May 2011 ~ OM NAMO VENKATESAYA
!!! Lord Venkateswara staying in Tirumala Vaikuntam !!! Govinda Narayana Srinivasa Parandhama Pahimam Pahimam!!!.
!!! Chant Govindaa! Govindaa!! Govinda!!! Edukondalavadaa Venkataramanaa Govindaa Govinda!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

CHIEF MINISTER OF ANDHRA PRADESH WORSHIPPED LORD VENKATESWARA



SRIVARI SEVAKS SHOULD DO MORE COMMITTED SERVICE-TTD EO



 Complimenting the Srivari Sevaks for their commendable voluntary services to the visiting pilgrims in Tirumala, the TTD EO Sri IYR Krishna Rao felt that the services of srivari sevaks should enhance to further heights so that their services could be better utilised by TTD in various other areas where pilgrims interface is more.
Addressing the All India Srivari Seva leaders meet at Tirumala Srivari Seva Sadan on Saturday, the EO said, "the srivari sevaks have been rendering their services from the past one decade with the motto "Service to Mankind is Service to God". But in order to bring more transparency, disciplene, enhance their efficiency and strengthen srivari seva, the EO said TTD is henceforth contemplating to wind up the darshan and subsidy laddu facilities to the sevaks. "By this act, we could be able to draw true sevaks with true spirit of seva concept, with whom we can extend their sincere and selfless services even in the core areas of TTD also", he added.
Following the suggestions made by few leaders, the EO directed the Tirumala Joint EO Sri KS Srinivasa Raju to discuss in elaboarate with other officials and design a dress code to the srivari sevaks. "Their services should be utilised in the Rs.50, Rs.300, free darshan and general darshan queue lines in a better way rather than allotting them Kalyanotsavam or Ekantha Seva duties", EO pointed. He directed the TTD officials to better use their services where pilgrim interface is more.
The EO instructed the ACVSO Sri Sivakumar Reddy to enhance the security for seva sadan and directed the special grade deputy eo reception sri Lakshmi Kantham to provide better and hygenic accommodation facilities at Madhavam to srivari sevaks. (usually during peak seasons and on festive days where the srivari sevaks influx is more than 1000, additional accommodation will be provided to them at Madhavam).
Reacting immediately to the suggestion made by one of the sevaks, the EO directed the officials to set up a mobile health clinic at ATC parking area for the sake of pilgrims in the case of emergency.
About 300 sevak leaders hailing from Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharastra, Orissa, Jharkand, West Bengal apart from Andhra Pradesh took part in this meeting.

SRI GOVINDARAJA SWAMY TEMPLE,TIRUPATI . BRAHMOTSAVAM BEGINS FROM JUNE 6


The following are the tentative schedule of Vahanam Sevas of both temples :
DATE
MORNING
EVENING
06-06-2011
Dwajarohanam (Muhurtham    9-105am Karkataka Lagnam)
Peddasesha Vahanam
07-06-2011
Chinnasesha Vahanam
Hamsa Vahanam
08-06-2011
Simha Vahanam
Muthyapu Pandiri Vahanam
09-06-2011
Kalpavruksha Vahanam
Sarvabhoopala Vahanam
10-06-2011
Pallaki Utsavam
Garuda Vahanam
11-06-2011
Hanumantha Vahanam
Gaja Vahanam
12-06-2011
Suryaprabha Vahanam
Chandraprabha Vahanam
13-06-2011
Rathotsavam
Aswa Vahanam
14-06-2011
Chakrasnanam
Dwajarohanam

