Absence of Telugu on TTD signboards decried

Absence of Telugu on TTD signboards decried
Tirupati , May 12:
Telugu enthusiasts are peeved over the conspicuous absence of Telugu on the signboards being displayed at the TTD offices, sections, play grounds, buses, in the pilgrim-related notice boards and so on.
The functionaries of the ‘Telugu Bhashabhimanula Ikya Vedika’ have taken a delegation in this connection to the TTD’s Executive Officer I.Y.R. Krishna Rao on Thursday and made no secret of their displeasure at Telugu getting a raw deal even in getting a place in the TTD signboards displayed at all important installations both at Tirupati and Tirumala.
They are all, by and large only in English and not even their Telugu equivalents are written on the display boards, said Sakam Nagaraja and Nadendla Srimannarayana who led the delegation.

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TTD permits couples to Suprabhata seva

TTD permits couples to Suprabhata seva
Tirumala , May 12:
In an another major pilgrim-friendly initiative the TTD management on Thursday allowed the devotees participating in the Suprabhatha seva ( pre-dawn ritual ) at the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara have the darshan of the presiding deity along with their family members.

Earlier it was a practice to segregate the devotees participating in the Suprabhatha seva into two groups (males and females ) and later allow them separately for the darshan of the presiding deity soon after the completion of the ritual.

Sensing the dissatisfaction among the devotees for not being allowed to worship the deity together the TTD Executive Officer I.Y.R. Krishna Rao decided to put a stop to the decades-old practice.

In addition to this, requests also poured-in from a cross-section of the devotees that they be allowed to worship the Lord along with the family as is the Hindu tradition.

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భక్తులకు వస్త్ర బహుమానం బంద్

భక్తులకు వస్త్ర బహుమానం బంద్
తిరుమల , మే 13 :
తిరుమలేశుని ఆర్జితసేవల్లో పాల్గొనే భక్తులకు వస్త్రబహుమాన్ని తాత్కాలికంగా రద్దు చేస్తున్నట్టు గురువారం టీటీడీ ఓ ప్రకటనలో తెలిపింది. గతంలో ఐదారుగురు భక్తులకు సమూహంగా కేటాయించే కొన్ని ఆర్జిత సేవల టికెట్లను విభజించి ఒక్కొక్కరికి విడిగా టికెట్టు కేటాయించే విధానాన్ని టీటీడీ ఇటీవలే అమలుచేసింది. ఆర్జితసేవా టిక్కెట్ల విధానంపై అప్పటి టీటీడీ సలహాదారు పీవీఆర్కే ప్రసాద్, ఆయన నేతృత్వంలోని కమి టీ సూచనమేరకు ఈ నిర్ణయం తీసుకుంది. అంతకుముందు డోలోత్సవం, ఆర్జిత బ్ర హ్మోత్సవం, ఎస్డీసేవలకు ఐదుగురు, వసంతోత్సవానికి పదిమంది, వారపుసేవల్లో విశే షపూజకు ఐదుగురు, అష్టదళ పాదపద్మారాధనకు ఇద్దరు, సహస్ర కలశాభిషేకం, తిరు ప్పావడ టిక్కెట్లపై ఆరుగురిని అనుమతించేవారు.ఈ బృందంలో ప్రధాన జంటకు ప్రసా దాలు, వస్త్రాలు బహూకరించేవారు. తద్వారా టీటీడీకి ఎలాంటి షన్టం వచ్చేది కాదు.

ప్రస్తుతం వ్యక్తిగత టిక్కెట్లపై సేవల్లో భక్తులందరికీ ప్రసాదాలు, వస్త్రాలను బహూక రిస్తున్నారు. వ్యక్తిగతం చేశాక ఈ సేవా టిక్కెట్ల మంజూరు సంఖ్య అనూహ్యంగా పెర గడంతో గతంలో కన్నా టీటీడీ భారీసంఖ్యలో వస్త్రాలు కొనుగోలు చేయాల్సిన పరిస్థితి తలెత్తింది. ఒక్కో భక్తుడు సేవకు చెల్లించే రుసుము కంటే వారికి బహుకరణల వ్యయం అధికంగా ఉండడంతో టీటీడీకి భారీగా నష్టం వాటిల్లుతోంది. ఈ చేదునిజాన్ని ఆలస్యం గా గుర్తించిన టీటీడీ భక్తులకు వస్త్ర బహుమాన్ని తాత్కాలికంగా నిలిపివేయాలని తీ ర్మానించింది. త్వరలో జరగనున్న టీటీడీ సాధికర మండలి సమావేశంలో ఈ అంశాన్ని చర్చించాక ఈ సేవాటిక్కెట్ల ధరలు పెంచడం, లేదా వస్త్ర బహుమానాన్ని శాశ్వతంగా రద్దుచేయడంపై ఓ నిర్ణయం తీసుకుంటారు.

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నేడు కల్యాణమస్తు తాళిబొట్లకు ప్రత్యేకపూజలు

నేడు కల్యాణమస్తు తాళిబొట్లకు ప్రత్యేకపూజలు
తిరుమల , మే 13 :
ఈనెల 21న టీటీడీ నిర్వహించనున్న ఆరవ విడత కల్యాణమస్తు కార్యక్రమ ఏర్పాట్లు పూర్తి కావచ్చాయి. తాళిబొట్లను శుక్రవారం శ్రీవారి పాదాల చెంత వుంచి ప్రత్యేక పూజలు నిర్వహించనున్నారు. అనంతరం వాటిని జిల్లా కేంద్రాలకు తరలించనున్నారు. నేడు వేదవిద్యార్థుల వసతి సముదాయం ప్రారంభం తిరుమలలోని ధర్మగిరి వేదపాఠశాలలో నూతనంగా నిర్మించిన వసతి సము దాయన్ని శుక్రవారం ఈవో కృష్ణారావు ప్రారంభించనున్నారు. రూ. 3కోట్లతో పనులను చేపట్టిన టీటీడీ ఎట్టకేలకు అన్ని హంగులతో పూర్తిచేసింది. ఇందులో విద్యార్థులకు అన్ని వసతులతో కూడిన గదులతోపాటు, భోజన, వంటశాల తదితరాలను సమకూర్చారు.

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అశ్వవాహనంలో మలయప్ప విహరం

అశ్వవాహనంలో మలయప్ప విహరం
తిరుమల , మే 13 :
తిరుమలలో పద్మావతి పరిణయోత్సవాలు వైభవంగా జరుగుతున్నాయి. రెండో రోజు గురువారం సాయంత్రం మలయప్పస్వామి అశ్వవాహ నంలో నారాయణగిరి ఉద్యానవన వేదికకు చేరుకున్నారు. వేదమంత్రోచ్ఛారణల నడు మ అర్చకులు శాస్త్రోక్త కార్యక్రమాలను నిర్వహించారు. కళాకారులు అన్నమయ్య కీర్తన లను ఆలపించారు. చివర్లో బాణాసంచా పేల్చడం ఈ ఉత్సవానికి మరింత శోభను సమ కూర్చింది. అధికారులు పూబంతులను విసరడం లాంటి సన్నివేశాలు కోలాహలంగా జరిగాయి. అనంతరం ఉత్సవర్లు ఊరేగింపుగా ఆలయానికి చేరుకున్నారు.

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Procession of Kalyanamasthu Mangalasuthrams at Tirumala

Procession of Kalyanamasthu Mangalasuthrams at Tirumala

Tirumala, 13 May 2011(P.R.O) This is more than a life time golden opportunity for the couple who enter the wed-lock in the sixth phase of Kalyanamastu which is slated to take place across the state on May 20, as the ornaments including talibotlu and mettelu which are offered to the bride by TTD have been sanctified on Friday as they were placed at the feet of the presiding deity of Lord Venkateswara for his divine blessings.

Earlier in the day, the TTD Executive Officer Sri IYR Krishna Rao carried the sare (talibotlu and mettelu) in a plate over his head in a traditional manner amidst the chanting of vedic hymns by temple priests from Bedi Anjaneyaswamy temple to Tirumala shrine where special puja has been performed inside sanctum sanctorum to the ornaments.

Later addressing media persons at Tirumala Asthana Mandapam, TTD EO said, ” The ornaments have been formally kept at the feet of Lord for his blessings and they will be distributed to the respective districts as per their requirement. So far 5500 couples have registered their names. We are confident that this number will cross 15thousand mark this time as we have few more days left for the free mass marriage to take place. However, we have decided 5pm of 18th May as the last date of registration process. If the number exceeds 20thousand mark, we cannot accommodate them in this phase of Kalyanamastu. So we put this time limit. But based on the final figures, we think of extending the date of registration even on 19th and 20th May morning before the wedding muhurat commences”, he added.

Tirumala Joint EO Sri KS Srinivasa Raju, CVSO Sri MK Singh, HDPP Secretary Sri K.Venkat Reddy, Tirupati Urban SP Sri Ravinder, Kalyanamastu OSD Sri and TTD Transport GM Sri Sesha Reddy and others were also present.

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Colourful start to ‘Padmavathi Parinayotsavam’

Colourful start to ‘Padmavathi Parinayotsavam’
Tirupati , May 11 :
The three-day annual ‘Padmavathi Parinayotsavam’ got off to a dazzling start at Tirumala on Wednesday. The processional deities of the Lord Malayappa Swamy and His two consorts adorned with special jewels were taken in a colourful procession to the decorated Narayanagiri Gardens.

Floral arches

The sprawling lawns were specially spruced up with huge cut-outs depicting various mythological themes, gorgeous pandals and floral arches befitting the occasion.

Temple priests conducted special rituals to processional at the colourfully illuminated ‘mandapam’ even as thousands of devotees witnessed the function.

The deity of the Lord which was taken in procession mounted atop the Gaja Vahanam, would ride the Aswa and Garuda vahanams on the next two days.

The TTD’s Dharma Prachara Parishad and Annamacharya Project jointly organised cultural and devotional programmes in the gardens to add to the spiritual ambience.

Sevas cancelled

Meanwhile, the temple administration of TTD has cancelled Arjitha Sevas like Arjitha Brahmotsavam, Vasanthotsavam and Sahasra Deeplanakara Seva on the three days in view of the festival.

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Padmavathi Parinayam pictures May 11-13, 2011

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బ్రహ్మోత్సవాల పోస్టర్‌లు ఆవిష్కరణ

బ్రహ్మోత్సవాల పోస్టర్‌లు ఆవిష్కరణ
తిరుమల , మే 12 :
నారాయణవనంలో వెలసిన శ్రీకల్యాణ వేంకటేశ్వరస్వామివారి వార్షిక బ్రహ్మోత్సవాల పోస్టర్‌లను తితిదే ఈవో ఐవైఆర్‌ కృష్ణారావు బుధవారం ఆవిష్కరించారు. తిరుమల నారాయణగిరి ఉద్యానవనంలో పద్మావతి పరిణయోత్సవాల సందర్భంగా కార్యక్రమం జరిగింది. ఈనెల 15 నుంచి 23 వరకు ఉత్సవాలు జరగనున్నాయి. 14న ఉత్సవాలకు అంకురార్పణ, 15న ఉదయం ధ్వజారోహణం, 19 గరుడసేవ, 22 ఉదయం రథోత్సవం, రాత్రికి కల్యాణోత్సవం, 23 చక్రస్నానం జరుగుతుంది. బ్రహ్మోత్సవాల సందర్భంగా 22న ఆలయంలో నిర్వహించే ఆర్జిత కల్యాణోత్సవంలో పాల్గొనదలచిన భక్తులు రూ.300 చెల్లించి హాజరుకావచ్చునని తితిదే సూచించింది. పత్రికల ఆవిష్కరణ కార్యక్రమంలో తితిదే సీవీఎస్‌వో ఎం.కె.సింగ్‌, శ్రీవారి ఆలయ డిప్యూటీ ఈవో మునిరత్నంరెడ్డి, పీఆర్వో టి.రవి, ఏపీర్వో నీలిమారావు పాల్గొన్నారు.

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పద్మావతీ ప్రియ.. గోవిందా

పద్మావతీ ప్రియ.. గోవిందా
తిరుమల , మే 12 :
నిత్య కల్యాణం పచ్చతోరణంగా ప్రసిద్ధికెక్కి నిత్యం ఎన్నో సేవలు, ఉత్సవాలు తిరుమల క్షేత్రంలో జరుగుతున్నాయి. వేంకటేశ్వరస్వామి, పద్మావతి అమ్మవారిని వివాహమాడిన అలనాటి ముహూర్తానికి గుర్తుగా పరిణయోత్సవాలను ఏటా తితిదే అత్యంత వైభవంగా నిర్వహిస్తోంది. మూడు రోజుల పాటు జరగనున్న ఉత్సవాల కోసం నయనానందకరంగా విశేష అలంకరణలను ఉద్యానవన విభాగం నారాయణగిరి వనంలో చేపట్టింది. నిత్య నూతన వధూవరులైన శ్రీవారు ఆలయం నుంచి బయలుదేరి గజవాహనంపై ముందు వెళుతుండగా వధువులు శ్రీదేవి, భూదేవి పల్లకిపై స్వామిని అనుసరిస్తూ నారాయణవనంకు వేంచేశారు. జగత్ప్రభువైన శ్రీనివాసునికి వేదాలు, పురాణాలు, సంగీతరాగాలు, కవితలు వినిపించారు. ఆర్జితం భక్తులకు వస్త్ర బహుమానం, ప్రసాద వితరణ జరిగింది. శుక్రవారం వరకు పరిణయోత్సవాలు జరుగుతాయి.

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సుప్రభాతం.. ఆనందమయం

సుప్రభాతం.. ఆనందమయం
భార్యాభర్తలు ఇక పక్కపక్కనే ..
తితిదే కీలక నిర్ణయం
నేటినుంచే అమలు
తిరుమల , మే 12 :
ఇకపై భార్యాభర్తలు పక్కపక్కనే నిలబడి శ్రీవారి సుప్రభాత సేవలో తరించొచ్చు. ఈ నిర్ణయాన్ని గురువారం నుంచే అమలు చేసేందుకు తితిదే ఏర్పాట్లు పూర్తి చేసింది. ఆర్జిత సేవల్లో సుప్రభాతానికి విశేష ప్రాధాన్యం ఉంది. టిక్కెట్టు పొందినప్పటికీ.. మహిళలను ఓవైపు.. పురుషులను మరోవైపు నిలబెట్టి సేవకు అనుమతిస్తున్నారు. భక్తుల సంతృప్తిపై ఇటీవల తితిదే ఈవో ఐవైఆర్‌ కృష్ణారావు ఆరా తీశారు. ‘ఎంతటి భక్తులైనా సతీసమేతంగా పక్కపక్కనే నిలుచుని సేవలో పాల్గొనాలనుకుంటారు. వారిని చెరోవైపు నిలబెట్టడం వల్ల.. సేవ అనంతరం కూడా ఇరువురు కలిసి దర్శనం చేసుకునే అవకాశాన్ని కోల్పోతున్నారు. సేవలో పాల్గొన్నామన్న అనుభూతిని పొందకనే వెనుదిరగాల్సి వస్తుంది. స్వామివారి అనుగ్రహానికి పాత్రులం కాలేకపోయామన్న నిరుత్సాహం ఆవహిస్తోంద’ంటూ పలువురు ఇటీవల ఈవో దృష్టికి తీసుకెళ్లారు. ఈ విషయమై ఆయన విచారణ చేపట్టారు. ఇరువురూ పక్కపక్కనే నిలుచుని సేవలో పాల్గొనడానికి శాస్త్రీయంగా ఎలాంటి ఆటంకం లేదని రూఢీ చేసుకున్నారు. గతంలో విచ్చలవిడిగా అనుమతులిచ్చే సుప్రభాతం టిక్కెట్లను.. విచక్షణ, ముందస్తు, అప్పటికప్పుడు ఇచ్చే కోటాలన్నింటిని కలిపి అయిదొందలకు పరిమితం చేశారు. ఈ నేపథ్యంలో భార్యాభర్తలు ఒకేచోట ఉండి.. సేవలో పాల్గొనేలా చర్యలు తీసుకోవాలని ఈవో కృష్ణారావు.. ఆలయ ఉప కార్యనిర్వహణాధికారిని ఆదేశించారు. సుప్రభాత సేవ అయ్యాక కూడా.. అదే తీరులో దర్శనానికి అనుమతించాలని సూచించారు.

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వేడుకగా పద్మావతి పరిణయోత్సవం

వేడుకగా పద్మావతి పరిణయోత్సవం
తిరుమల , మే 12 :
తిరుమలలో బుధవారం శ్రీ పద్మావతి పరిణయోత్సవం వేడుకగా నిర్వహించారు. కలియుగం ఆరంభంలో సుమారు ఐదు వేల ఏళ్ల కిందట వైకుంఠాన్ని వీడిన శ్రీనివాసుడికి నారాయణవనాన్ని పరిపాలించిన ఆకాశరాజు తన కుమార్తె పద్మావతిదేవిని కన్యాదానం చేసినట్టు వేంకటాచల మహాత్యం చెబుతోంది. అదే శుభ లగ్నానికి నారాయణగిరి ఉద్యానవనంలో శ్రీనివాస, పద్మావతిదేవి పరిణయోత్సవాన్ని టీటీడీ 1992 నుంచి ప్రతిఏటా మూడు రోజుల పాటు అంగరంగ వైభవంగా నిర్వహిస్తోంది.

తొలి రోజు ైవెశాఖ శుద్ధ నవమి రోజున శ్రీదేవి, భూదేవి దంత పల్లకిపై, మలయప్పస్వామి వారు బంగారు గజవాహనంపై ఊరేగింపుగా ఉద్యానవనానికి చేరుకున్నారు. వివిధ రకాల పుష్పమాలలు, పచ్చని తోరణాలతో అలంకరించిన కల్యాణ వేదికపై వధూవరులైన శ్రీపద్మావతిదేవి, శ్రీనివాసులు వేంచేపు చేశారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా స్వామివారు, అమ్మవార్లకు ఎదుర్కోలు, పూలదండలు మార్చుకోవటం, పూలబంతాట నిర్వహించి నూతన వస్త్రాలు సమర్పించారు.

అనంతరం స్వామి వారికి ఆస్థాన కొలువు కార్యక్రమాన్ని శాస్త్రోక్తంగా నిర్వహించారు. రంగురంగుల బాణసంచా కాల్చిన తర్వాత ఉత్సవ మూర్తులను ఊరేగింపుగా తిరిగి ఆలయానికి తీసుకెళ్లి కార్యక్రమాన్ని ముగించారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా నారాయణగిరి ఉద్యానవనంలోని కల్యాణవేదిక చుట్టు పక్కలా దేదీప్యమాన విద్యుత్ అలంకరణలు భక్తులను విశేషంగా ఆకట్టుకున్నాయి.

పరిణయోత్సవం ముగిసిన తర్వాత బాణ సంచా కాలుస్తుండగా నిప్పురవ్వలు కల్యాణ వేదికపై పడడంతో స్వల్పంగా కాలింది.
కాంతులీనిన కలియుగ వైకుంఠం
తిరుమలలో బుధవారం పద్మావతి పరిణయోత్స వం సందర్భంగా భారీ స్థాయిలో బాణసంచా పేల్చారు. 1992 నుంచి ఈ ఉత్స వం సందర్భంగా బాణసంచా పేల్చడం సంప్రదాయంగా వస్తోంది.

