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Context: Should one leave their non-cooperative or adharmic spouse?
a story of BRAMHANA whose wife was kidnapped !
Once upon a time there lived a king called Uttam. Uttam was son of great Uttanpada! He married a beautiful princess called Bahulla!
Uttam was fascinated by his wife, he never thought about any woman other than Bahulla. His aasakti toward Bahulla was so much that he would lose his senses once he touched her. He, thus, always abided by her words. On the contrary, Bahulla never cared for his love. She was just not interested in him and never cared for his presence. When king was eating if he would catch her hand and compel her to eat something she would very uninterestingly have little food and get up and move away. When king in fully inebriated condition would want her company she would release herself from him and move away.
She did not participate in any of his activities and was completely pratikool to him! Yet king only loved her and was mad about her. In one big occasion when all kings were invited and beautiful song were sung by danseuse in the sabha, king offered a glass of madira to his wife, which she refused in full presence of kings. King immediately called his guards and in anger asked his wife, the queen, to be dropped in dense forest alone and deserted her!
At the same time there lived a brahmin, by the name of Susharma, in the same kingdom, he had an abusive wife. Daily the brahman was engaged in nitya karma. One day, even with his door being locked the bramhans wife went missing! Brahman went to the king and demanded help to look for his wife!
King Uttam said, “I have not seen your wife, who has abducted your wife that you must know else how I can find her!”
Brahman said, “she is a lady not so beautiful, of karkash/harsh speech, she is a very cruel woman with cruel looks, irregular face, small breasts, lean waist and long stomach. She is very tall and has short limbs. She is past the prime of youth.
While we were sleeping the doors windows were locked from inside still somehow someone has abducted her! You must find her else my nitya karya is hampered. Without her my dharma is incomplete. Since, as a king, you take 1/6th of our dharma, in return for our protection and it is because of you promising our safety that we all sleep tension-free during the night. So it’s your duty to find her. Else my not being able to do nitya karma is sin on to you!”
King said, “Why are you after such a woman who is cruel and non-cooperative and abusive? What happiness will you have from her, I shall give you another beautiful woman who will give you happiness full of good features and cooperative, why don’t you live happily with another woman?
Brahman said, “Vedas say wife should be looked after irrespective of any situation/under all circumstances. Because wife is dharma patni, that is her first and most important good quality that she enables grahastha dharma, which gives bramhaloka. My dharma is intact because of presence of dharma patni [whether she is abusive or non-cooperative, even with such bad qualities, she has made me eligible for dharma karya]. Secondly, dharma patni gives santaana, a man is born himself as child in her womb.. This gives pitru shanti and anugraha. By deserting her and not looking after her there is maximum possibility of vanra sankarya sankeerna santaan, who will bring pitrus down from swarga. So, looking at all these aspects of dharma having a wife [as she is] and looking after her is important. So get me my wife it’s your duty so that I can resume my nitya dharma! Just as a wife does not leave husband at any cost, similarly, a man should not leave his wife at any cost!”
King set out to look for the wife of brahman [he was the king of the entire bhumandala, yet he set out all alone and not send his army, brahman karya should be done by self].
King entered deep jungles and there after tiresome hunt found a muni ashram, where tapasavi muni was sitting in dhyana. When he got up from dhayna and sees the king and asked his shishya to get arghya paadya and asan for the king! Sishya said, “Acharya kindly inspect whether this king is fit for arghya paadya and then if you still instruct I shall bring arghya!” Both guru and shishya were trikaal gyaani. After a little more dhyana the muni asked the shishya to only only give asan to the king!
Then muni said to the king, “I know why you have come, the brahmans’ wife has been abducted by the rakshasa by name Balaak. If you go deeper into the forest you shall find her there.”
King said, “Oh muni, if you don’t mind my asking I shall like to ask why was I denied arghya and paadya? I feel that I am an eligible abhyagat [not atithi]. If that is the case, then if that be then I must have done some great sin. What is that sin that I have committed?
Muni said, “oh king being from the lineage of great Swayambhu Manu and son of Uttanpada, you indeed are eligible for arghya and hence I ordered one earlier, but my shishya is also trikaal gyani, he insisted on seeing your immediate past! You have deserted your wife. A person who has stayed away from nitya karma for 15 days is akin to asprushya but it’s been nearly one year you have not done nitya karma [due to absence of wife]. So you are not eligible for arghya paadya. And also go soon and get the brahman’s wife so that he also doesn’t suffer any further loss of dharma!”
King went deep into the jungle and there he saw a woman exactly as described by the brahmana enjoying and eating fruits in a garden. King asked are you the same lady as brahman described are you wife of Susharma?” The woman said, “Yes.”
“Who has brought you here?”
“A rakshasa has brought me here but neither has he eaten me nor misbehaved with me! Strange, but he stays litte inside the forest where you can meet him.”
King went inside and saw a huge rakshas, who immediately got up and gave arghya paadya to king and requested the king to take and asana and asked him, “Oh great king, I live in your kingdom so I am your servant kindly let me know how is it that I can serve you, please give me an order. I am at your service.”
King asked, “You have done a good satkaar with shastrokta arghya paadya. You seem to have beautiful women in your palace. So why did you abduct this brahmani’s wife who is not even a beautiful women, and you have not eaten her yet? Why?”
Rakshasa said, “King! We are not man eating rakshasas! Those rakshasas are different! We eat only punya phala of the people. Not only that when a woman or man shows disrespect to us we then eat his good qualities or bad qualities, we don’t eat flesh, nor do we eat living people! If for any reason we have eaten a person’s forgiving nature then person becomes hard hearted and dushta and becomes krodha swavabhaav person. If we eat anyone’s dushta swabhaav then he becomes a one of very good qualities. Maharaaj I have many apasara like strees in my house, so i don’t get attracted to human women.”
King asked, “If this brahmani was not fit for your consumption then why did you bring here from the brahman’s house!”
Rakshasa said, “That brahman is shreshtha Brahman, he is nitya yagnya parayana, whenever we tried to stay there his rakshogna mantra pathana stopped us and sent us very very far away! But then I was very hungry too what will I eat if such mantras are used. My ucchatana was happening every day, as this brahman was taking part in yagnya everyday. So I caused distress [udvega] in the mind of the Brahman because without wife he will not be able to do any yagnya!”
Listening to those words king felt as if he has been slapped on his face, he thought to himself, is this rakshasa hinting at me too, even I have left my wife. Earlier it was the muni who said no arghya now this rakshasa is saying udevga. Seems that everything is directed at me.
Rakshasa said, “Oh king, any seva for me!
King said, “Oh rakshasa if you treat me as an aththi and want the athithi to be happy and his desire be fulfilled, fulfill this wish of mine and make me happy. As you have just said you can eat both good and bad qualities, so eat the dushta virodha swabhava of this stree and making qualities of this woman. So that she becomes good and send her back to her husband’s house immediately.
Rakshasa entered the body of the brahmani and with his special abilities ate her bad qualities. Thus, the brahmani became free of her dushta swabhava. Then she said to the king, “Oh maharaaj! I have been punished only by my own karma pahala and kaal prabhaav, this rakshasa is only a nimitta. I have separated people from their loved ones, caused disturbance to couples’ life in previous life so I have suffered this state. One reaps what one sows, so no use blaming anyone for any fault. I forgive this rakshasa. And she was left back into the house of Brahman.
King said. “Oh rakshasa, now I want you to be present anytime I call you, this is my second order to you.”
King thought, I have also deserted my wife, what should I do now? I should go and ask the solution to the same trikaal gyani muni.
Muni said, “I have known all your recent works, now you want to know your extra course of action so listen! Patni is the only means for dharam artha kaam, deserting patni is like deserting dharma. Brahman akshatriya vaishya shudra whoever deserts his wife he becomes ineligible for karmanushthana. Just as woman cannot desert his husband under any circumstances so also man should not desert his wife.”
King said, “What should I do now muni? I think it’s all my poorva janma phala, I had always loved to her. She herself was cooperative to me at all, as she didn’t like me. Hence, I had to desert her. Even now I am suffering because of her separation [I have not remarried nor have I even thought of anyone even in dreams] just for that love I have even forgiven her all misdeeds too. But how will I get back my wife who has been left in dense forest? What if any wild animal has eaten her or some rakshasa might has eaten her?”
Muni said, “Neither any wild animal has eaten her nor any nishachar has eaten her. She remains chaste and is safe in rasatal.”
King asked again, “Brahma gyani! Who has taken her there? And what has saved her from not being taken by anyone till now [safety from kalanka, how is she chaste till now] let me know yathartha!”
“There is one nagaraj by name Kapoth, took her captive and took to her patala. There nagkanya Manorama the wife of Kapoth who has a daughter by name Nanda. Nanda thought that this woman (your wife) woman might become a stepmother if not taken away from the sight of her father. With that fear she took your wife and hid her in the antahpur. When her father, Kapoth, asked where is Bahulla, Nanda did not answer. In anger, Kapoth cursed his daughter to be dumb. Even though cursed she protected Bahulla in her own house,” informed the muni.
The king happy at that asked, “Oh! Muni I have so much love and affection from various people no one hates me or defies me! So why is it that my wife does not have anuraaga in me? What is the reason for it? I love my wife more than my life but she only uses harsh words towards me? Why?”
Muni explained that at pnigrahan kale [i.e. at the time of marriage], king’s lagna was aspected by sun mars and Saturn and Jupiter and Venus were in eighth. Additionally, in the muhurta lagna both Moon and Mercury were in seventh. So, one had to undergo so many troubles in married life. But then the muni blessed the rajah to have a good life from then on.
King went and met the brahman.. Bramhan blessed him and said, “King, you are dharma nishtha rajah so you have given me my wife back.”
King said, “No, you have in fact given me kartavya bodha.”
Then brahman asked, “Why don’t you marry another woman?”
King said, “No my wife is alive and chaste so how could I marry another woman?”
Brahman asked, “If she is chaste then you should bring her back?”
King said, “She is not at all happy with me so what use is it to bring her back. When she doesn’t have any love left for me? Oh Brahman, is there any way for my problem can you suggest a way out so that she would love me again?”
Brahman said, “Oh maharaj! I will do yagnya anushthana for you to get back the love and anuraga of the queen. This is known as mitravinda yagnya.
One must do ansuhthana of this yagnya for increasing love and affection between stree and purusha this yagnya has shakti to bring more and more prema between the couples. So maharaj bring back your wife don’t worry she will be ever attached to you thereafter and you will also be in tune with dharma!”
King made arrangements for the yagnya. Bramhana did one after the other seven yagnay to increase prema anuraaga for the royal couple.
