As the mahatmas say nama mahima is described in the sastras 'sruti smriti purAnEsu rama nama prakeerthitham tannAmakirtanam bhUyah tApatraya vinAsanam' as told in the chyavana smriti and leads one to deliverance. The portal is dedicated to the lotus feet of the mahatmas and bhagavathars of our great tradition and intended for devout spiritual aspirants who like to share the satsanghAnubhavams. Information has been compiled using references from various sources. Google images were only linked to support information on this site, kindly let me know if copyrighted and I will remove them. Radhe Krishna! ~ Anand Sundaresan

Radhe Radhe! Ambasamudram Bhagavata Saptaha starting from Wednesday, 19 March, 13:30 – 15:30 at Sri Venugopalakrishna Swamy Temple, Ambasamudram Pravachan by HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji! Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare | Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare ||

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Nama Dwaar - Calendar of Events


Friday, February 07, 2014

Radhe Radhe! Bhagavata Saptaha Pravachan by HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji starting from Sat, March 1, 2014 between 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Kamaraj Arangam, Kongu Velalar Matric HSSchool, Tiruppur! Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare | Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare ||


Saturday, February 01, 2014

"YAMASYA KARUNA NASTI" - The God of Death has no compassion. Do not waste your time; Life is getting reduced every second. 
"KARTAVYAM HARIKEERTHANAM" - Perform Nama Chanting now itself. "One need not hesitate any further to chant nama when faced with yama. Time is ever being consumed by him."
- Notes from the recent scintillating discourses at Narada Gana Sabha, a treat to the indriyas with infinite boundless timeless nectarine of divine wisdom from our Guruji for 9 glorious days !!! Radhe Radhe


Friday, January 31, 2014

Sri Radhakalyana Mahotsavam, Alangudi 67th Year Celebrations - 7th,8th and 9th February 2013


Friday, April 19, 2013

Blessed day of Sri Rama Navami!!!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Azhaikindran arangan inspires one to explore and be able to fathom the wonder of the spiritual significance of Srirangam and all Vaishnava temples as well as the great tradition. One need not study the scriptures. Our Guruji has delivered it so simply and enchantingly, explaining the concepts that can be pleasantly understood by anyone beautifully entwined with pearls of wisdom. This, in order for anyone to be able to taste, revel and enjoy with ecstacy the divinity of Lord rangan, also to be a good person and come closer to the bhagavan. "Ranga". Radhe Radhe.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

'How can you know in which direction you are going? Why don't you do what the first-class railway passenger does? He tells the guard his destination, locks the doors and goes to sleep.The rest is done by the guard. If you could trust your Guru as much as you trust the railway guard, it would be quite enough to make you reach your destination.Your business is to shut the door and window and sleep. The guard will wake you up at your destination.' - - Krishna Bhikshu in 'The Power of the Presence'


Friday, October 05, 2012

The Spider (Taml: Silandhi) in my garden has been weaving its web by spitting out the saliva from its mouth tirelessly. I seemed to wonder at the amount of tireless effort and dedication it does to weave its web without a care to the elements surrounding it. Suddenly there was a thunderous downpour of torrential rain and a gusty wind. This destroyed the web. But once again it does it duty unflinchingly to create another (as said in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita - Karmanye Vadikarasthe....). When its web is destroyed it just sucks it inside (just like drawing inward into its Self from the material world) and out it comes again to do the job (into the material world) with matchless perfection. Just to think how a small spider is able to do this shows the power of the macrocosm and brings us closer to God !!! Radhe Krishna


Sunday, September 30, 2012


Friday, September 07, 2012


Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Y   !!! 


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sri Rama Navami - Lets chant Rama Rama Rama Rama...

Rama Rama Rama Rama Rama Rama Rama Rama Rama Rama Rama Rama Rama Rama Rama


Thursday, March 22, 2012


Thursday, March 01, 2012

Kadayanallur - Where Sri Kadayanallur Rajagopal and Sri Tukaram Ganapathy Maharaj hail from!!!

Kadayanallur is a small town in the Tirunelveli District of the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. The name Kadayanallur comes from "Kadaikaleeswara", the name of the presiding deity of Kadaikaleeswarar kovil, a Hindu temple located in Kadayanallur. It is located in the foothills of the Western Ghats near the kuttralam Waterfalls and Tenkasi.

Kadayanallur has produced many musicians famous of which is Shri.Kadayanallur Venkataraman who has set the tune for songs made popular by M.S. Subbulakshmi, like Kuraionrum illai, Sreeman Narayana, Bhavayami, Gopalabaalam, Jo Achyutananda, and Kandu kandu, which have captured the hearts of listeners with their lilt and melody. The Famous Abhang Chakravarthy Shri.Tukaram Ganapathy Maharaj also hails from this very small town of Kadayanallur.

Comming from this very small town of Tamil Nadu is Sri.Kadyanallur S Rajagopal, the younger generation of the Kadayanallur Sampradaya Bhajan Family. His grandfather, Father and his uncles were staunch followers of Shri Gopalakrishna Baghavathar (lovingly known as "Thatha") and Shri. Sanjeevi Baghavathar the Siants of Sampradya Bhajans. Sri Kadayanallur S Rajagopal under the instructions of Shri.Krishna Premi Swamigal lovingly known as "Anna" took to Spreading the Smapradhaya Bhajan's his ancestors were promoting.


Saturday, December 31, 2011

Vaikunta Ekadasi January 5th 2012 - Live Webcast

Radhe Krishna! Shattila Ekadasi, or Shatthila Ekadashi or Vaikunta Ekadasi , is observed during the waning phase of moon in the month of January/February. The importance of Sattila Ekadasi was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna and is found in the Bhavisyotara Purana. In 2012, the date of Shattila Ekadasi is January  05, 2012.


