Saturday, November 19, 2011

Satyam Shivam Sundaram

satyam shivam sundramSatyam Shivam Sundaram
                              Satyam Shivam Sundaram by Swami Krsna
                             Devi Parvati and Lord Shiva

Truth (Satyam) is God (Shiva) and God (Shiva) is Beautiful (Sundaram).

 Beauty of God in Truth, the Beauty of Shiva, the Ultimate Truth of Realization, the Most Gracious among the Graceful!
To Him I bow, Who is born of none, Who is God of Gods, Who is giver of boons, Who is the conqueror of death, Who was, is and shall be even after eternity, Who is in me and I in Him. He's my very own, my Super self!

Lord Shiva and Devi Ganga

Lord Shiva in lotus position
Lord Shiva in lotus position

Lord Shiva meditating

The 12 Jyotir-Lingams

Lord Shiva in meditation

The 12 Jyotir Lingams
The 12 Jyotir Lingams

Lord Shiva - the greatest Vaishnava

Greatestvaishnav Lord ShivaLord Shiva - the greatest Vaishnava
Om Vishnupad 108 Tridandi Swami Sri Srimat Bhakti Sravan Tirtha Goswami Maharaj ki Jai !!
Wherever Lord Krishna is there Lord Shiva also dwells and wherever Mahadev Shambhu is there Sri Hari also dwells.

The loving bond between Sri Krishna and Sri Shiva proves the Lord's words that "My devotees are always absorbed in thinking about me and I am always absorbed in thinking about them."

In the Brihad Bhagawatamrita, Lord Brahma says to Devrishi Narada, "O Narada, I have never seen anyone more dear to the Lord than Shiva. Shivaji is constantly absorbed in the nectarean mellows emenating from Lord Krishna.

In the Chaitanya Charitamrita, it is written:

Krishna-preme unmatta, vihvala digambara
nirantara kahe shiva "murli krishna dasa"

Immersed in the love of Krishna, an agitated Shiva constantly chants 'I am Krishna's servant.'

Lord Shiva is the embodiment of supreme detachment. He smears his body with ashes and wears a garland of bones. A deadly cobra encircles his neck and his matted hair flails wildly as he dances his tandava nritya with joyful abandon.
Lord Shiva carries the sacred Ganga, which emenates from the toe of Lord Vishnu, on his head in his thickly matted hair. Mahadeva Shiva is universally worshipped as the greatest devotee of Sri Krishna, Vaishnavaanaam yatha shumbuh (Srimad Bhagavatam 12.13.16).

When Lord Krishna appeared in Gokula, Lord Shiva could not contain himself. Dressed as a sadhu, He went to Gokula and stood at the door of Nanda Baba's house asking to see the new-born. Both mother Yasoda and Rohini eyed the wild looking sadhu suspiciously and felt that his appearance would frighten their little Kanha. They refused to let Him see the baby.
Lord Shiva tried in many ways to get them to change their mind and when they didn't allow him He was crushed. Lord Krishna knew that His devotee, His dear Sadashiv was eager to have His darshan. So right at that moment, He started crying very fiercely and loudly. Yasoda mata tried her best to pacify Him, but to no avail. Then finally, thinking that the sadhu baba might atleast distract the child, she brought Him to the courtyard and let Lord Shiva see the divine child. Both Bhakta and Bhagwan were happy to have darshan of each other and immediately baby Krishna stopped crying.
Lord Shiva is usually an integral part of Lord Krishna's leelas. Easily pleased and hence called Ashutosh, Lord Shiva generally ends up giving some belligerent rakshasa a boon that causes Lord Krishna to appear. But Lord Shiva is very clever. He appears to give a boon, but it is actually a punishment. Lord Shiva has two types of mercy, sakapat kripa (mercy with cheating) and nishkapat kripa (mercy without duplicity). To the danavas and rakshasas who always pray for power, strength, invincibility, weapons and material opulance, He gives sakapat kripa.

When He granted the wishes of danavas like Ravana and Vrikaasura, Lord Mahadeva gave sakapat kripa. Those who are innimical to Lord Vishnu but worship Lord Shiva, always get the Lord's sakapat kripa. Similarly, those Vaishnavas who ignore Lord Shiva's pre-eminent position and worship Lord Vishnu, are deluded all to easily by the Lord's maya.

In Brihad Bhagavatamrita, Lord Brahma says to Narada Rishi "One should not differentiate between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu or Krishna. Krishna may forgive one who commits offences at His own lotus feet. But He never forgives one who commits offences at the lotus feet of Lord Shiva. Shiva is Vaishnava agraganya, the greatest Vaishnava.

To devotees of Lord Hari, He awards nishkapat kripa. Every devotee of Lord Krishna has to pass the quality test of Lord Shiva before Lord Krishna accepts them.

A visit to the Braja Mandala region needs Lord Shiva’s permission. In Mathura Lord Shiva's temples surround the town in all the four corners. There are 4 Shiva lingas located in the four corners to protect the city. These lingas are called the dik-pala of Mathura. These lingas are called Gokarnesvara Mahadeva in the north, Pippalesvara Mahadeva in the east, Rangesvara Mahadeva in the south and Bhutesvara Mahadeva in the west.

Indeed the whole of Braja mandala abounds in temples of Lord Shiva; Chakleshwar Mahadeva near Govardhan, Nandishwar Mahadeva in Nandgaon, Gopeshwar Mahadev and Bankhandi Mahadev in Vrindavan, Kundeshwar Mahadev in Radha Kund, Kedareshwar Mahadev, the Kedarnath temple located in a remote corner in the Braj mandala parikrama marg, Kameshwar Mahadev and many others.

In the Brahma-vaivarta purana, Lord Shiva spoke to the demigods, the devas, about the glories of chanting Sri Krishna's names:
adhunaa pancha-vaktrena yan naama-guna-kirtanam
gaayan bhramaami sarvatra nishprhah sarva karmasu

With my five faces I chant His name and qualities while I wander everywhere without involving myself in anything

matto yaati ca mrtyush cha yan naama-guna-kirtanam
shaasvaj japantam tan naama drshtavaa mrtyuh palaayate

Because I constantly chant His name and qualities, death does not touch me. Death runs away from that person who chants his name.

sarva brahmaanda samhartaapy aham krtyunjayaabhidhah
schiram tapasaa yasya guna-naamaanu-kirtanaat

By reciting His name and qualities while performing my austerities for a long time, I have achieved the power to destroy all the universes and have conquered even death.

