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Hometown..The place to visit

Posted: August 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hometown is just like heaven for everyone… the reason might be tons

It has good and bad reminiscences..

My hometown is a small and beautiful town in Shimoga District named Sagar..

Sagar is surrounded by western ghats and mesmerizing forest regions..it is famous for sandal wood and ivory carvings, and arecanut..

Here are some of the incidents which I would recollect.
Me and my sister used to have nice fun..going to uncle’s house..roaming in forest..catching fishes in small towels…

Once me, my sister and my cousin went to forest to catch fishes, bluffing at home saying we are going to study…

We had been trying to catch fish from morning till evening..but failed…

My mom had a habit of checking what we studied whole day…and

Guess what!! We were caught 🙂

Me and my sis used to go in cycle to school…being elder among us..i used to take her.. once unfortunately (I have to say so)…we fell down from the cycle..

And she got injured..From that day till now…she is not coming with me for a ride…I dont know the reason though ;).

We used to love rainy season, the reason is not like it is good for crop and bla bla bla…

it used to so rain heavily that we used to get holiday..Yipeeeee Holiday for school 🙂 Enjoy at home

During summer, we used to play with sand..just filling the sand in a big bottle and putting it back…

We also used to play housie housie…not like what the latest game is but..

We used to have our own imaginary house using Umbrellas, and leaves and sticks to divide the house…and cooking lunch using different leaves and flowers and pretending to call the other person for lunch and serving them.. Now if we think back it seems to be funny…but then it was an amazing game…

Childhood leaves memories to cherish.

Wish I had some super power to go back to my childhood..Ofcourse along with my sister..

My New Hobby

Posted: August 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

What I am busy with these days apart from taking care of my notorious Son is Kundan Art.

Yes, I have started doing Kundan Rangoli. It bought a big change in my daily routine life. Searching for new designs, selecting color of Kundan, creating Kundan Rangoli, brings new enthusiasm in life. 

Now, I am getting ready for Varalakshmi Vrata. This time I am going to decorate the Goddess with Kundans and decorate the Pooja room with Kundan Rangolis. I am so eager for the day when I see the Goddess with Kundan decoration. Here is some of the Rangolis that I did.

 Kundan Rangoli

Flower

Flower1

Bird

Change is inevitable. But if the change is brought by yourself, you will definitely love it.

Willing to do more such Rangolis in coming days :)…

Click…Click…

Posted: September 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

I had been to Masinagudi last year. I wished I had a Digital SLR with me to capture the nature that I can feel there and take back to my home. Enjoy the greenery, wild life and say Wow when I revisit the pictures.

My wish was fulfilled by my dear ones. Obviously, I am not a professional photographer. I explored the features of my DSLR and could get started with it. Initially, I used to take snaps in Auto mode. This was my starting phase…thereon I started taking pics in Close-up mode. I could see lot of progress in myself, and this self realization forces you to explore more and more.

That was the time when I felt I should use the tools given along with the Camera. Surprisingly, the tools were so well-defined even a person who starts from zero can reach highest peak of photography. Simply by adjusting the RGB settings one can get stupefying pictures.

 Here are some snaps:

Enjoy the pics and please comment, and thus help to improve.

Varalakshmi Vratham

Posted: August 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

Varalakshmi Puja is most popular festival in South India, mainly in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu, by married women for the prosperity and happiness of their family and unmarried young girls to get a good husband and happy life ahead. Celebration of this festival starts from drawing of “Kolams/Rangoli/Muggu” at the entrance of the house and also in the puja area, where the “Vratam” is to take place.

It is said that worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on Varalakshmi Vrata day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalakshmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength This is usually performed on Friday [Sukla Paksham] before the full moon day during the month of Sravana. Nevertheless, many ladies celebrate on all possible Fridays of this month. The sacredness of this festival is that Varalakshmi is not included in ASHTA LAKSHMI. This is the ninth lakshmi- That is why during the puja [particularly towards the end] one Thoranamulu (9 thread) with 9 knots is placed and puja is performed and then this thread is worn. The mantra includes the first 8 Lakshmi and 9th is Vara Lakshmi. I decorated the idol and placed it for puja. Here is list of items required for the Puja:

Termeric, Kumkum, Sandalwood, Betal nuts, betal leaves, flowers, fruits, Camphor, Akshatamulu, Coconut, Bananas, Mango leaves, preferably 9 varieties of food, thoranam (yellow thread with 9 strings, 9 knots, 9 types of flowers), new saree, new gold ornament, senagalu, kalasham (can be of silver, gold or bronze), peetam (table to place the Goddess), rice flour

How to perform this puja is narrated below.

