Pilgrimages

 

Kumbha Mela

One of the biggest gathering on Earth is the Kumba Mela. It is very important to visit (Pilgrimmage) atleast once in one's life time, especially during the period of 7 1/2 years of Saturn's Sade sathi. The connection between Shani and Kumba mela and in the  Four places is given in this link.

Please click to read Dr. Anil Maheswari's beautiful article of Kumbha Mela 2013.

 

Visiting Maha-Kumbh Mela in Allahabad 2013
by Dr. Anil K Maheshwari - September 2013


The Maha-Kumbh Mela is one of the major religious events of the world. It happens only once every 12 years. This is a brief story of our 2-day visit to the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India, in Feb 2013.

Background
I had recently relocated to Fairfield, Iowa as a faculty member at the Maharishi University of Management. Set up by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, this university (mum.edu) is seeped in kumba-mela-1Vedic knowledge and tradition. It is full of what one could call ‘white desis’, white people more Indian at heart that Indians themselves.

In the summer of 2012, we had planned to visit India as a family during the December-January 2013 timeframe for some personal and family purposes. Some of our ‘white desi’ friends and colleagues at the university were excitedly talking about visiting India, solely to participate in the Kumbh Mela. I was intrigued. Their general conception was that it was every Indian’s dream to visit Kumbh Mela. However, I had grown up thinking of Kumbh Mela very differently. For me, Kumbh Mela was just a super-crowded place, where the religiously minded people went for rituals. There were fears of hygiene, and security breakdown, etc. Initially, my wife saw no point in visiting the crowded Kumbh Mela. My parents also discouraged me from visiting the crowds at Kumbh Mela, for safety and health reasons. But I was sufficiently intrigued by the enthusiasm of my ‘white desi’ friends in Fairfield. So, my wife agreed to go. I called my best friend in Delhi and informed him of my plans. He and his wife readily agreed to join us. So, the four of us began to making plans for attending the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

The preparation
kumbha-mela-2I watched the 2005 movie ‘Kumbh Mela’ to learn all about the event. This movie was made for western audiences and shot during the last Kumbh Mela in 2001. I saw some famous gurus and the amazing feats they were showing at the Mela. One guru called ‘Pilot baba’ really intrigued me … he had retired as a pilot in the Indian Air force after having seen action in the 1971 Indo-Pak war,and then in a few years had built up a robust sadhu career and a big following. One Japanese lady guru went underground for three days without air, water and food and then came out alive and cheerful. And many others like that.

The Kumbh Mela started around the Sakrant day of Jan 15th and ended on Shivratri day of March 15th. During this 2-month period some 100 million devotees were expected to descend upon Allahand for a ‘holy dip’ at the sangam, or meeting, or three rivers – Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati). We decided to go to the Kumbh Mela on the Feb 6th, the Ekadashi day, which was one of the super-auspicious days for the holy dip. We decided to travel to Allahabad by an overnight train from Delhi. We reserved train tickets a couple of months ahead of time, so we had little difficulty obtaining the tickets. We booked multiple sets of train tickets for difference dates, to allow the flexibility on when to return from Kumbh Mela. However, it was a bigger challenge to get a hotel room for the most auspicious days. Eventually, my friend used his connections to secure a couple of hotel rooms for us for one night in a nice area of Allahabad. The prices were high, and the hotel was a little bit far from the ‘Sangam’, the holy spot where the holy dip is taken.

The trip to Allahabad
The overnight train trip to Allahabad was easy. We learned a lot by just asking questions of kumbha-mela-3our fellow-travelers. One lady told us to see the view from Shastri Bidge (named after India’s second Prime Minister), of the amazing lighting on both sides of the river. Another man spoke about the most auspicious day of the Mauni Amavasya, which fell on Feb 10th, the day when about 40 million people would descend on Allahabad for a holy dip.

Upon reaching our hotel, taking shower, and eating breakfast, we decided to go straight to the Sangam for the holy dip. We walked part of the way to take in the scenery. We used cycle-rickshaws for the rest of the trip. The trip took about 30-40 minutes. When we reached the Kumbh Mela ‘township’, it was amazing that this sprawling temporary township had been built in just a few months. There were colorful tents everywhere. The people seemed very peaceful and cheerful. There was no sign of violence nor was there any kind of apprehension in the air. The public announcement system seemed to be functionally very well, and they were broadcasting common-sense safety instructions in a very pleasant tone. There were big wide, functional roads in the entire city. At each intersection of the roads, there were gun-toting military people in their fatigues, to instill an amazing sense of security. There were also many places for eating and drinking. There were temporary public restrooms along the roads, every 200-250 yards, for men and women. The most remarkable thing was that there was absolutely no smell inside or outside the bathrooms. That is absolutely amazing for public toilets anywhere in India. And here we were in the middle of essentially sand beaches!

