good. STARS; aswathi;rohini; mirugasiesham;punarpoosam;poosam;uthiram; hastham;chithrai;swathi; anusham; uthiraadam; thiruvonam; avittam; sadayam; uthirathadhi; revathy.

    THITHI; dwithiyayi;thruthiyai; panchami; sapthami;dasami;ekadasi ;dwadasi;thrayodasi, in sukla patcham. and in krishna patcham:dwithiyai, thruthiyay, and panchami. LAGNAM; rishabam;mithunam; katakam;kanni;thulam;dhanus; meenam.

    The eighth place from lagnam should be empty. without any planets. During the period of mars asthamanam and/or neecham sama vedics should not do upanayanam. For rig vedis guru neecham or asthamanam; for yajur vedis sukrassthamanam or neecham and for atharvana vedam budan neecham or asthaman should not be there for upanayanam.

    THARA PALAM; CHANDRA PALAM MUST BE THERE. KASARA YOGAM IS A MUST. Panchagam must be seen. If required panchaka preethi must be done. Thyaajyam for thithi,star, day.and lagnam should be seen./checked.

    Un matching stars for subha muhurthangal; From the Birth star of one (male or female) 1,3,5,7,10,14,19,22, and 27 stars are not good. From the chandra rasi the 8th rasi 2 1/4 stars are not good. THITHI: chathurthy, shasty, astami;navami; dwadasi and chathurdasi are not good; YOGANGAL; Marana yogam;uthpadha yogam; Prabhalarishta yogam are not good. KARI NAAL AND DHANIYA NAAL should be avoided,

    Rahu kalam; yama kandam; kuligai kalam; and tuesday and saturday are not good. for upanayanam the very next day of the Brahmopadesam day should not be a anadhyayanam day. that is New moon and Fulmoon day the previous day and the next day of the newmoon and full moon day and krishna pathcha astami days are anadhyayanam days. you can chant the vedas which you have learned in the previous days.

    GURU BHALAM; If the guru is in lagnam, kendram;thirikonam or in ucchham thithi vaaram etc. dosham will not be there. If the chandran is on Rohini star no dosham for thithi, vaaram ,will be there. If there is on that particular month two new moon or two full moon or on that month no tamil madha pirappu or two tamil madha pirapuu on the month subha muhurtham on these months should be avoided. chithrai and vaikasi are exception for this rule. There are plenty of exceptions are also there.


    Requirements for upanayanam; upanayana poorvangam; turmeric powder 100n gram; kunkumam 50 gram; sandal wood powder10 gram thodutha puspam saram 3 meter; coconut 4 nos; plantain fruit 25 nos; betel leaf 100 nos; betel nut 100 gram; paddy or wheat 2kg; raw rice 2 kg; black gram 250 gram; gingilly seeds 100 gram;plantain leaf 10 nos; mango tree leaf bunch 8 nos; paaligai 5 nos;cow's milk 250 milli; paaligai saman paddy;gingilly seeds, black gram; green gram; kadugu total 100 grams. udhaka shanthi kudam 1; prathisara sombu 1; thambalam 4nos; kinnam 4; pancha pathra uthirini. haaram (maalai) for the boy 1 no.

    Anungai (Permission) ganesa pooja; navagraha preethi; punyaha vachanam; udhaka shanthi japa dakshinai; oshadhi sooktham for paligai japa dakshinai;prathi sara japa dakshinai; ayushya sooktha japa dakshinai; raksha bandhana graha preethi; nandhi; buktha dakshinai vaadhyar


    dakshinai;punyahavachana japa dakshinai; nandhi dhakshinai;



    Nandhi to satisfy and to get blessings of pithrus.; You can do by giving 9x5dhoty pancha pathra uthirini and meals and dakshinai; for ten persons; OR you can do with minimum 4 persons only by giving money after aavaahanam; for udaka santhi japam 6 sastrigals are required;

    For sumangalies minimum 5 nos who are adding the paligai saman in the paligai you have to give thamboolam flower sandanam and kunkumam and dakshinai. these nandhi and udaka santhi can be done the previous day to upanayanam only morning time is the best.