Apply turmeric to the peetam and put some rice on the peetam (preferably 3 handful). Put Kumkum on it, dram a Rangoli with rice flour. Upon this place the Kalasam. Apply turmeric to Kalasam, and Kumkum on four sides of it. I use two Kalasam one above the other to get a feeling that Goddess is sitting on the peetam. Put rice, a rupee coin in the Kalasam. Apply turmeric to coconut and place it on the Kalasam. A new cloth is placed on the coconut. Some decorate the Kalasham with jewels to make it appear more beautiful. I decorated it with jewels and flowers.

Half fold the saree and make saree pleats. Put this around the down Kalasam and tie it at the neck of the Kalasam, as shown in image below.

Take another round of remining portion of the saree and put it around the top kalasam. This should appear like Pallu of the saree, as shown in image below.

As per Hindu customs, any puja is started with praying Lord Ganesha. This applies to Varalakshmi Vartham as well. Take turmeric powder, mix it with water, and form a cone shape turmeric lump. Apply kumkumam to this and place it on Betal leaves. This is considered as Pasupu Vinayakudu. You have to do puja to this with Jaggery as Nivedyam.

After this you have to start Varalakshmi vartham by reading Lakshmi Asthothram. You can find this in youtube. Once asthotharam is completed, the story begins.

Here is the story:

One day when Lord Eswara is relaxing in Kailasa giri, Goddess Parvathi approached Him and asked Him to tell a vrata that gives wealth and prosperity. The Lord tells her that performing Varalakshmi Vratam will bring in sowbagyam to the women folk. He narrates the story and explains the process of performing the vrata to Goddess Parvathi. This vratam has to be performed on Friday that falls before Poornima in Sukla Paksham in Sravanamasam.

The story happens in a beautiful town called Kundinagaram located in the Kingdom of Vidarbha [Vidarba Rajyam]. In that Kundinagram town, Goddess Adilakshmi, being pleased by her devotion tells Charumathi in a dream and directs her to perform the vrata to fulfill her desires. Charumathi wakes up early in the morning and tells her husband about the dream. Charumathi along with some neighbourhood women prepare a mandapam and invite Varalakshmi Devi. She recites the following sloka along with other women with utmost faith and devotion.

Lakshmi Ksheerasamudra rajatanyam sri rangadhameswareem

Dasibootha samastha devavanitham lokaika deepamkuram

Sri manmanda kataksha labdhivibhat brahmendra gangadharam

Twamtrayamlokyakutumbhineem sasijavandemukunda priyam

Then she wore the Thoranam to right hand and offered naivadyam to Goddess Lakshmi Devi. Since then, this vratam is performed with utmost faith and trust till today. With this, Lord Eswara concluded the story to Goddess Parvathi.

Once the story is completed, I did Maha-mangalarathi and invited a women (my neighbor); who is considered to be Goddess Varalakshmi and offered tamboolam and sweets. In the evening, I invited some of the ladies in the locality and my family friends and offered tamboolam (betel leaves, betel nuts fruits, turmeric as well as dakshna (money)…

It was a short trip evening trip. This is one of those trips of mine which were unplanned. Started around 12:30 PM from Bangalore and reached Gaganachukki at 3:30 PM. One should take Bangalore-Mysore road and there is a deviation from Madhur. Take the Talakadu route and on the way you will find sign boards to the falls. It is around 130 KM from Bangalore.

We went to Gaganachukki falls and it was breathtaking and very splendid!! We spent some time enjoying the scenic beauty.
In Shivanasamudra (Sea of Shiva), the river splits into two forming an island and both the branches plunge into rocky gorges to form overwhelming waterfalls. The branches of the river meet again and continue their onward journey. The two waterfalls are Gaganachukki and Bharachukki and together are also known as bluff. Common delusions about these waterfalls are that the left segment is called Gaganachukki and the right segment is called Bharachukki. In reality the Bharachukki falls are a few kilometers to the south-west of the Gaganachukki falls. This is due to the Kaveri river splitting a few kilometers to the south into western and eastern branches. The western branch results in the twin waterfalls of Gaganachukki, whereas the eastern branch results in the Bharachukki falls.