సాధారణంగా కార్మికుల చేత బాణసంచా కాల్పించే వారు. ప్రమాదాల నివారణ కోసం ఈసారి టీటీడీ విద్యుత్ కనెక్షన్‌తో బాణసంచాను పేల్చడం గమనార్హం. ముంబయికి చెందిన మురారి లక్షలాది రూపాయల విలువైన బాణసంచా ను విరాళంగా ఇచ్చారు. మూడు రోజుల పాటు 25 మంది కార్మికులు కష్టించి దీన్ని సమ కూర్చారు. ఉత్సవం సందర్భంగా రంగు రంగుల బాణసంచా వెలుగుల్లో భక్తులు కేరింతలు కొట్టారు. బాణసంచా జిలుగు వెలుగుల్లో శ్రీవారి ఆలయం మరింత శోభాయమానంగా దర్శన మిచ్చింది.

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నేటి నుంచి పద్మావతి పరిణయోత్సవాలు

నేటి నుంచి పద్మావతి పరిణయోత్సవాలు
తిరుమల , మే 11 :
పద్మావతి, శ్రీవేంకటేశ్వరస్వామి పరిణయోత్సవాలను బుధవారం నుంచి మూడు రోజుల పాటు నిర్వహించనున్నారు. తిరుమల నారాయణగిరి ఉద్యానవనంలో ఉత్సవాలు వైభవంగా జరగనున్నాయి. ఈ సందర్భంగా శ్రీవారికి ఆర్జిత బ్రహ్మోత్సవం, వసంతోత్సవం, సహస్రదీపాలంకరణ సేవలను తితిదే రద్దు చేసింది. ఉత్సవాల్లో భాగంగా తొలిరోజు గజవాహనం, రెండోరోజు అశ్వవాహనం, చివరిరోజు గరుడవాహనంపై స్వామి వారు ఊరేగనున్నారు. ఉభయదేవేరులైన శ్రీదేవి, భూదేవి బంగారు పల్లకిపై వెంట నారాయణగిరి ఉద్యానవనంలో పరిణయోత్సవ వేదికపైకి వేంచేస్తారు. ఆర్జిత సేవా భక్తులను కూడా ఉత్సవంలో పాల్గొనడానికి అనుమతిస్తారు. ఉత్సవ ఏర్పాట్లను తితిదే పూర్తి చేసింది.

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GLITTERING START TO PADMAVATHI PARINAYOTSAVAM IN TIRUMALA

Tirumala, 11 May 2011(P.R.O) The three-day annual “Salakatla Padmavathi Parinayotsavam” began on a dazzling note at Tirumala on Wednesday evening.

Earlier the processional deity of Lord Malayappa Swamy decked on a beautifully decorated Gaja Vahanam was taken on ride along the mada streets to the Narayanagiri Gardens while His consorts followed Him on palanquin to the Padmavathi Parinayotsavam site. The priests conducted special rituals to the processional deities in the artistically decorated Narayanagiri Gardens. The processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy will take celestial ride Ashwa and Garuda Vahanams on the remaining two consecutive days.

Meanwhile Narayanagiri gardens were specially spruced up befitting the occasion. Huge cutouts made of various mythological illumination themes, gorgeous pandals and floral arches glorified the beauty of the massive gardens.

The TTD’s Dharma Prachara Parishad and Annamacharya Project jointly organised special cultural programmes for the devotees on the occasion. Apart from the celestial wedding of the processinal deities, the fire crackers which illuminated the sky added a grandeur look to this colourful festival and enchanted the pilgrims providing a great feast to thousands of eyes who converged to see the divine splendour.

Meanwhile the temple administration of TTD has cancelled arjitha sevas like Arjitha Brahmotsavam, Vasanthotsavam and Sahasra Deeplanakara Seva on these three days in view of this festival. TTD top brass authorities took part in this festival.

ri I.Y.R.Krishna Rao, Executive Officer, Sri Srinivasa Raju, Joint Executive Offier, Sri M.K.Singh, C.V.&S.O Sri Munirathnam Reddy, Temple DyE.O, Sri Chandrasekhar Pillai, Peishkar and devotees took part.

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Spl Story on Thula Bharam at Srivari Padi Kavali

Spl Story on Thula Bharam at Srivari Padi Kavali

On the left corner of the Padi kavili of the Srivari Temple one will see a large steel balance kept for weighing persons who want to fulfil their vow to Lord Venkateswara.
Nearly 100-200 persons fulfill their vow at this spot by donating commodities, metals or even coins worth their weight to Lord Venkateswara .

Legend says that LOrd Venkateswara had become heavily indebted and had taken huge loans from \kubera , the lord of wealth and hence his devotees were contributing their mite to reduce his burden .
Devotees paid in all formats to theri beloved deity . To facilitate the devotees to fulfill their vow the TTD had set up the Tula bharam at the entrance itself in association with the Indian Bank .Value of weight of coins was listed out and also the weight of commodities like rice, sugar,jaggery , sugar candy etc .
” Devotees could bring their own coin or grains which they can deposit in the HUndi . But we offer to deposit only if they take it from us . Our rates are as per the commodity and coin rates at which TTD had made the purchases ” says B.Guna Sekhar Reddy, the officer in charge of the Tula bharam.
Tulabharam is available in two shifts of 12 hours and devotees can utilise the facility as per their convenience ,. say temple officials .

t is well known that devotees of Lord Venkateswara made strange vows for fulfilment of their wishes . Many walked long distances , some crawled and also rolled as well .

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Dasavtar-the –Ten-Incarnations-of-Lord Vishnu

Dasraavatha
Dasavtar-the –Ten-Incarnations-of-Lord Vishnu

Matsya (the fish)
Kurma (the Tortoise)
Varaha (the Boar)
Narashima (giant lion-man)
Vamana (the dwarf)
Parasurama (Rama with the axe)
Sri Rama
Sri Krishna
Buddha
Kalki (is believed as the next Avatar of Vishnu.)

Matsya the fish
In the earliest yuga (era) of Sata-yuga, a king named Manu was performing severe penance for thousands of years. One day as he was performing ablutions with river water, a small fish came into his hands and just as he was about to throw the fish back into the river, the fish requested the king to save its life. Heeding its request, the king put the fish into a jar of water but the fish started growing and the jar was not big enough for it. Then the king threw it into the river, but it soon it outgrew the river and the king then threw it into Ganges and then into the ocean. The king realised that it was Lord Vishnu himself and then the lord made an appearance and made a special request to the king. It predicted that the world would come to an end by a huge flood in seven days and requested the king to build a huge boat and take the seven sages(hermits), seeds of all plants, one animal of each type and told him that he would appear as a fish to propel the boat to Mount Himavan for surviving the flood to the next yuga(eon). True to his word, after seven days the Lord appeared and the king tied the boat to the fish by using the royal serpent Vasuki and the fish took all of them to Mt Himavan and kept them there till the flood was over and in the new era, the king started procreation a for the new era.

Kurma the Tortoise
Further to Pralaya- deluge at the beginning of the present Kalpa the Gods (devas) lost their immortality due to a curse by the short-tempered sage Durvasa.The sage had once presented a garland of flowers to Indra,king of gods, who carelessly gave it away to his elephant which trampled it. The Devas approached Vishnu for help. Vishnu then asked them to churn the ocean of milk after adding medicines into the ocean. Mt Mandara could be used a the churning stick he said. He requested them to ask them help of Asuras in lifting the mountain in exchange for offer of the share of nectar of immortality that would ensue from the churning. Both the devas and the asuras churned the ocean using the serpent Vasuki as the rope. At the start, playing a Machiavellian trick, Indra, king of the gods asked the asuras for the head end of vasuki. But asuras suspecting foul play, took the head end, only to be deceived as the poison from Vasuki was slowly weakening them. But as churning was proceeding the mountain was sinking and then Lord Vishnu took the form of the tortoise KURMA and kept the mountain afloat. As soon as the bowl of amrita, the nectar of immortality was out, the asuras grabbed it. Then Lord Vishnu took the form of an apsara, a beautiful maiden, and seduced the asuras into letting her distribute the nectar and also to abide by her order of distribution. As soon as the devas were served the maiden disappeared thus totally deceiving the asuras and making them totally weak.

Varaha the Boar
A demon Hiranyaksha, had prayed for Lord Brahma and got awarded a boon that no beast nor man nor god could kill him. But somehow from the list of beasts the name of boar was missing. This proved to be his lacunae. He then started a campaign of plunder across the worlds. He pushed the world to the Pataal loka, or the under of the sea. He stole the Vedas, the holy scriptures from the Lord Brahma, while he was asleep and performed huge atrocities.To retrieve the Vedas and to save the world the Lord Vishnu assumed the role of a boar and brought out the earth from the under of the ocean, using its two tusks. It then killed Hiranyaksha and retrieved the Vedas from the asura and brought it back to the safe custody of the Lord Brahma.

Narashima giant lion-man
In NARASIMHA Avatar, Lord Vishnu incarnates himself as a semi-man,semi-lion in this world. The king of demons(asuras), Hiranyakasyapu, wanted to become immortal and wanted to remain young forever. To this end, he meditated for Lord Brahma and because of his severe penance, the gods were frightened and asked Brahma to pacify the king. Brahma was impressed by his austerity and granted him a wish. Hiranyakasyapu wished that he be killed neither by a man or beast, nor in daylight or at night and neither inside or outside a building. Having obtained the wish he considered himself the supreme God and forbade all worship of gods by anyone. But his son Prahlada, was an ardent devotee of Vishnu. This enraged Hiranyakasyapu very much. He ordered numerous ways to kill Prahlada including asking his sister Holika to sit with Prahlada in the fire. But every time Prahlada escaped unhurt. Enraged, once he asked Prahlad to show him the Lord Vishnu. Prahlad said, “He is everywhere”. Further enraged, Hiranyakasyapu knocked down a pillar, and asked if Lord was present there. Lord Vishnu then emerged as a half lion, half man from the pillar, and carried him under the arch of the doorway (neither indoors nor outdoors), and the time was evening (in the twilight), neither night nor day. He then killed Hiranyakasyapu with his claws by keeping him on his thighs (neither on earth nor in the sky) thus saving the life of his devotee Prahlada.

Vamana the dwarf
BALI, the grandson of Prahlada was a very valorous and mighty asura. By his penance and might, he conquered the whole world. Indra and other gods fearing that he and the asuras would conquer all the three worlds, went to Lord Vishnu for help. Lord Vishnu was then born as a dwarf Vamana in the household of a brahman priest. He went to Bali on growing up and asked for alms. Bali was delighted to offer him anything he requested even though his royal guru warned him that it was Lord Vishnu. Vamana then requested for the amount of land that could come under his three feet. Bali gracefully agreed. Lord Vishnu then grew in size and covered the earth and heaven in two stride. And due to lack of space, he put his third leg on Bali himself and crushed Bali to the nether or the Patala loka (underground world), thus helping the Gods out.

Parasurama Rama with the axe
In PARASURAMA Avatar, Lord Vishnu incarnates himself as a brahman priest in this world. He was brought in this world to avenge all kshatriyas who had become arrogant and were suppressing the brahmans in the world. He was born with unusual physical power, and became better fighter than any Kshatriya.He was born to Jamadagni and Renuka, and belonged to the Brighu clan. Parashurama was always carrying an axe presented to him by Lord Shiva of whom he was an ardent devotee. Kartavirya a powerful king, once went to Jamadagni’s home when he was out, and after a meal, stole the Kamadhenu cow, which was supposed to give endless quantity of milk. Jamadgni was enraged and he went and killed the king and brought Kamadhenu back. On hearing this the son of the king came back and killed Jamdagni. Parasurama was enraged at this and went and avenged the death of his father by killing all kshatriyas in 21 battles. His life is story of the supremacy of brahmans over the kshatriyas.

Sri Rama
It is the most important Avatar of Vishnu. Rama represents the peak of the historic incarnations, and by him it is defined the ideal character of Indian people.He is Vishnu descended upon earth to conquer all the Indian peninsula, included Sri Lanka, under the Bharata rule. Lord Rama is one of the most adored gods in India. He is always holding a bow and arrow indicating his readiness to destroy evils.His story forms the epic Ramayana. He is perfect in every aspect; the perfect man, the perfect husband, the perfect brother, the perfect king, etc. and the obedient son. Commonly he is pictured in a family style, with his wife Sita, and brother Lakshman.

Sri Krishna

In KRISHNA Avatar, Lord Vishnu incarnates himself as KRISHNA , the central character in the epic MAHABHARATA. In this biggest epic of Indian mythology a myriad of topics are covered, including war, love, brotherhood, politics etc. It is essentially the story of two warring groups of cousin brothers, the PANDAVAs and the KAURAVAs. As a part of the Mahabahrata, during the war KRISHNA, gives a long discourse to his disciple ARJUNA, collectively termed as Bhagvad-Gita. Krishna, during his child-hood was responsible for the killing of Kansa. Krishna is also considered to be an ultimate playboy who was resonsible for charming all gopikas (cowherdesses) around him. Unlike Ramayana, Mahabharata deals with more down to earth issues like politics, human nature, human weaknesses, and does not attempt to idealise the characters as in RAMAYANA. His death marks the beginning of Kali yuga.

Buddha
With the departure of Lord Krishna (Krishna Avatar), the Kali yuga set in. In this age, the true devotion to Vedas was replaced by empty rituals. To enlighten the world, Lord Vishnu descended the earth as Buddha, the enlightened one.

He was born as the crown prince of the Kapilavastu to King Suddhodana and Maya. He was named Siddhartha, meaning “All thing fulfilled”. But his mother died soon after his birth and was broughtup by Prajapati, the sister of Maya. Buddha was saddened by death of living creatures, and vices like poverty. He wasn’t happy with any answers that were provided to him and he decided to find out the meaning and the absolute truth and he left his wife and child to a hermit’s life in the forest and became the enlightened one.

His preachings spawned off the religion of Buddhism now popular across the whole world. Buddha advocated the Middle Path, in which he offered a balanced, harmonious way of life, steering between two extremes of self-indulgence and total abstinence. Buddhism rests upon four

Noble Truths:
Suffering is universal,
It is caused by desire and yearning
Suffering can be prevented and overcome and
Eradication of desires can lead to removal of suffering.

To prevent suffering one has to conquer craving and desire and this conquest leads to the attainment of nirvana or complete enlightenment.

Kalki is believed as the next Avatar of Vishnu.

It is believed that He will appear, riding his white horse and drawing a flaming sword, at the end of the Kali Yuga, the dark age through which we are now passing. His task will be to exterminate the evil and restore the Dharma. Thus will begin a new cycle, starting with the new Satya Yuga.

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Annamacharya

Annamacharya

The Saint Poet Tallapaka Annamacharya popularly known as “Padakavitha Pitamaha Annamayya” is a household name among Telugu speaking people worldwide. His Sankeerthanas (said to be 32000 in total) in praise of Lord Venkateswara are the most famous literary works ever made in Telugu. Annamayya made the sweet language of Telugu more richer with his creativity, humour, sensitivity and unique style of poetry. Though most of his works are unavailable now, the works which are traced and which are already popular for all these centuries continue to mesmerise the people even now.

Annamayya was born on Vaisakha Suddha Pournami in the year Sarwadhari (May 9, 1408) in Tallapaka, a remote village in current day Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Annamacharya lived for 95 years until Phalguna Bahula Dwadasi (12th day after full moon) in the year Dhundhubhi (February 23, 1503).

Only 12000 of his 32,000 sankeertanas (songs) on Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala and on other incarnations of Mahavishnu, are available today. His compositions are based on the Vishishtadvaita school of thought. He was educated in this system which was proposed by Ramanujacharya by Sri Sathagopa Yateendra of the Ahobila matham.

Majority of his keertana, touches the subjects such as the miracles of Maha Vishnu, His incarnations, the values like morality, dharma and righteousness and are presented in a subtle or humourous manner. His songs worship Sri Venkateswara by describing his amorous and romantic adventures, a tradition now known as Madhura Bhakti. Most of these songs describe the adventures of Venkateswara and Alamelu Manga, while others describe the Bhakti of Krishna’s devotees.

He was one of the first few who opposed the social stigma towards the untouchable castes in his era, with his sankeertanas explaining that the relationship between God and devotee is the same irrespective of the color, caste or financial status. The song “brahmamokkate parabrahmamokkate” is popular for its powerful and unique presentation of his stand on this issue.

His choice of words gives a mellifluous tone to his songs, charming the listener. His prodigious literary career earned him a place among the all-time greats of Telugu literature alongwith Tyagaraju, Kshetrayya, Ramadasu and others.

According to legend, Annamacharya met another Saint Poet of his times Purandara Dasa and both of them composed music and lyrics. They met when Annamacharya had invited Purandara Dasa to join him in singing praise.

While enjoying popularity in his own days, his compositions were forgotten for over three centuries for some inexplicable reasons. Many of his works survived as folklore and people embraced those songs without knowing the true author. The lullaby “chandamama rave”, “jo achyutananda jo jo mukunda” are the best examples of this fact.

The original songs carefully engraved on copper plates, hidden for centuries inside the Sri Venkateswara temple at Tirumala were found only a century ago and from then onwards the popularity of his songs has reached new heights day by day and now reached the cult status among devotees and common people alike. The sankeertanas engraved on copper plates were found in the Tirumala temple just opposite the Hundi, concealed in a very small room. Unfortunately only 12,000 of the 32,000 sankeertanas were found. No leads have been available to trace the remaining sankeertanas. Experts believe that the people of those days could have melted the copper plates for personal use.

Annamacharya considered his compositions as floral offerings to Lord Sri Venkateswara. In the poems, he praises Venkateswara, describes his love for him, argues and quarrels with the Lord, confesses the devotee’s failures and apprehensions, and surrenders himself to Venkateshwara. His songs are classified into two genres viz. the Adhyaatma (spiritual) and Sringaara (romantic) Sankeerthanas.

Annamayya’s wife Thimmakka, had written Subhadra Kalyanam, and is considered the first female poet in Telugu literature. Their son, Pedda Tirumalacharya, and grandson, Tallapaka Chinnayya, were also composers and poets. The Tallapaka compositions are considered to have dominated and influenced the structure of Carnatic music compositions.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, also known as TTD, has been endeavouring to preserve the rich heritage of his compositions. Stalwarts like Balantrapu Rajanikantha Rao, Mallik, Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna, Manchala Jagannadha Rao and Nallan Chakravarthula Tirumalacharya were the noted musicians who took up the noble task of popularising the work of the great saint and great musicians like Nedunuri Krishanmurthy, D. Pasupathi and others joined later in this noble task. Even now, many famous singers like Sri Garimella Balakrishna Prasad, Smt Shobharaj have devoted their life and career with a singular motive to take the precious songs of the great saint into people and make them popular. The contribution of Telugu films also played a major role in taking the Annamayya Patalu to the common man.

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List of “PERIA KOIL KELVI APPAN PEDDA JIYENGAR SWAMYS” of Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam till date (From 1052 – 2010) about 958 years.

