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Monday, February 19, 2018

Sastha Preethi Mahothsavam - Kova-yil Sabarimalai and Maha Sasthru Sahasranama Maha yagnam

Sastha Preethi Mahothsavam of Shri Maha Sasthru Seva Sangam Coimbatore

Kova-yil Sabarimalai and Maha Sasthru Sahasranama Maha yagnam

Dates: 15 to 17 June 2018
Venue: Ramnagar Ayyappan Puja Sangam Kalyana Mandapam, Coimbatore 12

Respected Devotees,

Shri Maha Sasthru Seva Sangam feels privileged to write a few lines to everyone of you.

By the divine blessing as the guiding force, we are stepping into tenth year's pooja celebration - to be conducted as 3 days program at Shri Ayyappan Puja Sangam, Ramnagar, Coimbatore.

Pujas of yester years were a Mega success,by the grace of Lord Ayyappa. This became possible ONLY due to your overwhelming response, moral and financial support.

This year's puja is a unique Puja to one of the rare form of Sastha - Kovaiyil Sabarimalai - A replica of Sabarimala with all its Puja which is going to happen at Coimbatore on 16th June 2018

The Invitation copy for this year's festival is attached.

Written a brief account on this event below

We earnestly request all devotees to attend this auspicious pooja and get the blessings of Lord Sastha.

Donate & Volunteer

This is not an ordinary undertaking and requires the support of all. The enitre program is budgeted at Rs. 20 Lakhs, including event arrangements, cost of travel, food, Annadhanam, honorariums etc. Your donations will go a long way in making this initiative sucessful

Swamiye Sharanam Ayyappa

Those who wish to contribute to this Puja, may send Cheque / MO / DD in favour of :
"Shri Maha Sasthru Seva Sangam" to V. Aravind Subramanyam, Thejovathy, 94 B, Third Street, Tatabad, Coimbatore 12. Ph: 099946-41801

Or You may pay directly to our Bank Account :
Name: "Shri Maha Sasthru Seva Sangam"
Karur Vysya Bank A/c No. 1121 135 822
Nanjappa Road Branch

Canara Bank A/c No. 2988 101 015671
PSG Arts College Branch
Devotees who donate can mail us your Name and Nakshatram and the Address so that it will be included in the Puja and we can send you the prasadam.

Looking forward to your active support to celebrate this function of "OUR" Lord.

Contributions in way of Cash or Kind / Materials :
Flowers Rs. 25,001 (Sabarimala Puja)
Flowers Rs. 8,001 (Laksharchana)
Flowers Rs. 35,001 (Sastha Preethi)
Puja Materials Rs.7,501 (Per Session)
Materials such as Rice Bags, Vegetables, Milk, Coconuts,Oil tin, Ghee tin etc

Annadhanam (Full Contribution) Rs.1,80,000 (Per Day) or
Annadhanam (Part Contribution) Rs.10,000

(All these are indicative only) Any small contribution to the above event would make it very successful and obtain the blessing of Lord Dharma Sastha.

For Details You may Contact
Ph: 099946 41801 or 9487019489
With the boundless blessings of Our Baktha Paripala Sri Maha Sastha, and blessings of Ayyappa Bhaktha Ratnam ,Kalpathy Sri C.V. Srinivasa Iyer, we were blessed to conduct many unique events like “Hariharaputhra Brahmana Santarpana Vaibhavam”, "Ashta Sastha Maha Yagam","Vettakkorumakan Paatu", "Sastha Bhuvaneshwara Pattabhishekam", "Kiratha Maha Rudram" "Pratyaksha Chakra Mandala Puja", “Lakshmi Sastha Maha Yagnam”.

This year, Shri Mahasasthru Seva Sangam, is stepping into its 10th year and has been ordained to perform the unique event of Kovai-yil Sabarimalai and the annual Sastha Preethi Mahotsavam, on June 15, 16 & 17 2018.

