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Gudi Padva, Ugadi Greetings

picture of Gudi on our altar at home by Arun Shanbhag

Celebrating Gudi Padva and Ugadi Wishing You All New Beginnings. Peace, Good Health and Success in the New Year. Meera, M & A

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Meera says: Shubh Deepavali – Happy Diwali

pic of Meera celebrating Diwali Deepawali in Boston by Arun Shanbhag

(more Meera pics below) On this joyous festival of Diwali, Let divine grace light your hearts and enlighten you minds. Wishing you and all your loved ones Shantih! Shantih! Shantih! Happy Diwali! Meera, M & A

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Ram Navami – battle against terror continues

Frieze of Shri Ram killing Ravana at the Khetapai Narayana Temple in Bhatkal by Arun Shanbhag

Wishing All A Wonderful Rām Navamī Bliss in Śri Rām’s Grace M&m and A The frieze above is from the outer wall of Khetapai Narayan Temple in Bhatkal, which I recently visited. This tiny stone temple was built ca 1546 when Konkani traders escaped Portuguese persecution in Goa and settled in Bhatkal. The Bhatkal port […]

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Krishna Janmashtami – Shri Krishna Muth Udupi

Photos of Main Gopuram of the Shri Krishna Muth, Udupi, Karnataka by Arun Shanbhag

Greetings for Krishna Janmashtami! The Shri Krishna Muth in Udupi, Karnataka was founded by Sant Madhvāchārya, a Vaishnava Saint (1238-1317) who also propounded the Dvaita philosophy of Vedanta.

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Makar Sankranti – To Brighter Days

Makar Sankranti 2012 Greetings drawn by Chitra Ulhas Nayak pics by Arun Shanbhag

Praise be to Surya, the Sun God As he starts his Northerly trek Grace us with Warmth and Light Happy Sankranti to All!

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Dussehra: Glory to Durga Devi 2011

Durga Devi preparation, Mumbai 2011 by Arun Shanbhag

Shristhī-sthīthī-laya kārinī Cause of this creation, sustenance & dissolution Wishing you all a Wonderful Dassara. M&M & A

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Diwali: Madurai Meenakshi Temple

photos of Lighting Oil Lamps at the Meenakshi Temple Madurai by Arun Shanbhag

On this joyous Diwali, Wishing you and all your loved ones God’s amazing grace. Coz, with it comes Peace, Good Health and Success! Happy Diwali Meera, M & A

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Ganapati and Gauri Puja

Na tatra suryo bhaati na chandra tarakam nema vidhyuto bhanti kutoyamagnihi | tameva bhantam anubhati sarvam tasya bhasa sarvam idam vibhati || Sun cannot illumine him, nor the moon, nor the stars Lightning cannot, much less this little flame I wave | Verily, when he shines everything is illuminated By his light alone all of […]

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Krishna Janmashtami: Celebrating Krishna

drawing of Radha krishna in Vrindavan celebrating Gokulashtami by Arun Shanbhag

Whenever there is a decay of dharma (righteousness), O Bharata and good people are persecuted, then I will manifest myself. ~ Shri Krishna to Arjuna in the Srimad Bhagvad Gita: 4:7 Wishing you all a Joyous Krishna Janmashtami! M&m&A

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Video: Weaving Jaaii Flowers

During recent travels, I was visiting relatives in Honavar, Karnataka – a sleepy coastal town south of Kumta (see google map below). I had stopped by a family store to add money to my pre-paid cell phone. There, this older gentleman was weaving these delicate pink buds called jaaii-che kaLo. These buds only sprout after […]

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Makar Sankranti: Here’s To Longer Days

To Surya, the Sun God as he starts his Northerly trek Grace us with Warmth and Light Happy Sankranti to All! Tiil gool ghya, goaD goaD bola! Notes: Recipe for making tiil laddoos. Makar Sankranti Greetings 2012 More info on Makar Sankranti.

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Flower Sellers at Dadar

pictures of Young girls selling roses at the Dadar Flower Market, Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag

Few years ago I wrote about the Dadar Flower Market, in Mumbai. Tucked under the bridge next to the Dadar train Station, like alien slime it oozes into adjoining alleys and walkways, filling every doorway and cranny. So jam-packed, my cousin cautioned, “don’t even try to put your hand in your pocket, it will go […]

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Diwali: Festival of Lights

On this festive occasion of Deepavali, May the Gods grace you and your loved ones with Peace, Good Health and Success! Happy Deepavali! Meera, M & A Previous Greetings: Saraswati, Lakshmi & Ganapati Meera says: Shubh Deepawali Diwali 2008: Tribute to Lakshmi Deepavali Wishes 2007 Deepavali Greetings 2006 Deepavali Greetings 2005

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Video: Making Puran Polis

When in Mumbai, we attended a puja at my aunt’s place in Jogeshwari. There we enjoyed a delicious south india lunch, served on banana leaves. Freshly made, warm puran polis, dribbled with home-made tuup (clarified butter), was one of many desserts. The catering crew were making it in the back. Enjoy the video. And see […]

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Ganesh Chaturthi – The Day Before

After a few days respite in Goa and Kumta, we returned home for the Ganesh Chaturthi Utsav (festival). Over the next few days, our extended family home transformed into a festive temple. Resident cooks arrived and made traditional Konkani snacks (chivda, mando, shankar paLLan, masala shaenga, chuklee, etc). Siblings and cousins descended on our home. […]

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Diwali: Tribute to Lakshmi

On this Wonderful Diwali, May the Grace of Lakshmi bring you and your loved ones Peace, Health and Prosperity! Happy Diwali! Meera, M & A Notes are excerpted from my book, Prarthana: A Book of Hindu Psalms; © Arun Shanbhag Mahalakshmi As Goddess of Good Fortune and Wealth, Lakshmi embodies abundance and prosperity. She is […]

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Dassara: Celebrating Devi’s Grace

Wishing you all a Wonderful Dassara May you and your loved ones Be blessed by Devi’s Grace! M&M & A

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Ganesh Chaturthi

vakratunda mahaakaaya kotisurya samaprabhaa | nirvighna kuru mae deva sarvakaaryeshu sarvadaa || With a curved trunk and generous form Whose splendor matches ten million Suns Remove obstacles Deva! In all that I do! _____ Ganapati Bappa, Mowrya! M & A Ganesh Vandana – Tribute to Ganesh The light of the Sun imbues our existence with […]

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Deepavali Wishes 2007

May the Purifying Lights of Deepavali Guide you to an Inspiring Life. Wishing you Good Health, and Success in the New Year! Happy Deepavali! M & A (now Meera joins us) Other Diwali Greetings and Posts: Meera says: Shubh Deepavali Diwali: Madurai Meenakshi Temple Diwali 2009: Festival of Lights Diwali 2008: Tribute to Lakshmi Deepavali […]

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Dassara, Dussehra: Celebrating Devi’s Grace

Devi Shanteri at the Ramnathi Devasthan by Arun Shanbhag

Wishing you all a Wonderful Dassara. All year around, We are blessed by Devi’s Grace! M&M & A

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Ganesh Chaturthi

Painting of Dancing Ganesh Chaturthi by Arun Shanbhag

On Ganesh Chaturthi Wishing you all A Blessed Ganesha’s Grace! M&A Notes are excerpted from my book, Prarthana: A Book of Hindu Psalms; © Arun Shanbhag 2007 Ganesha Stotram – Hymn to Ganesha The visage of Gaṇeśa (or Gaṇapati) is easily recognizable as the elephant-headed God of Knowledge and Wisdom. Gaṇeśa is very popular in […]