Thursday, December 5, 2013

SLOKA OF THE MONTH-- DEC 2013


SLOKA FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2013
“ Athyanthasukhasamvrudaha Sukumaraha Sukhochithaha
Kathamthvapararathreshu Sarayumavagahathe
Thyakthva Rajyam cha Manam cha Bhogaamscha vividhan bahun
Thapasvi Niyathaharaha Shethe Sheethe Maheethale”

Throughout the Ayodhya kanda the unflinching love of all citizens towards Rama and Rama’s steadfast love towards Dharama are shown. The citizens of Ayodhya followed Rama to the forest because of their indisputable love towards Him. Out of love for Rama Sita and Lakshmana followed Rama. Out of love for Rama Dasaratha sacrificed even his life. All of them loved Rama. This was because Rama followed Dharma. Out of all of them Bharatha was the best. Hearing the news of Rama’s exile he wept profusely. He came to Chitrakoot and asked Rama to accept the kingdom back. Rama consoled him and gave him his paduka as Jeevanadhara ( as a substitute). He brought back those padukas ( sandals) to Nandhigram. He did not enjoy the materialstic pleasure. He lived the life of an ascetic for 14 years.
                          Sri Rama left Chitrakoot and came to Panchavati. He lived in the hut built by Lakshmana. Even when it was winter he went to have his morning bath in the Godavari very early in the morning. Lakshmana came along. He once said to Rama “ Bharatha has been brought up with all comforts all these years. He ought to enjoy all the pleasures of a king. Yet he wears matted hair and the bark of a tree. He sleeps on barren ground and lives the life of a sage. We are doing so because we have been bound by the boon. He is not bound by any such boon” praised Lakshmana. Rama was thrilled to hear such words. He said “ Tell me more, tell me more about Bharatha. I feel happy listening about Bharatha.”


PAST EVENTS

PROGRAM AT SINGAPORE







Program at Singapore was held by Sri Krishnapremi Swamigal Satsangh, from Dec 1st to 7th. Smt. Vishakha Hari began on 1st Dec at SIFAS auditorium. The sangeetha upanyasam was on Krishna leela. Sri Hari Anna delivered the lectures on Ekadasha skandam at Sivan temple, Geylang. RadhaKalyanam
 was also conducted on Saturday and it was a grand conclusion.
The Conclusion Talk by V.Prabhakar Rao at the end of Smt. Vishaka Hariji’s “Sri Krishna Leela” – A Sangeetha Upanyasam at SIFAS (Singapore) on Dec 1st 2013 has been posted here.
Sri Gurubhyo Namaha
Even as I was walking to the rostrum in my mind the scene of Lord Krishna dancing on Kalinga in river Yamuna was running. Such was the beautiful way Smt.Vishakaji visibly portrayed this scene to us with the help of her Sangeetha Guru’s composition and her own wonderful musical ability.
I am very happy to see the hall filled with people. I even see some people standing at the end of the hall. It is an indication of the pull of Bhagavan Krishna and the music of Smt.Vishakaji.
In our culture whenever music meets devotion the result is divinity. . Today for giving such a divine event let us thank Smt.Vishakaji.
Smt.Vishakaji not only brought these two dimensions viz., Music and Devotion, but she also brought a third dimension into play. That was the Sense of Humour. Whether it was the Thambaalam or young Krishna or indhaaththu Mama or whichever one, I am sure all of us enjoyed the humour she brought in.
She started off by expressing why it is Krishna Leela and not Krishna Katha, Krishna Charithra, biography or autobiography ….. She emotionally brought out the fact that inspite of the most challenging circumstances He had faced Krishna took His life as a Play. He was born in the middle of the night in a prison to parents who were in handcuffs. From then on he had faced so many challenges in his life. Still He took His life as a Play. Hence it is Krishna Leela. Smt. Vishakaji brought out this so beautifully.
Starting from that point there was a smooth river of Bhagavatham running through the two hours of Sangeetha Upanyasam. Upanyasam requires coherent thought and fluency of delivery. Sangeetham brings into play its own musical factors. She has demonstrated ability in both the domains so commendably, which we could feel over the past two hours. And what more she was able to seamlessly move from Upanyasam to Sangeetham and back to Upanyasam at will, with complete ease. I was sitting there in the audience enjoying it as if my own daughter was performing!
As the event was progressing a mental picture of this upanyasam was forming in my mind as if it was a wonderful big tree. This tree had dharma as its root. The trunk and branches
were nothing but Srimad Bhagavatham. Sangeetham represented the beautiful flowers that we enjoyed in this tree. Finally what is the fruit? Her Bhavam was the fruit. Yad bhavam tad bhavathi. Her “Bhavam” became our “Anubhavam”. For that let us give her a big applause.
This kind of an event would not be so pleasant and enjoyable but for the outstanding accompanying instrumentalists. The Artiste on violin and the Artiste on mridangam added colour to the whole event.
SIFAS should be thanked for providing such a beautiful hall with excellent facilities and for hosting this event.
Sri Krishna Premi Swamigal Sathsangam of Singapore need to be thanked on all your behalf for arranging this sangeetha upanyasam.
And the audience for the wonderful support extended

