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Sep 5, 2014

KRISHNA THE FLAUTIST- MY MADHUBANI PAINTING




Hers is my Madhubani Painting 

of Lord Krishna playing 

His magical flute in the gardens

of the the Brindavan...

on the banks of 

the swirling Yamuna river....


Aug 25, 2014

SREE MAHA GANAPATHI-MY TANJORE PAINTING



May Lord Ganesha -The destroyer of obstacles

shower His blessings and grace on all our ventures...

With Ganesha Chathurthi round the corner,

I am sharing some Slokas on Lord Ganesha

 along with their meanings....


SLOKAS ON LORD GANESH
Shuklaambara Dharam Vishnum
Shashi Varnam Chatur Bhujam
Prasanna Vadanam Dhyaayet
Sarva Vighna Upashaanthaye
Meaning: We meditate on Lord Ganesha - who is clad in white (representing purity), who is all pervading (present everywhere), whose complexion is gray like that of ash (glowing with spiritual splendor), who has four arms, who has bright countenance (depicting inner calm and happiness) and who can destroy all obstacles (in our spiritual and worldly path).

Vakratunda Mahakaaya
Suryakoti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva
Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada
Meaning:The Lord with the curved trunk and a mighty body, who has the luster of a million suns, I pray to thee Oh Lord, to remove the obstacles from all the actions I intend to perform.

Agajaanana Padmaarkam
Gajaananam Aharnisham
Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam
Ekadantam Upaasmahey
Meaning:I worship day and night that elephant faced Lord Ganesha who is like sun to the lotus face of Mother Parvati. Giver of many boons, the single tusked Ganesh, I salute Thee to give e a boon.

Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadhi Sevitam
Kapitta Jamboophaala Saara Bhakshitam
Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam
Namaami Vighneswara Paada Pankajam
Meaning: The Lord with the elephant face, served by all the Ganas, One who takes as His food, the essence of Kapitta and Jamboophala (these are two favorite fruits of Ganesh), son of Uma (Mother Parvati), destroyer of misery of the devotees, controller of obstacles, we worship Your Lotus Feet.

Ganaanaam Twam Ganapathi Gam Havaamahe
Kavim Kaveenaam Upamasra Vastamam
Jyeshta Raajam Brahmanaam Brahmanaspatha
Aanashrunvanna Oothibhi Seedha Saadanam
Meaning: We invite You, the Lord of spiritual faith (of Lord Shiva). You are the wisest among the wise, the best to be given as a standard of comparison. You are the senior Lord, Lord of the Vedic manthras, listening to our prayers. Please visit our home with prosperous things and be seated here.

GANESH GAYATHRI
Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe
Vakratundaaya Dheemahe
Tanno Danthihi Prachodayaat
Meaning: We meditate on that super power, we invoke the single tusked boon giver, Ganesh.

GANESHA PANCHARATNAM
  1. Mudakaraatha Modakam Sada Vimukti Saadhakam
    Kalaadharaavatamsakam Vilasiloka Rakshakam
    Anaaya Kaika Naayakam Vinasitebha Daityakam
    Nataasubhasu Naashakam Namaami Tham Vinaayakam.
    Meaning: I prostrate before Lord Vinaayaka who joyously holds modaka in His hand, who bestows salvation, who wears the moon as a crown in His head, who is the sole leader of those who lose themselves in the world. The leader of the leaderless who destroyed the elephant demon called Gajaasura and who quickly destroys the sins of those who bow down to Him, I worship such a Lord Ganesh.
  2. Natetaraati Bheekaram Navoditaarka Bhaasvaram
    Namat Suraari Nirjanam Nataadhi Kaapa Duddharam
    Suresvaram Nidheesvaram Gajesvaram Ganeshvaram
    Mahesvaram Samaasraye Paraatparam Nirantaram.
    Meaning: I meditate eternally on Him, the Lord of the Ganas, who is frightening to those not devoted, who shines like the morning sun, to whom all the Gods and demons bow, who removes the great distress of His devotees and who is the best among the best.
  3. Samasta Loka Samkaram Nirasta Daitya Kunjaram
    Daredarodaram Varam Vare Bhavaktra Maksharam
    Krupaakaram Kshamaakaram Mudaakaram Yasaskaram
    Manaskaram Namaskrutaam Namaskaromi Bhaasvaram.
    Meaning: I bow down with my whole mind to the shining Ganapati who brings happiness to all the worlds, who destroyed the demon Gajasura, who has a big belly, beautiful elephant face, who is immortal, who gives mercy, forgiveness and happiness to those who bow to Him and who bestows fame and a well disposed mind.
  4. Akimchanaarti Marjanam Chirantanokti Bhaajanam
    Puraari Poorva Nandanam Suraari Garva Charvanam
    Prapancha Naasha Bheeshanam Dhananjayaadi Bhushanam
    Kapola Daana Vaaranam Bhajaey Puraana Vaaranam.

