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English Translation of Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatam with Paintings

Venkateswara Suprabhatam, or Venkatesa Suprabhatam is the first ritual performed in the morning at TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple. The hymns sung during this time is also known as Balaji Suprabhatam and consists of 70 Sanskrit shlokas. It is divided into four parts – Suprabhatam, Stotram, Prapatti and Mangalasasanam. Suprabhatam consists of 28 shlokas.
The Tirumala Tirupati temple official website has an excellent English translation of Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatam with paintings which help in interpreting the Sanskrit verses easily. As an example here are the first three stanzas: SuprabhatamStanza 1

purva sandhya pravartate,
uttistha! narasardula!
kartavyam daivam ahnikam
O! Rama! Kausalya’s auspicious child! Twilight is approaching in the East. O! Best of men (Purushottama)! Wake up, the divine daily rituals have to be performed. SuprabhatamStanza 2 uttisthottistha! govinda!
uttistha garudadhvaja!
uttistha kamalakanta!
trailokyam mangalam kuru.

O! Govinda, wake…

Narasimha Jayanthi – The Legend and What to Do on the Day?

Narasimha Jayanti celebrates the incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the form of Narasimha (half man – half lion) to save Prahlad from demon Hiranyakasipu. Narasimha is the fourth of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. In 2018, the date of Narasimha Jayanthi is April 28.

According to Puranas, Lord Vishnu appeared as Narasimha on the Chaturdashi day in the month of Vaishakh.
Demon Hiranyakasipu had obtained a boon from Brahma that he could not be killed by man or beast, by day or by night and from inside or outside. And also he could not be killed by any weapon. After receiving such a powerful boon, Hiranyakasipu conquered heaven and earth and declared himself as God and asked people to worship him and not Vishnu.
But Hiranyakasipu’s son, Prahlāda, was a staunch Vishnu devotee and disobeyed his father. The whole kingdom worshipped Hiranyakasipu; but in his own house his son worshipped Vishnu. Father tried all means to change his son, but he failed miserably. He then tried to kill but each ti…

Wind or Air – the Second Guru of Dattatreya

Air or wind is my second guru. The wind moves unceasingly, touching flowers and thorns alike, but never attaches itself to the objects it touches. Like the wind, I learned not to prefer flowers over thorns, or friends over foes. Like the wind, my goal is to provide freshness to all without becoming attached. (Source: The Himalayan Masters: A Living Tradition by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD)Another Interpretation of the Second Guru of Dattatreya from Srimad BhagavadamA learned sage should take his satisfaction in the simple maintenance of his existence and should not seek satisfaction through gratifying the material senses. In other words, one should care for the material body in such a way that one’s higher knowledge is not destroyed and so that one’s speech and mind are not deviated from self-realization.Even a transcendentalist is surrounded by innumerable material objects, which possess good and bad qualities. However, one who has transcended material good and evil should not becom…