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

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

TIRUCHANOOR PANCHAMI THEERTHAM (CHAKRA SNANAM )








The holy Padmasarovaram-the temple tank in the abode of Goddess Padmavati, turned into a sea of devotees on Tuesday with tens of thousands of pilgrims hailing from across the country participating in Panchami Theertham, the most important ritual of the annual Kartheeka Brahmotsavams.
Panchami Theertham is a celebration of the manifestation of Sri Padmavati Devi in a Golden Lotus in Padma Sarovaram on Sukla Panchami of Kartheeka month. The rituals commenced with the grand procession of temple elephant during the wee hours from Tirumala to Tiruchanoor which carried the "Sare"(gift from Lord to his beloved consort comprising turmeric,kumkum, tulsi etc.) on this ceremonious occasion. After rendering special pujas the temple priests performed Snapana Tirumanjanam(celestial bath with milk, honey, turmeric, coconut water and turmeric) to Chakrattalwar and processional deity of Goddess Padmavathi  in the specially decorated mandapam in the temple tank. While performing puja as per Pancharatra Agama, the priests adorned the deities with specially made Cardamom, Kuruveru(a type rivergrass), American rasp berry, cherry garlands which fascinated the devotees.
After the end of the hour-long  ritual, Sudarshana Chakram was taken into Padma Pushkarini for a holy dip at around 11.50am in the holy Kumbha lagnam. Thousands of devotees took a holy dip in the temple tank along with Chakrathalvar hailing the Goddess and chanting Govindanamam.
The TTD made elaborate arrangements for Panchami Theertham, which went off smoothly marking the conclusion of the nine-day annual temple festival. About 50thousand pilgrims were served free food-Annadanam in Tholappa Gardens on the occasion.
Dhwajavarohanam, the lowering ceremony of the celestial flag will be performed in the evening of Friday between 7:30pm to 10:00pm marking the successful completion of the mega religious event.

8th DAY OF PADMAVATHI KARTHEEKA BRAHMOTSAVAM- PROCESSION OF RATHOTSAVAM




Thousands of devotees participated in the Rathothsavam' as part of the annual Kartheeka Brahmotsavams at the Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple in Tiruchanur on Monday.
They enthusiastically dragged the flower-decked wooden chariot, with the presiding deity, Goddess Padmavathi, seated in it, through the four Mada streets around the Pushkarini (temple tank). Earlier, at 5.20 a.m. the priests performed the sacrificial rituals to the chariot and brought out the deity in a procession to the `Ratha Mandapam,' the starting point of the chariot-ride.
`Ratharohanam,' the process of seating the deity on the chariot was performed in the auspicious hours of `Vruschika Lagnam.' At 7.15 a.m., the officials signalled to the devotees to start pulling the huge rope connected to the chariot, and the gigantic vehicle slowly started rolling down the streets.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

7th DAY OF PADMAVATHI KARTHEEKA BRAHMOTSAVAM- PROCESSION OF SURYA PRABHA VAHANAM





 Processional Diety of Goddess Padmavathi in the form of Sri Vedanarayana Swamy varu is taken out in procession atop Suryaparabha  Vahanam  on 7th day of ongoing Annual Kartheeka Brahmotsavam at Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple in Tiruchanur on Sunday morning.
TTD Chairman Sri K.Bapi Raju released a book titled “Sri Prashara Bhattar anugraha Sri Guna rathna koshamu” written by Sriman Kanduri Srinivasacharyulu


Saturday, November 26, 2011

5th DAY OF PADMAVATHI KARTHEEKA BRAHMOTSAVAM- PROCESSION OF GAJA VAHANAM




The Goddess Sri Padmavathi Devi seated on mighty golden divine elephant vehicle, enthralled the devotees with all splendour and grandeur on the fifth-day night on the occasion of the most famous “ Gaja  Vahanam” procession on Friday as part of the ongoing nine-day Karthika Brahmotsavams at Tiruchanoor.
 Like Garuda  Vahanam which is considered to be most important vehicle for Lord Venkateswara, similarly  GajaVahanam is often considered as the prominent of vehicles of Goddess Padmavathi. This significance for Divine elephant has been attributed in various ways with many puranic references. Elephant is not only considered mighty just because of its size but of its intelligence, martial skills and divinity. Goddess Pamdavathi represents wealth, prosperity, brightness, light, wisdom, fortune, fertility, generosity and courage. She symbolizes royal elegance, beauty, grace and charm and hence she prefers to take a pleasure ride on the “Royal Elephant” which is her favourite ride during the Brahmotsavams.

