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Kanakadhara Stotram

Once Sankaracharya was going to few houses to take bhiksha and came across a poor womans hut. The woman could not find anything to offer the saint. She searched all over and finally found a old Amla fruit ( nelli kani in tamil ). The shy woman had immense devotion and didnt want to send the saint empty handed and offered the amla fruit to Sankaracharya. The saint realized the womens devotion irrespective of being poor, and  immediately started singing twenty one slokas praising Goddess Mahalakshmi praying her to bless the poor women by driving her poverty and grant her riches.

As Sanakaracharya was singing Kanakadhara stotram, Mahalakshmi showered Golden amla fruit like rain infront of the poor womens hut. 

How beautiful is the devotion of the poor lady and how great is the saint Adi Sankaracharya who sang in praise of Mahalakshmi and beyond all this how graceful is this Goddess Mahalakshmi.

Adi Sankaracharya has sung this “Kanakadhara Stotra” for welfare of everyone who is suffering their past karma and suffering in poverty.

Thejus presents our divine offering of Mahalakshmi Idol with 21 Lakshmi coins and a booklet of Kanakadhara Stotram.
 
 
Lord Kamadeva – Hindu God of Love

Love is in the air!! Thejus wishes you a Happy Valentines day !! 

Today Being Valentines day, Lets talk of Lord Kamadeva – the Hindu God of Love 

Kamadeva, the Hindu god of carnal love, is said to arouse physical desire. Born out of the heart of Creator Lord Brahma, Kamadeva is depicted as a youthful being with a greenish or reddish complexion, decked with ornaments and flowers, armed with a bow of sugarcane, strung with a line of honeybees and floral arrowheads. His consorts are the beautiful Rati and Priti, his vehicle is a parrot, his chief ally is Vasanta, the god of spring and he is accompanied by a band of dancers and performers – Apsaras, Gandharvas and Kinnaras.
The Kamadeva Legend

According to a legend Kamadeva met his end at the hands of Lord Shiva, who incinerated him in the flames of his third eye. Kamadeva had inadvertently wounded the meditating Lord Shiva with one of his arrows of love, which resulted him to fall in love with Parvati, his consort. From then on he is thought to be bodiless; however, Kamadeva has several reincarnations, including Pradyumna, the son of Lord Krishna

Somaskanda Siva

Somaskanda is a manifestation of Shiva featuring Shiva,Uma and Skanda; Shiva in a seated posture, with Parvati to his left and with Skanda his son, seated in between the two.

The Somaskanda manifestation of Shiva has been held in reverence in the Tamil region for centuries. The earliest stone panels of Somaskanda of the Pallava period date back to the 7th century CE. Most of the Shiva temples inTondai Naadu (around Kanchipuram) bear a Somaskandapanel behind the Shivalingam in the sanctum.

It was however in the Chola period (9th century onwards) that the rich bronze images representing Somaskanda came into being. Somaskanda is a unique concept of the Tamil region and it represents Shiva as the Supreme Godhead (in the Saivite system of beliefs) as a father by the side of his family, Parvati – a gracious mother full of tenderness, and Skanda (Murugan) one of the favorite deities of the Tamil region their son.

Basant Panchami

Basant Panchami also known as Vasant Panchami marks the beginning of spring season. It falls on the fifth day of Maagh (the Indian month). In Hindi language the word ‘Basant/Vasant’ means spring and ‘Panchami’ means the fifth day.

During Basant Panchami the description of ‘ten thousand golden daffodils’ by William Wordsworth will strike a chord in ones memory and one will be enthralled by this visual treat of nature that surrounds the whole country. The fields are loaded with yellow mustard and the whole country is delightfully decorated in different shades of yellow flowers and ribbons.

Basant Panchami is also known as the birthday of Goddess Saraswati, Lord Brahma’s wife. According to the Hindu mythology Goddess Saraswati symbolizes constant flow of knowledge, wisdom and learning. Therefore, the festival is especially celebrated in all institutions of learning. Students observe the blessings from Maa Saraswati on this day.

Basant Panchami Celebrations
This festival of spring is celebrated with great fervour and joy amongst Hindus. Basant Panchami tradition includes wearing traditional yellow colour clothes, cooking sweet saffron rice and visiting friends and relatives to distribute sweets and gifts.
You will see the pure, bright and sunny yellow colour dominating the whole country on this particular day. The celebrations also comprise an elaborate puja of Goddess Saraswati who is worshipped with full dedication.
People also feed Brahmans on Vasant Panchami believing that their ancestors are accepting the food. The occasion is also celebrated by flying kites and merrymaking.

