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Happy Rakshaa Bandhan

Happy Raksha Bandhan

This post is to all brothers, sisters and Bhabhis. To the ancient wise men and women who created traditions of love, compassion, trust, protection to keep families together. The strong bond of love between a brother and sister is such a  beautiful tradition of the Indian culture. Happy Raksha Bandhan everyone.

Happy raksha bandhan
Happy raksha bandhan

Once a year on the full moon day in the month of shraavan, it is customary to tie a small thread of a symbollic thread of protection – a bond by sister to brother. It is also customary to change the ceremonial jaanav or janoi thread on this day.

Being in the modern times and in usa, most times and festivities don’t exactly happen at the most auspicious times as it does not always fall on a week end and  as  we all know life these days revolves around week ends only. Yet we try our best to perform them to the closest times possible.

The main thing is to  remember here and to pass on to the next generation is  the true meaning behind the “Raksha bandhan” and to always be there for each other as a brother and sister. It is also important to remember that  when Bhabhi (brother’s wife) comes into the family, many families like mine also tie raksha to bhabhi along with the brothers as a symbol of expecting and exchanging protection love and caring from bhabhi as well as from bhai.  Thereby meaning bhabhi is equally as important as bhai.

When a sister is far away like india/USA/UK, we send the ceremonial symbolic raakhi  threads by mail and now even online. Thanks to the modern technology  we can now send sweets with our raakhis as well.

As I  was growing up, I saw my mother’s and my father’s side of the family,  we tie Raakhi (or raksha- meaning protection from all evil) to brothers and brother’s wives as well. Yet some families tie rakhis to brothers and sisters(each other as a symbol of protecting each other).

Follow whatever  customs / traditions your family/moms created for you but remember to pass it on to the next generation and make sure to explain to them the bond the symbolism and the true meaning behind it all. Not the token exchanged by money but the true meaning of all these traditions and cultural happenings. Enjoy everyone.  Have a wonderful weekend.

So, obviously we all love sweets so much and since it is a day to share with sweets, here is my family favorite carrot Halva I am sharing. Enjoy with your family and friends.

Gaajar Halva

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Bilvaashtakam बिल्वाष्टकम् Pratibha Jani

Bilvaashtakam बिल्वाष्टकम् Pratibha Jani

Here is the written PDF Bilvashtakam बिल्वाष्टकम् Pratibha Jani

Bilvaashtakam बिल्वाष्टकम् Pratibha Jani
Bilvaashtakam बिल्वाष्टकम् Pratibha Jani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shraavan Maas Shraavan Somvaar Day 1

I knew it was shraavan meditation time . When I was sitting out on the deck swing this morning and the rain drops started falling on me with the sky full of dark clouds, my heart just wanted to meditate and not get up. (Quiet meditation). Yes it is the first day of  The month of Shraavan has always been one of my favorites as it starts all the religious festivities of the season.

In Gujrati we call it : Shraavan naa saravdaa – શ્રાવણ નાં સરવડા  means shraavan brings light showers.

In Marathi we  have a really short and sweet poem from my childhood school days  that is embedded in my mind since and always reminded by my brother it goes like this: “Shraavan maase harsha maanasi hiravad daate chohi kade, kshanaat padti sar sar dhaaraa kshanaata firuni uuna padey.”  श्रावण मासी हर्ष मानसी हिरावाड दाते चोही कडे क्षणात पडती सर सर धारा क्षणात फिरुनी ऊन पडे. (it means my heart fills happy in the month of Shraavan as there is greenery all around and it would rain showers the one minute and the next we see bright sunshine).

We are also lucky enough to see quite a few rainbows in India (Mumbai) during this season. My of my other favorites nature’s colorful bounty.

So….Most importantly the Mondays Shri Shivji temple visits and offering the milk to the lingam.Tomorrow starts the first shraavan somvaar for this year. 2014. Shraavan Monday.  So if you have read one of my earlier blogs, it is considered very auspicious to offer milk on Mondays of the month of Shraavan and fast if possible.

