Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 9 – Morning

Thousands of pilgrims took a dip in the Holy Swami Pushkarini

Pic Courtesy : TTD

The last and one of the most important events during Srivari Navaratri Brahmotsavams where in thousands of pilgrims took part for taking bath in the Holy Swami Pushkarini , the Sudarshana Chakrasnana Mahotsavam, was performed with utmost religious fervour on Thursday.


The Ayudha Pursha, anthropomorphic form of Lord Venkateswara, was rendered the celestial snapanam to the processional deities of Sri Malayappa Swamy, Sridevi, Bhu Devi and Sri Sudarshana Chakrattalwar. The deities were seated on the banks of Swamy Pushkarini in the front yard of Sri Bhu Varahaswamy temple.

The celestial snapanam commenced at 6 am. The fete commenced with Vishwaksena Aradhana, Punyahavachanam followed by Mukha Prakshalana. Later the snapanam was performed to the deities with milk, honey, coconut water, turmeric paste and sandal paste and the Vedic pundits recited Panchasuktas including Sri, Bhu, Neela, Purusha Suktams.

In the puranas, the Sudarshana Chakra was said to be made by the architect of gods, Vishwakarma. The Sudarshana Chakra is described to have 10 million spikes in two rows moving in opposite directions to give it a serrated edge. The Sudarshna Chakra is described as Prana, Maya, Kriya, Shakti, Bhava, Unmera, Udyama and Sankalpa. Sudarshana manifests in 5 main ways to wit the five Shaktis, which are creation, preservation, destruction, obstruction and obscuration.

It is observed as Upasamanotsavam for the deities, after a hectic eight-day and night Vahanam schedule during annual Brahmotsavams. The anthropomorphic form of Lord, Sri Sudarshana Chakrattalwar, will take a holy dip for three times in the sacred waters of Swamy Pushkarini to appease Him.

Source : TTD


Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 7 – Evening


‘Darbar Krishna’ takes a royal ride in Chandra Prabha Vahanam

On the seventh day evening of the ongoing Navarathri Brahmotsavams of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala, Sri Malayappa decked as “Darbar Krishna” took a royal ride in style on Chandra Prabha Vahanam.

Chanda, always considered as a pleasant astronomical body in the constellation. Chandra is always compared for beauty, pleasantries, purity, calmness.

Wearing a unique head gear, sitting in a majestic manner, Sri Malayappa blessed devotees.

Source : TTD

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Discussed poll related issues: MK Stalin

The DMK top level Executive Committee met today at the party HQ Anna Arivalayam in Chennai under the leadership of party President MK Stalin.

Speaking to the media, the party President said, we discussed about the 2019 Parliamentary elections, the party’s approach if TN Assembly elections too are held simultaneously and the status of friendly parties.

These will be discussed further at the party’s General Council and the decision will be announced ahead of the elections Mr Stalin said.

DMK5Pic : @arivalayam

AIADMK’s 47th foundation day celebrated

The AIADMK celebrated its 47th foundation day today. Party Coordinator OPS and Joint Coordinator EPS hoisted the party flag at the party HQ in Chennai.

They also garlanded the Statues of MGR and Jayalalithaa at the party office.

Pic: @AIADMKOfficial


India’s first Lighthouse city

Pune has been selected as India’s first Lighthouse city in a grand challenge & will house India’s first Urban Mobility Lab. Solution providers from across India will develop innovative mobility solutions for Pune city through this lab. Solutions will range from data analytics to EVs:
Amitabh Kant , CEO, Niti Aayog

Lighthouse city is a living lab for conceiving, financing and testing mobility solutions that align with the Government of India’s vision for a shared, electric, and connected mobility future.


Tallest Flag

India’s tallest flag inaugurated at Haj House, Mumbai by Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi



Navratri Garba craze

Maha Rudra Homa is one of the most ancient Homas performed since the Vedic times.

