2018 Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram Programs - Registration open now!

Dear Devotees,

We are happy to share our Ashram's 2018 programs in Canada and USA with you. Please register here for all events you are interested in participating as a Ritwik, volunteer or devotee.  You can register for multiple events in the same form.  We will provide event and location details to registrants closer to the event date.


For Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram
Raghu Y Ranganathan

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New Audio Publication: Devi Mahatmyam Puja Krama for Navaratri 2017

Dear Devotees,

Many of you have been learning Durga Sapthasathi also known as Devi Mahatmyam from Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram YouTube videos. Due to the overwhelming response to the online classes and requests from devotees to record the complete Durga Sapthasathi with Puja Krama (procedures), we are pleased to release the complete chanting of Durga Sapthasathi Puja Krama chanted by Raghu Y Ranganathan and Akhila Ranganathan.

We sincerely hope that this recording, where the chanting is done in slow pace will be helpful for devotees to perform the Durga Sapthasathi Paarayanam.

This recording is dedicated to the lotus feet of our Guru Sri Sri Vimarshananda Nathendra Saraswathy and Durga Mata on the occasion of 2017 Navaratri celebration.

For Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram
Raghu Y Ranganathan

Guru Aradhana, Navaratri Mahotsavam and Shatabhishekam in Chennai

Dear devotees,

We are very happy to welcome you to 2017 Navaratri Mahotsavam and Shatabhishekam celebration in Chennai, India. Please click here for the invitation and program details

For this Navaratri, Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram devotees around the world will be performing Lalitha Sahasranama Laksharchana using the audio recording of Sri Vimarshananda Nathendra Saraswathi Swamigal recorded in 1975 by Late Shri N.M.  Venkatraman. Thanks to Sudha and Saikumar of Atlanta, GA, this recording was preserved and provided to us when we visited Atlanta in 1998. As this was a live recording, the two missing Namas were recorded again with the voice of R.K. Sriramkumar and Smt. Akhila Ranganathan.

This is a unique recording where each Nama is chanted either by Sri Vimarshananda Natha or by his Poorvashrama brother Sri K.S. Kameshwaran and the same namas are repeated by devotees. I was fortunate to be part of this chanting and the lead male devotee voice is my father Sri K.R. Yegnarathnam. We are immensely happy to release this audio recording on the occasion of Sathabhishekam of Sri K.R. Yegnarathnam. It can be downloaded from the Publications page. 

We are looking forward to your participation in the Navaratri Celebrations this year. 


Raghu Ranganathan
On behalf of Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram

Shata Chandi Maha Yagna in San Jose, California

Dear devotees,

We would like to share some photos of the Shata Chandi Maha Yagna performed by Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram in San Jose, California. The photos here were taken by Sreenath Kalahasti of Kalahasti Photography. He has captured the immense devotion and divinity present at the event through his beautiful photography.

An event of this magnitude requires incredible amounts of planning and preparation. The organizers and volunteers did a phenomenal job taking care of every detail. On behalf of Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram and all the devotees who participated in this Yagna, I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to this team. 

You can view the full set of photos here

Shata Chandi Yagna San Jose 2017


Raghu Ranganathan

Shata Chandi Yagna - New Jersey and San Jose

Dear devotees,

With the Grace of our Guru and Goddess Chandika Mahalakshmi, the Shata Chandi Yagna conducted at Ved Mandir in New Jersey was a divine experience for all of us who participated.

The entire community came together and volunteered to ensure every detail in every aspect of this massive event was meticulously taken care of. On behalf of all devotees who participated in this function, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to our New Jersey BPA members for making this event possible. 

We would like to share these photos from the Shata Chandi Yagna in New Jersey. 

New Jersey Shata Chandi Yagna 2017

Shata Chandi Yagna in San Jose, CA - Aug 4 - Aug 6

Please join us at Sanatana Dharma Kendra in San Jose for three days of divine prayers to Goddess Chandika Mahalakshmi. Program details are below.  


Raghu Ranganathan



BPA Canada Trishati Suvasini Puja 2017 - Photos

Dear devotees,

We would like to express our gratitude to all those who have contributed in one way or the other to make this annual event of Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram in Canada a great success.

