CONTROVERSY OVER LORD’S IDOL IN TIRUMALA

CONTROVERSY OVER LORD’S IDOL IN TIRUMALA

The Idol of Lord Srinivasa in Tirumala was self-manifested. He wasn’t carved by any sculptor, human or divine. Lord himself chose this most sacred place in the universe to bless us all from the miseries of Kaliyuga. Discovery of the deity Lord Venkateswara is an act of divine providence. It is believed that during the period of 10th Century A.D. to 12th Century A.D., the Lord was standing in the open sky for hundreds and thousands of years in the jungles of Venkatachala hills. A huge ant-hill was formed by the ants all over the Idol of Lord Venkateswara to protect the Lord from the sun, winds and rains. Being a hilly area with dense forests, it attracted only a few pedestrians to that place in those days.

One day a tribal man (erukodu) reached the place near the anthill in the process of his hunt. He was waiting for his prey; he heard a voice from the ant-hill craving for food and water. Astonished tribal hunter poured in some milk he had with him at the ant-hill. He again reached the anthill-next day to observe whether the incident repeats next day too. This time he heard an Akasa Vani (a divine voice from heavens) to feed the ants every day and he will be benefited all his life. He therefore, started pouring milk at the ant-hill to feed them every day. But one day, the ant-hill collapsed and a magnificent deity of Lord Venkateswara uncovered from it. Lucky tribal man couldn’t believe his eyes to have a darshan of the Almighty. The tribal man immediately rushed to the tribal king and informed the matter. All the tribal people reached the spot and offered prayers assuming the deity as Lord Siva as the tribal people usually worship Lord Siva as their main deity. Gradually the emergence of the deity from the ant-hill was spread all over and many devotees started to visit the deity. Shaiviks (followers of Lord Siva) worshipped the deity as Lord Siva, Vaishnaviks (followers of Lord Vishnu) worshipped the deity as Lord Maha Vishnu and a few north Indians worshipped the deity as shakti or Balaji (an incarnation of Goddess Durga) and the Buddhists worshipped as Gautham Buddha for many years.

Every one had their own reasons. Shaiviks claimed that the Lord’s Idol has flowing locks of hair like jatajut of Lord Maha Siva with curly hair resting on his shoulders. The arms have armlets which look like Nagaabharanam and a serpent is depicted as coiled around Lord’s right arm. More over plants of bilva leaves were found near the deity. All these are normally associated with Lord Siva. Another interesting aspect is the Lord is in the middle of garbha gruha (sanctum sanctorum) which is the case with the temples of Lord Siva. We usually find the establishment of Siva Lingas in the middle of the sanctum sanctorum where as, the Lord Vishnu’s Idol is established near the inner wall of this sanctum sanctorum.

On the other hand, the Vaishnaviks claimed many puranas provided reference of Lord Maha Vishnu’s Avatar in Kaliyuga to be presided in the hills of Venkatachala. The serpent as nagaabharana on the lord’s arm is none other than his ardent devotee Adi Sesha, the Serpent God. Since Goddess Lakshmi resides in the bilva patras, its obvious to find bilva plants near the Lord.

Those who were worshipping as Goddess Shakti, had their own reasons. The devotees called the Lord as Sri Balaji as being the name of Durga Maa or Goddess Shakti. If observed keenly, we can see the lions on all four sides of the temple. Lion is the vahan or vehicle of Goddess Durga Maa. Sandal paste used during the Lord’s worship further strengthens the argument that Lord is Shakti Swaroop. In Tirumala Lord’s Abhishekam is done on Friday which happens to be an auspicious day for mangal snan or holy bath for women.

Where as, the Vaishnaviks brushed aside all these arguments saying that they do not find any such name called Balaji in temple inscriptions. More over, they cited that the Friday Abhishekam is done to Maha Lakshmi who resides in the heart of the Lord. Since Maha Lakshmi’s image is an integral part of the Lord’s Idol, the abhishekam is performed to the whole Idol.
Many Buddhists claimed the Idol of the deity belonged to Gautham Buddha because of the kind of appearance it has and the posture it stands in closely associates to Buddha. Where as, Vaishnaviks brushed aside their claims saying that they do not see any such resemblances in the Idol. More over no Buddhist manuscripts were found in the temple regarding their claims.

In fact, there used to be frequent tussle among the devotees and sometimes no puja was performed to the Lord’s Idol. The tussle between the Shaiviks and Vaishnaviks were and more frequent and sometimes lead to serious consequences in those days.

All these arguments were put to rest by Sri Ramanujacharya a great saint and philosopher of those times, who declared the Idol was none other than the Lord Sri Maha Vishnu himself.

In those days, a Yadava King used to rule Chandragiri. Tirumala was under the jurisdiction of Chandragiri. The tussle between the devotees disturbed the law and order situation in the province of Chandragiri. The king was worried about the frequent tussle among devotees with the Idol of the Lord. He then called up on Sri Ramanujacharya, a great saint and philosopher of those times and requested him to solve the issue and put an end to the tussle among devotees. Ramanujacharya accepted the request and decided to put an end to the tussle for ever.

One day Sri Ramanujacharya called up on all the devotees on the hill and said, oh! My dear brothers! It’s really unfortunate that all of you argue over the Majestic idol instead of offering prayers. Be it Siva or Vishnu or Sakti offer your prayers accordingly. No matter what you visualize him, he is one. The prayer ultimately goes to the one. Therefore brothers! Stop quarrelling over the lord and offer prayers accordingly. But still some people raised concerns over the suggestion of Ramanujacharya. Observing that all of the devotees were not satisfied over his suggestion, he requested a day’s time to resolve the issue. Ramanujacharya was involved in deep thought all that day. Unable to find a valid solution to the issue, he decided to have some rest and lay on bed. Gradually he slept in to deep sleep. Lord Maha Vishnu appeared in his dreams and provided him the path to resolve the issue. The next morning, all the devotees gathered again for the meeting. Ramanujacharya said, my dear brothers! Before starting the proceedings let me ask you a question. Do all of you believe this God is powerful? The devotees unanimously answered yes! Last night, the Lord had appeared in my dreams and given me an idea to resolve the issue. Hope all of you agree to the decision of the Lord himself. So dear friends! When we close the temple doors tonight, we shall place a Damaruk, Trishul, Chakra and Shankha before the lord and lock the temple doors from outside and all of us stay here to see no one get inside the temple at night. If the God is powerful, If He really exists; He will definitely pick up the things related to him. If Trishul and Damaruk were picked up by the Lord, we consider the Idol as Lord Siva and if the Lord picks up Shankha and Chakra we consider Him as Lord Maha Vishnu. Ramanujacharya asked whether all the devotees agree to this proposal. All the devotees agreed unanimously to the proposal kept before them by Ramanujacharya.

As proposed, prayers were offered to the Lord all through the evening and the temple doors were closed and locked at night. All the devotees including Sri Ramanujacharya and the king were present at the temple all night so as to ensure no one gets in to the temple premises at night. All the people present there spent the night singing hymns and bhajans in praise of the Lord in their own style.
Every one present there was anxious to see what the Idol had picked up. Is it Lord Siva….? Or is it Lord Vishnu…..? Is the Idol powerful enough to pick up things? All these questions started to rise in the hearts of the devotees. The morning when the sun raised, the temple doors were opened in the presence of the Yadava King, Sri Ramanujacharya, Archakas, Temple Officials and all other devotees amidst the music of nadasvaram by the Asthana Vidhwans.

When the doors were opened amidst thousands of anxious hearts, the Idol of the Lord appeared with Shankha and Chakra in his hands with a divine and majestic appearance and all doubts over his origin were dispelled… the Idol was none other than the Supreme Lord Srimannarayana himself. All the devotees present there had no regrets what so ever and were bound with unlimited joy and pleasure of the miraculous darshan of the Lord. All disputes among the devotees were dispelled. Every one was in infinite joy and celebrated the miracle with wonderful flowers reciting daily vedic scriptures and divya prabhandhas.

Conclusion:

Sri Ramanujacharya stayed on the hill for some time and initiated many pujas of the Lord Srinivasa. It is He who has set temple traditions and puja vidhanas (practices) which are still followed in Tirumala.

“Akaasaat Patitam Toyamyathaa Gacchati Saagaram!!
Sarvadeva Namaskaaraha Kesavam Prathi Gacchati!!”
This means, whoever the deity one worships that worship ultimately reaches only the Kesava, like the water that falls from the sky reaches the oceans ultimately.

