Indulge in Hobbies,Keep Yourself Busy; Avoid Negativity.

Mandal art, nature unicorn and floral paintings did by my cousin sister Jagruti Chavan in this lockdown period. HR (Human Resource) by profession and a passionate artist. Her artworks had been exhibited in various exhibitions across India and also been sold out. She is expertise in pencil art, oil painting, oil pastel, acrylic painting and also Rangoli art.

Mandal art

Due to pandemic, quarantine and lockdown, people in India are stressed out. The only solution for maintaining peace of mind and to avoid negativity is, indulging in hobbies or to keep yourself busy.

Mandal art

Being jobless or idle will boost negativity, irritation, anger, anxiety etc and after getting affected from it, the concerned person will become a problem or trouble for the people who are around or with him/her or for those who are staying with them in the same house. Unnecessary fights, arguments, bitterness etc. To avoid such situations, keeping ourselves busy is very necessary.

Nature unicorn

I appreciate such artworks, Paintings or work that are been done with passion.
Floral painting

Please do share your work or works of your know persons on your facebook timeline, Instagram or Social Media handles so that people in your friendlist or who follow you can get inspired and also they might work on their hobbies and keep themselves busy. Such posts can help maintaining peace in someone’s house, as most of the people on Social Media have the habit to imitate or copy other’s work when they are idle. So in that sense it might be very helpful for those who are idle and just scroll to stalk other’s newsfeed.

After seeing such posts like artworks, cooking, paintings etc, it can help them to figure out their hobbies, interests or passion and engaging and keeping themselves busy with it will make them productive and keep them away from Negativity or anxiety.

Nothing is temporary in this world, Even this Lockdown period or Covid 19.

An empty mind is devil’s workshop. Never allow devil to occupy your mind.

Stay at home, Stay safe.

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Thanjavur History

THANJAVUR/TANJORE is one of the historical city and it rightly acclaimed as the cultural citadel of Tamilnadu (South India).

Thanjavur Brihadeshwara Temple.

Tanjore was ruled by the Cholas. Most of the eminent kings made contribution of art and literature. Brihadeshwara Temple alias Big temple is the greatest contribution of the King Raja Raja who was crowned in the year 985 A.D. Like his father; Rajendra built a temple at Gangaikondacholapuram, in shape and stature nobly rivalling the Big Temple. . He sent fleet across the Bay of Bengal and won most of the south eastern countries. After the Cholas, Pandiyas, Vijayanagara kings, Nayaks and Marathas ruled Thanjavur. The Palace of Thanjavur, though very old and in a state of disintegration is still a very attractive complex housing many buildings as well as towers and turrets. The palace complex originally covered an area of 110 acres. The seven-storeyed building, the Maratha Durbar Hall, the Art Gallery, the Bell-Tower, the Palace Museum, the marble statue of King Serfoji II with a removable turban wrought of Marble and the world-famous SARASVATI MAHAL LIBRARY were the contribution of Nayaks and the Maratha kings.

In 1675, a column of Bijapur army came to Thanjavur to help Vijayaraghava and retrieved Vallam from the Madurai Nayak. However King Ekoji alias Venkoji as a great warrior managed to ascend the throne of Thanjavur kingdom. After Ekoji, his three sons namely King Shahaji, King Serfoji I, King Tukoji alias Tulaja I ruled Thanjavur. Then the mantle was handed to King Bava Saheb (son of King Tukoji) and after his death his Queen Sujan Bai (wife of King Bava Saheb). The Maratha rule was further continued by the rule of King Pratapa Simha alias Pratap Singh, King Thulaja II, King Amar Singh, King Serfoji II and King Shivaji II.

Mostly all the Maratha kings were well versed in art and literature. They contributed many things for the development of the society. Thanjavur kingdom spread from the souther bank of colerone river to Aranthaki in South. Many temples were built by the Maratha kings. King Ekoji I alias Venkoji proved himself a great patron of scholars, besides constructing canals and tanks, reclaiming fallow lands and repairing villages destroyed by floods. King Shahaji has made many contributions to the Thiruvarur Tyagesha Temple. King Pratap Singh was also a very tolerant ruler and built a mosque at Nagore, endowing it with fifteen villages. King Pratapa simha alias Pratap Singh period is one of continuous war, caught as he was between the French and the English and their lackeys, Muhammed Ali of Trichy and Chanda Sahib of Arcot.

