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Navrathri Kolu at Sri Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Salem

October, 2018

Navarathri means nine nights in Sanskrit, and is the name of the festival dedicated to the worship of goddess Durga Devi. It refers to the nine nights of darkness and of battle against evil and the tenth day of victory and of light.

This year, at the Ramakrishna Mutt temple in Salem, there were five sections in the Navarathri Kolu.

The first section had the most beautiful rangoli of Durga devi, Lakshmi and Saraswati.

During this nine day festival nine different manifestations of the goddess Durga are worshipped. The nine goddesses are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Maha Gowri, and Siddhidatri.

The nine devis of Navarathri,the manifestations of devi Durga and the slokas in Tamil for each devi, to be recited during on the nine days of Navarathri

The message of Navarathri is the innate strength of…

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Dream Temples

Ardhanareeswarar           Ardhanareeswara

To Her whose dance marks the Creation of the world,

To Him whose dance indicates the total destruction of everything in this world,

To Her who is the World Mother,

To Him who is the Father of the Universe,

To Gowri and Siva may our prostrations be.

Prapancha srushti yun mukha lasya kayai,

Samastha samharaka Thandavaya,

Jagath Jananyai Jagadeka pithre,

Namah Shivayai cha namah shivaya.

                      –  a verse from the Ardhanareeswara stotram of AdiShankara and its meaning by Swami Sivananda                  

In the temples for Lord Shiva the Lingam is worshipped as representing Shiva. There are some temples that differ from this general rule. One is the famous temple of Nataraja in Chidambaram, where the main deity is Nataraja, the cosmic dancer. Another is the hill temple of Ardhanareeswara in Tiruchengode in Tamil Nadu where…

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The unexpected is an intrinsic part of travelling.

Unplanned visits to wayside shrines every so often are full of surprises. One such shrine that I visited yesterday is off the Salem- Bangalore National highway, NH 44 (previously NH 7), in Gurubarapalli, a few kilometres before Hosur.

Frequent travellers on this highway will know that this is one of the most scenic roads in Tamil Nadu, passing through beautiful Krishnagiri district with its lakes, hills and forests. The route is dotted with many hills and hillocks on both sides of the road that are mostly enormous piles of rounded smooth rocks and boulders and a delight to watch.

The temple is clearly visible towards the left from the highway as you travel from Krishnagiri to Hosur It stands out in the wilderness. Turn left on the mud road near the temple..there are no sign boards.

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This 30 September 2018 video says about itself:

Tsunami struck the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. The authorities mistakenly recalled the warning about the threat.

By John Braddock:

More than eight hundred dead after earthquakes and tsunami strike Indonesia

1 October 2018

The Indonesian government warned on Saturday that thousands of people may have perished after earthquakes and a tsunami struck the island of Sulawesi last Friday. The official death toll rose sharply to 832 on Sunday and is expected to increase again once rescuers reach more remote areas.

While reports remain scanty, it is clear that what is unfolding is a tragedy on a massive scale, devastating the lives of hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of impoverished workers, farmers and their families. Some 2.4 million people live on the Palu-Koro fault and the worst hit cities are Donggala and Palu. About 17,000 people have been evacuated.


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This video says about itself:

(Beirut, August 27, 2015) – Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces appear to have used cluster munition rockets in at least seven attacks in Yemen’s northwestern Hajja governorate, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The attacks were carried out between late April and mid-July 2015.

By Bill Van Auken in the USA:

US wars claim soaring civilian casualties in Yemen and Afghanistan

28 September 2018

Two reports issued in recent days have provided a searing indictment of the US war in Afghanistan and the US-backed and Saudi-led assault on Yemen. In both countries, civilian casualties are soaring, the vast majority of them caused by US bombs and missiles dropped upon defenseless populations.

Both reports were issued in the midst of the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly, where Trump and his aides set out to bully the entire…

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Sarcophagus for the mummy of a sacred ibis. Egypt, Ptolemaic Period

3rd century BC – Polychrome wood – Height: 23 cm. Length: 44 cm. The piece is inscribed with a Demotic text.

From PLOS:

How Sacred Ibis mummies provided the first test of evolution

A charismatic personality set back the acceptance of evolution 50 years before Darwin

A debate over mummified birds brought to France after Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt played a central role in delaying acceptance of evolutionary theory; an episode in the history of biology revealed in an Essay published September 27 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Caitlin Curtis of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, as well as Craig Millar, David Lambert. The debate between the naturalists Georges Cuvier and Jean-Baptiste Lamarck took place five decades before Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species.

Cuvier had developed…

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This video says about itself:

Was This Egyptian Pharaoh More Important Than We Thought?

Psamtik I was believed to be a minor Egyptian pharaoh. But in 2017, an exquisite statue of him was uncovered, suggesting his status and importance in history may need to be revisited.

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