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Visit To Kanchi Kamakshi Temple On A Friday During Dussehra Navaratri

During Dussehra Navaratri in October 2018 we went on a family trip to Tamil Nadu. We took the morning flight from Hyderabad to Chennai.

On Day 1 of our trip we visited Kapaleeshwar temple in Mylapore and Parthasarathy temple in Triplicane, Chennai.

On Day 2 we went on a temple tourism in Kanchipuram. We started early morning from Chennai and reached Varadaraja Perumal temple in Vishnu Kanchi where we spent some time in the morning.

From Varadaraja Perumal temple we proceeded to Kanchi Kamakshi temple popularly known as Kamakshi Amman temple. By the time we reached the temple it was around 11 a.m.

I felt very much blessed as our visit was on a Friday during Dussehra festival (a highly auspicious day of the year), the day of the week which is very dear to Amman (Ammavaru) and the important festival of Amman.
The temple was heavily crowded with devotees and the weather was too hot. The Gopuram / the entrance tower to the temple.
Kanchipuram is popularly known as Kanchi and was known as …

Morning Visit To Varadaraja Perumal Temple In Kanchipuram

On Day 2 of our Tamil Nadu tour we started early in the morning from Chennai in a car and reached Kanchipuram by 7.30 a.m. Our trip planner included visits to the important temples depending on time taken for darshans, in the ancient city of Kanchi.

Our first visit was to Varadaraja Perumal temple in Vishnu Kanchi. There are two distinct divisions of Kanchi - one is Vishnu Kanchi where the temple of Varadaraja Swamy is located and the other is Siva Kanchi where the temple of Ekambareswarar is located.

Varadaraja Perumal temple also known as Devarajaswamy temple is highly sacred for Vaishnavites and Kanchipuram is one of the seven teerthas (pilgrimages) in Vaishnavism.
It is also one of the 108 (106 on Earth) Divya Desams i.e. temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and are praised by Alwars in 4000 Tamil verses that are part Divya Prabandham.

Kanchipuram is a very ancient city with historical importance. It is one of the important cities in South India with many Shiva and Vishnu temples bes…

An Evening At Kapaleeshwarar Temple In Mylapore, Chennai

In October 2018 during Dussehra Navaratri we went on a family trip to Tamil Nadu. It was a morning flight which took off from Hyderabad airport at around 7.30 a.m. We reached Chennai at around 10 a.m and it was almost 11 a.m by the time we reached Quality Inn Airport where we had our pre-booked room.

In the evening of Day 1 of our trip first we went to Kapaleeshwarar temple in Mylapore. As it was Dussehra festival time, the temple was decorated with lighting and was heavily crowded with devotees.
The street leading to the temple was jam packed with traffic and with roadside vendors on either side of the street.
The giant Gopuram (entrance tower) of the temple is in typical Dravidian style architecture. It is very spacious inside the temple premises and during our visit at the time of Dussehra Navaratri, the entire temple was illuminated in lighting which gave a festive look.
Inside the temple premises there was a nice display of Mt Kailash with Lord Shiva sitting in it. The display a…

Quiz On Wildlife Sanctuaries / National Parks In India

In which state is Dibru-Saikhowa Wildlife sanctuary located? (a) Assam
(b) West Bengal
(c) Arunachal Pradesh
(d) Mizoram

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Where is Kanha Tiger Reserve located? (a) Jharkhand
(b) Uttar Pradesh
(c) Odisha
(d) Madhya Pradesh

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In which state is Nagarhole National Park located? (a) Maharashtra
(b) Tamil Nadu
(c) Karnataka
(d) Andhra Pradesh

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Where is National Chambal Sanctuary located? (a) Madhya Pradesh
(b) Jharkhand
(c) Uttar Pradesh
(d) Bihar

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Where is Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary located? (a) Gujarat
(b) Rajasthan
(c) Maharashtra
(d) Uttarakhand

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In which state is Ranthambore National Park located? (a) Odisha
(b) Tamil Nadu
(c) Telangana
(d) Rajasthan

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In which place is Periyar Tiger Reserve located? (a) Kerala
(b) Karnataka
(c) Madhya Pradesh
(d) Goa

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In which state is Gir Forest National Park? (a) Gujarat
(b) Rajasthan
(c) Maharashtra
(d) Punjab>

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Where is Pench National Park located? (a) Jharkhand
(b) Madhya Pradesh
(c) Odisha
(d) West Bengal

Answer

Wh…

The Story of Shravan Kumar

This is a Hindu mythological story about an unfortunate boy whose name was Shravan Kumar. He is a character in the Hindu epic Ramayana who had great devotion towards his blind, old and frail parents who were actually hermits.

Long ago there lived a boy named Shravan Kumar. He was an unlucky child as his parents were blind and Shravan Kumar had to do all the household work in addition to looking after / taking care of his blind parents.

He was a very responsible and dutiful son. He used to willingly fulfill all the wishes of his parents with dedication. As his parents grew older, once they expressed their desire to go on a pilgrimage. In the olden days people (Hindus) used to go on pilgrimage in their old age to get purified of their sins.

Shravan brought two big bowl-shaped baskets and placed each of his parent in each basket. He then tied the baskets to a big bamboo stick and made a balance like device. He then placed each of his parent in each basket and tied the baskets to a bamb…

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…

A Morning Visit To Sinquerim Beach In Goa

In December 2018 we went on a day's tour to Goa. On the first day of our visit we spent the evening at Candolim beach to watch the sunset at Arabian Sea.

Being a nature-lover I enjoy watching the beauties of nature. The next day we went to spend sometime in the morning at Sinquerim beach which is one of the best beaches of Goa.
Sinquerim Beach is a beautiful beach in Goa which is located in North Goa and is at a distance of 13 Km from Panaji (Panjim) - the capital city of Goa. The beach lies to the south of the famous beaches like Candolim beach, Calangute beach and Baga beach and is adjacent to Aguada beach.
The view of the lower Aguada fort (Sinquerim fort) from the sands enhances the beauty of the location. The rampart of the fort projects into the gorgeous sea and bisects the shoreline into two parts.
Sinquerim beach is a paradise for the adventure / sport lovers. It offers a variety of water sports / activities like banana ride, wind-surfing, scuba diving, water scooter ride…

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 see…

A Visit To The Magnificent Old Goa Church

During our visit to Goa in December 2018 we visited the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa. There is ample space for parking in front of the Church and there are also row of shops where tourists can purchase handicrafts, local special food items like cashew, kokum - special juice of Goa / Konkan region and many more.
About Old Goa Old Goa which lies in northern Goa also known as Velha Goa. It lies 10 Km to the east of Panjim (Panaji), the present capital city of Goa. It was the capital of Goa during the Portuguese rule. Old Goa also remained the capital of the Bijapur Sultanate before the Portuguese rule who conquered the capital in 1510 CE (Current Era) by defeating Adil Shah.

Old Goa is a famous for its 16th century European style churches. Old Goa / churches of Old Goa is / are one of the World Heritage Sites. It attracts large number of foreign as well as native tourists mostly due to the magnificent churches.
The church is a 16th century structure built in Baroque architectural s…