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    Dear Chitraji

    Any one who ever knows please help me. Please tell me for everyday for which diety we should keep fasting and what are the poojas / slokas to be done on which day. Please help me.

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    hi chitra,

    today is tuesday. nice to see lord subramaniya on this day. tuesday is for subramaniyar. isn't it. i know very little about all these things. ncie pictures. sandal abishekam is very nice.murugan with valli and deivanai is cute.
    lakshmi picture in vegetables and green saree alangaram is very beautiful.

    thanks chitra for sharing all these indus ladies.

    regards,

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    Hi,

    regarding don'ts I am hearing for the first time, we are tamil Iyers and do follow lot of things. but this is new to me. dont's mean not to. check with ur guru regarding this. I do not want to tell without much knowledge. lot of things to ponder. let us utilise in constructive way. there is no mention about dont's in our system, what I have seen so far.

    ven kathirikkai means brinjal in white colour.

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    Shanti Mantra – Om Sahana Vavatu

    Om Sahana Vavatu Sahanau Bhunaktu
    Sahaveeryam Karavavahai
    Tejas Vinavati Tamastuma vidhwishavahai
    Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi

    Sanskrit to English Word Meaning
    Saha- both; nau-us; avatu- may he protect; bhunaktu-may he nourish; viryam karavavahai-may we acquire the capacity; tejasvi-be brilliant; nau-for us; adhitam- what is studied;astu-let it be; ma vidvisavahai-may we not argue with each other.

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    May He protect both of us. May He nourish both of us. May we both acquire the capacity (to study and understand the scriptures). May our study be brilliant. May we not argue with each other. Om peace, peace, peace.

    Brief explanation
    At the beginning of a class, the teacher and students generally recite this peace invocation together. Both seek the Lord’s blessings for study that is free of obstacles, such as poor memory, or the inability to concentrate or poor health. They also seek blessings for a conducive relationship, without which communication of any subject matter is difficult. Therefore, this prayer is important for both the teacher and the student.

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    Hello,

    Poojas differ from place to place and culture. I am enclosing word format of shlokas. preserve, pray according to ur culture and family unbringing. what I say may be different. Hope u understand what I mean. the end result should be sincere devotion and prayers which the almighty should bless the devotee. follow ur culture. If u want u can go to giri trading co. in Mylapore where lot of books according to hindu culture is available. check and buy. near temple.

    best wishes/keep in touch/chitra.g

    I will send what is with me one by one? enclosed mahalakshmi ashtakam in tamil!

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    Mookambika (Kollur)


    Kollur is regarded as one of the Seven Muktistala pilgrimage sites in Karnataka which are (Kollur), Udupi, Subrahmanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna.

    Kollur is known for its association with Aadi Sankara. Mookambika is said to have appeared before Aadi Sankara here, and he is said to have installed her image at this shrine. There is a room near the sanctum - enshrining the Sankara Simhasanam which is regarded as the very spot where he meditated and had a vision of Mookambika. Mookambika is regarded as a manifestation of Shakti, Saraswathi and Mahalakshmi. The Kudashadri hill houses sites such as Ambavanam and Chitramoolam where Adi Sankara is believed to have meditated.

    Deities: The swayambhu lingam in front of the image installed by Adi Sankara, has a golden rekha (line) approximately at the center, and is considered to be a Shiva-Shakti manifestation. The image of Mookambika is in a seated posture, bearing the conch and the discus. Also enshrined near this image are those of Mahakali and Saraswathi. There are also shrines to Veerabhadra, Subramanya, Naga, Vinayaka and Anjaneya. Veerabhadra is worshipped first by devotees before entering the shrine to Mookambika.

    Located in very picturesque surroundings, Kollur is on the banks of the river Sauparnika (said to possess medicinal properties) at the foot of the hill Kudashadri. The temple is located in a spacious courtyard, and isentered through the easternt gopuradwara. The western entrance, is opened only on special occasions. It is believed that Aadi Sankara entered the temple through the western entrance.

