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Could you tell me about the pooja things and timings for krishan jayanthy?


Answer: It is already listed in the website, please follow this link.

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Namaskaram. Sir, My father has only 02 daughters (me and my younger sister) and no sons. My sister has a son. I am aware that mappilai cannot perform sharddam as they are from different family. My dad has 01 younger brother and he has a son. I want to assure them of something while they are alive so that they rest in peace in old age. Who is supposed to do the final rights for both of my parents ? I want to know according to vadakali Iyengar rights. I want to try to help them as I am aware of the consequences of not doing shraddam. Apart from self Gaya shartham, what else need to be done for final rights and yearly schedule ? As somebody else will do, I cant expect them to do every year so what is the least number of years that we need to follow. I think this problem is there now days for every one who has only daughters and no sons. your answer will be highly helpful for all of us . Thank you.


Answer: Njaathi known as the first cousins have full rights to perform the rituals. However, if your parents desire, grand son too can perform (if Upanayanam has not been performed, then through the procedure known as Kaippil - taking the dharba from the grand-son - some one on his behalf can perform the rites as if having taken a power of attorney). Your parents have the full rights to nominate some one to do the kaingaryam. If property is left by the grand parents to the grand son, then the grand son needs to perform the annual sraardham for life time! If no property is offered, then they can just perform hiraNya or aama srardham. If the husband leaves first, then the wife can perform the rites by offering Kaippil. And if wife leaves first, husband can do the kaingaryam, and continue the srardham to his wife for his life time; then the question of offering kaippil does not arise. This is common to all Srivaishnavas.

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I have a daughter who will be 3 yrs next month. since im coming to chennai during navaratri festival, i want to do vidya arambham for my daughter on vijayadashmi day in a temple in chettipunyam hayagriva temple. What are the necessary things to be taken for this ceremony. Please guide me. Moreover, is there any mantra or sloka to be done by me for the goodness of my child.


Answer: Though the temples offer the needed items in one bunch at a nominal cost, it is recommended to take with you Turmeric Roots, Betal Leaves, Coconuts, fruits and flowers for performing Archana for Sri Hayagriva. If you can afford, offering a Dhoti/angavastram to the Guru is suggested. Guru Dakshina and presentations are upto ones capacity and it is left to individuals.

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Thanks for your reply. It is really very informative. In continuation of the question 1, I was told that usage of Ghee will give whealth, usage of grounnet oil will lead to debts, usage of cocunut oil will give knowledge, usage of villakuennai will give moksham etc, is all these true. For question 4: To get rid of navagraha dosha, anjenya worship is widely accepted. If we cannot worship Anjenya seperately then what is the alternate. What is the significane of vennai kappu to anjenya, vadamalai etc. Shall we recite hanuman chalisya?


Answer: Though, according to the Srivaishnava sampradaya, usage of Gingili oil is the prime one, using other oils for different needs are not prohibited. Yet, the mixture of other oils give some benefits but the limitedness is certain. Different oils for different dieties are not the one for Srivaishnavas!

As for Sri Hunaman aka Anjaneyar, one can offer Tulsi, Betal Leaves, fruits, Lime etc. as garland on occassions. However, the Vadai Malai garland is a very interesting story behind the theme.  According to the Ramayana on his return from Srilanka, following Lord Sri Ramas victory over Ravana and the subsequent coronation of Lord Rama and Sita in Ayodhya, all the guests attending the coronation received gifts before their departure. But when it came to Sri Anjaneya, Lord Sri Rama said that Sri Anjaneyar would remain with him always. Overjoyed, Sita Devi made a Vadai Maalai for Sri Anjaneyar and adorned it on him so that he would eat it and be happy. Since then, the practice of adorning Sri Anjaneyar with the Vadai Maalai came into existence. Devotees adorn the Vadai Maalai to please Sri Anjaneya and receive his blessings for a happy and peaceful life. The Vennai kappu too is a kind of appeasement to Hanuman. While he carried the Parvat hill to get the Siranjeevi herb, some of the bacterias and mud fell on his hairy body. To get rid of these itch and to smoothen his body, the butter was applied on his body and Anjaneya was allowed to take bath after the application which gave him immediate relief from the lices, bacteria etc. This too now exists as an appeasement to the Hanuman known as Siriya Thiruvadi.

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Radhekrishna! This website is very useful. I am an ardent devotee of Lord Sri Guruvayurappa and recite narayaneeyam, Sundara Gaandam, Lalitha Sahasranamam and other slokas as advised by my parents and elders. I have a question about Rahukaalam/Yema Kandam. Why is it said that we shouldnt start things/travel etc during these hours? What is the significance of observing these? Also do the same timings followed in India are applicable throughout the world? In US, we have different time zones etc. and sunrise is earlier than 6 am or later around 8:30 am during winter and sunset is after 9 pm in summer and around 3 pm in winter. Please clarify. Thank you very much. Srividhya Krishna


 Answer: Rahu Kaalam and Yama Gandam are calculated from the time of sun rise. Based on the sun rise timings, it differs place to place. for example, if the sun rise is 6.00 am in Chennai on a Monday, then the Rahu kalam starting timing is 7.30 am; the same would change to Mumbai where there is about 20 to 40 minutes difference during seasons. If the sun rise is at 7.30 then the Rahu kaalam should be from from 9.00 am! One has to take the local timings for calculating the Rahu kalam and Yama Gandam, that is to be calculated from the sun rise timings and adjusted accordingly. 

When the Earths rotation comes about a specific angle to the Solar path, the radiations and ultra violet rays are excessively passed on to the Earth. These specific timings are bracketed as Rahu Kalam and Yama Gandam; doing any auspicious functions or starting long journey during these timings are likely to blind ones brain neurons. This might cause harm to oneself so it was better advised to avoid the Rahukalam & Yamagandam. During the timing of Gulikan, it is said that the rays passed on to earth is very conducive and has cooling stimulations in the brain neuron chips. Thus Gulikan timing is recommended to start any auspicious function. However, for regular jobs and routines this does not apply!!

Though the Vedic reliance and practices were that of Indian Origin and the same was observed since it came into existence, one cannot predict the values it offers or gaurantee for its benefits or loss at other locations of the universe! However, I recommend persons to follow the local standard timings to convert these to their local stations.

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