Archive | July 2018

446. Organising home – II

We have already seen organising of Living room, Kitchen, Dining room and Bed room, in my previous blog. Let us see how to organise other rooms in the house.

Children”s Room : Nowadays children don’t even want to share room with their own siblings. They need privacy. If the children are young, they can share the room. First of all, we have to ask the children to keep the room clean, by themselves. The wall paper should be attractive and we have to allow the children to choose them. Individual cup-boards and drawers should be given to each child, if they share the room. The bed should be comfortable and neat. We have to transform our kid’s room with inspiring designs and individualised touches to create a magical place. We have to open up a whole new world of exciting styling possibilities for our child’s room, from adorable nursery ideas to cool teenage bedroom ideas.

Guest Room :  It is better to have a guest room in the house, than sharing our own bed room. Preparing for and hosting house guests can be a very enjoyable experience. There is something satisfying about helping our visitors feel especially welcome and comfortable. We have to keep a quality bed and mattress for the guests. We have to leave a cupboard empty for the guest to keep their things. We should not dump our things in the guest room. Good lighting, fan and AC should also be there. The attached bath should be neat with facilities like water heater, wash basin and mirror.

Garage :  The garage is a pace for keeping the vehicles only. Some people use it as a store room to keep the unwanted things there. Periodical cleaning should be done to keep the garage clean. Proper lighting should be there.

Whether our house is small or big, we should organise it very neatly by keeping all the things in the right place and throwing away the unwanted things then and there.

Enjoy happy living.

445. Organising home – I

Everybody likes to live in an organised home. Having an organized home is very different than merely having a clean home. Yes, they are both vital to maintaining a happy, comfortable living space, but it takes a bit of creativity and smartness to implement easy ways to keep all our  belongings in their rightful place — and not all over the floor.

Living Room : While designing the layout of our living room, we have to think about how we will likely move through the room and ensure that our furniture layout doesn’t interrupt the natural flow of traffic.  We can plan the seating arrangement to maximize space utilization. Accordingly, we can put sofa and chairs. Also, we have to install some ceiling shelves to store books, picture frames and showcase items. An adjustable table helps us to reduce space. We have to keep TV, sofa and little furniture only so that the living room will give a neat look.

Kitchen :  The modular kitchen helps us to organise the kitchen things in a neat way so that nothing is visible explicitly. We have to arrange our kitchenware by frequency of use, with everyday dishes on an easy-to-reach lower shelf and special-occasion pieces up above.  We have to create a cooking zone around the stove, storing pots and pans as close to the range as possible. We should not keep refrigerator in the kitchen. Drawer organizers keep cutlery neatly separated, so we never have to rummage around for what we need.

Dining Room : We have to keep the size of the dining table optimum. It should not be too big or too small. We should keep the refrigerator in the dining room only. The cutlery rack should also be kept in the dining room only. We should not keep irrelevant things on the dining table. The dining room is where the family should end their day… sharing how their day went, making memories!

Bed Room :  Our day begins and ends in the bedroom, so keeping it organized will also keep us sane. Overflowing drawers, floors in disarray, and a cluttered bed will leave us feeling frazzled. An organized closet is the heart of a well-kept bedroom.   We have to go through our clothes and get rid of anything that doesn’t fit or that we haven’t worn in the past few years. We should not hesitate to give the clothes in good condition to the needy people. We have to fold everything in our clothing drawers neatly. We have to use a drawer divider for smaller items like  inwares, socks, lingerie, and belts.

I will talk more about other rooms in y next blog.

444. Thailand Cave Rescue

The Moo Pa (Wild Boars)  Soccer Academy team, whose ages range from 11 to 16, became trapped with their 25-year-old coach, Ekaphol Chantawong, inside the six-mile Tham Luang cave in the Doi Nang Non mountain range on 23 June 2018. Nine days later rescue divers located the team sheltering on a ledge surrounded by water. About two miles of narrow, flooded passageways separated their refuge from the main entrance. Efforts to pump water out began immediately as authorities tried to take advantage of a break in monsoon rains.

A daring rescue mission in the treacherous confines of a flooded Thai cave saved all 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep within the labyrinth. It ended a grueling, 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced volunteer diver and riveted people around the world.