Sadhakas in the raganuga marg pray to Lord Gopeshwar Mahadeva to bless them with gopi rupa and gopi bhava and permit them to enter into the Lord's maharaas.

Gopeshwar Mahadev ki Jai

Jai Jai Sri Radhey !!

Jai Guru !!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Oam Namah Shivay

Om Namah Shivaya

Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya / Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya
1st verse
Now I bow to Shiva with love and respect / I invoke him with this slogan so I’m open to
connect / with devotion cuz I’m knowin that he’s always in effect / in deep meditation
with a snake around his neck / he’s the husband of Parvati Maha Shakti / & he rides
a white bull the vehicle Nandi / he’s Ganapati’s father mister Mahadev / and the Ganges
flow down from the crown of his head /a crescent moon rests right next to his dreads
he’s the god of the dead covered in ash / with a smile on his face his compassion is vast
living in a place called Mount Kailash /in the Himalayan kingdom known as his home
& in the shape of a lingam he’s a rolling stone / to the king of all yogis Shankara
Shambo / Om Namah Shivaya, Shivaya Namah Om
Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya / Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya
2nd verse
To Shiva Shankar, the yoga master / known as Nataraja the cosmic dancer
lord of destruction, god of disaster / and if you don’t invite him he’s the of party crasher
to the old school mystic, who’s non dualistic / Shiva guides my mind so that I can shift it
away from a place that’s materialistic / into a space that’s more holistic / magnetic ascetic
you make the soul shine / you awaken the snake at the base of the spine / third eye wide
open in a yoga pose / you show us how to focus so the lotus unfolds / in deep
with breath control / returning to the source now we feel the force flow
when the Jiva meets Shiva opposites become whole /
Om Namah Shivaya Shivaya Namah Om
Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya / Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya
3rd verse
Om Namah Shivaya the flames get higher / as the corpse gets burned on the funeral pyre
the soul never dies so it won’t expire / when it’s time to die just take off this attire
exhale to let go of the ego’s desire / let your soul be inspired to shine even brighter
like Shiva Nataraja the one that I admire / dancing on a demon in a burning ring of fire
Mahadev it’s been said that your pure auspiciousness /and your known as Truth Bliss
& Consciousness, /creating, devastating and always transformation / you save the whole
world when you swallowed up the poison / destroying bad habits ignorance, and greed
practicing detachment, compassion, and peace / to the king of all yogi’s we offer these
prayers / to the lord of meditation living in the Himalayas
Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya / Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya

Monday, November 7, 2011

श्रीरुद्राष्टकम् – Shiva Rudrashtakam

श्रीरुद्राष्टकम् – Shiva Rudrashtakam

Rudrashtakam – Eightfold Hymn of praise to please Lord Shiva


नमामीशमीशान निर्वाणरूपं। विभुं व्यापकं ब्रह्मवेदस्वरूपं।

निजं निर्गुणं निर्विकल्पं निरीहं। चिदाकाशमाकाशवासं भजे हं॥1॥

निराकारमोंकारमूलं तुरीयं। गिरा ग्यान गोतीतमीशं गिरीशं।

करालं महाकाल कालं कृपालं। गुणागार संसारपारं नतो हं॥2॥

तुषाराद्रि संकाश गौरं गम्भीरं। मनोभूत कोटि प्रभा श्री शरीरं।

स्फुरन्मौलि कल्लोलिनी चारु गंगा। लसद्भालबालेन्दु कण्ठे भुजंगा॥3॥

चलत्कुण्डलं भ्रू सुनेत्रं विशालं। प्रसन्नाननं नीलकण्ठं दयालं।

मृगाधीशचर्माम्बरं मुण्डमालं। प्रियं शंकरं सर्वनाथं भजामि॥4॥

प्रचण्डं प्रकृष्टं प्रगल्भं परेशं। अखण्डं अजं भानुकोटिप्रकाशम्।

त्रय: शूल निर्मूलनं शूलपाणिं। भजे हं भवानीपतिं भावगम्यं॥5॥

कलातीत कल्याण कल्पांतकारी। सदासज्जनानन्ददाता पुरारी।

चिदानन्द संदोह मोहापहारी। प्रसीद प्रसीद प्रभो मन्मथारी॥6॥

न यावद् उमानाथ पादारविंदं। भजंतीह लोके परे वा नराणां।

न तावत्सुखं शान्ति सन्तापनाशं। प्रसीद प्रभो सर्वभूताधिवासं॥7॥

न जानामि योगं जपं नैव पूजां। नतो हं सदा सर्वदा शम्भु तुभ्यं।

जराजन्म दु:खौघ तातप्यमानं। प्रभो पाहि आपन्न्मामीश शंभो॥8॥

रुद्राष्टकमिदं प्रोक्तं विप्रेण हरतोषये।

ये पठन्ति नरा भक्तया तेषां शम्भु: प्रसीदति॥


I bow to the Ruler of the Universe, whose very form is Liberation,the omnipotent and all pervading Brahma, manifest as the Vedas. I worship Shiva, shining in his own glory, without physical qualities,Undifferentiated, desireless, all pervading sky of consciousness and wearing the sky itself as His garment. ||1||

I bow to the supreme Lord who is the formless source of “OM” The Self of All, transcending all conditions and states,
Beyond speech, understanding and sense perception, Awe-full, but gracious, the ruler of Kailash, Devourer of Death, the immortal abode of all virtues. ||2||

I worship Shankara, whose form is white as the Himalyan snow, Radiant with the beauty of countless Cupids, Whose head sparkles with the Ganga. With crescent moon adorning his brow and snakes coiling his neck ||3||

The beloved Lord of All, with shimmering pendants hanging from his ears, Beautiful eyebrows and large eyes, Full of Mercy with a cheerful countenance and a blue speck on his throat. ||4||

I worship Shankara, Bhavani’s husband,The fierce, exalted, luminous supreme Lord.Indivisible, unborn and radiant with the glory of a million suns; Who, holding a trident, tears out the root of the three-fold suffering,And who is reached only through Love. ||5||

You who are without parts, ever blessed, The cause of universal destruction at the end of each round of creation, A source of perpetual delight to the pure of heart,Slayer of the demon, Tripura, consciousness and bliss personified,
Dispeller of delusion Have mercy on me, foe of Lust. ||6||

Oh Lord of Uma, so long as you are not worshipped there is no happiness, peace or freedom from suffering in this world or the next. You who dwell in the hearts of all living beings, and in whom all beings have their existence, Have mercy on me, Lord. ||7||

I don’t know yoga, prayer or rituals, But everywhere and at every moment, I bow to you, Shambhu! Protect me my Lord, miserable and afflicted as I am with the sufferings of birth, old-age and death. ||8||

This eightfold hymn of praise was sung by the Brahman to please Shankara. Shambhu will be pleased with whomever heartfully recites it.

