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मराठी संस्कृती, सण, आणि संस्कारविधी

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An Invitation to the Marathi Diaspora

मराठी संस्कृती प्रेमिकांना आवाहन 

 We are inviting articles from the Marathi community regarding the importance of preserving Marathi festivals and rituals for the younger generation. These festivals and rituals have been an integral part of our cultural heritage that has been passed down through countless generations to us.


Your articles should preferably address the relevance of this heritage to our present day lifestyles, whether presently we believe in value of our ancient rituals, and, if we do, then how we should go about transmitting those beliefs to the generations to come. All articles should be limited to between 500 and 1000 words. 


Some of the things that will be looked at and appreciated in the articles at the time of their evaluation would be first hand reporting of your personal successes and failures while imparting our ancient heritage to children.  Questions raised by the children, some of them funny, some embarrassing and some that left you helpless and unable to provide answers all these can provide you the material for writing.

मराठी सण आणि सांस्कृतिक रिवाज नवीन पिढीपर्यंत कसे पोचवावे याबद्दल आम्ही लेख मागवत आहोत. पिढ्यापिढ्यातून आपण जतन केलेले या संस्कारांचे सध्याच्या काळातील प्रयोजन, देशविदेशी पसरलेल्या मराठी बांधवांच्या आजच्या दैनंदिन आयुष्यातील त्या संस्कारांचे स्थान, आणि त्यांचे महत्त्व आपल्याला पटत असेल तर ते संस्कार आपल्या पुढील पिढीला कसे समजावून सांगावे यावरील आपले विचार जरूर लिहून या संकेत स्थळावर पाठवा. लेख ५०० शब्दांपेक्षा कमि व १,०००  शब्दांपेक्षा मोठे नसावेत. या प्रयत्नात आलेले यश वा अपयश, त्यातील अडचणींवर कशी मात केली, तसे करताना मुलांनी काय प्रश्न विचारले, तसेच काही वेळा संस्कारांबद्दल आपल्यालाच कमी माहिती असल्यास काही मजेदार प्रसंग उद्भवले का इत्यादी गोष्टींचा अंतर्भाव लेखात असावा.

आपल्या लेखातील लेखन कौशल्य, खुमासदारपणा आणि वेगळेपणा यांचा विचार करून लेख निवडले जातील .

Ghatasthapana Sept. 25/2014 घटस्थापना सप्टेंबर २५ /२०१४ 

नवरात्री च्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा !! 

On the occasion of Navratri Visit 
Three and half  shakti peeth in Maharashtra 
साडेतीन शक्तीपीठ महाराष्ट्र 

Shakti Peethas are where different parts of Goddess Shakti have fallen when Lord Vishnu's Chakra, Sudarshan Chakra, cut through the corpse of Sati.

There are totally 50+ such locations and not all are undisputed. 18 of these are universally accepted as Shakti Peethas and are collectively known as Maha Shakti Peethas.

4 of the Shakti Peeth temples are situated in Maharashtra and  These are

* Tuljapur Bhavani of Tuljapur near Solapur, 
* Ambabai from Kolhapur, 
* Renukamata of Mahurgad near Nanded, 
* Saptashrungi from Saptashrungagarh near Nashik .

The four Shakti Peethas of Maharashtra are well described in Devi Bhagavata Purana. Himavanta (Lord of Himalayan mountains), worshiped Jaganmata for a long time to get her as his daughter. Pleased by his devotion, she appeared before him and gave the boon. Himavanta was very happy. But, he was clever. He asked her another boon to give Bhakti and Jnana so that he can take care of her properly. Jaganmata told him that one who wishes Bhakti-Jnanas from her is a real devotee and she will be more interested to bless them than any other. She mentioned these four shakti peethas and its importance.

Renuka Devi Mahurgad:

The temple of the goddess Renuka is situated in Mahur Village of Nanded District.
Renuka Devi is the mother of Lord Parshuram. Hence Mahur is also known as Mata Pur. It is also the birthplace of Lord Dattatraya. A big fair is held here every year during Navratri festival.
In Mahur also are the ancient temples of the goddess Anusaya, goddess Kalika and others. Mahurgad fort is two and half kilometers away from Mahur. It is a land fort built in the 12th Century.

Mahalaxmi Devi of Kolhapur:

This exquisitely carved temple drawing millions of pilgrims from all over India for many centuries, is an important spiritual center. Over the years, members of royal families of the Shalivahan, Chalukya, Shilahar, Rashtrakuta, Kadamba and Yadava dynasties sought the blessings of this goddess. It is a family deity of numerous devotees. This deity is affectionately called as Ambabai.

