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Akshaya Trithiya
May 8th, 2016 by Sowmya

Akshaya Tritiya is observed on the third day of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaishakh Month. It is believed that the sun and the moon are most radiant and best placed on the day. Lord Vishnu and his incarnations are worshipped on this day.
In 2016, the Akshaya Trithiya falls on 9th May 2016.
[The word ‘Kshaya’ means dissipating or reducing; hence the word ‘Akshaya’ broadly means perennial abundance. Purification, meditation, reflection and intention are prime today as the Sun and The Moon are exalted on Akshaya Tritiya. The Sun and the Moon are considered to be the eyes of the Lord. Since the sun and Moon are in exalted positions the lords eyes are fully open on Akshaya thrithiya day, hence His kataksha falls fully on all of us on that day. A special energy from Mahavishnu is available on this day. This energy can help us in achieving our resolutions and goals. We can also make resolutions for our Spiritual as well as our material goals. This is because #Vairagya is not renouncing or negating life but it is non-attachment. ]
The significance of Akshayathrithiya
Akshaya Patra Story
In the Mahabharata, While the Pandavas were in exile, Sri Krishna presented them with an Akshaya Patra – a bowl which gives unlimited amount of food. It is believed that Krishna had presented it on Vaishakha Shukla Paksha Tritiya day.
 
Birth of Parashuram
Parashuram, the sixth Avatar, of Srihari Vishnu appeared on the day.
Beginning of Treta Yuga
According to the Puranas, the day also marks the beginning to Treta Yuga.
Writing of Mahabharata
On Akshaya Tritiya day, Veda Vyasa began the composition of the Mahabharata. He narrated the great epic of Sri Ganesha on the day and who began writing it down non stop.
One of the most important and popular story associated with observing Akshaya Tritiya is that of Sri Krishna and Kuchela. Kuchela, a poor Brahmin and
schoolmate of Sri Krishna, visited Sri Krishna with the intention of asking some financial favor. Kuchela, also known as Sudama, carried with him handful of poha or aval (beaten rice). Kuchela was received warmly by Sri Krishna at Dwarka. On reaching, the palace of Krishna, Kuchela was ashamed to give the ‘poha’ to Krishna – as it was filled with stones and it also was drenched in his sweat. But the ever playful Krishna noticed the small bag in the hand of his schoolmate and soon grabbed it and ate a handful of ‘poha’. Kuchela could not believe his eyes, Krishna, the Lord all beings, eating his poha. Kuchela had tears in his eyes. The intense devotion of Kuchela came out in the form of tears – tears rolled down from his eyes. He was speechless.
It is said ‘Athiti Devo Bhava’ (Guest are equal to God) and Krishna treated Kuchela like a God. The poor Brahmin was so overwhelmed by the love shown
by Krishna that he forgot to ask for financial help and returned home empty handed.
On reaching his village Sudama could not find his old hut. Instead his hut was replaced by a palace. His wife and children were wearing good clothes and
everything that was old and worn out was replaced with new.
It didn’t take long for Kuchela to realize that all this was the ‘leela’ of the ever-smiling Sri Krishna. The day Kuchela met Sri Krishna was hence observed
as Akshaya Tritiya.
This story proves that there is no greater offering to God than steadfast devotion.
Here is the link to the Satyanarayana puja (http://www.mantraaonline.com/satyanarayana-puja/), that can be performed on the Akshaya trithiya day.
Thanks to our Satsanghi Shobana Shankar for sharing this story for publishing on the site.
Krishna Janmashtami Puja – Update
Aug 26th, 2013 by Sowmya

Please note that the Krishna Janmashtami files have been updated. The major changes done include

1) Error Corrections
2) Inclusion of Audio of the Puja

Last Update – Aug 2012

1) Inclusion of Katha as part of the file
2) Inclusion of Arati (Arati Kunj Bihari ki) as part of the file
3) Error Corrections
4) Improved formatting

Please check the Puja page at http://www.mantraaonline.com/krishna-janmashtami-puja/and update your puja files accordingly.

The changes have been made in all the various language files in which the Puja is available viz Sanskrit, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and English.

If you notice any errors/corrections, appreciate if you can let us know.

Happy Janmashtami to all our readers..

