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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Telugu Hindu Festivals

Telugu Hindu Festivals


SANKRANTHI


It is a four day festival in Andhra Pradesh:

* Day 1 - Bhogi Panduga (Bhogi)
* Day 2 - Pedda Panduga,SANKRANTI (Surya)
* Day 3 - Kanuma Panduga (Kanuma)
* Day 4 - Mukkanuma

The first day of festival is Bhogi. At dawn people light up a bonfire with several old articles in their house. In many familities they celebrate Bhogi pallu, in the evening. These are the regi pallu with petals of flower and coins of money, will be put on the heads of kids (generally younger than 3 years)(like talambralu) to get rid of Dishti(drushti). The second day is Sankranti, the big festival, when everyone wears new clothes and pray to their favourite God by offering them sweets. Kanuma Panduga (Kanuma) is less celebrated but is an integral part of Sankranti culture. Mukkanuma is famous among the non-vegetarians of the society. People do not eat any non-vegetarian during the first three days of the festival and eat it only on the day of Mukkanuma.

Sankranti usually represents all the four days together. It is celebrated in almost every village with adventurous games in South India. Whether it is the cock fights in Andhra, Bull fighting in Tamil Nadu or Elephant Mela in Kerala, there is huge amount of illegal betting but the so called tradition continues to play a major role in the festival. Another notable feature of the festival in South India is the Haridas who moves around begging for rice wishing luck to the household. Rangoli competitions too are a common sight. The entire month from mid-December to sankranthi is celebrated with giant rangolis in front of the house which are drawn only at late night for the entire month. For all other days of the year, rangoli is typically drawn in mornings only. Sankranthi is also celebrated by the huge Telugu diaspora worldwide, especially United States, Malaysia, South Africa, Singapore, Europe. The same festival is celebrated throughout the country under other names such as Pongal in Tamil Nadu and Lohri in Punjab. Kanuma, which is also considered a major part of sankranti lacking the pompousness associated with makara, is celebrated by cleaning and praying the equipment used by the household ranging from weapons to utensils.


MAHA SHIVARATHRI

The festival of Shivartri is celebrated in the honor of Lord Shiva on the thirteenth or fourteenth day during the month of February or March (Phalguna). Maha Shivratri means “the big night of Lord Shiva” and during the entire night devotees worship Lord Shiva. It was this day of Maha Shivratrti when Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvati. People observe fast on the day of Maha Shivratri and perform several Shivratri rituals and traditions to worship Lord Shiva. Early in the morning people take a bath and wear new clothes. Temples are visited by people to worship Shiv lingam and make offerings of milk, rose water, honey, bael leaves, curd and fruits, as it is believed that each offering made to the shiv lingam has its own meaning and the Shiv lingam itself is a symbol of fruitfulness. The meaning of the offerings made to Lord Shiva is given below:


1. Sanitization of the soul is represented by a bath given to the Shiva lingam with rose water, milk, honey and bael leaves.
2. Vermilion paste applied to the Shiv lingam is symbolic of a good feature.
3. Offering of fruits made to the Shiv lingam represents long life and fulfillment of desires.
4. Prosperity is produced by the burning of incense sticks.
5. The lighting of the lamp means achievement of knowledge.
6. Offering of piper betel leaves portrays happiness.


People observe day and night fast on this day and worship Lord Shiva Lingam. People wake up early in the morning and wear new clothes on this day. Shiva lingams at home and in temples are given a bath. The offerings of fruits, water, curd, honey, bael leaves and milk are made to the Shiva lingam. While performing these rituals Shiv chalisa and aarti is recited and people mainly recite “Om Namah Shivaya” several times.

The celebrations of Shivratri festival can be seen throughout the country where people are seen observing fast during Maha Shivratri. It is said that women tend to be very excited about the fast of Shivratri, as it is believed that married women observe fast for the well being of their husbands and family and unmarried girls observe fast to get a husband like Lord Shiva. A famous tradition of this festival is drinking of the thandai, a drink made of cannabis, sweet almonds and milk. Followers of Lord Shiva drink this drink because it is believed that Lord Shiva loved cannabis.

H O L I

India is a highly diversified country when it comes to celebration of festivals. People participate in celebrations of various festivals and Holi is one of them. Holi is celebrated in the northern part of India in the month of February or March.

