Friday, September 2, 2011

GANESH POOJA

The Ganesha Chaturthi celebrations are held all over India in a big way. It's community celebrations from the people for thanking Lord Ganesh for all good things happening. It's customary to pray Lord Ganesh before starting any auspicious function or event. In cities, every street establishes huge, huge idol of Lord Ganesh and kept for three, seven or nine days, with pooja, music, cultural program for entertainment.
First time in Colosseo Apartments in Marthahalli, Bengaluru, residents took initiative to celebrate Ganesh Pooja by establishing a Ganesh Idol in the parking area.
In the afternoon, pooja was performed with Mangalaarathi. Prasadam was distributed to all devotees. Lord Ganesha was kept till the evening with music and people coming for darshana and  to receive prasada.
Evening 6.30, again pooja was performed in front of all devotees, with aarthi and pachakajjaya prasada. Devotees praising Lord Ganesha as GANAPATHI BAPPA MORIYA.....
Visarjane is the process of putting Ganesha idol in water. After the pooja, Ganesha idol was carried in procession, sound of Ghante, praising the Lord, praying, he brings peace, happiness and prosperity. The idol is eventually immersed in water in a drum.

GANAPATHI BAPPA MORIYA

Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavanthu....
Sar, 3rd Sept

JAGGERY FROM SUGARCANE

Mandya is known as SUGAR CITY and lots of farmers in the district grow sugar cane. The weather and the soil is quite conducive for growing the same. The Government encourages the farmers to grow more and establish agro-based rural industry of making jaggery (Bella).

One such place we visited on our way back from Melukote. The process is simple. The farm produce sugarcane is brought from the farm, crushed and sugarcane juice goes into a huge tank. This boiled in an oven, not using gas, but using waste sugar cane skin, after drying.

In the background, Sugar cane skin pile (Raashi)

A man removes dirt from the boiling juice and then the hot juice is poured into buckets, allowed to cool. When the juice solidifies, bucket is removed, giving you huge rock-like Jaggery.

Jaggery of 10 Kg each...
Friday 2nd Sept

Thursday, September 1, 2011

TRIP TO MELUKOTE

Read and saw some photos of Melukote temples, so decided to visit the place on Wednesday, 31 Aug, as it was holiday on account of Gouri Habba and Eid-Ul-Fitr, celebrations at the end of a month's fasting.
Melukote is about 140 km from Bangalore..... left from home at 8 am..... stopped over at LOKA RUCHI, Ramanagara, a nice food outlet with rural ambiance.Had nice kadubu idli, dosa etc.....

Then further a distance of 80 km, passing through Channa Patna, Maddur and took diversion after Mandya. Drive was through pleasant paddy fields, Sugarcane fields and villages, reached Melukote.
First was Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple, at the heart of the city, the temple several thousand years, time immemorial from Treta Yuga..... Renovated and prosperd during the times of Vijayanagara Kings and Mysore Kings Raja Wadeyar, Chamaraja Wadeyars during 16th and 17th century.
Next was Yoga Narasimha Hills where Lord Yoga Narasimha is situated climbing up the steep hills of about 130 steps. It is exhausting and exhilarating when you reach the top. Nice ambiance, beautiful view and lot of Monkeys around.
Beautiful temple at the top of hills, LORD YOGA NARASIMHA SWAMY,
 There also beautifully maintained lake called KALYANI PUSHKARINI. It is believed that the great sages Shuka, Ambareesha, Rukmangadha, Prahlada took bath is this sacred water and achieved divine accomplishments.
Thu, 2nd Sept