Sesame is known as the, “Queen of oil-seeds“. Sesame oil is made from raw, pressed sesame seeds and has culinary, medicinal, and cosmetic uses.
In olden days, taking oil bath atleast once in a week, using sesame oil was a must in most of the Indian families. The practice of taking oil bath has started vanishing slowly. Our healthy life style also starts to face a decline because of this problem. he oil massage helps to soften the skin and ease tired aching muscles. The application of oil on the scalp keeps the body cool during the hot season and free of heat-related ailments, while the hot water bath provides relieve from aches and pains, and leads to deeper, better sleep after the stresses of the week.
Sesame oil contains two important anti-oxidants viz., sesamol and sesaminol which are helpful for our health. Sesame oil is good for heart problems and oil pulling in empty stomach is recommended for many ailments. Sesame oil does a lot in controlling blood pressure and healing wounds & burns. It protects us against UV rays and prevents arthritis problem. If we massage our body using sesame oil, it refreshes our skin and helps to glow.
Sesame oil adds a delicious and nutty flavor to a wide variety of dishes. It’s a popular ingredient in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. We can use sesame oil instead of cooking oil in day to day cuisine. Unrefined sesame is light in color, offers a nutty flavor, and is best used when cooking at a low to medium heat. Refined sesame oil, which is more processed, has a neutral flavor and is best for deep- or stir-frying. Toasted sesame oil has a deep brown color and delicate flavor that makes it best suited for dressings and marinades.
So, we have to use sesame oil daily in our cooking as well as for skin, to avail its full benefits.
In South India, Idly was the common breakfast in most of the families in yester years. Few years back, when the young generation people started following the western culture, idly lost its value. Only the old people at home still followed the habit of eating idly and the younger generation got many other options.
Let us see first how idly is made. The idly rice and the urud dhal of about 1/4th quantity are soaked in water for 8 hours separately. The rice is ground to a coarse mixture and the urud dal is ground nicely to a soft ball like structure without adding much water. We have to mix both the batters now by adding one spoon of salt and allow the batter to ferment for 8 to 10 hours. The idly batter is ready. The idly plates are greased with little oil and idli batter is poured & cooked in steam. The idly is ready now.
Idly is light as it contains no fats, saturated fats or cholesterols. The steamed, puffy and delectable, idly doused wiih the soothing sambhar is most favourable breakfast for many people. It goes well with coconut chutney or tomato chutney. For aged people, it easily gets digested without any problem. Generally, idli is steamed and the calorie intake is also relatively low. Idli is rich in fibre and protein content that keeps us full for longer and prevents overeating. This ultimately helps in weight control. The use of lentils in idli makes it a dish rich in iron. According to experts, consuming idli on a daily basis can help fulfil the daily iron requirement of 8 milligrams for men and 18 milligrams for women.
Nowadays, a welcoming change has started to happen. Many South Indians realise the importance of their traditional food and idly once again finds a place in the dining table of many youngsters. Many varieties of idli attracts children also.
So, once again, I wish to say that nothing is equal to our idli and we should take it happily.
Every family was following some morals and ethics in daily life previously. ‘Morality‘ simply means the principle which tells us the distinction between right or wrong and good or bad. The elders in a family used to tell the youngsters that the head of the family will punish if the morals and ethics are not followed. So, the youngsters were following them, without questioning.
Nowadays, we see the violation of morals and ethics everywhere. In India, the youngsters simply fly in their two-wheelers, overtaking all the vehicles and violating all traffic rules. Giving respect to elders is considered as “old-fashion”. In majority of movies, the heros are smoking, drinking & doing rowdyism and that has been liked by the heroines. The younsters also like such movies and follow the actions of heros and heroines. If a guest comes to a house, only elders show hospitality. The youngsters in the family never bother to know who the guest is. They pretend to be busy. In schools and colleges, the students mock teachers, other students and the Principal. The elders in the family also have changed a lot. When somebody is absent, the other members in the family immediately start to gossip about that person. What morality the younsters will take from them!