Thursday, December 08, 2011

Thiruvannamalai Karthika Deepam


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Extract from Narayaneeyam Upanyasam by Sri Sri Anna

Everyday so many thoughts come to us in the morning and at night when we go to sleep all these thoughts and even our existence is a layam. Next day morning when we wake up all the thoughts are restored back to us. Daily there is a pralayam happening within us. if we start to think about this then we have understood the antariyaamiya paramatma within us. HE is within us. Where were the so many crores of thoughts disappear (layam) and from where again these crores of thoughts appear from. This is a pralayam...daily pralayam. In this pralayam, the jagath is available only if we open the eyes, isnt it. when we sleep there isnt. But there is ONE for whom the jagath is always present. Mahapralayam is when the saksath parameshwaram himself closes HIS eyes, then there is no other with eyes open for whom the prapancha anubhavam will be there. All the prapancha bhavams keeping inside HIM, paramatma is taking rest which is called the yoga nidrAI. Samastha jeevanam at at the same time keeping it unto HIMSELF, making the prapancham as prakriti which is HIS sakthi, keeping that unto HIMSELF, HE ALONE keeps remaining, that paramatma is in his own experiences keeping the prapancha leelas aside, but prapancha leelai is another experience for HIM. This kind of Nidra is yoga nidrA. Right from childhood, this has to be understood, ignorant people should understand this and say this is what is the significance of the way perumal, in many of the temples as well as AnanthaPadmanabhaswamy Temple, Trivandrum is in the form of paLLikoNda on AdisEsha. Sleeping on the serpent adishEsha.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sri Selva Vinayakar Bhajan Mandali 15th Radhakalyana Mahotsavam

Venue: Kalyani Thirumana Mandapam, Ramakrishnanagar, Radhakrishnan Salai, Valasaravakkam, Chennai - 600087
We Cordially invite you all to attend and get the divine blessing!
From Shri R.K.Nataraja Bhagavathar and all the Bhagavathars of the Mandali!

30-03-2010     Tue   5.00 AM  - Sri Ganapathy Homan
                              7.00 AM  - Sri Ganapathy Abhishekam
                             6.00 PM   - Swami Radhakrishnar Nagarvalam


Sri Rama Navami

Sri Morari Bapu quoting from Goswami Tulisadas Raam Janam, the famous stuti sung by Sri Morari Bapu in his ramkatha - On the Nine days of Vasanta Navratri in Chaitra Maasa, Lord Rama was born in Vasant ruthu (spring season)- Chaitra Maas, Navami Thithi, Shukla Paksha with all splendour and glory. The weather was as perfect as it can be and many auspicious.

As C.R says in the Ramayana - "A river or a hill,  a tree or a cloud, indeed any object of beauty may raise one to contemplation of the Supreme Being and silent worship of Him." Hare Rama Rama Rama Rama Ram Ram Ram, Sita Ram Ram Ram Sita Ram Ram Ram. Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare!!


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Puraanothammana Radha Kalyanam - Significance Exquisitively described by Sri Sri Anna

Radhe Krishna! Having listened to the Harikathar Jayadevar Discourse Parts 1 and 2 by Sri Sri Anna countless times, I wished to transcribe a part of it word-to-word from Tamil (forgive any grammatical inaccuracies) about the description from the puranas on the significance of Radha Kalyanam in Sri Sri Anna own sweet words/ Sri Sri Anna described this in the later part of the discourse. In the Leelais described by Jayadevar, the Leelai most famous in Brindavanam is KandithAvarnanam. This Leelai is called Maana Leelai. This is an uthsavam called as Pranaya Kalaga Uthsavam (Mattayadi Utsavam) conducted during Phalguni Thirunal.


Thursday, February 04, 2010

"Radhe Krishna" explained in Smt Vishaka Hari Meerabai Upanyasam

We all offer salutations as "RadheKrishna" but do you know where this originated from, this is actually from the Meerabai charithram when Meera called out to a parrot with "Radhe Krishna". Radhe Krishna! Radhe Krishna! as the sadhus will say when singing, this Mahamantra was first and foremost taught by Meera Bai and that too to a parrot. This mantra told to a parrot has become famous worldwide. Meera with grains in her hands, calls out to the parrot. All the parrots would come in a bunch to take away the grains. Meera would seal her hand and tease them saying, 'I wont give you these. Tell Radhe Krishna, then only I will give". Without mentioning Govinda, we should not eat, that's what Meera bai is teaching the parrots. Miras chittam itself is a parrot it seems, where is the parrot flying - towards the lotus feet of Lord Giridhar.
"Meera ke prabhu giridharu nagara"


Friday, January 29, 2010

Hyagriva Laksharchanai Mahotsavam, Chettipunyam

Dr Ananthapadmanabhachariar mentioned in todays Dinam Oru Divyanamam

The Four Gods to be worshipped for excelling in studies and education are:
hyagriva, dakshinamurthi, saraswathi and veda vyasa

Vedanta Desikar worshipped Lord Hyagriva and wrote lots of scriptures and obtained blessings and grace from Hyagriva Murthi. Yoga Hyagriva Murthi is in this kshetram which is Chettipunyam near Tambaram, Madras.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Celebrating 1000th Anniversary of Swami Koorathazhvaan (Srivatsangha Mishrar) Humility personified

Om vaikuntaaya namaha
Om purushaaya namaha
Om pranaaya namaha

vaikuNThaH purushhaH praaNaH praaNadaH praNavaH prithuH

Near Kanchipuram, at Kuram in Hasta Nakshathram was born , the famous disciple of Ramanujar and the embodiment of bhagavat bhakthi. Kuratalwar, the intimate sishya of Ramanujar who had the utmost of humility and bhakthi towards the Lord.


