TIRUMALA SECOND GHAT ROAD TO BE CLOSED FROM FEB 11 TO MARCH 31

TIRUMALA SECOND GHAT ROAD TO BE CLOSED FROM FEB 11 TO MARCH 31

TIRUMALA, FEB 3:  The second ghat road leading from Tirupati to Tirumala, will be temporarily closed from February 11 to March 31 in connection with the ghat road renovation works taken up by TTD.

Laying of BT road works at an estimated cost of Rs.4.15cr will commence from Sri Vinaya Temple located at the beginning of the second ghat road to GNC toll gate at Tirumala stretching to a length of about 15.5km.

The vehicular traffic will not be allowed from 9am till 6pm on these days. In the remaining hours the traffic will be permitted as usual. However the link road works will commence from February 7 and will be completed on February 10. During this time there will not be any ghat road vehicular restricion. On the Otherhand the first ghat road remains operational for both to and fro vehicular movement during this period.

 

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NO HIKE IN LADDU PRASADAM – HIKED RATES OF PANYARAMS WILL COME IN TO EFFECT FROM JAN 28 – TIRUMALA JEO SRI K.BHASKAR

NO HIKE IN LADDU PRASADAM – HIKED RATES OF PANYARAMS WILL COME IN TO EFFECT FROM JAN 28 – TIRUMALA JEO SRI K.BHASKAR

Tirumala, 28 Jan (P.R.O) The Tirumala Joint Executive Officer Sri K.Bhaskar clarified that the temple administration of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams(TTD) has not hiked the rates of Laddu prasadam but only increased the rates of certain prasadams issued for some Arjitha Sevas.

Briefing the media persons at his camp office in Tirumala on Friday, the JEO said, keeping in view the larger interests of common pilgrims, TTD has not hiked the rates of laddu prasadams and the existing rates will continue. “But apart from Laddus, the temple management prepares small quantities of 12 varieties of prasadams for the Arjitha Seva ticket holders. As lot of variance in the production cost of panyarams(prasadams) was observed were in the cost of some of the prasadams are still in paise TTD has decided to hike the rates” JEO added.

“Accordingly Sri.K.Narasimha Murthy, Cost Accountant from Hyderabad has submitted a cost variance analysis report over the request of TTD and the specified authority has taken the decision to increase the rates of 12 paniyarams which has come in to effect from January 28(Friday) onwards itself”, he added.

PLEASE NOTE: DETAILS OF INCREASED RATES OF PANYARAMS IS ATTACHED WITH THE MAIL.

SL.NO. NAME OF THE PANYARAM EARLIER COST IN RUPEES INCREASED COST

IN RUPEES

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

Small Vada

Big Vada

Jilebi(Thursday Only)

Thenthola (Muruku)

Small Appam

Big Appam

Thomala Dosa

Ghee Dosa

Poli

Small Dosa

Big Dosa

Jaggery Dosa(From 16 th December to 14 th January alone during every year)

4.00

8.00

25.00

4.00

1.00

2.00

0.50Ps

0.75Ps

1.00

0.25Ps

0.50Ps

 

0.75Ps

25.00

45.00

70.00

30.00

10.00

15.00

10.00

10.00

20.00

10.00

15.00

 

25.00

 

ISSUED BY TTDs PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, TIRUPATI

 

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TTD MODIFIES PRATYEKA PRAVESHA DARSHAN ON TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS

TTD MODIFIES PRATYEKA PRAVESHA DARSHAN ON TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS

Tirumala, 12 Jan (P.R.O) To ensure hassle free darshan to more number of pilgrims on Tuesdays and Wednesdays where in the “Laghu Darshan” is under implementation, TTD has decided to restrict issuing Rs.300 Pratyeka Pravesha Darshan tickets till 2pm on these two days alone, said TTD EO Sri IYR Krishna Rao.

The TTD EO held a co-ordination meeting with various department officials at Annamaiah Bhavan in Tirumala on Wednesday. Speaking on this occasion he said, with an aim to provide better and close darshan of Lord Venkateswara to pilgrims, TTD has introduced mandatory laghu darshan for the sake of pilgrims on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. “But the pilgrim influx has abnormally increased even on these two days, since the pilgrims desire to catch a closure glimpse of Lord. With an aim to provide hassle free darshan to more number of pilgrims, TTD has decided to restrict issuing Rs.300 pratyeka pravesha darshan tickets on these two days”, the EO added.

Henceforth the Pratyeka Pravesha Darshan tickets will be issued from 8:30am   till   2pm   on Tuesdays and 9:30am to 2pm on Wednesdays alone, instead of issuing them from   8:30am   to   6pm   and 9:30am to 6pm respectively on these two days which is under existence at present. Sri Rao said the management will issue tickets to those pilgrims who are present in the queue lines only during that point of time. The EO has also appealed to the pilgrims to co-operate with the management decision which has been taken this decision keeping in view the larger interests of the pilgrims .

The EO has directed the officials to ban usage of plastic in Tirumala in a phased manner and asked the officials to bring awareness among the locals, hoteliers, shop owners and other private and TTD establishments in Tirumala and also to engage them in making Tirumala a “Plastic-Free Zone”. He said all the respective establishments owners should segregate the garbage for disposal and by April TTD should meet the target of making Tirumala plastic free.

Tirumala JEO, Sri K.Bhaskar, FACAO Sri k.Bhaskar Reddy, CVSO Sri MK Singh and other officials were also present during the meeting.

Later Sri Rao visited the upcoming Rs.30cr massive Annadanam Complex at Tirumala and inspected the ongoing works. Speaking to media persons he said, the complex is expected to serve the pilgrims on the Telugu New Year Day-UGADI and the concerned officials are asked to speed up the works. He said the massive complex with four huge halls will serve free meals to 4000 pilgrims at a time. “Over the request of pilgrims we have also decided to introduce north-Indian thali including roti-Sabji”, he maintained.

The EO said, two separate donor cells, one each at Tirumala and Tirupati will come up which will work under the control of Joint Executive officers of Tirumala and Tirupati respectively.

 

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Spl story on Tirumala goes green –saves 45percent energy,

Spl story on Tirumala goes green –saves 45percent energy,

Tirumala, October 12: India’s richest temple – Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanms (TTD), at Tirumala is setting an  enviable example  in  promoting green concept in delivery of  free services to the common devotees .

Today  it is relying entirely on clean energy to feed over 70,000 people everyday. The temple has installed solar powered lights, solar cooking system, windmills and a water recycling station in its bouquet of energy conservation systems to facilitate the devotees.

“We are making all attempts to  convert  Tirumala  into  a green haven  with rich greenery , gardens, reduce noise and  carbon pollution and also  extensively  utilise the  forest  wealth and abundant sun  and wind capacities  on the hillock “ says  Sri. I Y R Krishna Rao, Excutive officer of the TTD.

The temple has installed solar powered lights, solar cooking system, windmills and a water recycling station.  An investment of just  Rs 1  crore made eight years ago to set up the system of 106 solar dishes that use solar energy to convert water into steam, has become the pioneer effort in energy saving and also reducing oil pollution in the hill shrine .

It saves Tirupati 1.2 lakh litres of diesel every year used earlier  to run motors for producing power to run  electric heaters  and the steam used to undertake huge cooking operations in the  making of laddu prasadam and the Anna Prasadam schemes ..

The steam thus generated is used to  heat water for bathing purposes of thousands of devotees  and also  converted into steam  for cooking in the numerous kitchens of TTD incuding the Srivari Potu where all prasadams are  prepared for the Lord Venkateswara’s Naivedyam .

..”The basic principle is conversion of water into steam energy through the solar energy. The water flows through the pipes and the solar dishes concentrate the solar energy to the concentrators. In the concentrators the water is converted into steam and that steam is utilised for cooking,” says Deputy Executive Engineer (Mechanical) KV Raman Rao.

It is not just the sun alone as Tirumala uses wind and water effectively too. The windmills  set up on the hill terrain ensure that the temple  shrine  is able to meet a some part of the power requirement by itself.

“ From the wind energy, I’m getting around 140 lakh units. As  against TTD’s annual requirements of  350 lakh units  accounting for its  40-45 per cent of the energy needs met  from its non-conventional sources,” points out Divisional Engineer (Electrical) M Ravishankar Reddy.

Nearly 50,000 kilos of rice along with sambhar and rasam are cooked in the kitchens of Tirumala every day of the year without using conventional gas. Since we started using this system, our work is easier and quicker. It’s much better than gas which took much longer. We’ve been using this for more than 8-9 years and we are really comfortable with it,” says Tirumala chef Goravaiyya Rao.

Green concept has made major inroads into the hill shrine .The TTD health officer  Dr Vijayalakshmi says that the  plans were afoot to completely ban use of plastics on the hill shrine of Tirumala . “We are scouting for alternatives for plastics as it a major  utility for pilgrims  who walk the foot path and also visit Tirumala during peak summers “, she said .

TTD  is also promoting massive  green cover  with avenue plantation all along the  three  kms radius of the temple establishments “We are promoting social forestry at all the guest houses  and also set up  flower  tableau’s  at   centres thronged by the pilgrims “ said Srinivasulu , director of gardens of TTD .

 

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Spl Story on Thula Bharam at Srivari Padi Kavali

Spl Story on Thula Bharam at Srivari Padi Kavali

Tirumala, October 10: 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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Srivari Seva – Manava Seva is Madhav Seva

Srivari Seva – Manava Seva is Madhav Seva

Tirumala ,September 14: The service to society has attained a new definition in Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam’s administration. At Tirumala a pilgrim is not just a devotee of Lord Venkateswara. He is also a volunteer to serve not only the divine deity but also his co-devotees who come to pay their obeisance and seek blessings of Lord Venkateswara.

 

“  Manava Seva as  Madhava Seva  is being practiced in full  spirit  at  Tirumala under the service  cadre of  Srivari Seva ”, says  the  Executive Officer , I Y R Krishna Rao, We are receiving applications from intellectuals, doctors, engineers,  school teachers and house wives to function as volunteers termed as “Srivari Sevaks”,he says .

 

During the  nine day festival of Salaktla Brahmotsavam-2010  nearly  1500  Srivari Sevaks were geared up to provide service to  nearly  1.5 million devotees who throng the temple shrine . Nearly 1500 srivari sevaks have been roped in for the current Brahmotsavm, he said .

 

As of  today there were  10, 000 Srivari Sevaks  on  rolls of  Srivari Seva service  network and  all of them since its inception  have rendered  1.5 lakh mandays till date . Sri. T.Ravi, in charge of the Srivari Seva scheme says that the volunteers work in all the 16 departments Temple administration and have become a major source of self less service to Lord Venkateswara at times of crush by heavy crowds during summer months and also Brahmotsavams.

 

.Thousands of pilgrims who come to Tirumala have now opted to redeem their vows by offering to offer manual service at the religious shrine. They attend to countless chores — serve at Ananda Nilayam  controlling the crowds  or at  Nitya Annadanam complex serving food to  devotees),  or making garland for the deity , nursing  the sick  at  Hospitals , making garlands or  guiding  pilgrims at bus stands and Rly stations and also spreading awareness of Lord Venkateswara’s divinity  and Hindu Dharma .

 

The corps of  Srivari Sevaks comprises of not just school teachers and house wives but also  engineers, doctors,  software professionals ,  bankers, and  even  journalists   who are all coming  forward to serve as  Srivari Sevaks . The number of Srivari Sevaks  is swelling  by  the  days and months since it was  introduced  on November 21st, 2000  with  hardly  200 volunteers .

 

A noticeable feature of the Srivari Seva is that more and more women come forward to serve the deity and also are confident of the security and basic comforts provided while in service of Lord Venkateswara. They are not enrolled only during the Brahmotsams .On any week days  nearly 300 to 500  Srivari sevaks are deployed   and the number shoots up to 1000 during holidays, week-ends and also festivals” say the TTD officials.

 

The concept of Srivari Seva has its origins in the Sevaks corps of Sathya Sai Baba. The concept is so well designed in Tirumala that the volunteers are very carefully chosen and not just for their face value or their expression of intent to serve at Tirumala and in Lord Venkateswara’s service. Secondly the Srivari Sevaks are not hired for work in the temple on any day. Only the temple employees are permitted to work within the temple.

 

The Srivari sevaks have to provide sufficient proof of identity of their personal status and family standing before they are chosen to become volunteers. “They have to provide proof of their identity and permanent addresses which were verified before sending them call letters to come for srivari seva

The Srivari Sevaks are provided  free common  accommodation ( lockers  in a dormitory ), free food( Annadanam), free medicine (for illness or  injuries  while  at work ) besides laddu  prasadam at subsidized prices  of Rs.Ten only . The Sevaks even bring their own prescribed uniform of white trousers and shirt (Men) and sky blue sarees and white blouse (Women). “We provide them only scarves with the Srivari Sevak emblem “say the officials.

 

There is a spiritual angle to the Srivari Seva. The concept of  providing an opportunity to serve fellow pilgrims and become participants in devout service corps has caught on like wild fire  in South India where from almost 95 percent of  volunteers originate every year  .” The  Srivari Seva  provides the  punch line  to the  popular  saying  that   Manava Seva  is Madhav Seva “  says the  Krishna Rao .

 

The Srivari Seva concept has its roots in the  mythology and religious history of Tirumala.Illustrious saint-poet-singer Annamacharya,Tirumala Nambi Ramanujacharya and Ananthalvar had served in Tirumala providing support and assistance to the devotees and pilgrims during their life time.

 

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RELEASE OF SRI KHARANAMA SAMVATSARA PANCHAGAM

RELEASE OF SRI KHARANAMA SAMVATSARA PANCHAGAM

Tirumala , 18 Mar 2011(P.R.O) H.H.Sri Sri Ranga Ramanuja Pedda Jeeyar Swamy and Sri I.Y.R.Krishna Rao, Executive Officer, TTDs has today released “SRI KHARANAMA SAMVATSARA PANCHAGAM” in front of Sri Vari Temple, Tirumala on Friday.