    Meaning: I worship the ancient elephant God who destroys the pains of the poor, who is the abode of Aum, who is the first son of Lord Shiva (Shiva who is the destroyer of triple cities), who destroys the pride of the enemies of the Gods, who is frightening to look at during the time of world's destruction, who is fierce like an elephant in rut and who wears Dhananjaya and other serpents as his ornaments.
  5. Nitaantikaanta Dantakaanti Mantakaanta Kaatmajam
    Achintya Rupa Mantaheena Mantaraaya Krintanam
    Hrudantarey Nirantaram Vasantameva Yoginam
    Tameka Danta Meva Tam Vichintayaami Santatam.
    Meaning: I constantly reflect upon that single tusked God only, whose lustrous tusk is very beautiful, who is the son of Lord Shiva, (Shiva, the God of destruction), whose form is immortal and unknowable, who tears asunder all obstacles, and who dwells forever in the hearts of the Yogis.
  6. Mahaaganesa Pancharatnam Aadarena Yonvaham
    Prajapati Prabhaatake Hrudi Smaran Ganesvaram
    Arogatham Adoshataam Susaahitim Suputrataam
    Samaahitaayu Rastabhootim Abhyupaiti Sochiraat.
    Meaning: He who recites this every morning with devotion, these five gems about Lord Ganapati and who remembers in his heart the great Ganesha, will soon be endowed with a healthy life free of all blemishes, will attain learning, noble sons, a long life that is calm and pleasant and will be endowed with spiritual and material prosperity.

TWELVE NAMES OF GANESHA
  1. Pranamya Shirasa Devam
    Gauriputram Vinaayakam
    Bhakataavaasam Smare Nityam
    Aayuh Kaamartha Siddhaye
    Meaning:Every day, I bow down to that Lord, the son of Gowri, the Lord one who lives in the heart of the devotees, blessing them always with good health and prosperity.
  2. Prathamam Vakratundam Cha
    Ekadantam Dviteeyakam
    Thriteeyam Krishna Pingaaksham
    Gajavaktram Chaturthakam
    Meaning: Starting from here the twelve names of Ganesha are mentioned and he is worshipped in those different forms. The first as the Lord with the curved trunk; second, as the one with only one tusk, third, as the one with black (red/brown) eyes, fourth, as the one with giant structure.
  3. Lambodaram Panchamaam Cha
    Shashtam Vikatameva Cha
    Saptamam Vighnaraajendram
    Dhoomravarnam Tathaashtamam
    Meaning: Fifth, as the one with a big (long) stomach, six, as the one with a huge body Seven, as the remover of obstacles, eight, as the one with smoke gray color
  4. Navamam Phaalachandram Cha
    Dasamam Tu Vinaayakam
    Ekaadasam Ganapatim
    Dvaadasam Tu Gajaananam
    Meaning: Ninth, as the one with moon on the front of His head, tenth, as the foremost leader, eleventh, as the leader of the ganas, twelfth as the one with elephant face.
  5. Dvaadasaitaani Naamaani
    Trisandhyam Yah Pathernnarah
    Na Cha Vighna Bhayam Tasya
    Sarva Siddhikaram Prabho
    Meaning: Any person, who remembers these twelve names of Ganesha, three times in a day, will have all their obstacles and fear removed and will attain success. (This group of verses is said to be sage Narada's offering to Lord Ganesh.)

