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No Pitru Paksha for Sri Vaishnavas?

In Hinduism on September 22, 2014 at 12:04

A close friend of mine, a Sri Vaishnava told me that he does not perform the Mahalaya Paksha Tharpana.


He informed me that , as an Iyengar belonging to Thengalai Sampradya, he does not do it as it is prohibited by Ramanucharya.


He told me that the other sect of Iyengars in Tamil Nadu, Vadagalai Iyengars perform the Pitru Paksha Tharpana.



As I am unable to find any authentic source on this, I am posting my views.


Those who know the subject well may quote with source.


In Hinduism there are two paths in terms of Lifestyle.


One is called Pravritti Marga and another Nivrutti Marga.


Pravrutti Marga is the leading of our daily lives , as normally do, by going after the sense objects.


Nivrutti Marga is renunciation of the sense objects.


Hinduism teaches how to live,taking into account the limitations and the frailties of Human Life including the desire to go after sensory objects for pleasure.


So Hinduism has devised the four stages of Life.


Brahmacharya, the young Celibate.


Gruhastha when one gets married begets children and goes about Life.


Vanaprastha,when one, after the son becomes capable managing the Family leaving the Family, either with or without wife to seek Reality either in the Forest or staying at Home in a detached way.


My friend quoted Visishtadvaita to support his view that one need not perform the Karmas,excepting Sandhyavanadan and Amavasya Tharpana as Sri Vaishnavism gives priority to surrender to Lord Visnu and once one surrenders himself to God, one need not, should not perform Karma , including Pitru Paksha Tharpana.


He quoted the Sloka form the Bhagavad Gita, this is also called the Karna Mantra,,


Sarva Dharma Parijyasya Maameka Charanam Vraja,


Aham Thva Sarva Paapepyp0Mokshayisyami Maa sucha. Chapter 18


Leave all actions, and surrender only to Me.


I shall absolve you of all your sins and grant you Moksha’


I think my friend does not seem to have understood Krishna and this sloka is often misunderstood.


What Krishna says is that he shall grant Moksha and one need not perform any action(Karma)  id one surrenders to Krishna.


The surrender , Krishna means a surrender  is not a lip service but one of total Surrender,mind ,words and deeds.


By merely saying one has surrendered to Krishna does not mean total surrender.


Draupadi who is a cousin of Krishna and an ardent devotee had to throw her arms up and pray Lord Krishna when Dhuchashana was stripping her.


Krishna did not pay heed to her earlier entreaties to save her when she held her hands to her saree: only when she devoid of Ego , called out, did Krishna rescue her modesty.


Such a devotion is very difficult to come by.


It needs years of practice ,Abhyasa and determination(vairagya)


This, I think we posses at least I do not.


So the statement , presumably said by Ramanucharya, that one need not perform Karmas if one surrenders to Vishnu, is meant for evolved souls;such loved souls like Ramadasas,Ramakrishna Paramahamsa may and can follow this as they had lost Dehatma Buddhi, the attachment to Body.


We can not compare ourselves to these souls.


Again, wile talking about Renunciation, Krishna says  in the Bhagavad Gita, those who call the,selves Sanyasis , while their Minds are after sense objects, may appear so outwardly. are only Aashaadaboothis(hypocrisy)


The determination to relinquish the fruits of action even at the mental level while performing the action is called renunciation.


With such a mindset one can even be in family Life, like Janaka, father of Sita.


Therefore the non-performance of Pitru Pksha , quoting some Acharya is contrary to Vedas and as such is incorrect as Pitru Yagnya is one of the most important and mandatory Yagnya for every one.


Ranganatha Moves Bala Sayanam Eagle Does Not Fly

In Hinduism on September 19, 2014 at 20:49

Lord Shiva advised Sage Vyargrapadha to worship Lord Ranganatha at SriRangam to enable Vyagrapada to attain Moksha (Vaikunta)


Vyaghrapada was joined by Sage Patanjali in his journey.



Because of  poor eyesight,the sages instead went southward, lost their way and reached KrupaSamudram (current Sirupuliyur).


They prayed to Vishnu to come to Srirangam to grant them moksha.


It is believed that Vishnu originally gave darshan (appeared) to the sages as Ranganatha, the form worshipped in the Srirangam temple.


Because of their old age, the sages could not see the big image of the Lord clearly and hence the Lord appeared in a smaller form known as Bala Sayanam


(smaller recline), a small kid in sleeping posture. Being the Lord in small form and the saint who worshiped was in the form of a tiger, this place is called Siru(small) Puli(Tiger)yur(Living place).


It is believed that the deity of this place gave protection to the snake Shesha from his enemy Garuda (eagle)


A special feature of this temple is that this is one of the only two Divya Desams where the Lord in Sayana Kolam (sleeping posture) is facing the Southern

direction, the other being Lord Ranganatha of Srirangam.


Garuda does not fly over this place-


Fight between Garuda and Adhiseshan


Once Garuda(the Vechile of the Lord) and Adiseshan(on whom rests the Lord) got into an argument as to who was more powerful and devoted to the Lord.

