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).

In Peace

The Ramalingeshwara temple in Avani, Kolar (Karnataka) is a dravida style set of shrines of Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna. Built in the 10th-century by the Nolamba dynasty, the temple was partially renovated and restored in the Chola dynasty. It is also known as the “Gaya of the south”. Legend has it that Avani was…

White Elephant

In Buddhist Mythology, Māyā and King Suddhodhana did not have children for twenty years into their marriage. According to legend, one full moon night, sleeping in the palace, the queen had a vivid dream. She felt herself being carried away by four devas (spirits) to Lake Anotatta in the Himalayas. After bathing her in the…

Bibi Ka Maqbara

The Bibi Ka Maqbara (Mother’s Tomb) located in Aurangabad, India was built by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb’s son Azam Shah for his mother Dilras Banu Begum (known as Rabia-ud-Daurani). Known as Dakkani Taj Mahal (Taj of the Deccan). The monument was designed and erected by Ata-ullah and Hanspat Rai; Ata-ullah was the son of Ustad Ahmad…


Love is all that I need And I found it there in your heart It isn’t too hard to see We’re in heaven, yeah I’ve been waitin’ for so long For somethin’ to arrive For love to come along Now our dreams are comin’ true Through the good times and the bad Yeah I’ll be…


The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness. ~Milan Kundera

Gopuram Darshanam

The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free. ~Swami Vivekananda

Weight Of The World

Feels like the weight of the world Like God in heaven gave me a turn Don’t cling to me, I swear I can’t fix you Still in the dark, can you fix me? Freefall, freefall, all through life If you love me, then let go of me I won’t be held down by who I…