Archives for: September 2009

Smt. Parassala Ponnammal

We are blessed to be acquainted with one of the greatest contemporary musicians, Smt. Prof. Parassala B Ponnammal. Born to shrI Mahadeva Iyer and Smt. Bhagavati Ammal, she studied music and Sanskrit from a very young age under the guidance of shrI Ramas… more »

kalau keshava-kIrtanAt

yatra kutra sthito vA.api kR^iShNa kR^iShNeti kIrtayet | sarvapApavishuddhAtmA sa gacChet paramAM gatim || kR^iShNeti ma~NgalaM nAma yasya vAchi pravartate | bhasmIbhavanti tasyAshu mahApAtakakoTayaH || gokoTidAnaM grahaNAdikAle prayAgaga~NgAyutaka… more »

ucChiShTa gaNapati

There are repeated queries regarding the upAsanA of ucChiShTa mahAgaNapati and we have already responded to the extent we think is permissible on a public forum. There was one recent query on the relation between this form of gaNapati and sarasvatI. I… more »

mahAmR^ityu~njaya

tryambakaM yajAmahe cha trailokyapitaraM prabhum | trimaNDalasya pitaraM triguNasya maheshvaram || tritattvasya trivahneshcha tridhAbhUtasya sarvataH | tridivasya tribAhoshcha tridhAbhUtasya sarvataH || tridevasya mahAdevaH sugandhiM puShTivardhanam… more »

nAtha yogins

Tracing the origins and the exact lineage of nAtha pantha is not an easy task. We started with taking a look at haThayoga pradIpikA and the lineage described there goes thus: AdinAtha, matsyendra, shAbara, Anandabhairava, chaurangI, mIna, virUpAkSha, bi… more »

shAkta siddhAnta – 2

The shAkta school produced a profound influence on general Indian thought. A topographical survey of India would show that the country is scattered over numerous centers of shakti sAdhana. It was widespread in the past and has continued unbroken till to… more »

The Great Congress Tamasha

Nilanjana pointed us to this a-la-shobha-de piece, thanks Neelu :) Billed as ‘India’s biggest ever search’ 5,000 jawans, an ISRO remote sensing aircraft, a Sukhoi, 14 search and rescue choppers, the forest department police, paramilitary forces, Chench… more »

panchabrahmAsanasthitA

shrImAtre namaH prAsAda parameshvarAya namaH lakShmI-nrsimha parabrahmaNe namaH Out of limitless compassion for those who cannot see in the cave of their hearts the panchapretAsanAsIna vigraha of shrIvidyA parameshvarI, shrI kAmAkShI parAbhaTTArikA n… more »

Mantras: Faith and Pronunciation

If one would recite contrary to the science of mantras; the faithless will not achieve their wishes and needs, Even the faithful will be long delayed in accomplishing siddhi. - Sakya Pandita or Kunga Gylatshan Pal Zangpo The science of mantras has… more »

Indian priests beaten up in Nepal

Two Indian priests were brutally assaulted allegedly by Maoists inside Nepal's Pashupatinath temple on Friday. Girish Bhatta and Raghavendra Bhatta, from the Sringeri Mutt in Karnataka were brutally beaten up with iron rods; their clothes and sacred th… more »