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

#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

#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

Gokarna- A little bit of everything ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Note: Your health and safety come first. Please avoid travel for now. However, we can still indulge in some arm-chair travel and soak in the history! Hope you enjoy this piece. It took us about nine hours to traverse the 485 kilometres to reach Gokarna from Bangalore. Yet there was no fatigue, as the journey … Continue reading Gokarna- A little bit of everything ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Sri Ramanujacharya and the revival of Bhakti ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

( This was first published in 'Speaking Tree' section of the Times of India, 2009; https://www.speakingtree.in/article/the-revival-of-bhakti_21441 . On the 1003th Birth Anniversary of Sri Ramanujacharya, I share this article here of the incarnation of Adishesha, whose Jayanthi is celebrated during  Ardra nakshatra (Thiruvathirai Nakshatra) day of Chitrai month) A guru wondered whether his student was worthy of … Continue reading Sri Ramanujacharya and the revival of Bhakti ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Koorainadu Saree – a saga in revival ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Happy to share that my article on the Koorainadu sarees woven by the tireless weavers of Mayiladuturai was published in the Sunday Edition of Deccan Herald (Jan 12th, 2020). Do click on the following link to read it. https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sunday-herald-melange/go-that-extra-yard-793245.html This post is a photo-essay of different designs in the Koorainadu weave so that you can … Continue reading The Koorainadu Saree – a saga in revival ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Devarayanadurga – In Search of a Divine Break ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

If you are in search of a quick one-day getaway from Bangalore, Devarayanadurga is a destination you may want to consider. Situated in the Tumkur district, Devarayanadurga is 60 kilometres north-west of Bangalore. The drive from Bangalore could take an average of two and half hours depending on your start destination. For us the drive … Continue reading Devarayanadurga – In Search of a Divine Break ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Kalkunte SriRanganathswamy Temple and Agraharam – The Living Past ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A mere 30-minute drive from the Whitefield suburb of Bangalore brings you to the sleepy hamlet of Kalkunte. As part of the Bangalore Rural district, it has gained popularity for the Sri Ranganathswamy temple, which is visited by several devotees every year, especially during the 13-day Rathotsavam or the chariot festival that is held sometime … Continue reading Kalkunte SriRanganathswamy Temple and Agraharam – The Living Past ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

São Paulo’s Monument to the Bandeiras A tribute to Pathfinders or Colonists? ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sunday-herald-melange/an-ode-to-settlers-771007.html Above is link to the article published in the Sunday edition of the Deccan Herald newspaper. The article is also reproduced here. São Paulo’s Monument to the Bandeiras After travelling for nearly 21 hours from Mumbai, there was more anticipation than fatigue, as we descended on São Paulo’s Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport … Continue reading São Paulo’s Monument to the Bandeiras A tribute to Pathfinders or Colonists? ©Sangeeta Venkatesh