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Amma coming to Boston, July 2012

Amma in Devi Bhava during her Boston visit in 2011. Dates for Amma‘s (Mata Amritanandamayi) Boston tour have been announced and Registration is now open for the Retreat. Here, you can read about my fabulous, life-altering experience with Amma. Hope to see some of you there.

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Meeting Amma in Boston

Prema rasāmrta varshini mātā amrtānandamayi | Prema bhakti sandāyani mātā amrtānandamayi || Showers us with immortal nectar of love, O mother; Grant us the capacity for love & bhakti (selfless devotion), O mother Amritanandamayi || Two weeks ago, I got the opportunity to experience darshan of Mata Amritanandamay, better known as Amma. What started as […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cave Temples of Badami – Cave 4 of 4

See my previous posts on the 6th century Cave Temples of Badami, in Northern Karnataka: Cave One is dedicated to Shiva as the impressive Nataraja; and Devi as Mahisasuramardini. Cave Two honors Vishnu and his avataars Varaha and Vamana. Cave Three is also dedicated to Vishnu, and holds some of the most impressive works of […]

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Prarthana: At New England Mobile Book Fair

Prarthana: A Book of Hindu Psalms on sale at: The New England Mobile Book Fair 82-84 Needham Street Newton Highlands, MA 02461 http://www.nebookfair.com

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Prarthana: At Harvard Book Store

Prarthana: A Book of Hindu Psalms now on sale at: The Harvard Book Store 1256 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138

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Cave Temples of Badami – Cave 3

I previously shared pictures of two cave temples of Badami. These represented the zenith of the Chalukyan cave temple architecture from the 6th century. Cave one was dedicated to Shiva as the impressive Nataraja; and Devi as Mahisasuramardini. Cave two honors Vishnu and his avataars Varaha and Trivikrama (Vamana). Cave Three is also dedicated to […]

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Prarthana: A Book of Hindu Psalms

After five years of research and writing, Prarthana: A Book of Hindu Psalms was released on Ganesh Chaturthi, September 15, 2007. This was my second book. When you see both my books juxtaposed on Amazon, you will nod: yup! only a Gemini could pull this off! I am grateful that I was given this gift […]

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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 […]

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Cave Temples of Badami – 2

Badami in Northern Karnataka, was the capital of the Chalukyan empire. During the 5th to the 8th century, skilled artisans cut caves in the mountainside and decorated the insides with stunning craftsmanship. The four caves are dated to 578 CE. The first cave is dedicated to Shiva and you saw some impressive high relief figures […]

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Portuguese Inquisition and Revisionism

Due to my heritage and interest in Konkani Temples in Goa, and particularly our Kuldevata Ramnathi Devasthan I have been researching books on the Portuguese occupation in Goa. During the Portuguese Inquisition lasting more than 150 years (1560 – 1812), the Jesuits made a systematic attempt at wiping out the Konkani heritage in Goa. Konkanis […]

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Saraswati, Lakshmi & Ganapati

print of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Ganapati posted by Arun Shanbhag

Growing up, such a print of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Ganapati adorned every home or shop, either as a calendar or a picture frame. I bought this poster from a sidewalk stall in the Fort area in Mumbai. Love the bright colors. Beautifully done. Mahalakshmi Temple, Goa Ganapati and Gauri Puja Ganesh Chaturthi

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From Manasarovar, a Glimpse of Kailash

From Lake Manasarovar: A glimpse of Kailash, Day 11 and 12 Approximate Elevation: 4,560 m (~ 15,000 ft) Reaching Manasarovar was only the first stage of our tirth yatra (pilgrimage). The plan was to rest for a couple of days in Manasarovar, and then perform a parikrama (to go around) of Mount Kailash. Tibetans also […]

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Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

You need to be called to participate in a yatra (pilgrimage). Without the assent of the Gods, any number of obstacles, reasons, excuses will crop up and prevent you for going. Even in our family group, many dropped out for various reasons. But I am fortunate I could make this happen. The yatra was difficult […]

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Rendezvous with Sāgarmāthā (Everest)

Just returned from a 19-day Kailash-Manasarovar Tirth Yatra (pilgrimage). We flew to Kathmandu, Nepal, got pinned in the midst of a mob-military firefight at the Nepal-Tibet border, and darted across the Tibetan plateau. Here, land cruisers go off-road, over hills, down valleys, through swollen streams, and over crumbling embankments. Five days later when we reached […]