Wednesday, December 22, 2010

GROOVY PARTY

Suresh Kumar, CEO Antares, celebrating his daughters coming from US for holidays...... invited  for a get-together ai Hotel Solitaire..... nice hotel, exclusive hall..... reached by 8.00p.m......  about 25 people...... children, adults...... like minded...... heavy music played...... all getting into mood for sweating it out..... danced and danced...... some nice food...... with some drinks.......went on till 11.00 p.m....... most got tired...... returned home after full enjoyment..... Thanks to Suresh, who was in high spirits......
Mon 20 Dec
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RISHI 21 HAPPY BIRTH DAY

It was 17 December, Rishi turns 21........ the day as usual...... evening Shubha, Raghu & lahari came home with a cake...... usual cutting cake and fun.....  got some pizza..... sat together and ate..... party over.....
Friday 17 dec

Friday, December 17, 2010

DRIVING BACK

Left from Birthi at 7.30 am, for a long drive to Bangalore...... stopped over at Hebri and visited Vasudeva Achar, Srikanth Achar and Ramakrishna Achar.....  left by 9.30am.....
Drove through Agumbe Ghat..... steep hilly road with 14 hair pin bends..... reached Thirthahalli- Shimoga by 12.00noon...... continued driving passed through Bhadravathi, Tarikere....Kadur.... Birur.... Arasikere..... Tiptur.... Tumkur.... stopped somewhere for some light food.....reached Bangalore outskirts, Peenya by 6.00p.m. but it took another one and half hours to reach Marthahalli home......  speedometer showed ....covered a distance of 437 km......
Not so tired..... relaxed.... had some food..... and rest.....
Mon 13 Dec

SUNDAY AT HOME

Relaxed...... visit to Salikeri Durgaparameshwari Temple and to Garadimane ACHI HOUSE,.... mom spent some time at Garadi.... place of worship...... back and lunch at home.....
Evening to Anegudde.... Ganesha Temple at Kumbhashi..... from there to Kundapura..... had some eats..... visit to H Sridhara Hande at Kota..... chat for sometime and back to Birthi.....
Sunday, 12 Dec

IN MEMORY OF M RAMACHANDRA BHAT

It was a death anniversary of M Ramachandra Bhat, brother-in-law....... children together perform ritual called - SHRAADHA.....  and near and dear relatives are called for lunch..... rituals performed by Bhaskar, Prabhakara and Krishnamoorthy along with Jayalakshmi, children of Late Ramchandra Bhat......
Evening out to Krishna Temple at Udupi...... some purchases..... and back to Birthi....
Sat, 11 Dec

ATTENDING FUNCTIONS

It's normal courtesy to attend special occasions ....... first...... wedding of Madhwaraj with Tejashwini at Vasuki Ananthapadmanabha Kalyana Pantapa at Sagri, Udupi.......was there at the right time of Muhurthum..... blessed the couple......
Next was to Udyavar.... for Gana Homa and Satynarayana Pooja at Doddamma's house..and lunch...... evening visited cousins at Mayagundi and back to Birthi......
Thu, 09 Dec

VISITING TEMPLES

Set of from Birthi in the morning...... first stop was at GUDDETTU, a Ganesha inside a huge stone..... nice temple, and number of priests take water from a vessel (koda), from the well...... and put inside Garbhagudi..... a seva called AAYARKODA......and blessings from the God.....
Next stop over was at KAMALASHILE, a distance of 45 km..... at the foot of western ghats, sharavathi river flowing by the side.......Brahmi Durgaparameshwari Temple......darshana, pooja and nice lunch .... courtesy of a devotee who performed Chandika Homa......
Another attraction is visit to a cave (Guhe).... about 2 km from the temple and on the hills........ walking down inside with torchlights......and quite a distance..... slippery, water from the spring..... and the birds inside (Baavali)..... and the stories...of sages stayed in there for several years......
Driving back to MANDARTHI...... another Goddess Temple.....visited..... short stop at Vishwanatha Udupa's house and then back to Birthi...... a day well spent.... Nalini's sister Vijaya was in the group.....
Wed 08 Dec

Thursday, December 16, 2010

SRI MOOKAMBIKA TEMPLE

On the foot of Kodachandri hills..... lies a small town called KOLLUR with a nice temple, with Mookambika Goddess being worshiped.... .Lots of people from Kerala, Tamilanadu, Karnataka come to the temple for blessings from the Goddess.... Had short stop over..... had Darshana..... did some pooja for well being of the family...... and left...... reached Birthi around 2.30p.m......
Mon, 06 Dec

