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Namaskaram - salutations I dedicate my blog to the enormous art lovers across the globe I love knitting so much that I have started a blog for knitting.Knitting is a job that I will like to go on.Through knitting I breathe life into many people's life. It is knitting time. When I want to relax I do it with knitting. I am a knitting buff.I love to do knitting on various topics. There is no way that you can stop me doing knitting.I am born with a flare for knitting.My face brightens once I touch the knitting needs.The electronic media has helped knitting to travel across the world.Every stitch made will talk about how knitting has influenced people.I have done some and would like to share it with you. Some patterns have been taken from free knitting sites. Some designs have been created by me. Many a times I have modified the patterns to suite my requirements. Finally I can say that I breathe knitting, I talk knitting, I walk knitting - a total knitaholic

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

5. the gigantic form of Vinayaka

5. The Gigantic form of Vinayaka
From Sri Ganesha Purana by Dr.Akila Sivaraman

Long long ago, there was a big deluge at the end of a Yuga.There was excessive heat all round and the whole universe was wiped out without a trace. Rain continued foe hundreds of years and total silence prevailed everywhere.

Lord Vinayaka, the supreme GOD appeared at this juncture as Vakratunda. The universe was recreated and the great powers- Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva- were also resurrected. Vakratunda’s gorgeous figure made the trimurtis bow at His feet. They had to resume their duties and reconstruct the whole world once again. Brahma will create all creatures with his Vedic knowledge. Vishnu, with his Yogic power will protect them all. Shiva will do the task of annihilation at the end.

Vakratunda sent all the trimurtis into his huge stomach, where they could have a full picture of all the mountains, oceans and earth. Celestial as well as other creatures were found there. The nine planets and eight guardians of all the directions were also present. The five great elements could also be identified.

Once the extent of the universe was visible for the trimurtis, Lord Vinayaka removed the scenes from their sight and brought them out.

Now, Vakratunda ordered Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to carry on their assignments and disappeared from their presence

Brahma purana - an introduction

Introduction to Brahma purana
by Dipavali Debroy-Bibek Debroy

The Puranas are the sacred texts of Hinduism. The Ramayana and Mahabharata are the two great epics known to all. The Mahabharata states that there are 18 puranas and names three of them – the Markandeya purana, the Vayu purana and the Matsya purana. In Ramayana there is no mention of the puranas as such but the word purana has been used several times. This clearly tells us that the composers of Ramayana and Mahabharata were well versed with the ancient texts.

It is agreed that there are 18 major Puranas and are known as Mahapuranas. The several minor puranas are referred to as upapuranas. There is no disagreement with regard to the names of the mahapuranas. The only disagreement is with the name of the fourth. Some say the fourth is the Vayu purana while some say it is the Shiva purana . All agree the first purana is the Brahma purana.

Characteristic features of the puranas:

Any Mahapurana is supposed to have basic five lakshana [characteristics]. The text must describe five subjects. These five subjects are the original creation of the universe[sarga], the periodical process of destruction  and re-creation[pratisarga], the different eras[manvantara], the histories of the solar dynasty [ surya vamsha] and the lunar dynasty[ Chandra vamsha] and royal genealogies [vamshanucharita]. The Brahma purana does describe all these five subjects/elements.

The puranas are associated with the Hindu Trinity- Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Brahma is regarded as the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer. These three important gods are glorified in the puranas.Their relative emphasis might vary from text to text. The puranas which gives importance to Vishnu will talk about his incarnation [avatara] and they are termed as Sattvika purana.. The puranas that gives importance and describe the creation in depth are called as Rajasika purana and are associated with Brahma. Finally the Tamasika purana tells about how a devotee should practise a lot of norms and rituals ,these are to be associated with Shiva.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

4. The birth of Veda Vyasa

4. The birth of Veda Vyasa
From Sri Ganesha Purana by Dr.Akila Sivaraman

There was a time when worship of the Supreme Lord was on the decline on earth. None followed the noble ways of life prescribed in Vedic scriptures. Lord Brahma and Lord Vinayaka were quite distressed at the chaos prevailing everywhere. When they approached Lord Shiva for help , He directed Lord Vishnu to take necessary steps to collect Vedas and Puranas and propagate them on earth for people’s guidance.

On the bank of the river Ganges, there lived a noble sage by name Parasara. When he was going in a boat to the opposite bank of the river, he fell in love with the girl in the boat. Lord Maha Vishnu was born as their son, but very soon he went to Badrikashrama to lead a life of meditation.

In the ashrama, he acquired mastery over the four Vedas- Rig, Yejur, Sama and Atharvana. So, he was called Veda Vyasa. He proceeded next to learn all the eighteen puranas from Sanatkumara.