18 ton coins old coins with TTD




·        About 6 tonnes foreign coins
·        Coins of copper, bronze and steel
·        TTD to set up coin galleries in national musuems
·        Use such galleries  for promotion of Sanathana dharma
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams has launched a n exercise  to assess the value and antiquity of  the nearly 18 tonnes of old  indian and  foreign coins collected in its Hundis since several years.
TTD EO Sri L V Subramanyam said that  a team of  coin experts – numismats have been pressed into service  to assess their value and antiquity  so that  the rest could be  disposed off suitably at a later date.
He said  the coin experts  drawn from the Archeological Survey of India and the state archeology had already begun the exercise  and were expected to complete the scrutiny  by November  29 th.
The EO said that  the  huge stock of  coins  were being  categorised  on the basis of metal, country  and also  size. They comprise of  copper, bronze and steel besides from countries  like  US , Malaysia, Singapore, Srilanka, Australia, New zeland, UK, South Africa, Canada,Nepall, Thailand and also arab countries  .’The foreign coins are approximately  6 tonnes ‘ he said.
Sri  Subramanayam said  on the basis of the number of   antique  coins, the TTD  is mulling over a program to set up gallries in prominent musuems across the country for display of its coin collection .’We want to utilise the opportunity to show case Sanatana dharma , through coins by setting up such gallries in musuems across the country he said.
TTD EO  said  devotees came to know more about  the glory and granduer of  Lord Venkateswara only after they were heralded in the copper plates  of Annamacharya .’ Same way the glory of Lord Venkateswara across nations will also   be known to people through the gallries’, he said.
EO Sri L V Subramanayam , JEO Sri  K S Srinivas Raju, JEO Sri K Venkatrami Reddy ( Tirupati), CVSO Sri M K Singh  and numismatic experts  Prof A V  Narasimhamurthy , Dr Rajaram Sri Muniratham Redddy particiapted in the event.

4th DAY OF PADMAVATHI KARTHEEKA BRAHMOTSAVAM- PROCESSION OF KALPA VRIKSHA VAHANAM VAHANAM







On the fourth day of the festival the Processional Deity of Goddess Padmavathi is taken out in procession on Kalpa Vruksha as his vehicle signifying that he is the giver of boons to his devotees and fulfills their wishes.
After darshan of Goddess Padmavathi, the Hon’ble Speaker has released Telugu Panchagam Calendar in front of Kalpariksha Vahanam.



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

3rd DAY OF PADMAVATHI KARTHEEKA BRAHMOTSAVAM- PROCESSION OF MUTHYAPU PANDIRI VAHANAM







Processional deity of Goddess Padmavathi is taken out in procession of tastefully decorated ` Muthyapu   pandiri   vahanam  as part of ongoing Annual Kartheeka Brahmotsavam in Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Tiruchanur near Tirupati on Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

2ND DAY OF PADMAVATHI KARTHEEKA BRAHMOTSAVAM- PROCESSION OF PEDDASESHA VAHANAM






The Divine vehicle on which Goddess  Padmavathi  is carried is called Pedda Seshavahana and is believed to be the manifestation of Adisesha, the thousand-headed serpent King on whom Lord  Sri  Maha Vishnu has taken ride  Serpent ‘Adi Sesha’. The pilgrims were blessed to see the Goddess on this celestial vahanam on the second day morning of the Brahmotavams on November 22 which took place between 8:00am to 9:30am. There is a strong belief among the pilgrims that a glimpse of Goddess on the procession of the serpent vahanam will bring salvation and that there will be no re-birth.
Sri K.Bapi Raju, Chairman TTDs released book titled “BAGAVATHA MAHAPURNAM” and book written by Dr. Medanasi Mohan titled “ALEMELU MANGA VAIBHOVAM” in front of temple premises on Tuesday
Sri L.V.Subramanyam, Executive Officer, Sri Venkatarami Reddy, Joint Executive Officer, Sri M.K.Singh, C.V&S.O, Sri Gopalakrishna, DyEO(PAT), Sri Venugopal, AEO, Sri  Ramachandra Reddy, Supdt Engineer,  Sri  Manohar,VGO, Temple staff and devotees took part.



