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

Friday, December 23, 2011

EKADASI AND DWADASI TICKETS GETS OVERWHELMING RESPONSE


 The Rs.300 and Rs.100 issued by TTD to the local pilgrims in e-Darshan counters at Mahati Auditorium in Tirupati on Wednesday for Vaikunta Ekadasi and Dwadasi occasions, received overwhelming response from the masses.
The issuance of these tickets started by 9am on Wednesday in two e-Darshan counters at Mahati auditorium. However within couple of hours serpentine queue lines have become the order of the day with devotees pouring in to buy these tickets. Tirumala Joint EO Sri KS Srinivasa Raju who personally monitored the situation, immediately directed the officials to start three more ticket issuing counters including one inside Bhudevi Complex near Old Alipiri Bus stand and two more near Alipiri luggage counters to avoid long waiting hours for the devotees in obtainining the tickets.
Later speaking to media persons the Joint EO of Tirumala said, With a noble aim TTD has introduced issuance of Rs.300 and Rs.100 tickets on the two important festive occasions of Vaikuntha Ekadasi and Vaikuntha Dwadasi (which falls on 2012 January 5 and 6 respectively) for the sake of the pilgrims with a ceiling limit of 5000 and 30thousand tickets respectively. Out of this a quota of one thousand Rs.300 tickets(five hundred tickets on each day) and ten thousand tickets of Rs.100(five thousand tickets on each day) has been allotted for the local devotees. "The Rs.100 ticket holders have to mandatorily trek Tirumala either through Alipiri or by Srivari Mettu footpath routes. Their tickets will be verified in the ticket counters located along these two foot path routes", he added.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

March 18, 2012 – Papmochani Ekadasi

March 18, 2012 – Papmochani Ekadasi 



Papamocani Ekadasi, or Papamochini Ekadashi, is observed during the waning phase of moon in the month of March – April. In 2012, the date of Papamochini Ekadasi is March 18. It is believed that observing Papamochini Ekadasi will help in the redemption of sins. Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of waning and waxing phase of moon in traditional Hindu calendar.
The importance of Papamocani Ekadasi was mentioned to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna and is found in the Bhavishyottara Purana. Legend has it that an Apasara named Manju Ghosha lured Sage Medhavi into married life. After several years, the Apasara wanted to return back to Devaloka but this was objected by the Sage. But the Apsara was unwilling to listen to the sage and in anger he cursed the Apsara and turned her into a witch. The sage told her that she will be relieved of the curse by observing Papamochini Ekadashi.
The sage too felt that he too had committed sins by falling into the trap of the Apsara and he too decided to observe Papamochini Ekadashi. Papa means ‘sin’ and ‘Mochini’ means to escape. Thus this Ekadashi exclusively helps in destroying sins and guilt associated with the sins committed.
All the normal rules associated with the Ekadasi fasting is observed during Papamochini Ekadasi.


March 4, 2012 – Amalaki Ekadasi – Amalki Ekadashi

March 4, 2012 – Amalaki Ekadasi – Amalki Ekadashi



Amalaki Ekadasi, also written as Amlaki or Aamalaki Ekadashi, occurs during the waxing phase of the moon in February – March. In 2012, the date of Amalaki Ekadasi is March 4. Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of waning and waxing phase of moon in a traditional Hindu calendar. The greatness of Amalaki Ekadashi was narrated by Sage Valmiki and is mentioned in the Brahmanda Purana.
It is believed that by observing Amalaki Ekadasi, a devotee attains Moksha and washes away all the sins committed. Special pujas and offerings are made of Amalaki Tree and Lord Parashurama on the day.
There are numerous folk tales and stories in Puranas that extols the greatness of Amalaki Ekadasi.
Most devotees fast on the day and keep vigil in the night. Those people observing partial fasting abstain from food made of rice.

