The Sun in Leo and the Gandanta Points©Sangeeta Venkatesh

In my last article, I mentioned and tried to explain the Gandanta points. In that context, the next few days could possibly be very unique days in human history. The annual transit of Sun (the king) into Leo (Simha Rashi, Magha Nakshatra) is happening on 16th August from Cancer (Karaka Rashi- Ashlesha Nakshatra) – where … Continue reading The Sun in Leo and the Gandanta Points©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A Heritage Unparalleled – The Warp and Weft of India ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Disclaimer: There are many states and weaves that have not been included. This article was literally written overnight with a few volunteers who shared pictures. I hope to do a state-wise weave list. This article is merely to highlight #Vocalforlocal and #SustainableFashion. Please also refrain from downloading pictures from the article. Thank you. Greetings on … Continue reading A Heritage Unparalleled – The Warp and Weft of India ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Progress of the Planets ; August 2020 ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

(My obeisance to Sage Parasara who gave us the treatise Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra; Sage VarahaMihira who wrote the Brihat Samhita Hora, and the current astrologers Joni Patry, Komilla Sutton and a host of other experts who have made astrology comprehensible to the layman. I am attempting this essay only because of them. Any errors … Continue reading The Progress of the Planets ; August 2020 ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

SriVilliputtur and the Birth of Andal ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

(Note: The story about how she got the sobriquet ‘Soodikodutha Sudarkodi' (the one who wore the garland and then offered it to the Lord) used to thrill me every time when my maternal Paati/ grandmother used to narrate it. Paati herself was an epitome of bhakti and was it a coincidence that she was also … Continue reading SriVilliputtur and the Birth of Andal ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The beginning of Dakshinayana – July 16th, 2020 ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Courtesy: ISCKON This Uttarayana period which was six months long is now over. With the Sun traveling from the sign of Cancer on July 16th, the period is known as Dakshinayana - and the day is Karkata Sankaranti. It will be in Cancer till August 16th and then go through Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and … Continue reading The beginning of Dakshinayana – July 16th, 2020 ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Time to look within & Heal; July 2020 ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Full Moon July 5th At the outset, I want to send greetings to all in the auspicious Guru Purnima day. The world has been waiting with bated breath, if things are going to get better. Instead of a yes or no, let me take you through the journey of the planets. But one thing is … Continue reading Time to look within & Heal; July 2020 ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Udupi: Dwaita philosophy, Krishna and beyond ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

I had written about Sri Ramanujacharya and the philosophy of Vishishtha Advaita in a previous article and also about Adi Shankaracharya’s life and the Advaita philosophy in my travelogue on Kalady. On this auspicious day of Guru Purnima (5th July, 2020), I would like to complete this triumvirate, by including Madhvacharya and the Dvaita philosophy … Continue reading Udupi: Dwaita philosophy, Krishna and beyond ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Alavandar- The Glory of a King and a Saint ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

During the 10th century A.D, in a town called Viranarayanpura in Tamil Nadu, a learned teacher called Maha Bhashya Bhattar would guide his students on various subjects. A scholar called Akkiyalwan from the king’s court had the arrogance to challenge other intellectuals and also collect money from them. When Maha Bhashya Bhattar received summons to pay … Continue reading Alavandar- The Glory of a King and a Saint ©Sangeeta Venkatesh