Kannada Rajya Utsav

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Art of Living International Center situated in Bengaluru on Kanakapura Road celebrates Karnataka Rajyotsava in the divine presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on 11th of Nov 2017. An array of cultural extravaganza depicting the rich culture and heritage of Karnataka is planned by the volunteers. The invitees include the luminaries of the state.  November 2017,… Read more »

Urdhva Ganapati, Ekakshara Ganapati and Vara Ganapati

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It’s Day 6 of Ganesh Utsav and it’s time to understand three more more of Ganesha. The Urdhava Ganapati, Ekakshara Ganapati and Vara Ganapati are the 16th, 17th and the 18th form of the 32 forms of Ganesha. Let us understand what they signify and the shlokas to invoke each of these. Urdhava Ganapati: Seated… Read more »

Maha Ganapati, Vijaya Ganapati & Nritya Ganapati

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The festivities and celebration of the Ganesha Utsav have stepped into the 5th blissful day. As we pray in gratitude to the elephant head god, let us understand 3 more forms of Lord Ganesha. Maha Ganapati: Maha Ganapati is the 13th of the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha. Maha means “the Great one” literally and… Read more »

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 »