Sarva pitru Shraddha

Sarva Pitru Shraddha is and can be performed by all for the ancestors who passed on Amavasya, Poornima, on both sides of the family and for those ancestors whose Tithi (Indian calender dates) you do not remember. 

So say for example you remember one or two people’s dates for shraddha but you do not know or do not remember your great grand parents dates of passing, then the last day of shraddha which is know as sarva pittru shraddha is to be used to cook and feed the pancha maha bhoot so all the ancestors can come together just like a big party for the ancestors and enjoy the day at your place. Give you/us blessings for Health,wealth,happiness,peace, progeny and prosperity etc. Remember to cook with lot of love whatever you can and offer. Image

Until next time. Please shre and pass it on to he next generation.

Bhai Beej -Bhai Duj sanskritchantsnprayers by Pratibha Jani

Bhai Beej -Bhai Duj sanskritchantsnprayers by Pratibha Jani

Prayers for Bhai Beej (Bhi Duj) The day after Hindu New Year

Sisters pray for the brother’s long and happy life on this day of Bhai Beej.   

Pray to these seven immortal souls of ancient times and ask for their blessings to grant your brother/s and long life.

अश्वथामा बलिर्व्यसः हनुमन्च विभीषण कृपाह परशुरामच सप्तेते चिरन्जिविन

Ashvathama Balirvyasah, hanumancha vibhishanah;

Krupaha Parshuramacha, Saptetey Chiranjijeevah:

Then address the following prayer to Lord Markandeya:

मार्कण्डेय महाभाग,सप्तकल्पा जीवितह

चिरन्जीवी यथा त्वं,लाथा मे भ्रातारं कुरुः

Markandeya Mahabhaga,Saptakalpa Jeevitaha

Chiranjivi Yathaa tvam tathaa me Bhraataaram Kuruhu.

Meaning: O Lord Markandeya, You are most fortunate and are Chiranjeevi (immortal), who will live for the duration of seven Kalpa, Please grant my brother a life as long as yours by virtue of being a Chiranjeevi.


Maha Shivratri 2015 Pooja shloka, stuti and Aarti By Pratibha Jani

Maha Shivratri 2015 Pooja shloka, stuti and Aarti  By Pratibha Jani

Maha Shivratri 2015 Pooja shloka, stuti and Aarti By Pratibha Jani

Maha shivratri puja and aarti
Maha shivratri puja and aarti India
Maha Shivratri lingam
Maha Shivratri lingam

Many of my members have been asking me for a full puja audio/video for prayers. So, to my beloved members and those interested in Shivji Puja, on the occasion of Mahashivratri tomorrow, I have compiled all  most popular and common shlokas and puja for Lord Shiv (No meanings or translations) Just puja and aarti. The entire audio/video is 39 minutes. FULL.




Some of us will be able to find Bilvapatra leaves please offer theme to shivji/shivlingam.

Last year I was in India at this time and was able to do the same. Sadly this year, I am in NJ and cannot find Pilvaparta. However, we will have a wonderful Milk abhishek /maha abhishek to Lord Shiv at our local temples.

Anyone who is not able to visit temples, can/ should  most definitely pray at their respective homes and get blessing from the creator of the universe.

Mahesh Murti Shiva Elephantacaves India
Mahesh Murti Shiva Elephantacaves India

Enjoy and have a wonderful Mahashivratri everyone

Lingaashtakam लिङ्गाष्टकं

Lingaashtakam लिङ्गाष्टकं

Shri Shivji’s Lingashtakam श्री शिव लिङ्गाष्टकं

shivlingam Pratibha Jani

Here is the Sanskrit and English written PDF Shri Shiva Lingaahtakam श्री शिव लिङ्गाष्टकं Pratibha Jani  to follow along with the audio/video prayers



Shraavan- Month of many Pujas, meditation and fasting.

In the North part of India, the month of shraavan starts the day after Gurupoonam. A very religious auspicious and sacred month of the entire 12 month hindu calendar cycle. This month brings many fasting days, and is considered to be spiritually uplifting and beneficial to fast and pray as much as you possibly can. Here are some of the special days in this month:

Shraavan Puja

  • Shraavan Somvaar
  • Naag panchami
  • Raandhan Chath
  • Sitala Aaatam or sital saptami
  • Narali Poornima/ Rakshaa Bandhan

All mondays of shraavan- known as Shraavan Somvaar.  Fast if you wish and do special prayers to Lord shiva. Many hindus also believe in offering milk to the shiva temples during these Mondays of the month of Shraavan.

Naag Panchami or Naag paancham, when hindus worship the snake.

Yet another one during this month is Raandhan chath and Sitalaa saatam or sitalaa saptami – are two days back to back where the first day we cook a lot of food in the evening and at the end of the cooking clean up the stove and worship the stove with rice red kumkum a small betalnut and a coin. Keep it for all day next day and this is the only day when we are not to turn the stove on for the whole day we are supposed to consume the food that was cooked overnight. So typical in olden times the kind of food prepared for this occasion was one that would have a shelf life of at least 24 hours. Since we did not have refrigerators then. And what do we do with all the extra time on our hands on that day? We pray, meditate and go to temples etc to spend time in spiritual upliftment of our selves on the day of sitala saptami. The day of sitali saatam, is the day when we do not light the stove. We worship the Sitala maata- of the mother goddess Sitala  and give a one day break to our cooking appliance.

Another important occasion that falls on the last day of the month of shraavan is on the fullmoon day is Narali Poornima/ Rakshaa Bandhan. Narali poornima is the day when in ancient times the brahmins changed their threads of the thread ceremony. know as Janoi of Jaanav. and people also offer coconuts to the ocean on this full moon day. Falling on the same day is raksha bandhan where mostly in west and north of India this social occasion is about sisters tying a symbolic thread around her brother’s right hand wrist and praying for his health and prosperity, while the brother reciprocating the sister by offering a symbolic gift and extending his help and support to the sister for her life and well being.   So, Understand the meaning and reasoning behind fasting on this page of my recipes BLOG.    Pray to Lord shiva during the month of shraavan especially on mondays I have most of the commonly used pujas on this blog site,  Here are some links to various shiv puja audio/videos from this blog.    Veda saar shiva stav audio   Shiv Manas Pooja Dwadasha Jyotirlingani    Aatma Shatkum.     Fast as much as you can and remember to stay healthy- check out the fasting recipes on my vegetarianrecipes blog,  and stay happy and healthy.  Last but not the least:  Remember to do meditation.       Here is one video to start you with   Introduction to Meditation Video