Pyaar Hua, Ikraar Hua

Like I mentioned before, there are no guides at Avani, so everything I write is either from connecting the dots or Google. I went with a lovely friend so it was a fun day-long picnic. There are loads of ruins in Karnataka, and the sculptures are full of mystical and mythical creatures. When I saw…

Chamma Chamma

I hate to admit, but I have two left feet (before you accuse me of witchcraft, it means I can’t dance… True story, someone actually looked at my feet when I said it to them!). So much is my fear of embarrassment, that I am morbidly scared to groove to the music and my feet…

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

Berried Love

Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. ~Wendell Berry

Dancing the Night Away

In Tamil mythology, Nataraja is the cosmic ecstatic dancer form of Shiva. The dance form is either referred to as Tandavamor Nadanta, based on the context of the dance. Narataja (which means the lord of dance) is usually performing nadanta inside a ring of fire, which standsfor the recurring cycle of death and rebirth and…

Koti Koti Pranam

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

Light the Lamp

There is a tradition of lighting a lamp twice a day in our temple at home. Light is considered to dispel ignorance and bring knowledge. God, who is all knowing, opens our eyes, and gives us the solutions we need. Hope and faith are essential for us to believe. In this lovely temple in Avani,…

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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