The Holy Dip
At the Sangam ghat (beach), there were two options for taking the holy dip. One option kumbha-mela-4was the simple beach option: just walk into water, take a dip, and come back out. The other was the boat option. There were scores of boats that offered you the option to take bath a little more auspiciously, at the center of Sangam, where the rivers actually met. Basically, you rent one of many boats for a few hundred rupees. The boatmen will take you to the center of the sangam area, and park alongside a boardwalk that goes far into the river. You step off the boat on to the board-walk, kumbha-mela-5take off most of your clothes, and jump into the shallow water at that location. The boat returns you back to the shore. We took the boat option.

The river water was flowing, but the current was not too strong. There were ropes to hold on to while dipping. However, the water was very muddy and opaque when we jumped into the shallow area of the sangam. A gazillion people getting in and out of that area were stirring up the mud at the base of the river. There were a number of kumbha-mela-6‘pundits’ sitting on the board walk. They were ready to help us do additional pujas, for some quick money. Then there were other handlers who would help you offer some milk and coconut to the river. All this added up to another few hundred rupees per person, depending upon what one decided. After the dip and the puja etc, we came back to our boat, dried up with our towels, and got back into dry clothes. That was the essence of the holy dip. It was completed in just a few minutes per couple. We had decided to go in kumbha-mela-7one couple at a time, with the other guarding the possessions in the boat. Once we were all back into the boat, the boat left the boardwalk. The entire holy dip experience was over in just 20 minutes. ‘Is this it?’ I wondered aloud. So, my friend asked the boatman to give us an additional boat ride, and take us around the sangam area and all the way to the big bridge in the distance. As our boat slowly moved away from the crowds, we felt the heavenly soothing river breeze. Our wet hair and clothes dried up very quickly. The breeze and the scenery inspired me to take out our SLR camera, and shoot some video.

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kumbha-mela-8We also took a bunch of photos of other boats, the ghat, the birds on the water, and ourselves. It was barely lunch time, and we had already accomplished our main purpose for coming here. Is this it? It seemed so easy. There had to be more. After visiting a famous Hanuman temple at the ghat, we decided to go for lunch. We had lunch at a ‘dhaba’ opposite Anand Bhawan, the home of the late Prime Minister Nehru.

After lunch we went back inside Anand Bhavan. That house has a nice Planetarium. In an engaging 45-minute show, it explained in beautiful 3-dimensional way how the dates or Kumbh mela represent the moves of the sun and move from in and out of certain celestial configurations. That was interesting.

On the way to the hotel, we stopped by a famous sweets-and-snack shop. We had a supper of giant kachoris and samosas and milk-cake. Then we took a couple of hours of rest before we started again to see the rest of the Kumbh mela.

Convention of Saints
Having completed the main task of a holy dip, we returned to the Sangam area in the evening with a completely relaxed and exploratory frame of mind. We wanted to see what else was happening there. What we saw couldkumbha-mela-9 only be described as a Convention of Saints. Like a convention of the Academy of Science, but the participants here were the biggest of holy men from India, and a few foreigners. The following of each Baba (slang for a holy man) could be gauged from the size of their pavilion, which were replete with marketing gear in the front, including kinetic neon kumbha-mela-10lights (like at New York’s Times square), and blaring music. Every saint was competing for attention and new followers. The pavilions were most self-sufficient onto themselves, with their own parking for dozens of cars, and dining areas etc. These were huge pavilions which had further sub-sections and tents to host the sub-gurus under the orbit of the main guru. In the smaller tents, sub-gurus of were holding court with his own followers. We visited many pavilions and tents, and took pictures. There was a baba who has been standing on just one leg for the last 11 years. There were babas who were covered with ash from head to toe. There was one who was sitting completely in the nude.

We also visited a large government led pavilion that offered free classical music shows from well-known artists. Later in the evening, we asked our driver to take us across the Shastri Bridge over the Ganges. We stopped in the middle of the bridge for an amazing view of lights on both sides of the rivers. There were endless yellow argon street lights, like diminishing stars, as far as the eye could see. Imagine a completely lighted township, miles long in either dimension; except that it was entirely a temporary creation that would last only for the couple of months of the Maha Kumbh mela. That place would go from sand beach to sand beach in 3-4 months. It was a amazingly functional small town with names streets and all lighting and other facilities, for those few months.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s smarak
The next morning, we packed up our stuff in a rental car and left our hotel. We went on a kumbha-mela-11search for Maharishi’s smarak. We drove around many areas, and eventually found it on the other side of the Ganges river. We reached the Brahmanand Saraswati ashram, the home of Maharishi’s Vedic pundits. A large number of Vedic Pandits live there and do chanting regularly. We told them about our Fairfield connection, and were allowed inside the campus.
We drove to the grand structure of Maharishi’s smarak. It has a nice big dome-like shape in the center, and it also has many Roman style pillars in the front. There is also a stand-alone pillar. The smarak was almost complete, but there were still many workers on the site still placing the carved stones in the right places. We had arrived just about a week ahead of its formal inauguration on Feb 15th. We met inside the construction area a white gentleman who had come from Fairfield to bring the marble stones with carved messages.

