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Sendhamangalam Someswarar

Dream Temples

Sendhamangalam is much like Rasipuram in many ways. It has ancient narrow streets with closely built houses and a scattering of tiny street-end shrines painted brightly with the traditional ochre and white stripes.

Although comparatively quiet today when compared to Rasipuram, it was an important town and administrative headquarters of the kings who ruled over the region even in ancient times.

A brief account of its history from the 13th century A.D. to the 17th century A.D can be found in Wikipedia.

Between CE. 1216 and 1279 CE, Sendamangalam was the capital of the Kadava kings Kopperunchinga I & Kopperunchinga II, who converted it into a military stronghold and fought successfully against Kulothunga Chola III and Rajaraja Chola III, against successive Hoysala kings, and against Jatavarman Sundara Pandyan. The Kadavas remained friendly with the Magadai/Aragalur chief ‘Magadan Rajarajadevan pon parappinan Magadaipprumal’ and the 

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Legend of Dwaraka

Krishna- the protector of Mathura, the lord of Dwaraka and the reciter of the Bhagwad Gita on the battlefield of Kurukshetra-is one of the most enduring legends of India. But was he also a mortal, historical figure? Two books look at connections between the ancient texts and archaeology

By T.R. Gopaalakrushnan

After killing Kamsa, Krishna and his brother Balarama placed Ugrasena on the throne and remained in Mathura. This greatly angered Kamsa’s father-in-law Jarasandha, the emperor of Magadha. He repeatedly attacked Mathura to avenge Kamsa’s death. Although Krishna and his small Yadava army were able to defeat Jarasandha’s hordes every time, it was an unequal contest in which superior numbers were bound to tell in the long run. So Krishna led the Yadavas to the west coast. They built the fortified town of Dwaraka on the site of the ancient Kushastali, which became Krishna’s seat for the…

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UV RAYSMundakopanishad-6000BC abt particles that travel faster than light and other invisible Rays for naked eyes and its effect on human Body. BEFORE 12000-6000 BCE. Amazing ? Read More …

Tachyons, Ultra-voilet, Infra-red bands, Nuclear Energy and Blacks Holes in Mundakopanishad

Mundakopanishad written around 6000 BCE in ancient india, is associated with the Atharvaveda.
It describes about Tachyons (particles that travel faster than light), Ultra-Violet band, Infra-Red band, Nuclear Energy and Black Holes in the space.

Mundakopanishad might have derived its name from ‘munda‘ (shaven head of a monk).
It has three chapters and each chapter is divided into sub chapters which are called “Khanda“. In total this Upanishad has 64 Mantras.
This Upanishad divides all knowledge into two categories. The knowledge that leads to Self Realization is called Para Vidya (Great or Divine Knowledge) and everything else is called Apara Vidya or Knowledge of Material world (wordly knowledge).
Another important…

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Baby Valentine~

Sleepy owlet Valentine wears his ❤ on his face. (Click to enlarge and see Valentine better).

Mama has left him, and it is his first day alone, out of his nesting box.

Valentine doesn’t know what to do,

so he decides to fly down near the human,

watch her out of one eye,

until he falls asleep, clinging to his cactus bed.
Cheers to you from Valentine the confused little owlet~

Note: We have a barn owl nesting box at The Holler, usually woodpeckers nest in it, but this spring a barn owl family actually moved in. Valentine is their chick. I kept an eye on him for his first 24 hours out of the box, which was easy because he seemed quite unafraid of me. I think he was a bit shocked and confused. He passed his second night last night, and I could hear him in the oak…

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news from (and about) the trees

Three from the BBC

Britain has been suffering through a tremendous heat wave this summer. Parks, gardens crops are all brown and withered. See this article in the NY Times for details on that. But rain has finally returned, by the bucket load, apparently, with accompanying floods, of course.

As a result of the heat wave, there were huge wait times in cross-Channel rail services at the Euro Tunnel, leaving customers waiting, sometime for more than 5 hours in 30C heat (that’s the high 80s, for old-timers like me), often with no facilities.

