Travel : Bruhadeeswara Temple in the Rains : Thanjavur

Getting there and stay : Direct train from bangalore (SBC) to Thanjavur(TJ), reached at 5.30 am. Clean railway retiring room, Rs 400 for 24 hours. We walked to the temple from the railway station. It has been raining heavily in Thanjavur, courtesy the north-east monsoons which don’t care if varsha rtu (rainy season) is over in…

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Karthikeya (Skanda, Kumara), Rudra, Agni and Gold

(Reference) This narration is from the Anusasana Parva of the Mahabharata. (Book 13 sections 84 to 86.) Yudhisthira asked his great-grandfather, Bhishma, as he lay on his bed of arrows, waiting for Uttarayanam to die, why the gift of gold was considered purifying as per the Shrutis. Bhishma then narrated that Gold was the son of…