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City soaks in devotional fervour 14-Feb-2018
Devotees make a beeline for temples on the occasion of Mahasivaratri. Waking up much before the dawn, the devout made their way to the nearest Siva temple to view day-long religious events to their heart’s content on Mahasivaratri celebrated in the city on Tuesday. Carrying basket of flowers, milk sachets, ghee lamps and a host of aromatic liquids used to perform abhishekam, a huge number of devotees were seen waiting in serpentine queues to witness early morning rituals at the temples that started off with a celestial bath given to Sivalingam. Elaborate rituals The conch shells blew louder at Sivalayam at Appikonda and Pasupathinatha Panchamukheswara alayam at Malkapuram as the festival celebrations came alive with a slew of programmes. Devotees made a beeline for these temples and spend hours offering prayers to Lord Siva. Elaborate rituals were held at Sivaalayams located at Burujupeta in One-Town Area, Shantipuram, Hanumantawaka Junction, Seethammadhara, Gopalapatnam and Gajuwaka, among other neighbourhoods. Veda Parayana priest of Sri Maha Ganapathi Prasanna Venkateswara Ayyappa Shiridi Sai Baba Devalayamulu A.V.S. Rama Sarma said scores of devotees assembled at the shrine to take part in special rituals performed such as Siva Parvati Kalayanam and Mahanyasapoorvaka Rudrabhishekam held from dawn to dusk. Sri Sathya Sai Prema Sadhan Mandir teemed with devotees as men, women and children took turns to perform palabhishekam to spatika-silver Sivaling...
City decked up for Maha Sivaratri 13-Feb-2018
TSR parishat to conduct ‘Mahakumbhabhishekam’ on beach road. The city temples are making elaborate arrangements for ‘Maha Sivaratri’ on Tuesday. Abhishekam, rituals, bhajans along with a host of devotional programmes will be organised to mark the occasion. Devotees started thronging Sri Uma Neelakanteswara Swami Vari Devasthanam at Nakkavanipalem ahead of the festival as special puja began a couple of days ahead. Maha Sivaratri Mahotsavamu begins at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday. It will be followed by ‘Mahanyasa Poorvaka Visesha Rudrabhishekam and ‘Dasa sahasra bilvarchana’ at the temple. Meanwhile beach road opposite Kali Mata temple was decked up as T. Subbarami Reddy Lalithakala Parishath is all set to conduct ‘Mahakumbhabhishekam’ of one crore ‘Siva Lingams’ . Cultural programmes including, Kuchipudi dance performance by Shobha Naidu, and presentation of Sri Krishna Rayabaram by Gummadi Gopala Krishna, will be organised. Actor and TDP MLA from Hindupur N. Balakrishna, actors Manchu Mohan Babu, Meena and Gautami, comedian K. Brahmanadam, among others will participate On Monday, MP T. Subbarami Reddy visited the venue and took part in the pre-rituals. Mahanyasapoorvaka Rudrabhishekam will be perfomed at Sri Maha Ganapathi Prasanna Venkateswara Ayyappa Shiridi Sai Baba Devalayamulu, Seethammadhara. Sri Sathya Sai Seva organisation and Sri Sathya Sai Seva city samiti will organise the ‘Maha Sivaratri Mahotsavam’. The celebrations will begin at 8 a.m. at ...
Massive chanting of Hanuman Chalisa 03-Feb-2018
Massive chanting of Hanuman Chalisa tomorrow. Visakhapatnam: Pontiff Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swami, Avadhuta Datta Peetam, Mysore, said that the massive chanting of Hanuaman Chalisa will be conducted at the RK Beach here on Sunday is for universal peace. Addressing the media here on Friday, Swamiji said that Lord Hanuman is an epitome of devotion and selfless service. He is the favorite deity and a role model for millions of devotees across the globe. When the peace is in danger and universal fraternity is losing its human values, Lord Hanuman would make corrective steps, he added. The peetam has chosen Visakhapatnam as a place of for the programme. We are expecting the crowd over one lakh to be present in the event. Mass Hanuman-Chalisa Maha Yagna aims at achieving universal peace, harmony, brotherhood and prosperity of the state. Besides, chanting of Hanuman Chalisa empowers the atmosphere to combat the calamities of nature and protecting the living beings from the pollution, excessive heat being caused by the disturbances in the ozone layer, tsunamis and other natural calamities, Ganapati Sachchidananda Swami said.
‘Divya Darshan’ yatra flagged off 11-Jan-2018
The special buses, launched by the Visakhapatnam Region of APSRTC as part of the ‘Divya Darshan’ programme of the State government, were flagged off by Minister for HRD Ganta Srinivasa Rao here on Wednesday. On Wednesday (first day), the pilgrims will be taken for darshan of Lord Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy at Simhachalam and later to Dwaraka Tirumala temple in West Godavari district. They would halt for the night there and leave the next morning (January 11). After darhsan of Lord Siva at Peda Kakani in Guntur, they would be taken to Sri Kalahasti temple in Chittoor district. Night halt They would halt for the night at Sri Kalahasti. On January 12, they would be taken to Sri Padmavati Devi temple at Tiruchanoor and after darshan of the goddess, they would be taken to Tirupati for night halt. After darshan of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala on January 13, they would proceed to Kamakshi temple in Nellore. The other temples to be covered as part of the yatra include: Sri Satyanarayana Swamy temple at Annavaram and Sri Nookalamma temple at Anakapalle. The cost of travel, food accommodation and other amenities during the pilgrimage will be met by the government.