Maha Sasthru Sahasranama Maha Yagnam 15-06-2018

The Karunyam of the Almighty, Sri Maha Sastha is immeasurable. Puja and Homa is the best way of worshiping the Lord. Sahasranamam denotes reciting the thousand divine names of Lord Maha Sastha. Mere telling of His name once gives all that is needed for a human life, then imagine what thousands can bring upon !

The Maha Yagnam begins with Laksha Archana with ten different flowers. Then Homa is performed by chanting every Nama of the Maha Sasthru Sahasranama Mantra. For Each Nama Ten different items as suggested by the Sahasranama text, is offered. Some of them are Ghee, Gudannam(Sakkarai Pongal), Gruthannam(Ven Pongal), Payasam, Mashaaboopam(Ulundhu vadai), Tilaaboopam(Ellurundai), Maduparkam etc. Poornahuti is offered finally in a grand manner.

Maha Sasthru Sahsranama calls the Lord as "Homa Santhushta Maanasaya Nama:" - One who gets pleased with Homa. Worshipping Lord Maha Sastha with homa will grant Wealth, Health, Happiness and long life. All Prosperity will be with them forever.

Kovai-yil Sabarimalai 16-06-2018

The constant ringing of the Sharana Gosham ,the Aroma of the Sandal Paste and the nector like aravana payasam,devotees eyes focussing the Holy 18 steps, Ever mesmerising Harivarasanam. Tingling all our Sensories to the most merciful Lord.

Swamiye Sharanam Ayyappa !

This time, people in Coimbatore are immensely blessed to witness, the replica of Sabarimala being created for Sastha Preethi Mahothsavam of Shri Maha Sasthru Seva Sangam as Kovai-yil Sabarimalai.

All Poojas are conducted by Ezhikkode Mana Brahmashri Sashi Namboothiri, Former  Melshanthi of Sabarimalai and Guruvayur.

Right from Nada Opening, Ganapathi Homam in the morning to Padipuja and Harivarasanam in the Night all Pujas done at Sabarimala can be witnessed at Coimbatore with the same fervor and Pristine Sanctity.

It will be a  soul-stirring experience for all those who have witnessed and who are yet to witness the pujas at Sabarimala Sannidhanam.

SASTHA PREETHI 17-06-2018 Morning

Sasthapreethi is a time tested mode of worshipping Lord Dharmasastha in a very religious way by various samoohams and organizations in and around Kerala, and now in all parts of the country and abroad. The religious pooja is given more importance followed by Annadhanam.

The priest invokes Dharma Sastha and His Parivara Devathas on lamps decorated tastefully.  After the detailed puja, the traditional Sastha paattu (Varavu Paattu – inviting Songs) songs are sung. While singing, the traditional upasakas or Sthanakaras of the respective deities gets into a trance and gets the supreme power invoked within them. In General Sastha, Chellapillai, Yakshi and Boothathan are the deities who are invited. These Sthanikas are offered respect by the devotees and upacharas are done to them. They are seated on the wooden plank and are decorated with garland and sandal paste.

They bless the devotees with prasadam and convey the deity's satisfaction in the conduct of the Sasthapreethi. People prostrate before him, get blessed and receive Vibhoothi as prasadam.

Very rarely a Puja of this significance and magnitude can be witnessed and the opportunity for the people to actually participate in the worship. So, the Bhakthas who are taking part in this magnificent event can be assured of obtaining the limitless blessings of Sri MahaSastha and getting all their prayers fulfilled.

So, the Bhakthas who are taking part in this magnificent event can be assured of obtaining the limitless blessings of Sri MahaSastha and getting all their prayers fulfilled.

May Lord Hariharaputra be with you always, giving you the best of everything.
Swamy Sharanam
V.Aravind Subramanyam

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sastha Anna attains immortality

Most of the sabarimala long timers know Boothapandi Viri at periyanavattam. Sastha Anna was the main reason for it.

