Archive for June, 2013

  • June Yajur Veda – Day 10 – Shiva Temple Yagya

    June Yajur Veda – Day 10 – Shiva Temple Yagya

    Each month we conclude the yagya program with a special yagya that takes place in one of the ancient temples in the Kanchipuram area. These temples often date back well over 1,000 years and sometimes much older than that. This is a way that we can support some of the smaller temples and contribute to […]

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  • June Yajur Veda – Day 9 – Pavamana Soma Yagya

    June Yajur Veda – Day 9 – Pavamana Soma Yagya

    We are fortunate to have one of the leading Rig Veda pundits in Tamil Nadu perform our Pavamana Soma yagya. Last month, he lead our recitation of the entire Rig Veda. The ritual begins with Ganesha puja, to remove any obstacles to the completion of the yagya, and to establish a connection with those who […]

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  • June Yajur Veda – Day 8 – Lakshmi Yagya

    June Yajur Veda – Day 8 – Lakshmi Yagya

    This is Day 7, the conclusion of the Lakshmi portion of the yagya program. All the kalasha pot are decorated with fresh flower malas and the pujas were performed with extra care and thoroughness. Lakshmi is the aspect of life that is abundance in all its forms. Certainly she is money (along with Kubera), but […]

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  • June Yajur Veda – Day 7

    June Yajur Veda – Day 7

    This month’s yagya program is getting closer to the conclusion. Today is the final day of Yajur Veda recitations and tomorrow there is a special Lakshmi yagya with fire ceremony. Then the Soma Yagya is performed, and that is followed by the Ati Rudra, Shiva Yagya in a local temple. The Shiva lingam is coated […]

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  • June Yajur Veda – Day 6

    June Yajur Veda – Day 6

    The Rudra abishekam ritual comes from the Yajur Veda and we perform that every day of the year. Moreover, we are almost half way through with our annual Ati Rudra. Each repetition builds the total number of repetitions and the program will be complete in time for Shivaratri in February. These mantras bring good health, […]

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  • June Yajur Veda – Day 5

    June Yajur Veda – Day 5

    The fifth day begins with pujas and an offering of light.   And Yajur Veda mantras are recited. At this point in the process, the pundits are past the half way point and the recitation is mostly about the process and procedures for the performance of various yagyas. There are some lines that are beautifully […]

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  • June Yajur Veda – Day 4

    June Yajur Veda – Day 4

    Rudra Abishekam begins the day. Part of the text says, “Rudra, we praise and sing about you so that we attain you. You who live on the top of mountains, please protect our families and possessions. Grant them all a disease free life and may we all live with love towards one another.” During the […]

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  • June Yajur Veda – Day 3

    June Yajur Veda – Day 3

    The yagya always begins with Rudra Abishekam – the offering of various liquids while Rudram and Chammakam (portions of Yajur Veda) are chanted. Traditionally the milk is poured using a conch shell. Afterwards, the lingam is decorated and placed in a peetam, decorated with flowers, and the light of burning camphor is offered. The yagya […]

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  • June Yajur Veda – Day 2

    June Yajur Veda – Day 2

    The second day begins, as usual, with introductory pujas and Rudra Abishekam. The tradition of Shankara, to which all the presets belong, focuses their attention on five representations of the divine; Ganesha Shiva, Vishnu, the Goddess, and the Navagraha (Nine Planets), each of which is represented by a specific item on the tray in the […]

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  • June Yajur Veda – Day 1

    June Yajur Veda – Day 1

    The June Yagya series is focused on the complete recitation of Yajur Veda. This Veda dates back to around 1000 BCE and consists of the procedures and details for common to most yagyas and includes two versions of the Soma Yagya, the Agni Hotra, Ashvamedha Yagya, the Sarva Medha Yagya, and special yagyas for our […]

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