Monday, May 30, 2011

detail Alipiri foot path plan


Friday, May 27, 2011

Yogini Ekadasi june 27 2011


The legend or story associated with Yogini Ekadasi or Yogini Ekadashi Vrat katha is mentioned in the Brahma Vivarta Purana. Yogini Ekadasi, observed on Krishna Paksh of Ashad month in North Indian Hindi calendars, is the most important Ekadashi vrat to get rid of diseases andailments.
Significance and importance of Yogini Ekadasi Vrata was narrated by Lord Sri Krishna to Yudhistira (Dharmaraj). Krishna told the story of Hemamali, a Yaksha who was working at Kubera, the King of Alakapuri. Hemamali was very much attracted towards his gorgeous wife, Swarupavati and neglected his daily duties that he was allocated to do for his master Kuber.
Hemamali’s daily work was to bring flowers from Manasarovar Lake. His master identified his carelessness towards his duties and asked one of his servants to go to his house and enquire.The servant went to Hemamali’s house and came to Kuber and informed that the reason of his negligence in his duties is his gorgeous wife. Kubera called Hemamali and cursed him to suffer from white leprosy and to separate from his wife. Thus Hemamali suffered from the terrible disease and separated from his wife.
When he met Sage Markandeya (Markandeya Maharshi), he suggested him to observe Yogini Ekadasi Vrata. Hemamali observed the fast on Ashadha Krishna Ekadasi and got rid of the dangerous infection and became a handsome Yaksha. He lived his rest of life happily with his wife.

VRAT: Yogini Ekadashi is observed on Ekadasi day in Krishna Paksha of Ashada maas in North Indian Hindi calendar. In 2011, yogini Ekadasi date is June 27. It falls in Jyeshta Krishna Paksha Ekadashi as per Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, and Kannada calendars. It corresponds with Krishna Paksha of Ashada month of North Indian Hindi calendars.
On 26 June 2011, Yogini Ekadasi begins at 9.35 am and ends on 27 June 2011 at 11.14 am. Those who observe Yogini Ekadashi will be blessed with good health. Here you can read the legend  Yogini Ekadasi vrat katha.

Nirjala Ekadasi June 12 ,2011


Nirjala Ekadasi, also known as Pandava Ekadashi or Bhimasena Ekadashi is observed on the eleventh day during Jyeshta masa Shukla paksha. Nirjala Ekadashi or Bhimsani Ekadashi is considered to be most auspicious and beneficial day to observe Ekadashi Vrat.
Date of Nirjala Ekadashi in 2011 – When is Pandava or Bhimsena Ekadasi observed?
Nirjala Ekadashi is observed on the eleventh day of first half during Jyeshta month as per the traditional Hindu calendar. In 2011, date of Nirjala Ekadashi vrata is June 12.
Every devotee who observes all the 24 Ekadashi Vrat in a year, observes this Pandava Ekadasi with utmost devotion. According to several sacred texts, Nirjala Ekadashi fasting or Vrata can give a devotee the fruits of all 24 Ekadashi observances.
As per the Mahabharata, once Bhimasena asked Sage Veda Vyasa about the importance andsignificance of Ekadasi fasting. Veda Vyasa explained him the benefits and merits of Ekadashifasting. Listening to that, Bhim told him that his brothers Yudhistira, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva would observe the fast without any hesitation but, he cannot be able to observefasting on 24 Ekadashi throughout the year. Bhimsen asked Veda Vyasa to suggest only one dayfasting that can give him 24 Ekadashi fasting results.
On Bhimsens request Veda Vyasa advised him to observe fasting on Jyeshta Shukla Ekadashi, also called as Nirjala Ekadasi, which can give him all the benefits and merits of 24 Ekadashifasting. Because of this legend, Jyeshta Shukla Ekadashi is also named as Pandava Ekadashi or Bhimsen Ekadashi.

What to do on Jyeshta Shukla Ekadasi – Rituals and Customs of Nirjala Eakdashi:
Devotees have to avoid even drinking water from sunrise of Ekadashi to sunrise of Dwadashi day. Because of this reason, Jyeshta Shukla Ekadasi is also named as Nirjala Ekadashi (Nirjala means without water). As Jyeshta month (May – June) falls during mid-summer, observing this Ekadashi
 fasting without even drinking water is more difficult than all other Ekadashi fasting. This vow is accomplished when devotee is utmost dedicated. In some regions, there is atradition of donating gold and water pot. Catchy terms: pandavas & bhim

Ekadasi in June 2011


Ekadasi observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar and Ekadashi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The dates of Ekadasi in June 2011 are June 8 and June 22. There are normally two Ekadasis in a traditional Hindu month. Fasting on Ekadashi is considered highly beneficial by Vishnu devotees.

