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Shri Kanchi Maha Periva Thiruvadigal SaranamIntroductionHari Om!We are pleased to bring you the Sixth edition of the e-book series from the Kanchi Periva Forum. Like the last edition which was a special edition release for Sri Vinayaaka Chaturthi, this time also we have a special edition to mark the occasion of Navaratri Festival which is celebrated from16th October to 24th October 2012.This ebook is compiled with a view to present our readers a treasure of sorts. Among many other things, this contains excerpts from Sri Maha Perivas enchanting discourses on Ambaal, a beautiful compilation of Perivas sweet audio discourse on Ambaal, the significance of Navaratri, some information on Navaratri Puja, the Philosophy behind Navaratri Golu, the procedure of arranging the same and some common recipes for making Prasadam during the Navaratri festival.

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<p>Kanchi Periva Forum Navaratri Special Edition Ebook October 2012</p> <p>Table of ContentsIntroduction .................................................................................................................................................. 3 Details of our key contributors ..................................................................................................................... 4 Painting of Periva &amp; Ambal ........................................................................................................................... 5 Sri Maha Perivas discourses on Ambal ........................................................................................................ 6 Hear Sri Maha Perivas discourse about Ambal .......................................................................................... 11 Sri Durga Pancharatna Stotram .................................................................................................................. 12 The Philosophy of Navaratri Golu ............................................................................................................... 13 Significance of Navaratri ............................................................................................................................. 14 The South Indian Way of Observing Navaratri ........................................................................................... 15 Navaratri Puja ............................................................................................................................................. 18 Navaratri Songs ........................................................................................................................................... 19 Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar .................................................................................................................... 19 Dikshitars Kritis .................................................................................................................................... 20 Maharaja Swati Tirunal ......................................................................................................................... 20 Swati Tirunal Kritis ............................................................................................................................... 20 Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi ..................................................................................................................... 21 Oottukkadu Navavarana Kritis ............................................................................................................. 21 Navaratri Naivedhyam Recipes ................................................................................................................... 23 Recipe # 1 Ven Pongal and Peanut Sundal ....................................................................................... 23 Recipe # 2 - Moong Dal Sundal ............................................................................................................. 24 Recipe # 3 - Arachu Vitta Sundal .......................................................................................................... 24 Recipe # 4 - Yellow Peas Sundal........................................................................................................... 25 Recipe # 5 Kadambam Sundal ........................................................................................................... 26 Recipe # 6 Sweet Green Gram Sundal .............................................................................................. 26 Recipe # 7 - Sweet Black Eyed Beans Sundal (Vellai Karamani Vella Sundal) ................................. 27 Recipe # 8 - Black Channa Sundal garnished with sliced coconut pieces ......................................... 27 Recipe # 9 Bengal Gram Sweet Sundal ............................................................................................. 28 Tamboolam Offerings ................................................................................................................................. 28 Ebook on 51 Shakti Peethas ........................................................................................................................ 29 Ambal Darshan - Painting by Sri B.Narayanan ............................................................................................ 