Another serious drawback is all the people, irrespective of age, are getting addicted to the social media. They believe whatever the media says. They are not checking whether the information given through social media is right or wrong. Another big thing is everybody wants to lead a selfish life without bothering about anything and anybody.
Ethics on the other part are set of common realized values of the entire society. These are the codified or normative version of do’s and dont’s. It is always taken that the person with the ethical values will always have high moral values. If morals are followed in all families, ethics in the society can also be easily followed.
We have to think about this and try to follow morals in the family so that ethics in the society will also be restored properly.
Whether you believe it or not, I was talking from January 2019 itself, regarding visiting Kancheepuram to have the darshan of Lord Athivaradhar. I had read about Him long back, in newspaper and magazines. I didn’t expect that people will flood to Kancheepuram from the nook and corner of the world to see Him.
Very casually, we booked tickets by bus to Kancheepuram from Coimbatore. Fortunately, we got a room in a hotel after trying some 10 hotels for 24th July 2019. We are reading and seeing the news about Athivaradhar darshan almost daily. We sat readily 4 days before the darshan date for booking the darshan ticket through online. But, after trying for more than 45 minutes, we couldn’t do. But, after few minutes, we saw in the website that the booking for 24th was closed. How could it happen, we don’t know. Later, we have read in a newspaper that the website is not working properly. Then, how the booking is done daily, that also we don’t know.
We made up our mind to stand in general queue and definitely will have the darshan of Athivaradhar. After reaching the hotel on 24th morning, we quickly got ready and caught a bus to reach the temple. All the vehicles were stopped 2 KM before the temple and we have to cross the distance by walk only. We never minded walking. So, we happily started to walk and joined the queue. When we reached the East Gopuram, the policeman asked us whether we wished to join in Senior Citizen queue and we agreed. He collected some 50 people and allowed inside. I think the crowd is comparatively less in Senior Citizen queue than in general queue. Nobody in the queue pushed or try to overtake us. Everybody walked like a procession until we reached Vasantha Mandapam.
In the same manner the queue proceeded and we got the historical moment in our life of having the darshan of Lord Athivaradhar. I cann’t describe it in words. There is a saying in tamil, “Kaana kann kodi vaendum”. Yes, we could stand for one full minute and had His darshan from foot to head. Oh, that minute was wonderful in my life and we walked out happily with full contentment. Hardly it took one hour and 45 minutes after getting down from the bus, for walking and having His darshan.
After visiting Pandharpur, we went to our room. Next day morning, we started early for Thuljapur Bhavani temple. It is a hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Bhavani. It is situated 45 km from Sholapur. It is one of the Shakthipeda in Maharashtra. Goddess Bhavani destroyed demons Matanga and Mahisha. The idol of Bhavani is Suyambu and is the Kuladevi of Shivaji.
We could standfor a minute in front of Goddess Bhavani to offer our prayers. Then we started for Kohlapur. Kolhapur is a blend of ancient tradition and modern influences. Kolhapur city is on the banks of River Panchganga and reflects a rich heritage along with a fast growing industrial town. The Shri Mahalakshmi Jain Ambabai Temple is one of the most famous temples of Jainism and Hinduism of the state. Mounted on a stone platform, the murthi of the crowned goddess is made of gemstone and weighs about 40 kilograms. The image of Matha Mahalakshmi carved in black stone is 3 feet in height. The Sri Yanthra is carved on one of the walls in the temple. A stone lion, the vahana of the goddess, stands behind the statue. The crown contains an image of the Sheshnag, the serpent of Vishnu.
After visitng all the temples in our plan we started our journey towards Pune Airport. On the way we spent some hours in our relative’s house. Then we started our journey to Chennai. Finally we came to Coimbatore by train, carrying very sweet memories about the trip.