The Avani Betta trek- Birthplace of Lava and Kusha ©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

October 2021- setting the scene for the year end ©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

The Ramalingeshwara Temple at Avani ©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

Yoganandeeshwara Temple atop the Nandi Hills ©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

Krishna Janmashtmi Special- Tracing Krishna’s footsteps in Porbandar ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sh-top-stories/tracing-krishna-s-footsteps-in-porbandar-1023659.html My article on 'Tracing Krishna's footsteps in Porbandar' was published in the Sunday Edition of the Deccan Herald dated 29th August 2021. I share the link above, for you to read it. A more detailed account of our visit can be found on this link. https://sojournwithsan.com/2019/08/23/following-the-krishna-route-stop-1-porbandar/ I hope you all had a blessed day … Continue reading Krishna Janmashtmi Special- Tracing Krishna’s footsteps in Porbandar ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Muddenahalli- the birthplace of a visionary ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

((Today on Hayagriva Jayanthi - the Lord of knowledge and wisdom) and Yajur Upakarma (the day Lord Vishnu took the form of a horse and restored the Veda that was stolen from Lord Brahma by the demons Madhu and Kaitabha), I get the notification that Sojourn with San has received 50,000 hits! Thank you so … Continue reading Muddenahalli- the birthplace of a visionary ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Bhoganandishwara- an architectural marvel ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Thankful to the Good Lord that I reached my 55th milestone on this planet last month! With all the Covid restrictions, there was no way to make the day special, other than by driving out in the outdoors away from the madding crowds, and we zeroed in to drive to the famed Bhoganandeeshwara Temple. Having … Continue reading Bhoganandishwara- an architectural marvel ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Temples of Bangalore- Devagiri Varaprada SriVenkateshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Situated on a hillock in the undulating locality of Banashanakri in South Bangalore is the Devagiri Varaprada Sri Venkateshwara temple.  As you enter the temple from either of the two entrance gates, either the northern or the southern Mahadwara, you are struck by the expanse of the courtyard which also has a Dwajasthambam/ Garudagamba. The … Continue reading Temples of Bangalore- Devagiri Varaprada SriVenkateshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Meet Ity Pandey The Marathon Running Indian Civil Services Officer Leading Like A Boss In Corona Times!

This article was published earlier on the digital magazine platform, Women's Web (www.https://www.womensweb.in/2020/07/pandemic-ity-pandey-indian-railways-jul20wk2mad/) in July 2020 Meet Ity Pandey, the Chief Commercial Manager, Indian Railways who managed to help several migrant workers reach home during the pandemic in 2020! In his book, “Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present”, Historian Frank M. … Continue reading Meet Ity Pandey The Marathon Running Indian Civil Services Officer Leading Like A Boss In Corona Times!

Book Review: Seven Secrets to Raising a Happy and Healthy Child

By Joyce Golden Seyburn (1998) Berkely Publishing Group Rs. 550 (Paperback), 244 pages This review was first published in the magazine Life Positive, 2005 Baby Care through Ayurveda With the birth of my son Achintya, my first-born, I felt I was the world’s first woman to experience motherhood and its challenges. While I had the … Continue reading Book Review: Seven Secrets to Raising a Happy and Healthy Child