Sunday 28 August 2011

SONG OF THE SNAKES



"Anantham Vasukim Sesham Padmanaabhamcha Kambalam
Sashaankakapaalam Dhartharaashtram Taakshakam Kaaliyam Thathaa
Ethaani Nava Naamaani Naagaanaam Mahaathmaanaam
Saayankaale Pathennithyam Praathahkaale Viseyshathaha
Thasmi Vishabhayam Naasthi Sarvathra Vijayeebhaveth."

Aslesha Bali pooja is one of the important Kaalasarpa dosha pujas performed at Kukke Subramanya temple near Mangalore in Karnataka. Lord Subramanya is known as the protector from Kaalasarpa dosha and Kuja dosha. Kukke Sri Kshetra temple is the most popular for Sarpadosha puja. Aslesha Bali puja is performed on Aslesha nakshatra in each month. It is believed that if this puja is performed on other days it has no power.
Devotees believe Shravana masa, Karthika masa, and Margashira masa are the most auspicious months to perform Aslesha bali puja at Kukke temple.
The song above is "Magudi", song of the snakes, set to raga Punnagavarali and composed by my father, late Sri.G.Aswathama and rendered by myself (for the fusion album, "Unique", by late composer/violinist Sri L.Vaidyanathan). My sister, Shyamala Sajnani uploaded and sent me the song today which coincidentally happened to be Aslesha Nakshathram!!