Lord Srinivasa is the Parabrahma Murthy. All of us feel the divine presence of the Lord on the hills of Tirumala. You call Him by any name, Govinda…. Gopala… Balaji… Srinivasa… .Sridhara… .Sripathi…. .Venkatanadha… or any of his thousand names, He will answer your prayers instantly. In fact the names of all Gods are his names and all Gods are nothing but the different avatars or roopas of Lord Srimannarayana Himself. Oh Lord! You are the Embodiment of all the auspiciousness…. Bestow us all your divine grace…

Om… Namo Venkatesaaya….!! Om Namo Srinivasaaya…!! Om Namo Narayanaaya….!!

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ORIGIN OF TIRUMALA VENKATESWARA TEMPLE

ORIGIN OF TIRUMALA VENKATESWARA TEMPLE

The temple has its Origin in Vaishnavism, an ancient sect which advocates the principles of equality and love, and prohibits animal sacrifice.Sri Venkatachala Mahatyam is referred to in several Puranas, of which the most important are the Varaha Purana and the Bhavishyottara Purana.

The printed work contains extracts from the Varaha Purana, Padma Purana, Garuda Purana, Brahmanda Purana, Markandeya Purana, Harivamsa, Vamana Purana, Brahma Purana, Brahmottara Purana, Aditya Purana, Skanda Purana and Bhavishyottara Purana. Most of these extracts describe the sanctity and antiquity of the hills around Tirumala and the numerous teerthams situated on them.

The legends taken from the Venkatachala Mahatyam and the Varaha Purana, pertaining to the manifestation of the Lord at Tirumala, are of particular interest.

According to the Varaha Purana, Adi Varaha manifested Himself on the western bank of the Swami Pushkarini, while Vishnu in the form of Venkateswara came to reside on the southern bank of the Swami Pushkarini.

One day, Rangadasa, a staunch devotee of Vishnu, was on his way to Tirumala Pilgrimage. In the course of his pilgrimage, he met Vaikhanasa Gopinatha, who was going up the Tirumala Hill for the daily worship of Lord Venkateswara. After bathing in the Swami Pushkarini, he beheld the lotus-eyed and blue-bodied Vishnu beneath a tamarind tree. Vishnu was exposed to the sun, wind and rain and was only protected by the extended wings of Garuda.

Rangadasa was astounded by the wonderful sight. He raised a rough wall of stones around the deity, and started supplying flowers faithfully to Gopinatha everyday for Vishnu’s worship.

One day, a Gandharva King distracted Rangadasa towards the beautiful ladies. Consequently, he forgot to supply flowers to Gopinatha for Vishnu’s worship. The Lord then appeared before him and revealed Himself and told Rangadasa that He had been testing the latter’s continence, but Rangadasa had not been steadfast and had succumbed to temptation.

However, the Lord accepted and appreciated Rangadasa’s devoted service to Him till then, and blessed Rangadasa that he would be reborn as an affluent ruler of a province and would enjoy the earthly pleasures. He would continue to serve the Lord by constructing a beautiful temple with a vimana and high surrounding walls, and thereby earn eternal glory.

Rangadasa was reborn as Thondaman, the son of the royal couple, Suvira and Nandini. Thondaman enjoyed a pleasurable life as a young man. One day, he set out on a hunting expedition on the Tirumala Hill with the help of a tribal man. He saw Lord Vishnu under the tamarind tree. Thondaman returned home, deeply affected by the vision of Lord Vishnu. He started visualizing the memories of his past life.

Thondaman later inherited his father’s kingdom, Thondamandalam. In accordance with the directions given by Adi Varaha to a tribal man, Thondaman happened to reach the Tirumala Hills for hunt. After realizing his past life, Thondaman constructed a prakaram and dvara gopura, and arranged for regular worship of the Lord (according to Vaikhanasa Agama).

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HISTORY OF TIRUMALA VENKATESWARA TEMPLE

HISTORY OF TIRUMALA VENKATESWARA TEMPLE

After knowing the story of Lord Srinivasa (refer episodes 1-16 from my previous posts), it’s now the time to know the history and origin of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple in Tirumala Tirupati.

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.

Ancient History:

There is ample literary and epigraphic testimony to the antiquity of the temple of Lord Sri Venkateswara. Sri Venkatachala Mahatyam is the most accepted legend with respect to Tirumala and provides the history of the temple across the various Yugas. The temple has its origin from various yugas which we discuss in our coming post “Origin of Tirumala Temple”.

Thondaiman, a Pallava king (capital: Mahabalipuram, just south of modern day Chennai), is believed to have first built the temple after visualizing Lord Vishnu in his dream. He built the Gopuram and the Prakhara, and arranged for regular prayers to be conducted in the temple.

The Sangam Literature of Tamil such as that of Silapadikaram and Satanar Manimekali dated between 500BC and 300AD, mentions Thiruvengadam (now named Tirupati) as the northernmost frontier of the Tamil kingdoms. The site was actually established during the 5th century A.D., and the Alvars (Vaishnava saints) belonging to the Bhakti movement in Tamilnadu sung in praise of Venkateswara. Its significance in Southern Vaishnavite tradition was at the time next only to that of Srirangam.

The Idol of Lord Srinivasa in Tirumala was self-manifested. He wasn’t carved by any sculptor, human or divine. Lord himself chose this most sacred place in the universe to bless all of us from the miseries of Kaliyuga. Discovery of the deity Lord Venkateswara is an act of divine providence. It is believed that during the period of 10th Century A.D. to 12th Century A.D., the Lord was standing in the open sky for hundreds and thousands of years in the jungles of Venkatachala hills. A huge ant-hill was formed by the ants all over the Idol of Lord Venkateswara to protect the Lord from winds and rains. Being a hilly area with dense forests, it attracted only a few pedestrians to that place in those days.
One day a tribal man (erukodu) reached the place near the anthill in the process of his hunt. He was waiting for his prey; he heard a voice from the ant-hill craving for food and water. Astonished tribal hunter poured in some milk he had with him at the ant-hill. He again reached the anthill-next day to observe whether the incident repeats next day too. This time he heard an Akasa Vani (a divine voice from heavens) to feed the ants every day and he will be benefited all his life. He therefore, started pouring milk at the ant-hill to feed them every day. But one day, the ant-hill collapsed and a magnificent deity of Lord Venkateswara uncovered from it. Lucky tribal man couldn’t believe his eyes to have a darshan of the Almighty. The tribal man immediately rushed to the tribal king and informed the matter. All the tribal people reached the spot and offered prayers assuming the deity as Lord Siva as the tribal people usually worship Lord Siva as their main deity. Gradually the emergence of the deity from the ant-hill was spread all over and many devotees started to visit the deity. Shaiviks (followers of Lord Siva) worshipped the deity as Lord Siva, Vaishnaviks (followers of Lord Vishnu) worshipped the deity as Lord Maha Vishnu and a few north Indians worshipped the deity as shakti (a Goddess called Balaji) and the Buddhists worshipped as Gautham Buddha for many years.

All these arguments were put to rest by Sri Ramanujacharya a great saint and philosopher of those times, who confirmed the Idol was none other than the Lord Sri Maha Vishnu himself.

Medival History:

Later, all the great dynasties of rulers of the southern peninsula have paid homage to Lord Sri Venkateswara in this ancient shrine. The Pallavas of Kancheepuram (9th century AD), the Cholas of Thanjavur (a century later), the Pandyas of Madurai, and the kings and chieftains of Vijayanagar (14th Century A.D. to 15th Century A.D.) were devotees of the Lord and they competed with one another in endowing the temple with rich offerings and contributions.

It was during the rule of the Vijayanagar dynasty that the contributions to the temple increased. Sri Krishnadevaraya had statues of himself and his consorts installed at the portals of the temple, and these statues can be seen to this day. There is also a statue of Venkatapati Raya in the main temple.

After the decline of the Vijayanagar dynasty, nobles and chieftains from all parts of the country continued to pay their homage and offer gifts to the temple. The Maratha general, Raghoji Bhonsle, visited the temple and set up a permanent endowment for the conduct of worship in the temple. He also presented valuable jewels to the Lord, including a large emerald which is still preserved in a box named after the General. Among the later rulers who have endowed large amounts are the rulers of Mysore and Gadwal.

