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  • It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. 
A simple padikolam for a fantabulous friday is my choice of happiness!
What's yours? 😉😎
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#thaivelli
#kolambykasturi
  • It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
    A simple padikolam for a fantabulous friday is my choice of happiness!
    What's yours? 😉😎
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    #thaivelli
    #kolambykasturi

  •  457  38  16 January, 2020
  • শুভ মকর সংক্রান্তি 🙏🙏🖌🖌
#alpona
  • শুভ মকর সংক্রান্তি 🙏🙏🖌🖌
    #alpona

  •  45  0  15 January, 2020
  • தைப்பொங்கல் திருநாள்!
Or Makara Sankranti - Bihu - Lohri & etc. Despite it's various regional terminologies, they are all the same.
The Indian version of Thanksgiving Day 🙂
Our very own Uzhavar Thirunaal 🙂
The origin & history of Pongal can be dated back to the times of Sangam Age - it was then celebrated as the Thai Niraadal. This festival is even mentioned in the 9th century Tiruvembavai text by Saint Manikkavasagar. .
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Despite it being the harvest festival, for us - those who are in the urban world, pongal celebration is nothing less than grandiose. We at home usually start off our day by wearing new clothes, offering prayers at home, drawing kolams 😉 & preparing the quintessential Pongal dish! Pongal means "ever-flowing" (Not Overflowing) & that is the reason this festival is also known as “Pongum Mangala Thirunal”. In the olden days, this dish was documented as ponakam, thiruponakam, ponkal and similar terms. On the 1st day of pongal - Suriya Pongal, the Sun is worshipped as the embodiment & source of Life-Force, without which our existence is not possible. On the 2nd day - Mattu Pongal, animals are venerated, usually through the worship of a representative cow. On the 3rd day - Kaanum Pongal, relationships are worshipped through the coming together of family members. .
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In short one can say that Pongal is all about giving as well as recognizing the Creation as the miraculous divine blessing. This day insists that a life without any focus will be a mess - something that our youngsters have to learn from our culture. We begin our year hoping that we are going to celebrate success throughout. That is the reason we celebrate the day, decorate our homes, rejoice with new costumes and serving sweets, not just for that one day but promising ourselves that this is the way of life that we are going to live in the future...this is how I would define my Pongal celebration!
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Well, today's #kolambykasturi is a simple free hand kolam! I asked my #boysquad on what is the 1st thing that comes to their mind at the mention of the word Pongal - and these were their answers!
p/s Thank god no one mentioned the cow, or else I would have gone bonkers trying to draw it 😂
  • தைப்பொங்கல் திருநாள்!
    Or Makara Sankranti - Bihu - Lohri & etc. Despite it's various regional terminologies, they are all the same.
    The Indian version of Thanksgiving Day 🙂
    Our very own Uzhavar Thirunaal 🙂
    The origin & history of Pongal can be dated back to the times of Sangam Age - it was then celebrated as the Thai Niraadal. This festival is even mentioned in the 9th century Tiruvembavai text by Saint Manikkavasagar. .
    .
    Despite it being the harvest festival, for us - those who are in the urban world, pongal celebration is nothing less than grandiose. We at home usually start off our day by wearing new clothes, offering prayers at home, drawing kolams 😉 & preparing the quintessential Pongal dish! Pongal means "ever-flowing" (Not Overflowing) & that is the reason this festival is also known as “Pongum Mangala Thirunal”. In the olden days, this dish was documented as ponakam, thiruponakam, ponkal and similar terms. On the 1st day of pongal - Suriya Pongal, the Sun is worshipped as the embodiment & source of Life-Force, without which our existence is not possible. On the 2nd day - Mattu Pongal, animals are venerated, usually through the worship of a representative cow. On the 3rd day - Kaanum Pongal, relationships are worshipped through the coming together of family members. .
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    In short one can say that Pongal is all about giving as well as recognizing the Creation as the miraculous divine blessing. This day insists that a life without any focus will be a mess - something that our youngsters have to learn from our culture. We begin our year hoping that we are going to celebrate success throughout. That is the reason we celebrate the day, decorate our homes, rejoice with new costumes and serving sweets, not just for that one day but promising ourselves that this is the way of life that we are going to live in the future...this is how I would define my Pongal celebration!
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    Well, today's #kolambykasturi is a simple free hand kolam! I asked my #boysquad on what is the 1st thing that comes to their mind at the mention of the word Pongal - and these were their answers!
    p/s Thank god no one mentioned the cow, or else I would have gone bonkers trying to draw it 😂