The skumbha-mela-14marak is at a height over kumbha-mela-13the river, so the view of the Kumbh kumbha-mela-12Mela township from the smarak was majestic. Looking towards the river, we could see in the distance an uncountable number of colorful tents on both sides of the river. These tents are where the Kumbh attendees were staying. We could also see the busy Shastri bridge over the Ganges, in the distance.

Baba Ram Dev’s five star pavilion
One of the Pavilions at the Kumbh Mela bears special mention. One of the biggest recent yoga phenomena in India is a relatively young Swami called Ram Dev. He is based in Haridwar and has taught Yoga and natural healing practices to over a billion people around the world, through his daily morning 2-hour yoga show on TV. His pavilion was very big, and had at its center a five-star quality tent with shiny colorful walls and pillars. This tent had a huge beautiful stage decked with lots of colorful flowers. In the audience area, there were sofas for dignitaries and thousands of chairs for ordinarkumbha-mela-15y visitors. It was very impressive.

It was lunch time. Utilizing my membership of Swami Ram Dev’s Patanjali’s Yog Peeth, I was able to get us four admitted to their dining hall (or langar). A langar means free food for devotees, and is a tradition at many temples and other holy places in India. At Ram Dev’s pavilion, they offered a wonderful meal of delicacies like kheer, puri and maal-puas (a great dessert). I was astonished to see such high quality of expensive food being served with great order and respect to many thousands of people. Almost a thousand people were served in each sitting, for lunch and dinner, every 45 minutes or so.

After the meal, we returned to the main tent. Soon, Swami Ram Dev arrived and addressed the gathering. Some other well-known sadhus came to the tent and sat down on the plushest of sofas, along with Swami Ram Dev.kumbha-mela-16 Mr. Anup Jalota, the famous bhajan singer, was the main attraction of the afternoon. Anup Jalota came in and was profusely cheered. His sang wonderful bhajans, very melodious and joyous, and very appropriate for the occasion. After listening to him for almost 45 minutes, we decided to go to see other places.

We went into a large pavilion nearby and sought permission to use their private toilets. I was amazed that there were western style bathroom with running water inside those tents! All in a place where there was only a sandy beach a few weeks prior. I was impressed by the quality of arrangements, and also at the resources available for the tents, as well as for fancy pavilions of Swami Ram Dev.

Hindu Convention
We had heard about the convention of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (literally, World Hindu Council) taking place somewhere there. Mr. Narendra Modi, the chief Minister of Gujarat, and potentially the next Prime Minister of India, was rumored to visit and give a pro-Hindutva speech at the convention that afternoon. We went there. It was getting to be early evening, and the crowds were beginning to swell. From outside the pavilion itself, we could hear one fiery saffron-clad lady speaker for a few minutes. We decided it was a little too much for us. Mr. Modi had also changed his plans at the last minute and had decided to delay his trip to Allahabad. So, we decided we had seen enough and left.

Wrap up
We asked our driver to take the next 30-45 minutes to take us around the rest of areas in the Kumbh Mela township. Soon we stopped for supper at a snack shop in the market there. We sat on chairs in the open air to just relax and reflect upon our experiences. We kumbha-mela-17ate samosas and kachoris and besan laddoos, and drank tea and soft drinks, and also took in the crowds. I felt an amazing sense of accomplishment and happiness. We had not felt any worry or insecurity about anything. There were almost 10 million people in town that day, and the system was working like clockwork. This could be seen even on the smiling faces of the workers working on the stone masonry at the Maharishi smarak. The district administration had a done an incredible job of preparing for the event. But more than that, people gave credit to the sense of dedication with which all the organizers … government officials, volunteers, and sponsors … were doing their duty. They felt privileged to serve the devotees coming for their karmic liberation through taking the holy dip.