The four members of the Thai military — one army doctor and three Navy SEAL members — who had stayed with the team for days came out of the cave together. The rescue operation is officially complete. All members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their 25-year-old coach are safe at the Chiang Rai hospital, the authorities said. The boys and their coach are to spend at least a week in the hospital to help protect them from infection, doctors say.

We are also happy and wish them a long life.

 

 

443. Blood Pressure

When our heart beats, it squeezes and pushes blood through our arteries to the rest of our body. This force creates pressure on those blood vessels, and that’s our systolic blood pressure. Blood pressure is the pressure of our blood on the walls of our arteries as our heart pumps it around our body. It’s a vital part of how our heart and circulation works.

Our blood pressure naturally goes up and down all the time, adjusting to our heart’s needs, depending on what we are doing. High blood pressure is when our blood pressure is persistently higher than normal.

A blood pressure reading under 120/80mmHg is considered optimal. Readings over 120/80mmHg and up to 139/89mmHg are in the normal to high normal range. Blood pressure that’s high over a long time is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. As we get older, the chances of having persistently high blood pressure increases.

It is very important to get our blood pressure checked regularly, and if it is persistently high, it needs to be controlled. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to a heart attack or stroke. It may also affect our kidneys. The medical name for high blood pressure over a long period of time is hypertension. 

The high blood pressure may be caused due to family history, eating habits, alcohol intake, weight or physical activity involved. Some medicines can also raise blood pressure. Our doctor may recommend that we have go  make some healthier lifestyle choices, like changing the food we eat or getting more exercise. Many people also need medicine to control their high blood pressure. Our doctor will tell us if we need medicine, and monitor its effects. Blood pressure medicines don’t cure high blood pressure, but they help to control it. We have to keep taking the medicines regularly,  for the rest of your life. We should not stop taking our medicine without  doctor’s advice.

Let us lead a healthy life by checking blood pressure and taking proper precaution.

 

440. Our visit to Chennai – VII

After finishing breakfast at Kancheepuram, we went by walk to Chithra Gupta temple.  It is one of the rare temples of the Hindu deity Chithra Gupta, considered to the assistant of Yama, the Hindu god of death.  Chithra Gupta is believed to have emerged from a painting and set as the accountant of good and bad deeds of human beings by  Lord Shiva. As per Hindu legend,  Shiva the Hindu god of destruction was discussing with his wife  Parvathi about maintaining Charma amidst all human beings in earth and maintaining good account of their deeds. He felt that he wanted to have someone to have a close watch on the people to prevent them from indulging in crime and involving themselves in good deeds. Shiva drew a picture in a gold plate – Parvathi was impressed and wanted Shiva to detail it. The picture turned into a deity by the divine grace of Shiva and Parvathi. Shiva entrusted the duty of maintaining the account of deeds of all human beings in earth. He came to be known as Chitraguptha as he was derived from a Chitra (piture) and Gupta (accountant).

Then, we caught an auto and went to Pavazha Vanna Perumal temple. It is one of the 108 divyadesams or holy abodes of Lord Vishnu. Out of the 108 Divya Desam, It lies in the 54th place. Here Vishnu is worshipped as Sri Pavazha Vannar Perumal with his consort Pavazhavalli Thayar.  During a chat between Lord Vishnu ((Thirumal) and his consort Thirumagal (Lakshmi) in Vaikundam, She requested to the Lord that he might turn his dark complexion (karvarnam) to golden by getting the grace of Lord Siva who was executing the threefold job of creation, preservation and Destruction. The Lord agreed and left to the Kanchi shrine and created holy water in front of Veerattakasam using his chakra weapon. He took bath in Chakra Theertham every day and worshipped Veerattakasar with 14,000 lotus flowers. Lord Shiva, who was delighted, appeared with Uma Devi and granted his wish to change his complexion from dark color to golden color. Hence in this temple Lord Vishnu appears in golden(coral) colour.

From there, we came by walk to Pachai Vanna Perumal  temple. Lord Maha Vishnu graces in the temple in shining emarald green in a standing form and His consort is Maragathavalli Thayar.