Monday, November 21, 2011

TTD released calendar and diary for 2012



TTD released calendar and diary for 2012. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, which manages the famous hill temple of Lord Venkateshwara in Tirumala, has released and commenced the sale of diaries and calendars of 2012. The diaries and calendars carrying the images of Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavathi could be purchased at the TTD Information Centers all around India.

calendar cost : 75 /- Rs

Dairy cost :  100/- Rs 



ASTHOTTARA SATHA KUNDATHMAKA MAHA SANTHI YAGAM -Srinivasa Mangapuram






Astottara Sathakundathamaka Maha Santhi Yagam is a typical form of fire sacrifice performed to please the deities for providing peace, prosperity and happiness for the mankind. It is also a process of propitiating the deities who look after the various aspects of human welfare, the TTD has been organising similar programme whenever the instances of deities and catastrophe are citied are signalled by the pundits. It is a good fortune that Lord Venkateswara is pleased to fructify the objectives of the Yaga. This time with 108 Yaga kundas, the Maha Santhi Yaga is being organised at Srinivasa Mangapuram.
The Hon’ble Chairman Sri K.Bapi Raju has today prayed Lord Venkateswara Swamy for well being of the state and country. The Chairman has participated in “ASTHOTTARA SATHAKUNDATHMAKA MAHA SANTHI   YAGAM” organized by TTD in Srinivasa Mangapuram near Tirupati. The Chairman took “Sankalpam” for the good of state on this sacred occasion as the 108 Rithviks recited Vedic mantras and performed Purnahuthi, also performed snapana tirumanjanam to Sri Chakrathalwar.
Sri L.V.Subramanyam, Executive Officer, TTD Joint Executive Officer Sri Venkatrami Reddy, TTD Officers Sri Sudhakar Rao, Sri Nageswara Rao, Smt. Jhansi Rani, Sri Gopalakrishna, TTD Vaikhanasa Agama Advisor Sri Vedantam Vishnu Battacharyulu, Srinivasa Charyulu and 150 Veda pundits participated in the Yagam.


LAKSHA KUMKUMA ARCHANA IN SRI PADMAVATHI AMMAVARI TEMPLE



Temple Priests of Ammavari Temple performed Laksha KumKuma Archana from 7AM to 1.OOPM in Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Tiruchanur on Sunday.

SRI PADMAVATHI AMMAVARI ANNUAL KARTHEEKA BRAHMOTSAVAM BEGINS




Dwajarohanam was performed in the famous temple of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, signalling the commencement of the nine-day annual Kartheeka Brahmotsavam of  Goddess Padmavathi on Monday.
The sacred yellow cloth flag with the imprint of Gaja , the celestial carrier of Goddess Padmavathi, was hoisted atop the golden flag post, `Dwajasthambham,' situated inside the temple complex at the auspicious `Dhanur lagnam' between 9.45am to 10.00 am. amidst the traditional recitation of Vedic hymns by temple priests.
Later Sri K.Bapi Raju released a book titled “Sri PADMAVATHI AMMAVARI VAHANA SEVALU inside Temple premises
Sri L.V.Subramanyam, Executive Officer, Sri Venkatarami Reddy, Joint Executive Officer, Sri M.K.Singh, C.V&S.O, Sri Chinta Mohan,MP, Sri Gopalakrishna, DyEO(PAT), Sri Venugopal, AEO, Temple staff & devotees witnessed the celestial function.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Masa Shivratri 2011 – Shivaratri Days in a Month - Mas Sivaratri Vrat in 2011

Masa Shivaratri, or Mas Shivratri, falls on the Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi of each traditional Hindu lunar month. Below are the dates of Shivratri in 2011. ‘Krishna Paksha’ is the dark fortnight of a lunar month. It is the 13th day after full moon (Purnima) or more easy calculation one or two days before Amavasi. Shiva devotees observe the day with vrat, special prayers and pujas. Some devotees also keep vigil all night as in Mahashivratri.