Tyagaraja aradhana fete from Jan. 5 02-Jan-2018
The six-day Tyagaraja Aradhana Festival – 2018 will be held from January 5 at Kalabharathi auditorium here. Renowned violinist Annavarapu Ramaswamy will attend as chief guest at the inaugural function on Friday. A special recital of ‘Sree Rama Vaibhavam’, ‘Sapta Veena Sangamam’, among others will be presented. Veena exponents M. Jogulamba, T. Padmini, and R. Madhuri Deviwill take part in the festival. About 200 singers will be taking part in ‘nagara sankeertana’ on the second day of the festival. About 315 concerts will be presented by over 590 participants during the festival that concludes on January 10.
Guru Nanak Jayanti 30-Oct-2017
Nagar keertan marks Guru Nanak jayanti. Youth performing gatka during procession catches the eye of passers-by Nagar keertan and presentation of Punjab’s martial art form gatka formed part of the 548th Guru Nanak jayanti celebrated by the Sikhs in the city on Sunday. Gurudwara Sadh Sangat reverberated with devotional hymns as the devout started off their procession from the shrine to various parts of the city. Most men, women and children, dressed in white and blue, walked all along the procession holding orange-coloured flags as a mark of respect to Guru Nanak. Guru Granth Sahib was carried in a well-decorated truck and a team of singers recited bhajans all along the route. The procession passed through RTC Complex, Dabagardens, Jagadamba junction, Beach Road and Siripuram before culminating at Gurudwara. The passers-by were thrilled to see a team of youngsters wielding swords and performing gatka. Gurudwara Sadh Sangat witnessed a steady stream of devotees as they made their way to the place to pay their respect to the founder of the Sikh religion.
Dasaravali Fete Gets Under Way 28-Sep-2017
Govt. according priority to tourism promotion, says Bhuma Akhila Priya. Six-day World Tourism Day celebrations – ‘Dasaravali’ got under way at RK Beach on Wednesday. The inaugural, which was scheduled at 6 p.m., was, however, delayed due to the late arrival of Ministers at the venue. Sudden showers around 6.30 p.m. further disappointed the gathering. Tourism Minister Bhuma Akhila Priya, who participated as chief guest, said Visakhapatnam has several tourist places, which could attract tourists from far and wide.
City Celebrates Ramzan With Fervour 27-Jun-2017
A large number of Muslims throng mosques. The sighting of the moon marks the end of the month-long fasting of Muslim brethren across the world. As the moon was viewed on Sunday evening, there were smiles of satisfaction while Muslims ushered in Ramzan on Monday. Greeting ‘Eid Mubarak’ and embracing each another, the devout people visited the mosques and offered special prayers. Application of attar (perfume) and surma (kohl) form a part of the festival celebrations. Dressed in their best, Muslims spent a major part of the day with their family and friends savouring kheer made of vermicelli seasoned with generous portions of dry fruits and relishing biryani.
All Set For Rath Yatra 24-Jun-2017
The Rath Yatra of Sri Jagannadha Swamy in Town Kotha Road will begin on Sunday. MLA Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar will inaugurate the rath yatra. The chariot will be pulled from the temple to Turner’s Choultry. According to Executive Officer Bandaru Prasad, 15 lakh will be spent on the conduct of the utsavams and making arrangements for devotees. The rath yatra will conclude on July 5 with return rath yatra.
NeedtoprotectTelugulanguagestressed 22-Feb-2017
The importance of communicating in Telugu language and protecting it was stressed by the speakers at various meetings, conducted as part of ‘Matrubhasha Dinotsavam’ at various places in the city on Tuesday. Paravasthu Padya Peetham organised the celebrations at the Telugu Thalli statue at Maddilapalem junction. The participants raised slogans seeking the protection of local languages. Andhra University Vice Chancellor G. Nageswara Rao, Registrar V. Umamaheswara Rao, Pydah Krishna Prasad of Pydah Educational Institutions, S. Vijay Kumar of Vijay Nirman Company, Peetham president Phanisayana Suri, noted physician Kootikuppala Surya Rao, litterateurs Vedula Subrahmanya Sastry, V. Simmanna, D.V. Surya Rao, Peri Ravi Kumar and Jaladi Vijaya were among those who garlanded the statue and paid tributes. Students rendered the song: ‘Ma Telugu Thalliki malle poodanda…’ At a separate programme at the Gayatri Vidya Parishad MLBT School at East Point Colony, Principal K. Madhuravani said that neglecting the mother tongue was a threat to one’s own existence.
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