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Sri Agasthiar

August 16, 2008 - Second Vishnupathi of the Sarvadhari Year - Sri Rukmini, Satyabhama, Navaneeta Krishna Temple in Onpathuveli

[Click here for November 2008 Vishnupathi.]

The Second Vishnupathi auspicious time period of the Sarvadhaari year occurs on late night August 15 and continues into the morning of August 16, 2008. Observe this occasion according to the Siddha worship procedures described in the June, July and August 2008 issues of Sri Agasthia Vijayam, the Ashram monthly magazine.

The temple of honor during this Vishnupati is the Navaneetha Krishna Temple in Onpathuveli which is around 10 km from Thirukarugavoor on the Thirukarukavur - Thanjavur route.

Lord Sri Navneet Krishna presides over this temple along with His Divine consorts, Mother Sri Rukmini and Mother Sri Satyabhama. Mothers Rukmini and Satyabhama and Lord Sri Navaneeta Krishna are the divinities of honor during this Vishnuapthy.

Baby Krishna

Why August 16, 2008 Vishnupathi is special

This Vishnupati day is special for many reasons. It not only marks the beginning of the Aavani maasam (month), it is also the Aavani Pournami Full Moon day.

It is the Thiruvonam (Sravana) nakshatra day and a Saturday, both of which are very important for Sri Narayana worship.

Furthermore, this day commemorates Lord Krishna's dance on the head of Kaliya and the day on which He gave the Sarpabali Puja on the banks of the sacred Yamuna river.

This confluence of factors makes this a very important day for Narayana worship. So don't miss out on this Vishnupathi worship on August 16, 2008.

What is Vishnupathy?

The Human Body and the Nava Graha Lords

Nine Organs and Karma

Nine Protective Forces - Nava Rakshaka Shakti

The Divine Secret of Onpathuveli (Nava Graha Puram) - the City of Nine Fences and the Tenth beyond the Nine

Nine Obstacles

Nine Divine Forms

Nava Rakshaka Mritika Bhoomi

Navaneetha Krishna - Vishnupathi Worship Procedures

Vishnupathy Puja Festival on August 16, 2008 at the Sri Rukmini, Satyabhama, Navaneetha Krishna Temple located in Onpathuveli
Sri Rukmini, Satyabhama, Navaneetha Krishna Temple located in Onpathuveli

The Human Body and Nine Openings

Onpathuveli literally means a fence around nine openings - securing the nine openings.

Now what has nine openings? The human body has nine openings. These nine openings are referred to as nava dwara in Sanskrit and onpathu vaasal in Tamil. Nava and onpathu = nine. Dwara and vaasal = door or gate. It is because of these nine orifices that the human body is referred to as the symbolic city of nine gates in spiritual literature. Thus one can see the connection between the human body and the sacred village of Onpathuveli.

This Onpathuveli village stands as a symbol of protecting the human body. It represents nine fences around the nine doors, thus symbolizing protection of the human body from the maya of the physical world.

The Human Body and the Nine Lords

Another name for the Onpathuveli village is Navagraha Puram, that is, the place of the Nava Graha Lords. What this really means is that the symbolic city of the human body is overseen by the navagrahas (the nine lords).

The subtle sound and light vibrations of the nine navagraha lords are felt within the city of nine openings (the human body) by every human being. It is this principle that is symbolized by the village of Onpathuveli. It is one of the sacred spots that is a testament to this divine principle.

These and other insights were pointed out in the June 2008 issue of the Ashram monthly magazine (published in May 2008). Apart from the June issue, more details are found in the May, July and August 2008 issues.

Nine Organs and Karma

These nine gates (orifices) of the human body actually stand for the four inner and five outer organs. It is these nine organs that lead to karma. Onpathuveli stands for securing the human against the onslaught of these nine organs and the karma they cause.

This karma and its effects on each human are overseen by the nine nava graha lords.

They have been given the responsibility of human karma paripalana, that is, making sure that each human is awarded the results of his or her good and bad karma.

In other words, the nine navagraha lords have been given dominion over the human body, human life and human karma.

Nine Protective Forces - Nava Rakshaka Shakti

Just like a city is stormed through its gates, so is the human vanquished through the nine gates of the body because of karma.

If a human should not be vanquished by karma, then these nine gates of the symbolic city of the human body must be guarded spiritually through rigorous spiritual practices.

The worship of the nine navagraha lords and the Nava Raksha Shakti (nine protective shaktis) worn on the body like ear rings, sacred strings on the wrist, divine symbols on the forehead, etc. are part of these spiritual austerities. Onpathuveli and Lord Krishna's temple here help us with these spiritual efforts that secure the human.

