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  • Miracle Story

    In 1879, when there was British Rule in India, Lt. Col. Martin of  Agar Malva was leading the army in the war against Afghanistan. Col. Martin used to regularly send messages of his well-being to his wife. The war continued for long & Lady Martin stopped getting messages. She was very upset.

    Once riding on her horse, she passed by the temple of Baijnath Mahadev. She was attracted to the sound of Conch & Mantra. She went inside & came to know that the Brahmans were worshipping Lord Shiva. They saw her sad face & asked her problem. She explained everything to them. They told her that Lord Shiva listens to the prayers of devotees & takes them out of difficult situations in no time.

    With the advice of the Brahmans, she started the “Laghu-rudri Anushtthan” of the Mantra: “Om Namah Shivaya” for 11 days. She prayed to Lord Shiva that if her husband reaches home safely, then she would get the temple renovated.

    On the last of the “Laghu-rudri”, a messenger came & gave a letter to her. Her husband had written: “I was regularly sending messages to you from the battle grounds, but suddenly the Pathans surrounded us from all sides. We were entrapped in a situation where there was no scope of escaping death. Suddenly, I saw a Yogi of India with long hair, carrying a weapon with three pointers (Trishul). His personality was amazing & he was maneuvering his weapon with a magnificent style. Seeing this great man, the Pathans started running back. With his grace, our bad times turned into moments of victory. This was possible only because of that man of India wearing a lion skin & carrying a three-pointer weapon (Trishul). That great Yogi told me that I should not worry & that he had come to rescue me because he was very pleased with my wife’s prayers”.

    Tears of joy were falling down the eyes of Lady Martin’s eyes while reading the letter. Her heart was overwhelmed. She fell into the feet of Lord Shiva’s statue & burst in tears.

    After a few weeks, Col. Martin returned. Lady Martin narrated the whole incident to him. Now both husband & wife became devotees of Lord Shiva. In 1883, they donated Rs. 15,000/- for renovating the temple. The information engraved slab for the same is still there in the Baijnath Mahadev Temple of Agar Malva. This is the only Hindu temple built by British.

    When Lady Martin left for Europe, she said that they would make Shiva Temple at their home & pray to Him till the end of life. Faith is the essence of all miracles and faith in God always protects.

    (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 27.11.2011)

  • The Dining Hall…Emptiness.


    The Army Mess Dining Hall Emptiness


    The Dining Hall of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla.

    At the entrance of the Dining Hall of NDA Khadakwasla, there is a table set for one, with the chair tilted forward. This table is set for the Armed Forces Personnel who are Prisoners of War and forgotten, in the hope that they will return one day.

    Nobody wants a war, but when faced with it, the brave Indian soldier is ever ready to take on the enemy. One such war was the 1971 India Pakistan War, where the Indian Army proved its mettle. Many a brave soldier lost his life in service to the nation, and many lived to tell the tale. But there were some who didn’t come back. The 54 Prisoners of War of the 1971 war, who never made it back home. In honour of these soldiers, the Army has kept a tradition alive for the past 45 years.

    In the Cadet’s Mess at the National Defence Academy, the largest Mess in Asia, is table set for one, with the chair tilted forward.

    The Placard on the table has following written on it:
    The table set is small, for one, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner against his oppressors.

    The single rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep their faith awaiting their return.

    The Red Ribbon tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing.

    The candle is unlit, symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit.

    The slice of Lemon is on the bread plate, to remind us of the bitter fate.

    There is salt upon the bread plate – symbolic of the families’ tears as they wait.

    The Glass is inverted, they cannot toast with us this night.

    The chair – it is empty. They are not here.

    Remember! All of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended upon their might and aid, and relied upon them, for surely, they have not forsaken you.

    Remember until the day they come home…
    What really can be the reason for our Politicians & Bureaucrats to so be blissfully unconcerned about the plight of the countless of our Armed Forces Personnel who have time and again unflinchingly surrendered their life and freedom only to uphold our Country’s HONOUR, DIGNITY, and INTEGRITY ? ? ?
    Is it that our Country’s Honour, Dignity, and Integrity of means NOTHING to them???
    NOTE : IF we circulate this among all our friends and well-wishers, may be, just may be, one day our self-serving Politicians and Bureaucrats may start thinking about our Country’s HONOUR, DIGNITY, and INTEGRITY.

