Events for January 2023

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January 1st New Year 2023
Kanchi 55th Jagadguru Shri Chandra Chudendra Saraswathi Aradhana *
Aruna Prashna Parayanam 8 AM to 9:30 AM EST *
January 2nd Vaikunta Ekadasi
January 3rd Pradosham
January 5th Kanchi 8th Jagadguru Shri Kaivalyanandha Yagendra Saraswathi Aradhana *
January 6th Thiruvadhirai *
Poornima – Sathya Narayana poojai (6 to 7 PM EST)
January 8th Kanchi 37th Jagadguru Shri Vidhya Ghanedra Saraswathi Aradhana *
Kanchi 62nd Jagadguru ChandraSekarendhara Saraswathi Aradhana *
January 10th Sankatahara Chathurthi
January 11th Koodaravalli *
January 13th Bhogi
January 14th Makara Sankaranthi *
January 15th Kanu
January 17th Ekadasi
January 18th Anusham
January 15th Pradosham
January 15th Thai Velli (Friday) – Week 1
January 21st Amavasya
Mahanyasa Poorvaka Ekadasa Rudrabhisekam
January 25th Vasantha Panchami *
January 27th Ratha Saptami *
Thai Velli (Friday) – Week 2
January 28th Bhishmaashtami
January 30th Kanchi 11th Jagadguru Shri Shivanandha Chidanendra Saraswathi Aradhana *
January 31st Ekadasi

Kanchi 55th Jagadguru Shri Chandra Chudendra Saraswathi Aradhana *

Jagadguru Sri Chandrachudendra Saraswati, 55th Acharya Swamigal of Sri Adi Shankara Paramparagatha Moolamnaya Sarvajna Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham – 511th Aradhana.

Birth Place: Ashmashala (exact location uncertain) on the banks of the Manimukta River (Tamil Nadu )

Purvashrama Name: Arunagiri

Purvashrama Parents’ Names: Shrimati, Purari

Years as Pithadhipati: 6

Siddhi: 4613 Angirasa Pausha Shukla Ekadashi (CE 1512-Dec-29) early morning

Siddhi Place: Kanchi

Acharya Swamigal observed penance and mounam, staying in Kanchi, spending his time in the bliss of worshipping Sri Mahatripurasundari sameta Yoga Chandramoulishwara swami (one of the Panchal ingas obtained by Sri Shankara Bhagavatpada from Kailasha, continuing till date to be worshipped by our current Periyava).

A stone inscription in the northern walls of Ambikapatisvara temple mentions the name of Acharya Swamigal and His orders to perform worships in honor of King Krishna Deva Raya in the month of Margazhi. Inscriptions also show that Nepal’s king honored Acharya Swamigal with honors and respects with honorific title “Somachudah” (to avoid referring to the name of Acharya directly), reaffirming the several century long connections of our Sri Matham with Nepal.

Slokam from Gururajaratnamala by Sri Sadasiva Brahmendral on Acharya swamigal,

सतताहित-चन्द्रमौलि-सेवः श्रित-काञ्चीपुर एव शुद्ध-भावः ।

सृजतान्मम चन्द्रचूड-मौनी स जयं सर्वत एव साधु-मानी ॥ ८३ ॥

May the preceptor Chandrachūḍa Sarasvati who, remaining in Kanchipuram itself engaged always in the worship of Åšiva, endowed with noble thoughts, regarding the noble in high esteem grant victory to me from everywhere (or else – grant victory over the entire world).

Aruna Prashnam

“Aarogyam Bhasakraadichet” – “Health lies in the grace of Bhaskara”. A sound mind, as the adage goes, resides in a healthy body. The confluence of this physical and mental health is a pre-requisite for our Dharmic spiritual pursuits and Sri Soorya Bhagavan is a Pratyaksha Devata who provides us with the everyday energy and reminder towards this pursuit.

To worship Lord Soorya Bhagavan for the welfare of this world, Vedas dedicate an entire Prashna in Taittiriya Aranyakam of Krishna Yajur Veda, called the Aruna Prashna, This contains 32 Anuvaaka (chapter) and 130 Panchaasathis (paragraphs) with various references to different forms of Soorya devata and even astronomical/meteorological observations that are relevant even today.

When the Japam is performed, it is part of our sampradaya, to offer one Sashtaanga namaskaram, facing east (Soorya Bhagwan), at the end of every panchaathi (paragraph) or alternatively at the conclusion of each anuvaakam depending upon one’s ability. The last anuvaakam ends with the description of one vratam called ‘samvatsara vratam’ and also proclaims that one who does this vratam becomes a punyatma. It concludes with the following
words: ‘thapasvee punyo bhavathi, thapasvee punyo bhavathee.'”

Soorya Namaskaram will be offered to Lord Surya Narayana at Namba Periyava Kovil on the first Sunday of every month. Devotees are requested to participate in this initiative and perform the Namaskarams at His Sannidhi at Sri MahaPeriyava Manimandapam NJ USA.

Kanchi 8th Jagadguru Shri Kaivalyanandha Yagendra Saraswathi Aradhana

Jagadguru Sri Kaivalyananda Yogendra Saraswati, 8th Acharya Swamigal of Sri Adi Shankara Paramparagatha Moolamnaya Sarvajna Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham – 1995th Aradhana

Appellation: Kaivalya Yogi
Birth Place: Shrishailam (Siddhi Place of the previous Acharya)
Purvashrama Name: Manga(la)nna
Purvashrama Father’s Name: Shivayya
Years as Pithadhipati: 83
Siddhi: 3129 Sarvadhari Makara Sankranti (CE 0028-Dec-17) evening; the tithi then was Shukla Chaturdashi

Acharya swamigal practiced a rare form of yoga called Raja Yoga and was therefore worshipped with the appellation of Kaivalya Yogi. When the Tungabadra-Shringeri Matam required a successor to be appointed to propogate Advaita Siddhanta, Acharya swamigal sent forth His disciple Shri Ujjwala Sankarendra Saraswati swamigal to appoint to the next pontiff. He attained siddhi in Kanchipuram at Mandana Mishra Agraharam.

Slokam on Acharya swamigal by 65th Jagadguru Sri Sudarshana Mahadevendra Saraswati Swamigal in Jagadguru Parampara Stavam.

कैवल्यानन्द-योगीन्द्रान् केवलं राज-योगिनः ।
कैवल्य-मात्र-निरतान् कलयेम जगद्गुरून् ॥ १६ ॥

May we invoke the blessings of the Jagadguru, Kaivalyananda Yogindra, a Raja Yogi, immersed only in the thought of eternal liberation.

Aardhra Darshanam

Thiruvathirai or Aardhra darshanam is celebrated in the month of Margazhi on the full moon day. According to Puranas, this denotes the day when Lord Shiva defeated the elephant and tiger sent by Rishis and wore the animal hide on his body as Krittivasa. This also the day when as Nataraja, He displaced by Thandava or cosmic dance to Sage Patanjali and Sage Vyaghrapada at Chidambaram.
Despite his majestic stature as the Raja of Chitsabha in Chidambaram, He is also an Ashutoshi (easy to be pleased) for his humble devotees. As a symbol of Him accepting Puttu (coarse flour made of finger millets) and Kali kootu, food usually consumed by economically weaker sections of the society then, as offering from a humble devotee in Chidambaram, this day is celebrated with Puttu and Kali Naivedhyam by all his devotees.
Special abhishekam and pooja will be performed on Jan 6 th 2023 for our Nadamaadum dheivam, Sri MahaPeriyava at Sri MahaPeriyava Manimandapam NJ USA