Krishnamruta Maharnava – XIV

  • Sloka 131: O Bhudevi! Even if it is an impure place, or a country belonging to the Mlechhas, if there exists a Shaligrama which has Chakra signs on it, then a region of 3 Yojanas around that place is my place (has my special presence)
  • Sloka 132: Shaligrama contains the special presence of Lord Hari. Therefore, if one carries a Shaligrama with Chakra signs or a Chakranika to a place, that place becomes 100 times better than even Varanasi
  • Sloka 133: In Shaligrama stones and in Chakrankitas, there is always a special presence of the Lord. Hence, in any house where there is a confluence of these two, the Sadhaka there will surely obtain Mukti. This is certain!
  • Sloka 134: Rudra said:: The theertha from the Shankha, Naivedya offered to Lord Hari, Nirmalya, Theertha, Arathi and Angara (left-over from Dhoopa) – these can relieve an individual from the sins of even Brahma Hatya
  • Sloka 135: If one rotates the Shankha with water around Lord Hari from His feet to His head (known as Shankha Bhramana) and then sprinkles such water on to oneself, the sins corresponding to 10000 Brahma Hatyas will get burnt away
  • Sloka 136: If one has adorned himself with the Shankha Udaka (theertha from Shankha as explained in previous shloka), even Navagrahas, Bhootas, Pisachas, Snakes, Rakshashas and other evil will run away from such a person
  • Sloka 137: The merits described in the Shastras for performing monthly fasts for six months, the same merits can be obtained in Kali Yuga by consuming the food offered to Lord Vishnu
  • Sloka 138: If one cleans his body with the Nirmalya offered to Lord Vishnu, the sins and diseases of such a person will completely get destroyed
  • Sloka 139: The holy water from the feet of Vishnu (theertha) will rid one from untimely deaths, deadly diseases and all sins and misfortune. ┬áThe theertha therefore is very auspicious
  • Sloka 140: Rudra said:: O Devi! Listen to this amazing thing – The Mangala Arathi (auspicious lamp) held in front of Lord Vishnu, upon contact, burns away even the sins of Brahma Hatya (and other sins) of a person

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Gita Mahaatmyam

Today is Gita Jayanti, the Shukla Ekadashi of Margashira month, when it is traditionally believed that Lord Krishna narrated the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna (and the rest of us). On this ocassion, I am uploading the transliteration of the Gita Mahaatmyam in Kannada, Devanagari and English scripts. These can also be downloaded from the mantras page under the “Srimad Bhagavadgita” section.

The Gita Mahaatmyam describes the greatness of the Bhagavadgita and is revealed by Lord Vishnu himself to Bhudevi. It is part of the Varaha Purana. Some salient points about the Gita mentioned in this stotra are as follows

  • One who indulges in regularly chanting the Gita is freed from the bondage of Karma and all his sins are washed away
  • The place where the Gita resides (as a book) and is regularly chanted is equal to a pilgrim place
  • Lord Krishna himself resides in the place where Gita is chanted regularly
  • Chanting the Gita daily results in salvation
  • If one has a problem chanting all the 18 chapters daily, one should attempt chanting as much as possible (9 chapters, 6, 3 or 1 chapter – or at the least a few shlokas). Each of these attempts has proportional, but still immense, benefits!
  • Even a big sinner can obtain Vaikunta if he develops interest in the Gita, understands it and chants it
  • One has to chant the Gita Mahaatmyam after one finishes reading the entire Gita

