SACRED TREES IN JAINISM – JAINS’ LOVE AFFAIR WITH TREES! (Post No.7460)

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Post No.7460

Date uploaded in London – 16 January 2020

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The whole world knows about the importance given to trees in Hinduism. In fact 150 years ago, Christian preachers projected India and Hinduism as primitive, unlettered , illiterates mass and tree and snake worshippers. Now after the concerns regarding pollution and climate change hitting the headlines, the whole world salutes Hindus for respecting nature and for appreciating the value of natural resources.

Because of Buddha the Asvattha Tree (Pipal, Peepul, Ficus religiosa) became a worshipful tree. Now the world Buddhists flock to see the original Bodhi tree in India. But not many people know about the sacred trees of Jain religion. All the 24 saints (Tirthankaras) have sacred trees associated with them.

Just before going into the details, let me give some interesting tit bits:-

Lord Krishna said in  the Bhagavad Gita that he is the Asvattha Tree (Ficus religiosa) among the trees. Having read this, Buddha also went to the sacred tree and attained enlightenment. In Vishnu Sahasranama hymn, the three trees belonging to the same genus and  same family are given as Vishnu’s names (Ficus religiosa, Ficus benghalensis and Ficus glomerata or racemosa of Family Moraceae).

Tamils went one step ahead and called the Asvattha as the KING TREE (Arasa Maram). Even today the women who are without children go around it to get children. The oxygen that it produces is higher than that of many other trees.

Vedic Hindus even named themselves after this tree such as Pippaladan (Mr Asvattha). Brahmins use the sticks of this tree till this day.

Regarding the Banyan tree, a lot of things are in our religion and litrature. It is Vishnu’s name (Nyagrodha); it is worshipped by women during Vata Savitri Vrata. It is in the name of the world famous Anghor ‘Vat’ Temple (vata is banyan tree). Alexander amazed at the sight of it. Panchatantra and Tamil literature have beautiful verses on it.

With this in background we have to look at the trees associated with Jainism. Unlike other sages, Jains attained Mukti or Kevala Jnan under the trees. They did not go to the top of the mountains or into the caves. So we can even say that the Buddha followed them. Sanit Mahavir,last of the 24 Tirthankaras, was a contemporary of Gautama Buddha.

Here is the list of 24 saints of Jain religion and the tree under which they did the penance to attain liberation:-

(I have taken the list from the article written by Rachana Jain in ‘Essays in Honour of Caarusrii’, Bangalore, 2019; She has taken it from Suchitra Jain’s article in the internet.)

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Many of the plants mentioned above are worshipped by the Hindus. Tamil Hindus have one Sthala Vrksha for every big temple in South India. Tamil Hindu Kings are associated with one particular tree. They have one Kaaval Maram (Guard Tree) as well.  If any one harms it, that led to big fight or war.

Hindus named their country as Jambudwip after the Jambu Tree. Tamils also used this word from ancient days (Naavalan Thivu). Hindus named big land mass after trees or plants such Kusa Dwip, Salmali Dwip. Tamil Hindus also followed this and named big land tracts after plants such as Kurinji, Mullai, Marutham etc. Several town names in India are named after trees such as Patalipuram, Thillai, Kanchi.

In short, Indians excelled others in living one with the Nature. If we return to those golden days, we can save our environment and avoid the evil effects of climate change.

For those interested in botanical terms I have given the botanical names of 24 plants according to Rachana Jain-

1.Bargad, Vata, Nyagrodha – Banyan tree, Ficus benghalensis – Moraceae

2.Semala, Salmali, Saptaparna, Bombax ceiba, Bombacaceae

3.Sala, Asakanni – Shorea robusta , Dipterocarpaceae

4.Chir pine, Sarala – Pinus roxbhurgii, Pinaceae

5.Priyangu- Callicarapa macraphylla, Verbenaceae

6.same as above

7.Sirisa – Albizzia lebbeck, Mimosaceae

8.Nagakesara – Mesua ferrea , Guttiferae

(Wikipedia gives the family name as Calophyllaceae)

