Sunday, March 30, 2014

A note on Rama Worship in Tamilnadu and Kerala

   On April eighth  this year we would be celebrating Sri Rama Navami, the birth day of Rama. Rama , the Maryadha Purushothama  , the ideal of man hood   is respected and revered  by very large number of people  in India. In fact   the most popular epic is Ramayana  and not Bhagawatha or Mahabharatha.  Possibly you will find only a rare  Hindu who does not know or heard about Ramayana. Ramayana, the story of Rama   has been translated(rewritten?) in almost all languages in India .It is also true that  Ramayana is revered  in all parts of India. Because of this , it is natural to expect that   worship of Rama   being  most popular. But this is not true   at least in  Tamil Nadu and Kerala.  The list of big temples in Tamil Nadu includes  only about  9 temples  and a survey carried out by a college   in Madras  reports that only 5%  of people in Tamil Nadu worship Rama. The great Vaishnavite Bhakthi movement  in Tamil Nadu   lead by The Azhvars concentrated itself on   Lord Ranganatha,  Lord Venkateswara and Lord Krishna.   Raghu Veera Gadhyam of Vedantha Desika(story of Rama) and Pasurappadi Ramayanam   of Periyavachan pillai (again the story of Rama)   were the most famous works on Rama by  the Vaishnavites   of Tamil Nadu.  The school of Bhakthi   started by sage Raghavendra  a Madhwa saint in Tamil Nadu  concentrated itself on Rama.  Another such Movement is lead by  Saint Thyagaraja ,   who wrote several Carnatic music Krithis   on Rama who was   chosen God.
   Almost the same situation prevails in Kerala also.Though  Ezhuthachan’s  Adhyathma Ramayanam is almost daily read in the homes of Kerala,  The temples dedicated    to Rama are few in number   compared to other temples. There are not many Malayalam prayers addressed to Rama. The Bhakthi movement in Kerala mostly concentrated itself   on Lord Krishna   and Lord Vishnu  as Padmanabha.
 In case of Andhra ,  I understand that the Bhakthi movement   started by Badrachala Ramadasa   was very strong and popular. However the Bhakthi movement addressed to  Lord Venkatachalapathy   appears to  be more popular.
    I do not know much of North India but as far as I know the BHakthi movement there  is concentrated on  Lord Krishna , Lord Shiva   and Lord Hanuman and not on Rama  in all places except Ayodhya.
    In my  search for stotras  on different Gods,  I have found   the number of Stotras addressed to Rama   are comparatively less with most of them finding  their origin    in  Adhyathma Ramayana.

     I would like to know  about the thoughts of learned members   about these points.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tharpana Sankalpams for the year 2014-2015(Jaya Varsham)

Tharpana Sankalpams for the year 2014-2015(Jaya Varsham)

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I have followed the details given in the Acharyal Madathu Panchangam. I have also given the time of change of Thithi and Nakshatra  so that people who are living abroad can also use it correctly.  Amavasva Tharpanams are supposed to be done after Madhyahneekam but by practice people do it in the early morning and go to office. Such people also see  if there is a change in  Thidhi and Dasa. As soon I get information about it, I will modify  this list. As per the Panchangam  lunar eclipses  and solar eclipses of the year  are not visible in India.  So I have not included it. I have putting this before every year for the past 13   years. I know that many more people are compiling such lists andare also putting it nowadays.  I know that  my compilation is not that necessary now but am putting it by force of habit. I am already 74   and I do not know for how many more years God wants me to do it.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Carnatic Krithis translated during February 2014