Tulsi Vivah, Bhisma Panchak, Baikunth Chaturdashi and Kartika पूर्णिमा

Tulsi Vivah, Bhisma Panchak, Baikunth Chaturdashi and Kartika पूर्णिमा

Tulsi Vivah on Mon, 7 November 2011

कार्तिक Kartika शुक्ल एकादशी को शालिग्राम और तुलसी का विवाह रचाया जाता है। मान्यता है कि कार्तिक मास में जो व्यक्ति तुलसी का विवाह भगवान विष्णु से रचाता है उसके पिछले जन्मों का पाप नष्ट हो जाता है।

Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi Vrat: Sun, 6 Nov 2011

Bhisma Panchak from 6 Nov 2011 to 10 November 2011 (refer hindu panchang)

यह व्रत कार्तिक शुक्ल एकादशी से प्रारंभ होकर पूर्णिमा तक चलता है। कहा जाता है कि महाभारत (Mahabharata) काल में जब देवव्रत भीष्म सूर्य के उत्रायण (Uttarayana – from Makar Sankranti) होने की प्रतिक्छा में शर शय्या पर थे तो उनही पांच दिनों के दौरान उन्होने पांडवों को राज धर्म, वर्ण धर्म, मोक्छ Moksha धर्म आदि पर उपदेश दिया था। श्री कृष्ण Krishna ने उनकी स्मृति में भीष्म पंचक व्रत की आयोजना की।

Baikuntha Chaturdashi Vrat on Tue, 8 Nov 2011

Baikunth Chaturdashi : Wed, 9 Nov 2011 (अरुणोदयव्यापिनी, भगवान शिव और विष्णु की पूजा करनी चाहिये)

कार्तिक Kartika मास के शुक्ल पक्छ Paksh की चतुर्दशी (a day before kartika purnima) को यह व्रत fast किया जाता है। ऐसी मान्यता है की निःसंतान लोग यदि रात्रि के समय किसी नदी या तीर्थ में पूरी रात्रि तक खडे होकर हाथों में दीपक जलाएं तो संतान की प्राप्ति होती है।

Kartika Purnima (Maha Kartiki) on Thu, 10 Nov 2011

कार्तिक पूर्णिमा पवित्र पुनीत पर्व है। इसमें किये गये यग्य Yagya, दान, स्नान, साधना का फल असीम होता है। उस दिन यदि कृतिका नक्शत्र Nakshtra हो तो महाकार्तिकी होती है। इसी दिन सायंकाल के समय मतस्यावतार हुआ था। अत: इस दिन किये गये दान का फल दस यग्यों के फल के बराबर है। इस दिन हरिद्वार haridwar, काशी Varanasi, प्रयाग Allahabad, पुष्कर Pushkar आदि पुण्य तिर्थों Tirth में श्रध्दापूर्वक स्नान, दान करने से महा पुण्य फल की प्राप्ति होती है।

PRADOSHA VRATA – Worship of Lord Shiva for Victory & Success

PRADOSHA VRATA – Worship of Lord Shiva for Victory & Success

Om Nanah Shivay


ALL THINGS in this vast creation function upon definite laws. There is always a beautiful system and sound rationale governing every phenomenon and process, mundane or mystical. Just as the gross elements and physical forces operate differently under different states and conditions, so also the subtler and higher forces respond and react in the inner mystic planes, and in the purely spiritual processes like meditation, prayer, worship, etc. Therefore, you will find definite injunctions for performing certain types of worship in the morning, certain other injunctions for the midday prayers, and still others for the evening worship. Again, some observances are meant to be performed during certain phases of the moon, some when a particular star is in the ascendant, or at the time of a particular conjunction of planets.

The PRADOSHA worship is to be done in the evening twilight on the 13th day of each lunar fortnight.

It is the worship of Lord Shiva for victory and success in all undertakings, and the fulfilment of all your heart’s cherished desires. When you desire to obtain a favour from a superior person, don’t you naturally approach him at a moment when he is likely to be in a very pleasant frame of mind? You will perhaps see him after he has had a good dinner and is happily chatting with a friend in a hearty, expansive mood. Even so, the Hindu, especially the Hindu who is engaged in the motivated type of worship, usually selects the most pleasant aspect of God for his worship. He performs it at a time which the ancient Rishis experienced as being the most helpful and efficacious in propitiating the Deity. The Pradosha worship is based on such mystic psychology.

Pradosha is the worship of Lord Shiva and Parvati when they both are in an extremely propitious mood. Repeatedly worsted in war by the demons, the gods approached Lord Shiva to bless them with a leader for their celestial hosts. They came to the Lord at twilight on the thirteenth day of the lunar fortnight and found Him in the blissful company of His consort, Parvati. Hymned and glorified by them, Siva immediately granted their prayerful request. Hence, the extreme auspiciousness of the period.

The Skanda Purana relates how Sandilya Muni prescribed this Vrata (fasts) to a certain Brahmin lady. She came to the sage with two boys, her son, Suchivrata, and an orphan prince, Dharmagupta, whose father was slain in battle and the kingdom overrun by enemies. Acting upon the advice of the sage, the woman and the boys performed the Vrata with great devotion. After four months, that is, in the eighth Pradosha, Suchivrata obtained a pot of nectar and drank the divine ambrosia. Prince Dharmagupta won the hand of a celestial princess and, as ordered by Lord Siva, with the help of the celestial king himself, his enemies were slain and his kingdom restored to him. Then Dharmagupta attained the Lord’s supreme abode.