February 17, 2012 – Vijaya Ekadashi


February 17, 2012 – Vijaya Ekadashi

Vijaya Ekadashi occurs during the waning phase of moon (Krishna Paksha) in February – March. In 2012, the date of Vijaya Ekadashi is February 17 - Smarta and February 18 - Vaishnava. The greatness of this Ekadasi is mentioned in the Skanda Purana and observing of Vijaya Ekadasi helps in removing all the guilt associated with sins committed and also helps in attaining victory. It is believed that Lord Ram observed Vijaya Ekadashi to cross the ocean to reach Lanka and defeat Ravana.
The importance of Vijaya Ekadasi was narrated to Narada by Lord Brahma. Legend has it that when Lord Ram and his army – the Vanarasena – was searching for a means to cross the ocean to reach Lanka, Lakshmana mentioned about a great a Sage who lived nearby and said that perhaps he might provide us with a solution.
It is this sage who mentioned about Vijaya Ekadashi to Lord Ram and its benefits – observing it will help in being victorious.
All the normal rules associated with Ekadashi fasting is observed during Vijaya Ekadasi. Some people don’t sleep on the day. Grains and food made of rice are strictly avoided.

February 3, 2012 - Jaya Ekadasi - Bhoumi and Bheeshma Ekadasi


February 3, 2012 - Jaya Ekadasi - Bhoumi and Bheeshma Ekadasi

Bhoumi Ekadashi is observed in the Shukla Paksha of Magha Month in Orissa during the waxing phase of the moon. Bhoumi Ekadasi is of great significance at the Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri. In 2012, the date of Bhoumi Ekadasi is February 3. This Ekadasi is also observed as Jaya Ekadasi and Bhishma Ekadashi by other Hindu communities.
Special pujas and rituals dedicated to Lord Jaganntah are held on Bhoumi Ekadashi. It is an auspicious day at all Jagannath temples around the world.
Ekadasi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and it falls on the on the eleventh day of every lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar. Vishnu devotees fast on the day and some devotees keep vigil during night.

January 19, 2012 – Putrada Ekadasi


Ekadasi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of waning and waxing phase of moon in traditional Hindu calendar. It is believed that by fasting on Putrada Ekadasi one is relieved of all the sins committed. The greatness of this Ekadasi was explained to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna and is found in the Bhavisyotara Purana.
There is a popular belief that married couples without children will be blessed with children if they observe Putrada Ekadasi.
Most Vishnu devotees fast on the day and some devotees do not sleep. Those people observing partial fasting abstain from food made of rice.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Margali Masam begins December 17, 2011 in Tamil Calendar


Margazhi Month, or Margali Masam, is a highly auspicious period in Tamil Calendar. In the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna says ‘Maasanam Margasheershoham’ - among the twelve months, I am Margazhi. Margazhi month is from December 17, 2011 to January 14, 2012.
 The month is kept aside for spiritual activities and the chanting of Thiruvaimozhi and Tiruppavai of Andal.
Vaikunta Ekadasi fasting is observed in this month.
Another ritual in the month is the Pavai Nombu.
 Hanuman Jayanti is Tamil culture is also observed in this month.
Arudra Darshan festival dedicated to the Nataraja form of Shiva is also observed in the month. Apart from this thousands of classical music concerts and dance programs are held in the month.
The month ends with the Bhogi Pongal ritual.
Tiruppavai is recited as morning prayer during the month of Margazhi at the Tirumala Tirupati Temple.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Ekadasi 2012 - Ekadashi Calendar Fasting Dates


Ekadasi 2012
January 5, 2012 – Shattila Ekadashi – Satila Ekadasi - Vaikunta Ekadasi
January 19, 2012 – Putrada Ekadasi
February 3, 2012 - Jaya Ekadasi - Bhoumi and Bheeshma Ekadasi
February 17, 2012 – Vijaya Ekadashi
March 4, 2012 – Amalaki Ekadasi – Amalki Ekadashi
March 18, 2012 – Papmochani Ekadasi
April 3, 2012 – Kamda Ekadasi – Kamada Ekadashi
April 16, 2012 – Varuthini Ekadashi
May 2, 2012 – Mohini Ekadasi (In some regions, this Ekadasi is on May 14)
May 16, 2012 – Apara Ekadashi
May 31, 2012 – Bhim Ekadasi – Bhima Nirjala Ekadasi

June 15, 2012 – Yogini Ekadasi
June 30, 2012 – Devshayani Ekadashi – Sayana Ekadasi - Ashadi Ekadasi

July 14, 2012 – Kamika Ekadasi
July 29, 2012 - Pavitra Ekadasi – Putrada Ekadashi
August 13, 2012 – Aja Ekadasi – Annada Ekadashi
August 27, 2012 - Padmini Ekadasi - Adika Masa Ekadasi

