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Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad » New Santoshnagar April 7th 2011

OLD COUPLES YATRA TO HOLY HILLS (7) 28-01-2010 – Thursday After visiting Tallapaka, we proceeded towards Horsley Hills. On the way we had our lunch in Rayachoti. There is only one vegetarian Restaurant near Bus Stand, which is reasonably good. Enjoying the scenic beauty on the way we proceeded towards Horsley Hills. When the destination is about 30 km there are sign boards on either side of the road put up by AP Tourism Department giving Mobile Number of their office in Horsley Hills. We telephoned to the office to enquire about accommodation and the Manager intimated that this is a lean season and accommodation is available without prior reservation. Having assured of accommodation, we slowly proceeded towards Horsley Hills enjoying the journey among hills and forests. We reached the Hills Resort by 5 pm ... read more

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad » New Santoshnagar March 25th 2011

OLD COUPLES MINI MAGHA MASA YATRA (5) 25th FEBRUARY, 2011 - FRIDAY Shri Parvatalu said to have found a great linga in the ant hill and appears to have built a temple with the archanamurti Sri Subrahmanyeswara Swamy flanked by his wives Sri Valli and Devasena. It is the belief of the devotees that the diseases of ears and eyes are cured with a forty day worship of the Lord. In the later years, the Zamindars of Challapalli developed the temple and provided sufficient funds for its maintenance. Another important feature of this Kshetram is that River Krishna is flowing in the northern direction to this Kshetram. According to puranas, persons suffering from Sarpa Dosha, Rahu and Ketu graha doshas are relieved of their negative effects by worshipping Sri Valli Devasena sametha of Lord Subrahmanyeswara swamy ... read more

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad » New Santoshnagar March 19th 2011

OLD COUPLES MINI MAGHA MASA YATRA (4) SIGNIFICANCE OF TWO ICONS OF LORD VENKATESWARA It is a very great and pleasant experience to have darshan of two main idols on the same pedastal and under the same Vimana Sikharam. In no other temple in India we witness such a wonderful feature – two Shiva lingas on the same pana pattam in Kaleswaram temple. The main idol (moola viraat) originally discovered by Sage Dwaraka is a half statue from naval and upwards. In course of time, the Sages and Saints felt that worshipping Lord Venkateswara is not complete unless prayers are offered at his HOLY FEET (Brahma kadigina padamu). Perhaps taking this into account the great Vaishnava Saint Srimad Ramanujacharya installed a full statue of Lord Venkateswara behind the half statue brought to light by Sage Dwaraka ... read more

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad » New Santoshnagar March 12th 2011

OLD COUPLES MINI MAGHA MASA YATRA (3) Dt.21st February, 2011 – MONDAY. We started our further journey from Guntur starting at 6-45 am, reached Vijayawada by 7-30 am. When we are at Bandar Road, Vijayawada, we promptly received a call from my senior colleague and friend Shri Phanibhushana Rao enquiring about our tirthayatra programme and when we would be visiting his house. We informed him that we are already in Vijayawada and we will be in his house in another hour after visiting my wife’s aunt in Labbipet who is not keeping good health on account of old age. Accordingly we are in his house at 9 am by which time Mrs.Vijayalakshmi Phanibhushanrao is ready with breakfast for us. Mrs.Vijayalakshmi and Mr.Phanibhushanarao couple are spending their retired life in Vijayawada and in visiting punya kshetras ... read more

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad » New Santoshnagar March 5th 2011

OLD COUPLES MINI MIGHA MASA YATRA (2) Dt.20th FEBRUARY, 2011 - SUNDAY We proceeded to the temple of Brahma Lingeswara Shiva Temple where priests are performing pujas to Lord Vighneswara and Lord Shiva. We enquired about the temple of Lord Chaturmukha Brahma and the priests informed that this temple is by the side of the Shiva Temple and it is situated in a pushkarini in a low lying area and on account of heavy rains during this year, lot of water accumulated in the pushkarini and the temple is partly submerged in water and there is no way to enter into the temple and hence the sanctum sanctorium was closed and it may likely to be reopened around May when water in the pushkarnini may recede. The priests advised us to visit the temple from ... read more

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad » New Santoshnagar March 3rd 2011