Sri K.Bhaskar, Joint Executive Officer, Sri M.K.Singh, C.V&S.O, Chief Priest Sri Ramana Dheekshitulu, DyEO’s Sri Munirathnam Reddy, Sri Gopalakrishna, and others were present.


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EO INSPECTS MODEL SUB-ENQUIRY OFFICE SITE AT TIRUMALA

EO INSPECTS MODEL SUB-ENQUIRY OFFICE SITE AT TIRUMALA

Tirumala , 16 Mar 2011(P.R.O) The TTD EO Sri IYR Krishna Rao has inspected the site of model sub-enquiry office which is under offing near SMC in Tirumala on Wednesday along with Tirumala Joint EO Sri K.Bhaskar.

Addressing the media persons in Tirumala on this occasion, the EO said, with a view to avoid inconvenience to the pilgrims  during the peak seasons as they can avail the amenities provided in the model sub-enquiry offices. “TTD has decided to set up modern sub-enquiry offices in about 20 points in Tirumala. As a part of a site has been located near SMC and a plan has been approved to construct a model sub-enquiry office near SMC at an estimated cost of Rs.1.25crores”, Sri Rao said.

“This model office will have bath rooms, changing rooms and locker facilities for the pilgrims. The pilgrims can make use of these facilities when there is heavy rush. This modern model sub-enquiry office will be ready within in five months. After that we will plan similar offices in another 20 points for the benefit of the common pilgrims, so that clogging of rooms could be reduced in Tirumala”, he added.

The EO said, TTD has taken up the renovation of some rooms in various guest houses and choultires at a cost of Rs. 35cr as decided by the Specified Authority. EO also inspected renovated rooms at SMC. The EO said all the rooms will be provided with a fresh look and the works will be completed in nine months time.

On the other hand Tirumala JEO, Sri K.Bhasker inspected the renovated rooms at Varahaswamy and Narayanagiri guest houses, Surapuramthota and Sapthagiri, IINC, HVC, Seshadri Nagar, Shankumitta and ATC areas.

Special Grade Deputy EO(Reception) Sri Lakshmikantham, Deputy EO(R1) Smt Varalakshmi, SE II Sri Ramesh Reddy and other engineering officials were also present during inspection.

 

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SRI VARI ANNUAL FLOAT FESTIVAL BEGINS

 

SRI VARI ANNUAL FLOAT FESTIVAL BEGINS

Tirumala , 15 Mar 2011(P.R.O) The five-day annual Theppotsavam at Sri Vari Temple, Tirumala began here on Tuesday. The processional deities of Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Sita and Hanumantha, were taken around the mada streets encircling the holy shire in grand procession before reaching the venue, Sri Vari Pushkarini (temple tank). Later, the deities were mounted on the colourfully illuminated  Float , and were dragged around the holy tank amidst great religious fervour. Tens of thousands of devotees congregated on the holy steps of the temple tank, hours in advance to enjoy the colourful  festival . While asthana vidwans played the nadaswaram’ the temple priests recited verses from the holy scriptures. The entire programme lasted for more than one hour.

Sri I.Y.R.Krishna Rao, Executive Officer, Sri K.Bhaskar, Joint Executive Officer, Sri M.K.Singh, C.V&S.O,  Sri Sivakumar Reddy, Addl C.V&S.O, Sri Ramesh Reddy, S.E- II, DyEO(Temple), Sri Chandrasekhar Pillai, Peishkar and devotees took part.

 

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JOINT SALE OUTLET OF PUBLICATIONS OF TTD AND RAMAKRISHNA MUTT AT TTD BALAJI BHAVAN

JOINT SALE OUTLET OF PUBLICATIONS OF TTD AND RAMAKRISHNA MUTT AT TTD BALAJI BHAVAN

Hyderabad , 12 Mar 2011(P.R.O) The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Executive Officer Sri I Y R Krishna Rao said today that TTD had plans to set up sale out lets of its Bhakti and Adhyatika publications all over its Information centers and Kalyana Mantapams in the state and country.

Participating in the inaugural of the joint sale outlet of TTD publications and also publications of Ramakrishna Mutt at the Balaji Bhavan in Hyderabad here Sri Rao said  the TTD had made  good beginning in promoting devotional and spiritual literature in the country . Similar joint venture sale outlets have opened at TTD  information centre, T.Nagar in Chennai and Vivekananda Rock Memorial at  Kanyakumari he said.

Sri Rao said the TTD has invited expression of intent by spiritually minded and interested parties   for setting up of such sales outlets at all TTD Kalyana Mantapams and Information centers.

He said the TTD has stocked re-prints of 2000 sets of Maha Bharatam and 10,000 sets of Maha Bhagavatham besides CD’s of devotional programs of SVBC  for bulk sales .  “ TTD will collaborate with all likeminded  organizations to promote hindu dharma pracharam” he said.

Prominent among those participated were Sri Rambabu, Chairman of Central Hindu Dharmic Council and Swami Gynananda, Sitikantananda, of Ramkrishna Seva Samithi, Sri Ramachandra Reddy, Supdt Engg TTDs, Sri Rajendrudu, DyEO(Hyd).

 

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TTD CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

TTD CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Tirupati , 08 Mar 2011(P.R.O) International women’s day has been celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm by the women employees of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams(TTD) in Tirupati on Tuesday.

The function took off to a great start at Mahati Auditorium with Smt. Aparna, wife of TTD specified authority Chairman Sri J.Satyanarayana lighting the lamp. Gracing the occasion as special guest, TTD EO Sri IYR Krishna Rao called up on the women employees to dedicate
themselves in rendering their valuables services and there by enhancing the reputation of the institution at the global level.

“Women feel the responsibility while executing their duties with utmost reverence. Even during our recent recruitments we have given priority to women employees so that we can anticipate more transparency in the administration. But women should prove their mettle and show their calibre even if they were posted in far away places and should strive hard to boost the familarity of the institution”, he reiterated.

Smt T.Indira, TTD Women Employees leader presided over the function. Addressing the gathering Padmasri Dr.Shoba Raju expressed serious concern over the increasing bad impact of movies on the society which is ultimately leading to atrocities on women.
In her address, Smt.Anitha Shah Akella, Deputy Account General, AG Office (Hyderabad) felt that women today have multifaceted talents and they are even discharging their duties on par with men in all fields overcoming all challenges.

SVIMS Director Dr.Vengamma said, because of the ill effect of several daily soaps the youth are suffering from various metal and physical ailments. She said majority of women today are suffering from cervical and breast cancers. The SVIMS has launched self breast examination awareness programme exclusively for women and women can make use of the mammography services available at SVIMS, she added.

Addressing the gathering Sixth Additional District Sessions Judge Smt. D.Lakshmi Kameshwari said though the world is marching ahead still atocities on women are taking place and there is every need to fight against these on going atrocities on women.

Smt Prabha Kundana, Smt.Chetana Singh, Smt Savitramma, Smt Jayashilpa,  special grade deputy EO Smt Suryakumari, Deputy EOs,Smt Chenchulakshmi, Smt Baby Sarojini, smt Jhansi Rani, Smt Varalakshmi and many other women employees took part in the meeting.

Later about 31 women employees working in various departments in TTD have been felicitated with a gold dollar, merit certificate and momento for their commendable services in their respective departments.

 

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SRI SARASWATHI YAGAM

SRI SARASWATHI YAGAM

Tirupati , 06 Mar 2011(P.R.O) The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam conducted a unique and spectacular Sri Saraswati  Yagam to procure divine blessings for the lakhs of students appearing for  their annual exams of SSLC and other begining next week.

The Saraswati Yagam performed under the aegis of the Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad was held at the sprawling gardens behind the TTD Administrative Building.

Several Vedic pundits participated along with thousnds of parents and students in the unique event performed every year by the TTD for the benefit of the students.

Speaking on the occasion Sri I.Y.R.Krishna Rao, Executive Officer of the TTD said the objective of the  Yagam was to inspire, motivate and also usher in self confidence among the students in their own capabilities to perform  their best in the examinations.

The Hindu Prachara Parishad officials distributed special Saraswathi kankanams blessed by the Vedic pundits after the Homam to large nyumber of students and partents.

Dr. Kasireddy Venkat Reddy, Secretary, Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad, Sri Umapathy Reddy, DyEO(HDPP) and  large number of devotees from Tirupati  participated in the Yagam.

 

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INAUGURATION OF TTD EMPLOYEES LADDU COUNTER

INAUGURATION OF TTD EMPLOYEES LADDU COUNTER

Tirupati , 04 Mar 2011(P.R.O) Sri I.Y.R.Krishna Rao, Executive Officer, TTDs has today inaugurated TTD Employees Laddu Counter for the benefit of the TTD Employees and Pensioners to have laddus on Laddu Card in TTD Adm Bldg, Tirupati on Friday evening.

Dr.N.Yuvaraj, Joint Executive Officer, TTDs, Sri N.Rajendar Prasad, Welfare Officer, Sri M.K.Singh, C.V&S.O, Ms. Surya Kumari, Spl Gr.DyEO(S), Sri Nageswara Rao, Exe Engg, TTD Pensioners and Employees were present on the occassion.

 

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SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE BRAHMOTSAVAM CONCLUDES WITH CHAKRASNANAM

 

SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE BRAHMOTSAVAM CONCLUDES WITH CHAKRASNANAM

Tirupati , 02 Mar 2011(P.R.O) The Processional diety of Lord Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy along with His consorts and idol of Lord `Chakrathalwar’ conducted the `Snapana Thirumanjanam’ by the Temple Priests near Temple Tank.

Later huge number of devotees from sourrounding villages had a dip in the temple tank, `Pushkarini,’ on the occasion of the ` Chakrasnanam ,’ the concluding nine day annual Brahmotsavams of Lord Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy at Srinivasa Mangapuram near Tirupati on Wednesday morning.

 

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SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE BRAHMOTSAVAM- RATHOTSAVAM

SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE BRAHMOTSAVAM- RATHOTSAVAM

Tirupati , 01 Mar 2011(P.R.O) On the penultimate day of  Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Brahmotsavam in Srinivasa Mangapuram near Tirupati, on the eighth day,  the Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy along with His consorts were seated on a high pedestal throne and taken in a procession around the four mada streets in a 30 tonne wooden chariot.

Dr. N.Yuvaraj, Joint Executive Officer TTDs, Sri M.K.Singh, C.V&S.O, Sri Sivakumar Reddy, Addl C.V&S.O, Sri Chandrasekhar Reddy, Chief Engineer, Sudpt Engineers Sri Ramachandra Reddy, Sri Sudhakar Rao, Exe Engg Sri Nageswara Rao, Smt. Jhansi Rani, DyEO(Local Temples), Sri Doraswamy,Temple Supdt, Sri Natraj, Temple Inspector, temple staff and large number of devotees took part.

 

 

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SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE BRAHMOTSAVAM- Procession of GARUDA VAHANAM

SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE BRAHMOTSAVAM- Procession of GARUDA VAHANAM

Tirupati , 26 Feb 2011(P.R.O) Processional deity of Lord Kalyana Venkateswara is taken out in procession atop  GARUDAVAHANAM  on 5th day of Ongoing Annual Brahmotsavam in Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple at Srinivasa Mangapuram near Tirupati on Saturday night.

r. N.Yuvaraj, Joint Executive Officer, Smt. Janaki, Municipal Commissioner, Sri M.K.Singh, C.V&S.O, Sri Bhaskar Reddy, F.A&C.A.O, Smt. Jhansi Rani, DyEO(Local Temples), Sri Doraswamy,Temple Supdt, Sri Natraj, Temple Inspector, temple staff and large number of devotees took part in the procession

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SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE BRAHMOTSAVAM- Procession of SIMHA VAHANAM

 

SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE BRAHMOTSAVAM- Procession of SIMHA VAHANAM

Tirupati , 24 Feb 2011(P.R.O) On the third day of the ongoing nine-day annual Brahmotsavam in Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple at Srinivasa Mangapuram near Tirupati, the processional deity of Lord Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy, mounted atop the ` SIMHA   VAHANAM ‘ in form of Yoga Narasimha Swamy, was taken out in a grand procession on Thursday morning.

Smt. Jhansi Rani, DyEO(Local Temples), Sri Doraswamy,Temple Supdt, Sri Natraj, Temple Inspector, temple staff and large number of devotees took part in the procession

 

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SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE BRAHMOTSAVAM- Procession of CHINNASESHA VAHANAM

SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE BRAHMOTSAVAM- Procession of CHINNASESHA VAHANAM

Tirupati , 23 Feb 2011(P.R.O) Processional deity of Lord Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy was taken out in procession atop  Chinna  Sesha  Vahanam  around four mada streets as part of 2nd day of ongoing Annual Brahmotsavam in TTDs Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram near Tirupati on Wednesday morning.

Smt. Jhansi Rani, DyEO(Local Temples), Sri Doraswamy,Temple Supdt, Sri Natraj, Temple Inspector, temple staff and large number of devotees took part in the procession.

 

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SRI KAPILESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE ANNUAL BRAHMOTSAVAM BEGINS

SRI KAPILESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE ANNUAL BRAHMOTSAVAM BEGINS

Tirupati , 23 Feb 2011(P.R.O) Temple priests of Sri Kapileswara Swamy performed ” Dwajarohanam ” (the traditional hoisting of the temple flag atop the flagpost) as mark of begining of Brahmotsavam in Sri Kapileswara Swamy Temple in Tirupati on Wednesday morning.

Amid beating of the traditional percussion instruments and the chanting of hymns from the scriptures, the chief priest hoisted the flag with an image of `Nandi’ atop the `dhwajasthambham.’

Smt. Jhansi Rani, DyE.O(Local Temples) and others took part in the `homam’ that followed the event.

 

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SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE IN SRINIVASA MANGAPURAM BRAHMOTSAVAM BEGINS

SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE IN SRINIVASA MANGAPURAM BRAHMOTSAVAM BEGINS

Tirupati , 22 Feb 2011(P.R.O) ` Dwajarohanam’ was performed in the temple of Lord Sri  Kalyana  Venkateswara  Swamy at Srinivasa Mangapuram near Tirupati, signalling the commencement of the nine-day annual `Brahmotsavam’ of Lord Kalyana  Venkateswara on Tuesday.

