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Carnatic Musing 19 – Visarjan – Ganesh Chathurthi Special – Conclusion

In this pandemic year 2020, I was fortunate to participate in the Ganesh Chathurthi Festival throughout the 11 days of celebrations through my daily blogs. I feel blessed that Lord Vinayaka provided me an opportunity to focus and improve my learning. Here is a composition by Oothukaadu Venkata Kavi as I bid adieu to Lord… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 19 – Visarjan – Ganesh Chathurthi Special – Conclusion

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Carnatic Musing 18 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 11 – Gana Nayakam – Raga Rudra Priya

Audio Link Listen to the ever green voice of MLV https://www.dropbox.com/s/xghrmu0g87bm046/Gananayakam%20Bhajeham%20%20-MLV-%20rudrapriyA-Bmzyc34zpQ4.mp3?dl=0 Sanskrit Verses पल्लवि गण नायकं भजेऽहं भजे कमलेश नुतं काम रिपु सुतम् अनुपल्लवि अणिमादि सिद्धि दायकं सु-मुखम् चरणम् वाणी रमणानन्दं वरदं वदने द्विरदं वर बाल गुरु गुहम् English Transliteration pallavi gaNa nAyakaM bhajE(a)haM bhajE kamalESa nutaM kAma ripu sutam anupallavi aNimAdi siddhi dAyakaM su-mukham… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 18 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 11 – Gana Nayakam – Raga Rudra Priya

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Carnatic Musing 17 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 10 – Gajanana yutam – Raga Vega Vahini (Chakravaham)

Audio Link Listen to Trichur Brothers https://www.dropbox.com/s/c7x06mtiyqn3fqp/Gajananayutham-Trichur%20Bros%20-K5b8zb3BdgA.mp3?dl=0 Sanskrit Verses पल्लवि गजानन युतं गणेश्वरं भजामि सततं सुरेश्वरम् समष्टि चरणम् अजेन्द्र पूजित विघ्नेश्वरं गणादि सन्नुत पद पद्म करं (मध्यम काल साहित्यम्) कुञ्जर भञ्जन चतुर-तर करं गुरु गुहाग्रजं प्रणवाकारम् English Transliteration pallavi gajAnana yutaM gaNESvaraM bhajAmi satataM surESvaram samashTi caraNam ajEndra pUjita vighnESvaraM gaNAdi sannuta pada padma karaM… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 17 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 10 – Gajanana yutam – Raga Vega Vahini (Chakravaham)

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Carnatic Musing 16 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 9 – Siddhi Vinayakam Anisham – Raga Chamaram

Audio Link Listen to the Musicians’ Musician DK Jayaraman https://www.dropbox.com/s/9xaax21vbzn94gh/DK%20Jayaraman-Siddhi%20Vinayakam%20Anisham-Shanmukhapriya-Rupakam-%20Dikshitar-dZrUhMBcSMg.mp3?dl=0 Meaning in English I will always worship the elephant faced Siddhi Vinayaka who provides whatever we wish for The saints, the demon clans of Yaksha and Kinna worship him. The entire universe knows about Ganapathy. He resides at the centre as the root and basis… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 16 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 9 – Siddhi Vinayakam Anisham – Raga Chamaram

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Carnatic Musing 15 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 8 – Sri Maha Ganapatiravatu – Gawlai

Background The Tamil Classic “Peria Puranam” narrates the incident of Sundaramurti Nayanar immersing 12000 gold coins in the river Manimutharu at a place called Thirumudukundram (near Viruthachalam, Cuddalore) and retrieving gold from the Kamalalaya tank at Tiruvarur and taking the help of this Vinayaka to assess its purity as per the directions of Lord Siva.… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 15 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 8 – Sri Maha Ganapatiravatu – Gawlai

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Carnatic Musing 14 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 7 – Vathapi Ganapathim – Hamsadhvani

