Thursday

Om Namah Shivaya Japam - Crore 9 begins



 
  
On the auspicious occasion of Vishu Kanni - Happy New Year.  We invite you to join our japam of the mantra: OM NAMAH SHIVAYA - CRORE 9.  Conditions apply. 
 
For details, please click on:
 

Wednesday

Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple


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The Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple is only an hour away from the famous Guruvayoor Temple in Kerala, yet very few people know about this very powerful Shiva temple nestled, almost hidden, in a tiny town called Perintalmanna, in the western ghats in Kerala.

Lord Shiva and Parvati
Astrological recordings found at the site show that the temple was consecrated by yogis over 1,500 years ago and the Shakti of Goddess Parvati is hidden in the Shiva Lingam. The recordings show that the deity should be worshipped as Lord Parama Shiva and that all those who worship at this temple will attain supreme bliss. Those who worship here attest to the intense power of the deity to cure mental disorders, ward off dangers, and bless devotees with a smooth run of life in the family.

Dakshinamurthy, Kirathamurthy and Sankaranarayana murthy
The great sanctity of the Shiva Lingam here is that the Lord is associated with his aspects i.e. Dakshinamurthy, Kirathamurthy and Sankaranarayana murthy, the murtis of whom are installed in the temple as upa devatas and in shrines of their own.

The other upa devatas in the temple are Ganesha, Subramanian, Sasthavu and Naga prathista. Previously Lord Krishna as Venugopalamurthy was worshipped in the temple as an upadevata.
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Lord Krishna
In 1978, an Ashtamangalya Prasna conducted in the temple found that Venugopalamurthy (Krishna) should be worshipped treating the lord as the second main deity of the temple.
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Accordingly a new temple for Venugopalamurthy (Krishna) was constructed in the temple compound in 1980. The murti of Venugopalamurthy(Krishna) is beautiful. At the time of Deeparadhana the smiling face of the Lord is bedecked with sandal paste and crowned with a diadem and the Lord reveals his blissful nature and devotees feel his grace. This may be the reason the temple has been attracting people from around the world.

Sree Thirumandham Kunnu Bhagavathi
Another specialty of this temple is the presence of Sree Thirumandham Kunnu Bhagavathi. The Goddess is so beautiful and powerful that she is to be experienced. As an act of reverence to the Bhagavathi, a Tantric ritual known as"Kalamezhuthu and Kalampattu" for Sree Bhadrakali is conducted in this temple for more than 90 days ending with the Thalapoli Festival on Karthika day in the month of Meenom every year.

By worshipping the main deities, Lord Siva and Venugopalamurthy(Krishna), and the Upa Devatas in the temple, the devotees can lead a peaceful and content household life free from worries and troubles.

Tuesday

Pariharam (Special Remedies)























For success in examinations and securing jobs
Students seeking success in examinations and in obtaining jobs, and devotees seeking knowledge, wisdom and intellect worship the lord in the form of Dakshinamurthy.
· Lighting a ghee lamp inside the Srikovil and in the shrine of Dakshinamurthy.
· Offer Vidya Suktam Pushpanjali,
· Thrimaduram,
· Mahanaivedyam,
· Palpayasam and
· Niramala

For delayed marriages
In order to invoke the blessings of Lord Siva in whom Sakti of Goddess Parvathi is latent, unmarried women · observe somavara Vratham,
· visit the temple on Monday mornings and worship the lord at the time of the opening of the door after the morning puja with offerings such as:
· Umamaheswara Puja
· Lighting the Pin Vilakku (at the back of the Siva Linga)
· Lighting ghee lamp inside the Srikovil ·
Abhishekham to the lord with milk, palpayasam and Niramala

For  childlessness - infertility related issues
· 101 Kodum Dhara
· 1001 Kodum Dhara (if the problem is severe)
· Sarvaiswarya puja

For smooth run of life and general prosperity
Devotees conduct the:
· Udaya sthamana puja and
· The lighting of all the lamps attached to the outer walls of the Chuttambalam during the night.