The sacred yellow cloth flag with the imprint of Lord Garuda, the celestial carrier of Lord Maha Vishnu, was hoisted atop the golden flag post, `Dwajasthambham,’ situated inside the temple complex at the auspicious `meena lagnam’ 8.55 a.m. amidst the traditional recitation of Vedic hymns by temple priests.

Smt. Jhansi Rani, DyE.O(Local Temples), Smt. Hemavathi, Local Temples AEO, Sri Doraswamy, Temple Supdt, Sri Natraj, Temple Inspector, Dr. Vishnu Bhattacharyulu, Local Temples Agama Advisor and large number of devotees took part.

 

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Tirumala, Feb 11, 2011 SPECIFIED AUTHORITY MEETING

Tirumala, Feb 11, 2011

SPECIFIED AUTHORITY MEETING

Tirumala , 11 Feb 2011(P.R.O) The meeting by TTD specified Authority held at Annamaiah Bhavan in Tirumala on Friday under the chairmanship of Sri J.Satyanarayana. Its members, TTD EO Sri IYR Krishna Rao and Sri V.Nagi Reddy were also present. The important resolutions by the board are:

1.) Immmediate infra structure improvement as a part of “Sri Seva Project” mooted by TTD with an aim to provide better darshan and accommodation facilities to the pilgrims, besides improving transparency in administrative set up.

2.) Keltron company of Kerala, a public sector undertaking has come forward for the modernisation of existing IT set up in TTD at a cost of Rs.1.32cr

3.) Apart from providing ultra modern services for the sake of the pilgrims, the Sri Seva project also aims at developing internal services for a smooth and speedy process of administrative system. For this the Earnest and Young company which is designing the Sri Seva project for TTD will have to submit the tender document by month end.

4.) The SA also decided to drop the idea of handing over the protected monuments including Tirumala shrine and other sub-shrines under ASI ambit for the time being. However the SA Chairman said, the SA will take a re-look in to the decision and find some alternative solution to see that the temples, which are the identity of our rich heritage and culture will be protected forever for the sake of future generations.

Later briefing the media, TTD EO Sri IYR Krishna Rao said, the temple management has all set to net over 1640cr in the fiscal year 2011-12. He said however there is a steep increase in hundi collections as they touched Rs.650cr in the 2010-11 and they may cross 675cr mark by 2011-12″, he added.

Tirumala Joint EO Sri K Bhaskar, Tirupati Joint EO Sri N.Yuvraj, FACAO Sri Bhaskar Reddy, CVSO Sri MK Singh and other officials were also present.

 

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TTD DEPOSITS 1175KGs OF GOLD IN SBI

TTD DEPOSITS 1175KGs OF GOLD IN SBI

Tirumala , 11 Feb 2011(P.R.O) With an noble aim to convert ‘dead assets’ into income earning sources, the temple administration of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams(TTD) on Friday deposited 1,175 kg. of gold with the State Bank of India (SBI).

TTD has taken this noval decision of converting ‘idle gold’ into a perinnial source of income during last year and deposited 1075kilos of gold in SBI for the first time during May 23 last year.

The TTD Specified Authority chairman Sri J.Satyanarayana handed over the gold deposits to SBI Hyderabad Circle GM Sri TS Krishna Swamy in the presence of TTD EO Sri IYR Krishna Rao and member Sri V.Nagi Reddy.

Later addressing the occasion he said, that it is a welcoming decision by TTD which has wished to convert the idle gold into a perinnial source of income and also to provide security protection by depositing them in SBI. The TTD EO Sri IYR Krishna Rao called on other banks also to come forward to provide authentic security to Lord’s gold by depositing it in their banks.

SBI Hyderbad Circle GM Sri Krishna Swamy said that TTD is the highest depositor of gold among religious institutes in the country.

During last year we had given an interest of 1.6% and from this year onwards we have enhanced the rate of interest to 1.61%. “Apart from this, keeping in view the larger interests of the pilgrims, we have decided to bear the transportation and purification charges at out own expense”, he added.

On the other hand along with SBI, HDFC and Punjab National Banks have inaugurated secured payment gateway facility by integrating with TTD online for accepting e-Hundi donations, which became operational from Friday. With this facility the donors can now use their debit, credit, Visa or Master cards to make donations.

 

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SEA OF HUMANITY TURN OUT FOR “RATHASAPTHAMI” IN TIRUMALA

SEA OF HUMANITY TURN OUT FOR “RATHASAPTHAMI”  IN TIRUMALA

Tirumala , 10 Feb 2011(P.R.O) Tens of thousands of pilgrims converged at the hill town of Tirumala to catch the glimpse of Lord Malyapappa Swamy in the guise of Suryanarayana Murthy taking a pleasure ride on Surya Prabhavahanam as a part of the “Rathasapthami” festival on Thursday which is being conducted on the occasion of Surya Jayanthi.

Rathasapthami is a unique festival and is popularly known as “Mini Brahmotsavams” as the processional deity rides on seven different vehicles from dawn to desk. The day began with Surya Prabhavahanam as the vehicle started from Vahana Mandapam. The Lord decked in all precious jewels was taken on a procession in the four-mada streets and at the North-West corner, the Lord dazzled as soon as the first rays of Sun God has touched His divine forehead, abdomen and feet exactly at 7am. Millions of pairs of eyes which have been eagerly waiting to catch this spectacle since 4am in the galleries around the temple, chanted “Govinda Nama” with utmost devotional spirit which echoed in the pilgrim town as soon as they caught the glimpse of Lord Surya Narayana Swamy. This procession which started at 5:30am lasted for two and a half hours and the Lord Malayappa came back to the Vahana Mandapam by 8am.

Chinna Sesha Vahanam(from 9am to 10am): After gracing the pilgrims on Surya Prabha, the Lord was taken on a procession, this time on Chinna Seshavahana. Thousands of pilgrims witnessed the mighty of Lord taking a pleasure ride on Chinna Seshavahanam.

Garuda Vahana (from 11am to 12pm) Garuda being the mighty servant of Lord Venkateswara is also considered to be the King of Aves. Without the Garuda Seva, the Vahana Seva of Lord will not be complete. So on the auspicious occasion of “Ratha Sapthami” the Lord Malayappa Swamy takes up a joy-ride in the four mada streets to bless the devotees on his favourite vehicle.

Hanumantha Vahanam (from 1pm to 2pm) Lord Hanuman is known for total Saranagathi or total surrenderness before his Master by performing the duties as a disciplined soldier without deferring the orders. After Garuda, Lord Malayappa takes a ride on Hanumantha Vahanam to show the devotees the true meaning of “Sampurna Sharanagathi”.

Chakra Snanam (from 2pm to 3pm) The Sudarshana Chakrattalwar will be given a celestial bath in the Swamy Pushkarini after performing Panchamrithabhishekam.
Kalpavriksha Vahanam (from 4pm to 5pm) Lord will take on a colourful ride on the Kalpavriksha Vahanam-the celestial tree, the tree which grants boons and fulfills the desires. Lord Malayappa Swamy decorated tastefully, graces the devotees along with his two consorts, Sri Devi and Bhu Devi.

Sarvabhoopala Vahanam (from 6pm to 7pm) Being the Lord of Lords, Lord Malayappa Swamy dons the guise of Sarvabhoopala-the universal emperor and takes a pleasure ride on Sarvabhoopala Vahanam.

Chandra Prabha Vahanam (from 8pm to 9pm) The Rathasapthami vahana seva which began with Suryaprabha concludes with the Lord Malayappa Swamy taking a cheerful ride on Chandraprabha Vahanam in the pleasant night of Thursday. The devotees who witnessed the legacy of Lord in the bright Sun in the morning were thrilled to see the celestial beauty of Lord in the cool moon.

HE Governor of Andhra Pradesh Sri E.S.L.Narasimhanan, Specified Authority Chairman Sri J.Sathyanarayana, TTD E.O Sri I.Y.R.Krishna Rao, Sri K.Bhaskar, Joint Executive Officer, C.V&S.O Sri M.K.Singh, DyEO Temple Sri Munirathanam Reddy, Temple Peishkar Sri Chandrasekhar Pillai and large number devotees took part.

 

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HIS EXCELLENCY GOVERNOR OF ANDHRA PRADESHA OFFERED PRAYERS

HIS EXCELLENCY GOVERNOR OF ANDHRA PRADESHA OFFERED PRAYERS

Tirumala , 09 Feb 2011(P.R.O) The Governor of Andhra Pradesh H.E. Sri ESL Narasimhan has offered prayers in the temple of Goddess Sri Padmavathi Devi at Tiruchanoor and Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala on Wednesday along with his family members.

He was accorded warm welcome by temple authorities on his arrival to Tirumala. The Executive Officer Sri IYR Krishna Rao and Joint EO of Tirumala Sri K.Bhaskar welcomed the VIP dignitaries at Sri Padmavathi Guest House. Later the Governor left for darshan at around 7:30pm. The temple priests welcomed the VIP delegates with Isthikaphal. The Governor and his family offered prayers to the presiding deity of Lord Venkateswara. The chief priest Dr.AV Ramana Dikshitulu described the importance of various rituals and significance of jewels being adored to Lord to the delegates.

Later H.E. the Governor of AP and his entourage were given Veda Ashirvachanam by the temple priests in the Ranganayakula Mandapam. Later the temple officials presented the Governor photo of Lord Venkateswara and Prasadams.

Earlier on his arrival to Tirupati on a three-day visit, the AP Governor offered prayers in the temple of Goddess Padmavathi at Tiruchanoor along with his family. He was welcomed by TTD Tirupati Joint EO Sri N.Yuvaraj and temple deputy EO Sri Gopalakrishna.  After darshan the temple officials offered prasadams to the entourage.

The Governor will also participate in the “Rath Sapthami” festival which is all set to take place on February 10 at Tirumala.

 

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INAUGURATION OF NEW ULTRA MODERN STUDIO COMPLEX FOR SRI VENKATESWARA BHAKTHI CHANNEL

INAUGURATION OF NEW ULTRA MODERN STUDIO COMPLEX FOR SRI VENKATESWARA BHAKTHI CHANNEL

Tirupati, 08 Feb 2011(P.R.O) Sri V Nagi Reddy, the member of the Specified Authority of TTD today emphasized that the Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel (SVBC) was all geared to be the unique instrument to promote Hindu Dharma Prachara and also devotional movement in the country.

He was addressing a meeting at the Bhudevi complex near Alipiri in Tirupati after inaugurating the ultra modern studios and other programming units of the SVBC.

Sri Nagi Reddy said in a shortest period since its inception the SVBC had become an integral and predominant unit of TTD in pursing the task of spreading Vedic knowledge and the significance of darshan of Lord Venkateswara.

“The SVBC has been successful in projecting the activities of TTD in proper perspective and has immensely in enhanced its image and reputation of the country’s unparallel religious shrine of Lord Venkateswara “he said.

Speaking on the occasion the Sri I Y R Krishna Rao, the executive officer of TTD said that henceforth the SVBC would be able to produce all important programs for broad cast at its brand new studios at Tirupati itself rather than at Hyderabad.

He said the SVBC had earned the admiration and commitment of the devotees of Lord Venkateswara all over the world  through its  unique programs and has also been receiving good response for its variety of  features and coverage’s. “SVBC and the HDPP (Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad) are the two unique arms of the TTD in pursuit of its avowed mission of propagation of Hindu Dharma and facilitating the devotees in darshan and blessings of Lord Venkateswara “, he said .

Sri Rao said that the SVBC  has plans to launch regional channels in Kannada, Tamil and Hindi after stabilizing its Telugu channel and setting up new bench marks and milestones in the realm of devotional broadcasts . “Enhancing and attracting more viewership with more and more coverage’s of devotional and religious activities all over the country is one of the thrust areas of the SVBC operations in the coming days “he said .

The TTD EO said cost cutting in producing programs of SVBC would be a singular parameter of efficiency in  its functioning and performance. “I am confident that with the new facilities and infrastructure at Tirupati the SVBC would not only enhance its distribution but also its reach to the devotees “, he said.

Prominent among those who participated in the event were the JEO-Tirupati –Dr N Yuvaraj , JEO-Tirumala- Sri K Bhaskar ,Financial Advisor of TTD, Sri L Bhaskar Reddy, Chief Engineer of TTD , Sri C.Chandrasekhar Reddy and COO of  SVBC – Sri S R Ramanujam.

 

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123rd JAYANTHI CELEBRATIONS OF SRI VETURI PRABHAKARA SASTRY

123rd JAYANTHI CELEBRATIONS OF SRI VETURI PRABHAKARA SASTRY

Dr. N.Yuvaraj, Joint Executive Officer, TTDs has today Garlanded the statue of Sriman Vetruri Prabhakara Sastry on the occasion of 123th Jayanthi Celebrations opp SVETA Bldg Cirlce in Tirupati on Monday morning.

 

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TTD TO CONDUCT SRI PURANDARA DASA ARADHANA MAHOTSAVAM AT HAMPI REGULARLY

TTD TO CONDUCT SRI PURANDARA DASA ARADHANA MAHOTSAVAM AT HAMPI REGULARLY

Tirumala, 02 Feb 2011(P.R.O) Sri I Y R Krishna Rao, the executive officer of the TTD said today that Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam will henceforth conduct the  saint poet Purandaradasa Aradhana Mahotsavam  at Hampi  in Karnataka  on  regular basis every year.

He was participating in the ongoing celebrations at Tirumala of the saint poet Purandaradasa popular as “Karnataka Sangeetha Pitamaha who had penned 4.75 lakh keertans in praise of Lord Venkateswara as early as 15 th century organised by the Dasa Sahitya Project of the TTD.

Sri Rao said Sri Purandara Dasa was for Kannada devotees of Lord Venkateswara, what Alwars were for Tamil devotees and Annamacharya was for Telugu devotees. “Srikrishnadevraya , the emperor of Vijayanagara dynasty had even constructed a temple for the saint  Purandaradasa  in recognition of his contribution to the devotional culture of the period and the society “, he said .

