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Greetings on the auspecious occasion of Shri. Hanuman Jayanthi

May 17, 2020 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Lord Shri. Hanuman is known as strong devotee of Lord Shri. Rama. Shri. Hanuman is known for obedience, commitment to what he would want to do.

What we need to learn from Shri. Hanuman is that there will be obstacles for every journey of life; whichever task we do, there will be some obstacle or the other; that’s reality. We should not give up to our task but focus on our objective and overcome difficulties.

Sincereity and dedication brings us success. We must ensure our time is well spent. Once a second is passed, by no means we could bring it back. We should not worry about past, focus on present and plan for future. Whether we spend time on social media, watching movies or however we spend our time, we must ensure that our act is meaningful. We should just complete our responsibilities on time. We should never postpone things because sometimes there may not be “next time”.

Listen to Sundarakanda and Ramayanam that will teach us a lot of things that we should follow in life. One thing we must remember is we should not expect anything when we worship. God is well aware of what we should deserve; when we do our bit, god will automatically support.

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Greetings on Sarwari named Telugu New Year – Ugadi Festival

March 25, 2020 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Ugadi is one of the popular festival for Telugu Speaking people. There is a 60 year cycle in Telugu calendars and we are now entering into 34th year that is named “Sarwari”.

Although right now we are all dealing with COVID 19 also known as Carona Virus, we will get rid of this difficult situation very soon. It’s important to follow directions of the Government and stay safe.

Ugadi is a festival that starts with offering prayers to lord and then taste a mix of six tastes – sweet, soar, spicy, salt, bitterness and tang. Each taste describes different things:

  • Sadness – Neem Buds/Flowers for its bitterness.
  • Happiness – Jaggery and ripe banana pieces for sweetness.
  • Anger – Green Chilli/Pepper for its hot taste.
  • Fear – Salt for saltiness.
  • Disgust – Tamarind Juice for its sourness.
  • Surprise – Unripened Mango for its tang.

Wishing everyone a happy Ugadi; have a happy and healthy life ahead. As a reminder; follow directions of Government and stay safe! Let’s fight COVID19.

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Greetings on the auspicious festival Ugaadi – New year for Telugu, Kannada and Marathi speaking families

March 18, 2018 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

This is the 32nd year of 60 years from Telugu Calendar. This is called “Shri. Vilambhi”. Telugu and Kannada new year are celebrated as “Ugaadi” and Marathi speaking people celebrate this as “Guid Padva”.

For Telugu speaking people, festival starts with eating a dish that is made up of Mango, Neem, Chilli powder, Bananan, Jaggari and Salt. This is to taste all 6 varieties and understand that life comes with different tastes and we need to face every situation.

We extend our best wishes to all who are celebrating.

Above video is wishing everyone on the eve of Ugaadi in Telugu.

Good luck,

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Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivarathri

February 13, 2018 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Maha Shivarathri is one of the auspicious festivals in India where people offer special worship to Lord Shiva. This is also a festival where people do fasting and observe night staying awake.

More about Maha Shivarathri

Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. There is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month’s 13th night/14th day, but once a year in late winter (February/March, or Phalguna) and before the arrival of Summer, marks Maha Shivaratri which means “the Great Night of Shiva”.

It is a major festival in Hinduism, this festival is solemn and marks a remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world. It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, doing Yoga, and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, noninjury to others, forgiveness, and the discovery of Shiva.[5] The ardent devotees keep awake all night. Others visit one of the Shiva temples or go on pilgrimage to Jyotirlingams. This is an ancient Hindu festival whose origin date is unknown.

Source: Wikipedia

Have a blissful festival! Om Namah Shivaya!

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Bhogi, Sankranti and Kanuma greetings

January 13, 2017 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Bhogi, Makara Sankranthi, Kanuma and Mukkanuma are celebrated as biggest and one of the auspicious festivals in Andhra Pradesh. In fact, celebrations of this festival begins a month before and that is called Dhanur Masam.