SIXTEEN NAMES OF GANESHA
  1. Sumukhascha Ekadanthascha
    Kapilo Gajakarnakaha
    Lambodarascha Vikato
    Vighnaraajo Ganaadhipaa
    Meaning: The various names and associated forms of God Ganesha are enumerated and need to be meditated upon here - the one with an auspicious face, the single tusked Lord, the one who is of red color, the one with the ears of an elephant, the one with a big stomach, the one with a jovial disposition, the controller of obstacles, the Lord of the Ganas.
  2. Dhoomaketur Ganaadhyashah
    Phaalachandro Gajaanana
    Vakratundo Shoorpakarno
    Heyrambho Skandapoorvajaha
    Meaning:The one of smoke gray color, the leader of the ganas, the one who has moon in the front of his forehead, the elephant faced one, the one with a curved trunk (or broken tusk), the one with big (basket like) ears, the one who is heroic like a buffalo, the elder brother of Skanda (Skanda is another name for Lord Subrahmanya)
  3. Shodashaitaani Namaani
    Yah Pateth Srunuyaadapi
    Vidyaarambhe Vivahe Cha
    Praveshey Nirgamey Tatah
    Sangraamey Sarva Kaaryeshu
    Vighnas Tasya Na Jaayathe

    Abheepsitaartha Siddhyartham
    Poojitoya Surairapi
    Sarva Vighna Chhido Tasmai
    Sree Ganaadhipataye Namaha
    Meaning:Whoever the one who recites and listens to these sixteen names at the beginning of studies, at the time of marriage, while entering or departing a place, or at the battle field, all their obstacles will be removed. Even the Gods worship Lord Ganesha to receive the fulfillment of their actions. Oh Lord Ganesh, the One who has this power of destroying all the obstacles in the way of the devotees, I prostrate before you.



Aug 21, 2014

KRISHNA WITH BAMA AND RUKMINI -MY TANJORE PAINTING



Here is Krishna with his consorts

Bama and Rukmini-

depicted in  Tanjore style art

popularly called Tanjore Painting...

As you know,this style of painting

has its roots is Maharashtra...

It was brought to Tanjore 

during the rule of the Maratas

and it flourished here and 

are popularly known as Tanjore paintings or

Thanjavur paintings or

 Thanjai paani oviyam...





Aug 12, 2014

KALINGA NARTHANAM - MY TANJORE PAINTING




Here is Lord Krishna,

depicted in my tanjore painting,

dancing victoriously on 

the vile Kalinga,the five headed snake...

Here is the story of Kaliya marthan or Kalinga nardhanam...

Kaliya (IAST:Kāliya, Devanagari: कालिय), in Hindu mythology, was the name of a poisonous Naga living in the Yamuna River, in Vrindavan. The water of the Yamuna for four leagues all around him boiled and bubbled with poison. No bird or beast could go near, and only one solitary Kadamba tree grew on the river bank.
The proper home of Kāliya was Ramanaka Dwipa, but he had been driven away from there by fear of Garuda, the foe of all serpents. Garuda had been cursed by a yogi dwelling at Vrindavan so that he could not come to Vrindavan without meeting his death. Therefore Kāliya chose Vrindavan as his residence, knowing it was the only place where Garuda could not come.
Once Krishna and herdboys were playing ball, and while playing Krishna climbed up the Kadamba tree and hung over the river bank, the ball fell into the river and Krishna jumped after it. Kāliya rose up with his hundred and ten hoods vomiting poison and wrapped himself around Krishna's body. Krishna became so huge that Kāliya had to release him. So Krishna saved himself from every attack, and when he saw the Brij folk were so much afraid he suddenly sprang into Kāliya's head and assumed the weight of the whole universe, and danced on the naga's heads, beating time with his feet. Then Kāliya began to die. But then the naga's wives came and prayed to Krishna with joined palms, worshipping Krishna and praying for their husband.

Kāliya, recognizing the greatness of Krishna, surrendered, promising he would not harass anybody. So Krishna pardoned him and then let him go free to leave the river and go to Ramanaka Dwipa...
(Story courtey-Wiki)