For success in litigation
Those who want success in complicated litigation, success in interviews and scientific experiments can obtain the Lord’s blessings by worshipping him with extreme devotion and a pure heart. At the temple they offer:
· Maha Ganapati Homam
· One day’s puja to the main deities as well as to all the upa devatas in the temple with all prescribed offerings and pujas





















Protection from evil spirits, thieves, cheats and wicked people
By worship the Lord in the form of Sankaranarayana murthy who holds the Jnana amsa of Siva and Kshatra amsa (protection power) of Narayana, right knowledge will dawn on the devotees and they will be protected. The offerings to Sankaranarayana murthy are:
· Lighting ghee lamp in Srikovil and in the shrine of Sankaranarayana murthy
· Lighting all the Deepasthambams,
· Lighting all the lamps attached to the outer walls of the chuttambalam
· Siva Sahasranama archana
· Vishnu Sahasranama archana
· Katina Payasam

Washing away sins
The important offering to Venugopalamurthy is
· Annadhanam. The belief is that one's sins are completely washed away if one feeds with great devotion twelve poor people, considering them to be representatives of Lord Vishnu - Kesava, Narayana, Madhava, Govinda, Vishnu, Madhusudana, Trivakrama, Vamana, Sridhara, Hrisikesha, Padmanabha, Damodara. They should be fed rice Naivedyam prepared in the temple.

Other important offerings for the Lord are:
· Pal Payasam
· Malar Naivedyam
· Vishnu Sahasranama Archana
· Sree Krishna Ashtothara Satha Nama Archana
· Avil Naivedyam
· Decorating the face of the deity with sandal paste

For mental disorders
Devotees seek the blessings of the lord for mental disorders with offerings such as mahanaivedyam
· Lighting ghee lamp inside the Srikovil
· Lighting the Depasthampam in front of the deity at the time of Deeparadhana on Pradosham days and Bhagavat seva days

For old age problems and incurable diseases
The Lord is Mrityunjaya, the conqueror of death. Aged people and people with incurable diseases worship the Lord with offerings such as
· Mrityunjaya homam
· Tila homam
· Karuka homam
· Sree Rudram Dhara
· Mrityunjaya Pushpanjali
· Ayush Suktam Pushpanjali
· Katina Payasam
· Lighting ghee lamp in the Srikovil to ward off all dangers and evils assailing them. By the Lord’s blessings, such devotees are sure to lead a peaceful and happy life. 

THREE POWERFUL PARIHARAMS FOR SERIOUS LIFE CHALLENGES




















1. MANTRA JAPAM
















Japam is a powerful way to work out one's karma and obtain God's blessings.  Japam done with love, faith and total concentration will bring about harmony and facilitate healing. Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh called it the spiritual soap which will cleanse our mind of impurities.

At the Puthur Shiva Temple, the online japam bank is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as Puthur Shiva never sleeps. He is always awake to share in our love, our happiness, our sorrows or grief and to help us evolve spiritually through life's challenges.

For details, please click on  Puthur Shiva Temple's Japam Bank


2. ANNADANAM:

 




















Annadanam is an offering of food to all living beings. There is no better puja and ritual in Hindu religion than feeding another living being.  The Hindu scriptures say that this one act alone can burn off all our karma from previous lifetimes and set us free.
For more information on the practice of Annadanam, please click on Annadanam

3. DASHAMAMSHA OR TITHING

Every spiritual path has an avenue for people to give back to the Universe. Hindus call it Dashamamsha or tithing. 

While tithing is traditionally one-tenth of one's income, Hindu elders say if you have never tithed before, start with three per cent of your income. Tithing is not something that will deplete your resources, but multiply and increase it. You will see.
 

For details, please click on: Dashamamsha or Tithing


Come let us pray to Lord Shiva.

