Archive for September, 2009

  • Navaratri Celebrations

    Navaratri Celebrations

    Navaratri in India was really great and there are many stories to tell.  10 days of being surrounded with goddess mantras is certainly an interesting experience and one which has profound spiritual meaning.  It is one of the great things about being in India, in person, for these yagyas.  Just the sound of the mantras […]

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  • A nice observation about Saturn

    A nice observation about Saturn

    From an astrological standpoint, Saturn is the planet that people tend to have the most difficult time with.  I like to joke that of all the planets, Saturn certainly does play for keeps.  That aspect of life will take us right to the edge of what we think we can endure. But it is useful […]

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  • Typical home

    Typical home

    ​ In the area surrounding the temple construction site you find homes for the temple workers and for the farmers in the region. This is very typical. Note the thatched roof, a couple of black cows in the yard and the bullock drawn cart.

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  • New Temple

    New Temple

    This is just one of the drains that take water away from the inner sanctum where abishekam will be performed. The old man is the official caretaker and delights in giving tours. We always go see him, have a tour, and give him a few hundred rupees. A delightful guy. ​ These rings were carved […]

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  • Saturn Mantras

    Saturn Mantras

    By tradition, the day that a planet is changing signs is ideal to perform pujas for that planet and to listen to mantras and slokas.  This file contains recordings of: -Vedic slokas for Sani, the Sani Gayati mantra, the Sani Vyasa mantra, and a few of the names of Sani. -A complete Saturn puja -Sani […]

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  • Saturn – a quick overview – Podcast #88

    Saturn – a quick overview – Podcast #88

    This podscast presents a few quick insights into the nature of Saturn from an astrological perspective.  This is particularly relevant because Saturn is moving from Leo into Virgo on September 10th. A series of stories about Saturn are presented, followed by a collection of slokas and mantras for Saturn.

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  • A new temple

    A new temple

    This is the temple that is being built to honor the memory of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati, the 68th Shankaracharya in Kanchipuram from 1907 to 1994. He was much revered. This temple is being build entirely by hand in the old traditional way. A wonderful place to walk around and marvel at the preservation of the […]

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  • Shankara’s influence

    Shankara’s influence

    ​ At the time of Adi Shankara apparently people were worshiping all sort of gods and goddesses. Once of the changes that he made was to simplify things and members of that tradition worship only five forms of the divine on a daily basis. This is not to say that they ignore all the others, […]

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  • Durga Temple

    Durga Temple

    There are tons of temples in the Kanchipuram area and once is reminded that in India, everything is local. In LA there are relatively few temples but only attend once a week and it is no big deal to drive an hour or so to get there. But the tendency is India is to go […]

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  • Hay!


    Kanchipuram, aside from its rich history as center for temples and commerce center, is primarily an agricultural area. There are lots of wagons like this with modern wheels and rubber tires, but pulled by bullocks who seem to be tremendously strong. That’s a lot of hay. Although the bullocks frequently seem rather scrawny, they are […]

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