Aug 10, 2014

45 Uses of lemons






Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus flavor to our foods. However the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24-7. 
1. Freshen the FridgeRemove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell.
2. High Blood Pressure
Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness.
3. Prevent Cauliflower From Turning Brown
Cauliflower tend to turn brown with even the slightest cooking. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice on them before heating.
4. Mental Health
Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it is, giving almost unbelievable refreshments.
5. Refresh Cutting Boards
No wonder your kitchen cutting board smells! After all, you use it to chop onions, crush garlic, and prepare fish. To get rid of the smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.
7. Treating Arthritis and Rheumatism
Lemon is a diuretic – assists in the production of urine which helps you to reduce inflammation by flushing out toxins and bacteria while also giving you relief from arthritis and rheumatism.
8. Prevents Kidney Stones
Regular consumption of the refreshing drink — or even lemon juice mixed with water — may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones.
9. Keep Insects Out of the KitchenYou don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.
10. Anti-Aging
Lemon water reduces the production of free radicals which are responsible for aging skin and skin damage. Lemon water is calorie free and an antioxidant.
11. Fruit and Vegetable Wash
You never know what kind of pesticides or dirt may be lurking on the skin of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Slice your lemon and squeeze out one tablespoon of lemon juice into your spray bottle. The lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and will leave your fruits and vegetables smelling nice too.
12. Treat Infections
Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property. If salt water does not work for you, try lime and water for gargling.
13. Deodorize Your Garbage 
If your garbage is beginning to smell yucky, here’s an easy way to deodorize it: Save leftover lemon and orange peels and toss them at the base under the bag. To keep it smelling fresh, repeat once every couple of weeks.
14. Keep Guacamole Green
You’ve been making guacamole all day long for the big party, and you don’t want it to turn brown on top before the guests arrive. The solution: Sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice over it and it will stay fresh and green. The flavor of the lemon juice is a natural complement to the avocados in the guacamole. Make the fruit salad hours in advance too. Just squeeze some lemon juice onto the apple slices, and they’ll stay snowy white.
15. Purges The Blood
We consume a lot of junk food or food with a lot of preservatives and artificial flavours. This builds up a lot of toxins in the blood and body but daily consumption of lemon water helps to purify the blood.
16. Make Soggy Lettuce Crisp
Don’t toss that soggy lettuce into the garbage. With the help of a little lemon juice you can toss it in a salad instead. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put the soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches.
17. Oral Health
Lemon juice also stops bleeding gums and reduces toothaches
18. Lighten Age Spots
Why buy expensive creams when you’ve got lemon juice? To lighten liver spots or freckles, try applying lemon juice directly to the area. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse your skin clean. It’s a safe and effective skin-lightening agent.
19. Create Blonde Highlights
For salon-worthy highlights, add 1/4 cup lemon juice to 3/4 cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Then, sit in the sun until your hair dries. To maximize the effect, repeat once daily for up to a week.
20. Make a Room Scent/Humidifier
Freshen and moisturize the air in your home on dry winter days. Make your own room scent that also doubles as a humidifier. If you have a wood-burning stove, place an enameled cast-iron pot or bowl on top, fill with water, and add lemon (and/or orange) peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins. No wood-burning stove? Use your stovetop instead and just simmer the water periodically.
21. Clean and Whiten Nails
Pamper your hands without a manicurist. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail.
22. Cleanse Your Face
Zap zits naturally by dabbing lemon juice on blackheads to draw them out during the day. You can also wash your face with lemon juice for a natural cleanse and exfoliation. Your skin should improve after several days of treatment. Lemon water is also a cooling agent, best way to beat the heat.
23. Freshen Your Breath
Make an impromptu mouthwash by rinsing with lemon juice straight from the bottle. Swallow for longer-lasting fresh breath. The citric acid in the juice alters the pH level in your mouth, killing bacteria that causes bad breath. Rinse after a few minutes because long-term exposure to the acid in lemons can harm tooth enamel.
24. Treat Flaky Dandruff
If itchy, scaly dandruff has you scratching your head, relief may be no farther away than your refrigerator. Just massage two tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir one teaspoon lemon juice into one cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until your dandruff disappears.
25. Get Rid of Tough Stains on MarbleYou probably think of marble as stone, but it is really petrified calcium (also known as old seashells). That explains why it is so porous and easily stained and damaged. Those stains can be hard to remove. If washing won’t remove a stubborn stain, try this: Cut a lemon in half, dip the exposed flesh into some table salt, and rub it vigorously on the stain. But do this only as a last resort; acid can damage marble. Rinse well.Use These Lemons To Clean – Easy and Effective
