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  • Diwali Aarti – (English).


     Diwali Aarti – (English)


    Shree Ganesh Aarti
    Jai Ganesha Jai Ganesha Jai Ganesha Deva
    Maata Jaaki Parvati Pitaa Mahadeva
    Ladoowan Ka Bhog Lage Sant Karen Sevaa
    Jai Ganesh Deva
    Eka Dant Dayavant Chaar Bhujadhari
    Maathe Par Tilak Sohe Muse Ki Sawaari
    Paan Chadhe Phool Chadhe Aur Chadhe Mevaa
    Jai Ganesh Deva
    Andhe Ko Aankh Det Kohin Ko Kaaya
    Banjhan Ko Putra Det Nirdhan Ko Maaya
    Surya Shama Sharan Aaye Safal Kijye Sevaa
    Jai Ganesh Deva


    Maa Lakshmi Aarti
    Jai lakshmi maataa, Maiyaa jaya lakshmi maataa
    Tumako nishadina dhyaavata, Hara vishnu vidhaataa

    “Glory to you, O Mother, glory to you, mother Lakshmi. Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma meditate on you everyday and night.”

    Brahmaanii, rudraanii, kamalaa, Tuuhii hai jaga maataa
    Suurya chandramaa dhyaavata, Naarada rishi gaataa

    “You are yourself the consort of Brahma, Rudra and Vishnu and the mother of the world. The sage Narada sings your praises and the Sun and the Moon meditate on you.”

    Durgaa ruupa nirantara, sukha sampati daataa
    Jo koi tumako dhyaavata, riddhi siddhi dhana paataa

    “As Durga, you grant both happiness and prosperity; and he who centres his attention on you becomes a recipient of all riddhis and siddhis-Prosperity and Accomplishment.”

    Tuuhii hai paataala basantii, Tuuhii shubha daataa
    Karma prabhaava prakaashaka, Jaganidhi ke traataa

    “None but you dwell in the nether regions of the earth and you alone ensure good luck, bring to light the effect of Karma (action) and protect all worldly treasures.”

    Jisa ghara mein tuma rahatii, saba sadaguna aataa
    Kara sake koii kara le, mana nahin ghabaraataa

    “All the virtues collect themselves where you have your dwelling ; with your grace and favour even the impossible becomes possible without causing any nervous agitation.”

    Tuma bina yagya na hove, Vastra na koii paataa
    Khaana paana kaa vaibhava, Saba tumase hii aataa

    “No sacrifice can be performed without you (your grace), no one can obtain any garment (to cover his body); it is from you that one obtains one’s sustenance (food and drink).”

    Shubha guna mandira sundara, Kshirodadhi jaataa
    Ratana chaturdasha tuma hii, Koii nahiin paataa

    “O daughter of the Ocean of Milk and the beauteous temple of all propitious virtues, you are a living mass of all the fourteen gems with which none else is endowed.”

    Aartii lakshmii jii kii, Jo koii nara gaataa
    Ura aananda umanga ati, Paapa utara jaataa

    “Whosoever hymns this prayer to Lakshmi is purged of his sins and experiences the ecstasy of joy.”

    The Universal Aarti
    Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
    Swami Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
    Bhakta janonke sankat
    Bhakta janonke sankat Kshan me door kare
    Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

    “Om! Victory to You, Hari, Ruler of the Universe, You make the troubles of your devotees vanish in a second”

    Jo dhyave phal pave
    Dhukh bin se man ka
    Swami dhukh bin se man ka
    Sukha sampati Ghar ave
    Sukha sampati Ghar ave
    Kasht mite tan ka
    Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

    “Whoever thinks of You, gets results without any mental grief, Happiness and wealth come to his home, And his bodily woes vanish.”

    Mata pita tum mere
    Sharan padum mi kis ki
    Swami sharan padum mi kis ki
    Tum bina aur na dooja
    Tum bina aur na dooja
    Asha karum mi kis ki
    Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

    “You are my mother and my father, Who else can I seek refuge from? There is no one else other than You for me, Who shall I yearn for?”