List of “PERIA KOIL KELVI APPAN PEDDA JIYENGAR SWAMYS” of Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam till date (From 1052 – 2010) about 958 years.

Sl. No Name of the Jiyengar Swamy Year of coronation Up to Total number of years
1 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Sri Bhashyakarlu Ramanujacharyulu 1052 1057 5
2 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Shatagopa Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1057 1114 57
3 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Altigiya Manavala Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1114 1144 30
4 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Tiruvengada Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1144 1184 40
5 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Emberumanar Pedda Jiyengarlu 1184 1234 50
6 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Shatagopa Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1234 1264 30
7 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Sri Paramkusa Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1264 1324 60
8 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1324 1365 41
9 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Perapalalar Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1365 1428 63
10 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Shatagopa Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1428 1471 43
11 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Sri Ranga Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1471 1503 32
12 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Tengale Sri Vaishnava Siddhanta Lokacharyulina
Seshamsabhutulina “SriManavala Mahamunivan”1503 1506 3
13 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Tiruvengada Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1506 1544 38
14 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Shatagopa Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1544 1570 26
15 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Sri Ranga Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1570 1609 39
16 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Srinivasa Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1609 1645 36
17 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Tiruvengada Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1645 1686 41
18 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Sri Ranga Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1686 1726 40
19 Peria koil Kelvi Appan sri Paramkusa Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1726 1762 36
20 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Emberumanar Pedda Jiyengarlu 1762 1766 4
21 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Tiruvengada Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1766 1779 13
22 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Vakulabharanavan Shatagopa Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1779 1786 7
23 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Tiruvengada Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1786 1791 5
24 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Srinivasa Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1791 1801 10
25 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Tiruvengada Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1801 1807 6
26 Peria koil Kelvi Appan sri Paramkusa Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1807 1824 17
27 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Tiruvengada Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1824 1831 7
28 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Sri Govinda Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1831 1833 2
29 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Vakulabharana Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1833 1838 5
30 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Tiruvengada Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1838 1860 22
31 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Vakulabharana Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1860 1874 14
32 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Tiruvengada Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1874 1875 1
33 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Sri Ranga Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1875 1893 18
34 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Shatagopa Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1893 1906 13
35 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Sri Vishnuchitta Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1906 1908 2
36 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Vakulabharana Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1908 1910 2
37 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Sri Govinda Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1910 1935 25
38 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Tiruvengada Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1935 1960 25
39 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Sri Ranga Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1960 1975 15
40 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Sri Sundara Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1975 1988 13
41 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Sri Govinda Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1988 1994 6
42 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Tiruvengada Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 1994 2004 9
43 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Sri Ranga Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 2004
44 Peria koil Kelvi Appan Shatagopa Ramanuja Pedda Jiyengarlu 2010 Present Jiyengar

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Mastudded Crown of Lord Venkateshwaragnificent Sacred and holy Diamond

Mastudded Crown of Lord Venkateshwaragnificent Sacred and holy Diamond

The Crown has 30 kilograms of Gold and 35,554 round brilliant diamonds of the highest quality, weighing a total of 3,105.04 carats. Each Belgian cut diamond carefully hand picked before being set in the ancient manufacturing technique of closed setting. The magnificent crown has been designed using a perfect balance between geometrical and floral patterns. The base is adorned with a beautiful three-dimensional lotus that symbolizes pure knowledge and the creation of the Universe. A single stunning 816 carats emerald further enhances the beauty of the lotus. The central area has a geometrical pattern dotted with four-petal flowers. The crown is completed with a traditional ornate border of flowers and culminates with a peacock feather. The manufacturing of the Crown was completed in 8 months with a dedicated team of over 55 experts.

Sri. Gali Janarthana Reddy, Tourism & Infrastructure Minister of State of Karnataka and Chairman and Managing Director of Bramhani Industries, Obulapuram Mining Company Private Limited has donated the Kireetam to Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy on Thursday, Jun 12, 2009

M/s Kirtilal Jewellers have manufactured the Kireetam. The technologies used and the craftsmanship of the Crown highlights the in-house manufacturing capacity at Kirtilals and the unmatched attention to detail. Here is a brief introduction about the manufacturers and their effort to complete the prestigious task assigned to them.

Kirtilals, in service of the Lord, have been fortunate to create masterpieces for temples across India and abroad. With the state-of-the-art in-house manufacturing facility, Kirtilals uses the latest manufacturing techniques in the making of fine jewellery with minute attention to detail. Kirtilals caters to a base of over 300,000 valuable customers across the globe with an array of jewellery in both modern and traditional styles. Founded in 1939 at Coimbatore, Kirtilals works with a simple mission – “To bring joy and satisfaction to consumers and give expression to their emotions by providing them with the best of the jewellery with the highest quality standards.” Kirtilals has retail stores across Coimbatore, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Kochi and Ludhiana.

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Pooja’s & Seva’s

Pooja’s & Seva’s

Ekanta Seva
A night time ritual to prepare the Lord for His night’s rest is performed wherein milk and cashew nuts are offered to the Lord. Bhoga srinivasa Murthi, the small silver image of the Lord is placed on a cot hung from the roof by four silver chains in the Sayana Mandapam (antechamber where devotees await the darshan* of the Lord). During ekanta Seva, a direct descendant of Annamacharya* sings the Lord to sleep. At this time, sandalwood mixed with saffron and shaped as oranges is placed in a silver cup, and kept at the Lord’s feet till the following morning. A pinch of this mixture is given to devotees during Sarvadarsanam*.

As the suprabhatam is being chanted you can see the devotees perform Angapradakshinam*, changing the Lord’s name. It is performed in the vimana Pradakshinam. The pilgrims who undertake the Angapradakshinam have to bathe in the Swami Pushkarini, and reach the Main Temple before the Suprabhatam starts.

After the suprabhatam, bhoga Srinivasa Murthi is awakened, after which Sarvadarsanam takes place. Harati* is performed and all devotees are given the teertham* which is believed to have been worshipped by Lord brahma and the Devas overight. The Sataari* is also placed on every devotte’s head during sarvadarsanam. On completion of Sarvadarsanam, a screen is placed at the bangaru vakili and Suddi* is conducted in the sanctum sanctorum, suddhi is conducted in the sanctum sanctorum. Suddhi is when all the flower offirings of the previous day are removed.

After the suddhi is the THOMALA SEVA. This seva is performed on all days after suddhi. Except onfridys when it is held after abhishekam. Tomala is derived from the Tamil word “Toditta Malai’ (adorning the diety with garlands of flowers) Thomala seva involves the decoration of the Lord with flower glrlands along with a lit torch in a procession , to the accompainm3ent of the beat of the jeghanta*. The water for the puja is brought from the AKasa Ganga waterfalls by a member of the Triumala Nambi (the first citizen of Tirumala) family. The diety is then adorned with the flowers, while the Mantras* are recited int eh Sayana Mandapam. The service comes to a close with the waving of the flame known as nakshattra-harati the sprinkling of theertham*, waving of vinjamara* and the priest dedicating the services to the lotus feet of the Lord. During the service, the priest is assisted by an ekangi*. Thes seva lasts for 45 minutes.

After the thomala seva is the koluvu on all days except Fridays. This seva lasts 15 minutes from 4.30 am – 4.45 am and during this seva, the idol of Koluvu Srinivasa , is seated in a gilt chair under the canopy of a gilt umbrella (presented to the temple by Maharaja of Mysore), and holds a koluvu* or durbar. The idol is offered a mixture of fried and crushed gingelly seeds and jaggery. The income of the previous day is read out to the Lord, followed by the reading of the astronomical details from the panchangam* for the previous, current and the following days. Koluvu is always an ekanta Seva.

The Legend goes that Lord Vishnu borrowed a large sum of money from Kubera for his marriage to with Padmavathi. Govindaraja Swami (Lord Vishnu’s Brother) took on the task of procuring the money from Kubera. It is believed that till the end of Kali Yuga, Lord Vishnu promised to repay all that money to Govindaraja Swamy. Hence, every day after the accounts are read out at tirumala, the same are read out in front of Govindaraja Swamy in Tirupati.

After the Koluvu is the First Archana* which is also called the Sahasranama Archana wherein, the Lord is worshiped while reciting his 1008 names. This seva takes place for 45 minutes from 4-45 am to 5-30 am. Archana is performed thrice a day to the Lord. Once in the morning, the second in the afternoon and it is an ekanta seva and the third is in the evening.

This Archana is followed by the Archanaantara Darsanam which takes place from 5-30 am to 6-30 am and after 7 am on Fridays. During this period the devotees are allowed to have Darshan of the Lord.

First Bell – This is rung when the first nivedyam* is offered to the Lord, after it is presented to Varaha Swami. Naivedyam is announced by ringing the two bells, follwed by Sattumura (recitation of a few psalms of the Divya Prabhandhams by the Jiyangar or his Assistant). At this point the doors of the Bangaru Vakili are closed. Naivedyam is also offered to Viswaksena, Garuda and the Nityasuries. The ringing of bells and Naivedyam are popularly known as the First Bell of the Temple.

The Second bell or Aparanhapuja is the second Naivedyam for the Lord. It is followed by a second Archana when the Ashthotranama (108 names of the Lord as given in the Varaha Purana) is read. This is an ekanta seva, and pilgrims are not allowed to witness this ritual.

Sarvadarsanam takes place every day and during this period, pilgrims can have darshan of the Lord.

During Sarvadarsanam, festivals like Kalyanotsavam, Brahmotsavam, Vasantothavam, Unjal Seva paid for by grihastas* are conducted within the temple precincts but out side the main temple.

Kalyanotsava
Is the celebration of the divine marriage between Lord Vishnu and Goddess Padmavathi Devi. It is conducted in the Kalyana Mandapam and its rituals are similar to those followed in Hindu marriages. The Marrige is performed to the utsava murthi* of the Lord and his two consorts – Sridevi and Bhudevi around a homam*

VASANTOTSAVAM
Is a colourful festival held in spring. This lasts for three days starting in Mid-April or in the first fortnight of May. On the scheduled day, the function starts at 2 pm in the afternoon.

DOLOTSAVAM
Is when Sri Malayappaswamy (utsava murthi), Sridevi and Bhudevi are seated in an unjal (cradle) in the Aina Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) and swung to the accompaniment of vedic chanting.

SAHASRA DEEPA ALAKARANA SEVA
Is performed in the Unjal Mandapam outside the temple premises. The mandapam glows with the lights of sahasra deepa ( A thousand earthern lamps).

BRAMHOTSAVAM
Is performed after Kalyanotsavam, in this seva, the utsava murthi with his two consorts are worshiped in the Kalyana Mantapam with vedic mantras and rituals and mounted on three vahanams* (Golden Pedda Sesha vahanam, Silver Garuda Vahanam and Silver Hanumantha vahanam).

WEEKLY SEVAS
Every Wednesday, before sarvadarshanam Sahasra kalasabhisekham is performed for bhoga Srinivasa Murti with water from 1,008 smal silver vessels (Kalasams).

POOLANGI SEVA
On every Thursday evening, all precious ornaments of the Lord are removed and the Lord is adorned with an assortment of flowers. Even the Lords Thirman (auspicious clay) Kaapu (Protection) which covers his eyes is removed and therefore it is only on thursaday evenings that devotees can have a look at Lord’s eyes. This is known as Netra Darshan.

ABHISHEKAM
To Lord Vishnu is performed at 3.30 am every Friday to the chanting of the Purusha Sukta traditional natural perfumed camphor, saffron, and milk are used in bathing Lord Venkateswara. The namam is drawn with an intermediate thin tapering line of musk. Abhisekam is then performed to the gold image of Sri Maha Lakshmi which hangs in a gold chain on his Chest, to the chanting of Vedas and prabandhams. And at the end, harati of campour is waved. The lord is dressed in a pitambaram* and valuable ornaments. The saffron water collected from the lord’s body is the abhisheka Teertham; it is considered to be holy since it has been in contract with his body. It is given theertham in small apponfuls to the pilgrims during the sarvadarsanam.

ASTHALA PADA PADMARADHANAMU
Every Tuesday at 5-30 am 108 golden Lotus flowers are placed at the Lord’s feet accompanied by Vedic chanting. This puja is performed for 15 minutes.

VISESHA PUJA
Is conducted at 6 am on Mondays and Archana is performed to the lord with Bilva Leaves.

TIRUPPAVADA SEVA
Consists of cooking large quantities of variety of Prasadams and placing them in front of the Garuda Sannidhi. Prasadams like Pulihora*, chakarai (sweet) Pongal are offered to the Lord along with other sweet preparations and after naivedyam, it is quickly distributed among the devotees. This seva is performed at 5.30 am on Thursdays.

VASTRALANKARA SEVA
Seva can be performed by couples only and lasts for 1 ½ – 2 hours. Doners get the opportunity to perform Thirumanjanam* to the lord and are given new vastrams in a silver plate which they carry on their heads and proceed towards the Garbha Griha where the Thirumanjanam performed to the Lord can be witnessed. The Sankhu, chakram and Lakshmi Haram however are not removed. After this, the Lord is adorned with the Thiruman Kappu on his eyes and pacha karpooram* on his chin. The vastrams are then adorned by the Lord.

Daily, weekly and periodical ‘Sevas’ and ‘Utsavams’ are performed to the Lord. The list of Sevas or Utsavams which can be performed is available to the interested pilgrims. The worship in the temple is performed by Vaishnava Brahmins, who are the descendants of Ramanujacharya.

KOIL ALWAR THIRUMANJANAM
Koil Alwar Thirjumanjanam is a purification ceremony that takes place in the sanctum sanctorum. It is performed four times a year – before Ugadi, Anivari Asthanam*, the annual brahmotsavam and Vaikunta Ekadasi (on Tuesdays only). After the First bell, the smaller idols and other articles including the Aghandam Deepam (Eternal Lamp) in the sanctum sanctorum are moved to the ante chamber. The sanctum sanctorum is cleaned and a paste of kumkam, karpooram and chandanam is applied to the walls. After a while the walls are wiped clean. The water proof covering is removed, and Thirumanjanam is performed to the main idol and Bhoga Srinivasa murthi. Food is then offered to the lord during the Second Bell after being offered to Varaha Swami.

PAVITROTSAVAM
Essentially a purification ceremony, the objective of Pavitrotsaam is to expiate the sins of commission and omission arising in the daily worship and other religious rites performed in the temple. This function is elaborately performed in the month of august every year. It was instituted by Saluva Narasimha and is conducted over five days.

PUSHPA YAGAM
The lord is worshiped with an assortment of fragrant flowers. This yagam is conducted after Brahmotsavam in the month of November. This takes place in the Kalyana Mandapam.

LOAT FESTIVAL
THE FLOAT Festival or teppotsavam is performed once a year in Febrauary-March, for five days. During the festival, the utsa murtis are led in procession ina float (Teppam), in the Swami Pushkarini amidst the chanting of hymns and the playing of music.

ABHIDEYAKA ABIHISHEKAM
Abhideyaka Abhisekam is performed for three days in a year generally in the month of june.

PADMAVATHI PARINAYAM
It is performed for three days in the month of May (Vaisakha) during Sukla, Navami, Dasami and Ekadasi.

PUSHAPA PALLAKI
This seva is performed on anivara Asthanam day in the month of July every year. A flower decked float carries the utsava murtis around temple.

NITYOTSAVAM
It is performed for40 days after Ugadi – The telugu new year day..

ADHYAYANOTSAVAM
Is conducted on mukkoti Ekadasi Day. The Vedas and Temil Divya Prabandhams are recited for twenty days. The utsav murti is kept in the kalyana Mandapam during this period.

THIRUPPALI ODAI THIRUNAL’
This five day float festival honours the dancing image of Krishna and that of Rama on the first two days and the Utsav murti of Balaji, Sridevi and Bhudevi on the last three days. The deities are decorated and taken out on a boat on the Swamy Pushkarini.

BRAMOTSAVAM
Brahmotsavam is a celebration for 11 days. Two days before the festival, a ritual known as Koli Alwar thirumanjanam is Conducted.

MRITANGRAHANAM (the process of colleting earth)
Is carried out on teh day prior to the first day of Braomtsavam. The temple officials pray to deities like vishvaksena, Ananatha, Sudarshana and Garuda. They also pray to Mother Earth and collect a small quantity of earth, with which the Ankurarpanam ritual is conducted, by which earth is spread in a room and nine kinds of cereals are sown in it.

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TIRUMALA TEMPLE

About Tirumala Temple

The picturesque Tirumala hill, along with the city of Tirupati at its foothills is situated in southern Andhra Pradesh and is a major draw for tourists and pilgrims alike from all over India as well as the world. The TIrumala Hill has seven peaks and is consequently considered an incarnation of Seshachala, the seven headed mythical snake of Lord Vishnu.

The temple of Sri Venkateshwara was established by the Tamil king Thodaimaan and was subsequently worshipped and supported by the Cholas, Hoysalas, the Rayas of Vijaynagar and all other Telugu kings. The city itself grew up slowly over time, mainly to accommodate the rush of pilgrims who flocked to the place. All the royal devotees of the temple endowed it with fantastic riches. Interestingly enough, Tirumala escaped any major temple invasion throughout its history. In the 19th century, the temple was under the administrative control of the Seva Dossji of the Hathiramji Mutt at Tirumala , to which it was vested by the East India Company . In 1933 the administrative control was officially handed over to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) committee by the Madras high court. Presently a board of trustees with a government nominated official attends to all temple matters.

Tirumala is the richest pilgrimage spot amongst any religion and is also the most visited. The town of Tirupati has grown into a bustling settlement, purely on the basis of catering to the waves of pilgrims that arrive to pay homage to Sri Venkateshwara every year. Additionally, it has excellent healthcare facilities and upcoming IT and BPO industries.

TIrumala has its own railway station and a nearby airport and is reachable by road as well. Apart from the Sri Venkateshwara temple, there are a lot of other temples to be visited as well, along with a museum and a host of natural waterfalls like the famous “Akash Ganga”. Festival times such as Janmastami and Rama Navami shows the town in its entire splendor and is a must-watch for any tourist. A lot of people also partake in the ancient tradition of offering their hair to the Lord Venkateshwara at the temple. The considerable proceeds from the temple offerings have been put to good use in the development of healthcare and additional facilities as well as maintenance and beautification of the temple, town and its surroundings.

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PADMAVATHI PARINAYAM 2011

PADMAVATHI PARINAYAM 2011

3 days festival in tirumala dates are :
12-May-2011 THURSDAY “PADMAVATHI PARINAYAM 1st day
13-May-2011 FRIDAY “PADMAVATHI PARINAYAM 2nd DAY”
14-May-2011 SATURDAY “PADMAVATHI PARINAYAM 3rd DAY”
those days Arjitha bramhostavam,vasanthosthavam.sahasra deepalankarana seva’s cancelled.

