Monday, January 30, 2012

COFFEE PLANTATION IN COORG

 “Coorg is carpeted with plantations. In season, the whole place smells just like a coffee shop.”

Indian coffee today is acknowledged as one of the finest mild coffees in the world. With the tropical climate, high altitude, sunny slopes, good rainfall and rich soils, India has consistently produced and exported high quality coffees for over 150 years. Indian coffees are noted for their blue colour, cleanness of beans and fine liquoring qualities. These qualities also add richness, strength and flavours to the coffee. Coorg, situated at a height of 3500 feet above sea level is ideally suited for coffee growing. The Coorg coffee estates produce some of the world’s best coffees with a variety of plants like Arabica & Robusta. Coffee is a cash crop. Coffee growing is classified as an industry. It is a big industry of Coorg.

In March and April it is coffee blossom time in Coorg. Stretches of these snow-white flowers waft a heady fragrance and their magnificence is an unforgettable sight. When the blossoms turn into berries, the bushes are cropped. The cherry-red fruit is then pulped, the separate coffee seeds dried and sent to the curing works. Stay on a coffee plantation can provide for a heady first-hand experience.

Besides coffee, cardamom, pepper, paddy, orange, timber and honey form the major products of this district. A variety of trees like rosewood, teakwood, silver oak, firewood etc, are grown. Tea, rubber, Arecanut, coconut, citrus fruits, pineapple, papaya, plantain, piggery and poultry are also available.
Sat, Jan 28, 2012

NALKNAD PALACE


Nalknad Palace is located at the bottom of the highest mountain of Coorg Thadiyandamol. It’s is 45 kms away from Madikeri via Napoklu in Kakkabe. Dodda Viraraja built this palace in 1792. Nalknad palace was the last refuge of the last king of Coorg, Chikka Veerarajendra before he was deposed by the British.
The palace has 2 levels and the walls and roof are decorated with beautiful ancient paintings and architecture. According to history after escaping from Tippu sultan’ s troops Dodda Viraraja (Doddavirarajendra) built this palace at Yavakapadi in Nalknad area. Dodda Viraraja married Mahadevammaji in this palace itself.
In 1834, Chikka Veerarajendra moved to Nalknad Palace which became his last refuge. In order to prevent major losses, the king had to surrender and the British deposed him to Benares. With this, Kodagu came under the direct rule of the British and Chikka Veerarajendra remained as the last king of Kodagu.The Nalknad palace is a protected monument under the guidance of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums of Karnataka.
Sat, 28 Jan 2012

PADI IGUTHAPPA TEMPLE

The Padi Igguthappa Temple is located in Kakkabe near Virajpet. Iguthappa is another name for Lord Subramanya and the Igguthappa Temple is a very sacred temple of the Coorgs. This temple was built in 1810 by King Lingarajendra.
Igu means food, Thappa is giver. By praying and offering seva at the temple, kodavas believe their wishes come true.

An annual festival is held at the Padi Iguthappa temple in the month of March and people from all over Coorg and near by places gather here to offer special prayers. Special offering like “Tulabhara”, where the devotee weighs oneself against coconuts, sugar, rice, fruits etc, on a weighing scale and offers it to the god is performed here.
Sat, Jan 28, 2012 




UPANAYANA.

Upanayana is the initiation ritual by which initiates are invested with a sacred thread, to symbolize the transference of spiritual knowledge.
Son Takshak of Vani and Satish Nakshatri, had the occasion of being ordained as brahmachari. The venue was at HANDE HALL, Jayanagara. After the rituals, a sumptuous lunch was there 2/3 sweets.
upanayana, Hindu ritual of initiation, restricted to the three upper varnas, or social classes; it marks the male child’s entrance upon the life of a student (brahmacarin) and his acceptance as a full member of his religious community. The ceremony is performed between the ages of 5 and 24, the wide variance reflecting the classical notions of the different educational requirements of the three upper classesBrahmans (priests and teachers), Kshatriyas (warriors and rulers), and Vaishyas (merchants and tradesmen).
 
Mon, Jan 29, 2012


BYLAKUPPE TIBETIAN SETTLEMENT

Bylakuppe is the location of "Lugsum Samdupling" (established in 1961) and "Dickyi Larsoe" (established in 1969), two adjacent Tibetan refugee settlements.
Bylakuppe is the largest Tibetan settlement in India located near Kushalanagar in Kodagu district. The settlement set up in 1960 holds a several monasteries and temples of all major Vajrayana (Indo-Tibetan Buddhist) lineages. The largest monasteries are Namdroling (Nyingma tradition) and Sera (Gelugpa lineage).

