Peak of Glory

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. ~Benjamin Franklin

Kanya Pujan

Kanya Pujan is celebrated on mahasaptami, mahaashtami and mahanavami of the Durga Navratri. Young girls are worshiped as a symbol of nine forms of Durga. Young girls are innocent and considered pure souls. Before the woman in them awakens, we celebrate their existence by offering them vanity items. This year, my kanya puja offering includes…

Tirupati Balaji

The Venkateswara Temple is a vishnu temple in Tirumala, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Sri Venkateswara, an incarnation of Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kali Yuga.

Draupadi’s Dilemma

There is no shortage of dilemmas in the Mahābhārata. A very poignant question, always, remains of Yudhisthira choices. Did Yudhiṣṭhira have the right to stake Draupadī after he lost himself? As the story goes, a menstruating Draupadī was dragged into the sabhā by her hair, weeping, bleeding, clad in a single garment. She berates the elders…

In Divine Peace

A very common yoga mudra is the gyaana mudra. The tips of the thumb and index finger form an O and the other three are fingers together, lightly stretched. It signifies the unity of universal and individual consciousness; it symbolizes knowledge. The open hand is the dhyaana mudra, which is usually the mudra for meditation….

Domed

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

Krishna’s Dilemma

Karna and Arjuna, the battle between two half brothers is a focal point in the Kurukshtra war. Both were master archers. Karna was the son of Surya (Sun God) and Arjuna was the son of Indra (Rain God). There were many instances when they both faced similar circumstances. Both competed for Draupadi’s hand. Both also…

Sukhkarta Dukharata

  Sukhkarta Dukhharta Varta Vighnachi || Oh Lord who provides Joy, takes away Sorrows, the destroyer of obstacles Nurvi Purvi Prem Krupa Jayachi || The lord who bestows love everywhere as blessings Sarvangi Sundar Uti Shendurachi || The lord who is smeared with lovely yellow-orange fragrance paste all over his body. Kanti Jhalke Mal Mukataphalaanchi..||…

Lord Krishna is Born

According to Hinduism, Krishna was the 8th avatar of Vishnu, and his birth marked the start of Kalyuga, the world we live in. Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm in India. Per the Hindu calendar, this religious festival is celebrated on the Ashtami of Krishna Paksh or…