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16 నుంచి అమ్మవారికి వసంతోత్సవాలు

16 నుంచి అమ్మవారికి వసంతోత్సవాలు
తిరుచానూరు , మే 10 :
తిరుచానూరు శ్రీపద్మావతి అమ్మవారి ఆల యంలో ఈ నెల 16వ తేదీ నుంచి మూడు రోజుల పాటు వసంతోత్సవాలను వైభవంగా నిర్వహించేందుకు ఆలయ అధికారులు సన్నాహాలు చేస్తున్నారు. వసంతోత్సవం నిర్వహించే అమ్మవారి ఉద్యానవనం మండపాన్ని సోమవారం ఆలయ పేష్కార్ వేణుగోపాల్‌తో పాటు ఇంజనీరింగ్ అధికారులు, వివిధ శాఖల అధికారులు సందర్శించారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా పేష్కార్ మాట్లాడుతూ గతంలో లేనివిధంగా ఈ ఏడాది వసంతోత్సవాన్ని వైభవంగా నిర్వహించేందుకు చర్యలు చేపడుతున్నట్లు తెలిపారు.

ఉద్యానవనంలోని అభిషేక మండపంలో చల్లదనం కోసం వట్టి వేర్లతో అలంకరించనున్నామని, దీనికోసం చెన్నైకు చెందిన అమ్మవారి భక్తుడు ఎన్‌ఎస్.రంగాచారి వట్టివేర్లను సమకూరుస్తున్నట్లు పేర్కొన్నారు. భక్తుల సౌకర్యార్థంఉద్యానవనం మొత్తం చలువపందిళ్లను ఏర్పాటు చేయనున్నామని, అలాగే రంగవల్లులతో సుందరంగా తీర్చిదిద్దనున్నట్లు తెలిపారు. మూడు రోజులు జరిగే వసంతోత్సవం సందర్భంగా ఉద్యానవనంలో రంగురంగుల విద్యుత్ దీపాలు, సుగంధభరిత పుష్పాలతో శోభాయమానంగా అలంకరించనున్నట్లు తెలిపారు. మూడు రోజుల పాటు ఉద్యానవనంలోని అభిషేక మండపంలో అమ్మవారికి మధ్యాహ్నం వేళ స్నపన తిరుమంజనం, సాయంత్రం బంగారు తిరుచ్చిపై ఊరేగింపు ఉంటుందని తెలిపారు.
15న అంకురార్పణం
ఈ నెల 16వ తేదీ ప్రారంభమయ్యే వసంతోత్సవాలు నిర్విరామంగా సాగాలని సకల దేవతలను కోరుతూ 15వ తేదీ సాయంత్రం పాంచరాత్య్ర ఆగమ శాస్త్రోక్తంగా అంకురార్పణం నిర్వహించనున్నారు. ఇందుకోసం ఉద్యానవనంలో సేకరించిన పుట్టమన్నును నవపాళికలలో నింపి అందులో నవధాన్యాలు వేసి అంకురార్పణకు శ్రీకారం చుట్టనున్నారు.

17న బంగారు రథం
వసంతోత్సవాల్లో రెండవ రోజైన 17వ తేదీ ఉదయం బంగారు రథోత్సవాన్ని నిర్వహించనున్నారు. లక్ష్మీ స్వరూపిణియైన పద్మావతి అమ్మవారు బంగారు రథం పై భక్తులకు దర్శనభాగ్యం కల్పించనున్నారు.

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20న టీడీడీ కళ్యాణ మస్తు

20న టీడీడీ కళ్యాణ మస్తు

హైదరాబాద్ , మే 10 :
తిరుమల తిరుపతి దేవస్థానం అధ్వర్యంలో ఈనెల 20న కల్యాణమస్తు కార్యక్రమం నిర్వహిస్తున్నట్టు అడిషనల్ జాయింట్ కలెక్టర్ సత్యానందం తెలిపారు. సోమవారం కలెక్టరేట్‌లోని సమావేశ మందిరంలో విలేఖర్ల సమావేశం ఏర్పాటుచేశారు. ఈసందర్భంగా ఆయన కల్యాణమస్తు వివరాలను వెల్లడించారు. టీటీడీ ఆ«ధ్వర్యంలో ఆరో విడత కల్యాణమస్తును అన్ని నియోజకవర్గాల్లో నిర్వహిస్తున్నట్టు చెప్పారు. వివాహం చేసుకోవాలనుకున్న వారి ఆయా ప్రాంతాల్లోని తహసీల్దార్, ఎంపీడీఓ, సీపీడీఓ కార్యాలయాల్లో దరఖాస్తులను ఈ నెల 19వ తేదీలోపు అందజేయాలని సూచించారు. కల్యాణమస్తుపై ఇప్పటికే పలు మహిళా సంఘాలు, ఎన్‌జీవోలు, స్వచ్ఛంద సంస్థలతో సమావేశం కూడా నిర్వహించామన్నారు.

తాళిబొట్టు, మెట్టెలు.. స్వామి సన్నిధానంలో ఉంచిన తాళిబొట్లను ఉచితంగా నూతన జంటలకు అందజేస్తామని ఆడిషనల్ జేసీ తెలిపారు. వెండి మెట్టెలు, కంకణాలు, నూతన వస్త్రాలు అందజేస్తామన్నారు. వధువు తరఫున 60మంది, వరుడి తరుఫున 60 మందికి టీటీడీ ఉచిత భోజన వసతి కల్పిస్తుందన్నారు. వివాహ రిజిస్ట్రేషన్, సర్టిఫికెట్ ఖర్చును కూడా టీటీడీ చెల్లిస్తుందని ఆయన తెలిపారు. నూతన వధూవరులకు వారంలోపు తిరుమతిలో స్వామి వారి ప్రత్యేక దర్శనం ఉచితంగా కల్పిస్తునట్టు ఆయన పేర్కొన్నారు. తిరుపతి ప్రయాణానికి ఆర్టీసీ రాయితీ కూడా ఇస్తుందని టీటీడీ డిప్యూటీఎగ్జిక్యూటివ్ ఇంజనీర్‌నాగభూషణం తెలిపారు. వ« దూవరులతో కలిపి 8 మందికి ఉచిత దర్శన సదుపాయం కల్పిస్తున్నామని చెప్పారు.వీటి టికెట్లను కల్యాణమస్తు రోజునే ఇస్తామన్నారు.

వధూవరుల అర్హతలు.. కల్యాణమస్తు ద్వారా వివాహం చేసుకోవాలనుకున్న వధువు 18ఏళ్లు, వరుడు 21ఏళ్లు పూర్తి చేసుకొని ఉండాలనిచెప్పారు. మైనారిటీ తీరినట్టు రుజువులు, తల్లిదండ్రుల అనుమతి,సంతకాలతో అఫిడవిట్‌ను దరఖాస్తుకు జతపరచాలని నాగభూషణం సూచించారు. గుర్తింపు కోసం రేషన్‌కార్డు, ఎలక్షన్ కార్డు జిరాక్స్ కాపీని తప్పకుండా జతచేయాలన్నారు. దరఖాస్తులు రేషన్ షాపులు, ప్రముఖ దేవాలయాలు, స్వచ్చందసంస్థలు, టీటీడీ కల్యాణ మంటపాలు , అన్ని ప్రభుత్వ కార్యాలయాలు,ఆర్‌టీసీ కేంద్రాల్లో ఉచితంగా లభిస్తాయన్నారు. వివరాలకు సీపీడీఓ ప్రాజెక్టు డైరెక్టర్ రాజ్యలక్ష్మిని ఫోన్ 040-23202355 నెంబర్‌లో సంప్రదించాలని సూచించారు.

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Padmavathi Parinayotsavam

Padmavathi Parinayotsavam
Tirupati , May 9:

The three-day Parinayotsavam of Lord Venkateswara and his consort Goddess Sri Padmavathi Ammavaru will be celebrated at the Narayanagiri Gardens at Tirumala from May 11.

On this occasion, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) officials cancelled the arji-tha sevas, including Arjitha Brahmotsavam, Vasanthot-savam and SD Seva.

During the three-day festival, the processional deity of Lord Malayappa Swamy along with his consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi will be taken round the four mada streets on Gaja, Aswa and Garuda Vahanams.

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‘Kalyanamasthu’ registration date extended

‘Kalyanamasthu’ registration date extended
Hyderabad , May 9 :

Hyderabad Additional Joint Collector Y. Satyanandam on Monday said that the last date for submission of applications to register for ‘Kalyanamasthu’ has been extended to May 19.

Preparations are on in full swing to make the mass marriages programme of TTD on May 20 in twin cities a success.

Efforts are on to mobilise couples to take part in large numbers in the mass wedding ceremony.

“Enrolment is going on constituency-wise in twin cities,” he said. Couples participating in the programme will be given new clothes, free cellar darshan in Tirumala temple, two golden ‘Talibottu’s, and silver toe rings.

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భగవద్గీత నేటి శ్లోకం

భగవద్గీత నేటి శ్లోకం

శ్లో॥ యస్త్విన్ద్రియాణి మనసా నియమ్యారభతేర్జున। కర్మేన్ద్రిjః కర్మయోగ మసక్తస్స విశిష్యతే॥ `7

తా॥ అర్జునా ఎవడు మనస్సు చేత ఇంద్రియాలను నిగ్రహించి ఫలాపేక్ష లేనివాడై కర్మేంద్రియాలతో కర్మయోగా న్ననుసరిస్తాడో అతడే అధికుడు.

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TTD conducts upanayanams

TTD conducts upanayanams

Tirupati , May 8:

In connection with Sankara Jayanti on Sunday, the Tirumala Tirupati Dev-asthanams (TTD) organised free mass upanayanams on a grand scale in Tirumala.
According to secretary of the Purohitha Sangam in Tirumala, Sriman Uma Kumara Shastri, the TTD has been organising these free mass upanayanams for the last eight years at the Sudarshanam chowltry at Tirumala.
“This year, 105 persons registered their names, though only 73 turned up and got the ceremony performed,” he said.
During the eight-year period, the TTD has performed more than 400 upanayanams.
On behalf of devotees who perform upanayanam for their children, the TTD provided the traditional sambhavana to the purohit, apart from arranging the ceremony material.
Apart from this the participant devotees along with their parents were allowed free darshan through Supadham entry and were offered one laddu and one vada on payment.

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Lack of information hits Tirumala pilgrims

Lack of information hits Tirumala pilgrims

Tirupati , May 8:
Thousands of devotees who arrive at the Tirupati and Renigunta railway stations are a confused lot with no information centre available there to guide them regarding their journey to Tirumala.

The TTD information centre which existed at the Tirupati railway station till two years ago was closed down due to the expansion plan.

Multitudes of devotees come out of these two railway stations each time an express train enters the platform.

For about a couple of minutes, there is an announcement on behalf of the TTD, directing pilgrims to use the free bus service to the Alipiri zone, the foot of the Tirumala hills and use the foot overbridge to reach the bus station.

Pilgrims who come out of the Tirupati railway station are swarmed by private taxi operators.

Devotees who want to reach the bus station just 500 metres away, are wrongly informed regarding the distance.

Some autorickshaw drivers charge about 50 to 80 to reach the bus station, that too deliberately making their route circuitous.

As there is only one free bus available for devotees to reach the pedestrian route, 5 km from the railway station, the auto fare is not less than Rs 100.

At Renigunta railway station, 10 km from Tirupati, some taxi operators hoodwink pilgrims with false information, saying that they should hurry up to Tirumala, otherwise darshan would close by noon.

In the evening, they say that darshan would be closed by 9 pm.

In this back drop, the TTD public relations officer, Mr. T. Ravi, said that the railway authorities have given their nod to set up the TTD information centre at Tirupati railway station.

“We are going to complete the process in the next two months,” he said.

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Mass ‘Upanayanam’ held for Brahmin boys

Mass ‘Upanayanam’ held for Brahmin boys

Tirupati , May 8:
The birth anniversary of Adi Sankara was celebrated in Tirupati and Tirumala amidst a mass ‘Upanayanam’ (thread ceremony) for eligible Brahmin boys. The event was conducted free of cost by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) management in Tirumala.

According to ‘Purohita Sangam’ secretary Umakumara Sastri, the TTD has been holding the thread ceremony for the past seven years at the ‘Sudarshan’ choultry in Tirumala, in which the registered participants took part along with their parents.

The participants did neither have to bring any items required for the event, nor had to pay the ‘Sambhavana’ to the ‘purohits’ conducting the event. The participants and their parents were later allowed free ‘darshan’ of Lord Venkateswara and given one ‘laddu and vada’.

Tirupati Brahmana Samajam and the local branch of Sringeri Sankara Mutt conducted the threading ceremony on the latter’s premises in Tirupati.

Holy water from ‘Narasimha Theertham’ was brought to the venue in a procession, amidst playing of traditional drums, to be used for giving a celestial bath to the deity and for the series of rituals as well.
Samajam president K.V. Ranganathan (Bhimas Raghu) explained the importance of the thread ceremony and the science behind it.

Secretary Ch. Seshagiri Rao advised the youths to follow the age old traditions hereafter and behave with a sense of moral responsibility.
50 young Brahmin boys from various ‘Sakhas’ (sub-sects) adorned the sacred thread.
A philanthropist, Udayalakshmi, presented clothes to them, while members C. Hanumantha Rao, Murali Mohan, Rama Sarma and D. Ramakrishna were present.

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11 నుంచి తిరుమలలో పద్మావతి పరిణయోత్సవాలు

11 నుంచి తిరుమలలో పద్మావతి పరిణయోత్సవాలు
తిరుమల , మే 9 :
పద్మావతి, శ్రీవేంకటేశ్వరస్వామి పరిణయోత్సవాలను ఈనెల 11 నుంచి మూడు రోజుల పాటు నిర్వహించనున్నారు. తిరుమల నారాయణగిరి ఉద్యానవనంలో ఉత్సవాలు జరుగుతాయి. ఈ సందర్భంగా శ్రీవారికి ఆర్జిత బ్రహ్మోత్సవం, వసంతోత్సవం, సహస్రదీపాలంకరణ సేవలను తితిదే రద్దు చేసింది. ఉత్సవాల్లో తొలిరోజు గజవాహనం, రెండోరోజు అశ్వవాహనం, చివరిరోజు గరుడవాహనంపై ఊరేగనున్నారు. ఉభయదేవేరులైన శ్రీదేవి, భూదేవి బంగారు పల్లకిపై వెంట వేంచేస్తారు. ఆర్జిత సేవా భక్తులను కూడా ఉత్సవంలో పాల్గొనడానికి అనుమతిస్తారు.

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HISTORY OF TIRUMALA TEMPLE

HISTORY OF TIRUMALA

Lord Venkateswara made Tirumala his abode five thousands years ago. Even before him it was Lord Varahaswami who has made Tirumala his abode. Many devotees have continued to construct grand entrances on the ramparts of the temple over generations. In Tirumala the east facing Sri Varahaswamy temple is located in the north west corner of the temple tank. As per tradition, we have to first visit this temple. Lord Srinivasa sought a gift of land measuring 100 square feet from Varahaswami, which he readily granted. In return, Srinivasa assured him with a agreement deed that he would be paid the first darshan, worship and offerings by the devotees. This tradition is in Vogue to this day at Tirumala and Lord Varahaswamy continues to receive the age old traditional worship. Lord Venkateswara feels happy, only when the devotees have their darshan of Varahaswami first. To this day all offerings are first made to Lord Varahaswami and then to Lord Venkateswara. One can see the one foot square copper plaque near the deity. It is said to be the written agreement deed presented by Lord Venkateswara to Sri Varahaswami. Words resembling the brahmi script are found on it.
Let us now move over to the temple’s main entrance.

MAHADWARA GOPURAM

The height of the main entrance has been periodically increased since 13th century. Its present height is fifty feet. This entrance has other names such as ‘Padivaakili’ and ‘Simhadwaram’.

In Tamil it is called ‘Periya Thiruvashal’. This temple complex is spread over 16.2 acres of land. On either side of this main entrance there are two feet high statues made of alloy metal (Pancha loha). They are Sankanidhi and Padmanidhi who are the guardians of ‘Navanidhi’, the treasure of Lord Venkateswara.

According to history these statues were consecrated by Achyutha Rayalu. History tells us that Achyutha Rayalu might have installed these statues. We can find the statue of Achyutha Rayalu at the feet of these deities who guard the wealth of the Lord.

While going in through this main entrance let us chant the name of ‘Govinda’ once. The ocean of milk and sweetened honey are not sweeter than the chanting of the name of ‘Govinda’ and is the method to get rid of all the ‘Karmas’ and attain liberation!

The first entrance is a brass one, while the second is a silver one. The third entrance is a golden one.
SHANKHANIDHI – PADMANIDHI

These are two angels guarding the wealth and treasure of Lord Venkateswara. As per tradition these guardian angels of wealth are installed at the third entrance of the temple. After saluting the first threshold, Sankha Nidhi and Padma Nidhi one would enter the holy Shrine by chanting ‘Govinda, Govinda, Govinda’.

KRISHNADEVARAYALA MANDAPAM

SRI KRISNADEVARAYALU & HIS CONSORTS

SRI VENKATAPATHIRAYALU
Abutting the Mahadwara and to its right, there is a high-rise mandapam (Porch). This is called Krishnadevaraya Mandapam or Pratima Mandapam. This mandapam is constructed in Vijayanagara architectural style. To the right side of this porch, one can find tall copper statues of the emperor of Vijayanagara kingdom, Sri Krishnadevarayalu and his two consorts Tirumala Devi and Chinnadevi.

These three statues placed in front of Lord Venkateswara express their devotion to him. It is said that Sri Krishna Devaraya himself installed these statues. On 2nd January 1517 A.D. and from then onwards this mandapam has become famous as Krishnadevaraya mandapam. Their names are inscribed on the shoulder badges of these statues.

Sri Krishnadevaraya has made seven pilgrimage trips to Tirumala between 1513 A.D. and 1521 A.D. He paid his first visit to the temple along with his two queens on 10th February 1513 A.D. and presented a crown made of navaratnas (nine varieties of gems), 25 plates made of silver to the Lord. The queens who came along with the king presented two golden bowls for ‘Pala aaragimpu’ (consumption of milk).

Later on the king came alone and presented three crowns studded with precious stones and gems for the processional deities. He gifted five villages to the temple, including Thallapaka, to meet the expenditure on the daily offerings to the Lord. On his fourth visit on July 6th 1514 to the temple, he showered 30,000 gold coins on the deity.

In 1515 he gifted a gems studded golden ‘makarathoranam’ (a festoon in the shape of a crocodile). He made a fifth visit to the temple on 2ne January 1517 to personally consecrate their own statues.

He got the Ananda Nilayam gold plated with 30,000 gold coins in September 1518. He visited Tirumala once again in 1518. He made his eighth visit on February 17, 1521 and donated a golden cap along with a yellow garment studded with precious stones.

By the left side of the main entrance or Mahadwaram there is a tall copper statue saluting with folded hands. This is the statue of Venkatapatirayalu, the king of Chandragiri, he was also a generous king who ruled Chandragiri during 1570 s and donated many gifts to the deity.

Let us now move forward by uttering ‘Jaya Jaya Ho Govinda’. Victory to the one who is the refuge of the three worlds! Victory to the one who is merciful to the devotees!
ADDALA MANDAPAM

Twelve feet to the north of ‘Srikrishnadevarayala mandapam’, there is a glass porch. Every day at 2 p.m. a service called dolotsavam is performed to the Lord in this glass porch. Devotees are permitted to participate in this paid seva.

