Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Rituals conducted at Balaji temple,Tirupathi

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Tirumala Tirupati Temple is accredited for being the most visited temple of India and second most visited shrine in the world after Vetican. Positioned on Venkatachala or Ventaka Hill (the seventh peak of the Tirupati Hill) in Chittoor district, Tirupati Temple is also the richest temple of the World. Dedicated to Sri Venketeshwara, the temple lies on the southern side of Swami Pushkarini. Tirupati Balaji Temple is accessible from anywhere in Andhra Pradesh. 
The lavish temple follows complex rituals and sermons of worship that were prescribed by Ramanuja Acharya in the 12th century. Every day, the program begins with 'Suprabhatam', which encompasses awakening of the Lord at 3'O clock in the morning. 'Ekanta Seva' is the last program, in which, the Lord is made to sleep at 1'O clock in the night. 

As per the day and period, different 'sevas' (services) and 'utsavams' (festivals) are held in the shrine of the Lord. 'Hundi' is a donation box and this is the main source of temple's income. Devotees offer donations as per their desire in these boxes that are kept at intervals in the temple. For the ease of the pilgrims, different 'darshans' including 'Sarvadarshan', 'Special Darshan' and 'Sudarshanam' are prearranged. 
Source:http://www.culturalindia.net/indian-temples/tirupati-balaji.html