The Ekadashi on June 12, 2011 is Bhim Ekadasi or Nirjala Ekadasi.
The Ekadashi on June 27, 2011 is  Yogini Ekadasi

Thursday, May 26, 2011

SRI KHARANAMA SAMVASTHARA TTD PANCHANGAM 2011-2012

download..2011-2012 TTD panchangam
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

TTD CANCELED 23,000 SRIVARI ARJITHASEVA TICKETS

BULK BOOKINGS ARE CANCELED


SRIVARI ARJITHASEVA TICKETS
CANCELED DETAILS

Arjitha seva name

Number of tickets

Malechat vastram

Abhisekam

Punugu ginne

Kasthuriginne

Thomala

Archana

Asthdalapadapadmaradhana

Sahasrakalashabhisekam

Tiruppavada
2,326

5,026

124

1,147

11,935

1,183

955

58

22

     Total tickets

23,046

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Govinda Hari Govinda

Srinivasa Govinda!
SriVenkatesha
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
Venkata Ramana
Govinda!
BhaktaVatsala
Govinda!
BhagavataPriya
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
Venkata Ramana
Govinda!
NityaNirmala Govinda!
NeelaMeghaShyama
Govinda!
PuranaPurusha
Govinda!
PundarikAksha
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
Venkata Ramana
Govinda!
NandaNandana
Govinda!
NavaneetaChora
Govinda!
Pashupalaka
SriGovinda!
PapaVimochana
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
Venkata Ramana
Govinda!
DustaSamhara
Govinda!
DuritaNivarana
Govinda!
ShishtaParipalaka
Govinda!
KashtaNivarana
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
Venkata Ramana
Govinda!
VajraMukutaDhara
Govinda!
VarahaMoorti
Govinda!
GopiJanaLola Govinda!
GovardhanoDhara
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
Venkata Ramana
Govinda!
DasharathaNandana
Govinda!
DashamukhaMardana
Govinda!
PakshiVahana
Govinda!
PandavaPriya
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
Venkata Ramana
Govinda!
Matsya Kurma Hari
Govinda!
Madhusoodana Hari
Govinda!
VarahaNarasimha
Govinda!
VamanaBhargava
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
BalaRamanuja
Govinda!
BouddhaKalkiDhara
Govinda!
VenuGaanaPriya
Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
SitaNayaka Govinda!
SritaParipalaka
Govinda!
DaridraJanaPoshaka
Govinda!
Dharma Sansthapaka
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
Ananta Rakshaka
Govinda!
AapadaBandhava
Govinda!
SharnagataVatsala
Govinda!
KarunaSagara
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
KamalaDalAksha
Govinda!
KamitaPhalada
Govinda!
PapaVinashaka
Govinda!
Pahi Murare Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
SriMudrankita
Govinda!
SriVatsankita Govinda!
DharaniNayaka
Govinda!
DinakaraTeja Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
PadmavatiPriya
Govinda!
PrasannaMoorti
Govinda!
AbhayaHasta
Govinda!
MatsyAvatara
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
ShankhaChakraDhara
Govinda!
SharngaGadaDhara
Govinda!
VirajaTeertha
Govinda!
VirodhiMardana
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
SahasraNama
Govinda!
SarasijaNayana
Govinda!
LaxmiVallabha
Govinda!
LaxmanAgraja
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
KasturiTilaka Govinda!
KanakaPeetambara
Govinda!
GarudaVahana
Govinda!
GaanaLola Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
VanaraSevita Govinda!
VaradhiBandhana
Govinda!
EkaSwarupa Govinda!
SaptaGireEsha
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
SriRamaKrishna
Govinda!
RaghukulaNandana
Govinda!
PratyakshaDeva
Govinda!
ParamaDayakara
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
VajraKavachaDhara
Govinda!
VaibhavaMoorti
Govinda!
RatnaKirita Govinda!
VasudevaSuta
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
BrahmandaRupa
Govinda!
BhaktaRakshaka
Govinda!
NityaKalyana Govinda!
Neerajanabha
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
AanandaRupa
Govinda!
AadyantaRahita
Govinda!
EhaparaDayaka
Govinda!
EbharajaRakshaka
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!
SheshaShayine
Govinda!
SheshadriNilaya
Govinda!
Srinivasa Govinda!
SriVenkatesha
Govinda!
Govinda Hari Govinda!
VenkataRamana
Govinda!!