    Upanayanam and brahmopadesam; haaram for the boy 1 no; thodutha pushpam 2 meter; coconut 15 nos; plantain fruit 50 nos; betel leaves 100 nos; betel nut 100 grams; seeval 100 gram or pakku pottalam ; paddy or wheat 2 kilo; raw rice 1 kilo; plantain leaf 4 nos; deeksha vasthram 9 mulam 1; ghee 500 gram; havis 50 gram; jaggary; curd; honey; kadugu; rice flour each 25 grams; ammi 1 no; small knief 1 no; deer skin (maan thol) small piece; kumara bhojanam 4 mulam dhothi 2 nos; brahmopadesha pattu 1 no; silver poonal; gold poonal;bikshai raw rice 5 kilo; mud madagu big2 and small 8 nos; visiri4 nos; vratti 10 nos; umi and srai thool wooden pieces 2 kilo; biksha thambalam 2 nos; sundal and appam for neivedhyam

    ; Jadha karmadhi vaideeka vivaram; Ganapathy pooja; jadha karma anuggai; kaalaatheetha krichram; begining graha preethi; curd ;honey bali karana taking dhaanam; punyaha vachanam dakshinai; namakaranam and anna praasanam (food taking) and then vapanam hair removal from head; upanayana anuggai; graha preethi; poonal punyaha suddhi; kumara bhojana dakshinai; japa dakshinai; graha preethi; brahmopadesa anuggai; graha preethi ;guru padha pooja; brahmopadesa dakshinai; samidha dhana anuggai; graha preethi; mathru bikshai; saathgunyam; vadhyar sambhavanai;;

    You can start from head hair cutting if you have already done naamakaranam and annapraasanam and jadhakarma; I have written here for those people who have not done jadha karma and naamakaranam and annapraasnam; Seer from boy's mother's father side: gold and silver poonal;aasirvada dhothy and saree blouse ;thaambalam; pancha pathra uthurini in silver or in copper;brahmopadesa pattu vasthram.raw rice for bikshai.sweets and murukku;

    Naandhi= Ab udhaya srardham Viswedevar 2 persons; mother vargam 2 persons; father vargam 2 persons; mother's parents vargam 2 persons;Maha vishnu 2 persons; total 10 persons; you can give them raw rice with some green gram dhall and monthan plantain kaai; with poonal and dakshinai in 10 plantain leaves;or you can do this with minimum 5 persons according to financial status of the individual. abbudhayam means the growth of dharma artha and kamam. For these to grow you are doing aaradhanai to pithru devas. prarthana let the devathas make me to think always good deeds to others; and the pithrus say yes to this. these portions are taken from yajur vedha aapasthamba poorva prayogam book written by anna of Ramakrishna mutt.and pub liswhed by surabi jagathguru sadhapthi publications chennai 33.

    Angurarpanam;=5 paaligai prayer to brahma in the centre; east indran; south yaman; west varunan (water devatha) north soman to fulfill all our desires and to make the function every success. this means that we have started the function as per sastra method.

    Prathisara bandham= wearing the thread in the hand, for males Right hand and for females left hand; kanganam katti kolluthal he has decided full heartedly to do this function.

    samidha dhanam= After upanayanam he becomes brahma chari and daily after sandhya vandhanam and gayathri japam. he has to do in the morning and evening daily samidha dhanam.homam with 12 samithu.

    chowlam= kudumi vaippathu=It should be done in the end of first or third year. along with darbai you have to cut the hair of the boy on four directions with manthras and put the hair in a mud pot along with cow dung and it should be thrown away at the foot of athi tree. Mother or one brahmachari must be near the kartha to receive the removed hair and dharbai.

    Ammi midhithal= along with manthra the boy should say that he will withstand problems boldly. The boy has to wear a new dhothi now and a megalai( a thread made from three dharbai 2 metre long) with manthras. Kumara bhojanam along with brahmachari's without salt and sour ;

    pranava sradha medha pooja On those days it was done on the 4th day. now a days it is impossible and we are doing on the upanayanam day and aasirvadham to the boy.