King Serfoji II  (1798-1832 A.D.)  
King Serfoji II ascended the throne in the year 1798 A.D. He devoted his life to the pursuit of culture and Thanjavur became renowned as a seat of learning. He erected a monument in marble in the chapel at Thanjavur for Schwartz, the missionary who introduced him to western learning. King Serfoji’s love of learning and thirst for knowledge led him to enrich Sarasvati Mahal Library, which was a Palace Library. He evinced keen interest in the development of the Library. He purchased around 4000 books from abroad at his own cost, read them and left them in the Library. Medical treatises, in the library collection contained his remarks alongside, in English. His library included treatises on Vedanta, grammar, music, dance and drama, architecture, astronomy, medicine, training of elephants and horses, etc. He setup the first Devanagari printing press in South India, using stone letters. He had a small museum of old coins. His unique architectural contribution is an eight- storied tower manora at Saluvanayaka pattinam, to commemorate the victory of British over Napolean, in the Battle Leepick in the year 1813 A.D. He being a scholar and writer sent many Pundits far and wide and collected huge number of books and manuscripts for this Library. Dhanavantari Mahal where physicians of Allopathy, Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha researched their systems of medicine has eighteen volumes of the results of their studies. He had the important herbs studied and catalogued in the form of exquisite hand paintings. His pilgrimage to Benaras was also recorded in the form of eight plates. King Serfoji patronised music, dance and the fine arts. He constructed several choultries and initiated poor- feeding, besides funding several Vedic yagnas, as exemplified in an inscription at Orathanadu (a Place near to Thanjavur).

Special cover released by Kartik Fine Arts to commemorate their 27th year art festival.

Several foreigners of great reputation and scholars such as Bishop Heber, Dr. Buchanan, Bishop Middleton and Lord Valentia, who paid a visit to Thanjavur court, have left valuable impressions of the Raja and his cultural activities.

Bishop Heber mentions as: – “I have been passing the last four days in the society of a Hindu Prince, the Raja of Thanjavur who quotes Fourcroy, Lavoiser, Linnaeus and Buffon fluently, has formed a more accurate judgement of the poetical merits of Shakespeare than those so felicitously expressed by Lord Byron, and has actually emitted English poetry very superior to Rousseau’s epitaph on Shenstone, at the same time that he is much respected by the English Officers in his neighborhood as a real judge of a horse, and a cool, bold and deadly shot of a tiger. The truth is, that he is an extraordinary man, who having in early youth received such an education as old Schwartz, the celebrated missionary could give him, has ever since continued, in the midst of many disadvantages, to preserve his taste for, and extend his knowledge of European literature, while he has never neglected the active exercises and frank soldierly bearing which become, the descendant of the old Maharatta conquerous, and by which only, in the present state of things, he has it in his power to gratify the prejudices of his people and prolong his popularity among them.To finish the portrait of Maharaja Serfojee, I should tell you that he is a strong built and very handsome middle aged man, with eyes and nose like a fine hawk, and very busy gray mustachios, generally splendidly dressed but with no effeminacy of ornaments and looking and talking more like a favorable specimen of a French General Officer than any other object of comparison that occurs to me”.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica in its survey of libraries of world mention this as” The Most remarkable Library in India”. Dr.A.C.Burnell, a Sanskrit Scholar of German, who prepared catalogue for the Sanskrit Manuscript of this Library noted as “The library is perhaps the largest and most important in the world. It is now recognized fact that nearly all-Sanskrit works of importance exist in different recessions. The Tanjore library is unrevealed in this respect, in that it contains several good manuscripts of all the most important ones known as yet including a few that are now.”

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After King Serfoji II, his son King Shivaji II ruled till 1855 and after his Ranees continuously made contribution to the public welfare. The Ranees took part for the formation of the present Hospital and continued the welfare measures. Most of the information was published in book form.

Source: Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Sarasvati Mahal Library (TMSSML).

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Some of the Photographs from my archives were published in Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Sarasvati Mahal Library (TMSSML) special edition book that was released last year to commemorate its anniversary.  I am glad and happy to see those photographs from my private archives in the book that was specially published to mark TMSSML’s 100th year. Thanks to the editor for voluntarily choosing them.
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Forgotten powerful dog breeds of Tamilnadu

How many of you may have heard that dogs were used for hunting once upon a time or were capable to kill wild animals or were gifted as dowry for its prestige or value?.

