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

#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

Ayodhya – the city unconquered ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Perhaps the first stories that I ever heard as a child from my grandmothers were from the Ramayana. Later, Amar Chitra Katha kept the interest and curiosity going about the Chakravarthi, Lord Rama, who had to lead a part of his life as an ascetic.  As we know, the Sri Rama Avatara, the seventh avatar … Continue reading Ayodhya – the city unconquered ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Essence Of Surrender ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

(Note: This article was first published in the October, 2006 issue of Life Positive. As we are in midst of a complete lock-down to combat the spread of SARS COV-2, I revisited this article and found it to be relevant to the circumstances) All through life we are confronted with adverse situations that are beyond … Continue reading The Essence Of Surrender ©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