We were blessed to perform this Trishati Suvasini Puja on the auspicious day of Guru Poornima. Our Guru Sri Vimarshananda Nathendra Saraswathi Swamigal, who was sakshat Devi swaroopam, and our father and Guru Sri K.R. Yegnarathnam have been the driving force to enable us to organize such pujas and homams at this scale.

The BPA family has worked extremely hard, both in the foreground and background. From purchasing homa drayams to typing up the texts and taking care of every small detail of this event, they were with us at every step.  The entire community's devotion to Devi, interest and hard work has once again culminated in another divine event. 

Every person in our community extended their support to us wherever we went and we are immensely grateful to the divine to have you in our life. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to say thank you to each one of you. 

Earlier this year, an ornament with Lalitha Trisathi's 300 naamas inscribed on each Gold coin was offered to Kanchi Kamakshi on the occasion of Kumbhabhishekam. A few members of BPA came together and contributed 9 Gold coins for this holy cause. This inspired us to perform a Trisati Suvasini puja in Toronto. We are very thankful to all Suvasinis for accepting our invitation to be a Suvasini and help us achieve our Sankalpa. Organizing this puja involved tremendous hard work by so many people and it is not only due to Guru's grace but with all your support and cooperation that we were able to accomplish this. May our Guru Parampara continue to bless us!

Here are some photos from this event to help us relive those divine moments. Click here for the full set of photos.

Trishati Suvasini Puja - Toronto 2017

Trishati Suvasini Puja and Shata Chandi Maha Yagna

Dear devotees,

Thank you for the overwhelming response we have received for the 2017 USA and Canada events. If you have not yet registered, please click here to register

July 8 - 9, 2017 - Trishati Suvasini Puja in Mississauga, Canada

For the first time in North America, Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram is planning to perform Trisati Suvasini Puja, where each of the 300 sacred names of Goddess mentioned in Lalitha Trishati will be invoked in 300 Suvasinis (married women). Reciting Lalitha Trishati immediately pleases the Goddess and invoking these names in Suvasinis is considered auspicious for the Suvasinis as well as the entire community.

With the grace of Guru and Devi, we have reached the target of 300 Suvasinis. Suvasini registrations are closed now. You an still attend and participate in the Puja and Homam events. Click here for Trisati Suvasini Puja event details

July 21 - 23, 2017 - Shata Chandi Maha Yagna in New Jersey, USA

The Shata Chandi Maha Yagna consists of 100,000 Navakshari Japam, 10,000 Navakshari Homam, 100 Devi Mahatmyam Parayanam and 10 Devi Mahatmyam Homam.  Click here for New Jersey Shata Chandi Yagna event details

Sponsorship of pujas and homams is available for all including those registered as Suvasinis. 

We are looking forward to your participation in these events. Sri Gurubhyo Namaha. 

Raghu Y Ranganathan

www.bhaskaraprakasha.com | BPAashram@gmail.com

Sanyasa Sweekaram of Sri Gnanananda Natha Tirtha Swamigal - Photos

Dear Devotees,

Please click here to view the photos from the Sanyasa Ashrama Sweekaram ceremony. Thanks to Sri R. Subramanian and Sri K.S. Lakshmanan for the photography.   

The Ashrama Sweekaram function was performed in the traditional Vaideeka style. Prior to the Sanyasa Sweekaram, Ashta Sraddham and Viraja Homam were performed.  There are prescribed disciplines to be followed when a person changes from Grahastha Ashram to Sanyasa Ashrama. Also, our shastras prescribe the daily anushtanam (duties) for a sanyasi.  

It is noteworthy that the duties and obligations for a sanyasi and the methods required for Krama Sanyasa (Sanyasa sweekara taken by a grahastha as prescribed in our vedas and dharma shastras) were published in 1959 from ancient manuscripts by our parama guru Sri Prakashananda Nathendra Saraswathi.

We would also like to share with you a Tamil translation of the Sanyasa Shlokas by Sri K Kalyanaraman Iyer. Sri Kalyanaraman is a great friend of our families. He belongs to our Siddhamalli Parampara and he is the son and disciple of Sri Vidya Guru Kalyana Sundaram Iyer of Madurai. 


