Devotional Articles

ADIPATHA NAYANAR
INTRODUCTIONAdipatha Nayanar was a fisher man and lived his life by catching fish in the sea. He was a great devotee of Lord Shiva and lived in Nagapattinam. He is considered as one among the 63 nayanar saints.LIFEHe was a very good and honest person and he got his source of income by way of catching fish from the sea. As a regular practice, and through his love and devotion towards Lord Shiva, Adipatthar would dedicate the first fish he caught by throwing back into the sea. He had done this act, even if he got just one fish on a day, and he left hungry for the entire day.Due to the divine tes..
SRI AYYAPPA ASHTAKAM
INTRODUCTIONThe wonderful song “Harivarasanam” also known as Sri Ayyappa Ashtakam would be recited before the closure of the temple doors during night. The Ayyappa devotees were very much attracted with this bhakti song when they hear it on Sabarimala Temple, nearby the Sanctum. During the time of playing the divine song, everyone would feel the presence of Lord Ayyappa in their mind. Harivarasanam song is written by Kumbakudi Kulathur Iyer. This song would be recited by the priests in the Sabarimala Temple with great devotion in their mind, and after the completion of this song, the door..
SITHALAPAKKAM RAGHAVENDRA SWAMY
INTRODUCTIONAs per the words of Guru Raghavendra Swamy, many mutts are being formed all around the world. Out of his several temples, there is a famous temple situated at Sithalapakkam, which is located in Plot No. 364, Sri Raghavendra Swamy Koil Main Street, T.N.H.B. Quarters, Medavakkam - Mambakkam Main Road, SITHALAPAKAM, Chennai – 600126.It is also one of the Mritika Brindavan. This temple is managed by Sri.Arun Raghavendrar, who is also the priest of the temple. The temple was also consecrated (KUMBABISHEKHAM) in a well versed manner to enlighten the Holy Brindavan. In this temple, m..
SHIVASHTAKAM
INTRODUCTIONShivashtakam is the popular poem,                            which praises the glory of Lord Shiva. It is believed that this poem was written by Sri Adishankara. It is highly recommended for the devotees, that they must take bath before going to the Shiva Temple, and must wear clean clothes, and should take pure milk of cow, in order to bath the holy Shivalingam in the temple. They also must carry with them fruits, flowers and flower garlands, and they must contain a pure heart, in order to get the blessings of L..
SHIVA LINGASHTAKAM
INTRODUCTIONAshtakam is the poem written by the ancient saints in Sanskrit, and these poems describes about the glory of the almighty. Among the various ashtakams, shiva Lingashtakam, is considered as a famous poem and this was written by the great Advaita Saint, Sri Adi Shankaracharya.The contents from the divine poem are as follows: I salute that holy Shiva Lingam Which is worshipped by Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and by all other gods, saints and sages, and by the common people.I salute that holy Shiva Lingam which burns all of our desires, and takes us to the spiritual path.I salute that..
SHANI ASHTAKAM
INTRODUCTIONSri Sanaischarashtakam was written in praise of Lord Shani by the great King Dasaratha, father of Lord Rama.Shani is a slow moving planet, and he is called as Saturn, and he is the chief planet among all the nine planets. He is the son of Surya and Chaya and he contains the features of Lord Shiva, and similar to the guardian god, “MUNEESWARAN, he has also got the title “EASWARAN” through the grace of Lord Shiva.  He relieves us from various diseases, and would add sweetness in our lives through our sincere bhakti on him, and also based on the horoscope of his devotees.He appea..
SANKASHTI CHATURTHI
INTRODUCTIONSankashti Chaturthi, also called as Sankatahara Chaturthi, is an auspicious festival day, and it would be celebrated once in a month in praise of Lord Vinayaka. This famous festival is celebrated for more than 2000 years, in order to remove the obstacles in our life.During this festival, the devotees must have to observe fasting, and must prepare Mothakams and Vadai, in order to offer it to Lord Vinayaka. After the performance of the puja, we have to close our puja room for some time, with the belief that the first god Vinayaka would consume some of the holy Prasad items fondly off..