Bharachukki is 8 KM away from Gaganachukki. The roaring sound of milky white water, wide-spread greenery…Wow breathtaking experience it was… Had an unforgettable evening trip…

We started back at 6:00 PM and took Kanakpura road. Reached home at 10:00 PM..

Trip to Tulu Nadu: Part 3

Posted: August 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Next day, we started towards Kukke Subramanya… Finally, we reached Kukke at 11:00 PM. Here Lord Subrahmanya is worshipped as the lord of all serpents. The epics relate that the divine serpent Vasuki and other serpents found refuge under Lord Subrahmanya when threatened by Garuda.

Stood in the que… Gazing at people around and finding out some interesting things just to divert my mind from red hot sun. Parents who haul their roly-poly, chubby-cheeked, always-crying, kids into mass transportation, I swear I hate them to the core.
After long awaiting, we had darshan of Lord Subramanya. From there we went to Adi Subramanya temple. It is just next to this main temple.

Kukke Subramanya temple website: http://www.kukketemple.com/

The devotees enter the courtyard from the doorway at the back, and walk around to go before the deity. Between the sanctorum and the portico entrance, there is the Garuda pillar covered with silver. Beyond the pillar is the outer hall, the inner hall, and then the sanctorum of Sri Subrahmanya. At the center of sanctorum is a pedestal. On the upper dais stands the deity of Sri Subrahmanya and the deity of Vasuki and, at a lower level, the deity of Shesha. Ritual worship is offered to these deities every day.

The serpent king Vasuki performed tapas for years in the Biladwara caves of Kukke Subrahmanya to avoid the attack of Garuda. Following Lord Shiva`s promise Shanmuka gave darshan to Vasuki and blessed him that he would stay in this place forever. Hence the poojas offered to Vasuki or Nagaraja are nothing but the poojas to Lord Subrahmanya.

From here we started our return journey to Bangalore and reached home, sweet home, at 10:00 PM.

P.S.: I have collected the information on History of each place from different websites.

Trip to Tulu Nadu: Part 2

Posted: August 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

From Dharmasthala, we started moving towards Mangalore to my uncle’s house. On the way to Mangalore, you can find a beautiful Ram temple. Incredible is its architecture… You can find almost all Hindu Gods under one roof.

 

We reached Udupi Krishna temple at 6:30 PM. The uniqueness of this temple is that the Lord is worshipped only through a window with nine holes called the Navagraha Kitiki. There are many beautiful stories about the Idol and Navagraha Kitiki. I was stunned to see the God with such an impressive face, innocent smile like a kid.

 

Link to Udupi Mutt: http://www.udipikrishnamutt.com/

 Legend has it that once Kanakadasa, a pious worshipper and devotee of Lord Krishna, was not allowed entry into the temple. It didn’t upset him, but instead made him pray with intense devotion. Lord Krishna was so pleased that the statue turned back to where Kanakadasa was praying,and the wall before Kanakadasa broke up to allow the disciple to gaze upon his heavenly from at the back of the mutt (monastery). Till today, devotees still worship Lord Krishna by praying through the same window that Kanakadasa was blessed with a view,that is known as KanakaKhind

 One cannot miss going to Malpe beach in Udupi. We spent an hour there and time flew like blink…As we were getting late, we started from there…rather were forced to move out of the beach… We reached Mangalore and stayed there overnight.

 In next part, I will be stating about the next travel spot, that is, Kukke Subramanya.

Trip to Tulu Nadu: Part 1

Posted: August 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

This post is not a travelogue. It is just about my trip to Tulu Nadu narrated in 3 parts. You may not find more information about any specific place.

It was on a Friday, we decided to go for a long drive. Nothing was actually planned. My cousin came for the weekend. Made up our mind to drive down towards Tulu Nadu… Sun was at his peak. Heat, dust all over the place…it doesn’t bother us.

Our trip route was: Bangalore -> Hassan -> Dharmasthala -> Udupi-> Mangalore -> Kukke -> Bangalore

Started at 7:00 PM from the house and reached Hassan at 11:00 PM. Meantime, we had a break to have dinner in a Veg Hotel. Food was extremely delicious, could not believe that they would prepare so well, it was an excellent daal fry I ever had. It was not a dabha, still they managed to take our order even though it was closing time.
I have to appreciate their hospitality.