    (contributed by : Ravishankar on 12.09.2012)

  • Akshar Dham temple, Jaipur.


    Akshar Dham Temple, Jaipur


    Swaminarayan Mandir Akshardham Temple is one of the well-known tourist attractions of Jaipur. The temple is known for its beautiful architecture, magnificent idols, sculptures, and carvings. and is dedicated to the Hindu God, Narayan. Akshardham temple provides the real glimpse of Indian architecture, cultural heritage and sculptures of Hindu gods to the visitors. It is located in the Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur.

    History of Akshardham Temple Jaipur

    Akshardham Temple in Jaipur has not such legendary history since it is a modern temple which was built recently in between 19th and 20th century. But it still depicts the architectural wonders of Indian temples and is one of the most visited temple in Jaipur city. The temple is located in vaishali nagar and is visited by millions of devotee all round the year. The idol and the temple buildings offers a place fo serenity and peace.

    Architecture of Temple

    The temple is surrounded bu lush green gardens and fountains. It’s unique architecture is what attracts most of the tourists here. The walls of the temple is beautifully decorated with number of sculptures and carvings which feels amazing to watch. The main idol of the temple which is Lord Vishnu, is decorated with the gold and silver ornaments.


    (source : https://www.rajasthandirect.com/tourism/temples/akshardham-temple-jaipur)


  • Cat and Owl Friendship.


     Cat and Owl Friendship

    ” Video – Cat and Owl  Friendship “

    (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 15.09.2011)


  • Vive La France!

    ‘ France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country. France has usually been governed by prostitutes.’
    Mark Twain
    ‘I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me.’
    General George S. Patton
    ‘Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion.’
    Norman Schwartzkopf
    ‘We can stand here like the French, or we can do something about it.’
    Marge Simpson
    ‘As far as I’m concerned, war always means failure.’
    Jacques Chirac, President of France
    ‘The only time France wants us to go to war is when the German Army is sitting in Paris sipping coffee.’
    Regis Philbin
    ‘You know, the French remind me a little bit of an aging actress of the 1940s who was still trying to dine out on her looks but doesn’t have the face for it.’
    John McCain , U.S. Senator from Arizona
    ‘The last time the French asked for ‘more proof’ it came marching into Paris under a German flag.’
    David Letterman
    ‘Only thing worse than a Frenchman is a Frenchman who lives in  Canada .’
    Ted Nugent
    ‘War without France would be like…Well…World War II.’
    ‘The favourite bumper sticker in Washington D.C. right now is one that says ‘First Iraq, then France.’
    Tom Brokaw
    ‘What do you expect from a culture and a nation that exerted more of its national will fighting against Disney World and Big Macs than the Nazis?’
    Dennis Miller
    ‘It is important to remember that the French have always been there when they needed us.’
    Alan Kent
    ‘They’ve taken their own precautions against al-Qaida. To prepare for an attack, each Frenchman is urged to keep duct tape, a white flag, and a three-day supply of mistresses in the house.’
    Argus  Hamilton
    ‘Somebody was telling me about the French Army rifle that was being advertised on eBay the other day –the description was, ‘Never shot. Dropped once.”
    Rep. Roy Blunt, MO
    ‘The French will only agree to go to war when we’ve proven we’ve found truffles in  Iraq .’
    Dennis Miller
    Q. What did the mayor of  Paris say to the German Army as they entered the city in WWII?
    A. Table for 100,000 m’sieur?
    ‘Do you know how many Frenchmen it takes to defend Paris ? It’s not known, it’s never been tried.’
    Rep. R. Blount, MO
    ‘Do you know it only took Germany three days to conquer France in WWII? And that’s because it was raining.’
    John Xereas, Manager, DC Improv
    “French Ban Fireworks at Euro Disney” (AP, Paris , March 5, 2003)
    The French Government announced today that it is imposing a ban on the use of fireworks at Euro Disney. The decision comes the day after a nightly fireworks display at the park, located just 30 miles outside of Paris , caused the soldiers at a nearby French Army garrison to surrender to a group of Czech tourists.
    (contributed by : Amr on 02.08.2012)

  • Jantar Mantar

    The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja (King) Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734. It is modeled after the one that he had built for him at the Mughal capital of Delhi. He had constructed a total of five such facilities at different locations, including the ones at Delhi and Jaipur. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved of these. It has been inscribed on the World Heritage List as “an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period”. Early restoration work was undertaken under the supervision of Major Arthur Garrett, a keen amateur astronomer, during his appointment as Assistant State Engineer for the Jaipur District.