Shivratri is celebrated a night before ‘amavasya’ (full dark night) in the month of Magh or phalgun (February – March). The significance of Shivaratri is closely associated with ‘amavasya.’ Amavasya represents Kaliyuga. Lord Shiva appeared just before the beginning of Kaliyuga to rid the world of evil and ignorance, which is symbolically represented through Amavasya. Therefore Mahashivratri is celebrated to get rid of evil and ignorance.
On the Shivratri day, Lord Shiva is worshiped in a special form of Linga called ‘Lingodabhavamurti or Jyotirlinga.’ It is a lingam in the form of fire which has neither a beginning nor an end. It must be noted here that ‘linga’ only means ‘sign.’ And it is merely an attempt to capture the formless.
Apart from this there are numerous legends and myths associated with Shivratri. An important myth is that Shivaratri is the birthday of Lord Shiva – this is mainly because the formless Lord Shiva appeared for the first time in the form of ‘Lingodabhavamurti’ before Lord Vishnu and Brahma.
Other important myths include that of Taandava, the consummation of poison during the churning of ocean, hunter accidentally dropping the leaves of bilva, the loss of importance of ketki flower, which is now only offered during shivaratri.

Monday, November 7, 2011

KAISIKA DWADASI AND KARTHIKA VANABHOJANOTSAVAM CELEBRATED WITH RELIGIOUS FERVOUR






The two important festivals, Kaisika Dwadasi and Karthika Vanabhojanotsavam have been celebrated with religious fervour in Tirumala on Monday.

Earlier in the wee hours, around 4:30am Ugra Srinivasamurthy flanked by Sri Devi and Bhu Devi were taken on a procession along four mada streets and reached the temple before sun rise. Later Kaisika Dwadasi Asthanam has been performed by the temple priests. It is only on this day in the entire year that the deity of Ugra Srinivasa Murthy is brought out of the temple.

Later in the day, following Karthika Vanabhojanotsavam, the temple priests performed Visesha Samarpana to the processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy and his consorts. After tastefully decorating the deities, they were brought to Vahana Mandapam. Samarpana was again performed here and later the processional deity of Lord Malayappa seated on small Gaja Vahanam and his consorts in Tiruchi were taken out to Paruveta Mandapam in a colourful procession. Bhajan troupes, children in the guise of deities stood as a special attraction all along the route.

Later Snapana Tirumanjanam has been performed with religious fervour to the utsava murthies at Paruveta Mandapam. The deities were seated on a huge golden platform and Tirumanajanam was performed first with spices water followed by milk, curd, honey, coconut water, turmeric paste and finally sandal paste was applied to the deities. Later the deities who were draped in white silk clothes were adorned with Tulsi garlands and the priests in the presence of Tirumala Pedda Jiyangar and Chinna Jiyangar and other officials offered Nakshatra Arti and special arti to the deities marking the completion of the Tirumanjanam ceremony. Later the deities were decorated in colourful silk vastrams and dazzling diamond studded gold jewels and were seated on a special mandapam inside Paruveta Mandapam.

The holy hills reverberated with the chanting of "Govinda Namas" of the pilgrims who thronged to witness the colourful ceremony. Later all the TTD officials and pilgrims took part in the Karthika Vanabhojanam festival.

Later speaking to media persons the TTD board chief Sri Kanumuri Bapiraju said, "It was a momentous occasion to celebrate to festivals, Kaisika Dwadasi and Karthika Vanabhojanotsavam on single day. The pilgrims had darshan as well as the delicious prasadam in the presence of Lord", he added. Later the TTD EO Sri LV Subramanyam said, Tamil devotee Bhakta Nambaduvan sang the song in praise of Lord in Kaisika ragam and hence the festival got the name Kaisika Dwadasi. "Today this festival is being observed in all harijanwadas across the state. It is during this festival that the devotees have their community meals in the presence of Lord signifying the bond between Bhagavan and Bhakta", he added.