  •  712  110  15 January, 2020
  • কিছু cause 
কিছু effect 
আর বাকিটা My selfieholic nature .
#alpona 
#selfie
  • কিছু cause
    কিছু effect
    আর বাকিটা My selfieholic nature .
    #alpona
    #selfie

  •  20  0  14 January, 2020
  • The chill wind wasn't so sharp today,
It knows you're leaving me away,
As I prepare to step into the Tamizh month Thai way,
I look forward to seeing you by December again, anyway!
Goodbye, my love goodbye,
Goodbye and au revoir,
As long as I remember you,
You'll never be too far!
Goodbye, my love goodbye,
I will always cherish you,
So hold me in your dreams,
Till I come back to you!
See the sun & star in my kolam above,
They'll shine wherever I may roam,
I will pray every day and night,
That soon they'll guide me throughout,
Goodbye, my dear Margazhi...
Till me meet again!
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Yours truly,
#Kolambykasturi
  • The chill wind wasn't so sharp today,
    It knows you're leaving me away,
    As I prepare to step into the Tamizh month Thai way,
    I look forward to seeing you by December again, anyway!
    Goodbye, my love goodbye,
    Goodbye and au revoir,
    As long as I remember you,
    You'll never be too far!
    Goodbye, my love goodbye,
    I will always cherish you,
    So hold me in your dreams,
    Till I come back to you!
    See the sun & star in my kolam above,
    They'll shine wherever I may roam,
    I will pray every day and night,
    That soon they'll guide me throughout,
    Goodbye, my dear Margazhi...
    Till me meet again!
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    Yours truly,
    #Kolambykasturi

  •  440  53  13 January, 2020
  • Margazhi 27th!
My favourite month...
My favourite number...
And my favourite most pasuram...
கூடாரை வெல்லும் சீர் கோவிந்தா உந்தன்னைப்
பாடிப் பறை கொண்டு யாம் பெறும் சம்மானம்
நாடு புகழும் பரிசினால் நன்றாகச்
சூடகமே தோள் வளையே தோடே செவிப் பூவே
பாடகமே என்றனைய பலகலனும் யாம் அணிவோம்
ஆடை உடுப்போம் அதன் பின்னே பாற் சோறு
மூட நெய் பெய்து முழங்கை வழி வாரக்
கூடி இருந்து குளிர்ந்தேலோர் எம்பாவாய்
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#Kolambykasturi celebrates Koodaravalli today with a simple padikolam. As we all know, Sri Andal Nachiar sang the Thirupavai (total 30 verses) in praise of Lord Narayana in the month of Margazhi. While singing the 27th verse “Koodaarai vellum seer Govinda…” Lord Narayana blessed Sri Andal with Thirukalyana Varam. This was when she ended Her fast, gets dressed up with Her fellow paavais, and makes neivedyam for the Lord! .
What a wonderful way to celebrate ones unadulterated love and bhakti towards the Lord 😍 
This makes me ponder...how is one to get the grace of God? 
Here's one simple yet complicated pathway!
One has to merely yearn for it with single-minded aim. God will supply the force. There should be no perception of I and this, mine and others, etc. This frame of mind is itself a great fortune much wealthier than all the wealth of the world.
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With that happy thoughts, here's me saying goodbye to all of you as I have tonnes of my Sunday errands to run 🙈
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#koodaravalli
  • Margazhi 27th!
    My favourite month...
    My favourite number...
    And my favourite most pasuram...
    கூடாரை வெல்லும் சீர் கோவிந்தா உந்தன்னைப்
    பாடிப் பறை கொண்டு யாம் பெறும் சம்மானம்
    நாடு புகழும் பரிசினால் நன்றாகச்
    சூடகமே தோள் வளையே தோடே செவிப் பூவே
    பாடகமே என்றனைய பலகலனும் யாம் அணிவோம்
    ஆடை உடுப்போம் அதன் பின்னே பாற் சோறு
    மூட நெய் பெய்து முழங்கை வழி வாரக்
    கூடி இருந்து குளிர்ந்தேலோர் எம்பாவாய்
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    #Kolambykasturi celebrates Koodaravalli today with a simple padikolam. As we all know, Sri Andal Nachiar sang the Thirupavai (total 30 verses) in praise of Lord Narayana in the month of Margazhi. While singing the 27th verse “Koodaarai vellum seer Govinda…” Lord Narayana blessed Sri Andal with Thirukalyana Varam. This was when she ended Her fast, gets dressed up with Her fellow paavais, and makes neivedyam for the Lord! .
    What a wonderful way to celebrate ones unadulterated love and bhakti towards the Lord 😍
    This makes me ponder...how is one to get the grace of God?
    Here's one simple yet complicated pathway!
    One has to merely yearn for it with single-minded aim. God will supply the force. There should be no perception of I and this, mine and others, etc. This frame of mind is itself a great fortune much wealthier than all the wealth of the world.
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    With that happy thoughts, here's me saying goodbye to all of you as I have tonnes of my Sunday errands to run 🙈
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    #koodaravalli

