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Prathyangira Homa Temple Morattandi

In Hinduism on September 8, 2014 at 18:04

I have posted an article on Prathyangira Devi recently.


Some readers wanted details of a Pratyangira Devi Temple, where Pratyangira Homa is conducted.


A note on Pratyangira Devi.


“Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi is a powerful aspect of divine mother.

She is considered to be a powerful repellent of the influences generated by witch-craft.

Terrible in aspect, having dark complexion, reddened eyes and in four hands she hold a trident, a serpent in the form of a noose and a hand drum.

Her hair strands at the ends. As Pratyangira energy manifests, it’s often a very swift and sometimes ferocious current.

This combination of lion and human forms is said to represent the balance of good and evil.

Many of the Saints who’ve seen its energetic expression have described her as a 1008 headed (symbolically representing the 1008-petalled Sahasrara Chakra, the universal chakra of the cosmic energy) and with 2016 hands, riding majestically on a chariot pulled by 4 lions (representing the 4 Vedas), lion-faced mother, armed with many swords for removing obstacles.

The jaws of so many lions make it very powerful for destroying negative karmas, and a great help to anyone on a spiritual path.

Though such a current can be understandably rough and it’s wise to approach with respect and some consideration of what our heart is asking for, it’s with that same intensity that Pratyangira radiates her love, so it’s best to also be open to deeply receive.


There is a Temple for Prathyangira at Marattandi, near Puducherry/Pondicherry, on the Tindivanam Road.


Prathyangira Homam is performed every month on Shukla Paksha Ashtami (Waxing Moon).


The Temple has a 72 feet Idol of Pratyangira Devi outside the temple and a small idol is inside.


The temple is about 4 feet underground.


Temple Hours.

8.00 am to 100 pm

3.30pm to 8.30 pm


Bus Route, Puducherry to Tindivanam , Stop;Moarattandi.


Phone Number. 0413- 2234931










Sarabeswara , Thirubhuvanam Sarabeswara Gayatri

In Hinduism on September 6, 2014 at 14:22

I have posted an article on Prathyngira and in the same article I have included Sarabeswara Astothram.


Sarabeswara worship is recommended to ward off ill effects of Black Magic, Mental disorders and relief from long , vexatious legal entanglements.


Delayed marriages, delay in begetting a child, these problems are also  solved.



There are many temples of Sarabeswara.


The temple a Tribhuvanam, near Kumbakonam is quite famous.


The form of Sarabeswara is a combination of Shiva, Vishnu, Kali and Durga.


  Praying for 11 weeks or lighting 11 lamps or doing 11 pradakshanams is recommended.


Temple Timings and Festival.


Temple Timings 5 am to 12 noon and 4 pm to 1030pm.

The annual festival is celebrated on Pankuni Uthiram day (April month) and thirukalyanam is done.

Festival for Lord Sarabeswara is celebrated annually.

During this festival, laksharchanai and ekadhina laksharchanai are done.

Special pujas are conducted during Rahukaalam on every day, especially on Sundays.

Saraba homam is done for any devotee’s star. You have to register with the temple office. Kattalai archana for 11 weeks can also be done.


Sarabeswara Gayatri.


Saluvesaya Vidmahey Pakshi rajaya Deemahi Tanno Sarabha: Prachodayath”


Sarabeswara Mantra.


Neela Kantaya Rudraya Sivaya Sasimousiney,
Bavaya Bava Nathaya Pakshirajaya theynamaha:|
Gangadaraya Sambaya Paramananda Thejasey,
Sarvesvaraya Santhaya Sarabaya Namo Namaha: ||
These mantras may be recited 11 times a Day for 45 days for relief from terminal illness , apart from what has been stated at the beginning of he article.



Pitru Dosha and Parihara

In Hinduism on September 4, 2014 at 20:56

When somebody tells me that they are going through a rough patch due to circumstance beyond their control, I tell them first to be sure that they are performing Sraddha for their ancestors regularly and whether they are following the Sumngali Prarathana done in their Homes.


As for as I know these are the prima facie reasons fo misfortune before we try doing any parihara.


I have some articles on the subject.



Such is the seriousness of Pitrudosha that it can nullify the effects of Poojas and Punyapalas.


As an aside, Matru Dosha is not being talked about as much.


Pirtu generally means ancestors, which includes women as well.


But there is difference in performing Sraddha between for Men and Women.


No Homa is done for Women.


Clarification, correction welcome.


Pitru Dosha does not happen not only because of the Horoscope, non-performance of Sraddha and Tharpana.


It applies to the sins accruing to one for taking care of Parents when they were Alive.


It is very difficult to atone for the sin of ill treating parents while they were alive, not withstanding grand Dhanas and Sraddha after death.


Some signs of Pitru Dosha.


Their children may suffer from physical or mental disabilities right fro Birth.
Pitru Dosha leads to unfavorable environment in the house and Marital Disharmony.

Delayed marriage.

Unmanageable debts.

Infant Mortality.





There are some remedies.


Perform“Trapandi Shraddha
• perform Sraddha every year.
• Water The the Banyan tree.
• Perform Tharpana on every day during Mahalaya Paksha
• Feed  Brahmins on every “Amavasya”.
• Feed the poor during “Amavasya” and “Poornima” in a temple.

Feed the Crows daily

Feed the Ants  mixture of Rava or Broken Roasted Bengal gram(Pottukadalai) with Sugar.



Image Credit.






