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Modern wet grinder

May 1st, 2011 No comments

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When I went to Kanchipuram to visit Ekambareswarar, I came across this shop where I’d stopped by to have some tea.  Though the tea tasted like neemcake soaked in hot water, I was intrigued to find that the gentleman in picture was preparing rice batter in a machine, that is typically used for dry grinding.  During my schooling days, I had been to flour mills several times to grind rice, wheat, chilly powder, etc.  There I used to observe how those grinding machines indeed work to grind the items quickly.

Not withstanding my curiousity, I went and asked the gentleman about the machine that he was using to make rice batter.  He said, such machines are available in use for quite some time, about 8 years.  But I have never seen this type of wet grinder before.  He said, these machines are quick and can produce batter that is very fine, unlike the traditional stone type wet grinders.  With him permission, I clicked this photo.

For the uneducated people, here is how the dry grinder work.  The machine’s main component is a pair of gear like perforated steel plates, where one is rotated by a heavy 3 phase motor and the other is stationary.  The plates operate very much like a clutch plate in an automobile.  The distance between the plates is controlled by a wheel.  Upon rotating it clockwise, the stationary plate gets closer to the rotating plate and vice versa.  The material to be ground, is feed through these plates where they are broken into smaller pieces.  Upon 2-3 iteration of grinding, the material can be ground to whatever finer requirement is by keeping the plates closer to each other.

Although, the above wet grinder is quick and capable of finer batter, I am wondering how it should be cleaner.  The process to be messy unlike the easy cleaning process of the stoned wet grinder.  May be, that’s the reason for the unpopularity of this wonderful machinery!

கச்சி திருநெறிக்காரைக்காடு

October 21st, 2010 No comments

காஞ்சி மாநகர் சரித்திர காலத்திற்கு முன்பே தோன்றி புராண இதிகாசங்களிலும் சைவ, வைணவ, பெளத்த, சமண காவியங்களிலும் இந்நகர் சிறப்பிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. தொண்டை நாட்டு தலங்களுள் காஞ்சிபுரம் முதன்மை வாய்ந்தது. இது உலகிலேயே மிகப் பழமை வாய்ந்த நகரங்களுள் ஒன்றாக மதிக்கத்தக்க மாட்சிமையுடையது. “நகரேஷு காஞ்சி” என்று மகாகவி காளிதாசராலும், “தேசமெல்லாம் புகழ்ந்தாடும் கச்சி” என்று மாணிக்கவாசகப் பெருமானும், “கல்வியிற்கரையிலா காஞ்சி நகரம்” என்று திருநாவுக்கரசரும், “காஞ்சியை நினைப்பீர் காசிக்கடிநகர் வசித்த பேறாம்” என காஞ்சிப் புராணமும் போற்றுகின்றது. மனிதனின் அன்றாட வாழ்க்கையில் இறைவுணர்வு மேலிட பிறக்க, இருக்க, நினைக் தரிசிக்க இறக்க முக்தி அளிக்கின்ற தலங்களில் ஒன்றாக விளங்குவது காஞ்சி தலமாகும். பஞ்ச பூத தலங்களில் மண் தலமாக விளங்குவது காஞ்சி நகரமாகும்.

கா என்றால் பிரமன், அஞ்சித்தல் என்றால் பூசித்தல், புரம் என்றால் நகரம். பிரம்ன் சிவனை பூசித்த நகரம் ஆதலால் காஞ்சிபுரம் என் பெயர் பெற்றது. காஞ்சியில் உள்ள சிவாலயங்களில் எங்கும் அம்பாள் சன்னதி தனியாக கிடையாது. ஏனெனில் அனைத்து சிவாலயங்களுக்கும் அன்னை காமாட்சி தான் அம்பாளாக விளங்குகிறாள். இந்த சிறப்பு இந்தியாவில் வேறு எங்கும் கிடையாது. இந்தியாவில் உள்ள 108 வைணவ திவ்யதேசங்களில் காஞ்சியில் ஆழ்வார்களால் மங்களாசாசனம் செய்யப்பட்ட 14 வைணவ தலங்கள் உள்ளது மிகவும் சிறப்பாகும்.

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Aurora & Shiva Temples

July 17th, 2008 No comments

Auroras are now known to be caused by the collision of charged particles (e.g. electrons), found in the Sun’s Solar wind, with atoms in the Earth’s upper atmosphere (at altitudes above 80 km). These charged particles are typically energized to levels between 1 thousand and 15 thousand electronvolts and, as they collide with atoms of gases in the atmosphere, the atoms become energized. Shortly afterwards, the atoms emit their gained energy as light (see Fluorescence). Light emitted by the Aurora tends to be dominated by emissions from atomic oxygen, resulting in a greenish glow (at a wavelength of 557.7 nm) and – especially at lower energy levels and at higher altitudes – the dark-red glow (at 630.0 nm of wavelength). Both of these represent forbidden transitions of electrons of atomic oxygen that, in absence of newer collisions, persist for a long time and account for the slow brightening and fading (0.5-1 s) of auroral rays. Many other colors – especially those emitted by atomic and molecular nitrogen (blue and purple, respectively) – can also be observed. These, however, vary much faster and reveal the true dynamic nature of auroras. It is a bunch of
pretty colors in the sky made by God. No one knows how it really works. [Courtesy: Wikipedia ]

Have you imagined why the towers of our south indian shiva temples are so high ? I have not imagined about it either. All I knew is the tower has கலசம் (kalasam:cone) ( in odd number; bigger the temple, more the number of cones and bigger the cone size ) which is filled with high quality paddy seeds and other grams. There used to be a carnival in the temple every X number of years called குடமுழுக்கு ( kuda muzhukku ) where the seeds in the cones are changed. There is an anticipation of a பிரளயம் (pralayam) by water. So if some humans survived after the anticipated பிரளயம், they may grow these seeds and live further. So the height of the towers make sense now; just to escape out of the rising water level.

Do you know the cones of the towers are made of pure copper ? Do you know about எந்திரம் (endhram) which is burried under the Lingam in the temple ? An எந்திரம் (endhram) is a copper/silver inscribed plate. There exists an conductive circuit from the top of the tower with the கலசம் (kalasam) as the probe to the எந்திரம் (endhram) under the Lingam. So the technicality here is; the Lingam (representative of Lord Shiva) draws its energy from the cosmos through the circuit and delivers to the humans who present themselves before it. This way of getting energy is the easiest. But there exists a way to make our body as the antenna to receive the energy directly from the cosmos. You might have heard in mediation related speeches where they say when you keep your inner self calm, the energy from cosmos fills you up.

Coming back to Aurora’s, there has been such lights around the kalasams of Egambareshwarar temple in kanchipuram and other Shiva temples coming from far high ( ionosphere ). Energy thus obtained through the antennas of the temple are taken to the battery under the Lingam which in turn distributed to the eligible energy recipient (worshipers) who go in the vicinity of the Lingam.

There has been research going on about 1) what is the pattern of such aurora energy distribution and 2) what causes the very light. We Indian should go back to our literature and could get answers for the above questions. Finally, based on what we have seen thus far, it is apparent that aurora’s are just visuals of energy flow from cosmos to a recipient on Earth.