Returning to your roots is always an emotional journey. That is why this last article of 2021 is special to me. I hope you – my dear readers - will find it interesting too. Towards the end of May 2020, I lost my father and was a day late for the last rites, as flights … Continue reading Visiting my roots: Gorur and Kittane ©Sangeeta Venkatesh
I have been at this article since over a month, but due to personal exigencies I have been unable to complete it. I am quite sure if it was the position of the stars!! Well, to progress we are getting towards the end of 2021 and what an eventful year it has been! Planetary … Continue reading December 2021 Transits: The Eclipse Season, Algol Star and much more!
Note to my International Readers: The following article may seem a little complicated, but it has been my endevour to simplify and present the essence of various facets of India, it’s culture and traditions. Also, I am delighted to co-author this piece with Sujatha Ravi, my guest writer from Chennai, who has explained the various … Continue reading Thiruchendur Murugan Temple
I am pleased to share that on occasion of Diwali my travel article on Ayodhya appeared in the Sunday Edition of the National newspaper Deccan Herald. Here is the link to the digital version. https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sh-top-stories/timeless-ayodhya-1047305.html A longer version was published on this blog here. This has several pictures as well as a detailed itinerary.
Wishing all my readers around the globe a very Happy Diwali. May the the lamps of Diwali, light up your life with good health, peace, love and happiness. I share a reading of a short excerpt from my book 'Celebrating the Earth- Stories about Prithvi' on the origins of Naraka Chaturdashi or Deepawali. Do click … Continue reading Deepawali Wishes to all my readers! ©Sangeeta Venkatesh
By the time we finished the trek at Avani Betta, it was lunch time and we found a nice place enroute to spread our picnic hamper. Rest assured, we used all reusables and packed up everything, leaving no trash behind. After lunch it was a good 40-minute ride to a village called Kammasandra to visit … Continue reading Counting the Shivalingas at the Koti Lingeshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh
After you are done visiting the Ramalingeshwara temple, you cannot miss the trek to Avani Betta. It is an easy trek- one that I could easily do in a saree!! You can park the car on the road where you begin the trek. Just before the trek, there is a more recent temple in granite … Continue reading The Avani Betta trek- Birthplace of Lava and Kusha ©Sangeeta Venkatesh
"Day and Night the Heavenly Bodies Pour Forth their Speech." I am back after a hiatus on planetary transits. October is a season of retrograde planets that will turn direct. For a recap, please go back to previous article, the link of whuch is given here. The rest of the article will make sense. The … Continue reading October 2021- setting the scene for the year end ©Sangeeta Venkatesh
A bright Sunday morning in September and we felt it should not be wasted on any account. This year has allowed us to seek out places in the outskirts of Bangalore and holy-moly there is so much you can explore. 1 hour 30 minutes from Whitefield This time it was to drive towards Kolar district … Continue reading The Ramalingeshwara Temple at Avani ©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