We drove to a nice Udipi restaurant in Allahabad city for dinner. We had wonderful rasam, and giant 4-foot dosas. The drive back to the railway station was interesting as there was an enormous crowd of cars trying to get into the station. We could have missed our train if we had not got off the car and walked with our baggage for the last 100 yards. We could feel that the traffic had significantly increased in the last 2 days that we had been in town. This was the evening of the 7th of Feb. In 2 days it would be the morning of the 10th, when an astounding 40 million devotees would take a holy dip in just 24 hours.
The train journey back to Delhi on such a busy travel day was surprisingly easy and uneventful. The next day in Delhi we rested for a while and then decided to visit an amazing new religious structure in Delhi called the Akshar Dham. But that would be another story, some other time.
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Kavachams are shields that prevent us losing our Self-Awareness Energy. There are many Kavachams for various shileds. This Kandar Shasti Kavacham is one that is popular in Tamil.

 

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Ayyappa is connected to Lord saturn and also with saade sathi, the seven and half years of saturn period or ezhara shani.

 

Sabarimala Walking Pilgrimage with Guruji

For the past 40 years, Guruji has been  walking to Sabarimala in the  last week of end of November or first week of December. Usually a group of 20 to 30 men accompany him in this pilgrimage.

It is a great experience to do the 160 km walk through the roads and woods to Sabarimala under his guidance.

The objective of pilgrims fall under five categories.

We strongly recommend to read all the tips and details of this pilgrimage given in the section and get full benefit of this wonderful pilgrimage.

Please click here to read more details of the Sabrimala temple and its spiritual significance

 

 

Every Day Rituals to be done.

1. Have bath twice a day.

2. Light lamp and do Ganesha Vandanam (Ganesha Yoga).

3. Feel gratitude to your Guru, parents, family, friends and all beings in the world. 

4. Chant 108 names of Ayyappa (see below)

5. If possible do Milada Sthuthi. both Kastoori and Aaaruda

6. Try to greet everyone as Swami Ayyappa (ladies Maaliga Purthathu Amma and children as Manikanda). This is a way to chant the names of Ayyappa, and remember and get connected to him always and avoid neagtive thoughts and also understand that there is only One highest Truth.

7. Night sing Harivarasanam and then sleep with the thoughts of Ayyappa only.. 

8. Avoid all energy draining actions like eating meat, alcohol, smoking, sex,

9. Try to use black or blue color clothes and have thoughts of Ayyappa and Milada swami maximum.

10. Do all actions as a seva or a volunteering action to lord Ayyappa. 

 

During Travel, keep the following chants handy.

1. Sankashta Nasana Ganesha Sthrothram (During Ganapathi Homam)

2. Lalitha Sahasranamam before Devi

3. Milada Shuthi , both Kastoori and Aaaruda

4. Anagaraka Sthothram

5. Kanakadhara Shothram

6. Bhajans

 