OLD COUPLES MINI MAGHA MASA YATRA (1) I had a desire to perform Samudra Snanam (bath in sea waters) in Magha Masam and visit the temples of Trinities Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara, in the same trip. Earlier when we were at Vijayawada in the year 2000 we made it a point to have Samudra Snanam in Ashadha, Karthika, Magha and Vaisakha Masams and accordingly visited the beaches of Manginapudi (Masulipatam), Surya Lanka (Bapatla), Hamsala Deevi (Avanigadda) and Vadarevu (Chirala). Our great Sages have ordained that one should perform Samudra Snanam in Magha Masam, taking into account the benefit it confers healthwise. ADVANTAGES OF MAGHA SNANAM IN SEA WATERS In the earlier months to Magha Masam, on account of cold and snow, the body becomes weak because of lack proper sunshine, etc. In Magha Masam the ... read more

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad » New Santoshnagar September 2nd 2010

OLD COUPLES YATRA TO HOLY HILLS (6) AHOBILAM SALAGRAM SHILA - MAY LAKSHMI NARASIMHA BLESS ALL OF US At the time of our visit to Malola Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy, the priest is offering naivedyam to the Lord. We sat there silently till the curtain is opened and had the darshan and prasadam of the Lord. Having very much tired of the trekking journey, climbing up and down the steps from Jwala Narasimhaswamy temple to this temple, we sat there for about 10 minutes and started our jouney. After climbing down about 100 steps, it is stated that one has to travel half a km to and fro for reaching the place where Chandamarka school(where boy Prahlada studied) is located. But we decided to skip the same as we are fully exhausted. We directly proceeded to the temple ... read more

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad » New Santoshnagar August 24th 2010

OLD COUPLES YATRA TO HOLY HILLS (5) After taking a brief rest in the room, in the evening we proceeded to visit the CHATRAVATA NARASIMHA SWAMY temple situated in Lower Ahobilam. It is at a distance of about 3 km. The image of the deity is in a small temple and is said to be installed under a peepal tree. The temple is surrounded by thorny bushes. Hence it is said that the Lord is called Chatravata Narasimha Swamy. Priests from Prahlada Varada Narasimhaswamy temple visit this temple also and perform pujas. At the time of our visit there are many tourists and priests are performing pujas. After worshipping the Chatravata Narasimhaswamy, we proceeded to Kasi Nayana Ashramam - cum - Yogananda Narasimha Swamy temple, which is at a further distance of about 2 km. ... read more

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad » New Santoshnagar August 16th 2010

OLD COUPLES YATRA TO HOLY HILLS (4) PRATHAMA NANDI : Of the nine Nandeeswara Temples, this is the fifth Nandi we visited after visiting the Naga Nandeeswara Temple situated in the Anjaneya Swamy temple. Kedareswara Devi is the consort of Prathama Nandeeswara in this temple. This temple is situated in a very wide area and the temple is reasonably big and very well maintained. This temple is very nearer to Nandyala Railway Station. As there was not any rush of pilgrims, we leisurely worshipped Prathama Nandeeswara and Goddess Kedareswari Devi. From there we proceeded to the temple of Sakshi Mallikarjuna Swamy situated at a distance of about 2 km from this temple and in the middle of Nandyala Town. SAKSHI MALLIKARJUNA SWAMY TEMPLE : It is said that pilgrims starting from Nandyal first visit this temple ... read more

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad » New Santoshnagar May 4th 2010

OLD COUPLES YATRA TO HOLY HILLS (3) By 1-30 pm we reached Nandyala from eastern side and we decided to have lunch in Nandyala. We proceeded to a vegetarian restaurant, had lunch and then proceeded to Mahanandi which is about 20 km from Nandyal. We proceeded to the Karivenavari Satram, where I stayed in my earlier visit, and took two rooms for our stay. Just before entering Mahanandi, there is a huge Nandi statute which was built recently. Mahanandi is a very beautiful place on the foot of the Nallamalai Hills from where a stream emerges from the Hills passing through the Icon of Mahanandi Temple and then enteres into a Pushkarini and from there irrigates about 20,000 acres. After taking a brief rest and by 5 pm we went to the temple premises. HUGE NANDI ... read more

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