Karna Denied Food in Swarga Mahalaya Paksha

In Hinduism on September 4, 2014 at 17:28

Mahalaya Paksha is called the Pitru Paksha where the ancestors are remembered and offered the Tharpana.


One of legends for the Pitru Paksha is as follows.


After Karna was slain in the Mahabharata War, he ascended to heavens, Swarga.


There he was offered god and Silver every day but never Food.


He asked Indra, the chief of Devas for the reason.


Indra informed him that though Karna had given away whatever he had to those who had asked him, he never donated Food.


And if Karna were to get food in Swarga, he has to donate Food.


Karna descended to Earth and donated food.


This period is Mahalaya Paksha,one legend goes on.


However I have found no reference to this in the Puranas or Ithihasas.


Who Are Visvedevas Of Hinduism

In Hinduism on September 4, 2014 at 09:42

There is a view that there 33 Crore Devas in Hinduism.


Another view is that they are 33.


Please read my post on this under Hinduism.


There are references to Visvedevas in Mantras as in


‘Visvedevan Tharpayami’- Brahmayagnya.


Who are these Visvedevas?


One view is that this term refers to all the Devas together.


But an analysis of the mantras being used indicate that they might be different.


We say ‘Sarvan Deana Tharpayami’ Viswan Deva Tharpayami’


So they have to be different.


The Visvedevas (Sanskrit: विश्वेदेवाः) ( viśve-devāḥ “all-gods”) are the various Vedic gods taken together as a whole. In the Rigveda a number of hymns are addressed to them, including (according to Griffith) 1.89, 3.54-56, 4.55, 5.41-51, 6.49-52, 7.34-37, 39, 40, 42, 43, 8.27-30, 58, 83 10.31, 35, 36, 56, 57, 61-66, 92, 93, 100, 101, 109, 114, 126, 128, 137, 141, 157, 165, 181.

RV 3.54.17 addresses them as headed by Indra,

This is, ye Wise, your great and glorious title, that all ye Deities abide in Indra. (trans. Griffith)

The dichotomy between Devas and Asuras is not evident in these hymns, and Devas are invoked together with Asuras such as Mitra and Varuna.

Though a large number of devas are named in the Rig Veda only 33 devas are counted, eleven each of earth, space and heaven.[1] In later Hinduism, they form one of the nine ganadevatas (along with the Adityas, Vasus, Tushitas, Abhasvaras, Anilas, Maharajikas, Sadhyas, and Rudras). According to the Vishnu Purana, they were the sons of Vishvā, a daughter of Daksha, enumerated as follows: 1. Vasu 2. Satya 3. Kratu 4. Daksha, 5. Kala 6. Kama 7. Dhrti 8. Kuru 9. Pururavas 10. Madravas, with two others added by some, 11. Rocaka or Locana, 12. Dhvani Dhuri…


Visvedevas Mantra Rig Veda Book 7 Hymn XXXV

1. BEFRIEND us with their aids Indra and Agni, Indra and Varuna who receive oblations!
Indra and Soma give health, strength and comfort, Indra and Pusan be our help in battle.
2 Auspicious Friends to us be Bhaga, Sathsa, auspicious be Purandhi aid all Riches;
The blessing of the true and well-conducted, and Aryaman in many forms apparent.
3 Kind unto us he Maker and Sustainer, and the far-reaching Pair with God-like natures.
Auspicious unto us be Earth and Heaven, the Mountain, and the Gods’ fair invocations.
4 Favour us Agni with his face of splendour, and Varuva and Mitra and the Asvins.
Favour us noble actions of the pious, impetuous vita blow on us with favour.
5 Early invoked, may Heaven and Earth be friendly, and Air’s mid-region good for us to look on.
To us may Herbs and Forest-Trees be gracious, gracious the Lord Victorious of the region.
6 Be the God Indra with the Vasus friendly, and, with Adityas, Varuna who blesseth.
Kind, with the Rudras, be the Healer Rudra, and, with the Dames, may Tvastar kindly listen.
7 Blest unto us be Soma, and devotions, blest be the Sacrifice, the Stones for pressing.
Blest be the fixing of the sacred Pillars, blest be the tender Grass and blest the Altar.
8 May the far-seeing Sun rise up to bless us: be the four Quarters of the sky auspicious.
Auspicious be the firmly-seated Mountains, auspicious be the Rivers and the Waters.
9 May Adid through holy works be gracioas, and may the Maruts, loud in song, be friendly.
May Visnu give felicity, and Pusan, the Air that cherisheth our life, and Vayu.
10 Prosper us Savitar, the God who rescues, and let the radiant Mornings be propitious.
Auspicious to all creatures be Parjanya, auspicious be the field’s benign Protector.
11 May all the fellowship of Gods befriend us, Sarasvati, with Holy Thoughts, be gracious.
Friendly be they, the Liberal Ones who seek us, yea, those who dwell in heaven, on earth, in waters.
12 May the great Lords of Truth protect and aid us: blest to us be our horses and our cattle.
Kind be the pious skilful-handed Rbhus, kind be the Fathers at our invocations.
13 May Aja-Ekapad, the God, be gracious, gracious the Dragon of the Deep, and Ocean.
Gracious be he the swelling Child of Waters, gracious be Prsni who hath Gods to guard her.
14 So may the Rudras, Vasus, and Adityas accept the new hymn which we now are making.
May all the Holy Ones of earth and heaven, and the Cow’s offipring hear our invocation.
15 They who of Holy Gods are very holy, Immortal, knowing Law, whom man must worship,-
May these to-day give us broad paths to travel. Preserve us evermore, ye Gods, with blessings.






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