26. Remove Berry Stains
It sure was fun to pick your own berries, but now your fingers are stained with berry juice that won’t come off no matter how much you scrub with soap and water. Try washing your hands with undiluted lemon juice, then wait a few minutes and wash with warm, soapy water. Repeat until your hands are stain-free.
27. Soften Dry, Scaly Elbows
Itchy elbows are bad enough, but they look terrible too. For better looking (and feeling) elbows, mix baking soda and lemon juice to make an abrasive paste, then rub it into your elbows for a soothing, smoothing, and exfoliating treatment. Rinse your extremities in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water, then massage with olive oil and dab dry with a soft cloth.
28. Headaches 
Lemon juice with a few teaspoons of hot tea added is the treatment of a sophisticated New York bartender, for those who suffer with hangover headaches–and from headaches due to many other causes. He converts his customers to this regime, and weans them away from drug remedies completely.
29. Chills and Fevers
Chills and fevers may be due to a variety of causes; never the less the lemon is always a helpful remedy. Spanish physicians regard it as an infallible friend.
30. Diptheria
Skip the vaccine for this disease. Lemon Juice Treatment still proves as one of the most powerful antiseptics and the strong digestive qualities of the fruit are admired around the world. With the juice every hour or two, and at the same time, 1/2 to 1 tsp. should be swallowed. This cuts loose the false membrane in the throat and permits it to come out.
31. Vaginal Hygiene
Diluted lemon juice makes a safe and sane method of vaginal hygiene. Though it is a powerful antiseptic it is nevertheless free from irritating drugs in douches and suppositories.
32. Forget The Moth Balls
A charming French custom to keep closets free from moths is to take ripe lemons and stick them with cloves all over the skin. The heavily studded lemons slowly dry with their cloves, leaving a marvelous odor throughout the closets and rooms.
33. Stomach Health
Digestive problems are the most common ailments but warm water and lime juice is the solution to most digestive problems. Lemon juice helps to purify the blood, reduces your chances of indigestion, constipation, eliminates toxins from the body, adds digestion and reduces phlegm.
34. Disinfect Cuts and Scrapes
Stop bleeding and disinfect minor cuts and scraps by pouring a few drops of lemon juice directly on the cut. You can also apply the juice with a cotton ball and hold firmly in place for one minute.
35. Soothe Poison Ivy Rash
You won’t need an ocean of calamine lotion the next time poison ivy comes a-creeping. Just apply lemon juice directly to the affected area to soothe itching and alleviate the rash.
36. Remove Warts
You’ve tried countless remedies to banish warts and nothing seems to work. Next time, apply a dab of lemon juice directly to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat for several days until the acids in the lemon juice dissolve the wart completely.
37. Bleach Delicate FabricsAvoid additional bleach stains by swapping ordinary household chlorine bleach with lemon juice, which is milder but no less effective. Soak your delicates in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.
38. Clean Tarnished Brass and Polish Chrome
Say good-bye to tarnish on brass, copper, or stainless steel. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt (or substitute baking soda or cream of tartar for the salt) and coat the affected area. Let it stay on for 5 minutes. Then wash in warm water, rinse, and polish dry. Use the same mixture to clean metal kitchen sinks too. Apply the paste, scrub gently, and rinse. Get rid of mineral deposits and polish chrome faucets and other tarnished chrome. Simply rub lemon rind over the chrome and watch it shine! Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.
39. Replace Your Dry Cleaner
Ditch the expensive dry-cleaning bills (and harsh chemicals) with this homegrown trick. Simply scrub the stained area on shirts and blouses with equal parts lemon juice and water. Your “pits” will be good as new, and smell nice too.
40. Boost Laundry Detergent
For more powerful cleaning action, pour 1 cup lemon juice into the washer during the wash cycle. The natural bleaching action of the juice will zap stains and remove rust and mineral discolorations from cotton T-shirts and briefs and will leave your clothes smelling fresh. Your clothes will turn out brighter and also come out smelling lemon-fresh.
41. Rid Clothes of Mildew
Have you ever unpacked clothes you stored all winter and discovered some are stained with mildew? To get rid of it, make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it on the affected area, then dry the clothes in sunlight. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.
42. Eliminate Fireplace Odor
There’s nothing cozier on a cold winter night than a warm fire burning in the fireplace — unless the fire happens to smell horrible. Next time you have a fire that sends a stench into the room, try throwing a few lemon peels into the flames. Or simply burn some lemon peels along with your firewood as a preventive measure.
43. Neutralize Cat-Box Odor
You don’t have to use an aerosol spray to neutralize foul-smelling cat-box odors or freshen the air in your bathroom. Just cut a couple of lemons in half. Then place them, cut side up, in a dish in the room, and the air will soon smell lemon-fresh.
44. Deodorize a Humidifier
When your humidifier starts to smell funky, deodorize it with ease: Just pour 3 or 4 teaspoons lemon juice into the water. It will not only remove the off odor but will replace it with a lemon-fresh fragrance. Repeat every couple of weeks to keep the odor from returning.

