- Karthika Masam Special Puja Schedule Wednesday, November 07 – Thursday, December 06
Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of Austin
Sri Venkateswara Temple of Austin
“Service to Man is Service to God”
Wed, Nov 7th to Thurs, Dec 6th
Karthika Masa is a very special period with great significance attached to the worship of the Divine. It also in some ways emphasizes
on the synchronization of nature and mankind. Traditionally worship of Shiva and Vishnu are considered very auspicious in this month. Bathing in holy rivers in pre-dawn hours, worship of Naga Devata, lighting diyas, especially on full moon day, vana bhojanam, are all prescribed customs followed during this month.
Worshipping Shiva with Bilva patra and Vishnu with Tulasi patra, is again, auspicious. Performing Rudrabishekam at home or at the temple during this month very propitious. To schedule an Ekadasa Rudrabishekam or Ekavara Rudrabishekam at your home please visit RUDRA
To register for any or all of the below-listed pujas at the temple, visit KARTHIKA MASA.
- PRADOSHAM, Rudra Abhishekam, Nov 20 – 7:00 pm
Pradosham is a very auspicious time when the divine couple, Lord Shiva and Parvati, are said to be in a very propitious and favorable mood, bestowing many blessings and granting wishes of those devotees who with sincere prayer and fasting humbly ask God for both material and spiritual benefits.
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- KARTHIKA POORNIMA SAAMUHIKA SATHYANARAYANA PUJA & JWALATHORANAM – NOV 22
THURSDAY, NOV 22
SAAMUHIKA SATHYANARAYANA PUJA
Na Kaartheeka samo maasa,
Na Deva Kesavaatparam
Nacha Vedasamam Shaasthram,
Na theertham Gangayaasamam
~ There is no month equal to Kartheeka masa, there is no God equivalent to Lord Kesava (Sri Hari), there is no script equal to Veda, and there is no theertha (pilgrimage) equal to sacred river Ganges. ~
Performing SatyaNarayana Pujaduring Karthika Poornima is very auspicious.
The puja includes Ganesha puja, Navagraha Puja and archana to LordSatyaNarayana. As conclusion stories of miracles experienced by devotees who have performed the puja is narrated or read. The stories reinforce the belief in the minds of the devotees and the children present.
Advance registration helps to organize the puja.
- Navavarana Sri Chakra Archana – Nov 22, at 4:00 pm
Navavarana Sri Chakra Archana- 4:00 pm-8:00 pm,
This puja is performed on Poornima to Sri Chakra Meru at feet of Durga Ma, for blessings from Divine Mother.
Sri Venkateswara Temple – Durga shrine.
- MAHANYASA PURVAKA LAGHU RUDRABHISHEKAM & LAKASHA BILWA ARCHANA – NOV 23 – 8 AM – 8 PM
FRI, NOV 23 – 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
MAHANYASA PURVAKA LAGHU RUDRABHISHEKAM & LAKSHA BILVA ARCHANA
Schedule for the day
8:00 AM Mahanyasam
8:45 AM Ekadasa Rudram with Abishekam to Swamy
11:30 AM Deeparadanai
3:00 PM Laksha Vilva Archana with Sri Shiva Sahasranama
7:30 PM Maha Deeparadanai
Every year at the temple, we have performed Laghu Rudrabishekam during Karthika Masa. This year in addition to laugh Rudrabishekam we will perform Laksha Bilva Archana, while chanting Shiva Sahasranama, the 1000 names of Lord Shiva. Worshipping Shiva and Vishnu during this month brings many blessings to families. Rudra Namakkam and Chamakkam are very special to the worship of Shiva. Similarly offering Bilva patra is also very special to His worship. It is believed that Parvati Devi relies in the Bilva partra.
According to the Skanda Purana, the Bel tree grew from the sweat droplets of Parvati which fell on the Mandrachal mountain. From there the Bel tree emerged. Hence, it is believed that the Goddess resides in this tree in all Her forms. She resides as Girija in the roots of the tree, as Maheshwari in its trunk, as Dakshayani in its branches, Parvati in its leaves, Katyayani in its fruit and as Gauri in its flowers. Therefore as Parvati resides in Her various forms in this tree, Shiva is extremely fond of its leaves.
It is a symbol of Shiva. Bilva Patras are offered as trifoliate leaves. One bilva leaf if equivalent to offering a 1000 lotuses, says the Siva Purana.
Bilvanam darshanam punyam sparshanam papa nashanam
Aghora papa samharam eka bilvam shivarpanam
To have your name included in the sankalpam, for this very rare event, please register at BILVARCHANA
If you would like to share the cost of the bilva Patras offered to Lord Shiva, pay at BILVA PATRA
- Vishnu Deepotsavam (Sahasra Deepa Alankaram) and Kala Archana – Nov 24 @ 6:30 pm
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Sahara Deepa Alankaram and Unjal Seva for
On Saturday, Vishnu Deepotsavam will be celebrated with Sahasra Deepa Ankara and Unjal Seva to Lord Venkateshwara. Devotees will be able to light lamps around the Lord, who will be seated on the Unjal (swing) along with Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi.
It is tradition in Tirumala to perform the Sahasra Deepa Ankara Seva to the Lord while he is seated on the Unjal. Annamacharya kritis and Vedic hymns are sung during the seva and occasionally dance performances are also held.
At the Venkateshwara Temple, similar seva will be offered amidst vedic chanting by priests. Lamps will be lit using sesame oil.
Devotees are welcome to help with the preparation of the seva in preparing the lamps and lighting them. To help with the lamps please com
- Ekadasa Rudra Homam – Sunday, Nov 25 at 10.00 a.m.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25
EKADASA RUDRA HOMAM
Ekadasa Rudra Homam will be performed int the Homa Kunda on Sunday morning. Rudra namakkam will be repeated eleven times while offerings are made into the holy fire. To have your name included in the sankalpam visit RUDRA HOMAM.
Of the three jobs of creation, protection and dissolution that form the circle of life, Lord Shiva is the destroyer of the world. In a sense, He is the Lord of death, of the body and in the true sense, of the ego. He destroys the thought of ‘I’ within the human mind. When that ego is destroyed, the Self is realized as one with the Supreme. Lord Shiva reveals this Ultimate truth to His true devotee.
The Hymn Sri Rudram is very dear to Lord Shiva. It states His presence in all things in the Universe, in every space on land, air and water. In everything that is good and bad, small and big, beautiful and ugly.
vidyāsu śrutirutkṛṣṭā rudraikādaśinī śrutau
tatra pañcākṣarī tasyaṁ śiva ityakṣaradvayam
~ Among the sources of learning, Vedas are Supreme; among the Vedas, Rudra Ekadasini is Supreme; in the Rudram the Panchaksari mantra ‘NamaShivaya’ is Supreme; in the Panchakshari, the two letters ‘Shiva’ stands Supreme.
After chanting Sri Rudram, which identifies Lord Shiva in everything, it is practice to chant the Chamkam. In the Chamakam, the devotee asks to be blessed with everything material. The hymn seeks to show the path to the Divine, through the fulfillment of worldly pleasures.
Worshipping Lord Shiva during Karhtika Masa, while chanting Sri Rudram will fulfill any and all prayers of the devotee who surrenders whole heartedly, body, mind and soul to Him.
- SANKATAHARA CHATURTHI, GANAPATI ABHISHEKAM, NOV 25 @ 7 PM
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