Sanyasa Ashrama Sweekara - Sri Sundaram Dikshithar

Sri Sundaram Dikshithar (Sundara Chithappa as he is affectionately called by all of our family members) is taking Sanyasa Ashram on 1st January, 2017 on the banks of river Thamrabarani in Suttha Malli Village, Tamil Nadu. Suttha Malli is the birthplace of our Moola Guru Sri Kameshwarananda Naatha, wherein he built the famous Lalithambika Mutt and installed Sri Lalithambika Vigraha in the Mutt temple.

Sri Sundaram is the illustrious second son and also a very competent disciple of rare talent of our Guru Maharaj Sri Vimarshanandendra Saraswati Maha Swamigal. To put it in a nutshell, he is a practicing Sri Vidyopasaka par excellence and no field or practices in the Great Ocean of Sri Vidya worship is untouched or unvisited by him.

In Vedic Dharma, there are four stages of life (Ashrama) namely Brahmacharya, Grahastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa. Of these, the Sanyasa Ashrama, also called Turiyashrama, is the highest Ashrama and is considered to be Sacred and Divine. Traditions and Shastras insist that when you reach the ripe age of 70 after fulfilling your religious and social obligations as ordained in our Scriptures, you enter the last stage called Sanyasa Ashrama, and leave the mortal remains of the physical body in this earth as a Sanyasi at the time of death.

Once you enter Sanyaasa Ashrama, you don’t need to perform religious rites as ordained for a householder; because of this, you have to perform the Ashta Shraddha and Viraja homam before taking Sanyasa in order to fulfill the last ritual obligations to your forefathers and obtain final release from any more obligations in future. This Ashrama is most suited for your Spiritual journey upward in whatever discipline you are interested.

In our Guru Parampara, all of our Illustrious Gurus starting from Sri Kameshwarananda Natha to our Guru Maharaj Shree Vimarshananda Natha took Sanyasa at a later stage after an event filled Grahastashrama where they performed all sacrificial rites as ordained in the Vedas. In fact, Sri Vidya worship as any other tantra worship is non sectarian and is open to all irrespective of caste, gender and religion and place. It does not know any geographical boundaries. This worship is permitted to be practiced by all four Ashramins - Brahmacharya, Grahastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa.

It is a hallmark of our great Guru Parampara that there is absolutely neither a conflict nor a contradiction between the Vedic practices and tantric mode of worship. Reconciliation of alleged conflict of Shastras and apparent contradictions require the applicability issue such as the competency and temperament to be clearly defined. They have taken to Sanyasa Ashrama even though they know that this is neither necessary nor is it recommended for a Sri Vidya Upasaka. However, they find it really useful for themselves as well as their wards and disciples because there is no such thing as a 10 day mourning period for Sanyasis. It is like a festival and Utsava to be celebrated and enjoyed. Veda permits Sanyasis to practice Sri Vidya Worship. This Sanyasa Ashrama is most suitable for attaining highest level of Atma Gyana through constant Self Inquiry as enunciated in the transcendental form of Sri Vidya Upasti (Bhavana) by inner Consciousness.

Sri Sundaram Dikshithar's Sanyasa Ashrama Sweekaram is a divine moment and we seek his blessings for all those present physically and mentally. 

Sri Sadguru-charanaaravindabhyam Namaha

Written by R. Ramakrishnan Dikshithar

In addition to the Sanyasa Ashrama Sweekaram, we will be performing a Trishati Suvasini Puja to seek Devi's blessings on this auspicious occasion.  

Guru Aradhana and Sharada Navaratri Invitation

Dear devotees,

With the blessings of our Guru and Maha Shodashi, we were all blessed to complete this year Shata Chandi homam in Toronto, Canada and Chandi homam and Sri Vidya homam in Houston, Dallas, Denver, Princeton, Brantford and Phoenix during the months of April 2016 to September 2016. Please click here to view some of the pictures from this year's events.

Starting this week, we are celebrating the Aradhana of our Guru Sri Vimarshananda Nathendra Saraswathi Swamigal and Sharada Navaratra Utsavam. Special events have been planned in the Chennai and Toronto Ashrams. Please click here to view the program details.