Earlier Sri Sri Sri Sushmendrateertha Swamy, Pontiff of  Puttige Mutt,Udupi  hailed the contributions and keertans of Sri Purandara dasa  as hall marks of devotional literature in the country .

Describing Sri Purandara Dasas’ birth day, today as an auspicious day, the Pontif said that God resided permanently in the hearts of the Devotees and the keertans of Sri Purandaradasa had become highlighted devotional movement in Karnataka. The Pontiff lauded the efforts of TTD in promoting and propagating and preserving the pristine qualities of the Dasa Sahitya for posterity and for benefit of future generations. He said the TTD had rendered yeomen service to society by preserving  the literature of  Sri Purandaradasa   under its Dasa Sahitya project .

All the dignitaries participated in a colorful procession of Lord Malayappaswamy(utsava idol of Lord Venkateswara) from the Srivari Temple to the Narayanagiri garden after the Sri Purandara dasa aradhana mahotsavam events  .

Sri K Bhaskar, JEO-Tirumala, IG of Guntur – Sri K R M Kishore, TTD officials participated in the program. Later the cultural troupe of Sheshagiri Dasa along with Vinaya and Vidya enthralled the devotees with their melodies rendering of Purandaradasa Keertans.

 

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JUSTICE WADHWA COMMITTEE CERTIFIES AND DECLARES THAT JEWELS OF TTD ARE IN TACT

JUSTICE WADHWA COMMITTEE CERTIFIES AND DECLARES THAT JEWELS OF TTD ARE IN TACT

Tirupati, 21 Jan 2011(P.R.O) The six-member committee led by Justice Wadhwa declared that all jewels in the treasury of Lord Venkateswara are safe and are in tact.

Coming out with a detailed 187-page report after carrying out series of verifications for a period of over an year, the committee Chairman Mr.Wadhwa speaking to media persons in Padmavathi Guest House in Tirupati on Friday asserted, “We have worked on for a year and verified the jewels of Lord. All the jewels are in order and the system to keep the track of jewels is well placed, established and maintained by temple administration of TTD. We suggested the TTD to introduce some modern technology to have a more transparent and fool proof system of protection of jewels”, he added.

One of the committee members, Justice Jagannadha Rao said “Apart from the jewels of Srivari temple at Tirumala, we have also verified the jewels of Tiruchanoor temple also. We selected the jewels in random and were surprised to see the perfect record system being maintained by the temple administration. Fortunately, the simultaneous verifications carried out by expert team of Gemmologists for diamond and other precious stone studded jewels and the verification of gold by the team from government mint also observed that the jewels of Lord safe and tact.

Former DGP Sri R.Prabhakar Rao and committee member said, “We have suggested the temple management to go for hi-fi internal security in the wake of increased terror perception across the country. The jewels are in tact as per the Tiruvabharanam register”.

Senior and renowned journalist Sri Potturi Venkateswara Rao said, “After verifying all the jewels personally, physically and technically, all of us have unanimously declared that the jewels are in tact and are safe.

Former TTD EO Sri Venkatapathi Raju said, “After thoroughly verifying the records and personally examining the jewels we have drawn the final conclusion. We have also made some recommendations to the TTD like surprise an inspection in the Sub-temples of TTD to verify the jewel registers. We have also suggested the temple management to appoint a team of archakas to inspect and verify the jewels adorned to presiding deity inside the sanctum sanctorum.

Elaborating on the verifications carried out by six-member Wadhwa Committee, the committee co-ordinator and former EO of TTD, Sri PVRK Prasad said, “No where in the country, such a brilliant system of maintenance of jewelry records is in practice. We verified 370-380 jewels for a period of over a year since the committee has been constituted. (The committee was constituted on 4 th  January 2010) Of these 370 plus jewels, 100 jewels are being decorated to the presiding deity of Lord Venkateswara every day, while another 70 to processional deities. We verified all the jewels at random in a phased manner and they perfectly matched the list in Tiruvabharanam register”, he added.

Adding further the senior retired IAS officer said, “To have more perfection of our verification we have thoroughly studied various books on the temple history written by Sri Veeraraghavachary, Sri Sadhu Subramanya Shastry, Dr.N.Ramesan and many other stalwarts who dedicated their lives in the service of Lord Venkateswara and in bringing sky-high reputation to the temple management. The jewelry records since the day the responsibility of the temple management has been handed over to TTD in the year 1933 from the hands of Mahants are in tact”, he added.

“However we made 22 recommendations to the TTD to have more transparency in safe guarding the antique jewels. Some of the major ones are:

>Separate treasury building with state of art security apparatus

>hi-fi museum with fool proof security mechanism to display the antique jewels

>Separate inspection teams with officers and archakas under the control of FACAO of TTD for sub-temples

>Digitalization of jewels with   Radio-frequency identification (RFID), for the purpose of identification and tracking.

TTD Specified Authority chairman Sri J.Satyanarayana, TTD EO Sri IYR Krishna Rao, Joint EO Tirupati Dr. N.Yuvaraj, Chief Vigilance and Security Officer Sri MK Singh were also present.

 

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SPECIFIED AUTHORITY MEETING

SPECIFIED AUTHORITY MEETING

Tirumala, 20 Jan 2011(P.R.O) The TTD specified authority(SA) which held the meeting at Annamaiah Bhavan in Tirumala on Thursday under the chairmanship of Sri J.Satyanarayana and members, TTD Eo Sri IYR Krishna Rao and Sri V Nagi Reddy has discussed on 127 agenda items and taken some important decisions. The major ones are as follows:

TTD has decided to not to disturb the existing structure of Tirumala temple as resolved in the two day meeting held on “Perspectives of darshan in Tirumala temple” in Tirupati on November 20 th and 21 st last year.

The SA has constituted a six member committee to look into the suggestion and design of moving plat form.

The SA has resolved to henceforth perform “Karthika Vanabhojanotsavam” on Kaisika Dwadasi day.

Abiding to the High Court orders, the SA has closed the Ananda Nilayam Ananta Swarnamayam project. However the temple management has put forth some alternatives before the donors as so far TTD has procured 95kilos of gold and 12cr cash from the donors towards the project.

TTD will shortly issue a notice to all the donors who have donated towards the project to choose the following alternatives.

The donor can take back the gold or cash donation he or she made or if they are not willing to take back the amount, TTD will give them a list of jewels which they require to decorate the Lord and accordingly the jewel will be made as per the wish of the donor.

Otherwise the gold biscuits will be handed over to treasury of TTD which will be deposited in banks or the donor could transfer the cash donation which he has made to other schemes like Pranadanam or Annadanam etc. However the privileges of the donors will remain as usual.

TTD in a major move has decided to entertain certain privileges to those who donate Rs.1cr and more. Such donors along with five of their family members will be given free accommodation in Rs.2500 or above cottages for three days, VIP break darshan and Suprabhatam darshan each for three days in a year and also Veda Asirvachanam for a day. They will be given a gold dollar, silver dollar, Mahaprasadam packets, 10 big laddus also. This facility will be extended for life time in the case of individuals and for 20 years in the case of firms.

If any donor donates Rs.1cr or above to SV Veda Parirakshana Trust, they will be given an additional privilege of performing Sarva Kama Prada Lakshmi Srinivasa Maha Yagam in Srinivasa Mangapuram in Tirupati.

TTD SA also decided to close down three Trusts including Information Technology, Jalanidhi and Kalyanamastu trusts along with four schemes Viz. Vanabhivriddhi, Ananda Nilayam Anantha Swarnamayam, Pushpa Kainkaryam and Nitya Laddu schemes. While the Balamandir Trust will be rechristened as a social welfare trust.

TTD has in principal accepted to provide required support to railway board which is planning to make Tirupati railway station to international standards provided if the railway board give a detailed project report to TTD.

TTD has allotted an estimated budget of Rs.10cr to construct a Venkateswara Swamy temple in the five acres of land donated by Vivekananda Trust in Kanyakumari.

The SA has also given green signal towards the beautification of Narayanagiri Gardens at an estimated cost of Rs.4cr, Kalyana Mandapam in Sampangi Prakaram at Rs.1.5cr, renovation of Sapthagiri cottages blocks 2 and 3 at Rs.5.9cr, air conditioning of all the seven compartments in VQC II, gold malam works of Swarna ratham (golden Chariot) at an estimated cost of Rs.3.5cr

In yet another major move, TTD SA has decided to bring all the vedic institutions in the state of Andhra Pradesh under one umbrella by designing common standards of admission, education and examination rules.

To avoid congestion near Vendi Vakili inside the sanctum TTD SA has decided to run bifurcated lines alone.

TTD has also decided to take up the revival of the 2 nd century BC Lord Shiva Temple at Gudi Mallam and increased the honorarium by 25% to Jiyangar Mutt.

The board resolutions starting from 1990 will be displayed on TTD web for the sake of general public.

The SA has also decided to give six days training in Dharma Prachara to rural youth and also decided to make Prasadams of Lord with Desi cows alone. A separate testing equipment to check the standards of laddu ingredients like Dal flour, Ghee and Sugar will be soon installed to enhance the quality of Laddu prasadams.

Sri Nagi Reddy, Member, Sri I.Y.R.Krishna Rao, Executive Officer, TTDs were present.

 

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DONATION OF TOYOTA ETIOS CAR TO TTD

DONATION OF TOYOTA ETIOS CAR TO TTD

Tirumala, 20 Jan 2011(P.R.O)Sri I.Y.R.Krishna Rao, Executive Officer, TTDs received a  TOYOTA  ETIOS Car from Sri Bhanu Prakash Reddy on behalf  of  Harsha Motors in front  of  Sri Vari Temple, Tirumala on Thursday morning.

The approx cost  of  the vehicle is Rs.6 Lakhs. Sri M.V.Sai Prasad,Area sales officer, Harsha Motors, Sri Sesha Reddy,General Manager, TTDs were present on the occassion.

 

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PARVETA UTSAVAM

PARVETA UTSAVAM

Tirumala, 16 Jan 2011(P.R.O) The annual celestial Safari of the processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy and Sri Krishna Swamy-”Paruveta utsavam” has taken place in Tirumala amidst religious fervour and gaiety on Sunday evening.

Following this special festival occasion, the processional deity of Lord Malayappa Swamy accompanied by Lord Sri Krishna Swamy on another Palanquin, started off for a pleasure hunt to Paruveta Mandapam in Tirumala on Sunday noon at around 1:30pm with five important weapons including Sudarshana Chakram, Nandakam Sword, Panchajanya Conch, Kamodaki Gadha, Sharanga Bow and Arrow.

The festival was a spectacular event to millions of pairs of eyes of devotees who thronged the place to witness the lord Malayappa Swamy in the guise of “Sarvabhoopala”- the mighty universal emperor. Later the processional deities have been taken to the Paruveta Mandapam located about three kilometers near Papavinasanam. The TTD Executive Officer Sri IYR Krishna Rao led the pleasure hunt by carrying a silver “Ete” a traditional artillary weapon to kill wild beasts. After performing puja in Paruveta Mandapam, the artistes of Annamacharya Project sang keerthans in praise of Lord Venkateswara and Lord Srikrishna. Later both the deities were brought out of the mandapam for the celestial hunt.

Even before the deities start their safari, Lord Sri Krishna visited the guest house of Sannidhi Gollas over their request to eat the butter and then joined Lord Malayappa Swamy for the hunt. The temple chief priest Sri AV Ramana Dikshitulu along with TTD EO Sri Krishna Rao took part in this mock hunt and threw the “Ete” thrice at the replicas of wild animals thereby sporting the event in a colourful way, as a part of the Paruveta festival.

After their victory, the temple priests performed customary rituals the deities and they were brought back to the main temple on the Golden palanquin.

Tirumala JEO, Sri K.Bhaskar, CV&SO Sri MK Singh, temple deputy EO Sri Munirathnam Reddy and other officials also took part in the festival.

 

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CHIEF MINISTER OF ANDHRA PRADESH SRI KIRAN KUMAR REDDY VISIT TO TIRUMALA

CHIEF MINISTER OF ANDHRA PRADESH SRI KIRAN KUMAR REDDY VISIT TO TIRUMALA

 

Tirumala, 24 Dec (P.R.O) Hon’ble Chief Minister  of  A.P Sri Kiran Kumar Reddy  visited  Sri Vari Temple, Tirumala on Friday. On his arrival at Sri Vari Temple, the priests and officials have given a warm reception and led to sanctum sanctorium. After dharshan  of  lord, H.H.Sri Sri Sri Pedda Jeeyar Swamy and the Chairman,Specified Authority TTDs Sri J.Sathyanarayana has presented Sri Vari Prasadam, Lord’s Photo, Religious Books,Devotional CDs & the veda pandits  of  the temple have blessed him with Vedic Hymns at Ranganayakula Mandapam.

Hon’ble Ministers Smt.Galla Aruna Kumari, Sri J.Krishna Rao, Sri I.Y.R.Krishna Rao, Executive Officer, TTDs, Sri K.Bhaskar, Joint Executive Officer, Dr. N.Yuvaraj, JEO TTD, Sri Gopalakrishna, DyEO(Temple), Sri Chandrasekhar Pillai, Peishkar and others were present.

 

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PROCESSION OF GOLDEN CHARIOT ON OCCASSION OF VAIKUNTA EKADASI

PROCESSION OF GOLDEN CHARIOT ON OCCASSION OF VAIKUNTA EKADASI

Processional deity of Lord Malayappaswamy along with His consorts were taken out in procession on Golden Chariot  around four mada streets between 9.00am to 10.00am in connection with  Vaikunta   Ekadasi  at Tirumala on Friday.

 

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ANNUAL PUSHPA YAGAM TO SRI PADMAVATHI AMMAVARU

ANNUAL PUSHPA YAGAM TO SRI PADMAVATHI AMMAVARU

Tirupati, 11 Dec (P.R.O) Pushpa   Yagam  was performed in Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Tiruchanur with admist religious fervour and vedic chantings for two hours from 5pm to 7pm on Saturday.

