Sunday, May 9, 2010

Jagadguru Shree Bharati Theertha Gurulalu in Kalady

Greatness of Sri Kalady Kshetram
Audio recording of the benedictory speech delivered by Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji in Tamil on the 7th of May 2010, at around 7:00 P.M after setting foot on Kalady for Shatamanotsava Celebration and Shankara Jayanti celebrations.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Chandramouleshwara (Our pooja room)

Just though of sharing with all of you a photo i took from my new Cam (canon 450D :)

Chandroth bhasitha shekhare smarahare,
Gangadhare Sankare,
Sarpair bhooshitha karna kanta vivare,
Nethoththa vaiswanare,
Danthi thwaikya tha sundarambaradhare,
Trailokya sare hare,
Mokshartham kuru chittha vruthi makhila,
Manyaisthu kim karmmabhi.

Hey Lord, who wears the moon ornamented crown,
Who is the enemy of the God of love,
Who carries Ganga in his head,
Who gives peace to his devotees,
Who wears snakes on his neck and ears,
Who has fire in his eyes,
Who wears the hide of the elephant,
And who is the lord of the three worlds,
Please show me the path of salvation,
For what is the use of any other path.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Shankara Jayanti April 2009

Jagadguru Sri Bharati Theertha Guruji will observe Shankara Jayanti at Sri Sringeri Shankara Math, Hassan
Sri Sringeri Shankara Math,
K.R.Puram, HASSAN 573 201
Ph: 08172 - 267651

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Kaarthika Laksha Deepotsava

Sorry this is coming out so very late! Photos coming up shortly!

Here are pics taken on the occasion of Kaarthika Laksha Deepotsava at Sringeri. It is held on the evening of kaarthika poornima when a lakh of oil lamps are lit all over the temple premisis, on the banks of tunga river and on the side walks of the main bharathi street leading up to the 'malahanikareshwar betta', the hillock on which the samadhi of the great sage vibhandaka muni is located. All the devotees who are visiting the sringeri temples can take part in the deepotsava by receiving 5 oil lamps and kumkuma-arishina to worship the river tunga and then set the lit lamps sail over the waters of tunga river. It is a grand sight to see thousands of lamps sailing on the waters under the moon-lit sky! A very huge rangoli is done by the devotees in front of the temples and coloured powders are filled in and lamps are lit all around it.

H.H. Sri Bharathi Theertha Swamiji, after finishing the evening Sri Chandramouleeshwara Pooja, goes to the Malahaanikareshwara Betta around 10 pm. There H.H. performs the pooja and takes part in the Dindi Utsava when the deities are taken round the temple premises and H.H. makes pradakshinaas round the temple along with the deities, facing the idols and moving backwards to show respect to the gods. A special ceremony is then held at the garuda kambha where a big silk screen is erected, that is soaked in oil and tied up on a frame. The archaka after the pooja to the pillar climbs up a huge ladder and sets the screen on fire signifying the fire of jnaana burning away our ajnaanaa! Then the soot is applied on the forehead as 'rakshe' or protection to oneself.

After this H.H. along with the deities goes in a procession by foot on the main Bharathi Street to the accompaniment of Naadaswara. Devotees line up on either side of the path, on top of the houses to have Guru darshan. Many devotees bring in offerings to the Lord and to H.H. and receive His blessings. The whole street is decorated with mango leaves, flowers and coloured lights in addition to the three-tier oil lamps lit on either sides. The procession slowly enters the temple premises and sri Gurugalu goes to the Sharadambe temple, worships the Devi and the Devi is taken out in Dindi Utsava. Then Sri Gurugalu goes to the banks of Tunga river where Teppotsava is held.

The Deities are taken inside the decorated and readied Teppa - a modified boat. H.H. also enters the boat with the archaks and several assistants accomapnying sri Gurugalu. They are taken round to the accompaniment of naadaswara and other vadyas. Sky is lit up with fire works and it is a grand sight to see oil lamps lit up everywhere and colourful flowered lights flying in the sky at 12 midnight ! H.H. is taken to the other bank where a small temporary resting structure has been built for H.H. to sit and watch the proceedings. After several rounds the boat returns and once again the deities are taken out in procession and returned to the respective temples. Sri Gurugalu also retires to His abode.

Next year do not miss the Laksha Deepotsava on Karthika Poornima night. Mark it on your calenders and enjoy the Bhooloka Swarga !

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

HH Shri Abhinava Vidya Theertha Jayanthi

The Narakachaturdashi is the Jayanthi day (birthday) of HH Jagadguru Shri Abhinava Vidya Theertha Swamiji, the 35th pontiff of Sringeri Sharada Peeta. Special poojas are conducted on that day in the Adishtaana (Samadhi) by Guruji Shri Bharathi Theertha Swamiji.

Here are a few pictures of the decorated idol of HH Jagadguru Shri Abhinava Vidya Theertha Swamiji in the Adishtaana, where the purohit is conducting the pooja.