After the fall of the Hindu kingdoms, the Muslim rulers of Karnataka and then the Britishers took over, and many of the temples came under their supervisory and protective control.

Modern History:

In 1843 A.D., the East India Company divested itself of the direct management of non-Christian places of worship and native religious institutions. The administration of the shrine of Sri Venkateswara and a number of estates were then entrusted to Sri Seva Dossji of the Hatiramji Mutt at Tirumala, and the temple remained under the administration of the Mahants for nearly a century, till 1933 AD.

In 1933, the Madras Legislature passed a special act, which empowered the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Committee to control and administer a fixed group of temples in the Tirumala-Tirupati area, through a Commissioner appointed by the Government of Madras.

In 1951, the Act of 1933 was replaced by an enactment whereby the administration of TTD was entrusted to a Board of Trustees, and an Executive Officer was appointed by the Government.

The provisions of the Act of 1951 were retained by Charitable and Religious Endowments Act, 1966.

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TIRUMALA TIRUPATI DEVASTHANAMS JUNE 2011 NEWS

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams June News

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TIRUMALA TIRUPATI TEMPLE IMAGES

పాపవినాశనం , ఆకాశగంగలో రెండు ఆలయాల నిర్మాణం

పాపవినాశనం , ఆకాశగంగలో రెండు ఆలయాల నిర్మాణం

తిరుమలలోని ఆకాశగంగ , పాపవినాశనం తీర్థాల్లో కొత్తగా రెండు ఆలయాల నిర్మాణ పనులు బుధవారం ప్రారంభమయ్యాయి. పాపవినాశనం తీర్థంలో రూ. 37 లక్షలు , అకాశగంగ తీర్థంలో రూ. 25 లక్షల అంచనాలతో ఆలయాలను నిర్మించనున్నారు. పాపవినాశనం తీర్థ్థాలో గర్భాలయంతో పాటు ముఖ మండపం నిర్మించనున్నారు. ఇంతకాలం రేకుల షెడ్డులో పూజలందుకుంటున్న గంగాదేవి , వేణుగోపాలస్వామి , ఆంజనేయస్వామి , రాహు-కేతు , శివలింగం విగ్రహాలకు బాలాలయం చేసి ప్రత్యేకంగా మరో షెడ్డులో ఉంచారు. గురువారం నుంచి పూర్తి స్థాయిలో పనులను నిర్వహించనున్నారు. మూడు నెలల్లో ఆలయం నిర్మాణం పూర్తి చేసి అక్కడే పూజలు నిర్వహించనున్నారు.

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TTD’s focus on queue line management

TTD’s focus on queue line management
Tirumala , June 29 :

After bringing in sweeping changes in the ‘darshan’ pattern at the Lord Venkateswara temple here, the TTD management, of late, has focused its attention in regulating the queue lines with an intention to provide hassle-free darshan to the maximum number of devotees in the least possible time.

The temple administration during the last couple of months has conducted a series of trials ( in a highly scientific manner ) inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple without any fanfare and in the process has statistically noted down the number of devotees being allowed for the darshan of the presiding deity in both the ‘laghu’ and ‘maha laghu’ darshan patterns.

The TTD administration strongly feels that slapping of the maha laghu darshan system, to which majority of devotees have developed a kind of nausea, on the pretext of clearing more crowd during the days of heavy rush is not fair on its part.

Hence, the management was rather forced to seriously brood over the perennial issue and the latest exercises were part of it.

The exercises included bringing in minor changes in the arrangement of the queue lines during the laghu darshan system, wherein the devotees will be allowed to have darshan from half the way inside the sanctum.

Silver lining

Talking to The Hindu, the Tirumala-based Joint Executive Officer ( JEO ) K.S. Srinivasa Raju said that the management has indeed taken up the trials with an intention to explore the possibilities of enabling at least 75 devotees have the darshan of the deity in one minute in the laghu darshan system, but in spite of its best efforts could not achieve the target.

Once any arrangement which is nearer to the target is achieved, then the management can think of stabilising it in a permanent manner.

However, the silver lining of the trials, he said, is that the ‘need’ to regulate the inward crowd entering the sanctum was nevertheless felt by the management.

The ‘bottleneck’ structure of the main entrance at the ‘Bangaru Vakili’ point inside the hill temple where the statues of ‘Jaya’ and ‘Vijaya’ stand on either side of the golden threshold was also causing a serious impediment to the ‘trials’.

Transparency

Dwelling further, Mr. Raju said that the management has drastically reduced the number of darshan tickets issued under the discretionary VIP quota besides being successful in bringing in a kind of ‘concurrence’ in the number of devotees allowed for the darshan everyday and the laddus issued relatively.

The initiatives have beyond doubt enabled the temple administration to inculcate a kind of discipline among the staff besides curtailing the sale of the sweet prasadam in the black-market.

Further bringing in more transparency in the sale of laddus, the TTD also has laid down strict guidelines for the bankers to be followed while selling them at their respective counters.

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Sakshathkara Vaibhavam Festival

Sakshathkara Vaibhavam Festival

Tirupati, 30 June (P.R.O) This Sakshathkara Vaibhavam Festival will be conducted for three days from July -5th to 7th in Kalyana Venkateswara Temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram told Sri L.V.Subramanyam, Executive Officer, TTDs.

He has released wall posters & book lets at his chambers in TTD Administrative Building, Tirupati on Thursday. Speaking on this occasion he said that Special programmes such as Harikatha, Music and Purana Pravachanams will be conducted by TTDs Dharma Prachara Parishad

The daily programmes are as follows:

1st Day on 05-07-2011 Tuesday

Morning : 9-00 AM to 10-00 AM Snapana Thirumanjanam

Evening : 6-00 PM to 7-00 PM Unjala Seva

7-00 PM to 8-00 PM Thiruchi Utsavam in four mada streets.

2nd Day on 06-07-2011 Wednesday

Morning : 9-00 AM to 10-00 AM Snapana Thirumanjanam

Evening : 6-00 PM to 7-00 PM Unjala Seva

8-00 PM to 9-00 PM Procession in Hanumantha Vahanam.

3rd Day on 07-07-2011 Thursday

Morning : 9-00 AM to 10-00 AM Snapana Thirumanjanam

Evening : 6-00 PM to 7-00 PM Unjala Seva

8-00 PM to 9-00 PM Procession in Garuda Vahanam

In view of the above festival in the Temple, Arjitha Sevas as such as Swarna Pushpa Archana on July 5 th, Astotharasatha kalasabhisekham on July 6th, Tiruppavada seva on July 7th , Arjitha Kalyanotsavam and Arjitha Brahmotsavam from July 5th to 7th will be cancelled.

Dr. N.Yuvaraj, Joint Executive Officer, TTDs, Smt. Jhansi Rani, DyEO(Local Temples) were also present.

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తితిదే అన్నదానానికి జీఎంఆర్‌ రూ.80 లక్షలు విరాళం

తితిదే అన్నదానానికి జీఎంఆర్‌ రూ.80 లక్షలు విరాళం
తిరుమల , జూన్ 30 :
తితిదే అన్నదాన పథకానికి జీఎంఆర్‌ గ్రూపు సంస్థ రూ.80 లక్షల విరాళాన్ని అందజేసింది. బుధవారం తిరుపతిలోని తితిదే పరిపాలనా భవనంలో అన్నదానం డిప్యూటీ ఈవో గజపతి, సూపరింటెండెంట్‌ రమేష్‌కుమార్‌కు జీఎంఆర్‌ గ్రూపు సంస్థ ప్రతినిధి భాస్కర్‌ ఈ మొత్తాన్ని డీడీ రూపంలో అందజేశారు. తితిదే అన్నదానం పథకానికి వినియోగించాలని ఆ సంస్థ తితిదేను కోరింది.