9.baheda, bibheleya, aksa- Terminalia Bellerica, Conbretaceae

10.Bela, Plaksa, Ficus lacor, Moraceae

11.Tendu, tindu- Dispyros melanaxylon, Ebenaceae

12.Patala, Kadamba- bignonia spp., Bignonioceae

13.Jamuna, Jambu- Syzygium cumini, Myrtaceae

14. Pippala, dhamarukha, Asvattha- Ficus religiosa, Moraceae

15.Visnukaanta, girikandi- Clitoria biflora, Cleomaceae

16.Nandi, nandirukha- Cedrella toona, Meliaceae

17.Tendu, tilaka- Dispyros melanaxylon, Ebenaceae

18.Mango, amba- Magnifera indica, Anacadiaceae

19.Asoka, asoga, kankeli- Saraca indica, Caesalpiniaceae

20.Naga campa, campakgumma- Michelia campaca, Magnoliaceae

21.bakula, nimbakarya- mimusops elengi, sapotaceae

22.Kokama, Ambilasaya, mesashrnga- Garcinia indica, Guttifereae

23.Dhav, dhava, Devadaru- Anogeissus latifolia, Combretaceae

24.Sala- Shorea robusta , Dipterocarpaceae.

Following are my old articles on Trees–

Nyakrodha tree | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com/tag/nyakrodha-tree/

 of trees | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com/tag/of-trees/

Trees in literature | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com/tag/trees-in-literature/

Picture of Deodar: Tree of the Gods. We have heard about people adopting children. But the greatest of the Indian poets Kalidasa and Sangam Tamil poets give …

save trees | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com/tag/save-trees/

Trees of Wisdom | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com/tag/trees-of-wisdom/

Picture shows Newton under Apple Tree. Hindu Saints composed Upanishads under the Himalayan Trees. Buddha attained wisdom under the Bodhi Tree.

water and trees | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com/tag/water-and-trees/

Posts about water and trees written by Tamil and Vedas.

Peepal tree | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com/tag/peepal-tree/

19 Feb 2017 – Trees are used as similes and metaphors in Tamil and Sanskrit literature from very ancient times. The upside down Peepal Tree(Ficus …

Bodhi Tree | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com/tag/bodhi-tree/

Mahabodhi Tree in Bodha Gaya. Research paper by London Swaminathan Post No.1325; Dated 3rd October 2014. This article is part of my series on …

Nature | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com/category/nature/

Posts about Nature written by Tamil and Vedas. … “Trees that have fruit but no flowers are traditionally known as the Lords of the Forest; those that bear both …

Hindus’ Respect for Trees and Forests | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com/…/hindus-respect-for-trees-and-forests/

18 Feb 2015 – In the Vedas, Lord Shiva is called the Lord of the Forests (Vanaspathi), Lord of the Trees (Vrkshanaam pathi) and Lord of the Animals …

Tamarind Tree | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com/tag/tamarind-tree/

Posts about Tamarind Tree written by Tamil and Vedas.

Magic of Trees! | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com/2012/11/25/magic-of-trees/

25 Nov 2012 – Buddha attained wisdom under the Bodhi Tree. Vaishnavite saint Nammalvar attained wisdom under a Tamarind tree. Sanatkumaras attained …

Tansen and Tamarind Tree! Ghosts in Tamarind … – Tamil and Vedas

26 Mar 2016 – Tansen and Tamarind Tree! Ghosts in Tamarind Trees! (Post No 2666). tansen tomb. Research Article by london swaminathan. Date: 26 March …

Indian Wonder: The Banyan Tree | Swami’s Indology Blog

swamiindology.blogspot.com/2012/05/indian-wonder-banyan-tree.html

26 May 2012 – There is a beautiful verse in the Panchatantra about Banyan Tree: “Deer recline in its shade; Birds in multitude gather to roost. Darkening its …

Swami’s Indology Blog

swamiindology.blogspot.com/

Nov 6th. வேதத்தில் மரங்களின் கதை (Post No.4372). Nov 6th. STRANGE STORIES ABOUT TREES IN VEDAS –Part 2 (Post No.4371).