 108 names of Ayyappa in Sanskrit

AUM

Sath Gurubhyo Namaha

Hari Shree Ganapathaye Namaha

Kanni Moola Ganapathaye Namaha

Milada Sukruthae Saranam Ayyappa

Pancha Bhoota Nayagane Saranam Ayyappa

1. महाशास्त्रे नमः।

Om Mahashastre Namah

2. विश्वशास्त्रे नमः।

Om Vishvashastre Namah

3. लोकशास्त्रे नमः।

Om Lokashastre Namah

4. धर्मशास्त्रे नमः।

Om Dharmashastre Namah

5. वेदशास्त्रे नमः।

Om Vedashastre Namah

6. कालशस्त्रे नमः।

Om Kalashastre Namah

7. गजाधिपाय नमः।

Om Gajadhipaya Namah

8. गजारूढाय नमः।

Om Gajarudhaya Namah

9. गणाध्यक्षाय नमः।

Om Ganadhyakshaya Namah

10. व्याघ्रारूढाय नमः।

Om Vyaghrarudhaya Namah

11. महद्युतये नमः।

Om Mahadyutaye Namah

12. गोप्त्रे नमः।

Om Goptre Namah

13. गीर्वाण संसेव्याय नमः।

Om Girvana Samsevyaya Namah

14. गतातङ्काय नमः।

Om Gatatankaya Namah

15. गणाग्रण्ये नमः।

Om Ganagranye Namah

16. ऋग्वेदरूपाय नमः।

Om Rigvedarupaya Namah

17. नक्षत्राय नमः।

Om Nakshatraya Namah

18. चन्द्ररूपाय नमः।

Om Chandrarupaya Namah

19. बलाहकाय नमः।

Om Balahakaya Namah

20. दूर्वाश्यामाय नमः।

Om Durvashyamaya Namah

21. महारूपाय नमः।

Om Maharupaya Namah

22. क्रूरदृष्टये नमः।

Om Kruradrishtaye Namah

23. अनामयाय नमः।

Om Anamayaya Namah

24. त्रिनेत्राय नमः।

Om Trinetraya Namah

25. उत्पलकराय नमः।

Om Utpalakaraya Namah

26. कालहन्त्रे नमः।

Om Kalahantre Namah

27. नराधिपाय नमः।

Om Naradhipaya Namah

28. खण्डेन्दु मौलितनयाय नमः।

Om Khandendu Maulitanayaya Namah

29. कल्हारकुसुमप्रियाय नमः।

Om Kalharakusumapriyaya Namah

30. मदनाय नमः।

Om Madanaya Namah

31. माधवसुताय नमः।

Om Madhavasutaya Namah

32. मन्दारकुसुमर्चिताय नमः।

Om Mandarakusumarchitaya Namah

33. महाबलाय नमः।

Om Mahabalaya Namah

34. महोत्साहाय नमः।

Om Mahotsahaya Namah

35. महापापविनाशनाय नमः।

Om Mahapapavinashanaya Namah

36. महाशूराय नमः।

Om Mahashuraya Namah

37. महाधीराय नमः।

Om Mahadhiraya Namah

38. महासर्प विभूषणाय नमः।

Om Mahasarpa Vibhushanaya Namah

39. असिहस्ताय नमः।

Om Asihastaya Namah

40. शरधराय नमः।

Om Sharadharaya Namah

41. हालाहलधरात्मजाय नमः।

Om Halahaladharatmajaya Namah

42. अर्जुनेशाय नमः।

Om Arjuneshaya Namah

43. अग्नि नयनाय नमः।

Om Agni Nayanaya Namah

44. अनङ्गमदनातुराय नमः।

Om Anangamadanaturaya Namah

45. दुष्टग्रहाधिपाय नमः।

Om Dushtagrahadhipaya Namah

46. श्रीदाय नमः।

Om Shridaya Namah

47. शिष्टरक्षणदीक्षिताय नमः।

Om Shishtarakshanadikshitaya Namah

48. कस्तूरीतिलकाय नमः।

Om Kasturitilakaya Namah

49. राजशेखराय नमः।

Om Rajashekharaya Namah

50. राजसत्तमाय नमः।

Om Rajasattamaya Namah

51. राजराजार्चिताय नमः।

Om Rajarajarchitaya Namah

52. विष्णुपुत्राय नमः।

Om Vishnuputraya Namah

53. वनजनाधिपाय नमः।

Om Vanajanadhipaya Namah

54. वर्चस्कराय नमः।

Om Varchaskaraya Namah

55. वररुचये नमः।

Om Vararuchaye Namah

56. वरदाय नमः।

Om Varadaya Namah

57. वायुवाहनाय नमः।

Om Vayuvahanaya Namah

58. वज्रकायाय नमः।

Om Vajrakayaya Namah

59. खड्गपाणये नमः।

Om Khadgapanaye Namah

60. वज्रहस्ताय नमः।

Om Vajrahastaya Namah

61. बलोद्धताय नमः।

Om Baloddhataya Namah

62. त्रिलोकज्ञाय नमः।

Om Trilokagyaya Namah

63. अतिबलाय नमः।

Om Atibalaya Namah

64. पुष्कलाय नमः।

Om Pushkalaya Namah

65. वृत्तपावनाय नमः।

Om Vrittapavanaya Namah

66. पूर्णाधवाय नमः।

Om Purnadhavaya Namah

67. पुष्कलेशाय नमः।

Om Pushkaleshaya Namah

68. पाशहस्ताय नमः।

Om Pashahastaya Namah

69. भयापहाय नमः।

Om Bhayapahaya Namah

70. फट्काररूपाय नमः।

Om Phatkararupaya Namah

71. पापघ्नाय नमः।

Om Papaghnaya Namah

72. पाषण्डरुधिराशनाय नमः।

Om Pashandarudhirashanaya Namah

73. पञ्चपाण्डवसन्त्रात्रे नमः।

Om Panchapandavasantratre Namah

74. परपञ्चाक्षराश्रिताय नमः।

Om Parapanchaksharashritaya Namah

75. पञ्चवक्त्रसुताय नमः।

Om Panchavaktrasutaya Namah

76. पूज्याय नमः।

Om Pujyaya Namah

77. पण्डिताय नमः।

Om Panditaya Namah

78. परमेश्वराय नमः।

Om Parameshvaraya Namah

79. भवतापप्रशमनाय नमः।

Om Bhavatapaprashamanaya Namah

80. भक्ताभीष्ट प्रदायकाय नमः।

Om Bhaktabhishta Pradayakaya Namah

81.