Sunday

Sree Puthur Shiva Temple Vazhivadu Rates


Puthur Shiva Temple Vazhivadu Rates

Sivannu 1001 Kudam Dhara Rs. 2500
Rudrabhishekam Rs. 2500
Complete Chuttuvilakku Rs. 2000
Maha Ganapathy Homam Rs. 1750
Mahamrithyunjaya Homam Rs. 1500
One Day Pooja Rs. 500
Chuttuvilakku SreeKrishnan Rs. 400
Chuttuvilakku Ayyappannu (Mandalakalam) Rs. 325
Pradosha Puja Rs. 300
Sivannu 101 Kodum Dhara Rs. 251
Chuttuvilakku Ayyappan Rs. 200
Deepastambhom Theliyikkal Rs. 200
Marriage Rs. 200
Umamaheswara Pooja/Lakshminarayana Rs. 200
Naaga Puja Once in a Year Rs. 200
Thrikala Puja Rs. 175
Nirmala (special) Rs. 150
Full Chamayam Sree Krishnan Rs. 150
Muzhuchamayam Ganapathikku Rs. 150
Kootuganapathy Homam Rs. 150
Mahasandhya Namaskaram Rs. 150
Kottu Payasam Rs. 150
Nirapara Rs. 125
Malarpara Rs. 125
Mrityunjaya Homam Rs. 100
Chorron Rs. 100
Puja for Quarter Day Rs. 100
Mahanivedyam Rs. 80
Nalikera Payasam Rs. 75
Sarvaiswarya Puja Rs. 75
Katinapayasam Rs. 55
Keda Vilakku Rs. 50
Bhagavat Seva Rs. 50
Vakacharthu Venugopalamoorthi Rs. 50
Sivannu Bhasmabhishekam Rs. 50
Nirmala (ordinary) Rs. 40
Pancharapayasam Rs. 40
Panapayasam Rs. 40
Otta Ganapathikku Rs. 35
Chamayam Sreekrishnan Rs. 35
Chyamayam Ganapathikku Rs. 35
Rakshassinnu Puja Rs. 30
Neeranjanam Rs. 30
Ganapathy Homam Rs. 25
Karuka Homam Rs. 25
Vehicle Puja Rs. 25
Sivannu Palabhishekam Rs. 25
Tila Homam Rs. 20
Sree Rudram Dhara Rs. 20
Sahasranama Pushpanjali Rs. 20
Nirathala Nivedyam Rs. 20
Mrityunjaya Pushpanjali Rs. 15
Vellanivedyam Rs. 15
Nagathinu Palum Podiyum Rs. 15
Thulabharam + Thattupanam Rs. 15
Thrimadhuram Rs. 12
Palabhishekam Subhrahmanya Swamy Rs. 12
Bhagya Sooktham Pushpanjali Rs. 10
Ayur Sooktham Puspanjali Rs. 10
Vidya Sooktham Pushpanjali Rs. 10
Pin Vilakku Rs. 10
Ghee Lamp Rs. 10
Swayamvaramantra Pushpanjali Rs. 10
Karukamlala Rs. 8
Sankhabhishekam Rs. 7
Malarnivedyam Rs. 7
Kettunira Rs. 7
Koovalamala Rs. 6
Elluthiru + oil Rs. 6
Pushpanjali Rs. 5
Enna Vilakku Rs. 5
Mala Rs. 4
Thulasimala Rs. 4
Chembarathimala Rs. 4
Dhara Rs. 3
Malayidal Rs. 3
Mutturukkal Rs. 2

All offerings may be done via wire transfer to:

Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple

Syndicate Bank A/c No. 4601 2200 0080 23
IFC Code: SYNB 000 4601 Branch: Perintalmanna, Malappuram
District, Kerala, India 679 322

Information required:

Name of Devotee
Address of Devotee
Date when Vazhivadu is to be performed,
Gothram
Nakshatram

If you want prasadam mailed to you, please send extra money for postage.

Please email us at
puthurshiva@gmail.com when you send a general donation or contribute for Annadanam. Thank you.