    Legends: Kollur is referred to in the Skanda Purana. It was originally known by the name Maharanyapura. It is said to have been home to several sages and yogis. A sage by name Kola was advised to worship Shakti at Kollur. A lingam appeared on its own accord then at Kollur, and Shiva requested Kola rishi to worship it and that in due course Shakti would manifest herself as Mahalakshmi there. The name Kolapura eventually changed to Kollur.

    Further, the ravages of the demon Kamha bothered the ascetics of Kollur. Upon being requested by Kola and other sages of Kollur, Shakti cursed the demon to become mooka or dumb. Undaunted, the demon continued his attrocities, and an enraged Devi vanquished him. Upon vanquishing Mookasura, Devi is believed to have merged into this self manifested Lingam in this temple. 24 km from Kollur is Maarana Ghat where it is believed that the demon Mookasura was destroyed. In the temple at Maarana Ghat, there is a Sri Chakra symbolizing Devi.

    very powerful place/make a visit and get her blessings./reply?

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    HI Gowthamanappu,
    Thanks for sharing information about Mookambikai at Kollur.
    I am planning to visit the same in my next southindian visit.


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    Kollur mookambika snaps are really good.

    Do u have Anna PoorNeshwari Devi snaps? & also kamadhenu. If so plz do share with us.

    In VaishaNava temples they do not offer mangalaarti to the devotees... They say mangalaarati is taken for Lord as DhrushTI...hence they don't offer it to the public.

    Do you know about the rituals & traditions of the PUJA {vaishNavas?}


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    Mookambika Ashtakam Stotram of Kollur Mookambika Astakam Sloka is the devotional Stotra in praise of Goddess Mookambika Devi, the presiding goddess of Kollur Mookambika Temple in Kollur, Mangalore, Karnataka. The major importance of the Kollur Mookambika temple is that the goddess is worshipped here in the swayambhu linga form. There is a golden line in the A golden line Linga and it is wider on the left side as also taller. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Parvathi and Goddess Saraswathi reside in the left side and Lord Shiva, Maha Vishnu and Brahma Deva resides in the right side.

    Mookambika Ashtakam Lyrics - Kollur Mookambika Devi

    Namasthe Jagad dhatri SadBrahma roope,
    Namasthe haropendradathradhi vandhye,
    Namasthe prapanneshta danaika dakshe,
    Namasthe Mahalakshmi, kola puresi. 1

    Vidhi kruthivasa harir viswamedath,
    Srujath yaththipaatheethiyathad prasidham,
    Krupaloka nadhe, aavadhe Shakthiroope,
    Namasthe Mahalakshmi, kola puresi. 2

    Thwaya mayayaa vyaptha medath samastham,
    Drutham leelayadevi kukshouhi viswam,
    Sthithambudhi roopena sarvathra janthou,
    Namasthe Mahalakshmi, kola puresi. 3

    Yayaa bhaktha varga hi lakshyantha yethe,
    Thwaya athra prakamamkrupa poorna drushtya,
    Adhogeeyasedevi Lakshhmeer idhi thwam,
    Namasthe Mahalakshmi, kola puresi. 4

    Punar Vak paduthwathi, heenahi mooka,
    Naraiisthair nikamam kalu prardhyase yath,
    Nijasyapthaye thwacha mookabika thwam,
    Namasthe Mahalakshmi, kola puresi. 5

    Yad advaitha roopad, para brahmana sthwam,
    Samuddha punair viswa valeelodhyamastha,
    ThadahurJanasthwamcha Gowri Kumari,
    Namasthe Mahalakshmi, kola puresi. 6

    Haresadhi dehotdha thyejo mayapra,
    Sphurad chakra rajakya linga swaroope,
    Maha yogi kolarhi hruth padma gehe,
    Namasthe Mahalakshmi, kola puresi. 7

    Nama Shanka chakra bhaya abeeshta hasthe,
    Namasthe Ambike, Gowri Padmasanasthe,
    Nama suvarna varne, prasanne saranya,
    Namasthe Mahalakshmi, kola puresi. 8

    Idham stotra rathnm krutham sarva devair,
    Hrudhithwam samadhayalakshmyashtakam ya,
    Paden nithya meva vraja yaga lakshmim,
    Sa Vidhyamcha sathyam bhavathya prasadath. 9

    see the video and u can follow the ashtakam sung by P.Leela/all these are very rare?