    Only after upanayanam he is eligible to learn vedam. Father; Father's father; father's brother ;elder brother or the old man of the same gothram;are the first grade eligible people to do brahmopadssam. widowcan be done uptaers should not do brahmopadasam.AApasthambar 1-27 upanayanam can be done to the boy upto the age of 16. Brahmachari should not sleep during day time;should notTAKE supari and thamboolam; should not see dance programes; only limited movement with ladies; to be continued
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    PREPARATION OF PANCHAGAVYAM; DETAILS;place 6 empty cups.In the centre cup pour 35 grams of cow's urine;In the eastern side cup put cow's dung half of your thumb; pour 245 grams of cow's milk in the south side cup; Pour cow's curd 105 gram in the west side cup;pour 35 grams of cow's ghee in the north side cup; pour water 35 grams in the north east side cup;

    With help of 2 dharbai touch the centre cup saying GAYATHRI MANTHRAM.; Saying gandad dwaaraam duradarsham......vaya sriyam .touch eastern side cup,cow's dung. saying aapyaaya swasame duthae ........sangathey. touch the south side milk cup; saying dadhikraavinno akarusham.......dhaarishat touch the cow's curd in the west side cup.

    Saying sukramasi jyothirasi theyjosi touch the northern side ghee cup; Saying devasyathva savithuhu....maaththey touch the pure water cup in the north east direction cup.

    These milk.curd,ghee, urine, dung must be collected from the same one cow.

    Saying the same manthras in the same order pour the other cups contents in the centre cup..

    . so the centre cup must be a bigger one.saying AUM (OM)for ten times.stirr well the centre cup . now you remove the other five cups.

    Now pooja for the centre cup Goh(cow)devatha AAvaahana manthram AAgahwo........duhaana. Asmin pancha gavyae goh devatha dhyaayami, aavaahayami, aasanam,paadhyam;argyam;aachamanam;snaanam , aachamanam. vasthram, upaveetham;sandal paste, kumkumam; akshadai; pushpa maala; archanai, dhoopam. deepam, neivedhyam, banana fruit and thaamboolam;

    camphor aarthi, Then chant goh suktham from aagaavo.......thavaveeryea It is in thaithareeya praa ash2.8.8..Then punar pooja, upacharam. yatha sthanam.

    Separate mantra is there to take this panchakavyam inside your mouth. This panchakavyam can be used for abishekam to siva.

    You can do abishekam by chanting rudram,chamakam,purusha sooktham; sree sooktham, bhagya sooktham ,durga sooktham etc;

    IN the cow's urine water (varunan) in the cow's dung Agni is there, in the curd vaayu(air) is there, in the milk Moon is there. in ghee suryan is there.

    First abishekam with water, then apply gingilly oil, then water ,then pancha kavyam, then water, then panchamritam. then water, do abishekam like this.
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    RAMESVARAM AND KASI YATRA TRAVELOGUE:

    With God's grace we successfully completed our journey to Rameswaram. Really a wonderful experience. Sri Sundar Sastrigal (of Sankara Mutt, Councilor BJP) has made arrangements for stay at Sankara Mutt (2 A/C rooms and 2 non-A/C Rooms) and also made vehicle arrangements. First day we visited Tirupulani and Utra Kosa Mangai temples. Also got the opportunity to see Pampan Palam. We could watch a train passing through the Pampan Bridge from the Road. A wonderful scene.

    Second day we took bath at Lakshman Teertham (36 Holy dip) and Ram Teertham followed by Samudra Snanam (36 holy dip). With wet clothes went to the temple for 23 teertham bath. Good arrangements made by Sri Sundar Sastrigal.

    Also, visited Kothanda Ramar Sannithi, Ramanathaswamy temple and Ramar Padam. In a sepecail jeep visited Dhanushkodi and did sankalpam and took sand for immersion at Kasi. A joint family trip of all five brothers and three sisters (one sister with her husband) really gave us immense satisfaction. One of the days we also performed Srardam of our mother at Sastrigal's home. For all the three days wonderful food prepared by Sastrigal's sister including special meals on the day of Srardam.

    Respected Sundar Ji, thanks for all the arrangements and pray god that you will help thousands of devottees visiting Rameswaram.

    . Now we are planning for our Trip to Kasi and request your best wishes for a successful trip.

    Here are a few contact numbers.

    Mr. Subramaniam, Manager, Sankara Mutt - 9415228721, 9453002020
    B. Suresh Shastri - 9415304785 , 9336902344
    Srinivas. G.- 09935721213

    Jaipur bhawan is very near the viswanath temple and dasawamedh ghat. It is run by Marwaris and hence the food is more vegetarian than vegetarian - no onion, non garlic, no food served inside rooms. Food is served by uniformed men in a very clean dining hall where you have to eat sitting on the floor. For a day long outing lunch/tiffin packets are arranged. Rooms are very airy, bright and clean.

