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Importance And Significance Of Karthika Purnima

Kartika Pournami - the full moon day in the auspicious Hindu month of Kartika Masam is considered highly auspicious for worshiping Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu as well. The day is highly important for lighting up oil lamps by the women folk, married women in particular. These oil lit lamps are then released into the nearby water sources. The festival is celebrated with much fervor and great devotion across the length and breadth of the country.

People are mostly engaged in various religious activities on this day. Some perform Rudraabhishekam while some perform Satyanarayana Vratam on this auspicious day. Coincidentally, Guru Nanak Jayanti (the Sikh guru's birth anniversary) is celebrated on this day.
Mythological significance According to legends, Lord Shiva demolished the strong forts of Tripuri (made of gold, silver and iron) of the most powerful demon king Tripurasura on Kartika Purnima day. These three forts were believed to be in continuous motion (movement). The forts got th…
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Significance and Importance of Nagula Chavithi

Nagula Chaviti is yet another important festival celebrated by Telugu people of Andhra Pradesh. As the name implies 'Nagula' means 'of the serpents' in Telugu language and 'Chaviti' means 'fourth', the 'festival of serpents' is celebrated on the 4th day after Deepavali Amavasya (the day of moonless night) in the auspicious Hindu month of Kartikam.
Importance of the festival Nagula Chaviti is one of the important festivals in Andhra Pradesh which is celebrated with much devotion. It is a day fully dedicated to 'Serpents / Snakes' as these are considered as one of the foremost Gods in Hinduism. The festival reflects the harmonious communion between the venomous creatures and humans. In the olden days when there was no advancement of science and there was no scientific approach, a majority of the people in the rural India were becoming victims of poisonous snake bites. In addition to it, even there is a belief in Hinduism that serpents / s…

Lyrics Of Varalakshmi Song Etla Ninnettu Kundunamma

Varalakshmi Vratam is a very important pooja performed by the women on 2nd Friday that falls before full moon day in the auspicious Hindu month of Sravan

Please click here to know how to do Varalakshmi Puja.

After worshiping Goddess Laskhmi, Women folk sing songs in praise of Her. Here is a melodious devotional song in praise of Varalakshmi Devi which goes like this 'Etla Ninnettu Kondunamma':

Download lyrics in English.

Etla ninnettu kondunamma
Mahalakshmi Talli etla ninnettu kondunamma

Etla ninnettu kondumu aatlaade balavu neevu
Etla rammanuchu pilichi kotladhana michche talli

Etla ninnettu kondunamma
Mahalakshmi Talli etla ninnettu kondunamma

Pasibalavaite yettukondu Mahalakshmi Talli
Pasidi buggala palavelli
Poovulu pandrulu toranamulato
Palavelli kattina vedikapai kalahamsa nadakalatoti
Ghallu ghallu mani nadiche talli

Etla ninnettu kondunamma
Mahalakshmi Talli etla ninnettu kondunamma

Etla ninnettu kondu aatlaade balavuneevu
Etla rammanuchu pilichi kotladhana michche t…

Visit to Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu

Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple is also known as Thiruvaranga Tirupati Periyakoil. It is located in the temple town of Srirangam in Tamil Nadu.
About Srirangam Srirangam is located on an island in between the rivers of Kaveri and Kollidam - a tributary of River Kaveri. The small temple town of Srirangam is a part of Tiruchirapalli (Trichy). It is an important Hindu pilgrim place particularly for the Srivaishnavites. It is believed that this pilgrim place is one of the few self-manifested shrines (Swayam Vyakta Kshetra) of Lord Vishnu. Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple is the foremost among the 108 Divya Kshetrams / Desams i.e. the sacred shrines of the Vaishnavite sect.

Read about the Dasavataram of Lord Vishnu About the temple The temple is built across a vast area, in a typical Dravidian style of temple architecture. It is also known as Bhooloka Vaikuntham i.e. the Abode of Lord Vishnu on Earth.
There are seven enclosures (i.e. prakaras) with 21 magnificent towers (gopurams) and huge walls. …

A Wonderful Laser Show At Lumbini Park in Hyderabad

Lumbini Park is one of the top attractions of Hyderabad. It is located in the heart of the city opposite to the New Gate of Secretariat Building. March is the best time to visit the park as the weather at this time remains cool in the mornings and evenings / night and slightly hotter during the day.

Know about the top attractions of Hyderabad The park is located on the shores on Hussain Sagar and is easily reachable. It is heavily crowded on weekends with full of activities for visitors.

Click to read the boat ride that takes you to the huge Buddha Statue island amidst the lake which looks colorfully beautiful when illuminated at night.
Laser show at Lumbini Park is one of the main attractions and is a crowd-pulling show. It is the 1st spectacular water multimedia show in India. The uniqueness of the show is that the laser animation and live video are screened on the spray of water fountains with 3D effect. The laser effects dance to the rhythmic tunes / beats of the popular songs an…

Travel Guide to Mahabaleshwar Temple in Gokarna, Karnataka

About Gokarna Gokarna also known as Srikshetra, is a small temple town located on the west coast of North Karnataka. It is at a distance of about 60 Km from Karwar and it is one of the most important pilgrim places for Hindus. It is a small and peaceful town with full of divine vibes and tranquil atmosphere.

