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Krishna Muth, Udupi

Photos of multiple rathas outside the Krishna Muth udupi Karnataka by Arun Shanbhag

After a long hiatus, I recently returned to the Shri Krishna Muth in Udupi, Karnataka. What a joyous, uplifting experience it was getting darshan of BālaKrishna (child Krishna). The temple and seminary were founded by Sant Madhavāchārya, in the late 13th century; it has since become the center of Krishna bhakti and Dvaita Philosophy. It […]

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Meera: When do we grow

pictures of Meera in Boston by Arun Shanbhag

On her annual visit, the doctor told Meera how much she had grown over the last year. That night Meera comes to me, her shoulders are hunched and a concerned look on her face.

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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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Gita Press Bookstore: Karma Yoga in Action

Tucked away on gritty Princess St and across from Parsi Dairy Farm is one of my favorite book stores: Gita Press Ki Dukan (Bookstore of the Gita Press). See, I came late to this genre of Hindu scriptures. Educated in a convent school, I drank deeply of the Kool-Aid that western writers were the axis […]

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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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Dwijā – The Twice Born

In the Vedās, Upanishads, Gita and the Purān, we often encounter the term, Dwijā – twice born (Dwe – two; jā – born). A person is called a Dwijā, after his thread ceremony. What two births are implied here?

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Krishna Mandap @ Mamallāpuram

photos of Pallava Krishna Mandap in Mamallapuram by Arun Shanbhag

Earlier you saw the Varāha Gudi (Varāha Mandap) from early in the reign of Pallavā, Mahendravarman (571-630 ce). In addition to other fabulous caves, he commissioned carvings into the side of mountains, combining creativity and artistic excellence. In this Krishna Mandap, devotionally carved reliefs pays tribute to Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan. The shallow cave-like slot […]

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Gokulashtami Food Spread

Over the last several weeks I have found scores of excellent Indian Food Blogs. These are not written by celebrity chefs, but by regular, albeit very talented women cooking everyday meals at home for their families. And many are based in the US and use locally available ingredients. The collection is truly spectacular and makes […]

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Celebrating Gokulashtami – Tribute to Krishna

Closeup of RadhaKrishna Sculpture in white wood for Krishna Janmashtami Gokulashtami

Wishing you all a Joyous & Enlightening Gokulashtami! M&A Notes excerpted from my book, Prarthana: A Book of Hindu Psalms; © Arun Shanbhag 2007 Krishna Vandana – Tribute to Krishna Krishna is the most beloved of Hindu Gods and a popular avataar of Vishnu, the eternal soul of the Universe. While other incarnations of Vishnu […]

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RadhaKrishna – Miniature Painting

Miniature Madhubani painting of RadhaKrishna dancing in Vrindavan pic by Arun Shanbhag

I found this exquisite miniature painting of RadhaKrishna dancing in Vrindavan. Its about 5 x 10 inches on heavy stock paper. The bright colors and fine details are captivating.

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Krishna

Here is a baby Krishna statuette I was gifted received during a recent visit to the Balaji Temple in Chicago. I was pleasantly surprised at the fine detail and the vibrant colors in this piece. It is made of a polymer (thus very light) and Made in China (of course). Hare Krishna!

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Home Shrine: Where I bow my head

photo of Home Shrine: Shanteri Kamakshi Ramnath; Udupi Krishna by Arun Shanbhag

Every morning I pay my respects to the universal divine at a small altar in our home. It started with the brass Om from my student days. I purchased the Om along with a booklet of Swami Vivekananda’s lectures, at a road-side stall in Kanya Kumari. Reading Vivekananda’s 1893 lecture to the World Congress of […]