    Mr Shyam Sunder Sharma +(91)-(542)-2412674 , 2412766, 2412709 +(91)-9335415954 Jaipuria Bhawan, Nr Marwadi Hospital,Godowalia, Varanasi, Varanasi - 221001

    ear Shri C S Muthukrishnan, during Jan'10, myself n my husband went to Devipattinam, before commencing our Kasi yathirai with the Rameshwaram trip.Following is the address of the person who performed the sankalpams n the necessary poojas for us. Kindly see if it will be of use:
    Mr. V Jegannatha Iyengar, 1/58, Perumal Kovil Street, Navapashanam,Devipattinam-623514. Ramanathapuram Dist. (phone: 04567-264501)(94420-50217)


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    Kasi Yathra- Travelogue and some Useful information

    KASHI TRIP - Part I

    Preparations:
    Ganga Kavery express which connects Chennai & Varanasi is a biweekly Express. We planned the trip to Allahabad, Varanasi & Gaya 100 days before the actual date of departure viz.. As our trip was coinciding with Diwali(Thanga Annapoorni, Thanga Visalakshi, Annakodda & Laddu Ther) we anticipated rush and purchased 90 days in advance, both onward and return tickets:
    We wrote to Swamimalai V.Ramasesha Sastrigal(his brother's name is Mr.V.Krishnamurthy Ganapadigal) B-5/311. Hanuman Ghatt, Varanasi-221001(Phone 0542-2310134). The former's son is Mr.R.shiv Kumar. He is computer savvy. A MCA but in Purhoitam. His cell No. is 093353333137/09415336064. His email id is <rshiv_kumar@rediffmail.com> He assured to provide us accommodation, food and also arrange transport and perform pithru karyams. He also gave contact name in Allahabad. Shri. N.Vasudeva shastrigal. Shivmath daraganj, Allahabad. 0532-2500799
    Then we(each family) started doing purchases: For Khasi Shrraddham Dhoti for brahmana and Vadhyar:9x5 Three Nos, Gaya Shrraddham Dhoti for Gayawalis 9x5 five number(if mother is alive four nos only; Gaya Vadyar Dhoti 9x5 one no. Dhambathi Pooja: Two sets of following: Dhoti 9x5 ; 9 yard saree with blouse piece, Mangalyam, metti, mookuthi -(one each for Allahabad and Kashi).
    Extra blouse pieces with kannadi seepu manjal kungumam valayal about 25 sets.
    For Dheepa Dhanam: 31 Brass agals with oil & thiri; for payasa Dhanam Tumblers: 12 nos For Dhasa Dhanam: Gold coin, silver coin, silver kinnam, 9x5 veshti, Shawl/porvai, Kudai, Padarakshai, Pithalai Theertha sombu, Eversilver Milk Pathiram, Eayam poosiya Curd Pathiram, Visiri, Sandhana Kattaiu, Bell, Pusthagam(courtesy: Kunjan),

    YATRA

    The purpose of a Kashi Yatra is to perform Vedic rites for our ancestors. The Purohits were extremely helpful to explain various nuances of rituals. We performed the rites that are traditionally performed during a Kashi Yatra. I share this with all of you in the hope that it may be of reference material for future. I have provided contact numbers of some people there who will be able to arrange everything for anyone who desires to perform these rituals.

    We got down at Allahabad at 4.30 Am after a train journey of 35 hours. Mr.Vasudevan sent his errand boy Mr.Venkatesh to Allahabad Rly Stn to pick us up. The Vedic rituals began at Allahabad. The rituals (even the more extensive ones) take about half a day (early morning to lunch).

    Day of Arrival - Allahabad (Triveni Sangam) (Day 1)

    Allahabad is the city where the three greatest rivers of India meet, and continue their journey further. The Ganga weaves her way down from the Himalayas from Gangotri, passing places made sacred by her arrival, like Rishikesh and Haridwar, and passing through the industrial city of Kanpur, before arriving at Allahabad to join her sisters as she makes her way to Kashi.

