Sunday, 27 January 2013

Srikalahasti temple

          Srikalahasti Temple in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh is one of the important ancient Shiva Temples of South India. Srikalahasti Temple occupies the area between the river bank and the foot of the hills and is popularly known as Dakshina Kailasam. This temple was built during the period of King Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagar.


History of Srikalahasti Temple:
          As per the legend, the town got its name because of the temple named after Sri (spider) Kala (snake) hasti (elephant) after the three ardent devotees of Lord Shiva. These three animals attained divinity by worshipping Lord Shiva. The spider was Lord Vishwakarma`s (architect of the deva ganas) son Oornanabha. He was trying to replicate Lord Brahma`s creation and thus annoyed Brahma who cursed him to become a spider. Shiva himself cursed the snake. The elephant was god Pramadha cursed by Shiva`s wife, Parvati, when he intruded on their privacy. The Shiva linga here is an amalgamation of the three animals. 


              Srikalahasteeswara Swamy Temple is reputed. as the Rahu - kethu Kshetra, If the People who have Rahu Kethu Doshas and sarpa Doshas the unmarried and No Children and those who are facing various problems for a long period perform the most effective "Rahu - Kethu Sarpa Dosha Nivarana Puja" in this Temple all the Doshas get removed and desired results occur. Thousands of devotees from the country and abroad perform this puja and fulfil their vows again and again after receiving good results. Rahu - Kethu Sarpa Dosha Nivarana Puja Can be performed daily between 6.30a.m and 9.00p.m.on payment of Rs.250/-, 600/-, 1000/-, 1500/-(The Devastanam Will arrange all Puja Materials.). 

Temple Timings

Saturday to Monday : 6.00 AM to 9.30 PM
Tuesday to Friday    : 6.00 AM to 9.00 PM


Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Surya namaskar postures and benefits

Surya Namaskar Twelve postures:

          Surya Namaskar (Salutations to the Sun) is devoted to the worship of the solar deity, the provider of energy and intellect. The complete set of Asana combined with proper deep and rhythmic breathing will provide significant physical and mental benefits. It can be practiced any time of the time; however, mornings on an empty stomach are preferred. When practiced in the morning, Surya Namaskar relieves stiffness, energizes the body and refreshes the mind. It is a form of exercise for all fitness levels. It is a spiritually uplifting exercise and promotes a keen awareness of the interconnectedness of your body, mind and breath.

1. Pranamasana (Salutation posture)
          Stand erect with feet together. Join the palms together in front of the chest. Concentrate on standing straight, steady and in a prayerful attitude. Exhale fully
  1. Hastauttanasana (Raised arm posture)
Inhaling stretch both arms above the head, palms facing upward. Arch the back and stretch the whole body.
  1. Padahastasana (Hand to foot posture)
Exhaling bend the body forward and down, keeping the spine straight. Avoid collapsing the chest or over-rounding the upper back. Keep the legs straight and perpendicular to the ground.
  1. Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian posture)
On your next inhalation, extend the left leg back and drop the knee to the ground. The right knee is bent and kept between the hands and the right foot placed flat on the ground. Lift the spine and open the chest. Concentrate at the eyebrow center.
  1. Parvatasana (Mountain posture)
On the exhalation bring the right leg back to join with the left leg. Simultaneously raise the buttocks and lower the head between the arms, so that the body forms a triangle with the floor. Try to place the heels flat on the ground. Focus awareness at the neck area. Maintaining the posture take a deep inhalation.
  1. Ashtanga Namaskar (Salutation with eight limbs)
Exhaling gently drop both knees to the ground and slowly slide the body down at an angle as you bring the chest and chin to the ground. All eight limbs - toes, knees, chest, hands and chin - touch the floor. The buttocks are kept up. Hold the breath.
  1. Bhujangasana (Cobra posture)
On the inhalation, lower the hips while pushing the chest forward and upward with the hands, until the spine is fully arched and the head is facing up. The knees and lower abdomen remain above the floor. Focus the awareness at the base of spine and feel the tension from the forward pull.
  1. Parvatasana (Mountain posture)
Exhale and get back to posture 5.
  1. Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian posture)
Inhale and swing the right leg forward between the hands. The left leg remains back. Resume posture 4.
  1. Padahastasana (Hand to foot posture)
Exhaling, bring the left foot forward. Join both legs and resume posture 3.
  1. Hastauttanasana (Raised arm posture)
Inhale, raise the trunk up and bend backward. Resume posture 2.
  1. Pranamasana (Salutation posture)
Straighten the body and bring the hands in front of the chest. Resume posture 1.
The above constitutes one half of a round of Surya Namaskar. To complete the other half the same movements are repeated except that the right leg is brought back in posture 4 and the left foot is brought forward in posture 9. So one full round consists of the exercises done twice. Practice up to 6 rounds in the morning and 6 rounds in the evening.
When the exercises are done a little quickly, the gain is more physical while if they are done slowly with breath awareness the gain is more mental and spiritual.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Cook Simply


