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  • 1960 – Hindi Songs – Bombai Ka Babu

    1960 – Sathi Na Koi, Movie – Bombai Ka Babu
  • Sree Krishna Mutt Udipi

    You can view the daily rituals at :

    Udipi Sree Krishna Mutt

    One can view the daily rituals by clicking on the pane right side.
    The following link shows the cleaning ritual of the

    Sanctum Sanatorium.

    Sree Krishna Mutt, Udipi

    It is very rare to see Lord Krishna of Udipi as close as one can see here

    (contributed by: Mohan  Rao on 14.11.2011)
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  • Mount Kailash

     

    “Mount Kailash”

     

    Profound Mysteries: What Makes Mount Kailash mou Intriguing? (From fireflydaily.com)

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    Mount Kailash North Face Sunrise From Dirapuk On Mount Kailash Outer Kora

    You must have known the fact that beautiful Mount Kailash in Tibet has never been climbed by any mountaineer. It is heard in stories that a mystic Tibetan Seer and poet named Milarepa is the only human being who has been able to climb the peak of Mount Kailash. It was over 900 years ago, and since then we have just heard the stories of how nobody has been able to reach the summit of this unclimbable peak.

    Do you ever wonder what makes this peak so difficult to be climbed? Is it the physical infeasibility, the difficulty because of altitude, or some other mystic and inexplicable reason which are beyond human control and understanding? Here are some facts about the most mysterious mountain, and a small attempt to understand what the mystery behind this unclimbed peak could possibly be which allows no one to complete the summit of Mount Kailash. We don’t guarantee to clarify it, or to challenge the peak’s unclimbability, we just wish to seek an explanation to it.

    Mount Everest is 8848 metre (29029 ft) in height and its summit has been scaled by over 4,000 people, while Mount Kailash is 6638 metre (21778 ft) and its summit is unclimbed.

    Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Bon are the 4 major religions that believe Mount Kailash to be a sacred place.

    At the height of 14,950 feet on the foothills of Mount Kailash, are Lake Mansarovar and Lake Rakshastal.

    Lake Mansarovar is known to be the highest fresh water body in the world, while Lake Rakshastal has salt-water in it.

    Rakshastal is believed to be the lake of Raavana or the demon, where he performed his penance to please Lord Shiva.

    The shape of Mansarovar is that of the Sun, and Rakshastal has the shape of the crescent Moon!

    Both the lakes are located close to each other divided by a thin isthmus and still while Rakshastal is constantly stormy, lake Mansarovar remains calm throughout all weather conditions.

    It is said that Mount Kailash is the heavenly abode of Gods and that’s the reason why no mortal has ever been able to climb it.

    According to ancient Tibetan legends and writings, “No mortal ever be allowed to walk atop Mount Kailash, where, among the clouds, is the abode of the gods. He who dares to start the top of Mount holy and see the faces of the gods will be put to death!”

    Colonel Wilson, one of the many mountaineers who tried to climb the summit of Mount Kailash explained, “Just when I discovered an easy walk to the summit of the mountain, heavy snow began to fall, making the ascent impossible.”

    Sergei Cistiakov, a Russian climber gives an explanation to not being able to finish the summit which will stun you – “When we approached the foot of the mountain, my heart was pounding. I was in front of the sacred mountain, Mount which says it cannot be beaten. I felt extremely emaciated and suddenly I became captivated by the thought that I do not belong on this mountain, it must necessarily come back! As soon as we started the descent, I felt liberated.”

    Those who visit the area around the mountain have seen their nails and hair grow to a length in 12 hours, which in normal conditions would happen in 2 weeks! The mountain has an air that causes rapid ageing.

    Some Russian scientists have studied the mountain to a great extent and have put forward an idea that Mount Kailash could be a man-made pyramid, and might be the ultimate paranormal phenomenon that connects all the other such monuments in the world where similar things have been observed. It is believed to be the centre of this world-wide system.

