Temples of Bangalore ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

This article will be a constantly get updated as I keep publishing about the notable temples found in Bangalore. Since I covered the Chhath Puja in my last blog, I will start this series with a temple dedicated to Lord Surya or the Sun God. Do keep checking on the article for updates. Suryanarayan Temple, … Continue reading Temples of Bangalore ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Invoking the Sun God for Life and Sustenance- the Chhath Pooja ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Our first lessons in school told us that everything on Earth depends on the extent of Sun rays that falls on a particular place. This further determined the flora and fauna of the region and whether water flows in a river or is part of a glacier. No wonder then, that the Vedic texts consider the Sun as … Continue reading Invoking the Sun God for Life and Sustenance- the Chhath Pooja ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Thondanur/ Tonnur Kere; Walking on spiritual soil ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

This was the first outbound trip after ‘lockdown’ and boy was I happy to hit the road. It was my husband’s birthday and we decided to do a day-trip from Bangalore. Amidst all the uncertainties that has been going on the world, I really wanted to visit a temple. Thondanur or Thonnur Kere as it … Continue reading Thondanur/ Tonnur Kere; Walking on spiritual soil ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Festivals of India; KarvaChauth©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Like many festivals in India, Karwa Chauth is based on the Lunisolar calendar which is based on astronomical positions of planets, especially positions of the moon and is used as a marker to calculate important dates. This festival falls on the fourth day after the full moon, in the Hindu month of Kartik. Most of North India celebrates the … Continue reading Festivals of India; KarvaChauth©Sangeeta Venkatesh

November 2020 Transits- It’s all in our hands now!©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, Satish Menon and a host of other experts who have made astrology comprehensible to the layman. I am attempting this essay only because of them. … Continue reading November 2020 Transits- It’s all in our hands now!©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Navaratri Golu – a time when the dolls come to life ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

It’s the auspicious period of the Sharad Navaratri, also known as the Maha Navaratri. It’s the time when Goddess Durga – the invincible warrior goddess descends to be with her devotees.  Durga Devi -the fierce form of Adi Shakti, is said to be the primordial energy, responsible for creation and also the functioning of life … Continue reading Navaratri Golu – a time when the dolls come to life ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

October 2020 Transits – Retrograde of Mars and Mercury – Use your words wisely!©Sangeeta Venkatesh

So, we are in the last quarter of the year. It has been an intense year globally. We have had to cancel things, been in lockdown, put our masks on and have had to comply to the rules of authority. The human mind has been fragile. On the other hand, there has been introspection in … Continue reading October 2020 Transits – Retrograde of Mars and Mercury – Use your words wisely!©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Ashoka Pillar- the iconic landmark of South Bangalore ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Back in 1969, my father built a house in South Bangalore in the residential area of Jayanagar. However, my parents started living there only after my father's retirement from the Indian Army in 1986. Jayanagar back then was considered the southern end of Bangalore and was one of the first planned neighbourhoods of Bangalore- and … Continue reading Ashoka Pillar- the iconic landmark of South Bangalore ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

How Lakshmi Shrinath brought to us some ‘Lockdown Learnings’ ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

This article was first published on the digital platform Women's Web: https://www.womensweb.in/2020/08/lakshmi-shrinath-lockdown-learnings-youtube-aug20wk4sr/ May 2020 - and it was a month and a half since the world had come to a grinding halt. The lockdown was something that no one had ever imagined in their wildest dreams. In the media, heart-wrenching stories were pouring out. But … Continue reading How Lakshmi Shrinath brought to us some ‘Lockdown Learnings’ ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Saturn going Direct -The tussle between the collective Mind and the Judge ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

According to the French-born American author, Dane Rudhyay, “Astrology is a language. If you understand this language, the sky speaks to you.”  A lot of truth in that statement! So what is the sky trying to convey now? If you remember from my previous article, Saturn has been retrograding since May 11th in Capricorn – … Continue reading Saturn going Direct -The tussle between the collective Mind and the Judge ©Sangeeta Venkatesh