45. Reduce Asthma SymptomsIn addition to a general detoxifying diet, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice before each meal, and before retiring can reduce asthma symptoms. 

Jul 25, 2014

15 NUTRITIOUS FACTS OF SWEET POTATO




1. Diabetic Food: Naturally sweet, these fibrous roots have long been considered a suitable diabetics food as their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, ensuring a balanced and regular source of energy, regulating blood sugar, and helping stabilize and lower insulin resistance.
2. Healthy Digestion: Sweet potatoes are abundant in dietary
 fiber, that helps promote a healthy digestive tract, 
increases the bulk of the stool, eases toxic waste expulsion
 relieving constipation and also helps prevent colon cancer.
3. Fights Emphysema: Studies have shown that people who
 smoke or are exposed to cigarette smoke fall victim to a 
deficiency in Vitamin A. Sweet Potatoes contain carotenoids-
beta carotene which the body converts to Vitamin A, vital for 
the health of the respiratory system.
4. Immune System: Sweet potatoes are a potent source of 
Vitamin D, a vitamin and hormone critical to our energy 
levels, moods, and body’s potential to build healthy bones,
 heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, and supporting the functions
 of the thyroid gland.
5. Cardio Care: Vital potassium content in sweet potatoes 
negates the sodium impact and helps maintain optimal fluid 
and electrolyte balance in the body cells, necessary for 
healthy blood pressure and overall heart function. Also 
Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homocysteine, linked
with degenerative diseases, including heart attacks and 
stroke.
6. Muscle and Tissue Health: Potassium is one of the most 
important electrolytes that help regulate heartbeat and
 nerve signals, provide instant energy, relaxes muscle 
contractions, reduces swelling and cramps, and protects 
and controls the activity of the kidneys. A integral part of an 
athlete’s diet.
7. Anti-Oxidant: Sweet potatoes are high in carotenoids like 
beta carotene making it suitable in combating inflammatory 
problems like asthma, arthritis, gout, etc., ward off cancers 
of the lung, breast, etc. and protect against the effects of 
aging.
8. Fetal Development: Sweet potatoes are a rich source of 
folate necessary for healthy fetal cell and tissue 
development and to prevent congenital abnormalities like 
spina bifida (malformed vertebra) and neural tube defects.
9. Anti Stress: Sweet potatoes replenish our potassium 
stores, depleted by stress attacks, helping normalize the 
heartbeat, increase oxygen flow to the brain and regulate the
 body’s water balance. Sweet potato contains the relaxation 
and anti-stress mineral magnesium, necessary for healthy 
artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function.
10. Vitamin C SuperStore: Sweet Potatoes are abundant in 
Vitamin C, that not only wards off common cold and flu 
viruses, but is crucial in bone and tooth formation, digestion, 
blood cell formation, wound healing, shielding against 
cancer causing toxins, collagen production- key to skin’s 
elasticity, and is essential to helping us cope with stress.
11. Fights Anemia: Sweet potatoes are rich sources of the
 wonder mineral iron that not only provides adequate energy,
 but also plays an important role in red and white blood cell 
production, improves stress resistance, proper immune 
functioning, metabolizing of protein, and preventing 
debilitating anemia.
12. For Youthful Skin: Water left after boiling sweet
potatoes works as a wonder toner for the skin that helps 
absorb impurities, deep cleansing your pores and soothi
ng irritated skin. Vitamin C helps produce collagen 
necessary for healthy skin tone and elasticity. Vitamin E 
improves complexion, providing flawless skin. Anthocyanin 
helps reduce pigmentation and has anti-inflammatory 
properties that will help in getting rid of dark circles,wrinkles 
and puffiness of eyes.
13. Treats Premenstrual Symptoms: Manganese along with
 iron, present in sweet potatoes, helps in promoting healthy 
metabolism, maintaining healthy blood sugar balance, and 
treating severe premenstrual symptoms.
14. Hair Care: The presence of vitamin A or beta-carotene in 
sweet potato makes it an ideal food for hair growth, 
preventing hair problems like dull, damaged, lifeless hair 
and dandruff.
15. Vitamin/Mineral Store: Sweet potato provides a good 
amount of vital minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium,
 manganese, and potassium that are essential for enzyme, 
protein, and carbohydrate metabolism. This starchy root 
vegetable is a rich source of flavonoids, anti-oxidants and 
dietary fiber that are essential for your overall health.