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hathiram Bavaji tirumala


There were many great saints and devotees of Lord Venkateswara who remained in the darkness. One such great devotee of Lord Venkateswara is Bhavaji. He was popularly known as Hathiram Baba. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara. I personally feel nothing much is written about this great devotee over internet world. I searched all over the internet for information on Hathiram Baba. Unfortunately, no substantial manuscript is available on this great devotee of Lord Balaji. I found only a few sites describing the story of Hathiram Baba. Unfortunately, the information provided in the site was really pathetic and funny. It starts like this. A saint from North India had visited Tirumala and settled there. He used to call himself Hathi Ram because he was fat like Hathi (an Elephant) and no one knows his real name. Isn’t it funny? I logged out of the site immediately after reading two lines. I don’t blame the publisher totally for that, because we hardly have any information on the life story of Hathiram Baba. The story of Hathiram Baba is only confined to a few books in the libraries and to the stories of our Grand Parents. If you have observed, Hathiram Baba Mutt still exists in Tirumala. It is constructed at the Main entrance of Tirumala Temple. I feel TTD must take up initiatives to let people know these great devotees of Lord Balaji. The glory of Lord Balaji will increase by making people aware of these small stories associated with the Lord and his ardent devotees. They inspire more people to worship the Lord.
Here is my little effort to have some focus on this great devotee of the Lord Venkateswara to the best of my information and knowledge gathered through Books, Television, Internet and all possible sources within my reach. Hope you will find it instructive and informative.

Hathiram Bavaji history(story)



An ardent devotee of Lord Ram (Seventh Avatar of Lord Maha Vishnu) from Northern part of India visited Tirumala on Pilgrimage. His name was Bhavaji. He was so fascinated by the majestic appearance of the Lord that he decided to stay in Tirumala for ever having darshan of the Lord all the time. He constructed a Mutt (a place where the saints live near the temples) and settled there. Bhavaji used to have the darshan of the Lord at least thrice a day. Still, he wasn’t satisfied of his darshan. He used to look at the lord unmoved for long. This continued for a few weeks. Temple employees have observed Bhavaji visiting the temple and gazing at the lord continuously for longer times. Finding suspicious about his acts, they reported the matter to the Temple Authorities. Next day when Bhavaji entered the temple premises to have the darshan of the lord, he was pushed out of the temple without allowing him to have his Ram’s darshan. He pleaded not to separate him from his Lord Ram. No one listened to his cry. Instead, he was warned not to enter the temple for Lord’s darshan again. A sad and dejected Bhavaji returned to his Mutt.

After getting back to the Mutt, he cried with the Lord. Hey Lord! My Ram! What is my fault? Is it a sin to have your darshan? You know it very well that I can’t live without having your darshan. Why you punished me this way? What am I supposed to do now?