Yagnashala was reverberating with traditional vedic mantra chantings, music and positive vibrations as Maha Rudra Homa is being performed in presence of  Sri Sri at The Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru:


Durga Ashtami


Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Durga Ashtami. May Maa Durga fulfil everyone’s aspirations, further the atmosphere of joy and eliminate all evil from our society. Have a blessed Durga Puja! :



Maa Mahagauri

Today we worship Maa Mahagauri, the 8th Avatar of Maa Durga. We seek her blessings so that every human is happy and is free from suffering. May there be peace and togetherness all around:

Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 7 – Morning


Sun shines all the way for Surya Prabha Vahanam


On the seventh day of Srivari Navaratri Brahmotsavams the Sri Malayappa Swamy took a celestial ride atop the bright Surya Prabha Vahanam on Tuesday morning.

Surya, the Sun God, who is the key architect of life of humans, animals and plants became the Charioteer to drive the Surya Prabha Vahanam for Sri Malayappa Swamy who cheered the devotees as Surya Narayanamurthy.

According to Puranic texts Surya, the Sun God always rode on a chariot driven by seven horses. He spreads light and health in the world and also removes darkness, which symbolizes poverty, illiteracy and ignorance.. Saint-poet Tallapaka Annamacharyat praises Venkatewswara as no other than the Sun God in the midst of the Sun’s Sphere.

Source : TTD




The famous Simhanandini!



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TN hikes job reservation for Sportspersons

TN CM EPS announced a hike in the job reservation quota for Sports persons in TN Govt jobs from the existing 2% to 3%.

Speaking at an event in Chennai to honour him for his contributions to Sports in the State, the TN CM said, like Education, TN Govt is giving importance to Sports too.

The financial incentive given to Sports persons has also been enhanced in order to motivate them. Indoor Stadiums including the Nehru indoor stadium have been upgraded, he said.

He also said, with the exception of Chennai in 31 districts facilities like playground, sporting equipment and sports training are being provided at the village level.

Source : @AIADMKOfficial

Puducherry CM meets FM Arun Jaitley

V. Narayanasamy, Chief Minister, Puducherry called on the Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley in his office in North Block in New Delhi today:

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Rahul Gandhi



Illegal sand mining is the cause for depletion of ground water availability: Kamal Haasan

from all over Tamil Nadu met MNM President Kamal Haasan today.

Addressing them Kamal Haasan said, the time will come when Farmers‘ will thank the MNM for its efforts. Crop insurance for individuals will also become a reality.

Illegal sand mining is the cause for depletion of ground water availability for farming, leading to farmer suicides. These are not suicides it amounts to murder!, he said.

Farmers’ demands do not amount to greed. MNM will take all efforts to ensure that their demands are fulfilled.

The dues to the Sugarcane farmers should be cleared immediately, said Kamal

Kamal Haasan also spent time with the farmers as they were having lunch.
Source :@maiamofficial

Kamal launches App for Womens’ safety

MNM President Kamal Haasan introduced ‘RaudramApp‘ – an App for Womens’ safety, in the presence of thousands of students at Sri Sai Ram College, today.

Kamal7.jpgPic Courtesy: @maiamofficial


Within 10 days of forming the govt, Congress party will waive off farm loans: Congress President @RahulGandhi in Madhya Pradesh



Spoke today at the United Nations about Sustainable Development:  @KanimozhiDMK


Pic Courtesy: @KanimozhiDMK

Rahul Gandhi at a Gurdwara

Congress President Rahul Gandhi pays his respects at Gurdwara Data Bandi Chor Sahib in Gwalior:

Pic Courtesy: @INCIndia

AMMK will win back the Party: TTV

AIADMK was formed on Oct 17, under the powerful leadership of MGR, rose to become the 3rd largest party in d country under the leadership of Jayalalithaa, currently is in d hands of those who went against us. The AMMK will win back the Party, the Two-leaves symbol & the Party HQ.