In the 7th Century the Chalukya King started the construction of the temple and later in the 9th century the Shilahar Yadava rulers beautified it in the Hemadpanthi Style. Thousands of pilgrims from distant places come to this important spiritual place

Tulja bhavani Tuljapur :

It is the family deity of the Bhosale Royal family, the Yadavs and of countless numbers of families belonging to different castes. The founder of the Maratha kingdom,Shivaji Maharaj always visited the temple to seek her blessings. It is believed that the Goddess gave him a sword - 'the Bhawani sword' - for success in his expeditions. The history of the temple has been mentioned in the ' Skanda Purana '. There was a sage known as "Kardam" After his death his wife "Anubuti" had performed a penance at the banks of river "mandakini " for Bhavani mata to look after her infant child. While performing the penance the demon known "Kukur" tried to disturb her penance during which the Goddess came to the aid of "Anubuti" and killed the demon "Kukur". From that day onwards the Goddess Bhavani came to be known as Tulja Bhavani. The temple is located on the hill of "Bala ghat".

Saptashrungi: Shree Saptshrungi Devi, Vani.

Saptashringa Garh is a place where Goddess Bhagawati dwells.It is one of the most important of the places of Goddesses in Maharashtra. Saptashringa signifies seven mountain peaks. Nanduri village is situated at the foot of the Saptashringa Gad. In front of the temple there stands Markandeya Rishi's (sage) hill. The Saptashringa Gad is full of a variety of trees having medicinal worth. As per the story depicted in Ramayana, Hanuman carried the herbal medicine for wounded Laxmana from this hill. There are about 108 water reservoirs on the hill, known as Kundas. Vani is situated at a distance of 60 kms. away from Nashik.

Renuka Devi Mahurgad

Tulja Bhavani Tuljapur

Saptashrungi Bhagwati

Kolhapur Mahalaxmi

Exclusive: एक्सक्लूझिव्ह

An excellent example set by Maharashtrian community Ujjain India: एक उत्तम उदाहरण 

A beautiful example of celebrating Ganapati set by Marathi Community Ujjain India.

This year Maharashtrian community decided to bring a clay idol of Ganapati, but they did not stop there, They did all the ceremonies, miravnuk for Bappa’s visarjan but instead of doing visarjan in a lake , pond or sea, they did Ganapati idol visarjan

In a big water container [ a big drum/ barrel ] They are planning to use this muddy water to plant trees around their neighborhood / city .

Following them, a lot of house -hold ganpati visarjan happened this way and the muddy water got used in plantation.

Hats off to this group for their effort to save the environment, such a beautiful idea!

 An example for all the communities who celebrate Ganpati :They still can do all the back ground decoration as big and grand as they want , but the Ganapati idol should be a medium size clay idol, which they can immerse in a portable vessel to be used for plantation.

The idea of doing a sarvajanik Ganapati was of Lokmanya Tilak, and the effort was to bring community together and not to bring a bigger/ fancier / multiple medium idols.

It’s so sad to see the after visarjan scenario, the Ganapati idols are broken into pieces

And the city administration has to remove them with the help of cranes.

The core members to take this initiative was:

Subhash Amritphale

Suhas Bakshi

Prashant Sohole.

Enjoy a few pictures of this grand celebration.

Virangula and Ankur arts presents Santwani in Bracknell England
संतवाणी Octo. 11/2014

A very unique  program

The program is  an amalgamation of abhang, songs and dohe of different saints of India presented through Indian classical dances and semi-classical singing. The highlight of the program is the Dindi which will bind the audience with the exuberant expressions of devotion. The program is for 3 hours and our in house artistes are gearing up for a beautiful experience mutually.

शब्दची आमुच्या जीवाचे जीवन| शब्देची धन वाटू जनलोका||
तुका म्हणे पहा शब्दची हा देव| शब्देची गौरव पूजा करू||

Its more than just spirituality. Dnyaneshwari, Tukaram Gatha, Dasbodh are masterpieces in Marathi literature.

Come join us in this journey of Santwani, as we present some enchanting compositions of our saints through dance and song, and showcase an age-old tradition of bhakti which continues to grow to this day.

This group support  Grammangal 

Program Details; Saturday, 11th October 2014
Garth Hill School, Bracknell (RG42 2AD)
12:00pm to 03:00pm

Tarana by Saili Oak Kalyanpur: साईली ओक कल्याणपूर 
Concert In Los Angeles 

An excellent performance by Saili , 15 1/2 matra tarana composition by : Mogubai Kurdikar.

