Archive for September 18th, 2022

15 years of Blogging – A million thanks

On this day, Avidhava Navami I would like to dedicate this post to my Mother, my beloved Amma.

Mathru Devo Bhava, Pithru Devo Bhava, Aachaarya Devo Bhava, Athithi Devo Bhava

To this date and month, I have completed 15 years of blogging. I would always pick up the phone and tell Amma any new post or updates about my blog. She was always so happy, and quite amazed how I always balanced my personal life and professional life.

This blog means a lot to me. I truly cannot express my feelings in words. What started as a personal space for me to have all lyrics, slokas, festival pooja vidhis, and food recipes at one place has now turned into a huge resource not for just me but millions across the world.

I remember when I started the blog there was nothing available on YouTube, not many websites for lyrics or any resources for festivals. 15 years later, you can see thousands of YouTube resources, blogs for almost anything and everything. None of that changed my dedication to my blog, and the time and energy I put towards updating it.

I always felt, if the blog helps one person to be able to recite stotra, songs – I would be blessed. Hearing from so many of you across the world, I know it has helped thousands. And your blessings have carried me through good, bad and tough days in life.

I shared many authentic recipes, especially made by my Amma and Ajji – you all prepared the same, and were happy to share your own recipes and twists of the same.

I shared my heart out when I lost dear and near ones – You supported me like your own. The number of messages, emails, and texts you all sent helped me pass through those tough days.

I shared my challenges when I broke my leg, when I had severe leg pain for years – You prayed for me and a few of you visited Mantralaya and prayed for me to not have surgery, and Almighty Lord and Rayaru heard your prayers and healed me with no major complications.

I shared good news about my Daughter completing her Medical School, and in a matter of 2 more years will be an Orthopedic Surgeon, You all celebrated with me and shared your best wishes.

I shared my very personal dreams with you all, whether it be about Lord Venkateshwara, Lord Narashima or our beloved Rayaru. You all felt ecstatic just reading my post.

I share my visits to several holy places, temples I visit across the world, and you all provide numerous suggestions and share your experiences

When someone asks for lyrics, there are several of you who volunteer to share lyrics at the earliest and send me the same.

What an amazing extended family I have in my life, very rarely do we get this kind of blessings from God and I feel truly humble to be able to have this in my life.

This blog has helped me be a better person everyday and every second. There are several of you who reach out to me, and to be able to talk to you one on one and guide you all through in this tough and challenging world in itself is a blessing from God.

Once again, thanks to each and every one of you who read this blog. A million thanks.

And saluting my Mother again on this day.

मातृदेवीम नमस्तुभ्यं मम जन्मदात्रिम त्वम् नमो नमः । बाल्यकाले मां पालन कृत्वा मातृकाभ्यो त्वम् नमाम्यहम ॥

I, Salute my Mother who gave me birth; I also salute my other Mothers (women) who added knowledge and wisdom to my actions and life to make me a good human being.

The above sloka credit to @bhargavasarma twitter thread.

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