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.

108 names of Lord Ganesh and Ganesh visarjanश्री गणेश अष्टोत्तर शतनामावलि

108 names of Lord Ganesh and Ganesh visarjanश्री गणेश अष्टोत्तर शतनामावलि Shri Ganesh

when the ten days of the special Ganesh chaturthi festival comes to a close on the fourteenth day of the month known as Anant Chaturdashi (Anand chaudas). On the blog I have posted the shlokas, chalisa, and aarti now  here I am posting the 108 names as well. Recite these along with the other prayers to conclude the festival as we joyfully immerse the idols in the ocean we believe that Lord ganesh goes back to his heavenly abode and will at the same time accept our invitation to return to our homes again next year. Follow the order of  shlokas,prayers,chalisa,108 names and then Aarti.

After the 108 names, and at the end of this post are a few simple steps to follow for Ganesh Visarjan if you are doing it at your homes. Please remember immersions are only done for statues/idols/images of Ganesh that are brought specifically on the day of ganesh chaturthi for this event.(Usually made of clay).  The regular statues,images of Lord Ganesh that are in our homes  are NOT to be immersed.They stay.

Here are the Ashtottara Shatanamavali श्री गणेश अष्टोत्तर शतनामावलि of Lord Ganesh:

  • ॐ गजाननाय नमः।
  • ॐ गणाध्यक्षाय नमः।
  • ॐ विघ्नाराजाय नमः।
  • ॐ विनायकाय नमः।
  • ॐ द्वैमातुराय नमः।
  • ॐ द्विमुखाय नमः।
  • ॐ प्रमुखाय नमः।
  • ॐ सुमुखाय नमः।
  • ॐ कृतिनॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सुप्रदीपाय नमः।
  • ॐ सुखनिधयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सुराध्यक्षाय नमः।
  • ॐ सुरारिघ्नाय नमः।
  • ॐ महागणपतयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ मान्याय नमः।
  • ॐ महाकालाय नमः।
  • ॐ महाबलाय नमः।
  • ॐ हॆरम्बाय नमः।
  • ॐ लम्बजठरायै नमः।
  • ॐ ह्रस्व ग्रीवाय नमः।
  • ॐ महॊदराय नमः।
  • ॐ मदॊत्कटाय नमः।
  • ॐ महावीराय नमः।
  • ॐ मन्त्रिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ मङ्गल स्वराय नमः।
  • ॐ प्रमधाय नमः।
  • ॐ प्रथमाय नमः।
  • ॐ प्राज्ञाय नमः।
  • ॐ विघ्नकर्त्रॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विघ्नहन्त्रॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विश्व नॆत्रॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विराट्पतयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ श्रीपतयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ वाक्पतयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ शृङ्गारिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ अश्रितवत्सलाय नमः।
  • ॐ शिवप्रियाय नमः।
  • ॐ शीघ्रकारिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ शाश्वताय नमः।
  • ॐ बल नमः।
  • ॐ बलॊत्थिताय नमः।
  • ॐ भवात्मजाय नमः।
  • ॐ पुराण पुरुषाय नमः।
  • ॐ पूष्णॆ नमः।
  • ॐ पुष्करॊत्षिप्त वारिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ अग्रगण्याय नमः।
  • ॐ अग्रपूज्याय नमः।
  • ॐ अग्रगामिनॆ नमः।
  • ॐ मन्त्रकृतॆ नमः।
  • ॐ चामीकरप्रभाय नमः।
  • ॐ सर्वाय नमः।
  • ॐ सर्वॊपास्याय नमः।
  • ॐ सर्व कर्त्रॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सर्वनॆत्रॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सर्वसिद्धिप्रदाय नमः।
  • ॐ सिद्धयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ पञ्चहस्ताय नमः।
  • ॐ पार्वतीनन्दनाय नमः।
  • ॐ प्रभवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ कुमारगुरवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ अक्षॊभ्याय नमः।
  • ॐ कुञ्जरासुर भञ्जनाय नमः।
  • ॐ प्रमॊदाय नमः।
  • ॐ मॊदकप्रियाय नमः।
  • ॐ कान्तिमतॆ नमः।
  • ॐ धृतिमतॆ नमः।
  • ॐ कामिनॆ नमः।
  • ॐ कपित्थपनसप्रियाय नमः।
  • ॐ ब्रह्मचारिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ ब्रह्मरूपिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ ब्रह्मविद्यादि दानभुवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ जिष्णवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विष्णुप्रियाय नमः।
  • ॐ भक्त जीविताय नमः।
  • ॐ जितमन्मधाय नमः।
  • ॐ ऐश्वर्यकारणाय नमः।
  • ॐ ज्यायसॆ नमः।
  • ॐ यक्षकिन्नेर सॆविताय नमः।
  • ॐ गङ्गा सुताय नमः।
  • ॐ गणाधीशाय नमः।
  • ॐ गम्भीर निनदाय नमः।
  • ॐ वटवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ अभीष्टवरदाय नमः।
  • ॐ ज्यॊतिषॆ नमः।
  • ॐ भक्तनिधयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ भावगम्याय नमः।
  • ॐ मङ्गलप्रदाय नमः।
  • ॐ अव्यक्ताय नमः।
  • ॐ अप्राकृत पराक्रमाय नमः।
  • ॐ सत्यधर्मिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सखयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सरसाम्बुनिधयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ महॆशाय नमः।
  • ॐ दिव्याङ्गाय नमः।
  • ॐ मणिकिङ्किणी मॆखालाय नमः।
  • ॐ समस्त दॆवता मूर्तयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सहिष्णवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सततॊत्थिताय नमः।
  • ॐ विघातकारिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विश्वग्दृशॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विश्वरक्षाकृतॆ नमः।
  • ॐ कल्याणगुरवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ उन्मत्तवॆषाय नमः।
  • ॐ अपराजितॆ नमः।
  • ॐ समस्त जगदाधाराय नमः।
  • ॐ सर्वैश्वर्यप्रदाय नमः।
  • ॐ आक्रान्त चिद चित्प्रभवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ श्री विघ्नॆश्वराय नमः।