In reality, this seva is a north Indian contribution. There is no evidence to prove when this was built. There is enough evidence to prove that this seva programme began to be performed in 1831.

Let us now move to Ranganayaka Mandapam by chanting Govinda. Govinda, Govinda… the name that gives us eternal happiness!
RANGANAYAKA MANDAPAM

Just opposite to the glass porch, there is another high rise mandapam called Ranganayaka Mandapam, due to the Muslim invasions between 1320 and 1369 A.D., the idols of Lord Ranganadha of Srirangapatnam were shifted to Tirumala for safe keeping. Daily prayers and poojas were offered to him in this Mandapam. After the cessation of the Muslim invasions, these statues were once again shifted back to SriRangam. Yet this place is called Ranganayakula Mandapam to this day.

This mandapam is said to have been build by the king of Tirupathi, named Ranganadha Yadava Rayalu. It is in this mandapam Kalyanothsvams were performed to the Lord. But, due to the increase in pilgrim rush, daily Kalyanothsvams are performed in Sampangi Pradakshinam.

When president of nation, national leaders, and VIPs visit Tirumala for lord’s darshan, they are offered prasadams and blessings of the temple priests in this Ranganayaka Mandapam.

Let us now move over to the adjacent Tirumalaraya Mandapam by chanting ‘Govinda’, the name which is so majestically sung by Annamaya!
TIRUMALARAYA MANDAPAM

Ten feet to the south of the flag staff, there is another stone pillared pavilion called Tirumalaraya Mandapam. This was built by Saluvanarasimharayalu, the emperor of Vijayanagara, to express his gratitude to the Lord for his help in his victories. Every year, for fiv days, in the month of June and July, the Lord and his two consorts are placed on a rocking cradle in this mandapam. This ritual which used to enthrall the devotees is now discontinued.
TULADANDAM

All couples begetting children with the blessings of the Lord, offer money in coins, silver, candy and camphor equivalent to the weight of their children as avowed by them. Even the patients who are cured of their diseases express their gratitude similarly. This Tuladandam is arranged in front of the Ranganayaka Mandapam.
RAJA THODARAMALLU

At about hundred feet from the flagstaff, there are three copper statues of devotees, facing the Lord and saluting him with folded hands. One is that of Lalakhemaramu, the other is that of his mother Mata Mohana Devi and the third one is that of his wife Pita Bibi. Lala Khemarumu is a kshatriya known as Raja Todaramallu. He courageously protected Tirumala both from the invasions of Muslims and the British during the seventeenth century. The Lord blessed this family and gave place to them in his temple. Let us salute this blessed family and move further by chanting ‘Govinda’-the name of the Lord resting on Adisesha, the name of the Lord who has the entire universe as his residence.
DWAJASTHAMBA MANDAPAM

We are now in the vacant space between the glass porch, idol porch (Pratima Mandapam) and Ranganayaka Mandapam. Now lets look at the golden flagstaff. This golden flagstaff is located in the middle of a twenty-pillared square pavilion. To the east of the flag staff there is an altar and to the northeast, there is a granite stone called ‘Kshetrapalakasila’. This pavilion is said to have been constructed in the fifteenth century.
DWAJASTHAMBAM (FLAGSTAFF)

During Brahmotsavams, a flag with Garuda’s imprint is hoisted on this flagstaff for extending an invitation to gods and goddesses (Yaksha, Kinnera and Gandharva), to attend this festival. Those wishing to take pooja material or other things into the sanctum, they have to circumambulate the dwajasthamba. Even the Lord is made to circumambulate the dwajasthamba whenever he is taken outside or inside the main temple. As this flagstaff is made up of wood, it has been changed from time to time. In the year 1982 a new flagstaff has been consecrated. Let us now learn something about the near by altar.

BALI PEETAM (ALTAR)

Abutting the flagstaff is the Bali Peetam or altar. After offering food (Prasadam) to the Lord and other deities and after exiting through the silver gate, the Prasadam is kept on this altar. It is believed that this food offering is accepted by deities, the angles and the elemental forces. After saluting the dwajasthamba and Balipeetam let us move to ‘Kshetrapalaka’ sila by chanting Govinda… Govinda…, the name of the Lord who is the repository of Dharma!
KSHETRA PALAKA SILA (BIG ROUND STONE)

To the north east corner of the altar, under the flag staff porch, there is one and half feet high stone slab.

This is called ‘Kshetrapalaka Sila’. It is said that this stone slab marched around the temple for providing security to the shrine at night.

Priests used to keep the keys of the temple on this stone slab every night after closing the temple and take them to open the temple in the morning after saluting it.

A story in circulation tells us that a child falling under this stone slab while it was patrolling around the temple. To avoid recurrence of such mistakes, this stone slab was shifted to ‘Gogarbha Teertham’ which is in the vicinity of the temple and a tiny part of it was kept inside the temple for people to have a look at it.

At present the ‘Kshetrapalaka Sila’ in all its rediance and full form is in existence at Gogarbha teertham, while a part of it is found in the temple.

Even to this day, the priests touch this stone slab with key bunch after closing one before opening the temple.

If you wish to have a look at the full form of ‘Kshetrapalaka Sila’, you have to pay a visit to Gogarbha Teertham after having Lord’s darshan.

Do not forget even in your dreams to chant the name of the Lord Govinda, who is the protecter of this whole universe.
SAMPANGI PRADAKSHINAM

On entering the precincts of the temple one first encounters the circumambulating passage called ‘Sampangi Pradakshinam’. The grand circumambulating passage out side the temple is never taken into consideration. Therefore ‘Sampangi Pradakshinam’ is considered to be the first one. Earlier Sampangi flower plants (gold flowers, Michelia Champaka) were grown in this path way for decorating the Lord.

FOUR PILLAR MANDAPAM

Four pavilions in the four corners of ‘Sampangi Pradakshinam’ were built by Saluva Narasimha Raya in 1470 A.D in his name, his wife and his two sons. In the yester years when the influse of pilgrims was minimal, the Lord was paraded in all his pomp and gaiety in this passage only, often stopping at the flour corners of the path for blessing the devotees after receiving their offerings.
SRI VENKATA RAMANA SWAMI’S KALYANA MANDAPAM

Earlier all wedding festivities of the Lord were celebrated at the pavilion in the ‘Vimana Pradakshinam’. With the increase in the number of the devotees, these festivities were held for sometime in Ranganayaka Mandapam. At present a large zinc sheet porch is erected for this purpose as the space in Ranganayaka Mandapam is found in adequate. Let us salute the newly wedded Lord and his consorts. We all will worship them at Tirumala. It is the Vaikuntam in Kaliyuga.
UGRANAM (STONE HOUSE)

‘Ugranam’ means godown. All the pavilions on western side are now being used as store houses. The material used for the lord’s ‘Puja’ and other rituals is now stored in the North west corner of the ‘sampangi Pradakshina’.

VIRAJA RIVER (Prohibited Area)

As per the legend, Viraja, a sacred river of Vaikuntam flows below the lotus feet of the Lord. The well of water in the temple complex is believed to be a part of that holy river. This well is located in front of the Ugranam or store house. Idols are sculpted on the stones used for the inner walls of this well. Hence this well is called ‘toy well’ or ‘bommala bavi’. As of now a four feet high brick parapet wall is erected over this well. Let us now move to the Lord’s kitchen by chanting the name of the Lord, the name which grants Mukti and who gives all that is desired by his devotees.

PADI POTU

The Lord’s kitchen is located in the route of Sampangi Pradakshinam. This kitchen is referred to as ‘Padi potu’. Sweet meats and savories like laddoo, vada, appam, dosa, poli, sukhiya, jilebi, etc which are offered to the Lord are prepared here in large quantity. To the east of this kitchen is the ‘flower chamber’.
FLOWER CHAMBER

The flower chamber was earlier located in the ‘Sampangi Pradakshinam’. All the flowers used for the service of the Lord and other deities are supplied from this flower chambers, which is called ‘Yamunottarai. The Lord being a lover of flowers, wishes to be decorated with them. All the flowers raised on the seven hills are only meant for the Lord of the seven hills. Others are forbidden from using flowers while on the hills. This is the tradition of the place and shrine. This ‘flower chamber’ now stands shifted to ‘Vimana Pradakshinam’. Every morning and evening the Jiyyangas collects the flower garlands prepared in the flower chamber and carries them over his head to the Lord after circumambulating round the flag staff with trumpets blowing and umbrellas shading and presents them to the Lord’s Sanctum for performing the various rituals and poojas.

FLOWER WELL (WELL OF FLOWERS)

Just opposite and to the north of the flowers chamber is the ‘flower well’. All the flowers used for the worship of the Lord are naves given to anyone as ‘Prasadam’. They are deposited in this well. Of late, flowers are being used in huge quantities for the decoration of the Lord and his consorts. As the ‘flower well is unable to hold this huge quantity of used flowers, they are being strewn over the uninhabited areas of the seven hills.
VAGAPADI CHAMBER

The long porch on the eastern side and adjacent to the ‘flower chamber’ is Vagapadi chamber. Offerings to the deity are prepared here thrice a day. Now let us step into Vimana Pradakshinam and know its contents. Let us move to the silver entrance. Keep the name of the Lord Govinda permanently on the tongue and the name will get rid of our terrible sins!
SILVER ENTRANCE

The threshold opposite to the flagstaff is called the ‘silver entrance’. This is also known as ‘Nadimipadi Kavali’. This is the second entrance leading to the Sanctum Sanctorum. Researchers say that the construction of the ramparts of this second entrance was started in the 12th century and completed in the 13th century. The doors of this entrance were silver plated on October 1st 1929 A.D by Sriram Dwarakadas Pharabhani, belonging to Nizam estate. Inscriptions in Hindi and English are found on this entrance.

Let us now enter the ‘Vimana Pradakshinam by chanting Govinda… Govinda… Hari Om Sri Venkatesaya Namah. Govinda, whose heart is a fountain of ever flowing compassion!
VIMANA PRADAKSHINAM

Beyond the silver door, the path which circumambulates the main gopura of Ananda Nilaya is known as ‘Vimana Pradakshina. Early, at the pre dawn hour, while Suprabhata seva is performed to the Lord, devotees make Anga Pradakshina (rolling one’s body in humility all round the temple as a religious vow). Hence it is also called Angapradakshina marg. In this path way one can witness Sri Ranganadha just opposite to the silver entrance, Sri Varadaraja Swami temple, main kitchen, golden well, Ankurarpana Mandapam, Yagasala, Nanala (coins) Parakamani, notla (Paper notes) Parkamani, almirah of Sandal SREERANGANATHUDU VENDI VAKILI paste (Chandanapu ara) darshan of Vimana Venkateswara, cell of records, Sannidhi bashyakarulu, the seat of Sri Ramanuja, the temple of Yoganarasimhaswami, Lords’s hundi and the seat of Vishvaksena. All the small temples in this path way are called ‘Chutttu gullu’. Every small temple has a name inscribed on it. Let us proceed to learn about these temples by chanting Govinda…. Govinda and praising his glory!

SRI RANGANADHA

As soon as one enters the temple through the silver door, we can witness Sri Ranganadha kneeling on Adisesha (serpent). There are small gold plated idols of Sri Varadaraja Swami and Sri Venkateswara Swami on the upper and lower sides of Sri Ranganadha. United Breweries group chair man Vijaya Malya on August 1, 1991, at a cost of 55 lakh of rupees, got gold plated the entire place around Sri Ranganadha statue. The angapradakshina commences from here, moves round the Vimana Pradakshinam and comes to an end here. It is said that the Lord loves the devotees doing ‘Porlu dandalu’ and grants them their wishes. Shall we also commence our ‘Porlu dandalu’ to appease the Lord.

SRI VARADARAJA SWAMI TEMPLE

In the Vimana Pradakshina pathway and at a distance of nine feet to the south of the silver door, is the Varadarajaswami temple. The idol is 5 feet high with a single pagoda over the shrine. Devotes have to go round this temple on their way to the Lord’s Darshan. When this idol was installed is not known. Victory to Varadaraja who is ever merciful and grants boon to the devotees! Let us now move to have darshan of the Lord in the Ananda Nilayam and later learn about the small shrines in the Vimana Pradakshina path way in the precincts of the temple complex.
GHANTA MANDAPAM

Let us enter the front porch of the Lord Venkateswara, named ‘Ghanta Mandapam’. Lord Brahma, the angels and Maharshis like Sanakasanandana wait for the darshan of Lord Venkateswara at the golden gate. Opposite to the golden gate, there is Garuda Mandapam. The pavilion that links the golden gate and the Garuda Mandapam is called ‘Ghanta Mandapam’ or ‘Mahamani Mandapam’. It was constructed in 1461 A.D. by Mallanna, a native of Chandragiri and minister in the Vijaya nagas empire. ‘Garudalwar Mandir’ is also located just opposite to the golden gate in this mandap. In this mandap there is a 6 feet high statue of Garuda (vehicle of Vishnu) saluting the god with folded hands. Every day at the Predawn hour, Suprabhath is recited in the place between the golden gate and the statue of Garuda. The Lord sitting on the golden throne in this mandapam, listens to the recital of almanac and the submissions of receipt and expenditure account of the previous day. This place is also called ‘Srinivas Darbar’.
To the south of the golden gate in this mandap, two big bells are suspended from a wooden log using iron chains. The Brahmin who rings this bell is called ‘Ghantapani’. The ringing of this bell denotes that it is time for the Lord to have his meal. At Tirumala many devotees have their food only after the bell stops ringing, whenever the emperor of Vijaya Nagara Empire camps at Chandragiri, the bell sounds are relayed to Chandragiri through intermediary bell porches for enabling the emperor to have his food there after. Because of these bells, this porch has become famous as ‘GhantaMandapam’.

GARUDA MANDAPAM

Just opposite to the golden gate and facing the Lord there is a six feet high statue of Garuda saluting the Lord with folded hands. Let us salute this devout servant of the Lord and the King of Birds and then seek the permission of Lord’s guards to enter the golden gate.
JAYA VIJAYA

After taking permission from Jaya and Vijaya, the guards of the Lord, let us move in. On either side of the golden gate, there are Jaya and Vijaya holding a conch, a disc and a mace respectively. There is a ten feet high wooden grill around these statues. These two devout servants guard the sanctum sanctorum of the Lord twenty four hours of the day. After hailing and saluting these two, let us enter the golden gate. ‘Jaya Vijayeebhava’, ‘Digvijayeebhava’!
BANGARU VAKILI (GOLDEN DOOR)

The most important entrance for going into the sanctum sanctorum is this golden gate. From this entrance we can see the Lord directly. Since ages, Lord’s very special ‘Suprabhata Seva’ has been performed at the pre dawn hour i.e. 3 A.M. every day. Here this stone frame of the entrance and the porches of Jaya Vijaya on either side of the entrance are gold plated and hence this name. At night these doors are closed methodically in a preconceived fashion. There are three bolts for these doors. The upper and the lower door bolts are locked by the authorities, while the middle one is locked by the priests. Through the small hole in the door, the priests lock the inner bolt by using a sickle like instrument called Kunchakola from outside. In the same way, they open this bolt from outside, in the morning. Annamayya a saint poet, on his first visit to the temple had seen the Lord from this door step and said ‘Kankaratna Kavatalirugada Ganti’, which means, “I have witnessed the brilliant radiance of the Lord from this golden gate”!
Just think for a moment about the innumerable gods, goddesses, angels and yogis, who entered through these doors; about the several rishis who waited here for the Lord’s darshan; the Alvars, haridasas, devotees like Annamacharya and Tarigonda Vengamamba, kings, emperors and all who waited here for having Lord’s Darshan. It is our good fortune that we are also able to move through these entrances just like those great people.
As you enter the Sanctum through this golden gate, you can have the darshan of the benignly disposed, Lotus eyed Lord of the universe! The dispeller of the dense darkness of evil! The Ocean of boundless grace! The Lord of liberation at whose glorious feet Sanaka,Sananda and other sages render reverent obeisances! The spirit that rules the universe! The Saviour, the kindred spirit! The deity presiding over our body! Who grants prosperity and spiritual knowledge! The radiant Lord in ornaments adorning necklaces, ear rings and a magnificent diamond, ruby and emerald studded crown and his ornate hands blessing people and his pleasant smile dispelling fears, troubles and worries of people! The Lord perennially present in our thoughts and spirit is there to be seen through this golden gate!
While chanting ‘Govinda’ let us salute his threshold and enter the sanctum. Chant ‘Govinda…Govinda’, this great redeemer of our troubles!

SNAPANA MANDAPAM

The pavilion that you notice after crossing the golden door is known as ‘Snapana Mandapam’. Every day after Thomala Seva, the idol of Koluvu Srinivasa murthy is brought here and placed on the golden throne and his court is held. During this court, almanc is recited; the affairs of the day, the details of income and expenditure of the previous day are reverentially presented to the Lord. The golden throne that is used during this court is stored in the adjacent grilled chamber.
There are two rooms on either side of the golden door. In the right side room, the Hundi collections are kept. In the left side room, the Lord’s jewels i.e. the crown, the conch, the chakra, necklaces made of diamonds, gems, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, topazes etc are kept. The service of adorning the Lord with these ornaments is called ‘Samarpana’. The Samarpana is classified into three types: Sada Samarpana, Visesha Samarpana and Antique Jewellery.
Sada Samarpana:- These are the ornaments which are worn by the Lord every day. They are kept in the charge of the chief priest. Their value is said to be around ten million rupees.
Vishesha Samarpana:- These are the special ornaments which adorn the Lord during festivals and during the visit of VIPs like the president of India and the Prime minister to the shrine. The Lord’s diamond and gem studded crown, Sankhu (conch) and Chakra (disc) are kept in the charge of a special officer known as ‘Parupathyadaru’. These are valued at 20 million plus rupees.
Antique Jewellery:- They adorn the Lord during Brahmotsavams. They comprise antique jewellery gifted by the king and queen of Gadwal. More than their monetary value, they are of immense historical importance. These ornaments are kept in the safe custody of T.T.D. treasury.
The ornaments that are daily used for the Lord are kept in the left room in the Snapana Mandapam. To avoid trespassing, iron doors made of thick rods are erected for this room. Have a good look at them. As you proceed further beyond this ‘Darbar’, you come across Rama’s mansion. Let us chant Rama’s name and enter Lord Rama’s Mansion.
“Sri Rama Rama Ramethi, Rame Rame Manorame! Sahasra Nama Tathulyam, Rama nama Varanane”!
“Rama’s very form is so lovely to the eyes and mind! The very Utterance of his name is a source of Supreme Ananda. Pronouncing Rama’s name once is like reciting his name thousand times”!

LORD RAMA’S MANSION

Immediately crossing Snapana Mandapam, there is a very narrow passage, which is known as Lord Rama’s mansion. There are two raised plat forms on either side of this passage, earlier, idols were kept on these plat forms. At present these idols are placed inside the room. Yet the name remained the same. All these small idols from the plat form are shifted to the Ankurarpana pavilion near the golden well. Whenever there is a heavy rush of pilgrims, the Lord’s darshan is arranged from the threshold of this mansion. After crossing the stone threshold of the Rama’s mansion, there is the bedroom of the Lord. The doors of this bedroom are always kept open. Now, let us move into Lord’s bedroom chanting ‘Govinda…Govinda….’.

