January-February 2017 – P4D10

In this issue, we will be deal- ing with the dashAvatAra mUrti upAsana krama. Their mantra japas, AvaraNa kra- mA, aShTOttara shata nAma

stOtrAs, nyAsa vidanams (if any), areall covered. We covered the first fouravataras – matsyAvatAra, kUrmAva- tArA, varAhavatArA, and nRusiMhA- vatArA in the previous issue. In this issue, we have covered vAmanAva- tArA, parashurAmAvatArA, and rAmA- vatArA.

DashAvatArA poem penned by Shri Elandai S. Ramasami has been in- cluded in this issue.

In addition to the upAsana kramA for these avatAra mUrtI’s, some titbits about the jayanti (avatAra dina) of these mUrtI’s and also the popular temples where these avatAra mUrtI’s are worshipped are also included.

Some of the avatArAs have very volu- munous information across tantras while some simply are referred in just one tantra. Whereever possible, sev- eral tantras were referred and most important mantra variations are includ- ed in the AvaraNa kramas. There are numerous kAmya havana paddathis for these AvaraNa mUrtis and they are purposely ommitted for the purposes of this publication.

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