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రాష్ట్రపతి తిరుమల పర్యటన నేపథ్యంలో 5 అర్దరాత్రి నుంచి గదుల కేటాయింపు నిలిపివేత

రాష్ట్రపతి తిరుమల పర్యటన నేపథ్యంలో 5 అర్దరాత్రి నుంచి గదుల కేటాయింపు నిలిపివేత
తిరుమల , జూన్ 30 :
రాష్ట్రపతి ప్రతిభాపాటిల్‌ పర్యటన నేపథ్యంలో వచ్చేనెల 5 వ తేదీ అర్ధరాత్రి నుంచి పద్మావతినగర్‌ విచారణ కేంద్రం నుంచి గదుల కేటాయింపు నిలిపివేస్తున్నట్లు తితిదే తెలిపింది, భద్రతా కారణాలు , ప్రముఖులకు ప్రాధాన్యమివ్వడం కోసం సుమారు రెండు రోజులుపాటు భక్తులకు వీఐపీ అద్దెగదుల కేటాయింపును నిలిపివేస్తున్నట్లు పేర్కొంది. ఈ నిర్ణయం 7 వ తేదీ సాయ్రంతం నాలుగు గంటల వరకు అమల్లో ఉంటుందని తెలిపింది. రాష్ట్రపతి తిరుగు ప్రయాణం అనంతనం గదులు ఇస్తామని వివరించింది, సాధారణ భక్తులకు గదుల కేటాయింపులో మాత్రం ఎలాంటి మార్పులేదని స్పష్టం చేసింది, కేంద్రీయ విచారణ కార్యాలయం , టీబీ , ఏఆర్‌పీ , ఎంబీసీ , దాతల విభాగం యథావిధిగా పనిచేస్తాయని వివరించింది.

భక్తులకు లక్షల లడ్డూల విక్రయం
భక్తులకు అదనపు లడ్డూల విక్రయంపై విధించిన పరిమితిని తితిదే జేఈవో శ్రీనివాసరాజు బుధవాం సడలించారు, వంటగ్యాస్‌ సమస్యను దృష్టిలో పెట్టుకుని రెండు రోజులుగా నిత్యం విక్రయించే లక్షల లడ్డూల స్థానంలో 50 వేల వరకే విక్రయించారు. లడ్డూ ప్రసాదం నిల్వలు పెరగడంతో యధావిధిగా రోజుకు లక్ష వంతున విక్రయించాలని జేఈవో ఆదేశించారు, బుధవారం రాత్రి వరకు కూడా లడ్డూలను విక్రయించారు.

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తమిళనాడులో శ్రీవారి కల్యాణాలు

తమిళనాడులో శ్రీవారి కల్యాణాలు
తిరుపతి , జూన్ 23 :
టీటీడీ ఆధ్వర్యంలో జూన్, జూలై నెలల్లో శ్రీవారి కల్యాణోత్సవాలు నిర్వహించనున్నట్టు పీఆర్వో టి.రవి తెలిపారు. ఆయన బుధవారం మీడియాతో మాట్లాడుతూ తమిళనాడు నుంచి అత్యధిక మంది భక్తులు ఏటా తిరుమలకు వచ్చి శ్రీవారిని దర్శిం చుకుంటారని అన్నారు. తమిళనాడు భక్తుల అభ్యర్థన మేరకు టీటీడీ తమిళ నాడులోని ప్రముఖ నగరాల్లో జూన్, జూలై నెలల్లో శ్రీవారి కళ్యాణాలు నిర్వహించేందుకు ఏర్పాట్లు చేసిందని తెలి పారు. జూన్ 26న తిరుచ్చి, జూన్ 28న మధురై, 30న కోయంబత్తూరు, జూలై 2వ తేదీ తంజావూరులో శ్రీవారి కల్యాణాలు నిర్వహించి, భక్తులకు స్వామివారిని సేవించుకునే భాగ్యం కల్పిస్తున్నామని ఆయన పేర్కొన్నారు.

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మదురైలో శ్రీనివాసుని కల్యాణం

మదురైలో శ్రీనివాసుని కల్యాణం
తిరుపతి , జూన్ 29 :
తమిళనాడు రాష్ట్ట్రం మదురైలో తిరుమల తిరునతి దేవస్థానం , మదురై భక్తబృందం సంయుక్తంగా నిర్వహించిన శ్రీనివాస కల్యాణం భక్తులను అలరించింది, మంగళవారం సాయంత్రం శ్రీరామ , శ్రీకృష్ణదేవస్థాన సమీపంలోని విశాలమైన ఆవరణలో జరిగిన ఈ తిరు కల్యాణానికి వేలాదిమంది భక్తులు హాజరయ్యారు. సాయంత్రం 6.55 నిమిషాలకు అంకురార్పణతో దేవదేవుని వివాహమహోత్సవం ప్రారంభమైంది. సుమారు రెండున్నరగంటలు అర్చకస్వాములు సంప్రదాయబద్ధంగా నిర్వహించిన వివాహ కార్యక్రమంలో పలువురు పురప్రముఖులు హాజరయ్యారు, భక్తులకు నిర్వాహకులు శ్రీవారి లడ్డూతో పాటు పులిహోర , కుంకుమ , పసుపు , వివాహ కంకణాలు ఉచితంగా అందజేశారు.

భగవద్గీత నేటి శ్లోకం

భగవద్గీత నేటి శ్లోకం

శ్లో॥ మయి సర్వాణి కర్మాణి సన్న్యస్యాధ్యాత్మచేతసా। నిరాశీర్నిర్మమో భూత్వా యధ్యస్వ విగతజ్వర:॥ 30

సమస్త కర్మలను నా యెడల సమర్పించి , మనసును ఆత్మవైపు తిప్పి , నిష్కాముడవై , అహంకారం లేనివాడవై సంతాపంవదలి యుద్ధం చేయి. ‘‘ కర్మయోగ ’’ మనే పదానికి పరిమితార్థాన్నే గ్రహించి వేదాలను చదివిన వారికి ఈ శ్లోకంలో ఈ ఉపదేశం సనాతన భావ విరుద్ధంగా భాసిస్తుంది. కనుక వేదతత్త్వానికి తానిచ్చిన ఈ నూతన వ్యాఖ్యానం తన తరంవారి హృదయాలలో బాగా నాటుకోవడానికి మళ్ళీ ఈ విషయాన్ని చెబుతున్నాడు.

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President to inaugurate Annadanam complex

President to inaugurate Annadanam complex
Tirupati , June 28:

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams executive officer, Mr L.V. Subramanyam, reviewed on Tuesday, the scheduled visit of the President, Mrs Prathibha Patil, to Tirumala on July 7 with the TTD and district officials.

In connection with the President’s visit, Mr Subramanyam inspected the ongoing works at the new Annadanam complex, built at a cost of Rs 40 crore.

The structure will be inaugurated by the President on July 7.

The district collector, Mr Solmon Arokiaraj, also accompanied the executive officer.

Mr Subramanyam told the media that the new complex has four big halls with a capacity to serve free food to over 4,000 pilgrims in a single serving.

“We have also installed the statue of Goddess Vakula Mata Devi in the temple kitchen,” he added.
To note here, the Goddess is the mother of Lord Venkateswara.

“As per tradition, usually before beginning to eat food, we recite the Annapurneshwari sloka and then begin eating.

We want to introduce the sloka in the new Annadanam complex in the near future.

The significance of Annadana will be displayed to devotees through catchy sayings.

The objective here is that pilgrims and staff should not waste food,” he observed.

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Tirumala ‘laddu’ may be rationed

Tirumala ‘laddu’ may be rationed

Tirumala , June 28:

With the TTD management deciding to take up the work of laying of gas pipe lines to its newly-constructed Nitya Annadanam complex – scheduled to be inaugurated by the President on July 7, there is a likely scope for a temporary ‘hindrance’ in the laddu production inside the famous Tirumala temple of Lord Venkateswara.

According to the temple sources, the gas pipe line connection to the new annadanam complex has to be provided from the existing pipe lines carrying the gas to the temple kitchen (potu).

Unless the gas supply to the temple kitchen is not disrupted, the new supply to the annadanam complex cannot be provided.

It is under this compelling reason that the management has decided to temporarily provide two laddus to the visiting pilgrims on the days when the repair works are in progress.

The repair works are likely to be taken up in the next couple of days after ensuring a sufficient buffer stock of the much-sought-after laddu prasadam.

However four laddus were issued on normal basis to the visiting devotees on Tuesday.

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TTD EO REVIEWS ARRANGEMENTS FOR PRESIDENT OF INDIA VISIT

TTD EO REVIEWS ARRANGEMENTS FOR PRESIDENT OF INDIA VISIT

EO Reviews arrangements for President of India visit on July 7
District and TTD officials attend


President Smt Pratibha Patil to inaugurate Annadanam complex
Tirumala, 28 June 2011(P.R.O) The TTD Executive officer Sri LV Subramanyam on Tuesday reviewed the elaborate arrangements with TTD and district officials on the scheduled visit of President of India Her Excellency Pratibha Devisingh Patil to the temple town of Tirumala on July 7.

