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Vishnu’s Foot Prints in The Sky Garuda

In Astrophysics, Hinduism on July 19, 2014 at 18:37



It is Lord Vishnu‘s footprint in the sky.


The foot print of Lord Vishnu is found in Gaya and some other places as well.


The footprint of Vishnu is a streaming scattered group of Stars int he Milky-way Galaxy.


Here it is.


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Aquila, Alshain in Constellation.


Altair. In the great astrological tradition of India, Altair represents the footprints of Vishnu, preserver and protector of the Universe.



Altair (Alpha Aquilae, Alpha Aql, α Aquilae, α Aql, Atair) is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila and the twelfth brightest starin the night sky. It is currently in the G-cloud.[9][10] Altair is an A-type main sequence star with an apparent visual magnitude of 0.77 and is one of the vertices of the Summer Triangle (the other two vertices are marked by Deneb and Vega).[2][7][11]

Altair rotates rapidly, with a velocity at the equator of approximately 286 km/s.[nb 3][4] A study with the Palomar Testbed Interferometer revealed that Altair is not spherical, but is flattened at the poles due to its high rate of rotation.[12] Otherinterferometric studies with multiple telescopes, operating in the infrared, have imaged and confirmed this phenomenon.(wiki)

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Altair, the foot print of Vishnu.


In classical mythology Aquila, and by extension Altair as well, was an eagle favored by Zeus. He played a part in numerous myths, including the abduction of Ganymede in which a young boy (Ganymede) is carried off to Mount Olympus on Zeus’ command to become the cupbearer to the gods. In another myth Aquila is the eagle that torments Prometheus, and is shot with a poisoned arrow by Hercules.

In India, Altair with its two flanking stars, Beta and Gamma (Tarazed and Alshain), are sometimes thought to be the celestial footprints of the god Vishnu.

Altair is separated from the similar-looking (but brighter) star Vega in the constellation Lyra by the great starlit band of the Milky Way. In Asia, this hazy band across our sky is known as the Celestial River. One story common in China, Japan and Korea a young herdsman (Altair) who falls in love with a celestial princess (Vega), who weaves the fabric of heaven. The princess became so enamored of the herdsman that she neglects her weaving duties. This acts enrages the princess’s father, the Celestial Emperor, who decrees that the herdsman must stay away from his daughter, on the opposite side of the River. The Emperor finally listened to the princess’s pleas, however, and allowed the herdsman to cross the Celestial River once per year, on the seventh day of the seventh month.

Altair is only 16.8 light-years away from Earth, making it one of our nearer stellar neighbors. At least two features of the star Altair make it distinctive.

First, Altair rotates rapidly. This star requires only about 10 hours to spin once on its axis, in contrast to 24 hours for our Earth to spin or roughly a month for our sun. In other words, this mighty star spins on its axis more rapidly than Earth! This rapid rotation tends to flatten the star a bit, much as a pizza crust flattens as it spins. Estimates are roughly that Altair’s flattening is about 14 percent. The sun also is an oblate spheroid, although its flattening is difficult to measure due to the low rotation rate.




108 Vishnu Places Of Pilgrimage Divya Desams

In Hinduism on January 12, 2014 at 11:35

Though the Vedas insist that the reality is a Principle, it allows worship of personal God,Ishwara.

Srivilliputur Temple Gopuram.

Divya Desam Srivilliputhur.

For Realization, the contribution of the Gd is necessary.

Even for the Karma to take effect God is necessary,Adi Shankaracharya avers.

This personal God differs from individuals to individuals, depending on their dispositions and their tendency towards a particular trait or emotion.

So you can worship God as Male, Female or an impersonal image, Linga.

It could be worshiped  as one would a Child, Father, Mother,Friend, Love or even as a Foe!

Later came the Agamas, where collective worship was stressed(which is not in the Vedas).

The Agamas laid down Rules for Construction of Temples, sanctifying them with Mantras and the daily Rituals to be followed.

Some great Temples were built and they are in existence even today with Pooja being offered as laid sown by the Agamas.

Of the three principal Deities,Lord Shiava and Lord Vishnu have the maximum number of Temples.

Of these some are considered more Sacred than the others.

These Temples are called Punya Kshetras.

Legend lists 108 such temples for Lord Vishnu.

Though it said to be organised by the Azhwars,the savants of Vaishnavism,these places trace their origin to ancient times and are referred to in The Purans.