So easily, and yet so greatly is the Lord of Kailash pleased by this Vrata (fasts). One who takes this Vrata (fasts) on that day, and keeps vigil at night after the fast is over. Bathing an hour before sunset, the worshipper first performs a preliminary worship of Lord Shiva, together with all the others of His divine family, namely, Parvati, Ganesha, Skanda and Nandi. After the worship of Ganesha, Lord Shiva is invoked in the special kalasha placed on a square mandala with a lotus drawn in it and spread over with darbha grass. After the formal worship has been completed, a Pradosha storyMaha Mrityunjaya Mantra 108 times. In the end the sacred kalasha water is partaken of, the sacred ash is applied to the forehead, and the water which was used to bathe the Lord, is drunk. is read and heard by the devotees. This is followed by the recitation of the

A gift of a pot, a cloth and an image of the Lord is given to a Brahmin to conclude the worship. A very important point to be remembered in this connection is that during this auspicious period all the hosts of celestial beings and gods come down from the heavens and attend the worship in their subtle forms. This adds immensely to the sanctity of the worship. This Vrata is highly lauded by the scriptures and is of very great sanctity and importance to worshippers of Lord Shiva. The mere sight of the Deity in a temple during this period will destroy all sins and bestow bountiful blessings and Grace upon the fortunate beholder. Even a single bael leaf (leaf taken from the wood-apple tree) offered to the Lord at this unique, auspicious moment equals a hundred Mahapujas.

It is usual to have special additional lights in the shrine during the Pradosha. To light even a single wick at this juncture is highly meritorious and productive of untold benefits, spiritual as well as material. Most fortunate and blessed is the person who performs the Pradosha Vrata, for upon him Lord Shiva showers His choicest Grace and blessings in a very short time.

Lord Shiva & Parvati

Parvati was born a maiden of the mountain. The mighty god Shiva was practicing meditation in the dense forest. Desiring to win over Shiva, Parvati went to serve him. But Shiva paid no attention to her.

At this time, the gods were being tortured by an invincible demon, so the prayed to the supreme god for a savior. He assured them that the son of Shiva and Parvati would be the one.

So the gods sent Kama, the god of love, to lead Shiva into marrying Parvati. But when the god of love worked his charm, Shiva was disturbed and turned him to ashes. Parvati redoubled her efforts at penance. One day a young hermit approached her berating her for wasting efforts on the uncouth Shiva. Parvati refuted the hermit�s challenge and was pleasantly surprised to find the hermit to be Shiva in disguise. She asked him to approach the elders. That done, Shiva and Parvati were married.


वन्दे मातरम्
सुजलां सुफलां मलयजशीतलाम्
शस्यशामलां मातरम् ।
सुहासिनीं सुमधुर भाषिणीं
सुखदां वरदां मातरम् ।। १ ।। वन्दे मातरम् ।

Oam Namah Shivay

ॐ नमः शिवाय
वन्दे शम्भुं उमा-पतिं सुर-गुरुं वन्दे जगत्कारणम्
वन्दे पन्नग-भूषणं मृगधरं वन्दे पशूनां पतिम् ।
वन्दे सूर्य-शशांक-वह्नि-नयनं वन्दे मुकुन्द-प्रियम्
वन्दे भक्त-जनाश्रयं च वरदं वन्दे शिवं शंकरम् ॥

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Navratri is a Hindu festival of worship of Goddess Durga empowering Shakti. It is celebrated all over India twice a year, once in the beginning of summer and at the onset of winter. The second navratras occur during the lunar month of Ashwin or Kartik (September-October) and Hindus observe ten days of ceremonies, rituals, fasts and feasts in honor of the supreme mother goddess. It begins with the fast of nine days of navratras and on the tenth day Vijayadhasmi is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm and happiness.

Why Celebrated or Significance of Navratris:
Navratri is celebrated to invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, “Durga,” which literally means the remover of miseries of life. It is this energy, which make God to proceed with the work of creation, preservation and destruction. We worship Goddess Durga so that it can take away all the miseries from our life fill our life with happiness and love. On all these nine days, the various forms of Mother Durga are worshipped with dedication and devotion. According to Hindu mythology, she was the one who with her power and shakti defeated the devil “mahisasur” and saved the universe from his evils. Thus, we worship the divine power to bestow upon all of us enough potent powers to maintain our physical and mental balance.

How Navratri is celebrated:
India is a nation of vast culture and tradition. Navratri is celebrated throughout the country in different forms. In North India, all Navratris are celebrated with much dedication by fasting on all nine days and worshipping the Mother Goddess in her different forms. The Chaitra Navratri concludes with Ram Navami and the Sharad Navratri culminates in Durga Puja and Dussehra. All temples are decorated with flowers and adorned with ornaments. You will also find nine days fair very popular in Uttar Pradesh and other northern regions.

In western India, throughout the nine days, both men and women participate in a special kind of dance Garba and Dandiya-Raas around an object of worship. In the south, people set up steps and place idols on them. This is known as golu and Dusshera or the tenth day is celebrated with a lot of fanfare. In the east, people go crazy over Durga Puja, from the seventh till the tenth day of this annual festival which is considered as the biggest festival of Bengalis. Eighth day is traditionally Durgashtami, the biggest occasion of celebration in Bengal.

Nine forms of Goddess Durga:
Basically Navratri is divided into sets of three days to adore three different aspects of the supreme goddess or goddesses. First three days the goddess is worshipped as a spiritual force called Durga also known as Kali in order to destroy all our impurities. Second three days The Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees inexhaustible wealth and the final three days are spent in worshipping the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. Eighth day is traditionally Durgashtami which is big in Bengal.

During the festival of Navratri, Goddess Durga is worshipped in nine avatars, each day of Navratri belongs to different avatar of Goddess Durga. Nine forms of Goddess Durga are:

1. Mata Shailputri: Mata Shailputri is a daughter of mountain king Himalaya / Hemavana. In her previous birth, she was ‘Sati Bhavani Mata’, the daughter of King Daksha and is also known as Parvati who got married with Lord Shiva. She rides a bull and carries a trident and a lotus in her two hands.