Nearly eight metric tonnes, comprising eighteen varieties of scented flowers like Sampangi,  chrysanthemum, rose, lily,thulasi, Scent jaji, Lotus, Kaluva, Manoranjitham, Bilvam, paneer leaves,Dhavanam,Malli, Kankambaram, Ganneru, Mogilietc. were selected and used for the ritual. ‘Snapana Tirumanjanam’ was performed earlier in the day to the processional deity of Goddess Padmavathi at the ‘Mukha Mandapam’. Later, baskets full of colourful flowers were taken out in a procession from Asthana Mandapam to the Ammavari temple.

Around 200 devotees took part paying a fee of Rs.516 per couple. The participants were given gifts comprising a 5 gram silver dollar, an ‘angavasthram’, a blouse piece, two ‘laddus’ and two ‘vadas’.

Sri I.Y.R.Krishna Rao, Executive Officer, Dr. N.Yuvaraj, Joint Executive Officer, Sri M.K.Singh, C.V&S.O, Sri Munirathnam Reddy DyEO(PAT), Sri Sivakumar Reddy, Addl C.V&S.O,Sri Srinivas, Garden Supdt, Sri Narayana Chetty, AEO(PAT) and others took part.

 

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SEA OF DEVOUT TURNED OUT FOR TIRUCHANOOR PANCHAMI TEERTHAM

SEA OF DEVOUT TURNED OUT FOR TIRUCHANOOR PANCHAMI TEERTHAM

Tirupati, 10 Dec (P.R.O) Tens of thousands of pilgrims converged in Tiruchanoor and took part in the auspicious ceremony of “Panchami Teertham” on the concluding day of the annual Karthika Brahmotsavams of Goddess Padmavati on Friday.

A sea of humanity turned out for the last and most important ritual as it is believed that it is on this day that the birth of Goddess Sri Padmavati Devi in a Golden Lotus at Padma Sarovaram has taken place on the celestial almanac of Sukla Panchami of Kartheeka month when Uttarashada star is on the ascendant.

Earlier the “Sare”, which is also known as Appa Padi, comprising of Turmeric, Tulasi, Silk Saree, Vermillion and other sacred things have been brought on elephants in a procession to Tiruchanoor from Tirumala, as a gift from Lord Venkateswara to his love. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams(TTD) Executive Officer Sri IYR Krishna Rao took the Sare to the Mandapam on the bank of Padma Pushkarini after receiving it at the entrance of the temple. Later the processional deity of Goddess Sri Padmavathi Devi was readied for Snapana Thirumanjanam (Celestial Bath with sandal paste)at a special mandapam called Panchami Teertha Mandapam on the banks of Padma Pushkarini.  Sudarshana Alwar also known as Chakrathalvar was also given the celestial bath to mark the occasion.

After the end of the two-hour ritual, Sudarshana Chakram was taken into Padma Pushkarini for a holy dip in the noon at around 12:10pm in the auspicious Kumbha Lagnam. Thousands of devotees who have been anxiously waiting for the rare moment since the wee hours of Friday daring the inclement weather, took a holy dip in the temple tank along with Chakrathalvar hailing the Goddess and chanting Govindanamam. It is believed that the holy dip in Padma Pushkarini at that auspicious time, absolves one from all sins.

The TTD made elaborate arrangements for Panchami Theertham, which went off smoothly marking the conclusion of the nine-day annual temple festival. About 50thousand pilgrims were served free food-Annadanam in Tholappa Gardens on the occasion.

Dhwajavarohanam, the lowering ceremony of the celestial flag will be performed in the evening of Friday between 7:30pm to 10:00pm marking the successful completion of the mega religious event.

Dr. N.Yuvaraj, Joint Executive Officer, Sri K.Bhaskar, JEO TTD, Sri M.K.Singh, C.V&S.O, Ms. Charu Sinha, DIG of Police, Sri P.V.S.Ramakrishna, Supdt Of Police, Sri Ravindra, Supdt Of Police (Urban), Sri Sivakumar Reddy, Addl C.V&S.O, Sri Chandrasekhar Reddy, Chief Engineer, Sri Ramachandra Reddy, S.E, Sri Munirathram Reddy, DyEO(PAT), Sri Narayana Chetty, AEO and others also took a holy dip.

 

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SRI KODANDA RAMASWAMY TEMPLE BRAHMOTSAVAMS FROM APRIL 1 TO 9

SRI KODANDA RAMASWAMY TEMPLE BRAHMOTSAVAMS FROM APRIL 1 TO 9

Tirupati , 22 Mar 2011(P.R.O) The TTD EO Sri IYR Krishna Rao has released the poster of the annual brahmotsavams of the famous temple of Sri Kodanda Ramaswamy at Tirupati on Tuesday which is slated to take place from April 1 and 9 on a grand note.

According to inscriptions, Sri Kodanda Rama Swamy temple was constructed by Narasimha Mudaliyar in the year 1480AD. The temple management of TTD has been organising the nine-day brahmotsavams in this centuries old temple for years in a large scale.

The nine-day brahmotsavams in the famed temple of Lord Sri Kodanda Rama will commence with Dhwajarohanam on April 1. While the other important days include Garuda Seva on April 5, Rathotsavam on April 8, Chakrasnanam on April 9. The mega event concludes with Dhwajavarohanam on April 9.

After brahmotsavams, the Sri Rama Navami celebrations will be performed with religious fervour on April 12, followed by Sri Sita Rama Kalyanam on April 13, Sri Rama Pattabhishekam on April 14 and three-day Teppotsavams from April 15 to 17.

Along with TTD EO, Tirupati Joint EO Dr.N.Yuvaraj, Tirumala Joint EO Sri K.Bhaskar, CVSO Sri MK Singh, FACAO Sri Bhaskar Reddy and HDPP Secretary Sri K.Venkat Reddy also participated in the brahmotsavam poster release that took place in TTD Administrative Building.

 

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KOIL ALWAR TIRUMANJANAM AT TIRUMALA SHIRNE ON MARCH 29

KOIL ALWAR TIRUMANJANAM AT TIRUMALA SHIRNE ON MARCH 29

Tirupati , 23 Mar 2011(P.R.O):  As a prelude to Telugu New Years’ Day Ugadi which falls on April 4, the temple cleansing festival Koil Alwar Tirumanjanam will be performed at the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala on March 29.

In view of this festival, TTD has cancelled Astadala Pada Padmaradhana Seva in Tirumala temple on that day while all the arjitha sevas will be performed as usual. However, the pilgrims who desire to take part in this arjitha seva ritual has to pay Rs.300 per ticket.

The temple cleansing festival begins at 6am after the first bell and Sattumora in the Srivari temple and the entire celestial cleansing process will be completed by 11am. After that the pilgrims will be allowed for darshan.

The cleansing will be carried out with an amalgamation of Srichurnam, Turmeric, Sandal paste, camphor and other ingredients mixed in holy water. These waters are used  to clean the walls, roofs, gopurams, sub-shrines located inside the Tirumala temple, after brining out the gold and silver vessels and processional deities from sanctum sanctorum to Bangaru Vakili.

This temple purification ritual is usually performed four times in a year(particularly on Tuesdays), a week before the commencement of Annual Brahmotsavams, Vaikuntha Ekadasi, Anivara Asthanam and Ugadi occasions.

 

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A-Z Glossary

A-Z Glossary

A B C D E G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V Y

A

Aalaya - Temple
Abhaya - Fearless; refuge
Abhishekam - Ceremonial cleansing of the Lord’s idol
Acharya - One who shows the right path for others to follow; a preceptor
Adisesha - Primeval serpent mythologically conceived to bear the world on his 1000 hoods. Traditionally believed to support Lord Sri Venkateswara upon seven of his hoods, Narasimha on his coiled frame, Mallikarjuna on his twisted tail, and Srikalahastivara at the opening of his mouth.
Aditya – Sun God
Alankaram – Decoration
Alvar – Seer of a specific religious order in the Vaishnavaite Cult
Amrit - Nectar which when consumed, grants immortality
Angapradakshinam - A vow whereby pilgrims lie prostrate and roll around the temple
Ankurarpanam – The start of the Brahmotsavam festival
Alipiri - Starting point at the foot of the hills, for pilgrims who wish to reach Tirumala on foot
Annadanam - Distribution of free food
Annam - Food
Annamacharya/Annamayya - (1408-1503 AD); the earliest musician to compose songs in favour of Lord Sri Venkateswara
Appams - A sweet dish made of rice flour and offered to the Lord
Archaka - Priest
Archana - Worship of the Lord
Arjita Seva - Any seva for the performance of which pilgrims pay a fee
Ashta - Eight
Asthanam - Royal Court/Official Chamber of the King
Asva - Horse
Aushadha -
Medicine
Avatara
- A manifestation of God on Earth, with a specific mission.

B

BIRRDBalaji Institute of Surgery, Research and Rehabilitation for the Disabled
Bahumanam - Gift
Balaji - Another name for Lord Sri Venkateswara
Bhagaswamyam - Partnership
Bhakti - Devotion
Brahma - God of Creation
Brahmins - Hindu priests

C

Chakra - The sacred disc (weapon of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu)
Chakkera Pongal - Sweet dish made of sugar, milk and rice
Chandanam - Sandalwood
Chandra -
Moon
Chaulam -
Ear lobe-piercing ceremony
Cherupulu - Food offered to the Lord
Chinna - Small
Chitrannam - A rice preparation, rich in spices
Choultry – Guesthouse where accommodation is free of charge. Also called Dharmasala.

D

Daanam - Charitable offering
Dadhyodanam - Dish made of spiced rice and curd
Daiva - Divine
Dakshina - South; Offering money to the Lord
Dala - Leaf
Darsanam/Darshan - Viewing the idol of the Lord
DasavataramTen incarnations of Sri Maha Vishnu
Deepam - Lamp
DevasThe Gods
Devasthanam - Abode of the Gods
Dhanya - Cereal
Dharma - Set of righteous principles to be followed
DharmasalaGuesthouse where accommodation is free of charge. Also called Choultry.
DhotiCloth tied around the waist like a sarong
Dhvajasthambham - A sacred pillar in front of the Sri Venkateswara temple
Dhyana Yoga – Meditation
Divya Ananda Nilaya VimanaDome of the abode of divine bliss
Divya VimanaDivine dome
Dosa - Pancake made with rice flour, black gram flour and oil
DupattaLong scarf draped across the shoulders and worn with the salwar kameez. Also seeSalwar Kameez.
Dvara gopuraGateway with a sculpted tower above it
Dvara/Dvaram/Dwaram - Entrance; gateway
Dvarapalakas
Door-keepers

E

Ekangi - Celibate disciple of the Sri Vaishnava Jiyar Matham
Ekantam - Private
Ekanta Seva - Private service conducted for the Lord, to which pilgrims are not admitted

G

Gadha - Mace which is the sacred weapon of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu
Gajam – Elephant
GangalaBrass vessel
Garbha griha - The sanctum sanctorum of the Sri Venkateswara Temple which houses the idol of the Lord
Garuda - A white-necked Brahmani Kite .He is considered the vehicle of Sri Maha Vishnu
Ghatmountain. Also see Ghats (Eastern)
Ghats (Eastern)Mountain range for a part of these ranges that runs along south-eastern India. Tirumala-Tirupati .
Gopuram - The sculpted upper crest of a temple
Gotram - The sect to which a devotee belongs
Grihastha - Donor
Gurkha – Security guard
Guru - Teacher

H

Hamsa - Swan
HaratiWaving a plate (in which a sacred flame is lit) in front of the Lord’s image. Also calledNirajana
Harikatha - Musical rendering of divine stories
Hiranyakasipu - Demon King who tried to destroy the Earth
Hiranyaksa - Younger brother of Hiranyakasipu, who succeeded the latter as Demon King
HomamSacred fire
Hundi - Receptacle for depositing offerings (in cash and kind) for the Lord

I

Ishta Daivam – Favourite deity

J

Janaloka - One of the seven regions above the Earth
Japam - Sacred word that is chanted repeatedly
JataTwisted hair that hangs down in coils at the back of the Lord Sri Venkateswara’s idol
JeghantaCymbals
Jilebi – Spiral-shaped sweet dish made of flour and jaggery jelly
JyeshthaName of a month in the Hindu calendar

K

Kainkaryam - Ritualistic offering to God or worship of God
Kali YugaThe Dark Age
Kalpa – Age or aeon.  Also called Yuga
Kalyana Katta – Place where devotees have their hair cut as an offering to the Lord
Kalyanam - Marriage
Kalyana MandapamMarriage Hall
Kalyanotsavam - Celebration of the divine marriage between Lord Sri Venkateswara and Sri Padmavathi Devi
Kankanam - Metal bracelet worn around the wrist
Kapila - Grey-coloured
Karma Yogadeeds
KarpooramCamphor
KasturitilakamLineament of musk drawn on the Lord’s forehead
Katika - Placed on the waist
Keertanas – devotional songs
Kiritam – Crown
Koil - Temple
Koluvu - Darbar
Kula DaivamFamily Deity

L

Laddu - Spherical-shaped sweet made of flour and jaggery/sugar

M

Madhura bhakti - Deep devotion
Maha - Great
Mahatmya/Mahatmyam - Greatness
MahatvaImportance
Makara Kundalasornaments shaped like an alligator, that adorn the ears of the main idol of the Lord
Mandapam - structure or monument with rich sculpture meant for a specific purpose like performing fine arts
Mantra - Sacred word(s) to be chanted repeatedly
MantrodakaSacred water
Matsya Avatara - Manifestation of Lord Vishnu as a fish
Muhurtam – Auspicious time
Mukhadvaram - Main entrance (door) at the front of the temple
MukkotiThree crore (merging of three crore teerthams in the Swami Pushkarini).
Mukti/Moksha – Liberation of the soul
MulaberamThe central idol of Lord Sri Venkateswara
Murthi - Statue
Mutyam – Pearl

