HASTODAKA INTRODUCTION Hastodaka refers to offering the food as Neivedyam to Guru Raghavendra, and then it would be offered to the devotees. Whenever, if we have an opportunity to visit the holy Mantralayam Mutt, we must have to compulsorily consume the delicious food provided at the Mantralayam Temple. By taking
THIRUKALYANAM URCHAVAM INTRODUCTION Thirukalyanam urchavam would be performed to the divine deities in the famous temples like Tirumala to Lord Venkateswara with Ma Padmavathi, Thiruthani to Lord Murugan with Ma Valli and Devasena. This Seva would be usually performed by the newly married couples in the temples, in order to
VANABHOJANAM INTRODUCTION Vanabhojanam means serving food to the devotees under holy trees, and it would be served in big temples like Tirumala, and also in small temples during the Tamil month of Karthika. The food would be served to the devotees usually under the trees like Vilva, Arasa and Vanni,
ANNADANA SHELTERS INTRODUCTION Annadana shelters are those places wherein free food would be offered to the people. It would be offered in most of the temples, and also in private Annadana choultries. Food is very essential to survive in our life, and without taking food, we cannot live our life.
KURUKSHETRA WAR INTRODUCTION The Kurukshetra War is a war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas and it is mentioned in the holy epic Mahabharata. It is believed that at the present place of Haryana, the Kurukshetra war took place. This war was lasted for a period of 18 days, and after that,
SACRIFICE INTRODUCTION Sacrifice means sacrificing of anything in our life, like giving our food to others, giving all of our belongings for the purpose of construction of temples or to the poor people, donating our kidneys to our near or dears or to an unknown friend, or sacrificing all or our
CONTROL OF OUR SENSES INTRODUCTION We can control our senses, only if we purify our mind. It can be controlled only through great efforts, and it is a never ending process. Only by adopting certain measures like doing meditation, yoga, worshipping the almighty from our heart, and also in the
INTRODUCTION Kantimathi (11th century AD) was the holy mother of Sri Ramanuja, and at her teenage, she got married to Sri Kesava Somayaji, a pious Brahmin scholar, and lived in Srperumbudur, and had one noble son, who was the great Vaishnative saint Sri Ramanuja and his birth name was Ilaya Perumal.
INTRODUCTION Pisharadi (1550-1621) was born in Trikkandiyur, Kerala, and he was a great writer, reader, astrologer and an ardent devotee of Lord Guruvayurappan. He also helped his student Sri Narayana Bhattathiri towards composing the devotional poem Sri Narayaneeyam. WORKS Pravesaka Karanottama Uparagakriyakrama Sphutanirnaya Chayastaka Uparagavimsati Rasigolasphutaniti Venvarohavyakhya Horasaroccaya Pisharadi played a vital role in bringing up
INTRODUCTION Venkatamba(16th century AD) was the affectionate sister of Venkatanatha, who was known as Guru Raghavendra after becoming a saint, and she and her husband Sri Lakshminarasimhacharya played a vital role towards upbringing Venkatanatha in a proper manner at his younger age. After the death of her father Sri Timmanacharya
INTRODUCTION Vedavati was the holy mother of the great Madhwacharya, whose birth name was Vasudeva, and her consort name was Naddantillaya. The couples were lived at a village in Karnataka. She was a noble woman and got great attachment on her son Vasudeva. The parents were performed Upanayana to Vasudeva
INTRODUCTION Kumara Swamy Desikar (1711–1810), was a Shaivite saint and a spiritual writer and contains great bhakti on Lord Shiva. He was born into a pious Desikar family in Kanchipuram. He wrote books based on the importance of Lord Shiva and used to compose and sing beautiful songs on Lord Shiva in the
Benefits of Self Surrender Self surrender is the highest form of bhakti. Self surrender is also known as Atma Nivedana. Eg: Mira, Gopis of Vrindavan. In Kathopanishad it is said, “The Lord chooses that man who has surrendered himself, reveals Himself unto him and bestows the highest wisdom on him.”