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How to perform Varalakshmi Vratam

Varalakshmi vratam / pooja is one of the most important poojas performed by the women of all communities in the Southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and in Maharashtra.

The pooja is performed on the 2nd Friday before the full moon day in the Hindu month of Sravanam. It mostly falls in month of August. If you cannot perform the vratam on the 2nd Friday due to unforeseen circumstances, you can perform it on any one of the Fridays of the month. Married women perform the pooja mainly for a blissful and prosperous married life.

Varalakshmi Devi is one of the special forms of Goddess Lakshmi - the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. The word 'varam' (vara) means boon in Sanskrit and Telugu languages. As goddess Lakshmi is believed to bestow Her devotees with boons and fulfill their wishes, she is worshiped by the name Varalakshmi.

According to Skanda Purana, Goddess Parvati wanted to perform a pooja / vratam which would be highly beneficial for women to …
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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

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 talli

Kalalanni kannula kalige vela
Ee lokaalu rammani pi…

Visit to Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu

Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple also known as Thiruvaranga Tirupati Periyakoil is located in 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 and 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. It is the foremost among the 108 Divya Kshetrams / Desams i.e. the sacred shrines of the Vaishnavite sect.
About the temple Sri Ranganatha Swamy 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. The South Gate is the main entrance gate i.e. the Rajagopuram. This is the larges…

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.
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, like boat ride in the cool breeze on Hussain Sagar. The boat takes the tourists to the huge Buddha Statue amidst the lake which looks colorfully beautiful when illuminated statue 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 and music…

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.

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 / the 4th TIKF will be held from …

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. 

Chenchu Lakshmi Tribal Museum is one of the best places where you can get to know about the tribal culture / life. From here you can go and spend some time amidst nature at Phaladhara and Panchadhara which is yet another best place to visit in Srisailam.
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 earn their livelihood through parrot astrology (known as chilaka…