कवये नमः।

Om Kavaye Namah

82. कवीनामधिपाय नमः।

Om Kavinamadhipaya Namah

83. कृपालुवे नमः।

Om Kripaluve Namah

84. क्लेशनाशनाय नमः।

Om Kleshanashanaya Namah

85. समाय नमः।

Om Samaya Namah

86. अरूपाय नमः।

Om Arupaya Namah

87. सेनान्ये नमः।

Om Senanye Namah

88. भक्त सम्पत्प्रदायकाय नमः।

Om Bhakta Sampatpradayakaya Namah

89. व्याघ्रचर्मधराय नमः।

Om Vyaghracharmadharaya Namah

90. शूलिने नमः।

Om Shuline Namah

91. कपालिने नमः।

Om Kapaline Namah

92. वेणुवादनाय नमः।

Om Venuvadanaya Namah

93. कम्बुकण्ठाय नमः।

Om Kambukanthaya Namah

94. कलरवाय नमः।

Om Kalaravaya Namah

95. किरीटादिविभूषणाय नमः।

Om Kiritadivibhushanaya Namah

96. धूर्जटये नमः।

Om Dhurjataye Namah

97. वीरनिलयाय नमः।

Om Viranilayaya Namah

98. वीराय नमः।

Om Viraya Namah

99. वीरेन्दुवन्दिताय नमः।

Om Virenduvanditaya Namah

100. विश्वरूपाय नमः।

Om Vishvarupaya Namah

101. वृषपतये नमः।

Om Vrishapataye Namah

102. विविधार्थ फलप्रदाय नमः।

Om Vividhartha Phalapradaya Namah

103. दीर्घनासाय नमः।

Om Dirghanasaya Namah

104. महाबाहवे नमः।

Om Mahabahave Namah

105. चतुर्बाहवे नमः।

Om Chaturbahave Namah

106. जटाधराय नमः।

Om Jatadharaya Namah

107. सनकादिमुनिश्रेष्ठस्तुत्याय नमः।

Om Sanakadimunishreshthastutyaya Namah

108. हरिहरात्मजाय नमः।

Om Hariharatmajaya Namah

Swamiyae 'Saranam Ayyappa

Swamiyae 'Saranam Ayyappa'

Swamiyae 'Saranam Ayyappa'

Swamiyae 'Saranam Ayyappa'

Swamiyae 'Saranam Ayyappa'

 

