Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Mookambika Devi Temple






The attractive Mookambika temple with the gold plated crest and copper roof attracts thousands of devotees and pilgrims from all over India and especially from Kerala. The goddess Mookambika is in the form of Jyotir Linga incorporating both Shiva and Shakti. The Panchaloha (five metals) image of the goddess on Shree Chakra is stated to have been consecrated by Adi Shankarachraya during the visit to this place. There is also an exquisite sculpture of Panchamukha Ganesha........

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The Mookambika Devi Temple at Kollur in Udupi district in the state of Karnataka, India is a temple dedicated to Mookambika Devi. About 135 km from Mangalore and about 80 km from Udupi is the famous Mookambika Devi temple; in the valley of Kodachadri peak of the Western Ghats, in the town of Kollur, on the banks of the river Sauparnika. The nearest railway station on the Konkan Railway is Byndoor. There are bus services too from Udupi and Mangalore.

It is a very historic temple, considered to be over 1200 years old. There is a mention about it with the king Halugallu Veera Sangavva who is supposed to have installed an idol here. As per the legend, a local demon Kaumasura was living here and he harassed the population in the surrounding areas. It was predicted that the demon would be killed by a woman. And indeed, it was killed by a woman, Parvati Devi, after which people started to bring offerings to her at this spot. Because of this fight with the demon, Parvati Devi was known as Mookambika Devi. The establishment of the temple is attributed to Parmeshwara, who had drawn a chakra with his toe.




Another legend says that Adi Shankara once worshipped goddess Saraswati in order to bring her to Kerala, where none of her temples existed. When the Devi answered his prayers, he told her about his wish to bring her to Kerala. She agreed to come, but only on one condition; that when he was walked ahead, she would follow and if he stopped and looked back, she would stay there itself, and would not continue any further. Adi Shankara agreed to her condition. And they started walking down from Kodachadri hills. While walking he could hear the sound of her anklets and he knew that she was walking with him. Suddenly the sound stopped and Adi Shankara looked back to check. When he saw she was walking with him, Adi Shankara apologized to her knowing that he had broken her condition. Devi announced that from then on, she will bless her devotees here in Mookambika. But he was determined to take her to Kerala. On seeing his devotion and determination, she said – ‘In the morning, for Nirmalya Darshanam, I will reside in Chottanikkara temple in Kerala to bless the devotees there, than return to Mookambika.’

These are the two legends attributed to Mookambika Devi. The attractive Mookambika temple with the gold plated crest and copper roof attracts thousands of devotees and pilgrims from all over India and especially from Kerala. The goddess Mookambika is in the form of Jyotir Linga incorporating both Shiva and Shakti. The Panchaloha (five metals) image of the goddess on Shree Chakra is stated to have been consecrated by Adi Shankarachraya during the visit to this place. There is also an exquisite sculpture of Panchamukha Ganesha.

Kollur is regarded as one of the seven Muktisthala pilgrimage sites in Karnataka, which are as follows – Kollur, Udupi, Subramanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranayana and Gokarna. Kollur is known for its association with Adi Sankara. Mookambika is said to have appeared before Adi Shankara here and he is said to have installed her image at this shrine. There is a room near the sanctum, the Shankara Simhasanam, which is regarded as the very spot where he meditated and had the vision of Mookambika. And it is regarded as a manifestation of Shakti, Saraswati and Mahalaxmi.

It is said the Kudashadri hill houses sites such as Ambavanam and Chitramoolam where Adi Shankara is believed to have meditated. The temple has been patronized by ancient Hindu kings and several parts in it are still believed to contain valuable treasures. This was the state temple for the Nagara or Bednore Rajas, and many jewels now adorning the idol is said to have been presented by them and their overlords of Vijaynagar.

Presently Mookambika temple is not only a tourist spot but a pilgrimage centre where devotees from all over India and abroad come for her blessings. It is said who ever comes here, returns happy and contended.

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Indonesia has world’s largest Buddhist temple

The Borobudur Temple, located on the Indonesian island of Java, is the largest Buddhist temple. Built in the 9th century during the reign of Syailendra dynasty, the temple was constructed with approximately 56,000 cubic meters of volcanic stone, has around 504 Buddha statues and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels. It was restored with UNESCO’s help in the 1970s.



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Monday, 20 April 2015

You too can design your home






Once you have thought out or sketched a plan, start placing the furniture accordingly. Home owners should place the largest piece of furniture in the desired area. In the living room, it would be the sofa. In the bedroom, it is the bed and in the dining area, the dining table. The arrangement depends on the space in each room. There should be ample space for you to walk around and access to the key points in the room, without knocking into the furniture......


You too can design your home. You don’t have to be an interior designer to know how to arrange the furniture around your home. With a little creativity and a little thought to space available, you can work out a simple layout plan that will make your home inviting, cozy and spacious. A well designed home always has a welcome look, bright and full of positive energy.