Plants in Mahavamsa | Swami’s Indology Blog

swamiindology.blogspot.com/2014/10/plants-in-mahavamsa.html

3 Oct 2014 – In the same chapter we come across the story of Nigrodha (MrBanyan Tree). When Emperor Asoka killed his elder brother Sumana, his …

Significance of Neem Tree in Hinduism – Swami’s Indology Blog

swamiindology.blogspot.com/2017/06/significance-of-neem-tree-in-hinduism.html

11 Jun 2017 – 18 Mar 2013 – Reand and enjoy this article about “Banyan Tree” from Mr. Santhanam Swaminathan. Tamarind Tree | Tamil and Vedas.

tags – sacred trees, Jainism, Jain religion, Kevala Jnan, Tirthankaras

 Xxxx subham xxxxx

இசையில் எண்-10, குளியல் முறைகள் பத்து வகை (post No.7247)

Written by London Swaminathan

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Date: 22 NOVEMBER 2019

Time  in London – 7-45 AM

Post No. 7247

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RAT DOCTOR, RAT DETECTIVE AND RAT DRIVER (Post No.7207)

Compiled  BY London Swaminathan

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Date: 12  NOVEMBER 2019

Time  in London – 16-31

Post No. 7207

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Two interesting articles about rats have appeared in a London News magazine.

‘THE WEEK’ magazine published from Britain, has published a news item about rats driving small cars in its issue dated 9th November 2019

Rats are very cunning and clever. They learn new tricks quickly. A team at the University of Richmond in Virginia (USA) constructed a rat operated vehicle (ROV). The vehicle is just a plastic jar mounted on wheels. Three copper bars and an aluminium plate are used as seat and steering wheel. If they sit on an aluminium plate and touch the copper wires to complete the circuit they are given some rewards. Once they complete the circuit this way the car moves forward. Then they could steer with the help of three copper bars.

Two sets of rats are used. One set was housed in an  enriched environment with toys and exercise machines. Another set was raised in normal lab cages. The enriched rats learnt driving far more quickly than the rest, indicating stimulation in early life is beneficial to rodents as it is to humans.

Source -The Week, 9th November 2019

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Rat Doctor and Rat Detective

In Africa rats are trained to detect land mines and diagnose tuberculosis (TB). A single trained rat can search over 2000 square feet of land for explosive mines in around 20 minutes. A human would take a week to do the same. This is done in Morogoro in Tanzania. (Lot of countries affected by wars have the land mine problem)

Lives are saved and the war torn countries will be a safer place to live because of these hero rats.  The rats we are talking about are African pouched rats growing up to three feet long. Apopo , an NGO founded in Belgium, has been using their extraordinary sense of smell to find explosives all over the world.

The rats have also been trained to detect tuberculosis, while many other applications, all based around smell, are being researched. They are astonishingly effective.  Over the past 20 years, rats have cleared 100,000 landmines giving back almost 2.5 million square miles of land to a million people who had previously lived in fear.

There are more than 50 species within the genus Rattus, but African giant rats – Cricetomys gambianus- would be best suited to this task. It takes nine months to train a rat to sniff the explosives in landmines. Rats have been used to detect TB since 2007. The rats have helped to halt more than 117,000 potential TB infections.  When somebody has TB their sputum (spit) contains compounds by a bacterial pathogen and these have an odour. Some doctors claim to be able to smell it on very ill patients, but it is recognisable to some animals – such as rats taught by Apopo- at an early stage. Rats can easily smell the harmful bacteria. When the rats find something harmful, they are trained to scratch the ground.

( a longer version of this article was published in the Telegraph magazine.)

Source – The Week dated 26 October 2019.

–subham–

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF SAFFRON (Post No.7093)

Written by London Swaminathan
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Date: 13 OCTOBER 2019
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Post No. 7093

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Kashmir is known for its saffron cultivation. Chinese writers say that Kashmir is the home of saffron. Hindus use this in the worship of their gods and goddesses. Pregnant women also use it in their drinks, particularly milk. They believed that the children born to them will be healthy and fair. Latest researches show the benefits of such use. It is a medicine to cure hyperactivity of children.