A unique bank at Sree Puthur Shiva Temple





Since March 2009, devotees of Puthur Shiva have been able to deposit their japam of the mantra - Om Namah Shivaya online. They are able to do it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The lines are always open as Puthur Shiva never sleeps. He is awake so he can share in our love, our happiness, our sorrows or grief and help us evolve spiritually through life's challenges.

Swami Krishnananda, the successor of Swami Sivananda, has said:
 

"The mantra Om Namah Shivaya is a Kavacha, a kind of armour that you put on. This armour will protect you from danger of every kind. It will protect you and also all those whom you want to be protected. It will protect your family; it will protect your country; it will protect the whole world. It can cease wars and tensions of every kind,(remove fears of an earthquake, nuclear attack and other natural calamities) provided you offer the prayers wholeheartedly from the bottom of your heart.

Collective prayer is very effective. If a hundred persons join together and pray, it will have a greater effect. When all the minds are put together they form a great energy. It surges forth onto God.

So, chant the Mantra Om Namah Shivaya as many times as possible every day, mentally or even verbally as is convenient, with all your heart, with all your soul, fully trusting in the might of God."

To join our japam group, participants must be
· vegetarian
· consume no alcohol
· follow the yamas and niyamas
· Offer annadanam / the Maha Mrityunjaya homam / 101 Kodum Dhara on nakshatra days

Only sincere devotees will be given access to a password protected site. Once you get access, you can either type the japam online or use a rudraksha mala and post your totals. There is no fee for opening an account.

The effects of the japam can be seen within a day but we advise our participants to make it a life-long spiritual practice. If you think you qualify, please email us at puthurshiva@gmail.com

We have started CRORE 9.

Come let us pray to Lord Shiva

Om Namah Sivaya Japam



Puthur Shiva Temple's Japam of the Mantra 'Om Namah Sivaya" Started on: March 13, 2009
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Crore One
- completed on September 12, 2009- 178 participants
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Crore Two - completed on November 18, 2009 - 182 participants
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Crore Three - completed on April 2, 2010 -
202 participants
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Crore Four - completed on September 10, 2010
168 participants
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Crore Five - completed on February 12, 2011. 158 participants
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Other sadhanas:  
            Mahashivaratri japam - completed on March 3, 2011
           Forty-day Sadhana - completed on April 14, 2011
           90-day Sadhana - completed on July 14, 2011
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Crore Six - Completed on June 2, 2012. 50 participants
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Crore Seven - Completed on June 30, 2013.  133 participants
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Crore Eight - Completed on April 15, 2014 . 130 participants
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Crore Nine - Started on April 15, 2014.
http://www.omnamahshivayajapam-9.blogspot.com/  

Come let us pray to Lord Shiva.

Annadanam is Mahadanam



Annadanam is a sacred spiritual practice. It means offering food. There is no better puja and ritual in the Hindu religion than feeding another hungry living being.   The Hindu scriptures say that this one act alone can burn off all our karma from previous lifetimes and set us free.  It will bring about speedy recovery from illness and grant moksha.

A common mistake Hindus make while offering Annadanam, is that they feed only priests. This is wrong.  Annadanam should be offered to all living beings – there should not be any consideration of position, authority, religion or caste or nationality. Birds and animals, too, should be included in Annadanam. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati love them all very deeply.
In the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna says “Give food, give food, give food. The giver of food is the giver of life. If you are desirous of well-being in this world and beyond, give food freely to all living beings.

There are numerous stories in Hindu scriptures that extol the glory of Annadanam.
LEGEND ONE

Shiva and Parvati often played dice in their heavenly abode in Mount Kailas. To make the game more exciting, Shiva once asked Parvati to bet her jewels and he betted his trident. If he won, he would get Parvati's jewels. If Parvati won, she would get Shiva's trident. But Parvati won the game and Shiva lost his trident to her.

Not to give up so easily, Shiva betted his serpent in the next game. That also he lost to Parvati. Then in a bid to win the subsequent games, he kept wagering all his possessions - his skull bowl, his rudraksha beads, his ash, his drum, his smoking pipe and even his loin cloth - he lost them all to Parvati in the Game of Dice.