Queen had a change of heart she started feeling positive love for the king. When brahman was confirmed about his success in his yagnya he asked king to bring back his wife and live a peaceful life. King was surprised at the confidence of Brahman. Then he remembered and summoned adrinandan Balaak. Ballak went to pataal and brought the queen back through his maya. Quen having seen king after long time said, “Oh king, please be pleased with me!”
King said, “Oh lovely one you need not request me that way! I have always loved you and am ever happy with you! ”
Queen said, “Oh king, if you are really happy and pleased with me, then please do a favor. I shall be always indebted to you!”
King said, “Anything for you is never a burden for me, I shall always strive to bring whatever you wish for, it will be my pleasure!”
Queen said, “Oh king! For me my friend has to even bear a curse, she has become dumb, I cannot see her like that. Kindly, if it’s in your hands, please get her voice back!”
King looked at the brahman Susharma and requested thus, “Oh viprottama! Is there any way this can be done?”
Brahman said, “I shall do Sarswat-ishti and she would get back her voice.”
Bramhan did the yagnya and in pataala Nanda regained her voice.
Garga muni doing tapasya in patal said to Nanda, “Your friend Bahulla has done this upakaara on you!” On hearing this Nanda went running to the king’s capital. Having embraced Bahulla, she said, “You are really a great soul. For you both a great son will be born.”
When a son was born to the king he had beautiful uttam avayava, kaanti and tejas. On seeing him rishis said, at uttam time in uttam kingdom, to a uttam couple with fathers name as uttama, for the uttam kalayaa of the people a uttama jeevi has taken birth so he be called “Outtam”. Thus, started outtam manvantara with Outtam manu.
To make sure that such rakshasas eat negative qualities in us and leave the positive qualities intact one must do nitya pooja that is the only solution.
Mahasagar seeing Hanuman fly inspired Mainak, who was drowned in the sagar, “O, Mainak, rise up and do the seva of Rama doota, ask him for taking rest on your peaks ”
Mainak parvat rose in the ocean and asked Hanuman, “Oh! Veera kindly take some rest on me and eat fresh sweet fruits.”
Hanumanta embraced the golden peak, and there was pushpa-vrishti (shower of flowers) from devatas as even when there was scope for rest and some enjoyment, Vayudeva rejected it and concentrated on Raam Karya only [we do get sukh intermittently in life but life is about sadhana, if sukha becomes a hindrance to sadhana that that sukha should be rejected].
Devndra Indra applauded Mainak, “I am happy with you Mainak, you have done Raam seva and thus, I give you Abhaya-protection.”
Just because Mainak served Hanuman he got preeti of Indra that too without asking. Vayudeva seva will give preeti of all devats they will bless unasked and give phala. Indra immediately came and said all by himself, when Mainak was actually hiding in ocean by from the fear of Indra. The prelude to this unasked blessing from Indra is the story where Indra had cut wings of all mountains, but, Mainak had escaped that. But by offering seva to Hanuman instantly, a major problem of Mainak got solved.
For many years Mainak was afraid of Indra and never came up due to that fear. Mainak Parvati Devi’s brother, shyala (brother in law) for Rudra, even Shiva could not help. Mainka was in dayniya parishthithi (miserable situation), he was hiding obscure from world. This bad karma of Mainak also got washed away [without thinking about it] and he was given relief.
When one does very high order punya, its effect is seen immediately [one does not have to wait till nexd janmas to get its fruits] and Vayudeva’s seva is Atyutkat Punay- punya of highest order, it immediately gives results, sheeghra phal dayak- gives desired instantly [even if you have not intended for it in seva sankalpa].
The immediate problem at hand gets solved if one does Hanumat seva. even if elders [whom we fear] are not happy and we feel uncomfortable, Hanumat seva solves those issues without having to think about it or struggle to find solution for it.
At times we face very bad days, destiny goes against us, nobody helps us, even our own relatives express inability, and finally, we resign to fate and say to ourselves, “homa japa are not giving any phal, do they give instant result, all karmas give phala in next janma, now I am asking for job, money, these homas etc. What is the use if they give good job in next janma? What use is it if I am born wealthy in some other janma? Will my problem get solved now? Is there a WAY?”
HANUMANT SEVA IS THE WAY- DO HANUMAT SEVA, AND FORGET YOUR WORRIES!
Some thoughts that can occur in one’s mind- Does Vayudev listen to our request? He is a busy soul and I am alpa jeevi, should I be praying directly to .. HANUMAN, even when I know is ever busy with important assignments assigned by the Lord. This doubt can be cleared by the following instance-
Hanuman asked Mainak, “what is your problem? Why are you staying in the ocean like this? Look at the karuna of atyant dayalu Vayudeva he did ignore Mainak by saying, I am busy here, as I have a very important work to do, even though he was on Raama Karya, what could be more important than that- Samudra Langhan was the highest mission of Hanuman’s life, yet he kept an open mind, enquired the kushal mangal of Mainak, observed his vyatah and addressed it. That is an utmost SATTVIK laxan.
A satvik Guru always addresses the difficulties of one who approach them, even if one has NOT ASKED for that.
In today’s world, even ordinarily successful person would forget about problems of others and be busy in show of their so-called success. They, when asked for help, will repeatedly say, “I don’t have time; I have to catch next flight; can we discuss this later? Okay, two minutes, can you sum up your problems? Your two minutes are over, next time gentleman you have just wasted my time- all these are durlaxanas. Giving an ear to needy is must but most SATTVIK does not even
give ear he asks [however busy he may be] never fails to enquire the trouble and difficulties and addresses them.
When a request is made to anyone whom we love, but that person feels people that he is being flocked because he is great what does he do- he rejects the love and the request that is made due to that love.
But Vayudeva is not like that, even in his busiest moment [even in the middle of an important work such as Rama-Karya] he asked Mainak, “why are you in the ocean?” And when Mainak offered service (seva), he EMBRACED him not disappoint him, because a Sattvika soul does not show constraints or contempt, he simply obliges. He finds ways and means to oblige. He is attentive because he intends to oblige, he doesn’t feign a busy schedule.
We all have constraints, but when faced with acute constraints some abhyagat is before us we will say, I want to help, but my hands are tied. Sorry, I cannot do anything at this moment but friend I sympathize. God is great,” such words are empty words. They show denial, they hurt. Sattvika people do not use these words; they assist others in finding solutions, by being with them, and not leaving them half way.
Hanuman embraced Mainak, and saw to it that Indra comes to Mainak and gives him abhaya. For a small gesture a SATTVIK gives back in mountainous amounts. What a Sattvika did even if MAINAK was disturbance in work, he (HANUMAN) did not scold him, and he helped. Hanuman is our person in charge and he is very dayalu, he doesn’t allow us to open our mouths, he himself asks, “yes any problem? Why are you looking dull today?”
Some people, who like to show their power and busyness need a following so that their egos are continuously satiated, but Hanuman did not ask Mainak to follow him, he waited saw his plight, asked him his kushal-mangal and also embraced him [all the while explaining what is the importance of Raam karya, why rest is not needed, as he is not tired] etcetera. So much indulgence our boss shows in those who offer him service.
In our lives we keep false hope on people and run after to appease them for a favor- job, interview, position, etcetera], but that favor from a mere human becomes a far-fetched idea.
But our boss (Hanuman) is not like that, he sees your preparation, your problems, appreciates your intentions, and awards you immediately. One must serve those people where results are immediate, why serve the ONE who doesn’t even know what’s their capacity?
I have written with my alpamati what little I have understood. But each incident in Ramayan one can dwell for years- that’s what Narayna Panditacharya says!
So, without any worry just do Hanumat Seva!
Shri LaxminArAyaNAy Namah
One day Dhanurmasa pooja equals 1000 years of daily pooja.
Godaan, bhudaan, tildaan, hiranya daana can be done in dhanurmasa. On Vyatipat yoga pitru tarpana should be given and one must give arghya. For ishta prapti laxmi dwadash naam is must.
Give Bramahan bhojana in ushah kala [i.e. before sunrise] after giving naivedya of mudganna mixed with curds. Such Bramhana santarpana will give Gnana.
No vrat, japa, niyama, or daana equals mudganna naivedya to Hari.
Shachi devi by giving this naivedya in dhanurmasa, got Indra back his padavi when Indra had lost the throne to rakshasas. Thus, one gains back lost glory by doing this Dhanurmasa Pooja.
1. Mudganna mixed with cashews ghee
2. Mudganna with guD, elaichi, raisins
3. Mudganna with ghee ilaichi amla sharkara
4. mudganna with adrak kalimirch, kopra ghee cashews
5.Mudganna mixed with curds
One must give dana of fruits, jiggery, ghee, sugar, makkhan [butter] for Lord’s preeti along with Mudganna.
Mudgaan should be hot during naivedya. One must reduce his usual pooja time and quickly do naivedya in Dhanurmasa just like sadhana dwadashi as delaying naivedya will make one poor diseased and Vishnu drohi. Sandhi Kala is atyant siddhiprada, Dhanurmasa is sandhi kala for devatas. In Dhanurmasa Sandhyavandan, itar, Pooja, anushthana, etc. can be done after naivedya.
Offering Mudganna Naivedya gives:
* Ishtartha siddhi
* If one does it for entire month he will become a YOGI
* At the same time he will become very rich in every janma
* He will be a Vaishnava in every JANMA- janma after janma
* Proper offering of Mudganna naivedya to SRIHARI, in proper proportion, will make one (the person offering the naivedya) overcome his enemies in no time.
* One who does this naivedya becomes CHIRAYU and DHANIK and VEDA parangat
* For one who does adrak (ginger) mixed huggi (seasoned Rice gruel) naivedya for him what is the use of ganga snan, japa, tapa, yagnya, yaaga as all these phala will be begotten through the offering this naivedya alone.
* One who gives naivedya of Mudganna and then gives Bramhan bhojana in the name of Pitrus, he will get 10000 times more punya phal than gaya shraddha and Raam Setu shrAddha as such a Bramhan bhojana will ensure Vishnu-pad for Pitrus.
* One who does naivedya himself in Dhanurmasa is Bhaagavat Shrestha
* 100 agnishoma 100 vaajpeya yagya will not equal HUGGI naivedya in Vyatipaat Yoga of Dhanurmasa- tommorrow (December 20th, 2012) is Vyatipat yoga
* Even paapis such as veda bhrastha, vrata bhrashta, karma bhrasta, and/or mitra-drohi become clean by doing Mudganna daan in Dhanurmasa.
Note: Vyatipat is Vishnu Chakra- It is Hari rupa with infinite arms.
