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Soundarya Lahiri

Soundarya Lahiri Classes (onsite and online)

Soundarya Lahiri is a powerful divine prayer(stotra) partly revealed and partly composed by Great Universal Master Shri Sankara Bhagavatpada to express the devotion and praise the beauty of Devi Mahatripura Sundari. This stotra is a devotional hymn loaded with  beautiful literary ornaments(alankaras).  It has more than thirty two commentaries on it by famous spiritual Masters. That alone says it all about its extraordinary significance!

Each shloka (verse) is an extremely powerful mantra and has deeper tantric meanings and effects. Every sloka has its own yantra(mystical diagram) and specific method of chanting along with offerings to please Tripura Sundari Devi to achieve a definite goal as described in our Scriptures

While there are several legends to the source of this stotra, it is commonly believed that Shri Sankara Bhagavatpada got it from Lord Shiva at Kailasa as 100 slokas. Out of these there were 41 slokas called Ananda Lahiri (Waves of Bliss or Happiness) and the remaining 59 slokas were lost which was then recomposed by Shri Sankara Bhagavatpada. These slokas were called Soundarya Lahiri (Waves of Beauty). However in practice, all the 100 slokas are referred as Soundarya Lahiri.

VILAKKU PUJAI

Devotees get together on a Friday evening, once a month, to offer collective prayers to Ambal. The prayer session starts with Ganapati Pujai, followed by chanting of Soundarya Lahiri and Kumkum archana with Lalitha Sahasra Namavali. This is then followed by reciting Kanakadhara Stotram and Durga Saptashati. The prayer session is concluded with Mantra Pushpam, Neivedhyam and Kshama Prarthanai. The SPIRITUAL atmosphere is enhanced with the ladies wearing MADISARs or equivalent and excellent support provided by the gents attending the pujai.

Vilakku Pujai

Anusha Pujai

Monthly Anusha pujai of Mahaperiyava followed by Bhajans, Namasankeerthanam

Padukai, Anusham
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Namasankeerthanam

Bhagavan-nāma kīrtanaṁ is one of the nine modes of bhakti as enumerated in Śrīmad Bhāgavatam. The bhajanasampradāyaṁ, singing the name and/or the glories of the Lord, was started nearly 500 years ago by Sri Caitanya Mahāprabhu. In South India, the origin of the NāmaSankīrtanam is traced to Govindapuram Sri Bhagavan-nama Bodhendra Swamigal and Thiruvisainallur Sridhara Venkatesa Swamigal, both of whom lived nearly 350 years ago. The bhajana sampradāyaṁ that is in vogue currently is attributed Marudhanalllur Satguru Sri Venkatarama Swamigal who lived 250 years ago. The bhajana sampradāya paddhati consists of singing bhajans that are rendered in the order of Dhyana slokam, Thodaya Mangalam, Guru Dhyanam, Jayadeva Ashtapadi, Narayana Teertha Krishna leela Tharangini and compositions of many saints. Many Great and eminent Bhagavatha Purushas like Pudukottai Sri Gopalakrishna Bhagavathar, Tapovanam Sri Gnanananda Swamigal, his disciple Sri Haridasgiri Swamigal, Paranur Sri Krishnapremi Swamigal, and Sri Muraleedhara Swamigal have emphasized the value of NāmaSankīrtanam, as the way to attain antaḥkarana suddhi or mental purity required for self-knowledge that is gained through guru upadeśaṁ

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Rudrabhishekam

Abhishekam forms an important purification ritual in “Pujai” offerings. In a Siva pujai many sacred materials (dravyams) are used in Abhishekam. During the abishekam, devotee is able to see the 11 different Rudras and it may also be a way of washing of one’s sins. As Rudra is a very fierce form of Shiva, abishekam may have a significance in cooling of or pleasing of the God.

When Lord Vishnu incarnated as Sri Rama, he established Siva Linga at Rameswaram before crossing the sea and performed Rudrabhishekam to express his devotion to Lord Siva

Rudrabhishekam can be performed as a pujai or as a homam.  These can be performed as Ekadasa Rudram, Maha Rudram, Ati Rudram each with varying number of recitals of Rudram, involvement of ritviks and the duration.

Typically the program commences with invocation of all gods, followed by Ganapati Pujai, Navagraha Pujai, Mahanyasam, Laghunyasam, Rudram, Chamakam, Sookthams, Rudra Tishrathi, Rudram Homam : concluded with Purnahuthi and Vasordhara . Each ritvik (pundit) recites the Rudram 11 times; once for each Rudra. Each abhishekam is done with a dravyam and recital of Rudram. While Maharudram can be performed in a single day involving 121 ritviks, Atirudram is performed over 11 days.

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