Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Today it is indeed a big milestone for India. 75 years since it got independence after centuries of subjugation and division. In the last 75 years, we have taken great strides - but like all nations we are still work in progress. To my readers, I would like to share a part of my personal … Continue reading Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Aprameya Swamy Temple at Dodda Mallur ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Today is Guru Purnima (July 13th, 2022), the full moon that occurs in the Hindu month of ‘Ashada’. ‘Gu’ means darkness and ‘ru’ means one who removes the darkness; hence a Guru is a soul that helps in leading from darkness to light and I bow to all who have helped me do so.  India … Continue reading The Aprameya Swamy Temple at Dodda Mallur ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Thirunallar – Shanishwara and Darbaranyeshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

I hope you all liked reading about Shani Shinganapur. As Part 2 of the Saturn Temples, this article is about a temple in Thirunallar, a small town in the Karaikal district of the Union Territory of Puducherry. We had driven down from Bangalore to Tharagambadi (Tranquebar) for a visit (more on this in another post) … Continue reading Thirunallar – Shanishwara and Darbaranyeshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Shani Shinganapur- the village with no locks ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Shani Jayanti Today May 30th is observed as Shani Jayanti. Lord Shani, as you know is the ruler of Planet Saturn and the seers have said that he is the son of Lord Surya or the Sun God. Shani Jayanti is also known as Shani Amavasya, as it falls on the Amavasya (new moon) Tithi during … Continue reading Shani Shinganapur- the village with no locks ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Catching the Tulip Mania at Keukenhof Gardens ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

(Writer's Note: With so many bloggers writing about the tulips and other floral displays, it was inspiration enough to pen down my experiences of the visit to this absolutely magnificent Keukenhof gardens, albeit it was a few years ago.) A holiday in the beautiful country of Netherlands should ideally be undertaken in the month of … Continue reading Catching the Tulip Mania at Keukenhof Gardens ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Malkhed – a Rustic Getaway from Mumbai/Pune ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A three and a half-hour drive from Mumbai brought us to this little hamlet called Malkhed. This village is located in the Haveli Tehsil of Pune district in Maharashtra, India. Situated 170 kilometres from Mumbai and about 17 kilometres from Pune, Malkhed village is also a gram panchayat. This village is not to be confused … Continue reading Malkhed – a Rustic Getaway from Mumbai/Pune ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Guest Blog: Gangaur – an invocation to Goddess Parvati

Written by: Mrs. Ila Pachauri Editing: Sangeeta Venkatesh (Note from Sojourn with San : On April 4th, 2022, the colourful state of Rajasthan celebrated the festival of Gangaur Teej.  On this auspicious day, Goddess Gauri, believed to be the wife of Lord Shiva, is worshipped with great devotion. The day is celebrated to welcome the season … Continue reading Guest Blog: Gangaur – an invocation to Goddess Parvati

Sri Kalahasteeswara – The Dakshina Kailasam ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A Pancha Bhoota Sthana, a Shakti Peetham & Rahu-Ketu Kshetra 13th February 2022 What a legacy, our ancients have left behind for us in India. With every visit to a new spot or a temple, it is thrilling to peel the layers, and discover the mysteries and truth of the cosmos and the universe. I … Continue reading Sri Kalahasteeswara – The Dakshina Kailasam ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Temples of Bangalore – All about Malleshwaram

After being pretty much indoors because of the third wave, it felt was a good time to go back to another part of my roots last evening. You may have read my previous blog on Gorur and Kittane, where my ancestors migrated from Tamil Nadu. Centuries later many families migrated to Bangalore in search of … Continue reading Temples of Bangalore – All about Malleshwaram

Visiting my roots: Gorur and Kittane ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Returning to your roots is always an emotional journey. That is why this last article of 2021 is special to me. I hope you – my dear readers - will find it interesting too. Towards the end of May 2020, I lost my father and was a day late for the last rites, as flights … Continue reading Visiting my roots: Gorur and Kittane ©Sangeeta Venkatesh