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Sundara Manmatha Koti Prakaasha,Hare Sri Krishna
When i am about to die, the only forms that should appear b4 me should be that of the Lord (Krishna) with the beautiful flute kept on his lips , with the peacock plumes slantingly placed on his head and with the body as blue as bluestone
Swami Desikan in GopAla Vimshathi

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Lambodhara Lakumikara:)

Dear friends ,

Finally , Pulled myself back into blog-o-sphere. Thanks for ur support and concerns. B4 continuing any further on this post, I offer my respectful obeisances to the Birthday Boy , the Lord of Obstacles, Sri Vighneshwara.

Shuklambaradharam Vishnum
Shashivarnam Chaturbhujam
Prasannavadanam Dhyaayeth

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All right folks, let us take a brief look at what the great people in the past have to say
about this God of wisdom..

If u had taken carnatic music lessons , ur guru (teacher) might have taught u the geetham , "Shree Gana Naatha" . In this geetham , the great sri vaishnava composer, Sri Purandaradasa says that Sri Ganesa is having all the holy men at his feet (Siddha Charana).

The greatest of the impersonalists, Sri Adi Sankara has also 2 works to his credit including the Ganesha Pancharatnam , where he says , he who recites the five gems (pancharatnam) every morning will soon be endowed with a healthy life both in the spiritual and material planes.

The Sanskrit scholar and one of the tri murthis par excellence, Sri Muthuswamu Dikshithar has composed 8 krithis on the mooladharamurthy. Out of the 8 , five are in the Ghana Ragas of Nata, Gowla, Arabhi, Varali and Sri. You might remember that the Pancharatna Krithis of Sri Tyagaraja are also use the same ghana raga concept.

Maha Ganapathim - Nata
Sri Mahaganapthi - Gowla
Lambodarya - Varali
Mooladhara Chakra - Sri

One krithi that needs a special mention is "Vathapi Ganpathim" where he adorns him with the beautiful hamsadwani raga. Most of the carnatic music artists like to begin the concert with this krithi on the lambodhara ( the one with a fat belly:)

One of my personal favorites is VallabhaNayakasya in Begada. I particularly like MMI (Madira Mani Iyers) rendition...real feast for the ears..

Sri Tyagarajha has also composed a krithi that goes with the name "giriraaja sutha" . Here he mentions ganesha as one with a feet worshipped by the Indras and the others.

Of course , there are many other great works on this Mooshikavaahanan not mentioned here including the Vedas (Ganaanaam twa) and puranas ( ganesa puranas) I have left them out for the sake of brevity.

From the above references , one could infer that there is something indeed special about Ganesha. There are so many different kinds of interpretations referring to various parts of his body. I would not want to go to such depths but rather bring to the attention that He symbolizes knowledege and the devout seeker would definitely deserve his grace. Of course out of the all the knowledges, one should always try and seek Ganesha to shower the spiritual knowledge on us. Ganesha, who himself is a great krishna bhaktha (acc to Brahma- samhita) will certainly remove the obstacles and initiate one's spiritual journey towards the Parabrahmam. Having said all that, would it be a surprise to find the people in ISKCON believing in Ganasha worship if it would take them one step closer to Sri Krishna?:)


Comments on "Lambodhara Lakumikara:)"


Blogger TJ said ... (2:55 AM) : 

Vatapi Ganapatim.. is a nice kriti to add to the list!
Thanks for the nice article on this chaturthi. :)


Blogger Dipa said ... (5:29 AM) : 


Happy Ganesh Chauth to all! May he remove all obstacles from our lives until the next Ganesh Chauth - when we shall be celebrating again!

I'm going to have something sweet to eat now! :)



Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said ... (10:21 AM) : 

Nice one Krishna - Happy Vinagaya Chathurthi to u too :)..Check out my post as well..


Blogger Kasthuri Srinivasan said ... (10:13 PM) : 

Very nice and timely post. M.S.'s "Mudhaakarartha Modhagam" is one of my favourite songs. I can hear to that all day long.


Blogger Anand Ramamoorthy said ... (10:55 PM) : 


I am going to post on my Ganehsa Chaturthi experiences tomorrow ( it is more to do with Ganesha and me than the festival),
great post, you are travelling on the right road to spiritual perfection (carnatic music is excellent as an aid to spiritual development- it is a sadhana!)

I am sorry that I couldn't make it before the Chaturthi as work had me kinda stressed.



Blogger krishna said ... (11:10 PM) : 

@ tj defintiely particular I like chembais rendition of the song..his voice suits the raga hamsadwani neatly..:)


belated chaturthi wishes ..:)

done boss...:)


yeah..the beautiful pancharatnam of adi sankara when rendered by MSS becomes double deified..:)

Did u check out the blog dedicated to M.S.S amma.If not , here is the URL.


Please do post ur experiences. Ganesa should be fine with that ..:)

Its due to the vighnarajas grace o was able to post on time..:) Thanks for ur feedback


Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said ... (12:25 AM) : 

Nanmba Krishna - I am proud to say that u have been tagged - LOL


Blogger visithra said ... (2:23 AM) : 

ahh ganesha my fav ;p

love shree vigna rajam bajeh as well - ootukadu kavi's piece ;)))


Blogger Ganesh said ... (7:21 AM) : 

good one krish

esp Hamsadwani raga always brings Ganapathi to our mind :)


Blogger krishna said ... (12:31 AM) : 

@ arjuna..

wat am i s'posed to do now?;)


thhnks for the pointer..

thats a nice song..i guess i have heard Sudha Raghunathan rendering that song when i was in india.:)



miga sariyaaga sepineergaL.:)


Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said ... (2:19 PM) : 

Krishna - all u need to do is check my blog and write the answers for all the questions :)


Blogger mysorean said ... (10:27 PM) : 

Hi Krishna,

I might neither know nor understand much about Carnatic music, but I sure did enjoy reading this post!

I have blogrolled you! :)


Blogger krishna said ... (2:39 AM) : 

Thanks Adi

Am glad that u enjoyed it

Will blog roll u sooner


Blogger krishna said ... (2:40 AM) : 


sure will do it sometime


Blogger bhattathiri said ... (5:13 PM) : 

There is no theory to be internalized and applied in this psychology. Ancient practices spontaneously induce what each person needs as the individual and the universal coincide. The work proceeds through intellectual knowledge of the playing field (jnana yoga), emotional devotion to the ideal (bhakti yoga) and right action that includes both feeling and knowledge(karma yoga). With ongoing purification we approach wisdom. The Bhagavad Gita is a message addressed to each and every human individual to help him or her to solve the vexing problem of overcoming the present and progressing towards a bright future. Within its eighteen chapters is revealed a human drama. This is the experience of everyone in this world, the drama of the ascent of man from a state of utter dejection, sorrow and total breakdown and hopelessness to a state of perfect understanding, clarity, renewed strength and triumph.

Mind is very restless, forceful and strong, O Krishna, it is more difficult to control the mind than to control the wind ~ Arjuna to Sri Krishna


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