Seeing Garuda a little arrogant, Lord Vishnu went in favour of the Serpant God. Worried that Garuda might be angered at this, Adiseshan seeks Lord’s

protection, upon which Lord asks him to roll himself and lie under him. It is said that as a result of this anger, Garuda never flies over this place.

There is another story that Adiseshan won the argument and since snakes were sworn enemies of Garuda, Adiseshan hid himself under the waters of the temple tank.There is since been a temple for Adisesha.

A separate shrine for Sri Adhiseshan is present near to the pushkarani – known as Ananthalwar Temple.

It is said that one will be relieved of Naaga Dosham if one visits this place. Unmarried people and childless couple can also visit this temple for solution


How to reach Thiruchirupuliyur.


It is located 2 km away from Kollumangudi. Kollumangudi is 40 km away from Kumbakonam and 10 km from Karaikal.


It is also the junction of the Mayavaram – Tiruvarur high road.


Airport. Tiruchirapalli.


Bus/Railway Station.Mayiladuthurai,Thiruvarur.



Navavarana Kritis Text Meaning Nine Chakras

In Hinduism on September 19, 2014 at 09:14

Navavarna Kritis(lyrics set to Carnatic Music), by Muthuswamy Dikshitar combines Mantra ans Tantra Shastra.


Sri Lalita Tripurasundari

Sri Lalita Tripurasundari (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


It has Srividya principles embedded .


Music is the easiest way to communicate with the Self/God.


The Nine songs correspond to Nine Chakras and the dwelling place of Devi.


Here is the text in English.

kamalAmbikE AshritakalpalatikE caNDikE (dhyAna kRti)

rAga: tODi / tALa: rUpakaM (2 kaLai)


kamalAmbikE AshritakalpalatikE caNDikE
kamanIyAruNAMshukE karavidhRta shukE mAmava


kamalAsanAdi pUjita kamalapatE bahuvaradE
kamalAlaya tIrthavaibhavE shivE karuNArNavE


sakala lOkanAyikE saHNgItarasikE
sukavitva pradAyikE sundari gatamAyikE
vikaLEbaramuktidAnanipuNE aghaharaNE
viyadAdi bhUtakiraNE vinOdacaraNE aruNE
sakaLEguruguhakaraNE sadAshivAntahkaraNE
akacaTatapAdivarNE akhaNDaikarasa pUrNE


Oh Kamalambike, You are the Kalpaka tree to those who seek refuge in You. You, the Candika-fierce one wearing beautiful red silk and sporting a parrot in the hand, protect me.

Her lotus-like feet are worshipped by Brahma and others. She who bestows abundant blessing, who is the cause of the glory of Kamalalaya Lake, consort of Shiva, ocean of compassion.

She, the sovereign ruler of all the world, is fond of music. She who bestows the talent of poesy and is lovely. She who is beyond Maya-delusion, expert in granting salvation, remover of distress, whose rays are the five elements i.e. ether, etc. She whose feet are beautiful and red in color, who is radiant, mother of Guruguha and resides in the heart of Sadashiva. She who is the personification of the alphabet i.e. A, Ka, Ca, Ta, Ta, Pa, etc. She is the only essence of all the pervasive universe.

kamalAmbA saMrakSatu mAM hRt (AvaraNa 1)

rAga: Anandabhairavi / tALa: mishra cApu


kamalAmbA saMrakSatu mAM hRt
kamalAnagara nivAsinI


sumanasArAdhitAbjamukhI sundara manahpriyakara sakhI
kamalajAnanda bOdhasukhI kAntAtAra paHnjarashukI


tripurAdi cakrEshvarI aNimAdi
siddhIshvarI nitya kAmEshvarI
kSitipura trailOkyamOhana cakra
vartinI prakaTayOginI
suraripu mahiSAsurAdi marddinI
nigama purANAdi saMvEdinI
tripurEshI guruguha jananI
tripura bhaHnjana raHnjani
madhuripu sahOdarI talOdarI
tripura sundarI mahEshvarI


May goddess Kamalamba, who resides at the heart of Kamalangara, protect me.

Her lotus-like face is praised by virtuous people. She who is the beloved companion of Lord Sundara-Shiva, who revels in joy deriving from wisdom and is very beautiful. She is like the she-parrot in the center of the cage known as Tara.

She is suzerain of the Chakra cosmogram, i.e. tripura etc., goddess for the Siddhi powers such as Anima. She is eternal and beloved of Kameshvara-Nityakameshvari. She is the sovereign ruler of the Trailokya Mohana Chakra, the circle which beguiles the three worlds. She is the manifestation of Yogic power, conqueror of the enemies of celestials such as Mahishasura. She is revealed in holy scriptures. She is the spouse of Tripuresha-Shiva and the mother of Guruguha. She enjoyed the destruction of Tripura. She is the sister of Vishnu, who is the enemy of the demon Madhu. She is slender-waisted, Tripurasundari the great goddess and spouse of Maheshvara.

