Friday, August 22, 2014

A temple Tour - 1 Horanadu, Sringeri, Kalas,Udupi, Kukke Subramanya

A temple Tour
Two days trip to -Horanadu, Sringeri, Kalas,Udupi, Kukke Subramanya
Last week we went o Bangalore to see my son . My younger brother in law arranged two days .This is the first time I am visiting this place and  I expected a lot about this hill station and it is far beyond my expectations , it is  so cold that the entire place is  covered with full of mist and fog.I am very much excited and  really happy after landing there.
A trip to the Horanadu Adishakthyathmaka Annapoorneshwari temple would be most fulfilling if other pilgrimage spots en route to the temple are also included in the travel plans. Some of the places that will be encountered in that order would be Kalaseswara temple in Kalasa, Sringeri, Udupi Krishna, Malpe Beach, Dharmasthala, and Kukke Subrahmanya.
On the way to horanadu:

The journey starts from my Bangalore , ranging from deep semi-deciduas forests, soundless runs & endless grasslands, waterfalls, Streams  mist, lust green tress and carpet of greenery. 
 The elements of nature are just a pleasure to eyes. The water flows from the top of a hill and reaches down to the valley below. The cascading waterfall forms a stunning view against the backdrop of luxurious green cover. Even the road leading to the waterfall winds through deep valleys on one side and woody hills on the other side.
Apart from the scenic beauty of the waterfall the remote place is free from all kinds of disturbances. 
The only sound that can be heard at the place is that of the water gushing down the rocks and the bird chrip/cooing somewhere in the wide forest stretch. The area surrounding the waterfall and the natural pathway leading to the waterfall is also very clean. Away from the commotion of city life, natural beauty is a real treat for anyone who wants to relax among unpolluted and untouched natural splendor.

The breath taking beauty of the tea, coffee estate and the various plantations like Areca, Black pepper, Cardamom, Vanilla and supari tree  make the place to feel like Paradise.
 It was nice just to relax in the incredible beauty of the estate. The cool climate and the refreshing smell of tea plants will offer you a beautiful experience. A walk along the tea plantations will refresh your mind, body and soul. 

 The music of the birds and the rush of the stream of waters make for harmonious notes in one’s ears. Watching the sun set upon this paradise is an experience in itself.Enjoying nature we reached kalasa by 6 pm.



 Kalasa Kaleeshwara Temple
Just half an hour away from Horanadu is the temple of Kalasa. This is a temple on a hill, on the foothills of which flows the Bhadra River. This place seems to be a picnic spot, as it was filled with people. The idol of kalaseshwara, a lingam, is believed to be Shiva who manifested himself in a kalasam, a vessel in which water is kept, to the great rishi, Agasthya. One has to climb a few steps to reach the temple.
 Tradition traces the origin of this town to events related in the Skanda Purana. The wedding of Parvati and Parameshwara was held in Kasi, and all the gods and Rishis and celestials assembled there. This caused the Northern plate to go down by the sheer weight of the divine personages. 
 This caused the earth to be unbalanced. To balance that Shiva requested Agasthya to travel south.   Since Agasthya told that he needs to witness the wedding, Shiva gave him a divine vision, which made Agasthya to see the marriage being in any part of the world, and hence he travelled south to Kalasa.

 So, Sage Agasthya proceeded south, and the balance of the earth was restored. Sage Agasthya halted at Kalasa, and saw the wedding from here. A Shiva Linga appeared out of his Kalasha, the pot. He built a temple here and installed the Linga in it. This is the temple now called Kalaseshwara. The Linga is enshrined in a silver mandapa. The Devi in this temple is known as Sarvanga Sundari.We went to this temple in evening. Kalasa is located at a distance of about 300 km away from Bangalore.Having darsharn of Kalasehwara  we reached Annapoorna by 7. 15 pm.
(To be Cont)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Rain!





Shower of Nature
Cascading like a waterfall
Gushing down the streams,
Wind whistles through trees.
As clouds burst with joy;
As thunder sings her songs;
And violent showers of clear rain,
The rain ripples on the roof,
Falling at leaves, rain drop pierce
Into my ears;
Listen to its beat!
I close my eyes and breathe the tunes
Silent symphonies seeping through skin,
It soothes my heart and soul;
Peace captured in me!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Madhubani Painting!



Madhubani Paintings, also known as Mithila paintings is one of the ancient forms of Indian painting, practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar state, India and the adjoining parts of Terai in Nepal. I have never attended any class to teach myself Madhubani, I have never  met anyone who liked  Madhubani painting. I am very interested in Mithila art, As an admirer of this form of painting, and as a beginner was so delighted to read about this Painting  So I Goggled about it  and read through those very similar articles about Madhubani art and wanted to straight away draw...The Images taken from google and Madhubani art book.



