A Serbian Sojourn Day 4: Smederevo Fortress, Manasija Monastery and onwards to Niš ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Day 4 was an interesting day with four stops with the Smederevo Fortress being the first one. View of the River Danube from the Smederevo Fortress Smederevo Fortress: An hour’s drive from Belgrade brought us to the Smederevo Fortress.The town began life as a small Roman settlement. In 1428, after the loss of Belgrade to … Continue reading A Serbian Sojourn Day 4: Smederevo Fortress, Manasija Monastery and onwards to Niš ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Aprameya Swamy Temple at Dodda Mallur ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Today is Guru Purnima (July 13th, 2022), the full moon that occurs in the Hindu month of ‘Ashada’. ‘Gu’ means darkness and ‘ru’ means one who removes the darkness; hence a Guru is a soul that helps in leading from darkness to light and I bow to all who have helped me do so.  India … Continue reading The Aprameya Swamy Temple at Dodda Mallur ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Planets and their Punctuations – the rest of Year 2022 ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

It’s a fun time in the sky right now, and we are living in unique times. While on the 1st of July the Shree Jagannath’s Rath yatra in Puri commenced in its full spirit, on July 2nd six planets went into their own signs or rulerships, in full dignity and it will be so till … Continue reading The Planets and their Punctuations – the rest of Year 2022 ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A Serbian Sojourn Day 3 (Part 2) Lepenski Vir ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

From the Golubac Fort, we made our way to Lepenski Vir. I remember reading about it in my Grade 10 History book, and did I ever think I would come to see it some 42 years later? One of the earliest known human settlements, is the Mesolithic (middle stone age era) archaeological of Lepenski-Vir. The … Continue reading A Serbian Sojourn Day 3 (Part 2) Lepenski Vir ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A Serbian Sojourn: Day 3 (part1) Golubac Fortress, Iron Gate Gorge ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Day 3 saw us driving from Belgrade towards the East to the Golubac Fortress and the Iron Gate Gorge, four kilometers from the town of Golubac. It took us about 2 hours to traverse a distance of 136 kilometers, and it was just wonderful to drive by the River Danube at several places. We reach … Continue reading A Serbian Sojourn: Day 3 (part1) Golubac Fortress, Iron Gate Gorge ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A Serbian Sojourn: Novisad & Sremski Karlovci – the Cultural Capital of Serbia ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

One can write reams about the history of Serbia. Belgrade, the capital city is the central character in this story and I anticipate that it would take long to document and write about it.  But I want to share parts of our trip right away and so I have decided to describe Day 2 of … Continue reading A Serbian Sojourn: Novisad & Sremski Karlovci – the Cultural Capital of Serbia ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A Serbian Sojourn: Travelling from Bangalore to Belgrade and Back ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Getting there          The last time, we left the shores of India was in December 2019. And then we witnessed the world coming to a grinding halt. With countries opening up their borders in 2022, it was still not clear what the ‘new normal’ would be like, with vaccine and testing regulations and visa processing. We … Continue reading A Serbian Sojourn: Travelling from Bangalore to Belgrade and Back ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Thirunallar – Shanishwara and Darbaranyeshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

I hope you all liked reading about Shani Shinganapur. As Part 2 of the Saturn Temples, this article is about a temple in Thirunallar, a small town in the Karaikal district of the Union Territory of Puducherry. We had driven down from Bangalore to Tharagambadi (Tranquebar) for a visit (more on this in another post) … Continue reading Thirunallar – Shanishwara and Darbaranyeshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Shani Shinganapur- the village with no locks ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Shani Jayanti Today May 30th is observed as Shani Jayanti. Lord Shani, as you know is the ruler of Planet Saturn and the seers have said that he is the son of Lord Surya or the Sun God. Shani Jayanti is also known as Shani Amavasya, as it falls on the Amavasya (new moon) Tithi during … Continue reading Shani Shinganapur- the village with no locks ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Catching the Tulip Mania at Keukenhof Gardens ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

(Writer's Note: With so many bloggers writing about the tulips and other floral displays, it was inspiration enough to pen down my experiences of the visit to this absolutely magnificent Keukenhof gardens, albeit it was a few years ago.) A holiday in the beautiful country of Netherlands should ideally be undertaken in the month of … Continue reading Catching the Tulip Mania at Keukenhof Gardens ©Sangeeta Venkatesh