kamalAmbAM bhajarE rE mAnasa (AvaraNa 2)

rAga: kalyANi / tALa: Adi (2 kaLai)


kamalAmbAM bhajarE rE mAnasa
kalpita mAyA kAryam tyajarE


kamalAvANI sEvita pArshvAm
kambujaya grIvAM nata dEvAM

kamalApura sadanAM mRdu gadanAM
kamanIya radanAM kamala vadanAM


sarvAshA paripUraka cakra svAminIM parama shiva kAminIM
dUrvAsArccita gupta yOginIM duhkha dhvamsinIM hamsinIM
nirvANa nija sukha pradAyinIM nityakalyANIM kAtyAyanIM
sharvANIM madhupa vijaya vENIM sad guruguha jananIM niraHnjanIM
garvita bhaNDAsura bhaHnjanIM kAmAkarSaNyAdi raHnjanIM
nirvishESa caitanya rUpiNIM urvI tatvAdi svarUpiNIM


Oh mind, worship goddess Kamalamba, and cast aside attachment to this illusory world.

She is attended on by Lakshmi and Sarasvati. The beauty of Her neck surpasses that of the conch. She is worshiped by the celestials and resides at Kamalapura. She speaks softly and has beautiful teeth. She possesses a lotus-like face.

She is the presiding deity of Sarvasha Paripuraka Chakra and is the beloved of Paramashiva. She is the mystic Yogini, worshiped by the sage Durvasa. She annihilates miseries. She is Hamsini, the supreme one in the company of great sages. She is the bestower of true bliss through salvation. She is the ever-auspicious one. She is also known as Katyayani and Sharvani. Her dark tresses exceed the dark hue of a swarm of bees. She is the mother of noble Guruguha and is blemishless. She destroyed the arrogant Bhandasura. She delights Shaktis such as Kamakarshani. She is the attributeless supreme spirit and is the form of the world.

shrI kamalAmbikayA kaTAkSitOhaM (AvaraNa 3)

rAga: shaHNkarAbharaNaM / tALa: rUpakaM (2 kaLai)


shrI kamalAmbikayA kaTAkSitOhaM
saccidAnanda paripUrNa brahmAsmi


pAkashAsanAdi sakala dEvatA sEvitayA
paHNkajAsanAdipaHnca kRtya kRt bhAvitayA

shOkahara catura padayA mUka mukhya
vAkpradayA kOkanada vijaya padayA


anaHNga kusumAdyaSTa shaktyAkArayA
aruNavarNa saMkSObhaNa cakrAkArayA
anantakOTyaNDanAyaka shaHNkara nAyikayA
aSTa vargAtmaka gupta tarayA varayA
anaHNgA dyupAsitayA aSTadaLAbjasthitayA
dhanur bANadhara karayA dayA sudhA sAgarayA


Shri Kamalambika has cast Her gracious glance on me, and now I am identified with the nature of Absolute Brahman, the fullness of existence, consciousness and bliss.

Indra and other celestials attend on Her. She is adored by Brahma and others who perform the Pancakritya, the five cosmic acts. Her feet are adroit at removing grief. She endowed the gift of speech in Muka and made him a Kavi. Her victorious feet are like red lotus. She is the embodiment of the three-word mantra Tat-Tvam-Asi imparted by Guruguha.

Her form is of eight Shaktis, Anangakusuma and the rest. She is the color of dawn, Aruna, and is enshrined in the Samkshobhana Chakra. She is the consort of Shankara, who is the Lord of innumerable universes. She is of the nature of eternal and hidden Ashtavarga, the eight groups of alphabets. She is worshipful, seated on an eight-petalled lotus. She is worshiped by Ananga the Cupid. She holds a bow and arrows, and is an embodiment of the nectar of compassion. May Lord Tyagaraja, who conferred boons on Muchukunda, be victorious. He has beautiful hands, lotus-like feet, and sports an enchanting benign smile on his face. He is the all-pervasive one, adored by Mukunda the Vishnu, and has a fair-complexioned form. He makes Nandikeshvara happy and is worshiped by a host of celestials. He is the progenitor of Guruguha. May he be victorious.

kamalAmbikAyai kanakAMshukAyai (AvaraNa 4)

rAga: kAmbhOji / tALa: khaNDa aTa


kamalAmbikAyai kanakAMshukAyai
karpUra vIDikAyai namastE namastE


kamalA kAntAnujAyai kAmEshvaryai ajAyai
himagiri tanujAyai hrIM kAra pUjyAyai

kamalAnagara vihAriNyai khala samUha saMhAriNyai
kamanIya ratna hAriNyai kali kalmaSa parihAriNyai


sakala saubhAgya dAyakAmbhOja caraNAyai
saMkSObhiNyAdi shaktiyuta caturthyAvaraNAyai
prakaTa caturddasha bhuvana bharaNAyai
prabala guruguha sampradAyAntahkaraNAyai
akaLaHNka rUpa varNAyai aparNAyai suparNAyai
sukara dhRta cApa bANAyai shObhanakara manukONAyai
sakuHNkumAdi lEpanAyai carAcarAdi kalpanAyai
cikura vijita nIlaghanAyaicidAnanda pUrNa ghanAyai


I salute You, Kamalamba, You who wear golden clothes and enjoy camphor-flavored betal.