Veda Vyasa desired to render all the Puranas in verse form – i.e. Shlokas – so that people can easily learn them, get them to heart and recite them to their benefit. In fact, most of our religious texts have been handed down to generations as poetic verses only, as they lend themselves easily to be committed to one’s own memory and for repetition at our will and pleasure.

Unfortunately, Veda Vyasa found himself not competent for this task. Perplexed as he was, he sought the help and guidance of Lord Brahma.

“In order to help the people on the earth, to get to know Vedic Scriptures, I tried to render them as simple shlokas which could be easily memorized and chanted. Unfortunately, I do not find myself equal to the task. Kindly enlighten me as to where, why and how I have failed to do it”

Lord Brahma immediately mentioned the omission which was responsible for the failure. “At the beginning of all tasks, Lord Vinayaka is to be worshipped. He removes all obstacles and crowns every task with success. Right from Lord Shiva, the Lord Supreme, all of us have to pray to Lord Vinayaka for fulfilment of any endeavour in the proper direction and details.”

 Veda Vyasa now repented for his serious mistake. He beseeched Lord Brahma himself to give him a detailed picture of Lord Ganesha’s greatness and glory.

 Lord Brahma readily agreed to enlighten Veda Vyasa in detail about all the illustrious devotees who prayed to Lord Vinayaka and achieved great success in their lives.

The discourse on Lord Vinayaka thus began which serves as a real eye opener for all of us before we undertake any task.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

3. Brahmahatti dosha leaves the king

3. Brahmahatti dosha leaves the king
from Sri Ganesha Purana by Dr.Akila Sivaraman

The king accompanied by his wife and two ministers, walked a long way into the forest and reached a garden where they decided to rest for some time, under the shadow of the trees.

The queen saw a pond nearby where a young boy was fetching water. She was quite surprised at the bravery of the lad, who was moving about all alone in a forest full of wild animals. She entered into a conversation with him and came to know that the boy Shivana was the son of a sage Bhrigu living nearby. The boy also learnt that the lady was a queen and her husband, the king, was resting under the shade of a tree. He also came to know the circumstances under which they had to leave the kingdom and come to the forest.

On reaching home, the young boy explained the delay in bringing water to his father, Sage Bhrigu, who chose to invite the royal guests to his hermitage.

When the king and the queen met the Sage, the king narrated the story of his deadly disease and the sufferings due to the sins of his previous birth. The Sage consoled him saying that his good period will soon commence, as he had built a temple for Lord Vinayaka in his previous birth.

But the king did not believe his words and suddenly he could feel thousands of small birds, troubling him all over the body.He at once fell at the feet of the sage and prayed.

The sage at once sprinkled holy water on his body and the feelings of the birds left the king’s body. Alongside, they saw an ugly figure coming out of the king’s body.

On enquiry by the sage, it was learnt that the ghost figure was none other than “Brahmahatti Dosha” who lived in the king’s body all along. The sage asked the figure to leave the king and move to a tree-hole nearby. Next moment, there was a big fire in the tree and the ghost was reduced to ashes.

Out came the soul of the Brahmin from the ghost figure and fell at the feet of the sage. The king had killed him in his previous birth. The sage had not only relieved the king of his sufferings, but also made the Brahmin to get his original form.

Soon after, a celestial air-craft alighted there to carry the Brahmin’s soul to heaven.

Sage Bhrigu now addressed Somakanta and advised him to listen the story of Lord Vinayaka from him.

“Sri Vinayaka Purana was given to Lord Brahma by Lord Shiva.Ved Vyasa was fortunate to receive it from Brahma. I had the blessing of learning it from Ved Vyasa. You shall be lucky person to get it from me. It will cure you of your disease and give you the immense blessings of Lord Vinayaka.”

The king felt extremely happy and got ready to receive the intellectual gift from the blessed sage Bhrigu.

The divine discourse thus began for the worthy listener.

Friday, October 13, 2017

2. Somakanta's life as a king - Ganesha purana

2. Somakanta’s life as a king
from Sri Ganesha Purana by Dr.Akila Sivaraman

Kamandha who was born as the prince of Sowrashtra was known as Somakanta in this birth. He married Sudanmai and ascended the throne after his father. As he was destined to enjoy all pleasures of life, as a gift for building a temple for Lord Vinayaka in his previous birth, he had absolutely an excellent tenure as a famous king. His kingdom was peaceful and all his subjects were totally pleased with his rule. He was duly blessed with a son whom he called Emakanta. The handsome prince was brought up with all care and love.

