Vedic Yagya Newsletter March 2012
|Dear DevoteeVedic Yagya Center will be performing Special Poojas (the rituals such as Abhishekam – the holy bathing ceremonies to the Deities and Homas – the fire ceremonies with the offerings of lotus flowers, Honey, some special herbs) during the Vasantha Navarathri – the Nine Sacred Nights of Spring. The schedule of various events by Vedic Yagya Center is as follows:During Vasantha Navarathri, Nature which is the Representation of God is in the most Generous Form like a mother is to the child. Hence the Mother Divine is prayed to and Her blessings are sought after. Mother Divine is known by innumerable names, one of which is – Sri Mahalakshmi (The great Goddess of wealth & Prosperity). She is offered lotus flowers: “Padmapriye Padmini Padmahaste Padmalaye, Padmadalaya dakshi……” (One who resides in Lotus, Looks like Lotus, Smells like lotus, loves & holds lotus flowers, and has eyes that are shaped like lotus petals). According to the scriptures Mantra Maharnava, the Lakshmi Homas (the fire ceremony with lotus flowers) offered with complete love, faith and devotion to the Divine Mother during this Holy Vasantha Navarathri time is extremely propitious. The Great Goddess showers prosperity to all (Growth in riches, success in business, progress in all parts of life, better financial opportunities, gaining lost wealth & glory etc.) Vedic Yagya Center will be performing Special Poojas (the rituals such as Abhishekam – the holy bathing ceremonies to the Deities and Homas – the fire ceremonies. The schedule of various special Yagyas for May are below in the May Yagya calendar:
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VASANTA NAVARATHRI – Significiance
What is Vasantha Navarathri? Vasantha means “spring” Nava means “Nine” and ratris means “Nights”. Vasantha Navarathri or the nine nights of spring, fall in the Vedic calendar in the month of Chaitra (spring). The Divine Mother or the Adiparashakti (Supreme Power) in one of her immanent forms manifests through the Nature, as flowers blossom and trees turn green in spring. Hence, Spring is the season of rejuvenating of life and natures turns beautiful with all animals coming back from their hibernations, birds chirping and flying happily in the sky, grass turns lush green, all plants and trees blooming with colorful flowers and fruits. As for the Mother Earth, She is the provider of vegetation, shelter and nourishment to everyone. Therefore the Hindu Shastras claim that – The reverence for the earth spares us catastrophes such as earthquakes, floods and tsunamis. The Divine Mother’s transcendent power showers prosperity and joy to all Her devotees who pray perform Pooja which is offer prayer through the rituals such as (1) Abhishekam – the bathing ceremony and (2) Homa – the fire ceremony.
As we all know, time is the key to many things in life. For every event to attain success or run smoothly, grow and thrive well, it is essential that the event must begin at right time for it develop and grow successfully. Nature reflects this example with the onset spring, resulting in the growth and re-growth of all grass, plants, trees, flowering etc. Similarly for all our mental (Manasika), spiritual (Adhyatmika), material (Lokaika) progress, prosperity and success, it is important that we initiate things or events during the Holy, Auspicious time of Vasantha Navarathri. Just like seedlings grow fast, nurture and establish well during the spring with right amount of sunlight, soil and water . Similarly, Birds build nests, lay eggs and take good care of their little ones. Our prayers offered to the Mother Divine with humble devotion and unlimited gratitude, during this auspicious time of Vasantha Navarathri will result in yielding mental peace and good health, financial growth and prosperity, victory over obstacles and success in all events and such many other benefits.
Chant of the Month – Sri Rama Raksha Stotram
Pundit ji suggests that devotees who recite this mantra every morning after taking a bath.