Once you have thought out or sketched a plan, start placing the furniture accordingly. Home owners should place the largest piece of furniture in the desired area. In the living room, it would be the sofa. In the bedroom, it is the bed and in the dining area, the dining table. The arrangement depends on the space in each room. There should be ample space for you to walk around and access to the key points in the room, without knocking into the furniture. Avoid unnecessary clutter of items in the room. Don’t place any furniture in the room if it doesn’t have a purpose there. It will only add to the clutter and hamper your movement. Lamps, plants, pictures and paintings on the wall or table or shelf count too.


Large pieces of furniture can be arranged against the longest wall. Sometimes huge furniture pieces like sofa or a cupboard can be used to divide the room into separate areas. Make the centre table accessible from the chairs or sofas placed around it. An attractive small carpet or rug below the centre table adds to the look.

Living room area should be cozy to relax or to provide a pleasant mood for conversation and interaction with family members, relatives and friends. The bedroom should be calm and conducive to rest. And always remember, ample legroom is a must. When the centre table or teapoy in your living room, make sure that it has at least an allowance of a foot from the sofa and chairs. It is important to balance the room with proper furniture, wall colour, flooring and curtains. You can place two armchairs on either side or the opposite side of the sofa to balance it. To make your home look clean and clutter-free, opt for no-fuss furniture. It is easy to maintain and leaves a lot of usable space around the home. It also attracts a lot of positive energy and makes the room look bright and spacious.

Artifacts, showpieces, plants, wall hangings, photo frames and lamps also help in balancing the room. Paintings displayed creatively on the walls, liven up the room. Brass gives a classy touch to the living room. A brass idol figurine or a candle stand placed at strategic location in the room helps create a serene atmosphere. Books can be used to add an element of sophistication to your home. Place them on the book rack and don’t forget to dust them regularly. A plant kept at the entrance or near the window will add to the look of your home.

If the house is small or short of space, instead of going for a sofa set, you can have a sofa-cum-bed. Place this in the living room where a lot of movement can be allowed. During the day, you can entertain your guests here and at night, you just have to pull out the additional bed for the guests to sleep on. A proper arrangement of lights and lamps should be worked as per the utility, size and esthetic look of the room.

Dirty shoes lying in the home can be a big turn-off. Keep the shoe rack in a corner so that dirty footwear does not spoil the floor, carpet or rug of the room.

Give a little thought while painting the walls of your home. Bright colour can make your room look spacious. If you are bored with the walls, then applying textured paint can be decided keeping in mind the colour scheme and theme of the room. Monochromatic colours like orange or red can do wonders to the walls and the room. Make your home a – home sweet home.

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The joy of helping:

There is no greater joy than the joy of knowing one can make a difference. Giving is a privilege. It's one of the greatest contributors to personal happiness. It gives life a purpose and help build good karma, making you feel empowered. It not only makes you feel happy, it also has a healing effect.

Your helping hand may have touched someone knowingly or unknowingly. Knowing or even meeting whom you have helped, and seeing them improve their and their family's life is a satisfying experience. The acknowledgement and smile on their faces have a true healing effect.

Help the less privileged in a small way, like supporting education of children from poor family background. A small effort can bring about a big change. Empowering others to live their small dreams and aspirations is inspiring. You don't have to have lots of money to give. In fact you don't have to give money at all. You can give what you can, your time, kind or inspiring words or even guide them. And that means every one can make a difference.


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Monday, 13 April 2015

Agumbe – Cherrapunji of the South




It is popularly referred to as the Cherrapunji of the South, as it receives the second highest rainfall in India. It is also home to the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, the only permanent rainforest research station in India. The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) was founded in 2005 by Romulus Whitaker, a herpetologist........

You must have heard about Agumbe Ghat from drivers or travelers by road. Agumbe is a small village, about 130 km from Mangalore on the west coast, is perched at a height of 826 meters in Shimoga district, Thirthahalli taluk in Malnad region of Karnataka.  It is about 357 km from Bangalore, the state capital.  And about 24 km from Shringeri and 55 km from the Arabian sea and the west coast of India. Udupi is the nearest railway station. The nearest airport to Agumbe is at Mangalore. Agumbe is associated with rainforest conservation efforts, documentation of medicinal plants, tourism (trekking and photography), power generation through hydro-electric and promotion of cottage industry.


It is popularly referred to as the Cherrapunji of the South, as it receives the second highest rainfall in India. It is also home to the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, the only permanent rainforest research station in India. The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) was founded in 2005 by Romulus Whitaker, a herpetologist. He had been familiar with Agumbe since the 1970s when he began studying the King Cobra. The King Cobra, an endangered species is the station’s flagship species. The station occupies an area of 8 acres. Funding for the station came from Whitaker’s mother, Doris Norden and from Whitley Award received by Whitaker in 2005.