Monday, December 28, 2009

Bhajan without Ramadasar

There is no Bhajan witrhout Bhadrachala Ramadas Krithis.
Any Sampradaya Bhajans anywhere, Bhajan should always be started with offerings to Swami Bhadrachala Ramadasar by singing his keerthanams
Jai Janaki ramana
Jai Vibheeshana sharana
Out of the 5 Thodaya Mangalam, Bhadrachala Ramadas Krithis is the first.
The First 3 Mangalams (Annamacharya) are
1. Saranu Saranu surendra Sannutha Saranu
2. Murahara Naghadhara Mukhundha Maadhava
3. Devesa Gana Aaraadhitha Divyambhuja Paadhaa


Sunday, December 06, 2009

Sri Andal and Namasankeerthanam

Translated into English by listening to the Audio of  "Andal Kalyanam Smt Vishaka Hari Upanyasam "
Namasankeerthanam Alaya Vazhipadu. Sri Andal also shows us the same way, ' Onghi Ulangalandha uttaman per padi '.
Translated into English by listening to the Audio of "Andal Kalyanam Smt Vishaka Hari Upanyasam ". Namasankeerthanam Alaya Vazhipadu. Sri Andal also shows us the same way, ' Onghi Ulangalandha uttaman per padi '


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Therinda Puranam Theriyadha Kathai - told by Kollam Grandmother

Recently my Grandmother told me this. This is rare as this comes from the old times. Some of the Sutleties are really out there straight from the ancient knowledge and I would like to share this. In Ramayana, it is said that Kaikeyi actually wanted to send Rama to the forest out of her deep love for Rama, not withstanding the fact that she was subdued and tricked into doing this by Manthara. The Subtle fact here is that as part of the curse that Dasaratha received during his fateful hunting expedition, he would loose his beloved Raama just like how Shravanas blind parents lost their beloved son Shravana. Kaikeya who was so fond of Rama wanted to actually prevent this from happening and found that by sending Rama to exile, Rama would not be affected by the curse and would live to rule the Kingdom again. This is termed as Therinda Puranam Theriyadha Kathai in Tamil.


Pujya Morari Bapu says about 9 Forms of Bhakthi Kak Bhusundi Ram Katha



Bhaja Govinda Govinda Gopala
Bhaja Murali Manohara Nanda lala
Hari Bol Hari Bol Hari Bol
Hari Bol Hari Bol Hari Bol


Sunday, November 01, 2009

The Bhajana Sampradaya Trinities

Sri Sri Sri Bhodendral, Sri Sri Sri Sridhara Iyyaval and Sri Sri Sri Sadguru Swamigal are the Bhjana sampradaya trinity acharyas. Sri Sri Sri Bodendral and Sri Sri Sri Iyyaval did Nama siddhantham. Sri Sri Sri Sadguru swamigal whereas framed the now existing Bhajana paddathi. It was Sri Sri Sadguru Swamigal who established the tradition of singing ashtapadis and concluding with the grand Radha kalyanam. Whole of his life he lived by


Mahatma Gandhijis View on Namasankeerthanam

Bapu's view on chanting sankirtanam - The Energy and power of Harinaam by a crowd is manifold than the energy of a battalion in an army.


Monday, September 28, 2009

Why RK is performed

Radhakalyanam Why - We do kalyanam to get back from Bhagavan all the good things. Bindu Prathibimbha Nayayam - like a mirror we see the mark on our forehead on the mirror as well. Upacharams, dhravyams so it will come back 1000s of times. Brahma made RK for krishna. "Radha Mana Mohana Meghashyama mangala Dhama". Sri Brindavan if we go there, Sri Krishna Janmastan (place whjere krishna played in mud, krishna performed rasaleela). Darshan shown and told by guide in Hindi. The guide will tell us to laugh, why we laugh, till now what dukham we have will be gone now and no longer come. So we laugh there in brindavan - laughing therapy, so if the guide says we laugh, Jayadevar also showed that in unision we can obtain bhakthi by being in kudumbam.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Krishna Namam

"Apanna samsritim ghoram yan nama vivasha grinan
Tatah sadya vimuchyate tad viveti swam bhayam."
Apanna—being entangled, samsritim—in the hurdle of birth and death, ghoram—too complicated, yan—what, nama—the absolute name, vivasha—unconsciously, grinam—chanting, tatah—from that, sadya—at once, vimuchyate—gets freedom, yad—that which, viveti—fears, swayam—personally, bhayam—fear itself.
Living beings, who are entangled in the hurdle of birth and death, even though too complicated, can get freedom at once even by unconsciously chanting the holy Name of Krishna which is feared even by the personified Fear.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Namasankeerthanam from the Ancients - Part 3

I will transcribe the rest after listening to the remaining MP3 Audio when I get a chance!
Excerpts transcribed by listening to Sri Sri Annas Upanyasam -  Ajaamilopaakhyaanam
From Bhagavatha dharma, many mantras were born. Bhagavatha (kalau khalu bhavishyanthi nArAaNa parAyaNah:kvachin kvachin mahAbhAgA drAmidEshu cha bhUrisa:thAmaraparaNi nadhI yatra kruthamAlA payasvinI kAvErI cha mahAbhAgA pratIcI cha mahAnadhI) dharma says that only in Kali Mahans were to come and that too in cauvery and dravida desham many were to be born.


Namasankeerthanam from the Ancients - Part 2

Excerpts transcribed by listening to Sri Sri Annas Upanyasam - Ajaamilopaakhyaanam
The Rama Nama Manthram is the Taraka Manthram. In the Ramayana each arrow had rama nama on it. Many claim that Rama was born to kill Ravana. However Sarveshwaran need not be born into this world in order to do this. If this was just a sankalpam in Vaikuntum this could have been easily accomplished. Rama Avataram was mainly to destroy Ravana, no it wasnt. The Avatar was to bring the Rama nama in each person and be told over and over again. Rama nama is the rama-taraka-mantra, all mantras are contained within this mantra.


