A need for Hindu chanting

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Hi all, hope everyone is well.

I'm in dire need of spiritual solace and emotional recuperation and I think Hindu chanting might be what my battered soul needs.

This is possibly a silly question, but is there a region or a season that is best for such things? I've done a fair amount of traveling in India and I've experienced some chanting (in Haridwar and Varanasi particularly), so I'd like to experience more.

Thanks in advance for any and all wisdom,

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There is a Dhrupad Festival in Varanasi each year in March/April.

Might be a thread about it here on IndiaMike somewhere.
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See what you think of this:

"Abhirami Anthathi" by Arul Priya Manaikkavachagam ...

It is a musical recitation rather than chanting.
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Is the 100 stanzas about goddess Abhirami? I recollect listening to a version by Srikazhi Govindrajan when I was a kid regularly.
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I believe it is. Mrs N told me something about it on the way home (we were there) and also, one of my elderly friends that I drop off repeated some today. The gave us the booklet, but it is in Tamil.

If anybody "scrolls back" to the two introductory speeches... The first guy never performed much, but he learnt mridangam from the great Palani Subramania Pillai. Since retirement (Railways engineer, i think) he has been teaching. Been to arangetrams to a few of his students, including his two grandsons.

The second guy, I don't know... but I found his talk fascinating, even though I didn't understand a word of it. He explains the whole poem. I enjoyed the rhythm and energy of his speech/discourse. Mrs N says that how he spoke is very poetic/grammatical Tamil.

The young lady is actually following law as a career, although her sister is a professional singer. And one of my favourites.

Bottom line... this recitation/composition is quite a feat of memory!
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Perhaps there is chanting on Youtube? Saves a trip.
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I am sure there must be.
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Originally Posted by GP&D View Post This is possibly a silly question, but is there a region or a season that is best for such things?
Early morning, take bath during Brahma muhurtha, sit facing east and chant any mantras that you are comfortable with. That is one of the simplest ritual for praying and chanting. Light an incense stick if you feel like, preferably made with some herbs used in havan.

There is also 'how many times' you should chant, start with 9, then to 21, and finally to 108 times which is considered very auspicious.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post The gave us the booklet, but it is in Tamil.
This and this would be of interest to you.
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Thank you! I suspect that my experience may remain a one-off. Apparently the two sisters sometimes collaborate on this, and, if I go again, it would be because I'm fond of them and their parents, and I think it is a shame to see so few people in the audience.
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This is possibly a silly question, but is there a region or a season that is best for such things?
Sorry to hear of your need. Your question needs to be more specifically addressed. I guess it needs to be answered by temple/ashram goers. As far as I am aware, "Hindu chanting" is not really a public-performance thing as a thing which is simply a part of the ceremonies and functions of which it is a part. I might be corrected on this. You can necessarily find it happening in any temple on any day. The amount and intensity may vary from day-to-day to peaks associated with the major festivals. In my limited temple/function-going experience, I should say that the quality varies too. Bottom line is parroting the script, and there are many parrots in the trade. Top line is moving, soothing and energising.

Music and chanting are different. The religious content in the music may be minimal, even when the spiritual content is high. The music of the south has more words, and most of them are devotional.
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer There is a Dhrupad Festival in Varanasi each year in March/April.
And Dhrupad certainly soothes the soul! Perhaps a little too much for some tastes! It is the most heavy-weight of heavy-weight Indian classical musics. I love it: other may not. Youtube!

For immersion in Carnatic (Southern) classical music, two words: Chennai, December.

GPD, where are you? Chances are, these days, that there is a Hindu temple somewhere near you. You may be able to get a dose of what you need without (or before) travelling.

EDIT: you are in London. You most certainly can

I answered somebody else within the past week or six mentioning some temples that I know. I don't know if I can find that post again easily. Which corner of London are you in?
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I answered somebody else within the past week or six mentioning some temples that I know. I don't know if I can find that post again easily. Which corner of London are you in?
This?
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Aaargh... stuck in a loop with no exit condition!

This was the post I was thinking of.
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My bad. Did not copy the correct link.
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Theyyamdancer, Nick-H, aarosh, jituyadev and all, thanks very much for your wisdom, much appreciated, I shall follow the suggested leads.

And yes, Nick-H, I am in London - north. The Murugan Temple on Archway Rd is not far from me, I think I'll try there. Then there's the Hare Krishna centre on the edge of Soho. Then in April I'm coming to India, so hopefully I'll find what I need. Thanks again, your posts are very much appreciated.
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