Humiliated, Shiva went off into seclusion in the Deodar Forest. Seeing his plight, Lord Vishnu offered to help and asked him to play again with Parvati assuring him that this time he would definitely win all the games of Dice, thus regaining back his possessions from Parvati.

Shiva went back to Parvati and enticed her to another round of games. He won them all but Parvati grew suspicious of Shiva's sudden success. She called him a 'cheat'.

Outraged by the accusation, Shiva demanded an apology. It led to a heated argument; there was hurling of insults and abuses between the divine couple.

Seeing the commotion, Vishnu came to pacify them. He revealed to Parvati the secret of Shiva's victories. He said that his spirit had entered the dice and that the dice didn't work according to their moves but as per his wish. So neither Shiva had really won nor had Parvati actually lost. The game was an illusion and their quarrel was a product of their delusion.

On hearing Vishnu, Shiva and Parvati realized that life was like their game of dice - very unpredictable and beyond control. Shiva told Parvati that the world is an illusion. Nature is an illusion. Matter is just a mirage, here one moment, gone the next. Even Food is just Maya.

Parvati, mother of all material things including food, lost her temper. "If I am just an illusion, let's see how you and the rest of the world get along without me," she said and disappeared from the world.

Her disappearance caused havoc in the cosmos. Time stood still, seasons did not change, the earth became barren and there was a terrible drought. There was no food to be found in the three worlds of Akaash, Pataal and Dharti. Gods, demons and humans were suffering from hunger. "Salvation makes no sense to an empty stomach", cried the sages. Seeing all the suffering, Parvati's heart melted and she appeared at Kashi and set up a Kitchen.

Hearing about her return, Shiva ran to her with all other hungry mendicants and presented his bowl in alms saying, "Now I realize that the material world, like the spirit, cannot be dismissed as an illusion."

Parvati smiled and fed Shiva with her own hands.

Since then Parvati is worshipped as Annapoorna Devi - the Goddess of Food. It is said that she does not eat a morsel unless all her devotees have been fed.
 






















LEGEND TWO
In the Mahabharata, Karna, upon his death, ascended to the Higher Worlds because of all the great charity he had done on earth. All of it was returned to him hundredfold but it was all gold and silver; there was no food as he had not done any Annadanam. So he prayed to Lord Yama, the god of death.  Lord Yama took pity on him and sent Karna back to earth for 14 days to make up the deficiency.

For fourteen days, Karna fed a number of brahmins, the poor and needy and animals and offered oblations of water. Upon his return to the Higher Worlds, he had plenty of food.
Swami Sivananda has said “Life depends on food. You cannot preach religion to empty stomachs. This human body is the most important vehicle for realizing God. Food is precious to keep the body fit for Yoga. So the gift of food is the greatest gift. Give plenty of food throughout the year”

The sacred works done by the people with the energy acquired by food from Annadanam, bestows half of its effect to the donor of food and the rest is to that person.  





















Food Blessing Chant

Bhojana Mantra

A mealtime chant of gratitude to the graceful source of all sustenance, performed while meditating on the core of the universe, with hands in Åñjali mudrÅ
Aum Annapoorne sadaa poorne Shankarah Praanavallabhe,
Aum, beloved Sakti of Siva, Fullness everlasting and fully manifest as this food

Gnana Vairagya Siddhyartham Bhikshaan Dehi ca Parvati Devi|
O, mother of the universe, nourish us with this gift of food so that we may attain knowledge, dispassion and spiritual per­fection.

Mâta cha pârvatÏ devi pïtâ dëvo mahèsvara
Goddess Pârvati is my mother. God Mahesvara is my father.

Bândhàvâ˙ Sìva bhäktâschà svädesho bhuvanàtrayam.
All devotees of Siva are my family; all three worlds are my home.

Aum pûrnämadä˙ pûrnämidäm pûrnatpûrnämudächyate,
Aum, Siva is Fullness. Creation is fullness. From Siva’s Full­ness flows this world’s fullness.

