In South India, a drumstick is not something used to make music but an unusual vegetable, almost unknown in the United States. The long pods come from a tropical tree and are prepared in a multitude of ways, most often in the light lentil and vegetable stew called “sambar.” The drumstick is cut into pieces an inch or two long and is eaten by chewing the delicate pulp while avoiding the woody fibers. The drumstick tree is one of the most useful plants in cultivation – the leaves are chopped and used as a vegetable, while the roots, bark and sap are used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
Tamil Nadu, the land of the Tamils, was dominated by the Dravidian culture for 2500 years. The cuisine is distinctly different from that of the north, and is based primarily on rice rather than wheat and an abundant use of coconut. With a largely vegetarian population like much of India, Tamil Na...Read More
Madurai’s Meenakshi Temple in South India, Hinduism’s grandest citadel to the goddess, is a sacred place of pilgrimage for Hindus the world over and one of the most famous temples in India. This temple, centuries old and hand carved out of granite, covers an area of 16.5 acres. In Mad...Read More
An invitation to join Jasmine Grace on a Vedic Adventure in South India from Nov 29 to Dec 10, 2017. “On my upcoming fifth trip to India, I feel it is a deep honor to guide beautiful beings through the soul-stirring and beautiful land of India. In true Dandapani style, this is no ordinary yoga&he...Read More
Every year I conduct a retreat in Asia which is open to the public. These journeys are opportunities for people to get away from their daily routines, study with me in a deeper way and embark on a journey of self-transformation. In February of 2017 I’ll be guiding a group of individuals on ...Read More