MUTHUMARIAMMAN TEMPLE-AGARAM
INTRODUCTIONThere is a famous Muthumariamman Temple situated at Agaram, Chennai – 600 082, located nearby Thiru.Vi.Ka Bus Terminus. Though the temple is small in size, but the deity present in the main shrine is very powerful. The Holy mother goddess Muthumariamman would show affection on her devotees like our own mother, and by seeing her beautiful face, we would forget all of our worries, and happiness would blossom in our lives.Along with the main shrine, a small Navagraha shrine, shrine for Sapthakannimar, Shrines for Lord Vinayaka and Muruga, and beautiful images of Ashtalakshmi were carv..
SRI RAGHAVENDRA VIJAYAM – LIFE HISTORY OF GURU RAGHAVENDRA
INTRODUCTIONThe holy epic "Sri Raghavendra Vijayam" is based on the life history of the great Madhwa Saint, Guru Raghavendra, which was written by Sri Narayanacharya, the poorvashrama relative of Sri Raghavendra, and in this holy text, the author has mentioned the holiness of the Guru, his kindness, sacred places visited by him, and the miracles performed by Guru Raghavendra in the life of his devotees. After writing this book in palm leaf manuscripts, Sri Narayanancharya had obediently submitted this book to his Guru, and after getting his approval, he has spread the contents contained i..
SUBRAMANYA BHUJANGAM – DIVINE SONGS IN PRAISE OF LORD MURUGA
INTRODUCTIONSri Subrahmanya Bhujangam is a famous poem written and sung by Sri Adi Sankara at Tiruchendur.While he was undergoing pilgrimage, he visited the holy place Tiruchendur, and due to the grace of Lord Muruga, divine song in praise of Lord Muruga began to pour from his mouth, and this holy poem is considered to be one of the best poems of Lord Muruga.Some of the contents present in the Subramanya Bhujangam are as follows:Lord Muruga though appears in the form of a child, contains great powers to remove the obstacles in our life, similar to his brother Lord Vinayaka. He was praised..
ASHWA PUJA
INTRODUCTIONAshwa Puja is an auspicious puja done for the Horse in order to express our love, affection and gratitude to this lovely animal.Ashwa Puja is an important ritual performed to honour the horse, which would bring happiness, strength, and wealth in our lives. This special Puja is performed in order to get the blessings of Lord Hayagriva, Lord Surya Narayana and the Divine horse headed physicians Ashwini Kumaras. Ashwa puja would be usually performed on the Akshaya Tritiya festival day, in order to prosper in our lives. Ashwa Pooja is also performed in order to remove the confusio..
GAJAPUJA
INTRODUCTIONGajapuja is a type of puja performed to elephants, especially during festivals like Vinayaka Chathurthi and during the New Year festival days like Ugadi and Vishu in the temples, where elephants are grown. Similar to the holy cow, elephants are also considered as pious animals, since they contain the features of the elephant god Vinayaka. During auspicious festival days, in some South Indian Temples, the elephants would be neatly dressed, and it would be decorated with golden ornaments. Priests would show Arathi to the elephant, and divine mantras would also be chanted in order to ..
PADMAKOMALAI - CONSORT OF SURAPADMA
INTRODUCTIONPadmakomalai was the consort of Demon Surapadman, and she is considered as a chaste and a pious queen. Their son was Banukopan, and he was killed by Lord Muruga during the war. She was a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva and requested her consort to give respect to Lord Shiva and Parvati, and their son Lord Muruga. Though Surapadman had tortured the divine demi gods, and made them as slaves to him, she requested her husband, to treat the demi gods in a worshipful manner. But Surapadman didn’t hear her words, and finally was defeated by Lord Muruga, and due to the grace of Muruga, ..
DOG PUJA FESTIVAL
INTRODUCTIONDog Puja is being held at Nepal, which falls on the second day of Diwali, and this puja festival is known as Kukur Tihar, where pets including dogs and cats are treated with great respect, and puja would be performed by the priests. Mostly dogs only would participate in the festival, and some people would also bring their pet cats. These wonderful animals would be adorned with a Thilaka (Kum Kum) on their fore heads, and this type of festival would be celebrated by the Nepalis with very much happiness. Holy Arathi also would be shown before the dogs and cats, and some people would ..
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