The queues on the UK side were apparently due to large numbers of passengers headed out for vacations in France, but since the air conditioners in the train were overwhelmed by the heat, the service was unavailable.

They ran additional trains a night, to make up for the time losses, and staff left a water hose running…

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Dream Temples

Arapaleeswarar temple kolli malaiArapaleeswarar temple is an ancient Siva temple on the banks of the Aiyaru or Panchanadhi river in the village of Periya koviloor in Valapur nadu of the Kolli hills. Since ancient times it has been an important pilgrimage site of Tamil Nadu. The temple was built during the reign of King Kulothunga Cholan 1400 years ago, but its history dates back to a much earlier period more than 2000 years ago.

periya kovilurThe village of Periya kovilur in the Kolli Hills

History of the Temple

Long ago, a part of the Kolli hills was known by the name Araipalli or Arapalli. Arapalli literally means residense/house of dharma. Lord Siva who was worshipped in this region of Arapalli was called Arapally Iswarar or Arapaleeswarar, The Lord of the house of dharma.The Sanskrit name is Dharma Gosheeswarar. He was also known as Araipally Mahadevan and Araipally Udayar. The name of Parvati is

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The eclipse won’t be visible in the U.S., or at least not in most of the U.S., but this is interesting anyway…

The Secrets of the Universe

The wait is finally over. It is time to leave all your work aside and gaze up in the sky to experience a spectacular view of heavens tonight. Sun, Earth, Blood Moon and the Red Planet are all set to align perfectly on the night of July 27.

Mars at opposition

What’s up to Mars during the lunar eclipse? Well, the Red Planet is at opposition. This means that Sun, Earth and Mars will be in a straight line. An observer on Mars would see the Earth transit the Sun just like we observe the Moon transit the Sun during a solar eclipse. Normally, at opposition, planets make their closest approach to Earth. However, Mars will be at its closest approach 4 days later, on July 31. This is because Earth and Mars don’t have a perfectly circular orbit. Due to an elliptic orbit, there is little gap between opposition…

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Natural History Wanderings

There is a total lunar eclipse will occur on July 27, 2018. This eclipse will also be the longest total lunar eclipse in this century. Totality will last approximately 103 minutes

NPR reports

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: You won’t be able to see this Friday’s epic lunar eclipse in person if you live in North America (aside from a very small portion of eastern Canada and parts of the eastern Caribbean).

But here’s the good news: if you are almost anywhereelse, you’ll probably be able to see at least a portion of the event.

Prime viewing is in eastern and southern Africa, the Middle East, eastern Europe and south Asia, based on a NASA map.

If you’re in a place where you won’t be able to see the eclipse in person, there are still ways to watch it. The organization Slooh is…

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Laptop user in a park / istockphoto

People experience “soft fascination” with nature when they sit on a park bench and let their minds wander, taking in the trees and flowers, noticing birds and squirrels, feeling the breeze on their face. This gentle decompression in nature is actually critical to helping us restore our ability to pay attention. We need breaks where our minds can just go slack and subconsciously take in the complexity of nature. Researchers are still trying to figure out the ideal “dose” of this green medicine, but benefits have been seen with just 10 minutes.

New research argues those breaks in nature only help if we put down our laptops and other devices. A recent study published in Environment and Behavior contends that using laptops, smartphones, and other technologies while sitting on that park bench undoes all the good attention-boosting benefits of nature.


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Bharata Bharati


Prof Michel DaninoThe entire “Indian” system of education conveys the message that India never produced any knowledge worth teaching. … The misconceived secularisation of education … has resulted in cultural nihilism. – Prof Michel Danino

A retired computer scientist who regularly visits an Indian institution of higher education recently told me how, in the course of his schooling in erstwhile Yugoslavia, he had studied the outline of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. He was shocked when I answered that Indian schools can do no such thing: anyone attempting to do so would immediately be branded “communal” and accused of undermining the “secular” principles of Indian education.

Who determined these principles? Just as most of India’s freedom fighters had an idea of India that was far removed from our nebulous and hypocritical concept of secularism (Our freedom fighters and secularism, 2 May 2018), most pre-Independence thinkers had much to say…

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