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.
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
#Repost- Ayodhya- the city unconquered©Sangeeta Venkatesh
https://sojournwithsan.com/2020/04/01/ayodhya-the-unconquered-sangeeta-venkatesh/ On this historic day, I thought I would share the link to a previous article. Please go to the page and hope you enjoy the travelogue.
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
#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
Following the Krishna route: Stop 2- Dwaraka – the Gateway to Heaven ©Sangeeta Venkatesh
And other temples........................................ 104 kms; 2 hours 7 mins After a half day stay at Porbandar, we left on a 2-hour journey alongside the western coast of the country to reach Krishna’s land – Dwaraka- which literally means ‘Gateway to Heaven’. For the itinerary in Porbandar do click on the following link https://sojournwithsan.wordpress.com/2019/08/23/following-the-krishna-route-stop-1-porbandar/ A Panoramic … Continue reading Following the Krishna route: Stop 2- Dwaraka – the Gateway to Heaven ©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