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Famous Indian Food Across Different States

September 30, 2011 3 comments

Most of us have travelled across different parts of our country and must have tried different foods available. But I am sure not all know the different kind of foods available in India. Check out the below picture and find out the famous food across our states.

Thirumala Thirupathi Sri Vari Brahmotsavams – 2011

September 19, 2011 1 comment

Venkatadri Samam Sthanam Brahmande Nasthi Kinchana
Venkatesa Samo Devo NaBhootho NaBhavishyathi

Asusual,This Year TTD is celebrating Brahmotsavamas on 29th September to 7th October.Tirumala SriVari Brahmotsavam the unique and world famous annual celebrations of Lord Sri Venkateswara at Tirumala Hills take place during the lunar month Aaswayuja Masam that falls immediately after the Mahalaya Pithru Paksham.

Please find the below schedule of the TTD Sri Vari Brahmotsavams 2011:


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Brief description of daily celebrations:

Dwajaarohanam: It is a flag hoisting festival that is held on the first day by hoisting a flag (Garudadhwaja) with a picture of Garuda (Vehicle of Lord Maha Vishnu) on the top of the Dwajah Sthambham in front of the sanctum Santorum. It is said to be a symbolic significance of formal invitation to all the Deities to attend the festival.

Pedda Sesha Vahanam: After the Dwajaarohanam the Lord is taken out in a procession in the evening on Aadi Sesha the thousand headed Chief Serpent God as his vehicle. Aadisesha is the seat on which Lord SriManNarayana rests in his abode Sri Vaikunta. Tirumala hills the abode of Lord Venkateswara is said to be the manifestation of Lord Aadisesha. Aadisesha vahanam will be seven headed.

Chinna Sesha Vahanam: On the second day morning the Lord is taken out in a procession on Vaasuki (Serpent God) as his vehicle. In Bhagavath Geetha Lord Sri Krishna says He is Vaasuki among the serpents. Chinna Sesha Vahanam will be five headed.

Hamsa Vahanam: On the second day evening the Lord is again taken out in a procession on Hamsa (Swan) as his vehicle. Hamsa or swan means ‘pure’. Hamsa is believed to have a high intellectual capability, and can distinguish the good from the bad.

Simha Vahanam: On the third day morning the Lord is taken out in a procession on Lion symbol as his vehicle. Lion is a symbol of royalty and power. Lord assumed the form of half man and half lion in his Narasimha Avathara. Lord Sri Krishna says in Bhagavath Geetha that he is the Lion among the animals.

Muthyala Pallaki Vahanam: On the third day evening the Lord is again taken out in procession along with his concerts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi in a palanquin decorated with a canopy of pearls. Pearl is said to be a symbol of purity and royalty.

Kalpa Vruksha Vahanam: On the fourth day of the festival the Lord is taken out in procession in the morning on Kalpa Vruksha as his vehicle signifying that he is the giver of boons to his devotees and fulfills their wishes.

Sarva Bhoopala Vahanam: On the fourth day evening the Lord is again taken out in procession on a vehicle called as Sarva Bhoopala Vahanam signifying that He is the Lord of Lords.

Mohini Avatharam: On the fifth day morning the Lord is taken out in procession decorated in the attire of Mohini Avatharam (Ksheera Sagara Madhanam) the one who has distributed the Divine Nectar.

Garuda Vahanam: On the fifth day evening the Lord Sri Venkateswara is taken out in procession specially decorated, with his main devotee and chief vehicle Garuda (Garukmantha) the king of birds as his vehicle. It is a unique occasion when thousands gather together and would like to witness the procession. This day is also represented by the Chief Minister, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh by symbolically offering new silk clothes to the Lord as a mark of obeisance and thanks giving to the Lord of the Universe. It is believed and said that it is highly meritorious and mukthi pradham to have darshan of the Lord seated on Garuda.

Hanumantha Vahanam: On the sixth day morning the Lord is taken out in procession with Lord Hanuman as his vehicle. Hanuman was the personification of the most trusted and self less service to the Lord in his avathara as Sri Rama in Treta Yuga. Undoubtedly Lord Hanuman was the greatest devotee of Lord Sri Rama.