Pic Courtesy: @ttvitwing

Tributes to Veerapandia Kattabomman

We pay our respects to Veerapandia Kattabomman on this day when he was hanged for waging the war of independence against the British! :
Tamil Nadu Congress


Pic Courtesy: @INCTamilnadu

DMK MP relieved of party post

DMK relieves party MP TKS Elangovan as Secretary – Media Interactions. Party General Secretary K Anbazhagan issues a press statement to this effect.


Honouring the Divinity in every aspect of Creation.

Navratri – Day 6 in presence of Sri Sri at The Art of Living Living International Center, Bengaluru.

After the grand beginning of Maha Yagnas yesterday morning , began the Chandi Prarambha which will be followed by “Shatha Chandi Homa” on Ashtami day – when Devi Shakthi is at its Pinnacle.

Maa Kalaratri

We bow to Maa Kalaratri and seek her blessings for everyone’s good health and happiness:

Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 6 – Evening

Gaja Vahanam sways along the Mada Streets with Malayappa Swamy

On the evening of sixth day, Sri Malayappa Swamy, took a majesteic ride on Gaja Vahanam.

The unique feature about this vahanam is that it signifies the most famous episode of Gajendra Moksham where in Lord comes for the rescue of Elephant king when attacked by mammoth crocodile.

It shows that the Lord always comes to the rescue of His devotees when they pray to Him with an attitude of total surrender.

Source : TTD

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‘Metoo’ Controversy

MJ Akbar issues statement, says he won’t resign as MoS MEA. ‘Will take appropriate legal action against those who have leveled charges’ he says. Questions the timing of the accusations.


If there is proof, let them prove it: C Ponnaiyan

Till date there has been no corruption in the Govt led by EPS. If there is proof, let the allegations be proved. There is no fear in facing a CBI probe, says C Ponnaiyan – Organisation Secretary, AIADMK.The Madras High Court on Friday ordered a CBI Probe in the allocation of Highway Contracts involving TN CM EPS. The same day DMK President MK Stalin and AMMK Dy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran demanded the CM’s resignation. Other parties too echoed similar views.Late Friday evening AIADMK Organisation Secretary, C Ponnaiyan met the media and said that the allegations against the TN CM are false and there will be an appeal against the CBI probe based on false allegations.

In a tweet on Saturday, DMK President MK Stalin queried what better proof is required, about who is controlling the DVAC, that the AIADMK party Organisation Secretary is informing through the media that DVAC will appeal the against the High Court order.

On its part the DMK has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court stating that no ex-parte order should be given if the Govt. of Tamil Nadu challenges the Madras High Court order.

TTV Dhinakaran sounds a note of caution on Koodankulam

‘I urge not to continue power generation in units One and Two of Koodankulam without investigating their failure and in the absence of constitution of Nuclear Waste Management Center for Koodankulam. I urge the EPS Govt not to be indifferent and to taken action on this issue’.

AP CM NCBN seeks contributions for Cyclone Relief

Rahul Gandhi’s informal interaction with the press yesterday

‘Ask Disha’

Digital Interaction to Seek Help Anytime: Artificial Intelligence Chat Bot launched on IRCTC website enables passengers’ 24×7 customer query support & quick response time:

Who’s going to climb up to the bow???

Truly Unique!


Visited Pashmina Kani shawl weaving & training centre in Kupwara district of Kashmir bordering POK. It’s a rare weaving heritage of Kashmir where gorgeous patterns/motifs are woven into pashmina shawls. A group of four women take months to weave one shawl. Truly unique! :

Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik’s Sand Art at Bhubaneswar airport in Odisha



Traditional Vedic Chants reverberated in Yagnashala as thousands went on a journey within. Rudrabhishekam with Sri Sri on the fourth day of Navaratri celebrations at The Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru, yesterday:


Today, we pray to Skandamata. May she enrich our society with wisdom and knowledge. May the spirit of prosperity be enhanced as well:

Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 4 – Morning

Raja Mannar Alankaram on Kalpavruksha Vahanam

Thousands of pilgrims witnessed the procession of Sri Malayappa Swamy on ‘Kalpavriksha Vahanam’ on the fourth day of the ongoing Navaratri Brahmotsavams on Saturday morning.

