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So you think you are a bhakta…….

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KA‘s post on the relevance of temples and mosques in todays world got me thinking on the reasons why most of us visit temples. Generally people goto temples out of bhakti. Now bhakti can be of many types, I attempt to name a few

1) Daiva bhakti: This is the foremost of all, and consists of god fearing people who feel that by visiting temples, performing archanais(offerings), singing hymns to the lord, their passage to afterlife would be peaceful and his life would go without obstacles.

2) Prasada bhakti: This is the puliodhare type bhakti, a better example of which would be the character sendhil played in the film ‘Boys’. Which sannidhi(temple), which day, what time, what prasadam…..

3) Figure/Jollu bhakti: This type of bhakti is to ogle at unsuspecting maamis and collect kanni ponnus(youg lass) who come to the temple to pray for husbands who they hope will be unlike the guys who come to collect them.

4) Vendudhal/mannat bhakti: Bhaktas under this category are usually visible during exam time, or have some vendudhal like kids, visa etc. There is a very famous temple in Hyderabad where the swami is also known as ‘visa venkatesha’.

5) Peethal/show off bhakti: This type of bhakti is just to show of your newest jewelery, saree etc, or exhibit the power of your wealth by performing pujas involving high donations and basically obtain bragging rights to how religious you are.

6) Tag along bhakti: Here you are accompanying another bhakta who falls into any of the above categories

7) Wat the hell bhakti: Well you just decided to visit the temple as you didn’t have anything else to do, and a li’l hi to the lord won’t hurt.

8) Flickr bhakti: This form of bhakti can be observed when you are touring the country and visit temples with splendid architecture as you take 286 pics of yourself against various backdrops.

9) Special occasion bhakti: This could be visible when there is a festival or a kutcheri(concert) in the temple and you go just because you like the festive atmosphere.


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October 8, 2007 at 10:49 pm

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So you think you are an atheist???????

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A lot of desis feel its cool to be atheists and non-believers just so that they can stand out in a crowd. I have been mocked at for my strong spiritual values and have been following a lot of so-called-cool blogs that engage in a lot of cultural-bashing. Well, everybody has the right to have an opinion of their own and my blog just reflects mine.

First some facts:

  • The Sun’s energy output is about 386 billion billion megawatts, produced by nuclear fusion reactions.
  • Each second about 700,000,000 tons of hydrogen are converted to about 695,000,000 tons of helium and 5,000,000 tons of energy in the form of gamma rays.
  • As it travels out toward the surface, the energy is continuously absorbed and re-emitted at lower and lower temperatures so that by the time it reaches the surface, it is primarily visible light.
  • For the last 20% of the way to the surface, the energy is carried more by convection than by radiation.

Now lets apply some logic to this:

  • The Sun:
    • The surface temperature of the Sun is 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • If the sun gave off only one half of it’s present radiation, We would freeze. And if it gives as more, We would roast.
    • The earth is positioned in such a way that it is just far away so that the sun’s rays just warms us just enough so that neither we are roasted nor frozen.
  • The Earth:
    • This has been going on for 4600 million years, And all these 4600 million years, the earth has been rotating non-stop, 24 hours a day and night. It rotates on its axis, at 1000 miles an hour at the equator.
    • Now If it turns, let us say, at one hundred miles per hour, what happens? Our days and nights will be 10 times as long as now and the hot sun will burn our vegetation during the long day. And in the long night, any surviving sprout might freeze.
  • The Moon:
    • The average earth-moon distance is about 1,75,000 miles. If the moon, let us say,were only 50,000 miles away.
    • Our tides might be so enormous that twice a day all continents would be submerged and even the mountains will be eroded away.
  • Others:
    • The slant of the earth, tilted at an angle of 23 degrees gives us our seasons.
    • If it were not so tilted, Vapors from the ocean would move north and south, piling up continents of ice.
    • If the crust of the earth, had been ten feet thicker, There will be no oxygen and animal life will die.
    • Had the ocean been a few feet deeper, Carbon dioxide and oxygen would be absorbed and no vegetation or life could exist.

One could rattle of hundreds of such examples, but all of them would ring in unison। As rational as I try to be, can all this be just a result of one explosion? Would you say that life on this planet is still an accident? Physical Cosmology and astrophysics fail to explain many concepts, not everything can have an explanation. Call me old fashioned, call me gullible, but the truth remains that there is the supreme force who is the source of all cosmic energy. Before I fail to make any further sense…….

Thank you for reading,

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September 6, 2007 at 2:05 pm

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Exploring Maryland -1

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Lunch at the SSVT!

one plate poori-chole = $3

being amongst so many southies = priceless

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May 28, 2006 at 9:58 pm

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visa venkatesha…..

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Went along with a few frnds to the Chilkur Balaji Temple. I must say never ever have I seen any temple like this!

This 500 year-old Balaji Temple is 20 kms from the city in Chilkoor village in Ranga Reddy district on the Vikharabad highway. On the banks of the picturesque Osmansagar, it offers a good view of the Gandipet Dam.

There is no archana(offerings), hundi(money chest), dakshina or any other special pooja. No tickets for entry, only one kind of darshan, no matter who you are. There are no queue or prasad tickets as well.

When one goes to the temple and has an unfulfiled wish, he has to circle around the sanctum sanctorium 11 times. On fulfillment of that wish he/she has to circle around the sanctum sanctorium 108 times!

No paisa, no sifarish, sab ke liye ek hi rule!, just plain reverence. Something rare found in the temples across India. The powers of the temple are attributed to this fact and thousands of devotees throng the temple everyday! But one thing mann ko shanti milti hai!

There is a lot of history connected with the temple, more can be found on the website! The god here is also reffered to as ‘Visa venkateshwara’, simply coz ppl who come here before goin 2 Chennai for the visa process have all sucessfully gone through the process!



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February 2, 2005 at 11:26 pm

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Visit to Basar!!!

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On sunday me n a few of my frnds went 2 basar.

There r only 2 temples in India dedicated to godess Saraswati , the other one in kashmir!

It is believed that Sage Valmiki installed the murtis and wrote the ramayana here.

Legend also has it that Vyas maharishi performed tapas in a cave near the temple!

Thats me on the bridge overlooking the godavari river! The river is half dry already!!

This was taken in a sunflower field on the way! Move over yash chopra u’ve got company!!!!!!

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January 4, 2005 at 11:51 pm

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