    The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars’ location as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes and related ephemerides. Each is a fixed and ‘focused’ tool. The Samrat Yantra, the largest instrument, is 90 feet (27 m) high, its shadow carefully plotted to tell the time of day. Its face is angled at 27 degrees, the latitude of Jaipur. The Hindu chhatri (small cupola) on top is used as a platform for announcing eclipses and the arrival of monsoons.

    Built from local stone and marble, each instrument carries an astronomical scale, generally marked on the marble inner lining. Bronze tablets, all extraordinarily accurate, were also employed. Thoroughly restored in 1901, the Jantar Mantar was declared a national monument in 1948.

    An excursion through Jai Singh’s Jantar is a unique experience of walking through solid geometry and encountering a collective astronomical system designed to probe the heavens.

    A view of the smaller of two Giant sundials.

    Jai Prakash Yantra at Jantar Mantar, Jaipur.

    The instruments are in most cases huge structures. The scale to which they have been built has been alleged to increase their accuracy. However, the penumbra of the sun can be as wide as 30 mm, making the 1mm increments of the Samrat Yantra sundial devoid of any practical significance. Additionally, the masons constructing the instruments had insufficient experience with construction of this scale, and subsidence of the foundations has subsequently misaligned them. The samrat yantra, for instance, which is a sundial, can be used to tell the time to an accuracy of about two seconds in Jaipur local time.[3] The Giant Sundial, known as the Samrat Yantra (The Supreme Instrument) is the world’s largest sundial, standing 27 meters tall. Its shadow moves visibly at 1 mm per second, or roughly a hand’s breadth (6 cm) every minute, which can be a profound experience.

    Today the observatory is a popular tourist attraction. However, local astronomers still use it to predict the weather for farmers, although their authority is becoming increasingly questionable. Students of astronomy and Vedic astrology are required to take some of their lessons at the observatory, and it can be said that the observatory is the single most representative work of Vedic thought that still survives, apart from the texts. Many of the smaller instruments display remarkable innovation in architectural design and its relation to function, for instance – the Ram Yantra.


    (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jantar_Mantar_%28Jaipur%29)

  • The Good old days

    Have you ever wondered why our great  grandparents had such fond memories of their  youth?What they  did must’ve been okay because even the pope was  involved (see below). Nevertheless, I’m  surprised they remembered anything at all !!!Forget  Tums & Tylenol – Forget Aleve & Benedryl  -Just take a look at the cool stuff  they had  then!
    A bottle of Bayer’s  ‘Heroin’.
    Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold  as a non-addictive substitute for morphine.
    It was also used to treat children  suffering with a strong cough.

    Coca Wine, anyone?
    Metcalf’s Coca Wine was one of a huge variety of wines with cocaine on the market. Everybody used to say that it would make you happy and it would also work as a medicinal treatment.
    Mariani Wine.
    Mariani wine (1875) was the  most  famous Coca wine of it’s time.  Pope Leo XIII used to carry one bottle  with him all the time. He awarded Angelo Mariani  (the producer) with a Vatican gold  medal.
    Produced by the Maltine Manufacturing  Company of New York . It was suggested that you  should take a full glass with or after every  meal. Children should only take half a  glass.
    A paperweight:
    A paperweight promoting C.F.  Boehringer & Soehne ( Mannheim , Germany ).  They were proud of being the biggest producers  in the world of products containing Quinine and  Cocaine.
    Opium for   Asthma:
    At 40% alcohol plus 3 grams of opium  per tablet. It didn’t  cure you… but you didn’t care!

    Cocaine  Tablets  (1900).
    All stage  actors, singers, teachers and preachers had to  have them for a maximum performance.  Great to ‘smooth’ the  voice.
    Cocaine drops for  toothache.
    Very popular for children in 1885.  Not only did they relieve the pain, they made  the children very happy!
    Opium for newborns.
    I’m sure this would make them sleep  well.  (not only the Opium, but also the  46% alcohol)
    It’s no wonder they  called, “The  Good Old Days”.  

    (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 02.09.2011)



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