Significance of Vatapi वातापि - The name of an Asura devoured by Agastya. vāta wind, pā to drink. It also denotes the place “Vatapi”, today called as Badami in Karnataka. Paranjothi, the army chief of Narasimhavarman I (Pallava King), conquered Vatapi the capital of Chalukyas in 642 AD and brought a Ganapati (Ganesh) idol from… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 14 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 7 – Vathapi Ganapathim – Hamsadhvani

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Ganesh Chathurthi Special 6 – Vakra tunda maha kaya

Audio Link https://www.dropbox.com/s/gitk4ebn7u4wgqu/Vakratunda%20Mahakaya%20I%20Ganesh%20Shlok%20I%20Shankar%20Mahadevan-poUKWeFxSi8.mp3?dl=0 Sanskrit Verse वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ । निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ॥ English Transliteration Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Suurya-Kotti Samaprabha | Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa || Meaning of the Sanskrit Words वक्रतुण्ड (Vakra-Tunndda): Who has a Curved Trunk वक्र (Vakra) = Curved तुण्ड (Tunndda) = Trunk महाकाय (Maha-Kaaya): Who has… Continue reading Ganesh Chathurthi Special 6 – Vakra tunda maha kaya

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Ganesh Chathurthi Special 5 – Gajaananam Bootha

Audio Link https://www.dropbox.com/s/j5l5xpl4kxx949s/gajananam%20bhootha.mp3?dl=0 Sanskrit Verse गजाननं भूतगणादि सेवितं कपित्थजम्बूफलसार भक्षितम् । उमासुतं शोकविनाशकारणं (कारकं) नमामि विघ्नेश्वर पादपङ्कजम् ॥ English Transliteration Gaja-[A]ananam Bhuuta-Ganna-[A]adi Sevitam Kapittha-Jambuu-Phala-Saara Bhakssitam | Umaa-Sutam Shoka Vinaasha-Kaarannam (kaarakam) Namaami Vighne[a-I]shvara Paada-Pangkajam || Meaning of the Sanskrit Words गजाननं (Gaja-Aananam): Who has the Face of an Elephant गज (Gaja) = Elephant आनन (Aanana) =… Continue reading Ganesh Chathurthi Special 5 – Gajaananam Bootha

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Ganesh Chathurthi Special 4 – Agajaanana Padmarkam

Gauri Ganesh Audio Link https://www.dropbox.com/s/mzulm5lur65lx60/agajanana%20padmarkam.mp3?dl=0 Sanskrit Verse अगजानन पद्मार्कं गजाननं अहर्निशम् । अनेकदंतं भक्तानां एकदन्तं उपास्महे ॥ English Transliteration Agaja-[A]anana Padma-Arkam Gaja-[A]ananam Aharnisham | Aneka-Dam-Tam Bhaktaanaam Eka-Dantam Upaasmahe || Meaning of the Sanskrit Words अगजानन (Agajaanana): The Face of Gauri [Devi Parvati] अगजा (Agajaa) = Devi Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya आनन (Aanana) = Face… Continue reading Ganesh Chathurthi Special 4 – Agajaanana Padmarkam

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Ganesh Chathurthi Special 3 – Mooshika vaahana

Audio Link https://www.dropbox.com/s/9462bfxuqenq9lh/mooshika%20vahana%20modaka.mp3?dl=0 Sanskrit Verse मूषिकवाहन मोदकहस्त चामरकर्ण विलम्बितसूत्र । वामनरूप महेस्वरपुत्र विघ्नविनायक पाद नमस्ते ॥ English Transliteration Muussika-Vaahana Modaka-Hasta Caamara-Karnna Vilambita-Suutra | Vaamana-Ruupa Mahesvara-Putra Vighna-Vinaayaka Paada Namaste || Meaning of the Sanskrit Words मूषिकवाहन (Muussika-Vaahana): Who has the Mouse as the Vehicle मूषिक (Muussika) = Mouse वाहन (Vaahana) = Vehicle, Carrier मोदकहस्त (Modaka-Hasta): Who… Continue reading Ganesh Chathurthi Special 3 – Mooshika vaahana