Today most of those powerful dogs are disappearing and also the pure form of their breed are not known to many Cynophilists (Those who love dogs are called Cynophilists).

It is also evident that Kings had dog Force/squad like elephant calvary in their military; which had powerful hunting dogs of their native breeds.

Even during royal processions, native breed dogs of the state were given high privilege and respect. They were decorated and were leading the procession by marching the parade on being in the first row.

We all are fallen for foreign breeds for their beauty, charmness and we use them for pampering everyday. We all choose a dog- based on its beauty. If a dog is ugly, even though if it is powerful or intelligent, we reject or avoid them. These days dogs are used just for show piece; more foreign breeds are imported and native breeds are less exported nor least bothered.
People’s eyes always seem to fall for beauty and this is the reason for neglecting our own Indian native breeds.

Dogs are man’s best friend. Petting a dog and gazing into their eyes releases oxytocin (i.e the ‘love Harmone’) not only for you, but also for them as well.

Tamilnadu, the most popular state in India, is not only well known for its culture, heritage, food, arts, temples etc; It is also well known for sourcing powerful breeds of dogs to the world. Breeds from Tamilnadu were used as guardian dogs in Indian army and had joined CRPF recently. Royals and Nobel aristocrats in olden days used them for guarding and hunting purpose .

‘Breed’ means ‘Variety’. The term ‘Breed of a dog’ indicates as ‘Variety of a dog’.

Here are our powerful breeds that Tamilnadu gave us 👇

1) Rajapalayam

2) Chippiparai/kanni

3) Kombai

4) katta kaal

5) Mandai

6) Alangu

There is a history of four rajapalayam dogs together had killed a tiger who went to kill their owner. Most of the breeds from Tamilnadu are one- person dogs or hunting dogs.

Chippiparai are known for their loyalty and they are intelligent and devoted dogs. Bred by the royal families of Chippiparai near Madurai district in Tamilnadu, they were the symbol of royalty and dignity amongst the Tirunelveli and Madurai rulers. Chippiparais are fierce hunters and were bred mainly for hunting purpose. They were predominantly used to find and kill their prey, mainly deer, wild boar, hare etc. They run fast and are good jumpers. It can be trained easily. The Chippiparai dogs are sight hound and have long legs, an arched back, a long, curved tail for balance, and an elongated face. Their expressive, fox-like ears are endearing, and they often have an adorable, gentle yet keen and intense look.

Chippiparai and Kanni.

Chippiparai and Kanni are same. A Kanni dog specifically refers to Chippiparai dogs in black/tan and black/sable coats. On the other hand, the Chippiparai dogs only have a single color coat.

Chippiparai dogs jumping.

Chippiparai.

Kanni dogs were given as dowry. Kanni are well known as guarding dogs. It is healthier and never gets easily infected by any disease. They are very protective and vigriously attacks those who try to harm its master. In olden days they were good hunters and never miss its target. It could run more faster than hare. It use to catch and kill its prey, mostly wild boar,deer and hare. In Villages people used it to catch rabbits.

Kanni.

Today only few pure breed are left and they are told to be found at Thirunelveli and Madurai in Tamilnadu.

Kanni.

Rajapalayam is told to be fought against the British. It had destroyed the horse squad/calvary of the British by biting the ankels of the horse, so that it couldn’t run or walk.

Rajapalayam dog.

This breed was told to be discovered by the Telugu migrant aristrocracy who had settled in a place named Rajapalayam in Tamilnadu centuries ago. They kept the breed alive until the Nayaka kings developed in 15th century and had used in wars.

Rajapalayam puppy.

Tipu sultan had approximately 400 rajapalayam dogs in his Force and he used those against the British horses in wars, so that it would never approach towards their opponents. The rajapalayam dogs used to bite the ankels of the horse and immediately go to their next target and bite the other. They were fast, quick and immediately escape after biting. Tipu sultan had destroyed thousands of horses of Britishers using Rajapalayam dogs. However after the death of Tipu sultan, Britishers had killed many Rajapalayam dogs that were under his ownership.

