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இனிய காதலர் தின நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!


Happy Valentine’s day
Originally uploaded by Rajanna_dr

காதல் – மனிதனை மனிதனாக்கும் ஒரு வார்த்தை. பணம் தேடும் உலகில் மனம் சேர்க்கும். மனித வாழ்வில் மணம் சேர்க்கும்.

நான் காதலித்த பெண்கள் அனைவருக்கும் அர்ப்பணிக்கிறேன். என்னை காதலித்த பெண்களுக்கு அர்ப்பணிக்க ஏதுமின்றி தவித்து நிற்கிறேன். 🙂

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Brihadeeswarar Temple – தஞ்சை பெரிய கோவில்!

The Brihadeeswarar Temple was built to be the royal temple to display the emperor’s vision of his power and his relationship to the universal order.

The temple was the site of the major royal ceremonies such as anointed the emperor and linking him with its deity, Shiva, and the daily rituals of the deities were mirrored by those of the king. The temple maintained a staff of 600 people in various capacities. Besides the Brahmins priest, these included record-keepers, musicians, scholars, and craftsman of every type as well as housekeeping staff.In those days the temple remained a hub of business activities for the flower merchants,milk vendors, oil merchants, ghee merchants, all of whom made a regular supply of their respective goods for the temple for its pujas and during festival seasons.Moreover as evidenced by the inscriptions that found in the compound wall of this temple, the temple had always been serving as a platform for the dancers who excelled in the traditional dance form of Bharatha Natyam. Even today, the Brihadeeswarar Temple remains India’s largest.

The temple is also an architectural exemplar showcasing the pure form of the Dravida type of temple architecture and representative of the Chola Empire ideology and the Tamil civilisation in Southern India. The temples “testify to the brilliant achievements of the Chola in architecture, sculpture, painting and bronze casting”. Built in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola in Thanjavur, Brahadishwara Temple also popularly known as the ‘Big Temple’ has turned 1000 years.

Say "No" to Gutkha


Say “No” to Gutkha
Originally uploaded by Rajanna_dr

Highly addictive and a known carcinogen, gutkha is currently the subject of much controversy in India. Many states have sought to curb its immense popularity by taxing sales of gutkha heavily or by banning it outright.

Excessive gutkha use can eventually lead to loss of appetite, promote unusual sleep patterns, and loss of concentration along with other tobacco related problems. A gutkha user can easily be identified by prominently stained teeth ranging from dirty yellowish-orange to reddish-black. The stains are difficult to remove by normal brushing and usually need the attention of a dentist.

After gutkha is consumed, it is generally spat onto a wall or at the ground, causing an unsightly red stain that is quite resistant to the elements. Some building owners have taken to combating this unpleasantness by painting murals of gods on their walls, with the idea that gutkha chewers would not spit on a god.