    Yamuna also begins her journey in the Himalayas, at Yamunotri, and passes through Mathura and Brindavan, made more sacred by the association of Krishna, and finally arrives at Allahabad where she joins the Ganga to merge her identity with her. Saraswati arrives at Allahabad from god alone knows where, for she is an underground river, who remains unseen to mankind, making her presence felt at certain, extremely special places. She renders the holy Ganga and Yamuna even more pure, more sacred by her association with them at Allahabad. The place where these 3 rivers merge is the Triveni Sangam, a place where thousands and thousands congregate to pay their respects to the rivers and pray for their well being and forgiveness for their sins.


    The three rivers maintain their identity and are visibly different as they merge. While the Yamuna is deep but calm and greenish in colour, the Ganga is shallow, but forceful and clear. The Saraswati remains hidden, but the faithful believe that she makes her presence felt underwater. During the monsoon, when the rivers are in full flow, the confluence of the rivers is seen clearly due to the force of the water, but the same force makes having a dip at the confluence difficult.

    I was told that during the monsoon, most devotees bathe at the riverbank for safety, while the more ardent ones who are willing to pay for the risk involved go to the confluence in a boat, where a shallow area is created by the presence of a number of boats with a kind of net suspended in between, and bathe there. We went to the confluence of the rivers by a boat. A sort of platform had been constructed there, from which we climbed down into waist deep water.

    We had a wonderful time bathing in the river. We could have stayed in the water for ages, if it hadn’t been for the rites and rituals we had to perform back at the mutt where we were staying. It was a wonderful experience.

    A number of rituals are traditionally performed at Allahabad, mainly for appeasing our ancestors. There are a number of Mutts there who perform the rites. As at Kashi, there is no standard charge, but varies according to the rites one wants to perform and the budget.

    An interesting ritual performed at the Sangam is that of Veni Daanam. This is a practice followed by married women for the long life of their husbands. The husband is supposed to comb and plait the wife’s hair and after decorating it with flowers, the end of the plait is cut off and offered to the rivers. Some men even shave off their hair/beard and offer it also to the rivers.

    This procedure is performed while travelling by boat to the Sangam and the hair is offered along with flowers, etc at the confluence. There is nothing interesting in itself about this. What is interesting is that hair, being light normally floats on water, but at this place, the hair sinks straight to the bottom. Though hundreds of people offer their hair everyday, there is not a single strand of hair seen floating on the river.

    Of course, there could and will be a scientific explanation for this phenomenon, but whatever it is, it gives us proof that nature is a wonderful thing….. Call it God or simply nature, it is indeed inspiring!

    The temple of Veni Madhava (one of the trio along with Sethu Madhava and Bindu Madhava) is a little way inside the city. It is a small temple, with a small idol of Vishnu representing Veni Madhava. According to the legend painted on the walls of the temple, there was once a rakshasa who troubled all the Devas. Narada sought an audience with him to find out his weakness, and found that he suffered from a skin infliction.

    He told the Asura to bathe in the Triveni Sangam at Allahabad, which the Asura proceeded to do. Amazed at finding himself cured, he wanted to possess the 3 great rivers who had cured him, and began drinking them up! When the rivers pleaded with Vishnu, he arrived in the form of Veni Madhava and killed him, restoring the rivers to their rightful place.

    The Shayana Anjaneya temple is an important one right on the banks of the river. Here, the idol of Hanuman is larger than life, carrying Rama and Lakshmana on his shoulders. Only, the idol is lying down. There are many stories about this temple. According to one, hanuman stepped over the rivers without their permission, angering them. They rose up and threw him to the ground, and crushed his ego.

    According to the locals, every year, the river rises and covers the whole idol before going back, which they consider absolute proof of this story. Another legend mentions that this is where hanuman emerged with Rama and Lakshmana after defeating the king of Patala, the netherworld, Ahi Ravana. Whatever the story, the temple is a simple and nice one.

    The Adi Shankara Vimana Mandapam, a temple built by the Kanchi Mutt is right next to this temple. This is a 3 storeyed temple with idols and sculptures of various Gods and Goddesses. It is worth a visit.

    The other paces of interest in Allahabad are-

    The Allahabad fort, on the banks of the Yamuna, where we take a boat to go to the Sangam.

    The Bharadvaj Ashram, where Sage Bharadvaj lived

    Anand Bhavan- the birth place of our first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.


