Saturday, 14 Jan 2017

Perumal in four Avatars - Mukthi sthala-Thiruneermalai - Chennai

Ranganatha Perumal Temple is a Hindu temple in Thiruneermalai, a suburb of Chennai. One of 108 Divya desams; considered as mukthi sthala . Here Perumal (Lord Vishnu) appears in 4 different forms together in one divya desam.

While the Sthalathipadi (presiding deity) is Neervanna Perumal, all utsavams (Celebrations) are for Lord Ranganatha. The complex is in two parts one at the base of the hill for the Staladhipadhi Neervanan (Ninran-Standing Posture), housing shrines of his consort Animamalar Mangai thayar, Kalyana Ramar and Andal. Shrine for Anjaneya (Hanuman) is to the right as one climbs up to the hill shrine. The temple complex up the hill has three shrines for Lord Ranganatha (Kidanthaan – in reclining posture), Trivikrama (Nadanthaan – in walking posture), Lord Narasimha (Irundhaan - sitting posture) and a Shrine for Ranaganayaki Thayar (facing East). It is a double prakaram(outer courtyard) temple. The Garuda shrine faces the Lord. The view from the top of the hill is wonderful.

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Date: 14 Jan 2017 , Author: / Category: Temples of Chennai / Views: 376/Rating:5

Sunday, 25 Dec 2016

Sowmya Damodara Perumal Temple-The Beautiful God with Beautiful Name - Villivakkam Chennai

Lord Vishnu has various names. Vishnu Sahashranama Counts Thousand Names of the Lord.While Vishnu is known by several different names, these 12 - Kesava, Narayana, Madhava, Govinda, Vishnu, Madhusudhana, Thiruvikrama, Vamana, Sridhara, Rishikesava, Padmanabha and Damodaran - are particularly sacred ones. THE LAST of Lord Narayana's 12 names mentioned in the "Dwadasa Nama Stotra" is Damodaran.

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Date: 25 Dec 2016 , Author: / Category: Temples of Chennai / Views: 1011/Rating:0

Sunday, 11 Dec 2016

1000 Years Heriatge Agastheeswarar Temple - Villivakkam Chennai

When spoken about Tamilnadu, the first thing that strikes the mind are temples - Be it Kanchi Kamakshi, Rameshwaram, Chidambaram. Not only these , there are various other temples in the capital Chennai which are centuries old. One such temple is Agastheeswarar Temple of Villivakkam. Situated approximately 8 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, this temple is near my house. I visited temple good number of times not knowing that it is almost 1000 years old. Here in brief about the Temple where the Sage Agastheeswar worshippped the Lord.

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Date: 11 Dec 2016 , Author: / Category: Temples of Chennai / Views: 1415/Rating:5

Sunday, 21 Aug 2016

DAMAN - Laid Back and Sleepy Town with beautiful beaches and sea to walk upon

It is always better not to spend weekends sleeping all the day. Instead you can go to a sleepy town  On One such weekend when at Vadodara, we thought of exploring the unexplored- DAMAN (UNION TERRITORY). When proposed our group of three were skeptical, because generally people don't know DAMAN as a tourist destination. To encourage people further, I added we can cover silvassa also.

How the tour went on, read further ...

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Date: 21 Aug 2016 , Author: / Category: Travel / Views: 1130/Rating:5

Monday, 15 Aug 2016

The Animal That Lives 272 Years - Greenland shark

As per the paper 'Eye lens radiocarbon reveals centuries of longevity in the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus)' published in the journal Science (Published 12/08/2016) - an international team of scientists led by the University of Copenhagen has found that the Greenland shark has a life expectancy of at least 272 years. This discovery shows it is the longest living vertebrate known to science, exceeding even bowhead whales, turtles and tortoises.

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Date: 15 Aug 2016 , Author: / Category: Science / Views: 786/Rating:5

Monday, 4 Apr 2016

MIT OpenCourseWare- 15 years of sharing it all FREE!!!

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, the current 168-acre (68.0 ha) campus opened in 1916 and extends over 1 mile (1.6 km) along the northern bank of the Charles River basin.

Will it not be a dream for every passionate student to be part of MIT? But only the lucky few get into the Great walls of the MIT campus. However in the year 2001, something great happened - MIT decided to share the courses and it's content online and to free for all. This 4th April 2001 article of Newyork times has announced the starting of a new era of free sharing - the emergnce of MIT OpenCourseWare.

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Date: 4 Apr 2016 , Author: / Category: Open Courseware, Education Info / Views: 1279/Rating:0

Sunday, 14 Feb 2016

Peasant turned King - Devi Sigh of Raya Mathura- Unsung Hero of 1857 Revolt

When one speaks of 1857 revolt, the first names that strikes us are Jhansi Laxmi Bhai, Nanasaheb and at max Tantia Tope. But there  there were many opportunists as well as established local leaders, and numerous individuals took up arms on their own initiative without waiting for the Emperor's appeal, or for feudal aristocrats to tell them what to do. Devi Singh was perhaps the quitessential subaltern insurgent, acting entirely on his own without any contact with outsiders. He came from a Jat dominated region centred around the small rural town of Raya in Mathura district.

When zamindars and villagers in the locality heard of the King of Delhi's proclamation, they rose up against the moneylenders and attacked the town.

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Date: 14 Feb 2016 , Author: / Category: 1857 Revolt / Views: 1779/Rating:4

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Perumal in four Avatars - Mukthi sthala-Thiruneermalai - Chennai
Sowmya Damodara Perumal Temple-The Beautiful God with Beautiful Name - Villivakkam Chennai
1000 Years Heriatge Agastheeswarar Temple - Villivakkam Chennai

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