Feast for Thought

Not pontificating. Only trying to bat on the side of the environment. And ethics. And simple living. And slowing down. (And trying to learn and practise before preaching or teaching...)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ganesha sharanam sharanam Ganesha

Does any other deity lend Himself to such devotee-specific imagination as, well, my Friend Ganesha? He happily takes whatever form one wishes to see Him in and has lent Himself benevolently to abundant variety in artistic 2-d / 3-d designs and forms. Image courtesy
It's Ganesh Chaturthi this Sunday 23 Aug, and here's an offering to help remember Him when you are online. :)

Try to list all the 16 words / names of everyone's favourite deity that you can make out in this picture (original artist unknown)

Ganapati Bappa Moriya!

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Are you Krishna conscious?

It's Krishna Jayanthi later this week. Here's a quiz (prepared for a local event) on the Lord and His doings. Hope you feel blessed enough to take the very simple challenge. :)
1. To whose ashram did Krishna and Balarama go for their education?
2. What is the name of Balarama's mother?
3. What is the Gurudakshina that their Guru wished from Krishna and Balarama?
4. Name Krishna's Conch.
5. Name the brothers who naughty Krishna released when He dragged the mortar to which Yasodha had tied Him. Whose sons were they?
6. Krishna had 16008 wives. Name at least four of them.
7. To whom did Sukha narrate the Bhagavatam?
8. Who was Krishna's BPL childhood friend - both his aliases, please?
9. What is the other name for Deepavali?
10. Krishna's favourite food items - name at least two.
11. The theme of India's biggest and oldest insurance company is a phrase from the Bhagavad Gita - which company? What is the phrase?
12. How many slokas altogether feature in the 18 chapters of the Gita?
13. Suppose you were to ready a set of clothing and accessories for the Lord, what would you include?
14. Name at least 5 demons that Krishna killed.
15. In how many days did Krishna and Balarama complete their education under their Guru?
16. In South Indian homes, there is a particular way in which the entry of Lord Krishna (as a child) is marked on the evening of Gokulashtami - What is it?
17. What is the name of the hunter who mistakenly sent an arrow that ended the Krishna Avatar?
18. Whose curse caused the death of Krishna and His clan?
19. The hunter who shot Krishna inadvertently was a well-known character in his previous birth. Who?
20. Who resided on the flag of the chariot that carried Arjuna to war?
21. Name Krishna’s son who abducted the daughter of a Kaurava prince.
22. Name Krishna’s garland.

Look forward to seeing your answers as part of your comments. Amendments, corrections, clarifications are very welcome!
Image courtesy: ISKCON
Your responses are welcome over the next 4 days. The comments and the answers will be published on Friday 14 Aug at 6 pm.
Update -4 responses (with answers) thus far

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Sangeet Natak Academy's treat to Delhi-vaasis Part 2

(continued from the previous post on recent Sangeet Natak Akademi winners)
L Heiramot Meitei (77), Thang-Ta, martial art of Manipur
Birabar Sahoo (79), Gotipua, Orissa

Hilda Mit Lepcha (53), Lepcha Music of Sikkim
Catch more of the Gotipua dance form next week at Travel Jottings