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

January 2021 Transits – the Abhijeet Nakshatra © Sangeeta Venkatesh

As the readers would know that according to the Vedic calendar, it is still not the new year. The New year will arrive only during the Chaitra Shukla Pratipada around April 13th (Ugadi, Gudi Padva, etc). It is not just my opinion that the Gregorian calendar is flawed, but that is a discussion for another … Continue reading January 2021 Transits – the Abhijeet Nakshatra © 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!

Guest Blog: Thoughts on World Saree Day- December 21st

Picture taken by Sangeeta Venkatesh - somewhere in North Karnataka December 21st is observed as World Sari Day. I am not very clear about how the day was chosen, but a day dedicated to perhaps one of the world's oldest unstitched garment makes sense. I had previously shared a number of weaves where the models … Continue reading Guest Blog: Thoughts on World Saree Day- December 21st

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

The last leg- December ’20 transits ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

We are now in the last leg of a year that has shocked us beyond belief, though the Hindu New Year will be three months later. But, what are the planets telling us in December? Will it be a crescendo for an eventful year that has transpired? To understand this, we need to review the … Continue reading The last leg- December ’20 transits ©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

Thondanur/ Tonnur Kere; Walking on spiritual soil ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

This was the first outbound trip after ‘lockdown’ and boy was I happy to hit the road. It was my husband’s birthday and we decided to do a day-trip from Bangalore. Amidst all the uncertainties that has been going on the world, I really wanted to visit a temple. Thondanur or Thonnur Kere as it … Continue reading Thondanur/ Tonnur Kere; Walking on spiritual soil ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Festivals of India; KarvaChauth©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Like many festivals in India, Karwa Chauth is based on the Lunisolar calendar which is based on astronomical positions of planets, especially positions of the moon and is used as a marker to calculate important dates. This festival falls on the fourth day after the full moon, in the Hindu month of Kartik. Most of North India celebrates the … Continue reading Festivals of India; KarvaChauth©Sangeeta Venkatesh