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

Mercury in Retrograde June 17th – July 12th,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, Dr. Arjun Pai, Joni Patry,  Komilla Sutton, KRS and a host of other experts who have made astrology comprehensible to the layman. I am attempting this essay only because … Continue reading Mercury in Retrograde June 17th – July 12th,2020 ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

#Kochi Diaries: Kalady: The birthplace of Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

This article is dedicated to the memory of my father Col. K .S. Sachidanand (Corps of Engineers Madras Sappers, Indian Army) who left for his heavenly journey on May 27th, 2020 towards the Lotus Feet of the Paramatma “Punarapi jananam punarapi maranam,Punarapi janani jatare sayanam, Iha samsaare bahu dusthare,Krupayaa pare pahi murare.” “Bhaja Govindam; Bhaja … Continue reading #Kochi Diaries: Kalady: The birthplace of Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

June ’20 – A month of eclipses and a time to show restraint ©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 June ’20 – A month of eclipses and a time to show restraint ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Guest Blog: The Handloom Imperative: How can we make a difference?

by Payal Talreja (Note from Sojourn with San: India has perhaps the most vibrant and talented handloom sector in the world. However, with the advent of powerlooms and synthetic textiles, the industry has been struggling. With a crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic, and other natural disasters, the industry has to weather yet another blow. What … Continue reading Guest Blog: The Handloom Imperative: How can we make a difference?

#Kochi Diaries: Fort Kochi- a medley of cultures©Sangeeta Venkatesh

There are perhaps only few countries that tell more stories than this tiny town. Fort Kochi, 12 kilometres from Eranakulam town in Kerala tells the tales of Chinese sailors, Arab traders, Jewish merchants and European conquests. I have had the opportunity to visit Fort Kochi several times. And once during the Kochi Biennale to! Fort … Continue reading #Kochi Diaries: Fort Kochi- a medley of cultures©Sangeeta Venkatesh

#KochiDiaries; A Call to Prayer in God’s Own Country (part 2)- Thirumoozhikulam Divya Desam- ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Thirumoozhikulam Sree Lakshmanaperumal Temple is the other temple amongst the 108 Divya Desam situated in the Eranakulam area. The 108 Divya Desams as the reader would know are temples that have been praised by the Tamil Sri Vaishnava saints or Azhwars.  The other temple Thikkakara or Thirukakarai has already been described in my previous post. … Continue reading #KochiDiaries; A Call to Prayer in God’s Own Country (part 2)- Thirumoozhikulam Divya Desam- ©Sangeeta Venkatesh