2. Mata Brahmacharini: Worshipped at the second day is Goddess Brahmacharini which means one who practices religious austerity. She is the goddess who performed ‘Tapa’ (penance). She holds a rosary (japa Mala) in her right hand and a water utensil (Kamandal) in her left hand. she is considered as the way to emancipation – Moksha.

3. Mata Chandraghanta: The form of Goddess Durga is Mata Chandraghanta. She is worshipped for peace, serenity and prosperity in life. She has a ‘chandra’ or half moon in her forehead in the shape of a ‘ghanta’ or bell and has a golden bright complexion and rides a lion. She has ten hands, three eyes and holds weapons in her hands.

4. Mata Kushmanda: She is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri and is considered the creator of the universe. She is depicted as having eight or ten hands. She holds weapons, glitter, rosary, etc., in her hands, and she rides a lion.

5. Ma Skanda Mata: The fifth avatar of mother Durga is known as ‘Skanda Mata’ the mother of Skanda or Lord Kartikeya. She is accompanied by the Lord Skanda in his infant form. Skanda Mata has four arms and three eyes and holds the infant Skanda in her right upper arm and a lotus in her right hand which is slightly raised upwards. It is said, by the mercy of Skandmata, even the idiot becomes an ocean of knowledge.

6. Mata Katyayani: Mata Katyayani, the sixth form of mother Durga was born to a saint Kata after long austerities and penance. Ma Katyayani has three eyes and four hands. One left hand holds a weapon and the other a lotus and she rides on Lion.

7. Mata Kalratri: Worshipped at the seventh day Mata Kalratri is also known as Shubhamkari. She has a dark complexion, scruffy hair and a fearlessness posture. She rides on her faithful donkey and has three eyes that shine bright and terrible flames emanate from her breath. Her left upper hand holds a thorn-like weapon, made of iron and there is a dragger in the lower left hand. She is black like Goddess Kali and holds a sparkling sword in her right hand battle all evil.

8. Mata Maha Gauri: She is the Goddess whose power is unfailing and instantly fruitful. All sins of past, present and future get washed away and devotees get purified in all aspects of life on worshipping her. She wears white clothes, has four arms, and rides on a bull. Her right hand is in the pose of allaying fear and her right lower hand holds a trident.

9. Mata Siddhidatri: The ninth form of Goddess Durga is Mata Siddhidatri who has supernatural healing powers. She has four arms and she is always in a blissful happy enchanting pose and rides on the lion. She blesses all Gods, saints, yogis, tantrics and all devotees as a manifestation of the Mother Goddess. Even Lord Shiva worshipped her and was blessed with all Siddhis.

Navratri Compaign

Navratri Campaign

"Programs held during Navratri celebration should be
about Righteousness (Dharma) and culture (Sanskruti)."
- Sculptor (Murtikar) Mr. Sudesh Surve.

(Compiler: Mr. Hanumant Karumbelkar, Ratnagiri, India.)

Mr. Sudesh Surve, a resident of Mandavi, Ratnagiri, India, is a sculptor who has been sculpting the idols of Lord Ganesh and the female deity (Devi) for the past six years. He is also a member of the Navratrotsav Mandal in Mandavi. His thoughts on his art of sculpting and Navratri celebration are given below.

Sculpt idols from Shadu clay (a type of clay) instead of from plaster of Paris

Mr. Surve mentioned that he looks upon sculpting idols not as a profession, but as an art. He uses Shadu clay for making sculpture. He said that he does not make idols of plaster of Paris material because it does not dissolve in water properly. Hence, after immersing such idols, some parts of them may be seen floating near the seashore or riverbank. He said he feels distressed seeing the remnants of idols floating thus. He said that he makes idols of different forms of the female deity (Devi), such as sitting on the lion or tiger, destroying the demons (asur), seated, etc.

Realization that the Goddess Herself is getting the idol sculpted through him

Sometimes after completing an idol, Mr. Surve realizes that the Goddess Herself Who got it sculpted, using him as a medium. He has noticed that the atmosphere at home is Blissful when an idol is being sculpted. Also, ever since he started sculpting idols, he has never experienced any financial or physical constraints.

Experience of increase in unity in the town during Navratri

While mentioning about celebration of Navratri, Mr. Surve said that before the beginning of Navratri, everyone from various parts of their town comes together to discuss and plan the celebration. Accordingly, they celebrate it collectively in the main areas of the town instead of celebrating it individually. They celebrate Navratri not only for the Garbha/Dandiya ras, but also with the intention of uniting all the townspeople. During the celebration, they organize spiritual programs, such as singing holy songs (bhajans), performing ritualistic fire (Chandiyag), etc. They play only holy songs on the public celebration music system.

Members of their organization are assigned a satseva responsibility each to perform for the 10 days of Navratri celebration. During the celebration they organize different types of programs for children. For the award ceremony, they invite a person who is good in character, rather than inviting politicians. During this period most people from their town do not consume meat, alcohol or tobacco.

Donations for celebration should be voluntary not demanded

Regarding collecting donations and playing the music system during the celebration, Mr. Surve said that they follow time limits (as set by the local government) for Dandiya ras and only accept donations that people give voluntarily.

Organization members' attention to preventing misbehavior during celebration

Mr. Surve said that from the rice and coconuts offered to the female deity (Devi) during Navratri celebration, they prepare sacred offering (prasad) and distribute it to all the townspeople. Smoking, drinking alcohol or chewing tobacco are prohibited in the celebration. During the celebration, it is made sure that people are not disturbed, by keeping the noise level low and not obstructing the traffic by selecting the celebration venue with care, etc. Since the intention behind the celebration is to unite the townspeople, help from the police for managing the celebration is not requested.

Programs during celebration should be about Righteousness (Dharma) and culture (Sanskruti)

Mr. Surve suggested that programs during Navratri celebration should be educational and informative. Programs that provide information on our Dharma should be held. He further said that our benefit lies in behaving as per our Scriptures or Holy texts. Hence, during Navratri celebration, their organization holds sattvik programs for children like grammatically correct writing, memorizing holy verses (shlokas), etc.

