Yoganandeeshwara Temple atop the Nandi Hills ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

From Bhoganandeeshwara Temple in Nandigrama, and then to Muddenhalli, we make our way to Nandi Hills to visit the Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple in particular. This temple is the abode of Shiva in his form as a Yogi or ascetic. This temple was built atop the hills by the Cholas and was later taken over by … Continue reading Yoganandeeshwara Temple atop the Nandi Hills ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Krishna Janmashtmi Special- Tracing Krishna’s footsteps in Porbandar ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sh-top-stories/tracing-krishna-s-footsteps-in-porbandar-1023659.html My article on 'Tracing Krishna's footsteps in Porbandar' was published in the Sunday Edition of the Deccan Herald dated 29th August 2021. I share the link above, for you to read it. A more detailed account of our visit can be found on this link. https://sojournwithsan.com/2019/08/23/following-the-krishna-route-stop-1-porbandar/ I hope you all had a blessed day … Continue reading Krishna Janmashtmi Special- Tracing Krishna’s footsteps in Porbandar ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Muddenahalli- the birthplace of a visionary ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

((Today on Hayagriva Jayanthi - the Lord of knowledge and wisdom) and Yajur Upakarma (the day Lord Vishnu took the form of a horse and restored the Veda that was stolen from Lord Brahma by the demons Madhu and Kaitabha), I get the notification that Sojourn with San has received 50,000 hits! Which means despite … Continue reading Muddenahalli- the birthplace of a visionary ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Bhoganandishwara- an architectural marvel ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Thankful to the Good Lord that I reached my 55th milestone on this planet last month! With all the Covid restrictions, there was no way to make the day special, other than by driving out in the outdoors away from the madding crowds, and we zeroed in to drive to the famed Bhoganandeeshwara Temple. Having … Continue reading Bhoganandishwara- an architectural marvel ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Temples of Bangalore- Devagiri Varaprada SriVenkateshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Situated on a hillock in the undulating locality of Banashanakri in South Bangalore is the Devagiri Varaprada Sri Venkateshwara temple.  As you enter the temple from either of the two entrance gates, either the northern or the southern Mahadwara, you are struck by the expanse of the courtyard which also has a Dwajasthambam/ Garudagamba. The … Continue reading Temples of Bangalore- Devagiri Varaprada SriVenkateshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Meet Ity Pandey The Marathon Running Indian Civil Services Officer Leading Like A Boss In Corona Times!

This article was published earlier on the digital magazine platform, Women's Web (www.https://www.womensweb.in/2020/07/pandemic-ity-pandey-indian-railways-jul20wk2mad/) in July 2020 Meet Ity Pandey, the Chief Commercial Manager, Indian Railways who managed to help several migrant workers reach home during the pandemic in 2020! In his book, “Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present”, Historian Frank M. … Continue reading Meet Ity Pandey The Marathon Running Indian Civil Services Officer Leading Like A Boss In Corona Times!

Book Review: Seven Secrets to Raising a Happy and Healthy Child

By Joyce Golden Seyburn (1998) Berkely Publishing Group Rs. 550 (Paperback), 244 pages This review was first published in the magazine Life Positive, 2005 Baby Care through Ayurveda With the birth of my son Achintya, my first-born, I felt I was the world’s first woman to experience motherhood and its challenges. While I had the … Continue reading Book Review: Seven Secrets to Raising a Happy and Healthy Child

Periya Azhwar – Bhakti as Maternal Love ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

This article was first published in the ‘Speaking Tree’ section of the Times of India newspaper. Your relationship with the Divine is your prerogative; and every devotee’s bhava or emotions is unique. One can relate to Him as a friend as in sakhya bhava, as a servant in dasa bhava, as a lover in madhurya … Continue reading Periya Azhwar – Bhakti as Maternal Love ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The dance of the Planets – How will it bode for India ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

“Astrology is just a finger pointing at reality.” —Steven Forrest I want to recapitulate some of the other articles of the past months to set the context here. Please note that these were written by understanding what experts have imparted. If you want to skip the older articles, please scroll down to the Jupiter and … Continue reading The dance of the Planets – How will it bode for India ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The enigma of Epiphyllum oxypetalum/ Nishagandhi – one that blooms in the night ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

I am blessed to be living in a community where the residents are plant-lovers and gardening enthusiasts. The sizes of the gardens vary but not the enthusiasm. A terrace garden is tended with as much care as a large garden. So, there was a lot of excitement last night, on the 7th of June, 2021 … Continue reading The enigma of Epiphyllum oxypetalum/ Nishagandhi – one that blooms in the night ©Sangeeta Venkatesh