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by a Thinker, Sailor, Blogger, Irreverent Guy from Madras

Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico


A merge of two graphics with additional inputs shows the extent of damage caused by Hurricane Maria to the US Island territory of Puerto Rico.  Even more funnier is the comments section in the CNN.  One idiot comments that let the fittest survive. Why did not the Puerto Ricans equip themselves with generators, and water purification plants/tablets.

The problem is the island is completely out of petrol or gas as the bubbas call it.  There is no petrol or diesel in the whole island for the consumers.  The ports are in disarray so import of fuel would take some time. Since there is no electricity, because of shortage of fuel, water pumping stations are down. And even if there is petrol in the underground tanks in petrol stations, it cannot be pumped for the same reason.

Since it is an island, supplies cannot be driven in, but either flown in – and the airport is a mess – or shipped in, which will take time.  BTW it is much the same in all the Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but I take the example of Puerto Rico, because it is one of the better economies, not solely dependent upon tourism, or offshore banking in the region.

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BTW the basic graphic is from Washington Post, with the additional information on flooding warning from NWS.

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Navratri Nitya (daily) Pooja procedure in Tamil 2017


From day after tomorrow, 21 Sep 2017, the Navratri (நவராத்திரி) or Dussehra (தசரா) festival commences.  Navratri is divided into sets of three days to adore three different aspects of the supreme goddess.

Traditionally (in Tamil) the goddess is worshipped as Durga during the first 3 days, as Lakshmi during the middle three and as Saraswati during the final 3 days.  The 10th day - Vijaya Dashami - literally the tenth day of Victory is celebrated as the day when the goddess killed the demon Mahishasura.

The ninth day of Navratri is celebrated as Saraswati Pooja or Ayudha Pooja, as has become (expected ?) the practice, we will upload the full Saraswati Pooja or Ayudha Pooja on 29 Sep 2017 procedure in Tamil within the next few days.  And this year, we will add the punar pooja to be done on Vijayadashami day 30 Sep 2017 too.
This year we have added two more free PDF downloads,
  • one of which specifies the particular flowers for pooja and Carnatic raga to be performed on each of the 10 days
  • the second specifies the particular neivedhyams and sundal to be preferable made on each of the 10 days
The download links for those will be posted shortly.
Meanwhile, here is Nitya Pooja or daily pooja procedure for the 8 days.  As usual it is uploaded as a Navrathri Nitya Pooja procedure in Tamil for free PDF download.
Here is the snapshot of the page displaying the thithi, varam, and nakshatra for each of the 10 days.
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The full Navrathri Nitya Pooja 2017 Tamil PDF can be downloaded from
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Mahalaya Amavasya Tharpana Sankalpam Tool 2017


Tomorrow, 19 Sep 2017 is one of the most important Amavasya or New Moon days of the Hindu calendar.  Even those who do not observe the ancestral worship on normal Amavasya or start of months do observe the Mahalaya Amavasya.

The much neglected Amavasya Tharpana Sankalpam generation Tool has been updated to version 0.9 beta.  The tool now has the option to select the Sankalpam in either Tamil, Sanskrit or English (IAST) scripts.

The Amavasya Tharpana Sankalpam generation Tool will be further updated to include other options like modifications for Mother Alive, Yajur, Rig, Sama vedis, and Vadakalai and Thengalai in further editions, which we aim to complete within Oct 2017.

For the moment here is the snapshot of all the Amavasya Tharpana Sankalpams in 3 languages.

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Mahalaya Amavasya Tharpanam Sankalpam Tool can be accessed on line at

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Mahalaya Gajachaya Tharpanam in Tamil




This year, the Mahalaya Amavasya falls on 19 Sep 2017.  What many do NOT know is that unless one performs the Mahalaya ‘paksha’ Tharpanam for all the 15 or 16 days, one shpuld NOT perform the Mahalaya Amavasya tharpanam on the Amavasya day.  Instead they should do the normal tharpanam'.  Persons who do the Mahalaya Tharpanam in 2017 on one single day can do it on

  • their father’s thithi
  • the ‘mahabharani’ or when the star of the day is Bharani (10 Sep 2017)
  • the ‘madyashtami’ or when the ashtami thiti occurs (13 Sep 2017)
  • the ‘mahavyadheepadam’ which occured on Thursday (14 Sep 2017) &
  • the ‘Gajachaya’ day which occurs tomorrow, Sunday (17 Sep 2017)

Hence we have put together the Mahalaya Tharpanam for Gajachaya day, that is 17 Sep 2017, and uploaded it yesterday.