One of the highest peaks of the Western Ghats, Agumbe offers view of the beautiful sunset on the Arabian sea from the Sunset Point on the Agumbe–Udupi road. It is ten minutes from Agumbe. Travellers on the highway from Shimoga to Udupi or Mangalore stop here to enjoy the cool climate and breath-taking sight. Under the Koppen system of climate classification, Agumbe is an Am climate that is tropical monsoon climate. A dense fog hangs over the ghat adding to its natural beauty.

The Agumbe Medicinal Plants Conservation Area (MPCA) was established in 1999 to protect the important medicinal plants of the region. The Foundation for Revitalisation of Local health Traditions (FRLHT) recorded 371 plant species in the MPCA at Agumbe, of which 182 were medicinal.

The driest month in Agumbe is February with an average rainfall of 1 mm. The wettest month is July with an average rainfall of 2,647 mm. The mean annual rainfall is 7,620 mm (300 in). The highest recorded rainfall in a single month was 4,508 mm (177.5 in) in August 1946. There are a number of waterfalls in the locality. They are a beautiful sight.

Barkana Falls: It is northeast of Agumbe . It is 850 ft in height. It’s the tenth highest fall in India and falls in to the Seetha river which powers a hydro-electric system. The viewing point is about 4 km from the end of the approach road.

Onake Abbi Falls: at 400 ft is smaller than Barkana Falls. In Kannada, onake means pounding stick, a tool used by villagers to pound grains to flour. Trekking for about 5 km through rainforest leads one to get a open view of the falls.

Jogigundi Falls: is a small waterfall near Agumbe. This is about 800m deep and usually full of water.

Koodlu Theertha waterfall is located about 20 km from Agumbe.

The Mani reservoir lies to the north. Being part of the Western Ghats mountain range, Agumbe lies in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also close to the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kudremukh National Park. As Agumbe is a small hill village the population is roughly around 500 – 800 people. The village covers an area of 3 sq kms. The villagers are mainly farmers cultivating on the land around. The Raksha Kavacha Weavers’ Co-operative Society represents the beginning of cottage industry in the village.


This forest is also a great place to view the longest venomous snake in the world – the King Cobra. It was here RK Narayan’s classic tale of Malgudi Days, a serial shown on television, was entirely shot here. The lush greenery and cool atmosphere is a pleasant change from the sea level hot and humid weather. It is accessible by road on the way to Udupi or Mangalore. The winding ghat road is an experience in itself. During monsoon one can see the nature at its best, but one has to be careful of the wet and slippery roads which are accident prone.










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Scientists say they have found a way to extract colour from black

Researchers claim they have found a way  of extracting vivid colours from patterns typically seen as black. Surfaces appear black because their nanoscale structures that reflect light are completely disordered, causing all light to be absorbed. With a technique to control the way light passes through the disordered surface, they reproduced a Chinese water colour painting with high colour accuracy.
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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Do you know the natural powers of Rudraksh?




Wearing rudraksh mala (necklace) or rosary of these beads is not a fashion statement. I have heard from elders the benefits and the power of rudraksh. But does it really help? In ancient India, the sages and holy-men wore them round their necks, arms, etc because of their invisible powers of emitting positive energy and health benefits. The dried fruit, a bead is called the rudraksh. As per experts there are 38 types of rudraksh, and are available in 21 faces or mukhi as they are commonly known. The different faces of rudraksh signify or represent different powers they emit, thereby providing different benefits to the person who wears it on his body.


Rudraksh, known as a divine mystic bead is said to have originated from the tears of Lord Shiva. The bead is known to pacify negative and malefic effects of various planets on human life. A rudraksh is suggested by analsing one's date of birth. The mystery of the entire life of a person is hidden in his date of birth, as such the career path, success or failure in life, relationship and even physical ailments can be known by analysis of one's date of birth. Ancient medical texts claim that a rudraksh can help balance the vital chakras of the human body, which control the bile, wind and phlegm. It is without side effects and bestows on its wearer positive and beneficial effects. Rudraksh is an amalgamation of two words Rudra meaning 'Shiva' and Aksha meaning 'eyes'.

The red (rudra) seeds (aksa) of the tree Eleocarpus Ganitrus are very popular as a folk remedy and has curative powers. The hills of the lower Himalayas are covered with these trees and other similar species, which has a warm, dry soil and offers sloping drainage. Apart from curative properties, it is believed these large, hard, reddish-black seeds have miraculous powers. The ridges in the rudraksh are called mukhi. Traditionally, the seeds have ridges (mukhi) varying from one mukhi to 31 mukhi. Rudraksh in the range of one to nine mukhi are generally prescribed as remedies for astrological debilities of the nine grahas (planets), while the range ten mukhi to fourteen mukhi are assigned to the deities according to the local customs and sacred traditions.