You are the younger sister of Vishnu, the spouse of Lakshmi. You are Kameshvari, and are the unborn one, daughter of Mount Himalaya, worshiped with the sound Hrim. You who reside in Kamalanagara destroy the lots of dishonest ones, wear lovely golden chains, and remove the sins we commit in the Kali age.

You possess lotus-like feet, which bestow all fortune. You embody the fourth Avarana containing the Shakti Samkshobhini, and rule the fourteen manifest worlds. You are the heart of the strong tradition to which Guruguha belongs. You are of flawless beauty and complexion. You are called Aparna[1]. You are the bird Hamsa[2]. You hold in Your charming hand a bow and arrows. You as the Chakra contain fourteen Konas triangles. You are besmeared with Kunkuma, etc. You are the creator of movable as well as unmovable phenomena. You whose black hair triumphs over the blue clouds are the plenitude[3] of consciousness and bliss.

  1. In Her deep penance and meditation to please Shiva, she refused all food, even the fallen leaf.
  2. The Prana is envisioned as a wild goose.
  3. This represents the grossest manifestation of Shakti belonging to the manifest worlds.

shrI kamalAmbikAyAh paraM nahirE rE citta (AvaraNa 5)

rAga: bhairavi / tALa: mishra jhaMpa (2 kaLai)


shrI kamalAmbAyAh paraM nahirE rE citta
kSityAdi shivAnta tatva svarUpiNyAh


shrIkaNTha viSNu viriHncAdi janayitryAh
shivAtmakavishvakartryAh kArayitryAh

shrIkara bahirdashAra cakra sthityAh
sEvita bhairavI bhArgavI bhAratyAh


nAdamaya sUkSmarUpa sarva siddhipradAdi
dasha shaktyArAdhita mUrrtE
shrOtrAdi dashakaraNAtmaka kuLa kauLi
kAdi bahuvidhOpAsita kIrttE
abhEda nitya shuddha buddha mukta saccida
anandamaya paramAdvaita sphUrttE
Adi madhyAnta rahitApramEya guruguha
mUlAdi navAdhAra vyAvRtta dashadhvani
bhedajHna yOgibRnda saMrakSaNyA
anAdi mAyA vidyAkArya kAraNa vinOda
karaNa paTutarakaTAkSa vIkSaNyAh


Oh mind, there is nothing other than the glorious Kamalamba, the one who is the essence of all categories from the earth up to Shiva.

She who is creator of Shrikanta, Brahma and others, She who created the universe, which is in essence nothing but Shiva, She is the agent of all actions, resides in the sacred outer Chakra possessing ten triangles, and is served by Bhairavi-Kali, Bhargavi-Lakshmi and Bharati-Sarasvati.

She who is of the subtle form Nada and is propitiated by the ten Shaktis, Sarvasiddhiprada, etc. She who is famous for being worshiped in various religious modes, such as Kula and Kaula, as the power identical with the ten sense and motor organs. She who is the manifestation of the supreme non-dual non-differentiated ever pure enlightened and free self, the reality of which is consciousness and bliss. She who is an integral whole without any parts such as the first, middle and the last. She who is knowledgeable and is entertained by Guruguha, She manifests as Sarvartthasadhaka Chakra, achieving all purposes. She who is inherent in the nine centers such as Muladhara, etc. and who, surpassing these, knows how to pierce through the sounds. She who protects the Yogis, Her mere glance is capable of dispelling beginningless delusion and ignorance and the laws of cause and effect.

kamalAmbikAyAstava bhaktOhaM (AvaraNa 6)

rAga: punnAgavarALi / tALa: tishra EkaM


kamalAmbikAyAstava bhaktOhaM
shrI shaHNkaryAh shrIkaryA saHNgItarasikAyAh shrI


sumasharEkSu kOdaNDa pAshAHNkusha pANyAh
atimadhurataravANyAh sharvANyAh kalyANyAh
ramaNIyapunnAgavarALi vijita vENyAh shrI


dashakalAtmaka vahni svarUpa prakAshAntardashAra
sarva rakSAkara cakrEshvaryAh
tridashAdinuta kacavarga dvaya maya sarvajHnAdi
dashashaktisamEta mAlinI cakrEshvaryAh
tridashaviMshadvarNa garbhiNI kuNDalinyAh
dashamudrA samArAdhita kauLinyAh
dasharathAdinuta guruguha janaka shiva bOdhinyAh
dashakaraNa vRtti marIci nigarbha yOginyAh shrI


I am the devotee of Kamalambika, who is the spouse of Shankara. She, the bestower of prosperity, is fond of music.

She who sports in Her four hands the arrows of flowers, sugar cane as bow, the rope noose Pasha, and the goad Ankusha. She whose speech is mellifluous, is the spouse of Shiva and the personification of goodness. She whose braided hair excels the beauty of lovely black bees which swarm around the Punnaga tree.