Friday, December 2, 2011

INAUGURATION OF INFORMATION CENTRE, E-DARSHAN COUNTER AND PRAYER HALL IN MUMBAI





The Mumbai city and pilgrim city of Tirupati shares a great spiritual bonding as the former houses the temple of Kolhapur Lakshmi Devi and the later Universal God, Lord Venkateswara and aspired that the relationship has been enhanced with TTD setting up information centre in Mumbai said the Maharastra government cabinet minister for Rural Development Sri Jayanth Patil.
After inaugurating the sophisticated Information centre in Sion West, Mumbai on Thursday in his Chief Guest address, the honourable minister said, the Lord of Riches has finally showered his blessings on the country's commercial capital which is facing its bad phase of economic growth. "With the blessings of Lord of Lords, now nobody can stop our growth", he asserted.
He asked the TTD to enhance dharmic and spiritual activities in the state of Maharastra. "About 40% of devotees to Shiridi temple are from Andhra Pradesh and similarly the temple town of Tirumala witnesses huge turn out of pilgrims from Maharastra. We not only reciprocate spiritual but also cultural relations. This bonding should grow to further levels in future", he aspired. The minister said the Maharastra government will extend full support to TTD to construct Lord Balaji temple in Mumbai", he added.
Sri Satej Patil, Minister for Home in government of Maharastra after inaugurating the e-darshan counter asked TTD to start another counter at Kolhapur. "We are so grateful to the temple management for offering silk vastrams to Goddess Lakshmi Devi every year", he added.
Later Sri Sachin Ahir, Minister of state for Housing in Maharastra cabinet who inaugurated the prayer hall in the information centre said Mumbai has a population of about one crore. "This information centre is sure to benefit the devotees of Lord Venkateswara to plan their pilgrimage to Tirumala", he added. He said TTD should set up information counter in every district of Maharastra. "We will extend our full support to TTD to construct Lord Balaji temple in Mumbai", he added.
Speaking on the occasion TTD's Board Chief Sri Kanumuru Bapiraju said the massive success behind the growth of the temple administration of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams is the spirit of team work extended by its 10 thousand plus strong work force. "The recent brahmotsavams of Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavathi are the best instances. We will continue the same spirit in organing religious and dharmic events across the country in future also. We are contemplating to organise Kalyanotsavams in four areas in Mumbai city soon", he added. Later he thanked Sri Jain, the owner of the building for providing the space to TTD to set up the information centre.
Later TTD EO Sri LV Subramanyam said, the information centre in Mumbai has come up in the right time as the number of pilgrims to Tirumala from Maharastra are increasing by leaps and bounds day by day. He said the Balaji temple which is set to come up in Mumbai in future is sure to give religious delight to the denizens in the commercial capital of India. "If the Vibrant Mumbai turns in Spiritual Mumbai then the growth of the country becomes unstoppable", he asserted.
TTD JEO Tirupati Sri P Venkatrami Reddy, CVSO Sri MK Singh, SE Sri Ramachandra Reddy, EE Sri Nageshwara Rao, Addl F.A&C.A.O, Sri O.Balaji, Special officer Sri Murali Krishna, other diginitaries Sri Kripa Shankar Singh, Sri Raviraj, local advisory committee members Sri Ranganathan, Dr Geetha Kasturi, Sri Sameer Mehta,  Sri  Kadambari were also present.

ANNUAL PUSHPA YAGAM IN SRI PADMAVATHI AMMAVARI TEMPLE





Pushpa   Yagam  was performed in Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Tiruchanur with admist religious fervour and vedic chantings for two hours from 5pm to 8pm on wednesday.
Nearly nine metric tonnes, comprising eighteen varieties of scented flowers like  Sampangi,  chrysanthemum, rose, lily, thulasi, Scent jaji, Lotus, Kaluva, Manoranjitham, Bilvam, paneer leaves,Dhavanam,Malli, Kankambaram, Ganneru, Mogilietc. were selected and used for the ritual. ‘Snapana Tirumanjanam’ was performed earlier in the day to the processional deity of Goddess Padmavathi at the ‘Mukha Mandapam’. Later, baskets full of colourful flowers were taken out in a procession from Asthana Mandapam to the Ammavari temple.
Around 200 devotees took part paying a fee of Rs.516 per couple. The participants were given gifts comprising a 5 gram silver dollar, an ‘angavasthram’, a blouse piece, two ‘laddus’ and two ‘vadas’.

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