WRITTEN BY London swaminathan


 Date: 20 SEPTEMBER 2019

British Summer Time uploaded in London – 6-10 am

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 …


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


Written by London swaminathan


 Date: 18 SEPTEMBER 2019

British Summer Time uploaded in London –17-43

Post No. 6982

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During my third trip to India this year (2019), I was fortunate enough to have darshan of Lord Krishna in Udupi in Karnataka on 12th September 2019. It is a big town and district headquarters. So I saw a lively town. I was lucky to have darshan in 15 minutes. I stayed there in Hotel Samanvay which I think is a three star hotel. It’s standard was very high and came equal to good hotels in London. It has a restaurant as well.

Let us go to the temple now. Before we entered the temple we saw yellow sari clad ladies singing the Kirtans on Lord Krishna. The sweet music was broadcast by loudspeakers.  When I went to the temple next morning to get a book on the temple still the bhajan was going on. Only when I examined my pictures, I came to know it was a different group in the same uniform. It looks like the temple surroundings are surcharged with this Bhajans and Kirtans 24 hours a day. (Please see the pictures taken by me).

Where is Udupi?

It is a coastal town in Dakshina Kannada, 380 kilometres from Bengaluru and 60 kilometres from Mangaluru. Well connected by railways and road routes.

What is there to see?

The famous temple of Lord Krishna founded by Saint Madhvacharya is in the town.

There are two interesting things about the temple. Kanakadasa was a great saint. He was born in a low caste and so he was not allowed to have darshan (viewing’ seeing ) of the Lord through the main entrance of the temple. But when he came to the temple complex Lord Krishna himself turned in the direction of Kanaka dasa. He saw the lord’s idol through the window. From that day onwards Lord Krishna was seen only through the Kanakadasa window. It is similar to the story of Saint Nandanar of Tamil Nadu. The low caste devotee was not allowed to have the Darshan of Lord Shiva and so Siva ordered his lieutenant Nandkikeswara to move to a side so that Nandanar can see him.

Lord Krishna of Udupi is decorated with lot of valuable jewellery. The second important thing about the temple is that eight mutts run the temple in rotation. Every tow years, a new mutt takes charge of the temple. All the eight mutts are around the temple.

Udupi is surrounded by many famous towns and beauty spots. Famous Manipal Medical college, beautiful sandy beaches, several temples are in the vicinity. So one should spend a few days in Udupi to see all the places.

Since June to September is a rainy season for Karnataka we also experienced occasional heavy showers. Tourists and devotees throng the area . all through the year.

Another interesting story about Udupi Krishna

Madhvacharya, the great Vaishnava saint and exponent of Dwaita philosophy was doing prayers in the beach . He saw a ship sailing towards a big rock. Madhva alerted the captain of the ship by waving his top cloth and the great disaster was averted. The captain was very grateful and offered any valuable item on the ship. But Madhva said that being a sanyasin / ascetic he couldn’t accept any valuable gift. When Madhva came to know that ship is sailing from Dwaraka, another holy shrine of Lord Krishna with ballast, he asked for the yellow ballast/clay so that he and his devotees could use it for tilak and holy marks on their bodies. Years rolled after this incident and when the ballast was broken into pieces, they found the statues of Balarama and Krishna inside. Balarama was installed in a temple on the beach and Lord Krishna’s statue was taken eight miles inland to the modern Udupi. All this happened 800 years ago.

One more important thing about Udupi is saint Madhva’s birth place Pajaka village is nearby. Malpe is only a few miles away where Balarama temple is situated on the coast.

So one can earn lot of Punya by visiting Udupi and its surrounding holy shrines. I saw lot of Tulsi pots in front of the temple.

Whether one knows Udupi Krishna or not, Udupi hotels (restaurants) are very famous through out South India. The sign Udupi Hotel stands for quality and taste.

Xxx subham xxx


Written by London Swaminathan


 Date: 2 SEPTEMBER 2019
British Summer Time uploaded in London –

Post No. 6970

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I want to place it on record the amazing statistics about Athi Varadar with the hope of someone reding it after forty years, i.e.2059!