In this connection he inspected the ongoing works at the new Annadanam complex along with district collector Sri Solomon Arogyaraj, Tirupati Urban district SP Sri Prabhakar Rao, Joint collector Sri Vijaya Mohan.

The president will inaugurate the Annadanam complex built at a cost of Rs 33 crore and also launch the new Roti making machines with a capacity of 1000 rotis per hour.

Later speaking to media persons the EO said the new complex has four big dining halls with a capacity to serve over 4000 pilgrims in a single sitting. “We have also installed the statue of Vakula Mata in the temple kitchen”, he added.

Elaborating further he said, “According to Hindu Dharma, usually before eating food, we recite Annapurneshwari sloka in the new annadanam complex we plan introduce this practice. We will also put up posters and writings on the walls and at vantage points in several languages appealing to devotees to not waste food and also explain the significance of Annadana so that the pilgrims and staff will not waste the food unnecessarily”, he added.

He said, Matrusri Tarigonda Vengamamba was an ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara and pioneered the cause of free food serving in the 19th century and stood as fountain head of inspiration to others. “As a tribute to this great devotee and human being, the new annadanam complex has been named after her “, he said.

Tirumala JEO Sri KS Srinivasa Raju, CVSO Sri MK Singh, Special grade deputy EO Sri Lakshmikantham, Annadanam deputy EO Sri Gajapathi, Temple Deputy EO Sri Munirathnam Reddy, Tirumala DSP Sri Rama Uma Maheshwara Sharma were also present.

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Significance of The Ekadashi

Significance of The Ekadashi

Ekadashi is mentioned in a number of Puranas. It is associated with Lord Vishnu and ‘Haribhakti Vilas’ talks in detail about its importance. Today, in Hindu religion Ekadasi has come to mean a day to fast. It falls on the 11th day of every lunar fortnight and thus there are two Ekadashi in a month. It is also known as ‘Harivasara’ and ‘Hari din.’ Several Puranas including Padma Purana and Skanda Purana detail about the significance of Ekadeshi.
How to fast on Ekadashi?
How to observe ‘Ekadashi’ is clearly mentioned in ‘Harivasara.’ In modern day, many people will find it difficult to observe it in its entire strictness. But there are a large number of people who observe it. And there are numerous observations on what food one can have? There are also regional variations to the way in which the Ekadasi is observed.
The preparation starts on Dasami day – a day before Ekadashi. The person observing Ekadashi should wake up early in the morning on Dasami day and should take bath and perform other daily routines. The person should mentally prepare for the Ekadashi. He/She should only have one meal on the Dasami day and should avoid salt. Alcohol, non-vegetarian food and sex should be avoided. Some Puranas say ‘dal’ and ‘honey’ should be avoided on Dasami day.
The next day, that is the Ekadashi day, is meant for total fasting. Praying to Vishnu is the order of the day. Some people avoid sleep during Ekadashi night and they hear religious discourses and perform ‘Arati.’ But many people today will not be able to stay awake the entire night due to work pressure etc.
The next day on Dwadasi – that is the day after Ekadeshi – the same routine done on Dasami is followed. Overeating should be avoided on Dwadasi day. Puranas state that one should not take pride in observing Ekadashi. The food on Dwadasi should be cooked in one’s house.
It is good to go on fast once in a while as it recuperates the body. Ekadashi observance cleans our body and the digestive organs get much needed rest.
Those people suffering from ailments and on medications should take the advice of a doctor before fasting. Never torture your body in the name of religion. There is nothing wrong in having fruits or milk. And you can bring a certain amount of flexibility in the way it is observed.

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Significance of the Vaikunta Ekadasi

Significance of the Vaikunta Ekadasi

Vaikunta Ekadasi is an important festival dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the Tamil month of Margazhi (December-January). Vaikunda Ekadesi festival is of great significance at the Tirupati Balaji Temple, Srirangam Sri Ranganatha Temple and at the Bhadrachalam Temple. In Kerala, it is known as Swarga Vathil Ekadashi. Next Vaikunta Ekadasi date is December 17, 2010.
The significance of Vaikunta Ekadasi can be traced back to the Padma Purana. The Purana indicates that Lord Vishnu took the form of ‘Ekadasi’ – female energy – to kill demon Muran. This happened during the month of Margazhi. Impressed by ‘Ekadasi,’ Lord Vishnu told her that whoever worships him on this day will reach ‘Vaikunta’ (heaven).
Like all Ekadasi days, devotees fast on this day and observe vigil the whole night. Some people indulge in meditation, Japa and singing of Hari Kirtan. Rice is avoided during ekadashi days as it is believed that the demon Mura finds a dwelling in the rice eaten on Ekadasi day.
It is widely believed that the gates to the heaven open – the Gate of Vaikuntha – on the Vaikunta Ekadasi day. It is one of the most auspicious days in Lord Vishnu Temples in South India.
The ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the heaven’ is opened on this day. This is the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the Lord. Scores of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikunta in the temples.
Vaikunta Ekadasi occurs in December or early January.

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Ekadasi Food – What can be eaten on Ekadashi?

Ekadasi Food – What can be eaten on Ekadashi?

Ekadasi, or Ekadashi, is an important Upvaas (fast) dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Millions of Hindu devotees observe Ekadasi, which is considered highly auspicious by Lord Vishnu devotees. The traditional approach is to abstain from food completely on the day. But nowadays a complete fast is not possible for many people. Such people consume certain food items on the Ekadasi day and observe only a partial fast.
It is believed that demon Mura found a dwelling place in the rice and Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Ekadasi to annihilate Mura. Therefore devotees who fast on the Ekadashi day avoid food made from grains.
Many devotees due to several reasons – like health and job commitments – observe partial fast on the day. Such people avoid non-vegetarian and food items made from beans, pulses and grains, especially rice. The most preferred Ekadasi fasting food in western parts of India is Sabudana Khichadi with potatoes and ground nut – but no onion and garlic.
The food that can be consumed on the Ekadasi day includes fresh and dried fruits, milk products, vegetables and nuts.
As the list of Ekadasi food expands there will be new issues cropping up like – Are you sure this can be consumed on Ekadasi?
So the golden rule is avoid pulses and grains on Ekadasi.
Drink lots of water and eat fresh and dried fruits.
In Hinduism, Upvaas is meant to bring a person close to Brahman. So forget about the rules and regulations and what you are going to gain from the Ekadashi fast. Spend the day in purifying the mind and body.

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Devshayani Ekadasi

Devshayani Ekadasi July 11, 2011, Monday

Ashadhi Ekadasi, or Ashada Devasayani Ekadashi, is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Ashada Month (June – July). In 2011, the date of Ashadhi Ekadasi is July 11. Pandarpur Yatra culminates on Ashadi Ekadasi and is of great importance in Maharashtra. The day is of a great significance at the Lord Vithal Temple in Pandarpur.
The Palaki of Tukaram Maharaj from Dehu, Palki of Sant Jnaneshwar from Alandi and numerous other Palaki (Palanquin) carrying the silver Padukas of various saints arrives at Lord Vithal Temple in Pandarpur on Ashadi Ekadasi after a 21-day journey. Lord Vithal is an incarnation of Lord Krishna and is a popular deity in Marathi culture.
The day is also of great importance in several other places. Thousands of devotees also take a holy dip in Godavari River on the day and pay obeisance to Lord Rama at Kala Ram temple. This Ekadasi is popularly known as Devshayani Ekadasi.
Devasayani Ekadasi, also known as Sayana Ekadashi, occurs during the shukla paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Ashada month (June – July). In 2011, the date of Devasayani Ekadasi is July 11. Devashayani Ekadasi is also known as Hari Sayan Ekadasi as it is believed that Lord Vishnu goes to sleep after this Ekadasi as it is the night of devas with the beginning of Dakshinayana. Ekadasi Fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and falls on the 11th day of a lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu Calendar.
Devasayani Ekadashi is popularly known as Ashadi Ekadasi in Maharashtra and it marks the end of the Pandarpur Yatra. The Chaturmas (four Hindu holy months) and the Chaturmasa Vrata also begins in some regions on Sayana Ekadasi.
Thousands of devotees also take a holy dip in Godavari River on the day and pay obeisance to Lord Rama at Kala Ram temple.
The importance of Sayana Ekadasi was explained to Sage Narada by Lord Brahma. Lord Krishna narrated about the greatness of it to Yudhisthira, the eldest of the Pandavas. The glory of Devasayani is mentioned in the Bhavisyottara Purana.
It is believed that those who observe this Ekadashi is blessed with peace and happiness. Even hearing about it is considered highly auspicious. Interestingly, Devasayani Ekadashi is observed as a mark of pure devotion and there is not desire or fulfillment of material gains.
Those who fast on the day do not eat rice or food prepared using rice. All the normal rituals associated with Ekadasi fasting is followed. Devout devotees of Vishnu start the preparation of Chaturmas Vrata from this day.

