ತುಂಗಾ ತೀರದಿ ನಿಂತ ಸುಯತಿವರನ್ಯಾರೆ ಕೆಳಮ್ಮಯ್ಯ||
ಚೆಲ್ವ ಸುಮುಖ ಹಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತಿಲಕ ನಾಮಗಳು ಕೇಳಮ್ಮಯ್ಯ||
ಶುಭಗುಣ ನಿಧಿಶ್ರೀ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಯತಿ ಅಭುಜ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾಂಡದೊಳು ಪ್ರಬಲ ಕಣಮ್ಮ ..||
– These are few verses from the very popular Raayara bhakti geethe, sung by the great vocalist Pandit Shri Bheemsen Joshi, which is dedicated to Guru Raghavendra swamigaLu..
In Shraavana maasa along with other festivals and Vratas , Guru Raghavendra swamigala aaradhana mahotsava is also very prominent.. This year that is 2017 it is 346th Aaradhane mahotsava of Guru Saarvabhoumaru.. The aaradhana is said to be for 3 days known as Poorvaaraadhana or first day of pooja , Madhyaraadhana -middle of three days which is very prominent since it is said that Guru Raayaru entered with life – ಸಶರೀರ into the Brindavana on this day. And third day – Uttaraadhana..
My father,who is an ardent devotee of Guru Raayaru, says that for all three days Guru Raayaru sees us and our wishes are blessed..
For all the 3 days special pooja is performed in all Raayara mutts , whole day of pooja and celebrations, early mornings till late evenings.. After noon mass meal prasada is provided, irrespective of caste, creed and religions…
*****Aaradhane at Mantralaya *****
Special alankara or decoration to Moola or main brindavana using flowers and fruits at Mantralaya is performed.. Before which abhisheka snana or bathing done using milk, honey, sugar, curds, ghee known as *Panchaamruta Abhisheka *….
Golden rathotsava , Mahapanchaamruta abhisheka, beautiful pushpaalankaara in lion chariots -ಸಿಂಹವಾಹನ ಉತ್ಸವ, is usually performed on uttaraadhana day…
Classical music , hymns , bhajans and satsangs in praise of Guru Raayaru during late evenings are special activities during all the 3 days of aaradhana, across all the mutts..
One can do the sevas or pooja vidhana as follows
- You can chant the mantra Om shree Guru raaghavendraya namaha.
- Chant shlokas related to Guru Raayaru.
- Visit raayara matta and perform sevas there and getting involved in bhajans , hymns..
- Devotees also do hejje namaskaara or uruLu seve based on their vows..
Pooja to Guru Raghavendra swamigaLu photo would be using Tulasi garlands and flowers/ flower garlands, lighting lamps and Mantraakshate(Yellow colored) ..
Do read my article on Mantralaya.. I have visited the place innumerable times and have experienced miracles of Guru in my life, like many other devotees, also Guru raaghavendra swamigaLu blesses everyone irrespective of brahmin sub sects, caste or any religion and he is hence well known as *Kaliyugada kaamadhenu ಕಲಿಯುಗದ ಕಾಮಧೇನು — ಬೇಡಿದ್ದ ನ್ನು ಕೊಡುವುುದೇ ಕಾಮಧೇನು * – one who fulfills wishes of people removes all hurdles of life, if one believes, as they say trust is the essence of devotion– “ನಂಬಿ ಕೆಟ್ಟವರಿಲ್ಲವೋ ಗುರುಗಳ, ನಂಬದೆ ಕೆಟ್ಟವರುಂಟೋ!!” 💐💐
Below have provided scanned copy of Guru Raghavendra Ashtottara Shatanaamavali that I had received as a copy long back…
On this occasion of aaradhana mahotsava, lets pray Guru Raayaru to bless all !!