Next morning, Bhavaji went to the temple as usual to have the darshan of the lord. But, he was pushed out of the gate. A dejected Bhavaji retuned back to his Mutt. He was not sure how to pass his time without having the Lord’s darshan. He then took up a dice board and started playing the dice himself assuming that he was playing with the Lord on the other side. He himself used to throw his dice and the Lord’s dice on His behalf. In this way, he played the game all along the day and fell a sleep. When he was in a deep sleep at night, he heard a pleasant voice calling, Bhavaji! Wake up! It’s me, Your Ram! Bhavaji opened his eyes and saw the Lord standing in front of him. He couldn’t believe his eyes. Is it real or a dream? Amazed Bhavaji asked the Lord. The Lord replied that it wasn’t his dream. He really visited him to play dice with him. There was no boundary to the happiness of Bhavaji. A jubilant Bhavaji laid a mat on the floor and sat with the Lord Balaji to play the dice. Bhavaji defeated the lord in his game. The Lord then asked Bhavaji to seek any boon against his victory over Him. Bhavaji politely said, Hey Lord, what can I ask you more than this? I am satisfied with your Vishwaroopa darshan. I do not need any material pleasure or wealth. Give me a little place at your feet to serve you. I need no favour than this. A pleased Lord blessed Bhavaji and vanished with a promise to get back for the game again.

Next day, Bhavaji excitedly waited for the sun to set so that he again plays dice with the Lord. Finally the wait was over. When the temple doors were shut at night, the Lord moved out of his Ananda Nilayam and visited Bhavaji to play the game of dice. After finishing the game, the Lord returned back to Ananda Nilayam promising to come back again. It became a regular practice for the Lord to visit the Mutt and spend time playing dice with Bhavaji at night when the temple doors were closed. One day when the Lord was playing dice with Bhavaji, He heard a voice of someone calling Bhavaji. The Lord asked Bhavaji to go and check it out. When Bhavaji went out to see if anyone was there, he found none. He then returned back to inform the Lord, but he found that the Lord has already left the place without informing him. When he picked up the dice board to keep it safe, he saw a diamond studded necklace of the Lord lying at the board. He picked up the necklace and kept it safe thinking that the Lord might have forgotten it and he would return when He comes back to play next time.

Next morning when Pradhana Archaka was getting ready to give bath to the Lord, noticed a missing necklace. He then took it to the notice of Temple Authorities. The Temple Authority was worried about the theft of Lord’s necklace. All the employees were called up on and enquired about the missing necklace. The Pradhana Archaka informed the management about the incident of Bhavaji in the recent past and straightaway raised suspicion over him. The Temple Authorities ordered to get Bhavaji for enquiry.

On the other hand Bhavaji was waiting for Lord’s arrival to play the game of dice. For long, the Lord hasn’t come to play. In the mean time, he heard someone shouting his name at the doorsteps. By the time he reached there, the soldiers got in and started searching all over the place. Bhavaji was surprised to see them searching all over. He tried to enquire what was going on. He was told that someone has stolen the Lord’s necklace. Bhavaji immediately understood what they were looking for and got the necklace he held it safely to return the Lord when he visits again. Is this the necklace you were looking for? Asked Bhavaji! One of the sainiks said, here you go. You have stolen the Lord’s necklace. You are under arrest! Bhavaji pleaded his innocence but they haven’t listened any of his word. They arrested and took him to the temple Authorities. On enquiry by the Temple Authorities, Bhavaji told them that the Lord used to visit his Mutt and Play dice with him every night when the temple doors were shut. The Lord had forgotten His necklace at my Mutt after playing the game yesterday. When I noticed, I picked up the necklace and kept it safe to return back when He comes again. The Pradhana Archaka of the temple raised his eyebrows and said; we have been doing all sorts of poojas and sevas every day to the Lord for so many years, the Lord hasn’t appeared to us and He appeared to you? Moreover He played dice game with you? Whom are you bluffing? Are you a greater devotee than us? There should be a limit of speaking false. Some of the Authorities suggested presenting him before the King’s courtyard for justice.