SAYANA MANDAPAM

In this room, there is a golden cot with silk mattress hung by silver chains on which the Lord’s idol is seen relaxing. That is why this place is called ‘Sayana Mandapam’. In this room the offerings are kept in front of the Lord. These offerings are never taken beyond this threshold of the Sanctum. Let us also not cross this threshold. While standing here, let us devour the beautiful image of the Lord and preserve it in our mind. Even after going home, we should be able to see the Lord’s image in our mind’s eye. We should firmly determine to confine his magnificent image in our mind. Then only he will appear before our eyes whenever we wish to see him. Then there would be none to shove us off. No one can pull us away from him. As we enter the golden threshold we can have a look at him without even blinking our eyes. Never think that you are leaving him behind while you are returning from his presence. Turn around with the thought that the Lord is accompanying you and that he is in your mind’s eye. Don’t keep on turning your head again and again for having another glimpse of the Lord, as you are likely to obstruct other devotees and force the security persons to shove you away.
The Saviour of the world!
Oh’ Lord of the Universe!
Govinda! Govinda!
Here is an anecdote of a devotee who carried away the Lord’s image in her mind’s eye. After having the darshan of the Lord, she was walking back with out causing the slightest discomfort to other devotees. Yet the security personnel grabbed her hand and pushed her away. She shouted at him angrily, “why have you pulled me when I am walking away?” and quickly walked away. Even after coming out of the Sanctum, her anger did not subside.
Later on, when she thought about this incident, she realized that the unsavory incident happened because she came to the Lord in her physical form. Had she been able to fix his image in mind and meditate, no one would have pulled her away from him. From then onwards, she began to see the Lord sitting at the threshold, without entering the sanctum just by closing her eyes and concentration on the Lord. She was amazed to discover that it was so easy for her to have the lord’s darshan in this manner. Initially she thought that it was only on illusion and was skeptical about it.
On waking up the next day morning she had the Lord’s darshan and to her dismay he was wearing an ordinary white robe instead of his usual attire and jewellery. All the day she wondered why the Lord wore such simple attire. The riddle was solved when she realized that it was a Thursday. Every Thursday the Lord adorns a white silk robe. She was overjoyed. It meant that she had been seeing the Lord every day and that it was not an illusion. It became possible because she could arrest the Lord’s image in all its grandeur in mind. That’s why she was able to see that image every day. By appearing before her in different images, he has instilled in her the belief that she had been going to the temple every day and was having the Lord’s Darshan. Is it so easy to have the Lord’s darshan?
She was thankful to the security personnel who was responsible for all this. God has shown her the way. This is proof enough for any one to be with the Lord if we strongly desire to be with the Lord, that wish is granted. If you have strong belief in god and faithfully wish for something, it is fulfilled. There is another example for proving that our desires are fulfilled when we have nothing but faith in him.
One day a guest came to a devotee’s house. He had a ‘Tirumala Laddoo’ in his hand. Some body gave it to him while going home he had stopped by to greet her. All her attention was on that laddoo though she was talking to him. She was hoping that he would offer at least a part of it to her, but he never bothered about it. He had left her without ever giving part of it. She was very disappointed for not getting the Lord’s prasadam. She was totally disturbed till the evening and when her children returned home from school, she got herself busy with them. That night her husband, on his return from office brought a big kalyanam Laddoo which was given to him by a friend. She became speechless with happiness and pleasantly surprised on receiving the laddoo. Most probably the Lord, noticing her disappointment, has sent the laddoo.
If your desire for things is really strong it is likely to be fulfilled. We should have faith in ourselves. Let there be no lingering doubt in you. Such experiences are innumerable. If you feel like sharing your association with the Lord, with others, then why delay? Share with me.

KULASEKHARA PADI

The threshold in front of the Lord is called Kulasekhara Padi. Kulasekhara was a Vaishnava devotee. He has made a humble request to the Lord, “ O Lord Venkateswara! Transform me into the stone threshold in front of you for enabling me to have a glimpse of your beautiful face every day”. That is why this threshold is named after him. How fortunate he is! Let us also seek from him a favour of transforming us into a tiny particle in that threshold so as to enable us to have his darshan all the time of our existence.
Govinda…….. Govinda,
You are the father and
You are the mother,
You are the granter and
You are the Supreme Lord!

SANCTUM SANCTORUM

No one is permitted to enter the Sanctum. Therefore let us learn by reading about it. The spot where Lord Venkateswara’s self inducted Statue is located in the Sanctum Sanctorum. It is called Ananda Nilayam. Earlier there used to be a Pradakshina (circumambulating) passage around this Ananda Nilayam. A wall was built around this sanctum and the Vimanam over the wall was built between 1244 – 1250 A.D. over a period of time, with the construction of Ananda Nilayam, Sayana Mandapam and Lord Rama’s Mansion, this passage around the Sanctum was close.

LORD VENKATESWARA (PRESIDING DEITY)

Look! That’s the Sanctum of the Lord of the universe. Have a good look at the glorious, celestial and heavenly form of the Lord. With unbated eyelids, how beautiful the idol is! How soothing it is! In the middle of the Sanctum, Lord Venkateswara’s ‘Swayambhu’ idol fully clad in jewellery made of precious diamonds, gems, emeralds, rubies etc. is seated on the pedestal called ‘Brahmasthana’. In other words, Sri Mahavishnu along with Mahalakshmi on his chest has descended from ‘Vaikunta’ on the Tirumala Hills as the first ‘Swayambhu’ idol. All other idols were installed later at different times. The beauty of this ancient idol is beyond the reach of any sculptor. As per Agama Sastra, 36 kinds of precautions are taken for carving a perfect idol. The idol of the Lord is different from the sculptural theory as it is self made ‘ Swayambhu’. On a closer examination of the Lord’s idol, one finds that the ‘Swayambhu’idol is 8 fee high with his chest measuring between 36” and 42” and his waist between 24” and 27”. His head is covered with long locks which extent up to his shoulders. This idol has a sharp nose, half closed eyes with clear eyelashes, long artistic fingers, well built muscles etc, which is beyond the scope of any theory on sculpture or Agama Sastra. This beautiful idol has four ever brilliant hands in different postures. In the right upper hand there is ‘Sudarsana Chakra’ (disc) and in the left upper hand there is a conch, while the lower right hand is known as ‘Varada Hastha’ and the lower left hand is known as ‘Kati Hastham’. The lower part of the waist appears to be tilted to the left while the knees appear to bent a little. This glorious posture of the Lord is very unique, attractive and decent. The bluish tinged body of the Lord has his consort Mahalakshmi seated on his chest and hence the sparkle in his heart. This beautiful idol is so attractive that it can not be described in words. So have a Darshan of him and be blessed.
Mahalakshmi, his consort, who is apparently protruding over his chest is the one who conveys all our wishes and desires to the Lord.
‘Sri Venkatesa Charanam Saranam Prapathe’. ‘O Lord Sri Venkateswara, We have sought your Lotus Feet as the only support, only your Divine feet can give us Solace!’.
The anklets on his feet are ever brilliantly shining. There are dark patches on his shoulders because of bow and arrows being carried by him. Adorning all the ornaments gifted to him by the devotees, he looks beautiful beyond compare and attracts all like a magnet. Our eyes are dazzled by the brilliance of the variety of ornaments worn by the Lord.
Is the Lord looking so beautiful because of his sparkling ornaments?! Or are the ornaments endowed with beauty because they are worn by the Lord?! Several happenings in the Sanctum astonish not only the devotees but also the temple priests.
While the Lord is being decorated with flowers and ornaments, the priests have felt the soft and supple body of the Lord though it is a granite idol. It is also said that the Lord perspires after ‘Abhishekam’ and sweat is seen on the idol. For the priests serving the Lord in the Sanctum, the idol appears to be a living figure and not one made of granite.
The main idol of the lord is very ancient one and it is proved not only by Rishis and Yogis but also by scientists and archaeologists. The Silathoranam in Tirumala is said to be 2500 million years old.
There are five images of Lord Venkateswara. The main idol in the Sanctum should not be moved out at any point of time. Hence five different idols are used for processions. They are:
• Sri Venkateswara Swami
• Bhoga Srinivasa Moorthy
• Koluvu Srinivasa Moorthy
• Ugra Srinivasa Moorthy
A part from these one should also know about:
• Sudarsana Chakratthalvar
• Sri Sitha, Rama, Lakshmana
• Rukmini, Krishna
• Salagramas.

BHOGA SRINIVASA MURTHY

In Ananda Nilaya the ever beautiful idol is that of Bhoga Srinivasudu. This silver idol was presented to the temple by a Pallava queen ‘Saama Vaayi’ in 614 A.D. She rejoiced in decorating the idol with many ornaments. During the ‘Ekanta Seva’ at the day’s end, it is the privilege of Bhoga Srinivasa to go to bed on silk mattress. During ‘Suprabhata Seva’ in the morning, this idol is removed from the silk mattress and kept at the foot of the main deity.
KOLUVU SRINIVASA MURTHY

Every morning Koluvu Sreenivasa Murthy is seated on the golden throne in Snapana Mandapam and almanac (Panchangam) is read out to him. All the details of the day like tithi, nakshatra, yoga and the information about different sevas are given to him. Then the treasury clerk humbly presents to him, the income and expenditure account of the previous day. This is done is Snapana Mandapam before the sunrise failing which it is done in Ghanta Mandapam after sunrise.

UGRA SREENIVASA MURTHY

In the by gone days, the processional deities of Ugra Sreenivasa Murhty were taken out for procession during festivals. When these idols were being taken in a procession on a particular day, strange, unusual and alarming incidents took place. After these incidents, these idols since 1330 A.D have not been used in procession. Even now if at all they are taken out, they are returned to the temple by 3 A.M and offered ‘naivedyam’ to the Lord in the Ranganayaka Mandapam and then taken to Ananda Nilaya.

MALAYAPPA SWAMI

There is an anecdote in circulation behind Malayappa Swami being made a processional deity in place of Ugra Sreenivasa Murthy. We have learnt that during the 13 th century when Ugra Srinivasa Murthy was being taken in a procession, Strange and disturbing incidents took place. Then all the devotees prayed to the Lord and sought his protection. Then the Lord voiced his words through a devotee and advised them not to use these idols for processions in future and told them to use other idols which are available at a place called ‘Malayappa-Kona, the priests searched that the place and brought the idol of the Lord. As the idol was found in Malayappa Kona, he was called Malayappa Swami. While the idol of Lord Venkateswara is a granite Swayambhu, Malayappa Swami’s idol is made of metal alloy. After the main deity, Malayappa Swami’s idol has a special place of pride. It is great feast to the eyes to see Malayappa Swami along with his consorts. Sreedevi and Bhudevi during the fete of processions, festivals and all Sevas. In a year more than 450 processions and festivals are
performed. Among them, some are meant for the main deity and while the others meant for Malayappa Swami. During Kalyanotsavams, Malayappa swamy is made the bridegroom. On Ugadi (Telugu new year) the first rituals are performed on Malayappa Swami and during the ten day ‘Brahmothsavams’ the festivities reach the pinnacle of glory. These incomparable festivities are world renown and have no substitutes.
SRI SUDARSHANA CHAKRA TALWAR

In Tirumala we witness Sri Sudarshana Bhagwan’s presence in the right hand of the Lord in the varied forms of light and processional deity. The important role played by Sudarshana Bhagavan, in punishing the evil ones and protecting the devotees by the Lord, is commendable. He takes the responsibility of protecting the devotees coming to Tirumala as well as their safe passage. During the ten day ‘Brahmatsavams’, Malayappa Swamy is taken in a procession every day in the morning and evening in the streets of Tirumala. Just before Malayappa Swami embarks on his procession, Chakra talwar moving out in his palanquin carries out the security check up of the processional passage. He then goes inside and reports to the Lord. After receiving this report, Lord Malayappa Swamy begins his procession.

SEETARAMALAKSHMANULU

It is said that while Sree Rama was in exile Threthayuga, he and Lakshmana came to Tirumala in search of Seeta. As a mark of their visit, their Statues are kept in the temple. As they were in exile, their statues reflect their simplicity and are devoid of any ornaments. History accounts for these Statues being gifted by a bramhin.

RUKMINI KRISHNULU

Mythology endorses that Lord Venkateswara is none other than Lord Sri Krishna of Dwaparayuga in the pre dawn Suprabhataseva of Lord Venkateswara, a mention of Srikrishna’s name is made in the phrase ‘Uthishtothishta Govinda’. In the month of (Dhanurmasa) January while Ekantaseva is performed Lord Krishna is made to sleep on the silk mattresses in place of Bhoga Srinivasa Murthy. During this month, Suprabhatham is not recited. Songs(Thiruppavai) related to Sri Krishna alone are sung for waking up the Lord.
SALAGRAMALU

Salagramas are stones in the form of a spherical, usually black-colored found in the sacred river Gandaki.. What makes them so sacred is that they have lines ingrained on them, which resemble the shape of Sankhu and Chakra. These are worshipped by Vaishnavites as a form of Vishnu.
In Anandanilaya apart from the Lord, four big special Salagramas and several small Salaagramas receive abhishekam and archana every day. All these Salagramas are placed in a silver vessel worshipped at the foot of the deity and having come out of ‘Ananda Nilayam’ abundantly blessed, let us go to Lord’s main kitchen.

PRADHANA VANTASHALA –POTU (MAIN KITCHEN)

This kitchen is a very ancient one. All prasadams offered to the Lord are prepared here. Due to the ever-increasing rush, preparation of some items is in padi pootu in Sampangi Pradakshina. The Lord has a good appetite not only for delicious food but also for fragrant flowers and ornaments. Lord Venkateswara who loves delicious food, happily shares the same with his devotees in the form of Prasadam. Tenali Ramakrishna, the court poet of Sri Krishna Deva Raya has bestowed the title ‘Thindimendayya’ (voracious eater) on the Lord after he was unable to assess the Lord’s food intake. Nowhere in the world ‘Prasadams’ of this magnitude are prepared with pure ghee. It is believed that the left over ghee after preparing items on a day is sufficient enough (for preparing prasadams) in smaller temples through out the year.

VAKULA DEVI

It is believed that Vakuladevi the mother of Lord Srinivasa, supervises the preparation of food relished by Lord Srinivasa. To this day she continues to supervise the preparation of all the prasadams for the Lord. So a peep hole is made in the wall for her to over see the preparations in the kitchen.
BANGARU BAVI

The well beside the main kitchen is known as ‘Bangaru bavi’. The water from this well is used for Abhishekam, archana and cooking food for the Lord. In the earlier era water from this well was channeled directly to the tub in the kitchen through a fifteen feet high canal. This technique used here is similar to that used in pumping water at Hampi town during the reign of Vijayanagara kings. Even twenty years ago water was being pumped into the kitchen through this canal. But now a days due to heavy rush of pilgrims and due to increase in quantum of preparation of Prasadams, water is being pumped by a motor.
ANKURARPANA MANDAPAM

To the south of ‘Bangaru Bavi’ and opposite to the main kitchen is located ‘Ankurpana Mandapam’. Before the commencement of the ten day Brahmotsavams every year, ankurarpanam (Initiation ceremony) is performed. Ankurapanam means the sprouting of nine varieties of grains usually called ‘Navadhanyam’. Before every festivity and every celebration this procedure is adopted. Hence, this mandapam is called ‘Ankurarpana Mandapam’, another speciality followed from the early days is that the idols of Anantha, Garuda, Vishwaksena (Lord’s army chief) and the idols of Rama’s attendant deities Sugreeva, Angada and Anjaneya are kept in this Mandapam for being seen by the pilgrims. In the Vicinity of these deities in ‘Ankurarpana Mandapam’ priests give theertham (holy water) to the devotees. Let us also accept in humility the holy water from the priests. This holy water is the medicine which gets rid of the karmas. It cures the diseases like anger, desires of flesh, greed hatred etc. and gives us eternal peace. It is time to move to ‘Yagasala’ by chanting the name of this Lord. Govinda………which dispels fear!

YAGASALA

The room adjacent to Ankurarpana mandapam is the Yagasala, where all yagas and homams (sacrificial fire) are performed since ages. But at present they are performd in the Kalyana mandapam located in Sampangi Pradakshina. But only during Brahmotsavams these rituals are performed in the yagasala. The Lords Yagasala destroys all our sins and we will not get entangled in the bonds of sins any more. Let us prostrate before this ‘Yagasala’ and pay our reverence to it.

NANALA PARAKAMANI (Coin counting room)

This was gradually constructed over a period of time by the representative of Vijaya nagara Empire named Chennappa in 1586 A.D. Actually this was the place where Kalyanotsavams were performed 50 years ago. Due to pilgrim rush, this was shifted to ‘Sampangi Pradakshinam’.

NOTLA PARKAMANI (Counting Room for paper currency)

The present location where the counting process was carried out was earlier used for several purposes. Due to the increasing rush of pilgrims the location and timings of counting have been changed. At present this mandap is used for counting paper money. Transparent glasses are arranged around this place for the pilgrims to witness the process of counting. There are several heaps of gold, silver, paper money, foreign currency, antique jewellery, silver coins and old legal tender like Kani, ana, ardhana etc. are noticed in this place. These are the offerings of the devotees to the Lord. The counting process is carried out meticulously by the employees of TTD under the supervision of TTD officials. There is the vigilance wing which also overseas the process of counting. Further the entire process of counting is video graphed. In addition two pilgrims are permitted as witnesses to this counting process right from the beginning till the end. The devotees who came to the vimana pradakshina after having the darshan of the Lord at that point of time are selected as witnesses for the ‘Parakamani’. They are the fortunate and the blessed ones to witness this procedure.
After the counting is over, these pilgrims have to append their signature as to confirm that the entire process of counting was done perfectly. Then, they are permitted to have another darshan of the Lord and prasadams. With full security, the process of counting is done and the receipt accounts are presented by dawn to the treasurer of the Lord.
Nothing is greater than the divine wealth. Let us all sacrifice what ever we can for the good cause. Only the name ‘Govinda’ is everlasting and gives us immense bliss!

CHANDANAPU ARA

The sandal paste required for daily usage of the Lord is prepared here. Large stones are arranged here for making sandal paste from sandal wood. The sandal paste required for various festivals through out the year is prepared here.
Chandana Charchita Govinda
The Lord of the untainted form,
The Lord who is beautiful and anointed by sandal paste,
The Lord who has a body tint equal to that of a cloud!