N

Nacchimars - The Lord’s two consorts – Sridevi and Bhudevi
NaivedyamFood offering
Namakarana- Naming ceremony
NamamWhite caste-mark on the Lord’s forehead
Narada - The supreme devotee of Lord Vishnu; a connoisseur of all arts; a devarishi (according to the Bhagavad Gita 10:26)
Narasimha - Lord Vishnu’s manifestation, with the face of a lion and the body of a human
Narayana - Lord Sri Maha Vishnu
Nava - Nine
Nayaka – Leader
Nija – Real, Original
Niluvudopidi – Offering to the Lord, the clothes/ornaments that one is wearing when one visits the temple
Nirajana – See harati
Nivedana - Offer/present

O

Om - The sacred syllable
Om Sri Venkatesaya Namah – Saluting the Lord by reciting His name

P

Padmam - Lotus
Padmavathi - Consort of Lord Sri Venkateswara
Pallaki - Palanquin
PanchangamIndian almanac
Panchanga Sravanam - Listening to the forecast as directed by the Sastras
Pandal – Canopy
Panyarams - Laddus. See Laddus.
Papam - Sin
Parinayam - Marriage
Parishad - Union of Scholars
Pataloka – The nether world
Pati - Husband
Patrika – Letter
Pavithra - Sacred
Payasam - Watery sweet made with milk, sugar, cardamom and cashewnuts
Periya JiyarSaint of the Sri Vaishnava Jiyar Matham
Periyatirdadi - The first devotee
Pinda PrasadamCeremony conducted in memory of the departed
PitambaramYellow silk cloth
Pongal - Rice dish cooked with cereals and spices
Puja/Pooja - Ritualistic worship of God
Poojari - One who performs rituals, chants prayers and worships God as a representative of the devotee
Poolangi - Of flowers
Poorna - Complete, full
Pracharam - Spreading
PradakshinamPath for circumambulating the temple
Pradhana acharya purushaChief priest
Prahlada - Son of the Demon King Hiranyakasipu and a staunch devotee of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu
Prakaram - Wall surrounding the temple
Pralaya KalpaThe Great Deluge
Prarthana - Prayer
Prasadam - Food offered first to the Lord and then distributed (as sacred) among devotees
Prasanna - Pleased
PratimaBronze icon
Pratyeka - Special
Pravachanam - Hymn sung in praise of the Lord
PrayogaReady for release
Pulihora - A rice dish made with tamarind/lime and spices.
Puranas - Ancient Hindu scriptures
Purohit - Priest
Purohit SangamAn association of priests
Pushkarini - Sacred water tank
Pushpa Yagam - Vedic ritual involving offering of flowers to God.
Pushpam - Flower

R

Rakshasa - Demon
Rama Pattabhishekam - The coronation of Lord Rama
Ranganayaka - One of the manifestations of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu. Also refers to the Deity at Sri Rangam.
Ratham - Chariot
RishiSage

S

Sabha - Meeting;Group
Sadas - Meeting of intellectuals
Sahasra - Thousand
Sahasra DeepaThousand earthen lamps
SakarabathSweetened rice
Salwar KameezTraditional Indian dress consisting of a loose knee-length top and a loose pant gathered at the ankles.
Samarpana - Offering
Samrakshana - Protection
Samsara SagaraThe ocean of Life
Sangam - Union
SankalpamDesire
SankeertanasSongs written in praise of the Lord
Sanku - The sacred conch of the Lord
SaranagatiTo fall at a person’s feet
Saritraditional dress of Indian women
Sarovaram - Lake
Sarva - All
Sarvadarsanam - Viewing of the Deity for all; the time allotted for it.
Sastanga Danda Pramanamprostrating before the Lord
SastrasVarious texts of ethical science dealing with code of conduct, morality, rituals etc.
SeeraSweet dish
Seshachala - One of the famous seven hills of Tirupati believed to be the manifestation of the Snake God, Adisesha
Seshavahanam - Vehicle of the Lord (shaped like the Snake God Adisesha)
Seva - Service/Worship unto the Lord
Seven Hills - The seven hills of Lord Venkateswara’s abode. They are Vrishabhadri, Garudadri, Seshadri, Anjanadri, Vedadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri; from Tirupati, the seven hills have to be crossed to reach Tirumala
Sikharam - Pinnacle
SimhaLion
SishyaDisciple
Sloka – Stanza
Smaraka - in memory of .
Soma - Moon
Somalatha - A plant whose juice intoxicates if drunk; plant offered to the sacred fire in Somayaga
Somayaji - The person who performs somayaga
SopanamargaStairway (Stone footpath leading to Tirumala)
Sravanam - Season of rainfall (according to the Hindu calendar), usually in August
Sri Bhu Devi - Also called Sri Padmavathi Devi; one of the two consorts of Lord Sri Venkateswara, the other being Sri Lakshmi Devi
Sri Lakshmi Devi - Also called Sri Devi; one of the two consorts of Lord Sri Venkateswara, the other being Sri Bhu Devi
Sri Maha Vishnu‘The Preserver’ who is believed to have manifested Himself on Tirumala as Lord Sri Venkateswara, to save mankind in the Kali Yuga
Sri Venkatachala MahatmyaThe sacred text which extols the glory of Lord Venkaterswara and His abode.
Srinivasa - Lord Venkateswara
Srivaru - Lord Venkateswara
Sthala MahathmyaThe greatness of a place
Sudarsana - The sacred disc weapon of Lord Vishnu
Suddhi - Cleansing
SukhasanaA Yogic pose
Suprabhatam - Auspicious time at dawn, when the Lord is woken and prayers chanted
SuryaSun
Sveta - White
Sveta Varaha – The incarnation of Sri Maha Vishnu as a fearsome white boar, to restore the Earth after the Great Deluge
Swami - God

T

Takeed - Receipt
TatvaSubstance
Tene - Honey
Thiru/Tiru - Respected, holy
Thirumanjanam - Fragrant powder prepared out of sandalwood and turmeric
Thomala Seva - Worship with garlands
Teertham - Holy water
Tirumala - Meaning ‘the holy hill’; abode of Lord Sri Venkateswara situated atop the seven hills in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India
Tirumala Raya - a chieftain of the Araviti family, who renovated the Tirumala Raya Mandapam in the Sri Venkateswara temple
Tirupati - The sacred town of Lord Venkateswara at the foot of the seven hills in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh in India

Trimurthi – The holy trinity, comprising Lord Brahma, Lord Siva and Lord Vishnu
Tulabharam - Offering one’s weight in coins to the Lord

U

Ubhaya Nacchiyars - The two consorts (Sri Devi and Bhu Devi) of the utsava murthi of Lord Sri Venkateswara. 
Unjal - Cradle
Upanayanam -The ceremony of the investiture with the sacred thread
Utsava Murthi - Processional image of the Lord
Utsavam - Festival
Uttariyam - Garment for covering the shoulders or upper half of the body
Uyala Mandapam - Place where the Lord’s idol is placed in a cradle and worshipped

V

Vada - Food item made of cereals and spices
Vaggeyakara - Composer
Vahana - The Lord’s vehicle
Vaikuntam - Celestial abode of Sri Maha Vishnu
Vanabhivruddhi - Improvising gardens
Vanam - Garden; forest
Varada – boon
Varaha Kshetra – Place belonging to Varaha
Varahavatara/Varahaswami/Sveta Varaha – Incarnation of Sri Maha Vishnu as a boar with a human body
Vasantam - The Spring season
Vasanthotsavam - A festival held in Spring
Vastram - Clothes
Vayu DevaThe God of Wind
Veda - That knowledge which is worth knowing
Vedic MantrasSacred hymns
Venkateswara - He who cleanses the sins of His devotees
Vigraham - Statue
Vimana/VimanamDome
VinjamaraWhisk
Visesha - Important
Vishnu - (Vyapana Seelanath Vishnuhu) That which is all-pervading; the Supreme Being who is the saviour of the universe; also see Sri Maha Vishnu
Vishvaksena - Chief commander of the Lord’s army

Y

Yaga/Yagna - Vedic ritual in which various items are offered to God through a sacred fire
Yajnopavitasacred thread worn by males of certain Hindu castes
Yuga - Aeon

 

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Other Places To Visit

Other Places To Visit
A visit to the Tirumala-Tirupati region is an enchanting experience. Nestled in the verdant Eastern Ghats – a mountain range that runs along south-eastern India – the region is a treasure-house of ancient temples, waterfalls and other places of interest.TTD manages temples in the Tirumala-Tirupati region and some temples in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. For pilgrims, there is a wide choice of places to visit.

Important Note
TTD does not manage any temples outside India.

 

In and around Tirumala


 

In and around TirupatiTop

Other Temples

You can avail of TTD’s package tours to visit the above temples

 

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Darshan at Sri Venkateswara Temple

Darshan at Sri Venkateswara Temple

As more than fifty thousand pilgrims visit the Sri Venkateswara Temple every day, TTD has organised efficient systems to ensure the smooth movement of pilgrims.

Vaikuntam Queue Complex

Vaikuntam Queue Complex

The entrance for darshan is through the Vaikuntam Queue Complex. The complex is a series of inter-connected halls that leads to the main temple. An efficient queue system ensures that pilgrims move in an orderly fashion through the Queue Complex, towards the main temple.

The halls in the Queue Complex are clean, spacious and airy.TTD provides a wide range of facilities in the Queue Complex:

  • Food is provided for the waiting pilgrims free of cost.
  • Milk, Coffe & Tea provided for waiting pilgrims free of cost.
  • Medical aid
  • Sale of photographs, calendars and other TTD publications
  • Toilets
  • Closed Circuit Television, through which devotional programmes and music are relayed
  • Cloak rooms near the Vaikuntam Queue Complex entrance
  • Places where footwear can be deposited, free of cost (at the entrance)

There are officers to look after the facilities in the Vaikuntam Queue Complex, regulate the queues and attend to complaints.

Sarvadarsanam

Sarvadarsanam means ‘darshan for all’. The timings for Sarvadarsanam are different on different days of the week. Please refer the weekly temple programme for the timings.

On normal days, about 18 hours are allotted for Sarvadarsanam and on peak days, it is open for 20 hours.

Around 50,000 pilgrims visit the main temple every day.
Special Entry Darshan (Seeghra Darshan)

The Seeghra Darshanm facility is introduced 0n 21-09-2009 to provide quick Darshan for the Pilgrims. The cost of the Ticket is Rs.300/- per pilgrim. The tickets will be issued at VQC-I in a separate queue line with 4 counters, after taking the tickets, the pilgrims are directly allowed for Darshan. Seeghra Darshan tickets will be issued on all the Sarva Darshan timings.

The darshan timings are the same as that for Sarvadarsanam.

Special Entry Darshan Timings
Saturday,Sunday, Monday 4.00am to 5.00am , 7.00am to 6.00pm and 9.00pm to upto Ekantha seva.
Tuesday, Wednesday 08.30am to 01.00pm ,
Thursday 09.00am to 6.00 pm and 9.00pm to upto Ekanthaseva.
Friday 10.00am to 6.00pm and 9.00pm to upto Ekanthaseva.

Divya Darshan

1. Divya Darshan facility is provided for pedestrian who come on foot to Tirumala through Gali Gopuram or Srivari Mettu.

2. Bio-metric counters are established on these foot paths, to facilitate free darshan, free accommodation (P.A.C) and free food facilities at Tirumala.

Sudarshan token System

The Sudarsanam token system was introduced to minimise the waiting time for Sarvadarsanam, Special Darshan and other paid darshan/sevas. Some of its features: The tokens are available Rs.50/- token at the

    1.Second Choultry (behind the Railway Station),

    2.Bhudevi Complex,

    3. Alipiri Tollgate,

    4.Sreenivasam in Tirupati,

    5.Srivari Sannidhi, Tirupati,

    6. RTC Bus stand in Tirupati,

    7.TTD Information centre ,Renigunta (opposite to the Renigunta Railway Station).

     

    The time of darshan is indicated on the tokens.Pilgrims can enter the Vaikuntam Queue Complex at Tirumala at the time indicated on the tokens. . As this system saves on waiting time, it provides pilgrims with enough time to visit temples in the vicinity like Sri Govindarajaswami Temple and Kapila Teertham at Tirupati, Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple at Tiruchanur and Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swami Temple at Srinivasa Mangapuram.To help TTD keep a track of the number of pilgrims and ensure their smooth flow, one token is issued per head. Collective tokens for groups are not issued.Sudarshan tokens to a tune of 5000 perday, Tuesday and Wednesday 2000 perday will be issued from 05:00am

    Some precautions for you to take:

  • Collect your Sudarsanam token only from TTD-run counters. Tokens issued by others are not valid.Do not exchange tokens.
  • Do not trust touts.

Special Darshan for Physically disabled and Aged

This special darshan is arranged for the physically disabled and the aged, the infants along with parents through a separate gate at the Maha Dwaram,the main temple entrance. If necessary, such pilgrims can be accompanied by an attendant.

 

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Accommodation at Tirumala

Accommodation at Tirumala

The process of allotment of cottages to pilgrims at Tirumala has been computerised and is carried out from the Central Reception Office, Tirumala.

You can also book paid accommodation and sevas online.

Advance Reservation

Some information with respect to advance reservations made by pilgrims for accommodation and sevas:

  • An advance reservation daily chart is being displayed on the Notice Board outside ARP Counter in Central Reception Office, Tirumala. The chart contains the names of pilgrims who have been allotted accommodation.
  • If the devotees have not received acknowledgement or confirmation letters from the AEO (RO-I) TTD, Tirumala, they may dial 0877-2277777, 2233333 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. except on holidays or 0877 – 2277777, 2233333 at any time and get information by giving DD/MO particulars.
  • Separate DDs should be sent for accommodation and seva tickets. DDs should be sent atleast one month in advance for sevas and accommodation in favour of the Executive Officer ,TTD payable at Tirupati and the DDs should be sent to the AEO(Arjitham Computers), TTD, Tirumala for seva Tickets and to the AEO(R-I), TTD, Tirumala for accommodaton. For all details regarding Arjita Sevas, and accommodaton please dial 0877-2233333, 2277777.
  • An exclusive monitor is kept in Advance Reservation Allotment counter and main computer cell at Central Reception Office, TTD, Tirumala to provide information on advance reservation round the clock.