UTHSAVAMS OF THE MONTH- DEC 2013


UTHSAVAM: KEERTHANAVALI UTHSAVAM
VILLAGE: PARANOOR
DATE: 18TH DEC TO 27TH DEC
PLACE: KOLAHALAN'S TEMPLE

SRI HARI ANNA'S PROGRAM

PROGRAM AT MUMBAI
DATE: 25TH DEC TO 31ST DEC
TOPIC: SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM
TIME: 7.00 A.M TO 7.00 P.M
VENUE: VANI VIDYALAYA, MULUND

EVENTS OF THE MONTH- DECEMBER 2013

                                             SMT . VISHAKHA HARI'S PROGRAMS

PROGRAM FOR DECEMBER SEASON AT CHENNAI


DECEMBER MUSIC SEASON 2013

S.NO DATE SABHA VENUE TOPIC TIME ACCOMPANISTS

1) 07.12.12 Karthik Fine Arts Narada Gana Sabha Kuchelopakyanam 6.45p.m Ananthakrishnan, Arjun Ganesh,  Trichy Krishnaswamy

2) 15.12.13 Jaya TV Chettinad Vidyashramam Guruvayurappan leela 6.45 p.m Ananthakrishnan, Arjun Ganesh,  Trichy Murali

3) 21.12.13 Krishna Gana Sabha Krishna Gana Sabha Parvathy Kalyanam 9.00 a.m Ananthakrishnan, Arjun Ganesh, Trichy Murali

4) 22.12.13 Krishna Gana Sabha Krishna Gana Sabha Meenakshy Kalyanam 9.00a.m Ananthakrishnan, Arjun Ganesh,  Trichy Murali

5) 25.12.13 Parthasarathy Swami Vidya Bharathi , Bhooloka Vaikuntam 10.00a.m Padma Shankar, GanapathyRaman, Trichy Murali

6) 27.12.13 Mudra Fine Arts Infosys Hall, Prahlada charitram  6.30p.m Charulatha, H.S Sudindra, Sukanya          T.Nagar ( near Joy Alukkas)

7) 29.12.13 Bharath Kalchar -Bharath Kalachar,T.Nagar Andal Kalyanam 4.00p.m Jyothsna,  H.S Sudindra, Sukanya 

8) 30.12.13 Vani Mahal Vani Mahal, T.Nagar Subramanya Vaibhavam 6.00p.m Charulatha, Sudindra, Sukanya 

9) 1.01.14 Narada Gana Sabha Narada Gana Sabha Srinivasa Vaibhavam 4.00 p.m Ananthakrishnan,Arjun Ganesh,  Trichy Krishnaswamy



QUIZ ON SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE QUIZ
1) The answers to the quiz should be sent to the email idannahariji@gmail.com within 26th of each month.
2) Every month the answers will be evaluated and marks shall be given as points. These points shall get cumulatively added each month.
3) The highest score winner of the year ( April to March) will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.

QUESTIONS FOR DECEMBER 2013
1)Which was the capital city of Karthaveeryarjuna?
2)To which rishi’s gothra did Parasurama belong?
3)Who was Oushanasi?
4) Who cursed Yayathi that he would become old?
5) Who took Yayathi’s curse of old age instead of him?

ANSWERS FOR NOVEMBER 2013
1)      Parikshith had listened to Ramayana from several rishis even before he heard from Suka.
2)      Sita matched Rama in beauty, form, character, virtue and age.
3)      Lavanan
4)      Sri Rama ascended Vaikunta placing His feet on those who thought of Him.
5)      Seeradhwaja

WINNERS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2013

1) Srividhya Krishnan-------------I-------------------------58+10=68
2) Gokul--------------------------I--------------------------30+10=40
3) Padma Narayanan-------------I---------------------------60+10=70
4) Srinivasan Sujatha--------------I-------------------------60+10=70
5) N. Krishnan--------------------I--------------------------68+10=78
6) Sethuraman-------------------I---------------------------70+10=80
7) Raja--------------------------II---------------------------48+8=56
8) Sruthi Suryaprakash-----------II--------------------------60+8=68
9) Radhakrishnan---------------III--------------------------70+6=76
10) Lalitha Narasimhan----------III---------------------------6

KSHETRA FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2013

The crab worshipping Shiva.- Karkateshwara.


