Balamuri Ganesa at Tatanagar, Kodigehalli
We have a small temple at Tatanagar. The God installed here is Ganesa. The temple is open from 6.30 to 9 am in the morning and from 6.30 to 8 pm in the evenings.
Currently, the priest here is from Rajahmundry and speaks good Telugu and Kannada. He has studied the Vedas upto Kalyana Suktham. He is also an MBA student by day. I asked him how the life of truth and the life of lies match up. And he said – to each its own. In any case, he is a student and not a practising manager! So no need to lie yet.
Satyanarayana Pooja is done every Pournami (full moon) and Sankashta Chaturhti, every sulkla paksha chaviti (4 days after the full moon). You can sponsor the entire event or just your own part. You will get a ticket if you approach the folks in charge.
This temple, is a quiet and happy place, with lots of mosquitoes in the evening.
My son and I saw 2 baby owls near the temple on a tree. As I said before, I like owls.
Quoting myself Dec 16th 2007:
“There is baby owl in IISc that lives in a tree that my son and I know. We go and look at it every time we go to IISc. It is awake during the day and rewards us by staring right back at us.
Owls are special to my son and me. He was scared of them as a child, and I used to scare him to sleep on impossible days saying that the baby owls would come and play with him if he stayed up at night. He used to fall asleep at once. As he grew he developed a fascination and love for owls that I share now too.
Owls are supposed to be the birds of Yama, the God of death and Dharma. Some people consider them inauspicious. ‘The son of an owl’ or ‘owl’ are words used to deride people. Owls are beautiful. And Yama is a friend, who frees us from our mortal burdens when it is time for us. There is really no need to feel uneasy about his birds”