Monday, December 10, 2018

2018 12 11 Vivah Panchami - Marriage Anniversary of Sita and Ram

Info from Vivah Panchami website

It is believed that Lord Rama is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu who visited Janakpurdham in Nepal and in the Swayamvar of Goddess Sita, broke the bow (Dhanush) of Lord Shiva and got married to Goddess Sita.

Vivah Panchami is the day celebrated as the marriage anniversary of Goddess Sita and Lord Rama as it is believed that they got married on this day. Vivah Panchami falls on the fifth day of Hindu month of Margashirsha in the Shukla Paksha.

The celebrations of Vivah Panchami take place across India in almost all the regions at Ram-Sita temples. But the most pious and grand celebrations can be seen on the lands of Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama and also at Janakpur, in Nepal, the birthplace of Goddess Sita.

Vivah Panchami Puja is performed by the priest and the celebrations are concluded with the aarti of Lord Ram.

 Six videos play for 70 minutes

1 Ramayan song - Ram Sita marriage  13:42

2 Shri Ram Jaanki Baithe Hein Mere Seene Mein 8:30

3 Devi Sita Song | Ghar Mein Padharo Sita Maiya | New Devotional Song  4:08

4 Sita Ram Sita Ram Kahiye -Ram Bhajan-Anup Jalota  7:18

5 Seeta ram seeta ram by manoj tiwari  10:48

6 Group Lakshmi Narayan Puja on Vivah Panchami  25:28

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

2018 10 10 Fall Navratri

The Nine forms of Durga celebrated during Navaratri are; Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayini, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. 

Navadurga Navratri 9 forms of Durga by ShotgunMavericks on WikiPedia

First: Shailputri means the daughter of Mountain-King Himavan, her vehicle is a bull and is hailed as Vrishabhda.

Second: Brahmacharini, Brahma means penance and Charini is a lady follower, this form is the embodiment of knowledge and teaching, the way she attained Lord Shiva to be her husband.

Third: Chandraghanta, a semi-circular moon shaped like a bell on her head, this form is very serene and victorious, weapons are strongly held in her eight hands, her third eye is always open, Chandraghanta's vehicle is a lion, by worshipping her, she is always prepared for war, one can experience fearlessness and bravery by worshipping her, the death imparted by her assumes the state of assureness and happiness.

Fourth: Kushmanda, that is the fourth form of Navadurga, eight-armed, the holder of weapons, rider of the tiger, the cheerful Goddess, she is the only one who resides in the core of the sun, all the ten directions are being lightened up.

Fifth: Skandamata meaning the mother of Kartikeya, the fifth form of Navadurga, rider of the lion, by worshipping her, one is on the way to salvation.

Sixth: Katyayani, one can receive righteousness, desire, salvation and sense from worshipping her. She killed demon Mahishasur.

Seventh: Kaalratri holds an iron weapon in one hand, and another a sword, a trident, hook and scimitar is held. This form destroys all darkness, one can scare away the demonic forces by worshipping her.

Eighth: Mahagauri is white complexioned, wearing white clothes, four-armed, holding a trident, and a musical instrument in another.

Ninth: Siddhidatri has the eight powers - Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakambya, Ishitva and Vashitva can be attained by her grace, his half-Shiva and half-Shakti form of Ardhanarishwar is granted by her.

The Playlist and chants: 

Shailputri Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 1 Navratri ) Pratipada 11:32
Om Shaam Sheem Shoom Shailputryai Namaha 

Brahmcharini Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 2 Navratri ) Dwitiya 11:32
Om Braam Breem Broom Brahmcharinyai Namaha 

Chandraghanta Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 3 Navratri ) Tritiya 11:32
Om Hreem Kleem Shreem Chandraghantayai Namaha

Kushmanda Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 4 Navratri ) Chaturthi 11:32
Om Hreem Kushmandayai Jagatprasootyai Namaha

Skandamata Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 5 Navratri ) Panchami 11:32
Om Hreem Saha Skandmatryai Namaha

Katyayani Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 6 Navratri ) Sashti 11:32
Om Hreem Shreem Katyayanyai Namaha

Kalaratri Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 7 Navratri ) Saptami 11:50
Om Aim Hreem Kleem Kalratryai Namaha

Mahagauri Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 8 Navratri ) Ashtami 11:30
Om Hreem Shreem Glaum Gam Gauri Geem Namaha

Siddhidatri Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 9 Navratri ) Navami 11:31
Om Hreem Saha Siddhidatryai Namaha

Day 10 (Dashami) - Sharadiya Navratri ends
The Story of Vijaya Dashami - Dussehra Festival History 5:22

Playlist URL

Saturday, September 1, 2018

2018 09 02 Krishna Janmashtami - birth of Krishna

Krishna Janmashtami for the year 2018 is celebrated/ observed on Sunday, September 2.

Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the 8th day of the month of Bhadon on the Hindu calendar which falls in the months of July, August and September for the Gregorian calendar. The day celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna.

Eight videos play for 53.15 minutes 

1 Shri Krishna Gayatri- Suresh Wadkar ( Album: Sacred Morning Mantras Muralidhar Krishna ) 7:32

2 Krishna Govinda Gopala | Popular Art of Living Krishna Bhajan 5:16

3 Sweet Surrender (Shri Krishna Govinda) [by Prema Hara] 9:40

4 Devikanandan Gopala by Krishna Das 7:30


6 Samsara Davanala ~ George Harrison: 5:23

7 Hare Krishna Hare Rama ~ "Beautiful Chant" ~ [by] Agnideva Dasa 6:06

8 Beautiful Aarti ( Just Watch ) 5:45

Playlist URL

Thursday, July 26, 2018

2018 07 27 Guru Purnima and Lunar Eclipse

A very special Guru Purnima on this date with a lunar eclipse! Playlist includes both Chandra (moon) and Surya (sun) Gayatri Mantras, an explanation of the Vedic astrology for this double-event date, and a Guru Purnima bhajan playlist. 

Four videos play for 97 minutes.

1 - Chandra Gayatri Mantra (Moon) 18 Repititions 13:00

Om Padmadwajaya Vidhmahe
Hema roopaya Dheemahe
Thanno Chandra Prachodayath

Om, Let me meditate on God who has lotus in his flag,
Oh, God of golden colour, give me higher intellect,
And let moon God illuminate my mind. 

2 - Surya Gayatri Mantra (Sun) 18 Repetitions 13:00

Om Bhaskaraya Vidhmahe
Diva karaya Dheemahe
Thanno Surya Prachodayath. 

Om, Let me meditate on the Sun God,
Oh, maker of the day, give me higher intellect,
And let Sun God illuminate my mind. 

3 - Astrology: Full Moon in Abhijit and Total Lunar Eclipse - 27 July 2018 11:07

4 - गुरुवार Special गुरु पूर्णिमा भजन 2018,Guru Purnima Special Bhajans (eight songs) 59:48

Guru Ki Mahima - Kabir Amritwani
Singer: Debashish Dasgupta

Om Guru Om Gurudev
Singer: Anuradha Paudwal

Sai Kripa Karo Gurudeva
Singer: Anuradha Paudwal

Devon Ke Guru Brihaspati Ji
Singer: Anuradha Paudwal

Ab Sounp Diya
Singer: Vishwajeet

Bruhspati Mantra (Guru Mantra)
Singer: Vikram Labadiya

Guruon Ke Guru Vrahspati Ji
Singer: Anuradha Paudwal

Gurur Brahma
Singer: Shailendra Bhartti

Playlist url 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

2018 06 21 Sun God Surya - Summer Solstice

 Dedicated to the Sun God Surya who rides across the skies in his chariot drawn by seven horses.

(George Harrison fans may be interested to note that this was the inspiration for his Dark Horse logo, a horse with seven heads.)

Seven videos play for 87.73 minutes

(This is unusually long for a Kirtan Community playlist, but I liked the Surya Sahasranaam {1008 names} and wanted to include it even at 24:30 minutes.)

1 Surya Gayatri Mantra 18 Repetitions 13:00

2 Surya Mantra 21 times I Full Audio Song Juke Box I Navgrah Mantra 9:18

3 Surya Namaskar Mantra | सूर्य नमस्कार मंत्र | Rattan Mohan Sharma | Times Music Spiritual 16:32
(These are the mantras to accompany the Yoga Sun Salutation practice.)