TULASI SHODASH NAAM
- shrI tulasye namaHa
- shrI viShNu patniyai namaH
- shrImahalakShmayai namaH
- shrIvidyayai namaH
- shrIavidyayai namaH
- shrIyashaswinyai namaH
- shrIdharmayai namaH
- shrIdharmaananai namaH
- shrIdevayai namaH
- shrIdevadevamanahpriyayai namaH
- shrIlakShmipriyasakhai namaH
- shrIdivyayai namaH
- shrIshAntayai namaH
- shrI bhumyai namaH
- shrI achalai namaH
- shrI chalai namaH
SANKSHIPTA TULSI POOJA
shrI Gopal Krishna prithyartham Tulsi poojaam karishye – sankalpa
Establish a kalasha, and then kalash pooja [near a Tulasi brundavana, these who can afford can decorate a small mantap near Tulasi in the angan -courtyard].
DHYAAN OF TULSI DAMODAR IN THE KALASHA:
dhyayami tulasim devim shyamaam kamalalochanaam| prasannaam padmakahlaarvaraabhayachaturbhujaam || kireethaarkeyoor kuNdaladivibhooshitaam| dhavalaamshukasanyuktaam padmasananishedushitaam || sri tulasyae namaha| dhyayaami dhyanam samarpayaami ||
- bhagavatyai tulasyai namaha|avahayaami||
- vishnuvallabhayai namha| asanam samarpayaami||
- sarvadevamayaayai namaha| paadyam samarpayaami|
- sarva teertrhamayaayai namaha | araghyam samarpayaami ||
- daityantakkrutpriyayai namaha | aachamaniyaam samarpayaami ||
- sarvalokahitayayai namha snanam samarpayaami ||
- lakshmi sahodarayai namaha | vastram samarapayaami ||
- mahadevayai namaha | gandham samarapayaami ||
- ramavasayai namaha | pushpam samarpayaami ||
- abhishtadayai namaha | dhoopam samarapayaami ||
- papaharinyai namaha | deepam samarapayaami |
- bhagavatyai namaha | naivedyam samarapayaami ||
- amrutasambhutaayai namaha | taamboolam samarapayaami ||
- amrutrupiNayai namaha | dakshiNAam samarpayaami | |
- jagaddhatraiyai namaha | niraajanama samarapayaami | |
- sadakshiNaiyai namaha | pradakshiNaam samarpayaami | |
- paramaishwaryai namaha | namaskaaram samarapayaami ||
- AbhishTyai namaha PRARTHAANAAM samarpayaami ||
Tulasi srisakhi shubhe paaphariNi punyade | namaste naradnute narayaNmanahpriye ||
[recite the above mantra 108 times]
shriyah priye shriyaavaase nityam shridharvallabhe | bhaktyaadattam mayarghyam hi tulasi pratigruhyataam || [ give prasannarghyam to Tulasi Damodar]
This Tulasi pooja should be done by all. In the simplest way get a Tulasi vrundvan [tulasi plant in good decorated pot] and place a branch of Amla with amala fruits by its side. This is donates Lakshmi Narayana. One can even place a Krishna pratima. Those who do not have tulasi plant can do pooja to silver Tulasi plant also.
Take some rice and mix haldi kumkum and ghee in it, this is akshata. Rest of the pooja can be done by reciting the mantras given previosuly and sprinkling akshata. For naivedya one can give coconut, bananan, amala, sugar-candy, and dry fruits. Offer Dhoop and Deepa. Deepa should be given in a special way- place a cotton wick on an amala fruit and [wick should be thoroughly dipped in ghee] place five amala fruit deepa and light it. Other deepas forty (40) in number should be given to Tulasi. Even aarati should be done by amala fruits.
Those who can afford place a gold sutra around Tulasi and then donate it to Bramhana. Those who have anukulya can do Dhatri Homa.
Giving arghya means taking milk, flowers, and sandal paste few coins in the palm and reciting the mantra leave it in a bowl before Tulsi.
Bramhana bhojana daana completes the Pooja.
DEEPA MAHATMYA ! [ IN ADHIKA MASA ]
King Dhridhdhanva asks VALMIKI rishi ” oh maharshi ! what is the phala of making a
deepa daana in adhika masa ‘?
Valmiki rishi “Oh King I shall narrate to you a great story ,just listening to which even
panchamahapataka gets destroyed ! once upon a time In the city of SAUBHAGYA there lived a King by name CHITRABAHU ” He was very brave intelligent and just ruler . very patient , truthful , very kind and compassionate and Righteous
king always spent time in listening to bhaagvad katha and bramhana seva .. he was only
interested in his wife and was never ineterested in other women ..he was full of four
types of army and cattle and wealth equal to that of KUBERA. His wife the queen was
Chandrakala by name was expert in 64 arts .. and was most beautiful women of her times
she was pativrata and most fortunate women and had much Vishnu bhakti. The young
King along with his wife was enjoying his kingdom justly as he had known other GOD as
supreme other than KRISHNA
One day Sage AGASTYA came to his KIngdom .. Chitrabahu made a dandavat pranaam and then gave arghya padya etc to MUNI and made him seat on his throne and standing in front of him with folded hands.
King said ” oh MUNI ! you are great devotee of Sri KRISHNA you have come to my
kingdom , its my great fortune ..and my birth has been a success by this … this day is actually a good a day for me my kingdom has become a fortunate one. My house has been purified by your arrival.
Your glance has purified me from all the sins .. I offer you all my wealth , cattle chariots alongwith this KIngdom to you .. Oh muni ! you are one of the foremost of the devotees of VISHNU and nothing I have in my possesion that can actually please you
But whatever little is offered to a Vishnu bhakta with devotion becomes manifold in
giving result . The man who does not give at least a pence , a vegetable or good food to a VAISHNAV bramhana , that day of his has gone as waste is to be thought by him …so
say the knower of vedas , vishnu bhakta bramhana [ can be anyone , a friend relative or any one ] they are all respectable. one must always show respect to such bramhanas by body mind and speech and worship them ..this is what I have learnt from garga gautam and sumanta muni. just as stars have light and presence felt only till SUNRISE .. so also other dwijas have importance only till a VAISHNAVA BRAMHAN arrives Having said so king made a namaskaar to AGASTYA MUNI . MUNI pleased with KING said ” You are indeed a fortunate being today Chitrabahu .. as you are a great Vishnu bhakta .. thsi kingdom is indeed a Fortunate one .. your subjects of this Kingdom are fortunate to have a Vishnu bhakta KING
One must not at all stay in the Kingdom whose king is not a VISHNU BHAKTA ..It si
better to reside in forest than to reside in kingdom where king is avaishnav .. Kingdom should be vaishnav and king should be vaishnav .. if not then it is like a body which has no eyes.
an avaishnav rashtra is like a wife who does not have love …..it is like a illiterate
bramhana , like an elephant without teeth , llike a bird without wings , like a ekadashi
with vidhha dasahmi .. like all these the Just as a sandhayavandan done without darbha[ring ] does not fetch result , just as tarpana
to pitrus without til is of no use , just as deva pooja done for the sake of filling stomach is seedless activity .. so also a avaishnav rashtra does not fetch any result. it is nirarathak and vyartha. just like vrata done without bath , just like a shudra who has a bramhna
wife , so also is a avaishnav rajya ,,, THe true king is one who is always remembering Srkrishna such a kingdom will only prosper day by day his subjects will be real a happy people.
Agastya muni says Oh king you are a VISHNU BHAKTA … seeing you today infact my
eyes have become a sarthaka .. talking to you my speech has become a point of Use ..
WHat you have offered me this your kingdom , you are the only fit person to look after
it ..So you take back this kingdom and rule it justly , take it as MY ORDER .. think that
i have installed you as the caretaker of thsi Kingdom ..let there be fortunes to you … and
now I take your leave ”
Saying so as AGASTYA muni was about to leave , CHANDRAKALA bowed to the
sage .. and sage gave asheervaada ” always be a saubhagyavati oh fortunate one , let there
be akhanda bbhakti in SRIKRISHNA ” as sage was giving this asheervada , KING asked
AGASTYA MUNI .. oh sage ” I have got a immense wealth a trouble free kingdom a
beautiful pativrata wife , what I ahve done which has given me these good phala ” what
is the satkarma which i have undertaken .. you are a trikalagnya you know all my past ..
kindly tell me ”
Agastya muni with concentration looked at KING and said ” I have analysed your
previous births .. and then seeing your previous history LISTEN to me ! You were
a shudra in your previous in a beautiful city of CHAMATKAAR .. you name was
MANIGREEVA ..you were living by killing animals , you were immersed in sins ,
always running after other women ..looting people , killing them , given falsehood , you
were atheist , completely characterless , ill-tempered person
this chandrakala was your wife even then …very beautiful , and completely immersed in
patiseva by body mind and speech ..she was very fortunate lady , virtuous and Vishnu
bhakt ..she never ever thought bad about you and was engaged in dharma.
all the relatives shunned Manigreeva as he was ill famed as bad person
The king of that city became angry on MANIGREEVA and confiscated all the wealth of
manigreeva and whatever was left was stolen by relatives and he was relegated to deep
forest. Now in the forest oh king you were in your previous life killing many animals
and eating them .. your wife accomapnied you to forest and she lived with you. one day
to look for animals you headed for deep into forest with a bow and arrow .. and there he
saw a muni [ his name was UGRADEVA ] and he was unconscious because of thirst ,,
manigreeva lifted muni and took him to his hut … and then after fanning the muni and
making him comfortable .. he saw to it that muni came to consciousness
Ugradeva muni after regaining consciousness , asked how did he come here as he had
lost way in forest .. Manigreeva said oh MUNI , kindly see here , there is a beautiful pond
here .. it is full of loutus and trees around it are also of full sweet smelling flowers ..very
pleasant is this water which is scented by them and muni please take bath here and after
completing your daily chores .. please have this water to quench your thirst .
then he asked his wife do we have ripe fruits .. do bring them let us offer this to this
shreshta BRAMHANA . now you are safe here oh MUNI .. plaease take abreath and
proceed to sarovar ..and please accept the fruits and make my life a good one .. kindly
bless us by accepting my offerings oh muni.
MUNI happy at manigreeva and placing a hand on his shoulder proceeded to the pond ..
as he was very thristy … having taken bath and finished ahnika .. drinking water and
taking a deep breath , Ugradeva sat under a vatvruksha .. tree.
After taking rest he worshipped vasudeva and sat calmly under the tree … then
MANigreeva taking fruits rushed to the MUNI along with his wife and sat before him ..
said ” oh muni! it seems you ahve come only to bless me , just a look at you has relieved
me of my sins , please accept these fruits and bless me and my wife ” uGradeva said ”
oh god man who are you . kindly let me know about you .. a bramhana should not accept
anything from unknown people , so introduce yourself ”
Manigreeva said ” oh muni I am a shudra ! my name is manigreeva , everyone , relatives
friends and good people have shunned me! ” knowing this Ugradeva accepted the fruits
and drank water .. and started taking rest muni .. rested his back against the tree .. just
then MANIGREEVA took the feet of the BRAMHANa and placing it on his thighs and
pressing .. asked ‘ OH MUNI ! where were you travelling to ? how did you get into this
dense forest full of wild animals ”
Ugradeva said ” Oh punyatma ! I am a bramhana ! i was going towards PRAYAAG ,
i have lost my way and got into this forest .. and then suffering from thirst i fell
unconscious .. in such life danger situation you have saved me … ASK a boon what you
want I shall give you ” what is the reason you are two living in this dense forest ? agastya
says OH king then you happy with words of MUNI ugradeva , you asked the upaya
solution to come out of this extreme poverty … and then narrated your life history
MAnigreeva said ! ” i was residing in the city of chamatkaara which was full of good
scholars / i ws also very wealthy and good natured person ..but by some reason and
bad destiny I started behaving badly and left the good ways of life .. with evil acting on
mind , i lost my senses and daily went after other women , drinking alcohol. slowly i
started stealing , and also started killing people seeing all these people left me , they kept
away from me
The king Bruhadbal then ordered a loot on my house … whatever left was stolen by
my relatives. When none gave shelter , i took shelter in this forest …. i am living by
killing animals .. i am a sinner please show some mercy on me oh blessed one .. I dont
know it must be some punya of many many births that a sinner like me is still having a
conversation with a pious one in such a dense forest .. Please give me some upadesha and
lift me up from this state .. I want this poverty end and live happily with wealth ..give me
some solution oh MUNI.
UGRADEVA said ” Oh both of you ! you have served me with devotion your hospitality
has pleased me ….from here onwards you shall have a very good life …without doing any
vrata niyama upavasa teerthayatra daan dharma or anything with efforts i shall preach
you a solution that would fetch wealth effortlessly //..
Listen corectly three months from now ..Starts Purushottama masa .. then both of you
couple should with efforts light deepa ..to lord Purushottama ..this will remove your
abject poverty ..from the roots … let me tell you the method of deepa daana
In the house one should light ghee deepak if possible , else use til oil .. you are living in
forest so both til oil and ghee is not possible for you ..
Oh manigreeva you can use .. ingudi oil .. [ soapberry oil ] desert date oil … everyday
both of you couple .. take bath in this pond and light the deep and do it for a whole
month .. ‘ take it as my upadesha for you as this much only … this is ordained by vedas
and i have told you .. in ordinary days lighting deepa increases wealth so in purushottam
masa it gives immense wealth is no mystery .. there is no karma in veda .. which equals
even 1/16th of this activity .. no amount of austeruities equals this actvity even upto 1/16
krichcha chandrayan sankhya and other tantras equals this , nor 100 vyatipatas . nor 100o
grahansa equals this.
This is oh manigreeva most secret .. should not be given to anyone anywhere ..this gives
everything wealth grains fame sons grandsons ..good wife good husband .. all fortunes. In
this masa purushottam masa anyone who lights deepa wherever without procedures too
even then he gets immense results .. if done procedurally it fulfills wishes is definite ..so
one must make a deepa dana without fail.
abject unbearable poverty can be eradicated from roots by this deepadaana . i have told
only for you manigreeva .. . NOW you leave for your house and i shall go to prayaag
MANIGRREEVA and his wife folowed UGRADEVA for some days and then leaving
muni at the outskrits , they returned and waited for Purushottam masa .. so said agastya
muni to CHITRA BAHU .
Then having done deepa dana for a month long .. by the blessings of Ugradeva ,,
both became comepletely cleansed and reagained wealth and the after death went to
INDRALOKA .. then they took birth in the birth khanda as Kshatriyas. manigreeva is
now son of veerabahu CHITRABAHU. That sundari the name of manigreeva’s wife is
chandrakala , because she did pati seva the she could get half the punya of that deepa
dana and she became your wife again ..only a pativrata stree can get half punya and not
if only deepa daana can get so much , then vrata upavasa how much they can fetch
phala .. so said agastya and left the city of SAUBHAGYA [ present HYDERABAD }
Moral of the story !
1. Upadesha of BRAMHANA should be taken with positive mind ,, however
simple it may look … one must follow it sincerely without doubt … do vrata
after upadesha only .. ONly a single karma with devotion [ in this case a
simple deepa daana ] [ in entire life ] is enough to put on track multitude of
lives ahead …
2. even if husband goes astray temporarily woman should not lose her track but
concentrate on vishnu bhakti
3. always give something to a bramhana when you encounter them .. be it just a
few pecks of grain or mustard ,,.but give .. it will give manifold back
4. when you have everything dont hesitate to give everything also .. no satpatra
takes away the kingdom .. sometimes the solution to gravest problems are
very simple … belief does the magic ..
5. Do not be very proud about you own character .. everybody was a sinner
at sometime or other ..BUT that doesnt mean do not give credit to a good
charactered , only you can know how many transitions it takes to be good ..
so its hard work …. and time consuming … never try to step back.
To Day ADHIKMAS starts ! Also Known as Purushottam masa is a passport to
VAIKUNTHA after one enjoys to the full in the world ..
15 types of vratas can be undertaken in this month .. of which five are more rigorous 1.sampoorna upavasa 2. ratri bhojana 3. ekbhukta with water 4 dharan parana 5 ayachitvrata
- whole month if one donates TAMBOOLA one will get saubhagya [ good fortunes ]
- Monthlong if one LIGHTS a akhanda deepa before Hari sannidhi will give immese wealth
- Every day if one takes early morning bath in ganga etc in ADHKAMASA will get relieved from all sins
- 33 APOOP daana everyday will give anishta nivrutti and ishtaprapti
- Grantha daana will give give vishesha anugraha of NARAYANA
- EVERyday one must do BHAGAVAT shravan in this masa one gets infinite punya which even BRAMHa cannot describe
- One must do one lakh tulasi archana in this masa to a saligrama
- one who does this vrata , YAMADOOTA will run away just as elephants run away as lion approaches
- One purushottam masa vrata is greater than 100 MAHAYAGNYAS
- YAGNYA gives only SWARGA Purushottam masa vrata will give Vaikuntha
- The vratacharana of this adhika give masa will relieve from DUHSWAPNA [ evil dreams] daridrya [poverty ] it also relieves kayik vachik and manasik TAAPA .. miseries arising out of sins from body speech and mind
- ALL the DEITIES INDRA etc save the one who does this vrata from all the difficulties and troubles and obstacles [vighna ].
- One who does this vrata wherever they are at that place Bhuta preta pisacha etc cannot stand.
- With single minded focus on Purushottam one who does this vrata will get complete grace of the LORD
- Everyday trikaala VSN with silver flowers.. take 100 silver and repeat ten times … offer same again and again .. so after 30 days you will have completed 1 lakh)
- ONE who donates DEEPA in this month … he will get money , grains , cattle , sons ,grandsons, fame easily …. EVEN a barren woman will beget a child if she donates a DEEPA .. women will get saubhagya , her husband will like her and stay with her …separated will reunite … One who has lost job will get it back .. Kings will get kingdom back ..it fulfills all wishes … DONAte silver Deepa .in adhika masa.
- Deepa daana will get a compatible husband that is the husband of her choice and dreams he will be longlived and sadguNi … and BOYS unmarried will get a anooroop sushil pativrata wife .. ..
- those desirous of knowledge will get knwoledge of shastras .. they will get siddhi ,
- one who is desirous of money will get lot of money and one who seeks MOKSHA will get doubtlessly moksha by DEEPA DAANA.
- wick can be changed everyday after bath …
MUKHYA kartavya [ very important duty ] of a person in ADHIKAMASA is one must
donate APOOPA 33 in numbers made of RICE JAGGERY and GHEE ….[ apoop means anaras ] to a yogya bramhana [ remember the preparation should be in madi so give dravya in matha ] everyday.
One must put apoop in a kansya patra and give dana reciting daana mantra meditating
on 33 devatas and 33 VISHNU RUPAS .. one will get Prithvi daana phala ..This will
gradually give GYANA and then moksha .. without doubt
one must pour ample GHEE on APOOP and amppe dakshina should be given to
FOr every vrata undertaken specific daana should be given
1 ratri bhojana vrata [ eating only in night for 30 days ] one must give BRAMHAN
2. AYACHIT VRATA [ asking nothing and living by whatever got ] one must give
3. AMLA snana daily vrata … curds and milk daana
4.Phalahaara niyama – donate fruits
5. NOT applying oil Vrata [ daily giving taila deepa ] — donate ghee
6. ghruta vrata .. eating only liquid ghee [ or daily lighting ghee lamp ] – donate milk.
donate curd at the end of VRATA …
7. DHANYA VRATA .. worshipping LORD in heaps of Grains .. and not consuming
grains .. vrata —— donate rice or wheat
8.BHUMISHAYAN vrata – sleeping on ground – donate bed pillow and chadar blanket ..
9. niyama of eating only on PATRAVALI [ leaves ] – donate ghee and sugar
10. Mauna vrata – donate excellent GHANTA , til or gold
11 . Not shaving beard , not having hair cut or nails no cosmetics vrata – donate MIRROR
12. Not using chappals shoes – donate shoes or padaraksha
13. Not using salt vrata – DOnate variety of liquids
14 . Vrata of lighting akhanda deepa – Give daana of the deepa in which vrata has been undertaken
15 . DHaran paran vrata – donate clothes vastra .. or gold or copper vessel
If one cannot donate 33 apoopa everyday then one can donate on krishn ashukla
dwadashi , poornima amavasya .. bahula ashtami .. navami , chaturdashi … vaidhruti
vyatipaat yoga. as many holes in the apoopa that many thousand years one will spend in swarga
achamaan ! pranayama ! deshkaal uchcharan ! evam guna visheshan vishishTayaam ,
shubha tithau shruti smriti puraNokta phalaprapthyartham Vasu rudra aditya prajapati
vashtakaarantargat bharatiramaNa Mukhyapranantargat maas niyamak purushottam
preraNaya Purushottama prithyartham ………………..gotray …. ………..sharmaNe
brmahNaay mama Nikhil paapkshyapoorvak puNyabhivruddhyartham Dhan
Dhaanya kshema samruddhi lokdwayasukhahetu bhudaan phalapraapyaiy
apoopchidrasamasankhya varsha sahasravadhi svarloka nivasaadi phalsidhdhyartham
Purushottam masa prayukta trayastrinshat apoopdaanamaham karishye ! tadangataya
pushotam poojaam bramhana bhojanam ch karishye
note: Purushottama is RADHIKA SAHITA KRISHNA is what writen in
BRUHANNARADIYA .. here RADHIKA is RUKMINI ..
