Monday, January 23, 2012

108 Divya Desams(108 Holy Vishnu Temples)

Its really interesting to know about the holy temples and the places through out the world. The stories behind the places and the the history are really intesresting and inspiring. As part of that, there are 108 holy temples that are identified and dedicated to Lord Vishnu which are called as 108 Divya Desams(108 Premium Places to worship). These are pretty important especially in the life of Sri Vaishnavas(segment who dedicates the prayers to Lord Vishnu).

I am happy that I have visited atleast 3 of them(which are very important and stands at the foremost in the order). Its not tough to cover all of them, but one should have the determination and dedication to see them.

Out of 108, 105 are in India(most of them in South India), 1 in Nepal and 2 are outside of earthly realms. Tirupati is also one of them obviuously which most of the people might have visited. Each place has its own importance and the history. All these temples are kind of selected by Alwars(poets, saints who are dedicated their lives to Lord Vishnu and wrote the poems mentioning these temples).

Below is nice wikipedia article listing all of them and also links to each of them detailing out the history and the importance and forms of dieties worshipped in the respective temple.

Please enjoy reading. It will really give some pleasant information other than our regular work.:)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year & Movie Reviews


I wish you and your families a very very happy new year. Great to write a blog in the new year beginning. I hope you all have enjoyed the new year celebrations, now its time to come out of hang over and start working.:) Come on, its just another year, isn't it?

Wanted to write quick reviews about the recent movies I watched.

1. Mission Impossible - 4 - Ghost Protocol(English)

As usual, I was very excited to see this movie as its been long time watching a real good movie. As expected, the movie is nice and good. Although there are not lot of action sequences, but the story is gripping and not at all boring. One thing I could observe is that Tom Cruise is no more a young guy and this time his old lookd are kind of noticeable. Anyway, cruise is cruise. I am sure there will be another installment for this series.

The sequence of Burj Dubai is very well made and he lives upto the expectations and makes us think that he only is fit for those.

Verdict - Must Watch

2. Don -2(Hindi)

Similar to MI series, I am a fan of Don as well and was waiting to see Don-2. Somehow I feel that Shahrukh acts weel in this series.:). However the movie is a bit prolonged, but worth watching. Its not boring, so that makes it watchable. This time, its not any more action, but will all interesting story. The dialogues are nice and the action is good.
Shahrukh had all mischievious features/action that a Don should have. But I am pretty disappointed about the songs which were not there in the movie. I think Hindi cinema is following the foot steps of Hollywood, may be. I wish the songs were included as part of movie.

Verdict - Worth Watching

Will come back with more news later with another post. Till then, have a safe year ahead.