My upaasanaa muurti-s are two: Venkateshwara and Narasimha. Likewise, I am Blessed with two sons - whom I named after my upaasanaa muurti-s. The big shaalagraam at back is a bhuu-garbha shaalagraama, the one at center is shrii lakshmi narasimha shaalagraama. I also have a number of others: shriii vEnkaTEsha shAlagrAma, kuurma shAllagrAma, hayagriiva shAlagrAma, more narasimha shalagraama-s, ananta-shAlagrAma, vAsudEva shAlagrAma, yogiisha shAlagrAma, dwaarakaa chakra, tirupati-chakra (impression in guDa sharkara of the Lord's chakra center of the muula-viraaT at tirupamala temple), tiny balamuri shankha, etc. It is my dream to have 24-kShEtra viShESha lakShaNa shAlagrAma-s in my home for my daily worship. In part fulfillment of this, my wife's Uncle has gifted me 24-kShEtra-s of "ratna-garbha & niila garbha shAlagrAma-s". I'm still praying for more shAlagrAma-s though.
I love to be traditionally dressed and general remain in this attire
while at home: bare-chested with the dvaadasha-uurdhva-puNDra-s and
pancha-mudra-s showing our vaiShNava chihna, dressed in maDi (silk dhOti)
with kacchaa, with many many vaiShNava maalaa-s around my neck coming down
to my navel in length. I always wear three yagnOpaviitam-s - made
in Shrii-Rangam (one for myself, one for my wife, and another for the uttariiya).
I have also grown a 'shikhaa' as part of my adherence to our traditions.
Hence, the attire you see in the pics are not just for these photographs,
they are indeed how I am while I am at home.
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