Gangakarshanam- the well at the mutt
                                                             
                                                              THIRIVISANALLUR
There is a shiva kshetra by name Thirivisanallur. There was once a chola king who wanted to worship Lord Shiva there. He had informed the archakar that he wanted to worship the Lord with thousand lotus flowers that had grown in the lotus tank. The next morning as the archakar made all arrangements for the king’s visit and opened the door of the sanctum sanctorium he was shocked.That was because there were already thousand flowers on Shiva. Who had worshipped Him? The king came there and to his utter dismay felt cheated. He suspected that the archakar had did it. The latter pleaded that he had not worshipped Lord Shiva and also said he would see who had done it. That night he was awake and waited to see who was worshipping Shiva. Just then a crab came through the Gomukha  and placed flowers on Shiva’s head one by one. As the archaka came to hit it the crab climbed on to Lord Shiva’s head so that he could not hit it. Crab is called Karkataha in Sanskrit. Hence Lord Shiva of Thirivisanallur came to be called Karkateshwara.

Many famous scholars lived at Thirivisanallur. But of all Sreedhara Iyyaval was the most famous saint. He was a contemporary of Bodhendral. He did Nama Sidhdhantha. He was previously a minister at the court of Mysore Maharaja.But he did not like his post. He preferred to be a sincere devotee of Lord Shiva. Hence he came on a kshetradana ( pilgrimage) to Trichy. He composed several works like Krishna Dwadashamanjari, Akhyashashti, Dolanavarathnamalika etc. He settled at Thrivisanallur. Once a hungry orphan begged him for food. Out of pity he gave food to him. But that was on the day of his pithru shraadhdham. All the Brahmins of that village were annoyed at his behaviour.  They advised that Ganga snan was the only solution to it. He went to his well and prayed that Ganges came to his well. The river truly came to his well. This uthsava is celebrated as Gangakarshanothsavam. Thousands of people come to this village on Kathika Amavasa for Ganga snan ( at the well). Sreedara Iyyaval’s greatness is indescribable.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

SLOKA FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2013


“ Bhavagnena Kruthagyena Dharmagyena cha Lakshmana
Thvaya Puthrena Dharmathma Na Samvruththaha Pitha Mama”

Those who are service minded have service as the means and end. They never fail to serve others for any reason. Devotees serve the Lord always. If they attain Vaikunta they serve Paramapadanatha, else they serve the Lord at Divyadeshas.
                         In the Avathara of Rama, Lakshmana seems to have been really service minded. He served Rama at all times, in all places and in all possible ways. He came along with Rama only to serve him in the forest. In the forest he served Rama by
a)      Making a boat to cross the river
b)      Keeping a watch over the surroundings when Rama slept
c)       Plucking fruits and vegetables for food
d)      Building a hermitage for Ram ato reside
e)      Massaging Rama’s feet
f)       Looking after Seetha if Rama went outside
g)      Pacifying Rama on his loss of Seetha
And more and more.


When Rama came to Panchavati, Lakshmana built a beautiful ashram for him. Rama was overwhelmed by it. He said to Lakshmana “ You serve me knowing me well. You always do what is right. I can feel a father’s love in all this. I feel as if  father Dasaratha is taking care of me.  Bharatha informed me at Chitrakoota that father was dead. I was the most affected then. I felt I was there to look after all of you, but I had no one to look after me.. Now I have no regrets. I feel father has come in your form..” Thus saying Rama hugged Lakshmana with pervasive love.

UTHSAVAM OF THIS MONTH- NOV 2013


UTHSAVAM: RASOTHSAVAM
DATE: NOV 10TH TO 17TH
TOWN: BRINDAVANAM
VENUE: PREMA MADHURI KUNJ

SRI HARI ANNA'S PROGRAM FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2013

1) PROGRAM AT CHENNAI
DATE: NOV 10TH TO 16TH
TOPIC: SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM
VENUE; GURUVAYURAPPAN TEMPLE, NANGANALLUR
TIME: 7.00 P.M

2) PROGRAM AT SINGAPORE
DATE: 2ND DEC TO 7TH DEC
TOPIC: EKADASHA SKANDAM- SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM
VENUE; SIVA TEMPLE, GEYLANG
TIME; 6.30 P.M

SMT.VISHAKHA HARI--PROGRAMS FOR NOVEMBER, DECEMBER 2013


1) PROGRAM AT CHENNAI
DATE: 9TH NOV
VENUE: BHARATH UTHSAV, NARADA GANA SABHA
TOPIC: SRI SURDAS
TIME: 7.00 P.M

2) PROGRAM AT BANGALORE
DATE: 16TH NOV
VENUE: GHANJAM, CHOWDIAH HALL
TOPIC: THE GLORY OF MEERA BAI- ENGLISH HARIKATHA
TIME: 6.OO P.M

3)PROGRAM AT THIRUVISANALLUR
DATE; 23RD NOVEMBER
TOWN; THIRUVISANALLUR ( NEAR KUMBAKONAM)
VENUE; SREEDHARAIYYAVAL MADAM
TOPIC: PARVATHY KALYANAM
TIME; 7.00 P.M

