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Manisha Panchakam This is a hymn composed by the great saint Adi Shankara bringing about in just five verses the essence of the Advaitha philosophy. Advaitha meaning non-dualism, expounded in detail by Adi Sankara does not recognize differences between people on the basis of caste, creed etc since everything in the universe is the manifestation of …
 
Shirdi Sai Baba In earlier episodes, I have presented four chapters from my book titled ‘Great Saints of India’. This is the fifth chapter of the book dealing with Shirdi Sai Baba. Link for book https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZB809A https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520412738 https://www.draft2digital.com/book/739855 Link for audio book https://www.kobo.co…
 
This is a story based on Hindu mythology and is a mixture of facts and fiction. Yathni is a little girl studying in Fifth Grade and she is a devotee of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha takes her on an excursion to the legendary mountain of Kailash. How was this excursion, what are the things which she saw and how was her meeting with Lord Shiva. These are the…
 
Sri Vallabhacharya In earlier episodes, I have presented three chapters from my book titled ‘Great Saints of India’. This is the fourth chapter of the book dealing with Sri Vallabhacharya. Link for book https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZB809A https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520412738 https://www.draft2digital.com/book/739855 Link for audio book https://www…
 
This is a story based on Hindu mythology and is a mixture of facts and fiction. Yathni is a little girl studying in Fifth Grade and she is a devotee of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha takes her on an excursion to the legendary mountain of Kailash. How was this excursion, what are the things which she saw and how was her meeting with Lord Shiva. These are the…
 
Sri Madhavacharya In earlier episodes, I have presented two chapters from my book titled ‘Great Saints of India’. This is the third chapter of the book dealing with Sri Madhavacharya. Link for book https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZB809A https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520412738 Link for audio book https://www.kobo.com/us/en/audiobook/great-saints-of-india…
 
Ardhanariswara Stotram This is a beautiful hymn composed by Adi Sankara offering salutations to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi in the form of Ardhanariswara. Ardhanariswara is a form of Shiva combined with his consort Parvathi. Literally, it means half female deity. The form of Shiva here is depicted as half-male and half-female, equally split dow…
 
Subrahmanya Bhujangam This is a hymn composed and sung by Adi Sankara at a place called Tiruchendur in Tamilnadu. Lord Subrahmanya, the second son of Lord Shiva is well known by the name of Murugan in Tamilnadu. Tiruchendur is a seacoast in the south eastern part of the state and there is a beautiful temple there for Lord Murugan. It is said that i…
 
This is a story based on Hindu mythology and is a mixture of facts and fiction. Yathni is a little girl studying in Fifth Grade and she is a devotee of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha takes her on an excursion to the legendary mountain of Kailash. How was this excursion, what are the things which she saw and how was her meeting with Lord Shiva. These are the…
 
Saints Saints are the great souls who have devoted their life, energy and experience for the welfare of the people. India has been blessed from time immemorial by the advent of innumerable saints like Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swamy Vivekananda and Goswamy Tulsi Das. I have published a book on nineteen such great Saints along with an audio version o…
 
Dasasloki of Adi Sankara The essence of the Advaita doctrine of Adi Sankara is contained in these ten verses. It is said that Adi Sankara composed this at the time when he approached his Guru, Sage Govindabhagawat pada. Faced with the need of seeking a competent guru who can regularise him into the Sanyasa Ashrama, Sankara approaches Govindabhagawa…
 
Saints are the great souls who have devoted their life, energy and experience for the welfare of the people. They are extraordinary human beings having great wisdom, vast experience and character worthy of imitation. They gifted everything to the world without seeking fame or any kind of gain. Welfare of the world was their sole objective. India ha…
 
This is a story based on Hindu mythology and is a mixture of facts and fiction. Yathni is a little girl studying in Fifth Grade and she is a devotee of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha takes her on an excursion to the legendary mountain of Kailash. How was this excursion, what are the things which she saw and how was her meeting with Lord Shiva. These are the…
 
Pratah Smarana Stotram This stotram is a Morning Prayer composed by Sri Adi Shankara on the Supreme Spirit. It consists of only three verses in which the mind, speech and body of the individual are sought to be dedicated to the Almighty. In these verses Adi Shankara sets forth the quintessence of Advaita-Vedanta. As we all know, the dawn is the mos…
 
This is the sixth episode of the story titled ‘Yathni's Travel to Kailash’. The first episode was published on 5th August 21. The second, third, fourth and fifth were published on 3rd September 21, 15th September 21, 22nd October 21 and 16th November 21 respectively. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/venkataraman-m/message…
 
