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What should you do this year?
"Kara" Varusham (Year) = 14 April 2011 to 13 April 2012.
"Ujjini" Sacred Space.
Mother Uma Parvati and Lord Shiva Uyyakondeeswara of Ujjini.
Spiritual REJUVENATION, REGENERATION and REVITALIZATION in Ujjini during the KARA Year.
This is a Hasta Nakshatra (Birth Star) Temple.
Siddha Worship during the "Kara" Year.
The "Kara" year (of the 60 year cycle) began on 14 April 2011 and lasts till 13 April 2012.
In this article, we give you some of the Siddha secrets concerning this year and what you should do in this year for your own spiritual advancement.
Make good use of this Siddha wisdom and make good spiritual progress during this "Kara" Year.
SourceThe Siddha secrets regarding "Kara" Varusham (Year) have been described in the April 2011 issue of Sri Agasthia Vijayam, Sathguru Venkataraman's monthly magazine, that was made available to the public in the middle of March 2011.
The Sacred Space and Deities for the "Kara" Year - 14 April 2011 to 13 April 2012The sacred space for the "KARA" Year is the temple of
Universal Mother Uma Parvathi Devi and
Lord Sri Shiva Uyyakondeeswara
in the village of Ujjini which is located
adjacent to the Ilankaadu sacred space
which is near Thirukaattupalli (6 km)
in the Thiruvaiyaru Taluk
of Thanjavur District
in the state of Tamil Nadu in India.
See darshan pic below.
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Inner meaning of "Kara" YearIn the Siddha system of Sathguru Venkataraman, the "Kara" year of the 60 year cycle also stands for Hasta nakshatra.
This is one of the inner meanings of this Kara Varusham Year.
Hastha nakshatra birth star templeOne of the shaktis of this Ujjini sacred space of Mother Uma Parvathi Devi and Lord Uyyakondeeswara Siva is that of the Hastha nakshatra (one of the 27 nakshatra stars).
Thus this sacred space is very important for those whose birth star ("janma nakshatra") is Hastham.
Apart from being the special Siddha worship space for the "Kara" year (14 April 2011 to 13 April 2012), this sacred space of Ujjini is ALSO a lifelong worship temple for those people whose nakshatra is Hasta.
It is an "Ayush" (Longevity) shakti sacred space for Hasta nakshatra natives. They should offer worship here throughout their lives. In other words, they should visit this sacred space at regular intervals throughout their lives and offer worship here. For the primary HASTA nakshatra temple (and other birth star temples), click here.
That which troubles us but cannot be revealed...For those troubled by sensitive matters and problems that cannot be revealed to others, worship in this sacred space will help show them a way out of such troubles.
Male AND Female ChildrenAs Sathguru Venkataraman explained many a time, one of the many symbols of a fully auspicious family life is having both male and female children. For couples without male children or those without female children, worship in this sacred space of Ujjini will show the way of grace.
Rejuvenation Shaktis of Many DeitiesThis is a sacred space with the REJUVENATION shaktis of deities such as the Bhikshadana form of Lord Shiva, Parashakti, Annapoorani, Krishna, Brahma, Gnana Saraswati, Yama Dharmaraja, Chitragupta and others.
Bhikshadana Shakti in UjjiniUniversal Mother Uma Parvati in this sacred space of Ujjini is an amsa of Parasakthi who has experienced the spiritual glory of the Bhikshadana avatar of Lord Shiva on a grand scale.
Siddhas and Rejuvenation Blessings in UjjiniNumerous Siddhas, Maharishis, Yogis and Gnanis, Jeevan Muktas and paramahamsas such as Markandeya, Sukracharya, Chyavana and Durvasa received immense rejuvenation blessings in this sacred space.
They received these blessings through the Divine Grace inherent in the "poornavatara" shaktis of the Universal Mother here in Ujjini so that
(1) they may be further strengthened in their resepctive spiritual practices and
(2) fortified in executing their spiritual responsibilities including
(i) showing the spiritual path to those who are deserving and
(ii) helping humans and other beings find their way out of the problems of material life.
