Experiences from Crore 9






















Crore 9 of our Japam has barely begun and good news has already started coming in:

One Japam Participant informed us:

"My wife and I are planning to go on an Amarnath Yatra this year and then drive from Srinagar to Manali via Leh, Kargil and through Rotang pass the world's highest motarable road. Let us see what Lord Shiva has in store for us"

Have a safe trip, dear ones!
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A very new Japam Participant emailed us:

"I started doing japam to have mental peace and concentration. With all the odds I am facing and the chaos that exists around me, I am finding that things are the same around me but I am not perturbed by them any more. That was such a great revelation for me."
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Another new Japam Participant described his experience:

"Earlier this year, I lost my job with a multinational corporation and couldn't find another one for three months. Needless to say I was very anxious as I have three children and a wife to support. I remembered reading about the Nama Japam Group of Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple's and sent an email.

You all were very reassuring and asked me to start japam immediately and to donate to the annadanam fund at the temple.

Then, a miracle happened:

The moment I posted my japam, I got a call from a major corporation asking me if I was available for an interview. I said 'YES.' The interview went well but they did not call me back immediately as they had promised to.

So I panicked and contacted the japam group again. I was asked if I had donated for the annadanam at the temple. I replied that I had tried to but my bank asked me for a password that I didn’t even know I had. I will donate later… whenever

I was told that I must create punyam for myself by donating to the annadanam. The call will come as soon as I do that. So I rushed to the foreign exchange mart and begged the man to allow me to send some money to a charity. Their policy is to transfer to individuals only. Much to my surprise he agreed to do it as a one time exception.

As soon as I got home, I got a call from a friend at the company saying the documents were ready and that I should expect a call from the President of the company at any moment. It seemed like a long wait and Lord Puthurappan was testing my patience. So I repeated the mantra and waited some more. Just now I got a call from the President asking me to sign the documents and start tomorrow - Monday. That it is Lord Shiva's day has not been lost on me.

Thank you for helping me in my time of crisis. I will definitely visit Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva temple on my next visit to India and I promise Lord Shiva that I will donate a portion of my salary every month as soon as I receive it.

My wife and I thank you all once again.


Thank you Puthur Shiva

 

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.

Photos: Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple, Perintalmanna, Kerala




For years, devotees of Lord Shiva have been asking us to post photographs of the Sree Vellat Puthur ShivaTemple in Perintalmanna, in Kerala, India.

We (who run this website) resisted it because Hindu Dharma does not permit us to take photos of a temple and definitely not of the deities. The temple authorities, too, had promised to send us photos but never did.

Several times when we turned within and asked Lord Puthurappan for permission to publish photos, the answer was always a resounding ‘No’.  

Then, magic happened. 

Almost as a blessing, as soon as we started Crore 9 of our japam, we received this email from Aswin Prabhu:

“It was totally a matter of chance that I stumbled upon your website. I was amazed at the quality of content on your blog and all the more pleasantly surprised to know you are moderating this from North America.

My parents are very devout Hindus and visit the Sree Thirumandam Kunnu Bhagavati temple in nearby Angadipuram often but did not know about your temple. I wasn't religious at all until four years ago, when I faced a life situation.

The astrologer advised me to do the Sri Rudram Dhara as a pariharam. The Thirumandham Kunnu Bhagavati Temple offers Sri Rudram dhara but it requires advance booking. The only other temple in the vicinity that offers this happens to be Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple.

Yours is a temple which none of my friends, relatives, jyotishis and archaks in Kerala had any idea off. However, the content of your blog was so impressive that it has inspired me to visit the temple this weekend and also perform Maha Ganapathy homam and Sri Rudra Dhara there.”


A day later, Aswin Prabhu sent us the photos below of the Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple. Thank you, Aswin. May Puthur Shiva’s blessings always be with you and your family.

