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I love Ganesha, as you’d have probably known from the posts I put up. I may skip some festivities that we enjoy at home, but a miniature setup without his blessings seem barren. I enjoy celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, probably with more pomp than my own birthday. While Krishna returned my mojo, I’ve always been fascinated…

Ganpati Bappa Moriya

Ganesh Chaturthi is to us in Maharashtra, like Pujo is to those in the east of India. While the traditions are mildly different to the what we do in our south Indian household, they are special in everyway. Every year, mom would keep the dough and filling ready for the sweet dumplings, or modaks to…

Sukhkarta Dukhharta … Suravaravandana

Sukhkarta Dukhharta Varta VighnachNurvi Purvi Prema Kripa JayachiSarvangi Sundara Uti ShendurachiKanthi Jhalake Maala MuktaphalanchiJai Deva Jai Deva Jai MangalamurtiDarshanamatre Manakamana Purti Salutations the giver of joy, the remover of sorrow, and the one who eliminates hurdlesthe one who spreads love and grace everywherethe one with a beautiful body smeared with vermilionand the one who sports…

Ganpati Bappa Moriya!

Ghalin lotangan vandin charan || Dolyani pahin rup tujhe || Preme alingan anande pujin || Bhave ovaleen mhane nama || 1 ||  I will bow and lie at your Feet To see your true form with my own eyes I will embrace hug you with all the love I have and worship you with pure joy To worship…

Bappa Moriya!

Lalbagcha Raja (The King of Lalbaug) is one of the most famous Sarvajanik Ganapatis from Lalbaug, Mumbai, which is set up during Ganesh Chaturthi. Known as a Navsacha Ganpati (the one who has the ability to fulfill all wishes”), the idol is open to visitors for 10 days; and it is then immersed in water…

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..||…

Holy Unity

A few years ago, I had the chance to revisit the Chamunda Devi temple near Mysuru as an adult. It’s a beautiful temple on a high hill with well defined steps to take you to the destination. There, as a tourist you will be conned to buy stuff unassumingly. That’s how I ended up with…

|| Om Ganeshaya Namaha ||

Let us ring in the New Year with some divine blessings. Lord Ganesha is said to be vignaharta, remover of obstacles. A five headed Ganesha idol is very rare to find, and I thought I’d share it with you too. Hope you have a blessed year ahead!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity

While there are billions of people following Hinduism, it is not a religion per se, it is a doctrine of Dharmas, that suggest ways of living a righteous life. What that ideally translates to is that we have several Gods and goddesses whose stories help us make difficult choices. Hindus havent really seen god, (I mean,…

Before Thee I Bow!

OK, I confess, I love toys, and I indulge in a McDonalds Happy Meal, only if the toy appeals to me. That’s how I ended up with this Baby Po figurine, from Kungfu Panda 2. His natural pose it such that if you make him sit, he tends to crouch. So, if he ever decides…