31</p> <p> Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum www.periva.proboards.com &amp; www.periva.org</p> <p>Page 2 of 31</p> <p>Kanchi Periva Forum Navaratri Special Edition Ebook October 2012</p> <p>Shri Kanchi Maha Periva Thiruvadigal SaranamIntroductionHari Om! We are pleased to bring you the Sixth edition of the e-book series from the Kanchi Periva Forum. Like the last edition which was a special edition release for Sri Vinayaaka Chaturthi, this time also we have a special edition to mark the occasion of Navaratri Festival which is celebrated from16th October to 24th October 2012. This ebook is compiled with a view to present our readers a treasure of sorts. Among many other things, this contains excerpts from Sri Maha Perivas enchanting discourses on Ambaal, a beautiful compilation of Perivas sweet audio discourse on Ambaal, the significance of Navaratri, some information on Navaratri Puja, the Philosophy behind Navaratri Golu, the procedure of arranging the same and some common recipes for making Prasadam during the Navaratri festival. In addition, we have also included the Durga Pancharatna Stotram composed by Maha Periva in praise of Ambaal, along with links to its meaning. We have also included the link to hearing this wonderful stotram online, as rendered by MS Amma such that you can listen, practice and recite this on every single day of Navaratri. Some devotees of our Forum have come together to make this special edition ebook a visual delight. Here is a brief note about these contributors who deserve our profound thanks and gratitude. A more detailed note about them appears elsewhere in this ebook. Sri B.Narayanan, who has provided us his beautiful painting of Sri Akilandeswari Amman. Sri Sankar C.S, who has helped with all the musical features associated with Navaratri, and by providing the songs and appropriate links. Sri Senthil Kumar.P, who has designed the cover page and page layout for this ebook. We are sure that this special edition of our Ebook will be a feast to your eyes and we request you to forward this to all your friends and relatives to enjoy. We would like to record our sincere gratitude to Artist Sri Ma. Se. (Maniyam Selvam), who is an extremely popular artist, and who has kindly shared a beautiful painting done by his father late Sri Maniyam for our use. For those who are not familiar about our website and forum, we welcome you to visit www.periva.org for a collection of rare videos and complete online library of upanyasams of Sri Maha Periva. Please also register on the forum www.periva.proboards.com to stay updated on devotees experiences and to receive our regular newsletters. We humbly submit this sixth e-book at the lotus feet of Shri Maha Periva. Feedback may be shared with us at kanchiperiva@gmail.com. Administrator - Kanchi Periva Forum kanchiperiva@gmail.com</p> <p>Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara Hara Shankara! Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum www.periva.proboards.com &amp; www.periva.org</p> <p>Page 3 of 31</p> <p>Kanchi Periva Forum Navaratri Special Edition Ebook October 2012</p> <p>Details of our key contributorsSri B. Narayanan Sri Narayanan Bala is very well known amongst all Periva devotees for his immaculate paintings on His Holiness, Sri Maha Periva. Sri Narayanan Bala, now 71 years, has had a successful career at HAL and BPL. Sri Narayanan has so far created over 40 masterpiece paintings and sketches of Sri Maha Periva, all with the blessings of His Holiness. He intends to complete 108 paintings of Maha Periva, and we pray to Periva to bless him, and give him the strength and resilience to realize his dream. An ardent devotee of Sri Maha Periva, Sri Narayanan is also one of the moderators in the Kanchi Periva Forum, and has been contributing articles and his paintings/illustrations for use in the Forum publications. He lives with his family in Palakkad and can be reached on beeyen.bala@gmail.com.</p> <p>Sri Sankara Narayanan C S Sri Sankara Narayanan, now 56 years, works at a Nationalised bank in Chennai. He is well versed in Sanskrit. He had compiled Sri Adi Shankaras slokams for publication of a book on the eve of the centenary celebrations of Kalady mutt. He lives with his family in Chennai and can be reached on sankarcs56@gmail.com.</p> <p>Sri P. Senthil Kumar Sri P. Senthil Kumar is quite popular in the Kanchi Periva Forum for his wonderful creations for the Divine Thoughts of Periva posters. With an MBA to his credit, he is a young HR professional currently employed with a software company in Chennai. With a passion for Graphics and Web Design which he learnt using online tutorials and e-books when he was at college, Senthil has created few short 3D animation movies, web pages and logos for a few of companies. Senthil also enjoys playing the guitar. Senthil lives with his family in Chennai and can be reached on senzkumar82@gmail.com.</p> <p> Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum www.periva.proboards.com &amp; www.periva.org</p> <p>Page 4 of 31</p> <p>Kanchi Periva Forum Navaratri Special Edition Ebook October 2012</p> <p>Painting of Periva &amp; AmbalThis beautiful painting depicts clearly that when Periva walks in to your home (or heart), automatically Lalitha Tripurasundari follows Him and enters your home to bless you. What a wonderful depiction!! Stunning blend done by the late artist Sri Maniyam, and this has been preserved so nicely and handed to us by Sri Ma.Se, his son and a very popular artist himself. We bring this painting to you with special credits and thanks to Sri Ma. Se.