Who is Athi Varadar?

Mahavishnu in Varadaraja Swami Temple in Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu.

What is the meaning of   Athi Varadar?

Athi is a wood mentioned in Vishnu Sahasranama as Udumbara along with two other trees. All the three trees belong to Ficus genus. Athi is Ficus Udumbra or Ficus racemose. Varadar is one who showers boons on devotees.

Why is God Vishnu known as Athi Varadar?

Because the original statue was made of Athi wood and placed in a water- tight silver casket under the temple tank. Instead of this a granite statue is worshiped on daily basis.

What is the significance of the wooden statue?

It was made by Lord Brahma and so considered very valuable. If it is anointed every day with all the usual Abishek/ bathing materials it will be damaged. So it is immersed in the tank and taken out once in forty years. Last time it was taken out in 1979.

What is the Forty Year wonder?

When it is taken out of the tank a great number of devotees gather to have the darshan (viewing). This time it was taken out in July/August and kept out for darshan for 48 days.

Few people reported that they are seeing it for the third time in their life!

What happened during 48 days?

During the 48 days in July/August 2019, over ten million people had the viewing of Lord in lying position and standing position.

Over ten million people contributed over Rs 9.9 crores during this period. Out of the 18 hundis (money box), 13 were open and 164 grams of gold, 4959 grams of silver, cash of nearly 100 million rupees were found.

Millions of people had free food. Rs.1-5 crore donation was received for Anna danam alone.

From President of India to a poor beggar in the street every one had the blessing of God.

What is the condition of the statue when it is taken out?

It was in good condition and applied with herbal oils.

On the re immersion day (178-2019,) 48 types of Prasadams were made and offered to the Lord.

How big is the statue?

12 feet tall and two and half feet wide.

Any more wonder?

The statue that is placed in the Vasanta Mandapam will be immersed on the 48th day. The tank dried for cleaning and other purposes will be automatically filled in by the rain. This time also the city and its suburbs had heavy rains.

When is the next darshan?

It will be in year 2059.

If we are all lucky we will have the Darshan!

I am attaching some paper cuttings for future generations.

One more wonder!

There re over 350 inscriptions in the temple. They are from

Chozas,Pandyas, Telugu chodas,

Pallava /Kadavarayas,Chera ,Kakatiya,


and devotees. 16 inscriptions are from the great ruler Krishnadevaraya (1510-528). Two of the inscriptions give a complete list of his conquests.

The Kalyana Mandapam alone has 800 bas reliefs depicting  various puranic themes. Wood carvings and paintings are also found in the temple.






 Date: 27 AUGUST 2019  

British Summer Time uploaded in London – 14-05

Post No. 6941

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One of the greatest kings of India. He ruled whole of south India in the 16th century.

Kumbakonam is a town in Tamil Nadu with lot of temples.


MAHAMAHAM tank is in Kumbakonam. Every 12 year, a festival is held and lakes of people come to the tank to take bath. They believe that their sins will be washed away or their demands will be fulfilled.
it is interesting to read even a great king came all the way to Kumbakonam.

Here’s the detail

After conquering Gajapati Kingdom he went straight to Tirupati without returning to his capital Hampi. He went to Kalahasti, Madurai, Alagarkoil, Sriviliputur and all Tamil Nadu shrines.

Inscriptions give precise details and they are supported by literature. But there are minor discrepancies.

He was in Kumbakonam on sixth February 1517.

He stayed in Madurai for three days. (DON’T GET CONFUSED BETWEEN SAKA YEAR AND ENGLISH YEAR)

He stayed in Madurai for three days. (DON’T GET CONFUSED BETWEEN SAKA YEAR AND ENGLISH YEAR)

He stayed in Madurai for three days. (DON’T GET CONFUSED BETWEEN SAKA YEAR AND ENGLISH YEAR).