Jul 18, 2014

BENEFITS OF PEACHES



1. Peaches are the perfect snack food for losing weight. A peach makes you feel full and keeps you from overeating. The bonus: one peach only contains about 35-50 calories and no fat!
2. Fight obesity-related diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Peaches are rich in phytochemicals called phenols that act as antioxidants.
3. Keep the skin healthy. Vitamin A and C make peaches a great natural moisturizer; they’re often used in cosmetics. These vitamins can help regenerate skin tissue.
4. Reduce hair loss with its positive effect on the scalp.
5. A healthy stress-reliever that helps reduce anxiety. Peaches are often referred to as the ‘Fruit of Calmness’ in Hungary.
6. Helps prevent cancer with selenium — a mineral with antioxidant properties that may help protect cells from damage.
7. Peaches can help remove worms from the intestines.
8. Have a diuretic effect which helps cleanse your kidneys and bladder.
9. Peaches can calm an upset stomach.
10. Compounds in stone fruits could help with “metabolic syndrome,” according to Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, AgriLife Research food scientist involved in a study at the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia. Cisneros-Zevallos says, “Our work indicates that phenolic compounds present in these fruits have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties in different cell lines and may also reduce the oxidation of bad LDL cholesterol which is associated with cardiovascular disease.”
11. Those suffering from gout and rheumatism are recommended by dieticians to eat peaches because peaches tend to have a diuretic and a light laxative effect.
12. Peaches are thought to be an aphrodisiac.
13. Peach flowers have sedative properties . A remedy for restlessness includes boiling peach flowers in water along with some honey.
14. Inhibit tumour growth activity. Peaches have excellent antimicrobial and antioxidant activity according to research.
15. Chronic bronchitis, coughs and gastritis are relieved with the medicinal tea of the leaves and bark of peach trees.
16. Peach tea is used as a kidney cleanser in China.

Jul 15, 2014

PILLAYAARPATTI PILLAYAAR-MY TANJORE PAINTING




Here is my painting of Lord Karpagavinayaka  of Pillayaarpatti...

He is fondly known as Pillayaarpatti pillayar.

This is an offbeat  and contemporary painting in Tanjore style....



Pillaiyarpatti is located near Thiruppathur, Sivagangai District of Tamil Nadu. It is situated between Kundrakkudi and Tiruppatthur. Pilliyarpatti is 12 Kilometers away from Thiruppatthur and 3 kilometers from Kundrakkudi. Pillaiyarpatti Karpaga Vinayagar is carved out in a cave of Pillaiyarpatti Hillocks. Lord Vinayagar is carved out from the rock of the cave. Lord Thiruveesar is also carved in the rock of this cave. The temple was built under patronisation of Pandyas. The age of the cave temple is 2500 years or more. There are 14 stone Sculptures in the cave ( dated from 500 BC to 1284 AD ). These stone Sculptures state the ancient names of Pillaiyarpatti such as Ekkattoor, Thiruveenkaikkudi, Maruthangudi, and Rajanarayanapuram.
Pillaiyarpatti temple is a rock-cut temple located in Thiruppatthur, Sivagangai District. It was built after viewing a hillock by the early Pandiya kings. The image of Pillaiyarpatti Pillaiyar and that of a Siva Lingam were carved out of a stone by a sculptor named Ekkattur Koon Peruparanan who put his signature on a stone inscription, in Tamil Language used between the 2nd and 5th century AD, found even today in the sanctum. It can be concluded that the icon of Pillaiyarpatti Pillaiyar must have been carved around 4th century AD.
Pillaiyar (Vinayagar), the God of Victory is the main deity here in the name, Pillaiyarpatti Pillaiyar.
This temple is the only one in Tamil Nadu which contains a 6 feet rock-cut Pillaiyar idol. The Thumbikai of Lord Pillaiyar is curled towards his right side and so the God is also known as Valampuri Pillaiyar. The chettiyar (nagarathar) community has kept the temple clean. Chettiars are the only community whose subcastes are divided based on Sivan Temples. e.g. subcastes like Pillayarpatti, Elayatrankudi and etc.