One single tree can produce hundreds of blue fruits. Inside these fruits are seeds that bear all of the mukhi (ridge) patterns, from one to 30 plus mukhi. Authentic and natural rudraksh never float in water, whereas the man-made artificial beads from poly-resin found in the markets, especially near the Chinese border always float. The most common non-medicinal or non-remedial use for rudraksh seeds is making beads to be strung as a mala (rosary) for counting prayers during recitation of mantras.

People are advised to select a rudraksh that suits your body and personality. Any individual irrespective of his/her religion, caste or creed, whether a vegetarian or non-vegetarian, can wear a rudraksh to benefit from the positive effects it emits. Rudraksh beads have intrigued humans since time immemorial. Ancient Hindu religious scripts say that a rudraksh is believed to have originated from the tears of Lord Shiva.


A rudraksh not only has mythological significance but also scientific relevance. Research conducted by modern scientists has proved that a rudraksh has inherent electromagnetic, para-magnetic and bio-magnetic properties as well as inductive capacitance, which empowers the bead to cure the human body medically and spiritually. On the material plane, it helps pacifying the malefic effects of different planets thereby ensuring success, career growth and prosperity.

The tri-mukhi or three-faced rudraksh, for example represent agni (fire) and is used for avoiding or overcoming bad luck, and for acquiring good education and wealth. It is said the gera-mukhi or eleven-faced rudraksh represents Lord Indra and it is valuable and is normally kept in the place of worship or cash box, as it is believed that it attracts enormous wealth. Besides it is also believed that, women who are unable to conceive a child, are soon blessed with one. Sometime back, an NGO working for domestic and stray animals decided to try this rudraksh for the benefit of ailing animals, the results were encouraging.

It is believed power, wealth and all the comforts of life can be yours if you wear an ek-mukhi or single faced rudraksh, which is relatively rare, highly valued and very expensive. Power means spiritual power. Sometimes more than one auspicious mark, such as trishul (trident), om, serpent, etc is found on a single-faced rudraksha. Former Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi used to wear a mala (rosary) made of 108 ek-mukhi rudraksh, and it is commonly believed that these single-faced rudraksh brought her immense power and fame. As per custom, one is supposed to recite ‘om yam ham shroun ye’ eleven times before wearing the rudraksh.

Do-mukhi or two-faced rudraksh brings about a positive change in the powers of concentration and retention. It is useful for those seeking spiritual power. They are supposed to recite ‘om shreem hreem kshowm vreem om’ eleven times before wearing it.

Wearing a tri-mukhi or three-faced rudraksh brings you learning, wealth and helps in warding off bad luck. They should recite ‘om rem hoom hreem hoom om’ eleven times before wearing it.

The char-mukhi or four-faced rudraksh is generally associated with wealth and good health. They should recite ‘om vam vam tham ham yee’ eleven times before wearing it.

Success in all walks of life and good health is assured if you wear a panch-mukhi or a five-faced rudraksh. These are the most common ones worn by people at large. One should recite ‘om hram aam kshamyom svaha’ eleven times before wearing it.

The general belief is che-mukhi or six-faced rudraksh helps in attaining some ‘siddhi’ or special power. It also brings success in general and business in particular. It is supposed to help you to get a distinction in education. They should recite ‘om hreem shreem kleem soum yem’ eleven times before wearing it.

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For some unknown reason, saat-mukhi or seven-faced rudraksh is rarely worn. It is associated with wealth, esteemed and respect and spiritual evolution. They should recite ‘om hram kreem hreem soum’ eleven times before wearing it.

Rudraksh has an old tradition in Hindu culture. It is also a symbol of spiritualism. It is worn for positive energy emitted from the bead. However it is suggested that one should wear the rudraksh only after consulting an expert in this tradition. It is said the right rudraksh emits positive energy and is considered beneficial to the person wearing it. Similarly, doing Mahamritunjaya mantra japa using rudraksh mala, offering bel leaves and Panchamrut on Sivalinga is considered to be holy.

One can also select a rudraksh based on the purpose or problem faced by an individual. Normally the date of birth of an individual is analyzed to determine planetary influences, both good and malefic, on an individual’s life thereafter, the right rudraksh is advised. Rudraksha symbolises the link between heaven and earth. The sacred beads are also believed to boost luck and prosperity of the wearer significantly. As per some astrologers, rudraksha can also help remove malefic planetary effects.










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Indonesia has world’s largest Buddhist temple

The Borobudur Temple, located on the Indonesian island of Java, is the largest Buddhist temple. Built in the 9th century during the reign of Syailendra dynasty, the temple was constructed with approximately 56,000 cubic meters of volcanic stone, has around 504 Buddha statues and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels. It was restored with UNESCO’s help in the 1970s.

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