Latest research in Tehran (Iran) University gives the result:-

NEW YORK—Saffron capsules appear to be as effective as methylphenidate for treating children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers from Iran report.

“My research group at Roozbeh Psychiatric Hospital has worked on the psychotropic effects of saffron since early 2000, and we have documented the antidepressant effects of saffron,” Dr. Shahin Akhondzadeh from Tehran University of Medical Sciences told Reuters Health by email.

“On the other hand, many antidepressants have been used as alternative for stimulants in patients with ADHD that cannot tolerate Ritalin (methylphenidate) or do not respond to Ritalin. Therefore, from this preliminary study, the main point is that we can consider saffron just as an alternative in the above mentioned patients,” he said.

Saffron (Crocus sativus L.) and its active constituents are thought to increase the reuptake inhibition of dopamine and norepinephrine and are NMDA-receptor antagonists and GABA-alpha agonists.

Leaving the medical jargon to one side, we can safely say that it boosts one’s mental power and cures depression.

Other interesting facts about saffron are:-

Saffron is seen 50,000 year old cave paintings in Iraq. It is seen in ancient Greek legend.

Alexander the Great used it to heal his wounds.

Cleopatra bathed in it.

It was spread along the streets in advance of Nero’s (Roman emperor 37-68 CE) entry to Rome.

Sumerians used it in magical potions.

King Solomon revered it in love poetry.

Plague sufferers coveted it.

Pirates stole it.

14 week war broke out between Austria and Basel over saffron in 1374 after nervous nobles seized vast quantities of saffron from a rising merchant class.

Saffron is extracted from flower stamens of Crocus sativus plant. Iran, Spain, Afghanistan, Italy and India grow saffron.

It is one of the most expensive spices.

Indians use it in milk and drinks. But westerners use it in buns and cooked foods such as saffron Risotto.

Golden brown saffron buns are traditionally served in Scandinavian countries on St Lucia day.

Saffron plays an important role in the food traditions of Mediterranean region.

Latest Costco magazine has given saffron recipes. Saffron is made from dried stigmata and styles, known as threads, hand harvested from the delicate saffron flowers.

Crocus sativus (saffron plant) is an autumn flowering plant. The etymology and the place of origin are not certain. Crete, Iran and India are considered as the place of origin. Though it has been used for thousands of years the name saffron is attributed to Arabic or Latin. Now Iran generates 94 percent of global supplies. Kashmir (India), Spain, Greece and Morocco are the next largest suppliers.

A good gatherer harvests 1000 flowers per hour. We need over one lakh flowers to make one kilo of saffron. There are over 150 volatile chemicals in the flower. Saffron has only three stamens in one flower. So one can easily differentiate saffron from other similar coloured flowers.

Though there are different types of crocus flowers  , crocus sativus is the only one used as spice.

Source – Costco magazine and gardening magazine, U.K.

—subham–

LONDON EAGLE GETS A NEW JOB! (Post No.7051)

compiled  BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN
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Date: 3 OCTOBER 2019
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Post No. 7051
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In London birds and animals get jobs quicker than men. Crows are raised in the Tower of London to protect the Royal line. The belief is that when the crows leave the tower royal rule would come to an end; that is monarchy will be finished.  Dogs are raised in the police department. Crows, hawks, dogs get better treatment.

Here is a flash news in today’s Evening Standard (London).

Rufus the hawk gets a new job at the Olympic Park after working at Wimbledon Championships

The hawk used to scare birds during the Wimbledon Championships has a new job at Stratford’s Olympic Park.

Rufus the hawk will stop other birds nesting at the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture, London Aquatics Centre and Copper Box Arena when he flies there once a fortnight.

The Harris Hawk, who has 10,000 followers on Twitter, will intimidate pigeons, crows and seagulls with his four-foot wingspan and sharp talons.