 Date: 25 AUGUST 2019  

British Summer Time uploaded in London – 16-44

Post No. 6932

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East London came to vibrant life this Sunday morning (25-08-2019) because of the chariot procession of Goddess Mahalakshmi, Vishnu and Lord Ganesh. Of the 27 Tamil temples in and around London, two East London temples are run with Indian priests.

Not many people get up early in London on Sunday mornings. But  East London appeared like Mini India this morning with jasmine fragrance and colourful scenes. All the shops were decorated with festive festoons and flowers. In front of each shop and most of the houses were coconut, bananas, flowers with lighted Kuthuvilakku (traditional Hindu lamp). The two chariots stopped at each place and took nearly three hours to reach the destination.

The added attractions were Kerala drums and Indian Pipes and Tamil drums. Following the tradition devotees offered coconut and fruits in all the places.

To avoid the evil eye or part of a vow, people used to break  coconuts  on the roads. In one place a mat was spread and scores of coconuts were broken on the road. Lot of people took pictures. East London became a refugee camp after Second World War with the influx of Jewish refugees. Then came the Sikhs, Sri Lankan Tamils and Pakistanis. Now it has people of all ethnicities.

Free Coffee, Free Rose Milk, Free Sundal

Saravana Bhavan, the most famous vegetarian restaurant in the world, offered coffee, tea, Sundal (boiled Chick peas with added spices) and sweet pudding. Everything free. This is the first time I see free coffee and tea. Lyca mobile offered buttery Neer Mor (butter milk) and Sundal. Others gave Rose milk and bottled drinks free. Nowadays even before the full lunch meal (Maha Prasad), people get all types of snacks for breakfast.

As usual women came in colourful silk sarees and men came in silk dhotis in the tadeonal way. I went with the procession for an hour or so but did not stay for the tasty MAHA Prasad.

Two more Hindu temples did Rath Yatra today and unfortunately no one could cover all the three because they are miles apart.

Please see the attached pictures taken by me–



Tirupati Temple Wonder & Tamil Wonder (Post No.6922)



 Date: 23 AUGUST 2019  

British Summer Time uploaded in London – 19-26

Post No. 6922

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 Date: 15 AUGUST 2019  

British Summer Time uploaded in London –  16-15

Post No. 6882

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An interesting story of golden bowl given to Buddha has been described in 1800 year old Sanskrit book called Lalita Vistara and  1000 year old sculptures of Borobudur in Indonesia.

Sujata was the daughter of the village headman of Uruvilva. After a long fast of Buddha, se gave him milk rice in a golden bowl. But before eating it he went to the river of Nagas known as Nairanjana to refresh himself. After his bath he wanted to sit down on the banks of the river. Naga daughter who inhabits the river brought him a jewelled throne.  Seated on the throne Buddha took his milk rice. After having the food he threw the golden bowl into the river.

Sagara, the Naga King,    seized it at once and waned to carry it to his abode. At the same time Indra assuming the shape of Garuda (eagle) and holding his Vajra weapon in his beak tried to rob the priceless treasure from the Naga chief. When Indra realised, he was too powerful for him to beat, he took his original fomr and begged for the bowl. When Indra received it, he took it to the Heaven and instituted an annual ‘Festival of the Bowl’. The author of Lalita Vistara says it is still celebrated.

(Today we don’t know anything about it. So it may be one of the lost festivals of ancient India)

It was so popular till Borobudur period and in panels 85 to 89 of Lalita Vistara sculptures we see them even today. The popular story went up to Indonesia. 120 panels describe the anecdotes in Buddha’s life as detailed in Lalita Vistara.

Following are the details found in the sculptures of five panels:

Buddha in his previous Bodhisatva form, receives the golden bowl from Sujata in his right hand.

Four divine personages kneel before him. Celestial Rishis shower on him divine flowers and ornaments.

Then a Naga maid offers him the jewelled throne. Another three Naga females kneel before Buddha

Buddha seated cross legged on the throne took the food.