How the Life Force Exits the Human Body - Siddha Secret of Death

The life force leaves the human body through one of the nine orifices. Sathguru Venkataraman often talked about these Siddha secrets relating to how the life force exits the human body in many of his public lectures. We shall release audio clips of the same in the future.

If the life force exits through the anus, it means an enormous amount of bad karma has been accumulated.

If it leaves through the organ of reproduction, it indicates one who was a slave of lust and who has accumulated a lot of bad karma through improper desires.

There is a lot more to this subject of life exiting the human body, but the reason we are discussing this here is that the village of Onbadhuveli represents victory over life leaving the human body through one of the nine orifices.

The Divine Secret of Onpathuveli - "The Shakti of Nine and the Tenth beyond the Nine"

For true devotees and true renunciants, the life force does not exit through one of these nine orifices but through the top of the head. This is called Kapala Moksha. What this means is that these adepts have gone beyond the nine to the tenth and thereafter.

The demonic force Ravana subjected the nine Nava Graha lords to a great deal of suffering. Based on the advice of the divine Rishi Narada, the avatar of Maandi as the tenth force beyond the nine happened. This successfully weakened Ravana's important plans. This Siddha secret concerning Mandi has been revealed by Sathguru Venkataraman in his lectures.

The shakti of Nine and the Tenth beyond the Nine - this is the divine secret of Onpathuveli.

It is in such a place full of deep insights that Lord Krishna presides in His Navaneetha Krishna form along with His consorts Rukmini and Sathyabhama.

This is one of the temples that everyone must visit at least once in their lifetime.

Nine Obstacles

There are nine obstacles like improper desire, jealousy, enmity, anger, adharma (unrighteousness), lying, etc. Celibates and renunciant monks should make a seat out of wood from the jack fruit tree, create nine subtle protective barriers around themselves and do their penance in Onpathuveli from within this protective spiritual shell. This method will help them achieve success in their spiritual endeavours.

Nine Divine Forms

Onpathuveli is an ideal place for Nava Devi, Nava Shakti, Nava Rama and Nava Krishna worship.

Worship the the Divine Mother in Onpathuveli in the nine different divine forms of Maha Lakshmi, Sita Devi, Sree Devi, Bhoo Devi, Neela Devi, Rukmini, Radha, Satyabhama and Alamelu.

Onpathuveli is the Nava Mritika Kendra center of the nine gates. This makes it a center of time reference like Greenwich of GMT fame.

Nava Rakshaka Mritika Bhoomi

The holy soil of Onpathuveli is full of Nava Rakshaka Mritika Bhoomi shakti. It is this Nava Mritika Shakti that holds the universe together under the direction of Lord Navaneeta Krishna. So the Ashta Dhik Palakas (the guardians of the eight directions) visit this shrine daily and worship Lord Navaneetha Krishna.

Nine different shaktis like mritika shakti, teertha shakti, moolika shakti, etc. are here in abundance. Because of this, avatar shaktis of all deities are found here. So this place is worshipped by 9 x 9 crore Siddhas, that is, 810 million Siddhas (1 crore = 10 million).

Onpathuveli is also one of the special places for nakshtra dhyana meditation like Kaduveli (near Thiruvaiyaru), Nakshtara Malai (near Arunachala and Polur) and Tarapuram (near Salem).

Navaneetha Krishna - Vishnupathi Worship Procedures

On this Vishnupathi pooja day, follow the pooja procedures given by the Siddhas of the Agasthiar Lineage as revealed in the June, July and August 2008 issues of the Ashram monthly magazine. Some of these pooja procedures are given below:

Chant Navagraha Suktas and Dasavatara Slokas on this Vishunpathi day (Aug 16, 2008). Mahabharata recitation and Krishna Leela Tarangini dramas are also appropriate.

Offer dishes made with butter as neivedya here.

This is a sacred shrine that can bless one with santana bhagya, that is, begetting children.

Do archana to Lord Navaneeta Krishna with little balls of butter. This will help children develop good character and lead good lives.

Do Go (cow) puja here and circle the temple with cow and calf with your family. This will help one find solutions for sins like foeticide, abortions, cow killing and similar offences.

Make nine large balls of butter and offer them as neivedya to Lord Navaneetha Krishna and then give these away in charity. This Navaneetha Sudha worship will help people with eye problems.

Vishnupathi Pooja here has many other benefits: Regaining good name that was tarnished through rumours and false accusations, resolution for quarrels among family members and relatives, redemption from the sin of killing living creatures, partial expiation for not having performed tharpanam and other pithru puja for ancestors and Nava graha shanti benefits,

Do nine kinds of dhaanam (charitable giving) here including food, clothes, cows, Mangalya (mangal sutra), Footwear, Gold, cooking utensils and cooking fuel.