On Payment

Pilgrims can reserve paid accommodation (only for the Rs. 100/- & Rs.50/- per day category) in Tirumala 30 days in advance of their visit, by writing to the Assistant Executive Officer (Reception-I) TTD, Tirumala – 517504. The letter will have to be accompanied by a demand draft favouring the Executive Officer, TTD, payable at Tirupati, and drawn on any nationalised bank.

Paid accommodation can also be reserved 30 days in advance at the e-Darshan counters all over India., by paying the requisite amount.

Accommodation in other cost categories can be reserved, subject to availability, only at the Central Reception Office, Tirumala.

Categories

Special Type Cottage

Note

  1. A ‘day’ is used to mean 24 hours from the time of allotment.
  2. Alternative accommodation will be provided if the required accommodation is not available. In such cases, the excess service charges paid, if any, will be refunded.
  3. Accommodation can be reserved for one day only. If the persons do not check in on that particular day, the reservation will be cancelled and the reservation charges paid will not be refunded or adjusted for any subsequent period.

Free

There are several largechoultries with free rooms for families to stay in reasonable comfort. Electricity and water are provided free of charge. For free accommodation, pilgrims may contact the Central Reception Office, near the bus stand in Tirumala. Pilgrims can also rest in and Dormitory Halls provided by TTD.

For further details on free and paid accommodation, do call us at these numbers: ++91-0877-2263626

Free choultry at Tirumala

 

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Accommodation at Tirupati

Accommodation at Tirupati
Accommodation is available in these categories:

You can book paid accommodation and sevas online.

Sreenivasam Complex

On Payment

Name
Contact
Rent per day
Sreenivasam Complex (Opposite to R.T.C bus Stand in Tirupati) The Superintendent

Phone: 0877-2264537

Non A.C.Rooms : Rs.200.00
A/C Rooms: Rs.400.00
A/C Deluxe Rooms: Rs.600.00
Madhavam Guest House (adjacent to Srinivasm complex in Tirupati) The Superintendent, Phone:0877-2264541 A.C.Ordinary Suits: Rs. 800.00 A.C.Deluxe Suits: Rs.1,000.00
Sri Venkateswara Dharmasala
(opposite the Tirupati Railway Station)
The Superintendent
Phone: 0877-2225144
Single : Rs.50.00
Double : Rs.100.00
Four Bed : Rs.100.00
Sri Venkateswara Guest House
(to the north of the Tirupati Railway Station) (Non-AC)
Deputy Executive Officer (Reception)
Phone : 0877-2264507
51 rooms @ Rs.150.00
Sri Padmavathi Guest House (AC)
Chittoor Road
Deputy Executive Officer (Reception)
Phone : 0877-2264510; 2264511
  • 4 Suites @ Rs.500.00
  • 3 Suites @ Rs.300.00
  • 2 Suites @ Rs.200.00
  • 1 Suite @ Rs. 400.00
  • 9 Suites @ Rs.250.00
  • Meeting Hall @ Rs.1400 (Including Telephone)
TTD Alipiri Guest House (at the foot of the seven hills)
(Non A.C.)
Phone : 0877-2264502 32 rooms @ Rs.100.00
Sri Kodandarama Dharmasala (to the south of the Tirupati Railway Station) The Superintendent, Central Reception Office, Tirupati. 74 double rooms @ Rs.30 each.

Notes

  1. Rates are per room/suite/cottage.
  2. A ‘day’ is used to mean 24 hours from the time of allotment.
  3. Allotment is subject to availability.
  4. No advance reservation is available at Tirupati

 

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Advance Booking

Advance Booking
Guide Lines for online Booking of Sevas/Accommodation: Registration with TTD Website is mandatory for booking Srivari Arjitha sevas / Accommodation, wherein pilgrim is provided with username and password. Only one seva (persons allowed more than one) and one accommodation will be allotted for one registered user with in 90 days from the seva/accommodation date. Note: Maximum of 2 tickets can be booked for the same day for the same seva, where one person is allowed.
1.Internet Booking : Advance Booking of Srivari Arjitha Sevas can be booked from the Websitewww.ttdsevaonline.com, 90 days in advance.
2.e-Darshan Counters: Advance Booking of Srivari Arjitha Sevas (Suprabhatam, kalyanotsavam,Arjitha Brahmotsavam,Dolotsavam,Vasanthotsavam, sahasra Deepalakarana Seva,Nija Pada Darshanam,Vishesha Pooja), Rs.50/- Darshan, and Rs.50/-, Rs.100/-, Rs.300/- accommodation can be booked from the available e-Darshan Counters, 60 days in advance.
3.Advance Booking: Advance Booking of Srivari Arjitha Sevas can be done by sending Demand Draft in favour of the Executive Officer, T.T.D to the Assistant Executive Officer, Arjitham Office, Sri T.T.,Tirumala – 517 504 , 90days in advance. The Demand Draft for Advance Booking of seva can be accepted only for the following sevas:Suprabhatam, Kalyanothsavam, Dolothsavam, Arjitha Brahmothsavam, Visesha Pooja, Vasanthothsavam, Sahasra Deepalankarana seva, Nijapada darshanam.
4.Current Booking: Current Booking is the facility to book Arjitha sevas one day in advance or for the same day which are issued at Tirumala in Single Window Counter opposite to CRO, Tirumala.
The Quota to book Srivari Arjitha Sevas through e-Darshan, Internet and Advance Booking and Current Booking :
Arjitha Seva Tickets Available for booking from March 5th 2010
Name of the Seva
Current booking
Advance booking Available
Internet Booking
E-darshan booking
Seva Performing days
Cost (Rs.)
Persons Allowed
Bahumanam
Suprabhatam
100
95
50
50
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun
120.00
One
2 Small laddus
Thomala Seva
Nil
Nil
10
Nil
Tue-Wed-Thu
220.00
One
2 Small laddus
Archana Seva
Nil
Nil
10
Nil
Tue-Wed-Thu
220.00
One
2 Small laddus
Kalyanotsavam
100
150
150
150
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun
500.00
One
One [1] Big laddu

One [1] vada

One [1] Art silk Upper (or)

One Blouse Piece and 3 Grams Silver Dollar

Arjitha brahmothsavam
25
13
Nil
12
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun
200.00
One
Two [2] small Laddus

One [1] Art silk Upper (or)

One Blouse Piece

Unjal Seva (Dolothsavam)
10
10
Nil
10
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun
200.00
One
Two [2] small Laddus

One [1] Art silk Upper (or)

One Blouse Piece

Vasanthothsavam
25
13
5
12
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun
300.00
One
Two [2] small Laddus

One [1] Art silk Upper (or)

One Blouse Piece

Sahasra Deepalankarana Seva
70
25
Nil
25
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun
200.00
One
Two [2] small Laddus

One [1] Art silk Upper (or)

One Blouse Piece

Nijapada Darshnam
100
200
100
200
Fri
200.00
One
One [1] Small Laddu
Vishesha Pooja
25
25
25
25
Mon
600.00 One One [1] Big Laddu,

One[1] Vada

One [1] Art silk Upper (or)

One Blouse Piece

 

Astadala Paada Padmaradhana
Nil
Nil
10
20
Tue
1,250.00
One
Two [2] Big laddus

Two [2] vadas

One [1] Art silk Upper (or)

One Blouse Piece

 

Sahasra Kalasabhishekam
Nil
Nil
Nil
Nil
Wed
850.00 One One [1] Big laddu

One [1] vada

Two [2] Appams

Two [2] Dosas

One [1] Art silk Upper (or)

One Blouse Piece

Pulihora,Chakkera Pongal, Payasam

 

Thiruppavada
Nil
Nil
Nil
Nil
Thu
850.00 One One [1] Big Laddu

One [1] Vada, One [1] Jilebi, One [1] Tentola

One [1] Art silk Upper (or)

One Blouse Piece

Pulihora

Poorabhishekam
Nil
Nil
Nil
Nil
Fri
750.00
One
Two [2] Vadas, Two [2] small laddus
Melchat Vasthram
Nil
Nil
Nil
Nil
Fri
12,250.00
Two (the couple will be allowed for Abhishekam)
Two [2] Big laddus

Two [2] Vadas

One [1] Art silk Upper (or)

One Blouse Piece

 

Notes

To reserve seva tickets in advance, you can send a Demand Draft drawn on any nationalised bank, in favour of The Executive Officer, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati, (attach xerox copy of photo Id Proof (PAN card, Driving License , Voter Id, Passport, House hold card) along with the requisition letter ) and sent to the following address:

    Assistant Executive Officer
    Arjitham Office
    Sri T.T.,Tirumala – 517 504

    Contact No.0877-2263589, 2263679

    Advance reservations are not allowed for Ekanta Seva and Archanantara Darsanam is cancelled.

All the Grihathas who have Arjitha Seva Tickets (both through Advance reservation and Discretionary quota) are requested to produce Photo Identity proof viz., Ration Card/ Voter Id/ Pan Card / Driving License to the verifying authority while reporting at Vaikuntam Que Complex -I, w.e.f. 01-06-2010

e-Darshan Counters

Nearly 1,00,000 pilgrims are visiting daily to have darshan of Lord Venkateswara. To reduce the waiting time in the queue lines TTD has introduced e-Darshan facility where in the pilgrim is provided with Darshan slot remotely before actually the pilgrim reach Tirumala. This system was started with token system and replaced with Biometric system which is now under operation. These e-darshan counters were established in most of the TTD Kalyanamandapams and Information Centres in all most all Andhra Pradesh and outside Andhra Pradesh. Pilgrims are permitted to enter the Vikuntam Queue Complex-I, according to the time slot provided to them.

List of e-darshan counters is as following:

A B C E G H J K L M
N O P R S T U V
S.No
City/Town Contact
S.No
City/Town Contact
01
Adilabad TTD Kalyanamandapam,
e-Darshan Counter,
Housing Board Colony,
Adilabad,
Adilabad District,
Andhra Pradesh.
02
Ahmedabad Sri Balaji Temple, Opp. Nirma University, Ahmedabad
03
Amalapuram TTD Kalyana Mandapam
e-Darshan Counter,
East Godavari District,
Andhra Pradesh
04
Ananthapur TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Darshan Counter,
Near Railway Station,
Ramachandrapuram,
Ananthaprur District,
Andhra Pradesh .
05
Bangalore 1 & 2 TTD Information Center,
e-Darshan Counter,
16th Cross,
Vyalikavel, Malleswaram,
Banglore-3,
Karnataka.
06
Bapatla TTD Kalyana Mandapam , Near RTC Bustand, Bapatla
07
Bobbili TTD Kalyana Mandapam, near water tank, Bobbili.
08
Bhimavaram TTD Kalyana Mandapam
e-Darshan Counter,
Near Town Railwaystation,
Bhimavaram-2
West Godavari District.
Andhra Pradesh
09
Bhopal The Andhra Sanskruthik Parishad,Link Road No.2.,Shivaji Nagar , Bhopal.
10
Bhubaneshwar TTD Kalyana Mandapam ,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Jayadev vihar Chowk,
Bhubaneshwar,
Orissa.
11
Chennai 1 & 2 TTD Information Center,No:50,
Venkatanarayana Road,
T-Nagar,
Chennai-70,
Tamil Nadu
12
Chilakaluripeta Sri Venkateswara Swamy Aryavysya Kalyana Mandir Sangham, Guntur, A.P.
13
Chirala TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Govt. Hospital,
Kothapet,
Chirala,
Prakasam District,
Andhra Pradesh .
14
Chittoor TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Vellore Road,
Chittoor District,
Andhra Pradesh.
15
Coimbatore TTD e-Dharshan Counter,
Perumal Complex No.9,
Papanaikampalayam,
Coimbatore,
Tamil Nadu
16
Eluru TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Eluru,
West Godavari District,
Andhra Pradesh.
17
Erode e-Dharshan Counter,
D/No: 315,
Perundurai Road,
Club Melange Campus,
Erode-11,
Tamil Nadu.
18
Godavarikhani Municipal Office Complex, Godavarikhani
19
Guntur TTD Information Centre/
Kalyanamandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Rajagardens,
Guntur,
Guntur District,
Andhara Pradesh.
20
Hanumakonda TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Kishanpoora,
Hanumakonda,
Warangal District,
Andhra Pradesh.
21
Hyderabad 1 , 2 & 3 TTD Information Centre,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Balaji Bhavan,
Liberty Circle,
Opp Stanza complex,
Himayat Nagar,
Hyderabad,
Andhra Pradesh
22
Jaipur Andhra Association, F-47, Wajir Pur House,Sundar marg ,C-Scheme,Jaipur
23
Jemshedpur e-Dharshan Counter,
Andhra Bhakta Sree Rama Mandiram
Bistpur
Jemshedpur – 831001
24
Kadapa TTD Kalyana Mandapam
e-Dharshan Counter,
Madras Road,
Sankarapuram,
Kadapa,
Kadapa District,
Andhra Pradesh.
25
Kallakurichi Sri vari Spiritual and Developement Trust, Near Raja Theatre, Raja Nagar, Velli Puram Dist.Kallakurichi
26
Kakinada TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Near Balaji Cheruvu,
Kakinada,
East Godavari District,
Andhara Pradesh.
27
Kandukur Skandapuri Jaganadha Swamy Devasthanam, Kandukur.
28
Kanyakumari Vivekanadha Kendra, Vivekanada Puram, Kanyakumari.
29
Karimnagar TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan,
Gandhi Road,
Opp RTC Bus Stand,
Karimnagar,
Karimnagar District,
Andhra Pradesh.
30
Khammam TTD Kalyanamandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Opp RTC Bus Stand,
Khammam,
Khammam District,
Andhra Pradesh.
31
Kharagpur e-Dharshan Counter,
Sri Sri Balaji Mandir Committe,
Malamcha Road,
Kharagpur,
West Bengal.
32
Kolhapur e-Dharshan Counter,
Sri Mahalakshmi Temple,
Westran Maharastra
Devasthanam management Committe, Chuorang Nagala park, Kolhapur,Maharastra
33
Kolkata TTD e-Dharshan Counter,
Andhra Association Bulding,
13A, Shah Nagar,
Near Kalighat Station
Rash Behari Avenue,
Kolkata,
West Bengal.
34
Kuppam TTD Kalyana Mandapam, Kuppam ,Anardhra Pradesh.
35
Kurnool TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
C-Camp Centre,
Kurnool,
Kurnool District,
Andhra Pradesh.
36
Latur e-Dharshan Counter,
AstaVainayaka Prathistan Mandir,
Asta Vinayaka Prathistan Road,
Latur,
Maharastra.
37
Machilipatnam TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Near Bus Stand,
Machilipatnam,
Krishna District,
Andhra Pradesh.
38
Madurai TTD Information Centre, Tallakulam, Madurai
39
Mahaboobnagar TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Near Govt. Jr.College,
New Town,
Mahaboobnagar,
MahaboobNagar District,
Andhra Pradesh.
40
Metpalli TTD Kalyana Mandapam, Metpalli, Karimnagar Dist. Anardhra Pradesh.
41
Mumbai e-Dharshan Counter,
The Bombay Andhra Maha Sabha,Gymkhana, Near Dadar railway Station ,
Mumbai,
Maharastra.
42
Naidupet TTD Information Centere,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Near Bus Stand,
Naidupet,
Nellore District,
Andhra Predesh.
43
Nagapur Buldana Urban Coop. Bank, Ramadas Road, Nagapur ,Maharashtra.
44
Nalgonda TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Shivaji Nagar,
Nalgonda,
Nalgonda District,
Andhra Pradesh.
45
Nellore TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Durga Mitta,
Nellore,
Nellore District,
Andhra Pradesh
46
New Delhi e-Dharshan Counter,
A.P.Bhavan,
No.1, Ashok Road,
New Delhi