</p> <p> Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum www.periva.proboards.com &amp; www.periva.org</p> <p>Page 5 of 31</p> <p>Kanchi Periva Forum Navaratri Special Edition Ebook October 2012</p> <p>Sri Maha Perivas discourses on AmbalGoddesses of Navaratri During Navaratri, we pray to Durga Parameswari, Maha Lakshmi and Saraswathi Devi. Whether we consider them as three Goddesses or 33 Crore Devatas, all that is One only, the One Parasakthi. Lalitha Sahasranamam makes this succinctly clear. It says:- " She is the Creator. 'Srushti Karthri - Brhma rupa.' She is the Protector. 'Gopthri - Govinda Rupini.' She is the Annihilator too. 'Samharini Rudra Rupa.' "Lalitha who is Durga, is also Parasakthi, Mahalakshmi and Saraswathi. In Lakshmi Ashtothram, there is a mantra, 'Brhma Vishnu Sivathmikayai Namaha'. In Saraswathi Ashtothram too, the same mantra occurs, 'Brhma Vishnu Sivathmikayai Namaha'! Thus it is being made clear beyond doubt that, it is one and the same power that does the three main tasks of Creation, Protection and Annihilation. The One Parasakthi, in different garbs, functions multivariously. As Durga, She imparts courage and power. As Mahalakshmi, She grants wealth. As Saraswathi, She gives Knowledge, Awareness and Gnana! Adi Parasakthi Durga, can be considered as Parvathi. As She is the daughter of Himawan, She is 'Malaimagal', (hill's daughter). Mahalakshmi came in to being in the Ocean of Milk and so She is 'Alaimagal', (wave's daughter). Saraswathi endows all knowledge, arts, science and Gnana and so She is 'Kalaimagal'. The daughter of the parvatha Raja Himawan, Ambal and the daughter of Kshira Sagara, Mahalakshmi; have both taken birth as the daughters of two Maharishis. Brugu Rishi did tapasya (austerities), so as to beget Mahalakshmi as his daughter. Willingly She took life as his daughter. As Brugu's offspring She got a name of Bhargavi. Amarakosam, the Sanskrit dictionary says, 'Bhargavi loka janani ksheerasagara kanyaka', (to mean, 'Bhargavi, worlds mother is the daughter of milky ocean'). Similarly, Kathyayana Maharishi, did tapasya, for the purpose of getting the Parameswari Herself as his daughter. She consented to be born accordingly. As Kathyayana's daughter, She got the name, Kathyayani. The Gayathri mantra by which Durga is prayed to says, 'that we meditate on Her as Kathyayani'. If we sincerely bow down to Sakshat Parasakthi as Kathyayani and Mahalakshmi as Bhargavi, we will also become child-like, devoid of deceit and skull-duggery. As now-a-days, wrist watches are made water proof, we will become passion proof and anger proof. She will grant us this.</p> <p> Copyrights reserved Kanchi Periva Forum www.periva.proboards.com &amp; www.periva.org</p> <p>Page 6 of 31</p> <p>Kanchi Periva Forum Navaratri Special Edition Ebook October 2012It is my guess that, Kathyayani the child God, is the one referred to as 'Kaththayi', in the villages of South India. Similarly, the villagers have long been referring to one 'Pechchayi', who is none other than Saraswathi, the Goddess of speech. Speech in English is 'pechchu' in Tamil. Let us pray to Ambal Parameswari, for strength and courage, let us pray to Lakshmi for wealth and materials and let us pray to Vagdevi Saraswathi, for power of speech, clear thinking and Gnana, knowing fully well that all these Gods are one and the same!</p> <p>For me, Ambal is the most important It is not enough, if the house, dress and body are clean. It is most important that, the mind should be clean without a blemish! For this the only help is to meditate on Sakshat Parasakthi, the consort of Parameswara. We will be cleansed of all dirt and become complete without a want or flaw. The fact that we are born as human beings with incapacity, inefficiency and insufficiency, is her play only. To make us complete is also Her responsibility only. Instead of living and dying like animals and so many life forms; so as to enable us to get out of this cycle of repeated births and deaths, all the religions of this world have evolved. There is no religion required, other than devotion to Mother. This meditation on Parasakthi is good enough to, give us contentment and completeness. For me She is important. My mind is intermittently, constantly and continuously, in Her Dhyana, for the sake of World Peace, understanding and wellbeing. You all should be doing that. You all should be meditating on Her. It is enough to practice Karma Anushtana and spend some time in Dhyana or meditation of Mother's feet as often as possible. A person who does meditation like this, will never face unsurmountable difficulties. He will have the power and strength of mind to face problems of life. We have the key for happy living. We do not have to do very big things. We do not have to climb Mount Everest! First of all try and live by some moral standards. The very decision not to be sinful, takes you far. When we do a mistake, sincerely pray to Mother, to save you from repetition. Progress with clarity individually. As we progress with contentment in our hearts, by Her grace, we will automatically influence others without trying. That will b...</p>