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Krishna Janmashtami/Gokulashtami 2017

Krishna-Janmashtami – Rules and observances as per Hindu Dharma shastra

For Krishna Janmashtami on 14th August 2017 Midnight

The following has been extracted from a text describing the customs to be followed on Janmashtami. On 14th August 2017, Monday midnight, we will be set to celebrate the 5244th birthday of Lord Sri Krishna.

Following this Krishnajanmashtami vrata which not only will bring enormous amount of punya (merits) in your spiritual account with destruction of papas (sins), but also Shastras suggest that celebrating Balakrishnajanmashtami with specific mantras addressed to Chandra Deva during this time will be the best time to ask for a boon to beget a child for yourself like Balakrishna.

On 14th August 2017 midnight, we will celebrate Krishnajanmashtami. This is the midnight of 14th and 15th August 2017 joining together.

Dharma Shastra says prepare the pooja room in such a way that it looks like a “Sutikagruha” or “Delivery Room” of Devaki. In your pooja you need to either place an Oonjal/Joola/Palna/or a small rectangular peetham/asan cover it with silk cloth or any good cloth and place the moorthi/vigraha/idol or photo of Balakrishna. Dharma Shastra says the idol of Balakrishna can be of eight types. Gold, silver, copper, peetal, mud, wood, mani (pearl) or drawing by hand. Imagine or draw and colour with hand Devaki, Vasudev, Nanda, Balarama, Yashoda, Gopis, cows, calves, elephants and rakshasas with weapon, kalia snake with Krishna standing on it in river Yamuna. Draw all this and decorate it in the pooja area. If anyone has Golu set of Krishna’s life it is the best as will save all the drawing. If the Oonjal/Joola/Palna is big, place drawing/idol of devaki along with Krishna in a sleeping position as though breast feeding Balakrishna. Even draw a Laxmi image/idol sitting and a lotus and place it near Devaki’s leg as if Laxmi is pressing the leg of the divine mother Devaki who has delivered the divine child. Keep chandan, kumkum, fruits, flowers, tulasi leaves, incense sticks (agarbatti), camphor, ghee lamp, water, butter in a katori (kinnam) ready before pooja starts.

The pooja muhurtham/muhurath is from 12.20am to 01.05am on 14th Aug midnight which actually as per proper time 15th very early hours, few hours before sunrise. Before you start the pooja at 12.20 am all the above preparations can be done after having a bath. In Birmingham, UK all the temples have special Puja till just past midnight.

Then you come to pooja room and perform Sri Krishna pooja right from offering, Water, Chandan, Kumkum, Garland and perform Tulasi/flower archana of Balakrishna. You can either chant “Om Sri Balamukundaya Namaha” or “Om Sri Balakrishnaya namaha” 108 times, and each time you take the name offer tulasi leaves 108 times. You can also chant Sri Krishna Ashtottarashata Namavalli and offer tulasi with each name. This Krishna Ashtottarashata Namavalli ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3oE-h8Lgxk )is freely available on google. Show Dhoop/Agarbatti, Ghee lamp, offer Neivedya (Prasad), Butter, fruits and show Karpoor (camphor) Aarti to Lord Krishna. Those who know Shodashopachara Padhatti for pooja can also do it as per their way.

Dharma Shastra also mentions staying awake the entire night and singing Bhajans and praises of Lord Krishna or telling stories of Krishna.  In case of mud idol or drawing of Balakrishna for which pooja has been done, you can do visarjana in flowing water of any river.

Dharma Shastra quotes an episode of a conversation between Arjuna and Lord Sri Krishna where Arjuna asks Lord Sri Krishna, how should I celebrate your Janmadivas (birthday)? The above procedure is exactly what Sri Krishna told Arjuna around 3150 BC towards the end of Dwapara yuga which is also documented in Puranas. The above procedure is told by Sri Krishna to Arjuna for celebrating his Janmadivas .

Om Sri Balakrishnaya Namaha !krishna

AIKYA – Annual Music & Dance showcase

Carnatic-circle.com and Aabheri Nritya Vidyala come together to present AIKYA – a grand ensemble of Indian classical Bharatanatyam dance and music

AIKYA – Our annual Music & Dance showcase event on 8th October 2017 (4-8 pm) will be one of Birmingham’s biggest event in 2017 for portraying Indian culture & tradition with local upcoming talent in its pristine form. All performances will be delivered by our group of students who come from varying ages, linguistics & background. We all have come forward to perform with utmost fervour.

