Governments Work?

The front of the Vidhan Soudha building reads “Government’s Work is God’s Work,” (sarkarada kelasa devara kelasa in Kannada).  The cost of construction in the 1950s time was just 17.5 million rupees, but now, the annual maintenance alone costs about 20 million rupees. The building is illuminated on Sundays and public holidays.

Orderly

The Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru, is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka. Constructed in Mysore Neo-Dravidian styles, with elements of Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian styles, the building was completed in 1956. If you want to catch a smaller scale version of this iconic building (no, I didn’t make it), keep your eyes open when you…

Floral Delights

Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time. ~Georgia O’Keeffe

Flower Garden

Singapore is a tourist’s paradise. An extension of the Gardens by the Bay, is the Supertree Grove & OCBC Skyway. Of the 18 trees, 12 of the large canopies are inside the garden and offer panoramic views of the gorgeous the Marina Bay skyline.

Follow the Light

“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”  ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Koti Koti Pranam

Kotilingeshwara Temple in the quaint village of Kammasandra, Karnataka boasts of one of the largest lingams in the world at 108 feet (33 meters). Manjunathasharma (CE 788-827) or Bhakta Manjunatha, an atheist brahmin is said to have insulted Shiva ten million times in his lifetime, and to acquit himself of his past sins, Bhakta Manjunatha…

God Rays

Gorgeous, glowing rays of light…This was what true beauty and goodness looked like– a spectral, luminescent gathering of beings so pure it hurt to look directly at them, like the most glorious eclipse, or maybe Heaven itself. ~Lauren Kate

Navagraha Puja

The Navagrahas are the “nine celestial bodies”, which include the nine astronomical bodies and the mythical Hindu deities. These are the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn, and the ascending (Rahu) and descending (Ketu) lunar nodes (which appear as Shadow Planets during the solar and lunar esclipse respectively).

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Rudraashtakam (Shiva Stuti)Namaa miisha mishaana-nirvaana rupamvibhum vyaapakam brahma-veda-svaroopamnijam nirgunam nirvikalpam nirihamchidaakaasha maakaasha-vaasam bhaje hamniraakaara monkaara-moolam turiiyamgiraa gnaana gotiita miisham giriishamkaraalam mahaa-kaala-kaalam krpaalamgunaagaara samsara paaram nato ham(REF:)Shambho Sadaa Shiva!Shambho Sadaa Shiva!Shambho Sadaa Shiva!Shambho Sadaa Shiva!tushaa raadri-sankaasha-gauram gabhirammanobhuta-koti prabha sri sariramsphuran mauli-kallolini-charu-gangalasad-bhaala-balendu kanthe bhujangaachalatkundalam bhru sunetram visalamprasannaa-nanam nila-kantham dayaalammrgadhisa charmaambaram mundamaalampriyam sankaram sarvanaatham bhajaami(REF)(INTERLUDE)pracandam prakrstam pragalbham pareshamakhandam…

Guardians of the Sky

This lovely ceiling adorns both the Shatrugneshwara and Lakshmaneshwara temples in Avani, Karnataka. In the center is a sculpture of Uma-Mahesvara (Shiva-Parvati) flanked by  ashtadikpalakas (guardians of the eight directions).