    YouTube - Mookambika Ashtakam - Astakam of Kollur Mookambika Devi

    There is vast collection of jewels at the temple received as gifts of acknowledgement from the community of devotees who have realized their dreams and desires with the blessings of the Goddess. Of the various jewels of the Devi, the one in emerald is very valuable. Emerald represents knowledge. This temple has two processional deities of gold. One is offered by Rani Chennamma as a substitute for the missing of original one. But subsequently the missing one found and thus there are two processional idols. Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Sri. M.G.R. gifted a god sword, which weighs one kg. And are 2½ feet long. The former Chief Minister of Karnataka - Sri Gundu Rao, has gifted a similar type sword made of silver. The facial mask of Goddess Mookambika is completely of gold and gifted by Vijaya Nagara Empire. The gold face mask of Jyothirlinga gifted by Chennammaji of Keladi is another unique ornament.

    see this video for Ilayaraja's song about mother, gift by others

    YouTube - Sree Mookambika Devi, Kollur

    The Grace of Sri Mookambika will bless those who chant everyday this great Sthothram.

    May the Mother bless all!

    pl. reply/ chitra.g

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    more about Mookhambika! go pray and get blessed.

    see and reply.

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    In Hindu mythology, Kamadhenu was a divine cow who was believed to be the mother of all cows. Like her daughter Nandini, she could grant any wish for the true seeker. Kamadhenu provided Vasishta with his needs for the sacrifices. Kamadhenu was a miraculous cow of plenty who could give her owner whatever he desired.

    Kamadhenu is sometimes said to be the daughter of Daksha, and the wife of the rishi Kasyapa. Kamadhenu appeared on earth as one of the precious things that were brought to light in the Churning of the Ocean. The gods presented her to the sapta-rishis and she became the property of the sage Vasishtha.


    Legend When the eight Vasus visited Vashishta's ashram with their wives, one of the wives took a fancy to Kamadhenu and asked her husband to steal it from Vashishta. He stole it with the help of the others, and was cursed by Vashishta to be born in the world of men. The seven Vasus who assist in stealing Kamadhenu have their curse softened to be liberated from their human birth as soon as they are born, but the last Vasu, due to his being instrumental in the theft, is cursed to endure a longer life on the earth, though the curse is softened so that he becomes one of the most illustrious men of his times. He is born as Bhishma. The other seven were born as the older siblings of Bhishma, who were drowned by their mother Ganga as soon as they were born, thus fulfilling the softened curse on them.

    The Ramayana relates that the sage Visvamitra once paid a visit to the hermitage of Vasishtha and was received and entertained with great hospitality. At the hermitage he saw the priceless Kamadhenu who had provided all the delightful things for the repast he had just enjoyed, and he was filled with covetousness for her. He offered Vasishtha all he owned for the cow but the offer was declined. He then attempted to take her away by force but Kamadhenu broke away from his grasp and magically conjured up warriors to defend herself and her master. Visvamitra next summoned a few hundred of his sons to battle for her, but Vasishtha reduced them all to ashes with a hot blast of rage from his mouth. In the long and fierce struggle between Visvamitra and Vasishtha the former suffered a humiliating defeat and for this reason resolved to become a Brahmarishi on his own merit and so equip himself for equality with his brahmin rival. In another legend Kamadhenu was killed by the exiled king Trisanku to provide food for the sons of Visvamitra.
    The calf of Kamadhenu was acquired by the sage Jamadagni after years of penance. It was coveted and stolen by the Haihaya king Kartavirya, which led to a wholesale massacre of kshattriyas by Jamadagni's son Parasurama.
    Kamadhenu is also called Surabhi (hence her descendants or worshippers are called Saurabheya); Kamadugha; Kamaduh; Savala and Nandini (this last name was also given to the daughter of Kamadhenu). Dinu is also known as kamadinu when she is in the mood and seadinu when naughty.

    we cant live without her blessings.

    more later/best wishes/chitra.g

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