  • Vinayagar’s trunk is curved at the right side (Valampuri Vinayagar) which is also a unique feature. Lord Karpaga Vinayagar is seated facing northern side.
  • There are deities in this temple such as goddess Karthiyayini (who arranges marriages), Nagalingam (who gifts offspring), Pasupatheeswarar (who showers all wealth).
  • Vinayagar Chathurthi is this temple's most important festival. It is 10 days long. Kappaukkattutual and hoisting temple flag begin before 9 days. On the 9th day car festival and much celebrated decoration of sandal covering ( Santha-na-kkappu) to Pillaiyar takes place.
  • Devotees who observe Chathurthi Fast for a year come to Pillaiyarpatti on Avani Sukkilaptcha Chathurthi day (Festival) and fulfills it. They observe fast on Chathurthi day in front of vinayagar sannaidhi and take part in “ KumbaJebam” and receive holy water.
There is a one Pilliyar painting, in which Pillayar's eyes will look at us wherever we stand.
(Info courtesy-Internet)

Jul 8, 2014

VILLAGE - MY 3-D MURAL



I have tried to capture a village in my 3-D mural...

A beautiful village...

complete with a hut with a pretty kolam at it's doorstep...

A Ganesha under a tree...flanked by Nagars  on his sides...

the scorching  sun on an Indian summer day...

and a bullock cart laden with hay

going to the nearest farm...

I have used a plywood for the base and worked with

glue and ceramic powder to give the raised effect

and finally gave the dried piece a metallic finish....


Jul 7, 2014

KATHALEEVANA HANUMAR-MY KERALA MURAL







Here is a traditional Kerala Mural 

in which Lord Hanuman/Anjaneya/Hanumar/Maruthi

is depicted in a serene pose of meditation ....

Seated in a calm banana grove,

He chants the name of his  Lord, Shri Ram...

"Sri Ram ...Jayaram...Jayajaya Ram...."




Anjana nandanam Veeram janaki soka nasanam,
Kapeesa Maksha hantharam, Vande lanka bhayangaram.

Salutations to the terror of Lanka,
Who is the heroic son of Anjana,
Who brought to an end, all sorrows of Sitha,
Who is the king of monkeys ,
Who killed Aksha the son of Ravana.

Mano javam, maruda thulya vegam,
Jithendriyam buddhi matham varishtam,
Vatha atmajam vanara yudha mukhyam,
Sree Rama dootham sirasa namami.

I bow my head and salute the emissary of Rama,
Who has won over his mind,
Who has similar speed as wind,
Who has mastery over his organs,
Who is the greatest among knowledgeable,
Who is the son of God of wind,
And who is the chief in the army of monkeys.

Aanjaneya madhi patalananam,
Kanchanadri kamaneeya vigraham,
Parijatha tharu moola vasinam,
Bhavayami bhava mana nandanam.

I bow before the darling son of the god of wind,
Who is the son of Anjana,
Who is great among killers of ogres,
Who is like a golden mountain,
Who is handsome to look at,
And who lives near the roots of Parijatha tree,

Yatra yatra Raghu nada keerthanam,
Thathra thathra krudha masthakanjalim,
Bhashpa vari pari poorna lochanam,
Maruthim namatha Rakashasanthakam.

I pray and salute the son of wind god,
Who brought to end the rakshasas,
Who is always present with eye full of tears,
With head bowed in veneration,
Wherever the praise of Lord Rama is sung.

Phala sruthi

Budhir balam yaso dhairyam nirbhayathwam arokadha,
Ajadyam vak paduthwancha hanumath smaranath bhaveth.

He who meditates on Lord Hanuman,
Would be blessed with knowledge, strength,
Fame, courage, fearlessness, health,
Tirelessness and mastery over words,

(Slokas courtesy-Internet)