We are posting these photos as a sign that Lord Puthurappan is finally willing to be known to the world. May we remind readers that the Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple in Perintalmanna, Kerala is a very powerful Shiva temple, singular in its simplicity and beauty as a village temple and pristine in its power of Lord Shiva. It is untouched by commercialization and is a place of worship for only the serious sadhaka.

In order to keep the benign, sweet and loving nature of Lord Shiva, we are posting guidelines for devotees to follow so that you do NOT tap into the Rudra aspect of Lord Shiva.  This is NOT a temple you would visit as a spiritual tourist on a bus tour. It is for the serious sadhaka who is doing all of the spiritual practices laid out by Hindu Dharma.


The Temple Entrance & the Banyan Tree where many generations of
 villagers have met  and chanted the Lord's Name. To this day,
there is chanting in the evenings.


The Temple office adjacent to the hall that
has been used for generations for Annadanam. On Maha Shivaratri
this year, many thousands of people visited the temple all day
long to get Lord Puthurappan's blessings. Of them almost
1,000 people sat down, Indian style,and were served annadanam.
The hall is also used for  weddings of villagers,
60th and 80th birthdays, first feedings of so many people
who are today living around the world and doing japam

The enclosure of Lord Venugopalamurthy (Lord Krishna) within the
grounds of the Sree Puthur Shiva Temple

Moolasthanam of Lord Shankaranarayana Murthy (an aspect of the
Lord that holds the jnana amsa (Divine Knowledge) of Lord Shiva and
Kshatra amsa (protection power) of Lord Narayana. When we
pray to Sankaranaraya murthi divine knowlege will dawn
upon us and we will be protected from evil spirits,
thieves, cheats and wicked people who disturb us in life.
In short, take your sadhana seriously. Make it the sole purpose
of your life and divine protection will be
there in all aspects of your life

Naga Prathistha:
Kerala, being Lord Shiva's territory,
is home to many varieties of snakes. Villagers have had
to learn to live in the midst of these snakes, offering
prayers regularly to the Lord of Snakes.
The Lord of Snakes has, in turn, obliged them and
protected them and their children.

Shrine of Lord Shastha. Lord Shastha is considered to be the
son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Mohini, a female form of Lord Vishnu
- probably a way to unite the Shiva and Vishnu cults
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We thank Aswin Prabhu for sending us these pictures

GUIDELINES:

The Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple, Perintalmanna is a
Hindu Temple. You must be

· vegetarian
· consume no alcohol
· do NOT smoke or take recreational drugs
· follow the yamas and niyamas
· start a daily sadhana of japam atleast 40 days before visiting Puthur Shiva Temple

Before visiting:

1. Take a bath, wear clean, fresh, Indian clothes, smear sacred ash on the body and wear a rudraksha mala.

2. Seek Ganesha and Lord Puthurappan's permission to visit the temple.

3. Leave your EGO and CELL PHONE outside with your SHOES.  Lord Puthurappan doesn't care you are a bigshot. Nor do your fellow worshippers.



4. Walk slowly, carefully, silently and noiselessly. With palms folded, meditating on Lord Shiva, repeat the mantra Om Namah Shiva with immense love in your heart.

5. The Malayalees are a soft, God-fearing people. Please do NOT mistake it for weakness and behave in the temple as you would in the business world. Remember Lord Puthurappan is in charge. He will show you very quickly.

6. If you have sponsored a vazhivadu, stand quietly in front of the Lord silently repeating the mantra 'Om Namah Shivaya'

This would be a good time to mentally offer the japam you did at home for the last 40 days.  

7. Take the sacraments that are given to you at the end of the vazhivadu. It is customary to leave a generous dakshina for the melshanti (priest) in gratitude for the prayers he has said for your well-being
 
 
8. Then sit quietly on the side, feeling immense gratitude that Lord Puthurappan has given you darshan and heard your prayers. Mentally ask Puthur Shiva what you may do for the temple. HE will let you know. Do that to the best of your ability.