Mukundamala The Alwars are a group of twelve ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu. They are famous for their poetry in Tamil known as Pasurams in praise of Lord Vishnu. In the earlier episodes I have made a brief mention about these 12 Alwars. Kulasekara Alwar is one of these 12 Alwars. Kulasekara Alwar was a king. He was also a great s…
 
This is the fifth episode of the story titled Yathni's Travel to Kailash. The first episode was published on 5th August 21, the second on 3rd September 21,third on 15th September 21 and fourth on 22nd October. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/venkataraman-m/message
 
Diwali, also called as Deepavali is one of the most celebrated and important festivals of India. The name is derived from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, meaning “row of lights.” ‘Avali’ means row and ‘Deepa’ is light. Generally, the festival lasts for five days from the 13th day of the dark phase of the lunar month of Ashvina to the second day of the…
 
This is the fourth episode of the story titled Yathni's Travel to Kailash. The first episode was published on 5th August 21, the second on 3rd September 21 and the third on 15th September 21 . --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/venkataraman-m/message
 
Mahalayam or Pitru Paksha The period from 21stSeptember to 6th October of this year is one of the important one in the Hindu way of life. It is known as Mahalaya Paksha or Pitru Paksha. The Taitriya Upanishad says that the universe evolved out of Brahman, the ultimate reality. Although Brahman is a man’s innermost self, man is not conscious of it b…
 
This is a hymn of Praise on Lord Ganesha composed by Adi Sankaracharya. Sankara says ‘I praise Lord Ganesha, the leader of Shivaganas and the son of Lord Shiva’. What type of a deity is Ganesha? Sankara says that with the snake garland shining over his belly, He appears pleasing with the sounds of the small bells across His body. His lotus-feet is …
 
Shri Govinda Damodara Stotram This stotram is composed by Shri Bilvamangalacharya. Krishna who is the incarnation of Vishnu has many names and the poet in this composition glorifies the name of Krishna as "Govinda, Damodara and Madhava" To mention a few: When Dussasana caught her hair and clothing before the assembled Kauravas and Pandavas, Draupad…
 
Shri Lakshmi Ashtothara Shathanama Stotram There is an important pooja that would be performed by many women in the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Kerala On 20th August 2021. It is called the Varalakshmi Puja or the Varamahalakshmi Puja. It is celebrated on the Second Friday or the Friday before the day of t…
 
Story- Yathni’s Travel to Kailash-Introduction In the year 2012, I had written and published a book titled Yathni’s Travel to Kailash. It is a story based on Hindu Mythology. In 2019, I wrote and published an abridged version of this book. I have also brought about an audio book of this abridged version. This consists of an introduction followed by…
 
Sriraama Suprapaadam The Sanskrit word Suprapaadam means “auspicious dawn”. It is a hymn or a collection of hymns or verses which are recited early morning as though to awaken the deity. We pray to the deity immediately after getting up early in the morning and seek his blessings. There are a number of such Suprapaadms. The most well-known Suprabha…
 
Mathru Panchakam This is a sloka composed by Adi Shankara in praise of his mother. The status of a mother is that of godhood. The Vedas declare 'Mathru devo bhava'. The Mother is extolled as the god in many of our scriptures. We are all well aware of this. But in these five verses, Adi Shankara is not simply extolling the mother as the god or vice …
 
Kulasekara Alwar. The Alwars are a group of twelve ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu. They are famous for their poetry in praise of Lord Vishnu. In the earlier episodes I have made a brief mention about 11 such Alwars. In this episode I shall mention a few things about the remaining one Alwar namely Kulasekara Alwar. --- Send in a vo…
 
Sage Narada Sages are the great souls who have devoted their life, energy and experience for the welfare of the people. The Hindu way of life is deeply influenced by the lives of ancient sages. The period of the ancient sages, according to Hindu chronology, is till the end of Dwapara Yuga, which is about 5000 years back. The Puranas project sages t…
 
Tiruppan Alwar The Alwars are a group of twelve ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu in the eighth and ninth centuries. They are famous for their poetry in praise of Lord Vishnu. Among the Alwars, the first in the line-up is Poigai Alwar, Bhudat Alwar and Pei Alwar. They are collectively called as "Mudhal Alwars" (the first Alwars). The…
 
Shiva Panchakshara Stotram Presenting this small hymn on the occasion of Maha Shivarathri. This hymn is composed by Adi Sankara. It consists of five verses and a phalasruti. Each of the five verses extols the five letters of the Panchakshara Mantra-Na, Ma, Si, Va and Ya. The phalasruti says that reciting or hearing this hymn will enable the persons…
 
The Hindu way of life is deeply influenced by the lives of ancient sages. Sages are the great souls who have devoted their life, energy and experience for the welfare of the people. They gifted everything to the world without seeking fame or any kind of gain. When they were young boys they received education in places known as gurukulas. When they …
 
