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Here is an article about Stellarium, that appeared on today’s issue of Kannada daily Samyukta Karnataka (9/27/2012). Click on the image for a enlarged view. My article is at the bottom of the page:

If the full page view is hard to read, you may choose to click on the following  image, for a better resolution, but without the graphical elements:

(I wrote this article last year for ಅರಿವಿನ ಅಲೆಗಳು by Sanchaya).

By the way, I did not even notice another year has gone by for my blog. Surely, this has been the most inactive year for me on ಅಲ್ಲಿದೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆ!

Today’s issue of the Kannada daily Prajavani has an article about my Kannada blog “Hamsa Naada” in it’s weekly section covering Kannada bloggers

Prajavani-article-about-my-blog  (PDF version)  (e-paper link)

Much  water has flown through Kaveri and Hemavati in the last two decades when I’ve lived mostly outside Karnataka – but still Prajavani has an emotional attachment, being the daily I grew up with, and of course it feels good to see this article there!

This Saturday, September 11th, 2010 is the fourth day of the bright phase of the lunar month of Bhadrapada. This is the day when the annual Ganesha pooja is celebrated. Ganesha, the remover of all obstacles, has been celebrated through the works of many composers. One of the most popular songs about Ganapati is Muttuswamy Dikshita’s song in Hamsadhwani raga, ‘vAtApi gaNapatim bhajEham’. Even if you have attended a handful of concerts, it is very likely that you have listened to this composition.

Muttuswamy Dikshita (1776AD-1835AD)has composed about 400 compositions, most of them in Samskrta. Notably, he has composed many songs with geographic references which make it possible to locate the specific temple or deity he is singing about. A majority of his compositions are about the Gods and Goddesses of temples located in the delta region of river Kaveri.

A painting of Muttuswamy Dikshita, by S Rajam

Chalukya king  ruling from Badami (then called Vatapi), Pulikeshi II invaded Pallava kingdom. In retaliation, in 643 AD, Pallava king Narasimha Varma invaded the Chalukya kingdom and laid seize on the Chalukya capital and defeated Pulikeshi.  During that time, a general of Pallava army by name Paranjyoti  (who became one of the 63 saints later on in his life , and became well known as Siruttondan) took away the Ganapati idol from the temple atop the fort in Vatapi, and installed it in his hometown of Tiruchchengattangudi.

Vatapi Ganapati Temple in Badami fort

(Photo by  Srinivas P S)

This temple is being (mistakenly) referred to as the ‘Lower Shiva temple’ now. There is no idol inside.

A view of Badami fort; Vatapi Ganapati temple can be seen at the left-center of the picture

(Photo by  Srinivas P S)

A closer view of Vatapi Ganapati temple

(Photo by  Srinivas P S)

Because the idol came from the city of Vatapi, it came to be called as Vatapi Ganapati, even after it’s relocation to Tiruchengattangudi.

Vatapi Ganapati idol, now located in Thirucchengattangudi (Pic:

Later on a similar idol installed in the Tyagaraja temple at Tiruvaroor as well, and this was also referred by the same name Vatapi Ganapati (perhaps because of the likeness of features).

The famous hamsadhwani composition, Vatapi Ganapatim Bhajeham of Muttuswamy Dikshita is about the idol located in the Tiruvaroor temple.

This is the 144th post on”allide namma mane“, which is turning  three years old now  🙂 . The first post was written on September 11th, 2007. Thanks to all of you, who came here, and those of you who posted  comments which encourages me to keep posting!

A very happy Ganesha festival to you all.



This is my 100th post on ಅಲ್ಲಿದೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆ.

I wrote my first post on September 11th, 2007. You can be sure I did not consult the panchanga 🙂 for a good day to start the blog!

However,  the 100th blog entry post happens to be a good day. Yugaadi.

Yes – I know every day is a good day, but Yugaadi a tad bit more I guess 🙂

As luck would have it, ಅಲ್ಲಿದೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆ has seen 25000 hits as of today. Yippee……..


25000 hits does not sound like large number as for as blogs go- but considering the breadth of my posts, I consider this as a good achievement. If I don’t feel happy, then who will ;)?

And, I would like to thank each of you  for coming by ಅಲ್ಲಿದೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆ!


Of  late, I have seen a surge of  traffic to my blog. People are visiting my blog from all corners of the world. Now don’t ask me how come there are corners in a world which is a spherical!

This increase in hits is  in spite of the fact that I not writing so often. I was perplexed with this influx of traffic. If you think the quality of my writing has improved, then I would not stop you from thinking so. At least I would like to think so too 😉  If I don’t make assumptions favorable to myself, who else will?

My parents have always said:  Everything in this life, good or bad, is due to ‘God’s grace’. Old habits die hard – So now I say that the blog hits are just plain ‘God’s grace’ too.


Do you find hard to believe it?  But wait till I provide you with documentary evidence! I noticed that this traffic increase started once I wrote a post about Tirupati Timmappa last month.


This single post “Lord Venkateshwara and Udupi Restaurants”  attracted lots of hits in the last month. You might ask what is so special about this post.  Didn’t you notice the name of  ‘Lord Venkateshwara‘? I wonder if that was the reason why Purandara dasa said “ಸ್ಮರಣೆ ಒಂದೇ ಸಾಲದೆ?  ಗೋವಿಂದನ ನಾಮ ಒಂದೇ ಸಾಲದೇ?” (smaraNe onde sAlade? gOvindana nAma onde sAlade?)- Isn’t just remembering not enough? Isn’t merely reciting Govinda’s name not enough?

But then,  I am reminded so many other posts of mine, which don’t seem to get so many visitors – Why is the Almighty not showering his blessings on those poor posts of mine? And some of  those also carry his name, if I remember correctly!

May be it is time to do some more ‘nAma smaraNe’ to solve this puzzle – No. Not the names you are thinking. A more contemporary one.  One and the only big brother.  GOOGLE.

This is the next table I see in the blog stats. Almost every hit on “Tirupati Venkateshwara and Udupi Restaurants” has come from a Google search for an image of Lord Venkateshwara 🙂


Now, I am sure you would agree it is indeed God’s Grace :). I would leave it you to decide which one!



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