There is also a story saying that, Tipu Sultan went to his friend’s house for lunch. While having lunch, Tipu sultan throwed one bone piece to his friend’s rajapalayam puppy. The puppy didn’t ate it and starred at him in anger. When he asked his friend, his friend replied that, it will never eat if someone throws the food at him. It will eat if you respectfully give the food in the plate. In such a way it was brought up in those days. Rajapalayam dogs are called as Royal dogs. It is touch sensitive, if unknown person touches them, there are chances of getting bitten by them . They allow only their owner to touch them.

They were good Hunters in olden days and they hunt for survival. Mostly they use to hunt wild boars, rabbits, hare etc.

They are sight bound, i.e they have very sharp eye sight range than smelling range. Rajapalayam dogs are used in Indian army as they are well trained for smell bound too. They run very fast, their body and legs shape has similar pattern to Horse’s shape while running. They should be respected and they like to get treated with dignity, or else it gets aggressive and can bite. They are very loyal and affectionate only towards their owner and may be two or three people associated with the owner to whom they sees from its childhood. It can do more things than expected, if proper training been given to them by professionals.

They were also been exported to Egypt, Rome, European countries in olden days for guarding and hunting purpose. It is told that more than 100 breeds from India were exported in olden days, among them rajapalayam breed was also one. Rajapalayam dogs are also told to be luxury lovers. Physicologist says, if a luxury bed or sofa given to them for sleeping or sitting, they would be very happy.

Rajapalayam puppy sleeps on Velvet pillows. Photo courtesy: Deepa Dorairajan.

Kombai breed was told to be discovered in 9th century by a community from Karnataka settled in a place called Kombai at Tamilnadu. Later this breed were safeguarded by Kombai zamindars. Kombai dogs were used to guard people’s cattle from tigers and leopards. It is a hunting dog and known for aggression. It is very intelligent and powerful native breed.

Kombai dog signature pose.

There is a story which says about a King who was petting lion and tiger in his Palace and he used to fed them with domestic animals. Once he gave the lion a kombai dog to eat. Next day he noticed that the dog was alive. He later saw that the kombai dog was dominating and fearing the lion. It made the lion afraid and was preventing the lion from killing or attacking. That showed the power of kombai breed dog.

Kombai dogs are known for its fearlessness and loyalty to its owner.

They have the ability to overcome almost any obstacle in their path. They are fast, muscular, powerful and athletic. They are normally used for boar hunting and guarding. Its coat is usually reddish brown, with a paler underside. Kombai puppies have Joined CRPF recently.

Pure form of kombai breed is not seen today. Mixed with its genes (60 to 70 percentage) are available these days.

Alangu: It is said that Chola kings used these breed dogs in wars. Alangu dogs were brought up as pet by the royals of Trichy and Thanjavur in Tamilnadu. This was a very powerful breed and were mostly used in dog fight competition, guardian dog in palace or farms, attacking the opponents in war etc. There is an ancient mural of this breed dog in Thanjavur Brihadeshwara Temple.
In the book titled, ‘Dogs-The Ultimate Dictionary of over 1,000 Dog Breeds’,it is said that: “Alangu breed dogs were big hunting dog, about 27 inches (69 cm) tall, with heavy, well-muscled limbs.” “When it is not employed on its hunting duties, it is also enlisted as a fearsome watchdog.”

It thrived in the Thanjavur and Trichy region.

Now the pure form of this breed is not existed. We have to note that Bully kutta dog breed are not a form of ancient Alangu breed.

A mural found at the Thanjavur Big temple bearing resemblance to the Alangu dog breed. Courtesy: The Hindu.

Mandai : It is helpful for fending off wild animals such as boar, biston etc. It is not easily frightened by large animals. They possess great level of stamina and endurance. They are fearless dogs.

Mandai dog.

It is also been told that they were utilized by Marathu pandiyars in their military to bite the English Troopers and their horses.

It is Protective, fearless and very aggressive towards strangers; It can be close companion to its owner and can be easily controlled by her master and is loyal to master’s family. They have good listening skills and are self disciplined.

Mandai dog.

Mandai dogs are hound dogs that have been used mainly for hunting and herding sheep and goats in Ramanathapuram for generations.

They are hard-working dogs mainly used to herd goats and sheep, particularly those species that are ferocious and fight.They can guard really well and listen to only their owners with proper training.
Now, Mandai dogs are being preferred as guard dogs in urban areas.Pure breed are told to be found in Ramanathapuram.

Katta kaal are short in appearance and its sculpture is sculpted at Thanjavur Brihadeshwara Temple.