Pûrnäsya pûrnämâdaya pûrnäme vâva sïshyate.
This fullness issues from that Fullness, yet that Fullness remains unchanged.

Aum Shântï˙Shântï˙ Shântì˙. Aum Sïvârpàramästu.
Aum, peace, peace, peace. Aum, this I offer unto Siva.

The first four lines of this chant are verses 11-12 of Srî Ådi Sankarâchârya’s Annapûrnâshtakam. Lines 5-6, known as the Pûrnamada, are the invocation to several Upanishads, including Èsa and Brihadâra∫yaka.

Line 7 is a traditional Saivite closing.

 

Dashamamsha or Tithing




WHAT EXACTLY IS DASHAMAMSHA OR TITHING?
 
Every spiritual path has an avenue for people to give back to the Universe. Hindus call it Dashamamsha or tithing.  While tithing is traditionally one-tenth of one's income, many people give whatever amount they can. Hindu elders say if you have never tithed before, start with three per cent of your income. Tithing is not something that will deplete your resources, but multiply and increase it.
 
TITHING'S MANY BLESSINGS  

Lord Siva’s devotees consider tithing as their first expense. Giving as soon as the income is received is believed to sanctify the remaining portion and reap the greatest punya. Tithing is not an offering but is an acknowledgement of God’s part in the person’s good fortune. For example, if 10 coconuts are harvested, the first one is Lord Shiva’s.

DHARMIC USES OF MONEY

According to Satguru Sivaya Subramaniyaswami of the Kauai Aadheenam, “Lord Siva’s close devotees of means utilize their wealth to strengthen their community, support temples, sponsor akhanda nama japam, conduct yagnas and feed the Brahmins.”

“There is no compulsion for Hindus to give either to religious institutions and groups. However, one of the niyamas is dana/charitable giving. This impulse to give has to come from inside and the ideal is to give generously from the heart and without thought or expectation of any type of reward including publicity.”

“Another niyama of Hinduism is observing sacred vows or vratas. One of the vratas observed is Dashama Bhaga Vrata. It is a promise a person makes to God to donate regularly for a specified time, or for the rest of their life, one tenth of one’s gainful and gifted income.”

TRUSTING GOD WILL PROVIDE
 
Another Acharya wrote: "Dashamamsha brings a greater awareness of God’s power in the world and the givers are uplifted to a purer spiritual consciousness and abundance naturally floods into their lives."

"Tithing is a deep ingratiating process of trusting the Infinite, trusting that God will provide, and that there will be enough. It is almost natural at first that we may balk at giving at all. Then we may give a small amount somewhat begrudgingly. Occasionally we may feel compelled to increase the amount we tithe in small increments. But slowly the trust escalates. It is an extraordinary process of internal trust and growth, which one can only truly know through personal experience."

"The principle of tithing is that if you give to Infinity, Infinity, in turn, will give back to you. It is a spiritual practice through which you build trust in the ability of the Universe to respond to the energy that you give."

"Wherever you are, whatever your station in life, whatever your earnings and expenses, tithing is an avenue for a deeper, more profound connection with the Infinite, because it instills in us absolute and unyielding trust."


We Did It!


The Nepali Ganesha who greets visitors at the entrance of the Kauai Aadheenam in Hawai, U.S.A
 
We normally don't like to toot our own horn but in this case we will!

We made it to Hindu Press International. The Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra travelogue written by S. Gopal, a participant in Puthur Shiva Temple's Nama Japam and contributor to Arunachala Girivalam, was picked up by Hindu Press International (HPI).

HPI is an international news agency that was started by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (Gurudeva) of Kauai in Hawaii, U.S.A many decades ago. It is currently published by Hinduism Today, also started by Gurudeva and being run by his successor, Bodinatha and the many sannyasins of his lineage.