Flanked by His two divine consorts, Sri Malayalam was carried in a grand procession around the mada streets on the golden ‘Kalpavriksha (Tree of boons) Vahanam’.

It is widely believed that all the wishes of the devotees shall be fulfilled by just praying to the Lord while on this ‘Divine Tree Vahanam’ which according to Hindu mythology is one of the celestial components that had surfaced during the churning of the milky ocean (Ksheera Sagaram) even before the evolution of the universe.

Source : TTD

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi at HAL

Highlights of Congress President Rahul Gandhi‘s Interaction with HAL Workers at Minsk Square, Bengaluru.

Pic Courtesy : @manickamtagore

‘HAL, for me, is not just a company. It is an institution. When we got our independence, India built strategic assets to enter aerospace sectors. The work you have done is tremendous & the country owes a huge debt to you’

‘When Mr. Obama says there are only 2 countries that challenge USA are India and China, you(HAL) are an important part of it’

‘I have come here to listen to you how this strategic asset can be made more effective and the type of difficulties you are facing’


Voices of HAL Employees :

We have been insulted and let down. A company of 70 years of experience is thrown out of the Rafale agreement. I do not understand. A large and experienced company that should have been improved. You are killing us.:
Sirajuddin Retd HAL Employee

Bengaluru was the Public Sector Capital of India. Protecting our employment is the most important thing. In the new Rafale agreement, there is no transfer of technology:  Mahadevan, former HAL employee

Defence production cannot be given to private individuals. It is a strategic asset: Mahadevan, former HAL employee

For the first time in my life, I have seen the govt issuing a directive advising employees against attending an event:
Sirajuddin, Retd HAL Employee

During the Cold War, HAL was the only company that had an opportunity to work with Russian technologies. It is the best organisation in Asia:
Babu T Raghav, former Engineer of IAF

Source : @INCIndia


Kamal Haasan visits Mettur Dam

Kamal Haasan addressing the gathering

DMK announces Spokespersons

TKS Elangovan, KS Radhakrishnan, PTRP Thiagarajan, Maa Subramanian are the prominent names in the list of party spokespersons announced by the DMK today.

Cyclone Titli : AP CM does an aerial survey

Aerially surveyed the damage caused by Cyclone Titli in Ichchapuram, Srikakulam:

Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu requests PM @narendramodi to release Rs 1,200 crore as interim relief for restoration measures in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts that were battered by cyclone Titli.

TN to Delhi on a Bullet!

Delighted to meet Ms. Rajalaxmi Manda, who undertook a bullet rally from Tamil Nadu to Delhi. I appreciate her enthusiasm and congratulate her on her feat:


Sr Ad industry professional, Anant Rangaswami:

188 votes out of 193!

Union Minister Sushma Swaraj’s tweet after India’s election to the United Nations Human Rights Council

A primary school’s distinction!

A total of 70 students are studying in this government school, near Minjur, which has classes only up to 5th standard, 21 of the 70 students are capable of reciting all the 1330 Thirukural! :


Shiva is the benevolent energy which transforms & removes obstacles | Third day of #Navratri2018 – Rudrabhishekham at The Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru.

A moment of overwhelming excitement with showers of blessings bestowed upon all when Sri Sri came out of silence gracefully, last evening:

Maa Kushmanda, may your divine blessings further the spirit of happiness and harmony in society. Sharing a Stuti:

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We will appeal against the order says former TN Minister, C Ponnaiyan

‘There were no irregularities in tender allocation.  To have ordered a CBI probe after the DVAC has completed its probe is wrong‘, said former TN Minister C Ponnaiyan at a Press briefing.