deepa daaana means .. two deepa whose weight should be 40 gms .. and should hold
40 gms batti .. and month long supply of ghee or til oil .. along with dakshina to the
bramhana ,..silver , bronze , brass panchaloha .. as per capacity …
Tamboola Dana: In Tambool, ilaichi lavanga karpoor ,beetle leaves, kasturi , jayaphal ,
chunna , kadhir …
one can stay away from one vegetable month long and then donate it at the end so that he can consume regularly late
Apoopa dana: one 33 apoopa is ideally done by 1 kg rice 1 kg jaggery and 1 kg ghee.
apoopa should be fried in ghee not oil. ghee should be extra ,, as apoopa daana should be
in kansya patra and ghee should be placed with it .. and with dakshina … patra should be
two … one above and one to hold .. [ this is ideal ] but one can give yatha shakthi
Two types of karma 1> ananyagatik 2> sagatik are there
APOOPA DAANA MANTRA:
Vishnuroopi saharanshuh sarvapaap praNashanah | apoopaanna pradaanena
mama paapam vyapohatu || narayaNa jagadbeeja bhaskar pratiroopadruk |
vratenanen putranshch sampadam chabhivardhay || yasya hastagadaachakre
garudo yasya vahanam | shankha karatale yasya sa me vishnu praseedatu
|| kalaakashThaadirupeNa nimesha ghatikadina | yo vanchayati bhutaani
tasmai kaalaatmane namaha || kurukshetra mayodeshah kaalah parva dwijo
harih | prithvisamamidam daanam gruhaaN purushottama || malaanaam ch
vishudhdhyartham paapprashamanaay ch | putra pautraabhivrudhdhyartham tein
daasyaami bhaskar ||
Note-This post is intended for preists who unertake japa tapa homa on behalf of the yejamana to releive them of doshas … ordinary people should not chant these as only anartha will come by doing so .. those who have upadesha can chant them as per their upadesha ..
All veda mantras give phala with anushthaana .. Anushthaana is process which simplifies the difficult situation .. siddhi is dependent on the anushthaana .
- Anushthana should be started on an auspicious day in shubh muhurta .. panchami poornima sunday thursday shbh tithi nakshatra should be known as per the prayoga .. chitra or ashwin navaratri is best ,.
- where the anushthaan is to be take up that place should be satvik clean and suchi . snana is imminent and swachcha vastra should be used for such purpose . always face east [ unless for maran mohan uchchatan ] dhoop deepa should be there all through .
- use mrugaasan for satvguna sadhana cotton dres .. rajoguni sadhan sutaasan yellow flowers reshmi vastra north facing .. tamoguna sadhna wollen asan red flowers wollen dress kambal etc ..wet facing ..
- do not sleep on bed or cot
- do not use slippers /shoes
- do not eat salt
- one can take up vrata of annatyaga . both times milk fruits or one time food
- no shaving hair cut
- do not allow others to touvh you or your dress
- do not take any help do your work your self
- do shastradhyayan shravan manan dhyaan
- speak only truth during anushthaana do not criticicse anyone, donot abuse , do not get angry , do not get into fight , do not cause any loss to anyone , do not use others money fortune or things , avoid tamoguni people , try to create satvik environment . increase sadaachaar .
- take up ishta mantra do punahscharan ..[ every mantra has different tyoe of punahscharan method . must know them from guru and accordingly apply .. no general application ]
- know any shapa is ther fo the mantra … know the upaya for removal of shaapa ..
- know if mantra has keelaka .. ge upadesha of utkeelana .. else 1 lakh recitation will also not give any phala
- know if rushi tarpana is required for the mantra …
- know if shakti kunthan is thee for mantra
- sankalpa is necessary
- daily sankalpa is also necessary
- know if ahuti is daily or at udyaapan for the mantra
- knwo if pratistapana is required for mantra ..
- knwo if other shaktis are to be propietiated with mantra
- know the havan samgri sambhar
- know the havishya needed for mantra
- know the vanaspati
- know if vratbandha is necessary
- know if mantap is required
- know if daana is required daily
- know the mandal
- know the number of kalash
- know the aushadhi
- know if any other moolmantra is also to be recited .. for sucess
after knwoing all these
pProtection from fire
1> om aachyaa jaanu ……………….purushata karaam |
2> om yathema vacham …..maapo namatu | …abhi pravanta ………agnim |ghrutasya ………………………………………………..jaatavedah |
for happy life
1. om rutam ……aygnena kalpantaam |
2> upayam ………..mahase tva ||
3> om bheshajamasi …….meshye |
for auspicous events in house
om asau ……..esahe |
sushloka sumangal satya rajan |
for family peace
om drushtva ……..prajapati | …….payomrutam madhu ||
for releif from danger
om samudrosi ……… devapane bhuyaat ||
protection from demons and demonic forces
om ye rupaani ……………………………………………………..bharantyagnishtanllokaatpranudatyasmaat ||
for removing shatruvirodh
devasya ……..seabhishinchaami ||
for nirvighna pravasa
om dropa …..kinchanaammat ||
to get vashikarana
eka ch me dash ch ….. |1
shatam ch me sashsram …….rutajaat …..madhulakruti | 11
to get good thoughts
punantu ma devajanah …….. asmaan punihi chakshase |
to get success in religious activities
savita prasavaana …… devahutyaam svaha |1
———————————————————|devahutyaam svaha |17
for quick progress in life
aditi sajosha |1
hasti mruganam …………………….
for ending enemity fight between friends enemies and family members
devaimamruta rakshamanah sayapraat saumanso vo astu |7
for protection from enemies
preinaan nrude … ……………………………nudamahe |
if shatru is strnger than you
malvo …….muchyate | 10
for bringing husband and wife together
yatha nakulo …….dehi veeryavati
for shoka nasha
for daridrya naash
for roga nivaran and veerya vriddhi
soma sukta [ kaushitaki ]
for court election exam etc
for starting aventure
for external peace ie in employment business general trasactions . court divorce litigations etc ..property division national calamity and for general when there is no mental peace
bahya shanti sukta
for internal peace .. like failure , stress , shoka bhya chinta nirasha , krodha kaam , kuvichara kusanskaara all these lead to continuous mental unhapiness ashantata for all such use
antah shanti sukta for you have gained something and want to safeguard it and feel it can be destroyed by someone .. use
for in todays world one has totally materialistic objective .. gaining vehicles houses wealth and be among the most succesful is the motto of life .. when pursuing such motto one becomes totally shrewd and uses all kinds of tactics harmful or otherwise to reach one’sgoal this leads to degeneration of mind and sanskaar and is hurdle to adhyatmik development ..
so one needs atma parikshan in such situation and to get knwoledge to lead life in right way and earn welath in right way .. for all this one needs to do
this purifies one and get him initiated into the path of devotion .. and sucess also ,.
FOr those who have underconfidence .. their mansaik daurbalya leads even small problems into great troubles which cannot be handled ..
for all such people to face problems with dhairya and win ..
one must use
HAVING good friends is great asset always .. some are without friends and get freinds of useless character .. who are of no use to themselves or others .. but a good friend wil always be the side in trouble or happiness .. such a friend is great boon ..
use mitra sukta to befriend all in your vicinity ..
Use yama sukta to get disciplines
ShriRAMA after reining Ayodhya for 13000 years once visited Agastyashram . [ This is after killing Shambuka ] .
Agastyamuni who is born out of pitcher is known as Kumbhasambhava . Immediately rose from his seat on seeing LORD RAAMA and offered his prayers .And after prayers offered one beautiful MAALA [ garland ] which was clean and crystal clear and very pleasing to the mind – nirmala amalina malaa . With devotion Agastya muni says ”
HEY RAAM ! This garland has been given to me by KING SHWETA to be offered at your LOTUS feet .
Once while Agastya muni saw a dead body in the midst of the jungle . After sometime SAGE saw a very bright divine aircraft descending from the heavens .From the PLANE alighted a Luminous KINGLY personality . The KING in divine heavenly form descended from the PLANE and started eating the flesh of the dead body . Looking at the ghastly sight .. Sage AGASTYA asked OH divine King who are You ? why are you performing this dastardly act . what besieges you to eat a dead mans’ flesh . You do not seem to be a demon or demonic creature either .. and you are descending from heaven so you must have done only good deeds in previous birth as you have reached heaven .. then why this evil has befallen you ?
The KING said ” Oh salutation to you Oh Sage Agastya ! its my good fortune and end of bad karma that I have had a holy sight of divine person like yourselves .. Now my miseries have ended … ! Listen Oh pious Bramhin rishi … I am king Shweta .
I was doing tapasya [ penace ] in this region known as Dandakaranya . This region was ruled by a KIng named DANDA . it was once a beautiful KINGDOM full of palaces and streets . Once Danda was infatuated with the daughter if SHUKRACHARYA . For this Shukracharya the guru of demons cursed him and his kingdom to become a uninhabited dense Forest . [ ie king became daridra for having lusted guru’s daughter ] and this place came to be known as DANDAKARANYA .
KING Shweta had done many tapasya and conducted many vratas , yagnyas . BUT after completing the VRATAS NIYAMA YAGNYA etc ,, KING did not do nay bramhana BHOJANA .. so all his yagnyas became anannayagnya . Because the yagnyas he did get Swarga but there he could not eat any food for himself .. All sort of food abhorred him … He was dissatisfied even in HEAVEN among apasaras and all sorts of enjoyments but Hunger troubled him a lot and all the food available could not be eaten by him … SO unable to bear hunger He asked BRAMHA as to why this evil had befallen him . BRAMHA devaru said .. as he had not given for Bramhana bhojana and annadana after yagnyas …He will be dissatisfied even though he got heaven for his karma , he will not be able to eat heavenly food . SO king asked where to seek satisfaction from hunger .. He said his heavenly body still in the DANDAKARANYA and he has no option but to eat his own flesh there to find satisfaction ..
Unable to bear this bad situation .. KING shweta pleaded BRAMH deva to relieve him off his pain .. and give him some remedy for his FOLLY ..
BRAMHA ji took pity on him and said .. Oh KIng SHWETA .. take this garland .. and give it to SAGE AGASTYA to offer this LORD RAAMA .. THis will relieve you from this evil state .
saying so King Shweta offered with devotion a divine garland to Sage AGASTYA .. and the dead body disappeared .. and again KING Shweta went to heaven peacefully in the divine plane .