    Tum pooran Paramatma
    Tum Antaryami
    Swami Tum Antaryami
    Parabrahma Parameshwara
    Parabrahma Parameshwara
    Tum sab ke Swami
    Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

    “You are whole and You are the Supreme Self, You are the Indweller in every being. O Supreme God, O Supreme Ruler, You are the Master of everybody”

    Tum karuna ke sagar
    Tum palan karta
    Swami Tum palan karta
    Mi sevak tum swami
    Mi sevak tum swami
    Kripa karo bharta
    Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

    “You are the Ocean of Mercy, You are the Ruler, I am Your servant and You are the Master, Please show mercy my Lord”

    Tum ho ek agochar
    Sab ke pranapati
    Swami sab ke pranapati
    Kis vidhi miloom dayamaya
    Kisi vidhi miloom dayamaya
    Tum ko mi kumati
    Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

    “You are the Unseen, You are the Master of everyone’s life, How can I meet You, O Abode of Kindness”

    Deena bandhu dukh harta
    Tum rakshak mere
    Swami tum rakshak mere
    Apane hast uthavo
    Apane hast uthavo
    Dwar khada mi tere
    Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

    “O friend of the downtrodden, O remover of grief, You are my protector, I am standing at your door, Please raise Your hand to assure me.”

    Vishaya vikar mithavo
    Pap haro deva
    Swami pap haro deva
    Shraddha bhakti badhavo
    Shraddha bhakti badhavo
    Santan ki seva
    Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

    “Please eradicate all material desires in me, And remove my sins, Increase my love for You and let me serve You”

    Tan man dhan sab kuch hi tera
    Swami sab kuch hi tera
    Tera tujh ko arpan
    Tera tujh ko arpan
    Kya lage mera
    Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

    “My body, my mind, my wealth, And my everything belongs to You, I offer what is Yours to You, What is there that is mine?

    Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
    Swami Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
    Bhakta janonke sankat
    Bhakta janonke sankat
    Kshan me door kare
    Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

    “Om! Victory to You, Hari, Ruler of the Universe, You make the troubles of your devotees vanish in a second”.



  • When I refused to fly the PM

    The date of refusal was November 26, 1961 and the passenger involved was Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the Prime Minister, with an entourage of other VIPs. It was on the first transport aircraft to be built in India, the Avro 748 which was put together from imported major sub-assemblies by the Indian Air Force.

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) manufacturing an aircraft for its own use was in itself a unique event, perhaps first in the world. Despite the lack of experience, our technicians and engineers did a very good job. I flew the aircraft on its maiden flight on November 1, 1961, with the Defence Minister, V.K. Krishna Menon and AVM Harjindar Singh, the father of the project and host, watching from the control tower. With hardly any testing done, the flight was uneventful.

    Since elections were due soon, Krishna Menon decided to blow his trumpet. The Prime Minister was asked to inaugurate the aircraft and ‘dedicate it to the nation’ on November 26 at Palam. By then, not all systems had been installed and production tests had not been completed. But as is our wont, there were many cynical and adverse comments rife about the aircraft within IAF and Indian Airlines (IAC). In view of this, I decided to show off a really major safety feature of the aircraft: coping with one engine failure during take off.

    For the Inauguration and to watch the flight, Prime Minster, Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru and guests were seated near the Blue Hangar by the side of Runway 27, about three hundred yards away from it and also down to the right from the dumb-bell. Others present were Krishna Menon (naturally), Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Aspy M Engineer, several other ministers, secretaries and some senior IAF officers. A special invitee was Sir Roy Dobson, Chairman Hawker Siddeley Group which had by then acquired A.V. Roe & Co. Most pilots, not otherwise engaged, from Air Hq Communication (Comm) Squadron were seated in the rearmost row. Sqn Ldr C.V. (Chandu) Gole was to provide the commentary

    After being sent off ceremoniously to fly the aircraft, my co-pilot Sqn Ldr R.D. Sahni and I boarded the aircraft, started both engines and lined up for take-off at the 27 dumb-bell. During the take off run, as we reached decision speed, I feathered the critical right engine which was on the side of the spectators. Pilots of Comm Squadron all stood up in alarm, perhaps thinking that the aircraft was about to crash. We took off, climbed to 500 feet, turned around and right in front of the guests, re-started the engine. Only then it became clear to the spectators that stopping the right engine was a deliberate act for display. The rest of the show was good but perhaps over-praised by Chandu. My hope was that both IAF and IAC would recognise that extreme safety was built into the turbo-prop aircraft, the certification requirements for which had evolved from the dangerous failures of engines on piston engine transports.

    After landing and switching off close to the spectators area, we were met at the bottom of the steps by the PM. I was introduced to him by Krishna Menon. Pt Nehru gave me a tight welcoming hug with a huge smile on his face and said, “Yes, I know this chap” (Like hell he did! It was just a political comment). In the next few minutes, all senior people climbed into the aircraft and all seats got occupied with Pt Nehru in the front row. He whispered to Krishna Menon who came up to the front door where I was standing and asked if the PM could be given a ride.

