108 Divya Desam Sri Vaishnava Temple Tracker,(India)
Vaishnavaites or Devotees of Lord Vishnu attach a lot of importance to 108 temples of the Lord. 108 Divya Desam tracker is an excel which can be downloaded from the link below. This excel can be used to track the Divya desams visited of the 108 and plan for visits to the remaining temples.https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B69GO3UUFpN6dE1VR1dZTnBhYTA/edit?usp=sharing
27 Nakshatra with Gayatri and Beeja Mantra,(India)
27 Nakshatra with Gayatri and Beeja Mantra
The Nakshatras or what we call them as Stars or Planet, play a vital role in astrology. They represent our fortune, Good or Bad both are based on the alignment of nakshatras in our birth chart. Bad placement of nakshatra in birth chart raises many obstacles in the path of our success and create problems in career, relationship, finance, and health. Hence, it is well said in Vedas that: “The Deities of the birth Nakshatras should be regularly worshipped”.
Chanting the corresponding Mantra of the Nakshatras with respect to their Deities gives one positive results. Below are the 27 Nakshatra Mantras written by Vedanga Jyotisha which helps you chant both Gayatri Mantra and Beeja Mantra.
Thus it is required by all the individuals to chant the mantras related to their nakshatra, as they help them obtain the blessings from their Aradhyadevata (Principal Deity)-He will remove all the obstacles in your life and attain good health, wealth and prosperity.
Art of Living at Bangalore,(India)
The art of living is considered a happiness program that has stress relieving exercises like wellness, yoga, breathing and meditation. They also help in mind managements and anger control.
They also encourage "Seva" or selfless service in the community. The ideology of this course is to set the mind free and get a greater understanding of oneself.
The people at the Art of Living foundation believe that in today's world, the mind is distracted by various material and worldly demands. In such a situation it is necessary to take time off to free yourself from these demands and gain control over the mind and body.
Meditation Rooms in Art Of Living Ashram
Beautiful pond inside Art Of Living Ashram
Garden in Art Of Living Ashram
The course has special techniques that one has to practice everyday to receive benefits. Nowadays, art of living programs have become increasingly famous both in India as well as worldwide.
A place for peaceful meditation in Bangalore- Entry is free and food is also provided free of cost. They are also have an organic farm inside.
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Benefits of Sundara Kandam Mantra Recital,(India)
Valmiki Ramayana is considered by the Hindus as an Adi Kaavya,meaning the first epic to emerge in this world. Besides its literary grandeur, it is considered as a Holy text and is used for ceremonial recitation and worldly blessings also.The Gayathri Maha Mantra, the mother of all mantras consists of 24 Aksharas / Syllables.Sage Valimki wrote 1000 slokas for every Akshara, thus resulting in 24,000 slokas in Valmiki Ramayanam.
Valmiki the author of Ramayana
There are seven Kandams in this epic. The fifth Kandam is called “Sundara Kandam” wherein Acharya Hanuman is the Hero, who, besides bringing solace to the Jeevatma Sita Piratti , created havoc among the Rakshasas including the King of Lanka, Ravana.The word “Sundara” means beatiful in Sanskrit.The whole of Ramayanam is equivalent to the Vedas and Sundara Kandam is considered as the Upanishad, the essential portion which is equivalent to reading the whole of Ramayanam.The regular recitation of Ramayanam and Sundarakandam in particular reminds the reciter / listner that the human body is made up of Five elements (Tattwas).
Hanuman meeting Sita in Ashok Vatika of Ravana mentioned in Sundara Kandam
1) Earth Element(Pritvi) : This is because Hanuman goes to Lanka in serach of Sita Piratti who born and found from the Mother Earth.
2) Akash Element : Hanuman’s path towards Lanka was by mode of Sky.
3) Air Element(Vayu) : Hanuman is the son of Wind God, Vayu.
4) Fire Element(Agni) : Hanuman burns Lanka with His Tail being unhurt, thanks to the blessings of Sita Piratti.
5) Water Element (Apas): Hanuman crosses the gigantic ocean to reach Lanka.
There is common saying in Sanskrit — “Hanumath Samena Guru Naa” meaning Hanuman is an ideal Guru. The reason being, the Ramadhoothan had a complete mastery over His mind and was well versed in the all the Sastras. In fact, Lord Rama was so impressed the behaviour and communication of Hanuman that He praised Hanuman as a “Nava Vyaa karana Vedhthaa” ie; Master of Nine Vyakaaranas.
Thus the consistent reading / listening of Sundara Kandam will bring in following qualities in a devotee, besides blessing one with Moksha. Budhi(Intelligence), Balam(Strength), Yasha(Fame), Dhairyam(Valour), Nirbhayaktwam(Fearlessness), Aroghatha(Health), Ajadyam(Alertness), Vaakpaduthwam(Power of Speech).