Bhogi is the first day of this four day pongal festival. Normally it comes on 13th day of January; but sometimes it would come on 14th day of January too.

About Bhogi from Wikipedia:

On Bhogi, people discard old and derelict things and concentrate on new things causing change or transformation. At dawn, people light a bonfire with logs of wood, other solid-fuels and wooden furniture at home that are no longer useful. The disposal of derelict things is where all old habits, vices, attachment to relations and material things are sacrificed in the sacrificial fire of the knowledge of Rudra, known as the “Rudra Gita Jnana Yajna”. It represents realisation, transformation and purification of the soul by imbibing and inculcating various divine virtues. Bhogi is celebrated the day preceding Thai Pongal, Makar Sankranti and Lohri.

During my childhood, it used to be one of the festivals we wait for (even now in villages); On Bhogi day, we get up early, get ready and go to bonfire place; then we used to walk through the village to enjoy seeing rangoli. Each house use to make an innovative design of rangoli.

Second day of the festival is Makara Sankranti; this is the day where we can witness divine light up hill of Sabari Malai.

About Makara Sankranti from Wikipedia:
Makar Sankranti also known as Makara Sankranti marks the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Makara (Capricorn) on its celestial path,[2] which is the first change in the zodiac after the winter solstice and is the first day of the month of Magha. The festival is celebrated in various parts of the Indian subcontinent to observe the day which marks the shift of the sun into ever-lengthening days. The festival is a seasonal observance as well as a religious celebration. Makara Sankranthi is a solar event making it one of the few Hindu festivals which fall on the same date in local calendars every year: 14 January, with some exceptions when the festival is celebrated on 15 January

This is one festival where most families get together and celebrate together. A very auspecious and special festivals for new couples.

Wishing you all a happy Pongal!

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Greetings on the occasion of Teacher’s day and Ganesh Chavithi

September 5, 2016 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

This year it is a sort of coincidence that two of my favorite auspicious occasions have come on the same day. That are Vinayaka Chavithi (birthday of Lord Ganesha) and Teachers day (birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan, Educationist and the 2nd President of India).

Clay Idol of Lord Ganesha

Clay Idol of Lord Ganesha

Vinayaka Chavithi is yet another festival which I enjoyed a lot during my childhood. We used to have at least half a day before the festival day declared as holiday at school. All of us children used to carry handful of bags and go around the village to collect leaves from several trees. Lord Ganesha loves leaves, fruits and flowers. Towards the evening, children gets home and help parents in decorating pooka place.

Next day (on the festival day), morning, we used to get ready in the traditional Indian cloths and perform Puja to lord Ganesha with all flowers, leaves etc., That followed by a delicious lunch with a rice based dish similar to idly called “Undrallu” in Telugu and a sweet that has made with Coconut.

Post lunch my friends (also relatives) specially Sailaja Duddu, Gayathri Vellanki and myself used to visit each and every house in our village and have Dashawn of Lord Ganesha in ach house. It was adorable to see great decorations in each house.

Below is a video of Vinayaka Chavithi pooja process in Telugu. Source: TelugOne.

“View a few recipes of food prepared on Vinayaka Chavithi

Dr. Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan

Dr. Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan

Teachers day is another auspicious occasion that I celebrate. September 5th, birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan, educationist and Former President of India is celebrated as “Teachers day” in India. This is an opportunity to express gratitude to teachers for all that they have done to uplift a student. In today’s scenario where both parents usually go to work, it’s teachers who actually empower children and drive in right direction. However, sadly, today there are lack of quality teachers in India and education has become a mere business in some parts. We should change this.

In my childhood, on the teachers day, we used to play role of teachers for one day and then felicitate our teachers and bow at their feet.

On this auspicious occasion, my sincere gratitude to all my teachers, who taught me in school, technology, accessibility, culture and everything.

I advice all children of today to be respectiful to your teachers and grab as much knowledge as possible. Still there are a lot of good teachers, let’s gain good advice and knowledge from them and prepare next generation of great teachers.

