Friday 30 September 2011

Moola Nakshathram, Sharan Navarthri, October 3rd, 2011

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Saraswathee Namasthubhyam Varadey Kaamaroopini,
Vidyaarambham Karishyaami Siddhir Bhavathumeysadaa!

(Mamavathu Sri Saraswathi, Composer: Sri.Mysore Vasudevachar, Ragam: Hindolam, Thalam:Adi.
For the fusion album, "Unique". Fusion music composed by late Sri.L.Vaidyanathan. Veena recorded on multi tracks, unique feature-combination of konnakkol and veena.)

Moola Nakshathram is the constellation of Goddess Saraswathi. During Sharan Navarathri the star "Moola" usually comes on Maha Sapthami thithi and considered most auspicious for worshipping the Mother of Knowledge. The three days starting from Moola Nakshathram are dedicated to the worship of Goddess Saraswathi. Maha Navami is celebrated as Ayudha/ Saraswathi Pooja which is on the 5th of October this year.
In "Deivaththin Kural" Maha Periyava has stated that Soundarya Lahari slokas no. 3, 12, 15, 16, 17, 60, 64, 75, 98 and 99 invoke the grace and blessings of Goddess Saraswathi. Slokas no. 96 and 99 invoke the grace of both the Goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswathi. For proficiency in music, slokas 66 and 69.
Point to note:- Aspiring veena artistes not to chant sloka no. 66 alone, but combine sloka no. 66 with sloka no.69. Sloka no. 66's essence is that Goddess Saraswathi discontinues playing the veena and packs the veena or puts the veena away (after listening to the voice of Goddess Parvathi).
Vijayadashami comes with the constellation of Shravana Nakshathram, the constellation in which Lord Balaji was born. The conclusion of Navarathri and Brahmotsavam on the Seven Hills happen together, signifying that Lord Balaji and Goddess Bala Tripurasundari are one and the same.