Friday, August 28, 2009

Namasankeerthanam from the Ancients - Part 1

Excerpts transcribed by listening to Sri Sri Annas Upanyasam - Ajaamilopaakhyaanam
Namasankeerthanam is famously described in the sastras and generally 'sruti smriti puranesu ramanama prakeerthitham' is mentioned in the Smritis meaning from the vedam, sruti, smriti and the puranas, Bhagavan namam is told in great detail. All our sins are dissolved with Rama Namam. In Upanishads also the significance of Bhagavannama is told for example in the Rama-Tapaniya and Gopala-Tapaniya Upanishad and also in the Kali-Santarana Upanishad.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Nama in Srimad Bhagavatam

In Sri Sri Annas upanyasam of Srimad Bhagavatham - Part 33, Sri Sri Anna mentions in the Sashta Skandam of the Bhagavatham thus, 'Asked about the Karma Vichitram by Parikshith Maharaj, why there is no samam


Thursday, August 06, 2009

Devotional Fervour - Erode Rajamani

An Article from the Hindu on Ayyappa Bhajans
Erode Rajamani, hailing from a place called Kooniyur in Tirunelveli District in Tamil Nadu, Rajamani has a rare distinction of being a disciple of the doyen of Sampradaya Bhajan, Pudukottai Brahmashri Sanjeevi Bhagavathar. Rajamani creates a positive vibration amongst the participants of his bhajans and namaskirtans as sahitya, melody, bhava and laya fuse smoothly when he performs. Says Rajamani, "Sincerity and devotion have been the key factors in my success. Be sincere and devoted in whatever you do. These would take you to greater heights."


Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Kwik 'n' Easy Gita Slokas - by Harini Anand

Chapter:2 Sloka: 38

Sukha dukhe same krithva labha labhau jaya jayau
sukha -happiness; dukhe - sadness; same - same; krtva - doing so; labha - profit; alabhau - loss; jaya - victory; ajayau - defeat.

Translation : Without Considering Happiness, distress, Gain or Loss, Win or Lose Do your Duty
Chapter:2 Sloka:63
Krodhath bavathi sammohaha sammohath smriti vibhramaha
smriti bhramsath buddhi naso buddhi nasath pranasyathi

Krodath bhavathi sammohaha - from anger comes desire
sammohath smriti vibramaha - from desire comes delusion
smriti bhramsath buddhi naso - delusions destroy the mind
buddhi nasath pranasyathi - from the loss of a good mind one's entire body feels defeated

Chapter:3 Sloka:14

annath bhavanthi bhutani parjanyath anna sambhavaha
yajnath bhavathi parjanyo yajna karma samuthbhavaha

annath bhavanthi - From Grains (Annam) grow
bhutani - the material bodies
parjanyath - From Rains
anna sambhavaha - Grains are produced
yajnath - From Yajna
bhavathi parjanyo - Rains come
yajna karma - duty of sacrifice
samuthbhavaha - is born
Chapter:10 Sloka : 35

Brhath sama tatha samnam gayathri chandasam-aham
Masanam Marghasirso-aham rutunam kusumakarah

Brhath sama tatha - Also the Brhath sama (Sama Veda songs) I am
Gayathri - Gayathri Hymns
Chandasam - All the Poetry I am
Masanam - Of Months
Marghasirso aham - December-January I am
rtunam - of Seasons
kusumakarah - spring
Translation : Of all songs I am the Gayathri Hyms. I am all poetry. Of all months I am (Margazhli) December and January. Of all seasons I am Spring season.


Bhajans for Children - Bhakti Mala by Udayalur KB

Click on this Link


Monday, July 27, 2009

Gyaneshwar Charithram (Part 1) - Ekadasi Upanyasam (20.05.09)

Sri Sri Anna Upanyasam at
Brahmasabha Link to Upanyasam


Sunday, July 19, 2009

"Ekadasi" Bhajans and their Significance

Ekadasi is the eleventh day of every lunar fortnight. Ekadasi is a Sanskrit word, which means 'the eleventh' day. Ekadasi occurs twice in a month, in the Valarpirai and Theipirai (the moon's starting and diminishing periods). Based on this moon calculation and taking into account Pournami (Full Moon) and Amavasya (New Moon) on these periods, Ekadasi falls on the 11th day. On this day we have to be without eating.


Ekadasi Namam

Sri Sri Anna picks his most favorite among the many Namam of Sri Bhagavan in Ekadasi Upanyasam last evening.
Sadguro Rakshamam Parama Dayalu Pahimam
Sadguro Pahimam Parama Dayalu Rakshamam
Source : Brahmasabha


Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Simplicity of chanting Nama - Sri Hari Anna

Acharyal Sri Hari Anna gives his signature message on the simplicity of Nama Sankeerthanam.
A rough translation of the message follows:
Sastra specifies many deeds to reach Him, including Yoga, Jnegna, Tapas and Vedanta discussion. But one needs to be qualified for such an undertaking. Yoga needs mind control, Tapas needs sensory discipline and Jnana needs the body-soul distinction. But there are enlightened souls who reached Sri Bhagavan via such paths: Dhruva through Tapas, Jatabharatha by Yoga, Prahalad using Jnana, Ambarish by fasting on Ekadesi. But the most apt means for us in Kali Yuga to reach Him is Nama Sankeerthanam. It is simple, applicable to all nations at anytime, and anyone can practice it.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Power of Harinamasankeerthanam

Of all the the nine forms of bhakti, basically sravanam (hearing) and keertanam (chanting/singing) are the best as they have great potency to deliver Sri Hari and produce the divine love for Him. Of these nine practices, harinamasankeerthanam is the best. By chanting the holy name one very easily obtains the priceless treasure of Krishna Prema. The Chaitanya Mahatmiyam states that of these nine ways of devotional service to obtain love of God, the foremost is harinamasankeerthanam. One who chants nama readily without hesitation surely achieves the divine love or paada of God. No Form of Bhakti amongst various other forms such as visiting temples, company of sadhus, performing seva to idols, listening to harikatha is complete without Harinamasankeerthanam. Namasankeerthanam is the best and foremost of all spiritual practices for attaining


Sunday, July 05, 2009

Significance of Gita in Pandaripuram

It is said that warakaris (pilgrims) inside the Pandaripur temple perform 700 sashtanga Namaskars starting from dawn until night. These namaskarams correspond to the 700 slokas in the Bhagavad Gita. Such is the significance of this divine ritual.


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sri Gyaneshwar's and Sri Namadevar's Theertha yatra Upanyasam by Sri Sri Anna

"Darshana Deva Sadhavaha" - Sadhus are Pratyaksha Devas; Where there is hari-katha, where there is sathsangam, there is present all the theerthas; so there is really no necessity to go on a theertha-yatra; but still it is a common practice in India for people to take theertha yatras to the many punya kshetrams present in India.


Saturday, June 20, 2009

About Pāpanasam Sri R. Ramani Bhāgavathar (Also present Shenkottai Kalyan)

Papanāsam Sri R.Ramani Bhāgavathar is the grandson of Sangeetha Kalānidhi Brahmasri Pāpanasam Sivan,the great composer and Vageyakara of the 20th Century. Sri Ramani Bhāgavathar underwent training in carnātic music from his childhood & in regular contact with all the three Bhajan mutts (Govindapuram,Thiruvisai Nallur & Marudhānallur) in Southern India. Since 1964, he has been conducting Dakshina Bhāratha Sampradāya Bhajans and is closely associated with


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Govinda Nama Rakshamam

Mother Draupadi sang this song when she beeing disrobed.
"Shanku Chakra Gadha Panim Drwaraka Nilaya Achuda
GOVINDA pundarikacha Rakshamam Saranagatha".


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

About Sornakadu Sampradaya Bhajan - Palm Leaf Manuscripts

More about this at
Sornakadu sampradhaya Bajan in palm leaves 9 0f 15

Two hundred years ago, Sri.Mookkudi Sivarama Iyer wrote down the Sornakadu Bajan sampradhayam for his personal reference. This was written on palm leaves, in Tamil Grandha Lipi (script) ...Read more about this enhanching place Sornakadu and its greatness...


Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Bhajan Profile of Sri.R. Ramakrishnan

Sri. R. Ramakrishnan is quite devoted in DAKSHINA BHARTIYA BHAJANA SAMPRADAYA. He learnt bhajan in the traditional guru- shishya parampara from his father Bhagwatha Ratnam & Bhagwatha Siromani Saidapet Sri.S.Rajagoapala Iyer from birth. He learnt the basics of bhajan from his guru and by attending various bhajans in his childhood with his Guru. Sri. Ramakrishnan has performed and accompanied in bhajans with stalwart like SRI. HARI, SRI.PUDUKOTTAI SRI GOPALAKRISHNA


Saturday, June 06, 2009

MarghaZhi Month and Namasankeerthanam

Of Srivilliputthur, it is said: "Godhai piranthavoor Govindhan Vaazhumoor". Here He came and wed her and stays there even now in His father-in-law's house as RangamannAr. On a Eka Peetam, he lets us enjoy his SubhAsrayam with his dear Godhai and Garudan. It is important therefore for us to reflect on the greatness of the name of Govindhan and engage in Govindha Naama Sankeerthanam on the 8th day of MarghaZhi and reminds one of the Lord's Ashtakshara Manthram.


Friday, June 05, 2009

Margazhi Namasankeertanam

It is familiar to see in the month of Margazhi Namasankeertanam groups going around the streets in the wee hours singing bhajans. This is believed to be God's own month, Lord Krishna has confirmed in the Bhagavad Gita. There is yet another interesting interpretation of why so much of Bhajan singing takes place in the month of Margazhi.


Thursday, June 04, 2009

Parshva Ekadashi Mahatmya

The glories of Parshva Ekadashi which is also known as Parivartini Ekadashi or Vamana Ekadashi is described in Brahmavaivartha Purana in the conversation between Lord Krishna and Maharaj Yudhisthira.


Monday, June 01, 2009

Shravanam and Keerthanam of Hari nama

The names of Lord Krishna are notmaterial sound. On the level of spiritual sound there is no difference between the name and the object. By chanting the Lord's sacred name we can associate directly with the Lord. Such purifying association definitely helps us develop love of God, even if performed unknowingly.


Thursday, May 28, 2009


MADHUSUDANA SARASVATI's commentary on the Bhagavad Gita set forth a philosophy of life which also recognized other ways of spiritual development - Yoga, devotion to God and the analytical penetration of Samkhya. Here Madhusudana gave the highest place to the cultivation of devotion. According to him, devotion is the most effective means of God realization and Sri krishna is the highest manifestation of the divine. Krishna is the source of all blessedness, his heart's sole resting place and his life's joy. Once Madhusudana wrote that those who can worship the inscrutable unmanifested may well do so, but for him there is nothing greater than the thought of surrender to Sri Krishna and nothing sweeter than the love of Sri Krishna. The work of Madhusudana, the Gudhartha Dipika (an Annotation revealing the true import of the Gita) is probably the greatest of his many literary works. Though there are many classical commentaries on the Gita, this work stands next only to Sri Sankaracharya's commentary as regards depth, clarity and originality.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

About Viji and Balaji Bhagavathar

Both Viji and Balaji bhagavathar are pious and great bhakthas of Sadguru Sri Gnananandha Swamigal. Sri.Vijayakrishna Bhagavathar and Balaji Bhagavathar are known for their mastery in abhang sankeerthanam. They are great by their deeds,thoughts and appearance. They are simple,great,devoted and Knowlegable.Great people.A brief discourse on Namasankeerthan by Balaji Bhagavathar of Gnanandha Bhajan Mandali, Nanganallur. Both Sri.Vijayakrishna Bhagavathar and Balaji said "All paths being equal, the only and quick way to get closer to the Lord and


Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Beauty of singing Ashtapathis

Ashtapadis are never set to a particular raga. It is a Sringara Maha Kavya described in melodious overtures describing various situations of the minds between the Jeevathma (Radha) and Paramatma (Krishna), the Separation "Viraha" and Reunion and the enchanting environment and experiences within. The Ashtapadis themselves are set to beautiful carnatic raagas and these compositions are laced with raagas and therefore describe specific situations which are really very attractive and influence the significance of this sringaram on both the listener and the Bhagavathar singing it.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sathguru Maruthaanallur Venkatarama Saastrigal

- known as Sathguru Sri Sri Marudhanallur Sadguru Swamigal
The impetus and the inspiration for the Bhajan Tradition of Saint Thyagaraja came from a great Bhagavatha revered as Maruthaanallur Sathguru Venkatarama Sasthrigal. He was born in Thiruvisanallur, which had another Mahaan known as Sridhara Iyaavaal, who made Ganga waters rise out of his house well. Sathguru Venkatarama Bhagavathar


About Sree Seetha Rama Seva Mandali - Namasankeerthanam

The Mission of the Sree Seetha Rama Seva Mandali is to serve the world community by being an instrument for spreading the name of the Supreme Almighty. The mission is to be achieved by conducting the festivals in the name of the Lord .The festivals include Sree Rama Navami,Gokulashtami, Narasimha jayanthi, the birth days of Saints of the Bhakthi Movement in India. Appropriate festivals are to be held on other important holy days such as Ekadasi days , Saturdays. The Mandali shall also serves for the cause of learning Manthras , scriptures , Vedas and Upanishads and other branches of spiritual Knowledge.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Unchavruthy Dharma

Archaryas follow the Unchavruthy Dharma. During the Brahmamuhurtham with the parivattam (turban), Yoga Vastra and Askshaya Pathra, chanting Hari Narayana !!!, Hari Narayana !!! the Unchavruthy Dharma is performed by Bhagavathas. It is the most sacred dharma for all Bagavathas. It is also an age old practice which finds mention in the Mahabharata and Bhagavatham. According to Vedic tradition, the practice of seeking alms (Biksha) constitutes the fundamental requirement for Brahmacharya life.A student following the path of Sanatana Dharma has to procure his food by begging alms from the residents of his locality.


SriMad Bhagavatham Book in Tamil

SRI-MAD-BHAGAVATHAM BOOK in Tamil - Full Version - Sanskrit To Tamil Translation Knowledge Ocean , Core of Srivaishnavam , Para Thattva Nirnayam ,Essence of Vedantas,Upanyaasam Guide.


Devotee first and singer second, Murugadas is one of a kind

Murugadas is already on stage getting ready as we arrive. The spotlight brightens his yellow bandanna and reflects a gleam off his black sunglasses. For an instant, his painted, red-nailed forefinger catches the light as it strikes middle C on his old, battered harmonium. Finding his pitch, he clears his throat and begins to chant "Om." In the shadows behind him, an exquisitely dressed lady gracefully positions herself with a tambura (a stringed instrument) and begins strumming a drone. To her right, Saroja, Murugadas' wife, busily lays out a collection of percussion


Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The Major Segments sung during Radhakalyanam

The Major Segments of the Radhakalyanam are classified into the following groups mentioned under the section headings below. This albeit classified broadly, some of the paddathis differ in certain aspects due to the location, tradition and recently time constraints as well. There are also the gaps which have filled in the form of taste, style and knowledge since its inception by the addition of the Bhajan influences from the North, notable being the well known Abhangs. Further the Bhajana tradition of the South India is the one of the most tolerant of the traditions in India when considering


About Oppiliappan Koil Varadachari Sadagopan

"I belong to the Ahobila Mutt tradition and take active part in the Ranganatha Seva Samithi activities here. I graduated from MIT with a Doctor Of Science Degree in material Science and have worked for IBM for 26 Years in addition to an year at the UN in geneva and Newyork in the staff of the Secretary General. At IBM Research , where I spent most of my career , I was the University Relations Executive responsible for IBM


Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Gita Govinda

Gita Govinda, the foundation of the Ashtapathis of Jayadeva is one of the oldest and most poetical drama completely filled with raasaleelai. Jayadevars Asthapathi is so musical in its rhythm and this was traditionally the greatest poem of dance, drama and music entwined with its classical rhythmic structure and the divine theme of love. The rendering of the Ashtapathis with the meter in Sanskrit is very


Sunday, May 03, 2009

Who was Kak Bhusundi?

In Uttarkanda, the last chapter of Ramacharitamanas, we find the teachings on bhakti yoga delivered by Kaka Bhusundi, who was an enlightened sage in the body of a crow, to Garuda, the celestial eagle and vehicle of Lord Vishnu. Kaka Bhusundi is a great bhakta of Sri Rama and teaches all the feathered folk who flock around him about the path of devotion to Sri Rama. Kaka Bhusundi first relates the story of Sri Rama's life, but it is more than just a story. What he is really conveying is the path of bhakti yoga.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Whats the Use of Performing a Bhajan, whats in it for me....the eternal question???

The following code of conduct is ideal for those who are aspiring to sing Bhajans. This is not an intention to slight someone or demean anyone at all. Radhe Krishna!

Way to Sing Bhajans


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Story of Nama Mahimai

Nama Sankeerthana Mahima narrated by Sri Sri Anna:
A Bhagavathar named Sparsakal Bhagavathar was a contemporary of Namadevar. In fact they both belonged to the same street and lived and studied together. Sparsakal bhagavathar got his name initially not because he was like a touch stone, who could convert anyone into a noble or holy person. In the beginning both Namadevar and Sparsakal Bhagavathar participated in all nama sankeerthanams and bhajans in


Monday, April 27, 2009

Sree Krishna Leela Tarangini

Sree Krishna Leela Tarangini Sree Krishna Leela Tarangini is a condensed version of the 10th skanda of Sreemad Bhagavatam (up to chapter 58). The songs are in the form of keertanas, with pallavi, anupallavi and charanams. He has used 34 raga-s and ten kinds of talas for the keertanas. Quite appropriately, the author has decorated the songs pertaining to the Rasaleela


Sunday, April 26, 2009

Narayana Theerthar

In the 17th century, yet another music scholar from the Andhra belt enriched the bhajana namasankeerthana tradition. He was Narayana Tirtha, author of the magnificent Sri Krishna Leela Tarangini. Narayana Theerthar, formerly known as Govinda Sastri, a name associated with the ascetic order or sanyasin was an


About Sri Sanjeevi Bhagavathar and Sornakadu Sampradayam

Sri Sanjeevi bhagavathar is Pudukottai Sri Gopalakrishan bhagavathar's son. Sri Sanjeevi Bhagavathar's son Ravi Bhagavathar has taken up the Mantle of following his father's and grand father's path. Sathguru Sri Gopalakrishna bhagavathar was born on 14-10-1892 (corresponding to the 30th day of the month of purattasi in the year nandana),the place was the village of vallavari in arantangi taluq of


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Erode Sri Rajamani Bhagavathar of Bangalore

K.V.Narasimhan, Popularly known as Erode Rajamani Bhaagavathar, renowned exponent of sampradhaya bhajan, hails from Kooniyur in Thirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu with a rare distinction of being a disciple of the Doyen of Sampradhaya Bhanjan Pudukottai Shri Sanjeevi Bhaagavathar. Shri Rajamani inherited the art of carnatic music from his mother showing a natural fair for playing Harmonium. His interest sprang to the branch of percussion Instruments, Particularly Mirudangam. He even while in his teenage was bestowed with the opportunity to accompany his revered Guru Sanjeevi Bhaagavathar and Shri Ravi Bhaagavathar on Harmonium. He assimilated the art of sampradaya bhajan from his Guru. With the divine blessings of Brahmasri Gopalakrishna Bhaagavathar, he rose to the height of execellence in rendering Pudukottai Patthadhi of Sampradhaya Bhajans in great detail.


About Erode Rajamani Bhagavathar

It is said that namasankirtan (repetition of the divine name of God in devotion and in group) is a powerful spiritual tool where the seekers can relish divine bliss and can also share it with others. K.V. Narasimhan, popularly known as Erode Rajamani Bhagavathar, a renowned exponent of sampradaya bhajan, has this rare ability and has been taking the participants of his bhajan programmes to a level of divine ecstasy through this tool.


About Kadayanallur Rajagopal Bhagavathar

Kadayanallur Rajagopal Bhagavathar has the blessings of "Kadaikaleeswarar" the presiding diety of Kadayanallur. With ardant devotion to music and inclination to "Sampradhaya Bhanjans" he


Friday, April 24, 2009

About Sri Thukaram Ganapathi of Kadayanaloor

Sri Tukaram Ganapathi was born in a family of bhajan singers in a religious place- Kadayanallur, 16 kilometres, north of the famous Courtrallam in Tirunelveli District. His


Bhajans and the River Cauvery

FOR THOSE who perhaps know the river Cauvery as a mere subject of dispute between politicians and farmers, water is important only in it's most mundane sustaining power. The waters of the Cauvery has for more than a thousand years fed


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Nama Kowmudhi

One day, Sri Sri Sri Bodendral asked the boys playing on the dry river bed of Veerasozhan to bury him in the sand. As usual, the boys thought that he will come out of thesand pit. This time, he wanted Jeeva Samadhi and did not come back. He reached the Lord"s feet. Floods came and no one knew whether he


Story of the Nama Mahamantram

Source: Vaishnava Samhita
Once Sri Sri Sri Bodendral Swamigal was going from village to village to bless the people with spiritual gains by initiating them into the continuous chanting ofthe Divine Names. Sri Sri Sri Bodendral Swamigal was clad in saffron and was wearing a long oordvapundra tilak on his forehead. He had a calm and pleasant smile on his countenance, and was wearing a rosary of Tulasi beads, holding the staff of a saint and was filled with compassion for all beings.


Radha Kalyanam

Radha Kalyanam is celebrated in the traditional form of a Hindu marriage. In the Bhagwatha tradition, Radha Kalyanam signifies the culmination of Ashtapathi Bhajans. Radha Kalyanam starts with ‘Unchavrithi’ (street singing) with the marriage taking place thereafter.