4) PROGRAM AT SINGAPORE
DATE: 1ST DEC
CITY: SINGAPORE
VENUE: SHIVA TEMPLE, GEYLANG
TOPIC: KRISHNA LEELA
TIME: 6.30 P.M


PROGRAM FOR DECEMBER SEASON AT CHENNAI


DECEMBER MUSIC SEASON 2013

S.NO DATE SABHA VENUE TOPIC TIME ACCOMPANISTS

1) 07.12.12 Karthik Fine Arts Narada Gana Sabha Kuchelopakyanam 6.45p.m Ananthakrishnan, Arjun Ganesh,  Trichy Krishnaswamy

2) 15.12.13 Jaya TV Chettinad Vidyashramam Guruvayurappan leela 6.45 p.m Ananthakrishnan, Arjun Ganesh,  Trichy Murali

3) 21.12.13 Krishna Gana Sabha Krishna Gana Sabha Parvathy Kalyanam 9.00 a.m Ananthakrishnan, Arjun Ganesh, Trichy Murali

4) 22.12.13 Krishna Gana Sabha Krishna Gana Sabha Meenakshy Kalyanam 9.00a.m Ananthakrishnan, Arjun Ganesh,  Trichy Murali

5) 25.12.13 Parthasarathy Swami Vidya Bharathi , Bhooloka Vaikuntam 10.00a.m Padma Shankar, GanapathyRaman, Trichy Murali

6) 27.12.13 Mudra Fine Arts Infosys Hall, Prahlada charitram  6.30p.m Charulatha, H.S Sudindra, Sukanya          T.Nagar ( near Joy Alukkas)

7) 29.12.13 Bharath Kalchar -Bharath Kalachar,T.Nagar Andal Kalyanam 4.00p.m Jyothsna,  H.S Sudindra, Sukanya 

8) 30.12.13 Vani Mahal Vani Mahal, T.Nagar Subramanya Vaibhavam 6.00p.m Charulatha, Sudindra, Sukanya 

9) 1.01.14 Narada Gana Sabha Narada Gana Sabha Srinivasa Vaibhavam 4.00 p.m Ananthakrishnan,Arjun Ganesh,  Trichy Krishnaswamy

QUIZ ON SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM- NOVEMBER 2013

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE QUIZ
1) The answers to the quiz should be sent to the email idannahariji@gmail.com within 26th of each month.
2) Every month the answers will be evaluated and marks shall be given as points. These points shall get cumulatively added each month.
3) The highest score winner of the year ( April to March) will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.


QUESTIONS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2013
1)      Parikshith heard Ramayana from sage Sukha. From who else did he hear the same?
2)      In what ways was Seetha comparable to Rama? How did she match him?
3)      Which asura did Shatrugna kill in Madhuvana?
4)      When Rama ascended Vaikunta where did he place His feet?
5)      What was Janaka’s ( the father)  of Seetha’s name?

ANSWERS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2013
1)Ambarisha performed the Ashwamedha sacrifice.
2)Just as a chaste wife holds sway over her husband by her chastity so does a devotee seduce the Lord by his devotion.
3) Devotees do not even aspire for mukthis like Salokya, Sarshti, Sameepya etc.
4) Asamanja
5) 12 years

WINNERS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2013
1) Padma Narayanan------------------------I---------50+10=60
2) Srinivasan Sujatha------------------------I---------50+10=60
3) Sethuraman---------------------------------I------60+10=70
4) N. Krishnan---------------------------------I-------58+10=68
5) Gokul-----------------------------------------I-----20+10=30
6) Shruthi Suryaprakash--------------------I-----------50+10=60
7) Radhakrishnan-----------------------------I---------60+10=70
8) Sri VidhyaKrishnan-----------------------I----------48+10=58
9) Raman---------------------------------------II------18+8=26
10) Narayanan--------------------------------III--------8+6=14

