Shri Mulkeshwar temple

Mulkeshwar santuary

Shri Mulkeshwar temple is a small sanctuary located behind the Mangeshi temple, Goa.

The legend of Shri Mulkeshwar:

The Mangeshi temple was earlier in Cortalim. After Portuguese invasion, the  Shivalinga was shifted from Cortalim to a province under a Hindu prince to avoid desecration.

In this area, a boy worked as a cowherd. During those few days, one of his cows stopped giving milk , and disappeared every evening. The young cowherd followed the cow to find its destination. To his surprise, the cow poured all its milk on a stone. The stone was dug, and the present Shivalinga was discovered.

Hence, the Mulkeshwar  temple was built with Mulki or Mukto as the founder. His statue with his cow  lies behind the shrine. He was a Bidi smoker. Therefore, devotees offer Bidis to grant their wishes.The temple authorities have appointed a person to light these Bidis.

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Fresh blooms

Fresh blooms

These are the blossoms from the mango tree in the compound.  The whole year, I wait for the tree to bloom. It signifies the start of spring and the mango season for me. :)

Every year, spring brings us fresh blooms. The happy trees dance in the breeze flaunting their flowers. Some buds blossom into beautiful flowers; others grow further to turn into a fruit. Just as the blossoms, it is our duty to reach our fullest potential. Don’t give up on yourself. Start afresh like the tree which sheds its leaves in the autumn to start fresh in the spring.

Today is new year is most parts of India. The first day of the year is known as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, and Yugadi in Karnataka. May this new year bring lots of love, and joy in your life.

Wish you a very happy & prosperous new year!!

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare

Everyone quotes The Bard to undermine the significance of names. I feel names are important. How would you like it, if you asked me to order roses for you, and I called them chrysanthemum while ordering? You may not consider names as your identity, but they are used for identification. No one likes to be called that pie-faced boy/girl; they prefer names. Continue reading What’s in a name?

Book Review: The Hidden Letters

Review: Hidden LettersBook: The Hidden Letters                                                                

Author: Purba Chakraborty

Publisher: Blue Jay Publishers

Publication Year: 2013

Book Cover: Apt.

Pages: Paperback, 200 pages

Rating: 4.2/5

The book cover gives the gist of the book; it portrays the soul of a woman, a mixture of beauty, love, and pain. The Hidden letters is a woman’s journey- her struggle to achieve her husband’s love, daughter’s adulation, her professional goals, and at the same time to be true to herself. To reach where she is, she has to go through many trials in life, which have made her stronger. It is not a story of romance; it runs much deeper than that, through the lanes of sacrifices and betrayal in the search of that elusive emotion called love. Continue reading Book Review: The Hidden Letters

Wall art

Wall art

Blank walls are so bleak, and boring.  As a child, I wished walls were painted with my favourite cartoon characters. Walls with cartoons are still my favourite.

Remember my neighbour, who was learning murals? Earlier I’d posted her work in progress. This is how the final mural looks. These murals add cheer to our neighbourhood.

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Orange in my life

Today is Holi- a festival of colours in India. I hope everyone has a colourful life full of joy, and love.

This week’s  weekly photo challenge is orange. For the challenge, I decided to portray three of my favourite things: Food, nature, and books.  :D

Orange- Meetha khaja
Khaja- Goan dessert made from jaggery.

Khaja is my favourite dessert. It is an Indian sweet prepared from jaggery. It is a delicacy available in Goa, and Konkan region of Maharashtra.

Orange- sunset shades
Sunset at Miramar beach, Goa.

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Happy Holi

Colours of life
Kumkum & Gulal for sale at Mangeshi temple, Goa

Holi is the time to burn the old, and welcome the new; let go of the past regrets and guilt, and walk towards the future with hope. It is the time to play with colours; spread the colours of love, joy, and happiness in everyone’s life. Enjoy the festival without using harmful chemicals, and spoiling the fun.

Happy Holi everyone!

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