Tickets can be bought from http://tickets.ruddockpac.co.uk/Sales/events/ruddock-hall/aikya/ticket. This will be an agglomeration of Indian classical Carnatic Music which will be followed by a Tabla Ensemble & Bharatanatyam dance in a concert environment on a professional stage in a hall with renowned acoustics. We shall have the accompaniment of musicians playing Violin, Guitar, Sitar & Tabla. Any musicians who are interested to perform are welcome to apply for an Audition. Bharatanatyam performances will be performed with live vocals and music. Carnatic vocal renditions following age old traditions will be sung.

Mark your diaries – 8th October! All are welcome!

Bhajan event-Birmingham Balaji

Sampradaya Bhajanai group & Mantrasara performed in front of Birmingham Balaji on Saturday, the 3rd of June.

After several weeks of rehearsals, our Sampradaya Bhajanai group & Mantrasara performed in front of Birmingham Balaji on Saturday, the 3rd of June. The team had well prepared notes distributed amongst the audience for them to sing along in the typical Dakshina Bharata Sampradaya style. Songs in Thodaya Mangalam were followed by energetic deliveries of Astapadhis, Abhangs and Namavalis amidst the chanting of Devi Astotram and Hanuman Chalisa. Our performance at the temple was well received and we shall be performing there periodically.

Some Excerpts/Photos of our Weekly Bhajan sessions

 

 

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Carnatic Vocal, Bharatanatyam & Tabla in Solihull/Birmingham

Learn the nuances of Bharatanatyam dance forms, Indian Classical Carnatic (Karnatic) Vocal singing & Tabla from experienced teachers at Solihull based Aabheri Nritya Vidyalaya and Carnatic Circle

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AIKYA – Our Annual Music/Dance festival

Carnatic-circle.com and Aabheri Nritya Vidyala come together to present a grand ensemble of Indian classical Bharatanatyam dance and music

AIKYA – Our annual Music & Dance showcase event on 8th October 2017 will be one of Birmingham’s biggest event in 2017 for portraying Indian culture & tradition with local upcoming talent in its pristine form. All performances will be delivered by our group of students who come from varying ages, linguistics & background. We all have come forward to perform with utmost fervour.

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Tickets can be bought from http://tickets.ruddockpac.co.uk/Sales/events/ruddock-hall/aikya/ticket.   This will be an agglomeration of Indian classical Carnatic Music which will be followed by a Tabla Ensemble & Bharatanatyam dance in a concert environment on a professional stage in a hall with renowned acoustics. We shall have the accompaniment of musicians playing Violin, Guitar, Sitar & Tabla. Any musicians who are interested to perform are welcome to apply for an Audition. Bharatanatyam performances will be performed with live vocals and music. Carnatic vocal renditions following age old traditions will be sung.

Mark your diaries – 8th October! All are welcome!

Devotional Chant/Singing

Sampradaya & Mantrasara run by Carnatic-Circle.com are 2 groups that run free Bhajan workshops every week in Birmingham & Solihull, UK. For those interested in weekly Shloka/ Vedas/Stothram recitation in Birmingham, please get in touch. We also perform devotional singing of a large repertoire of Bhajans and Abhangs. These workshops are primarily geared to adults which can read Lyrics independently. If you are interested to participate or simply want to listen to our weekly performances, please call in. We are always looking for any music instrumentalists that want to add colour to the sessions.

All these efforts are mainly to preserve our heritage and is done on a group basis free of cost.Temple poster

Thyagaraja Aradhanai 2017

Solihull Carnatic music Circle will be singing for the Birmingham Thyagaraja Aradhanai 2017. It is scheduled for the 11/12th of March 2017. Please join and be part of it.

The original Thyagaraja Aradhanai is an annual event celebrated on the banks of River Cauvery in Tiruvaiyaru (near Tanjavur) in India. Musicians sit by the samadhi of the Saint and render Pancharatna krithis in chorus in honour of the saint. This spirit of music has spread worldwide. Here is a list of Krithis or Bhajans that we practice. whatsapp-image-2017-02-05-at-11-49-44