011-23385248

47
Nizamabad TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Pulan Chourastha,
Vatani Road,
Nizamabad.
Nizamabad District,
Andhra Pradesh.
48
Ongole TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Santapet,
Ongole,
Prakasam District,
Andhra Pradesh.
49
Piduguralla Behind ZP High School, Piduguralla, Guntur Dist. Anardhra Pradesh.
50
Pondichery TTD Information Centere,
e-Darshan Counter,
288, J.N Street,
Pondichery,
Tamil Nadu.
51
Proddatur e-Dharshan Counter,
Agasteswara Alayam,
Kurnool Road,
Proddatur,
Kadapa District.
Anardhra Pradesh.
52
Pulivendula TTD Information Centere,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Muddanur Road,
Pulivendula,
Kadapa District,
Anardhra Pradesh.
53
Pune e-Dharshan Counter,
Maharastra Arya Vaishya Samaj,
154 Kasbapeta,
Near Kasba Ganapthi,
Pune,
Maharastra.
54
Puttaparthi Sri Anjaneyaswamy Temple, Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh
55
Rajamundry TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Danavaipet,
Rajamundry,
East Godavari District,
Andhra Pradesh.
56
Raipur Andhra Sanskritik Kala Samithi, Anmol flats, Avanthi vihar ,Raipur , Chattisghad.
57
Rajapalam TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
576, Tenkasi Road,
Rajapalam,
Tamil Nadu.
58
Sanga Reddy TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Sanga Reddy
Medak District,
Andhra Pradesh
59
Salem TTD Information Centere,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Sree Garuda Spirutal and Development Trust,
9/4C,6th Cross,
Maravaneri,
Salem 636007,
Tamil Nadu.
60
Shirdi Arya Vysya Nithyannadana Satram, opp to Joshi Hospital, Shirdi , Maharashtra.
61
Sholapur Sri Venkateswara Devasthanam, Sri Venkateswara nagar, Dazi Pet, Sholapur ,Maharashtra.
62
Siddipeta TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Siddipeta,
Medak District,
Andhra Pradesh.
63
Srikakulam TTD Kalyanamandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Near Gandhi Park,
Srikakulam,
Srikakulam Distict,
Andhra Pradesh
64
Srikalahasti e-Dharshan Counter,
Near by Srikalahasti Temple,
Srikalahasti,
Chittoor District,
Andhra Pradesh.
65
Tallapaka TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Talapaka,
Kadapa District,
Andhra Pradesh.
66
Tirupur Srivari Trust, 241/1,

Darapuram Road, Tirupur -641601

67
Trichi D-44,5th cross, North east extension,Thillai Nagar, Thiruchirapalli, Tamilanadu
68
Udipi Geetha Mandir, Srikrishna Temple, Udipi , Karnataka.
69
Varanasi Kasi Annapurna Arya Vysya Nithyannadana Satram, Opp. Mazda Theatre, Varanasi , Uttar Pradesh.
70
Vellore TTD Information Centere
e-Dharshan Counter,
Officers Line,
Vellore,
Tamil Nadu
71
Vijayanagaram TTD Kalyana mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Ranhjani Road,
Vijayanagaram,
Vijayanagaram District,
Andhra Predesh.
72
Vijayawada TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
Punnama Thota,
Near All India Radio,
Vijayawada,
Krishna District,
Andhra Pradesh.
73
Visakhapatnam TTD Kalyana Mandapam,
e-Dharshan Counter,
MVP Colony,
Near Raithu Bazar,
Visakapatnam,
Visakapatnam District,
Andhra Pradesh.

 

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The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatachala (Venkata Hill) of the Tirupati Hill, and lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini. It is by the Lord’s presidency over Venkatachala, that He has received the appellation, Venkateswara (Lord of the Venkata Hill). He is also called the Lord of the Seven Hills.

The Temple of Sri Venkateswara has acquired unique sanctity in Indian religious lore. The Sastras, Puranas, Sthala Mahatyams and Alwar hymns unequivocally declare that, in the Kali Yuga, one can attain mukti, only by worshipping Venkata Nayaka or Sri Venkateswara.

The benefits acquired by a piligrimage to Venkatachala are mentioned in the Rig Veda and Asthadasa Puranas. In these epics, Sri Venkateswara is described as the great bestower of boons. There are several legends associated with the manifestation of the Lord at Tirumala.

The Temple has its origins in Vaishnavism, an ancient sect which advocates the principles of equality and love, and prohibits animal sacrifice.

The sanctum sanctorum which houses the awe-inspiring idol of the Lord of the Seven Hills is situated in the main temple complex of Tirumala.


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Supply of Equipment to Other Temples at Subsidised Rates

Supply of Equipment to Other Temples at Subsidised Rates

TTD supplies stone and panchaloha vigrahams (statues) at subsidised rates to other temples. For temples dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, TTD supplies stone vigrahams of Sri Venkateswara and Sri Padmavathi Ammavaru, according to the height specifications (the height of the vigrahams should not exceed five feet). These vigrahams are supplied free of cost, on production of certificates and recommendations from the officials (of the rank of Assistant Commissioner and above) of the Endowments Department.

Stone and panchaloha vigrahams of other deities are supplied by TTD at a subsidy of 50%. TTD also supplies microphone sets and temple umbrellas at a subsidy of 50%. The microphone set includes an amplifier, two speakers, a tape recorder and cable with some audio cassettes. Umbrellas include two six-span umbrellas.

Seshavasthram is a silk saree that has been used once in temples of Sri Venkateswara, Tirumala and Sri Padmavathi Ammavari temple, Tiruchanoor. These seshavasthrams are also supplied to temples. An application for the seshavasthrams should be made by the concerned temple authorities and is to be routed through the State Endowments Department . Alternatively, any sitting member of the TTD Trust Board can recommend the supply of such items.

 

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Sriman Veturi Prabhakara Sastry Vangmaya Peetam

Sriman Veturi Prabhakara Sastry Vangmaya Peetam

SRIMAN VETURI PRABHAKARA SASTRY VANGMAYA PEETAM

 

Dr. Veturi Anandamoorthy son of Sriman Veturi Prabhakara Sastry has requested the management to take up the works of Sri Prabhakara Sastry by establishing a peetam in his name and to publish the books and research works.

 

Accordingly, the TTD Board in its Resolution No.269, dt.25.7.2007 has resolved to take up the works of Sri Sastry and attached to S.V. Central Library & Research Centre, TTD Tirupati. It is also decided to conduct the Jayanti and Vardanti of Sri Prabhakara Sastry.

On 7 th February 2008 , the 120 th Jayanti of Sriman Veturi Prabhakara Sastry was celebrated and unveiling a statue in front of SVETA Building and also released two books of Sri Veturi Prabhakara Sastry

WORKS TO BE TAKEN UP:

To publish all the works of Sri Prabhakara Sastry. To receive the balance books from Dr. Veturi Ananda Moorthy from Hyderabad .

 

It is also proposed to attach some more unpublished manuscripts available in S.V. Central Library & Research Centre, TTD Tirupati to the light of public.

 

 

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Temple Renovation and Reconstruction

Temple Renovation and Reconstruction

KALYANOTSAVA MANDAPAM

Overview

The Renovation sub-division of TTD was established to restore Hindu sculpture and architecture according to the Silpa Agama Sastra. It safeguards and promotes ancient Hindu architecture.

Apart from the temples in the Tirumala-Tirupati area, TTD also manages the Sri Pattabhi Ramaswami Temple at Vayalpad, and the Sri Venkateswara Temple and the Sri Chandra Mouleswaraswami Temple, both at Rishikesh.

Current Projects

  • Renovating and constructing the gopuram at Mokalla Mitta
  • Sculpting idols and erecting ornamental stone pillars for the Narayanagiri gardens
  • Preparing a silver car for the temple at Srinivasa Mangapuram, Tiruchanoor
  • Renovating the Sri Venkateswara Museum, Asthana Mandapam at Tiruchanoor, and the second queue complex auditorium, etc.

Plans for the Future

  • Redesign of the Putakulla Mitta area
  • Construction of the Kalyanotsava Mandapam at Tirumala
  • Construction of an Aina Mahal at the Sri Govindarajaswamy Temple and at Tiruchanoor.
  • New steps to Pushkarini
  • Construction of the second Prakaram around the Srivari Temple at Tirumala
  • Renovation of the gopuram and maha ratham at the Sri Pattabi Ramaswami Temple in Vayalpad
  • Construction of the second Prakaram around the Srivari Temple at Tirumala
  • Cut stone steps to Srivari mettu foot path and flooring at Kalyana katta
  • Ornamental arches at important places at Tirumala and Tirupati
  • Cut stone flooring at Kalayana Katta Annadanam, etc.

 

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Tarigonda Vengamamba Project

Tarigonda Vengamamba Project

TARIGONDA VENGAMAMBA PROJECT:

As per orders of the Executive Officer, Tarigonda Vengamamba Project is under the control of Director, SVETA and Dr. K.J. Krishna Moorthy, Retired Professor, Oriental Research Institute, Tirupati was engaged on honorarium basis for a period of two years to solve the kruthis of Tarigonda Vengamamba.

Further, the TTD Board vide its Resolution No.96, dt.20.5.2007, has resolved to establish a permanent project as Mathrusri Tarigonda Vengamamba Vangmaya Project

  • During the month of January, 2007 a two day Literary National Seminar on Tarigonda Vengamamba was conducted at SVETA to popularize the kruthis rendered by Mathrusri Tarigonda Vengamamba.
  • Orders were issued for printing of the books of Tarigonda Vengamamba which were solved by Prof. K.J. Krishnamoorthy and recording of Tarigonda Vengamamba kruthis on Lord Venkateswara. Accordingly, six books were released and 6 C.D.s, containing the songs written by Tarigoda Vengamamba were recorded and released.
  • The TTD Board resolved to conduct Mathrusri Tarigonda Vengamamba Jayanti on Nrusimha Jayanti day and Vardanti on Sravana Sudda Navami day falling on the particular year.
  • A statue of Mathrusri Tarigonda Vengamamba was unveiled at M.R. Palle Circle during vardanti day last year (i.e., on 22 nd August, 2007).
  • Daily programmes on Music, Literature of Tarigonda Vengamamba were started at SVETA Building from February,2008 onwards.

WORKS TO BE TAKEN UP:

It is decided to release three more books during the Jayanti day, which falls on 19 th May 2008 and also to release three C.D.

To have a 3 feet Bronze statue of Tarigonda Vengamamba for taking procession during the Jayanti and Vardanti days.

The Executive Officer has accorded permission to take up the works of Sri Sarangapani – a great poet attached to Tarigonda Vengamamba Project.

 

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Sri Venkateswara Recording Project

Sri Venkateswara Recording Project
Sri Venkateswara Recording Project was established in 1990 to group all the activities of TTD relating to recording. TTD is focussing on the propagation of Lord Sri Venkateswara’s Bhakti Tatva through the compositions of Alwars, Annamacharya and the Karnataka Haridasas. Further TTD is also concentrating on the propagation of Vedic literature.

CollectionThis project produces, distributes and markets TTD pre-recorded cassettes (both video and audio) of Vedas, Pasurams, Sankeertanas, Pravachanams, Temple chantings,Srivari Brahmotsavams and other temple rituals at subsidised rates.

 

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Veda Recording Project

Veda Recording Project
The Vedas which are a source of spiritual wisdom, reflect the ancient culture of India. Out of 1100 sakhas, only a few of the original sakhas survive today. They have been handed down orally from guru to sishya, so as to preserve their correct rendering with proper accent and intonation.The number of such preceptors who can render the different sakhas are gradually dwindling due to economic and social changes. Realising the urgent need for preserving the rendering of the surviving Vedic sakhas, TTD has taken up the gigantic project of recording the rendering of Vedas available today, for posterity.

Apart from recording the rendering of the Vedas, chantings are recorded.

Vedas Recorded

Name Hours Recorded
Rig Veda 405.0
Krishna Yajur Veda 546.0
Sukla Yajur Veda 147.5
Sama Veda 544.5
Atharvana Veda 57.0
Total 1800.0

 

 

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