Ananta Chaturdashi Puja – Update
Sep 26th, 2012 by Sowmya

Please note that the Ananta Chaturdashi Vrat / Puja files have been updated. The major changes done include

1) New Language files – The Puja files are now available in Telugu and English, in addition to Sanskrit, Tamil & Malayalam.
2) Inclusion of Arati (Om Jaya Jagadisha Hare) as part of the file
3) Error Corrections
4) Improved formatting

Please check the Puja page at http://www.mantraaonline.com/ananta-chathurdashi-puja/ and update your puja files accordingly.

If you notice any errors/corrections, appreciate if you can let us know.

Learn to Chant – Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki
Aug 8th, 2012 by Sowmya

Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki

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LYRICS:
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Satyanarayana Puja – Katha
Aug 7th, 2012 by Sowmya

This is the story underlying the Satyanarayana Vrata and can be read along with the puja. The Katha has also been included as part of the full Puja text that can be downloaded in various Indian languages HERE.
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INTRODUCTION

Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita (Ch4.9) \\\\\\\” Janma Karma cha may divyam yevam yo veththi tha-thwathah….\\\\\\\” \\\\\\\” One who knows My divine birth and activities will not be born again\\\\\\\”. Sri Sathyanarayana katha is one such activity of the Lord, by studying which we have every chance of being liberated. Sri Sathyanarayana katha forms a vital and integral part of this pooja. Not listening to the katha will be a major loss. Repeatedly hearing this story and meditating on its different aspects will make us more and more interested in the Lord and His activities. As the Lord Himself says further in
Gita (Ch9.14) \\\\\\\”Sathatham keerthayantho maam yathanthascha dradhavrathaah: \\\\\\\”The mahaatmaas among devotees, always speak and sing My glories, and try with determination, to realize Me\\\\\\\”

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Learn to Chant – Satyanarayana Aarti
Aug 7th, 2012 by Sowmya

Satyanarayana Arathi

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LYRICS:
ENGLISH
SANSKRIT
TAMIL
TELUGU
MALAYALAM
KANNADA
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Satyanarayana Puja – Update
Aug 6th, 2012 by Sowmya

Please note that the Satyanarayana Puja files have been updated. The major changes done include

1) Inclusion of Katha as part of the file
2) Inclusion of Satyanarayana Arati as part of the file
3) Availability of Puja in additional languages – namely Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu, in addition to Sanskrit, Tamil and English
4) Error Corrections
5) Improved formatting

Please check the Puja page at http://www.mantraaonline.com/satyanarayana-puja/and update your puja files accordingly.

If you notice any errors/corrections, appreciate if you can let us know.

The Birth of Lord Krishna
Aug 20th, 2011 by Sowmya

Happy Janmashtami to all our readers. This year the Janmashtami is being celebrated today and tomorrow. On this occassion, we are happy to present the Katha that is to be read as part of the Janmashtami Puja which is already available at our site – Here .

Thanks to our Satsanghi Vidya Rangarajan for making the text of the Katha available to all of us.

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THE BIRTH OF LORD KRISHNA

From – Kamala Subramaniam’s Bhagavatha

Lord Narayana who is the soul of the Universe, who is the refuge of everyone, entered the mind of Vasudeva. People were amazed to see the glow that emanated from Vasudeva. He shone like noonday sun since the Lord had found an abode in him.

Devaki received in her the embodiment of auspiciousness, the essence of all wealth and glory of the Universe, the soul of the Universe, the indestructible atman which resides in every living and non living things. Devaki had the great fortune of becoming the mother of the Lord of the Lords. Like the East glows with the newly risen moon, she looked beautiful. Her form was radiant. But the world could not see it since she was captive in the house of Kamsa. Her glory was hidden like a lamp placed inside a pot; like Saraswati, the goddess of learning is hidden in the mind of a pandit who is greedy about his learning and refuses to impart with others.

