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Can Akka -Athimbar or Anna- Manni perform Kanya Dhanam 1] If parents are alive 2] If parents are not alive Thanks


Answer:  Yes, anyone elder to the to-be-married person can perform the Kanya Dhanam. Whether or not the parents are alive, any other relatives too can take up the job. Even if the parents are able and fit, the marriage of their daughter can be solomnized by some other relatives or even friends, if the elderly couple desire so. There is no restriction on this.

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Pranam. As per my husbands horoscope , since there is some Pithru Thosham , an Astrologer told us to do the "Mahalaya Amavasai Tharpanam like Sradtham (Ceremony) and to offer food to some Brahmins. Can we do the Sradtham (ceremony) on Mahalaya Amavasai ? Please guide us. Andal.T


Answer: Yes, your astrologer is right in suggesting to perform the Mahalaya Srardham, that can be performed either in Thila tharppaNa roopam or Hiranya Srardham. However, Hiranya Srardham can be performed only after performing the Mahalaya tharppanam. Mahalaya Amavasya Thrappanam is like a regular one except that we add the Garunya Pithrus in the TharppaNam.  So one should perform the Mahalaya Srardham on any other day in addition to Amavasya; this can be performed on Madhyashtami or Mahabharani; or on a day in which pithrus thithi falls during the Mahalaya Paksham.

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Please do let us know the Cooking that has to adopted during Mahalaya Paksha. What are the other code of conduct during this period covering food, Bathing and anushtanam. thanking you in advance



Answer: During the entire period of fifteen days, it is recommended to avoid usage of restricted vegetable items and use only recommended ones. Raw Banana, Ladies Finger, Sour Gourd, Snake Gourd etc. are few of the recommended ones. (It is just like a Srardha cookings). Bengal gram (Thuvar Dal or Thuvaram Paruppu) is totally to be avoided. Instead green gram is to be used. (Payatham paruppu).

Sleeping in cusshion beds, usage of pillows, using luxury items, scents etc. are to be stopped. Also, to avoid sex during these days. Hair cut and oil bath too to be avoided. Needless to say no soap either, even organic soap. Those who perform the Pithru Tharppanam can perform the pithru tharppanam on all days; if not possible, at least one day during these time, or on ones pithrus thithis, they should perfom the Tharpanam. On the Pithru paksha amavasya, in addition to regular Tharpanam to Mathru/Pithru vargam, oblations to be offered to Garunya Pithrus too. Please read details about this in reply to Gaya Srardham in this same page.

It is widely believed that during Malayapaksha days the Maharishis, the other Jeevathmas, the Devas & Devaganas, the pithrus along with their other departed relatives souls, all come to the earth in invisible form known as Sookshama Deha and assemble along the sacred river beds, the sea shores viz. in Gaya, Rameswaram, and other rivers banks like Ganga, Bhavani, Kaveri, Narmada, Krishna, Godavari, Thriveni sangamam and many other riverbeds. These places are known as Punya Nadhis or Sacred Rivers and has the power and curative effects for many of our sins and ills. So by performing the Tharpana on these days, one gets the blessings from all the roopas of the Vasur, Rudhras, Adithya, and Pithrudevas, and other Deva Ganas. So offering a Tharpanam during this time is given multiple benefits and this is for all Hindus, irrespective of their caste, creed, sect or sub-sect. etc.

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Answer: There is not much difference and mostly it can be said that its one and the same. The "ism" is added to many other sects such as Saivism, Pluralism, communism etc.  Persons who worship Sri Maha Vishnu (yes, you can say Vishnuism too) and follow Sri Ramanujas teachings are known as Srivaishnavites or Srivaishnavas. Interestingly if youre from Ahmedabad, Gujarat you might have heard about the very popular song  "Vaishnava Janato", sung by great Saint Sri Narsingh Mehta.

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I would like to know about the significance of "Satari", as we would like to highlight the same in our temple.


Answer: Before we get into details on this specific Sadari, one should know the entire rationale of visiting to any temple. Normally, according to Vedic Agama Sasthra, a temple is constructed at a strategic location where the North-South magnetic currents are passing through in high density. On finding a location, they do the silanyarasm with a copper plate imbibed with some specific scripts and mantras that relate to the temple. Then they energize the the copper plate with certain counts of Japa that matters to the Main Deity of the Temple. After this they perform some sort of Homam and poojas to the Copper plate before installing it beneath the Main Idol of the temple. This copper is said to receive the magnetic value from the thrust of the earths rotation via the north-south poles magnetic beams. Then they install the main Idol as per the Agama sashtra. The size of the moolavar sannidhi, gauge, size and thickness of the copper plate, the height below the Idol where it is to be placed are all decided upon the Main Idols height and the availability of current at the location of the Temple. Once started, the Temple gets its holy energy which is added by regular chanting and reciting of Archanas and Sookthams at frequent intervals. Thus the surrounding becomes more energized with positive vibrations.

Now coming to the point, by taking clock-wise rounds of Pradakshanam, one receives the beamed energy from the Main Sannidhi, known Moolavar Sannidhi, with specific counts of rounds. By doing so, the body receives the energy lost in a days work. Then the vessel containing the Holy water, which is of mixed with Tulsi, Cardamom, Clove, benzoine etc. is placed at a place where more receptive of the magnetic values are absorbed by the copper vessels. The holy water thus gets the medicinal plus magnetic values. Combined with the Praddakshanam, this water consumption to the limit of three spoons boosts the energy level. It should be in a limited quantity to get the value and if taken more than the specified quantity then it is counter productive. On getting the Holy water, the Sadari known as the Holy Feet of the Lord is placed on the head of the devotee. The Archaka should stand from a specific point and offer this. By getting the Sadari, the energy is leveled; while taking rounds, if the body gets excessive energy then it is revibrated back to the sannidhi and if in less then it is absorbed to the needed level from the Sannidhi. Added to this, the devotees too feel much of getting the divine blessings of the Lord through the Sadari. (Sadari - The HOLY feets, Chappel, sandal etc). You can get more details from this link on temple visits. Oh, you have not specified about your temple - which one?

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