Social service during celebrations

Mr. Surve mentioned that as a part of the celebration of Navratri, they take up a social service project and provide opportunities for people to volunteer their time and effort. During the last three years' celebrations, they have cleaned the local crematorium (smashanbhoomi) and cemetery (kabrastan), and temple, respectively.

On the day of immersion of the idols of Navratri, Mr. Surve's group waits for the rallies of other groups to complete their idols' immersions. They also perform ritualistic worship (puja) of the idols brought by other groups for immersion. Mr. Surve's group goes for immersion of their idols only after other groups' immersions are done. During their group's immersion rally, they use moderation when throwing Gulal (red color powder) as a symbol of victory and festive spirit. They sing only holy songs in the rally.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011




ચકારચંડતાંડવંતનોતુ નઃ શિવઃ શિવમ 1

સઘન જટામંડલ રૂપ વનથી પ્રવાહિત થઈને શ્રી ગંગાજીની ધારાઓ જે શિવજીના પવિત્ર કંઠ પ્રદેશને પ્રક્ષાલિત (ધોવે) કરે છે, અને જેમના ગળામાં લાંબા લાંબા અને મોટા મોટા સાપોની માળાઓ લટકી રહી છે તેમજ જે શિવજી ડમરૂને ડમ-ડમ વગાડીને પ્રચંડ તાંડવ નૃત્‍ય કરે છે, તે શિવજી અમારૂ કલ્‍યાણ કરેં.

જટા કટા હસંભ્રમ ભ્રમન્નિલિંપનિર્ઝરી .
વિલોલવી ચિવલ્લરી વિરાજમાનમૂર્ધનિ .

ધગદ્ધગદ્ધ ગજ્જ્વલલ્લલાટ પટ્ટપાવકે
કિશોરચંદ્રશેખરે રતિઃ પ્રતિક્ષણં મમં 2

ખુબ જ ગંભીર કટાહરૂપ જટાઓંમાં અતિવેગથી વિલાસપૂર્વક ભ્રમણ કરતી દેવનદી ગંગાજીની ચંચળ લહરો જે શિવજીના શીશ પર લહેરી રહી છે તેમજ જેમના મસ્‍તકમાં અગ્નિની પ્રચંડ જ્‍વાળાઓ ધધક કરીને પ્રજ્‍વલિત થઈ રહી છે, એવા બાલ ચંદ્રમાથી વિભૂષિત મસ્‍તકવાળા શિવજીમાં મારો અનુરાગ (પ્રેમ) પ્રતિક્ષણ વધરો રહે.

ધરા ધરેંદ્ર નંદિની વિલાસ બંધુવંધુર-
સ્‍ફુરદૃગંત સંતતિ પ્રમોદ માનમાનસે .

કૃપાકટા ક્ષધારણી નિરુદ્ધદુર્ધરાપદિ
કવચિદ્વિગમ્‍બરે મનો વિનોદમેતુ વસ્‍તુનિ 3

પર્વતરાજસુતાના વિલાસમય રમણીય કટાક્ષોંથી પરમ આનંદિત ચિત્તવાળા (માહેશ્વર) તેમજ જેમની કૃપાદૃષ્ટિથી ભક્‍તોંની મોટામાં મોટી વિપત્તિઓ દૂર થઈ જાય છે આવા જ (દિશા જ જેમના વસ્ત્ર છે) દિગમ્‍બર શિવજીની આરાધનામાં મારૂ ચિત્ત ક્યારે આનંદિત થશે.

જટા ભુજં ગપિંગલ સ્‍ફુરત્‍ફણામણિપ્રભા-
કદંબકુંકુમ દ્રવપ્રલિપ્ત દિગ્‍વધૂમુખે .

મદાંધ સિંધુ રસ્‍ફુરત્‍વગુત્તરીયમેદુરે
મનો વિનોદદ્ભુતં બિંભર્તુ ભૂતભર્તરિ 4

જટાઓંમાં લપેટાયેલ સર્પના ફણના મણિયોંના પ્રકાશમાન પીળા પ્રભા-સમૂહ રૂપ કેસર કાંતિથી દિશા બંધુઓંના મુખમંડળને ચમકાવનાર, મતવાળા, ગજાસુરના ચર્મરૂપ ઉપરવાથી વિભૂષિત, પ્રાણિયોંની રક્ષા કરનાર શિવજીમાં મારૂ મન વિનોદને પ્રાપ્ત રહે.

સહસ્ર લોચન પ્રભૃત્‍ય શેષલેખશેખર-
પ્રસૂન ધૂલિધોરણી વિધૂસરાંઘ્રિપીઠભૂઃ .

ભુજંગરાજ માલયા નિબદ્ધજાટજૂટકઃ
શ્રિયે ચિરાય જાયતાં ચકોર બંધુશેખરઃ 5

ઇંદ્રાદિ સમસ્‍ત દેવતાઓંના માથાથી સુસજ્જિત પુષ્‍પોંની ધૂલિરાશિથી ધૂસરિત પાદપૃષ્ઠવાળા સર્પરાજોંની માલાળોથી વિભૂષિત જટાવાળા પ્રભુ અમને ચિરકાલ માટે સમ્‍પદા આપે.

લલાટ ચત્‍વરજ્‍વલદ્ધનંજયસ્‍ફુરિગભા-
નિપીતપંચસાયકં નિમન્નિલિંપનાયમ્‌ .

સુધા મયુખ લેખયા વિરાજમાનશેખરં
મહા કપાલિ સંપદે શિરોજયાલમસ્‍તૂ નઃ 6

ઇંદ્રાદિ દેવતાઓંનો ગર્વ નાશ કરતાં જે શિવજીએ પોતાના વિશાળ મસ્‍તકની અગ્નિ જ્‍વાલાથી કામદેવને ભસ્‍મ કરી દિધા હતાં, તે અમૃત કિરણોંવાળા ચંદ્રમાના જેવા તેમજ ગંગાજીથી સુશોભિત જટાવાળા, તેજ રૂપ નર મુંડધારી શિવજી અમને અક્ષય સમ્‍પત્તિ આપે.

કરાલ ભાલ પટ્ટિકાધગદ્ધગદ્ધગજ્જ્વલ-
દ્ધનંજયા ધરીકૃતપ્રચંડપંચસાયકે .