The Deities of the Temples have been praised and poems were composed on them.

These places of Pilgrimages are called the Divya Kshetras,

Of the 108, two, The Thirupaarkkadal, wich alludes to the Milky Way Galaxy and Vaikunta, which is a Space location are not located in the Earth.

The First Divadesam is Sriranagam, the second being Srivilliputhur.

Being from Srivillputhur I would cal it as the first for Vishnu came in search of Andal while people seek him!

Read my post on Vishnu’s Navel, confirmed by Science.

The List of the Vaishnava Kshetras, based on Geographical Locations  is provide below.

108 Divya Desams
North India/Nepal Malai Nadu Madurai Kanchipuram Chennai
1. Ahobilam – Andhra Pradesh
2. Muktinath, Saligramam Nepal
3. Naimisaranya – Uttar Pradesh
4. Mathura – Uttar Pradesh
5. Gokul – Uttar Pradesh
6. Devaprayag – Uttarakhand
7. Tirupathi – Andhra Pradesh
8. Badrinath temple – Uttarakhand
9. Ayodhya – Uttar Pradesh
10. Dwarka – Gujarat
11. Thiruvananthapuram
12. Thirukatkarai
13. Moozhikkalam
14. Tiruvalla
15. Thirukadithanam
16. Sengunroor
17. Thiruppuliyoor
18. Thiruvaaranvilai
19. Thiruvanvandoor
20. Thiru naavaay
21. Viththuvakkodu
22. Thirumeyyam
23. Thirukoshtiyur
24. Koodal Azhagar Temple
25. Azhagar Kovil
26. Tirumogoor
27. Srivilliputhur
28. Tiruththangal
29. Thiruppullani
30. Thiruvengadam
31. Tirukkacchi
32. Ashtabujakaram
33. Tiruvekkaa
34. Tiruththanka
35. Tiruvelukkai
36. Tirukalvanoor
37. Tiru oorakam
38. Tiru neeragam
39. Tiru kaaragam
40. Tirukaarvaanam
41. Tiru parameswara vinnagaram
42. Tiru pavala vannam
43. Tiru paadagam
44. Tiru nilaaththingal thundam
45. Thiruputkuzhi
46. Thiruvallikeni
47. Thiruneermalai
48. Thiruvidandai
49. Thirukadalmallai
50. Thiruninravur
51. Thiruvallur
52. Thirukkadigai
Mayiladuthurai and Sirkazhi Thanjavur Trichy Tirunelveli Kanyakumari
53. Thiruvazhunthoor
54. Thiruindaloor
55. Kazheesirama Vinnagaram
56. Thirukkavalampadi
57. Thiruchsemponsey
58. Thiruarimeya Vinnagaram
59. Thiru Vanpurushothamam
60. Thiruvaikunda vinnagaram
61. Thirumanimadam
62. Thiruthevanartthogai
63. Thiruthetriyambalam
64. Thirumanikkoodam
65. Thiruvellakkulam
66. Thiruppaarththanpalli
67. Thalai Sanga Nanmathiyam
68. Thiruchsirupuliyoor
69. Thiruvali-Thirunagari
70. Thiruccithra kootam
71. Thirukkannangudi
72. Thirunagai
73. Thiru Thanjai
74. Tirukkoilur
75. Thirukkoodaloor
76. Thiru Kavith Thalam
77. Thiru Adhanoor
78. Thirupullabhoothangudi
79. Thirukkudandhai
80. Thiruccherai
81. Thirunandipura Vinnagaram
82. ThiruNaraiyoor
83. Thiruvinnagar
84. Thiruvelliyangudi
85. Thirukkanamangai
86. Thirukkkannapuram
87. Thirukkandiyur
88. Sri Rangam
89. Thirukkozhi
90. Thirukkarambanoor
91. Thiruvellarai
92. Thiru Anbil
93. Thirupper Nagar
94. Thiruvanthipuram
95. Thiruvaramangai
96. Thirukkurungudi
97. Srivaikundam
98. Thiruvaragunamangai
99. Thiruppulingudi
100. Thirukkurugoor
101. Thirutthulaivillimangalam
102. Thirukkoloor
103. Thirukkulandhai
104. Thentirupperai
105. Thiruvattaru
106. Thiruvanparisaram
Vinnulagam (Outside the Earthly realm)
107. Thirupaarkadal
108. Thiruparamapadham





Detailed post on each of them follows.