GANESHA WROTE THE MAHABHARAT Mahabharat is one of the two great epics of India. Sage Vyasa is the author of the Mahabharat. There is an anecdote in the puranas which says that Lord Ganesha, the cute little god of Hinduism is also involved in the composition of the Mahabharat. In this episode, Nithya Venkataraman presents this short story on how Lor…
 
The Alwars are a group of twelve ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu in the eighth and ninth centuries. They are famous for their poetry in praise of Lord Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems is known as the ‘Naalaayira Divya Prabhandam’. Among the Alwars, the first in the line up is Poigai Alwar, Bhudat Alwar and Pei Alwar. They…
 
Sage Markandeya Markandeya is one of the ancient sages of India. He is considered to be a Chiranjeevi, one who would live forever. There is a story in the Puranas as to how he was helped by Lord Shiva from the clutches of the god of death and blessed to live forever. There is a temple at Thirukkadaiyur near Mayiladuthurai which is associated with t…
 
This hymn is composed by Adi Sankara, the proponent of the Advaita system of Philosophy. The popularity of this hymn is not merely due to its poetic style but also because it brings about this philosophy briefly and effectively. Guru occupies a very important place in Hindu way of life. The word Guru cannot be easily translated though roughly it ma…
 
This composition of Shyama Sastri, Saroja Dala Netri is on goddess Minakshi of Madurai. Shyama Sastry is from Tamilnadu. In addition to Tamil, he became well-versed in Sanskrit and Telegu quite early in life. At the age of 18, he moved from Tiruvarur to Tanjavur with his family and became a great devotee of Goddess Bangaaru Kaamaakshi. He began lea…
 
This is a bhajan, Mamava Madhava, composed by Narayana Teertar and recited by Nithya Venkataraman. Narayana Teertar is one of the important saints of India. He is an ardent devotee of Sri Krishna. He is believed to be an incarnation of Jayadeva, the author of Geeta Govindam. His 'Sri Krishna Leela Tarangini' is an important work consisting of many …
 
Swathi Tirunal was a king and one of the great exponents of Carnatic music. His kritis are mostly the outpouring of his devotion to Lord Padmanabha of Thiruvananthapuram. He has also composed kritis on various other deities. Among these, the nine kritis he composed, for singing the praise of Goddess during the Navaratri festival stand out as a dist…
 
Thondaridipodi Alwar Thondaridipodi Alwar is one of the important Alwars. In this episode, I have dealt a little bit about Thirumangai Alwar. I have also brought about an audio book titled ‘Alwars-The Vaishnvie Saints’ which will be available with leading audio book-sellers like Google’s play books. https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details/…
 
This is a song composed by Muthusamy Dikshitar on Lord Shiva who is worshipped as Ekambareswara in the holy town of Kancheepuram in Tamil nadu. Kancheepuram is a temple town. The temple of Ekambareswara and the temple of goddess Kamakshi are two important temples there. Further, Adi Sankara, the great philosopher saint, established the Kamakoti Pee…
 
This is a composition on Lord Rama by Saint Purandara Dasar in Kannada language. The Saint says here: Chant the name Rama, chant the name of Rama, chant the name of Sita rama. The chanting of the name of Rama will give whatever is sought for to those who are devoted to Rama. Do it right now. At the time when the servants of Yama, the God of Death c…
 
This is a bhajan on Goddess Saraswathi, the Goddess of Learning. Composed in Sanskrit by an unknown devotee, the bhajan offers obeisance at the feet of the goddess referring to her as Bhagavati, Nada Brahmamayi and Vageswari. Bhagavati is a name that encompasses all Devi forms. As an embodiment of Divine music, she is Nada Brahmamayi. And as the go…
 
This is a simple and interesting story relating to two gods of Hindu mythology namely Ganesha and Karthikeya. Karthikeya is popularly known as Murugan in Tamil. They are the two sons of Lord Shiva, Ganesha being the elder and Murugan the younger. On one occasion, Sage Narada visited Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi and presented them a mango fruit. …
 
Thirumazhisai Alwar In this episode, a brief idea is given about Thirumazhisai Alwar, one of the important Alwars of Vishnavism. I have also brought about an audio book titled ‘Alwars-The Vaishnvie Saints’ which will be available with leading audio book-sellers like Google’s play books. https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details/VENKATARAMAN_…
 
Parasurama is a well-known sage. He was born to Sage Jamadagni. While Sage Viswamitra was born in a Kshatriya family and was having brahminic energies, Parasurama was born to a Sage but was having Kshatriya energies. But strangely, Parasurama was antagonistic to the entire kshatriya race. He was also considered as one of the incarnations of Lord Vi…
 
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