  •  389  42  12 January, 2020
  • Today's #kolambykasturi has collaborated the symbol of Shaivism, the rudraksham, surrounded by the Friday must haves - the traditional padi, kaavi, lotuses, temple gopurams, mattu chanam with samanthipoo as I have no access to poosanipoo. 😉
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And of course, since it's the Arudra Dharisanam festival today #kolamandkathaigalbykasturi features a little legend etched along with it! There was once the Rishis of Darukavanam performed a Yajna to destroy Lord Siva. As a result, a cruel tiger came out of the fire. They commanded the tiger to kill Lord Siva. Lord Siva in turn killed the tiger and wore its' skin around His waist. 
Then they created a trident - Lord Siva kept it in His hand as His instrument. Next they created a deer with sharp horns - Lord Siva also held it in His left hand. Later on they created countless black cobras - Lord Siva wore them around His neck as His ornaments. Then came numerous Bhuta Ganams - Lord Siva made them as His army. This was followed by the Udukkai / Damaru - Lord Siva also kept it in His hand. Then they created an Asuran, Muyalakan, he marched with the Yajna fire to destroy Lord Siva. Lord Siva held the fire as Malu in His hand and kept the Asura under His feet. All that which was sent to kill the Lord was made into ornaments, He adorned them & subsequently incarnated into the Natarajar form and started dancing euphorically. It is believed that this was when the "sacred big wave" occured, commemorating the day of creation of the universe as per the Hindus believe. The Lord is believed to have danced in the Chitsabha at the Thillai Chidambaram temple. This was witnessed by Sage Vyagrapadhar, the sage with ‘tiger’s feet’ along with Sage Pathanjali, the author of Yoga Sutra. .
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The day this happened has come to be celebrated as the Arudra Dharisanam vratham / festival, and it falls on the Thiruvadhirai nakshathram in Margazhi. Thiruvaadhirai is also the nakshathram of Lord Natarajar and is the longest night of the year.
With that, ending my kolam post of the day by saying "Thiruchitrambalam"!
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Source of story - Excerpts from oration by Variyar Swamigal disciple, Smt Desamangaiyarkarasi.
  • Today's #kolambykasturi has collaborated the symbol of Shaivism, the rudraksham, surrounded by the Friday must haves - the traditional padi, kaavi, lotuses, temple gopurams, mattu chanam with samanthipoo as I have no access to poosanipoo. 😉
    .
    And of course, since it's the Arudra Dharisanam festival today #kolamandkathaigalbykasturi features a little legend etched along with it! There was once the Rishis of Darukavanam performed a Yajna to destroy Lord Siva. As a result, a cruel tiger came out of the fire. They commanded the tiger to kill Lord Siva. Lord Siva in turn killed the tiger and wore its' skin around His waist.
    Then they created a trident - Lord Siva kept it in His hand as His instrument. Next they created a deer with sharp horns - Lord Siva also held it in His left hand. Later on they created countless black cobras - Lord Siva wore them around His neck as His ornaments. Then came numerous Bhuta Ganams - Lord Siva made them as His army. This was followed by the Udukkai / Damaru - Lord Siva also kept it in His hand. Then they created an Asuran, Muyalakan, he marched with the Yajna fire to destroy Lord Siva. Lord Siva held the fire as Malu in His hand and kept the Asura under His feet. All that which was sent to kill the Lord was made into ornaments, He adorned them & subsequently incarnated into the Natarajar form and started dancing euphorically. It is believed that this was when the "sacred big wave" occured, commemorating the day of creation of the universe as per the Hindus believe. The Lord is believed to have danced in the Chitsabha at the Thillai Chidambaram temple. This was witnessed by Sage Vyagrapadhar, the sage with ‘tiger’s feet’ along with Sage Pathanjali, the author of Yoga Sutra. .
    .
    The day this happened has come to be celebrated as the Arudra Dharisanam vratham / festival, and it falls on the Thiruvadhirai nakshathram in Margazhi. Thiruvaadhirai is also the nakshathram of Lord Natarajar and is the longest night of the year.
    With that, ending my kolam post of the day by saying "Thiruchitrambalam"!
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    Source of story - Excerpts from oration by Variyar Swamigal disciple, Smt Desamangaiyarkarasi.

