Sunday, July 19, 2009
Sharada Peeth was the famous temple of goddess Sharada (Saraswati) in Kashmir - also called Kashyappur named after Rishi Kashyap - on the banks of NeelumKishenganga river (known as Kishenganga in India). Its ruins are now in the Neelum District of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan near the Line of Control(LOC). Kashmir was sometimes called Sharada Desh because of this temple.
It was a centre of Hinduism and eminent Sanskrit scholars of India. It is at this temple that Sri Sankaracharya received Sarvanjyapeetham chair. It was once a celebrated center of learning. It was a centre of great Sanskrit scholars and was a famous centre of Hinduism.
Sharda, Takri (from which gurmukhi is derived) and kharoshthi scripts are said to have originated at Sharda.
The great Jain scholar Hemachandra requested grammar texts preserved here so that he could compile his Siddhahemacandra grammar.
The great Vaishnava saint Swami Ramanuja traveled all the way from Srirangam to refer to Bodhayana's vritti on Brahma Sutras preserved here, before commencing work on writing his commentary on the Brahma sutras, the Sri Bhasya. Gotheng Brahmins are the traditional priests of Sharda Peeth.
Kalhana mentions that in Lalitaditya's reign (8th century AD), some followers of a king of Gauda (Bengal), come to Kashmir under the pretence of visiting the shrine of Sarada.
The temple was last repaired by Maharaja Gulab Singh of Kashmir.
The Sharada idol at Shringeri Sharadamba temple was once said to have been made of sandalwood, which is supposed to have been taken by the Sankaracharya from here.
NOW THESE HOLY TEMPLES ARE BEING USED AS TOILETS AND BUNKERS BY THE PAKISTAN ARMY.
The pic was taken down originally from this link.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
This is an excellent joke I got in an email.
A stranger was seated next to a little black girl on the airplane, when the stranger turned to her and said, "Let's talk. I've heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger."
The little girl, who had just opened her coloring book, closed it slowly and said to the stranger, "What would you like to talk about?"
"Oh, I don't know," said the stranger. "Since you are a Negro, do you think that President Obama is doing a good job?" and he smiles.
"OK", she said.
'That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass.
Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is?"
The stranger, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, "Hmmm, I have no idea."
To which the little girl replies, "Do you really feel qualified to discuss President Barack Obama... when you don't know shit?"
Friday, July 3, 2009
Michael Jackson's Last Rehearsal Video footage at Staples Center. This was a complete dress rehearsal on Tuesday 23rd June 2009, just two days before his death. On Wednesday Michael rehearsed, but it was reportedly only about formations and choreographs and not much dance.
This video has been released by AEG Live which also has documentary footage of 100's of hours of the rehearsals.
The series of 50 stage shows 'THIS IS IT' in London's O2 Arena would have been a fitting culmination to the career of the Legendary King of Pop... but alas Life had different plans stored for him...
R. I. P.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
•Sea link length- 5.6-km, 3.8 km over the sea
•Cement used- 90,000 tons
•Save Rs 100 crore a year in vehicle operating costs