Golden Temple is a major attraction at Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement. The gold coated Buddhist statues in the monastery are impressive and unique, explains the rich cultural heritage of Tibetans. The statues found here are Guru Padmasambhava, the Shakyamuni Buddha and Amitayus.
The Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement is houses more than 16000 refugees from Tibet who escaped from their country following its invasion by the Chinese. There are about 7,000 monks and nuns.
Agriculture is the main occupation of refugees. Moreover, they also make handicrafts, carpets and incense.
27 JAN 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

TRIP TO MYSORE, MADIKERI

Just planned three days trip to Mysore and Madikeri. Wanted to visit long time Dubai friend, Suresh and Usha, now settled in Mysore. Reached their house by lunch time, Spent time talking about memories of earlier days, had lunch and left for Chamundeshwari temple on the hills.

with Usha Suresh and family

After visiting temples, surprisingly we met Prasanna, son of Srinivasa, Sarojini Tantry, had close darshan of Godess Chamundeshwari.
Next was visit to Usha Satish Hande, also family friends from Dubai/Abudhabi, had tea and spent about an hour and left.

with Usha Satish Hande and family

Then we proceeded to Usha Bopayya's apartment, at Jayalakhmipuram, went to movie for 9.15 show in the shopping mall opposite their apartment. In meantime police had clamped my car wheels for parking in the "no parking area". We had to wait till they arrive, spent some time in arguments, and then finally they let us go. After the movie, we returned and slept.

with Usha Bopayya

Next day left early, had breakfast at Satish, Nalini's Brother at Hunsur, and then proceeded to Bylakuppe, Tibetian settlement and then moved to Madikeri, had lunch. Next stop was at Bhagamandala, temple of BHAGANDESHWARI, and from there, went up the Brahmagiri hill, Thalakaveri, where Kaveri originates.
From there we reached Virajpet, a distance of 30 km, where our host retired Major Giri and his wife was waiting for us.

with Retd. Major Giri and his wife

We had good dinner and slept.
Morning we left early for IGUTAPPA temple on the top of the hills, a distance of 28 km. From there we visited NALKNAAD PALACE, which used to be hiding place for Mysore Kings during British days. We returned to Virajpet, proceeded to Hunsur, had lunchand left for Bangalore.
Reached Bangalore Birthi Mane home at 10 pm. It was a good and memorable trip.
Mon, 30 Jan 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

KULAM - DRAMA

Kulam Drama was presented by Samudaya Kalavidaru, Kundapura at Ravindra Kalakshetra, a prestigious hall at Bangalore on Monday, 23 Jan 2012 at 7.00pm
The storyline was from Mahabharat, where Karna was treated as son of a fisherman, though he was son of Kunthi, from sun God. Karna was considered from low caste and does not get the post Sena Chief, due to which he has hatred towards the upper class community, Brahmins. The director and script writer uses this to insult brahmin community, which depicts the inferiority complex of the writer.
The play has several good points. Stage setting, lighting, music and costume were excellent.
Abhilasha acts as Kunthi and Anisha as Ekalavya.
Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

BRAHMANA MAHA PARISHAT

It's the association of shivalli smartha brahmins in Bangalore.....consisting of mostly hoteliers, the association acquired new site near nice road and annual function was held in the place.  Speeches, felicitations, honouring special achievers, high achieving students awards , cultural program and of course buffet lunch. Vidwan K B Padmanabhan classical singer was the chief guest.
Mon 23 Jan 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

GHATI SUBRAMANYA

Sunday, Jan 8, 2012
Temple entrance
Ghati Sri Subramanya Temple is one of the most popular temples amongst the hundreds that are scattered in and around Bangalore. People flock in thousands to this temple and the presiding deity, Sri Subramanya.. It is located near Doddaballapur in Bangalore Rural district, about 60 km away from Bangalore city, serving as a perfect getaway for the weekend.
It is an ancient temple, built in Dravidian tradition, similar to many other temples around Bangalore and Mysore, including the Nanjundeshwara temple in Nanjangud, and the famous Chamundeswari temple atop the Chamundi hills. As it is a fairly old temple, with the presiding deities of both Lord Subramanya and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha, it attracts the devotees of both deities.
Purchasing vegetables on the way back
 It was a day's trip with Rishi, Nalini's sister Vijaya, her daughter Supriya and her friend. Back by 5 pm.


MAKARA SAMKRANTHI

 Nalini at Birthi Mane after Rangoli Greetings
Makar Sankranti is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India. According to the lunar calendar, when the sun moves from the Tropic of Capricorn to the Tropic of Cancer or from Dakshinayana to Uttarayana, in the month of Pausha in mid-January, it commemorates the beginning of the harvest season and cessation of the northeast monsoon in South India. The movement of the Sun from one zodiac sign into another is called Sankranti and as the Sun moves into the Capricorn zodiac known as Makar in Hindi, this occasion is named as Makar Sankranti in the Indian context. It is one of the few Hindu Indian festivals which are celebrated on a fixed date i.e. 14 January every year.