KSHETRA FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2013

                                                        
                                                           NANDIPURAVINNAGARAM
There is no difference between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Those who perceive differences and speak ill of the Lords only project their own jealousy. The devotees of Shiva who show prejudice against Vishnu and vice versa cannot please either of the Lords. Just as a man- takes duty as an officer in his office, as a father at home and as a pilgrim on a holy tour, the lord is one. He takes several roles, as a creator, sustainer and destuctor. As a creator He is known as Brahma. As one who protects the world He is called Vishnu and as the destructor He is known as Shiva. These are but roles of one and the same person. In order to show this to the world a divine sport took place at Kailasa.
                                         Lord Shiva was discussing Brahma Vichara with the rishis at Kailasa. They started discussing the origin of the world and the person who was the sole reason behind the world. Just then Veda Vyasa entered the sadas.
   He lifted both his hands and proclaimed “ I can tell with authority that the Vedas are the most authentic shastras and Lord Vishnu is the greatest of the Gods.” “ Narayana is Parabrahma.” Nandikeswara was angered by these words. He felt it was an insult to Lord Shiva. He hence paralysed the hands of Veda Vyasa. Shiva was inturn angered by the actions of Nandi. He said “ Everyone knows that Nrayana is Parabrahma and I also accept this statement. You have committed a sin by unnecessarilily paralysing Vyasa’s hands. This only reflects your jealousy towards him. May you get out of Kailasa”. Vyasa pleaded with Shiva “ nandi is your true devotee. Out of staunch devotion he has committed the same. He is Dharmaswarupa. Lord Vishnu resides in your heart and Syou reside in Vishnu’s heart. Those who do not know the essence of the shastras do not know this too. I beg you to forgive him and take him again to ypour feet.” Lord Shiva said “ Nandi, Go to Bhooloka, worship Lord Vishnu there and get relieved of your sin.  You may then continue your service at Kailasa. Those who perceive differences between me and Vishnu are indeed traitors.

                       Thus nandi came to a place near Kumbakona and cleansed himself of his sin by worshipping SriNatha at the banks of river Manimuktha. Hence this place came to be called Nandipuravinnagaram.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

SLOKA OF THE MONTH- OCTOBER 2013


“ Thvayi Sathyam Cha Dharmascha Thvayi sarvam Prathishtitham
Thachcha Sarvam Mahabaho Shakyam Dharthum Jithendriyaihi
Thava Vashyendriyathvam cha Janami Shubhadarshana
Budhdirvairam Vina Hanthum Rakshasaan Dandakaasrithan.
Aparaadham vina Hanthum Lokaan Veera Na kamaye
Apyaham Jeevitham Jahyam Thvam Va Seethe SaLakshmanaam
Na thu Prathignam samsruthya Braahmanebhyo Viseshathaha”


SriDevi is the embodiment of compassion. She never leaves the Lord even for a second.  Her abode is the bosom of the Lord. If we ask a person whether he has compassion, we do not ask him whether his head has mercy, or his hands or legs possess pity. We only say “ Doesnt your hear ever have compassion? The heart is the place for compassion. SriDevi always resides in the Lord’s heart. Whenever he incarnates she too comes along and shows the world the path of dharma. She came as Sita during the Ramaavathara. She showed the world the meaning of chastity.
              When Rama went to the forest she too went along.When he entered Dandakaarnaya, the sages surrendered at his feet and asked rama to protect them from Kara, Dooshana and other rakshasas. Immediately Rama pledged to kill the rakshasas. Seetha sid “ i do not think the rakshasas are at fault. Hence please do not kill them. You are full of virtues like truth, righteousness, etc. The sages have controlled their senses. They can tolerate anything.. I know how great a person you are. The rakshasas have not troubled us at all. Hence it is inappropriate to go for war with the rakshasa.

    Rama did not get angry hearing these words. He said , “ You are full of compassion. Hence the blunder of the rakshasas is not felt by you. These rakshasas have eaten hundreds of sages and tormented them. How could I be calm? The purpose of me holding this Kodanda in hand is to protect the good and destroy the evil. Iam prepared to even sacrifice my life, or even you and Lakshmana for the sake of the sadhus. Never will I give up my oath to protect them”, he concluded.

PAST EVENTS





                                                            SAPTHAHAM AT DUBAI
Sri Hari Anna conducted a grand sapthaham at Dubai from Sept 23rd to 29th. It was organised at the Sindhi Mandir, Dubai. Hundreds of devotees were immersed in the joy of his rendering. Hari Anna’s upanyasams were full of enthusiasm, joy and pure bliss. The audience were deeply moved and excited and wished for more and more of such nectar. Smt. Vishakha Hari rendered a sangeetha upanyasam on the 29th of September. The topic was Akruraagamanam, Kamsa Vadam and Rukmini kalyanam. People enjoyed it all and wished for more.

EVENTS OF THIS MONTH- OCTOBER 2013


 UTHSAVAM OF THIS MONTH

1) UTHSAVAM: NAVARATHRI
DATE: 5TH OCT TO 13TH OCT
VILLAGE: PARANOOR

2) UTHSAVAM: RASOTHSAVAM
DATE: 18TH OCT
VILLAGE: PARANOOR

SRI HARI ANN'S PROGRAMS

1) PROGRAM AT PARANOOR
DATE: 5TH OCT TO 13TH OCT
TOPIC; NAVAHAM ( RAMAYANAM)
VILLAGE: PARANOOR
TIME: 4.00 TO 6.00 P,M

2) PROGRAM AT MUMBAI
DATE: 21ST OCT TO 28TH OCT
VENUE: SUBRAMANIASWAMY TEMPLE, CHEDDANAGAR, MUMBAI
TOPIC: SAPTHAHAM ( SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM)
TIME; 6.00 A.M TO 6.00 P.M

SMT VISHAKHA HARI'S PROGRAMS


1) PROGRAM AT CHENNAI
DATE: 21ST OCTOBER
VENUE: MUSIC ACADEMY, ALWARPET
TIME: 6.00 P.M
TOPIC: CONCERT - VOCAL DUET WITH BROTHER SAKETHARAMAN
TITLE: STHREE VAIBHAV- " THE GLORY OF WOMEN"

QUIZ ON SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM- OCTOBER 2013

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE QUIZ
1) The answers to the quiz should be sent to the email idannahariji@gmail.com within 26th of each month.
2) Every month the answers will be evaluated and marks shall be given as points. These points shall get cumulatively added each month.