The next morning, he was presented in the courtyard of the Emperor Sri Krishnadevaraya, as a culprit who had stolen the necklace of the Lord. After listening to the charges, Sri Krishnadevaraya asked Bhavaji’s explanation. Bhavaji explained all that had happened with him. The Emperor felt him very innocent. He thought it would be unjust to punish him without sufficient proof and proper investigation. He therefore, decided to put Bhavaji on test. Sri Krishnadevaraya told Bhavaji that he will be given an opportunity to prove himself innocent. For this, he will be dumped with heaps of sugarcane in the cell and if he succeeds in consuming the entire heaps of sugarcane by the wake of the dawn tomorrow; he will be released innocent and if he fails to do so, he will be punished for the theft.

Bhavaji never perturbed. He had no choice but to accept the Emperor’s decision. He was then taken to the prison cell and tons of sugarcane heaps were dumped before him and locked the doors of the cell. Bhavaji sat in the corner, closed his eyes and prayed the Lord. Hey Lord! I am innocent and you know the fact very well. I have been charged of theft and put on test of eating this sugarcane heaps. Hey Ram! It’s not my test. They have put you on test. They want to test your existence in this world. If anything I need in this life is a little place before your feet to serve you till my last breath. He left everything on the shoulders of the Lord and immersed in deep penance.

A little later, a giant Elephant appeared in the cell and by the wake of the dawn, the Elephant ate all the heaps of sugarcane dumped there for Bhavaji. The Elephant then awake Bhavaji from his penance with its trunk. Bhavaji was surprised to see an Elephant in the cell. When he saw the entire heaps of sugarcane were finished, he realized that his Ram has arrived for his rescue and immediately fell upon his feet and cried Ram…! Oh Ram..! My Ram…! You have come up for my rescue. How lucky am I? The Elephant then blessed Bhavaji with its trunk and trumpeted at loud. On hearing the Elephant’s trumpet, the guards peeped through the key wholes and wondered to see an Elephant inside a locked cell. They immediately rushed to the authorities and informed the matter. Meanwhile, the Elephant broke open the doors and ran away immediately. Some guards tried to follow the Elephant but it disappeared thereafter.

When the Emperor visited Bhavaji, he was found gazed at the direction where the Elephant has left, repeatedly uttering a word “Hathiram..!” When asked, who was Hathiram and how the elephant entered the prison cell? Bhavaji told that his Ram has come in the form of a Hathi (an Elephant) to save him. Everyone who had assaulted him on the charges of theft exclaimed at the great devotion of Bhavaji. One and all had accepted his devotion to Lord Balaji is eternal. The Pradhan Archaka in particular begged his pardon for the assaults made on him out of pride and ego.

Sri Krishnadevaraya relieved him of all charges and appointed Bhavaji as the Pradhana Archaka of the temple of tirumala. He happily obeyed the orders of the Emperor as he got a life time opportunity to serve his Lord. Since the Baba Bhavaji’s beloved Lord “Sri Ram” has personally come to the rescue of Bhavaji in the form of a Hathi (an Elephant) he as been named as Hathiram Baba. As a Pradhana Archaka of the Temple, Bhavaji served the Lord for many years. He later sacrificed his soul to the Lord and entered into a Jeeva Samadhi. His body was cremated near Venu Gopala Swamy Temple on the way to Papavinasam on the hills of Tirumala. A Samadhi of Hathiram Baba had been constructed there and daily pooja is being performed even today. People visiting Venu Gopala Swamy Temple pay their homage to this great devotee of Lord Venkateswara. The Hathiram Baba Mutt had been built on the southern side of the temple in his remembrance.

Conclusion:


I hope many might have now really understood that Hathiram Baba’s real name was Bhavaji and he was called Hathiram Baba not because he was fat like a Hathi or Elephant but because his beloved Lord Ram has come to his rescue in the form of a Hathi, when he was in danger.

