Archive for December, 2008

Visit Jacksonville-Florida Beaches

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Visit Jax Beaches

Indian Tsunami 2004 Anniversary

Friday, December 26th, 2008

4th Anniversary of Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004

Friday, December 26, 2008

Tallahassee, FL, USA

Sea Water has moved inland more than 1 kilometer

In 2004 the seawater has come almost 1 kilometer inland (picture taken on 12/27/04 ~ 2 PM IST; almost  1day and 4 hours after the tsunami hit Vedaraniam)


In 2004 the seawater has sumerged huts 1 1/2 kilometers inland (picture taken on 12/27/04 ~ 1:30 PM IST; almost  1day and 4 hours after the tsunami hit Vedaraniam)

This morning (in the United States, but it was four years ago the same time, in India) was just as cloudy and muggy here in Tallahassee as was in Vedaraniam on Sunday, December 26, 2004. Around 9:15 AM IST the skies went bit darker, house flies started to land in larger numbers (despite the fact it was middle of winter), the power went out suddenly (not a surprise) as we were having showers to get ready for our impending visit to Nattu Mada Mariamman Temple. Sweet pongal and regular lentil pongal were already prepared for the offering to the Godess.

All the siblings from our family had gathered on the day. We had abondanded the plan to visit to the beaches (What a God’s gift to our family!!) since during the previous weeks it had rained plenty and as Vedaraniam, Agasthiampalli, and Kodiakarai. And our soil swampy with lots of clay content made it unattractive for the kids and adults to the enjoy the beaches.

About 1/2 hour we heard in the TV News that there were some mild tremors in Chennai city. Just then we started to hear crowd noise on the streets and there was big commotion with people running on the streets shouting, “the sea is coming”, “the sea is coming (kadal varuthu, kadal varuthu). Thus started the day that will take several people in my town of Vedaraniam.I spent several minutes today thinking about how lucky we were and prayed for those who perished on that fateful day.

வாரம் ஒரு தேவாரம்

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

வாரம் ஒரு தேவாரம்
ஒரு முயற்சி
டிசம்பர் 10, 2008



Thevaaram Narration

Ramayanam Performance at Fairview Middle School

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Scene from Ramayanam being performed by members of IATLH

Ramayanam and Krazzy4 Preformances

Fairview Middle School

International Gala

Saturday, Dec 6, 2008, 12:30 PM

On this day Members of India Association of Tallahassee participated in two events that were part of the International Gala and Fundraiser for Fairview Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida.

Our group redid the Ramayanam skit in English second time today (first at Riley House Museum) at the Cafetarium in Fairview Middle.

20th World AIDS Day Service

Monday, December 1st, 2008


2008 World AIDS Remembrance Day 

Big Bend Hospice

Monday, December 1, 2008, 7 PM

1723 Mahan Center Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32308-5428

 First let me offer a Hindu prayer for Lord Ganesha the remover of obstacles and sorrows.

Prayer for Lord Ganesh | Remover of Obstacles

(In Sanskrit)

Gajananam Bhootha Ganathi Sevitam

Kapittha Jambu Phalasara Bhaksitam

Umasutam Shoka Vinasha Karanam

Namami Vigneshwara Patha Pankajam

Meaning: He who has an elephant face and who is worshipped by the Bhootha Ganam!

He who consumes the essence of kapitha and Jumbu fruits!

He who is the son of Goddess Uma (Parvathi)!  And, He who removes the sorrow in all of us!

O! Lord Vigneshwara who is an embodiment of all the above, we pray at your Divine feet.

Then let me offer a Hindu prayer to Lord Shiva to remove the pain and suffering:

Prayer for Lord Shiva | To remove pain and suffering (In Tamil)

2008ன் அ.ஐ.டி.எஸ் நினைவு நாள்

பாடியவர்: திருஞான சம்பந்தர்

பாடல்: தேவாரம் (தெய்வ அன்பு) 

பாடப்பற்ற இடம்: திருநெய்தானம்

பாடிய காலம்: 7-வது நூற்றாண்டு 

கோலம் முடி நெடுமாலோடு கொய் தாமரையானும்

சீலம் அறி அரிதாய் ஒளி திகழ்வாய் நெய்த்தானம்

காலம் பெற மலர் நீர் அவை தூவித் தொழுது ஏத்தும்

ஞாலம் புகழ் அடியார் உடல் உறுநோய் நலியாவே 

Thirugnana Sambandhar’s Thevaram at Thiru Nithanam

Author: Thirugnana Sambhandhar

Song Collection: Thevaram (God’s Grace)

Song’s location: Thirunithanam

Song’s Time: 7th Century CE

Song’s Language: Tamil 

O! Lord Shiva you appeared as great Light in front of both the beautifully haired Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma who sits on the lotus flower.

When we the devotees who live throughout the world worship you with flower and water.

O! Lord who resides in Thiru Nithanam temple you will remove the pain and suffering.