Thaipusam

Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). It is mainly observed in countries where there is a significant presence of Tamil community such as India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar

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The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This particular star is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. Thaipusam is a celebration of the victory of good over evil.

Koodaravalli

Andal is the only woman among the Azhwars. Her devotion to Lord Ranganathar gave rise to many pasurams. This bhakthi endeared her to the Lord, who accepted her as his bride.

 

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Sri Andal sang the Thiruppavai containing 30 verses – one verse for each day of Margazhi (December – January) – in praise of Lord Narayana. On the 27th day, while singing “Koodaarai vellum seer Govinda…”, the Lord blessed her with the boon of marriage. This day every year is celebrated at Koodaravalli to commemorate this event.
In the second pasuram, “Vaiyathu vaazhvirgal”, Andal details the procedures involved in observing the fast during the month. Sri Andal exhorts us to chant the name of the Lord for the whole day, avoid ghee, milk, have a bath early in the morning (brahmamuhurtham), avoid any adornments like kohl or flowers, avoid all negative emotions and words, do acts of charity, and do one’s duties while singing praises of the Lord.
Sri Andal and her friends complete their fast on the 27th day, and prepare to enjoy themselves for the last three days of the month.
The 27th pasuram, “koodarai vellum” signifies the conclusion of the fast.
koodaarai vellum seer gOvindhaa undhannai(p)
paadi(p) paRai kondu yaam peRum sammaanam
naadu pugazhum parisinaal nanRaaga(ch)
choodagamE thOL vaLaiyE thOdE sevip poovE
paadagamE enRanaiya palagalanum yaam aNivOm
aadai uduppOm adhan pinnE paaR chORu
mooda ney peydhu muzhangai vazhi vaara(k)
koodi irundhu kuLirndhElOr embaavaay
The friends wear good clothes and ornaments and visit the temple, where they continue to sing praises of Lord Narayana. Akkaravadisal soaked in ghee and milk is offered to the Lord and shared amongst them.
Today, devotees go to the temple, offer Ghee filled Akaravadisal to Lord Govinda and end their fast on this day. Many perform Annadanam on this day

How Kali became the Neivedyam for Thiruvadirai?

Tomorrow is the festival of Thiruvadirai or Arudra Darshinam.

Did you know How the Sweet offering of Kali became the neivedyam for Lord Shiva??

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A devotee called Sendanar had the habit of eating only whatever was left of the food offered to the Lord and then distributed among other devotees. On Thiruvadirai day in a Marghazhi, he could offer to the Almighty only some pittu and kali. With much regret that he could get nothing better, he offered these to the Lord. As he stood a little later in Nataraja’s sanctorum, the Lord effected a shower of pittu and kali on Sendanar, in recognition of his deep devotion. Since the day of that miracle, kali is the special offering to Lord Nataraja on Marghazhi Thiruvadirai.

Subramania Bharathi

“Thani Oru Manithanukku Unavu Illai
Enil Intha Jagathinai Azhithiduvom”

11.12.13 is the birth anniversary of Subramania Bharathi

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Chinnaswami Subramania Bharathi was an Indian writer, poet, journalist, Indian independence activist and social reformer from Tamil Nadu, India. Popularly known as Mahakavi Bharathiyar , he is a pioneer of modern Tamil poetry.

Born in Ettayapuram of the then Tirunelveli district(presently Tuticorin district) in 1882, Subramania Bharati studied in Tirunelveli and worked as a journalist with many newspapers, notable among them being the Swadesamitran and India. Bharathi was also an active member of the Indian National Congress. In 1908, an arrest warrant was issued against Bharathi by the government of British India for his revolutionary activities forcing him to flee to Pondicherry where he lived until 1918.