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Ekadashi Vrat Fasting Method

Ekadasi is the name of the Goddess that arose from Lord Vishnu to defeat Demon Mura. Happy with her divine act, Lord Vishnu blessed her that anyone who observes Ekadasi fast will be freed of their sins and will attain Moksha.
Some people only take a single meal on the Dasami day, the day before Ekadasi.
Things needed for Ekadasi Puja and Prayer
A picture or photo or idol of Lord Vishnu
Fruits
Tulsi leaves (The tulsi leaves should not be picked on the day but on the previous day)
Yellow bananas
And other normal puja items

Observance

Wake up early in the morning. Take bath and offer prayers.
Perform a simple puja to Lord Vishnu at home by lighting a lamp and offering fruits and Tulsi leaves.
Pray or meditate for few minutes.
If there is a Vishnu temple nearby visit the temple and witness morning pujas and rituals.
Complete fast or Upavas on the day is the main observance.
Ekadasi Fasting
Fasting is for 24 hours. It is believed that a partial or total abstinence from food on Ekadasi is rewarded with bliss.
If you have any health problem or are taking medicines, please consult your doctor before deciding on fasting. You can also opt for a partial fast by avoiding food made of rice.
Do not eat food made from rice on Ekadashi.
Strictly avoid eating rice and grains, honey, meat and eating on a bell metal plate. Do not apply oil on the day. (What food can be eaten on Ekadasi for those observing partial fast?)
Those taking partial fast can consume fruits and milk.
Afternoon
Take bath and offer prayers to Lord Vishnu
Evening Prayers
Take a bath in the evening.
Repeat the morning puja to Vishnu
Visit Vishnu temple and witness the evening puja and rituals.
Prayers for Ekadashi
Vishnu Ashotharam
Vishnu Sahasranamam
Simple Chanting of – Om Namo Narayana
Or any prayers dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Sri Krishna

No Sleep of Keeping Vigil at Night
Staunch devotees who observe Vaikunta Ekadasi fasting do not sleep on the day. They spend the whole night at Vishnu temples or by singing prayers or listening stories dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
But those devotees who have health problems sleep at night. Those people who work, take rest at night and avoid keeping vigil at night
Next Day Morning
The fast is broken on the next day (Dwadashi) after taking bath. Offer prayers to Lord Vishnu by lighting a lamp and then you can break the fast.

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SRINIVASA KALYANAM HELD WITH POMP AND DIETY AT THIRUCHIRAPALLI

SRINIVASA KALYANAM HELD WITH POMP AND DIETY AT THIRUCHIRAPALLI

Tiruchi, 26 June 2011(P.R.O) Sri L.V.Subramanyam, Executive Officer has taken part in the celestial wedding of Sri Lord Venkateswara at Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu on June 26, 2011. Addressing the huge gathering the EO said that The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam has been conducting such Srinivasa Kalyanam’s since 2007 in all premier towns and cities of the country with a mission to facilitate the divine darshan and all pervading blessings of Lord Venkateswara on all. He said that The very purpose of Srinivasa Kalyanam is

* To promote Sanata Dharma among all sections of society
* To conduct the rituals in the same procedures as at Srivari Temple at Tirumala
* To provide the opportunity to poor, sick and physically challenged persons who can not visit Tirumala.
* To spread the glory and holiness of darshan of Lord Venkateswara among devotees.

As part of its mission to promote Hindu Dharma the TTD has taken up conduction of Govinda Kalyanams for benefit of tribals living in remote tribal and hilly areas. During such ceremonies the TTD also conducted medical camps providing free health checkups, free medicines and consultations to the sick tribals besides providing them devotional literature. So far TTD has conducted Srinivasa Kalyanams in nearly 80 towns and cities of the country including national capital and metros he added.

Further he said The TTD has also launched the ‘Lok Kalyana raths’ to all nook and corners of the country to provide the devotees an opportunity to view the daily rituals at the Srivari Temple as they were performed at Srivari Temple in Tirumala

He told a good news for the devotees of Tamil Nadu that The TTD is making all out efforts to launch the Tamil Channel of Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel (SVBC) in time in a few months to reach the message of Bhakti and Lord Venkateswara’s message in their local language up to their doorstep. He is confident that the Tamil channel will also get the same level of support and patronage of its sister channel in Telugu (SVBC-Telugu) by all the devotees of Lord Venkateshwara.

Later the Temple priests of Lord Venkateswara performed the celestial wedding of Lord Perumal with religious fervor.

He thanked Sri Ranga Seva Trust, the organizers of the Srinivasa Kalyanam in Tiruchi for making the celestial wedding a grand success.

Prof. Kasi Venkat Reddy, Secretary HDPP,Sri E.Ma.Masanamuthu, I.P.S. Commissioner of Police (I.G), Tiruchy and large number of devotees participated.
Om Namo Venkateshaya

NEW DWAJASTHAMBAM INSTALLATION IN SRI PADMAVATI AMMAVARI TEMPLE

Tiruchanur, 24 June 2011(P.R.O) The new Dwajasthamba Prathisthapana program performed at Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple on 24th June, 2011 Friday morning. On the occasion of the Poornavaham Specified Authority chairman Sri J.Satyanarayana who attended the program said that the age old wood which was used as Dwajasthambam in Tiruchanoor temple has become old and the TTD has taken a decision to replace a new Dwajasthambam. Accordingly the Indian Wood Science and Technology, Bangalore has also certified its fitness and recommended for usage after giving medical treatment and guaranteed for 150 years and the pest-free. The original height of the tree is 38-40 feet came after sizing it to the present required height of 36 feet. He further said that the old Dwajasthambam is appears to found installed in the year 1836. For providing gold malam on copper sheet for both Dwajasthambam and Balipeetham the matter was referred to the Trust Board for its approval for usage of 12.140 kgs worked out to Rs.1.12 crores and the same was approved wide TTD Board Resolution 294 dated 30.08.2007 he added.

Speaking on this occasion Sri L.V.Subrahmanyam, EO, TTD told the newsmen that the wooden log has brought from Tanjavur, Tamilnaduin the year 2006 and kept in Asthanamandapam of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Tiruchanoor. The Archakas of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple have noticed that the Dwajasthambam was getted decayed and there was dire necessity to install a new Dwajasthambam in its place by conducting Balalaya and Samprokshanam and other religious ceremonies he added.

Dr.N.Yuvaraj, JEO, Sri M.K.Singh, CV&SO, Sri L.Bhaskar Reddy, FA&CAO, Sri Gopalakrishna, Dy.EO, Sri Tirumalachary and Sri Babu Swamy, Archakas, Sri Venugopal, AEO and others took part.

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Seegra Darshan Timings / Special Entry Darshan Timing in Tirumala

Seegra Darshan Timings / Special Entry Darshan Timing in Tirumala

Seegra Darshanam facility is introduced by TTD 0n 09.21.2009, Seegra Darshanam is introduced to provide darshan quickly to the pilgrims. The cost of the ticket is Rs 300 / – to pilgrims. Tickets will be delivered by VQC-1 in a separate queue line with 4 separate counters, After purchasing the tickets, the pilgrims are admitted directly to the darshan. Seegra Darshan tickets will be given/issued at all times of Sarva Darshan.

Special Entry Timing for Seegra Darshan

Saturday 4.00am to 5.00am, 7.00am to 6.00pm & 9.00pm to Ekaantha Seva.

Sunday 4.00 am to 5.00 am , 7.00 am to 6.00 pm & 9.00 pm to Ekaantha Seva.