ANANDA NILAYA VIMANAM

The golden abode of the Lord of the universe is Ananda Nilaya. It is the sacred place where the Lord Venkateswara receives his ‘Poojas’ and ‘archanas’. The golden gopuram on this AnandaNilaya is the ‘Ananda Nilaya Vimana’ which is also known as Bangaru Gopura Vimanam. As per mythology, Garuthmantha (Vehicle of Sri Vishnu) brought this Ananda Nilaya Vimanam from Vaikuntam (the celestial abode of Vishnu) and consecrated it in this sacred place as desired by Lord Sri Vishnu.
A true devotee alone is able to see the actual Vimanam brought from Vaikuntam. To the ordinary people, he appears as a statue and the Vimana is visible to them as golden gopura. If one has a firm belief in him this ‘Vimana’ becomes visible to him/her (Nothing is impossible). Even ‘Vamana Purana’ has recorded this. Helicopters and aeroplanes are not allowed to fly over Venkatachalam where Ananda Nilaya is located. On Narayanagiri, signal towers are arranged for helping the pilots to keep away from this location. No one is permitted to land his aeroplane or helicopter on the Tirumala Hills. Not even the Prime Minister, Chief Minister or President can do it. Every one has to reach Tirumala by foot or by road from Tirupati.
Many great people, sages, emperors and devotees have had a darshan of this Vimanam and served the Lord. Some of these devotees developed this ‘gopuram’ and got it gold plated.
VIMANA VENKATESWARA SWAMI

Lord Venkateswara ingrained on Ananda Nilaya Vimanam is said to be as powerful and sacred as the main deity in the sanctum. Even if one fails to have the darshan of the Lord, he could have a glimpse of Vimana Venkateswara and derive the same benefits usually associated with the darshan of the Lord in the Sanctum. Nowadays due to increase in pilgrim rush, the devotees have the darshan of ‘Vimana Venkateswara’ only after having the darshan of the Lord in the Sanctum.
RECORD ROOM

Close to the place from where Vimana Venkateswara is seen, is the record room with a sign board fixed atop. In this room all records and files pertaining to the ornaments of the main and processional deity are kept. All details of the weight and value of the silverware and gold ornaments is recorded in the ledgers.

RECITAL OF VEDAS

Beginning from the record room, Veda pundits seated there, melodiously recite the slokas from the Vedas.
Oh the most beautiful and wonderful Srimannarayana! The Lord who knows all the Vedas and Upanishads! The Lord’s presence in Ohmkaram, is the beginning and end of the Universe! Let us all chant the Narayana mantra which is so very powerful and propagated by Adi Sankaracharya!

SABHA ARA (SHELF)

All the articles like the golden umbrellas, silver torches, camphor plates and silk robes used in Lord’s processions are kept here. The golden cot with silk mattress used for the ekanta seva of the Lord is also stored here. Let us proceed further by saluting this shelf.

SANKEERTANA BHAANDARAM (Treasury of Sankeertanas)

Adjacent to the sabha are, there is the treasury of Sankeertanas. There are two statues on either side of this room. One is Annamacharya’s Statue and the other is that of Peda Tirumalacharyulu.
Annamcharya of Tallapaka heritage, his son Peda Tirumalacharyulu and his grand son China Tirumalacharyulu have sung hymns in praise of the Lord and honoured him.
All these hymns and poems are inscribed on copper plates and kept in safe custody in this place. These poems and hymns became so popular that one can hear them at anytime and at any place on TVs, Cds etc.
Annamayya not only took part in all festivals of the Lord but also secured a permanent place in the temple complex. Is it a possibility for any ordinary man!? Such a great devotee that he is, he wrote about 32000 keerthanas on Lord Venkateswara. He advised his son to write atleast one Keertana everyday and dedicate it to the Lord after his demise.
During 1525-30 A.D the construction of the trove was completed and all the works of Tallapaka family were inscribed on copper plates and safely kept in Tallapaka shelf.
It is said that all hymns originally written were on Palmyra leaves and later on transcribed on copper plates by his son.The king of Vijayanagara dynasty, Achyutarayalu, helped in constructing this treasure trove and preserving Annamayya’s writings. The corpus of Tallapaka came to light when Sadu Subramanya Sastri who worked in different posts in TTD from 1919 to 1946 A.D sighted the inscriptions. In 1923 all the copper plates on which Tallapaka’s corpus of literature was inscribed were taken out by him and got them rewritten on paper by the then pandit of TTD, Venkataramana Sastri. Lot of care was taken about them till 1930. Subramanya Sastri was transferred to Madras in 1931, for supervising the making of a diamond crown for the processional deity Mlayappa Swami ordered by the queen of Gadwal. The responsibility of paying personal attention to that work was entrusted to Sastri. It took two years for the completion of the crown. In this two year period, lot of Tallapaka literature was lost and whatever was left was published. The members of Annamacharya family still play a very important role in the shrine. Every day morning during Suprabhata seva, it is the members of the Tallapaka family who sings hymns at the golden door for waking up the Lord and at night lullabies are sung by them for the Lord. They play a very important part in the Kalyanotsavams. The father of blank verse is Tallapaka Annamacharya, whose hymns are recited by every one while visiting the Shrine. Annamacharya’s family plays a vital role in the various rituals at the shrine.
“The different forms of Hari are the angels
The various names of Hari are the mantras”.
How fortunate and blessed is the saint poet Annamacharya, to have sung the glory of the Lord Venkateswara every second of his life! How blissful it would be for us if we also could do it. Atleast keep chanting the Lord’s name Govinda… forever and ever!

SANNIDHI BHASHYALU

Just beside Tallapaka treasure trove there is a pavilion called ‘Sannidhi Bhashyalu’. There is a granite statue of Sri Ramanuja in this pavilion. Sri Ramanuja in his long life of 120 years (1017 – 1137 A.D) visited Tirumala thrice. In those days, very reluctant to trample the holy hills with his feet, he climbed the seven hills on his knees. It is said that he took rest at a point now known as ‘Mokali Mitta’. In his memory, a temple was constructed here. He has rendered yeomen service to the Lord at Tirumala. Sri Ramnuja streamlined the temple management and handed it over to the posterity. Let us pay tribute to this holy man, whom the Lord treated as his teacher.
THE LORD’S DOLLARS

Gold and silver dollars with Lord Venkateswara Swami’s image are sold at this place. The devotees after having a darshan of the Lord, can buy these dollars.

YOGA NARASIMHASWAMI SANNIDHI

It is said to have been built between 1330 – 1360 A.D. The abandoned statue of Yoga Narasimha Swami, lying at some place on Tirumala hills was brought by Sri Ramanujulu to the temple and was consecrated inside the shrine. While sitting infront of this statue Annamayya had written hymns on the Lord. Let us also close our eyes and meditate for a while and then proceed to learn about Sankusthapana Sthambam.
SANKUSTHAPANA STHAMBHAM

King Thondamanu laid the foundation at this place before the commencement of construction of Ananda Nilaya Gopuram and other associate works.

PARIMALAM ARA (SHELF OF FRAGRANCE)

From Sankusthapana Stambam let us go round Yoga Narasimha Swami to see the fragrant shelf on the way. The perfumes and aromatics used for the Lord are sent from this place.

SRIVARI HUNDI

After having the darshan of the Lord, the devotees deposit their offerings to the Lord in this Hundi. This hundi is sealed with sealing wax not only by the TTD officials but also by the Jiyyars. While opening this hundi, officials verify whether the seals are tampered or not. It is believed that a Sri Chakra is placed under this hundi and hence the deity receives lot of wealth in the form of offerings. Sri Ramanadha Ghanapati, a veda pundit of TTD has said that when he was still a student of Vedas seventy years ago, land under hundi was dug to raise the ground level of the temple. It was then that the Sri Chakra Yantram was found. The temple complex was modified many times for creating easy passage to the devotees. But the hundi was never shifted from this place.
The Lord has blessed us with this beautiful life, a family, wealth and everything. Let us not hesitate to sacrifice a part of our wealth which the Lord has given us. Each paise we offer to the Lord is spent for a good cause. Let us all deposit our offerings in the Hundi and have the darshan of golden Varalakshmi.

BANGARU VARALAKSHMI

For the benefit of devotees depositing their offerings in the hundi, a tall statue of bangaru Varalakshmi (golden Varalakshmi) is arranged on the left side wall. It is belived that goddess Varalakshmi grants lot of wealth to all the devotees who fulfill their vows.
“You give!
God will send!”

KATAHA THEERTHAM

To the left side of the exit of Hundi room and opposite to Annamacharya treasure trove there is ‘Kataha Theertham’ a tub like structure. This is where the Abhisheka theertham (holy water) coming out from the feet of the Lord is collected. This ‘Theertham must be consumed by chanting the name of Lord Venkateswara. It is said in Skanda Puranam that those who take this theertham would be liberated from their sins and all terminally ill people are cured of their illness.

VISHWAKSENA

After coming out from hundi enclosure one can see the small temple of Vishvaksena on the left side. He is the army chief of Lord Venkateswara. The processional statue of Vishwaksena, which plays an important role during festivals, is at present placed in Ankurarpana mandapam.
MUKKOTI PRADAKSHINAM

Mukkoti Pradakshinam begins at Lord Rama’s mansion that is beyond Ghanta Mandapam in the path way of Vimana Pradakshina. This is kept open every year on the day of Vaikunta Ekadasi in dhanurmasam (December month). On that day this passage is kept open from midnight to midnight. On that day the doors of this passage are called ‘Vaikunta dwaram’. On that auspicious day this passage is fully decorated with flowers and colourful electric lights. Blessed are those who pass these doors on that auspicious day. It is their good luck and fortune to move through these doors.
‘Vina Venkatesam nanadonanada
Sada Venkatesam Smarami Smarami’
‘There is none who is equal to Lord
Venkateswara. He is nonpareil
We have got faith and devotion
and always trusted his divine feet only’.
To the Lord who is residing in the
Hearts of his devotees
A devine and a supreme
Mangalam! (an auspicious close).

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భగవద్గీత నేటి శ్లోకం

భగవద్గీత నేటి శ్లోకం

శ్లో॥ కర్మేన్ద్రియాణి సంయమ్య య ఆస్తే మనసా స్మరన్‌। ఇన్ద్రియార్థాన్వి మూఢాత్మా మిథ్యాచారస్స ఉచ్యతే॥ `6

తా॥ ఎవడు కర్మేంద్రియాలను నిగ్రహించుకొని విషయాలను మనస్సుచేత స్మరిస్తున్నాడో, అటువంటి వివేక శూన్యుడు మిథ్యాచారుడని పేర్కొనబడుచున్నాడు.

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తితిదే ప్రచురణలు ప్రాచుర్యంలోకి..

తితిదే ప్రచురణలు ప్రాచుర్యంలోకి…

* ఈవో ఐవైఆర్‌ కృష్ణారావు
* పుస్తక విక్రయాశాలలు ప్రారంభం
తిరుపతి , మే 8 :
తిరుమల తిరుపతి దేవస్థానాల ప్రచురణలను ప్రాచుర్యంలోకి తీసుకొచ్చేందుకు కృషి చేస్తున్నట్లు ఈవో ఐవైఆర్‌ కృష్ణారావు పేర్కొన్నారు. శనివారం తితిదే వసతి గృహం శ్రీనివాసం, రైల్వేస్టేషన్‌లలో తితిదే పుస్తక విక్రయశాలలను ఆయన ప్రారంభించారు. శ్రీనివాసం ఏఈవో చిన్నంగారి రమణ కొనుగోలు చేసిన పుస్తకాన్ని ఈవో అందజేశారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా ఆయన మాట్లాడుతూ గతంలో ప్రచురణ విభాగంలో సమన్వయ లోపంతో తితిదే ప్రచురణలు భక్తులకు చేరవ కాలేకపోయాయన్నారు. ప్రస్తుతం ఈ విభాగాన్ని పటిష్టపరిచామన్నారు. తితిదే కల్యాణమండపాల్లో ఉన్న పుస్తక కేంద్రాలను ఆధునీకరించి అందుబాటులోకి తీసుకొస్తున్నట్లు చెప్పారు. రామకృష్ణ మఠం సహకారంతో హైదరాబాదులో పుస్తక విక్రయ కేంద్రాన్ని ఏర్పాటు చేశామన్నారు. వివేకానంద కేంద్ర, కన్యాకుమారి వారి సౌజన్యంతో చెన్నై, బెంగుళూరు ప్రాంతాల్లో పుస్తక విక్రయ కేంద్రాలను ఏర్పాటు చేయనున్నట్లు వెల్లడించారు. కార్యక్రమంలో తితిదే జేఈవో యువరాజ్‌, స్పెషల్‌గ్రేడ్‌ డిప్యూటి ఈవో నరసింహబాబు, ఈడీపీ మేనేజర్‌ భాస్కర్‌, మురళి, ప్రజాసంబంధాల అధికారి రవి, డీఈ నాగభూషణం, సూపరింటెండెంట్లు పాండురంగయ్య, సత్రేనాయక్‌ తదితరులు పాల్గొన్నారు.
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ఉద్యోగినులకు నిరంతర ఆరోగ్యశిబిరాలు

ఉద్యోగినులకు నిరంతర ఆరోగ్యశిబిరాలు

తిరుపతి , మే 8 :
తితిదే ఉద్యోగినుల సంక్షేమాన్ని దృష్టిలో ఉంచుకొని నిరంతర ఆరోగ్య శిబిరాలు నిర్వహించనున్నట్లు తితిదే ఈవో కృష్ణారావు తెలిపారు. శనివారం కేంద్రీయ వైద్యశాలలో ఉద్యోగినులకు ‘బ్రెస్ట్‌ క్యాన్సర్‌ మాస్‌ స్క్రీనింగ్‌ క్యాంపు’ను ఆయన ప్రారంభించారు. ఈసందర్భంగా ఆయన మాట్లాడుతూ తితిదే ఉద్యోగులకు ఈ శిబిరం వల్ల మేలు కలుగుతుందన్నారు. అవసరం అయితే ఉద్యోగుల వసతి సముదాయాల్లోనూ వైద్యపరీక్ష శిబిరాలు నిర్వహించేందుకు వెనుకాడమన్నారు. స్విమ్స్‌ డైరెక్టరు వెంగమ్మ మాట్లాడుతూ వ్యాధుల ప్రాథమిక దశలోనే అవగాహన, మాస్‌స్క్రీనింగ్‌ క్యాంపులను తరచూ నిర్వహించాలన్నారు. 40 ఏళ్లు నిండిన మహిళలు మెమోగ్రఫీ పరీక్షలు చేసుకోవాలన్నారు.

ప్రతి మహిళా 20 ఏళ్లు రాగానే వారోనికోసారి రొమ్మును పరీక్ష చేసుకోవాలన్నారు. స్విమ్స్‌ ఆంకాలజి విభాగాధిపతి డాక్టర్‌ కన్నన్‌, స్విమ్స్‌ ఆంకాలజీ విభాగం అసోసియేట్‌ ప్రొఫెసరు డాక్టరు వై.కె.శివకుమార్‌రెడ్డి పవర్‌పాయింట్‌ ద్వారా రొమ్ముక్యాన్సర్‌ వ్యాధి లక్షణాలు, స్వయం పరీక్షా తీరు, వైద్యపరీక్షల గురించి వివరించారు. కార్యక్రమంలోతితిదే సంయుక్తకార్యనిర్వహణాధికారి యువరాజ్‌, ముఖ్య వైద్యాధికారి డాక్టరు సి.ప్రభాకర్‌, సీనియర్‌ వైద్యాధికారి డాక్టరు జె.కుమారస్వామి, కేంద్రీయ వైద్యశాల పర్యవేక్షకులు డాక్టరు శ్రీరామమూర్తిరాజు, హెడ్‌నర్సు అనురాధ తదితరులు పాల్గొన్నారు. ముందస్తు పేర్లు నమోదుచేసుకున్న ఉద్యోగినులకు స్క్రీనింగ్‌ పరీక్షలు నిర్వహించారు.

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Steps on to promote TTD books

Steps on to promote TTD books
Tirupati , May 7 :
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) executive officer, Mr I.Y.R. Krishna Rao, on Saturday inaugurated the TTD bookstalls at Srinivasam Complex and Railway station in Tirupati and said that the TTD is eyeing to enhance its sales of publications across the country soon.

Mr Krishna Rao said that the TTD had been publishing rare, great works since several years.

“These Works need to be promoted across the country and for that we need to enhance our sales.

We will be soon starting our stalls ‘ at Kanyakumari, Chennai and Bengaluru tying up with famous book centers like Vivekananda Kendra and Sri Ramakrishna Mission.

We have already started our work in that direction and began a stall recently in Hyderabad,” he said.

Later, the EO inaugurated the “Breast Screening Camp” for women employees of the TTD and the event was jointly organised by the TTD Central hospital and the Oncology Department of Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (Svims).

The camp was conducted at the Central Hospital.

Mr Rao said that it is alarming to note that the intensity of breast cancer cases among women has considerably increased in the last five years.

The Svims director, Dr B. Vengamma, said such camps should be organised at regular intervals for women to create awareness among them abouf breast cancer.

“Usually as and when a girl reaches the age of 20, she should start self-breast examination and try the same at least once every week.

After reaching the age of 40, a woman should go for mammography test and should under go this test once in a year thereafter without fail,” she observed.

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రాష్ట్రవ్యాప్తంగా సత్యదేవుని వ్రతాలు

రాష్ట్రవ్యాప్తంగా సత్యదేవుని వ్రతాలు

తిరుమల తిరుపతి దేవస్థానం రాష్ట్రవ్యాప్తంగా నిర్వహిస్తున్న గోవింద కల్యాణం తరహాలో అన్నవరం దేవస్థానం ఆధ్వర్యంలో సత్యదేవుని వ్రతాలు నిర్వహించడానికి ప్రణాళిక సిద్ధమైంది. దీనికోసం ప్రత్యేకంగా ప్రచార రథాన్ని కూడా రూపొందించారు. ఈ నెల 17న తూర్పుగోదావరి జిల్లా అయినవిల్లి సిద్ధివినాయక స్వామి దేవస్థానం నుంచి ఈ కార్యక్రమాన్ని ప్రారంభించాలని భావిస్తున్నారు. ప్రచార రథం ద్వారా సత్యదేవుని వ్రతాలపై ముందుగా వివిధ ప్రాంతాల్లో ప్రచారం నిర్వహిస్తారు. తరువాత అక్కడే సామూహిక వ్రతాలు కూడా జరుపుతారు. ఈ రథంలో సత్యదేవుడు, అనంతలక్ష్మి అమ్మవార్ల ఉత్సవమూర్తులను ఉంచి పూజలు నిర్వహిస్తారు. దీనికోసం సిబ్బందిని, అర్చకుల్ని, పురోహితులను కూడా నియమించనున్నారు. ఆయా ప్రాంతాల్లో వ్రతమాచరించే భక్తులందరికీ దేవస్థానం తరఫున స్వామివారి అక్షింతలు, ప్రసాదం, సత్యదేవుని ఛాయాచిత్రం అందిస్తారు.
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నేడు తిరుమలలో సామూహిక ఉపనయనాలు

నేడు తిరుమలలో సామూహిక ఉపనయనాలు

తిరుమల , మే 8 :
శంకర జయంతిని పురష్కరించుకుని తితిదే ఆధ్వర్యంలో ఉచిత సామూహిక ఉపనయనాలను ఆదివారం నిర్వహించనున్నారు. స్థానిక పురోహిత సంఘంలో కార్యక్రమం జరుగుతుంది. ఏడేళ్లు పూర్తయిన బాలునికి ఉపనయన కార్యక్రమాన్ని నిర్వహించడం అనాదిగా వస్తున్న ఆచారమని పురోహిత సంఘం కార్యదర్శి ఉమాకుమార శాస్త్రి తెలిపారు. ఉపనయనం చేసుకున్న బాలునితో పాటు తల్లిదండ్రులకు సుపథం ప్రవేశ మార్గంలో శ్రీవారి దర్శనానికి ఉచితంగా అనుమతిస్తామని చెప్పారు. ఒక లడ్డూ, వడ రుసుం చెల్లించి పొందవచ్చునని పేర్కొన్నారు. ఇప్పటి వరకు 150 మంది భక్తులు పేర్లు నమోదు చేసుకున్నట్లు తెలిపారు. ఉపనయనాల్లో పాల్గొనే భక్తులు ఎలాంటి రుసుం, వస్తుసామగ్రి, పురోహితునికి సంభావన చెల్లించాల్సిన అవసరంలేదని సూచించారు. అన్ని ఏర్పాట్లను తితిదే ఉచితంగా చేస్తుందని తెలిపారు. అదే విధంగా పుష్పగిరి మఠంలోనూ కార్యక్రమం జరగనుంది.

