Wednesday, October 29


Mahendravarman I (reigned c. 600–630) contributed to the greatness of the Pallava dynasty. Some of the most ornate monuments at Mamallapuram, especially those dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, were constructed under his rule (though born a Jain, Mahendravarman converted to Shaivism). He was a great patron of art and architecture and is known for introducing a new style to Dravidian.

 He bore many titles like Chatrumalla, Gunabhara, Vichitrachitta, Mattavilasa, Avanibhajana, Sankirnajati, each one having a specific relation to one of his qualities or aptitudes. He bore even the uncomplimentary title of Kalahapriya

As a Śaivite convert, he did much to support the resurgence of Hinduism in south India after a long period of the religion’s being eclipsed by the popularity of Jainism and Buddhism. In his inscriptions, the king refers to himself as Cettakāri (temple builder), and in that respect, he was a pioneer in the creation of stone architecture in south India. Another of his names, Chittrakārapulli (tiger among painters), attests to his ability as an artist. Mahendravarman I was known as a great patron of all the arts; he was known also as a famous musician who wrote a treatise on music.

Mahendravarman I was interested not only in the building of the temples but also in secular engineering structures. He built many towns called Mahendramangalam or Mahendravadi and he dug a tank at Mamandur called Chitramegha Tatakam. It was clearly in his period that the tempo of the Bhakti movement in the Tamil country increased













Virakurcha  (215 CE)
Skandavarman I  (240 CE)
Kumarvishnu I  (240 CE)
Buddhavarman I (265 CE)
Skandavarman II (290 CE)
Kumarvishnu II (315 CE)
Vishnugopa I (340 CE)
Skandavarman III (365 CE)
Viravarman (390 CE)
Skandavarman IV  (403 CE)
Yuva-maharaja Vishnugopa (never reigned as a king)
Simhavarman I  (436-477 CE)
Skandavarman V  (477 CE)             Vishnugopa II
Nandivarman I (502 CE)
Simhavarman II  (527 CE)
Simhavishnu  (550-580 CE)                                          Bhimavarman
|                                                                                                  |
Mahendravarman I (580-629 CE)                              Buddhavarman
|                                                                                                  |
Narasimhavarman I (629-668 CE)                           Adityavarman
|                                                                                                   |
Mahendravarman II  (668-670 CE)                            Govindavarman
|                                                                                                   |
Parameshvaravarman I (670-690 CE)                    Hiranyavarman
|                                                                                                   |
|                                                                                                   |
Mahendravarman III  (720-728 CE)                                       |
|                                                                                                   |
Parameshvaravarman II  (728-731 CE)                                 |
Dantivarman  (796-847 CE)
Nandivarman III (847-863 CE)
Nrpatungavarman (815) (863-904 CE)   Kampavarman (863-895 CE)
Aparajitavarman  (890-908 CE)

Narasimhavarman II (690-728 CE)                                       |
Nandivarman II  (731-796 CE)

Britanica encyclopedia

Thursday, October 9

STALKING syndrome

     Everyone likes the attention being given to them and their work being appreciated and noticed. But when that attention becomes unwanted or obsessive by an individual or group toward another person, it becomes Stalking.

Cyber stalking has become very common these days. Many social networking sites like Facebook and twitter has made this much easier. And worst nightmare for the cyber stalker is when the “add friend” or the “like” button is accidentally pressed. One best thing that the good old “ORKUT” had was the names of those who visited the profiles.

Stalking or the intense research of an individual becomes creepy when you see someone showing up in your home, send unwanted text messages, and wait at places you hang out or just follow you in bike.

One thing that the stalkers wiz at is STARING. One can feel them scan you and look through you which definitely gives an uneasy feel. The speciality of these people is they just don’t stare from one angle, they keep gazing, gawking, gaping from all the angles.

When a girl rides a bike or drives a car, is it so amusing that few gawkers,even after overtaking the bike/car literally turn 180 degree and stares at you?

Even better, some people just over take you, go some 10 feet forward and just stop, till you arrive at the place and again start chasing!

I so wish there was some key like in road rash , where we could just punch or push those who keep disturbing your ride.