So let’s get ready for the fasting of Shraavan if we can but if not we can still chant all the hymns, prayers, chants and prayers of our beloved Lord Shiva. Visit the Shri Shivji’s page tab for ore and the fasting recipes on my recipes blog if you are fasting during this month. Fasting then and now is available to get tips and process I feel helpful for today’s modern lifestyle.  Om Namah Shivaay!!!

  1. Dwaadash Jyotirlingaani,
  2. Shiv manas pooja,
  3. Shiv lingaashtakam
  4. Vedasaarshivastav
  5. Shri shiv mahimna Stotrum
  6. Shivji’s aarti

All audios are  available on the Lord Shiv a page tab

Any and all of these work.  Please try to share and pass it on to the next generation. Do the best you can during this very religious, auspicious month of Shraavan.

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Shri Shiv Mahimna Stotrum श्री शिव महिम्न स्तोत्रम्

Shri Shiv Mahimna Stotrum श्री शिव महिम्न स्तोत्रम् By Pratibha Jani
for the Auspicious month of Shraavan especially Mondays.

Shivji
Shivji

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Shri Shiv Manas pooja शिव मानस पूजा Pratibha Jani Pdf and audio

Shri Shiv Manas pooja शिव मानस पूजा Pratibha Jani Pdf and audio

शिवजी Shivji Shiv Manas Pooja
शिवजी Shivji Shiv Manas Pooja

Shiv Manas puja Pdf Pratibha Jani

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शिव पञ्चाक्षर स्तोत्रम् Shiva Panchaakshara Stotrum Pratibha Jani

शिव  पञ्चाक्षर  स्तोत्रम्     Shiva Panchaakshara Stotrum  Pratibha Jani

shivlingam Pratibha Jani
shivlingam Pratibha Jani

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maha shivratri is coming up and I thought of adding this beautiful Shiva shlokas to my collection to share with all my member/subscribers. Have a wonderful Mahashivratri everyone. Meditation, Prayers, fasting if possible.

Read fasting then and now 

Fasting recipes for those interested in fasting

Here is the english and sanskrit PDF written format शिव पञ्चाक्षर स्तोत्रम् Shiva Panchaakshara Stotrum Pratibha Jani

and the audio/video to go along with it.

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Shri Narsingh Prayers and Aarti.श्री नरसिन्ह By Pratibha Jani

Shri Narsingh Prayers and Aarti.श्री नरसिन्ह By Pratibha Jani

Lord Narsingh श्री नरसिन्ह is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is supposed to have taken this form to save his devotee Bhakta Prahlaad(a young boy) and to teach a lesson to the evil demon Hiranyakashyapu. In short The story goes to say that The Lord  took the form “Narsingh Avataar ” which means half Lion, Half man.

The demon had a boon that he would not be killed by a man, or a beast, in morning or at night, and such many other criteria  which  made him almost impossible to be killed. Due to this boon he had grown stronger and when the atrocities of this demon became unbearable the Lord took the form of half man, half lion, during the sunset time and killed the demon in mid air on his thighs,with his nails.  Thus protecting his devotee Prahlaad from being burnt on the fire pillar and also keeping the boon in tact.

Shri Narsingh  Jayanti falls on the day before full moon in the month of Vaishakha (April/May) and the prayers are typically done at the time of sunset.

It is very difficult to find too many prayers and shlokas for Lord Narsingh. I have gathered some shlokas, prayers,chants, stuti and Aarti over the years and am Presenting them here to any one interested.

The shlokas are narrated slowly so beginners and children can follow along. Enjoy, share, and Like if useful.

Until Next time, Pratibha

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Shri Narsingh Prayers and Aarti.श्री नरसिन्ह By Pratibha Jani

Shri Narsingh Prayers and Aarti.श्री नरसिन्ह By Pratibha Jani

Lord Narsingh श्री नरसिन्ह is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is supposed to have taken this form to save his devotee Bhakta Prahlaad(a young boy) and to teach a lesson to the evil demon Hiranyakashyapu. In short The story goes to say that The Lord  took the form “Narsingh Avataar ” which means half Lion, Half man.