Swami Ayyappa Saranam in Tamil

108 Sharana Ghosham. Say 'Saranam Ayyappa' after saying each line.

AUM

Sath Gurubhyo Namaha

Milada Sukruthae Saranam Ayyappa

Pancha Bhoota Nayagane Saranam Ayyappa

1. Swamiyae

2. Harihara sutane

3. Kannimoola ganapati bhagavaanae

4. Shakti vadivelan sodaranae

5. Maalikappurattu manjammadevi lokamathavae

6. Vaavar Swamiyae

7. Karuppanna Swamiyae

8. Periya kadutta Swamiyae

9. Siriya kadutta Swamiyae

10. Vanadevata maarae

11. Durga bhagavati maarae

12. Achchan kovil arasae

13. Anaatha rakshakanae

14. Anna dhana prabhuvae

15. Achcham tavirpavanae

16. Ambalathu arasanae

17. Abhaya daayakanae

18. Ahandai azhippavanae

19. Ashtasiddhi daayakanae

20. Andinorai aadarikkum deivamae

21. Azhutayil vaasanae

22. Aaryangaavu Ayyaavae

23. Aapad baandhavanae

24. Ananda jyotiyae

25. Aatma swaroopiyae

26. Aanaimukhan thambiyae

27. lrumudi priyanae

28. lnnalai teerppavanae

29. ega para suka daayakanae

30. idaya kamala vaasanae

31. Eedillaa inbam alippavanae

32. Umaiyaval baalakanae

33. Oomaikku arul purindavanae

34. Oozhvinai akatruvonae

35. Ookkam alippavanae

36. Engum niraindoenae

37. Enillaa roopanae

38. En kula deivamae

39. En guru naathanae

40. Erumeli vaazhum kraada -shaastaavae

41. Engum nirainda naada brahmamae

42. Ellorkkum arul puribavanae

43. Aetrumaanoorappan maganae

44. Aekaantha vaasiyae

45. Aezhaikkarul puriyum eesanae

46. Aindumalai vaasanae

47. Aiyyangal teerppavanae

48. Opillaa maanikkamae

49. Omkaara parabramamae

50. Kaliyuga varadanae

51. Kan.kanda deivamae

52. Kambankudiku udaiya naathanae

53. Karunaa samudramae

54. Karpoora jyotiyae

55. Sabari giri vaasanae

56. Shatru samhaara moortiyae

57. Sharanaagata rakshakanae

58. Sharana ghosha priyanae

59. Shabarikku arul purindavanae

60. Shambhukumaaranae

61. Satya swaroopanae

62. Sankatam teerppavanae

63. Sanchalam azhippavanae

64. Shanmukha sodaranae

65. Dhanvantari moortiyae

66. Nambinorai kaakkum deivamae

67. Narttana priyanae

68. Pantala raajakumaaranae

69. Pambai baalakanae

70. Parasuraama poojithanae

71. Bhakta jana rakshakanae

72. Bhakta vatsalanae

73. Paramashivan puthiranae

74. Pambaa vaasanae

75. Parama dayaalanae

76. Manikanda porulae

77. Makara jyotiyae

78. Vaikkathu appan makanae

79. Kaanaka vaasanae

80. Kulattu puzhai baalakanae

81. Guruvaayoorappan makanae

82. Kaivalya pada daayakanae

83. Jaati mata bhedam illathavanae

84. Shivashakti Aikya svaroopanae

85. Sevippavarku aananda moorthiyae

86. Dushtar bhayam neekkubavanae

87. Devaadi devanae

88. Devargal tuyaram teerppavanae

89. Devendra poojitanae

90. Naaraayananmynthanae

91. Neiabhisheka priyanae

92. Pranava svaroopanae

93. Paapa samhaara moortiyae

94. Paayaasanna priyanae

95. Vanpuli vaagananae

96. Varapradaayaganae

97. Bhaagavatottamanae

98. Ponambala vaasanae

99. Mohini sutane

100. Mohana roopanae

101. Villan villaali veeranae

102. Veeramani kantanae

103. Sadguru nathanae

104. Sarva rokanivaarakanae

105. Sachithananda sorupiyae

106. Sarvaabheestha thayakanae

107. Saasvatapadam alippavanae

108. Patinettaam padikkutaiyanaadhane

Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa

Om Adiyen terindum teriyaamalum seida

sakala Kutrangalaiyum poruttu kaattu rakshittu

arula vendum, Shree satyamaana ponnu

patinettaam padimel vaazhum om Shree

Harihara sutan kaliyugavaradan aananda

chittan ayyan Ayyappa Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa

Other Sources

http://sabarimalayatraa.blogspot.com/2012/12/journey-to-sabarimala-original-route.html

  Observing Ramayana Masam

       The torrential South West Monsoon rain floods Kerala with in the month of  Karkitakam (mid July). It is the period when the farmers have already harvested their paddy crop and set aside the grain for sale/use and find time for rest and rejuvenation (Ayurvedic therapy).

      It is interesting to note that both the mind and the body is rejuvenated in this period.   The body is cleansed by the popular Karkataka Medicinal Kanji (rice gruel) for rejuvenation of health. The Kanji Kit is for 7 days and generally consists of the herbal ingredients cumin seeds (Jeerakam), Jathikka, Jathipatri, Karayambu, Perumjeerakam, Vizhaalari, Elam, Chukku, Kothambalayari, Ayamodakam, Vayambu, Amukkuram, Kakkumkaya.  50 grams of the total mix of the herbs are used with  400 gm of Njavarai ( Rice of variety Njavara - deep brown in colour).

       The procedure is boiling the content of 23 herb's powder with in one liter of water for 5 minutes, settle and filter through a cloth. Use this liquid extract of medicines for cooking the rice as Kanji (gruel). While starting to cook rice add 7gms of Asali and Uluva as well. When well cooked remove from flame and add a portion of spices like black pepper and coriander seeds. For taste, add fried red onions (sliced) and coconut milk.  Karaitaka Kanji is exclusively used for dinner in the month of Karkatakam ( Aadi) from mid-July to mid-August every year.

      The mind is cleansed by remembering the heroic deeds of Sri Rama of another India's great epic. This epic also symbolizes the struggle of the ego, mind and senses with the Self. So the inner struggle is strengthened  by reading Sundara kandam of  Ramayana every day at sunset before the lighted lamp. Sundara kandam is a chapter in Ramayan, as the name suggest is the most beautiful and awareness strengthening aspect in the epic. It deals with Hanuman (symbol of seeking awareness) connecting the Self (Rama) with his wife (Sita), the symbol of mind,  who is kept captive in the Ashoka garden (shoka means sorrow). The villan who abducts Sita, the mind  is the ten headed Ravana, who represents the five senses of perception and five senses of action. 

      Sundara Kandam is the journey of the uniting Awareness meeting the challenges of struggles, oppositions, temptations etc. With the qualities of intellect, faith, dedication and fearlessness he does his job. Reading this part of the Ramayan again and again instills in us these qualities which is required in our journey too.

      This above observing Ramayana month festival / ritual  is an example of cultural means of life style through which the mind and body is taken care to be  purified at least once every year.

