Temples of Bangalore- Devagiri Varaprada SriVenkateshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Situated on a hillock in the undulating locality of Banashanakri in South Bangalore is the Devagiri Varaprada Sri Venkateshwara temple.  As you enter the temple from either of the two entrance gates, either the northern or the southern Mahadwara, you are struck by the expanse of the courtyard which also has a Dwajasthambam/ Garudagamba. The … Continue reading Temples of Bangalore- Devagiri Varaprada SriVenkateshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Christ the Redeemer -A symbol of peace ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sh-top-stories/a-symbol-of-peace-969375.html Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14) After the events of last year, humanity is undeniably seeking redemption – looking for quick restoration to normalcy and healing. This brought me to reminisce about … Continue reading Christ the Redeemer -A symbol of peace ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Mulabagal – Blessings that reach through the eastern door ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

‘Mulabagilu’ is derived from the word ‘Mudalabagilu’, which means the eastern door in Kannada.  I have been wanting to visit this town each time we were on the Madras-Bangalore highway, but due to paucity of time we could never make a stopover. This little town is known for some ancient temples that are certainly worth … Continue reading Mulabagal – Blessings that reach through the eastern door ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Shopping Review: Grameena Angadi, Bangalore- Your one stop shop for organic & sustainable shopping ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

If you go by the several articles published on food last year, many homes seemed to have awakened to the benefits of home-cooked food.  Moreover, a large section of society was inspired to get back to whole foods. There is a new found awareness when people started to look at and read food labels. A … Continue reading Shopping Review: Grameena Angadi, Bangalore- Your one stop shop for organic & sustainable shopping ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Temples of Bangalore – Karyasiddhi Hanuman Temple, Girinagar©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Karyasiddhi Anjaneya Temple, Girinagar is located nearly 30 kilometres away from where I live in Bangalore, yet it draws me to visit it again and again. Such are the vibrations of the temple. This temple was built under the aegis of the Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore, Karnataka, guided by Jagadguru Parama Pujya Dr. Sri … Continue reading Temples of Bangalore – Karyasiddhi Hanuman Temple, Girinagar©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Temples of Bangalore- Andal Rangamannar Temple©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Andal Rangamannar Temple (Andavan Ashramam) We are nearly at the end of the Tamil month of Margazhi, also known as Dhanur Masa or the month of Margashirsha. In the Bhagavad Geeta, Lord Sri Krishna says 'Maasanam Margashirshoham', which translates to 'Among the months, I am Margashira'. The Dhanur masa represents the zodiac sign of Sagittarius. … Continue reading Temples of Bangalore- Andal Rangamannar Temple©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Happy New Year – from Sojourn with San!

Wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year and a healthy and peaceful 2021. Last year, many of us couldn't travel but it was indeed an opportune time to journey within. It was something like that for me too, especially when I started to look at the stars and planets and added a section … Continue reading Happy New Year – from Sojourn with San!

Visiting the Virgin of Almudena – Madrid’s Patron Goddess ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sh-top-stories/madrid-s-patron-goddess-928910.html This article appeared in the Sunday edition of the Deccan Herald (20th December). Since, they have not used my pictures, I am presenting a photo essay that accompanies the article. Hapsburg Madrid is the name given to the specific area of Madrid that was built during the reign of the Habsburg dynasty (1516-1700) and is also known in … Continue reading Visiting the Virgin of Almudena – Madrid’s Patron Goddess ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Temples of Bangalore- Suryanarayana temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Suryanarayan Temple, Domlur: This temple is fairly new and was built in 1995. It is one of the few temples in the world that has been dedicated to Lord Surya and Bangalore is indeed lucky to have this. It was the brain-child of Shri Patel Krishna Reddy, who was a freedom fighter and a patel … Continue reading Temples of Bangalore- Suryanarayana temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Invoking the Sun God for Life and Sustenance- the Chhath Pooja ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Our first lessons in school told us that everything on Earth depends on the extent of Sun rays that falls on a particular place. This further determined the flora and fauna of the region and whether water flows in a river or is part of a glacier. No wonder then, that the Vedic texts consider the Sun as … Continue reading Invoking the Sun God for Life and Sustenance- the Chhath Pooja ©Sangeeta Venkatesh