3) The highest score winner of the year ( April to March) will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.


QUESTIONS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2013
1)      Did Ambarisha perform the Ashwamedha sacrifice/
2)      Saints enslave the Lord by their devotion. Which example does the Lord quote to establish this fact?
3)      Saints who serve become satisfies and contented with their service alone. Hence they do not want anything else in life. What is it that they do not want?
4)      Who was Amshuman’s father/
5)      How many years did Sowdasa spend as a Rakshasa?

ANSWERS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2013

1)Mathsyapuranam
2)Sradhdhadeva
3)Sudyumna
4) Ashwinikumaras
5)a)Revatha
 b)Lord Krishna established the city of Dwaraka in that Kushasthali.

WINNERS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2013
1)      Sethuraman------------------------I----------------50+10=60
2)      Sri Vidya Krishnan-----------------I----------------38+10=48
3)      N.Krishnan--------------------------I----------------48+10=58
4)      Padma Narayanan----------------I----------------40+10=50
5)      Srinivasan Sujatha.S--------------I----------------40+10=50
6)      Gokul---------------------------------I----------------10+10=20
7)      Mala Parvathi----------------------I----------------10
8)      Radhakrishnan Ramamurthy---I----------------50+10=60
9)      Sruthi Suryaprakash--------------I----------------40+10=50
10)   Sreshta Krishnan------------------II----------------8
11)   Raman ------------------------------III---------------12+6=18

KSHETRA FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2013

                                                      
                                                            THIRUVAHEENDRAPURAM

There was a prajapathi by name Arishtanemi. He had two wives, Vinatha and Kadru. The wives fought with each other regarding a horse by name Uchaisravas which aarose out of the ksheerabdi. Vinatha argued that the tail of the horse was white whereas Kadru said it was black in colour. The silly argument turned wild. Kadru concluded that if it was white she would become the slave of Vinatha else Vinatha should turn her slave. But Kadru played foul game. She sent her sons, the black serpants and asked trhem to cover the tail of the horse so that it looked black. Vinatha believed the tail was really black and as promised she became Kadru’s slave. In due time two sons were born to Vinatha. Her eldest son was Aruna, the charioteer of the Sun whereas her younger son was none other than Garuda, the Lord’s divine carrier. Garuda came to know of his mothers slavery. He begged Kadru to release her. But Kadru releneted on the condition that he would bring her nectar from the ksheerabdi.

Immediately Garuda proceeded to capture the pot of nectar. A severe battle ensued between the Devas and Garuda. The Devas were defeated and they inturn surrendered to the Lord. Lord Vishnu met Garuda on the way and asked him to return the nectar. Garuda, now proud of having won over the Devas  refused to relent. He said “ I have obtained this through my might and if you want it back may you fight with me. “ The Lord smiled and said “ Being the soul of every being I can easily win you but I prefer your friendship to war.” Garuda was still adamant. “ Iam greater than you and you very well know this. This is why you prefer my friendship, being afraid of me. “ The Lord too said ‘ Yes. I accept that you are stronger than me and Iam weak. That is exactly the eason why I would like to make friendship with you. Saying so as an act of friendship the Lord threw one of his arms around Garuda’s shoulder. Unable to bear the weight of a single arm Garuda panted in exhaustion. He finally agreed that the Lord was the creator of all. Yet he said “ My mother has been enslaved and this is why I need the nectar”. The Lord told him “ Kadru had cheated your mother. The tail of the horse is white in reality. Show it to her and your mother would be released free. Gaaruda thanked the Lord for his advice and handed over the pot of nectar. The Lord pleased with his love towards his mother said “ Ask any boon of me, My dear”. Garuda said “ iam indeed jealous of your brain and brawn. I want to be superior to you in might and fame. “ The Lord said “ may you be my carrier. Thus it would be proven to the world that you bear  Me ( my weight), who has all the world in Himself. Also You can stay as as ymbol in my flag. That way you will be above me” Garuda thanked Him profusely, freed his mother and came back to the Lord. However he was filled with the guilt of having tested the Lord’s might. Hence he came to  Bhuloka, to Oshadiparvatha. He made a lake from his beak It is called The Garuda river. He planted Mruthasanjeevani on this hillock. Aadisehsa too created a well called Amruthakupa. Garuda prayed to Lord Devanatha at the banks of this river. Those who visit this kshetra will get rid of all diseases. Since  this kshetra totally was conceived by adisesha it came to be called Thiru aheendrapuram. The Lord is called Devanatha ( deiva nayagan). A Hayagriva swami sannidhi is also here. Swami Desika worshipped hayagriva and Garuda on this hillock.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

SLOKA OF THE MONTH- SEPTEMBER 2013

“ Thvaamaasadya Mahaathmaanam Dharmagyam Dharmavathsalam
Arthithvaannatha Vakshyana Thachcha Naha kshanthumarhasi
Ehi Pashya shareerani muneenam Bhavithaathmanaam
Hathaanam Rakshasaidyouraihi Bahunam Bahudha Vane
Bhavathathamarthasidhyarthamaagathoaham Yadruchchaya
Thasya Meyam Vane Vaso BHavishyathi Mahapalaha”

Sharanagathi is surrendering of Manas, speech and body. Once as refugee takes refuge he resolves that all his yogakshema would be automatically taken care of by the Lord, He lives with the thought that the Lord is His only refuge. Sharanaagathi is of two types a) Markata Sharanagathi b) Maarjala Sharanagathi .Markata Sharangathi is where the baby monkey holds its mother tightly.  It never leaves its mother. Likewise Prahlada and other devotees  catch the feet of the Lord with great faith and perseverance.
                              The other sharanagathi is Maarjala sharanaagathi where the mother cat cups its kittens with its mouth. Likewise the Lord never leaves his devotees. The Dandakavasis, rishis did Maarjala sharanagathi. They had innumerable difficulties from Kara and Dushana at Janasthana since they ate human flesh. The Rakshasas used to eat the maharishis who did penance there. They could have burnt the rakshasas with their Thapobal. But they did not. Instead they waited all along for Rama to come and save them. As soon as Rama came they praised him “  We pray to you who are a Mahathma and a Dharmathma as we are unable to bear our suffering. Please forgive us if we are wrong. Did you see this place? Can you see the hill as white as Kailasa. That is not a hill. It is a heap of flesh. Kara, Dooshana etc have killed all the maharishis and heaped the flesh here. Please save us from them”.

Rama replied “ I have come here on my word given to my father. If Iam of use to you here I consider it a privilege. I will not return without killing the rakshasa and bestowing welfare on you all.”- thus he resolved.

PAST EVENTS




Smt Vishakha Hari's Musical discourse was conducted at the Music Academy, Chennai by Brakes India Ltd. She delivered a harikatha on Sundara Kandam and dedicated the program to the legend and her Sangeetha Guru Sri Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. Many rasikas attended the program and were enthralled by it.

EVENTS OF THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2013


1)UTHSAVAM: GOKULASHTAMI UTHSAVAM
VILLAGE: PARANOOR
DATE: 29TH AUG TO 7TH SEPT




2)UTHSAVAM: RADHASHTAMI UTHSAVAM
DATE: 11TH SEPT TO 16TH SEPT
TOWN: BRINDAVANAM

SRI HARI ANNA'S PROGRAM


PROGRAM AT DUBAI

DATE: 23RD SEPT TO 29TH SEPT
TOPIC: SRIMAD BHAGAVATHA SAPTHAHAM
VENUE: SINDHI HALL ( NEAR DUBAI MUSEUM)
TIME: 7.00 P.M

SMT VISHAKHA HARI'S PROGRAM

                                         
1) PROGRAM AT PARANOOR
DATE: 4TH SEP
UTHSAVAM: KALYANOTHSAVAM
VILLAGE: PARANOOR
VENUE: SRIBAKTHAKOLAHALAN TEMPLE
TIME: 7.00 P.M
TOPIC: CONCERT

2) PROGRAM AT CHENNAI
DATE: 21ST SEPT
TOPIC: AMBUJA RAMAYANAM
VENUE: MUSIC ACADEMY
TIME; 6.00 P.M

3) PROGRAM AT DUBAI
DATE: 29TH SEPT
TOPIC: RUKMINI KALYANAM
VENUE: SINDHI HALL ( NEAR DUBAI MUSEUM)
TIME: 7.00 P.M

QUIZ FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2013

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE QUIZ
1) The answers to the quiz should be sent to the email idannahariji@gmail.com within 26th of each month.
2) Every month the answers will be evaluated and marks shall be given as points. These points shall get cumulatively added each month.
3) The highest score winner of the year ( April to March) will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.



QUESTIONS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2013
1)Which was the Purana preached by the Lord during His Mathsya Avathara?
2) What was the other name of Vaivasvatha Manu?
3)Who was the king who ruled the kingdom being a man for a month and a woman for the next alternatively?
4)Which Devas showed Chyavana to  Sukanya?
5)Who established “Kushasthali” in the midst of the sea?

ANSWERS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2013
1)      Mind
2)      Those Devas that had Indra predominantly.
3)      Bali Chakravarthy
4)      Bali CHakravarthy again
5)      Hayagreevasuran

WINNERS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2013
1) Sethuraman----------------------I----------------40+10=50
2) Padma Narayanan---------------I-----------------30+10=40
3) Sruthi Suryaprakash-------------I-----------------30+10=40
4) N.Krishnan---------------------I------------------38+10=48
5) Raja---------------------------I-------------------38+10=48
6)Gokul--------------------------I-------------------10
7) Srinivasan Sujatha S----------II--------------------32+8=40
8) Sravanthi Premkumar---------III--------------------6

KSHETRA FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2013

                                                                THIRUTHEVANARTHOGAI

Once there was a huge assembly of all the Devas. Brahma, Rudra, Indra, Vayu, Agni, Yama, Ashwinikumaras, Vishwedevas,, Maruths etc met and discussed an important matter.
How do we see the Lord who is inaccessible to even Yogis. We are all Aathikaarikapurushas, who work as per the Lord’s instructions. Still the Lord is so inaccessible to even all of us. We are unable to go to Paramapada. Only the Nithyasuris are able to worship him there. We can go to Ksheerabdi, yet His Darshan cannot be guaranteed. Yogis see Him as Antharyami in their heart. WE are unable to do so. Even monkeys and shepherds got His Darshan. But that is possible only during His Vibhava Avatharas like Rama and Krishna. We became Devas after performing very many great deeds for many janmas. Yet what is the use if we cannot see the Lord? What is the way out. Please tell us Brahmaji, requested the Devas.
Brahma replied “ I begot the Brahmapatta after 1000crore yugas. The Darshan of the Lord is very difficult even for me. He is not visible to those who perform deeds with desires. He gives His Darshan only for those premabhakthas. We did not worship Him with Love but did so with selfish motives. If we can worship Him with true Love He will bless us all with His Darshan.
Lord Shiva said “ Hari is all pervading. Why cant you all perceive Him thus.” Indra said “ We want to see Him with a form and Name. Varuna said “ If that is the case we should give up all our desires and mediatate upon Him.  Ashwinikumaras said “ He is inaccessible to those who fall into maya, faithless, those who have fallen from the path of yoga. Each of them gave their own suggestion and they came to a conclusion that the Lord who come only if they worshipped Him with true Love.

Immediately the Lord manifested His Magnificient form with His divine conch and shell. He said “ You all have attained Swarga. You have nectar. Still you are not free from troubles.. The Devas said “ Oh Lord We have realised that your Darshan alone can free us from all miseries. We want to see you always. If we, even Devas are full of worry what about the ordinary mortals. Hence we request you to to stay here in this kshetra and give your Darshan to all men and DEvas.

Hence the kshetra came to be called ThiruDevanarthogai. Those who worship here will be freed from material desires.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

SLOKA FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2013


“ Brahmalokam Na Gachchami Thvaamadhrushtva Priyaatithi
Thvayaham Purushavyaagra Dharmikena Mahaathmana
 Samaagamya Gamishyami Thridivam Devasevitham
Akshayaa Narashaardula Maya Loka Jithaha Shubhaha
Braahmyascha Naakaprushtaascha Prathigruhneeshva Mamakaan
Evamuktho Naravyagraha Sarvashaastravishaaaradaha
Rishina Sharabhangena Raghavo Vaakyamabraveeth
Ahamevaaharishyami Sarvalokaan Mahamune”

If an act is done in anticipation of its fruits it does not bestow on us a pure mind. It will on the other hand tie us in this samsaara. It will give us only limited fruits. That is the reason why the Lord advised us KarmaYoga. Karma Yoga is nothing but doing an act without expecting its fruits. If we perform an act with the thought that it would please God, and if we surrender its fruits to the Lord with the intention of service it is called Karma Yoga. Thus he will not get tied up to Karma again and again. We take medicines so that we may be relievd of it one day. Similarly we do karma so that we may be relieved of it one day. This will give us chiththa shuddi, wisdom, and ultimately liberation.
                    Srimad Ramayana gives us the example of Sage Sharabhangar.  If we conduct yagas like Ashwamedha we can attain swargam. If one follows brahmacharyam he can attain brahmaloka. It was time for Sharbhangar to attain Swarga. Indra was waiting for him with his vimana. But Rama was coming to meet him.  Sharabhangar knew that Rama was God. Hence he decided to surrender the fruits of his karma at the feet of Rama. If he went with Indra to enjoy his karma he had to come back to samsara. Hence it was better to make it karmayoga.
     As soon as Rama came to trhe ashram of Sharabhangar  he offered his karmaphala at His feet. Sri Rama accepted it. Hence he attained liberation at the sannidhi of Sri Rama.