 This Is first Try of Madhubhani In Pot



The Madhubani painting or Mithila Painting are originated at the time of the Ramayana, when King Janak commissioned artists to do paintings at the time of marriage of his daughter, Sita, to Hindu god Lord Ram.These paintings has been done traditionally by the women of villages around the present town of Madhubani (the literal meaning of which is forests of honey) and other areas of Mithila. The name is itself named on the village Madhubani.

The painting was traditionally done on freshly plastered mud wall of huts, The paints colors were made using natural dyes/pigments were traditionally derived from natural sources like plants, charcoal soot, ochre etc and painted using twigs, fingers brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks, and is characterized by eye-catching geometrical patterns.“

Madhubani paintings mostly depict nature and Hindu devotional events, and the themes generally revolve around Hindu deities like Krishna, Ram, Shiva, Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Natural objects like the sun, the moon, and the religious plants like tulsi are also widely painted, along side scenes from the royal courts and social events like weddings. Generally no empty space is left; the gaps are filled by paintings of flowers, animals, birds, and even geometric design

This is one art which requires patience ...the space is usually not left blank but filled with some geometric patterns and other small animals amidst the deities ! Painting the complicated designs is time consuming and of course perfection to fill in the small gaps ..

I loved the bold use age of colours, ornate floral pattern, double line border, geometric figures, flora and fauna in those beautiful Madhubani Folk Art... The designs of a Madhubani painting can be as simplistic or as complicated as you want them to be. Also, the colours can be as vibrant as you like. This is my first attempt at a Madhubani using water colurs and pen on paper.

Materials Required

•Cloth/Handmade paper

•Trace paper

•Fabric colours(for cloth)

•Poster colours (for paper)

•Black outliner

•Carbon sheet

Choose a design anddraw the required pattern on the trace paper and copy the design into the cloth/paper using carbon sheet.

The design pattern should be simple and clear ! It is often seen that traditionally there are only basic colours used like orange , green and red but you can add colurs like pink, purple, blue to make it more attractive.

You can make improvements in designs like changing the features of face, as it generally seen features in Madhubani are not sharp.

Make sure you have a border . It will add new dimensions to your painting

Over the weekend I have managed to finish this one...my first MADHUBANI Painting

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Under Pressure- The Force Applied !



Angry wind howling million clear raindrops of the rain are pouring. Wind develops as a result of spatial differences in atmospheric pressure .Due  to  Strong wind large branches move, leaves rustle, .From my window slab and watch the sound of the rain falling on the leaves in a roof; and the bunch of flowers are soaked with water.. I sat quietly, asking for insight and I pondered about pressure... Pressure plays a number of important roles in daily life.

The first is that wherever we work or live we will encounter challenges, difficulties, and obstacles.  All of these will create pressure for us. The force in my life is all the things that are weighing me down -   So many things that I wanted to do, I didn’t.  I didn’t even give myself a chance to try — simply because I don’t  know how to do it. Apart from that my responsibility,  stress, deadlines, fear about future... Etc how to deal with some of the problems that are cropping up for me right now and was whisked back to my secondary section physics class where we learned that pressure equals force over area. One of the things I enjoy most about my job as while teaching a science as a subject. While teaching I always apply science with day to day life. One of my favourite topic I like most in it, we deal with Force & pressure, let's try to equate this to physics. As long as the hurdles are overcome, the pressure will disappear spontaneously.
The area is me - and when I am small, the pressure feels heavier.  I stay small by not sharing, by not growing, by not expanding. When I shared with my family/friend the pressure changed because now they shouldered the burden with me.  For instance; if one cheerleader were holding another cheerleader on her shoulders, with the girl above standing on the shoulder blades of the girl below, the upper girl's feet would exert a certain pressure on the shoulders of the lower girl. This pressure would be equal to the upper girl's weight ( F, which in this case is her mass multiplied by the downward acceleration due to gravity) divided by the surface area of her feet.

The words "force" and "pressure" have many shades of meaning in English. However, they are generally associated with agents of change. Thus things try to force you to change, or apply pressure on you to change. Alternatively, they are often thought of as things to be resisted if you do not want to change. You withstand the force, or you cope with the pressure.

The best way to resolve this problem is to change your thinking habit.  Start thinking positively.  Always look on the bright side of life, and replace your old mind with a new one. . Realizing that I DO in fact instantly lighten the pressure from my friends simply by listening to them allowing them space to expand and grow.  When you share, grow, and expand - physically and emotionally because our energy IS matter  your surface gets bigger . 



when your surface is bigger the lessens - even though the burden remains the same.  And then, all your worries will be solved and all the pressures will vanish and let your heart be joyful and your spirits lifted. time understanding these basic concepts the standard SI units they conform to the simple, self-consistent. In the real world the balancing of forces always comes down to the balancing of pressures.The concept of force and pressure is based on this push or pull. Understand this concept was able to inhale deeply and noticed my chest felt more expansive and was able to take in a deeper breath.  I felt lighter.  My mood shifted. All I need to alleviate the pressure in my life is to Expand my horizons... expand my circle ... expand my mind and  alleviate the pressure.