    I was horrified at the idea of carrying the PM and others in an unproven aircraft which had not even finished the essential production tests. I told Krishna Menon that no flight for the PM or any other passengers was possible. I suggested that he look at the people seated in the aircraft, the safety of which was yet to be ensured. I said half the Government of India, many Governors, Ministers, Secretaries, etc were present. There was no way I would risk flying them in the aircraft which was not yet ready to carry passengers. I explained that the IAF took extreme care to ensure safety of its passengers. I did not mention that I was not even qualified to carry any of them anyway. His only comment was that I had been flying it and showing it off. I explained that I was a test pilot and it was my job. It was limited to testing the aircraft till it got ready to be used in service.

    Krishna Menon turned away and spoke a few words to the PM. The conversation was so short that I knew he never mentioned even the smallest part of my explanation. All he could have said in those few seconds would have been, “The pilot refuses to fly us”. Anyway, Pt Nehru immediately got up from his seat and in a visibly angry huff without once glancing at me, walked down and out of the aircraft. The CAS followed him and Krishna Menon. As the CAS passed me, he said in a soft undertone, “Well done, Bhargava”. I then knew that I was not about to be tried by a Court Martial.

    My display had an interesting fallout. I heard from some kind people that Sir Roy Dobson, immediately after our touchdown, said to Pt Nehru that it was the finest display of a transport aircraft he had ever seen, surely an exaggeration meant for currying favour and promoting his own business. The result was that two months later on Republic Day 1962, I was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal (VM) for courage and professional skill. The medal had been instituted only a year and eleven months earlier. Mine was among the first 12 or 15 VMs for IAF. This had its own tale.

    All early decorations were awarded in the Rashtrapati Bhawan by the President himself. My wife and I attended the investiture in April 1962. As is the custom, after the ceremony, we were ushered in for a cup of tea with the President. Soon after the two of us sat down in front of a small table, two cups of tea appeared. We were facing President Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. Seated on his right was Pt Nehru. Almost before I took the first sip of my tea, the President asked me, “Since when have the Bhargavas been a martial race?” My reply was instant, “Since Parashuram, Sir”. Pt. Nehru bursts out laughing but the President went quiet and never said another word to me. Fortunately for me, Pt. Nehru was gracious enough to ask how the Avro 748 was doing. Obviously he had not forgotten the refusal. I explained that we had completed tests on it and the aircraft was fit for passengers. But we did lose the main passenger door the first time we pressurized the aircraft. By then the involved design fault had occurred on five aircraft around the world with an air hostess being sucked out as the aircraft was heading for Lima airport of Peru. I hoped that he realized the significance of IAF not risking its passengers.

    It was time to leave, though we were kept back for a few minutes extra for two other awardees to join us. As we came out, the Naval officer escorting us told me, “Sir, you have upset the President”. I was horrified and asked him how. He said that my reply was that the Bhargavas were martial people since Parashuram. I said that I did not think that it was a rude or offensive reply. It was very much a part of our mythology. He explained that all was well but the President was also a Bhargava. He never thought that he was from a martial race. I knew of him as a very gentle person.. He was a teacher, a philosopher and was devoutly religious. I had read most of his exposition of the Bhagwadgita. But it was a realization too late. Unfortunately, I never got a chance to make amends.




    (Contributed by : Amr on 27.11.2012)

  • Tips for Diabetes Prevention

    Reduce weight.
    Take lot of Fibre.
    Minimise  use of sugar.
    Get more Physical activities.
    Do not skip Doctor’s appointment.
    Use of salad with vinegar helps in reducing sugar.
    Take Healthier and avoid Fad foods claiming weight reduction diets.
    Most of the cases Diabeties is cured with regular, controlled, proper diet.
    Regular and Long Walk is the best exercise. Walk as much as you can to reduce blood sugar.


  • The Old Dog

    One day an old German Shepherd starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he’s lost. Wandering about, he notices a panther heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.

    The old German Shepherd thinks, “Oh, oh! I’m in deep doo-doo now!”

    Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther is about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaims loudly,

    “Boy that was one delicious panther! I wonder if there are any more around here?”

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  • Husbands

    While creating Husbands, God promised women that good and ideal husbands would be found in all corners of the world.

    And then He made the earth round !

    (contributed by Guest on 18.03.2011)

  • Bewildering Chinese Choreography Video.


    Bewildering Chinese Choreography

    This breathtaking performance comes from China, in which a group of women show off some amazing timing in their choreography.


    Bewildering Choreography
    (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 08.10.2011)

  • True Facts 55 Years ago


     “True Facts 55 Years ago”


    They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas.’

    ‘Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball?
    It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the President. ‘

    ‘I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric.
    They are even making electric typewriters now. ‘

    ‘It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays.
    I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet. ‘

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