In 2013, Indian Parliament made amendments to the Indian Penal Code, introducing stalking as an criminal offence. Stalking has been defined as a man following or contacting a woman, despite clear indication of disinterest by the woman, or monitoring her use of the Internet or electronic communication. A man committing the offence of stalking would be liable for imprisonment up to three years for the first offence, and shall also be liable to fine and for any subsequent conviction would be liable for imprisonment up to five years and with fine.- Wiki

If someone is being stalked it becomes traumatic. If in danger it is always better to report to the police. Remember to save important evidences like messages, emails (if it is cyber stalk) or note down time , place and date . Always let the family and friends know about this and stay safe.

Tuesday, October 7

Mangalsutra (a) Taali in Marriage

  The big Fat Indian wedding is often an important part of every family.Marriages are filled with rituals and celebrations that continue for several days.The traditional Indian wedding is about two families being brought together Socially. Lakhs are spent on the wedding again to show the social status. For those who are wealthy there is no issue, but the problem arises for the middle class families.

  The average cost of an Indian wedding from the brides side is somewhere between 10 to 20 lakhs. Its fun to attend others wedding, but when it comes to our own family we realise  what a burden it is. There is again a social pressure here. Even in this century where the girl is as equally educated as the guy is, the marriage expenditure has to be taken up by the brides family. How is this right? Why cant the bridegroom share half the cost?

 I cant believe people are still ready to give dowry for girls who are well educated and earning more than the bridegroom. Why? because the girl is over the age  prescribed as the "marriage age". Cant a girl be independent? wont a girl have her own dreams and ambitions? Is getting married her only GOAL in life? Again the Social pressure plays its trick here.

Wearing Mangalsutra or Tali is a must for married Indian women. Societies taboo female not wearing Mangalsutra or Taali. But why? Isn't it her own wish to wear it ?

 In the olden days  married women wore Taali or Mangalsutra and men wore toe rings as the girls were never allowed to walk with her head held up high, thus it was believed when she sees a man wearing a toe ring she will know that he is married and would not try and court him or make any advancements. 

  I have never seen a man wear toe rings after marriage or there is not custom during the marriage ceremony where the bridegroom is made to wear the toe ring. So This is never spoken about or never becomes a taboo. But When it comes to a women why is that the whole society makes it an issue ??

 I understand the scientific importance of metti and tali. 

"Wearing toe ring to the second toe has sexual/erotic effect.The reflexology texts also mention about treating gynecological problems by massaging the second toe.There is also a belief that the wearing of toe rings press on certain nerves that pertain to the reproductive system, keeping it in balance and healthy.Ancient Ayurvedic medicine has long been used along side acupressure.Indians believe that your "prana" or "life force" must be in balance in order for you to stay healthy. All of the paths of your "prana" run down to your toes, so the idea that a marital symbol could double up as a reproductive enhancer is not a big stretch.By wearing this in both feet, it is believed, that their menstrual cycle course is regularized with even intervals. This gives good scope for conceiving to married women.Also it is said just because that particular nerve in the second finger from toe, also connects the uterus and passes through heart. Because of this, the constant friction caused while walking and doing all sorts of chores during a day, it revitalizes the productivity organs.As Silver being a good conductor, it also absorbs the energy from the polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body, thus refreshing whole body system." ---hindutraditionandculture

But the problem here is Why is it forced only on women? and someone who really wants to know the reason for all there "Social" pressure is termed gabby and no one dares to give the correct answer?

Mangalsutra or Tali is a sacred thread of love and goodwill . Agreed that loads of pujas are done and it brings in a positive vibe, but why is it frowned on and vetoed?? I really fail to understand.

Beacuse there is no explanation given to all these age old customs, We are loosing many traditions and they are being labelled as "Myths". I am a strong believer of science and non-duality and have always believed that tradition and science go hand in hand. In this generation where everyone demands a satisfying answer, if we are not ready to give them the reason behind these customs, i fear we may loose them for ever.

But on everything There is just a social pressure and a fake social painting that has been blown up and framed.

Image Source: google.