Holi is a perfect festival to get close to your near and dear ones and spread around the fragrance of holi colors symbolizing your love for others. Holi is a festival to forget all the disputes and strengthen the bonds of love. Delicious food is served on this day and special sweets include Gujiyas. People drink Bhang and thandai on Holi, as they are considered to be the famous drinks of Holi.

The first day of Holi rituals include a bonfire that represents the burning of Holika. The next day of Holi is celebrated with colors and water.

People generally wear old clothes that are white in color, as different colors of holi can be seen on white clothes. Holi greetings are also send by people to wish their relative and friends a very Happy Holi. This festival of colors spread love and happiness all around and fill your hearts with joy.

Come participate in Holi celebrations and let the fragrance of Holi colors spread around.


UGADHI


In Andhra Pradesh, it is believed that the creator of the Hindu universe, Lord Brahma began his wonderful creation on this auspicious day of Ugadi. On this day, people chant manthras and the pandits make predictions for the coming year. According to a ancient tradition, people used to flock to the temples to listen to the yearly calender (panchangasravanam).

People prepare for this festive occasion by cleaning and washing their houses and buying new clothes. When the day dawns, they decorate their houses with mango leaves and rangolis.

Then, they perform the ritualistic worship to pray for good health and prosperity in the coming year. It has become a custom to hold Kavi Sammelans ( Poetry recitals) this day. The Ugadi day is also considered to be an auspicious time to begin any new ventures.

The traditional cuisine of this festival includes dishes like Pulihora and Bobbatlu, though the Ugadi Pachchadi is the typical dish associated with the festival. This dish is prepared with jaggery, raw mangoes, neem flowers and raw tamarind.


SRI RAMA NAVAMI


Ram Navami , celebrating of the birth of Lord Rama, son of King Dasharatha of Ayodhya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu . The day also known as Sri Rama Navami, falls on the Navami, ninth day of the Chaitra month of Hindu lunar year in 'Shukla paksha' or waxing moon, thus named Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami, and marks the end of nine-day Chaitra-Navratri celebrations.

At some places the festival lasts, the whole nine days of the Navratras, thus the period is called 'Rama Navratra'. Since Lord Rama is believed to have born at noon, temples and family shrines are elaborately decorated and traditional prayers are chanted together by the family in the morning. Also, at temples special havan (yajna) are organized, along with chanting of Vedic mantras and offerings of fruits and flowers. Many Hindus mark this day by Vrata (fasting) through the day followed by feasting in the evening, or at the culmination of celebrations . In A.P., the day is also celebrated as the wedding anniversary of Rama and his consort Sita, thus ceremonial wedding ceremonies, Sitarama Kalyanam, of the celestial couple are held at temples throughout the region, with great fanfare and accompanied by group chanting of name of Rama, Rama nama smaranam.

The important celebrations on this day take place at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, Bhadrachalam in Andhra Pradesh and Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, thronged by thousands of devotees, and Rathayatras, the chariot processions, also known as Shobha yatras of Rama, his wife Sita, brother Lakshmana and devotee Hanuman, are taken out at several places.

Sri-Rama Navami is dedicated to the memory of Lord Rama. It occurs on the ninth day, or navami. The festival commemorates the birth of Rama who is remembered for his prosperous and righteous reign.



Some highlights of this day include

* Kalyanam, a ceremonial wedding performed by temple priests
* Panakam, a sweet drink prepared on this day with jaggery and pepper.
* Procession of murtis in the evening, accompanied by playing with water and colours.


Srirama Navami Festival at Bhadrachalam is celebrated on Sri Rama's birthday. The ten days of this festival attract thousands of devotees from all corners of India. On this occasion all 'Rambhaktas' gather in this place to worship their Lord. The festivities start from 'Chaitra Sudha Saptami' and continues till 'Bahula Padyami'. The focal point of the celebration of the Festival of Srirama Navami is the Kalyanotsav.

The Srirama Navami Festival is celebrated in Bhadrachalam of the Khammam District in Andhra Pradesh. To enjoy the colors of this festival you must visit Bhadrachalam during the months of March and April. The unique feature of this celebration is that it is being held here continuously for four hundred years. This is one of the most popular Temple Fairs of the state.

Bhadrachalam is located in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh. The place is located on the bank of river Godavari. The shrine here is among the most important sites of Hindu pilgrimage.