Mark Camley, executive director of operations and venues at London Legacy Development Corporation, which runs the park, said: “We use hawks to help control vermin and prevent birds like pigeons and seagulls from roosting on buildings and causing unsightly and costly mess and damage.

“It’s well worth coming over to the park to watch this amazing creature soar above our amazing venues and parkland.”

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Spider holiday for London schools

Infestation of false widow spiders forces London school to close

 London secondary school has been forced to shut its doors because of an infestation of the UK’s most venomous spider.

Michaela Community School in Wembley, which is rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, was closed to pupils for three days after the discovery of the false widows.

The free school reopened last Wednesday after pest control was called in to tackle the infestation. But the decision was taken to close again yesterday to “be certain that all have been entirely eradicated”. 

Seven schools

Seven schools in east London were forced to close last year when the spiders, which are about the size of a 50p coin, spread into classrooms. They are the most dangerous species in the UK and their bites, though not life-threatening, can cause painful swelling.

Michaela Community School, near Wembley Stadium, opened in 2014 and has become known for its strict discipline policy, in which students can be given detentions for talking in the corridor or forgetting a pen or pencil. Headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh rose to prominence when, as a south London deputy head, she criticised school behaviour policies in a speech to the Conservative Party conference in 2010. 

A mother with two children at the school said they were frightened by the infestation. She said: “They sent an email saying they need to close the school and spray everything because if the spiders bite the children it is very dangerous. I hope it’s all been done, I am scared sometimes.”

NURSERY RHYME IN MY GRANDSON’S SCHOOL

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Xxx Subham xxx

GOLDEN ANECDOTES- HITLER, ARCHIMEDES, ROMAN KING DIOCLETIAN (Post No.7015)

Compiled BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN

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 Date: 25 SEPTEMBER 2019

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Post No. 7015


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Following anecdotes about gold are interesting. They are about Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr who hid his gold medal in acid fearing Nazi attack, Diocletian who burnt all ancient records about alchemy fearing his economy would be affected if base metals are changed into gold and Archimedes who found out the fake crown of King of Syracuse. The anecdotes are taken from Nature’s Building Blocks.

mad Roman King
Eureka! Archimedes

Pictures of stamps with gold or gold foil.

Nazi Fear
Tonnes of Gold in Oceans
Golden Stamps

BANGALORE STUDENTS ARE LUCKY! (Post No.6998)

london swaminathan ready to fly in the sky

WRITTEN BY London swaminathan

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 Date: 22 SEPTEMBER 2019

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Post No. 6998

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S Nagarajan

I visited Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum in Bengaluru  on 14th September 2019 with my brother S Nagarajan, who contributes regularly to our blogs. Bengaluru students are lucky to have such a museum. I wish that I am reborn as a student. Normally Hindus pray for Moksha, i.e. getting out of birth and death cycle and merging with god. One Saivite saint said I should never be born again, but if I have to be born again I should never forget You (Lord Shiva). In spite of reading such philosophical statements, I still long to be born again because of the educational facilities available now. When I studied B.Sc and M.A, whatever I studied in the first year must be remembered until the third year examination date. But one year after I came my brother who wrote exams in three months modules. That means he has to remember a subject only for three months (for exam sake)! And the books and libraries, google and internet, Museums and seminars were not available 45 years ago.

After visiting Visveswaraya museum, my feelings grew stronger to become a student again and start from the scratch. The same feeling, I get every week when I go to the British Library and University of London library in my home town London.

We saw thousands of Bengaluru students using the inter active devices to learn something new. The success of the museum lied in the inter active devices. This is a great fun for the students. Even I, 71 year old youth,  was interested in becoming an astronaut and so I inserted my head into astronaut’s attire and became an astronaut in a minute (see the picture).

I and my brother went into the Mirror Maze and struggled hard to come out. You will bump into mirrors looking for exit (way out).