About Udayaalur Kalyanaraman

Your first thought on listening to Udayalur K. Kalyanarama Bhagavathar sing would be that this is one vocalist who ought to grace the ranks of present day frontline Carnatic musicians. Then you realise that in following his heart and pledging allegiance to the Bhajana Sampradaya, the artiste has made the perfect choice as this genre provides the most complete opportunity for his passionate no-holds-barred exploration of bhava through both sahitya and melody, unfettered by the more formal demands of a kutcheri.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

About Pithukuli Murugadas Bhagavathar

CHARITABLE COUPLE: ’Pithukuli’ Murugadas and his wife Devi Saroja Murugadas

For ‘Pithukuli’ Murugadas, serving the poor is the objective of his life.
TIRUCHI: He has been using his mellifluous voice for a charitable cause for the past several decades.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

About Bhajan Ravi

Bhajan Ravi, a truly devoted and versatile Bhajan singer belonging to the famous tradition of Bhajan Sampradaya of South India, was honoured with the title of AASTHANA VIDWAN by Kanchi Shankaracharya at the Kamakshi Temple at Kanchipuram on the 30 September, 2008. He has been conducting a Sthothra Paatasala at Saidapet in Chennai from 26 April 1966. This paatasala was started by him for imparting knowledge and instruction relating to the recitation/singing of  Sthothras, Namavalis and devotional songs, not only to children but also elders. He is a B.Com graduate. Besides he has taken a degree B.Music in I class from Madras University. During the last 25 years he has


Pracheena Sampradaya Bhajan

Sri Bhagavannama Bodhendra Saraswati was born in Mandana Misra Agraharam at Kanchi as the son of one Kesava Panduranga. Bhoddendra's former name was Purushottama. It was he who stressed the efficacy of devotion as a means to liberation in Kali. He therefore undertook the great task of Nama Siddhanta, or establishing the supreme efficacy of reciting the names of Bhagavan in many of his writings, chiefly in Namamrta Rasayana and Namamrta Rasodaya.


About Sri S K S Shenkottai Harihara Subramanian Bhagavathar

Sri S K S Shenkottai Harihara Subramanian Bhagavathar, Disciple of Sethalapathy Soundaram Bhagavathar and Sreemushnam Rajarao, Hariharasubramanian presents a concert that is marked by enthusiasm and exuberance. He seems to have a strong affinity towards Sampradaya bhajans. Shenkottai Hariharasubramanian's enthusiasm imbues his concert


About Bhagavatha Shironmani Kovai S Jayaraman (KSJ)

BHAGAVATHA SIRONMANI Kovai S. Jayaraman (KSJ) was blessed to have been born in the family of bhagavatha and this gave him the privilege of learning music from his early days. He learnt music since his childhood days from his mother and later from Shri B.M.Sundaram, a great musicologist of Thanjavur. His elder brother Thanjavur S.Subbaraman was also a renowned bhagavatha and a good dancer, who trained Jayaraman in this field.
His Guru is H.H.Swami Gnananandha of Tirukovilur whose divine grace befell Jayaraman to aspire in this spiritual growth.It is worth mentioning that he was the first bhagavatha to go abroad in the history of Traditional Bhajan groups to perform Sri Radha Krishna Kalyana Vaibhava on the foreign soil and in the course of time there were many to add to this number.



Radhe Krishna!!!
Naama Sankeerthana is simply to chant the name of Lord Hari. Music is the simplest and surest possible way to be able to stir the bhakthi within the soul which otherwise is unfathomable and intangible. The name of the Bhagavan when sung is like honey mixed with milk and the feeling of exhilaration that is felt within the depths of our soul


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Namasankeerthanam Part II

“Dhyan Kretha Yajan Yegaiyehi Threthayam Dwapro Archayan Yathopnothi Thathapnothi Kalau Sangeerthya Kesavam”

Great Saints have proven that Namasankeerthanam (Bhajan) is the easiest way of attaining Moksha. Namasankeerthanam involves singing and chanting the glory of Lord, individually or in chorus. Namasankeerthanam was propagated by Great Gurus in ancient times across South India and North India and the tradition is still being followed with a little improvisation.

Sage Suga tells King Parikshith that there are different Dharmas for different Yugas like Dhyanam for Krutha Yugam, Yegyam for Thretha Yugam , Archanam (pooja) for Dwaparo Yugam, 'Kalau Sankeerthya Kesavan' (chant the name of the Lord Kesava) for Kali Yugam. In Kali Yugam it is difficult to do other Dharmas, therefore, Namasankeerthana is the easiest way to attain salvation.

Many villages in India at the time of Saint Thyagaraja had Bhajana Mandalis and the villagers participated in the Seetha Kalyanam and Radha Kalyanam and derived great spiritual uplift from their participation. During Ekadasis and Nityothasavams, the Bhajana group of the village offered musical worship to Bhagavan. During Saint Thyagarajas time, the Tanjore court musicians like Thodi Seethaaramaiah, AtaaNa Appaaiya, Sankarabaranam Narasayaa, Darbhar Seethaaramaiah were known for their Manodharmams and made one Ragam their own speciality. For hours, they elaborated on their Special Ragas and demonstrated their musical genius. At the same time, the Bhajana Groups put Bhakthi first and Manodharmam next. They used invocations, Thodaya Mangalams, Ashtapathis and associated Musala Narthanam (Dance), Choornikais, Deepa Pradakshinam, Mangalaashtakam, Divya Naamaas, Vedic recitation to practise Bhakthi for the Lord through Nama Sankeethanam.

Thyagaraja Swamigal combined the two traditions of Nama (Sankeethana) Siddhaantham with Naadha Siddhantham and blended his Rama Bhakthi with the Bhava Trayams (SangeethaBhavam, Saahitya Bhavam and Bhakthi Bhavam ). He composed many a kriti to channel his great devotion for Sri Ramachandra and used it during the occasion of Ekadasi, Unchi Vritti Bhajan and Sri Rama Navami and other Utsavams.


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