The demon had a boon that he would not be killed by a man, or a beast, in morning or at night, and such many other criteria  which  made him almost impossible to be killed. Due to this boon he had grown stronger and when the atrocities of this demon became unbearable the Lord took the form of half man, half lion, during the sunset time and killed the demon in mid air on his thighs,with his nails.  Thus protecting his devotee Prahlaad from being burnt on the fire pillar and also keeping the boon in tact.

Shri Narsingh  Jayanti falls on the day before full moon in the month of Vaishakha (April/May) and the prayers are typically done at the time of sunset. This year it falls on May 23rd, 2013.

It is very difficult to find too many prayers and shlokas for Lord Narsingh. I have gathered some shlokas, prayers,chants, stuti and Aarti over the years and am Presenting them here to any one interested.

The shlokas are narrated slowly so beginners and children can follow along. Enjoy, share, and Like if useful.

Shri narsinghji picture

Until Next time, Pratibha

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Shri Ganesh Aavahan Mantra Shloka श्री गणेश आवाहनं मन्त्र श्लोक

Shri Ganesh Aavahan Mantra Shloka
श्री गणेश आवाहनं मन्त्र श्लोक

shri Ganesh
shri Ganesh

Shri Ganesh Chaturthi . It is also a day when you try to stay away from looking at the moon. Visit my categories on the right of the blog to see what shloka to recited if you happen to see the moon by mistake on this day.

In continuation of our series for steps for pooja practices in typical hindu gujrati homes. This particular segment is for invoking Lord Ganesh which is always done at the beginning of all ceremonies and pooja performances.

Tadaadau shri vighneshvar poojam karishye : तदादौ श्री विघ्नेश्वर् पूजां करिष्ये

Join hands and close your eyes in reciting this following mantra/shloka to invite/invoke Lord Ganesh to the pooja performance.

  • ॐ सुमुखाय नमः Om sumukhaay namah
  • ॐ एक दन्ताय नमः Om Ek dantaaya namah
  • ॐ कपिलाय नमः Om Kapilaaya Namah
  • ॐ गजकर्णकाय नमः Om gajakarnakaya Namah
  • ॐ लम्बोदराय नमः Om Lambodaraaya Namah
  • ॐ विकटाय नमः Om Vikataaya Namah
  • ॐ विघ्नराजाय नमः Om Vidhna Raajaaya namah
  • ॐ गणाधिपाय नमः Om Ganadhipaaya Namah
  • ॐ धूम्रकेतवे नमः Om Dhumratketave Namah
  • ॐ गणाध्यक्षाय नमः Om Ganaadhyakshaaya Namah
  • ॐ भालचन्द्राय नमः Om Bhalchandraaya Namah
  • ॐ गजाननाय नमः  Om Gajananaaya Namah

अभीप्सितार्थ सिध्यर्थं पूजितो यः सुरैरपि |
सर्व विघ्नच्चिदे तस्मै गणाधिपतये नमः
ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे,
कविं  कवी  नामुपमश्रवस्तम म्
ज्येष्टराजं ब्रह्मणां ब्रह्मणस्पत,
आनः श्रुन्वन्नूति भिस्सीद सादनम् ||

 श्री महा गणपते नमः| 

Jai Shri Ganesh

विघ्नेश्वर महाभाग सर्व लोक नमस्कृत |
मयरब्धमिदंकर्म निर्विघ्नं कुरु सर्वदा |
आब्रह्मलोकादशेशात् अलोकालोकपर्वतात
ये वसन्ति द्विजदेवाः तेभ्यो नित्यं नमो नमः |
नमो नमो गणेशाय नमस्ते शिव सूनवे |
अविघ्नं कुरुमे देव नमामित्वाम् गणाधिप

श्री महा गणपतये नमः  प्रार्थना समर्पयामि ||

  1. Abhipsitaartha siddhyarthan poojito yah surairapi.
  2. sarva vighnachchidetasmai ganaadhipataye namah.
  3. om ganaaanaam tvaa ganapatim havaamahe,
  4. kavimkavinaam upamashravastavam |
  5. Jyeshtaraajam brahmanaam brahmaanaspta
  6. aa nah shrunvannutibhissida saadanam ||
  7. Shri maha ganapataye namah|
  8. Vighneshvara mahabhaaga sarva loka namaskrutah
  9. mayaarabdhamidam karma,nirvighnam kuru sarvadaa.|
  10. aa brahmalokaadsheshaatalokaalokaparvataat
  11. Ye vasanti dvijadevaha, tebhyo nityam namo namah.
  12. namo namo ganeshaya namaste shiva sunave|
  13. A vidhnam kurume  deva namaamitvaam ganaadhipa.
  14. Shri maha ganapataye namah : Prarthanaam samarpayaami.

Bow your head to lord Shri Ganesh.

shri ganesh
shri ganesh

Next in the series is 10 Aatmapooja  आत्मपूजा in our continuaiton of series for Hinduism: Basics of Pooja practices.

In case you are looking for more Ganesh prayers, stuti and Aarti Please click here

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Early morning short shlokas

Early morning short shlokas

Early morning is a wonderful  time and the best time to do Prayers/meditation. The two hours before sunrise is the best time to do prayers in Hindu culture.

Here are three short beginner shlokas for to start teaching the children as they are around four or five years of age. It will help them learn a lot more than just the shlokas.  It will stay with them thru the student years and follow thru the next stage in life of householders as well.

I was taught this by my grandmother many decades ago and it just stayed with me.

1.   Before getting out of bed in the morning sit up in your bed. Open both your palms together and look at them. as you recite this shloka

कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मि, करमूले सरस्वती करमध्ये तु गोविन्द प्रभाते कर दर्शनम् ||

Karaagre Vasate Laxmi, Laramoole saraswati, Kara madhye to govinda,Prabhaate kara darshanam.

Meaning:

On the tip of your palms reside Laxmi (the goddess of wealth),On the base of your palms reside the goddess saraswati(Goddess of knowledge /learning). In the center of your palms reside the Lord Govind(Vishnu) Early in the morning pray to these to make your morning a fruitful one.

2.      Before placing your feet on the ground in the morning. Situp with our feet dangling from the bed and look at the goddess mother earth (Floor) resite this shloka

समुद्र वसने देवी पर्वत स्तनमण्डले |  विष्णु पत्नि नमस्तुभ्यं पाद श्पर्शह् क्षमश्वमे ||

Samudra vasane devi, Partava stana mandale, Vishnu patni namastubhyum,Paada sprashah Kshamashvamey.

Meaning: -Oh mother goddess(Earth), one who wears the ocean as her wardrobe, Holds mountains to her heart, to that consort(wife) of Lord Vishnu, I bow to please forgive me for placing my feet upon your being. (In other words, ask forgiveness for putting your burden on the earth and thank for the help.)  These thoughts and prayers make one and humble person and teaches us to be respectful to every little favors we have from Mother nature. It also teaches us to appreciate what we always take for granted.

3.      stand on your two feet, bring your palms in prayer pose, close your eyes and pray to the creator of the universe with this shloka.

वसुदेवसुतं देवं कनस चाणूर मर्दनम् | देवकी परमानन्दं , कृष्णं वन्दे जगत् गुरुं ||

Vasudevasutum Devam, Kansa chaanura mardanam, Devaki paramaanandam,krishnam vande jagat gurum.

Meaning:  To the Son of Vasudev , to the one who killed evil persons such as Kansa and Chaanura, the one who brought ultimate happiness to Devaki, to that Lord and Guru (teacher) of the universe Krishna/Govinda/Vishnu, I bow with utmost respect.  Saying so, have a positive intention for a fruitful,successful and a wonderful day ahead.

 Sources : Many and unknown just like the entire sanskrit and Hindu culture and religion. These shlokas are from ancient Hindu culture/knowledge and wisdom. Many of them are used by various religious organizations as their own. However all the shlokas and the knowledge itself is from thousands of years before and is not owned by any one organization/ institution/culture.