It is a very educative and innovative museum. So people who visit Bengaluru must see this. Whenever I visit a place, I always make it a point to visit the museums. My Sambandhis (In laws) in Australia bought us expensive tickets for one day cricket match between Australia and India in Sydney. My Sambandhi was surprised when I told him that I would prefer to go to a Museum to study the Aborigines rather than sitting in a stadium. Except me all our family members went to the cricket match and I spent hours in museum and took pictures and posted them on Face book and in my blogs.

The point I am making is that many people don’t know the big treasures in museums in a city. After 40 to 50 visits to Chennai I was successful in visiting Government Museum in Madras this year. The Bronze Gallery there is worth billions of dollars.

The space technology gallery in Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum has following features: –

  • What is Space?
  • Flight Mechanics
  • Launch Complex
  • Mission Control Centre
  • Be An Astronaut
  • Satellites
  • Rockets
  • Space Applications
  • GPS
  • International Space Station
  • Space Astronomy
  • Story of Space
  • Space Spinoff
  • Indian Space Programme
  • Space Materials
  • Space Food
  • Space Wear

The museum has seven permanent exhibition halls and two special exhibits.
1.   Engine Hall – How things work
2.   Electrotechnic
3.   Fun Science
4.   Space Technology Gallery
5.   Biotechnological Revolution
6.   BEL-Hall of Electronics
7.   Science for Children

Special Exhibits
1.   Dinosaur Enclave
2.   Science on a Sphere
3.   Wright brothers aeroplane

Please see the pictures taken by me; On the first floor there is a small book shop with very good books and educational, scientific toys and games.

I felt I visited the Nobel Museum in Stockholm again. That also inspired me a lot. I would suggest to Visveswaraya Museum to follow some ideas in the shop there. I bought quotations on Fridge Magnets there when I went to Sweden. Quotations by Indian Nobel Laureates are also sold there.

One more suggestion:- you cant come out of any museum in a western country without seeing the shop. That is, the exit (Way out)  is always through the shop. All Indian museums must follow this business tactics. It will give them a big boost in sales. No student in a western county comes out of a museum without buying a memento. Pencils and pens, erasers and boxes, bags and cups would bear the pictures from the museums. Please learn it from western countries. (In Bengaluru, I inquired the location of the book shop and bought two puzzles).

Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum,Kasturba Road,Bengaluru-560001,INDIA.

One guide book says the museum runs a mobile science exhibition that travels in the city throughout the year.

Sir Mokshagundam Visveswaraya (1861-1962) was one of the modern architects of Karnataka. He was a civil engineer and a statesman. He was born on 15th September 1861 and so September 15 every year is celebrated as National Engineers Day to acknowledge his contributions to the country.

–subham- Lokas Samasta Sukino Bhavantu-

invisible man, london swaminathan

horse puzzle
S Nagarajan
swaminathan on moon

KOLLUR MOOKAMBIKA TEMPLE- POPULAR DESTINATION FOR POLITICIANS! (Post No.6989)

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 Date: 20 SEPTEMBER 2019

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Post No. 6989

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During my third trip to India this year (September 5 to 18, 2019) I visited Bengaluru, Sringeri, Kollur, Agumbe, Udupi and Kukke. Before entering Karnataka, I toured in Trichy area visiting Samayapuram, Srirangam and Tiruanaikka. It was a productive trip. I hit all my targets!

Gods seek help from human beings for publicity!!! Sabarimalai became popular due to actors like Nambiar; Manthralaya became popular due to actors like Rajnikanth; Kollur became famous due to actors like MGR and Jayalaitha. I remember former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and famous actor M G Ramachandran donating a golden sword to Kollur Mookambika.  Chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan Jayaalalitha and Vadundhara and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Wikramasinghe and several political heavyweights have visited the temple.  When Jayalaaitha came to Kollur in 2004 she was shown the golden sword offered by her predecessor MGR and she offered Rs.30,000 towards food offering in the temple and one ton Ghee (clarified butter). After Tamil politicians’ visits, the Tamil crowd in the temple increased!!

My driver (Narasimha of Vishnu Travels, Bengaluru) told me that Keralites come in big numbers to the temple. I saw lot of Malayalees.

