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Visiting Tirumala Venkateswara Swamy temple on New Year's Day

Visiting Tirumala on New Year's Day i.e January 1st and having the darshan of Sri Venkateswara Swamy on this day has become a sentiment for many devotees across the country. They feel blessed to have the darshan of Lord Balaji on New Year's Day.

Tirumala is a world renowned pilgrim place and there are many places to visit in and aroun Tirumala.

Trip planner for visiting Tirumala on New Year's day need to be done well in advance as it is not easy to get accommodation and seva darshan tickets. Devotees can make all the booking online from tirumala.org.

Trains, Tirupati RS (Railway Station), Choultaries, private hotels, cottages, TTD guest houses and all other accommodations will be heavily crowded with pilgrims on Dec 31 night and Jan 1 morning. Many pilgrims climb Tirumala Hills.

Pilgrims with advanced booking of accommodation can proceed to CRO (Central Reception Office).

Darshan lines on the night of Dec 31st will be too long with serpentine bends. Pilgrims need to be st…

Road Trip from Hyderabad to Jhira Narasimha Swamy Temple in Bidar, Karnataka

A road trip from Hyderabad to Jhira Narasimha Swamy temple in Bidar, Karnataka via Zaheerabad is a pleasant and enjoyable one. There are good number of dhabas / local chai / coffee and tiffin stalls for a refreshment through the way.

The drive is through Sangareddy and Zaheerabad on the state highway. The drive on the state highway is interesting. All the way one comes across travelers taking a halt on the roadside for having refreshment. On the way, you will also come across our ancestors i.e. monkeys. During our road trip from Hyderabad to this unique water cave temple, we halted on the roadside for refreshing ourselves. As we were about to get into our cars, we were taken aback / shocked to see a big monkey badly injured and lying on the roadside. We felt sorry for the poor dumb creature but were helpless. We guessed the reckless / rash driving of the vehicle could had been the cause for such a pathetic condition of the animal. The hips of the monkey was completely crushed and it …

Simhachalam Narasimha Swamy Temple, Visakhapatnam

The temple of Sri Varaha Narasimha Swamy is located in Simhachalam, very close to Visakhapatnam  which is one of the fast developing cities in the east coast of Andhra Pradesh.

The city is known for its natural beauty and has much tourist potential, virgin beaches and pristine sea waters. The city lies on the main line of Howrah-Madras mail and is easily accessible. The local people are innocent, lovable and hospitable too. The ancient temple of Lord Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy at Simhachalam is one of the important temples of A.P.

According to Hindu scriptures, Lord Narasimha Swamy is one of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Narasimha Swamy has a peculiar beastly form with a lion's face and a human body. He emerged from a pillar when it was broken by the demon King Hiranyakashyipa - father of Prahlad who was a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu.

Simhachalam is one of the famous temples of Lord Narasimha Swamy. This 11th century temple is located on a hill and is at a distance o…

The Fine Silver Filigree Work of Odisha

Silver filigree work by the Odisha artisans is one of the finest ancient art works that is in practice since 15th century C.E (Current Era). In this art silver, with 90% purity, is beaten and drawn into ultra fine wires. These fine silver wires / threads are used by the skillful hands of the artisans in making beautiful ethnic jewelry and decorative items.

This ancient skillful art form originated in Cuttack, a city in the Eastern part of Odisha. This work is also known as Tarakasi work. The Odissi Dancers wear silver filigree jewelry.

The hand work is so fine and delicate that you can't stop yourself admiring those works. The artisans make beautiful jewelry like earrings
and jhumikis (dangling),
decorative items
and showpieces
And many more like gods' idols, pooja materials etc.
Image Courtesy: All the images are taken from radhajewellers.
Where to Buy Silver Filigree work in Odisha The ancient handicraft items of Odisha are available in Utkalika shops - the Odisha State C…

Full Moon on Kartika Purnima day - Nov 4, 2017

Hindi Diwas Song - Hum Hai Hindustani Hindi Bhasha

Every year Hindi Diwas is celebrated on September 14th all over India. On this day in 1949, the Constituent Assembly of India has adopted Hindi in Devanagari script, as the official language of India.

Here are the lyrics of the wonderful Hindi Diwas Song for school children. The song is composed by Pt. AvadKishore Pandeyji.

Hum Hai Hindustani Hindi Bhasha Humko Pyaari Hai
Is Bhasha Par Sari Duniyan Vaari Vaari Vaari Hai

Charon Vedon Ke Pannon Mein Jo Gunje Aviram
Ram Krishna Ki Vaani Hai Ye Aur Geeta Ka Gyan
Iske Shabdarthon Ki Shobha Nyari Nyari Nyari Hai

Ganga Si Pavanta Jismein Hai Shikharon Sa Maan
Us Bhasha Ke Hum Bhashi Hain Hai Hamko Abhiman
Hum Na Bhul Sakenge Isko Jab Tak Jaan Hamari Hai

Rishiyon Ki Vani Ye Bhasha Kaviyon Ka Samman
Prem Bhav Ka Path Padhata Har Pustak Ka Gyan
Iski Khushbu Se Meheki Ye Kyari Kyari Kyari Hai


Lyrics in Hindi हम हैं हिंदुस्तानी हिंदी भाषा हमको प्यारी है
इस भाषा पर सारी दुनिया वारी वारी वारी है

चारों वेदों के पन्नो मे जो गूंजे अविराम
रामकृष्ण की वाणी है ये …

KBR Park in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad - The Morning Walkers' Paradise

KBR Park located in Jubilee Hills, Hyerabad is one of the most crowded places in the mornings. In fact it is the Morning Walkers' paradise and everyone love going to this place early in the mornings for a walk. If you happen to visit this place in the morning, you can see long lines of cars parked on either side of the road. With great difficulty you will find a parking lot here in the mornings.
It's a dream for many ladies of the upper middle class and elite to drive to KBR park for a morning walk. People these days have become too health conscious and morning walks are the best exercise for such people. The entire area has ups and downs which helps in developing endurance. The walkers literally sweat a lot and shed weight when they have a walk here. There is a walk way encircling the park outside so that walkers can go round the walkway even when the park is not open for public.

There is long walkway inside the park as well but you need to get an entrance fee for entering i…