These dog breeds are found around the regions of Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Karaikal and Vedharanyam districts of Tamilnadu.

They are aggressive, obdient, friendly, trainable and compact. They are clever and loud barking.

They are brave enough to face big dogs and can easily attack them vigriously by using its low height advantage. It will directly bite the throat portion of bigger dogs easily.

Sculpture of Kattu kaal dog at Thanjavur Brihadeshwara temple. Photo courtesy: The Hindu.

In olden days, they were used to guard farms in Thanjavur, Nagapattinam regions. They are loyal and very alert while guarding. They are excellent jumpers. They grow upto 12-16 inches and weights upto 15 to 18 kgs.

Katta kaal dog.

The saddest thing is, we are losing the pure form of these breeds and most of them are getting mixed. We have lost alangu breed, Mandai breed are very less and its pure form are told to be found in Ramanathapuram. Kattu kaal breed are also very rarely seen.

Pure form of breeds are very less and are very difficult to find and identify them.

We have to take measures to safeguard our native breeds and create an awareness on them.

Stamp on Rajapalayam dog breed issued by Indian postal department.

Note: Photographs are taken from Google and social media sites. Photo credit goes to various people who uploaded them.

10 ways to become a successful Entrepreneur

  1. Have a Vision.
  2. Don’t Give Up.
  3. Love Life.
  4. Don’t Make Enemies.
  5. Be Tenacious.
  6. Hire people with superior skills.
  7. Unite people under a single goal.
  8. Be an authentic leader.
  9. Possess a strong sense of character.
  10. See through customer’s eyes.

“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, But the day after tomorrow will be sunshine”- Jack Ma.

Source: From teachings of my ‘Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp’ course 2017.

My course completion certificate of ‘Entrepreneurship awareness camp”

Nostalgia

While going through the Archives, I found this 👇

This is a draft of menu that was available in our restaurant at Madras, Tamilnadu. This was the original hand written paper given to press for printing in 1980s.

In 1980s, we use to run a restaurant in Madras. We were having Indian and Western dishes. On those days, Western dishes were very rare in Madras, Tamilnadu.

Recipes like Chicken Vindaloo, Sauteed Chicken, Chicken Pickle, Chicken Meyonies, Mutton Ginger Meat Dry, Sag Gosht, Hangerian Gulash, Meat White Curry, Cochi Frito Of Lamb, Mutton Pickle, Brain and Liver Fry, Fish Bhujina, Parsee Fish, Fish Pickle, Malbaria Prawn, Prawn Vindaloo, Florinda Salad, Rasheean Salad, Mandarin Rice, Tongue Fricassee rice, Elegant Sweet rice, Chicken with Safroon rice etc (some to be mentioned) were first of its kind western recipes/dishes in India and in Madras, it was only available with us. We too had signature dishes and Thanjavur Maratha royal dishes. Sunkti (Marathi word, I.e mutton balls) were only available at our restaurant on those days and the response was tremendous. My parents runned the restaurant for almost three years. Even today those recipes are preserved, which were well documented by my mother during that time period itself.

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Today is World Book and Copyright Day

  • World Book Day Greetings.

English translation below the Marathi translation.

Bhonsle Vamsa Charitra (भोसले वंश चरित्र):

“भोसले वंश चरित्र” हे पुस्तक “तंजावरमहाराजा सरफोजी सरस्वती महाल” पुस्तकालयाने प्रसिध्द केले आहे.

तंजावर येथील प्रसिध्द 1000 वर्ष कालीन बृहदिश्वर(शंकर भगवान) मंदिरातील दक्षिण-पश्चिम बाजूच्या भिंतीवर जगातील सरवात मोठा शिलालेख जो महाराष्ट् आणि तंजावर भोसलेराज घराण्याच्या इतिहासा विषयीची माहिती या शिलालेखात “मराठीत” कोरलेली आहे.

१८०३ मधे सरफोजी महाराज २रे.यांच्या आज्ञेवरून भोसले घराण्याचा इतिहास शिलालेखित केला आहे.

