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 […]


Celebrating Rām Navami

photo of 13th century Chola Bronze at Arthur Sackler Museum, Harvard by Arun Shanbhag

The Divine Consciousness – manifest or unmanifest, there is no difference So chant Sages, Puranas, Buddha and Veda. That which has no attributes, is formless, unseen and unborn Manifests itself (as Sri Ram) purely out of love for his devotees. Wishing All Bliss in Śri Rām’s Grace M&m and A


Shri Rām: The Holy Name

Shri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram Arun Shanbhag

For city bred siblings, summering at our grand parents’ home in Bhatkal was essential nirvana. In the orchard we tied strings to dragon flies and watched them jet away. We foraged for bird eggs in old trees. With sling shots we brought down mangoes, not because our aim was any good, but because the trees […]


Hindu Temple Chicago

For a friend’s wedding I recently traveled to Chicago. Since that’s where I did my doctoral work, we have many friends there and love the city. I have previously posted on the architectural wonders of Chicago, the Balaji Temple and have run the Chicago Marathon! On this visit, I additionally got darshan at the exquisitely […]


Rām Navami: A Tribute to Rām

Frieze of Hanuman paying tribute to Ram, Lakshman & Sita in Hampi by Arun Shanbhag

shri ramachandra charanau manasa smaraami shri ramachandra charanau vachasa gruNaami shri ramachandra charanau SHirasa namaami shri ramachandra charanau SHaranam prapadhyae On Rama’s feet I meditate With words I praise With lowered head I pray At Rama’s feet I seek refuge!