Very Special "COMPASSION BLESSING MUDRA" in the Left Hand of the Universal Mother in UjjiniThe left hand of the Divine Mother in this Ujjini sacred space is held in the very special "Ujjeeva baLaa Dhara Mudra" which is symbolic of a shower of Divine Grace, blessings and boons.
The Siddha secret of this "Kulisa Vara(da) Hastha" is that the Universal Mother here in Ujjini satisfies the longing of devotees even before they express their desires to Her.
"Kulisa Vara(dha)" refers to the divine hand that is eternally overflowing with blessings.
This is an expression of the "karunakara" shakti of compassion of the Divine Mother in this sacred space.
This "Kulisa Varada" mudra of the Divine Mother gives fullness, completion and perfection to the "ujjeevana mahanyasa shaktis" of spiritual rejuvenation and revitalization.
Another key feature of this "Ujjeevana Shakti" sacred space is that it makes us realize how we should lead our lives of dharma in accordance with principles of correct conduct and behavior.
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What should you do in the Kara Year?
(14 April 2011 to 13 April 2012)Each Tamil Year (such as Vikruti, Kara, etc.) is an ideal time for the spiritual correction of one of the organs and limbs of the body.
Our hands do both good things and bad things. The Kara Year (14 April 2011 to 13 April 2012) is an ideal time for (i) seeking the proper ways of expiating the bad karma arising out of the bad deeds either done by one's hands or aided and abetted by one's hands and (ii) for putting the same into action in a concentrated way.
During this "Kara" Year, the following worship and seva (service) procedures that involve the human hand get added significance:
(1) Do the "Kara Darshan" worship procedure without fail on waking up and before leaving the bed, i.e., on opening one's eyes every morning.
(2) Make flower garlands for deity worship with your own hands. (Men should do this too, especially in this Kara Year.)
(3) Generous offering of large quantities of fragrant flowers with one's hands as archana worship for deities.
(4) At least once a week, apply the "thirumann" naamam on your forehead (with the ring finger of your right hand) and get darshan in a Perumal (Narayana Maha Vishnu) temple.
(5) Bathe and clean cows and goshalas with one's hands. This seva (service) to cows ("Go" seva and "Go" pooja) is very important.
(6) Pick twigs of prescribed sacred trees (such as banyan, peepul, etc.) with your own hands for use in "homam" fire ceremonies.
(7) Guru padha pooja.
(8) At least once a day, men should also cook food at home and offer the same as "annadhanam" to the poor.
(9) Village seva: Making dung cakes for use as fuel by villagers.
(10) Village seva: Cleaning earthen fire places in village homes with cow dung (which has antiseptic and purification properties).
(11) Drawing kolam rangoli patterns three times a day in temples and at one's doorway and home shrine. (Men too.)
(12) Grind sandalwood paste for applying on deity forms.
(13) Write the divine names of deities on slate with chalk. This is chanting with the hands. Note that the hands are the dominant organ in this form of japa (meditation).
(14) Counting mantra chants using one's finger and thumb tip. See pic below for more details.
(15) Worship Ashta Bhuja Durga, Dasa Bhuja Kali, Veerabhadra and other "kara shakti" deities regularly during this year.
(16) Throughout this "Kara" Year, visit the Ujjini sacred space as many times as possible with family and friends and offer worship to Mother Uma Parvati and Lord Siva Uyyakondiswara Swami here.
Wherever you live, make sure that you concentrate (a lot more than usual) on these worship and seva procedures during the 12 months of the Kara Year from 14 April 2011 to 13 April 2012.
Keep in mind the emphasis on "one's own hands" in these worship and seva service procedures.
As said earlier in the article, one of the important Siddha secrets of our guru parampara for this Kara Year is regeneration, rejuvenation and revitalization of one's spirituality.
So make good use of this Kara Year by investing your own time and effort in these worship procedures with sincerity, faith, humility and diligence and without any trace of ego.
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