Bharathi is considered to be one of the greatest Tamil poets of the modern era. Most of his works were on religious, political and social themes. Songs penned by Bharathi have been widely used in Tamil films and Carnatic Music concert platforms

His poetry expressed a progressive, reformist ideal. His imagery and the vigour of his verse were a forerunner to modern Tamil poetry in many respects. He was the forerunner of a forceful kind of poetry that combined classical and contemporary elements. He had a prodigious output penning thousands of verses on diverse topics like Indian Nationalism, the National Flag, the Mahabharat, love songs, children’s songs, songs of nature, glory of the Tamil language, and odes to prominent freedom fighters of India like Tilak, Gandhi and Lajpat Rai. He even penned an ode to New Russia and Belgium. His poetry not only includes works on Hindu deities like Sakthi, Kaali, Vinayagar, Murugan, Sivan, Kannan(Krishna), but also includes works on Allah and Jesus. His insightful similies have been read by millions of Tamil readers.

His poems are brimming with a vigour which is unmatched by his contemporaries in Tamil Nadu. If it is love that oozes through his Kannamma songs or valour which breaks through the lines in his patriotic songs he managed to capture the imagination of generations of Tamilians. Like a fire that lights up anything which comes in touch with it, his poems aroused the passions of Tamilians and gave them the impetus to participate in the national freedom struggle with gusto. His poems stand out for beauty in both the form and content.

Swami Gnanananda

Its the 40th Aradhana Celebrations of Sri Gnanananda Thapovanam from 5th-20th december.

Swami Gnanananda Giri, the sixth Peetathipathi of Jyothir Mutt, one of the four Amnaya Mutts established by Adhi Sankara. The Sage who breaks the aging process.

Sadguru Sri Gnanananda Giri Maharaj, a Himalayan Sage, Mahayogi and great Gnana Siddha lived to a phenomenally long and undetermined age. Not much is known about his early life. Many were curious to know the secret of his conquest of the aging process of the body. He would discourage their queries about his age, saying with a gentle smile “Ask me about the immortal Atman within and not about the perishable body”.

But, from his chance remarks, those close to him have made out an account of his life. He was born of orthodox Brahmin parents in Mangalapuri near Gokarna, a sacred pilgrimage center in Karnataka, most probably 1200 years ago (could be more).

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While a boy of tender years, he experienced Saktinipata or Descent of Grace and was led by a light to the famous Kshetra in Maharashtra, Pandharpur on the banks of Chandrabhaga River. There he met his Guru Sri Swami Sivaratna Giri, belonging to Jyotir Mutt, the northern regional mutt established by Adi Sankara Bhagavatpadacharya. Whenever he referred to his Master, emotion surged in him obstructing the flow of words. Obviously, years spent by him in the tutelage of his preceptor were replete with scintillating episodes of joy and experience.

Sadguru Gnanananda’s teaching was pure Vedanta, the timeless message of the Upanishads. It is fundamentally the way of total renunciation, so that finally there is no ego left to manifest itself. He is the Vedantic Ideal living in the Spaceless Here and Eternal Now. By unintermittent Tapas of constant awareness of Self, he has with his Presence, sanctified the entire world. He is a true Sadguru in the line of Adi Sankara, abiding in the peaks of spiritual experience. The traditional message issues forth from him in such pristine purity that its import is always clear and the direction safe and authentic. He is one of the rare saints which knows the complete secret and can perform Navaganda Yoga which means separating physical body into nine parts.

He was easily accessible to all. An inexhaustible fountain of Divine compassion, God’s mercy flows through him equally to all, to the saint and to the sinner alike. His gentle response to those who came to him for succour used to be “Let us pray”. Though he did not overtly perform miracles and in fact emphasized that they were mundane and belonged to the realm of illusory phenomena, extraordinary things happened in the presence of the great Jeevanmukta. He is verily a Kalpaka Vriksha, a wish-fulfilling celestial tree who gives the devotees what they want so that they may gradually turn Godward with a desireless love and total self-offering and develop keen aspiration for attaining Self Knowledge, which is what he really wants to bless them with. Truly, Sri Gnanananda is like an immense iceberg much of that is hidden from our vision. Established in Sahaja Samadhi, he was the greatest Bhakta among Bhaktas, a peerless Yogi among Yogis and a Gnani of unequalled stature among Knowers of Atman. Above all, he is Guru par excellence among the preceptors, who teaches the import of the Mahavakyas by his presence as Jeevanmukta. As the inner Guru, he lights up the Lamp of Wisdom in the hearts of his disciples. Speaking to them in his eloquent language of silence he transmutes their ego consciousness into constant Self-awareness. Sri Gnanananda has been introduced to the west by a French Benedictine monk, Swami Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux O.S.. He has written a book ‘Guru and Disciple’ in which he describes his encounters with the Sage in whom he discovered his Guru

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