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

#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

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