Here are the links to:

1.    HPI: Hindu Press International

2.    Gopal's Kailash Yatra Travelogue: Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Thursday

Monday

Experiences of Japam Participants from Crore 8














"My family and I joined this japam group in 2009 at a really challenging time in our lives. It looked as if we were going to lose everything we had built over 16-17 years – our business, the houses and the good name we had made in the community. We were very worried and at our wits end what to do. It was then that I heard that the Puthur Shiva Temple was starting a japam group. I knew immediately it was the blessing of my Ishta Devata, Lord Shiva

Within 6 months of starting the japam, I got the call to do the Char Dham yatra. It was beyond my wildest dreams. It was such a good trip that I have no words to describe his grace. Lord Shiva made the whole trip so smooth and nice that we had good darshan in all the places. Now when I look at the devastation in Kedarnath, I realize how much Lord Shiva blessed us.

After the Char Dham yatra, I came back to the U.S. and had full faith that Lord Shiva would do something to salvage our business and the homes. Within six months, Lord Shiva changed our circumstances in such a way that we got back our business and the homes also. Now the things are moving in a positive manner, it will take some time to get all the things right, but I am very, very sure Lord Shiva will do it. I can say with certainty that all this happened because of this japam group and HIS GRACE.
Thank you so much
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We received this email from a japam participant:

“My daughter has scored excellent marks in her CBSE exams: Physics -95%; Chemistry -97%; Biology 99% but because of the current reservation policies, it is very difficult for Forward Classes to get admission in government colleges here in India. Private medical colleges are expecting Rupees 50 to 60 lakhs as donation! I am really disturbed and am requesting all the members of our Puthur Shiva Temple’s Nama Japam Group to pray for my daughter to get a MBBS seat on merit in a government medical college.”

The Japam Group got down to work immediately and we prayed for his daughter. In addition we requested the temple priests to conduct special prayers for her at the Temple.

Soon we got news:

“My daughter has got a BDS (Bachelor in Dental Surgery) seat in a highly reputed college in Chennai on MERIT! We didn't have to pay any donation. Sincere thanks to all of you for the prayers and my humble pranams and thanks to Lord Puthur Shiva.

He explained BDS is like MBBS. Here the doctors deal with all problems related to head and neck with more concentration on teeth and other oral problems. “

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"Soon after starting japam with you all a few crores ago, Lord Shiva gave me chance to go on pilgrimage so many times, of visiting Shiva temples, chanting Devarams, Thiruvasagam and other powerful stotras. Moreover, He gave me maturity of accepting anything. Be assured, as long as I am breathing, I'll be doing japam.
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A participant, whose family has been fortunate enough to visit Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple several times wrote:

“Thank you for inviting me to join Crore 8. U won't believe. After a long time, I put my counting machine in my office bag to do japam in the office. (I have been writing Om Namah Shivaya in a diary in the office and at home but not posting regularly) & I was thinking about Puthur Shiva and Thirumandam Kunnu Devi and mentally doing pradakshina while I was traveling to work.

When I reached my office I saw your email. I am so happy that Puthur Shiva wants to me to re-join the japam group.

I don’t know how to express my feelings.....I am so happy. I want to do the japam and I promise that I will do my japam regularly and post it. Thank you so much.
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Another participant who has undertaken many arduous pilgrimages with his wife wrote:

“I don't know whether it is a coincidence or not but the fact is I am blessed to be going on a pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarover in August and now I receive an invite to join the japam once again. I am so pleased. Thank you once again."

{This participant has since returned and written about his experience:   Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2013  He wrote: "Already my mind is planning another visit. Let us see what Lord Shiva has in store for us. "  

A few weeks after this yatra we received an email from him:

"I received prasadam from Puthur Shiva Temple today. Today is my wedding anniversary." Neither we (who run this website) nor the temple authorities had any idea that it was his wedding anniversary BUT Lord Puthur Shiva knew and blessed him!!!)
A few days later we got another email from him. It said:

"I would like to share with you one piece of good news.

My daughter has been accepted into a doctoral studies program of a major American University. She has been offered a generous stipend and full waiver of tuition fees. I am so blessed to be a part of this japam group. Thank you so much"


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What can we say? 

Thank you SO much Puthur Shiva