As we had to catch a direct bus from Kancheepuram to Medavakkam, Chennai, we finished our temple visits at Kancheepuram. Next day, we visited Anjaneyar temple and our beloved Raghavendraswamy temple in Nanganallur.  The very next day we attended another function in Chennai and caught train for Coimbatore that day night.

This trip was really pleasant and exciting as could visit many temples.

 

439. Our visit to Chennai – VI

On 20.06.2018, we got early and started visiting temples in outer Kancheepuram. We heard that 3 Perumal  temples are in a straight line and it is good to visit them on the same day. By auto, first we went to Thirupputkuzhi.  Here, the Moolavar is Sri Vijayaraghavaswamy and His consort is Maragathavalli Thayar. It is one of the 108 diva desa temples. In this temple, ladies who do not have children, give the dhal,  (Pachai Payaru) to Madapalli (place where the Lord’s food is prepared). After it is given, the dhal is fried and  tied around their stomach. The ladies are asked to sleep inside the temple. After waking up from their sleep, if the seed buds, it is confirmed that they will give birth to a child.

As per the legend when Sri Rama relinquished His kingdom and went on ‘vanavasam‘ ( to the forest), Sita spots a golden deer and requests Rama to catch it for her. The deer however is a demon sent by Ravana to lure Rama and Lakshmana away from Sita, so that he could abduct Sita. With Rama and Lakshmana  went out in search of the deer, Ravana abducts Sita and takes her along with him to Lanka. On the way to Lanka, Jatayu bhagavan (the vulture)and fights with Ravana to release Sita, but Ravana cuts Jatayu’s wings and he falls down to the earth seriously wounded. When Rama and Lakshmana come there in search of Sita, they find Jatayu mortally wounded in the forest. Jatayu tells them about Ravana and Sita, and then dies. Sri Rama then performs the last rites for Jatayu. As requested by Jatayu, the Lord here gives his seva in the form in which he performed the final funeral of Jatayu. Jatayu belongs to the Pul (a separate family of eagle) family and was buried in a ‘kuzhi’ (Tamilword for a deep pit), hence this sthalam is called Thiruputkuzhi.

Next, we went to Thiruppatkadal.  Located  near Kaveripakkam on the banks of Vegavathi  are the twin temples of Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal and Ranganatha at Thiruparkadal. Visiting these two temples is said to bear fruits equivalent to visiting the 107th Divya Desam (Thiruparkadal) which one cannot visit in this Bhoo Logam.  Rangantha is seen in an Anantha Sayana Posture with Marakkal by his side.  Yet another special feature is that the entire moolavar deity of Ranganatha is made of Athi Maram.

Chitragupta was once struck with a disease. He came here and offered his prayers to Lord Ranganatha asking for relief. The Lord asked him to bring together the ‘Athi Maram’ at this place and he conducted a yagna on the 1st day of Karthigai. Pleased with his prayers, Ranganatha relieved him from his illness. In a happy state of mind, Chitragupta asked the Lord if he could offer anything in return. It was then that Lord Ranganatha asked him to liberate the devotees, who visit this temple and offer their sincere prayers, from Chitragupta’s Destiny ‘Curse’ Notes. 

On his way back from Kanchi after visiting Brahmma’s Ashwamedha Yagna, Pundareeka Rishi, who had the special privilege of access to Thiruparkadal, wanted to visit a Perumal koil in a nearby village. He came down to this place and found a temple. Expecting this to be a Vishnu temple, he bathed in the temple tank and entered the temple only to find a Shiva Lingam. Disappointed and worried that he would not be able to visit a Vishnu temple, he left the temple only to be greeted by Lord Shiva in a disguised form. Clarifying that this was indeed a Vishnu temple, he asked the Rishi to come back to the temple and see for himself. To the rishi’s pleasant surprise, he found Vishnu standing atop the Shiva Lingam in a handsome smiling posture facing the East. A delighted rishi referred to him as ‘Prasanna’ Venkatesan.

