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Air Purifying Indoor Plants With Names

In the olden days there was no apartment culture in India and people used to grow flowering plants in front of their houses and a kitchen garden in the backyard. Presently more and more people are opting to stay in flats where there is space crunch and poor ventilation.
People living in apartments use fancy air filtration systems in their homes as air purifiers. However, there is an increasing trend of growing indoor / ornamental plants in the flats. Adding indoor potted plants help in beautifying the look of the home and also act as the best natural air purifiers.

Getting home these leafy friends is not a big thing but it involves time and needs regular maintenance in the right way. Big and spacious balconies in the flats is not essential for growing indoor plants but these plant just need a small living space inside the flat. Some of the indoor plants that can be grown and maintained effortlessly are:
Holy Basil In India Holy Basil is commonly known as Tulsi. Every Hindu home will …
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Akshaya Tritiya - The Gold Rush Day For Hindus

Akshaya Tritiya - the Hindu festival popular for gold purchases in India. The festival is known by the name of Akshaya Tritiya in South India and Akha Teej in North India. It falls Vaisakha Suddha Tadiya day i.e. on the 3rd day after Amavasya in the Hindu month of Vaisakh.

The festival has gained popularity as a gold rush day in the recent past. Jewelry shops are heavily crowded with customers who make sentimental purchase of gold on this auspicious day. The shops lure the public with apparent discounts / special price offers.
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Details of various Sevas and Darshans in Tirumala

Venkatadri Samamsthanam Brahmande Nasti Kinchanah
Venkatesa Samo Devo Na Bhuto Na Bhavishyati
Tirumala - the abode of Lord Venkateswara is popularly known as 'Kaliyuga Vaikuntham'. Thousands of pilgrims visit the temple which peaks during festive times, vacation times and during annual Brahmotsavalu.

Pilgrims can book the tickets for the available darshans at the single window counter opposite to CRO (Central Reception Office) at Tirumala. To avoid long lines, pilgrims can also make online bookings for different sevas / dasrshans well in advance through TTD's ( official website. Register with a valid e-mail id to get the registration activation link for verification and activation. You can also complete verification through OTP (one time password) sent to your registered mobile.

You can also book the tickets at e-darshan counters in TTD Kalyana Mandapams in your place / city.

In view of helping the pilgrims / devotees of Lord Venkateswara, I have provided …

Suprabhata Darshan Details of Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Swamy

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Devotees can have the Suprabhata darshan of Lord Venkateswara from 3.00 a.m onwards after the seva which lasts for 30 minutes from 2.30 a.m to 3.00 a.m. This seva is not performed in Dhanurmasam as Tirupavvai is recited during this time.

Pilgrims / devotees can book the tickets online for Suprabhata Darshan from the official website of TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams) - www, Tickets can also be booked one day in advance from the Single Window Counter opposite to CRO (Central Reception Office), Tirumala. The seva is performed on all the 7 days of the week.

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Raghavendra Swamy Temple, Mantralayam

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On a pleasant morning Akbar and Birbal were enjoying a walk in the Royal Garden. The emperor was delighted on seeing the beautiful colorful flowers, the greenery all around and the chirping of birds. Mother Nature was at her best and Akbar along with Birbal was enjoying the morning walk.

While Akbar was lost in his own world, he noticed a flock of crows in the garden. Suddenly a tricky question flashed in his mind and as always he wanted to test the cleverness of Birbal by questioning him.

"I just wonder how many crows would be there in my kingdom", said Akbar.

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These young students of CVH went on a 3-day Balvihar residential summer camp to Chinmaya Gardens in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. After the morning prayer, the students lined up with their baggage and backpack. The children were too excited and thrilled as for most of the children it was the first time to travel to distant place without parents. While the parent were worried to stay away from their little ones for 5 days. The children boarded the bus and reached Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.
After the check-in formalities, the students accompanied with teachers boarded the Indigo flight 6E 744 bound to Coimbatore. The flight took off from Hyderabad airport at 9.30 a.m and landed in Coimbatore at around 10.45 a.m.
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Visit To Nandankanan Zoological Park Bhubaneswar

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Enjoy A Ride On The Vizag-Bhimli Beach Road

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