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    allahabad sankalpam:
    1. Anugnai (Sankalpam)
    2. Vighneshwara Puja (Prayers to Ganesha)
    3. Prayschitta Sankalpam (atonement for sins committed, knowingly or unknowingly)
    4. Veni Daanam (Women offer a part of their hair to the river praying for the long life of their husbands. The husband plaits the wife’s hair, decorates it with flowers and cuts off the tip of the plait and offers it to the river. It is an interesting fact that while hair normally floats on water, at the Sangam; it immediately sinks to the river bed. Though almost all married women offer their hair here, there is not a single strand found floating on the river!!!!) I did it for Mohana! first time in life.

    5. Manal brought from Rameswaram is dissolved in Thiriveni
    6. Triveni Sangam Snanam (husband and wife bathe together at the confluence of the 3 rivers, holding hands. One has to go to the confluence in a boat. A sort of platform has been erected at the point for the convenience of pilgrims)
    7. Hiranya Shrraddham *
    8. Pinda Pradaanam, Kshetra Pindam, Tarpanam **


    9. Brumayagnam
    10. Venimadhavar Dharisanam
    11. Vada Vrutcha Dharisanam
    12. To collect Pure Ganges water from Thriveni Sangamam for carrying back to home.


    13. Aram Ghat Hanumar Dharisanam
    14. Kanchi Kamakodi Temple visit
    15. we performed Dampati Pooja at Allahabad. We reached Varanasi at 10 Pm. Mr.Krishnamurthy Ganapadigal has sent us Idly for night tiffin. We were accommodated in his newly purchased house which is a two storeyed building with a muttram for drying clothes. The house had 3 rooms, one big hall of around 700 sq.ft with one bath, one w.c and one Indian toilet. The house had pillows, jamukkalam & mats and 4 cots.


    The rituals at Kashi take place over three days – the first day for the Maha sangalpam, the second day for Manikarnika Parvarupa (by doing homam) Shrraddham and the third day for the Pancha Teertha Shrraddham. Then, one goes to Gaya and performs the rituals there, and returns to Kashi for the Ganga Puja, Dampati Puja and only then visits the temples at Kashi.
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    Part II - Kasi Yatra Continued

    Kashi (Varanasi) Day 2

    1. Anugnai (Sankalpam)
    2. Vighneshwara Puja (Prayers to Ganesha
    3. Poorvanga Sangalpam
    4. Navagraha Preethi Dhanam
    5. Poorvanga Dasa Daanam ***

    6. Naandhi Shrraddham *
    7. Vaishnava Shrraddham *
    8. Punyaa Vajanam (purification ritual)
    9. Maha Sankalpam
    10. Prayschitta Sankalpam (atonement for sins committed, knowingly or unknowingly)

    11. Phala Daanam ***
    12. Mahathasirvatham
    13. Uttaranga Godaanam *** (we did not do)
    14. Chakra Theertha Snanam
    15. Manikarnika Teertha Snanam

    Day 3

    1. Manikarnika Hiranyaroopa Theertha Shrraddham : This was done in Parvanroopam(Homam Valarthu) Two Brahmanal Bhojanam(Those who are budgeted can do this hiranya roopam also)
    2. Anna roopa theertha Shrraddham
    3. Pinda dhanam
    4. Shethra Pinda Dhanams
    5. Thila Tharpanam
    6. Brumayagnam

    Day 4
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    Day 4:


    1. Pancha Teertha Yatra (We went by a motor boat to these 5 Ghats and performed the rituals) Like Madras Auto towing another auto, The motor boat was towing two ordinary rowing boats. One boat exclusively for Rug Vedis. One boat to prepare avis and make pindams. The main motor boat for performing hiranya Shrraddham


    i) Asi Ghat (Haridwar Teertham) – this is where the Asi river merges with the Ganga. Performing the rites here is believed to give one the fruits of performing the rites at Haridwar.
    ii) Dashashwamedha Ghat (Rudra Sarovara Teertham) – this is the place where Brahma performed 10 Ashwamedha Yagnas, and hence it is considered sacred to perform the rites.


    iii) Trilochana Ghat or varana Ghatt( Vishnu Paada Udaka Teertham)
    iv) Pancha Ganga Ghat ( Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Kirana, Doodhapappa- Sangam); Bindu Madhava Temple
    v) Manikarnika Ghat (Manikarnika Teertham, Chakra Pushkarni Teertham) Shethra pinda dhanams in all 5 ghatts, thila tharpanam and Bruma yagnam


    We left in the evening by 5 pm Varanasi by 2 Tata Sumos to Gaya. We reached Gaya at 10 Pm. we immediately rushed to see Thulasi Archanai, Sandhana kappu to Vishnu Padham.

