SRI RAJARAJESWARI NAVAVARANA KRITHIS BY GANAPATHI SACCHIDANANDA

Sri Rajarajeshwari Navavarana krithis - compiled in a single album called Tripura Vaibhavam, is the most recent (in the 21st century) navavarna krithis, composed by the noted Saint and NadOpasakar Poojya Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of the Avadhoota Dattapeetham (http://www.dattapeetham.com ), Mysore, S. India. The Krithis contain the essance of Sri Vidya Upasana, Sri Chakra Rahasya and the Navavarana method of worshipping Mother Goddess. These krithis are so sacred that by merely chanting its sahithyam an individual is initiated to understand the knowledge of Sri Vidya which requires sophisticated preparations mostly beyond the human nature.

Following the tradition of Sri Venkatamakhin music lineage, Sri Mutthuswamy Dikshitar has been credited to have composed such Navavarna krithis and the Sri Kamalamba Navavarna krithis are his signature compositions. Coming from the same lineage of such rich music tradition, Poojya Sri Swamiji has composed 12 krithis including a dhyana, mangala and dola krithi on Goddess Sri Rajarajeshwari. The krithis are rendered by starlwarts like Balamurali krishna, Nityashree, Sowmya and many other noted carnatic artists in India. These krithis are gems of its kind following Dikshitar's Navalamba krithis and Thyagaraja's pancharatna krithis.


Dhyanam – Sri Rajarajeshi – ragam Shanmukhapriya

The Dhyana krithi is a very divine one, requesting the Goddess to reside in the heart of the composer/ person who recites. The approximate meaning of the krithi :

Sri Rajarajeswari! Show mercy to me. Just as you reside in Srichakra, so also kindly reside in my heart.

You radiate abundant brilliance. You reside in the nine chakras (encirclements of Sri Chakra) You always shine in the forms of several celestials. You enlighten the devotee’s heart with knowledge.

I always meditate on the non-difference i.e oneness of the Divine Mother (Sri Devi) and Sri Chakra. Also I ever and ever think of the oneness of Sri Chakra and the Universe comprising of several worlds and galaxies. I deeply ponder over the oneness of the Universe and the human body (Paramatma, the Supreme Soul dwells in one aspect as Jivatma, the individual soul in the human body). As long as I live I feel always oneness of the Divine mother’s mantra and form in my breathing always. (These are the four aspects of harmony or synthesis as per the sacred science of Srividya. In the further songs on the Mother during the festival, more details of these aspects of harmony will be explained).

Oh! Mother! Nada (the pious sound) is your form. You are in the left part of Shiva’s form. Both the word and the meaning are your forms. Upanishads, the sacred books of philosophy explain many aspects of the Divine Mother, who is the repository of pure knowledge. You fondle your two sons Ganapati and Kumaraswamy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGtQ821-K-A - Sri rajarajeshi - dhyana - shanmukhapriya - Smt Madhavi Attaluri

(Though the great musicians like Dr. balamuraleekrishna, Dr.S.Sowmya and Vid. Nithyasree have sung these compositions, due to being licensed to different publishers, they are not available in youtube or other free sites).


1st Avaranam – Tripure Trigune – ragam Nattai – sung by Sarveppalli sisters : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebqBMna4GbY


2nd Avaranam – Tripurim Sundarim – ragam Kharaharapriya – Smt. Uma & Sri. Srinivas Prabhala : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-5rjJwdEaA


3rd Avaranam – TripurAgra vAse – ragam Kanada – Smt. Jyothi Rao :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvOod9gngTs


4th Avaranam - Bhavaya chitte bhakthi vitte – ragan Narthaki - Savitha Namuduri & Uma Mahesh Iyer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCko9CQ4Vxc


5th Avaranam - Jayadesha Bhavonmesha – ragam Janaranjani – Smt. Visala Avadhanam : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkYP2OToHkA


6th Avaranam - Tripura Malinim Vande – ragam Lathangi – Sri. Narasimha Kikkeri : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_6bW02JGN8


7th Avaranam - Sri Tripura Bhasura – ragam Nalinakanthi - Sarveppali sisters : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7G2InU_QeQ


8th Avaranam - Keerthaya Tripurambam – ragam Chenchurutti – Smt. Aparna Velamuri : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBmDvrqCpVI


9th Avaranam - Sri Rajarajeswari Sadaye – Poojyasri Ganapathi Sachidananda, Ganesh, Kumaresh : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt2VyjigchQ


The Mangalam and Dolu are not available; but for listening, please use the following link and click on the respective item : https://music.apple.com/in/album/tripura/170087479

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