 Lahari with Samkranti offering
This is the Suggi or harvest festival for farmers  of Karnataka. On this auspicious day, young females (kids & teenagers) wear new clothes to visit near and dear ones with a Sankranti offering in a plate, and exchange the same with other families. This ritual is called "Ellu Birodhu. Here the plate would normally contain "Ellu" (white sesame seeds) mixed with fried groundnuts, neatly cut dry coconut & fine cut bella. The mixture is called "Ellu-Bella" (ಎಳ್ಳು ಬೆಲ್ಲ). The plate will also contain sugar candy molds of various shapes (Sakkare Acchu, ಸಕ್ಕರೆ ಅಚ್ಚು) with a piece of sugarcane. There is a saying in Kannada "ellu bella thindu olle maathadi" which translates to 'eat the mixture of sesame seeds and jaggery and speak only good.' This festival signifies the harvest of the season, since sugarcane is predominant in these parts.
Sunday, Jan 15, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

SATYANARAYANA POOJA

Jan 7, 2012, Saturday
Thanking the Almighty God for all the good things and to seek blessings for good health, happiness and prosperity, pooja was performed at home.

House was cleaned, flower decoration at the doors and pooja room was done. Breakfast and lunch was arranged by the caterer, Satynarayana Navuda. Priest, Krishnamoorthy Karanth was there to perform the pooja wich started at 10.30am
About 45 in number, relations, friends were there by lunch time. Maha mangalarathi was performed at 12.30 pm, after which theertha, prasada was given.

A sumptuous banana leaf lunch was arranged in the ground car garage. Sweets holige and badam burfi was special.
It was more of family get together.

LORD SRI SATYANARAYANA BLESS US ALL.......

RAVI HAPPY BIRTH DAY

Jan 6, 2012
It was on Jan 6, 1982, when we were in Yola, Nigeria, in the Government Hospital, Ravi was born. Dr Mohapatra was surgeon attending and he was our family friend. But Nalini had to struggle for whole night with labour pain, and in the morning doctor performed sis operation and the boy was born.

It is now 30 years and went through so many years of good life at different places and finally, we are back in India at Bangalore, living in a new house. Ravi is now married to Vidya, and they live in Oxford and are here on holidays.
With a sense of happiness and joy, it was a day to celebrate, mom gave head oil massage, made some nice mysore paak, and we all went for a Kannada movie (1,2,3 Vishnuvardhana) in the afternoon and in the night, get together at 24th Main restaurant in J P Nagara.

Shubha, Raghu, Lahari, Prasads and Bidarahallis were there.
Cake cutting was there and some good food.

Happy Birth Day Ravian......

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Reading paper

Todays paper is quite interesting


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

PANCHAMUKHI


Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy Temple is a highly revered shrine, situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, near Mantralaya. The highlight here is a five-faced idol of Lord Hanuman. According to legends, it is the spot where Sri Raghavendra Swamy performed penance for 12 years in a cave. As a result, Lord Panchamukhi – an incarnation of Lord Hanuman amalgamating within him the avatars of Varaha, Garuda, Anjaneya, Narasimha and Hayagreeva – appeared before him. 
The journey from Mantralaya in an auto rikshaw was horrible, bone breaking as the road was bad. As the bridge was under construction, vehicles had to go through water level make shift bridge.
The sad part is that Government is hardly doing anything to improve roads or villages

MANTRALAYA

Mantralaya houses the original brindavana of the great Vaishnava saint Guru Sri Raghavendra. Saint Raghavendra entered "Jeeva Samadhi" in the year 1671 at Mantralaya. Hundreds of devotees visit Mantralaya everyday.

Travel from Bangalore is made easier by introduction of Airavat volvo buses, comfortable and smooth. We traveled in the bus leaving at 9.30pm from majestic, got in at 10 pm from Hebbal. Reached Mantralaya as early as 5 am and checked in at Udupi hotel lodge, had bath, freshened up and went to temple at 7pm. The ambiance and the atmosphere was pleasing and soothing to mind and the body, visited the moola brindavan of Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy, thirtha prasadam and had sumptuous meal at the bhojan shaala. After resting for a while, left for Panchamukhi, distance of 20km from Mantralaya, on an autorikshaw. The journey took more than an hour, on a bad road. Returned by 6pm and again went to temple for seeing rathotsava, pallaki utsav and prasada,

Back to the hotel, got into the airawat bus leaving at 10pm. reached Hebbal at 4.30am and reached home by 5 am.
It was a good, convinient and comfortable visit to holy place.
Thursday, 5th Jan 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

WELCOME 2012


It was a family get-together for celebrating arrival NEW YEAR 2012.......
There was daughter Shubha, husband Raghu, their daughter Lahari,
Son Ravi and wife Vidya, on holidays from Oxford, UK
and son Rishi, and Suresh from Kengeri joined.....
There was music, fun, dance and nice food......
Cake cutting was at 12 midnight...... with lot of noise and music....
Venue was at our new house BIRTHI MANE at the second floor.....
and indeed..... it was the beginning for a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012....
MAY GOD BLESS ALL.....