The kirtans sung by Annamacharya project artistes and Harikatha Parayanam stood as special attraction to the pilgrims on this festive occasion.

Joint EOs Sri KS Srinivasa Raju, Sri Venkatrami Reddy, CVSO Sri MK Singh, ACVSO Sri Shivakumar Reddy, DSP Tirumala Sri Umamaheshwara Sharma, Annamacharya Project Director Dr.Medasani Mohan, Temple Deputy EO Sri Munirathnam Reddy, SE II Sri Ramesh Reddy, GM Transport Sri Sesha Reddy, Health Officer Sri Bhishmaiah Naidu, EEs Sri Manohar, Sri Jaganmohan Reddy, Peishkar Sri Chandrasekhar Pillai, Parupattedar Sri Keshava Raju and others were also present.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

PUSHPAYAGAM CELEBRATED IN A COLOURFUL WAY IN TIRUMALA






The annual floral festival, Pushpayagam has been   celebrated in a colourful way in the hill shrine of Tirumala on Thursday.
TTD has cancelled arjitha sevas including Tiruppavadai,   Kalyanotsavam,Brahmotsavam, Unjal Seva, Vasanthotsavam on the day of   Pushpayagam on Thursday.
Following the birth star of Lord Venkateswara Sravana Nakshatram on   Thursday in the holy month of Karthika, the processional deities of Lord   Malayappa Swamy flanked by his two consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi has beenbrought to the Kalyanamandapam in Sampangi prakaram where Snapana Tirumanjanam was performed.
Later the deities were given a celestial floral bath with over seven   tonnes of 18 different varieties of traditonal flowers including Chamanti,   Lilly, Roses,Nandivardanam, Tulsi, Marukam, Davanam etc. As soon as the   flowers touched the chest of the Lord, they were removed and again floral bath was given to the deities amidst the chanting of vedic hymns by pundits. After repeating the process for 20 times the priests offered Nakshatra Harati and Special Harati.
Hon'ble minister Sri Kanna Lakshminarayana, TTD board chairman Sri Kanumuri Bapiraju, TTD EO Sri LV Subramanyam, Joint   EO's Sri KS Srinivasa raju, Sri Venkatrami Reddy, Chittoor MP Sri Sivaprasad, CVSO Sri MK Singh, Chief Engineer Sri   Chandrasekhar Reddy, SE II Sri Ramesh Reddy, Garden Superintendent SriSrinivas and other officials, temple priests, Grihasta Bhaktas took part in   this ritual.



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

SRI VARI ANNUAL PUSHPAYAGAM IN TIRUMALA ON NOVEMBER 3


The hill shrine of Tirumala is all set to celebrate the most colourful festival, Pushpayagam on Novmeber 3, Thursday with Ankurarpanam to the festival on November 2.

TTD has cancelled arjitha sevas like Vasanthotsavam and Sahasradeepalankara Seva following Ankurarpana on November 2 and sevas including Tiruppavadai, Kalyanotsavam, Brahmotsavam, Unjal Seva, Vasanthotsavam on the day of Pushpayagam on Thursday.

It is a known fact that every day in Tirumala is a festive day and there is no exaggeration that nearly 450 festivals are being performed to the Lord of Lords in Tirumala hill shrine round the year. Among all rituals the most colourful ritual is Pushpayagam. Usually this ceremony is performed in the month of Karthika after annual Brahmotsavam on the asterism of Sravanam.

After performing two archanas and two naivedyams, the processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy flanked by his two consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi will be brought to the Kalyanamandapam by 1pm on that day where in homas and Snapana Tirumanjanam is performed.

Later the deities will be given a celestial floral bath with over seven tonnes of 18 different varieties of traditonal flowers including Chamanti, Lilly, Roses, Nandivardanam, Tulsi, Marukam, Davanam etc. As soon as the flowers touch the chest of the Lord, they will be removed and again floral bath will be given to the deities amidst the chanting of vedic hymns by pundits. This process will be repeated for twenty times. And finally the colourful floral ceremony concludes on a grant note with the priests offering special arti to the deities by 5pm.

TTD officials, temple priests will participate in this ritual.

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