या शिलालेखाचे अंतिम तीन परिच्छेद मोलाचे आहेत 👇

सरफोजीमहाराज २रे हेअतिशय गुणी सत्वशील धर्माभिमानी सरव गुण संपन्न कलाप्रेमी होते.
धर्मकार्याला स्वताला वाहून घेतले होते.ते स्वतः सकारात्मक विचारसरणीचे होते.ते कोणत्याही देशाचा,जातिचा,लोकांचा द्वेष करीत नव्हते.सरव धर्म,पंथ,जातींना आस्थेने पहात होते.ते सहिष्णु होते.सगल्यांनी शांतीने सुखात जीवन जगावे अशी त्यांची अभिलाषा होती. व त्यासाठी ते सतत प्रयत्नशिल असत.

भोसलेकुल वंशात जन्मलेला शत्रुंनी व दिल्ली अधिपतीच्या वर्चस्वाने घेरलेला चोला राज्यातील हा मराठा राजा एक सामर्थशाली प्रभावी हिरा होता.जनहितासाठी आपले सरवस्व अर्पण करणार्या मराठा राज्यांच्यात यांची गणना होते.

डिसेंबर १८०३ मधे (शालिवाहन शके १७५९) १३ व्या दिवशी हा शिलालेख मराठी कुटुंबातील शिल्पकार व अतिशय प्रामाणिक,स्वामिनिष्ठ सेवक “बापू राव” , श्री.विठ्ठल राव यांचे चिरंजीव व भावगणेशराव यांच्या नातूने कोरुन सरव जगाला तंजावर भोसलेघराण्याच्या इतिहासाची अतुलनिय मोलाची माहिती दिली.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION:

‘Bhonsle Vamsa Charitra’ book published by the Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Sarasvati Mahal Library (TMSSML) is on the history of the Bhonsle dynasty (Maharashta and Thanjavur) inscribed on the South Western wall of the Thanjavur Brihadeshwara Temple. It is the lengthiest inscription in the world.

King Serfoji II was a patron of inscriptions. He ordered to inscribe the history of Maratha kingdom in Marathi entitled as ‘Bhonsle Vamsa Charitra’ in 1803 A.D.

The inscription has ended by the following below three paragraphs 👇

Now, the king (King Serfoji II) is leading a virtuous life and spends his time on sacred studies. He has no hatred for any country or people. He is indifferent to none, he is tolerant of all castes and creeds and is doing his best to see that everyone lives in peace and happiness.

Born to the Bhonsle family, founders of the Maratha kingdom, scatters of their enemy, enemies of the Delhi overlordship, gems among the king’s rulers of the Maharashta domain in the Chola Country, the history of the Maratha Kings is calculated to do good to one and all.

Completed the inscription on the 13th day of December 1803 (Salivahana Saka 1759) by Bapu Rao, sculptor and devoted servant of the king and son of Vittal Rao and grandson of Bhavaganesa Rao, Belonging to the Maharashtrian family.

One interesting fact to be shared from the book is, Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj during his visit to Thanjavur, Tamilnadu opined that Thanjavur Palace resembled an ‘Eagle in Flight’ that mean the aerial view of Tanjore Palace resembled like a flying eagle.

You can get the book at Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Sarasvati Mahal Library (TMSSML).

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One’s work is subjected to copyright and without the concern’s permission, it should never be used or copied. But many people are not aware of it and they blindly copy other’s work that may attract them. The reason why there is a day to commemorate ‘Copyright’ is to encourage writers, authors, artists, scholars to register their genuine, own work with the Copyright office, Government of India. There are some set of rules and criterias to get the certificate of Copyrights. Do check their official website to know in detail and the procedures.

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Stay at Home, Stay Safe.

1st Post

Some of the Photographs from my archives were published in Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Sarasvati Mahal Library (TMSSML) special edition book which was released last year to commemorate its anniversary.I am glad and happy to see those photographs from my private archives in the book that was specially published to mark TMSSML’s 100th year. Thanks to the editor for voluntarily choosing them.

Sarasvati Mahal Library turns 100 years

2nd Post

नमस्कार राजे .आपण साक्षात छत्रपतींचे वंशज.आपल्या पूरवजांच्या गाथा ऐकून आपल्या मनात काय विचार येतात?

देशा साठी आणि प्रजेसाठी त्यांनी जे अमूल्य कार्य केले आहे तसे माझ्या कडून घडावे असा प्रयत्न आहे.अर्थात तो काल वेगला होता.आज आपणा सगल्यांचा.पाठिंब्या शिवाय शक्य नाही.लोकशाहीच्या समुद्रातला मी एक थेंब आहे.आपले सहकार्य अपेक्षीत आहे. धन्यवाद.

