Performance of Special worships
The trust is ever keen on inculcating and promoting the traditional forms of vaishnavite culture and worship and leaves no opportunity unattempted to reiterate this goal:
- Pradosham: From time immemorial, pradosham is very auspicious for the worship of Lord Narasimha and in the ashram this is always a special event, when pujas, stotras and special thirumanjanams. Specific prasadams are performed to invoke the grace of Sri Narasimha, not only for the well being of mankind, but also to capacitate Vaishnava activists to safeguard and lead the values of vaishnavite faith.
- Ekadasi: This is yet another important day in the Vaishnavite almanac. Apart from the spiritual fasting that is done on this day, recitation of Vishnu sahasranama and selected portions of Srimad Bhagvatham. Vedic scholars chant “Acchidram and Ashvamedham”, a portion of Yajur Veda, meant exclusively for the occasion.
- Dvadasi: Likewise, the next day is Dvadasi. Apart from breaking the spiritual fast of Ekadasi, with a ceremonial divine feast, a number of bhagavathas are offered the spiritually nutritious meal. Another noteworthy feature of the day is Kataka prasna Parayanam (a portion of Yajur Veda).
- Swati: Since it is the nakshatra of Sri Narasimha, special pujas and archanas are performed to all the Narasimha deities (Jwala, Pavana, Kroda, Karancha, Malola, Yoga, Bhargava, Ugra, Chatravata and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha forms) present in the ashram. Panaka (Jaggery water) and panchamruta (a sweet mixture of fruits) are offered and distributed.
- Sravanam: This happens to be the nakshatra of Perumal and hence special pujas and archanas are done to the divya moorthis of the ashram. Vishnu Sahasranama and Pancha stavas are recited.
- Vishakam: Since the monthly jayanthi of Swami Nammalwar falls on this day of every month, special worship is offered to Him with recitation of Thiruvaymozhi. Sri Nammalwar is highly regarded as Rishi, Kulapathy and Kutastha (seer, ancestral head and primogenitor) of all Vaishnavas. Blessed with divine wisdom and being the head of Alwar community, He is worshipped in our ashram with utmost devotion.
- Arudra: The advent of Swami Ramanujacharya is the renaissance era of Sri Vaishnavism. SBCT is a staunch follower and preacher of the principles of this Great Acharya and celebrates His every month star with great fervor. Arthi Prabandha, Yatiraja Vimsati and Ramanuja Nootrandhadhi are recited to invoke His perennial blessings for the success of the trust mission.
- Moolam: Sri Swami Ramanujacharya reincarnated as Sri Manavala Manunigal in Moolam star of Tula month. This great Acharya continued many unfinished works of Swami Ramanuja and has rendered many timeless works in Tamil, Sanskrit and Mani Pravala to inculcate the minutest tenets of Sri Vaishnavism. Thiruvaymozhi Nootrandadi and other hymns of Sri Manavalamamuni are regularly recited on this day, apart from special archanas and pujas.
Besides, Moola nakshatra is also the Nakshatra of Anjaneya Swami, who is designated as Siriya Thiruvadi in Vaishnavism. He is extolled and worshipped for His unparalleled Bhakti on Sri Rama apart from virtues like humility and valour. Selected portions of Sri Valmiki Ramayana are recited.
- Punarvasu: This is the birth star of Sri Rama, one of the greatest avatars of Mahavishnu and protagonist of the Great epic Ramayana. Sri Rama preached and practiced fundamental principles of life, which is great learning for the whole mankind. Samkshepa Ramayana and Sundara Kanda are recited with special offerings. The main Sri Rama Navami is celebrated with rich splendor for seven days with complete Valmiki Ramayana Parayanam, ending with Sri Rama’s coronation ceremony.
- Rohini: Being the nakshatra of Lord Krishna, this day is yet another day where celebrations and pujas happen galore at the premises of the ashram to the many different Krishna forms (Santana Gopala, Venu Gopala, Venkata Krishnan and Rukmini Satyabhama sameta Krishna) present. Sri Vishnu Puranam, Srimad Bhagavatham and Bhagavad Gita are recited on the occasion. Sri Jayanti is celebrated with Bhagavatha saptaha (seven days recital) and hundred and eight varieties of sweets are offered.
Both Sri Rama Navami and Sri Krishna Jayanti are commemorated by conducting various competitions for various levels of school children. The prizes are distributed in public function amidst lectures and cultural programs. Similar celebrations in temples are also supported and large numbers of trust members participate in them also.
Pournami: Though this day has no special significance in Vaishnavism, being an auspicious day, special poojas and Archanas are performed to all moorthis in the ashram. Several topics like philosophy, ethics and social development are discussed and debated in the evening session in the “Gnana Satram” The proceedings are being recorded and now a complete transcription is in the process.