It’s also coincidence that Vinayaka Chavithi is also birth day of my father-in-law Late Shri. Jeelakarra Sathyanarayana Murthy Gary (Hema’s father); my sincere respects and we are sure he will shower his best blessings to us and our children.

Hanuman Jayanti Wishes

May 31, 2016 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Lord Hanuman is regarded as the one who secure us from danger. As per Hindu Calendar, today is Hanuman Jayanti (birthday). I still remember my father used to chant Hanuman Chalisa while we get to sleep. It’s also a belief that while listening or chanting Hanuman Chalisa before sleep keep us away from danger dreams.

Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated annually in the Hindu month of Chaitra (Chaitra Pournima) 15th day of Shukla Paksha.

How to Celebrate Hanuman Jayanti

Lord Hanuman, a dedicated disciple of the Hindu Lord Rama, is worshipped all over the India by the Hindu people for his deep devotion to the god Rama. At the day of Hanuman Jayanti celebration, all the Hanuman temples become full of crowd as people started puja from early morning after a holy bath. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the people of Hindu religion as an important festival of the Hindus. It is a great Hindu ritual celebrated in cultural and traditional way.

People worship Lord Hanuman as a symbol of devotion, magical powers, strength and energy. People read Hanuman Chalisa as it has ability to conquer the evil spirits and provide peace to the mind. The devotees of Lord Hanuman visit Hanuman temples at this day after a holy in the early morning, apply red tilak (vermillion) to the foreheads of Hanuman idol, read Hanuman Chalisa, offer Prasad of laddoo, do Aarti by chanting mantras and Aarti songs, make round of the temple and so many rituals. As Lord Hanuman was born to the Vanara community having reddish orange color body, that’s why it is seen to all the Hanuman temples having reddish orange colored Hanuman idol. After puja, people apply red Sindur to their own foreheads as a Prasad and distribute laddoo Prasad among people to get blessed with what they have prayed to their God Hanuman.

In the Maharashtra, it is commemorated to the Purnima in the Hindu Lunar month of Chaitra. However, according to other Hindu calendar, it falls on 14th day (chaturdashi) of Ashvin month in the dark fortnight. After puja, Prasad is distributed among people to have full blessings.

In Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it is celebrated in Margazhi month (between December and January) in the belief that Lord Hanuman was born to the amavasya in the Margazhi month. In Odisha, it is celebrated on 1st day in the month of Baisakha (in April). In Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, it is celebrated on 10th day of Vaishaka month in the Krishna Paksha. It is the 41 days long celebration in the Andhra Pradesh which starts from the Chaitra Purnima and ends at 10th days of the Krishna Paksha of Vaishakha month.

Significance of Hanuman Jayanti Celebration

Hanuman Jayanti celebration indicates the balanced coexistence of the whole human fraternity with the nature’s incredible creature, Lord Hanuman from Vanara community. People from the Hindu religion worship Lord Hanuman as a divine creature. This celebration has lots of importance to all however Brahmacharis, wrestlers and bodybuilders are specially inclined towards this celebration. There are many names through which Lord Hanuman is famous among his devotees like Bajrangabali, Pavanasuta, Pavankumar, Mahavira, Balibima, Marutsuta, Anjanisut, Sankat Mochan, Anjaneya, Maruti, Rudra and many more.

Hanuman avatar is considered as the 11th Rudra avatar of the Lord Siva with great devotion, strength, knowledge, divine power, bravery, intelligence, spirit for selfless service and etc. He has devoted his life only for his Lord Rama and Mata Sita and never shows his bravery and intelligence without any purpose. The devotees of the Lord Hanuman always pray him for getting blessed with the same for their bright future. He is worshipped in many ways by his devotees; some meditates by repeating his name many times to get power, fame, success and etc in the life whereas some reads the Hanuman Chalisa to get the same.
Source: India

Listen below Hanuman Chalisa in Telugu

Do celebrate Hanuman Jayanti and may he shower his blessings to all of us and safeguard us from all dangers and give us strength to succeed.

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