The Fairs in Andhra Pradesh are mostly of religious origin and have some legendary stories linked with them. Srirama Navami Festival at Bhadrachalam is no exception. This temple is closely connected to the life of the famous saint and composer Ramadasa . Sri Rama is also believed to have crossed the river Godavari,on his way Lanka to rescue Sita, at the spot where this temple stands.

The Srirama Navami Festival at Bhadrachalam is celebrated with lot of grandeur, which along with the devotees also attract many tourists to Andhra Pradesh.


SRI VARALAKSHMI VRATHAM


Mahalakshmi Vratam is a sacred day in Hinduism. More commonly known as "Varalaksmi Vratham" is performed by Married Hindu ladies on the Friday just before the full moon day in the month of "Sravana" - July/August- according to Hindu calendar. This is an important "Vratha", meaning a vowed religious observance in Sanskrit. "Varamahalakshmi Vratha" is performed more commonly in Southern Indian States of Andhra, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and also in parts of Maharashtra and Orissa.

Puja is performed by married Hindu women to seek the blessings of goddess Mahalakshmi, wife of Lord Vishnu, who is considered to be the abode of wealth and prosperity. There is a legend that says that this vratam was recommended by Lord Shiva to his wife Parvati to gain wealth and prosperity. There is also another legend that tells us the story of a very pious lady Charumati who was asked by goddess Varalakshmi, in her dream, to do the vratam in-order to fulfill her wishes. She performed the vratam along with other ladies in her village with a lot of devotion. They offered the deity lots of delicacies and once the vratam was completed, they were amazed to find their bodies decked with expensive jewels and their homes full of riches. From then on, women started performing this vratam every year seeking wealth and prosperity in their families. Varalakshmi vratam is usually performed in the month of Sravan on the Friday preceding the full moon day. Those who cannot perform it on that day, can do it on any other Friday in that month.

Women clean their homes and decorate their front yards with rangolis (colorful designs traced on the floor) on the day of Varalakshmi vratam. Later, they take a bath and deck themselves with beautiful clothes and jewelery. They then begin the process of performing the vrata by first arranging the kalasha or the sacred pot. They fill the pot with rice and water which symbolize prosperity and cover it with mango and betel leaves. They then place a coconut smeared with turmeric and vermallion on the kalasha and also decorate the coconut with a new cloth. Some people decorate the kalasha with many kinds of jewels to make it look more beautiful. They place this kalasha on a plate filled with rice. The main pooja begins by worshiping Lord Ganesha who is believed to drive away all obstacles and evil forces. Later, goddess Mahalakshmi is invoked into the kalasha. They then worship a couple of torams (a bunch of nine threads with nine knots) and tie one to the kalasha while the other one is tied around the right hand wrist of the lady performing the pooja. Later, they chant the Lakshmi Ashtottara Shatanamam (a list of hundred names in praise of the deity) with a lot devotion. They then offer the goddess nine varieties of delicacies including both sweets and savories. In conclusion of the vratam, they sing hymns in praise of goddess Varalakshmi and also invite another married woman assuming her to be goddess Varalakshmi and offer her sweets. That evening, they invite all the neighboring laides to their homes and offer them tamboolam (an offering consisting of betel leaves, fruits, betel nuts, vermillion, turmeric and dakshina [money]). They also collectively sing songs in praise of goddess Varalakshmi.


RAKSHA BANDHAN


Raksha Bandhan is a festival that commemorates the relationship of brother and sister. This festival is celebrated usually in the month of August on the Shravana Purnima. The atmosphere of jubilation starts mounting up much before the occasion.

Let's start with the meaning of Raksha Bandhan. 'Raksha' is a Hindi word that means protection and 'Bandhan” means the bond. Thus, Raksha Bandhan stands for the bond of protection between brother and sister. On the auspicious eve of Shravana Purnima, the girls tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers. In turn, the brother takes the vow of protecting his sister from all the dangers that come her way.

Many women observe fast till the completion of the rituals. After the thread tying ceremony, the girls perform Arti of their brothers so as to invoke divine blessings to bestow on their brothers. Traditionally, the following mantra is chanted while performing Arti:

“Yena baddho Bali Raja
Daanavendro mahabalah
Tena twam anubadhanaami
Rakshe maa chala maa chala”


The literal meaning of these words is, “O Rakhi, just as Goddess Laxmi tied Rakhi to King Bali, I am you on my brother's wrist. Aye Rakhi, I pray thee that you protect my brother from all evils”.

With these holy words, the girl prays for her brother's long life and sound health. The whole ceremony is observed within a set Muhurat.

Raksha Bandhan is a day when the whole clan gathers and either spend time in cherishing some fond moments or creating them. Family feast is organized, which gives a nice opportunity to the family members to strengthen the bond of love between them. Therein lies the beauty of not only the festival of Raksha Bandhan but all Indian Festivals.


JANMASHTAMI / SRI KRISHNASHTAMI / SRI KRISHAN JAYANTHI


Lord Krishna took vow to ascend on earth whenever the darkness of evil surround it. A Sanskrit shloka in the holy book Gita, says the same,

"Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya
Glaanir Bhavati Bharatha
Abhyutthanam Adharmasya
Tadatmanam Srijamy Aham"

It is believed that Shri Krishna took birth on the eighth day of half dark, that is, Krishna Paksha of the month of Shravana as per the Hindu Calendar.

Shri Krishna was the eighth incarnation of God Vishnu on earth who took birth purposely to kill Kansa, who had created a havoc in the city of Mathura. King Kansa was already intimated, but couldn't revert his destiny. He knew that his sister's eighth son was going put an end to his life. He imprisoned Devaki and her husband for years till their eighth child was born.

When it actually happened, the situation changed in a dramatic manner. The doors of the prison opened automatically and the father took baby Krishna to his friend and trustworthy Nanda. Since then, Krishna is widely known as the son of Yashoda & Nanda.

The date of the festival of Janmashtami varies in the Gregorian Calendar from the month of August to the month of September. Many people observe fast on the eve of Janmashtami, which is called as Saptami. Devotees remain wide awake all night, dance in order to rejoice among themselves and sing in praise of Lord Krishna. As soon as the clock strikes midnight, the ritual of bathing the idol with milk is performed. Then he is dressed in beautiful clothes and jewelry and is placed in the cradle to be worshiped. Sweets are offered to the deity and then distributed among the devotees.

People indulge in a lot of interesting Janmashtami activities. Krishna Bhaktas dance on the enchanting tunes of Krishna Bhajans. They organize an exquisite show of Krishna Jhaankis, which portraits the Rasa Lila in a mundane way. The most popular activity of Janmashtami is the custom of 'Dahi Handi'. Specially, in cities like Mumbai & Pune, this custom is celebrated with great fervor and therefore is organized on a grand level. The human tower trying to smash the Dahi Handi hanging on a high position above the ground is the most common scene on Ganesha Chaturthi on every nook and corner. The winning team wins great pizes. Although, the entire Hindu community is imbued with the colors of festivities of Janmashtami, but the charm of Brindavan & Mathura celebrations has a new flavor altogether, being the hometown of Lord Krishna.

Lord Krishna was multi faceted and similar is the nature of celebrations of Janmashtami are. This festival gives us the opportunity to look within and realize the essence of our lives, which Shri Krishna gifted mankind in his teachings through Gita, the most sacred Hindu philosophy.


SRI VINAYAKA CHAVITHI


Ganesha Chaturthi or Ganesha Festival is a day on which Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi in Sanskrit, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. It is celebrated as it is the birthday of Lord Ganesha. The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). Typically, the day falls sometime between August 20 and September 15. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Ananta Chaturdashi. This festival is observed in the lunar month of bhadrapada shukla paksha chathurthi madhyahana vyapini purvaviddha. if chaturthi prevails on both days, the first day should be taken. Even if chaturthi prevails for complete duration of madhyahana on the second day, but if it prevails on previous day's madhyahana period even for one ghatika (24 minutes) the previous day should be taken. (Ref. Dharmasindhu and Indian Calendric System, by Commodore S.K. Chatterjee (Retd). Madhyahana is the 3rd / 5th part of the day (Sunrise-sunset).

Ganesha puja on the Chaturthi day is usually performed at noon but now-a-days people perform it when all the family members are present.

While performing Ganesha Puja at home, you can always be flexible. The strict rituals are meant for Vedic priests. All you need be careful is to perform the pujas with a clean body and clean mind. What is more important is devotion not the ritual.

Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, is widely worshipped as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.


The symbolic meaning of Ganesh Chaturthi festival is that Lord Ganesha comes and stays among us. The immersion symbolizes his return from the earth after removing the obstacles and unhappiness of his devotees.

Some families perform the ceremony on the very next day. It is believed that Ganesha comes and stays in the idol for a day and returns the next day.

There are other families which perform the Ganesh immersion or Visarjan on the 3rd, 5th, 7th or the 10th day.

Today, many people choose the least crowded day to immerse the Ganesh idol.


NAVARATHRI & VIJAYA DASAMI


Know all About Navratri. The nine-day Navratri celebration is compartmentalized in certain parts of the country, dedicating three days each to a trinity of goddesses: to Durga the goddess of velour, to Lakshmi the goddess of wealth and to Saraswati the goddess of knowledge. On Lalita Panchami (the fifth day) it is customary to gather all the books within the house before a sacred lamp and invoke the blessings of Saraswati.

It is also the occasion for all artisans to lay down their tools before the goddess and seek her benediction upon their trade. On the eighth and ninth day of the festival, yagnas or havens are performed in a final act of farewell that marks the termination of the ceremonies. The yagna is an act of sacrifice by which matters most precious and valuable to us are placed into the holy flames as an act of renunciation. Ghee or clarified butter, a sweet concoction of rice cooked in condensed milk (paayas or kheer) and sesame seeds are traditional items used in the havan.

Durga Puja Festival

The ten day long Durga Puja Festival rituals are wholly dedicated to the mighty and supreme Goddess Durga. The destructive spree of Maa Durga leaves no evil behind. Riding on her divine chariot of Lion (traditionally called as Singho Vahan), she looks furious, yet charismatic. The festival is the symbol of inevitable triumph of virtuosity over vice. The time span of celebrations of the festival is viewed as Goddess Durga's ascendancy on earth for that particular time. Soon after, she leaves for Mountain Kailash, where her husband dwells. The story is linked to the married daughters returning to their parent's home along with their husbands in present times.


Durga Puja India

There is an interesting legendary story associated with the Durga Puja India festival. As per the oral traditions and Hindu scriptures and treatise, the peace and happiness of Gods were disrupted by the demon Mahishasura. Together they went to Lord Shiva to ask for his help. Lord Shiva combined the eternal reservoir of the energies of all the Gods into one being and created Goddess Durga. Riding on lion, as soon as she placed her feet on the battlefield, there was an extreme terror of her. She put an end to the life of Demon Mahishasur with a natural ease. Since then she has become the storehouse of power of all Gods. Maa Durga stands for a well channelized energy that works towards the eradicating evil.


DIWALI

The festival of Diwali has been celebrated for ages and grows in fascination by the year. Everyone enjoys the goodies, the glitter, glamour, and the endless zest for living that suddenly grips people around this time. But there is much more to Diwali than feasting and merrymaking. Diwali is a hallowed tradition, not to be put in the shade by the lights. Diwali symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. Celebrated joyously all over the country, it is a festival of wealth and prosperity.

Diwali is essentially a festival for householders. The preparations, the rituals, the entire celebration focuses on the home and family, spanning out to cover the community as a natural extension.

TIME OF THE YEAR

The time of deepavali festival is the most comfortable period of the year as it falls in the autumn season. This festival generally falls in the month of October or November and the date in the English calendar varies as the Indian festivals are celebrated according to the Indian calendar.

LEGENDS

The legends behind the festival are as varied as the manner of its celebration, but common to all of them is the theme of the triumph of good over evil. One such legend, the most popular one, is about a demon named Narakasura who managed to acquire such awesome powers that he began to terrorize the three worlds; his languishment and death at the hands of Satyabhaama/Krishna is celebrated as Diwali, and the day preceding the new moon in the months of Ashwin-Kartik in the Hindu calendar is known as Naraka Chaturdasi (Chaturdasi meaning the fourteenth).

Another legend followed in Kamataka is that of an emperor named Bali who, likewise, had become all powerful and a threat to the peace of the universe. God is said to have come to earth in the form of a diminutive Brahmin, Vamana, and presenting himself before the mighty Bali asked for “as much land as three of my footsteps would cover.” No king could refuse a Brahmin's appeal for charity, and Bali readily granted what seemed to him a trifling request. Whereupon the diminutive Brahmin resumed his all-pervasive, omnipresent form and, covering the heavens with one foot and the world below with another, asked where he should place his foot for the third step. Bali bowed before him and offered his own head for him to place his foot on, and was pressed underfoot. This victory is observed as Bali Padya on the day of the new moon (amavasya) when the month of Ashwin (October-November) makes way for Kartik.

For the people in north India, the festival commemorates the joyous return of Rama to his kingdom of Ayodhya, after 14 years exile in the forests. For the business community, particularly in the western regions of Gujarat and upper India, Diwali is a festival devoted to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. For the merchant community, in fact, the new accounting year begins with Diwali and the tradition is still followed by opening new accounting ledgers on this festive day.


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Sunday, August 2, 2009

All India Padmashali Anna Satram, Yadagirigutta


All India Padmashali Anna Satram, Yadagirigutta



All India Padmashali Anna Satram, Yadagirigutta has been inaugurated by Shri Konda Lakshman Bapuji. It is providing free accommodation and food for Devotees of Padmashalis and others who come for the Darshan of Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy.


Eenadu: 1st March 2009



Eenadu: 2nd March 2009




Contact:

BSNL Phones:

(8685)236461

(8685)236462


AKHILA BHARATHA PADMASHALI ANNA SATHRAM ,
YADAGIRIGUTTA,,OLD TEMPLE ROAD,.,
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Padmashali Nithyaanna Sathram, Vemulavada

Anna Sathram being constructed by our Padmashalis

Padmashali Nithyaanna Sathram, Vemulavada


Vemulawada Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swami Temple is a holy place in South India.


Vemulawada Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swami temple is one of the very few temples devoted to Lord Siva. This historical temple located in south India is popularly known as The Dakshana Kashi (Benaras of South India). Lakhs of devotees visit Vemulawada Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swami temple every year from all over the country.



This Temple is frequently visited by our Padmashali devotees, to offer their prayers and seek divine blessings.


With the help of Padmashali khulabhandhavulu, we have started Padmashali Nityannadhana Satram Trust in rented premises and engaged in Nityannadhanam especially for Padmashali’s who are visiting Vemulawada Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy temple.


We have purchased land and started construction of two storied complex. The proposed building will have 30 rooms and a big dining hall for Nityannadhana Satram. Presently the construction is in progress.


To help in this, we invite generous donations to the Nityannadhana Satram Trust for construction of the building and for smooth continuation of Nityannadhanam every day. This would be of great help and convenience for all the Padmashali’s visiting Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swami temple in Vemulawada.


Akhila Bharatha Padmashali Nityanna Satram is located in Vemulawada, Karimnagar District, Andhra Pradesh, India.


DONATION DETAILS:


MAHARAJA POSHAKULU - Rs. 1,25,116.00

Donors of Rs. 1, 25,116.00 will be treated as “MAHARAJA POSHAKULU” and a room will named after them. Apart from this every year they are privileged to stay free for 25 days in a year at Nityannadhana Satram.


RAJA POSHAKULU - Rs. 1,01,116.00

Donors of Rs. 1, 01,116.00 will be treated as “RAJA POSHAKULU” and their names would be written on “Shila Palakam” at the Main gate. Apart from this every year they are privileged to stay free for 20 days in a year at Nityannadhana Satram.


MAHA POSHAKULU - Rs. 55,000.00

Donors of Rs. 55,000.00 will be treated as “MAHA POSHAKULU” and their names would be written on “Shila Palakam” at the Conference hall. Apart from this every year they are privileged to stay free for 15 days in a year at Nityannadhana Satram.


POSHAKA BHAVANA NIDHI - Rs. 51,116.00

Donors of Rs. 51,116.00 will be treated as “POSHAKA BHAVANA NIDHI” and their names would be written on “Shila Palakam” at the Dining hall. Apart from this every year they are privileged to stay free for 10 days in a year at Nityannadhana Satram.


POSHAKA ANNADHATHA - Rs. 25,116.00

Donors of Rs. 25,116.00 will be treated as “POSHAKA ANNADHATHA” and their names would be written on “Shila Palakam”. Apart from this every year they are privileged to stay free for 8 days in a year at Nityannadhana Satram.


BHUDHANA DHATHA - Rs. 11,116.00

Donors of Rs. 11,116.00 will be treated as “BHUDHANA DHATHA” and their names would be written on “Shila Palakam”. Apart from this every year they are privileged to stay free for 5 days in a year at Nityannadhana Satram.


ANNADHATHA - Rs. 5,116.00

Donors of Rs. 5,116.00 will be treated as “ANNADHATHA” and their names would be written on “Shila Palakam”. Apart from this every year they are privileged to stay free for 3 days in a year at Nityannadhana Satram.


ANNADHATHA - Rs. 3,116.00

Donors of Rs. 3,116.00 will be treated as “ANNADHATHA” and their names would be written on “Shila Palakam”.


For Donations Please contact:


Akhila Bharatha Padmashali Nityanna Satram,
Vemulawada,

Karimnagar District,
Andhra Pradesh, India.


Gajula Hari
Mobile: 94415 96661
Kondabathini Narayana
Mobile: 94408 43009


Please check their site : http//www.padmashalinityannasatram.com/



Saturday, July 18, 2009

Padmashali Gothrams 102

PADMASHALI GOTHRAMS 101 & MARKANDEYA GOTHRAM

1) Pourusha Rishi

2) Dhaksha Rishi

3) Vaalakhilya Rishi

4) Vasishta Rishi

5) Vruksha Rishi

6) Bruhathi Rishi

7) Vanaka Rishi

8) Viswa Rishi

9) Kasyapa Rishi

10) Dhaaruka Rishi

11) Kuthsa Rishi

12) Mouyaa Rishi

13) Pavana Rishi

14) Vyseena Rishi

15) Jamadhagni Rishi

16) Mandavya Rishi

17) Yadhu Rishi

18) Kaasila Rishi

19) Thrisanka Rishi

20) Thurvaasa Rishi

21) Jatila Rishi

22) Vedhamatha Rishi

23) Vidhu Rishi

24) Bhaaratha Rishi

25) Voordhvaasa Rishi

26) Upendhra Rishi

27) Vanajaala Rishi

28) Ambareesha Rishi

29) Dhanumjaya Rishi

30) Madhu Rishi

31) Chyavana Rishi

32) Bikshu Rishi

33) Pasunaka Rishi

34) Koundilya Rishi

35) Satyakarma Rishi

36) Thaksha Rishi

37) Pravruksha Rishi

38) Ruruksha Rishi

39) Puroo Rishi

40) Pulasthya Rishi

41) Saadhu Rishi

42) Gargeya Rishi

43) Kapila Rishi

44) Samsthitha Rishi

45) Thrihoo Rishi

46) Nishchitha Rishi

47) Saruksha Rishi

48) Pridhvi Rishi

49) Poundraka Rishi

50) Udhaya Pavana Rishi

51) Kousika Rishi

52) Bhrahma Rishi

53) Manu Rishi

54) Jhooreela Rishi

55) Kamandala Rishi

56) Aathreya Rishi

57) Rishya Srumga Rishi

58) Dhigvaasa Rishi

59) Puraasana Rishi

60) Vana Samgnya Rishi

61) Sindhu Rishi

62) Poushtala Rishi

63) Ronaka Rishi

64) Raghu Rishi

65) Thushta Rishi

66) Aasrama Rishi

67) Bhargava

68) Subhiksha Rishi

69) Chokrila Rishi

70) Amgeerasa Rishi

71) Bharadhvaja Rishi

72) Prashta Rishi

73) Kousika Rishi

74) Vydhrutha Rishi

75) Sapilvaka Rishi

76) Sutheeksha Surya Rishi

77) Chandra Rishi

78) Suka Rishi

79) Sounaka Rishi

80) Maareecha Rishi

81) Niyamtha Rishi

82) Suthra Rishi

83) Thrustna Rishi

84) Sandilya Rishi

85) Punyava Rishi

86) Sthramsa Rishi

87) Sukeerthi Rishi

88) Vaachvik Rishi

89) Maanasvi Rishi

90) Agasthya Rishi

91) Dhenuka Rishi

92) Puttha Rishi

93) Vyaasa Rishi

94) Guha Rishi

95) Athri Rishi

96) Paraasara Rishi

97) Gouthuma Rishi

98) Pramcheeva Rishi

99) Voorjhveeswara Rishi

100)Swayambhu Rishi

101)Naaradha Rishi

102)MARKANDEYA Rishi

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Visa God - Chilkur Balaji Temple

SRI BALAJI TEMPLE


The Balaji Temple is located at Chilkur in the Hyderabad district. It is 33 Kms away from Mehedipatnam. Approximately 75,000 to 1,00,000 devotees visit in a week. Generally temple gets heavy rush on Fridays and Sundays.