Kamsa, however knew that she was glowing with an unearthly light. Devaki was holding the lord in her womb and the entire house was bathed in a strange light since she was there.Her lips bore a beautiful smile and Kamsa, looking at her spoke to himself and said

“Devaki has never looked like this before. It seems to me this strange glow in her is there because of the child that is to be born. I think it is Narayana who is to be born and that is why she looks so very beautiful. I must take proper precautions lest he should do what he was promised to do! I do not want to die. I could kill her now. But then she is a woman; she is my sister and she is with the child. Each killing in itself is an unforgivable crime and the world will condemn me if I kill her now. All my fame and all my wealth and even my life-span will suffer because of this sin. Is it not the fact that a man who lives in constant association with terrible deeds is but a walking corps? When he is alive people will curse him and when he dies he will go to the hell, which goes by the name of Andhatmas.

Kamsa desisted from killing his sister and awaited for the birth of the child with impatience. The thoughts of the coming child had become with him an obsession. While sitting down on a seat he would suddenly stop and look at the seat since he thought he saw a child on the seat. He would tell himself, there was a child on the seat and I was about to sit on it ! Terrible ! He would then go tot bed and try to lie down and there too he would see the child. He would move away from there and stand far away. Looking down he would see a child at his feet. He would go and sit down to eat . Instead of food he would see child on the plate. He would get up in disgust and walk from there. At every step the child would persist on his way. To Kamsa, the entire world seemed to be pervaded by the Lord of The Lords in the form of a mere child.

The time was drawing near. Brahma, Mahadeva and all the devas went to the presence of Devaki and stood in front of her with folded palms and praised the Lord. They said “salutations to Thee, O Lord, you were gracious to take different forms at different times to save us from despair. You were Matsya, Hayagreeva, Kurma, Narasimha, Varaha, Hamsa, Parashurama, Rama Yadna and Kapila. Many other forms were assumed by you. Now, when the earth needs you, please save the world form the great suffering she is undergoing. We bow down to you.”

They then spoke to Devaki and said you are fortunate princess, since you will be the mother of Narayana himself. Adishesha is already born to you and this child which is to be born will be the saviour of the world. You need have no more fear of Kamsa. His days are numbered. Having pacified her and encouraged her, Brahma and rest of the celestial hosts vanished from their presence.

The time was auspicious. It had the charm of all the six seasons. The planets and the stars were in the position from where they showered peace and joy to the world. The four quarters were clear and placid and the star Rohini was in the ascent, the star which is governed by Prajapati. The sky was clear and studded with stars which were shining brightly. The waters in the river were clear and sweet. The lakes were filled with flowers, lotuses and utpalas. The trees were covered with flowers. The gentle breeze was flowing and it brought intense scents of the flowers with it. The fire which were kindled by the Brahmins were burning without smoke and an air of peace and tranquility pervaded the earth. The mind of all men were happy for no reasons, only Kamsa was unhappy. The divine dundubhi was being played in the havens, kinnaras were singing and so were Gandharvas. Siddhas and Charanas were chanting the words of praise. The Apsaras and Vidyadharas women were dancing with abandon. The Devas and Rishis showered flowers on the earth. There was heard a great rumbling from the clouds which was like roar of the ocean. It was midnight. The Muhurtha was “Abhijeet” and Narayana, who is in the hearts of everyone, was born to Devaki, wife of Vasudeva.

Devaki gave birth to Narayana like the east brings the glorious moon.

The story of the lord Krishna’s birth shows how loving and powerful Lord is. Whenever evil in the world becomes unbearable God himself comes to save us in the form of incarnation like Lord Krishna. Not even a mightiest evil can do anything against God.
Hence daily we should pray to god and remember him by repeatedly chanting his name in everything we do.

OM KRISHNAYA NAMAHA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krishna Janmashtami Puja
Aug 20th, 2011 by Sowmya

Krishna Janmasthami is the celebration of the day that Bhagwan Krishna incarnated in human form upon the Earth. It is celebrated at midnight on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September).

The day is celebrated by worshipping Bhagwan Krishna, fasting and chanting devotional kirtan and bhajans until past midnight.
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Ananta Chathurdashi Puja
Sep 18th, 2010 by Sowmya

Anant Chaturdashi puja falls on the 14th day of Bhadrapad shukla paksha (first fortnight) of the Hindu calender year.

Anant Chaturdashi has two main significances. The first is that it is the day of the immersion of Ganapati (also called Ganapati Visarjan). Thus Lord Ganesha is given farewell, only to be welcomed the next year with equal excitement.
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