    Mt. Kailash is believed to be the Axis Mundi, literally the ‘Axis’ of the world that provides a connection between the earth and heaven, between the physical world and the spiritual worlds, the celestial centre of the world where heaven meets earth.

    Legend says that the Mt. Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mount Meru/Sumeru which is the spiritual centre of the universe according to Buddhist, Jains, and Hindu cosmology.

    Every year thousands of Buddhist, Jain, Hindu and Bönpo pilgrims circumambulate the foot of Mount Kailash, which is 52 km long.

    Even with so many studies and many theories, it is believed that no one has ever understood the real reason why Mount Kailash cannot be climbed, why thousands attempted and failed despite of it being a mountain with a height of 6638 metres which mountaineers should be able to do. But some things are fine if they remain the mysteries that they are, no matter how much intimidating they seem, or how long their history has been.

    (Source: fireflydaily.com)

     

  • Jonglage Strip Tease

    Video of Jonglage Strip Tease

     

     

    (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 17.08.2011)

  • History of Computers

    The history of computing hardware is the record of the ongoing effort to make computer hardware faster, cheaper, and capable of storing more data.

    Computing hardware evolved from machines that needed separate manual action to perform each arithmetic operation, to punched card machines, and then to stored program computers. The history of stored program computers relates first to computer architecture, that is, the organization of the units to perform input and output, to store data and to operate as an integrated mechanism.                               ( More …)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_computers

  • Religion

    Religion is something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience, and a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects. In some cases, it is a belief of some superhuman power or powers, often a god or gods, which usually involve obedience, reverence, and worship; and as part of a system which defines a code of living, especially as a way of achieving spiritual or material improvement.

    (continued at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion )

     

  • Sri Padmanabhasawmy Temple, Kerala

    SRI PADMANABHASAWMY TEMPLE, TRIVANDRUM
    And
    SIR THOMAS MUNRO, GOVERNOR of MADRAS

    Hinduism, also called Sanathana Dharma, is universal in application and does not make any difference between one religion and the other. All the devotees who believe and follow the tenets of Hinduism are respected and rewarded alike. The foregoing is a classic example of an Englishman by name Sir Thomas Munro [1761-1827] who was the Governor of Madras and his devotional attachment to Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple at Trivandrum  [then called Travancore].

    When India was ruled by the British, there were so many princely states like Mysore, Rajasthan, Travancore etc. which were directly ruled by the respective Maharajas who owed allegiance to the British throne. The erstwhile Maharajas of Travancore ruled the State in the belief that it was their ‘Divine Right to Rule’. They were simultaneously aware of the fact that the Right to Rule entirely depended on their ability to rule ‘rightly’ in keeping with the tenets of Hindu Dharma or Raja Dharma as it is called in Sanskrit. They also knew that it was Divinity that gave them the power to rule.

    In 1750, King Martanda Varma, the most powerful of the Travancore rulers, pledged that he and his descendents would serve the kingdom as servants of Lord Padmanabha [Padmanabha Dasa], the Lord being the King. The British had observed the tradition and honoured the Lord with a 21-gun salute.

    When the Indian states were merged, Independent India appointed the Travancore royal head as the Raj Pramukh; but he preferred to be known as Padmanabha Dasa, and not as Raja Pramukh. The government had continued to honour the tradition of 21 gun-salutes to the Lord till 1970 when, along with the abolition of princely titles, the honour of the Lord was withdrawn.

    Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, as seen today, was built by Maharaja Martanda Varma in 1773. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Temple has an 18 feet long idol and a seven-tier Gopuram.