The nearest Railway Station is Gokarna Road on the Konkan Railway. There are good number of auto-rickshaws available at the station. They charge around Rs.250/- or Rs.300/- (subject to change) from railway station to the town. Many buses also ply from Mangalore and Mumbai which halt at Kumta village. From here one has to take a cab / auto-rickshaw to Gokarna which costs around Rs.200/- or Rs.250/- (subject to change). However, it is very difficult to get one from this place. Gokarna is not easily accessible.
About Shree Mahabaleshwar temple The main temple of Shree Mahabaleshwar is situated on the banks of Arabian Sea, facing the sea. Sri Mahabaleshwar is the main deity of the te…

Telangana International Kite and Sweet Festival 2019

About the Telangana International Kite Festival (TIKF) Kite flying during Makara Sankranti is an age-old tradition and culture in India. The weather remains favorable during this time to fly kites with bright sunny yet cold and windy days.

Know more about Makara Sankranti

In view of reviving tradition of flying kites during this time, the Dept of Youth Advancement, Telangana Govt Tourism and Culture in collaboration with the Royal Kite Flyers Club of India and Aga Khan Academy, had initiated the Telangana International Kite Festival.

The festival mainly aims at educating the kite enthusiasts on kite-making and kite-flying through a series of workshops and lessons. It also aims at entertaining the kite-flyers by conducting kite-flying / fighting competitions.

The 1st TIKF was held in Hyderabad on 14th and 15th January 2016. Kite-flyers of different National and International clubs from various countries take part in the festival.
Kite Festival this year (2019) The 3-day kite festival …

Lyrics And Meaning Of Ramadasu Keertana - Paluke Bangaramayena Kodandapani

Raagam : Ananda Bhairavi
Taalam : Aadi

Paluke bangaramayena Kodandapani - 2

paluke bangaramaye pilachina palukavemi - 2
kalalo nee nama smarana marava chakkani tandri

Concise meaning - The agony of Bhakta Ramadas is reflected in this keertana. Sri Rama is referred as Kodandapani (the wielder of bow) in this song. Ramadasu questions Rama why He (Rama) is not answering to his (Ramadasu) prayers though he (Ramadas) did not forget to chant His (Rama) name in his (Ramadasu) dreams?

Yenta vedina gani suntaina daya raadu - 2
pantamu seyaga nenentati vaadanu tandri - 2

Concise meaning - Ramadasu says why Rama is not showing mercy on him in spite of his repeated requests. He (Ramadasu) mentions that he is an ordinary man and how can he show his stubbornness with god.

Iruvuga isukalona poralina udata bhakti - 2
karuninchi brochitivani nera nammitini tandri - 2

Concise meaning - Ramadasu says that how can he believe that Rama was merciful to the small creature / squirrel which showed its devotion by…

Memoirs Of Spending A Day For Sightseeing In Goa

We went on an official trip to Goa in December 2018. We took the early morning flight from Hyderabad and landed at Goa by 7.40 a.m. We took the Kadamba Transport bus from Dabolim Airport to Calagute and we had to wait for more than 2 hours in the airport as the first bus departs from the airport at around 10.20 a.m. Transport is too expensive in Goa. We thought of taking a cab from the airport to ITC hotel in Candolim where we booked our accommodation but the fare was too high.

After long hours of wait we board the bus and were seated in a comfortable place. That was our first time visit to Goa and we were enjoying the scenic beauty of the place.
The beautiful coconut and palm trees all along the backwaters of the sea surrounded by lush green hills.
We took many clicks on the way and after an hour's journey we reached Calangute which is the last stop of the bus. From here we took an auto to the ITC hotel in Candolim. The autos at this place are a bit unique. I generally have seen…

Close to Nature at Phaladhara and Panchadhara near Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh

A road trip from Hyderabad to Srisailam is an enjoyable one. After the divine darshan of Lord Mallikarjuna and Goddess Brahmarambica, tourists can visit other interesting places in and around Srisailam.

Phaladhara and Panchadhara is one of the best places to visit in Srisailam. Most of the pilgrims visit this place on their return journey and spend some time amidst nature.

Read about Chenchu Lakshmi Tribal Museum - one of the best places to visit in Srisailam where you get to know about the tribal culture / life.
According to historical records, Adi Shankaracharya meditated at this serene valley when the divine compositions of Sivanandalahari and Soundaryalahari overflowed from his the thoughts.
To reach Phaladhara - Panchadhara you have to go down the steep steps made of stones. While going down the steps you can see our forefathers (I mean, monkeys) on the valley side. Be careful!
On the other side, there are few tribal people who sit with parrots in cages and tarot cards. They ear…