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Karnataka Bhagawatha – Bhagavad Purana in Kannada

The Bhagavad Purana is one of the most important Puranas that narrates about the divine actions of Lord Vishnu. It is one of the Mahapuranas and is also noted for its philosophical discussions. Karnataka Bhagawatha is a 16th century translation of the Bhagavad Purana by Nityatma Sukhayogi in Kannada. It was written on palm-leaf manuscripts by Ramannaiah. Now the entire Karnataka Bhagawatha composed in 11,682 poems on 232 palm leaves has been published in book form by Holalkere R Chandrasekhar. Ramannaiah was one of the forefathers of H R Chandrasekhar. Holalkere R Chandrasekhar is a professor of Physics in the University of Missouri in Columbia and transcribing, translating and editing the mammoth book took more than a decade. The original palm leaf manuscript had to be microfilmed then transferred to computer and then edited into print format. Karnataka Bhagawatha is in two volumes and each volume contains more than 700 pages along with illustrations and color plates. It is in poetry…

Aadi Amavasai

Aadi Amavasai is the no moon day, or the darkest day, in the Tamil month Aadi. In 2017, date of Aadi Amavasai is July 23. This Amavasi or Amavasya is dedicated to performing Tarpanam and Sharddham to dead relatives and ancestors. The day is also of great significance to Lord Muruga devotees.
The main rites and rituals dedicated to dead relatives are performed on the riverbank or on seashore. The method of performing the rituals varies from region to region and from community to community. Usually, elderly people and priests help people perform the various rituals like Tarpanam and Sharddham. A similar ritual known as Karkidaka Vavu Bali is performed in the neighboring State of Kerala on the day.
A fast (fasting) is observed by people on the day – some people only have a single meal on the day.
Hindus also take a holy dip in the various scared rivers, seas and sacred ponds or Teerthams. Agni Theertham in Rameswaram, Thriveni Sangamam in Kannyakumari and various holy ghats on the ba…

Book on Underwater Archaeological Studies at Dwarka and Somnath

Underwater search for Lord Krishna’s Dwarka on Gujarat coast on the west coast of India is an ongoing process and occasionally Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) comes with vital clues regarding the existence of an ancient city, which was swallowed by sea. A new book titled ‘Underwater Archaeology of Dwarka and Somnath’ by National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India, details the scientific analysis of systematic explorations carried out in Dwarka and Somnath. The book is writeen by A.S.Gaur, Sundaresh and K.H.Vora and they have published several other research papers on the same topic. Epic Mahabharata mentions about the phenomenon of sea level rising and the total destruction of Dwarka as predicted by Lord Krishna. Many people scoffed it as wild imagination and fiction. But today sea level rising and swallowing land is a common phenomenon and it is happening around the world. Once oceanography accepted sea level rising as a fact, large-scale excavations have been taking place to…

Fish the sixteenth Guru of Dattatreya

The fish that swallows a baited hook and is caught by the fisherman. This world is like bait. As long as I remember the episode of the fish, I remain free of the hook. (Source: The Himalayan Masters: A Living Tradition by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD)Another InterpretationThe fish greedily swallows bait and is at once caught by the angle-hook. From this, I realized how man meets his destruction by his craving for delicious food. When the palate is conquered, all else is conquered. Besides, there is a positive feature in the fish. It never leaves its home, i.e. water. So too, man should never loose sight of his true Self, but should ever have his being in it. Thus the fish became my twelfth guru.Dattatreya
EarlierPingala - the seventeenth Guru of Dattatreya
Deer – the fifteenth Guru of Dattatreya