Mulabagal – Blessings that reach through the eastern door ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

‘Mulabagilu’ is derived from the word ‘Mudalabagilu’, which means the eastern door in Kannada.  I have been wanting to visit this town each time we were on the Madras-Bangalore highway, but due to paucity of time we could never make a stopover. This little town is known for some ancient temples that are certainly worth … Continue reading Mulabagal – Blessings that reach through the eastern door ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Shopping Review: Grameena Angadi, Bangalore- Your one stop shop for organic & sustainable shopping ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

If you go by the several articles published on food last year, many homes seemed to have awakened to the benefits of home-cooked food.  Moreover, a large section of society was inspired to get back to whole foods. There is a new found awareness when people started to look at and read food labels. A … Continue reading Shopping Review: Grameena Angadi, Bangalore- Your one stop shop for organic & sustainable shopping ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

February Transits- It’s a Party in Capricorn©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Oops I am late again! But without much ado, lets dive into the transits of planets in February. There is an unusual phenomenon that is happening in the skies this month. In my previous article I mentioned about the “Stellium” that is occurring in the sign of Capricorn.  A stellium involves a conjunction of three … Continue reading February Transits- It’s a Party in Capricorn©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Temples of Bangalore – Karyasiddhi Hanuman Temple, Girinagar©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Karyasiddhi Anjaneya Temple, Girinagar is located nearly 30 kilometres away from where I live in Bangalore, yet it draws me to visit it again and again. Such are the vibrations of the temple. This temple was built under the aegis of the Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore, Karnataka, guided by Jagadguru Parama Pujya Dr. Sri … Continue reading Temples of Bangalore – Karyasiddhi Hanuman Temple, Girinagar©Sangeeta Venkatesh

January 2021 transits- Setting the stage for the year ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

“The planets are God’s punctuation marks pointing the sentences of human fate, written in the constellations.”- —James Lendall Basford Makara Sankaranti: I write this piece on the auspicious day of Makara Sankaranti or the festival of Pongal(14th January 2021), the day when the Sun moves into the sign of Capricorn. It is also the beginning … Continue reading January 2021 transits- Setting the stage for the year ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Temples of Bangalore- Andal Rangamannar Temple©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Andal Rangamannar Temple (Andavan Ashramam) We are nearly at the end of the Tamil month of Margazhi, also known as Dhanur Masa or the month of Margashirsha. In the Bhagavad Geeta, Lord Sri Krishna says 'Maasanam Margashirshoham', which translates to 'Among the months, I am Margashira'. The Dhanur masa represents the zodiac sign of Sagittarius. … Continue reading Temples of Bangalore- Andal Rangamannar Temple©Sangeeta Venkatesh

January 2021 Transits – the Abhijeet Nakshatra © Sangeeta Venkatesh

As the readers would know that according to the Vedic calendar, it is still not the new year. The New year will arrive only during the Chaitra Shukla Pratipada around April 13th (Ugadi, Gudi Padva, etc). It is not just my opinion that the Gregorian calendar is flawed, but that is a discussion for another … Continue reading January 2021 Transits – the Abhijeet Nakshatra © Sangeeta Venkatesh

Happy New Year – from Sojourn with San!

Wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year and a healthy and peaceful 2021. Last year, many of us couldn't travel but it was indeed an opportune time to journey within. It was something like that for me too, especially when I started to look at the stars and planets and added a section … Continue reading Happy New Year – from Sojourn with San!

Guest Blog: Thoughts on World Saree Day- December 21st

Picture taken by Sangeeta Venkatesh - somewhere in North Karnataka December 21st is observed as World Sari Day. I am not very clear about how the day was chosen, but a day dedicated to perhaps one of the world's oldest unstitched garment makes sense. I had previously shared a number of weaves where the models … Continue reading Guest Blog: Thoughts on World Saree Day- December 21st

Visiting the Virgin of Almudena – Madrid’s Patron Goddess ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sh-top-stories/madrid-s-patron-goddess-928910.html This article appeared in the Sunday edition of the Deccan Herald (20th December). Since, they have not used my pictures, I am presenting a photo essay that accompanies the article. Hapsburg Madrid is the name given to the specific area of Madrid that was built during the reign of the Habsburg dynasty (1516-1700) and is also known in … Continue reading Visiting the Virgin of Almudena – Madrid’s Patron Goddess ©Sangeeta Venkatesh