3rd Post

என்னோடைய உழைப்பு (माझे श्रम).

Do visit serfojimemorialhall.com to know about Thanjavur (Tamilnadu) Maratha History.

4th Post

सरफोजीमहाराज 2रे आणि त्यांचे चिरंजीव शिवाजी 2रे ह्यांचे दुर्मिल चित्र सरजा महाल मधील मराठा म्यूझियम मधे ठेविले आहे. एका पश्चिमी इंजिनिअरच्या सहायाने सरफोजीमहाराज 2रे यांनी सरजामहाल 1824 साली बांधला.

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5th Post

The Photograph of Kanchi Jayendra Saraswati swamigal made from rice grains displayed at Maharajah Serfoji II memorial hall museum, Sadar Mahal Palace Thanjavur has been featured on @kanchimutt official Instagram page. Thank you for sharing. The speciality of the portrait is, the eyes of Kanchi sankaracharya looks at the viewers who sees at the portrait from any direction or angle.

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6th Post

Some paintings exhibited at Vysarpadi Vinayaga Mudaliar Charity, Mylapore. These paintings are told to be of Thanjavur Maratha kings.I am missing this exhibition very badly 😌. The exhibition will be only in the month of Panguni (March/April) approximate for 10-20 days. Would request all Marathas and Art lovers residing in Chennai to visit this exhibition every year.The exhibition has priceless collection of portraits, paintings, dolls, artifacts etc on display.Let’s take initial responsibility to bring awareness to this exhibition and portraits/artifacts that are displayed there. Moreover Mylaporeans or art lovers living in Mylapore should show interest to take initiatives or responsibility to spread awareness on the exhibition.
The above two Photographs were taken in the year 2017.

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Portrait exhibited at Vysarpadi Vinayaga Mudaliar Charity.

7th Post

Official seal stamp of my great grandfather, H.H Prince Pratap Simha Rajah Bhosle. He had his office at Huzur mahal part in Thanjavur palace complex.

8th Post

Stay at home. Stay safe. Write, read, invest your quarantine time on gaining knowledge and skills.

9th Post

Mutton biryani with masala prawns cooked in South Indian village style. Masala, ingredients used are typically used in South Indian (Tamil style) cooking. The plate seen is from the times of my great grandfather, H.H Prince Pratap Simha Rajah Bhosle (1889-1969 A.D) or even before. He occasionally use to have his lunch, dinner in this plate. Such shape of plates are very rare to see. #nostalgia

10th Post

Missing my morning routine exercises and long walks. My highest morning walk record- 13.3 Km (continuously walking without any break or stop).

#Pandemic #Quarantine #StaySafe #StayAtHome #India_Fights_Covid19

11th Post

E-mail received from the Director of Cultural affairs, Government of Maharashtra related to my work on Thanjavur (Tamilnadu) Maratha royal history, culture and heritage. Many officials, politicians and well known people in the govt of Maharashtra are aware of my book ‘Contributions Of Thanjavur Maratha Kings- 2nd Edition’ 🙏☺️.

Click the below link for my portfolio 👇

http://serfojimemorialhall.com/about-me.html

12th Post

Sardar Capt.Venkatrao Naik Nimbalkar of Wathar,Satara District, Maharashtra (seated),father in-law of Prince H.H Tulajendra Rajah Bhosle (my grandfather).He served as the Captain in Army of Gwalior (Scindia) Samasthan.

My father (right) seated on his grandfather’s lap. Sardar Capt.Venkatrao Naik Nimbalkar of Wathar in his old age at Sadar Mahal Palace, Thanjavur with his grandson Prince. Serfoji Raje Bhosle (my father), elder son of H.H Prince Tulajendra Rajah Bhosle. Sardar Capt.Venkatrao Naik Nimbalkar was the father in law of H.H Prince Tulajendra Rajah Bhosle.

Painting did by my grandfather, H.H Prince Tulajendra Rajah Bhosle.

View from the roof top of Sadar Mahal Palace, Thanjavur.

कंटाळा आलाय?

बहिष्काराचा हा कालावधी आपण अशा प्रकारे सत्कारणी लावू शकता.