A humble devotee , at the same time divinity personified. An unassuming personality in total. A unsung hero among the devotees. Only very few lucky devotees understood his greatness.

His continued  association with Parvatheepuram Venkiteeswara iyer and Boothapandi Ramanatha  Swami for a long time made him an unmistakable servant of Lord Dharma Sastha.

He started his sabarimala yathra at a very young age and was continuing  it almost every month.

After the sudden demise of Trivandrm Kulathu Anna and Ramanatha Vadhyar, he stood like a pillar in continuing the pujas and Annadhanam at periyanavattam.

He was also credited with playing an important role in the refurbishment of the Aazhi Puja.  Incidentally the Aazhi Puja conducted by Shri Maha Sasthru Seva Sangam Coimbatore was the last one he took Sthanam.

His energy was something unimaginable. 150-200 kettunerai he will do just like that single handedly.

His mother like affection towards the devotees, treating the rich and poor alike and profound blessings from bottom of the heart  saw hundreds of people attracted towards Sastha worship.

Whenever a devotee is in trouble - he was the first person to grant him solace. Any devotee who heard his words were sure that the words are from Bagawan himself.

There are innumerable stories of people cured of illness,  bestowed with putra prapthi and unimaginable problems solved. We, members of Shri Maha Sasthru Seva Sangam have personally have witnessed so many such incidents.

Sastha Anna was admitted to the hospital few months back. After his surgery he was finally settled at his daughter's place at Tiruchendur.

He was very much worried - not for his health but for the reason he couldn't trek sabarimala.

Bagawan appeared in his dream and asked him " you came to see me every month... even now you're not satisfied? I'm with you hereafter "
This he has revealed to one of his disciples.

 His condition kept fluctuating for last few  days. He couldn't undertake the Makara jothi yathra this year. On Maha Shivaratri day he has commented his time has come and asked the relatives to remove him frm the bed and make him lie on the floor. Alas!within moments he lay on the floor , Sastha Anna breathed his last.

I reached his home to pay our last respects to the great soul.

I've garlanded him in trance so many times seeing him as the Lord himself. This time with a heavy heart I garlanded him in a totally different scenario. Even now he is in union with the Lord.  Next second , three black sparrows flew above his head and went outside outside rapidly. This reminded me of the story in Boothanatha Upakhyanam -Story of Vijaya Brahmana whose 3 types of Karmas flew out in the form of 3 black sparrows. (The story is explained in the book Maha Sasthavijayam in detail)

His karmas are gone - Sastha Anna would've reached the Lord's feet - I felt.

With the same thought I came out of the house and a Krishna Parunthu was cirucumbulating above his body - assuring my thoughts.

Only his body is gone.  He lives in our hearts -
His screaming voice, his presence and his "Ayyappaa deivame Sharanam Pon Ayyappa " will always be reverberating in Periyanavattam.

Swamyie Sharanam Ayyappa
Aravind Subramanyam &
Members of Shri Maha Sasthru Seva Sangam 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

மந்திர ஜபங்கள்

சந்திர க்ரஹணம் முடிந்தது... பலரும் ஜபங்கள் செய்து இறையருளை வேண்டி இருப்போம்.

பொதுவாக க்ரஹண காலத்தில் செய்யப்படும் ஜபமானது ஆயிரக்கணக்கான மடங்கு பலனளிக்கவல்லது என்று கூறப்பட்டுள்ள காரணத்தால் அது புரச்சரணத்துக்கு ஈடாக மந்திர ஸித்தி அளிக்க வல்லது.

இது ஒரு ஊக்கம் தரும் வழியேயன்றி அத்துடன் எல்லாம் முடிந்து விடுவதில்லை. க்ரஹண கால ஜபத்துடன் நிறுத்தி விடாமல் ஜபங்களைத் தொடர்ந்து செய்திடல் வேண்டும்.