|| Sri Krishnaarpanamastu ||

Krishnamruta Maharnava – XIII

  • Sloka 121: Garuda Purana:: If one gives the remaining Naivedya of Lord Hari to his Pitrus during Shraddha ceremony, the Pitrus of such a person will be satisfied for many crores of Kalpas with such a Pinda offering containing Tila and Kusha grass
  • Sloka 122: One who engages in fixing a price for Shaligrama stone, One who engages in selling Saligramas, One who allows trade involving Saligrama shilas, One who participates or approves the puchase of Saligramas… (contd in next shloka)
  • Sloka 123: (contd…) Such a person will attain hell after the Pralaya (armageddon) of this Universe. Therefore, wise men should give up (never engage) the trading of the Shaligrama Shila containing Chakras
  • Sloka 124: What more needs to be said? Those who are hesitant of sins have to worship Shaligrama. Those wishing for Moksha should always worship Shaligrama along with two Chakranikas (stones obtained in Dwaraka)
  • Sloka 125: For a person who consumes the Tirtha made from Shaligrama Shila, what is the use of Panchagavya (mixture made using cow products during Yagnas), even if consumed thousands of times!
  • Sloka 126: Just as the holy water of Vishnu (tirtha) is auspicious and gives merits, so does the Nirmalya offered to Lord Hari (Tulasi, etc), His gandha, His Naivedya, left-over dhoopa (angaara) and Arathi also offer innumerable merits
  • Sloka 127: One should always consume the Naivedya which has the leaves of Tulasi (added to the food while offering it to the Lord). One should always bear, on his head, the Nirmalya as it remedies even the greatest sins!
  • Sloka 128: Irrespective of whether done with devotion or without devotion, if one sees or touches the Shaligrama stone which has Chakra signs on it, all the sins of an individual are washed away
  • Sloka 129: In the Shaligrama stone and the Chakranika stone from Dwaraka, the special appearance/presence of Lord Hari exists. Therefore, the tirtha made from these washes away even the sins of Brahma Hatya (killing of a knowledgeable man)
  • Sloka 130: Where ever there is a Shaligrama stone, Lord Hari exists there. Hence, snana (bathing) and daana (donations) made in such a place is a hundred times more beneficial than even Varanasi!

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Krishnamruta Maharnava – XII

  • Sloka 111: Where Lord Keshava resides in the form of the Saligrama Shila (stone), in such a place all the Gods, devatas, Yajnas and the 14 worlds are present
  • Sloka 112: Even though there are all kinds of firewood in this world, when “Arani wood” is rubbed against each other, fire ignites. Similarly, even though Vishnu is present everywhere, His special presence radiates in Saligrama
  • Sloka 113: The joy that Lord Hari derives out of staying in the chakras of Saligrama stone, He does not derive the same joy even when He is with Lakshmi or when He is in Vaikunta
  • Sloka 114: O Vaishya! The stones that become available in the Saligrama mountain are of twelve types. I will tell you the merits obtained by worshiping these stones according to the Shastras
  • Sloka 115: The merits that one gets by worshiping 12 crores Lingas for 12 Kalpas using Golden Lotuses is obtained by worshiping Saligrama for just one day!
  • Sloka 116: The Pitrus of one who performs Shraddha (ceremonies for the ancestors) near the Saligrama stone (by having them) will enjoy the comforts of heaven for 100 Kalpas
  • Sloka 117: The Pitrus of one who performs Shraddha near the Saligrama worshiped in ones home will be completely satisfied and obtain Moksha. This is certain!
  • Sloka 118: He alone qualifies as the true son who worships Lord Mahavishnu first and then worships/satisfies the devatas and Pitrus next with the remaining naivedya. “Let him live happily with his wife and children” will be the wish of devatas and Pitrus for such a person
  • Sloka 119: Quote from Padma purana:: Homas must be done and havis must be offered to other devatas only from the offerings made to Lord Vishnu. The same must be offered to Pitrus also. Unlimited merits are the result of doing so
  • Sloka 120: The Pitrus of a person who makes offerings first to his ancestors and then to the Paramatma will drink Retas and languish in hell in deep sorrow