ધરાધરેંદ્ર નંદિની કુચાગ્રચિત્રપત્રક-
પ્રકલ્‍પનૈકશિલ્‍પિનિ ત્રિલોચને રતિર્મમ 7

સળગી રહેલી પોતાના મસ્‍તકની ભયંકર જ્‍વાલાથી પ્રચંડ કામદેવને ભસ્‍મ કરનાર તથા પર્વત રાજસુતાના સ્‍તનના અગ્રભાગ પર વિવિધ ભાંતિની ચિત્રકારી કરવામાં અતિ ચતુર ત્રિલોચનમાં મારી પ્રીતિ અટલ રહે.

નવીન મેઘ મંડલી નિરુદ્ધદુર્ધરસ્‍ફુર-
ત્‍કુહુ નિશીથિનીતમઃ પ્રબંધબંધુકંધરઃ .

નિલિમ્‍પનિર્ઝરિ ધરસ્‍તનોતુ કૃત્તિ સિંધુરઃ
કલાનિધાનબંધુરઃ શ્રિયં જગંદ્ધુરંધરઃ 8

નવીન મેઘોંની ઘટાઓંથી પરિપૂર્ણ અમાવસ્‍યાઓંની રાત્રિના ઘોર અંધકારની જેમ ખુબ જ ગૂઢ કંઠ વાળા, દેવ નદી ગંગાને ધારણ કરનાર, જગચર્મથી સુશોભિત, બાલચંદ્રની કળાઓંના બોઝથી વિનમ, જગતના બોઝને ધારણ કરનાર શિવજી અમને બધા જ પ્રકારની સમ્‍પત્તિ આપે.

પ્રફુલ્લ નીલ પંકજ પ્રપંચકાલિમચ્‍છટા-
વિડંબિ કંઠકંધ રારુચિ પ્રબંધકંધરમ્‌

સ્‍મરચ્‍છિદં પુરચ્‍છિંદ ભવચ્‍છિદં મખચ્‍છિદં
ગજચ્‍છિદાંધકચ્‍છિદં તમંતકચ્‍છિદં ભજે 9

ખીલેલા નીલકમલની ફેલાયેલી સુંદર શ્‍યામ પ્રભાથી વિભૂષિત કંઠની શોભાથી ઉદ્ભાસિત ખભાવાળા, કામદેવ તેમજ ત્રિપુરાસુરના વિનાશક, સંસારના દુ:ખોંને કાપનારા, દક્ષયજ્ઞવિધ્‍વંસક, ગજાસુરહંતા, અંધકારસુરનાશક અને મૃત્‍યુને નષ્ટ કરનાર શ્રી શિવજીનું હું ભજન કરૂ છું.

અગર્વસર્વમંગલા કલાકદમ્‍બમંજરી-
રસપ્રવાહ માધુરી વિજૃંભણા મધુવ્રતમ્‌ .

સ્‍મરાંતકં પુરાતકં ભાવંતકં મખાંતકં
ગજાંતકાંધકાંતકં તમંતકાંતકં ભજે 10

કલ્‍યાણમય, નાશ ન થનાર બધી જ કળાઓંની કળીયોંથી વહેતાં રસની મધુરતાનો આસ્‍વાદન કરવામાં ભ્રમરરૂપ, કામદેવને ભસ્‍મ કરનાર, ત્રિપુરાસુર, વિનાશક, સંસાર દુઃખહારી, દક્ષયજ્ઞવિધ્‍વંસક, ગજાસુર તથા અંધકાસુરને મારનાર અને યમરાજના પણ યમરાજ શ્રી શિવજીનું હું ભજન કરૂ છું.

જયત્‍વદભ્રવિભ્રમ ભ્રમદ્ભુજંગમસ્‍ફુર-
દ્ધગદ્ધગદ્વિ નિર્ગમત્‍કરાલ ભાલ હવ્‍યવાટ્‍-

ધિમિદ્ધિમિદ્ધિમિ નન્‍મૃદંગતુંગમંગલ-
ધ્‍વનિક્રમપ્રવર્તિત પ્રચણ્‍ડ તાણ્‍ડવઃ શિવઃ 11

અત્‍યંત શીઘ્ર વેગપૂર્વક ભ્રમણ કરતાં સર્પોંના ફુફકાર છોડવાથી ક્રમશઃ લલાટમાં વધેલી પ્રચંડ અગ્નિવાળા મૃદંગની ધિમ-ધિમ મંગલકારી ઉધા ધ્‍વનિના ક્રમારોહથી ચંડ તાંડવ નૃત્‍યમાં લીન થનાર શિવજી બધી જ રીતે સુશોભિત થઈ રહ્યાં છે.

દૃષદ્વિચિત્રતલ્‍પયોર્ભુજંગ મૌક્‍તિકમસ્રજો-
ર્ગરિષ્ઠરત્‍નલોષ્ટયોઃ સુહૃદ્વિપક્ષપક્ષયોઃ .

તૃણારવિંદચક્ષુષોઃ પ્રજામહીમહેન્‍દ્રયોઃ
સમં પ્રવર્તયન્‍મનઃ કદા સદાશિવં ભજે 12

જોરદાર પત્‍થર અને કોમળ વિચિત્ર શય્‍યામાં સર્પ અને મોતિયોંની માળાઓમાં માટીના ટુકડાઓ અને ખુબ જ કિંમતી રત્‍નોંમાં, શત્રુ અને મિત્રમાં, તિનકે અને કમલલોચનનિયોંમાં, પ્રજા અને મહારાજાધિકરાજાઓંના સમાન દૃષ્ટિ રાખે છે તેવા શિવજીનું હુ ક્યારે ભજન કરીશ.

કદા નિલિંપનિર્ઝરી નિકુજકોટરે વસન્‌
વિમુક્‍તદુર્મતિઃ સદા શિરઃસ્‍થમંજલિં વહન્‌ .