Tirupathi Devasthanam has made special arrangements for the Senior citizens and physically handicapped persons as per details given in my blog with the following link:
https://svsaibaba.blogspot.in/2016/11/tirumala-tirupati-devasthanam-senior.html 
The following list explains some of the various rituals in the temple:
Suprabhatam : 
Every morning the Suprabhatam, Prapatti and Mangalasasanam slokas are recited, and a descendant of Tallapaka Annamacharya sings a few of Annamacharya’s sankeertanas. Devotees present at the time of Suprabhatam can have the Lord’s Suprabhata Darsanam, also called Viswarupa Sarvadarsanam.
Kalyanotsavam : 
Kalyanotsavam is also known as Vaivahikotsavam or Pendli Tirunal. It is conducted in the Kalyana Mandapam and its rituals are similar to those followed in Hindu marriages.
The utsava murti of the Lord (Malayappaswami) is the bridegroom and the two nachimars are the two brides. An imaginary family pedigree of the contracting parties is recited during the course of the ritual.   
The deities of the bridegroom and brides face each other with a screen in between. They are allowed to see each other only at the appropriate auspicious moment when the screen is removed. Marriage homams are performed. A purohit conducts the marriage and an archaka is consecrated to perform the homams and other rituals, on behalf of the bridegroom.
After the marriage, valuable clothes are presented to the brides and the bridegroom and to the purohit and the archaka. Dakshina is also given to the brahmins who officiate at the function. Sweets, cake and food are offered to the deity and distributed to those who are present. In terms of rituals, Pratyeka Kalyanotsavam is the same as Kalyanotsavam.
Tomala Seva  
Tomala Seva involves the decoration of the Lord with flowers. Tomala is the shortened form of the Tamil expression ‘Toditta Malai’ (adorning the deity with garlands of flowers). The flower garlands are prepared in Yamunat-turai. According to tradition, there are fixed specifications as to the kinds of flowers to be used, their source and the length of the garlands. The periya jiyar of the temple or his ekangi bring the garlands along with a lit torch in a procession, to the accompaniment of the beat of the jeghanta.
The deity is then adorned with the flowers , while the mantra- pushpam is recited in the Sayana Mandapam.
The service comes to a close with the waving of the flame known as nakshatra-harati, the sprinkling of mantrodaka, waving of vinjamara, and the priest dedicating the service to the lotus feet of the Lord. During the service, the Vaikhasana priest is assisted by the ekangi. Admission for Tomala Seva is through the Vaikuntam Queue Complex.
Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam 
Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam is a purificatory ceremony that takes place in the sanctum. It is performed four times a year – before Ugadi, Aanivari Asthanam, the annual Brahmotsavam and Vaikuntha Ekadashi.
After the first bell, the smaller deities and other articles including the aghandam deepam in the sanctum are moved to the ante chamber. the main deity of the Lord is covered with water-proof material.
The sanctum is then cleansed and a ground paste of kumkum, karpooram (camphor) and chandanam (sandalwood paste) is applied to the walls, ceiling and floor. After some time, the walls are wipred clean. The water-proof covering on the deity is removed, and Laghu Thirumanjanam is given to the main deity and Bhoga Srinivasa. Food is then offered to the Lord during the second bell.
Pavitrotsavam
Pavitrotsavam is a purificatory ceremony, the objective of which is to expiate the mistakes and offenses arising in the daily worship of the deity. This function is elaborately performed in the month of August every year.
Pushpa Yagam
Pushpa Yagam is the worship of the Lord with a variety of sweets and fragrant flowers. It is conducted on sravana nakshatram day after Brahmotsavam.
Archana
First Archana: During the First Archana, also called the Sahasranama Archana, the Lord is worshipped by reciting the Sahasranamam (1008 names of the Lord). Admission for Archana is through the Vaikuntam Queue Complex.
First Bell: This is the first Naivedyam (food offering) to the Lord for the day. Naivedyam is announced by ringing the two bells, followed by Sattumura (recitation of a few psalms of the Prabandham by the Jiyangar or his assistant and the Vaishnava acharya purushas), and the distribution of curd-mixed food among them.
Food is also offered to to Vishwaksena, Garuda and the Nityasuries. The ringing of bells and Naivedyam are popularly known as the First Bell of the temple.
Second Bell and Second Archana: The Second Bell or Aparanhapuja is the second Naivedyam for the Lord. It is followed by a second Archana when the Ashthottaranama (108 names of the Lord as given in the Varaha Purana) is read. This is an ekantam (private) service, and pilgrims are not allowed to witness this ritual.
Abhishekam
Abhishekam to the Lord Sri Venkateswara is performed in the early hours, every Friday. Traditional natural perfumed camphor, saffron, and milk are used for giving a sacred bath to Lord Venkateswara. The namam (white religious mark on the Lord’s forehead) is drawn with an intermediate thin tapering line of musk.
Chanting of Vedas and prabandhams: Abhishekam is then performed for the gold image of Sri Lakshmi which hangs in a gold chain on His chest, to the chanting of Sri-Suktam. And at the end, a harati of camphor is waved. The Lord is dressed in a pitambaram along with valuable ornaments.
The saffron water collected from the Lord’s body is the Abhisheka Tirtham; it is considered to be holy since it has been in contact with His body. It is given in small spoonfuls to the pilgrims during the Sarvadarsanam that follows as theerthams.
Abhishekam is conducted every Friday, it lasts approxiamately for one and half hours from 0400 hrs. Holders of Rs. 12,250.00, Rs. 750.00, Rs. 300.00 and Rs. 150.00 (per head) tickets are admitted. Only a limited number of tickets are issued for Abhishekam. On Friday, Tomala Seva and Archana are conducted from 0700 hrs to 0800 hrs.
Unjal Seva
Sri Malayappaswami (utsava murthi), Sridevi and Bhudevi are seated in an unjal in the Aina Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) and swung to the accompaniment of Vedaparayanam and Mangala Vadyam.
Vasanthotsavam
Vasanthotsavam is a festival of colours. It is a periodical festival celebrated in the month of vasantham.
Sahasra Deepalankarana Seva
This seva is performed in the Unjal Mandapam. The Mandapam glows with the lights of sahasra deepa (a thousand earthern lamps). The Lord is seated on an unjal, which is rocked gently to the accompaniment of a clarinet orchestra.
Sadalimpu or Sallimpu (on Thursdays)
Tiruppavada, on Thursday, the rich garments and ornaments with which Lord Venkateswara is adorned on the previous Friday are, to a large extent, removed and a bare minimum (dhoti and uttariyam) is left on His body. This process is called Sadalimpu or Sallimpu (loosening or removing). The Lord is dressed in a laced velvet gown.
The kasturi (mark on the Lord’s forehead) is also removed leaving only a thin mark
Pulangi Seva (on Thursdays)
After the evening puja and Naivedyam on Thursdays, the Lord’s deity is covered with garlands of flowers extending from the crown to His feet. This decoration – exclusively with flowers – is called Pulangi Seva. This is an arjitha seva (paid seva), admission for which is given on the payment of a fee.
Arjitha Brahmotsavam
Brahmotsavam is performed for one day in an abridged manner within the temple precincts. Sri Malayappaswami (utsava murti) with His two consorts is worshipped in the Kalyana Mandapam with Vedic mantras and rituals and mounted on three vahanams – (golden Pedda Sesha Vahanam, silver Garuda Vahanam and silver Hanumantha Vahanam). This seva is performed after Kalyanotsavam.