As time passed by, Somakanta reached the stage when he had to suffer for the sins of his previous birth. He was affected with leprosy, which could not be cured by the doctors of the land. The intensity of the disease was on the increase, day after day and Somakanta suffered a hell beyond description. He decided to renounce the world, leave his family and kingdom and retire to a far-off forest.

The first step he took to implement his decision was to make his son ascend the throne. The people of the country had a new ruler, but still everyone loved their old king Somakanta. When he announced his decision to go to the forest alone, everyone including his wife and son followed him. As Somakanta did not want to inflict his personal suffering on his kith and kin and the people of the land, he pleaded with them to leave him alone.

After a good deal of persuasion, the new king Emakanta agreed to take charge of the country and the people. Slowly, the ministers excepting two of them and rest of the people permitted him to go to the forest. His wife also decided to accompany him, as they were always supposed to stay together in pleasures and pain of family life.

Somakanta had to yield finally to the desire of his queen and accompanying ministers. Suphala and Jnyangamya decided to be king’s bodyguards in the forest, as he no longer required them as ministers. Sudanmai, the queen took leave of her son, the new king and asked him to pray to Lord Vinayaka for their welfare.

The tough life in the forest was the next stage to atone for Somakanta sins of the previous birth, along with the sufferings of the deadly disease. But he continued to pray to Lord Vinayaka throughout this trial.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

1. the story of kamandha- ganesh purana

The story of Kamandha
from Ganesha purana by Dr. Akila Sivaraman

There is a city called Kollam near the Vindhya Hills.Chidroopa, a merchant and his wife,Sulochana lived there happily, following the dictates of the righteous way of life.In due course, they were blessed with a son , Kamandha.

As and when Kamandha grew up to be a handsome young man, Kutumbini married him. The couple lived happily and twelve children [seven sons and five daughters] were born to them.

When Chidroopa and Sulochana passed away after attaining old age, Kamandha was a free bird to take to ignoble ways of his choice. From an honest and hardworking merchant’s life, he drifted to a care-free, pleasure – seeking way of living, in which he lost all his wealth and also family –life.

Kutumbini tried to persuade him to become a responsible father of twelve children, but in vain. So, she moved to her mother’s house to save children.

Kamandha happily continued his evil ways and indulged in gambling, looting, robbery and torturing the villagers and travellers to a great extent. One day, he happened to meet a young Brahmin who had recently been married. Despite his begging for mercy, Kamandha murdered him ruthlessly and looted all his money.

The sin of killing a Brahmin had its toll on Kamandha who became afflicted with the worst disease on earth. His sufferings grew day by day and even his wife would not return to nurse him back to health.

at this stage , a poor Brahmin approached him for money. Kamandha, who had reformed his life to an extent and repented for the misdeeds of his past, happily helped the Brahmin and offered to give more donations to needy. But the villagers who knew his past and the story of his ill-gotten wealth abused him profusely and refused to take any help from him.

Kamandha beseeched them to forgive him, as he whole-heartedly repented for his shameful behaviour in the past, due to his greed for money. The villagers suggested that he could use all his money to renovate Lord Vinayaka’s temple in the forest. He readily agreed to their request to atone for his past sins.

With a huge effort, Lord Vinayaka’s temple was rebuilt in a grand-style. Ever since the renovation work started, Kamandha had become a new man of noble virtues. The consecration of the temple was duly conducted grandly.

In due course, Kamandha passed away and Yamadharmaraja was given an account of his lazy sinful life and the only good deed of building a temple for Lord Vinayaka.

Pronouncing the verdict, Dharmaraja told Kamandha that he had to suffer for his sins and also get the benefits for his single noble task of building a temple.

Kamandha chose to have the benefits first and took rebirth as the son of King of Sowrashtra with name – Somakantha, in the city of Devanagara.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pumpkin - crochet

created this pumpkin for this year golu 2017. used cotton yarn , 4 mm crochet hook and some polyfill for stuffing

Monday, August 21, 2017

ganesha umbrella

wow Ganesha chaturthi is round the corner. This year it falls on 25 th aug 2017.Created this cute umbrella for Ganesha.

materials required 

1. Metal frame - got this from raja stores chennai
2. a simple doilie that will fit the frame
3. embellishments- ear drops n stones

the metal frame looks like this

a small doily - I did it in pink yarn of yardley - bought from raja stores

some decorative items bought from local store n bhuvaneshwari 

I pasted the green stones using silicone glue -from Raja stores n hanged the ear drops.
while doing the puja will add fresh flowers to decorate it more
the final look is 


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