Following the Krishna route: Stop 1-Porbandar ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The story: Beaten rice, butter with sugar, curds and Tulsi leaves are my association with food on Gokulasthmi or Krishna Janamasthmi. patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati tad aham bhakty-upahrtam asnami prayatatmanah (Bhagvad Gita: Chapter 9, verse 26) which translates to, ‘if anyone offers me a leaf, or a flower, a fruit or … Continue reading Following the Krishna route: Stop 1-Porbandar ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Gayatri-The Highest Meditation ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Book Review By Sadguru Sant Keshavadas (1978) Motilal Bandarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd., Delhi; Price Rs.95.00; 148 pages Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita says, “Among the chanted mantras or poetic metres, I am the Gayatri mantra” (Bhagavad-Gita 10:35). Such is the status given to this mantra, which is believed to be the sound incarnation of the … Continue reading Gayatri-The Highest Meditation ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

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

Kumkumankitha Varnaya Kundendu Davalayacha Vishnu Vahanamsthubyam Pakshirajaya Thenamaha ( One who has the complexion of Kumkum, one who shines like the bright moon I pray to the Vahana of Vishnu, who is the king of the Birds.) Today (August 5th, 2019) is Garuda Panchami, which is the 5th day of the waxing moon (Shukla Paksha) of the … Continue reading The Vainatheya Temple at Bindiganavile- Garuda Panchami Special ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Guru’s Calling -The Journey to Ganagapur – ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

If you have read my previous post, you would know that we had made a detour to Pandharpur whilst undertaking a pilgrimage to Ganagapur. Here is the link to the previous article. https://sojournwithsan.wordpress.com/2019/07/13/remembering-pandharpur-lord-vithoba-on-ashadi-ekadasi/ After lunch in Pandharpur, we set out to drive towards Ganagapur. The four-hour drive from Pandharpur takes you via Solapur to Akkalkot … Continue reading The Guru’s Calling -The Journey to Ganagapur – ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Towards a Green Awakening – A Spiritual Message on World Environment Day- June 2019 ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Today, June 5th, 2019, the world celebrates the 45th anniversary of World Environment Day. No time is more opportune to unearth the wisdom our ancestors possessed of the value of Earth's resources and their prudent use. So have we unlearned wisdom over the many centuries for our selfish needs? Samudravasane devi, parvatastana mandite, visnupatni namastubhyam, … Continue reading Towards a Green Awakening – A Spiritual Message on World Environment Day- June 2019 ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Mumbai Diaries: Temples of Dharavi ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

It has served as a backdrop for many narratives in Indian cinema. Dharavi, said to be one of the largest slums in India has indeed many stories to tell.  From Nayakan (Tamil), Slumdog Millionaire (English), Kaala (Tamil) to the latest Hindi film Gullyboy and many more, Dharavi has been the canvas for conveying many human … Continue reading Mumbai Diaries: Temples of Dharavi ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Mumbai Diaries: Temples of South Mumbai ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

When I first moved to Mumbai, I was given to understand that I lived in ‘town’ – as they call the southernmost precinct of Mumbai. Other than housing primary business districts, heritage buildings in Art Deco and Victorian styles, upmarket housing societies, popular beaches, it also is home to some ancient temples. The temples are … Continue reading Mumbai Diaries: Temples of South Mumbai ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

#KochiDiaries; A Call to Prayer in God’s Own Country (part 1)- ThiruKatkarai Divya Desam- ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

I was on a trip to Ernakulam/ Fort Kochi, last month and was happy to be there in time for the Kochi Muziris Biennale. However, no trip is complete, if I don’t seek out places of worship around the area. Having grown up on the tenets of Sri Vaishnavism, the husband and I made time … Continue reading #KochiDiaries; A Call to Prayer in God’s Own Country (part 1)- ThiruKatkarai Divya Desam- ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Mumbai Diaries: Temples of Chembur ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Mumbai makes you cosmopolitan. And it also allows a Tambrahm like me to connect with my roots, whether it is the favourite cup of filter coffee or south Indian 'tiffin'. And the north-eastern suburb of Chembur is the go-to place for that. The biggest draw, for me, however, are the temples in the area, namely, … Continue reading Mumbai Diaries: Temples of Chembur ©Sangeeta Venkatesh