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Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam abolishes L1, L2, L3 VIP Darshan facility from today

TTD Trust Board Chairman YV Subba Reddy spoke to the media after the meeting of the TTD Trust board, he said:

  • It has been decided by the Board to abolish the L1, L2, L3 VIP Darshan facility from today.
  • It may take a few days for the authorities to implement the decision since they may need time for the systems to be updated.
  • He made it clear that the abolition will not impact Darshan for Ministers, Judges and Officers in high positions. They will continue to receive the same courtesies extended to them in the past.

We have emerged victorious: Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Supreme Court order on Karnataka

Aavin, Public Transport and Govt. Hospitals in focus in the announcements made by TN CM EPS in the Assembly today:

  • Govt to introduce 2000 new buses this year too at a cost of Rs 600 crore. 10 Government Transport Workshops will be upgraded at an estimated cost of Rs. 50 crores.
  • New Milk Producers Unions to be established in Cuddalore, Karur, Dharmapuri,Theni and Thoothukudi.
  • By bifurcating the existing Milk Producers Union and creating new ones it is proposed to enhance Milk Procurement through Aavin from 33 lakh litres per day to 35 lakh litres per day. The milk sold through Aavin will increase from 22.5 lakh litres a day to 25 lakh litres a day.
  • “My Hospital My Pride” initiative to be launched to further enhance the services of Government Hospitals.
  • 32 Medicine Vending Machines for 28 types of Medicines will be set-up in Govt Medical College Hospitals and 5 urban health centers in Chennai.
  • In order to prevent the loss of lives due to suicides, counselling services will be offered through 104 Telephone Services in 22 Govt. Medical College Hospitals. This facility will be created at a cost of Rs 6.72 crore.

Do not allow hydrocarbon exploration in the state: Leader of Opposition MK Stalin in TN Assembly

Assembly time being spent on issues like seating arrangements and on right to raise supplementary questions leading to less time for discussion on Budget: YS Jagan – AP CM

  • AP CM told the leader of Opposition in the AP Assembly Chandrababu Naidu that the ruling party is ready to follow any system of seating in the Assembly that the Opposition may want to suggest. But was not happy that it becoming an issue for discussion in the house.
  • He also expressed his disappointment that raising supplementary questions is being made an issue when the rules are clear on the issue.
  • He further said that the Assembly has taken-up just two of the ten questions listed after spending considerable amount of time debating points raised by the opposition.
  • Discussion on the Budget which is important is yet to be taken-up.

 

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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.

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.

SIGNIFICANCE

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 8 – Evening

 

Vahana Sevas of Malayappa Swamy Culminates with Aswa Vahanam

 

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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.

Source : TTD

Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 8 – Morning

 

Golden chariot rolls on Tirumala Mada streets

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.

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

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

 

 

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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
Pic: TN DIPR

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:
@FinMinIndia 

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Rahul Gandhi

 

 

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.
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.

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

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

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Rahul Gandhi at a Gurdwara

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

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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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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.

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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.

Maa Kalaratri

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

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

Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 6 – Morning

Sri Rama Chandra on Hanumantha Vahanam

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.

 

Source : TTD

 

Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 5 – Evening

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.

 

Source : TTD