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  • Shiva Yagya – Day 7

    Shiva Yagya – Day 7

    The morning recitations continue as usual. We have completed a week of this yagya and each day gets better. Only a few days to go… Aditya’s son came to see the pujas and was amde a special assistant in charge of bell ringing during the puja. Offering of camphor light at the end of the […]

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  • Shiva Yagya – Day 6 More photos

    Shiva Yagya – Day 6 More photos

    A beautiful rangoli on the floor in front of the puja table. It is Sunday today and everyone is stopping the coconut man for some fresh juice. The priests are doing their special mantras before lunch. A vedic rishi hiding behind the flowers. Special Rig Veda pundits reciting the Pavamana Soma texts. It took two […]

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  • Shiva Yagya – Day 6

    Shiva Yagya – Day 6

    It was a beautiful sunny morning today as we prepared for the daily Rudra Abishekam. Water, milk, yogurt, perfumed sandalwood…all that is needed for an abishekam. The homa kunds look dramatic in the morning light. Everyone lined up and ready to go. Shiva lingam with yogurt. Sandalwood paste looks very orange in the early sunlight. […]

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  • Shiva Yagya – Day 5, part 2

    Shiva Yagya – Day 5, part 2

    After the atmosphere is purified and the presence of Shiva is invoked through the “nyasam”, the fire ritual can begin. Today the homa kund (fire pit) was nicely decorated with flower petals. Towards the beginning of the ritual an offering of cooked rice is made. A little ghee is added so it will burn well. […]

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  • Shiva Yagya – Day 5

    Shiva Yagya – Day 5

    It is now Day 5 of the yagya series – midway. The atmosphere in the yagya room is getting very quiet and intense. The mantras are certainly having an effect that everyone feels. On eof the ways the priest maintian their interest over the long period of the yagyas is by researching extra slokas to […]

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  • Shiva Yagya – Day 4, More photos

    Shiva Yagya – Day 4, More photos

    These are extra photos that I wanted to post just because they show some of the beauty of the yagyas. Articles used in the pujas. Top – incense burner, middle – ghee lamp, bottom – camphor burner. The fire can be quite hypnotic. Ghee bowls after all the ghee has been offered. Aditya’s son who […]

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  • Shiva Yagya – Day 4

    Shiva Yagya – Day 4

    The Sun looked pretty this morning, but foretold a nice hot day ahead, these days in the upper 80’s. Every day begins with Rudra Abishekam and here you see the priest pouring water over the Shiva lingam. Other ingedients include sandalwood (seen here), rose water, milk, ghee, turmeric, yogurt, etc. Sandalwood and flowers on the […]

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  • Shiva Yagya – the neighborhood

    Shiva Yagya – the neighborhood

    Our yagya facility is located in the area of Kanchipuram near the Varadaraja Vishnu temple, the second largest in India. From the upper floor of the yagya house you can just make out the main gopuram (tower) at the entrance to the temple. The houses are generally owned by priests from the temple. The colors […]

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  • Shiva Yagya – Day 3

    Shiva Yagya – Day 3

    The day begins, as it always does, with Ganesha puja to remove any obstacles from the day’s yagya performance. This is a Ganesha made from the root of a specific tree and is only about 3 inches tall. We also have this Ganesha carving that is quite large. It is our front door! A beautiful […]

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  • Shiva Yagya – feeding brahmins

    Shiva Yagya – feeding brahmins

    It is an important part of every yagya that the Brahmins performing the ritual are well fed. We have a wonderful cook who works her magic on a daily basis. From this small kitchen she manages to feed fifteen to twwenty people every day. In these pots flavorful delights await. I have western knees, so […]

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