महाराष्ट्रातील व इतर प्रांतातील लोक आणि मराठे लोक तंजावरच्या मराठा इतिहासा बद्दल अनिभिज्ञ आहेत.तरी हा इतिहास जाणून इतर सगल्यांना त्याची माहिती करून देण्यासाठी घरातच बसून हा मूल्यवान रोगप्रतिबंधक कालावधी कारणिभूत लावावा अशी नंम्र विनंती.

तंजावर मराठाराजेंची कुशल राजनिती,अनेक क्षेत्रातील बौधिक निपुणता वाचल्या शिवाय समजणार नाही.तरी आपण इतिहास वाचून जनमानसा पर्यंत पोहोचवावा. तंजावर राज घराण्याच्या आँफिशिअल वेबसाईटवर संपूरण माहिती मिलेल.

Website: serfojimemorialhall.com.

आपल्या संपर्कातील इतिहास प्रेमींना व Whatsapp groups ला या वेबसाईट बद्दल सांगणे.

तंजावर महाराजा सर्फोजी यांचे सरस्वती महालात असलेल्याहजारो मोडी कागद पत्रांचे ज्यांचे अजून मराठी भाषांतर झालेले नाही,ज्यातून राज्यकारभारा विषयी व इतर सामाजिक संस्कृती व सभ्यते विषयी ,छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराज आणि इतर राज्यांच्या राजां बरोबर झालेल्या पत्रव्यवहाराची ,आणि इतर अनेक महत्वाच्या विषयी खूप मौल्यवान माहिती मिलू शकते.जी खूप अत्यावश्यक आहे.जेणे करून भावी पिढ्यांना खूप फायदाच होइल. स्वत.हा सरफोजीमहाराजांनी त्या समयी मोतिबींदूची शस्त्रक्रिया करून त्याचे डाँक्युमेंटेशन केले आहे .तसेच”सरफेंद्र वैद्द मुरैघल”या औषधि पुस्तकाचे डाँक्युमेंटेशन केले आहे.ज्यात अतिशय दुरमिल मौल्यवान औषधांची उपयुक्त माहिती आहे.

English translation:

Feeling bored?

Don’t know what to do in quarantine period?

Utilise your precious time to know and spread the Maratha history of Thanjavur (Tamilnadu), where many people in Maharashtra or Marathas around India are not aware of.

Read, Share and Spread their history and Thanjavur maratha ruler’s accomplishments and intellectual skills.

We knew what would be your next question.

Question: Where would it be available to read it online?

Answer: Thanjavur maratha Royal family has their official website where all the details and authentic history is available on it.

You should go to that website and read the required or needed informations under various options that is available on the site.

Here is the website 👇

serfojimemorialhall.com

Do share this with all your contacts and history lovers. Also do share it on Whatsapp groups.

Let’s bring awareness on Maratha history of South India globally.

Photo Description: King Serfoji II portrait , enthroned under a canopy.

He was a popular ruler and was described by Charlotte Clive, wife of the Governor of Madras, in her diary following her visit to him in 1799, as ‘a handsome, tall, stout-looking man.’ As a child the Raja was tutored by two Danish Lutheran missionaries, the Revs. Geriche and Swartz, who also taught him drawing. European visitors were impressed by his self-portraits and those of his father, and the Clives and Lord Valentia were presented with paintings by the Raja following their visits. The Clives’ Italian governess, Anna Tonelli, also painted a portrait of the Raja during the visit.

Antique miniature of Thanjavur maratha King Serfoji II found in Bangalore, Karnataka.

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I love my India

Photo courtesy: @rvcjinsta.

Most of my friends had gone abroad for PG and after completing PG, to get settled there. When I asked few, they told “there is no any scope for me here in India nor my talent will get recognised here nor I will get flourished here for my ability or capability”. Today most of them are coming back to India leaving all their commitments there and are refusing to go back.

Even I got an opportunity to go abroad for my studies but I denied the chance thinking of my future, as its all waste for me and I have to come back to India, even though after completing studies or after working for a short period of time in abroad. I didn’t had any short term or long term goal of getting settled in abroad nor I was craze for studying there as how most of them today are. There are also some who wanna leave India or wanna study in abroad just for showing prestige among their relatives/cousins or for showing sophistication or for page3 lifestyle, Western culture/westernisation etc. Before going to abroad for studies, each and every student should think maturely of whether it is necessary for them or not and how mean and useful it would be for them. We have very good education system and colleges in our country with vast of opportunities in learning.

#writersofig