Ms. Thamilarasi Venkat has been following my blog for several years now. I received an email from Ms. Thamilarasi a few weeks back. It was amazing to read her email. Emails such as these make me more and more motivated to share whatever little I know about our religion. I always strive to share whatever I know, be it in my own home, this blog, or my professional career. So many of you ask me where do I get the time for this blog.
Attached below is the email I received from Ms. Thamilarasi which I thought would be an awesome place to share with you all.
I am a great fan of your blog,have been reading every article of yours twice thrice and tried out your receipes too. First I should appeciate the neat look of your blog. It is very friendly to the eyes, the arrangement of topics is excellent, the content crisp and also gives all necessary details. I should also say that the pooja arrangements in your house, the way you lay out the idols,lighting lamps and keep them neat and presentable is a real treat to one’s eyes.
I have learnt a lot from you mam, thanks for being my Dronacharya. :) I have some pictures of my swarna gowri vrat and varalakshmi pooja. Kindly give your suggestions and comments. The swarna gowri pooja was purely done reading your blog every bit. I made note of every detail and tried to do it exactly as you have mentioned. I also tried the pooja display to be as neat s your, ofcourse it is no way near yours but you have been a great inspiration in my life. Any festival, I refer your blog to see how to worship,what to cook as neivedhya, its like an encyclopedia for me.Thanks is a very small word for what you have done to me but I have only that to tell for now.Thanks for such an excellent blog, please continue the good work.
and below are some details about Ms. Tamilarasi.
About me..I was a teacher, have given up my job now and do online trading for my expenses. I have a 16 year old daughter, she is in class XI this year. My husband is a mechanical engineer, designs fixtures for CNC machines. He runs a machining unit with two more friends. We live in Hosur.
I am also a devotee of Rayaru and I keep searching for articles on him That was how I stumbled upon your blog. From the day I saw your blog, I have been reading all your posts and am so happy that this blog was up since 2007, so much more to read
My parents are from deep south where worship of shiva is prominent. Since I’m married to my own cousin, traditions did not change much and there was no way for me to know of krishna jenmashtami,varalakshmi pooja or any other vaishnavite festivals. But my fav god is krishna. Thanks to ISKCON. We came to hosur 5 years back and thats when I started seeing varalakshmi pooja, swarna gowri pooja . I was so interested and would ask my neighbours for details. So far I have been observing these festivals only with the help of them. Now seeing your blog I am troubling them less.
For me god, the supreme power is one, we call him by diff names and any number of times to remember him, practice thiyaga and vairagya by way of fasting and adhering to certain rules are means to reach him fast. I fasted the whole day on jenmashtami and woke up alone till midnight after reading your blog. Thanks to you. Your blog and the details you have shared about your family tradition helped to follow a festival in the right way. Earlier i used to see http://www.4thsensecooking.com/
for recipes but that blog only had recipes not much of details, should mention the wonderful photographs there. They are breath taking!! Your blog had detailed write up on how to worship also. So i started reading yours deeply. Please keep up this novel work, it is so helpful.
Thanks for the wonderful blog.