Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Trip to Kumbakonam-1

This is an account of my travel to kumbakonam. Jotting this down lest I forget the the great places I visited.

Started to Kumbakonam from Mysore on 3-Aug 2012, the occasion was that my wife's family had arranged a puja at the temple of Sri Oppiliappan near Kumbakonam. We reached kumbakonam on 4th morning and went to a lodge near the Oppillianppan temple.

I had heard about the temple some time back and had a desire to go and pray to the Lord there. But this occasion was a God sent one!

The temple is atleast a 1500 to 1700 years old I believe. This is because it is being sung by 3 to 4 alwars. Importantly by Sri Nammazhwar who is said to have named the lord Oppilliappan Oppu-illada-appan - The Lord without a second!

It was really a great blessing to be standing before Him. The murthy about 9 ft tall with Bhudevi and Markandeya rishi kneeling before on either of his sides inspires everyone immensely. There is no Thayar- sannidhi in the temple separately.

After the darshan we came back and rested a bit. Then we started to visit other Divya deshams around the temple. We first visited the Thirukkannapuram temple- where again we got to visit the amazingly big murthy of the Lord called Shourirajan if I can recollect correctly, I'm not sure if this is the name of the moola vigraha or the utsavar. Thirumangai Alwar has composed more than a 100 pasurams on this Lord alone! Next we visited Thirukkannamangai temple where again we enjoyed the darshan of the Lord Bhakthavatsalan , our next temple was Thirucherai where we visited Lord Saranathan and Saranayaki  the shtalam is called Pancha Saara kshetram.
Our last temple on the day was Nachiyar kovil famous for the 'Kal Garuda' where a miraculous occurrence still happens even to this day. During the various utsavams the Lord is taken on the huge Kal-Garudar(stone Garuda vahanam) in the inner most prakaram around the Garbha Griham only 4 people carry the lord on the Kal Garuda in the next prakaram 8 people should carry it and the next 32 , 64 128 and so on. It is miraculous that ony 4 people are able to carry the huge heavy vahana in the first ... certainly a minor Leela of the Lord. The lord here is not positioned as directly facing the garbha griha entrance, the Thayar-Mother is facing the entrance along with the Lord, impressing the power of the Divine Mother on the devotee.

To continue...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Head First Sanskrit!

For some time now I was desperate to start learning Sanskrit(I have a big reason to do this!). I didn't know where to start. Few month's ago I came across this excellent book in a book store in Bangalore. The book is titled "First Book of Sanskrit" by Sri.R.G. Bhandarkar.Titled "मार्गोपदेशिका " in Sanskrit it was first published in the year 1856! If you are serious about learning Sanskrit then this is the book for you!. The book is also available online.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Head first into Java.

Just bought this book called 'Head first Java' By Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates.Have to say that this is an excellent book for beginners. The presentation of the topics are really different from the usual text books on Java available here in India.On the whole a very interactive book for beginners who want to get introduced to java.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Quest for Jonny!

Was very happy to find jonny quest theme on you tube .... Jonny quest is a sci-fi cartoon which was being aired on the cartoon network... Really loved it then, missing it now!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

25 cents

Some thing quite funny happened today.Had been to a street side vegetable vendor this morning. After buying the vegetables I gave him a 50 rupee note. The vendor had to give me Re.1 change,he gave me 2 coins - one was a 50 paisa coin and the other to my amazement was a 25 cent U.S coin. Bangalore is dealing in dollars nowadays! .... Iam waiting for the Rupee value to appreciate, to exchange the 25 cent which is currently worth only 10 rupees !! I wonder when it would happen, have to wait and watch!!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Life at IISc

Its been exactly 3 months since I joined IISc as project trainee in the EE dept. well.. to sum up my feelings, its been really interesting ... been doing a bit of coding here in c++ ... that apart its been really a good experience here ... But still a lot needs to be done. Have to make the most of the opportunities provided.