Kshipra Ganapati, Herambha Ganapati and Lakshmi Ganapati

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As the fourth day of Ganesha Utsav culminate, let us understand three more forms of the 32 forms of Ganesha, namely; Kshipra Ganapati, Herambha Ganapati & Lakshmi Ganapati. Kshipra Ganapati: Kshipra Ganapati is the 10th of Lord Ganesha’s 32 forms. He is also known as Ganapati who is easy to appease and gives quick reward… Read more »

Siddhi Ganapati, Ucchista Ganapati & Vighna Ganapati

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The Mugdala Purana lists Siddhi Ganesha, Ucchista Ganesha & Vigna Ganesha as the next 3 forms amongst the 32 forms of Ganesha. Here is a brief on these. Siddhi Ganesha: Siddha or Siddhi Ganapati is the 7th of Lord Ganesha’s 32 forms and signifies “the Accomplished”. Golden-yellow Siddhi Ganapati is the epitome of achievement and… Read more »

Veera Ganapati, Shakti Ganapati and Dvija Ganapati

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As we complete the second day of the eleven day long Ganesh Utsav, let us understand three more forms of the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha. Veera/Vira Ganapati: Veera Ganapati  is 4th of Lord Ganesha’s 32 forms. In this form he is depicted as a valiant warrior in a proud and commanding pose. Veera Ganapati… Read more »

Bal Ganesha, Taruna Ganesha & Bhakti Ganesha

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The stories and legends of Lord Ganesha are referred in many sncient texts and scriptures, out of which Ganesha Purana and Mudgala Purana are totally dedicated to Lord Ganesha. As per these puranas, Lord Ganesha got manifested in several forms out of which eight forms were referred to as his incarnations. These incarnations over different… Read more »

Nothing like the dhoti !!

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A few weeks ago as I was getting off the Delhi train at the Chennai railway station in my white dhoti (called as `veshti` in Tamil Nadu) with a light yellow border when two young men generously and forthrightly complimented me for supporting the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. Little did I realize that… Read more »

Song of longing

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I feel I am very fortunate to have been born with the music karma. I can remember my teenage afternoons listening to the Vividh Bharti on the transistor glued to my ear as everyone else in the family took the afternoon siesta. If I liked a new song, a fast motion activity of grabbing pen… Read more »

Ashram birds : Baya Weaver

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Baya Weaver Scientific Name: Ploceus philippinus  Baya Weavers are small-sized (15 cm) birds, known for their elaborately woven pendulous nests found hanging from palm fronds and low trees, typically near waterfronts.  You would not miss spotting these birds at Art of Living Ashram in Bangalore, if you go near the lakes and small ponds in… Read more »

Recipes for Rainy Day

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In this rainy sesaon, avoid eating vegetables grown in fresh rainwater or eat as little of them as you can. Use sour lemon freely. Below are few recipies with lemon. Lemon Sevaiya Ingredients                               Amount Wheat Vermiceli                        1 cup Turmeric powder                       1/2 tsp Rock Salt                                   1 tsp Oil                                            1 spoon Mustard seeds                           1/4 tsp Udad dal                                   1… Read more »