Source: https://www.indiadivine.org/rituals-of-worship-at-tirupati/
TIMINGS OF DIFFERENT PUJAS AND SEVAS IN THE TEMPLE:
Mondays
Special Seva- Vishesha Puja:05:30 to 07:00 hrs
02:30-03:00 hrsSuprabhatam
03:30 - 04:00 hrsThomala Seva (Ekantam)
04:00 - 04:15 hrsKoluvu and Panchanga Sravanam (Ekantam)
04:15 - 05:00 hrsFirst Archana i.e.,Sahasranama Archana (Ekantam)
08:00 - 09:00 hrsVisesha Puja
07:00 - 19:00 hrsSarvadarshanam
12:00 - 17:00 hrsKalyanostavam,Brahmostavam,Vasanthostavam,
Unjal Seva
17:30 - 18:30 hrsSahasra Deepalankarana Seva
19:00 - 20:00 hrsSuddhi,Night Kainkaryams (Ekantam) and Night Bell
20:00 - 01:00 hrsSarvadarshanam
01:00 - 01:30 hrsSuddi and preparations for Ekanta Seva
01:30 hrsEkanta Seva

Tuesdays
(Special Seva: Ashtadala Pada Padmaradhana) 06:00 - 07:00 hrs
02:30-03:00 hrsSuprabhatam
03:30 - 04:00 hrsThomala Seva
04:00 - 04:15 hrsKoluvu and Panchanga Sravanam (Ekantam)
04:15 - 05:00 hrsFirst Archana i.e.,Shasranama Archana
06:00 - 07:00 hrsSuddi Ashtadala Pada Padmaradhana Second Bell
07:00 - 19:00 hrsSarvadarshanam
12:00 - 17:00 hrsKalyanostavam,Brahmostavam,Vasanthostavam,
Unjal Seva
17:30 - 18:30 hrsSahasra Deepalankarana Seva
19:00 - 20:00 hrsSuddhi,Night Kainkaryams (Ekantam) and Night Bell
20:00 - 01:00 hrsSarvadarshanam
01:00 - 01:30 hrsSuddi and preparations for Ekanta Seva
01:30 hrsEkanta Seva

Wednesdays
(Special Seva: Sahasrakalasa Abhishekam 06:00 - 08:00 hrs)
02:30-03:00 hrsSuprabhatam
03:30 - 04:00 hrsThomala Seva
04:00 - 04:15 hrsKoluvu and Panchanga Sravanam inside
Bangaru Vakili (Ekantam)
04:15 - 05:00 hrsFirst Archana i.e.,Shasranama Archana (Ekantam)
06:00 - 08:00 hrsSahasraKalasa Abhishekam Second Archana (Ekantam) and Bell
09:30 - 19:00 hrsSarvadarshanam
12:00 - 17:00 hrsKalyanostavam,Brahmostavam,Vasanthostavam,
Unjal Seva
17:30 - 18:30 hrsSahasra Deepalankarana Seva
19:00 - 20:00 hrsSuddhi,Night Kainkaryams (Ekantam) and Night Bell
20:00 - 01:00 hrsSarvadarshanam
01:00 - 01:30 hrsSuddi and preparations for Ekanta Seva
01:30 hrsEkanta Seva