Chants and Mantras for Rain,(India)
Our forefathers had devised numerous prayers to propitiate the deities and pray for rains. It is purely a matter of faith and belief that drives these prayers. Some of them are listed below:
1) Rishya Shringeshwara Temple (Rishya Shringa) at Kigga which is 9 kms from Sringeri in Karnataka. As per legends, the great sage Rishya Shringa is said to have performed penance and attained Samadhi here. As per the puranas, wherever the sage used to go, that place used to experience good rains and there would be no draught.It must be mentioned that the agumbe forest where Kigga is located is one of the wettest places in the south.
Sloka in Sanskrit:
Details in Tamil:
Chants for rain Mahaperiyava
2) Chanting of Vana Parva from the Mahabharata -
One of the the Jagadgurus of Sringeri, Sri Sri Chandrasekara Bharati Maha Swamigal has mentioned that the Virata Parva of the Mahabharata has been encoded with Varuna Beejas and Varuna Mantras. Chanting of these chapters of the Mahabharata would serve as a prayer for abundant rainfall.
The text in Sanskrit can be read here : http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/mbs/mbs04001.htm
The book "Guru Krupa Vilasam" mentions an interesting incident in 1925 at Devakottai (near Madurai) by Gurupada Shekaran on the Vana Parva chanting and its effect.
Sri Gurupada Shekaran is present during an discussion between Swamiji and the mutt manager.The manager says "It is better if we move our camp to Madurai. Its more than 5-6 years since it rained here. All the wells are empty. We are bringing water travelling a long distance with the help of elephants. There are a lot of people who have food in our camp. It is difficult to manage without water".
Swamiji says "If I was informed earlier we might have avoided coming here. But having come it is not fair to leave this place disappointing the people. Ask the priest to come with Mahabharata book along with puja items". After the priest came, Swamiji asks him to chant Virata Parva and the priests starts off in a traditional way. Swamiji also starts chanting mantras. Gurupada Sekaran witnesses all what was happening. It was around 1 PM in the noon and the sun was at its peak. At 2 PM, clouds from nowhere hid the sun. Cool breeze starts and its starts raining heavily. So heavy was the rain, except the sound of rain nothing could be heard. It continues to pour and at around 4:30 PM, the manager comes to Swamiji with a sign of relief. Swamiji asks "Is the rain sufficient?" and then asks the priest to light the camphor as a sign of completion. At 5 PM, the priest lights the camphor and almost spontaneously the rain stops,
The next day, he humbly enquires about what happened yesterday. Swamiji says "We did Varuna Japa. The rains came. Sage Vyasa has embedded the varuna mantra into the Virata Parva. The effect the of the mantra creates a subtle effect in the environment"
The following is the full extract of the article from Guru Kripa Vilasam (in Tamil)
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3) Varuna Mantra Japa - This a very detailed procedure and there are lots of regulations to be followed like eating food without salt till the Japa is completed etc.
4) Chanting of Varuna Sukhta - Varuna Sukhta is a powerful mantra from the vedas for invoking the rain deity. This should be performed by people well versed in Vedas only.
5) Chanting of Azhi Malai Kanna Pasuram from Tiruppavai - This Tamil poem should be chanted in groups in dry lakes, river beds etc. in multiple groups. The poem is given below
aazhi mazhai(k) kaNNaa onRu nee kai karavEl
aazhi uL pukku mugandhu kodu aarthu ERi
oozhi mudhalvan uruvam pOl mey kaRuththu(p)
paazhiy am thOLudai(p) paRpanaaban kaiyil
aazhi pOl minni valamburi pOl ninRu adhirndhu
thaazhaadhE saarnga mudhaiththa sara mazhai pOl
vaazha ulaginil peydhidaay naangaLum
maargazhi neeraada magizhndhElOr embaavaa
Meaning: Oh Lord of the rains, who is as majestic as that of the beautiful sea, don't hesitate to dive into the ocean, collect as much water, rise to the sky and assume the colour of the Lord (black). As with the Lord, who has graceful and powerful shoulders, oh rain god, without any delay, shine like the discus that he holds in His right hand and resound to produce the same impact that occurs when the conch on his left hand is blown, instantly produce the rain as how the Lord will shoot his arrows, to allow us take bath during the vow and happily flourish and thrive in this world.
6) Purusha Mirugam Puja at Thiruvadavur - Purasha mirugam is known as Spinyx Egypt. It is commonly used as a vahanam in south Indian temples. It has the head of a Lion and body of a man.
Tiruvadavur temple is located near Madurai. Outside the temple there is this statue of the Purusha Mirugam. The locals perform puja to this for abundance in rains. This was followed in several temples in south India but now this practice is lost.
Spinx temple of Thirvathavoor Near Madurai
7) Chanting of Annapurna Ashtakam, Avahanthi Homam or Shakambari Sahasranamam