Here is an audio clip of all the disciples and purohits chanting vedas. At this time Guruji Shri Bharathi Theertha Swamiji was performing a special pooja to HH Shri Abhinava Vidya Theertha idol! This pooja was done immediately after the Chandramouleeswara pooja.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Navaratri 2008

Reader Contribution
on 1st and 2nd of october, my family and I were in sringeri to witness the very famous and auspicious navaratri celebrations at sringeri.
during navaratri, sri sri Gurugalu comes to the temple-side around 10.30 in the morning and gets back to narasimha vana only after the full day's programme. He makes the usual rounds to all the temples and then enters the sharadamba temple around 11.30 with the accompanying vaadya mela - beautiful nadaswara throughout. Sri Gurugalu Himself does pooja for the devi for over 1 and half hour. the temple will be jam packed to witness the pooja. after 12 noon, the lunch will be served at the dining hall for devotees who keep arriving to and departing from sringeri. pooja continues inside the temple and we have the option of eating either before the pooja gets over or after. the mangalarathi gets over by 2 pm and sri Gurugalu retires to His temporary camp, a newly built huge building adjacent to the new dining hall.

we need to be ready by 5 pm to have sri Gurugalu's darshan at this new building. there will be a long Q of devotees waiting to place their offerings at His Padukaas and receive His blessings. inspite of the hectic schedule in the morning, Sri Gurugalu sits there smiling all the while, talking to each devotee, listening to their outpourings and giving His abhayaashirwaada to all. every evening during navaratri around 7 PM the Devi is taken round the town in a Rathothsava. This new hall is big enough to accommodate 500 people to sit and watch the evening Sri Chandramouleeshwara pooja. the pooja gets over by 9 pm and immediately Sri Gurugalu goes inside to get dressed in the ceremonial durbar dress.

Sri Gurugalu came outside with all the glittering durbar dress and the diamond kireeta and diamond studded necklaces, and His PA sri Gowrishankar holding His hand and slowly helping Him to keep steps (it seems the whole golden dress and the jewellery and kireeta put together would be weighing more than 8 kgs!). then sri Gurugalu once again enters the sharadamba temple that is by now over flowing with devotees, packed in every nook and corner of the temple structure, waiting to have a glimpse of sri Gurugalu in durbar dress!

Jagadguru Bharathi Theertha Navaratri Darbar 2008

Jagadguru Bharathi Theertha Navaratri Darbar 2008 cont'd

He then majestically does three rounds of pradakshine of the temple premesis inside, that too walking backwards, His assistants leading Him carefully, facing the Devi that is coming round in the golden chariot, to the accompaniment of vaadya and veda mantras chanted by hundreds of devotees and purohits.

at the end of three rounds, the devi is taken back to the shrine (this is the utsava moorthi devi) and sri Gurugalu climbs up the golden throne slowly that would be kept right at the centre of the hall, facing the sharadambe moola vigraha inside the gharbagudi. then starts the melodious chanting of few chapters of Devi mahatme (also called sri Chandi parayana) by one of the pundits. this goes on for over an hour and by 11 pm it gets over and mangalarathi is done to the devi and the prasadam given to sri Gurugalu by the archaka. the ceremony comes to a close when sri Gurugalu enters the garbhagudi, the screen closes and the Gurugalu lays down the durbar dress at the feet of sharadambe and emerges out in His usual saffron dress. He blesses all the devotees by raising His hand giving abhaya to all and goes out through the side door.

few of us devotees follow Him till the arch gate (bridge), we stood there singing till Gurugalu disappeared into his abode in the narasimhavana.............

those of you who have not yet witnessed navaratri at sringeri, may you soon be blessed with that opportunity and those of you who have already seen the celebrations, may you get many more chances to see it again and again!

Devi Sharadamba Decorated as Maaheshwari Vrushabavaahini

Sri Jagadguru Bharathi Theertha Gurugalu Performing Shankara Jayanthi in Kundapura (May 10, 2008)

I have been so lucky to have been present along with my family and witness Sri Sri Jagadguru Bharathi Theertha Gurugalu performing the entire Shankara Jayanthi Pooja in the Kundeshwara Temple in Kundapur on May 10, 2008. There was no camera or video restriction, hence I have captured the entire pooja to my heart's content! I really want to share this rare, once-in-a-life-time-opportunity with the entire world! I hope you all enjoy them.

This is the Shankaraacharya idol before the pooja begins, its being decorated by a disciple of our Guru.

Jagadguru Bharathi Theertha Dharma Speech

Here are the videos of Sri Jagadguru Bharathi Theertha Gurugalu Performing Shankara Jayanthi in Kundapura (May 10, 2008). Enjoy!

Jagadguru Bharathi Theertha Shankara Jayanthi 2008 1

Jagadguru Bharathi Theertha Shankara Jayanthi 2008 2

Jagadguru Bharathi Theertha Shankara Jayanthi 2008 3

Jagadguru Bharathi Theertha Shankara Jayanthi 2008 4

Jagadguru Bharathi Theertha Shankara Jayanthi 2008 5

Jagadguru Bharathi Theertha Shankara Jayanthi 2008 6

Jagadguru Bharathi Theertha Shankara Jayanthi 2008 7

Jagadguru Bharathi Theertha Shankara Jayanthi 2008 Kanakabhisheka