  •  690  63  10 January, 2020
  • One star kolam,
Two triangles in union,
Three sides to each triangle,
Four different shapes, 
Five combinations - 2 🔼 + 3 sides to each 🔼
Six points of the star,
Seven meeting points of the 12 triangles is the central sun,
Eight cardinal points of the star,
Nine sides each to the hexagon and star,
Ten dots in each small triangle,
And that's all to today's starry affair at #kolambykasturi 🙂
  • One star kolam,
    Two triangles in union,
    Three sides to each triangle,
    Four different shapes,
    Five combinations - 2 🔼 + 3 sides to each 🔼
    Six points of the star,
    Seven meeting points of the 12 triangles is the central sun,
    Eight cardinal points of the star,
    Nine sides each to the hexagon and star,
    Ten dots in each small triangle,
    And that's all to today's starry affair at #kolambykasturi 🙂

  •  558  56  6 January, 2020
  • Om Namo Narayanaya!
My humble salutations to the Almighty.
I bow to the divine, letting go my humble ego, hoping that it'll have great destiny by submitting to the Lord.
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#vaikuntaekadasi 
#kolambykasturi
  • Om Namo Narayanaya!
    My humble salutations to the Almighty.
    I bow to the divine, letting go my humble ego, hoping that it'll have great destiny by submitting to the Lord.
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    #vaikuntaekadasi
    #kolambykasturi

  •  375  36  5 January, 2020

Top #alpona Posts

  • It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. 
A simple padikolam for a fantabulous friday is my choice of happiness!
What's yours? 😉😎
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.
.
#thaivelli
#kolambykasturi
  • It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
    A simple padikolam for a fantabulous friday is my choice of happiness!
    What's yours? 😉😎
    .
    .
    .
    #thaivelli
    #kolambykasturi

  •  457  38  16 January, 2020
  • My Mehendi Day 
26.12.17 
So after 8 months since our Akht, we came back to Bangladesh for the rest of the events. (Try explaining to your bideshi boss why you need 5 weeks off for your wedding 🤦🏻‍♀️). I always wanted a traditional holud so my mom arranged for a small get together at our place, only immediate family, to have a quaint “ghoroa holud” during my mehendi morning. It was such a chill and relaxed event. Loved it !
This was us being filmy in our garden 💏 The cameramen loved it 😂
  • My Mehendi Day
    26.12.17
    So after 8 months since our Akht, we came back to Bangladesh for the rest of the events. (Try explaining to your bideshi boss why you need 5 weeks off for your wedding 🤦🏻‍♀️). I always wanted a traditional holud so my mom arranged for a small get together at our place, only immediate family, to have a quaint “ghoroa holud” during my mehendi morning. It was such a chill and relaxed event. Loved it !
    This was us being filmy in our garden 💏 The cameramen loved it 😂

