Visiting my roots: Gorur and Kittane ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

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

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple

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

Timeless Ayodhya – Published Article in Deccan Herald (Sunday Edition)

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.

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

Periya Azhwar – Bhakti as Maternal Love ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

This article was first published in the ‘Speaking Tree’ section of the Times of India newspaper. Your relationship with the Divine is your prerogative; and every devotee’s bhava or emotions is unique. One can relate to Him as a friend as in sakhya bhava, as a servant in dasa bhava, as a lover in madhurya … Continue reading Periya Azhwar – Bhakti as Maternal Love ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Navaratri Golu – a time when the dolls come to life ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

It’s the auspicious period of the Sharad Navaratri, also known as the Maha Navaratri. It’s the time when Goddess Durga – the invincible warrior goddess descends to be with her devotees.  Durga Devi -the fierce form of Adi Shakti, is said to be the primordial energy, responsible for creation and also the functioning of life … Continue reading Navaratri Golu – a time when the dolls come to life ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Vainatheya Temple at Bindiganavile- Garuda Panchami Special ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Today 25th July, 2020 is Garuda Panchami I am redirecting you to the following article that I wrote last year and will delete this post after tomorrow. https://sojournwithsan.com/2019/08/05/the-vainatheyar-temple-at-bindiganavile-garuda-panchami-special-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