She is the goddess of the Chakra Sarvarakshakara, protecting all. Her essential nature is the fire. She is established in the ten Kalas and manifests in the inner circle having ten triangles. She is the goddess of the circle of Malini, which has ten Shaktis such as Sarvajna etc. She is of the form of the ten letters of the Ka and Ca groups and is worshiped by gods and others. She is Kundalini, encompassing the fifty letters. She is the goddess Kaulini, propitiated by ten Mudras. She is worshiped by Dasharatha and others, and bestows knowledge on Shiva, the father of Guruguha. The rays of Her inner radiance constitute the functioning of the ten Indriyas, the ten sense and motor organs.

shrI kamalAmbikAyAM bhaktiM karOmi (AvaraNa 7)

rAga: sahAna / tALa: tishra tripuTa


shrI kamalAmbikAyAM bhaktiM karOmi
shritakalpa vATikAyAM
caNDikAyAM jagadambikAyAM


rAkAcandra vadanAyAM rAjIvanayanAyAM
pAkArinuta caraNAyAM AkAshAdi kiraNAyAM hrIMkAra vipinahariNyAM hrIMkArasusharIriNyAM
hrIMkAra taru maHnjaryAM hrIMkArEshvaryAM gauryAM


sharIratraya vilakSaNa sukhatara svAtmAnu bhOginyAM
viriHnci harIshAna harihaya vEdita rahasyayOginyAM
parAdi vAgdEvatArUpavashinyAdi vibhAginyAM
carAtmaka sarvarOgahara nirAmaya rAjayOginyAM
karadhRta vINA vAdinyAM kamalAnagara vinOdinyAM


I offer my devotion to my mother, Shri Kamalambika, to She who resides in the garden palace of the wish-fulfilling gem Kalpavatika, and to Chandika, the mother of the universe.

She who has a lovely moon-like face, whose eyes are like the lotus bud, whose feet are praised by Indra, whose rays are the five elements such as space, She is the gazelle-eyed in the forest of Hrim. She who is the embodiment of Hrim, She is the presiding deity for the Mantra Hrim. She is Gauri.

She rejoices in Her own self of supreme bliss, the self which transcends the three states of existence: the casual, the subtle, and the gross. She who is the mystic Yogini, known only to Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, and Hayagriva, She is differentiated as the Shakti Vasini, etc. and as the four states of development, the deity of speech. She is the healing Raja Yogini, who removes all illness, which is essentially transient. She who plays the Vina, which She holds in Her hands, who delights the Kamalanagara, who charms the Gods, men and sages, grants Guruguha the boon of Her grace.

shrI kamalAmbikE avAva (AvaraNa 8)

rAga: ghaNTa / tALa: Adi (2 kaLai)


shrI kamalAmbikE avAva
shivE karadhRta shuka shArikE


lOkapAlini kapAlini shUlini lOkajanani bhagamAlini sakRdA
lOkaya mAM sarva siddhipradAyikE tripurAmbikE bAlAmbikE


santapta hEma sannibha dEhE sadAkhaNDaikarasapravAhE
santApahara trikONagEhE sakAmEshvari shaktisamUhE
santataM mukti ghaNTAmaNi ghOSAyamAna kavATadvArE
ananta guruguha viditE karAHNguli nakhOdaya viSNu dashAvatArE
antahkaraNEkSu kArmuka shabdAdi paHnca tanmAtra vishikhAtyanta
rAgapAsha dvESAHNkusha dharakarE atirahasya yOginIparE


May goddess Kamalambika, spouse of Shiva, She who holds a parrot in Her hand, protect me.

She is the protector of the world, adorning the Kapala skull and the Shula trident. Mother of the universe and also known as Bhagamalini, may She bestow Her glance on me, and confer all accomplishments on me. She is Tripurambika, the Balambika.

Her body is like burnished gold, and is the eternal stream of undifferentiated unique bliss. She is the remover of sufferings and resides in the Trikona triangle, which obliterates the three kinds of miseries. She is in the company of Kameshvari and a host of Shaktis. In the wide doorway of Her abode, wherein the jewelled bell constantly announces salvation, She is understood by Guruguha, who is eternal. From Her ten fingernails, She created the ten incarnations of Vishnu. She is the supremely secret Yogini, who holds in Her four hands the sugar cane bow symbolising the mind, five arrows symbolising the five Tanmatras – essences, sounds etc. of the five elements, the noose symbolising attachment, and the goad symbolising hatred.

shrI kamalAmbA jayati ambA (AvaraNa 9)

rAga: Ahiri / tALa: rUpakaM (2 kaLai)


shrI kamalAmbA jayati ambA
shrI kamalAmbA jayati jagadAmbA
shrI kamalAmbA jayati
shRHNgAra rasa kadambA madambA
shrI kamalAmbA jayati
cidbimbA pratibimbEndu bimbA
shrI kamalAmbA jayati
shrIpura bindu madhyastha
cintAmaNi mandirastha
shivAkAra maHncasthita shivakAmEshAHNkasthA


sUkarAnanAdyarccita mahAtripura
sundarIM rAjarAjEshvarIM
shrIkara sarvAnandamaya cakravAsinIM
suvAsinIM cintayEham
divAkara shItakiraNa pAvakAdi vikAsakarayA
bhIkara tApatrayAdi bhEdana dhurINatarayA
pAkaripu pramukhAdi prArthitasukaLEbarayA
prAkaTya parAparayA pAlitOdayAkarayA


shrImAtrE namastE cinmAtrE sEvita
ramA harIsha vidhAtrE
vAmAdi shaktipUjita paradEvatAyAh
sakalaM jAtam
kAmAdi dvAdashabhirupAsita
kAdi hAdi sAdi mantrarUpiNyAh
prEmAspada shiva guruguha jananyAm
prItiyukta maccittaM vilayatu
brahmamaya prakAshinI nAmarUpa vimarshinI
kAmakalA pradarshinI sAmarasya nidarshinI


Hail my mother, Shri Kamalamba. Hail to the mother of the world, Shri Kamalamba. You are the personification of Shringara Rasa, the essence of the sentiment of love. Oh my mother, You are the reflection of the entity of consciousness, Cidbimba, residing at the orb of the moon that shows the reflection of the original orb, void of consciousness. She who resides in Bindu Chakra, which is the center of Shripura, inside the temple, which is made of the wish-fulfilling gem Chintamani, She is in the embrace of Shiva on the couch of the form of Shiva.

I meditate on Mahatripurasundari, who is propitiated by the goddess with the boar’s face, Varahi, and others, the suzerain empress, the auspicious one who dwells in the circle replete with all bliss. She is Suvasini. I am protected by Her. She makes the sun, the moon and the fire manifest themselves. She is skillful in removing the three terrible sufferings such as Adhyatmika, etc. She possesses the beautiful form assumed to grant the prayers of Indra and the other gods. She manifests both as the supreme and as empirical objects.

She is compassionate. I salute Her, auspicious mother, pure consciousness, worshiped by Lakshmi, Vishnu, Rudra, and Brahma. Everything is born of the supreme deity who is worshiped by the Shaktis such as Vama, etc. She has the form of the Mantra which begins with the letters Ka, Ha, Sa, etc., the mantra which is worshiped and meditated upon by the twelve savants, Kama and others. Let my loving mind be dissolved in Her, whose beloved is Shiva, and who is the mother of Guruguha. You embody the light which is Brahman, are the divine omniscience which contains all phenomena and their names, reveal Kamakala and the insights revealing one’s perfect identity.

shrI kamalAmbikE shivE pAhimAM lalitE (maHNgaLa kRti)

rAga: shrI / tALa: khaNDa EkaM (2 kaLai)


shrI kamalAmbikE shivE pAhimAM lalitE
shrIpativinutE sitAsitE shiva sahitE


rAkAcandramukhI rakSitakOlamukhI
ramAvANIsakhI rAjayOga sukhI
shAkambari shAtOdari candrakalAdhari
shaHNkari shaHNkara guruguha bhakta vashaHNkari
EkAkSari bhuvanEshvari Ishapriyakari
shrIkari sukhakari shrI mahAtripura sundari


Shri Kamalambika, the spouse of Shiva, oh Lalita, please protect me. You are worshiped by Vishnu and You are always with Shiva.

Your face is like the full moon, You who protected Kolamukhi-Varahi. You are the companion of Lakshmi and Sarasvati. You enjoy the Rajayoga, oh Shakambari, the mother of nature, of slender waist, oh wearer of the crescent moon. Oh benevolent one, You are fascinated by the devotees of Shiva and Guruguha. You are the single syllable Om, oh empress of the world, one who enchants Lord Shiva. You are the the bestower of prosperity and happiness. You are Shri Maha Tripurasundari.



