President Kovind offered prayers at the Hill temple of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala
President Ramnath Kovind along with his family and entourage, offered prayers at the Hill temple of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala on Sunday.
The first citizen of India, who was on a two-day maiden visit to Tirumala, followed the temple tradition. He first offered prayers in Sri Bhu Varaha Swamy Temple located adjacent to Swami Pushkarini and later reached the Tirumala temple.
The Prez was welcomed by TTD Trust Board Chairman Sri YV Subba Reddy, EO Sri Anil Kumar Singhal and Special Officer Sri AV Dharma Reddy on his arrival at Mahadwaram.
The temple priests offered him traditional Isthikaphal welcome amidst the chanting of Veda mantras accompanied by melam.
He was greeted by the Honourable Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana State Sri ESL Narasimhan who accompanied him for darshan.
President offered prayers in front of Lord Venkateswara, along with his spouse Savita Kovind and daughter Ms.Swati.
One of the chief priest’s of the temple Sri Venugopala Dikshitulu explained the significance of the presiding deity and the importance of jewels adorned to the Mula Virat.
After darshan of Lord, the EO explained the President about the Retractable Roof arranged from Padikavili to Dhwaja Mandapam to shield pilgrims from inclement weather conditions.
Later at Ranganayakula Mandapam, Vedasirvachanam was rendered to the Honourable President and His family. The Teertha prasadams, laminated photo frame of Lord and Sesha Vastram were presented to the President by TTD Chairman and EO.
H.H. Tirumala Pedda Jiyar Swamy, H.H. Chinna Jiyar Swamy were also present during the prayers.
YSR Congress State party office in Tadepalli to be fully functional in ten days: V Vijaysai Reddy
YSR Congress senior leader and RS MP V Vijaysai Reddy visited the party’s new state office nearing completion in Tadepalli.
He inspected the premises and told the media that the office will be fully functional in ten days.
Party activities in all the 13 districts of the State will be coordinated from here he said.
He also said that the party is preparing itself to face the Local bodies elections slated for Oct-Nov.
Thousands of pilgrims took a dip in the Holy Swami Pushkarini
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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.
Vahana Sevas of Malayappa Swamy Culminates with Aswa Vahanam
On the penultimate day of the ongoing Srivari Navaratri Brahmotsavams, Sri Malayappa Swamy who took the form of Kalki Avatar was taken for a celestial ride on Aswa vahanam in the Mada streets on the evening of Wednesday.
Riding the horse car Lord, displayed His stamina for speed and strength and enthralled the pilgrims who had descended on the hill shrine as the festival reaches conclusion.
The ‘Ashwa Vahanam’ procession denotes one of Lords most popular and well received avatars, Kalki – aGood Samaritan who fights evil and protects the righteous and good things in Kaliyuga.
Splendor marked the ‘Rathotsavam’ event on Wednesday, the penultimate day of the nine-day Srivari Navaratri Brahmotsavams at Tirumala as the ecstatic chanting of ‘Govinda’ ‘Govinda’ by the devotees hit the sky.
After the special rituals such as ‘Punyahavachanam’ and ‘Navagraha dhyanam,’ the processional deities of Sri Malayappa Swamy and his two divine consorts were ceremoniously mounted atop the Ratham amidst chanting of Vedic hymns by the temple pundits.
Tens of thousands of devotees from different parts of the country participated in the divine procession that took place between 7.00 – 9.00 AM.
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.
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
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Illegal sand mining is the cause for depletion of ground water availability: Kamal Haasan
Farmers’ 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.
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.
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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.
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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
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DMK MP relieved of party post
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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.
On the sixth day of Navratri, we worship Devi Kathyayini, who represents the nurturing aspect of the Divine Mother. She embodies the values of sharing and caring. #Navratri2018pic.twitter.com/ov2TcWoehr
On the sixth day morning on Monday, the Lord Malayappa Swamy in the guise of Venkatadri Sri Ramachandra Murthy took celestial ride on His humble and noble devotee Hanumantha Vahana on Monday.
Lord Hanuman symbolically stands for pure devotion, complete surrender and absence of ego. His character tells us what we can do in our lives by becoming pure, humble and surrender outselves to the almighty (saranagati).
With regard to character, strength and ability, Hanuman was far superior to even humans. His surrender to the divine cause and his devotion to Lord Rama was unique, exemplary and unconditional. Even today devotees say that wherever the name of Lord Rama is chanted or mentioned, this sacred being would be present there listening to the chanting of his name and absorbed in his thoughts.
Lakhs witness Garuda Vahana Seva on Fifth day of Navratri Brahmotsavams
In this Garudotsava, the Lord’s consorts do not take part.
Tirumala adorned a new look on Sunday evening as Lakhs of pilgrims thronged the hill town from all over the country like sand particles of beach to take part in Garuda Vahana Seva, the most important festive of Navaratri Brahmotsavams.
On the pleasant morning of Sunday during the ongoing Srivari Navaratri Brahmotsavams, Sri Malayappa Swamy as Mohini mesmerised the pilgrims with His unparalleled Beauty and Charm.
The role of Mohini is resplendent with the mythological lore of Samudra Mathanam where Sri Maha Vishnu takes Mohini avatar to share the divine nectar between gods (Devatas) and demons (Asuras) to balance cosmic battle for supremacy. However, the Gods had an upper hand in procuring nectar while he demons were caught in the Maya of Celestial Beauty, Mohini.
While Mohini in all Her resplendent is carried out on an ivory palanquin accompanied by Sri Krishna Swamy on another carrier.
Through this unique Avatar, Lord sends a message to His devotees that they should not fall prey to worldly desires and come out of ‘Maya’ of the luxuries of world.