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SRINIVASA GOVINDA – 1

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TTD EO INAUGURATES TTD BOOK STALLS AT SRINIVASAM AND RAILWAY STATION

TTD EO INAUGURATES TTD BOOK STALLS AT SRINIVASAM AND RAILWAY STATION

Tirupati, 07 May 2011(P.R.O) The TTD EO Sri IYR Krishna Rao has inaugurated TTD book stalls at Srinivasam Complex and Railway station in Tirupati on Saturday and said that the management of TTD is eyeing to enhance its sales of publications across the country soon.

After inaugurating the TTD sales wing at Srinivasam complex the EO said, TTD has been publishing rare, great works since several years. “These works need to be promoted across the country and for that we need to enhance our sales. We will be soon starting our stalls at Kanyakumari, Chennai and Bangalore tying up with famous book centres like Vivekananda Kendra and Sri Ramakrishna Mission. We have already started our work in that direction and began a stall recently at Hyderabad”, he added.

Tirupati JEO Dr.N.Yuvraj and other TTD officials were also present.

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TTD EO INAUGURATES “BREAST SCREENING CAMP” FOR TTD WOMEN EMPLOYEES AT CENTRAL HOSPITAL

TTD EO INAUGURATES “BREAST SCREENING CAMP” FOR TTD WOMEN EMPLOYEES AT CENTRAL HOSPITAL

Tirupati, 07 May 2011(P.R.O) The TTD EO Sri IYR Krishna Rao has inaugurated “Breast Screening Camp” for women employees of TTD jointly organised by TTD Central hospital and SVIMS onchology department at Central hospital in Tirupati on Saturday.

Addressing the awareness camp he said, it is alarming to note that the intensity of breast cancer cases among women has considerably increased in the last five years. “This is because of negligence due to lack of proper awareness about the hazards of the dreadful disease among majority of women”, he observed.

“In TTD almost 50% of our employees are women and hence we thought of commencing the awareness camp from TTD itself as we are more concern about their health. According to some recent survey, only 3% of screening is being done in India while 65% is being carried out in countries like Japan, Korea, Singapore etc. So we have henceforth decided to organise screening camps at regular intervals for the sake of our women employees in TTD central hospital”, he added.

In her address, the director of SVIMS Dr.Vengamma said such camps should be organised at regular intervals for women to create awareness among them about breast cancer. “Usually as and when a girl reach the age of 20, she should start self-breast examination and try the same at least once every week. After reaching the age of 40, a woman should go Mammography test and should under go this test once in a year thereafter without fail as this is the age where majority of women are prone to breast cancer”, she said. Further she added saying that once the breast tumours are detected in first or second stage they can be curable otherwise it becomes hazardous.

Later the Head of the Department of Onchology in SVIMS Dr.Kannan said, there is an urgent need to create vigorous awareness among the women about the dreadful breast cancer in India. “While in the countries like Japan, Singapore, Korea the percentage of screening tests is 65%, it is only 3% in India. Interestingly in India cervical cancer is on decline while the breast cancer is alarmingly increasing. To change this situation it requires vigorous awareness. It is infact alarming to note that Andhra Pradesh occupies fourth place in breast cancer after UP, Maharastra and Bihar”, he added.

In his power point presentation, the Associate professor of Surgical Onchology from SVIMS Dr.YK Siva Kumar Reddy clearly explained about the reasons and factors leading to this disease and precautions to be taken to prevent the disease before it could engulf the human life.

The meeting was also attended by Tirupati JEO Dr.N.Yuvraj and presided over by Chief Medical Officer of TTD, Dr. Prabhakar while the vote of thanks has been delivered by Superintended of TTD central hospital Dr. Sri Rama Murthy. A fraternity of doctors from TTD and SVIMS, nursing staff and women employees of TTD took part in the programme. Later screening has been performed to over 150 employees.

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త్వరలో తమిళుల కోసం ఎస్వీబీసీ చానెల్

త్వరలో తమిళుల కోసం ఎస్వీబీసీ చానెల్

తిరుమల , మే 7 :
శ్రీవారు, టీటీడీ వైభవాన్ని ప్రపంచా నికి చాటిచెప్పడంలో శ్రీ వేంకటేశ్వర భక్తిఛానల్ పాత్ర కీలమని టీటీడీ ఈవో కృష్ణారావు తెలిపారు. టీటీడీ కల్పిస్తున్న అనేకానేక సౌకర్యాల సమాచారాన్ని భక్తులకు అందిండంలో ఎస్వీబీసీ కీలక భూమిక పోషిస్తోందని ఆయన వివరిం చారు. శుక్రవారం తిరుమలలో ‘డయ ల్ యువర్ ఈవో’ కార్యక్రమం ప్రారం భానికి ముందు ఆయన మాట్లాడుతూ శ్రీవారి దర్శనార్థం నిత్యం 35శాతం మంది భక్తులు తమిళనాడు నుంచి వస్తున్నారని, వీరి సౌకర్యార్థం మరో 2, 3 నెలల్లో తమిళభాషలో కూడా చా నెల్ కార్యక్రమాలను ప్రసారం చేయ డానికి టీటీడీ నిర్ణయం తీసుకుం దన్నా రు. అయితే ఎస్వీబీసీపై కూడా ఆర్థిక దుర్వినియోగం అభియోగాలు వస్తు న్నాయని, అటువంటి లోపాలు ఏవైనా ఉంటే వాటిని సరిదిద్దుకోవడానికి సిద్ధం గా ఉన్నామని అన్నారు.

చలన యంత్రంతో సుదర్శనం

తిరుమలకు క్రమేపీ పెరుగుతున్న రద్దీ కారణంగా దర్శనం కోసం గంటల తరబడి నిరీక్షించవలసిన పరిస్థితి ఏర్పడుతోందన్నారు. దీంతో ఎక్కువ మంది భక్తులకు దర్శనం కల్పించాలనే ఉద్దేశం తో మహాలఘును ప్రవేశపెట్టామన్నా రు. అయితే మహాలఘు దర్శన సమ యంలో అక్కడ విధులు నిర్వర్తించే సి బ్బంది స్వామివారిని క్షణకాలం కూడా చూడనివ్వకుండా తమను నెట్టివేస్తు న్నారని భక్తులు ఫిర్యాదలు చేస్తున్నం దున ‘కదిలే వాహనం’ ఏర్పాటు చేయా లని ప్రతిపాదించామన్నారు.

ఈ వా హన సహకారంతో తొక్కిసలాట జరగ కుండా భక్తులు ప్రశాంతంగా స్వామిని దర్శించుకోవచ్చన్నారు. ప్రస్తుతం సా మాన్య భక్తులకు పెద్దపీట వేస్తూ రోజూ వీఐపీ దర్శనాలకు రెండుగంటలు మా త్రమే కేటాయి స్తున్నామన్నారు. గతం లో లేనివిధంగా తోమాల, అర్చన, అభిషేకం సేవా సమయాలలో కూడా భక్తులకు దర్శ నం కల్పిస్తుండడంతో అదనంగా ఐదు గంటలు సమకూరింద న్నారు. దీంతో పాటు 25 టిక్కెట్ల చొ ప్పున సహస్ర కలశాభిషేకం, తిరుప్పా వడ సేవాటిక్కెట్లను కూడా సామాన్య భక్తులకు కరెంటు బుకింగ్ ద్వారా మం జూరు చేస్తున్నా మన్నారు.

ఆరో విడత కల్యాణమస్తుకు సర్వంసిద్ధం

రాష్ట్రవ్యాప్తంగా జరగనున్న ఆరో వి డత కల్యాణమస్తు నిర్వహణకు టీటీడీ సర్వసిద్ధం చేసిందన్నారు. మే 21న జరగనున్న ఉచిత సామూహిక వివాహ కార్యక్రమానికి విస్తృత ప్రచారం కల్పిం చామన్నారు. గతంలో కన్నా ఎక్కువ మంది జంటలు స్వామివారి కృపతో వివాహం చేసుకోవాలని ఆశిస్తు న్నట్టు ఆయన తెలిపారు. తిరుమలలో ఇటీవ ల చోరీలు పెరిగాయని వార్తలు వస్తుం డడంతో విలువైన వస్తువులను దాచుకో వడానికి వివిధ ప్రాంతాలలో డిజిటల్ లాకర్లను ఏర్పాటు చేశామని వాటిని భక్తులు వినియోగించు కోవాలని ఆయన కోరారు.

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భగవద్గీత నేటి శ్లోకం

భగవద్గీత నేటి శ్లోకం

శ్లో॥ నహి కశ్చితక్షణణమపి జాతు తిష్ఠత్యకర్మకృత్‌। కార్యతే హ్యవశః కర్మ సర్వః ప్రకృతిజైర్గుణైః `5

తా॥ ఎవ్వడూ ఎప్పుడూ క్షణకాలమైన కర్మ చేయకుండా ఉండలేడు. ప్రకృతివల్ల పుట్టిన సత్త్వరజస్త మోగుణాలు అతనిచేత కర్మలను చేయింపక మానవు. ‘‘ఆత్మజ్ఞానం లేనివాడు తాను చేయవలసిన కర్మలను ఉపేక్షించడం ధర్మంకాదు’’, కనుక భగవానుడీరీతిగా వక్కాణిస్తున్నాడు.

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అంతర్జాలంలో కల్యాణమస్తు దరఖాస్తులు

అంతర్జాలంలో కల్యాణమస్తు దరఖాస్తులు

తిరుపతి , మే 6 :
ప్రతిష్ఠాత్మకంగా తలపెట్టిన ఆరో విడత కల్యాణమస్తు కార్యక్రమాన్ని విస్తృతం చేసేందుకు తితిదే యాజమాన్యం చర్యలు తీసుకుంది. తొలిసారిగా అంతర్జాలం (ఇంటర్‌నెట్‌)లో కల్యాణమస్తు దరఖాస్తులను అందుబాటులోకి తీసుకువచ్చింది. గురువారం నుంచి ఈ సౌకర్యాన్ని వధూవరులకు కల్పించింది. ఈ నెల 20న తితిదే రాష్ట్రవ్యాప్తంగా సామూహిక కల్యాణమస్తు నిర్వహించనుంది. ఇప్పటికే రాష్ట్రవ్యాప్తంగా ప్రభుత్వ సహకారంతో తితిదే అవగాహన కార్యక్రమాలు చేపట్టింది. ఎక్కువ మంది జంటలకు వివాహాలు చేసేందుకు కృషిచేస్తోంది. కల్యాణమస్తులో వివాహం చేసుకునే వధూవరులు ఆయా నియోజకర్గ కేంద్రాల్లో దరఖాస్తు చేసుకునే అవకాశం కల్పించింది. అంతేకాకుండా అంతర్జాలంలో కూడా దరఖాస్తులను అందుబాటులో ఉంచింది. వధూవరులు అంతర్జాలం నుంచి దరఖాస్తును డౌన్‌లోడ్‌ చేసుకుని సంబంధిత అధికారులకు అందజేయాల్సి ఉంది.

కళ్యాణమస్తును జయప్రదం చేయండి ః

స్పెషలాఫీసర్‌ మే 20 వ తేదీన నిర్వహిస్తున్న కల్యాణమస్తు కార్యక్రమాన్ని జయప్రదం చేయాలని స్పెషలాఫీసర్‌ సుబ్బారెడ్డి సూచించారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా ఆయన స్థానిక ఎంపిడిఓ కార్యాలయంలో ఏర్పాటు చేసిన సమావేశంలో ఆయన మాట్లాడుతూ వ«ధవుకు తాళిబొట్టు , పట్టుచీర , వరుడికి దుస్తులతో పాటు వారి బంధువులకు 60 మందికి ఉచిత భోజన వసతి కల్పిస్తున్నట్లు ఆయన తెలిపారు. వివాహం చేసుకోదలచిన అభ్యర్థులు ఈనెల 20 వ తేదీలోపు తహసీల్దార్‌ కార్యాలయం , ఎంపిడిఓ కార్యాలయం , మున్సిపల్‌ కార్యాలయాల్లో తమ పేర్లు నమోదు చేసుకోవాలని పేర్కొన్నారు.

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తిరుమలలో ఒకే రోజు 500 వివాహాలు

తిరుమలలో ఒకే రోజు 500 వివాహాలు

తిరుమల , మే 6 :

తిరుమలలో వేసవిరద్దీకి తోడు వైశాఖమాసం వివాహాల సందడి ఊపందుకుంది. గురువారంరాత్రి 500 పెళ్లిళ్లకుపైగా జరిగాయి. ఒక్క పురోహిత సంఘంలోనే 400కు పైగా వివాహాలు జరగడం విశేషం. వీటితోపాటు తిరుమలలో ఉన్న వివిధ కల్యాణమంటపాలలో మరో వంద పెళ్లిళ్లు ఆడంబరంగా జరిగాయి. దీంతో ఎటుచూసినా తిరుమలలో పెళ్లి జనాలే దర్శనమిచ్చారు. అంతేకాకుండా భక్తుల రద్దీ కూడా ఒక్కసారిగా ఊపందుకుంది. కంపార్టుమెంట్లు పూర్తిగా భక్తులతో కిటకిటలాడాయి.
ఇతర వార్తలు

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Moving platforms’ at Tirumala

Moving platforms’ at Tirumala

Tirupati , May 5 :
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on Thursday conducted a trial run of the ‘moving platforms’ which it had been mulling for some time for introduction in the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara.
The mechanised system aims at achieving the twin objectives of providing devotees a jostle-free darshan and to ensure a faster movement of the queue line inside the sanctum sanctorum through the automated system.
The temple on an average witnesses a pilgrim flow of 75,000 everyday with the figure crossing the One lakh mark on festive occasions such as New Year, Garuda Seva, Vaikunta Ekadasi, holidays and weekends.
The trial run of the prototype of the ‘moving platform’ was conducted in the presence of TTD Executive Officer I.Y.R. Krishna Rao at the ‘model temple’ of Lord Venkateswara which the TTD had set up a few years ago at Alipiri.
The temple made of Plaster of Paris is an exact replica of the sanctum sanctorum of the hill temple set up to produce video films on various Sevas and episodes required for transmission through the TTD’s SV Bhakti Channel.’

Adjustable speed
As to the technical details of the ‘moving platform’, according to V. Ranganathan, Managing Director of BNA Technologies Consulting Limited from Bangalore, which fabricated the prototypes, each platform is 3.5 ft wide and 5 ft long and has a capacity to carry 12 persons at a time.
It moves with a speed of 2 mph and operates within the 23/17 feet area inside the sanctum sanctorum i.e., from the Garudalwar idol to the point where the idols of Jaya-Vijaya are installed.
“The speed is adjustable as per the requirement,” said Mr. Ranganathan.
Addressing media persons, Mr. Krishna Rao claimed that the mechanised system could provide hassle-free darshan to each pilgrim for nearly 20 seconds.
He said mock runs would be conducted in the replicated temple under simulated conditions for a month to assess its technical feasibility before its installation in the temple.

‘Maha Laghu Darshan’
But we can organise only Maha Laghu Darshan with this moving platform, he said and added that the Agama pundits also might not object to the system as it could be easily dismantled and re-erected as and when required.
It would not come in the way of conducting certain daily special rituals in the ‘Garudalwar’ area, he pointed out.
The concept of the ‘moving platform’ was an outcome of the workshop which the TTD had conducted in November last to seek ideas to improve the quality of darshan.

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ARJITHA SEVA- Reportiong Time.

ARJITHA SEVA- Reportiong Time.
Arjitha Seva (means performing seva to the Lord on payment of a fee to the temple. There are three kinds of Sevas: Daily Seva, Weekly Seva and Annual Seva.) Grihastas (The Temple addresses the main person performing the seva as Grihasta) are requested to report in Vaikuntam Q Complex-1 as per the timings given below;
Monday- Visesha Pooja- 5 AM
Tuesday- Ashtadala Pada Padmaradhana- 5.30 AM
Wednesday- Sahasra Kalashabishekam- 5.30 AM
Thursday- Thiruppavada- 5.30 AM
Friday- Poorabhishekam- 3 AM, Nijapada Darsanam- 5 AM
Dayli Sevas- Kalyanothsavam- 10 AM to 11 AM, Dolotsavam/Unjal Seva- 10 AM to 11 AM
NOTE- There may be slight changes in the above timings, according to the circumstances.
For more details Please Visit- http://www.tirumala.org

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SEEGRA DARSAN Timings.

SEEGRA DARSAN Timings.
Seeghra Darsan (Quick Darsan) Timings
The TTD had introduced this facility for the benefit of common pilgrims, by increasing the Darsan Timings. The devotees will be allowed during Sarvadarsan Timings from Vaikuntam Q- Complex- 1 through cellar Entry in a separate ’Q’ line. Each Ticket Costs Rs.300/- (One person is allowed). No Recommendation, Requisition letter or Advance Reservation is necessary. The timings are given below.

Saturday to Monday- 4 AM to 5AM, 7AMto 6 PM, 9 PM to 11 PM.

Tuesday- 8.30 AM to 6 PM, 9 PM to 11 PM.

Wednesday- 9.30 AM to 6 PM, 9 PM to 11 PM.

Thursday- 9 AM to 6 PM, 9 PM to 11 PM.

Friday- 10 AM to 6 PM, 9 PM to 11 PM.

Venkataramana Govinda……. Govindaaa………….

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Sri Padmavati Ammavari Nitya Annadanam Trust.

Sri Padmavati Ammavari Nitya Annadanam Trust.
Sri Padmavati Ammavari Nitya Annadanam Trust.
NOTE
Sri Padmavati Ammavari Nithyaprasada Scheme was launched in the year 1999. Later the scheme was renamed as “Sri Padmavati Ammavari Nithya Annadana Scheme” and continued upto 31-03-2006. Later, the same was merged in S.V.Nithya Annadanam Trust.

At Present, the same scheme was renamed as “Sri Padmavati Ammavari Nitya Annadanam Trust”. Hence the devotees are requested to note the changes and send their D.D.’s to Sri Padmavati Ammavari Nitya Annadanam Trust from now.

Venkataramana Govinda ….Govindaaa….

Published in: on May 6, 2011 at 8:08 am  Leave a Comment  
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