हरिः ॐ गं गणपतये नमः. इति श्री गणेशाय अष्टोत्तर नमः हरि ॐ शतनामावलि समाप्तः

Hari om Gum Ganapataye namah. Iti shri ganeshay ashttottara namah. Hari On shatanamavali .

Steps to follow For Ganesh visarjan:  श्री गणेश विसर्जन 

In case you cannot follow these steps due to lack of availability of items or time, that’s ok.  Just close your eyes and have an intention and do manas pooja (Mentally) offer these to lord Ganesh and

recite the prayers,chalisa,shlokas,108 names and conclude with aarti.

  • Aavahan
  • Shtaapan
  • Aasan
  • Arghya
  • Aachman
  • snanam(with panchamrut)
  • Vastra
  • yagnipavita
  • gandha
  • akshata
  • pushpamala
  • dhoop
  • deep
  • naivyedhyam
  • Taambul
  • Aarti
  • and Visarjan- Bring the idols/statues/images for immersion

  • Remember to create an intention to bring Lord Ganesh to our home again next year.

Pirtupaksha (Or the fifteen days- forthnight of ancestors) Shraddha Paksha is coming up Next.

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

No Chandra darshan on Ganesh chaturthi

No Chandra darshan(looking at the moon)on Ganesh Chaturthi

No Chandra darshan on Ganesh chaturthi

According to our ancient scritpures( Purana) we should not be looking at the moonon the day or Ganesh chaturthi. The ancient story goes that the moon was laughting at Lord ganesh due to his vehicle the Mouse. So Lord Ganesh cursed the moon by saying that no one will look at the moon on Ganeshchaturthi. Anyone who looks at the moon on the day of ganesh chaturthi will be blamed for something they did not do. The story further goes to say that even Lord Krishna had to bear this curse as he too was accused of stealing the jewel “syamantak Mani(pearl)”  because of looking at the moon on the day of ganesh chaturthi.

Say if you happen to see the moon by mistake on that day, what do we do now? In hindu philosophy and culture one thing I have always noticed is that they always give you solutions to all your problems. There are a few ways to rid yourself of the so called curse. You can :

1. see the moon on 3rd and 5th day as well which is the day before and he day after the day of ganesh chaturthi.
2. Read or listen to the episode that describes the theft of syamantak mani as narrated in  chapters 56 and 57 of tenth skanda of srimad Bhagwad.
3. recite the  following mantra that  with a glass of water in your hand and then drink that water.

Sanskrit:
सिन्ह प्रसेनमवधीत्  सिन्हो जाम्बवता हतः |
सुकुमारक मा रोदीस्तव ह्येष स्यमन्तकः ||
English:
Sinha prasenamavadheet sinho jaambavataa Hatah:|
Sukumarak maa rodistava hyesha syamantaka: ||

Meaning: O handsome prince, it is for this pearl that Sinha killed prasena and Jaambvan killed the sinha, so please do not be upset(cry) Now you and only you have the right to this pearl.

So here’s hoping you don’t see the moon on the day of ganesh chaturthi, but in case you happen to by mistake, please use these tips to counter balance the ill effects of the sight.

shri ganesh

Happy Ganesh Chaaturthi.

Disclaimer: Source for all the shlokas/prayers on my blog are Various different scriptures,books,that I have read over my entire lifetime,received from my  grand parents, parents and from ancient hindu/sanskrit books and other material thru my own research for knowledge scriptures. Many are 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.

Ghantaanaad घण्टानाद Aagaman- आगमन्

3. Ghantaanaad घण्टानाद  (Sound the bell) and
4. Aagaman- आगमन् (invitation)

Ghantanaad:

Ghantanaad(Ghanti or ghant) for prayers
Ghantanaad(Ghanti or ghant) for prayers

(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.

3. Gurudhyaan