  • he first Avaranam is Bhoopuram and the Chakram is Trailokyamohana chakra ‘enchants the three worlds’;The yogini is Prakata, the mental state of the aspirant is Jagrata, Chakra Iswari is Tripura and the Saktis are 28 that include the ten starting with Anima, the eight starting with Brahmya and the ten Mudra Saktis. [Ragam Anandhabhairavi: Kamalamba Samrakshatu]
  • The second Avaranam is Shodasa Dalam, and the Chakram is Sarvasaparipuraka chakra, ‘fulfills all expectations’; The yogini is Gupta Yogini. The mental state is Swapna, the Chakra Iswari is Tripurasi and the Saktis are the sixteen starting with Kamakarshini. [Ragam Kalyani: Kamalambam Bhajare]
  • The third Avaranam is Ashtha Dalam; The Chakram is Sarvasamkshobana chakra, ‘agitates all’; the Yogini is Gupta Tara Yogini. The mental state is Sushupti, the Chakra Iswari is Tripura Sundari and the Saktis are the eight starting with Ananga Kusuma. [Ragam Sankarabharanam: Sri Kamalambikayaa Katakshitoham]
  • The fourth Avaranam is Chaturdasaram; the Chakram is Sarvasaubhagyadayaka chakra, ‘grants excellence’; the Yogini is Sampradaya Yogini. The mental state is Iswara Vicharam, Chakra Iswari is Tripura Vasini and the Saktis are the fourteen starting with Samkshobhini. [Ragam Kambhoji: Kamalambikaayai Kanakamshukayai]
  • The fifth Avaranam is Bahirdasaram; the Chakram is Sarvarthasadhakachakra, is the ‘accomplisher of all’; the Yogini is Kulotteerna yogini. The mental state is Guroopa Sadanam; the Chakra Iswari is Tripura Sri and the Saktis are the ten starting with Sarva Siddhi Prada. [Ragam Bhairavi: Sri Kamalambikayaha Param Nahi re re chitta]
  • The sixth Avaranam is Antardasaram; the Chakram is Sarvaraksakara chakra, ‘protects all’; the Yogini is Nigarbha Yogini. The mental state is Upadesam; the Chakra Iswari is Tripura Malini and the Saktis are the ten starting with Sarvagnya. [Ragam Punnagavarali: Kamalambikayastava Bhaktoham]
  • The Seventh Avaranam is Asthakonam; the Chakram is Sarvarogahara chakra, ‘cures all ills’; the Yogini is Rahasya Yogini. The mental state is Mananam; the chakra Iswari is Tripura Siddhaa and the Saktis are the eight, starting with Vashini. [Ragam Sahana: Sri Kamalambikayam Bhaktim Karomi]
  • The eighth Avaranam is Trikonam; the Chakram is Sarvasiddhiprada chakra, ‘grants all perfection’; the Yogini is Ati Rahasya Yogini. The mental state is Nitidhyasanam; the Chakra Iswari is Tripuramba and the Saktis are the three starting with Kameshwari. [Ragam Ghanta: Sri Kamalambike Avaava]
  • The ninth Avaranam is the Bindu and the highest Chakram is Sarvanandamaya chakra, ‘replete with bliss’. The mental state is Savikalpa Samadhi; the Chakra Iswari is Maha Tripura Sundari and the Shakti is Maha Tripura Sundari, the very personification of Para Brahman. [Ragam Ahiri: Sri Kamalamba Jayati]




Click the Link above for Navavarana Kritis by D.K. Jayaraman





AncientTamil Script in Egypt Oman Found

In Hinduism on September 18, 2014 at 18:20

I have been posting articles on two issues.


1.Tamil and Sanatna Dharama  are inseparable and Vedic culture emanated from the South


2.Sanatana Dharma was spread throughout the world.


I have posted quite a few articles on these two issues.


Now it is found that  in Egypt and Oman, Tamil Brahmi scripts have been discovered , dating 1 BC.



As I have pointed out in my earlier posts, History has been distorted to the extent that people think of Africa, Middle east as having peopled with Nomadic tribes with no religion worth the name.


Islam is being projected as the Religion in Middle easy , while in Africa, their early religion has been erased from memory by Christianity.



The words Nanthai ,Keeran are found. ணந்தை- கீரன்


Refers to Nakkeran of the First Tamil Sangam?


In that case it has to be at least 5000 years old.


” A broken storage jar with inscriptions in Tamil Brahmi script has been excavated at Quseir-al-Qadim, an ancient port with a Roman settlement on the Red Sea coast of Egypt. This Tamil Brahmi script has been dated to first century B.C. One expert described this as an “exciting discovery.”

The same inscription is incised twice on the opposite sides of the jar. The inscription reads paanai oRi, that is, pot (suspended) in a rope net.

An archaeological team belonging to the University of Southampton in the U.K., comprising Prof. D. Peacock and Dr. L. Blue, who recently re-opened excavations at Quseir-al-Qadim in Egypt, discovered a fragmentary pottery vessel with inscriptions.

Dr. Roberta Tomber, a pottery specialist at the British Museum, London, identified the fragmentary vessel as a storage jar made in India.

Iravatham Mahadevan, a specialist in Tamil epigraphy, has confirmed that the inscription on the jar is in Tamil written in the Tamil Brahmi script of about first century B.C.

In deciphering the inscription, he has had the benefit of expert advice from Prof. Y. Subbarayalu of the French Institute of Pondicherry, Prof. K. Rajan of Central University, Puducherry and Prof. V. Selvakumar, Tamil University, Thanjavur.

According to Mr. Mahadevan, the inscription is quite legible and reads: paanai oRi, that is, ‘pot (suspended in) a rope net.’ The Tamil word uRi, which means rope network to suspend pots has the cognate oRi in Parji, a central Dravidian language, Mr. Mahadevan said. Still nearer, Kannada has oTTi, probably from an earlier oRRi with the same meaning.

The word occurring in the pottery inscription found at Quseir-al-Qadim can also be read as o(R)Ri as Tamil Brahmi inscriptions generally avoid doubling of consonants.

Earlier excavations at this site about 30 years ago yielded two pottery inscriptions in Tamil Brahmi belonging to the first century A.D.

Another Tamil Brahmi pottery inscription of the same period was found in 1995 at Berenike, also a Roman settlement, on the Red Sea coast of Egypt, Mr. Mahadevan said.

These discoveries provided material evidence to corroborate the literary accounts by classical Western authors and the Tamil Sangam poets about the flourishing trade between the Tamil country and Rome (via the Red Sea ports) in the early centuries A.D.