Offert nine different ornaments and decorations to Lord Krishna and Mothers Rukmini and Satyabhama: crowns, ear rings, golden belt around the waist, golden bracelets, golden anklets, coral and pearl necklaces.

Krishna Holding the Flute

Sathguru Venkataraman taught us about the significance of the worship of the divine form of Krishna holding the nine holed flute.

Everything that is on the divine form is a Siddha. Thus the flute held by Lord Sri Krishna is a Siddha too. Don't think of it as a piece of wood.

Just the darshan of the Lord's flute here can give you vidya shakti (learning) and good memory power. Thus this is very important for students of all stripes and also for musicians.

There are two forms of the standing Krihsna holding a flute. These are Venugopala and Madanagopala. Worship of Madanagopala Krishna removes poverty and consolidates one's wealth. Worship of Venugopala Krishna gives 64 kinds of Lakshmi blessings.

Worship of seated Krishna with flute gives the blessings of Maha Lakshmi, blessings of great wealth and prosperity.

Take such Krishna photos or figurines to Onpathuveli, offer them in the sanctum of Lord Navneet Krishna and then bring them to your altar at home.

Navneet Krishna answers not just your spoken prayers but also your unspoken prayers.

Homam Fire Ceremonies in Onpathuveli

Do homam fire ceremonies in Onpathuveli including Nava Graha Homa.

This is an ideal place for doing 24 hour homa and other poojas as taught to Sathguru Venkataraman by his Sathguru Sri Idiyaappa Eesa Siddha.

Mix the holy soil of Onpathuveli (Nava Rakshaka Mritika Bhoomi) with sand from nine sacred river beds, nine seas, soil from nine moolika herb roots, nine sacred hills, nine sacred pilgrimage spots and make a homa fire pit with this mixture.

If such a fire pit is constructed according to Siddha rules and homam done in them, such homam fire ceremonies become very effective.

Feed the poor and the needy with dishes made using butter.

For more detailed worship procedures, please refer to the June, July and August 2008 issues of the Ashram monthly magazine.

May we all be showered with the blessings of Mothers Rukmini, Satyabhama and Lord Sri Navaneetha Krishna on this Vishnupathi day.

Appendix - What is Vishnupathi?

Click here to learn what Vishnupathi is.

The Vishnupathi time period occurs once in three months. Thus there are four Vishnupati time periods in each varusham (year). Since each varusham repeats once in 60 years, each of these Vishnupathi periods occurs once only in 60 years. In other words, if you miss celebrating the Second Vishnupati of the Sarvadhari varusham (year), you'll have to wait 60 years for the next one! Hence seize the moment and celebrate each Vishnupathi on its day in accordance with Siddha procedures.

The Vishnupati auspicious time period marks that time in a different era during which Lord Narayana performed miracles for the sake of His devotees. Each of these auspicious Vishnupathi time periods should be observed by devotees using a specific set of Siddha worship procedures.

The nine hour period from 0130 hours to 1030 hours IST on August 16, 2008 is of great spiritual importance. As we have pointed out elsewhere in AUMzine (articles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and many other articles on Vishnupathi Puja), spiritual aspirants can make great spiritual progress by following specific worship procedures revealed by the Siddhas for this particular time period. The Sathguru, Guru Mangala Gandharva Venkataraman, has revealed these Siddha procedures over the past many years. We hope that Vaishnavites and Narayana devotees everywhere will make it a point to observe this most important Vishnupathi worship procedure as revealed to us by the Siddhas in all Narayana temples everywhere.

For August 16, 2008, these pooja procedures have been described in the June, July and August 2008 issues of Sri Agasthia Vijayam, the Ashram monthly magazine. Please refer to these issues for details and perform the Vishnupathi pooja as described therein. As with all poojas, the Lord blesses the devotee with both spiritual and material wealth.

The above mentioned issues of the Ashram monthly magazine also describe the great spiritual events that happened during the Second Vishnupathi of the Sarvadhaari year during various yugas. So make sure you read these issues of the magazine.

Sri Ranga Natha, the Lord of Lords

Om Salutations to Sri Rukmini, Satyabhama and Lord Navaneetha Krishna of Onpathuveli
Om Salutations to Mother Lakshmi and Sri Maha Vishnu
Om Salutations to Maha Guru Sri Agasthiar
Om Salutations to the Agasthiar Lineage of Siddha Sathgurus

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