Sambar with rice is one of the main courses of both formal and everyday tamilian cuisine. It is also prepared in other parts of southern India with mild variations. Often served by pouring it over steamed rice, best accompanied with curries and appalam.
1 cup Toor dhal (Thuvaram paruppu/kandi pappu,soak for atleast 1 hour)
1 no Onion (cut lengthwise)
1 cup Choice of vegies (carrots, radish,drumstick,beans,okra,brinjal))
2 nos Tomato
1 no Green chilli
3 clove Garlic
3 tsp Tamrind juice (or thick store bought pulp 1/4 tsp)
3 tsp Red chilli powder
2 tsp Corrainder powder
¼ tsp Turmeric powder
2 tsp Sambhar powder (store bought gives good color)
2 tsp Salt (or to taste)
2 tbsp Oil
½ tsp Mustard
½ tsp Cumin seeds
¼ tsp Fenugreek seeds
2 nos Dry red chilli
½ tsp Asafoetida powder
7 nos Curry leaves
3 cup Water
1 stks Corrainder leaves (chopped for garnishing)


Wash and soak Toor dhal (Thuvaram paruppu/kandi pappu ) in water for atleast 1 hour. Then pressure cook it with little salt until you get 3 to 4 whistles from your cooker. Once done and when the pressure releases, open and mash it immediately with spatula or blend well and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add mustard, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, dry red chillies, curry leaves and asafoetida, let them splutter, then add Onions, greeen chilli , garlic, tomatoes, all the vegies except okra(Ladies finger) and fry them for few minutes. To this add tumeric powder, red chilli powder and dhania powder and pressure cook them with salt and 1 cup of water. Do not pressure cook ladies finger this may turn the sambhar very mushy and sticky, so instead, shallow fry them seperately in a pan and keep aside. Now transfer all the contents to a regular deep sauce pan, mix cooked dhal or paruppu , tamrind pulp , sambar powder and  salt, bring it to a boil and reduce to simmer. When it reaches desired consistency garnish with corrainder leaves.


January 21(Actor Santhanam)


N. Santhanam
Born 21 January 1980 (age 32) Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian

          N. Santhanam is an Indian film actor who plays lead comedian roles in Tamil films. His fame started off in the Lollu Sabha. He made his feature film debut in Manmadhan in 2004 and later appeared in several successful films.Though Manmadhan is considered as his first feature film, he has acted in two films before the Manmadhan. Santhanam was also there in STR's debut film as a leading actor, namely Kadhal Azhivathillai.[2] Theoretically Kadhal Azhivathillai should be considered as first film of Santhanam. It is rumoured that his acts are inspired from the works of the great stand up comedian Shri Sabreesh Srinivasan.
        He is best known for his roles in Siruthai (2011) and director M. Rajesh's comic trilogy, comprising Siva Manasula Sakthi (2009), Boss Engira Bhaskaran (2010) and Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (2012), the former two earning him the Vijay Award for Best Comedian for their respective years. After Manmadhan, Santhanam continued his collaboration with actor Silambarasan, appearing in successful comedy tracks in Vallavan, Kaalai, Silambattam, Vaanam and Osthe. As of 2012, he is the most popular comedian working in Tamil cinema.[3] Now he has started a film production company named Handmade Films.