As usual, it is a Free PDF download, of Mahalaya Tharpanam in Tamil 2017, and avilable at the


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Transiting to Bootstrap 4


Finally the much awaited Bootstrap 4 (though beta) has been released to the public.  So it is time to switch over to Bootstrap 4 from the existing Bootstrap 3.3.7.  Along with it the JQuery which was at 2.2.2 (from googleajax) has also been upgraded to JQuery 3.2.1.

Till I get my head firmly around to Bootstrap 4 from 3, since it is a complete code rewrite, and lots of changes, the blog may look a little ugly.  Though most, especially basic or essential functionalities should not be broken, if you notice something please leave a comment in this post.

Right off, I can see the label and information colours are awful and have to be tweaked.  But the navbar takes the first priority as everything seems to have shrunk into that (-) dash by the side of the monkey.

Since this is a blogger template (that is XML) it cannot be easily squeezed through a Bootstrap 3 to Bootstrap 4 online converter or Migration Tool.

Going to have fun this weekend.  If I find any quirks will follow up with tip off posts. Meanwhile have a great weekend.



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Gayatri Japam 2017 procedure Tamil Sanskrit English


In 2017 Gayatri Mantra Japam is on Tuesday, 08 August, one day after the Rg and Yajur Upakarma or Avani Avittam on 07 Aug.  The Sama Upakarma occurs later.  But the Gayathri Japam is on the same day for all 3 vedis.
  • Before we go further, please do not request access to earlier years’ files or documents.
  • We update or correct any typos and other errors every year, and an older document will surely have those errors present.  To put it in today’s terms, the latest version has lot of bug fixes.
  • And the documents have been created on FOSS - LibreOffice 5.4.  The font used is the Google Font Noto Sans family.  If you find difficulty, you can download it from fonts.google.com
Though it is usual practice to include the Gayatri Japa Sankalpam within the printed leaflet, as a paragraph, we choose not to do it.

For long, we have been treating Gayathri Manthra Japam as an addendum of the Upakarma or Avani Avittam.  In truth, Gayatri Mantra Japam is something special on its own.

Please do read important tips for observing Avani Avittam here, and for Gayatri Japam here and here.
A full Gayathri Japam is not just a two line sankalpam alone, but consists of:
  1. ஆசமனம், த்யானம், ப்ராணாயாமம் (आचमनम्, प्राणायामम्)
  2. ஸங்கல்பம் (संकल्प:))
  3. ப்ரணவஜபம், ப்ராணாயாமம் (प्रणवजप:-प्राणायाम:)
  4. காயத்ரி ஆவாஹனம் (गायत्री-आवाहनम्)
  5. காயத்ரி நியாஸம் (गायत्री-न्यासः)
  6. காயத்ரி ஜபம் (गायत्री-जपम्)
  7. ப்ராணாயாமம், காயத்ரி-உபஸ்தானம் (गायत्री-उपस्थानम्)
  8. ஸூர்ய-உபஸ்தானம் (सूर्य-उपस्थानम्)
  9. ப்ரஹ்மார்பணம், ஆசமனம் (ब्रह्मार्पणम)
Also note a couple of points:
  • A proper 108 Gayatri recital would take about 25 minutes and a 1008 recital upto 3.5 hours or more.
  • The procedure given only details the Gayathri Mantra Japam, and does *not* include the procedure for Gayatri Japam as SamithaDhaan.  That procedure is completely different.  Do not confuse between the two.
Now, we are happy to make available the Gayatri Japam 2017 procedure for Avani Avittam in Sanskrit and English scripts apart from Tamil.

Of course, the non-Tamil (and non-Keralite) people will have to amend the names of year-month as per their tradition – exactly one place in the Gayathri Japam.  But that is all there is to do.  Anyone can download it for free and use it.
The links are at
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There is no Google Form hindrance.
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Tags: yajur upakarma,avani avittam,gayathri japam
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