Bangalore to Hassan is approximately 198KM and takes 3 hours to reach.
We stayed in Sri Krishna Hotel. Started at 8 AM from Hassan towards Dharmasthala. After Shakleshpur, Shiradi ghat starts. Road is quite wide, but one can get struck behind monster trucks filled with Inflammable Gas. One dare not over take this. It’s like a nightmare to the drivers. We reached Dharmasthala at 11:00 PM. Amazing was the arrangement… food was too good. As it was peak summer; they had painted roads with white paint, so that it will be cool and we can walk. They had spread wet mats for more comfortable walk.

 

I have tried to explain the importance of Dharmasthala in some extent. If I miss something, you can add it.

Link to temple website: http://www.shridharmasthala.org/

Originally this place was called Kuduma, it has rich history of over 800 years. One day, angels in the form of human beings came to house of pious people, Barmana Heggade and his family. The couple received them with joy and respect. Impressed with the hospitality and the treatment given by the family, the angels appeared in their dream and promised to stay at Kuduma. They also ordered Barmana Heggade to give donations and food for the needy everyday. As per the wish of the angels Barmana Heggade built temples for Kalarahu, Kalarkai, Kumarswamy and Kanyakumari.

It has been told that the Shiva Linga in Dharmasthala was brought to Dharmasthala by a Daiva, a local deity with significant supernatural powers, named Annappa. Legend is that he used to work for the Heggade family. Once when the Heggade wanted to worship Lord Shiva, Annappa had assured him to get one linga and vanished from the sight. Surprisingly next day morning, by the time all woke up, he had already established the linga in Dharmasthala, a few metres away from Heggade’s house.

From then onwards, Heggade family continued to perform all the rituals and ceremonies.

In next part, I will be stating about the next travel spot, that is, Udupi.

Networking- THEN and NOW

Posted: May 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

Did you ever thought why we have tons of Social Networking sites? What will happen if the world of Internet crashes all of a sudden? Do you still come to know what is happening with our siblings or friends?

In this speedy world, we prefer everything to be fast and time saving. Social networking through Internet has become a part of our daily needs and brought a whole new dimension of communication.

Then, how it was earlier? Didn’t they have any problem in communication?

Let me narrate my grandma’s life
My grandma used to greet people from all class…Hug them, pat them, and welcome them to her house…Used to have a small chat with a cup of tea. They never expected anything more from her nor did she…
Every time I go to visit her, I was wonder struck to see one or the other person having a chat with my grandmother…

When she passed away, hundreds of people came to see her…

Imagine what will be the state, when we breathe our last…Our family and friends will be posting their condolences on a Social Networking site…

Earlier, people used to gather with friends and family. Enjoy the cool breeze, share the food. We now sit with our favorite blanket and bask in the glow of our laptop.

Social networking sites have paved the way for easier communication to our friends, family, or colleagues. We can share our thoughts, in a fraction of second to bunch of people. Saving the time and effort. Our society has truly become one of free speech for all and we are talking to one another across cultures, races, and the globe.

Does this all we need at the end of the day?

Are we not missing the magical touch of our family and friends?

All sorts of comments are welcome!!!

Hilarious Menu :)

Posted: April 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

When traveling to Tulu Nadu, we stopped to have dinner. Shocking was the menu card in that hotel. I never sniggered so much at a translation blunder. Check out these hilarious menu blunders that will make you think twice about what you are eating…

I don’t want to say the name of this hotel, one fine day you may come across it.

I couldn’t take proper pictures…as I don’t wanted to hurt the hotel guys…
Also, it was a rival city for my place… had not courage to take any chance…

Let me list some of the most funniest item names

1. Fri papad = Fried Papad
2. Veg Kari = Veg Curry
3. Dal fri = Daal Fry
4. Cpcicoo masala = Capsicum Masala
5. Malay koppta = Malai Kofta
6. Stapad cpcicoo = Stuffed Capsicum
7. Panneer fried rice = Paneer Fried Rice
8. Veg nodels = Veg Noodels
9. Kokombar raitha = Cucumber raitha
….

Many more waiting for you in the pictures…

Enjoy the menu 🙂