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Vidya and Venus


Vidya and Venus are the two for V in #atozchallenge

Both are mythical women goddess from different cultures and religions –  Venus is that beautiful Roman goddess who embodies love and beauty and fertility. Vidya is that serene Hindu goddess who embodies the art of learning and knowledge.

Venus appears in multiple works of art in the different periods of art –  sculptures and paintaings.  So, is Vidya  –  there are so many ancient temples with her sculpture and the famous painter Ravi varma did beautiful paintings of Vidya.  While Venus is equalized to Aphrodite, Vidya in Indian culture is associated very closely with knowledge.

Both the women goddess still have lot of influence across humanity. Romance and Knowledge are still the most sought after in any community!

Krishna


When i think of alphabet K for #AtoZ challenge, i cant ignore the mythical character Krishna!!

Every person who is in any way linked to Indian subcontinent is always influenced and intrigued by Krishna in some way or other

  • As Lord Krishna who is an incarnation of the powerful Hindu God Vishnu
  • As the profound mythical character who established the sacred Bhagvath Gita which stands the test of time over centuries and provides philosophical guidance to everyone across geographies, culture, religion, caste.
  • As the soulful romantic leader of the yadhava clan who enchants everyone
  • As the naughty beautiful bubbly child which no mother can refuse to adore –  Balakrishna
  • As a friend in need to whom we can share our every thought and feel comforted –  he goes with his own flaws and never takes moral high grounds  unlike the other famous  Vinshu’s incarnation – Ayodha’s King, the righteous Rama

For me, it is the naughty child which captivated me by his stories about how much he likes to eat.  I always have imagined this mythical character as an adorable child who will win over anyone –  may be some of the influence I attribute to the fact that I hail from an orthodox Hindu family background.

You have very little choice than falling for Krishna if you have grown up listening to Oothukadu Venkatsubaiyar’s songs and experiencing  the great form of south indian dance “Bharathnatyam” in Pandanallur style

If you need more reasons to find out why krishna can be a strong influencer in one’s life, check out the following resources

Life Story Movies – Sri Raghavendra (#atozchallenge 2013)


The word is L and Tossing it out uses Life Story movies for the atozapril challenge 2013.

India is one of the world’s oldest living civilizations  –   many great leaders, philosophers, saints, scientists, mathematicians (Aryabatta gave zero to the world) have been helping the world (beyond India) and making it a better place to live for all of us.  While there are many movies across India depicting the life stories of many, what came to mind as a first movie (I believe that probably is the best movie in my view) is the life story of a Hindu saint Sri Raghavendra who lived in late 1500 and early 1600.   While he is a hindu religious saint, he is also a philosopher (like most of the religious saints across the world) and supported the humanity at large with his supernatural powers –  people believed that he was the reason behind many miracles which helped them!

While Sri Raghavendra was a well known saint across the south of India, this 1985 regional movie Sri Raghavendra definitely made its mark  –   when Rajnikanth played the main role, people were stumped!  He had been an action hero till then and in his 100th movie, he played the saint which was a surprise to many of his fans  –  apparently, he did well and even today, when I think of Raghavendra, this movie and his good acting fills my memory. 

While it is a lot to talk about any saint across the world among various religions, the common factor tying all of them is their extreme devotion in making this society and world a better place to live for many generations to come!    They did it through religion, god, philosophy, music, literature, etc.   I salute all those saints across the world  –   reminds me of the song Endaro Mahanubhavulu from Indian Carnatic music written by saint Thiyagaraja  –  which means “salutations to all those great men of the world!!”

ps-I was humbled that tossing it out author Arlee Bird http://www.blogger.com/profile/11663942782929929334 feels that my postings are counter to his posts and likes the regional flavor.  Thank you, Arlee.

Ganesha Habba!


 Swine flu ( hype or real?!)   was kind of sucking the general happiness of Bangalore for the last couple of weeks –  like the dementors in Harry Potter’s magical world!    

Media is all over – reporting every hour on the swine flu, schools are closed down, kids are held back at home with parents, roads are deserted, lots of doctor’s visit for small illness – which we would have ignored on a normal scenario!  I was almost desperate –  ‘Gosh, Bangalore needs a break!’

And then came the most inspiring “Ganesh Habba”  –   real welcome change!   I could see sudden change of mood  –  the festivities, people talking about what to prepare and where to buy the ‘green’  Ganesha!…..There indeed is the much awaited positive energy….like the dementors are pushed away by the power of magic!…

Believers may say it is the presence of Ganesha and Atheists may say it is the positive energy due to the social gatherings!!  Be an atheist or a believer, there is no denying the fact these religious festivals bring in positive energy around!  Ofcourse, these festivities are indeed a great way of keeping the energy levels high!!  I am sure our ancestors are indeed much more intelligent than what we imagine   –  to establish such frameworks to ensure that life’s energy keeps flowing  –   As Paulo Coelho puts it so well in his “Alchemist”   –   “traditions can never go wrong”

Thank you, Ganesha!!

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