SAGE AGASTYA offered the GARLAND to LORD RAAMA narrating this incident.
note – why did BRAMHAji not ask KING shweta to offer garland directly to LORD RAAMA .. ?
ans – KIng’s problem was only to get relieved from the state of hunger .. Offering garland to RAAMA would have resulted in much more punya , which KING was not seeking .and was not eligible either … Thus BRAMHAJI asked KING to give garland to sage AGASTYA and it was Sage AGASTYA who offered GArland to RAAMA and became eligible for complete Punya arising out of such offering …
special point to be noted – OFFERING GARLAND TO LORD RESULTS IN OBTAINING ANNA FOOD [ this is a great secret ] ..
“devaay maalarpaNena analabho bhavatiti paramarahasyam ” – poojakalapalata grantham
Thus while narrating this story SUN set in the west and SO LORD RAAMA spent the night among the sages in the ashram .
NEXT day LORD RAAMA said ” punaste darshanam BHUYAAT ” .. to agastya muni that “We shall meet again .Oh Sage you are the one who cleanse the men off their sins and make them pure ” .. sage burst into tears and said ” Oh RAAM ! by constant remembrance of lotus feet I HAVE BECOME CLEANSED myself ! You are the very GOD Oh RAAM ! just by listening to your name , remembering your avataras and singing your praises , even those who have sinned with mahapatakas ie unpardonable sins also get purified cleansed and respected devout ”
LORD RAAMA with a soft smile looking at the SAGE boarded the PUSHPAK VIMANA and reached AYODHYA .. and then asked PUSHPAK to return whenever called for .. Having said that PUSHPAK automatically left for KUBERA’s place . on a autopilot mode .
THEN LORD SRIRAAMA invited BHARAT AND LAKSHMAN to his palace and decided to do a YAGNYA .. LAKSHMAN suggested ASHWAMEDHA YAGNYA ! .
Snana is karma . it is just not cleansing of body with water but a karma that gives different results fruits in various situations.
Snana is nitya karma , that we do on a daily basis in three sandhyas .
Snana taken on specific occasion like 1> eclipse , 2> after having touched rajaswala stree ,or antyaj mletch or 3> during asuchi are all naimittika snana
Snana undertaken to get the desires of the life fulfilled like increase in longevity ,wealth , health etc increase in beauty , lustre ,skin tone ,increase in radiance of body , etc .. OR having desires of other life like Svarga etc is known as KAAMYA SNANA .
Those desirous of fruits of karma should carry out snana for phala those who do not desire fruits should carry out the SNANA for HARIPREETI ..
How to do such SNANA we shall elaborate .
PULASTYA rishi says :
- every month Pushya nakshatra
- ones own janma nakshatra
- vaytipaata yoga
- vaidhriti yoga
SNANA on these days will release the seven ancestors from their sins .. that means a snana taken with proper instructions on these days will not only destroys one’s own sins but also destroys sins of father grandfather their father and forefathers seven generations .. and if done on dintraya it will grace a crore [kulkotim samuddharet ] generations .
SUNDAY and TUESDAY one should take bath in river , for those who do that , just as LION does not have fear of other wild animals in forest similarly one will not have fear of diseases .
One who takes bath in a river near the sannidhi of RUDRA DEVARU on CHAITRA KRISHNA CHATURDASHI one will never attain the pretatva [ one will never become preta ,bhoota pisacha etc ] . If done in GANGA river it is very much more effective .
BHAVISHYA purana says
The water body very near to a SHIVALINGA is known as SHIVAGANGA , those who take bath in this Shivaganga , get relived from all their sins and reach abode of RUDRA DEVA
Kartik pournami bath in PUSHKAR and MAGH Pournami a snana in Prayaag will destroy all the sins of the person .
Jyestha SHUKLA NAVAMI if there is hasta Nakshatra on that day the it is very auspicious .. a bath in ganga on this day will relieve one from the sins made in last 10 TEN BIRTHS .
MAGH KRISHNA CHATURDASHI if one takes bath in YAMUNA river or VAISHAAKH SHUKLA TRITIYA [ akshya tritiya ] in GANGA will take away all the sins of this birth .
MARKANDEYA RISHI says
Surya grahana -during solar eclipse a bath in GANGA will give punya equivalent to donating infinite cows in a proper vedic manner .
Padma purana says
KARTIK shukla NAVAMI is very dear to Pitrus .. so a snana dana homa on this day by the side of river pleases the forefathers who have departed .
MAGHA saptami is equivalent to Surya grahana .. a snana during arunodaya on this day will give immense punya .
Chaitra shukla ashtami if it is with Punarvasu nakshatra and also if that day happens to be Wednesday than it is a very very auspicious day .. a snana in river on this day will give punya of having done VAAJPEYA YAGNYA .- VISHNU vachan .
SHATATAP rishi says
On an amavasya if it is SUNDAY or Tuesday just a snana on this day in ganga will give punya equivalent to having donated 1000 cows .
Ashwij pournami to kaartika pournami one should take bath everyday in river , do japa of vishesha mantras ,should eat only havishya items , and remain with complete indriya nigraha .. then one gets relieved from all sins and becomes purified in mind and body .
The months of libra ,capricorn and aries , one should get up early in the morning and take bath in rivers and should be in bramhacharya vrata eat only havishya then one will get relieved from all sins of this birth .
Those who desire wealth and worldly pleasures and also svarga should take bath during lunar and solar eclipse . and should take bath before sunrise during pushya pournami to phalguna poornima everyday .
matsya purana says ,
Four months from ASHADHA poorima to KAARTIKA poornima everyday one should take bath early in the morning …everyday one should give bramhna bhojana andon KAARTIKA poornima one should give GODAANA … This is Known as VISHNU VRATA . One gets Vishnuloka by doing this .
The month starting the end of Pushya masa and before the beginning of Phalguna masa is known as MAGHA MASA . according to sage NARADA month occurs in three ways ..
- From poornima to poornima it is knwon as poornimaantamasa … in this type pushya poornima to magha poornima is known as MAGHA MASA
- from amavasya to amavasya is known as amavasyantamaas ….in this krama pushya amavasya to magha amavasya will be magha masa . both above are chandra maana masa .
- from one solar ingress to another solar ingress is known as saurmasa ,,, in this krama the month starting from makar sankranti to kumbha sankranti is known as magha masa .. this is saura maana masa ..
In these three types of magha masa ,one can choose as per their tradition or can choose all the three types of months for snana which will give immense punya .
In this month rivers keep saying aloud from arunoday time till suryodaya .. ” please come take bath we shall relieve you of all sins ,.. lets see who is lucky among you .who is the fortunate one ! ”
small children or young boys or old men women or transgenders , all and everyone should take bath during maghamasa in a river ..This will give all sorts of desires to the one who takes bath …
While doing this snana ,one should not cover oneself with sweater or blanket while going to the river . If one gets troubles by the cold wind then one must resist such a cold weather and continue the snana .. One must never try to get rid of cold during the snana ..if one does the snana in this manner taking the cold into ones stride .. with each step he takes towards river while going and coming from river ONE GETS ASHWAMEDHA YAGNYA punya for each step .
one should not use fire agni before or after snana .. to relieve oneself of cold weather .
SNANA in river gives mahaphala … for those who do not have river …
- river water
- water flowing with quick speed
- water taken in a new pot a previous day ,if this water is kept in an open place below sky ,where wind flows freely .. if kept from night till dawn
these three types of water is equivalent to Ganga . This water can be used for Snana and will give ganga snana phala .
before starting MAgha snana , one should do snakalpa that I will do the snana daily in a river for a month .. Then one should recite what type of niyama one will undertake for the month .. and then start the snana …
One must do sankalpa everyday before snana too
MANTRAs to be recited while doing snana will be given in subsequent posts ..
one must recite them ..With much devotion one must take bath month long in the river water ….
After the snana one must take the mrittika of that teertha river and annoint himself .. one must also put the mrittika on ones head ..
then one must put gopichandana and mudras …one must give arghya to SURYA in a vedokta manner .. one must give tarpana to Pitrus ..
then one must come out of the water .. in any circumstance one must not speak ..JUST AS WOOD DOES NOT SPEAK .. one must be like wood … This is known as KAASHTHAMAUNA . One must come home with this type of mauna .
One must worship with stotra the MADHAVA rupa of HARI which has SHANKHA CHAKRA .. one must give agnihotra in agni ..other homas should be done ..
Entire month one must not travel anywhere .. one must reside at one place only ..one must sit in single aasan . Those who are capable should do bramhacharya vrata and sleep on ground … those who are not capable and those who are rich can stay as they wish .. But in magha masa those capable or incapable must adhere to some special niyamas , that would give effective results ..
to be continued …. this post will go on for several days !
VARAHA purana gives in details the 32 mistakes that one should not commit while doing VISHNU pooja . committing which pooja is not accepted by the LORD ./. what are they ?
Sridevi Asks Lord after having known 100 aparadhas that could be committed while devatarchana which should be averted by alert sevaka .. i wish to know 32 main amongst these which needs to be absolutely avoided !
Varaha deva says !
- anointing tirayak pundra [ addanaama , vibhuti ]
- after having taken meals
- without brushing teeth
- archana with borrowed [pleaded begged bargained ] flowers leaves and fruits
- without washing feet and legs entering temple and doing pooja
- eating chewing pan masala or tamboola before the idol
- having eaten food made of safflower /sunflower leaves flowers and then doing devataarchana
- flowers of creepers , palash should not be used for archana
- the fools should not worship at asuri kaala [ after vihit kaala ]
- giving naivedya of the anna prepared by avaishnava
- doing pooja of VISHNU when elders / gurus are present in the vicinity
- burning incense [ gugullu ] without using ghee for LORD
- using only ghee for the incense
- using palms for aarti or only thread or cotton [ or not dripped enough ]
- doing pooja while in presence of avaishnavas looking at them
- bathing LORD with idol in left hand or using left hand during pooja
- giving naivedya of the items which are a day old or prepared previous day ,giving naivedya of the dishes prepared through remote heat [ like microwave or like tandoor ] steek tikka sizzler etc is prohibited
- doing pooja wearing blue dress or giving blue dress to LORD ,adorning LORD with dress which is washed nine times or torn or worn out dresses
- offering lord any item that has contacted the nails or contacted water falling through nails .doing pooja making noise , conversation , without silence ,doing pooja with profusely sweating body
- doing pooja of lord holding the vaat mutra [ urine . fart or faeces ],when there is urge for it ,if passed the air [ vaata ] through anus then continuing pooja without achamana
- doing pooja with complete covering from head to toe
- sitting/standing on high pedestal giving dhoop deepa ,giving dhoopa deepa without naivedya
- without doing pooja of the tatavdevatas in the dhamnis proceeding to vishnu pooja
- being shiva dweshi [ hating SHIVA ] ,or Hating Vishnu doing Shaiva pooja
- the pooja of those who do not do nakta vrata on ashtami is not accepted by lord ,the pooja of those who do not do harivasara is not accepted by lord
- worshipping Vihsnu as someoneelse or someone else as vishnu is not acceptable
- doing pooja without worshipping Vighneshwara and Kaapali is not acceptable [ this would result in difficulties all the three times a day ]
- worshipping in darkness touching idols like a blind man
- worshipping Lord after talking to rajaswala
- lighting the oil lamp with safflower castor oil is prohibited
- one who does not do ekadashi upavas his pooja is not acceptable
- doing archan without the knwoledge of tantrasara
all the above aparadhas are considered as mahaaparadhas and LORD does not forgive them .. but those who stay awake in the night of ekadashi and recite vishnusahasranaam LORD forgives thousands of aparadhas ..
