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Saptagirisha – One of the names of Lord Venkateswara – Tirupati Balaji

Saptagirisha is one of the names of Venkateswara – the Lord who resides as Balaji at Tirupati. Saptagirisha means the Lord of Seven Hills. Balaji resides at Tirupati and is surrounded by seven hills. The Saptagirisha are:
Seshadri, (Seshachala) Neeladri, (Vedachala) Garudadri, (Garudachala) Vrishabhadri, (Vrishabhachala) Narayanadri (Narayanachala) Anjanadri (Anjanachala) Venkatadri (Venkatachala) – the Venkateswara temple is located on this hill.
As he resides on the seven hills, Venkateswara is also known as Saptagirinivasa Sri Venkateshwara Swami.

Rudraksha Tree Found only in the Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu Face Extinction

Rudraksha Tree species ‘Elaeocarpus Blascoi Weibel’ is confined to the Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu and is now facing extinction. Currently only one tree group survive in Palani Hills which is the abode of Lord Muruga and is also home to numerous rare herbs and trees. The New Indian Express reports In a study published in the "Journal of Threatened Taxa," in the October 26 issue, the authors Dr Raju Ramasubbu and Felix Irudhayaraj with GandhigramRuralUniversity say that "if urgent conservation measures are not undertaken, the species could become extinct due to threats and unknown limiting factors." They warned that the conservation status indicates that it is critically endangered and not just endangered as the assessment showed.  The study on the rudraksha tree species of E blascoi was conducted by the Dindigul based varsity's researchers throughout Palni Hills from July 2012 to May 2014. The results from the study confirmed that there was "only one mature…

Symbolism of two wives – Maitreyi and Katyayani – of Yajnavalkya

Maitreyi is the symbol of real student and Katyayani is grounded in reality of this world. The writers of this Upanishad purposefully gave the Acharya Yajnavalkya two wives. The two wives simply represent two parts present in a person - the part that seeks knowledge (Maitreyi), and the part that is grounded in reality of this world (Katyayni).

The talks of renunciation, non-attachment, love-your-self, etc are great and help us learn a lot, but we should not forget that we do all this contemplation while being present in this world. THAT is what Kaatyayni is reminding.
Everything that Katyayni asked and said in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad needs to be given as much importance in our quest for understanding as the remarks and questions of Maitreyi. Only then can we have a complete spiritual understanding of our connection with things worldly and non-worldly. Only then we can truly understand how to balance the two, and how to interact with the two.
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