Adapted from the articleby Dr.R.S.Aiyer (http://www.keralaonline.com/storydisplay.asp?folder=TVReviews&file=9_133.xml)

 

http://homeofayurveda.org/category/basics/

 

Balakrishnan Chaatha-Mangalam Says - ഞാനുണ്ടാക്കിയ രീതി പറയാം- ദശപുഷ്പങ്ങൾ കുറച്ച് കുറച്ച് എടുത്ത് അരച്ച് പിഴിഞ്ഞടുത്ത നീര് അല്പം വെള്ളം ചേർത്ത് തിളപ്പിക്കുക.അതിലേക്ക് ആവശ്യത്തിനുള്ള അരി, മുൻകൂട്ടി കുതിർത്തു വെച്ച കുറച്ച് ഉലുവ, അല്പം ജീരകം ,നാലഞ്ചല്ലി വെളുത്തുള്ളി ,ചെറിയ കഷ്ണം മഞ്ഞൾ, ഇവ ഇട്ട് കഞ്ഞി വെക്കുക, എല്ലാം വെന്ത്പാകമാകുമ്പോൾ ഇറക്കിവെച്ച് നെയ്യിലോ വെളിച്ചെണ്ണയിലോ ഉള്ളി കാച്ചി ഒഴിക്കുക. തേങ്ങ ചിരവി ഇടുക. റെഡി;
 ദശപുഷ്പം കൂടാതെ കുറുന്തോട്ടിവേര്, കീഴാർനെല്ലി, ചെറിയ അളവിൽ അനയിടിയൻ ഇവയും ഞാൻ ചേർത്തിരുന്നു.

 

കര്‍ക്കിടകക്കഞ്ഞി
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വേണ്ട സാധനങ്ങള്‍:

1] മുക്കുറ്റി

2] കീഴാര്‍നെല്ലി

3] ചെറൂള

4] തഴുതാമ

5] മുയല്‍ച്ചെവിയന്‍

6] കുറുന്തോട്ടി

7] കറുക

8] ചെറുകടലാടി

9] പൂവ്വാങ്കുറുന്തില

10] കക്കുംകായ

11] ഉലുവ

12] ആശാളി

കഴിഞ്ഞുപോയ ഒരു കൊല്ലത്തിലെ ഓരോ മാസത്തിലും ശരീരത്തിനുണ്ടായ ദോഷങ്ങള്‍ക്കു പരിഹാരമായി ഓരോ ഔഷധങ്ങള്‍ ചേര്‍ക്കുന്നു എന്നു സങ്കല്‍പ്പം.

1. ചിങ്ങം - മുക്കുറ്റി
2. കന്നി - കീഴാര്‍നെല്ലി
3. തുലാം - ചെറൂള (വേര്‌)
4. വൃശ്ചികം - തഴുതാമ (വേര്‌)
5. ധനു - മുയല്‍ചെവിയന്‍
6. മകരം - കുറുന്തോട്ടി (വേര്‌)
7. കുംഭം - ബലിക്കറുക
8. മീനം - ചെറുകടലാടി
9. മേടം - പൂവാംകുറുന്നില (വേര്‌)
10. ഇടവം - കക്കും കായ
11. മിഥുനം - ഉലുവ
12. കര്‍ക്കടകം - ആശാളി

(ഇതില്‍ കക്കും കായയുടെ പരിപ്പ്‌ 24 മണിക്കൂര്‍ വെള്ളത്തിലിട്ട്‌ കട്ട്‌ കളഞ്ഞെടുക്കണം)

ഇതില്‍ പറിച്ചെടുക്കാനുള്ളവയാണ് ഭൂരിഭാഗവും. ഓര്‍ക്കുക, തൊട്ടുരുടിയാടാതെ പറിച്ചെടുക്കുന്ന ഔഷധസസ്യങ്ങളുടെ പ്രഭാവം കൂടും.
ഔഷധങ്ങള്‍ ഓരോന്നും 5 ഗ്രാം വീതം എടുത്തു നന്നായി ചതച്ച് തുണിയില്‍ കിഴികെട്ടി ഉണക്കലരിയോടൊപ്പം വെള്ളത്തില്‍ ഇട്ടു തിളപ്പിച്ചു കഞ്ഞി വെയ്ക്കുക. വെന്ത കഞ്ഞിയില്‍ ആവശ്യത്തിനു തേങ്ങാപ്പാലും ഇന്തുപ്പും ചേര്‍ത്തു കഴിക്കാം.

കൂടുതല്‍ രുചി വേണമെങ്കില്‍ ചെറിയ ഉള്ളി നെയ്യില്‍ വറുത്തു കോരി കഞ്ഞിയില്‍ ചേര്‍ക്കാം.

 

 

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