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Gravity, Film Review,For The Discerning,

In movies english on October 15, 2013 at 17:19

It is very difficult to take a film based on Space sans gimmicks , laser gun wielding characters and keep the audience engaged for about 140 Minutes.

A Film on Gravity.

Gravity, Movie.

If the story line is about losing oneself cutoff from Communication network from anywhere deep in Space, totally at the mercy of Technology, which can fail against the smallest idiosyncrasies of Nature,,well even imagination is bound to fail.

Yet,Gravity does just that ‘conceptualizing beyond the Human Mind and execution beyond technology, that is Human Creativity plus technology.

One is overwhelmed while rating the film, Rate it the Best for Photography,Special Effects. Editing, Music,Script,Dialogues Acting,Direction,or the Best film of all times in this Genre.

A crew aboard a Mission craft are left stranded in Space because of malfunction and the escape routes are blocked by falling man-made Satellite debris, which cuts off all communications,

How the issue is resolved forms the story.

As I have indicated in my earlier post before viewing the film, one does know how to react when lost in Space when you get disoriented.

What is the frame of reference?

The fear of Death seems trivial when compared to the primordial fear of the vastness of  Space.

The film is both psychological and scientific though not a documentary.

The Director steers clear of commercializing the Movie and at the same has not made this a documentary.

The result is a gripping film with a tight script and excellent acting from Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

The script, what can one say?

One word ‘outstanding’, scientific, early, dry humor  breezy, all at the same time.

Ina all a film for the discerning .

Only yesterday I was telling my son that my favorite film on any day on Space is  Spielberg’s  Close Encounters of the Third Kind  for its original thought on communication with the extra terrestria,l despite the fact that there have been movies on the subject.

Well, now My favorite has changed-Gravity.


Why does the earth look like Milky way Galaxy in one shot?

Why does Gravity does not get mentioned even once in the Movie?

The film seems to be more about Space than gravity?

is this has been named as Gravity because the tag Gravity is more catchy?

Extraterrestrial Documented Film Video.

In Astrophysics, videos on August 5, 2013 at 18:59

The search for Extra terrestrial  is getting curiouser and curiouser.

UFO and ET news and sightings never die down.

Scientists steadfastly refuse to accept evidence at all nor are they willing to examine the available information without bias.

Now more news.

You may watch the Video.



There is a full Documentary available in the Link provided.

Last autumn, the Templeton Foundation, a philanthropic organisation dedicated to investigating what it calls the “big questions” – which, unsurprisingly, include “Are we alone?” – awarded Marcy $200,000 to pursue his search for alien civilisations.

As far as Marcy, an official Nasa researcher for the Kepler mission, is concerned, that question has a clear answer: “The universe is simply too large for there not to be another intelligent civilisation out there. Really, the proper question is: ‘How far away is our nearest intelligent neighbour?’ They could be 10 light years, 100 light years, a million light years or more. We have no idea.”

To answer that question Marcy has begun to sift through the Kepler data and to search the heavens for a galactic laser internet that might be in use somewhere out there. (More on that in a bit.)

Launched in 2009, Kepler was designed as a four-year mission to detect planets – habitable or otherwise – around distant stars by measuring the dimming of those stars as orbiting bodies pass in front of them. In May, a component of the spacecraft designed to keep it pointing precisely failed, dealing a crushing blow to Marcy and his colleagues who last year convinced Nasa to extend funding for the mission into 2016, which Marcy says would have allowed researchers to further refine the number of known Earthlike planets in our galactic neighbourhood.

“It’s a heartbreaker,” he says. “People are reacting a little bit as if a close family member died. There’s this combination of severe depression and confusion, coupled with denial.”

Kepler has been wildly successful in its four years. To date, it has found 132 exoplanets – that is, planets outside our solar system – and possibly 3,216 more that await confirmation. Researchers have extrapolated from Kepler data that our Milky Way galaxy alone contains at least 100bn exoplanets, as many planets as there are stars. Still, with the telescope – which is 64m km from Earth – having collected data on 150,000 star systems, researchers are only beginning to pick through all the information.

Marcy hopes that hiding within it will be hints about intelligent life abroad. What if, say, the dimming of a star that Kepler observes is caused by something even more fanciful than the passage of extrasolar planets? Something synthetic, perhaps? Marcy admits that even he’s not certain what he’s looking for.