The allegations against TN CM EPS are false. We will appeal against the ordering of a CBI probe based on false allegations, he said.

TN Highway Contracts: Madras High Court orders CBI Probe

Madras High Court orders CBI probe against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EPS in connection with alleged irregularities in allocating Highway contracts. It is being alleged that Highway contracts were given to companies owned by his relatives and friends.

Welcome the Madras High Court verdict: MK Stalin

DMK President and Leader of Opposition MK Stalin tweeted, ‘Welcome the Madras High Court verdict on the Chief Minister’s highway tender allocation scam case to the CBI!. His continuation as Chief Minister is a shame for Tamil Nadu! The CM should resign immediately, if he refuses the Governor should dismiss him!’.

‘What’s wrong in allocating Tender work to a relative’, the CM had argued in the court!. So, I urge that before he tries to destroy evidence, CBI inquiry should start immediately and appropriate action should be taken!, he said.

Apart from investigating the Rs 3120/- Cr. tender, the CBI should investigate corruption charges for the period between 2011-2016 when he was PWD Minister and from 2016 till date!, Mr Stalin said.

Regular allegations of corruption: TTV Dhinakaran

‘Regular allegations of corruption against EPS Govt., the CBI inquiry ordered by the Court, is a big humiliation for Tamil Nadu’ tweeted AMMK Dy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran.

DMK Executive Working Committee to meet on 17 October

 DMK President @mkstalin to preside over the party’s Executive Working Committee meeting to be held on Wednesday, 17 October at the party HQ to discuss about the 2019 Parliament Elections.


Rahul Gandhi on the #Metoo movement

It’s about time everyone learns to treat women with respect and dignity. I’m glad the space for those who don’t, is closing. The truth needs to be told loud and clear in order to bring about change:


The  campaign should start a debate & make people introspect. Truth should be told to the world. This is a step towards stopping sexual exploitation. Let’s encourage the women to expose the faces behind the mask. Let the perpetrators be put on trial & not the victims:


Party workers and the general public met with Congress President Rahul Gandhi at the AICC headquarters in Delhi:


AICC Secretary @SanjaySDutt comes on a two-wheeler for the Pudukottai District Congress Committee Convention Meeting

sanjay.jpgPic Courtesy : @manoj_tnpyc


If you already haven’t, you can enroll yourself as a voter this Sunday

Fourth and Final phase of voter inclusion camps by Election Commission will be held on Sunday, 14 October 2018 in 67,674 polling booths in the State.

The current total voters in Tamil Nadu are 5,82,89,379. All those above 18 years can go to their nearest polling booth and enroll themselves as voters, to be eligible to vote in the upcoming Parliament elections.

Six million RTI requests are being received in a year, says President Kovind


In a democracy, there is no such thing as too much information. Information overload is always preferable to information deficit, said President Kovind addressing the 13th annual convention of Central Information Commission, New Delhi.

People have a right to know how they are being governed, how public money is being spent, how public and national resources are being deployed, how public services are being delivered, and how public works and welfare programmes are being carried out.

India has appointed half a million public information officers under the RTI Act. The estimate of requests for information is as high as six million requests a year. These numbers are astounding :
Source : @rashtrapatibhvn


An inward journey!

Moving beyond Body & Mind, the experience on Day 2 of Navratri with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the Bangalore Ashram was soulfully meditative.

Pic Courtesy : @BangaloreAshram

The second day of Navratri is dedicated to Brahmacharini. ‘Brahma’ means infinity, ‘charini’ that which moves, in the infinity. Knowing your vast nature, not thinking that you are just the body; you walk like u are a glow of light; u move in the world as though u are space:

May Maa Chandraghanta bless everyone with good heath and wellbeing, and may all suffering be eradicated from our society: