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All set for ‘Chandanotsavam’ today 18-Apr-2018
Timings for VVIPs regulated to avoid inconvenience to common devotees The temple of Lord Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy has been decked up to receive devotees for the annual Chanadanotsavam festival from the early hours of Wednesday. Minister for HRD Ganta Srinivasa Rao inspected the arrangements made for the festival, along with temple Executive Officer Ramachandra Mohan, on Tuesday. The Minister said palm leaf tents were erected to provide shade to devotees outside the temple complex. Buttermilk and water would be provided to devotees in the queue lines. The timings for darshan by VVIPs has been regulated to avoid inconvenience to common devotees. Devotees coming under ‘Protocol’ category would be allowed between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. and VIPs would be allowed between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. He appealed to these devotees to cooperate with the temple administration by coming for darshan according to the time schedules. Special buses RTC is operating special buses for the convenience of devotees. A total of 150 special buses will be operated from various parts of the city and district apart from Vizianagaram from the early hours of Wednesday. A total of 36 buses will also be operated from Gosala and Adavivaram to Simhachalam hilltop, according to Regional Manager G. Sudesh Kumar. Ten special buses will be operated from Adavivaram to Vizianagaram, 16 from Adavivaram to Old Post Office and 16 buses from Adavivaram to Tagarapuvalasa. Sixteen buses wil...
Grandeur marks Sitarama kalyanam 26-Mar-2018
Some temples in city celebrating Sri Rama Navami festival today Grandeur marked the ‘kalyanam’ of Lord Rama and Sita in various temples of the city on Sri Rama Navami day on Sunday. Prior to the celestial wedding, the idols of Lord Rama and Sita were given bath with assorted aromatic liquids and smeared with turmeric paste. Later, the deities were decked up with silk robes and strings of floral garlands in various hues. The grand ‘kalyanam’ included rituals such as placing of jeelakarra-bellam on the head, mutyala talambralu, and kanyadanam. Sounds of bells reverberated Sri Sita Rama Swami temple at Chengalraopeta, one of the oldest in the city, as the festival was celebrated with devotional fervour. On Wednesday, the temple committee plans to conduct ‘Paduka Pattabhisheka Mahotsavam’. An air of festivity pervaded the city as scores of devotees thronged temples to offer prayers and savour panakam (jaggery syrup) and vada pappu (dish made of soaked moong dal). Elaborate arrangements were made at Ramalayam located at Ambikabagh as devotees witnessed Sita Rama kalyanam performed with religious fervour. Special pujas Special pujas and wedding rituals marked the festivities at Visakha Sri Sarada Peetham and ISKCON-Sagarnagar. Recital of Vedic chants, pallaki seva, bhajans, uyyala (swing) utsavam and mangala aarti formed part of ‘Sri Sita Ramula Kalyana Mahotsavam’ celebrated by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samiti at Sri Sathya Sai Prema Sadan Mandir. It was not jus...
Book on Annamayya kritis released 15-Mar-2018
Former Head of the Department of Telugu of Andhra University Vedula Subrahmanya Sastry on Wednesday released ‘Annamayya Srungara Tarangini’, written by Venkat Garikapati. at a function organised by Public Relations Society of India to mark the 515th death anniversary of saint-composer Tallapaka Annamacharya. The first copy of the book was presented to SBI DGM M.B. Diwakar. PRSI Visakhapatnam chapter D.V.R. Murthy presided . Mr. Subrahmanya Sastry said Mr. Venkat authored the book with fervour. The author said noted Carnatic music exponent Nedunuri Krishna Murthy was the inspiration for writing his commentary on Annamayya kritis. Later Harita and Sarika rendered Annamacharya kritis with commentary by Mr. Venkat. PRSI secretary P.L.K. Murthy spoke.
Appanna Chandana yatra on April 18 13-Mar-2018
‘Chandanotsavam,’ annual festival of Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swami, presiding deity of Simhachalam, will be celebrated on April 18. Collector Pravin Kumar on Monday held a preliminary review with Executive Officer K. Ramachandra Mohan and officials of various departments concerned. Since the Governor, Ministers and MPs were expected to visit VVIP, VVIP timings should be earmarked without causing inconvenience to devotees, he told officials. Arrangements, including transport, water, shade, medical teams and ambulance, should be arranged. DCP T. Ravikumar Murthy and ADC (General) of GVMC G.V.V.S. Murthy were among the officials that participated.
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.
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