GURURAYAR PAdodaka – water which has touched the feet of RAYARU ….
When Chakravarti BALi agreed to grant three steps of land to Lord VAMAN … VAMAN [ a dwarf avatara ] of VISHNU instantly turned into a gigantic multidimensional Avatara of Vishnu namely TRIVIKRAMA ,,, Shri Trivikrama when he raised his foot to cover entire antariksha …. his feet went high above the Bramha loka and touched the edge of BRAMHANDA above …His toe as it pierced the BRAMHANDA Kharpara , SHUDDHODAKA [ APATATVA] water that prevails outside Bramhanda rushed inside the Bramhanda from the crack that appeared in the BRAMHANDA outer cover due to Toe of VISHNU …
As the water rushed inside , it brushed past the feet [ washing it along ] of LORD TRIVIKRAMA and flew like a river into the BRAMHANDA in various LOKAS … This river came to be known as GANGA …
Just Because it has originated from the feet of LORD VISHNU it is PADODAKA of VISHNU and is very sacred for this reason …
Various other rivers are also sacred for other reasons … These rivers purify the person who takes bath in it .. it cleanses them of their sins if one takes bath or touches it or simply remembers them in heart ..
On a special occasion these give immense PUNYA … if someone takes bath three times a day everyday . his punya is seamless .. there cannot be any other punya equal to it ….
2. But taking water after washing a feet of Veda bramhana is supposed to give more punya then trikaal snana in the rivers like GANGA and others ..
3. The originator of GANGA and desireless LORD Krishna has aptly demonstrated this in RAJSOOYA yagnya in Mahabharat by washing the feet of bramhins himself and sprinkling it on his head … thus sowing the importance of Bramhana Padodaka ..
4. Bahagavat also says ” teerthe kurvanti teerthani swatmasthena gadabrutha ” that even GANGA and other teerthas rivers also become pure by the touch of those bramhins who always are engrossed in the dhyana of SHRIHARI …
5. The Brundavana of RAYARU has sannidhi of all the DEVATAS from BRAMHA to Agni ..It has 700 saligramas and also all the nadi abhimani devatas are present in it .. The water when poured over it for Abhisheka gets the sparsha of all rivers making it equivalent to all rivers .. along the way it touches the feet of HAYAGREEVA and all the other devatas … making it even more sacred … finally It washes the feet of Sri RAGHAVENDRA who is ever engrossed in SHRIMAN MOOLRAMA and hence it is even most sacred enough to purify GANGA herself …[ that is the reason why RAYARU himself is known as RAGHAVENDRATEERTHA as it purifies teerthas themselves the saint is teertha himself ]
so also as per BAHGAVATA vachan it is conclusive RAYARY Padodaka is sacred and manifold times imparting punya than trikaal snana sandhya in the river GANGA and other rivers all through the life ….
There are three types of TAPA [ kashta , difficulties, miseries etc ] .
- AADHYATMIK Tapa
- AADHIBHOUTIK Tapa
- AADHIDAIVIK Tapa
- The diseases and difficulties arising inside the body are known as Adhyatmik tapa
- The difficulties like dog bite , donkey kicks , accidents are Adhibhoutik tapa these are external to body
- The difficulties arising due to excess rains tsunami famine earthquakes etc are adhidaivik tapa
Again these tapas are of two kinds the above mentioned are malevolent tapas … these can be benvolent as well …benevolent tapas are
- The difficulties experienced during Upavas like EKADASHI etc is Adhyatmik tapa
- the difficulties during panchagni tapasya etc are Adhibhoutik tapa
- The difficulties caused by Devatas to Rantidev , Harishchandra etc are Adhidaivik tapa
These later tapas result in the purification of mind and finally lead to MOKSHA ..These are Uttamatapatraya.. The opposite to these are known as DUSHTATAPATRAYA.
The dustapatraya of devotees are destroyed by the sevana [ by sprinkling drinking of ] Rayar PADODAKA ..
THere are many types of VANDHYA – [ women having no children ] ..
- some do not conceive early ..
- some frequently undergo miscarriages
- some give rise still-born baby again and again
- some give birth to one child and then stop conceiving
- Some get children after long time late in their life
- Some absolve the sins of previous life or janmantar sins by prayashchittas like HARIVANSHA purana shravana etc and then conceive and get birth of child .
- Some get children after prayaschitta [ vrata niyama upavasa japa homa havana etc] and medicines [ ayurveda ]
- Some do not get children even after all the above …
- the last one is known as MAHAVANDHYA ..
This MAHAVANDHYA too if they take with utmost devotion everyday without fail the padodaka of SHRIRAGHAVENDRA will get a son [ MAHAVANDHYA suputraprado ] not just a son but an able UTTAMA putra ..
Some are handicapped by birth due to previous life sins .. some become handicapped by the sins in this very life ..All these people if they partake Padodaka will get their sins destroyed and regain their organs limbs etc … EVen if there are defects in the body or they will get resolved by regular sevan of PAdodaka ..They will be very strong and work ably thereafter .. [ those who feel shy of their personalities due to inabilities low confidence stammering vikruti etc all of them will benefit with optimum praiseworthy qualities by regularly taking the padodaka ]
If the tapatrayas are experienced out of bad placements of planets [ astangata neecha khala kopa vikala deena avasthas ] like shani mangal rahu ketu surya etc … or if the miseries are owing to BRAMHAHATYA abhichara , etc or due to some MAHAPATAKA terrible sins attacking again and again onto us[ grahamahapapaapahastam shraye ] .. all these difficulties will get destroyed by the PADODAKA of our Guru Shri Raghavendra
Once , the daughter of Drupad Draupadidevi , having completed her daily chores , seated in a relaxed mood ..asked All knowing SUTA puranik [ after bowing to him religiously ] , ” Oh holy one , I have known many vratas and niyamas and poojas fom you previously …. Now I wish to know the most auspicious among vratas namely MANGALGAURI vrata .. kindly enlighten me about the same !
Suta puranik explains Draupadi ,” Oh daughter of Drupada listen ! The vrata which you intend to know is the one which delivers highest merits in this world ….This vrata increases the longevity of the husband ,gives enormous fame ! I shall narrate it specially for you !
Once upon a time , in the beautiful famous city of KUNDANIPUR , there lived a very rich ,extremely devoted to Bramhins and very pious and famous trader by name DHARMADUTTA . He was living very happily with his equally pious wife . One day a Bhikshu Sanyasi wearing orange robes rudraksha and vibhuti and holding kamandalu and kundala passed by his house . His wife rushed to give him bhiksha , but he went away without noticing her . Second day again he went past deliberately avoiding her bhiksha ….. This happened everyday , the sanyasi just refused to accept bhiksha from her … Sad at these events , She complained to her husband …. Her husband said ” not to worry about it so much … just see to it tommorrow , you carry a bowlfull of gems and gold coins , and put it in his bag ….
Next day waiting for sanyasi with a bowl full of gold coins .. as soon as sanyasi came she just turned the bowl into his bag even before he could take notice of it ….. Angry at her conduct .. sanyasi cursed her to be without children …then pained at curse , crying profusely she ran after sanyasi and fell at his feet to redeem her from curse , or give some remedies to absolve her off her misconduct …. so that she could beget a child ”
Sanyasi took pity on her and advised , ” oh best among the women , repeat before your husband what I say to thee now , Ask you husband to wear black dress and ride a black horse towards the forest … wherever the horse stops , get down and dig the soil there . He will find a temple full of nine types of jewels .. the deity there is MANGALGAURI .. If your husband worships her with devotion and faith , both of you would get relieved from the curse ..and saying thus SANYASI disappeared …
She narrated the same to her husband , pained at the event ,,. next day wearing a black dress and riding black horse , Dharmadutta proceeded towards the forest , the horse took him deep into forest …. Dharmadutta did not partake food or water riding on the horse …. deeply devoted to DEVI … for next 21 days horse went on deeper into the forest …..after 21 days it stopped .. Dharmadutta dug the soil around carefully and as he dug a temple came out of excavation fully decorated with all types of jewels …. MANGALGAURI devi was the deity in the temple…. other deities were in the periphery …. the temple was fully laden with trees and sculptures ….
Dharmadutta thanking sanyasi in the mind ,went further into forest looking for many flowers , barks and leaves to perform pooja of devi in the temple …. BHAVANI impressed and pleased with his devotion ….appeared before him … and asked him ‘Oh trader let me know what type of wealth you wish I shall grant you ”
Dharmadutta said ” Oh devi , By your grace I have all the wealth required to live my life ….. I yearn for a child .. please grant me …. ” DEVI said ” Oh arya ! you do not have yoga for child …. But still I give you one boon , so choose what you want among the options I Give ……
- a beautiful daughter who would become widow soon after marriage or
- short lived handsome boy
- longlived blind son
Dharmadutta said Oh devi give me a short lived handsome son …. so that I can be relieved of my pitru runa ….
PARVATI devi granted and said “behold the tree above the ganpaty temple , the tree has a fruit … take it and give it to your wife she will bear a child ”
Happy the devi’s words , trader climbed the temple of GANAPATY and plucked many fruits from the tree , as he got down to his utter surprise , he would have only one fruit in his hand … so he again climbed and collected many fruits , but again as he descended , only one fruit would remain in his hand … this way he climbed 16 times , but failed to carry many fruits except one …. Ganapaty angry at his conduct . cursed him , since you have climbed on me 16 times …. your son will die at the age of 16 by a snake bite ….