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Krishnamruta Maharnava – XI

  • Sloka 101: The flowers, food, fruits and water offered to Lord Rudra must not be touched (consumed). Shiva’s nirmalya must not be crossed. Therefore, all the things offered to Rudra must be put into a well
  • Sloka 102: One who takes bath in rivers which do not join seas gets the merits equivalent to performing yagas for three days; Bathing in rivers that do join seas gets merits equivalent to a fortnight; Bathing in the sea itself gets merits equivalent to a month
  • Sloka 103: River Godavari gives merits equal to Yagas performed for six months; River Ganga gives merits worth one year’s performance of Yagas. But all these cannot give even one sixteenth the merits of the theertha of Lord Vishnu (Vishnu Paadodaka)
  • Sloka 104: In order to get rid of sins, one needs to take the holy water from places such as Ganga, Gaya, Prayaga, Pushkara, Naimishaaranya and Kurukshetra for a long time; On the other hand, merely by taking the holy water of Lord Vishnu (theertha), all the sins are instantly washed away!
  • Sloka 105: All the holy waters (in holy places) in this Universe are not equal to even one sixteenth the merit (power) of the water from Lord Vishnu’s feet (Vishnu theertha)
  • Sloka 106: One who offers water to Lord Vishnu, consumes that water and also puts it on to his head will lose all his sins and obtain the siddhi (knowledge) of the Supreme Lord
  • Sloka 107: Brahma said:: One who offers Abhisheka (water) to a Saligrama with the Dwadashakshara mantra “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya” and then takes (sprinkles on himself) that holy water will get the merit of having bathed in the holy River Ganga
  • Sloka 108: One who offers Abhisheka to Saligrama which has the Chakra signs on it (a – Sudarshana Saligrama, b – Saligrama and Dwaraka Chakrankita) and then sprinkles the water on to his head and drinks it will reach the abode of Vishnu
  • Sloka 109: The holy waters of Ganga, Godavari, Narmada and other rivers, which have the ability to destroy our Karmas and grant Moksha, always reside in the holy water of Saligrama (water that has been offered to Saligrama)
  • Sloka 110: The Saligrama stone has signs of Chakra in it and has been made by a worm known as “Vajra Keeta”. This stone has the special presence of Vishnu in it and rids one of all sins!

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Durga Stuti

I have uploaded the Durga Stuti from the Mahabharata in Kannada, Devanagari and English scripts on the mantras page.

Just before the Mahabharata war, Sri Krishna instructs Arjuna to pray to Lord Durga in order to ensure victory over the Kauravas, led by the mighty Bhishma. Arjuna does so and Lord Durga appears before him and grants him a boon that Pandavas will be victorious. This chanting of Arjuna is known as the Durga Stuti. This is another one of those hundreds of Stotras and Stutis which are part of the Mahabharata epic.

This Durga Stuti is to be chanted for overcoming disease, enemies and other obstacles.

Krishnamruta Maharnava – X

  • Sloka 91: The thousands of holy dips that people take at crores of holy waters (theertha kshetras) and the hundreds of observations of countless rituals is not equal to even one sixteenth the result of devoutly offering salutations to Narayana
  • Sloka 92: Heart, Head, Eyes, Mind, Words (tongue), Legs, Hands and Knees – since namaskara (prostration) is done with these eight parts, it is known as “Ashtanga Namaskara”
  • Sloka 93: Even if one salutes Lord Hari, the wielder of Sharnga bow, out of pride and ego, the sins accumulated over hundreds of birth will be eliminated; this is certain!
  • Sloka 94: The One who is going to lift the people who are drowning in the ocean of life by continuously committing sins is none else than Lord Narayana, the Lord of the Universe and the Supreme One
  • Sloka 95: One will gain entry into Vishnu Loka and be worshiped there for as many years as the number of dust particles that stick to one’s body while prostrating in front of Lord Vishnu!
  • Sloka 96: The naivedya (food) offered to Lord Vishnu is pure and fit for consumption. If one consumes the naivedya offered to other (lesser) Gods, one must undertake the Chaandraayana vrata (ritual)
  • Sloka 97: The results one obtains by merely consuming the naivedya offered to Lord Vishnu is equal to the result obtained by performing thousands of crores of Chaandraayana vratas and crores of months of fasting
  • Sloka 98: One who consumes the naivedya after offering it to Lord Vishnu will get the merits of hundreds of Chaandraayana vratas for every morsel of such food he consumes
  • Sloka 99: If, after offering it to Lord Murari, one consumes naivedya mixed with Tulasi and sprinkled with Vishnu Theertha (water), such a devotee will get the merits of having performed crores & crores of Yagnas
  • Sloka 100: If we accept the garland, gandha, clothes and jewellery adorned by you and we consume the food left over by you, then we, your eternal servants, will overcome Maya (Prakruti) [this is a quotation of Uddhava to Lord Krishna mentioned by Srimadacharya]

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