The Jeeva Samadhi of Great saint Hathiram Baba still exists near Venu Gopala Swamy Temple on the way to Papavinasam on Tirumala Hills. Pilgrims visiting Venu Gopala Swamy surely pays homage to this great saint’s Samadhi and seeks his blessings. If any body had been there and returned back without paying homage to this great saint’s Samadhi in ignorance, please do so if you visit the Samadhi next time around. You can also find the Samadhi of many other saints all around the place out there.

You can find Hathiram Baba Mutt on the southern side of the Venkateswara Temple of Tirumala near the main entrance built up at an elevated place, in remembrance of the great saint Hathiram. You can also visit there to know more about this great saint.

I tried to gather information regarding the name of the location or region in the North from where Hathiram Baba has come from. I found the term North India in all the books but no specific region or location has been referred to. Therefore, I too used the term North India. Another reference to his period also put me in confusion. It might be around 1430 and 1529, though it’s a matter of debate. I suppose there might be some date written on Hathiram Baba’s Jeeva Samadhi. I haven’t noticed any such date on the Jeeva Samadhi though.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

6th PHASE OF KALYANAMASTHU HELD ON 20 MAY



The Executive Officer of the TTD Sri I Y R Krishna Rao said the TTD would spent approximately Rs.7000 on each of the couple in providing them a pair of wedding apparel, mangala sutram, wedding silver toe rings besides wedding feast for sixty guests for each couple.
He said the newly wedded couple would be provided darshan of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala and also transport and accommodation at fifty percent concession to Tirumala. He said in all 12,000 weddings were conducted in this phase all over the state bringing the total of Kalyanamastu to 46,000 weddings since inception.
The certificate of wedding was presented to each of the couple by the EO and Sri.K.Venkat Reddy, president of Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad. They were also presented the certificate of the marriage registrar through the office of the Hyderabad Collector on the spot.
The TTD has specially brought the Utsava idols from the Srivari Temple of Tirumala for the event along with priests to conduct the Kalyanamastu besides team of Nadaswaram and Annamacharya singers from Tirupati.

TTD APPEALS TO DEVOTEES TO USE DIGITAL LOCKERS


The temple administration of TTD has appealed to devotees to make use of the free digital lockers located at Tirumala to keep safe their valuables during their visit to Tirumala.
Addressing a media briefing at Annamaiah Bhavan in Tirumala, the Joint EO of Tirumala Sri KS Srinivasa Raju said TTD has spent Rs.18lakhs and set up 126 highly secured  digital lockers at GNC, ANC, SNC, Sapthagiri, VSGH and First NC cottages for the sake of pilgrims. “Apart from these lockers, 90 bank type lockers have also placed at GNC”, he said.
“Usually this will be of great use to the pilgrims who are coming to Tirumala with valuable items and jewels. These digital lockers are highly safe and secure”, he added.
He said owing to heavy influx of pilgrims with the advent of summer vacation, TTD has temporarily halted the ongoing renovation works on Second Ghat Road. “The works will resume likely in the first week of June after the peak season is over”, he maintained..
Meanwhile addressing the media persons, special grade deputy executive officer of Reception Sri Lakshmi Kantham said, the digital lockers are available at the pilgrim disposal at totally free of cost. “The only thing they have to use, they should use a four-digit number secret code to lock and open their lockers or they can even use their debit cards to swipe the lockers”, he added.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

UP COMING: SIXTH PHASE OF KALYANAMASTU ON MAY 20



The sixth phase of ‘Kalyanamastu', free mass wedding programme, will be held under the aegis of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in the district on May 20.

Mass marriages

In a statement, District Collector Siddharth Jain said that the mass marriages will be conducted by the TTD in all constituency headquarters in the district from 9.52 a.m. to 10.04 a.m. on May 20. The mass weddings will be performed at the TTD kalyana mandapams and the famous temples in the respective constituency headquarters.

The eligible couples should register their names by submitting the prescribed applications along with the necessary enclosures at the Collectorate and TTD kalyana mandapam besides the offices of the revenue and gram panchayats concerned well in advance of the stipulated date of Kalyanamastu.

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