Monday 4.00 am to 5.00 am , 7.00 am to 6.00 pm & 9.00 pm to Ekaantha Seva.

Tuesday / Wednesday – 08.30am to 01.00 pm.

Thursday – 09.00 am to 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm to Ekaanthaseva.

Friday – 10.00 am to 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm to Ekaanthaseva.

Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam Darshan & Seva Details

Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam Darshan & Seva Details

Crore’s of Hindus across the globe plan to visit Tirumala to have the Darshan of Lord Venkateswara, Lord Balaji, Lord Narayana , Lord Srinivasa, who is all for every hindu. Tirumala is said to be the only Vaikuntam on earth.

Millions visit Tirumala to get darshan gradually, the number of pilgrims who want to have Lord’s Darshan is galloping. It is estimated that 70000 devotees will have Lord’s Darshan in the allotted timetable of the day.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam is an autonomous panel, which is stretching to maximum, to accommodate more and more devotees to have Lord’s Tirupati Darshan in any specified day.

Holidays & Specials Utsavs attract more devotees to Tirumala. During these days few wait even more than 48 hours to have Lord Balaji’s Darshan. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam have made various arrangement like Sarva Darshan, Sudarshan token Darshan, Seva, E-Darshan, E-Seva booking etc.,

1. E – Seva:

One has to plan in advance to have Lords Darshan.
Pilgrim can book minimum of 3 days in advance and maximum of 90 days. Through the following site

http://www.ttdsevaonline.com

Book for the following tirupati darshan as per the amount mentioned for only one seva at a time.

Tickets can be booked through Credit cards & Debit cards

Darshan / Seva

Archanananthara Darshanam – AAD
Suprabhatham
Nijapada Darshanam
Thomala Seva
Archana Seva
Visesha Pooja
Astadala Pada Padmaradhanamu
Sahasra Kalasabhishekam
Tiruppavadai
Kalayanotsavam

2. Tickets by Post:

There are Lakh’s of devotees, who visit repeatedly every month and there are thousands of devotees who plan their journey after purchasing the Darshan tickets online.

Procedure to Obtains Tickets for the above mentioned Darshan/Seva.

Just on a piece of paper write your mailing address to The “Peishkar Sri Venkateswara Temple requesting for a Seva/Darshan ticket mentioning your preferred date of Darshan/Seva.

Once you choose the Seva/Darshan, write the ticket amount and purchase a Demand Draft in favor of THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER TIRUPATI TIRUMALA DEVASTHANAMS TIRUPATI and post the covering letter along with the DD to. THE PEISHKAR SRI VENKATESWARA TEMPLE TIRUMALA – 517504

Plan the purchase of tickets 90 days in advance to your preferred day of Darshan. If tickets are available, it will be sent to your address by post. If not, the draft will be returned back. Few Devotees enclose the draft, along with Covering letter and mentioning their preferred date of Darshan as “Any Available Date”. Only after receiving the tickets they plan their journey.

More Details http://www.tirumala.org/

3. E-Darshan

E – Darshan tickets can be booked from various E-Darshan counters located in various towns / cities of India at the respective TTD Information centers. For Darshan tickets all the devotees have to go to the counter. Their photographs and fingerprints will be taken and the ticket will be issued as per your request. Your photograph and fingerprints will be verified as you enter the sanctum sanctorum in the Vaikuntam Q Complex. Same time you can also book for your accommodation .

4. Sarva Darshan

Sarva Darshan is a free Darshan through which one can have Lord Balaji’s Darshan. Depending upon the crowd time will consist. This Darshan is available for all for 6 hours to 20 hours.

5. Special Darshan / Quick Darshan / Seeghra Darshan

Much-awaited Rs.300 ‘Seeghra Darshan / Quick darshan” is now available. Tickets will be issued at Vaikuntam Queue Complex-I Darshan timings are similar to that of Sarva darshan. more..

6. Sudarshan Tokens:

Sudarshan tokens are available for free of cost at all T.T.D. specified places for Sarva darshan, Special darshan, and other Paid darshan/ sevas. On arrival enquire for Sudarshan counters you will be given a wristband on which your reporting time at VAIKUNTAM Q COMPLEX is mentioned. Now you are at peace, if you have enough time you can also visit other temples in Tirupati or Punniya Theerthams in Tirumala.

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Divya Darshan

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.

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Special Darshan for Physically disabled and Aged

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.

Special Entry Darshan (Seeghra Darshan)

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.

Sarvadarsanam

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.

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.

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లడ్డూ నాణ్యతపై టిటిడి దృష్టి

లడ్డూ నాణ్యతపై టిటిడి దృష్టి
స్టీల్‌ షీట్‌పై శ్రీవారి లడ్డూ తయారీపోటులో మెరుగైన వసతులు
తిరుమల , జూన్ 23 :
భక్తులు అత్యంత ప్రీతిపాత్రంగా స్వీకరించే లడ్డూ తయారీపై టిటిడి ప్రత్యేక దృష్టిి సారించింది. పోటులో మెరుగైన వసతులు కల్పించింది. లడ్డూ పట్టేందుకు ఏర్పాటు చేసిన కడప చలువ బండలను తొలగించి స్టెయిన్‌లెస్‌ షీట్లు ఏర్పాటు చేశారు. బుధవారం ఈ షీట్లపైనే పోటు కార్మికులు లడ్డూ తయారు చేశారు. శ్రీవారి ఆలయంలో రోజుకు 3 లక్షల లడ్డూలు దాకా తయారు చేస్తున్నారు. లడ్డూ నాణ్యత లోపిస్తోంది. ఎక్కువ రోజులు నిల్వ ఉండటంలేదు. లడ్డూలో రకరకాల పదార్థాలు కనిపించడంపై విమర్శలు వచ్చాయి.

ఈ నేపథ్యంలో తొలుత లడ్డూ తయారీలో వినియోగించే పప్పు దినుసులు , అవు నెయ్యి , ముంతమామిడి , ఇతర సుగంధ పదార్థాల నాణ్యతపై మార్కెట్‌ అధికారులు దృష్టి సారించారు. వీటితో పాటు లడ్డూ తయారు చేసే పోటులో మెరుగైన వసతులు కల్పించారు. ఆలయంలో ప్రసాదాల పంపిణీ సమీపంలోని అదనపు పోటులో గతంలో లడ్డూలతో పాటు వడ , అప్పడం , దోశ , జిలేబీ వంటి ప్రసాదాలు తయారు చేసేవారు. దీనివల్ల లడ్డూ తయారీలో ఇబ్బందులతోపాటు కట్టెలపొయ్యి వల్ల వేడికి ఆలయ నిర్మాణాలకు ఇబ్బందులు తలెత్తాయి.

రెండు నెలలుగా ఈ పోటును కేవలం లడ్డూ తయారీకి మాత్రమే పరిమితం చేసి మిగిలిన ప్రసాదాలను ప్రధాన పోటుకు తరలించారు. ఆలయం వెలుపల పోటులో తయారైన బూందీని అదనపు పోటులోకి తరలించి చక్కెర పాకంతో కలుపుతున్నారు. కడప చలువ బండలపై వేసి లడ్డూ తయారు చేస్తున్నారు. దీనివల్ల బండల మధ్య సంధుల్లో చక్కెరపాకం , నేయి పేరుకుపోతుండటంతో పోటులో కొంత దుర్వాసన వెదజల్లేది మరోవైపు వేడివల్ల చలువ బండలు కొన్ని నెలల్లోనే పిగిలిపోతున్నాయి.

పరిశుభ్రమైన వసతుల మధ్య లడ్డూలు తయారు చేయాలనే ఉద్దేశంతో పోటులో చలువ బండలను తొలగించి వాటి స్థానంలో స్టెయిన్‌లెస్‌ స్టీల్‌ షీట్లను ఏర్పాటు చేశారు. బుధవారం వీటిపైనే లడ్డూతయారుచేశారు. ఒకసారి లడ్డూ పట్టిన తర్వాత షీట్లపై ఎలాంటి వ్యర్థ పదార్థాలు నిల్వ ఉండే అవకాశం లేకుండా నీటితో శుభ్రం చేసేందుకు వీలుకలుగుతోందని పోటు కార్మికులు చెబుతున్నారు.