Heavily pained by the curse accepting it as fate … dharmadutta went back to his house …. He gave the fruit to his wife … who after eating it conceived the following night through her husband …..After nine months on a good muhurta , a very beautiful male child was born …The couple were overjoyed and named the child as “SHIVA” . SHIVA born as he was with the grace of DEVI was growing like a moon in the bright half ….About eight years of age , HE was given UPANAYANA …and his schooling began ,… he was bright and picked up the vidya in two years … at ten His mother insisted that He be married .. Dharmadutta said let him go to KASHI and finish kashiyatra and then we shall get him married … So brotherin law of DHARMADUTTA was designated to take SHIVA along with him to KAshi …
So shiva set out on pilgrimage to KASHI along with his mama …on the way they visited many places of PILGRIMAGE ….and along the way came to a very large famous city of ‘PRATHISHTHA NAGAR ” THe city had a very large garden , so SHIVA and his uncle took rest in the beautiful garden … there were some beautiful damsels playing in the garden …. the most beautiful among them was ‘ SUSHEELA ” and all the girls were unmarried …. as they were playing , owing to some misunderstanding a verbal fight broke out between the girls … the other girls started abusing each other with dirty inauspicious words like ‘ vidhwa [ widowed ] , veshyaa ,ganika etc …. SUSHEELA said ” freinds . you are mistakenly , abusing me without reason . i dont understand why ? But these will not affect me because my mother is always engaged in MANGALAGAURI VRATA , By the grace of goddess [due to vrata ] I shall always be sumangali till death ….. You know wherever the lamps are lit [ diya ] for mangalgauri vrata , the people dwelling there will never face inauspiciousness ….
As SHE WAS saying these words …. Uncle of SHIva observed this and determined , this girl will be befitting bride for SHIVA ….. so he followed her to find her whereabouts and talk to her parents …. So he took shiva and stayed in the temple just near the SUSHEELAs house .. here Susheela ‘s father named Hari was also worried about her marraige and so also his wife ,and wife incindentally spotted a very handsome boy in the temple and urged her husband to talk about their daughter … so HAri went to Shiva’s uncle and proposed the marraige of Shiva and SUsheela ..,Uncle agreed and both were married ….religiously on a fixed date and hari chose to keep the son in law in his house for some days … and did not permit him to go for several years .. Susheela was worshipping MANGALGAURI vrata piously , one day when Shiva and Susheela were sleeping ,,,, Susheela dreamt of GAURI in her dreams instructing her ,,” Oh SUSHEELA get up , behold a snake is coming to bite your husband .. place a milk bowl before it and an earthen pot … snake will drink milk and get into the earthen pot , then you remove your blouse and tie over the pot to seal it …..
Susheela was terrified as her dream broke … she got up and was surprised as a snake crawled towards SHIVA , she immediately put a bowl of milk before it and with courage moved an earthern pot before it … snake drank the milk and went into the pot … , she immediately removed her blouse and tied the pot and sealed it …. and slept peacefully … after some time . SHiva woke her up and said he was feeling hungry …. so she gave him laddos kept as prasaad for the MAA gauri …and he ate them and drank water … just as Susheela was asleep . Shiva and his uncle [ by the inspiration MAA Gauri ] decided to continue their yatra to KASHi as instructed by his Father … and decided to leave without informing them ,…so SHIVA kept the wedding ring in a secret place …. and went away ..
Hari the father in law was highly devoted to his family deity Kuldevata EESHWARA .. so RUDRA took the form of SHIVA and stayed in his house to avoid embarrassment to the family as son in law disappeared ,,..Susheela wanted to complete the vrata next day and gave vayandana to her mother … Mother found a very precious necklace in the dana box … Mother was extremely happy nd thought her daughter was very happy with her husband .. but she gave the necklace back to the daughter and enquired about such a precious gift , how did son in law accept to donate it to in laws …..
Looking at the gift , Susheela immediately sensed , that Shiva in her house was not her husband ….. She told everything that happened previous night to her parents … here the LORD ISHWARA as SHIVA disappeared … he had come only to complete the vrata for SUSHEELA …
Hari then pained at sudden disappearance of the Son in law … started giving annadana to every new visitor of the city [from the hands of SUSHEELA ]… this was going on and on ,, thinking with this he would get his son in law back … [ there is no punya equivalent to annadana , it is perfect remedy for all miseries ]
Here SHIVA along with his uncle visited KASHI and after the darshan of VISHWESWARA , they went to HARIDWAR and took the holy dip in holy ganges .. In Haridwar Shiva gave many dana to able brahmins ,,.and all the meritorious bramhins [ by the inspiration of MANGALGAURI devi ] gave him aasheervada of deerghayush ….
On the way back … suddenly SHIVA collapsed with a loud cry as ‘HA’ ,.. Immediately Uncle tried to revive him after repeated sprinkling of Ganaga water … Shiva regained consciousness …. SHiva said .. ” UNCLE , actually some terrific looking yamadootas had dragged me out …. they were carrying me away , just when MANGALGAURI DEVI came and shooed them away with her sword … all of them went away , obeying MAA … and I regained my life .. MANGALAGAURI saved my life ” uncle said do not tell this to anyone … let us go back to our home KUNDANI
While on the way they came to PRATISHTHA nagar .. there they saw people preparing food for the great annadana which was going on for all the new visitors of the city … They asked for some place in the grand kitchen so that they could cook themselves …. The chefs said they are preparing food for the visitors why dont they take food , why they had to cook …. SHIVA said they are back from vrata niyama and teerthayatra , they will not accept paranna bhojana …
The chefs ran to the master Hari and said someone is insisting on cooking themselves … Hari said kindly bring them to our house with sound of bells and music with utmost respect in a procession like grandeur ….The attendants brought the uncle and SHIVA to their house …. Hari asked Susheela to welcome the atithi … just as susheela bent down to wash the feet .. looking at the marks and beauty of the feet she recognised her husband … She told her father , that the guest was indeed her husband ….
FAther happy but failed to see the wedding ring and to confirm .. asked the guest whether he indeed was SHIVA his son in law and can he prove it …. SHIVA went inside the house and brought the wedding ring from the secret place …. Father in law was extremely happy.. asked susheela to cook food and give to her husband and thanked his kuldevatas to grant him his wish at succesfful completion of remedy [ annadana ] …….
Hari allowed Shiva to take his wife to his house in KUNDANIPUR … On the way they found a temple fo MANGALGAURI and it was tuesday of shravana masa …. so SUSHEELA worshipped at the temple and others accepted prasaad stayed in the temple and proceeded further to their house in KUNDANI … just they entered the city , the citizens were overwhelemed at pious couples and ran towards them in groups to welcome them …..
Just a sthey recahed the house .. all the three made sashtanga namaskara to DHARMADUTTA and mother in law of SUSHEELA asked … oh blesssed one .pativrata .. how did you save my son from impending death … what is the vrata you undertook which gave my son deerghaayush ,[longevity ] kindly enlighten that vrata to us all too .. SUSHEELA said oh mother . I do not know of any vrata other than just that , YOU are the Mangalgauri [ maa as present in you ] , Your HUSBAND ,my father in law is indeed PARMESHWARA [ as present in him ] , this son you have borne is only My husband , my deity [ Lord as present in him ] , Serving you three is in itself a vrata for me which brings all the auspiciousness , i know only of this vrata …Thus she served them for many many years ….
SUTA concluded thus to DRAUPADi , ” hey DRUPADNANDINI , those who do this vrata gain all the wealth fame an longevity ….to the husband and themselves and live happily with sons and grandsons with all auspiciousness …..”
Thus ends the Extract of BHAVISHYOTTARA purana of discourse of SUTA and DRAUPADI ABOUT MANGALAGAURI VRATA ..
Get up early morning take mangalsnana . this vrata is done for five years …. one year in mothers house and rest in in laws house ,,, presence of Husband is must ….
mangalsnana is taken with tulasi powder , haldi , mango leaves flowers petals …immersed in water …
smear the place where pooja is to be performed with cowdung and gomutra and decrate with rangavalli colourful
decorate house with mango leaves … flowers..
prepare a kalash … keep a gauri made out of haldi [ haridra gauri ] … keep two blouse pieces by the side .. and mirror … keep a tambula behind the gauri …. and spread all the auspicious mangaldravyas before her … like bangles mirror , kukum etc ….
sprinkle water from kalash on all the materials to be used for the devi …
Install mangalgauri antargat Bharatiraman mukhyapranantargata LAXMINARAYANA [ saligrama or laxminarayana vigraha ]
MAHAGANAPATy antragata Vishwambhar moorty pooja …. [ nirvighna prarthana ]
DHYANA of MANGALGAURI
Neelalohita tatanka haridra kumkumaadishu | taamboola pushpagandheshu darpaneka ch shodhake ||
sindhoore kajjalevastre kankaNAdau phlaadeeshu | jwalaaya putradeepasya mangaLadravya bhaajane ||
Shubhakaaryeshu santoshe nityaleela vilaasineem | sampoorNa chandravadanaam sarvagnyaam shivasundareem ||
varaabhaya karaambhojaam pashaankush karojjwalaam | saavitreem sadayaam deveem sarvamangal devataam ||
balaanapoDhaam sampoojyaam mangaldravya vaasineem | sarvaalankaar sampoorNam bhaayet sarvamangaLAam ||
Om Aim hreem Shreem namassarvmangaLAayai MangaLgauriye namaha || dhyanam
with above mantra give panchamruta shodoshopachara …
in shodoshopachaara … include kukum haridrasamrpayami
take a iron spoon .. pour paste of beetel leaves and burn it … that will give kajal … apply this kajal … kajjalaadikam samrpayaami .. give blouse piece …two … and swarNottiriya … gold laced shawl ….
if you dont get above then
- aparnaye namaha — jaji pushpa
- parashaktaye namaha —- sevantika
- mahadeviye namaha —-mallika
- bhaktidaye namaha —- kamal
- veershaktaye namaha —parijaat
worship with dhoop deep naivedya ..
namaskaar pradakshina aarti
give vayan daan to 16 suvasini
give vayan daan to mother …
lit 16 diyas ,… and listen to the story … and distribute kajal devi prasad , sindoor , kumkum haldi and other mangal dravyas …
eat along with mother reltives and 16 suvasinis …
on the last shravan tuesday f fifth year .. one must do udyaapna ..
one must get up early and complete mangalagauri pooja …and invite acharya to the house …
Acharya should install all the kalasha onto a decoration namely LINGATOBHADRA ..mandala
kalasha should be for Uma maheshwara , ananta ,. bramha . ganapaty kumaar .shachi puranadar .
separately one each for LAXMINARAYANA savitri and navagraha .. And One for inviting all the devatas .. [ if so many kalasha are not possible then atleast five shoudl be installed ]
fasting completely and worshipping all through day and night …reciting the mantras fit for you shakha … one must perform homa with arali , ajya ,doorva ,payasa , jeera and guda ..ahutis
with mantra given earlier … give poornahuti ….
invite 16 suvasini … perform sumangali POOJA
then with ” Uddeepasya ..” mantra give dana …to bramhin couple ….ad then invite as many people to give feast and satisfy all the guests ,and complete the vrata … this brings enormous enjoyments , auspiciousness , fortune and wealth and psossesions and thus saying this MANGALAGAURI udyapana ends ..