Gaja Vahanam: On the sixth day evening the Lord is taken out in procession on Elephant (Gaja) or Airavatham as his vehicle. We find in Sri Madbhagavatham (Gajendra Moksham) Lord instantly coming to the rescue of Gajendra and get him relieved from the clutches of the Crocodile.

Surya Prabha Vahanam: On the seventh day morning the Lord Venkateswara is taken out in procession with Sun God driving the Chariot. Purusha Sooktha describes Sun as born from the eyes of Lord SrimanNarayana (Chaksho! Suryo Ajayathah!). Sun is said to be an incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu (Surya Narayana)

Chandra Prabha Vahanam: On the seventh day evening the Lord is again taken out in procession with Moon as symbol of his vehicle. Purusha Sooktha describes Moon as Chandrama Manaso Jaathaha. Moon is born from the mind of Lord Maha Vishnu. Moon is the commander of mind and is a symbol of cool and pleasantness. Both these rituals are symbolic significance that He is the cause for day and night.

Rathotsavam: On the eighth day morning the Lord Venkateswara is taken out in procession along with his concerts seated on a fully decorated Chariot pulled by the devotees with the chanting of Govinda Nama Smarana. Tirumala will be flooded with devotes to witness this occasion. It is believed and said that those who witness the Lord seated on the Chariot during Rathotsavam will not be reborn. Idols of Daruka the charioteer of Lord Sri Krishna and four horses are placed before the Lord on the chariot.

Aswa Vahanam: On the eighth day evening the Lord is again taken out in procession with Aswa (Horse) as his vehicle symbolizing the forthcoming Kalki Avathara. Lord Venkateswara used to ride on a horse during hunting of wild animals. Lord assumed the form of Horse head during his avathara as Hayagreeva.

Chakra Snanam: On the ninth day morning, last day of the Brahmotsavam, special abhishekam (Avabhrutha Snanam) is held for utsava moorthy of Lord Venkateswara and his concerts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi in the complex of Lord Varaha Swamy temple on the banks of Swamy Pushkarini. Later, the Sudarshana Chakra (Disc weapon of the Lord) is immersed in the waters of Swamy Pushkarini. We find large number of devotes simultaneously taking a dip in the Pushkarini waters at that time. It is believed and said that one will get absolved from sins by taking a dip in Swamy Pushkarini simultaneously along with the Sudarshana Chakra on this day.

Dwajaavarohanam: On the ninth day evening the Garuda flag will be lowered as a mark of completion of the Brahmotsavam.

Advantages Of Drinking Water In Our Daily Life

September 9, 2011 2 comments

I know people always be very busy in todays fast changing world. People are working like machines! They dont have time to think about their healthy life style.  I know its very tough to change peoples habits, but a simple tip can be followed which helps you to keep your life healthy.

DRINK ATLEAST 10 GLASSES OF WATER EVERY DAY! Is that simple. Below are the some of the reasons why you need to drink plenty of water.

Your Ultimate Mood Lifter!

Water works as a natural remedy in many ways. It helps to relieve headache and back pains caused due to dehydration. Water keeps your body rejuvenated and fresh. So, have plenty of God’s own drink.

Water Fights Age Lines

You have tried so many anti-aging creams. Try water! It replenishes skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increases skin elasticity. Water is a must for a younger looking skin.

A Perfect Headache Reliever

Popping pills may seem like the best idea to get relief from that constant headache. But, have you tried drinking water when your head was hurting loud? It works wonders as 90 per cent of headache may be due to dehydration.

Water Down those Love Handles

If you don’t drink sufficient water, metabolism slows down. This means fats can’t be processed as quickly as it should be leading to that not-so-wanted bulge. Your body needs eight to 10 glasses of water a day to fight that flab away.

End Asthma with Water!

Scarcity of water vapor in the lungs may constrict the airways and cause mucus in the lungs leading to an asthma attack. Doctors suggest that people with asthma must drink at least 10 glasses of water every day, along with a pinch of salt. Inhaling steam from a bowl or kettle can also do the trick.

Get Better with your Digestive System

Splashing water on your face can give you that glow, but have you ever wondered how you can cleanse your system without religiously reading those diet books? Drinking water helps clean up your digestive system, naturally.