Friday, October 28, 2011

DEEPAVALI 2011

DEEPAVALI...... Festival of lights celebrated throughout India in a big way...... crores of rupees are spent on crackers or patakhis...... 

it's time for families get-together..... sweets, good food and thanking God.... for keeping everyone happy, healthy and safe.......


It is celebrated on the before and next day of amavasya(No moon day) as NARAKA CHATURDASHI (before no-moon day) resembling Satyabhama's victory over Narakasura and as Balipadyami the first day of Kaarthika masa; inviting the greatest emperor of times Balichakravarthi to each and everybody's homes.

The entire house is cleaned and new clothes are purchased for the entire family which is followed by lighting of oil lamps around the house and bursting firecrackers. The tradition in kannada families is that all members gather together for the three days celebration. First day, after oil bath in early morning, with new clothes they'll start with bursting crackers, followed by lakshmi mahaapooje on amavaasye (no-moon day) and then on third day decorating the whole house and especially entrance with flowers and floor decoration to invite Bali to their homes; a special fort-entrance kind of thing is made on the entrances of every home which is made out of cow-dung(gOmaya) and sandalwood(siri-chandana) which both have a high divine reverence in kannada tradition. Also fire-camps are kindled on both naraka chaturdashi and balipadyami days of deepavali; where in respective community people's gathering is significant and huge firework bursting ceremony happens.

The celebration of Diwali is marked by the lighting of innumerable lamps in every courtyard and the bursting of crackers. Sweetmeals, new clothes and spirit is there as in other festivals. The time for rejoicing is mainly early morning and late night. These hours of darkness bordering the waking hours are preferred as lights and crackers are the highlights of the festivities and these need darkness to have their illuminating effect. Hence people rise early and go late to sleep.
Thursday, 27 Oct 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A RIDE IN NAMMA METRO

It was only three days ago...... NAMMA METRO, BENGALURU...... was inaugurated on a high profile publicity...... a stretch of about 6.7 km from Byappanahalli to M G Road...... people were so excited..... something like a miracle....... crowd, crowd and crowd........people were frenzy, screaming and shouting...
  
So we decided to go for a ride...... from Indiranagar to MG Road and back....... ride was smooth with rush and the typical Indian crowd ...... rushing and pushing........ costing Rs 24 for a return trip..... finishing work of stations is not sparkling,elegant and fine......  however..... we are Indians.....
Sun, 23 Oct

VISIT OF A FAMILY FRIEND

Manohar Rao, veteran from Dubai, who has been living and working there for last 30 years.... on a visit to Bangalore..... called the previous day...... that would like to visit us...... fine .... most welcome.... come for lunch.....
So he comes with his wife Geetha, daughters Sneha and Preethi and a friend's daughter Shwetha, traveling by train from Mysore, calls a friend to send his vehicle with driver..... the car AUDI Q7.....
all have sumptuous lunch....... chat.....  and leaves back to Mysore.....The man runs an exchange business in Dubai...... DUBAI EXPRESS...... doing well..... God fearing person......
Sunday 23 Oct

Friday, October 21, 2011

DREAM HOUSE

It's concept of HOUSE IN HOUSE or...... LIVE TOGETHER, LIVE DIFFERENTLY...... with multiple purpose....... how we manage to keep it or maintain it...... only time will tell........
We are yet to move..... and to settle...... apprehensions, hopes and criticisms, problems ...... are expected......  hope to manage and live happily.......

BIRTHI MANE

Saturday, 22 Oct, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

AYUDHA POOJA

Traditionally it is customory to pray once in a year for the machines, vehicles and other instruments which are used........falls on the ninth day of Navratri Festival....... called AYUDHA POOJA......
It's also for thanking the almighty for using the items without much trouble, problems or hassles. and praying for good use of the same in the coming year.
Such an occasion was on 5th Oct......at Colosseo apartments..... offered pooja to the car and motorbike which are being used......
 

WEDDING ENGAGEMENT

It was engagement of Prabhakar Hebbar's son..... a distant relative..... at Krishna Vadiraja mantapa at Bangalore...... went there in the evening on Sunday, 9th Oct..... wished engaged couple had nice tiffin.... and left....

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

GRUHA PRAVESHA

Important and auspicious day, VIJAYADASHAMI, 6th Oct 2011..... the new house, named BIRTHI MANE....... after gana homa in the morning at 7 am...... and praying for Lord Vigneshwara.... Gruha pravesha function started at 8.20am...... after performing pooja at the main door, praying for peace, happiness, good health and prosperity, family and friends entered the house with various items..... with the house lady splashing rice and jagery placed on the door entrance.....and stepping in with right leg.......
and Tulasi Pooja be fore entering......

 
and traditionally, baby in a cradle while entering the new house.........



HOUSE WARMING FUNCTION


It's two days function...... Wed, 5th evening and Thu, 6th Oct.... main celebration.....
First day evening pooja program started at 6.30p.m. with Raghavendra Thirthahalli being the main priest.... Vaastu Homa, for cleansing the premises, things used in building the house and for the well being of people staying in the house. This followed by vaastu bali, .... for protection of evil forces from all directions.  Priest Ravish took charge of Sudarshana Homa, also for long life, good health, prosperity.

Lots of smoke was produced from two homas, which apparently cleansing the air, atmosphere and the whole building.



There were about 40 people for upahaara with rava idli, chatni,  sweets, avalakki mosaru... etc....
Returned to Marthahalli by 11 pm.

Monday, October 10, 2011

CHIKKA TIRUPATHI

Chikka Tirupati is located in Malur taluk of Kolar district and it is 40KMs from Bangalore.. The main attraction of Chikka Tirupati is Sri Prasanna Venkateshwara temple dedicated to lord Vishnu. The lord is standing with his consort Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi. The right hand is in Varada hasta (the boon granting hand)  and there are no separate sanidhi for Goddess Padmavati. The second unique feature is during the Rathotsava a seventy-feet tall wooden chariot is made every year.
It's just a half a day's trip from Bangalore...... the route Marthahalli to Varthur....... to Sarjapur and the 13 kms fro there on a good road.....
The temple ambiance is excellent.... people in large groups come there to celebrate weddings in the presence of Lord Sri Prasanna Venkatramana Swamy.......and receive blessings...... for happy marriage.....
The atmosphere is festive ....... lots of road side shops like Jaatre.......The temple run on a low profile....
Few services.......as shown in the photo.......

 

BIRTHI MANE

After much deliberations, pondering, a name for the house was decided...... BIRTHI MANE....... a name goes back to roots, the native place where we affectionately call it as OORU........ place we grew, played, and brought up........nostalgia of younger days are always there...... hardworking parents..... not much of family income...... trying to make both ends meet within available resources...... happy and contended...... much values to family traditions...... etc.....etc......
A house built in the city of Bengalooru....... is appropriate to remind us of our native place......

NEW HOUSE INVITATION

Traditionally, when a new house is constructed, relations, friends and well wishers are invited to the house warming function. It's two days celebrations, the night before when the ceremonies start with vastu homa, and sudarshana homa followed by vaastu bali
The invitation was sent to all relations, acquaintances, ...... some by personal visits, some by telephones and others by post.
The invitation also carries a route map, where people can easily locate the place and attend the function.
30 Sept 2011