વિમુક્‍તલોલલોચનો લલામભાલલગ્નકઃ
શિવેતિ મંત્રમુચ્‍ચરન્‌ કદા સુખી ભવામ્‍યહમ્‌ 13

ક્યારે હું શ્રી ગંગાજીના કછારકુંજમાં નિવાસ કરીને, નિષ્‍કપટી થઈને માથા પર અંજલિ ધારણ કરતાં ચંચલ નેત્રોંવાળી લલનાઓંમાં પરમ સુંદરી પાર્વતીજીના મસ્‍તકમાં અંકિત શિવ મંત્રનું ઉચ્‍ચારણ કરતાં પરમ સુખને પ્રાપ્ત કરીશ.

નિલિમ્‍પ નાથનાગરી કદમ્‍બ મૌલમલ્લિકા-
નિગુમ્‍ફનિર્ભક્ષરન્‍મ ધૂષ્‍ણિકામનોહરઃ .

તનોતુ નો મનોમુદં વિનોદિનીંમહનિશં
પરિશ્રય પરં પદં તદંગજત્‍વિષાં ચયઃ 14

દેવાંગનાઓંના માથામાં ગૂઁથેલા પુષ્‍પોંની માળાઓમાંથી ખરતાં સુગંધમય પરાગથી મનોહર, પરમ શોભાના ધામ મહાદેવજીના અંગોંની સુંદરતા પરમાનંદયુક્‍ત અમારા મનની પ્રસન્નતાને હંમેશા વધારે છે.

પ્રચણ્‍ડ વાડવાનલ પ્રભાશુભપ્રચારણી
મહાષ્ટસિદ્ધિકામિની જનાવહૂત જલ્‍પના .

વિમુક્‍ત વામ લોચનો વિવાહકાલિકધ્‍વનિઃ
શિવેતિ મન્‍ત્રભૂષગો જગજ્જયાય જાયતામ્‌ 15

પ્રચંડ બડવાનલની જેમ પાપોંને ભસ્‍મ કરવામાં સ્ત્રી સ્‍વરૂપિણી અણિમાદિક અષ્ટ મહાસિદ્ધિયોં તેમજ ચંચલ નેત્રોંવાળી દેવકન્‍યાઓંથી શિવ વિવાહ સમયમાં ગાન કરવામાં આવેલ મંગલધ્‍વનિ બધા જ મંત્રોંમાં પરમશ્રેષ્ઠ શિવ મંત્રથી પૂરિત, સાંસારિક દુઃખોંને નષ્ટ કરીને વિજય મેળવો.

ઇમં હિ નિત્‍યમેવ મુક્‍તમુક્‍તમોત્તમ સ્‍તવં
પઠન્‍સ્‍મરન્‌ બ્રુવન્નરો વિશુદ્ધમેતિ સંતતમ્‌ .

હરે ગુરૌ સુભક્‍તિમાશુ યાતિ નાંયથા ગતિં
વિમોહનં હિ દેહના સુશંકરસ્‍ય ચિંતનમ 16

આ પરમ ઉત્તમ શિવતાંડવ શ્‍લોકને નિત્‍ય પ્રતિ મુક્‍તકંઠથી વાંચવાથી કે તેને સાંભલવાથી સંતતિ વગેરેથી પૂર્ણ હરિ અને ગુરુમાં ભક્‍તિ બની રહે છે. જેમની બીજી ગતિ નથી થતી અને તે શિવની શરણમાં જ રહે છે.

પૂજાવસાનસમયે દશવક્રત્રગીતં
યઃ શમ્‍ભૂપૂજનમિદં પઠતિ પ્રદોષે .

તસ્‍ય સ્‍થિરાં રથગજેંદ્રતુરંગયુક્‍તાં
લક્ષ્મી સદૈવ સુમુખીં પ્રદદાતિ શમ્‍ભુઃ 17

શિવ પૂજાના અંતમાં આ રાવણકૃત શિવ તાંડવ સ્‍તોત્રનો પ્રદોષનું સમયે ગાન કરવાથી કે વાંચવાથી લક્ષ્મી સ્‍થિર રહે છે. રથ ગજ-ઘોડા બધાથી હંમેશા યુક્‍ત રહે છે.

ઇતિ શિવ તાંડવ સ્‍તોત્રં સંપૂર્ણમ્‌

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"Srusti Sthilaya Yasya lila Eva mahesituh
Tam Vande Saccidanandam Sarva shubhanivruttaye ||"

“Oh! Lord, the creator, protector and destroyer of the universe, the very form of truth, consciousness, and bliss I bow to you. Let all the inauspicious things be driven away from me and your devotee be protected.”

The Shri Rudram Chamkam is a Vedic stotra dedicated to Rudra, an earlier aspect of Shiva Chamkam assures granting of what we ask. The creator makes no distinction between the things of the world and the other world. Both belong to him and desire born out of Virtue is really manifestation of divinity and Dharma.

Chamkam furnishes completely the ideal of human happiness and defines in the highest degree the desires and do not delimit to be asked or to be granted. Sri Rudram-Chamkam occupies a very important place in Vedic literature and in the practice of Vedic Religion. It is the heart of Krishna Yajurveda and is treasured in the center of Taittiriya Samhita Strictly speaking, the Rudra is a Homa or sacrifice performed in fire in honour of God Rudra. While most of the rituals relating to the other Gods stop limited to the particular purpose intended in the Karma Kanda, it was felt that the Rudram could not and should not be so confined, but put to further varied uses. Hence we find that Rudram and Chamkam are used invariably for all the Vedic worship of Shiva in all the households and temples. The Rudram is addressed to worship Lord Shiva, who is said to give to the devotee who seeks His Grace anything that is asked for.

The Chamkam occurs in the 4th Kanda, 7th Prapataka of the Yajur Veda. The rudra is mostly chanted during Homa and avishekam. A pooja is performed with the chanting of the rudra mantra 1000 times is known as maha rudra,it’ s done on special occasions like Maha shivaratri or Shravan Somvar. Therefore, this yagna should be performed in a perfect way and with good intention and a fruitful result will be followed. Yagna does not only mean performing Pooja, it means purifying oneself from within.

A person who wants immediate relief from health problem, those who are childless or those facing problems in getting married or those facing financial crisis or if those having some wish to be fulfilled with in a short span of time can perform this yagna. Also, it is good to perform this yagna on auspicious days like birthdays and marriage anniversaries because this yagna acts as a shield of protection through out the year from all soughts of negativities.