Another panel shows buddha’s empty right hand . Then a hooded Naga receive the bowl and then give it to Indra. Another peculiar figure with the head dress in the shape of an elephant trunk is found near the royal personage. Scholars think that it is Airavata in the shape of a human being.

Airavata is the elephant Vahana of Indra.

Such a detailed and popular story has disappeared from India with its Bowl festival!

(The elephant headed dress is found in North West India and Pallava History as well)

Xxx subham xxx


Rolling on road behind the Goddess Chariot in London

Written by  London Swaminathan


 Date: 11 AUGUST 2019  

British Summer Time uploaded in London –  19-

Post No. 6762

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Kanaga Durga Temple in Ealing, London, celebrated its Annual Chariot festival also known as Car Festival and Rath Yatra. Ealing in London became another Jaffna (Sri Lanka) today. Sri Lankan Hindus showed that they are  second to none in following Hindu rituals. I have seen many Rath Yatras in London and Tamil Nadu (India). But today’s one was unique.

The unusual scene today was the rolling of scores of Hindu Tamil devotees on the ground, literally on the roads. Hindus take vow and do several strange rites to fulfil their vows. Fire Walking, Carrying Fire Pots in hands or heads, Carrying Milk Pots or Pots with young /germinating plants on their heads, rolling on the left over food leaves/plates and rolling on the ground etc.

The meaning behind all these rituals is thanks giving to the god for fulfilling their wishes. Several people do it with newer demands as well; “Lt me get married soon; let me get a good wife or husband, let me pass in the exams, let my troubles be over, let me get a child, let me get good health or wealth” are some appeals. Several mothers do it for their children. That is why Manu and other Law makers made Mother superior to God in Hinduism.

Today I saw scores of people rolling on the hot, rough roads following the Ratha/ chariot of Goddess Durga. Kanaga Durga (Golden Goddess of Protection) is a famous temple in London. Every year the Rath Yatra is held.

Hindus believe that the dust of the devotees is more powerful in healing than the Prasad of Gods. So they roll on the ground where the Bhaktas/devotees and Gods walked. That is why they came at the far end of the procession.

The whole of Jaffna descended upon Ealing area of London this morning giving colourful scenes. Hundreds of young volunteers led the procession peacefully for four hours. Several thousands attended and had free food. They waited patiently with  young children with smiling faces to get the Darshan (viewing of the Goddess) and the Maha Prasad (sumptuous food).

Another beautiful scene is the Kavadi Dance (Kanwaria in North India). They take the semi circular, decorated wooden arch on their shoulders and dance and chant the names of Gods. Kavadi carriers put hooks behind their backs or insert sharp spade shaped Vel in their mouths to show their intensity of devotion; another interpretation is that by punishing themselves like this they atone for their sins.

Hundreds of women carried the Milk Pots on their heads. These are the things that give them great mental strength. These serve as shock absorbers and tackle all sorts of family problems.

Sri Lankan mothers brought their children in large numbers. It is not only fun for the children but also memorable events in their life. Todays’ mothers and fathers were trained on the job (of understanding Hinduism) by their parents in the same way.

Hinduism is unique in the world with hundreds of colourful rituals and foods. The more they celebrate such festivals the more faith they get. Their faith gets more deep rooted.

In addition to Rolling men, Milk Pots, Fire Pots, Kavadis there were music troupes playing on traditional pipes and drums. Three Rathas/ chariots took nearly four hours to reach the destination and people walked all through the route. They broke thousands of coconuts and offered them to Goddess Durga along the route.

I have taken scores of pictures- please see the attached pictures.


carrying Milk pot (paal Kudam) on head.

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Written by London Swaminthan


 Date: 31 JULY 2019

British Summer Time uploaded in London – 8-30 am

Post No. 6706

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My visit to Chennai Museum – Part 4 (Post No.6694)

This is the Fourth Part;  Visited on  7th July, 2019

WRITTEN by London  Swaminathan

Date: 28 JULY 2019

British Summer Time uploaded in London – 18-

Post No. 6694

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These pictures were taken with my Samsung Phone

to be continued……………………..