“I do know that if I saw a star that winked out, then at some point it winked back on again, then winked out for a long, long time and then blinked on again, that that would be so weird,” he says. “Obviously that wouldn’t constitute the detection of an advanced civilisation yet, but it would at least alert us that follow-up observations are warranted.”

Such an irregular pattern might signal the leisurely and unpredictable passage of massive spacecraft in front of the star. But, perhaps more likely, it might indicate the presence of a Dyson sphere, a mainstay of science fiction first proposed by physicist Freeman Dyson in 1960.

The concept is simple. The energy needs of a civilisation a thousand or a million years more advanced than our own would probably be vastly greater than ours. The greatest source of energy in a solar system is its star, and that energy could be captured by building a massive structure tiled with solar panels enveloping the star – the ultimate green jobs initiative.


Sirius€ is a feature length documentary that follows Dr. Steven Greer – an Emergency Medicine doctor turned UFO/ New Energy researcher – as he struggles to disclose top secret information about classified energy & propulsion techniques. Along the way, Dr. Greer investigates new technology and sheds light on criminal suppression. He accumulates over 100 Government, Military, and Intelligence Community witnesses who testify on record about their first-hand experiences with UFOs and with the cover-up.

In the course of his research Dr. Greer is asked to look at an amazing find: a humanoid specimen, 6 inches long from the Atacama Desert. Not until 2012 was he given permission to take bone samples and DNA from the specimen. At that same time a pre-eminent geneticist, hearing of this find, offered to do DNA testing. He enlisted an MD from the same university,- world renowned for his work with skeletal anomalies, to view the x-rays and CT scans. Their expertise along with Dr. Greer’s expansive knowledge of the subject bring more questions than answers. Where did this “Atacama Humanoid” come from? Are there others like it? What does it say about the origin of the human species?






Black Hole Destroying Matter Photos Videos

In Astrophysics, images, videos on December 22, 2012 at 08:27

Phenomenon that is causing awe and least understood is Black Hole.

It is said to be so dense that it does not allow even the light rays to escape and its presence is inferred.

They swallow matter.

A rare photo of Black hole  destroying matter is captured.

Here they are:

DaGalaxy Hercules A

A Radio-Optical View of the Galaxy Hercules A

Illustration of Black Hole.

Artist’s illustraton of the disk around a giant black hole. Image credit: A. Hobart, CXC


Probable Black Hole Destroys Star, Puttenham & NASA’s Artists Compar

Cosmic Journeys : The Largest Black Holes in the Universe



Black holes may be the most ironic objects in the Universe. They are objects with gravity so fierce that if you venture too close, literally no force in the Universe can prevent you from falling in. Not even light can escape, which is why we call them what we do.

Yet they also power the brightest objects in the Universe. As matter falls in, it forms a diskjust outside the black hole that gets infernally hot, blasting out radiation bright enough that it can be seen across the Universe. Not only that, due to forces in the disk like friction and magnetism ramped up to mind-numbing intensities, this disk can focus and blast out two incredibly powerful beams of matter and energy which scream out into space, forming structures both vast and beautiful … like the ones seen in the galaxy Hercules A:

eriously, grab the embiggened version of that. It’s stunning. I’m using it as my computer’s desktop image, in fact. There’s also an incredible 5000 x 3500 pixel version.

In the heart of the galaxy Hercules A is a monster black hole: It’s about 600 times as massive as the black hole in the center of our Milky Way, making it about 2.5 billion times the Sun’s mass. It’s one of the largest known black holes in the Universe, so big we call it “supermassive.”

And it’s hungry. Material is actively funneling down into the maw of that beast, forming a huge disk and blasting out those jets of material you can see in the picture (which is a combination of visible light seen by the Hubble Space Telescope and radio waves—colored pink in the image—detected by the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array). Focused tightly, those jets march across space at ridiculously high speed, slamming into material around them. Eventually they lose enough energy that they slow and puff outward, forming those twin lobes. When this happens, the material emits light in the radio part of the electromagnetic spectrum. The lobes of Herc A make it one of the brightest sources of radio waves in the entire sky.

The scale of this will turn your brain into goo: Those lobes are well over 1.5 million light years across from tip to tip, 15 times the size of our entire galaxy! And they’re powerful, emitting a billion times the energy our Sun does at radio wavelengths. The energy flowing out of Hercules A is simply insane. In X-rays alone it blasts out 100 billion times as much energy as our Sun does in all wavelengths of light. Replace our Sun with an object that bright and the Earth would vaporize.


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