Balambika Dasakam Text Sanskrit English

In Hinduism on September 17, 2014 at 22:37

Balambika is the child form of Lalitha Devi.


Detailed posts follow on this.


Balambika Dasakam is a rare stotra.



Here is the text.




1.Velathi langya karune vibhudhendra vandhye, Leela vinirmitha charachara hrun nivase, Mala kirreeta mani kundala madithange, Balambike mai nidehi Krupakadaksham. Please shower a merciful glance at me, Oh Balambika, Who is blessed with limitless mercy and saluted by the Lord of heaven, Who lives in the heart of moving and non moving things , who weremade by her as a sport, And who is decorated by garlands , crown and gem studded ear globes.


2.Kanjasanadhi mani manju kireeta koti, Prathyuptha rathna ruchiranchitha pada padme, Manjeera manjula vinirjitha hamsa naadhe, Balambike mai nidehi Krupakadaksham. Please shower a merciful glance at me, Oh Balambika, Who sits on a golden throne and wears a crown studded with billions of gems, And wears on her very pretty lotus like feet, Anklets filled with gems making a sound ,which is better than the swan song.


3.Praaleya bhanu kalikaa kalithathi ramye, Padagra javali vinirjitha moukthikabhe, Praneswari pramadha loka pathe pragadbhe, Balambike mai nidehi Krupakadaksham. Please shower a merciful glance at me, Oh Balambika, Whose is prettier than the snow , the moon and the flower bud, Whose anklets emit a shine which beats the luster of pearls, Who is the expert and who is the queen of the king of Pramadhas.


4.Jangadhibhir vijitha chithaja thooni bhage, Rambhadhi mardhava kareendra karoru yugme, Shampa shathadhika sammujwala chela leele, Balambike mai nidehi Krupakadaksham. Please shower a merciful glance at me, Oh Balambika, Whose shanks are like the arrows starting from the quiver, Whose thighs are like the elephants trunk and beat in prettiness Rambha and other damsels, And whose attire is hundred times more resplendent than lightning.



5.Manikhya maulika vinirmitha mekhaladye, Maya vilagna vilasan mani patta bandhe, Lolambaraji vilasan nava roma jale, Balambike mai nidehi Krupakadaksham. Please shower a merciful glance at me, Oh Balambika, Who wears a girdle made of top quality rubies, Who shines in a mind entangling and has in her head gear made of jewels, Who shines in loose cloths and has new magical growth of hair.


6.Nyagrodha pallava thalodhara nimna naabhe, Nirdhootha haara vilasad kucha chakravake, Nishkaadhi manju mani bhooshana bhooshithange, Balambike mai nidehi Krupakadaksham. Please shower a merciful glance at me, Oh Balambika, Who has got a sunken navel, which appears like the river of sprouts of Banyan tree, Who has shining and moving garlands over her pretty breasts. And who wears ornaments of gold and gems over her body.


7.Kandharpa chapa madha banga kruthadhi ramye, Broo vallari vividha cheshtitha ramya maane, Kandharpa sodhara samakruthi phaladese, Balambike mai nidehi Krupakadaksham. Please shower a merciful glance at me, Oh Balambika, Who is so pretty that she defeats the pride of the bow of God of love, Who quivers her eye brows in a very pretty manner, And whose forehead has a form which makes one conclude that it is brother of God of love.


8.Mukthavali vilasa dhoorjitha kambhu kande, Mandasamithanana vinijitha chandra Bimbe, Bhaktheshta dhana niratha amrutha poorna drushte Balambike mai nidehi Krupakadaksham. Please shower a merciful glance at me, Oh Balambika, Whose pretty conch shaped neck and wears a gem studded necklace, Who wins with her pretty gentle smile on her moon like face, And who has a look full of nectar which satisfies the wishes of devotees.


9.Karnaa vilambi mani kundala ganda bhage , Karnaantha deerga nava neeraja pathra nethre, Swarnaaya khadhi guna moukthika shobhi naase, Balambike mai nidehi Krupakadaksham. Please shower a merciful glance at me, Oh Balambika, Whose gem studded ear stud hangs up to her neck, Who has a lotus leaf like eye extending up to the ears, And whose nose shines with a stud of pure gold and gem.


10.Lolaamba raji lalitha alaka jhala shobhe, Malli naveena kalika nava kundha jale, Balendu manjula kireeta virajamaane, Balambike mai nidehi Krupakadaksham. Please shower a merciful glance at me, Oh Balambika, Who shines with her pretty dangling hair and her dress, Whose hair is decorated with new buds of jasmine, And who shines with a crown decorated with a crescent. 11.Balambike Maha Rajni Vaidyanatha priyeswari, Pahi maam amba kripayaa thwath padam saranam gatha. Oh great queen Balambika, the darling of Vaidyanatha, Oh mother be kind enoughto protect me, Who has taken refuge at your feet.


( The sanskrit original of this great stotra is available in


http://www.kamakotimandali.com/stotra/balamba.pdf .


Translation by P.R.Ramchander.


Some references in the web indicate that it is from Kandha Puranam)


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