Sri Ramaraksha Stotram (also known as Rama Raksha Maha Mantra) is one of the most powerful Mantras, which gives immense Divine Protection to the recite as well as hearer. It was originally composed in the Sanskrit language and is one of the most popular Hindu devotional prayer that is addressed to Lord Sri Rama Chandra. Sri Rama Raksha Stotra was composed by the Saint Budha Kowshika (Rishi). By chanting the Sri Rama Raksha Stotra, we are humbly requesting Lord Sri Rama to protect us from all kinds of troubles and calamities that are to befall on us and also bless us with health, wealth, prosperity and success. It is also believed that by chanting this great Stotra, we will be able to help ourselves to get rid of all the problems specially those caused even by Navagrahas (Nine Planets) which may also be in wrong positions in our Natal chart due to the past negative karma (sins) and thus cause such problems
March 2012 Yagya Calendar
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MARCH 4th, Sunday: Amalaki Ekadashi: Sri Vishnu Sahastranama Homa:
This is day is very auspicious day of Sri Maha Vishnu. VYC will be performing Sri Vishnu Sahastranama Homa for attaining Sri Maha Vishnuâ€™s powerful and everlasting divine protection from all calamities, negative energies and karmas, and neutralizes such negative forces. Along with this participants will gain increase spiritual strength and eventually give liberation (Moksha). Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
MARCH 5th, Monday: Soma Pradosham: Mahanyasa Poorvaka Ekadasha Rudrabhishekam: VYC will be performing Mahanyasa Poorvaka Ekadasha Rudrabhishekam. On this day, a special elaborate Rudrabhishekam (eleven Rudra will be performed with Maha Rudram chanting) and Archana will be performed to the Sacred Shiva Lingam (also Known as ‘Pindi’) for His blessings followed by the sacred ritual of Rudra Homam. Participants for Pradosham will be blessed and benefited with good health, prosperity, eradication of poverty and all their desires will be fulfilled. Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
MARCH 7th, Wednesday: Masi Magham/ Holi (Festival of colors)/ Pournami : Maha Lakshmi Homa & Chandi Homa: VYC will be performing TWO special events on this special full moon day. One is Special Maha Lakshmi Homa for attaining wealth, prosperity and success in all endeavors, financial matters and Protection for investments. Second one is Chandi Homa. This will provide Divine Protection from negative forces and neutralizes negative energies. The combination of these two together yields very powerful results to the person who prays. Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
MARCH 10th, Saturday: Sankatahara Chaturthi: Sahastra Modaka Homa: Sri Ganesha Sankatahara (Problems solved and obstacles removed) for those of you who are seeking solutions to their problems and removal of obstacles from their path of success should rejoice. VYC will be performing Special Ganapathi Sahastra (1008 count modakas) Modaka Homa on this special day for Lord Ganesha to please him and attain His blessings by offering 1008 Modakas to him as Lord Ganapathi is very fond of Modakas. Participants will be blessed and benefited with Success in all their work, Removal of obstacles, for fulfilling their Desires and Prosperity in all walks of life.
This Vrata / Fasting are for Lord Sri Ganesha. Sankatahara Chaturthi occurs during the fourth day of the Full Moon Day, Every Month. The Vratha starts before the sun-rise and lasts until moon-rise just before Mid-Night. This is observed in order to overcome difficulties and problems. People suffering from the bad Effects of Moon or Mars can perform this Vrata to be relieved from those difficulties.
Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
MARCH 11th, Sunday: Day light saving starts.
MARCH 12th, Monday: Ranga Panchami: Auspicious Day for any good start.
MARCH 17th, Sunday: Papamochini Ekadashi: Sri Sudarshana Homa: VYC will be performing Sri Sudarshana Homa on this sacred day. Participants for this Homa will be blessed and benefited with Divine protection, enemies will be defeated or removed, eradication of sins, ‘Moksha’ (Salvation) and enlightenment. They will be spiritually uplifted and all their desires will be fulfilled. Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
MARCH 19th, Monday: Soma Pradosham (second): Mahanyasa Poorvaka Ekadasha Rudrabhishekam: VYC will be performing Mahanyasa Poorvaka Ekadasha Rudrabhishekam. On this day, a special elaborate Rudrabhishekam (eleven Rudra will be performed with Maha Rudram chanting) and Archana will be performed to the Sacred Shiva Lingam (also Known as ‘Pindi’) for His blessings followed by the sacred ritual of Rudra Homam. Participants for Pradosham will be blessed and benefited with good health, prosperity, eradication of poverty and all their desires will be fulfilled. Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
MARCH 20th, Tuesday: Masa Sivarathri: Masa Sivarathri: Ekadasha Rudrabhishekam: VYC will be performing Ekadasha Rudrabhishekam – Rudrabhishekam will be performed Eleven times to Shiva Linga with the holy chanting of Sri Rudram with natural nectars like Cow Milk, Yogurt, Sugarcane Juice, Honey, and Saturated Butter from Cow milk, and other Fruit juices. These Natural nectars will be poured over the Shiva Linga along with the chanting of Sri Rudram. This is known as Rudrabhishekam. At the end of every Rudra adhyayam Shiva ling will be cleaned with Holy water or Ganga Jal (Holy water from the Ganges River) and will be adorned with Holy Ash which pleases Lord Shiva the most. It indicates the under lined philosophy of life which keeps reminding us that everything in life is transient and has to reduce to ash eventually.
Participants will be blessed with Prosperity, Protection and Health improvement and especially for long life. Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
MARCH 21st, Wednesday: Amavasya: Amavasya Tarpanam: Amavasya or the New moon is a special dedicated specially to pay respects to our respective ancestors. This is supposed to ward off all sins that one has accumulated over seven generations. This also relieves one from any past sins, curses of ancestors or forefathers. Hence offering Amavasya Tarpanam removes all sins and helps in fulfilling all the desires. During Amavasya Tarpanam, our priests pay homage to forefathers on your behalf. Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
Sponsorship information for the above given Homas/Yagyas or events: For sponsoring any single above given event for an Individual is only $108.00 and for a Family (not exceeding more than 4 members) it is $151.00. But if you choose to sponsor all of the above given events for this month (Except Vasantha Navarathri Special Event), the flat rate sponsorship for an individual is $251.00/ entire month events and for a Family (not exceeding more than 4 members) it is $351.00.