Mogubai Kurdikar (Marathi: मोगुबाई कुर्डीकर) (July 15 1904 – February 10 2001) was a renowned North Indian classical vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana (school). Mogu Kurdikar was born in a "kalāwant" (entertainers) community in the village of Kurdi , Goa. When she was ten years old, her mother, Jayashreebāi, took her to the temple at  Zambavli  and arranged for a wandering holy man to teach music to Mogu for a while. Later she took Mogu to a traveling theater company, the Chandreshwar Bhootnāth Sangeet Mandali, and the company took Mogu in as an actress. 

Enjoy this video:

A 15 1/2 maatraa taraanaa, composition by Mogubai Kurdikar
Followed by a khayal in drut teentaal
Harmonium : Shri Gopal Marathe
Tabla : Shri Rahul Soparkar

Devotional singers group from konkan India : कोकणातील भजन मंडळे

Devotional Singers group from Konkan;

" Devotional songs means a music composition sung to generate positive energy and to get blessings of God."  

Konkan or the Konkan Coast is a rugged section of the western coastline of India.

The precise definition of Konkan varies, it is roughly the land between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, and between the Tapi river in the north and the Chandragiri river in the south. It includes the following districts of modern India: Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, North Goa, South Goa.

Konkan has a lot  of devotional groups who compose and sing those devotional songs in various groups, especially around Ganesh Chaturthi . These groups follow a special format to compose and sing these songs along with dance. Gan, Stavan, Abhang, Golan, Kavvali,

Bharud are popular formats which coincides in "Gajar".

As Ganesh chaturthi is around the corner [ Aug 29 ] and they have a lot of these devotional songs in store, we will upload  selected ones for all the readers to enjoy.

कोकणातील भजन मंडळे

भजन म्हणजे भक्ती. या भक्तीत एकरूप होण्यासाठी टाळ-मृदंगाच्या साथीने रंगून जाणं, ही कोकणची खासियत. गणेशोत्सवात तर या भजनांना अधिकच रंग चढतो. गणेशोत्सवाच्या रात्री भजनाच्या साथीने सजतात, जागविल्या जातात. महिनाभर आधीच नवी गाणी, नवी बारी बसवण्यासाठी भजन मंडळांची तयारी सुरू होते. तबला, मृदंग सजवणार्‍या कारागिरांची लगबगही वाढते. चतुर्थीच्या रात्री गॅस बत्तीच्या उजेडात टाळ-मृदंगासह भल्या मोठ्या पायपेटीचं ओझं घेऊन लगबगीनं वावरणारी भजनी मंडळं बघितली की, या भजन कलेबद्दल अप्रूप वाटायला लागतं. कोकणात प्रत्येक वाडीवर आता भजनी मंडळं असतात. गावातील माहितगाराच्या मार्गदर्शनाखाली किंवा बाजारात येणार्‍या मान्यवर बुवांच्या कॅसेट ऐकून आपल्या भजन बार्‍या बसवल्या जातात.
मध्यंतरीच्या काळात काहीशी मागे पडलेली भजन कला आता वाढत्या स्पर्धांमुळे पुन्हा एकदा प्रकाशझोतात आली आहे. ही कला आता व्यावसायिक रूप घेत आहे. पूर्वी केवळ चतुर्थीतच ऐकू येणारी भजन बारी आता वर्षभर विविध कार्यक्रमांची रंगत वाढवताना दिसते. आता तर भजन कलाकार संघटितही होऊ लागले आहेत. कालानुरूप चित्रपटातील गाण्यांमध्ये बदल घडत गेले तरी पूर्वापार चालत आलेला भजनी साचा तसाच राहिला आहे. गण, स्तवन, नोटेशन रूपकामधला गजर, अभंग, गौळण, कव्वाली किंवा भारूड आणि शेवटचा गजर असं भजनाचं रूपडं तर गाणं म्हणणारा बुवा, मृदुंगमणी, चक्कीवाला (तालरक्षक) कोरस अशी भजनी मंडळी! 'जय जय राम कृष्ण हरी'ने सुरू झालेलं, उत्तरोत्तर कव्वाली, गजरात रंगत जाणारं भजन ऐकून मन तल्लीन होतं.

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Gayatri Mantra:  
Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥtát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃbhárgo devásya dhīmahidhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt
ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः ।तत्स॑वितुर्वरे॑ण्यं ।भ॒र्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि। ।धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त्॥ ।

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Gayatri Mantra
Anuradha Paudwal (Gayatri Mantra)
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    Shivajee Maharaj
  • Lokmanya Tilak
    Lokmanya Tilak
  • Rani Laxmibai
    Rani Laxmibai
  • Ahilyabai Holkar
    Ahilyabai Holkar
Shivajee Maharaj
Shivajee Maharaj