Thursdays
(Special Seva: Tiruppavada - 06:00 - 08:00 hrs
and Poolangi Alankaram - 21:00 - 22:00 hrs)
02:30-03:00 hrsSuprabhatam
03:30 - 04:00 hrsThomala Seva
04:00 - 04:15 hrsKoluvu and Panchanga Sravanam inside
Bangaru Vakili (Ekantam)
04:15 - 05:00 hrsFirst Archana i.e.,Shasranama Archana
06:00 - 07:00 hrsSallimpu, Second Archana (Ekantam),
Tiruppavada, Second Bell
08:00 - 19:00 hrsSarvadarshanam
12:00 - 17:00 hrsKalyanostavam,Brahmostavam,Vasanthostavam,
Unjal Seva
17:30 - 18:30 hrsSahasra Deepalankarana Seva
19:00 - 21:00 hrsPedda Suddhi, Night Kainkaryams, Poolangi Alankaram
and Night Bell
21:00 - 01:00 hrsPoolangi Alankaram and Sarvadarshanam
01:00 - 01:30 hrsSuddi and preparations for Ekanta Seva
01:30 hrsEkanta Seva

Fridays
(Special Seva: Abhishekam) 04:30 - 06:00 hrs
02:30-03:00 hrsSuprabhatam
03:00 - 04:00 hrsSallimpu, Suddi, Nityakatla Kainkaryams,
Morning I Bell and preparation for Abhishekam
04:30 - 06:00 hrsAbhishekam and Nijapada Darsanam
06:00 - 07:00 hrsSamarpana
07:00 - 08:00 hrsThomala Seva  and Arcahna (Ekantam)
09:00 - 20:00 hrsSarvadarshanam
12:00 - 17:00 hrsKalyanostavam,Brahmostavam,Vasanthostavam,
Unjal Seva
18:00 - 20:00 hrsSahasra Deepalankarana Seva at Kolimi Mandapam
and Procession along the Mada streets.
20:00 - 21:00 hrsSuddhi,Night Kainkaryams (Ekantam) and Night Bell
21:00 - 22:00 hrsSarvadarshanam
22:00 - 22:30 hrsSuddi and preparations for Ekanta Seva
22:30 hrsEkanta Seva

Satrurdays and Sundays
02:30-03:00 hrsSuprabhatam
03:30 - 04:00 hrsThomala Seva (Ekantam)
04:00 - 04:15 hrsKoluvu and Panchanga Sravanam (Ekantam)
04:00 - 04:30 hrsFirst Archana, Sahasranama Archana (Ekantam)
06:30- 07:00 hrsFirstBell, Bali and Sattumura
07:00 - 07:30 hrsSuddhi Second Archana (Ekantam), SecondBell,etc.
07:30 - 19:00 hrsSarvadarshanam
12:00 - 17:00 hrsKalyanostavam,Brahmostavam,Vasanthostavam,
Unjal Seva
17:30 - 18:30 hrsSahasra Deepalankarana Seva
19:00 - 20:00 hrsSuddhi,Night Kainkaryams (Ekantam) and Night Bell
20:00 - 01:00 hrsSarvadarshanam
01:00 - 01:30 hrsSuddi and preparations for Ekanta Seva
01:30 hrsEkanta Seva
Notes:Sarvadarsanam may continue beyond 01:00 hrs subject to demand. The seva rates may change from time to time.

            Source: http://www.tirumala.org/DailySevas.aspx

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tips For An Awesome Retirement

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Some of us have reached our golden years, and some of us have not. But these tips for an awesome retirement should be read by everyone. They have been collected from many a senior, each with his or her own piece of advice. Some you may know, some may surprise you, and some will remind you of what's important. 

 1. It's time to use the money you saved up.
Use it and enjoy it. Don't just keep it for those who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get it. Remember there is nothing more dangerous than a son or daughter-in-law with big ideas for your hard earned capital. 
Warning: This is also a bad time for an investment, even if it seems wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries and this is a time for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.
 

2. Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren. 
Don't feel bad for spending your money on yourself. You've taken care of them for many years and you've taught them what you could. You gave them an education, food, shelter, and support. The responsibility is now theirs to earn their own money.
 

3. Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort.
Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well, and get your sleep. It's easy to become sick, and it gets harder to remain healthy. That is why you need to keep yourself in good shape and be aware of your medical and physical needs. Keep in touch with your doctor and go for periodical medical check up even when you're feeling well. 
 

4. Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your life patner.
The key goal is to enjoy your money with your partner. One day, one of you will miss the other, when money will not provide any comfort. So, enjoy it together.
 

5. Don't stress over the little things.
You've already overcome so much in your life. You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don't let the past drag you down and don't let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small issues will soon be forgotten.
6. Regardless of age, always keep love alive.
Love your partner, love life, love your family, love your neighbor, and remember: "A man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection."
 

7. Be proud, both inside and out.
Don't stop going to your hair salon or barber, do your nails, go to the dermatologist and the dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well stocked. When you are well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you feel proud and strong.
 

8. Don't lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your sense of style.
There's nothing worse than an older person trying to wear the current fashion among youngsters. You've developed your own sense of what looks good on you - keep it and be proud of it. It's part of who you are.
 

9. ALWAYS stay up-to-date.
Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are saying. Make sure you have an active email account and try to sign up to a couple of social networks. You'll be surprised which old friends you may meet. Keeping in touch with what is going on and with the people you know, is important at any age.
 

10. Respect the younger generation and their opinions.
They may not have the same ideals as you, but they are the future, and will take the world in their direction. Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them of yesterday's wisdom that still applies today.
 
11. Never use the phrase: "In my time". Your time is now.
As long as you're alive, you are a part of this time. Have fun and enjoy life. 

12. Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly.
Life is too short to waste your days on the latter. Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it'll rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. Spending your time with bitter people will make you older and harder to be around.
 

13. Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your children or grandchildren.
Sure, being surrounded by family sounds great, but we all need our privacy. They need theirs and you need yours. If you've lost your partner (our deepest condolences), then find a person to move in with you and help out. Even then, do so only if you feel you really need the help or do not want to live alone.
 

14. Don't abandon your hobbies.
If you don't have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a garden, play cards, checkers, chess, dominoes, golf. You can paint, volunteer at an NGO or just collect certain items. Find something you like and spend some real time having fun with it.
 

15. Even if you don't feel like it, try to accept invitations.
Baptisms, graduations, birthdays, weddings, conferences. Try to go. Get out of the house, meet people you haven't seen in a while, experience something new (or something old). But don't get upset when you're not invited. Some events are limited by resources, and not everyone can be hosted. The important thing is to leave the house from time to time. Go to museums, go walk through a field. Get out there.
 
16. Be a conversationalist. Talk less and listen more.
Some people go on and on about the past, not caring if their listeners are really interested. That's a great way of reducing their desire to speak with you. Listen first and answer questions, but don't go off into long stories unless asked to. Speak in courteous tones and try not to complain or criticize too much unless you really need to. Try to accept situations as they are. Everyone is going through the same things, and people have a low tolerance for hearing complaints. Always find some good things to say as well.
 

17. Pain and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older.
Try not to dwell on them but accept them as a part of the cycle of life we're all going through. Try to minimize them in your mind. They are not who you are, they are something that life has added to you. If they become your entire focus, you lose sight of the person you used to be.
 

18. If you've been offended by someone, forgive them. If you've offended someone, apologize.
Don't drag around resentment with you. It only serves to make you sad and bitter. It doesn't matter who was right. Someone once said: "Holding a grudge is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die." Don't take that poison. Forgive, forget and move on with your life.
 

19. If you have a strong belief, savor it.
The key is not to waste your time trying to convince others. They will make their own choices no matter what you tell them, and it will only bring you frustration. Live your faith and set an example. Live true to your beliefs and let that memory sway them.
 

20. Laugh. Laugh A LOT. Laugh at everything.
Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You've managed to have a life, a long one. Many never get to this age, never get to experience a full life. But you did. So what's not to laugh about? Find the humor in your situation.
 
21. Take no notice of what others say about you and even less notice of what they might be thinking.
They'll do it anyway, and you should have pride in yourself and what you've achieved. Let them talk and don't worry. They have no idea about your history, your memories and the life you've lived so far. There's still much to be written, so get busy writing and don't waste time thinking about what others might think. 

Now is the time to be at rest, at peace and as happy as you can be!

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Source: Received as an email from a friend