Finally, we went to Dhamal  Dhamodhara Perumal Temple. Presiding Deity is called as Sri Damodara Perumal and Thaayaar is Thirumaal Azhagi. We all know the story of Krishna being tied to a mortar by Yashoda. This is why He is called Damodaran. Temples to Damodaran are not many and this Damodaran has given His name to the village itself. According to the sthala puranam this temple belonged to the Madhava community who gave the temple as daanam to srivaishnavas so the village was called ‘Danamallapuram’ which got shortened to Damal.  The devotees pray for offspring and Damodara blesses them with kids they offer an anklet(silver golusu) to Him.

We came back to Kancheepuram and continued our visit to temples.

438. Our visit to Chennai – V

Our next plan was to visit Mulbagal. In Kancheepuram,  on 19.06.2018, we got up early by 3 AM, to catch the direct bus to Chithoor.  The bus started by 4.30 AM and reached by  7.30 AM. From there, we went to Palamanaer.  There, we bought some fruits and flowers. From there, we got direct bus to Mulbagal. From Kancheepuram to Mulbagal, we had travelled by bus for 5 1/2 hours.

Mulbagilu town is located in Kolar district of Karnataka. The town got its name Mulbagilu from the word Mudalabagilu, which means the eastern gate in Kannada. It was an eastern gate for both Vijayanagara Empire and the state of Mysore.

Sripada Rayar  mutt is located at Narasimha theertha about 2 kilometers distance from Mulbagilu.  Sripadaraja spread the preaching of Dwaita philosophy founded by Madhwacharya. He was an important advisor of Vijayanagara kings and has penned many Kannada hymns. His contributions to Dwaita philosophy and Haridasa literature are immense.  The Narasimha theertha has his resting place (Brindavan). There is also a beautiful idol of Yoga Narasimha and Lord Hanuman here. The  sculpture of Yoga narasimha was sketched by Akshobhya theertha, the guru of Sripadaraja and the Hanuman was installed by Vyasaraja, the disciple of Sripadaraja.

There,  one devotee came for offering Thulabara for his daughter and another, for submitting the gold eyes to Narasimhaswamy. Some people came for Srartha also. So, we could finish Puja and lunch by 2 PM only. From there, we got Tirupathi – Bangalore bus  itself  from the Mutt, to Chithoor. From Chithoor, we went to Vellore and from there to Kancheepuram.  The return bus journey also took 5 1/2 hours.

Even though the bus journey was tedious and we had to wait in the Mutt, for a long time, we had a pleasant experience.

437. Our visit to Chennai – IV

Our visit to temples in Kancheepuram continued on 18th June 2018 evening. Next, we visited Ashta Bhuja Perumal temple, which is one of the 108 divya desa perumal temples. This is the only Vishnu temple with a Mangalasasanam dedicated exclusively for Mother Alarmel Mangai. The Perumal in this sthalam is Sri Aadhikesava Perumal and he is seen with 8 hands. He holds Chakaram, Sword, a Flower and an Arrow on the 4 right hands and Sangu, Bow, Kedayam (which is used to protect while fighting using a sword) and Gadha (Which can be found along with Hanuman and Bhima).  It is believed that Prathyaksham for Gajendran, an Elephant has happened  in this sthalam(Gajendra Moksham).

Next, we visited Alagiya Singer Perumal temple.  Ig is one of the 108 divya desa perumal temples.  Goddess Saraswathi sent a demon called Kapalika to disrupt the Yagna done by Brahma . Lord Vishnu took the form of Narahari to kill the demon. This is the place where Lord Vishnu resided at happily and hence this place is called as ThiruVelukkai, where Vel refers to “wish” and Irukkai refers to “residence”. It is said that Lord Vishnu appeared to the sage Bhrigu Maharishi in the form of Azhagiya Singar. There is a separate shrine found for Goddess Amruthavalli, the consort of Lord Sri Azhagiya Singar.

Our final visit was to Vaikunda Perumal temple on this day.  Vaikunta Perumal Temple or Thiru Parameswara Vinnagaram is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. It is one among the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Vaikuntanathan (Lord Paramapadanathan) and his consort Lakshmi as Vaikundavalli.  It is believed that Lord Vishnu taught 18 different arts to Parameswara Varman in his standing posture and on his grand sitting posture he made advises to him as an Aacharya would do to his disciple and finally got into his sleeping posture so as to be served by parameswara varman as a disciple would do to his Guru. We can see all His three postures in this 3 tiered temple.