    Gaya Shrardham Day 5

    Gaya being located in is a Shrraddha Bhoomi. The place where we were asked to stay is managed by a Gujarati lady who also speaks Tamil. We experienced continuous power cuts, no sun- light in bathrooms, inadequate water in Gaya( Lallu Prasad Yadav's Rajyam) (almost zero water for those who preferred to enter bath rooms at the end) (power cut also compounded the problem of not having water in overhead tank). We were also told Phalguni river is having knee deep water only and only prokshanam is possible.

    Gaya is a holy place revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike. While to Hindus, it is the footprint of Vishnu (the Vishnu Padam), the Akshaya Vatam and the chance of performing the Vedic rites not just for 3 generations of ancestors, but anyone and everyone that attracts them to Gaya,

    for Buddhists it is the sacred Banyan tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. Indeed the regular influx of Buddhists from all over the world has made Bodh Gaya a tourist spot in Bihar, and a tourist attraction with all kind of facilities, something like an oasis in the heart of a desert!

    Gaya is all about legends, and there are legends connected to every temple there and every rite that is performed.

    Let me start with the name of the place. 'Gaya'. According to the legend, there was once an Asura named Gayasuran, who was a great devotee of Vishnu. When the Devas couldn’t bear the trouble he caused any more, they went to Vishnu and asked for a way out. Vishnu approached Gayasuran and told him that He wanted to perform a special yagna, and wanted a special place to perform it. Gayasuran offered his heart, and Vishnu accepted.

    The yagna began, and soon, the fumes and the heat became unbearable, and Gayasuran started succumbing to it. Vishnu asked him for his final wish, and Gayasuran asked that the place he died would be immortalized by his name, and hence the name ‘Gaya’. Second, he asked that people should be allowed to perform the sacred rites (Pinda pradaanam) not only for their ancestors, but for anyone- family, distant relatives, friends and foes, non-Hindus, pets, unclaimed bodies- in short, for any dead human/creature they could think of.

    This remains the only place where Pinda pradaanam is carried out in this manner. In fact, I am told that in a normal Shrraddham , 6 pindams are made (two for each generations which are no more); in a Teertha Shrraddham , as at Kashi, Allahabad, Rameswaram, etc., 16 pindams are offered, including all ancestors on both parents side; in the Gaya Shrraddham, 64 pindams are offered,

    of which 16 are for the mother alone, since she carries her child for 9 whole months within her body, 16 for the ancestors, and 16 for all others as I have mentioned earlier. Of course, all this is a matter of faith and belief, but what is there in life if we don’t have faith? Anyway, once Vishnu granted his wishes, he stepped on him with his foot, leaving a footprint at this holy place, and granting liberation to Gayasuran.

    It is this footprint which is worshipped as the Vishnu Padam. For the information of devotees, I must mention that for a fee of Rs.50/- an imprint of the Padam is taken on a muslin cloth and given. This is to be kept in the Puja room and is considered very auspicious.


    1. Phalguni (Falguni) Teertha Snana Maha Sangalpam
    2. Phalguni (Falguni) Teertha Snanam by way of bringing water from the river in sombu and brokshanam
    3. Phalguni Hiranya Shrraddham (this is the traditional Shrraddham performed on the banks of any sacred river, here the Falguni.)

    4. Shethra Pinda dhanam(17) (given to cow later)
    5. Thila tharpanam
    6. Vishnu Paada Hiranya Shrraddham †
    7. Pinda prathanam ( 64 Pindams for those who have lost mother also; if mother alive 48 pindams)

    8. Shethra Pinda Dharisanam at Vishnu Patham
    9. Mathru Shodacee(not applicable to those whose mother is alive)
    10. Akshaya Vata Anna/Hiranya Shrraddham † (with anna Shrraddham ) with homam
    11. Akshaya Vata Pinda Pradaanam ** †
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