CAR IN LAUNCH


Left from Hongirana in the morning and reached Hanase Makki, Sharavathi river bank...... A man in charge of the launch with two lorries in already...... asked me to drive into the remaining space..... in addition to it another waiting Omni van was also squeezed in......  The launch left the shore with beautiful view of vast water body.... about 15 min time...... the launch was on the other side of the river.....
It's amazing..... we cut short our travelling distance by about 65 km and driving time by an hour and a half..... We were only 35 km from Kollur, place of Sri Mookambika Temple.....
06 Dec, Monday

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

HONGIROTSAVA

It's the school's celebrations for recognizing, appreciating and exposing accomplishments over the past year.... The program for three days.....with primary children presentation, vicharotsava, kalotsava, varshikotsava..... with various cultural programs..... boys, girls...... dances, traditional like Veeragaase, Kamsaale...... typical rural festival dance with lot of vigour, energy and enthusiasm.........
Spent two days ..... watching programs...... finally ended with Yakshagana.... called Nisarga Sandhana..... dance  drama with 20 children.... with costumes, dance and action..... K G Rama Rao, with powerful voice for Bhaagavatar.....
Stayed in Shobha's house...... went for long walk in the mornings with Suresh and Anisha.......
Sat, Sun 04, 05 Dec 2010


WEDDING AT SRINGERI

Left Chikkamagalur early morning 6.30a.m. to reach Sringeri, a distance of 92km on a hilly, winding road.... passed through Balehonnuru, Jayapura..... reached Sri Sharadamba Temple at 9.00a.m...... had darshana of the Goddess........ and came to Kalyana mantapa, where Babanna (Venkatraj), son of Hebri Srikanth Acharya...... Shubha's uncle.......was to get married.....present at the right time.... muhurthum.....

Had lunch, left from Sringeri.....  visited the place Kuppalli..... where famous kannada writer, poet, literary person, KUVEMPU..... Kuppalli Venkatappa Puttappa...... lived..... house now for public exhibition..... with display of poet's work, living style......and the ambience.....  a house in a remote area of Malnadu.... a poet inspired by the scenic beauty of nature.......
Spent about an hour at the place...... reached Hongirana, name of the school in Amatekoppa, Near Sagara......
a distance of 120 km, on a not so good road..... reached at 6.00p.m...... school is celebrating Utsava.... yearly gala function for three days......Ms Shobha, brother's daughter is running the school with about 720 children from KG to Grade 12.........
Friday, 03 Dec
with BABANNA & BRIDE
at KUPPALLI, KUVEMPU HOUSE

TRIP AROUND

Visiting places and attending functions ...... great fun..... get to lot of new people and meeting lost relations and friends.....
Left Bangalore, on Thursday, 2nd Dec, with many places to visit and attend weddings and functions....
Stopped over at Hiremagalur, a few kilometers to Chikkamagalur..... A nice Kodandarama temple with a priest with a difference.... He is Mr. Kannan, learned, over enthusiast, and want to expose himself to people.. ..
His specialilty is chanting sanskrit mantra in Kannada..... We just stopped over at the temple for darshana of Lord Rama...... but ended up listening to Mr Kannan for more than half an hour.......topics from Mahabharatha, Ramayana and other general issues.......
Stayed overnight in a hotel in Chikkamagalur....
Thursday, 02 Dec 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

INNOVATIVE FILM CITY

Sunday....28 Nov
at BEGOORU TEMPLE
Started of 10 in the morning..... to Beguru.... near Bangalore.....Old temple may be more than 600 years old.... Chola Nageshwara Temple..... in the process of renovation..... the proceeded to Innovative Film City, near Bidadi, about 40 km from Bangalore...
Din't see much of innovativeness..... place for outing and time pass.....with family and friends.....

at INNOVATIVE FILM CITY

TIME FLIES......

It's already more than four months since we left Dubai for good and relocated to Bangalore..... spending time.... going here and there, visiting..... had a nice get-together for Lord Sri Satyanarayana Pooja at home.....
Planning a trip to Sringeri, Sagara and ooru..... attending weddings and other functions.....
should be back only after a week.....
Thursday, 02 Dec

KADALE KAAI PARISHE

It's apparently to display and market farmers produce..... it's a huge festival..... the atmosphere, ambience, the place all jubiliant and happy with people buying all sorts of stuff.... eating.... enjoying..... kadlai kaai, mundakki, sauthe kai.....and what not..... place is jam packed..... main road is blocked..... sellers items are displayed on the streets.....it's in Basavanagudi, Bangalore.....
Tuesday, 29 Nov