The temple at Chilkur is managed by the hereditary trustee Sri M.V. Soundara Rajan and Sri C.S. Gopala Krishna. The entire family of the archaka, including the women are dedicated themselves to serve the God.


HISTORY


Twenty Five kilometers from Hyderabad off the Vikarabad road and on the banks of Osmansagar is the picturesque village of Chikur with its hoary temple dedicated to Sri Balaji Venkateshwara. From the style, structure and appearance, it can be inferred that the temple was built half a millennium ago. Set in sylvan surroundings, the temple attracts thousands of pilgrims every year and is an ideal place for sequestered retreat and meditation. It enjoyed in the past, great days of pomp and glory.


The temple is one of the oldest in Telengana, having been built during the time of Akkanna and Madanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramdas. According to tradition, a devotee who used to visit Tirupati every year could not do so on one occasion owing to serious ill-health. Lord Venkateshwara appeared in his dream and said, "I am right here in the jungle nearby. You don't have to worry." The devotee at once moved to the place indicated by the Lord in the dream and saw a mole- hill there, which he dug up. Accidentally, the axe struck Lord Balaji's idol covered by the mole-hill below the chin and on the chest, and surprisingly blood started flowing profusely from the "wounds", flooding the ground and turning it scarlet. The devotee could not believe his eyes when he saw this. Suddenly he could not believe his ears also when he heard a voice from the air which said,"Flood the mole-hill with cow's milk. "When the devotee did so, a Swayambhu idol of Lord Balaji accompanied by Sridevi and Bhoodevi(a rare combination) was found, and this idol was installed with the due rites and a temple built for it.


Sri Balaji venkateshwara, the Pratyaksha Daiva in kaliyuga, is thus available at Chilkur to shower blessings on His devotees who for any reason are unable to go to Tirupati. Many devout worshippers flock to the temple, to receive the blessings of the Lord and his consorts throughout the year particularly during the Poolangi, Annakota and Brahmothsavams.



With the earnest desire to revive the former glory and importance of the temple, the idol of Ammavaru was installed in 1963 the year following the Chinese aggression, and when the aggression was unilaterally vacated, Ammavaru was given the name of Rajya Lakshmi, signifying this welcome event. The unique feature of this idol is that lotus flowers are held in three hands and the fourth hand is in such a position towards the lotus feet which signifies the doctrine of Saranagathi.


The temple has been visited by great Acharyas from time to time. A visit to the temple is a must for the Jeer of Sri Ahobila Mutt every time he visits the twin cities, and in the temple is installed the idol of the first Jeer. The Tilakayaths of Sri Vallabhacharya Sampradaya have been regularly visiting the shrine. Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya of Sringeri Mutt and his disciple graced the efforts of the trustees in improving the temple.


REMEDIES


Vishnu Sahasranama was first composed & recited by Bhishma, when he was on his deathbed. Lord Krishna went to see Bhishma because he was breathing his last. When Bhishma had darshan of Lord Krishna, he started reciting Vishnu Sahasranama immediately. Vishnu Sahasranama means, rosary of thousand names of Lord Vishnu.


He started reciting Vishnu Sahasranama in the order he saw lord's form continuously and successively.


Vishnu Sahasranama is found in Mahabharata, the great epic of India. If confers all the mundane transcendental benefits to the person who chants it. There are so many Sahasranamas of Vishnu, but among them this happens to be the most cardinal and important one because right from Sankaracharyalu there are so many Sages and Saints who have recited and commented in their own way. Even today, it is recited with the fervor and gaiety in all the temples of Lord Vishnu.


The Chanting of following names of Lord Vishnu, immensely helps us in overcoming the obstacles in our daily life.


1. "Om Vashatkaaraaya Namaha" : For Success in Business.

2. "Om Aksharaaya Namaha" : For Success in Studies.

3. "Om Bhuthabhavanaya Namaha" : For Good Health.

4. "Om Paramaathmane Namaha" : For Self Confidence.