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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.
 
Puja Services a Click Away in Vizag 20-Dec-2016
Nuclear families can now breathe easy, says startup founder. If performing puja at home and getting a trained priest was once a matter of scouring through busy market places and negotiating costs with busy priests it won’t be so this festive season. Visakhapatnam-based startup ‘Samarpayaami’ aims at simplifying this process and bringing a level of standardization to the services offered. Founded by Siva Sankar Potnuru, the startup provides puja kits for various occasions and festivals and enables booking of priests online for ceremonies.
 
Simhachalam temple goes cashless 07-Dec-2016
VISAKHAPATNAM: With almost all establishments gradually moving towards cashless mode of payments, Lord Varaha Lakshmi Narsimha Swamy temple atop Simhachalam Hill has also introduced POS machines at various places in the premises including at the Hundi where people traditionally donate currency notes and jewellery. It is the first temple in north coastal AP and second in the entire state after Lord Sri Satyanarayana Swamy temple at Annavaram in East Godavari district to have adopted the system, said endowments department officials. Speaking to TOI, K Rama Chandra Mohan, executive officer of Simhachalam temple, said 13 POS machines have been installed in the temple premises in the last three days including six machines on Monday. "While State Bank of India contributed seven machines, Andhra Bank provided the remaining. Some machines were used for Hundis and some for tickets and Prasadam sales," he said, adding that a bank or temple staff has been assigned to operate the machines.
 
Sabarimala Specials Flagged Off 24-Nov-2016
The first four of the special package buses the APSRTC is operating from here to Sabarimala for the convenience of the Ayyappa devotees were flagged off by Deputy Transport Commissioner Venkateswara Rao and Regional Manager of APSRTC G. Sudhesh Kumar at the Dwaraka Bus Station on Wednesday. Ayyappa devotees performed puja and bhajan before boarding the buses. “Safety and comfort we have ensured in our buses for the devotees in the previous years have brought more response for our special buses Mr. Sudhesh Kumar said.
 
Ayyappa Fever Catches on in Vizag 08-Nov-2016
Visakhapatnam: The number of Ayyappa devotees gearing up for the 41-day penance to visit the Ayyappa Temple either for the mandalam or the jyothi has gone up in the district drastically. The number of Ayyappa peethams in the city has also increased and will touch the 2-lakh mark this year. At present the number roughly stands at less than 1 lakh. However, the number from the four districts of north-coastal AP for both the mandalam and the jyothi is likely to touch the million-mark. According to Guru Swamy B Reddy, member of the Maharanipeta peetham, the number from Visakhapatnam and north coastal AP was always very high. "There are roughly more than 500 Ayyappa peethams in the city as on date," he said. Regarding the deeksha, he said many of the devotees undergo the penance for more than the stipulated 41 days (which is the maximum).
 
Devotees Throng Siva Temples 01-Nov-2016
Devotees thronged Siva temples in the city as the Kartika Maasam commenced on Monday. This year the Kartika Maasam falling in October-November has five Mondays and devotees considered it more auspicious. Assistant Commissioner of Endowments Department and Deputy Collector S. Venkateswara Rao visited many Siva temples during the day and inspected the arrangements being made for devotees. He instructed executive officers of all temples to arrange Lingasthakam and Panchakshari mantram to be displayed etched on plaques. Temple premises must be kept clean all the time and cultural programmes, distribution of prasadam and annadanam must be arranged in all temples he said.
 
Bengalis bid adieu to goddess Durga 12-Oct-2016
‘Celebrations in the city are much greater in essence than Kolkata’The frenzy around Durga Puja came to an end on Tuesday with the reverberating beats of the ‘Dhaak’ (or drums) and the last ritual of the festive celebration of Bengali community - ‘Sindhoor (vermillion) Khela’. Conch shells were blown amidst ‘dhaak’ beat, while the aroma of ‘bhog’, sweets and other delicacies hung temptingly in the air. Over the decades, Visakhapatnam has grown into a melting pot of cultures with the sound of the ‘dhaak’ of the Bengal becoming louder and louder. It is little wonder then that the scores of Bengali families that have made the Port City their home felt that the euphoria surrounding the festivities here exuded the essence of Kolkata. Sharmistha Banerjee, who shifted to the city from Raipur seven years ago, said: “During the five days of the festivity, we all unite to keep Kolkata alive in our hearts. Durga Puja for us is not just a festival, but a celebration of life itself.” She could hardly contain her excitement as she took out the ‘sindoor’ and smeared it across the faces of other women after applying it on the majestic idol of goddess Durga at Waltair Kali Temple before the immersion process began.
 
Counter for Sabarimala Pilgrims 08-Oct-2016
A special counter was opened for the convenience of Sabarimala pilgrims, who wish to book their seats or book the bus for their visit to Sabarimala, at the Dwaraka Bus Station (DBS) Complex (RTC Complex) here on Friday. The counter was inaugurated by Executive Director Vizianagaram Zone of APS RTC A. Ramakrishna. Regional Manager (Visakhapatnam) G. Sudesh Kumar, Deputy Chief Traffic Manager (rural) Sudha Bindu, Deputy CTM (DBS Complex) Appala Narayana were present. Buses will be operated for the convenience of devotees visiting the ‘Pancharama Kshetras’ and for Ayyappa devotees visiting ‘Sabarimala’ temple from November 15.
 
 
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