Here are the 98 Krithis that  was translated   in February   2014:-

1.Arunachala Kavi  Rayar        Indha Vibheeshanan
2. Arunachala  Kavi Rayar         Kanden, Kanden, Kanden, Seethayai
3.Arunachala Kavi Rayar           Ramanukkku  Mannan
4.Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagawathar         Adithyam Devadhi  Devam
5. Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagawathar         Ajam Haram
6. Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagawathar         Ambika Nadham
7. Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagawathar         Angham Akhilanda
8. Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagawathar         Anandhamana Sangeetham
9. Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagawathar         Anantha Padmanabham Asraye
10. Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagawathar         Anantha Padmanabham Asraye  Sathatham
11. Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagawathar         Ananthaya Sarvaya
12. Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagawathar         Anthakasura
13. Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagawathar         Aparajithe
14. Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagawathar           AShta Murthim
15. Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagawathar           Ashta dasa suppeedasthe
16. Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagawathar           Athi Sundaram
17.Muthuswamy Deekshithar                   Adhi pureeswaram
18. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                   Abhiramim Akhila
19. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                   Akhilandeswari Raksha Maam
20. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                   Akhilandeswaro Rakshathu
21. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                   Akhilandeswaryai  Namasthe
22. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                   Akshaya Linga Vibho
23. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                   Amba Neelayathakshi
24. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                   Anandeswarena
25. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                   Ananda Natana Prakasam
26. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                   Anandamrutha Karshini
27. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                   Anantha Balakrishna
28. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                   Annapurne Visalakshi
29. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                       Arunachala Nadham
30. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                       Avyaja Karuna Kadakshi
31. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                       Balakrishnam Bhavayami
32. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                       Ehi Annapurne
33. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                       Lakshmi Varaham Bhajeham
34. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                       Venkatachalapathe
35. Muthuswamy Deekshithar                       Balambike Pahi
36.Narayana Theertha                                    Bala Gopala Krishna
37. Narayana Theertha                                    Govardhana Giri Dhara  Gopala
38. Narayana Theertha                                    Govinda Gataya param
39. Narayana Theertha                                    Govindamiha  Gopika anandam
40. Narayana Theertha                                    Jaya, Jaya  Sreenivasa
41. Narayana Theertha                                    Kalaya Yasodhe thava Balam
42. Narayana Theertha                                    Kshemam kuru Gopala
43. Narayana Theertha                                    Mangalalaya mamava
44. Narayana Theertha                                    Pooraya mama Kamam  Gopala
45.Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Pavana Kumara –Anjaneya  Pancha ratnam 1
46. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Sri  Raghava Dhootham-Anjaneya Pancharatnam 2
47, Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Veekshitoham-Anjaneya Pancharathnam 3
48. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Anjananandanam-Anjaneya Pancharatnam  4
49. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Sathva Guna  vanchitha  Anjaneya Pancharatnam 5
50. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                AAka poruthavanukku
51. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Adinamattum nee Aadada
52. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Amudhanukku Amudhoottum
53. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Ariven , arinthan
54. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Avaraga Varuvaro
55. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Gana Nayagan thunai
56. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Ithanai parivy yendi?
57. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer               Ithanayum poi Urakkam
 58. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer              Kadainthale  thayir
   59. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer               Kundrim mel itta deepam
 60. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Mun Cheitha thava payane
61. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Nalla thanamai cholli
62. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Neram KOnjamum illayo
  63. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer             Nillamal pogum  nilave
 64. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer              Podhum, podhum Kanna
65. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Sri Rama Jayame  Jayam
66. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer               Theril Vandhano
67. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Therodum veethiyile
68. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer                Thu, thu, thu, yengal
69. Oothukadu  Venkatasubba iyer               Virunthu ondru
70. Sadashiva Brahmendral                         Ananda poorna bodhoham
 71. Sadashiva Brahmendral                        Ananda   poorna Bodoham
72. Sadashiva Brahmendral                       Brahmaivaham Khila
73. Sadashiva Brahmendral                        Poorna bodoham
74. Sadashiva Brahmendral                        THadwath jeevitham Brahmani

75. Sadashiva Brahmendral           THunga tharanga  gange jaya
76. Vijaya Gopala Swamigal          Dhanyoham  Krishna, Krishna
77. Vijaya Gopala Swamigal            Pahi Madana Gopala Mukunda
78. Narayana THeertha                   Parama Karunya  Maam Palaya
79.T.N.Balaa                                      Aadidum Muruganai
80.Periyaswamy thooran               AAndavaney Saranam
81.Ayiram, Ayiram                           Nila  Ramamurthy
82. Nagpur Srinivasan               Bhuvaneswari, Rajeswari
83.Papanasam Shivan                     Ganesa Saranam, Gajanana
84.S.V.Venkatraman                      Giri Dhara Baka Gopala
85.Nagpur Srinivasan                      Innum THamadham yeno
86.Aandavan Pichai                        Kannan yenum Karkkandu
87.V.V.Srivathsa                              Karthigeya Kamalekshana
88.Periyaswamy thooran               Konji konji vaa Guhane
89.Badrachala Ramadas                  Krishna, Krishna
90.Mysore Vasudevacharya            Pranamamyaham Gauri Sutham
91. Anon                                             Pullai piranthalum
92.Aandavan Pichai                         Ramam Bhaje  Raghuramam
93.Saint Thyagaaja                            THava Dasoham Dasarathe
94.Subramanya iyer                           Thayyale Unnai
95.Muthu Thandavar                          Unai naminen Ayya
96.Haridass giri                                    Vigna Rajam Upasmahe
97.Purandara Dasa                              Yadava nee Baa
98.Arunachala Kavi Rayar                  Yeppadi manam thuninthatho