  •  1,614  9  12 April, 2018
  • Today's #kolambykasturi has collaborated the symbol of Shaivism, the rudraksham, surrounded by the Friday must haves - the traditional padi, kaavi, lotuses, temple gopurams, mattu chanam with samanthipoo as I have no access to poosanipoo. 😉
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And of course, since it's the Arudra Dharisanam festival today #kolamandkathaigalbykasturi features a little legend etched along with it! There was once the Rishis of Darukavanam performed a Yajna to destroy Lord Siva. As a result, a cruel tiger came out of the fire. They commanded the tiger to kill Lord Siva. Lord Siva in turn killed the tiger and wore its' skin around His waist. 
Then they created a trident - Lord Siva kept it in His hand as His instrument. Next they created a deer with sharp horns - Lord Siva also held it in His left hand. Later on they created countless black cobras - Lord Siva wore them around His neck as His ornaments. Then came numerous Bhuta Ganams - Lord Siva made them as His army. This was followed by the Udukkai / Damaru - Lord Siva also kept it in His hand. Then they created an Asuran, Muyalakan, he marched with the Yajna fire to destroy Lord Siva. Lord Siva held the fire as Malu in His hand and kept the Asura under His feet. All that which was sent to kill the Lord was made into ornaments, He adorned them & subsequently incarnated into the Natarajar form and started dancing euphorically. It is believed that this was when the "sacred big wave" occured, commemorating the day of creation of the universe as per the Hindus believe. The Lord is believed to have danced in the Chitsabha at the Thillai Chidambaram temple. This was witnessed by Sage Vyagrapadhar, the sage with ‘tiger’s feet’ along with Sage Pathanjali, the author of Yoga Sutra. .
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The day this happened has come to be celebrated as the Arudra Dharisanam vratham / festival, and it falls on the Thiruvadhirai nakshathram in Margazhi. Thiruvaadhirai is also the nakshathram of Lord Natarajar and is the longest night of the year.
With that, ending my kolam post of the day by saying "Thiruchitrambalam"!
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Source of story - Excerpts from oration by Variyar Swamigal disciple, Smt Desamangaiyarkarasi.
  • Today's #kolambykasturi has collaborated the symbol of Shaivism, the rudraksham, surrounded by the Friday must haves - the traditional padi, kaavi, lotuses, temple gopurams, mattu chanam with samanthipoo as I have no access to poosanipoo. 😉
    .
    And of course, since it's the Arudra Dharisanam festival today #kolamandkathaigalbykasturi features a little legend etched along with it! There was once the Rishis of Darukavanam performed a Yajna to destroy Lord Siva. As a result, a cruel tiger came out of the fire. They commanded the tiger to kill Lord Siva. Lord Siva in turn killed the tiger and wore its' skin around His waist.
    Then they created a trident - Lord Siva kept it in His hand as His instrument. Next they created a deer with sharp horns - Lord Siva also held it in His left hand. Later on they created countless black cobras - Lord Siva wore them around His neck as His ornaments. Then came numerous Bhuta Ganams - Lord Siva made them as His army. This was followed by the Udukkai / Damaru - Lord Siva also kept it in His hand. Then they created an Asuran, Muyalakan, he marched with the Yajna fire to destroy Lord Siva. Lord Siva held the fire as Malu in His hand and kept the Asura under His feet. All that which was sent to kill the Lord was made into ornaments, He adorned them & subsequently incarnated into the Natarajar form and started dancing euphorically. It is believed that this was when the "sacred big wave" occured, commemorating the day of creation of the universe as per the Hindus believe. The Lord is believed to have danced in the Chitsabha at the Thillai Chidambaram temple. This was witnessed by Sage Vyagrapadhar, the sage with ‘tiger’s feet’ along with Sage Pathanjali, the author of Yoga Sutra. .
    .
    The day this happened has come to be celebrated as the Arudra Dharisanam vratham / festival, and it falls on the Thiruvadhirai nakshathram in Margazhi. Thiruvaadhirai is also the nakshathram of Lord Natarajar and is the longest night of the year.
    With that, ending my kolam post of the day by saying "Thiruchitrambalam"!
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    Source of story - Excerpts from oration by Variyar Swamigal disciple, Smt Desamangaiyarkarasi.

  •  690  63  10 January, 2020