ஆனால் மந்திர ஜபத்தில் ஒரு சிலரே வெற்றி பெறுகிறார்கள். சிலருக்கு பலனடைய கொஞ்சம் நாட்கள் ஆகிறது. சிலருக்கோ வெகு நாட்கள் ஆகிறது. சிலருக்கோ பலனே கிடைப்பது இல்லை. மந்திர ஜபத்தில் பல விதிமுறைகள் உள்ளது. பலன் கிட்டாமல் போவதற்க்கு காரணம் - விதிமுறைகளை சரிவர பின்பற்றாமல் போவது தான்.

எனது ஹ்ருதயாரவிந்தம் எனும் நூலில் இது குறித்து விஸ்தாரமாக எழுதி இருக்கிறேன்.

உரு ஏற திரு ஏறும் எனும்படி - மந்திரங்களின் சக்தி அதை உருவேற்றுவதில்தான் இருக்கிறது. லட்சக் கணக்கான மந்திரங்களை ஜபம் செய்தாலே அது சக்தி பெறும்.

முதல் விதி ஆஹார நியமமும் ஆசாரமும் - மாமிச உணவும், பாக்கு, சிகரெட் , மது போன்றவை உபயோகிப்பதால் ஆயுள் முடியும் வரை எந்த மந்திரமும் பயன் தராது. பயன் தராதது மட்டுமல்ல - தோஷத்துக்கும் ஆளாக நேரும். பலப்பல சாஸ்திரங்களிலும் ஆசார முறைகளிலும் சொல்லப்படுவதைக் கேட்டு குழப்பமடையக் கூடாது. இவை அடிப்படை விதிகள். இது இல்லாமல் ஜபம் செய்வதை விட செய்யாமல் இருப்பதே நலம்.

எல்லாவற்றுக்கும் மேலாக குருவருள் முக்கியமாக வேண்டும். அது இல்லாமல் ஜபம் பலன் தராது. பலரும் குருவிடம் பிணக்கு, அவர் மனம் நோகும்படி செயல் ஆகியவை செய்துவிட்டு ஜபத்தில் ஈடுபடுகிறார்கள்.  இது ஓட்டை விழுந்த குடத்தில் தண்ணீர் விடுவதற்க்கு சமம்.

மந்திர ஜபம் சுலபமானதல்ல ! அதற்கான விதிமுறைகளை ஏற்க நாம் தயாராக இருந்தால் ஜபம் பலன் அளிப்பது நிச்சயம். அது இல்லாமல் ஜபம் செய்வதால் பலனில்லை.

இன்னும் சிலர் புத்தகங்களையும் பேஸ்புக்கில் வரும் மந்திர பீஜங்களையும் கண்டு ஜபம் செய்யப் புறப்படுகிறார்கள். நேரடியாக குருவின் உபதேசம் இல்லாமல், தானே மந்திரங்களை ஜபம் செய்பவர் இந்த ஜன்மத்திலேயே கர்ம சண்டாளர்கள் ஆகி, மறு ஜென்மத்தில் தெருநாயாக அலையும் நிலை வரும் என்பது தந்திரங்களின் கூற்று.

எனவே தகுந்த குருநாதனை நாடி அவர் அருள் பெற வேண்டி, அவர் மூலம் வழிகாட்டுதலை அடைதலே நலம்.

தரையில் படுக்கை, ப்ரம்மசர்யம், மௌனம், குருஸேவை, நித்யபூஜை, நித்ய தானம் , தெய்வ ஸ்துதி, த்ரிகால ஸ்னானம், தாழ்ந்த செயலை நீக்குதல், நைமித்டிக பூஜை, குருபக்தி-தெய்வ பக்தி, ஜபநிஷ்டை - இந்தப் பன்னிரெண்டுமே மந்திர ஸித்தியளிக்கும் தர்மங்கள்

-  குலார்ணவ தந்த்ரம்