MARCH 23rd, Friday: Chaitra Shuklapaksha Prathama/ Padyami: Nanadana Nama Udagi (Telugu New Year), Gudi Padwa (Marathi New Year). Cheti Chand: Vasantha Navarathri begins today: Vedic Yagya Center will be performing Special Poojas (the rituals such as Abhishekam – the holy bathing ceremonies to the Deities and Homas – the fire ceremonies with the offerings of lotus flowers, Honey, some special herbs) during the Vasantha Navarathri – the Nine Sacred Nights of Spring. The schedule of various events by Vedic Yagya Center is Special Lakshmi Poojas for each form of Mother Lakshmi (Eight forms, Ashta Lakshmi Pooja)
Adilakshmi (First Form): 03/23/2012 (Saturday) – Sacred Bathing ceremony to the Goddess Adilakshmi (for liberation and attaining salvation) with Holy Turmeric powder.
Dhanyalakshmi (Second Form): 03/23/2012 (Friday) – Sacred Bathing ceremony to the goddess Dhanyalakshmi (for food) with pure honey.
Dhairyalakshmi (Third Form): 03/24/2012 (Saturday) – Sacred Bathing ceremony to the goddess Dhairyalakshmi (for courage) with Bilwa leaves and other flowers.
Gajalakshmi (Fourth Form): 03/26/2012 (Monday) – Sacred Bathing ceremony to the goddess Gajalakshmi (for achieving goals) with herbal (tunga mustha) water
Santhanalakshmi Fifth Form): 03/27/2012 (Tuesday) – Sacred Bathing ceremony to the goddess Santhanalakshmi (for progeny and fertility) with milk, honey, rosewater, ghee, sugar and yogurt.
Vijayalakshmi (Sixth Form): 03/28/2012 (Wednesday) – Sacred Bathing ceremony to the goddess Vijayalakshmi for victory or success in all areas of life with rose flowers and water.
Vidyalakshmi Seventh Form: 03/29/2012 (Thursday) – Sacred Bathing ceremony to the goddess Vidyalakshmi (for improvement in studies, educational matters) with coconut water.
Dhanalakshmi Eighth Form: 03/30/2012 (Friday) – Sacred Bathing ceremony to the goddess Dhanalakshmi (for wealth and prosperity) with 54 varieties of holy, herbal ingredient
Sri Rama Navami (Ninth Day) 03/31/2012 (Saturday) – Sacred Bathing ceremony to the goddess Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Saraswati (for family harmony, peace and prosperity) with the root herbal powder (herb kuruvarru) holy water. This is followed by Vasantha Lakshmi Purvaka Havan & Nava Chandi Yagyas.
MARCH 31st, Saturday: Chaitra Shudha Navami: Sri Rama Navami: Sri Sita Rama Kalyana Mahotsavam:Sri Rama Navami is also special because it is Birthday of the Lord Sri Rama and also the sacred day of His Holy Matrimony too. Therefore, the marriage ceremony of the Goddess, Divine Mother Sita and Lord Sri Rama for Vishwa Shanti (Global peace and harmony) will be celebrated grandly.
Conclusion of this event Maha purnahuti : Maha purnahuti (final offerings) and avabrutha (holy water from all kalashas will be Sprinkled on all devotees / sponsors of these Yagyas, and in all directions of this universe for Global peace, harmony and prosperity.
Benefits of Sponsorship & Prayers during Vasantha Navarathri: As has been already mentioned previously, offering prayers and respects to God during this sacred period has many of its own advantages as stated above. Other than that, this is also an excellent time to start any new Business Ventures, Investments, New projects, Undertakings. Other than just material and financial benefits, the Sponsors will also be benefited in Educational enhancement, academically growth, Spiritual development and Peace & Harmony in relations both in Business, Personal and especially matrimonial relations.
Vasantha Navarathri Sponsorship information:
Sponsorship for Level 1: Any single day sponsorship is $108.00 for an individual or $151.00 for a family (not exceeding 4 members). You may choose any one day between the dates 23rd to 31st March 2012. This does not include Sri Maha Lakshmi Homa with 1008 Lotuses.
Sponsorship for Level 2: All nine days is $252.00/9 days for an individual or $351.00 /9 days for a family (not exceeding 4 members). This does not include Sri Maha Lakshmi Homa with 1008 Lotuses.
Sponsorship for Level 3: Sponsorship of Sri Maha Lakshmi Homa on any one chosen day is $301.00/per day for an individual or a family (not exceeding 4 members) both.You can choose to do on any one day starting from 1st, 2nd, 3rd and so on…up to 9th day only (From 23rd to 31st March 2012 only). Special offer – Sponsorship of Sri Maha Lakshmi Homa all nine days is $2501.00/ 9 days for both- an individual or a family (not exceeding 4 members). Covers Sponsorship of Srimaha Lakshmi Homa events done during all the nine days from 23rd to 31st March 2012)
Sponsorship for Level 4: Exclusive offer for existing VYC Daily Yagyas sponsors only If you wish to be included in Sri Maha Lakshmi Homa for all the 9 days also, you might not want to lose this best offer for only $2108.00/all 9 days both for individuals & Family DY Sponsors.
Special Note:If you are our existing Daily Individual Yagyas program sponsor, then you will be automatically included in Level 2 package for free. But this does not include Sri Maha Lakshmi Homa.
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