Astronomers Paradise: 2019 Remastered Edition

The ESO has three astronomical observation sites spread across the Atacama desert in Chile: Paranal with its VLT telescopes and soon the E-ELT, the oldest site: La Silla and ALMA located above 5000m/16400ft. Shot during the ESO UltraHD expeditions in 2011 and 2014, Christoph Malin spend many nights under the stars shooting the night sky with advanced capturing and exposure ramping techniques. Watch it in HD

Happy Ugadi:“Durmukhi nama samvatsaram”

After a month’s break, I am back to blogging to wish you all a Happy Ugadi. Now you must be wondering, who are not familiar with this part of the world, What is Ugadi? Why do we celebrate Ugadi? Where & How do we celebrate Ugadi?

Ugadi is derived from sanskrit ‘yuga’ means ‘age’ and ‘adi’ means beginning. Two Telugu states Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are celebrating Ugadi festival today.People celebrate it in resemblances of new hope and new aspirations.For the year 2016, Ugadi is celebrated with name “Durmukhi nama samvastram”. There are 60 Telugu years rotating in the cyclic process. If 60 years are completed, it resembles that one era (Yugam) is completed. The festival is celebrated on 8th April i.e. Chaitra sudha padyami.  Many states celebrate this festival with different names. In Maharashtra it is known as Gudi Padwa. The day of Gudi Padwa begins with an oil-bath and eating Neem leaves ritual followed by prayers.
As per the Hindu solar calendar, Keralites, Tamilians, and Bengalis will celebrate New Year as Vishu, Puthandu and Pohela Boishakh, respectively on 14th April.

Ugadi Pachadi: Ceremonial dish

On this day, the particular dish “Ugadi pachadi”is more populous. It is made of new jaggery, raw mango pieces and neem flowers and new tamarind which truly reflect life – a combination of six different tastes sweet, sour, spice, salt, tanginess and bitter tastes symbolizing happiness, disgust, anger, fear, surprise and sadness. Ugadi pachadi at home

Bhakshalu: Special & my favorite dish

In our states, a special dish called Bhakshalu or Bobbattu or Polelu or Puran Poli or Oliga are prepared on this occasion. It consists of a filling (gram and jaggery/sugar boiled and made in to a paste) stuffed in a flat roti-like bread. It is usually eaten hot or cold with ghee or milk topping. 

Ugadi celebrations on Airindia.. Bakshalu, ugadi pachadi, lemon rice etc.,

Some of the good and bad non-political predictions in Vedic Astrology:

1. Vegetarians will increase and this will cause rise in prices of Green leafy Vegetables.
2. Agriculture will not be encouraging this year. More farmers will try to find new jobs.
3. More flight and helicopter crashes will occur in 16-17
4. Juvenile criminals number will be on par with adults.
5. Governments across the globe will take measures to control, safeguard wild animals and forests, archaeological findings, etc.,

This Ugadi, may you be blessed with good fortune as long as Ganesh ji’s trunk, wealth and prosperity as big as his stomach, happiness as sweet as his ladoos and may your trouble be as small as his mouse. Happy Ugadi! May your hate for your enemies fade away, May the darkness around you become lighter, May this Ugadi bring joy, health and prosperity to you and your family.