9. Leave silently without disturbing any of the Gods, Siddhas and our ancestors who are in deep meditation in the temple. Many of us have experienced their presence and have received their blessings.
 
10. Return home and thank Lord Puthurappan for the blessings HE has showered upon you and will shower upon you in the future.  

11. It is customary to send a donation to the temple in the fullness of the blessings you have received and will continue to receive. Remember you can never give money away to Lord Shiva. All of it will be returned to you blessed and multiplied manifold.

IF you have followed all of the above, please come back soon.















 






In these days of security concerns, it is not advisable to send cash / money order / bank draft / bank cheques to any organization any where in the world.

Please send your donation for the temple only via wire transfer directly to the official bank account given below:

OFFICIAL BANK ACCOUNT

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

Please also send a letter to the temple stating clearing the following details:

1. Name of Devotee
2. Address of Devotee
3. What the donation is for
4. Gothram (if known)
5. Nakshatram (if known)

Temple Mailing address:

Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple
Pattambi Road, Perintalmanna,
Malappuram District,
Kerala, India 679 322

Please insist on an official receipt even if you don't need one. It will help keep Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple free of corruption.

Please also email us at puthurshiva@gmail.com when you contribute for Annadanam so we can budget how many people we can feed on a daily basis.
Thank you.
  


Come Let us Pray to Lord Shiva

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.

For more information, please click on:



 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.
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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

According to Kerala Dewasom rules, the temple must receive the donation in cash in the temple office before the priests can conduct a vazivadu. In these days of security concerns, it is not advisable to send cash / money order / bank draft / bank cheques to any organization any where in the world.

If you would like to offer annadanam or conduct a vazhivadu/pujai at the Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple in Perintalmanna in Kerala, India, please send your donation only via wire transfer directly to the official bank account given below:

OFFICIAL BANK ACCOUNT

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

Please also send a letter to the temple stating clearing the following details:

1. Name of Devotee
2. Address of Devotee
3. If donation is for Annadanam or Vazhivadu,
4. Gothram (if known)
5. Nakshatram (if known)

Temple Mailing address:

Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple
Pattambi Road, Perintalmanna,
Malappuram District,
Kerala, India 679 322

Please insist on an official receipt, even if you don't need one. It will help keep Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple free of corruption.

Please also email us at puthurshiva@gmail.com when you contribute for Annadanam so we can budget how many people we can feed on a daily basis.

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."

Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami said:

"THE WORSHIP OF SIVA WILL GIVE YOU WEALTH.
THE WORSHIP OF SIVA WILL GIVE YOU HEALTH.
THE WORSHIP OF SIVA WILL GIVE YOU KNOWLEDGE.
THE WORSHIP OF SIVA WILL FILL YOUR HEART WITH LOVE AND COMPASSION"

To join our japam group, participants must be
· vegetarian
· consume no alcohol
· do NOT smoke or take recreational drugs
· 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.  115 Participants
93 adults, 22 children
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.


















According to Kerala Dewasom rules, the temple must receive the donation in cash in the temple office before the priests can conduct a vazivadu. In these days of security concerns, it is not advisable to send cash / money order / bank draft / bank cheques to any organization any where in the world.

If you would like to offer annadanam or conduct a vazhivadu/pujai at the Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple in Perintalmanna in Kerala, India, please send your donation only via wire transfer directly to the official bank account given below:

OFFICIAL BANK ACCOUNT

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

Please also send a letter to the temple stating clearing the following details:
1. Name of Devotee
2. Address of Devotee
3. If donation is for Annadanam or Vazhivadu,
4. Gothram (if known)
5. Nakshatram (if known)

Temple Mailing address:
Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple
Pattambi Road Perintalmanna,
Malappuram District, Kerala, India 679 322
 
Please insist on an official receipt, even if you don't need one. It will help keep Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple free of corruption.

Please also email us at puthurshiva@gmail.com when you contribute for Annadanam so we can budget how many people we can feed on a daily basis.
Thank you .
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