Temples of Bangalore ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

This article will be a constantly get updated as I keep publishing about the notable temples found in Bangalore. Since I covered the Chhath Puja in my last blog, I will start this series with a temple dedicated to Lord Surya or the Sun God. Do keep checking on the article for updates. Suryanarayan Temple, … Continue reading Temples of Bangalore ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Invoking the Sun God for Life and Sustenance- the Chhath Pooja ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Our first lessons in school told us that everything on Earth depends on the extent of Sun rays that falls on a particular place. This further determined the flora and fauna of the region and whether water flows in a river or is part of a glacier. No wonder then, that the Vedic texts consider the Sun as … Continue reading Invoking the Sun God for Life and Sustenance- the Chhath Pooja ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Thondanur/ Tonnur Kere; Walking on spiritual soil ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

This was the first outbound trip after ‘lockdown’ and boy was I happy to hit the road. It was my husband’s birthday and we decided to do a day-trip from Bangalore. Amidst all the uncertainties that has been going on the world, I really wanted to visit a temple. Thondanur or Thonnur Kere as it … Continue reading Thondanur/ Tonnur Kere; Walking on spiritual soil ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Festivals of India; KarvaChauth©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Like many festivals in India, Karwa Chauth is based on the Lunisolar calendar which is based on astronomical positions of planets, especially positions of the moon and is used as a marker to calculate important dates. This festival falls on the fourth day after the full moon, in the Hindu month of Kartik. Most of North India celebrates the … Continue reading Festivals of India; KarvaChauth©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Ashoka Pillar- the iconic landmark of South Bangalore ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Back in 1969, my father built a house in South Bangalore in the residential area of Jayanagar. However, my parents started living there only after my father's retirement from the Indian Army in 1986. Jayanagar back then was considered the southern end of Bangalore and was one of the first planned neighbourhoods of Bangalore- and … Continue reading Ashoka Pillar- the iconic landmark of South Bangalore ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

SriVilliputtur and the Birth of Andal ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

(Note: The story about how she got the sobriquet ‘Soodikodutha Sudarkodi' (the one who wore the garland and then offered it to the Lord) used to thrill me every time when my maternal Paati/ grandmother used to narrate it. Paati herself was an epitome of bhakti and was it a coincidence that she was also … Continue reading SriVilliputtur and the Birth of Andal ©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

#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