Archive for March, 2012


Dear Perumal,

I for one belong to a generation which would know the name of a music band first before the names of all the Azhwars! But better late than never…

It was interesting to note this piece of trivia. The English rock band Kula Shaker was so named as the founder Crispian Mills was interested in Vaishnavism.

“Mills suggested that the band take the name Kula Shaker, in honour of one of the twelve Alvars (saints of south India), the ninth-century Indian emperor and holy man, King Kulashekhara. In Indian culture, the name Kulashekhara is thought to be lucky or auspicious, and this appealed to the struggling band.” – Wikipedia

It is quite common to find videos about bhajans and bhakti songs, but unusual to find this in psychedelic rock. This is not a video I would usually post, but I make an exception here as someone somewhere made this in dedication to lord Krishna… Govinda Jaya Jaya.

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

 

 

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Sri Vaishnava calendar - March 2012

Sri Vaishnava calendar - March 2012

Important Dates:

March 4 – Ekadasi, Kulashekara Azhwar Thirunakshatram

March 5 – Thiruvallikeni Vedavalli Thirukkalyanam

March 14 – Panguni month begins

March 18 – Ekadasi

March 22 – Ammavasai

March 23 – Yugadi / Ugadi

March 26 – Sri Rangam Aadi Brahmotsavam

March 31 – Sri Raama Navami (Smaartha)

April 1 – Sri Vaishnava Rama Navami

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Dear Perumal,

Here is an Azhwar who shares Your name – Kulashekara Perumal! Here is an Azhwar who shares Your nakshatram – Punarvasu (Punar poosam) when Sri Ram was born!

Kulashekara Azhwar Moolavar

Kulashekara Azhwar

Kulashekara Perumal’s life is relevant to us in many ways. We struggle through life everyday to get ourselves the best of comforts. Here was a king who, despite having all the wealth, knowledge and skills, only wanted to be a stone step outside the sanctum of the lord Srinivasa, so that he be trampled by the devotees!

Humility, devotion and a complete immersion in love which took them closer and closer to the lord by the day… such is the typical nature of all the Azhwars. Would we ever reach these unparalleled levels of control of our minds, thoughts and actions.. and thus gain self realisation, hence realisation of the lord Himself? We can only keep trying. And keep loving.

Sri Kulashekara Azhwar Thiruvadigale Sharanam.

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Dearest Perumal,

No amount of excuses would suffice to cover any single day when one hasn’t prayed to you, or atleast thought of you in passing. Adiyen has been tied with time-consuming work and travel and have not been able to contribute much as part of regular kainkaryam. However, the thoughts and daily worship have not been compromised on. I love you dear Perumal and that is something quite consistent and constant compared to the ever-changing happenings in the material world!

All this having been said, I wanted to share some pictures from the new Navaneetha Krishnar idol placed at the Perumal room. This idol was bought at adiyen’s second visit to Sri Aprameya Swami temple situated near Channapatna at Doddamallur, right on the Mysore high way. Apart from the main deity of Sri Aprameya Perumal, there is a sannadhi for the crawling baby Krishna, where devotees regularly pray for progeny. Well, adiyen cannot think of any baby more charming than the lord Himself in this form!

Navaneetha Krishna idol

Navaneetha Krishna idol

The dark hue of the lord simply reflects on the idol. A simple dress and a tilak later, this vigraha truly started emanating complete radiance of baby Krishna! 🙂

Navaneetha Krishna mandap

Navaneetha Krishna mandap

 

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l