Where is Kollur?

It is in the midst of ever green forests of Western Ghats in Karnataka. Kollur is 45 kilometres from Kundapur and 80 kms from Udupi. I went by car from Udupi. Temple of Goddess Mookambika (Parvati) is on top of Kodachadri hill. River Sauparnika is flowing nearby. People from Karnataka ,Tamil Nadu and Kerala come to this temple in big numbers. The reason for attraction, it is believed, is the installation of a Sri Chakra by Adi Shankara. Wherever Adi Shankara installed Sri Chakra Yantras (plate with magical drawings of triangles) people throng the places and pour money in to the money boxes of the temples. Tirupati and Varanasi are other examples).

The main deities here are Goddess Mookambika and Shiva linga.  The goddess killed Mooka (dumb) Asura (demon). I remember another Mooka. He is known as Dumb Poet/ Mooka Kavi. The dumb poet received the blessings of Goddess Kamakshi of Kanchipuram and burst out in poems (Mooka Panchasati).

Goddess Mookambika is very beautiful. During festival time the temple attracts huge crowd. But I was fortunate to have Darshan at 3 pm in the afternoon within 15 minutes. See the pictures taken by me. Jayalalitha picture is from Mangalorean news.

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7 Jun 2014 – Compiled by London swaminathan. Post No.1091; Dated 7th June 2014. मूकं करोति वाचालं पङ्गुं लङ्घयते गिरिं । यत्कृपा …

MALGUDI DAYS AND AGUMBE

When I was studying B.Sc in Madura College in Madurai we were taken to Western Ghats for botanical collections. We were promised the viewing of beautiful tropical rain forests and big water falls in Agumbe. But after passing Singeri we stayed at Central Coffee Research Institute ( in 1968 or 1969). We were told by our professor that the weather was very bad and we couldn’t proceed any further. All the students were disappointed. But we did plant collections on our way back. From that day I wanted to visit Agumbe. When my driver told me that we were going via Agumbe I felt that my long time dream was fulfilled. Though I did not go deep into the forest, I stopped at the sunset viewing point. My driver told me the area was infested with most poisonous king cobras. We saw small water falls and streams along the Ghat section. At a distance huge water falls were visible. Agumbe receives the highest rain fall in South India like Cherrapunji in Assam in North East India..

Agumbe is the Cherrapunji of South India receiving 300 inches of rain (760 cms) in a year. This part of Karnataka experiences continuous rain fall for four months in a year.

My driver showed me a place connected with the most famous TV serial Malgudi Days of R K Narayan. Probably director and actor Shankar hailed from the place.

I saw cloud and fog topped mountain peaks. That reminded me of Pillar Rocks in Kodaikanal. The 1500 mile long Western Ghats is a paradise for nature lovers.

Don’t miss your next opportunity to visit this part of Karnataka! Study well before you visit that area.

spot connected with Malgudi Days according to my driver.

Xxx subham cxx

18 வகை தானியம், 4 வகை யாழ் (Post No.6963)

She looks like Dhanya Lakshmi

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Post No. 6963

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18 வகை கூலம், 4 வகை யாழ் என்ன என்ற பட்டியலை 1968ம் ஆண்டு சென்னை உலகத்  தமிழ் மாநாட்டு கையேடு வெளியிட்டுள்ளது-

Food is God, says Vedas
Work is God
18 Types of Grains, 4 Types of Lyre (yaaz in Tamil)
Tamil Lyre/ Yaaz
From London Underground Station
Yaaz in Gupta Coin
Yaaz/ Lyre- oldest in Gupta sculpture
–SUBHAM-

List of ‘Sexy’ Plants (Post No.6946)

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Post No. 6946

Pictures are taken from various sources; this is a non- commercial, educational blog; posted in swamiindology.blogspot.com and tamilandvedas.com simultaneously. Average hits per day for both the blogs 12,000.

I have already given a list of 255 plants. Here is a list of sexy plants, I mean, listed in the book  about aphrodisiacs (drugs, herbs, chemicals stimulating sexual feelings).

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