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తమిళనాడులో శ్రీవారి కల్యాణాలు

తమిళనాడులో శ్రీవారి కల్యాణాలు
తిరుపతి , జూన్ 23 :
టీటీడీ ఆధ్వర్యంలో జూన్, జూలై నెలల్లో శ్రీవారి కల్యాణోత్సవాలు నిర్వహించనున్నట్టు పీఆర్వో టి.రవి తెలిపారు. ఆయన బుధవారం మీడియాతో మాట్లాడుతూ తమిళనాడు నుంచి అత్యధిక మంది భక్తులు ఏటా తిరుమలకు వచ్చి శ్రీవారిని దర్శిం చుకుంటారని అన్నారు. తమిళనాడు భక్తుల అభ్యర్థన మేరకు టీటీడీ తమిళ నాడులోని ప్రముఖ నగరాల్లో జూన్, జూలై నెలల్లో శ్రీవారి కళ్యాణాలు నిర్వహించేందుకు ఏర్పాట్లు చేసిందని తెలి పారు. జూన్ 26న తిరుచ్చి, జూన్ 28న మధురై, 30న కోయంబత్తూరు, జూలై 2వ తేదీ తంజావూరులో శ్రీవారి కల్యాణాలు నిర్వహించి, భక్తులకు స్వామివారిని సేవించుకునే భాగ్యం కల్పిస్తున్నామని ఆయన పేర్కొన్నారు.

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Sri Varaha Swami Temple


Sri Varaha Swami TempleSri Varahaswami Temple in Tirumala is to the north of the Sri Venkateswara Temple, on the banks of Swami Pushkarini.

According to legend, Tirumala was originally Adi Varaha Kshetra (the home of Sri Adi Varaha Swami), and it was with his permission that Lord Sri Venkateswara took up residence here.

According to the Brahma Purana, pilgrims should first offer naivedyam to Sri Adi Varaha Swami, before visiting the Sri Venkateswara Temple.

According to Atri Samhita (Samurtarchanadhikara), the Varaha avatara is worshipped in three forms:

Adi Varaha
Pralaya Varaha
Yajna Varaha

The idol of Sri Varahaswami in Tirumala is that of Adi Varaha, as it resembles the description of the Adi Varaha murti in Vaikhanasa Agama texts.

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SRINIVASA GOVINDA

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AHOBILAM TEMPLE , KURNOOL, ANDHRAPRADESH


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The Ahobilam is a famous temple of South India. It is situated on the Nallamalai ranges near Nandyal Railway Station of Andhra Pradesh state. The Nallamalai ranges south of river Krishna, down to Tirupati and are called `Sesha Parvatha`. Sesha is the name of the king of serpents. The hood of the sesha is at Tirupati, the tail at Srisailam and the middle is situated at Ahobilam. Nallamalais at the tail are called Sringiri, at the middle are called Vedagiri and Garudagiri referred to as at the hood.

The shrine of the Ahobilam temple is situated on the top of the first range and is referred to as Upper Ahobilam and down below is called Lower Ahobilam. A huge temple surrounded by a number of buildings can be seen at the Upper Ahobilam. The main shrine or the “sacro sanctum” at Upper Ahobilam was carved out of a big egg like rock with mandapams. There is a tank here, which supplies water to the residents of the Upper Ahobliam temple. It is mainly for growing flowers for the shrine.

There is a Lower Ahobilam in the below with a big temple and enclosures, It was built according to the South Indian style. Thousands of pilgrims can stay here in this temple. The priests of both Upper and Lower Ahobilam stay there even today.

Upper ahobilam

A number of costly and different types of valmnas for processional purposes are found in Lower Ahobilam. Recently, many pillared halls are added at the Lower Ahobilam. It is believed that the presiding deity, Lord Narasimha here have had a romance with a Chenchu girl, who is locally called Chenchu Lakshmi. During the annual festival here, the romance and the marriage are celebrated in a dramatic way.

Ahobilam is one of the ancient Vaishnava shrines of Indian and it has a matha at Srirangam. The idol of the presiding deity Lord Narasimha is shown in a sitting posture with jatagata or matted hair. This is the unique posture of Vishnu and which can only be seen here. A rivulet, popularly known as Bhavanasi flows near the temple, which has crystal clear water. It is believed that there is a cave underneath the temple where stays a Swayambhu (self manifested) Narasimha. Another story says that the demon Hiranyakashipu exclaimed `Ahobilam! Ahobilam!` when he saw the ferocious and gigantic form of Lord Narasimha. Hence, the place was named as Ahobilam.

There is a shrine of Malola Narasimha on the outskirts of a nearby village. Here goddess Lakshmi is worshipped by the name of Shantha Swaroopa. The Jwala Narasimha shrine is situated in the higher portion trikala of Lord Narasimha can be seen. This is said to be the actual place where the anger of the Lord reached its climax, when he killed Hiranyakashipu.

One more sacred Narasimha shrine is situated at a nearby place, where worship is done in the Shakta form. All the Nava Narasimhas (nine Narasimhas) – Prahlada Varada, Chatrata, Garuda, Yoga, Urga, Krodha, Malola, Jwala and Lakshmi Narasimha are worshipped at this place. This is a very ancient temple.

The inscriptions available at the Ahobilam temple indicate that king Vikramaditya VI of the Western Chalukya line of Kalyani worshipped the Mula Narasimha of this temple. The `utsava murthi` of the temple is made of gold and it is said to be installed by the famous Kakatiya king Prataparudra. Now, the great spiritual Jiyars of Ahobilam Matha worship it. It is said that while returning from Srisailam, Prataparudra stopped at the Ahobilam and had placed the idol at a place called Rudravaram near the village.

King Krishnadeva Raya of Vijayanagar also said to have visited this Ahobilam temple on his return from the victory of Kalinga. He is also said to have made offerings of a diamond necklace, wristlet, a gold plate and gold coins here.

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New ‘dhwajasthambham’ for Tiruchanur temple

New ‘dhwajasthambham’ for Tiruchanur temple
Tirupati , June 21:

The spiritual process was set in motion on Tuesday for the consecration of the new ‘dhwajasthambham’ being installed in the temple of Goddess Padmavathi at Tiruchanur.

To signal the start of the four-day ritual to be performed in this connection, the priests performed ‘ankurarpana’(preliminary rituals for the consecration of the huge 35-foot dhwajasthambham).

The pole replaces the one which had been standing in the temple for the last several decades.

The replacement became necessary as the decades old pole reportedly developed deep cracks and causing a serious concern to the temple authorities over its safety.

Once the TTD decided to erect a new dhwajasthambham, it took more than a month for the authorities concerned to get the new timber scientifically cured and also to get the required gold coverings hammered out at a special workshop put up for the purpose where expert craft persons worked in full swing.

Nearly 13 kg of pure ‘aparanji gold’ (24 carat gold) was said to have been used for fabricating the gold-coated copper sheets to be fastened all around the pole.

Now that the ‘ankurarpanam’ was performed, for the next two days the priests would be conducting the other allied rituals such as homams, Kalakarshana, etc.

at the ‘yagasala’ specially put up in the temple.

The fete would reach a grand finale on Friday with ‘poornahuthi’ and ‘samprokshana’ consecration ceremony, performed to the newly installed flag post. Those who participated in the ‘ankurarpana’ were the TTD Executive Officer L.V. Subramanyam, Joint E.O. Yuvaraj, Deputy EO Gopalakrishna and others.

TODAY BALAJI PHOTO 23-JUNE-2011

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TODAY BALAJI PHOTO 22-JUNE-2011

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SRI RANGAPATNAM TEMPLE

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Vigrahams under making

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DONATION OF RENAULT FLUENCE CAR TO LORD VENKATESWARA

DONATION OF RENAULT FLUENCE CAR TO LORD VENKATESWARA

Tirumala, 19 June (P.R.O) Sri K.S.Srinivasa Raju, Joint Executive Officer, TTD Tml received a RENAULT FLUENCE Car from Sri Bhanu Prakash Reddy on behalf of Renault Company in front of Sri Vari Temple, Tirumala on Sunday morning.

The approx cost of the vehicle is Rs.15 Lakhs.

Sri M.K.Singh, C.V&S.O, Sri Sesha Reddy, GM Transport, Sri Munirathnam Reddy, DyE.O(Temple), Sri Chandrasekhar Pillai, Temple Peiskhar were present on the occassion.

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