Due to the overwhelming encouragement and support of devotees, we have started various online classses via Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram Youtube channel. These videos can be accessed by all devotees interested in learning Vedas, Lalitha Sahasra Nama, Lalitha Trisathi and many other Upanishads and Shlokas. Please subscribe to the Youtube channel here to receive regular updates and notifications for new videos. 

We thank you for your endless support and encouragement in pursuit of Devi Upasana and pray to our Guru and Maha Shodashi Devi to bless all of us.


Raghu Ranganathan

Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram

Toronto, Canada

Shata Chandi Maha Yagnam in Canada - July 1 & 2

Sri Gurubhyo Namaha

With the blessings of Goddess Chandika Mahalakshmi and our Guru Sri Vimarshananda Nathendra Saraswathi Swamigal, Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram will be conducting a Shata Chandi Maha Yagnam in Canada on July 1 & 2. 

We are blessed to have Sri K.R. Yegnarathnam Dikshithar from India to lead the Yagnam as the Chandi Homam Acharya. Sri Chandru Gurukkal of Sri Siva Satyanarayana Temple will be the Chandi Puja Acharya and Sri Raghu Ranganathan will be performing the Sri Vidya Navavarana Puja. 

Program details are below. We welcome all of you to join us at Sri Siva Satyanarayana Temple on July 1 & 2, 2016. 

2016 Programs Update

With the blessings of our Guru Sri Swamigal and Chandika Mahalakshmi and with the help of all devotees, we will be performing Shata Chandi Homam in Toronto, Canada on July 2, 2016.

Shata Chandi Yagnam & Devi Mahatmyam Parayanam

Shata Chandi Yagnam involves completion of a minimum of 100 Durga Saptasathi Paath (Devi Mahatmyam Parayanam) and 10 Chandi Homams along with other rituals required by Veda, Agama and Tantra Sastras. 

Similar to last year, we will be having Devi Mahatmyam Parayanam sessions at different locations in Toronto/Greater Toronto Area. Please let us  know if you would like to host a Parayanam session in your home and we will try our best to accommodate your request. We will allocate based on first come first served basis. 

We will be commencing Devi Mahatmyam Parayanam for Shata Chandi Yagnam on 16th April 2016 at 6.30 PM in Brampton, Canada.

Spiritual and religious events are also planned in Houston, Texas & Denver, Colorado during May, 2016. On July 23 & 24, 2016 we will be performing Sri Chandi Homam in New Jersey,  USA in association with Kanch Kamakoti Seva Foundation, NJ, USA to celebrate 82nd Jayanti of His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal

We welcome all devotees to participate in all of the events above and seek blessings of Chandika Mahalakshmi. 

Register Online

Devotees interested in participating in the events can register here.  We will appreciate your response by end of Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

We will send more details of the program, venue and timings to devotees who have registered. 

Schedule of 2016 Programs

Looking forward to your continued support, may Goddess Chandika Mahalakshmi bless us all.

Schedule change for Devi Mahatmyam & Lalita Sahasranamam Classes

Sri Gurubhyo Namaha!

We will be conducting the classes on Saturday afternoons between 3pm to 6pm (EST) starting April 09, 2016.  Below are links for April 09 classes.

Lalita Sahasranamam - 3 to 4pm

Event Link: https://plus.google.com/events/c1ectbu4lnqubk621sla48028d0

You Tube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swBi5k8jC64

Devi Mahatmyam (Durga Saptashati) - 4 to 6pm

Event linkhttps://plus.google.com/events/c4drbp64p8dus2n3sqd3hgpq7f8

Youtube Linkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDrmV9hVRz4

To get notifications of class events, please add Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram to your Google Plus and subscribe to the You Tube channel at   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCozFD0Pdk1Smw4j1Dgufv_Q


Akhila Ranganathan

Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram

Devi Mahatmyam, Lalitha Sahasranamam and Trishathi Classes

Dear Devotees,

We are starting our Spring 2016 session of Devi Mahatmyam, Lalitha Sahasranamam & Trishathi classes on Friday, April 1, 2016. We will start at 7pm EDT. Please RSVP to sahasrachandi@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the classes in person in Brampton, ON, Canada.

The classes will be streamed live through Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram Google Hangouts.  

Lalita Sahasranama Parayana Krama Class (7:00 PM EDT)

Google Hangout Link: https://plus.google.com/events/crhhpadtch0vkm9c7m18rmq02n4
YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkUqyLBrwNo

Durga Saptashathi (Devi Mahatmyam) Class (8:00 PM EDT)

Google Hangout link: https://plus.google.com/events/cshvoklv1i9kd3scj1thu72ouho
YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t4guP7mfAc

Subscribe to future classes and event updates

All of our online classes will be hosted on Google Hangouts. To make sure you get all updates and event links automatically, please subscribe to Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram on Google+.


Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram

Sahasra Chandi 2015 - A memoir by Sri Ranganathan Ramasubramanian

Dear all,

Sri Ranganathan Ramasubramanian, an active member of the Ashram in Canada, has written a wonderfully detailed memoir of his spiritual journey and the Sahasra Chandi Maha Yagna conducted by Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram in July 2015.

It is heart warming to read his thoughtful narrative written straight from the heart. The journal rekindles the joy and energy we all experienced during the Maha Yagna. We are so blessed to have this gem of a memoir to relive the grand event!

Link to PDF: Sahasra Chandi - An Event to Remember



New Publication: Sri Devi Khadgaadi Panchadasha Mala

Dear devotees,

With the blessings of our Guru Sri Sri Vimarshananda Nathendra Saraswathi Maha Swamigal and Lalitha Maha Tripura Sundari, we are very happy to release the first edition of Sri Devi Khadgaadi Panchadasha Mala

The Devi Khadgamala is a very important Mantra for a Srividya Upasaka. The origins of this Vidya may be traced to Puranas and Tantras. The Khadgamala mantra can be chanted only by those who are duly initiated into Srividya and those who perform Nitya Japa of Devi.

Among the fifteen Khadgamalas, five are for Shakti, five for Shiva and the other five for Shiva-Shakti as Mithunas. Each of this set of five has Sambudyanta, Swaahaanta, Tarpananta, Jayanta and Namonta. The Tripurarnava tantra prescribes that Sambudhyanta is to be used for Japa, Swahanta for Homa, Tarpananta for Tarpana, Jayanta for Stotra and Namonta for Archana. It is said that mere recitation of Khadgamala confers not only the Pooja Phala of complete Navavarana worship, but also of every other form of worship. Khadgamala Parayanam is regarded as an integral part of a Srividya Upasaka's routine. 

The very first part of the Vidya speaks of the Guru Mandalas who are Yuga gurus of Srividya. Amba and Parameshwara, having assumed the forms of these Nathas, have propagated Srividya in the different Yugas. The deities mentioned in the mantra are the Avarana deities of the nine enclosures of Srichakra, and correspond to the chakras in our body. Chanting Khadgamala systematically ensures the awakening of these powers in our body and lead to the state of supreme consciousness, which is the state of 'Shivam'. The chanting of Khadgamala should also be accompanied by the Manasika Yajana of these deities in their repective Chakras in the body. Then truly, the actual form of Srichakra in the Sadhaka's own self will be realised and Lalita as one's very Self. 

We are thankful to Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram volunteers for their efforts in bringing out this publication. Special thanks are due to Srikanth Vaidyanathan, Sriram Srinivasan and Akhila Ranganathan for their untiring efforts. We sincerely hope that this book will be useful for the devotees of Maha Tripura Sundari for their daily prayers.

K.R. Yegnarathnam & Raghu Ranganathan


Sahasra Chandi Maha Yagna 2015

Dear devotees,

The Sankalpam we all took to perform the Sahasrachandi Maha Yagna in March 2015 was completed  in a very grand way with the blessings of our Gurunathar and Chandika Parameswari last week. The positive vibrations felt by everyone who participated were just incredible. 

No words can do justice to the amount of volunteering and service to the community that was done by all participants during the event. 

Our photographers Abiraghav Srinivasan and Seth Sundar have captured the events beautifully. Please click here to see the photos from this event. 

Please accept our sincere and heartfelt thanks and gratitude and we pray to the Goddess and Guru to always shower their blessings on all of us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making the Sahasra Chandi Maha Yagna a divine and blissful experience for everyone.


Raghu Ranganathan on behalf of Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram