Shraddha Paksha(Pitrupaksha) Pitru shraddha. (The day for remembering our ancestors)
In Hindu culture, Once a year, every year, comes Shraddha Paksha. (The Ancestors’ forthnight). The time to pay respects, perform some religious ceremony and remember our ancestors – Known as Pitrtus, honor their wisdom, sacrifices and their being that have helped us come into this world and be what we are today. On the day of their particular shraddha day, It is believed that if we cook their favorite food and offer to the Pancha maha bhoot- birds/crows, cows, dogs, give some to children, the temple priest, the poor etc, the ancestors will be fully satisfied where ever they are for the next one year and will have a happy and fulfilling life no matter where they are at this time. They will shower blessings of happiness, health and prosperity upon us and our family of future generations. Starting tomorrow, for the next 15 days, in Hindu calendar we offer prayers, respects to the dearly departed ancestors of our family. They have done a lot for us during their life time and this is a special day in one year when we remember them all, each on their specific day or departing from this world and from us.
In my family we typically sing the following prayer/s of
In respect to our ancestors, I am posting these small prayers in audio/video in gujrati to remember them. Recitation of the bhagwad gita chapter 12 and 15 are also considered to be very beneficial for the ancestors as it helps them in achieving peace and happiness in their abode/next life cycle. Cook their favorite food on this day and feed all you can and after offering to all, enjoy the meal with your family.
In case you do not remember which day they passed, the last day is a good day to offer your food and prayers. It is know as Sarva Pitru shraddha. (The day for all the ancestors) Sarva pirtushraddha
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.
Meditation, relaxation,chants and prayers at the beach during sunrise and sunset are traditionally the best times and when done on the beach they just have a totally different effect on the mind body and the spirit within us. Here s to sharing with you.
Surya Prarthanaa at the Beach in gujrati Namu aaj aaditya ne
3. Ghantaanaad घण्टानाद (Sound the bell) and
4. Aagaman- आगमन् (invitation)
(Ringing of bell ) Is Mainly to bring your own mind’s focus and concentration into your present task from the wandering around the world. So Be in the present. Remember, it is all to bring yourself within. Go within. Connect to yourself. Close your eyes if possible and say the following shloka as you are ringing the bell or as you do the ghantnaad (Sound of the bell) “Audio of all shlokas at the end of Gurudhyaan shloka”
आगमनार्थम् तू देवानाम् , गमनार्थं तू राक्षषां
गुरुवे घण्टारवं रम्यम् ,देवता वानलान्च्छनं
शुक्लं बरदरं विष्णुं शशि वर्णम् चतुर्भुजं
प्रस्सन्न वदनं ध्याये सर्व विघ्नो पशान्तये
Aagamaartham to devaanaam, gamanaartham to raakshashaam.
Guruve ghaantaaravam ramyam,devataa Vaanalaanchanam.
Shuklaam baradaram vishnum,shashi varnam chaturbhujam.
Prassana vadanam dhyaaye,sarva vighno pashaantaye.
Surya Prarthana Prayer to the Rising Sun in gujarati and sanskrit chants
This prayer/chant was taught to me by my grandmother at the age of 7. Actually, she never taught. I listened and just learned. I watched every morning as she stood in front of the window or on the terrace facing the early morning rising sun. I heard her chant this and as I kept listening everyday, it just became part of my life as well. I hope you enjoy and share. Comments are most welcome. Thanks Baa.(grand maa). I am hoping to put the translation up soon.