4 Surya gayatri Mantra Song 5:32

5 Shree Surya Chalisa - Evergreen Hindi Ht Devotional Songs 13:19

6 Surya Sahasranaam {1008 names by Rishi Ved Vyas} sung by Rattan Mohan Sharma 24:30

7 Surya Aarti, Om Jai Surya Bhagwan Aarti with Hindi English Lyrics By Anuradha Paudwal 5:33

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

2018 05 23 Ganga (Ganges River) Dasharhara or Dussehra

Celebrated on May 23/24, 2018,  Ganga Dasharhara or Dussehra is dedicated to Goddess Ganga and this day is commemorated as the day when Ganga was descended to the Earth to accomplish her mission to purge the cursed souls of Bhagiratha's ancestors.

Before coming to the Earth, the Goddess Ganga was residing in Kamandal of Lord Brahma and along with her the Goddess Ganga brought the purity of heaven to the Earth.

The Ganges River, or Ganga Mata as she is known, is considered to be the Great Mother. Her vehicle is a crocodile. (All Hindu deities have an animal as a vehicle.)

View of Ganga Ma from Ganesha Inn terrace, Rishikesh, India

The source of Ganga Ma is the Himalayas, and I was fortunate enough to travel along her course, meeting up with her in Rishikesh (I stayed in the Ganesha Inn which overlooked the river,

Shellie immersed in the Ganges River, Varanasi, India

Varanasi where I experienced the ritual immersion three times into the water,

Shellie in the Ganges/Hooghly River at the Dakshineswar Kali Temple

and then again in Dakshineswar (across the river from Kolkata - in the background of the photo) where the Ganga is called the Hooghly and the Yogananda Ashram was right on the river.

Eight Videos play for 75 minutes.

Shree Ganga Gayatri Mantra Female & Male Mix  :29

Ganga Gayatri Mantra  :48


SHREE GANGA CHALISA | Very Peaceful | Sarva Santi  12:51

गंगा स्तोत्रम || Ganga Stotram || कल्याणकारी गंगा माँ || Ganga Maa Mantra By Prem Parkash Dubey  8:00


Jai Gange Mata - Ganga Ji Ki Aarti with Lyrics - Sanjeevani Bhelande - Hindi Devotional Songs  3:33

Shree Ganga Gaatha 36:57

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2018 03 27 Ajai Alai - Mantra for Being In Your Power & to Develop Radiant Body

Not exactly a kirtan - call and response - chant, but definitely a sing along, this Sikh chant was sent to me a few weeks ago by a friend, and I've enjoyed it so much, I want to share it with you.

One video plays for 1:03:00.

Description from the info on the You Tube link:
"This Mantra is so rhythmic and poetic that even if you would like to sing along and hum along with this. Its a mantra of Power, real inner power. Real inner strength and Will power This mantra is known to dissolve anger and lifts one up out of depression. This beautiful mantra is written in Gurmukhi by Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji [10th Sikh Guru] and is part of Jaap Sahib [Sikh morning prayer]."

The channel belongs to the Meditative Mind . org website

Music Production, Composition and Vocals : Dilpreet Bhatia

The words are also displayed on the video, making it easy to sing along, but here are the words and the meanings:

Ajai Alai - Invincible, Indestructible.
Abhai Abai - Fearless, Unchanging.
Abhoo Ajoo - Unformed, Unborn.
Anaas Akaas - Imperishable, Etheric
Aganj Abhanj - Unbreakable, Impenetrable.
Alakh Abhakh - Unseen, Unaffected.
Akaal Dy-aal - Undying, Merciful
Alaykh Abhaykh - Indescribable, Uncostumed.
Anaam Akaam - Nameless, Desireless.
Agaah Ataah - Unfathomable, Incorruptible.
Anaathae Pramaathae - Unmastered, Destroyer.
Ajonee Amonee - Beyond birth, Beyond silence.
Na Raagay Na Rangay - Beyond love, Beyond color.
Na Roopay Na Raykhay - Beyond form, Beyond shape.
Akarmang Abharmang - Beyond karma, Beyond doubt.
Aganjae Alaykhae - Unconquerable, Indescribable.

Meditative Mind . org You Tube Link to video: