Sunday, September 24, 2017

Today is World Rivers Day!

Today, 24th September is World Rivers Day – 2017. World Rivers Day celebration takes place annually on the last Sunday of September. It is a day to celebrate the waterways of the World. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved management of rivers around the world.
In 2005, the United Nations launched the Water for Life Decade to help create a greater awareness of the need to better care for our water resources. Following this, the establishment of World Rivers Day was in response to a proposal initiated by internationally renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo. Mark Angelo, very rightly said that “Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.”
A World Rivers Day event was seen by agencies of the UN as a good fit for the aims of the Water for Life Decade.  River enthusiasts, from around the world came together to organize the inaugural World Rivers Day event.  That first event in 2005 was a great success and Rivers Day was celebrated across dozens of countries.  Since then, the event has continued to grow.  Last year, several million people across more than 60 countries celebrated the many values of our waterways. It is going to be a far bigger event today.
In many western countries people are coming forward to organize a Rivers Day event and others are enthusiastically participating in them. These events range from stream cleanups, fish enhancement projects to educational outings and community riverside celebrations.
Thanks to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, the ongoing Rally for Rivers, to save the dying rivers of our country has generated countrywide concern and participation. Hopefully, the outcome will awaken and force the Government and all authorities and people in general to protect and save our rivers, by all means and at any cost.
On the occasion of World Rivers Day, Sadhguru has the following message for us:

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A New Car Brings Lots of Smiles!

A new car in the family!
Brings about lots of smiles!
Here is the Car; and smiles everywhere:
Your smile will add to our cheer,
And become a blessing,
Thank You.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Salads in our city, then and now.

Salads have become very popular at most restaurants in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Buffet spreads for breakfast, lunch and dinner have become very common at most restaurants. And these buffets have medium to very large spread of items for salad. With some restaurants having Live Action Salad Stations, the spread is much larger with a variety of salad dressings as you can see in the above pictures. If you like such a restaurant and spread, the salad may no longer be an appetizer salad or an accompaniment to the main course, it would become a full-meal!
Earlier in our city, most restaurants served a complimentary small plate of sliced onion with a wedge of lemon, before or along with the food ordered by you. If you wished for a larger quantity and variety, you would have to choose from the À la carte menu - onion salad, onion tomato salad or the green salad with a variety of vegetables that is carrot, cucumber, radish, tomato and onion with wedges of lemon or any exotic salad with a fancy name!
Present day spreads are elaborate with a wide variety of vegetables, sprouted grains, cheeses, meats, nuts and dressings…there are endless combinations and salad toppings! At countless restaurants! A feast to the eyes and taste buds! Very nutritious and healthy for the young and elderly!
Most importantly people here are loving salads and the restaurants are fondly catering to them.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Pateeswarar Temple, Perur.

Perur Pateeswarar Temple is a temple of Lord Shiva; it is located at Perur, 7 kms west of Coimbatore city, in the State of Tamil Nadu. The temple was built by the Cholan King, Karikala Chola. The temple is located right on the bank of Noyyal River. Lord Shiva, known here as ‘Patteeswarar’, is the presiding deity of this temple together with his consort Parvathi Devi, who is known as ‘Pachainayaki’. The deity is believed to be ‘Swayambu Lingam’ (self emerged). The pillars raised in this temple depict the architectural prowess of the Tamil sculptors, which can be seen in the attached video and photographs.
Being able to visit this ancient temple with a history of about 1300 years is a great feeling. Several generations of devotees, the royalty, saints, poets and the common people have visited this temple to have darshan of Lord Patteeswarar (Shiva) and Pachainayaki (Parvathi Devi) and seek their blessings, and it was our turn on 28th August 2017.
History tells, that the great poet Sundarar, has sung the devotional 'Devaram' song in this temple in the 7th Century. Later great poets like Arunagirinathar and Kachiappa Munivar also patronized this temple. During the rule of Raja Raja Chola, 'Artha Mahal' and 'Maha Mahal' were constructed. In addition to this, there were regular donations from the Chola kings, which are documented on the temple walls.
From the 14th to 17th centuries, it is to be noted that the kings from different dynasties like the Hosala dynasty, Vijayanagara Empire, Nayakkar Kings have contributed immense donations for the maintenance of this temple. The famous 'Kanaga Sabha' was built around the 17th century, by Azhagathiri Nayakkar of Madurai.
By the 18th century AD, the primary deities were renovated and also a Mahal for the 63 Nayanmaars were raised. By the 20th century, the Kalyana Mahal and the front Mahal were constructed, and the gopuram was renovated as well.
This temple has several gopurams and halls, famous of which is, 'Kanaka Sabha', the one with the golden statue of Nataraja. The pillars have carvings of the various manifestations of Shiva and the ceiling has a series of stone chains.
There is a Patti Vinayagar shrine, dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The Arasambalavanar Shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva at the spot where Shiva is believed to have performed his Thandav under a peepul tree. There are also statues of Gajasamhara, Virabhadra, Bikshadana, Oordhva Thandava and Saraswathi Devi with Veena. The sacred trees associated with the temple are the palm and tamarind trees, called Irava Panai and Pirava Puli.
The temple is believed to be one of the places where Shiva is believed to have performed Ananda Thandavam. For this reason, every year the temple celebrates a classical dance week, typically Bharata Natyam.
The temple is open on all days. If you happen to visit Coimbatore or any place nearby, please do visit this ancient temple. You will be very pleased and feel blessed.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hahai no ka ua i ka ulula'au - The rain follows after the forest.

Hahai no ka ua i ka ulula`au – seems like a magical expression, yes it is, it is a truth statement that will sustain life on earth forever. It is a Hawaiian saying. It means – The rain follows after the forest. The saying indirectly warns that if forests are destroyed, the rains will cease to fall, and the land will become a desert. And this is very true!
My previous blog post was in support of the ongoing campaign - RALLY FOR RIVERS by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. One of the significant demands of this campaign to prevent dying of our Rivers is to plant trees along riversides up to a width of one kilometer, fruit trees in private properties and forest trees in government lands.  I covered this point in brief in my blog post.
Many would know the importance of trees in bringing about rain and life back into our Rivers. The Hawaiian saying is there to remind its people and us about the importance of trees for rain. But there would certainly be some people, no; many people who are ignorant of this fact or have read about it at School and have forgotten. Large scale ignorance of this fact is obvious as forests are vanishing fast in our country.
This article is especially for such ignorant people. In brief, forests bring about rains. Roots of plants and trees draw water from the soil and release water vapor through their leaves into the air, in a process called Transpiration.  That water vapor rises in the atmosphere and forms new rain clouds and returns to earth in the form of rain.
The percentage of rain due to Transpiration in thick forests may be around 15 percent but once the water levels in rivers and lakes of these forests improve, rain clouds would swell due to water Evaporation from these water bodies resulting in copious rains. This near perfect Hydrological Cycle would bring back life to our water bodies. This Hydrological Cycle can be understood through the attached posters.
Please spread this knowledge among all and support the ongoing ‘Rally for Rivers’ campaign. On large scale may the authorities grow trees everywhere…with projects like the 'Haritha Haaram' program of the Telangana State Government, which facilitated planting of over three crore plants in the State, in the last three years.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

I Support ‘Rally for Rivers’ Campaign.

I support ‘Rally for Rivers’ campaign. I have pledged my support by dialing 8000980009 and by posting my support narratives on social media. And I am looking forward to join some local group to strengthen this campaign. A call to 8000980009 by you for showing support to the Rally would be counted as a citizen’s vote, and a minimum of 10 Crore votes is being looked forward to so that the campaign would produce the desired effect and results. Please go through this article and please participate in the campaign in whichever way suits you.  
Rally for Rivers is a campaign launched by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev of Isha Foundation to save the dying Rivers of our Country. Our Rivers are undergoing drastic change. Due to pressures of population and development, the perennial Rivers are becoming seasonal. Many of the smaller Rivers have already vanished. Flood as well as drought, are becoming increasingly frequent, as Rivers turn unruly during the monsoon, and vanish once the rainy season is over. Sadhguru requested people across the Nation to join the campaign and show their support for the cause. This campaign has commenced on 1st September 2017, all over the Country, especially in all major cities and towns. It has attracted enormous support so far from the elite and common citizens and the support is growing by leaps and bounds.
I sincerely hope this movement with large support from all of us would enlighten the authorities and people along Rivers to improve the health of Rivers by all scientific means and care, for us all to live happily and for the welfare of our future generations.  

Today is World Rivers Day!

Today, 24th September is World Rivers Day – 2017. World Rivers Day celebration takes place annually on the last Sunday of Septe...