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Shlokas to recite before meals यज्ञ शिष्ठा शिनः सन्तो

Shlokas to recite before meals   यज्ञ शिष्ठा शिनः सन्तो

Here is the pdf in sanskrit and English format to follow along यज्ञ शिष्ठा शिनः सन्तो मुच्यन्ते सर्वकिल् विषैः Shlokas to recite before meals

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Shri Purusha Suktam श्री पुरुष सुक्तं By Pratibha Jani. Pdf and Audio

Shri Purusha Sulktum PDF Files 09-23-2013 By Pratibha Jani

Here is the chant  of purusha suktum on the beach  Pdf and audio of

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Maa Baap ne bhulsho nahin-Gujrati prayer audio

Maa Baap ne bhulsho nahin-Gujrati prayer in  audio/Video

Click here for the prayer written pdf gujrati,english and translations  Maa Baap Ne bhulsho Nahin 

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Shankha Pooja अथ शङ्ख पूजा

Next is shankh Pooja

7. अथ शङ्ख पूजा Atha Shankha Pooja

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shankha (Conch shells)

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Not a regular common practice for daily prayers but it is followed for special occasions. For taking the kind of shankha it is beneficial to have a shankha that is “dakshin Varti” which means circling towards the south(opening) is best.  Any size you can find is fine.

Now take the sankha and dip it in the water of the kalash and take the water into the shankha. take a couple leaves of tulsi if you have , if not then some plain rice or few petals of flower are also fine. Now take this shankha and place it in a copper plate that is called Tarbhaanu.

Tarbhaanu(Copper plate for puja)
Tarbhaanu(Copper plate for puja)

a stainless steel plate is also ok.

Join your hands in prayer and say the following shloka to bring the shankha as part of the ceremony. Shankha is considered to have born from the ocean so invite Lord Vishnu and Shankha to the special occasion.

video and the written format of the shloka is as below

Let’s start.  Shankha Pooja by Pratibha Jani   pdf here

शङ्खं चन्द्रार्कदैवत्यं वारुणंचादि दैवतं |
पृष्ठे प्रजापति विद्यात् अग्रे गङ्गा सरस्वती|
त्रैलोक्ये यानि तीर्थानि वासुदेवस्य चाज्ञया |
शङ्खे तिष्ठन्ति विपेन्द्र तस्माद शङ्खं प्रपूजयेत् |
त्वं पूरा सागरोत्पन्नः विष्णुना विधृतः करे ||
निर्मितः सर्वदेवैस्तु पाञ्चजन्य नमोष्तुते |
पवनाय नमः
पाञ्चजन्याय नमः
पद्मगर्भाय नमः
अम्बुराजाय नमः
कंबुराजाय नमः
धवलाय नमः
पाञ्चजन्याय विद्महे पद्मगर्भाय धीमहि तन्नः शङ्खः प्रचोदयात् ||

Śaṅkhaṁ candrārkadaivatyaṁ vāruṇan̄cādi daivataṁ |
Pr̥ṣṭhē prajāpati vidyāt agrē gaṅgā sarasvatī |
Trailōkyē yāni tīrthāni vāsudēvasya cājñayā |
Śaṅkhē tiṣṭhanti vipēndra tasmāda śaṅkhaṁ prapūjayēt |
Tvaṁ pūrā saagarōtpannaḥ viṣṇunā vidhr̥taḥ karē | |
Nirmitaḥ sarvadēvaistu pāñcajan’ya namōṣtutē |
Pavanāya namaḥ
Pāñcajan’yāya namaḥ
Padmagarbhāya namaḥ
Amburājāya namaḥ
Kamburājāya namaḥ
Dhavalāya namaḥ
Pāñcajan’yāya vidmahē pādmagarbhāya dhīmahi tannaḥ śaṅkhaḥ pracōdayāt | |

Bow your head in respect and join your hands in prayer, invitation to the conch shell/Lord Vishnu.

Next is 7. Sankalp.अथः संकल्प

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Yaa Devi Sarva Bhuteshu..Nitya Paavan Smaran Strotra

Yaa Devi Sarva Bhuteshu. Nitya Paavan Smaran Strotra

Amba Maa