    Sometime in the early 19th century, the State was ruled by Maharaja Martanda Varma. When he passed away in 1813 he had no male heir to succeed him to the throne. So, the British Government approved of a provisional arrangement to rule the State by making his wife Rani Lakshmibai as a Regent. This was an immediate and temporary arrangement till a final decision was taken about the successor. At that time Thomas Munro who was stationed at Travancore was representing the British Government as Dewan.of Travancore. After sometime, the Governor General of India asked Munro to intimate the name of a suitable successor. Munro could not give an immediate reply as he knew that at that time Rani Lakshmibai was carrying and the delivery was expected soon. If the Rani failed to deliver a male child, the Travancore State, as per the Doctrine of Succession, would lapse to the British throne.

    When a final reminder came from the Governor General for an immediate reply and the decision could not brook any delay, Munro was in a real fix. The Queen had not yet delivered. However, as Munro had great respect to Hinduism and believed in the Divinity of Lord Padmanabha and as he was also keen on continuing the lineage of the Maharaja, he prayed to Lord Padmanabha and sent a letter to the Governor General saying that the Queen had delivered a male child, even though no delivery had taken place. He took a great risk of uttering a lie, guided by an inner voice that divine intervention would prove him true.

    Munro spent sleepless nights after sending the letter. One fine morning he went on horse back to the East Fort at Travancore and facing the Lord murmured “O Lord! I believe you are omnipotent. I adore you. Please grant me a boon. Let Her Highness deliver a male child. There should not be a gap in your Slave Kings. Bless Her Highness with a male child for the throne”. He further added “if it is true that you are there, grant me my boon. If it is not granted, I cannot say what I will do”. After his prayer, Munro returned to the Residency, his official residence. Within a few minutes, he heard the news that Her Highness had delivered a male child. The joy of the Resident knew no bounds. He cried in ecstasy “O Lord Padmanabha! You are a reality. You are very much there in flesh and blood”.

    The male child that was born to Rani Lakshmibai in 1813 was none other than the most famous ruler of the State who later ascended the throne of Travancore as Swathi Tirunal Maharaja—one of the greatest composers of Carnatic music. Besides music, His Highness was highly learned in Sanskrit, poetry and other fine arts. Though His Highness died at the young age of 34 years, he ruled the State for nearly 18 years and was a master of 13 languages. Apart from music compositions, he has written a book on “The Theory of Music” in his own handwriting which is preserved even today in the Department of Oriental Studies, Trivandrum.

    Munro became an ardent devotee of Lord Padmanabha and personally undertook the work of temple administration. The code he evolved in Temple Administration is even now followed in several temples of that region.

    As a digression, it may be noted that when Munro first came to India and took service under the British Government in 1801, he was for some time looking after the administration of some of the districts in the South, ceded by the Nizam of Hyderabad. In this capacity, he was once entrusted with the job of bringing the land on which the famous Sri Raghavendra Swamy Math is situated in Mantralaya under the control and jurisdiction of the East India Company under the Permanent Settlement Act. When this order came to the notice of the local citizens, many natives and devotees of the Math vehemently opposed the move as they thought it would be a religious sacrilege for a foreign government to encroach upon the holy premises of the Math. They approached Munro with their grievance. Munro decided to visit Mantralaya personally and check about the religious sanctity of the Math. It is said that when he reached the Math premises, removed his shoes and was about to enter the Math, Sri Raghavendra Swamy himself appeared before him in a vision and it is further said that both became involved in a conversation. However, no one knew about this till the fact was made known by Munro himself. A subsequent issue of the Madras Government Gazette, however, bears witness to this strange incident. It is also learnt that soon after this incident, Munro was promoted as the Governor of Madras Presidency in which capacity he got cancelled the earlier decision of the British Government to annex Mantralaya. When the Math sent some consecrated coloured rice [Mantrakshatha] to Munro as God’s Blessings on the occasion of his elevation to the post of Governor, he received it with all humility and reverence.

    Sir Thomas Munro, Scottish by birth and Hindu at heart, died of Cholera in India in 1827 when he was on tour of the Northern Districts.

    (contributed by:Mohan Rao on 25.06.2011)




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