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With Loads Of Gold, Tirupati Looks For Higher Interest Rates (June 17, 2016)
The management of Tirupati Balaji Temple in Andhra Pradesh has said it will look for banks that offer highest interest rates for its gold available for investment. The TTD said in April that it deposited 1,311 kg of gold with Punjab National Bank (PNB) under the Gold Monetisation Scheme and is negotiating for better terms for making more such bank deposits.The TTD has requested the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the central government that deposits under medium- and long-term schemes of the Gold Monetisation Scheme should also be redeemable in gold so that depositor-temples get more attractive returns.”Gold offering will be around one tonne per year. In the case of property deeds, due procedure is followed by the concerned department to transfer the title. The temple also gets silver, diamond and other items,” a TTD official told IANS earlier.According to the TTD official, the revenue this year is likely to be about Rs 2,600 crore, of which the devotees’ offerings in hundi is estimated at around Rs 1,000 crore.
The interest receipts are likely to be around Rs 800 crore and the revenue from sales of tickets, prasadam and others is estimated to be around Rs 600 crore.The proceeds from auctioning of human hair offered by devotees to Lord Venkateswara were expected to be about Rs 140 crore, the official said.
The major outgo will be towards wages and salaries, estimated at around Rs 500 crore this year.
Varsity staff to congregate in Tirupati (Jun 10, 2016)
VIJAYAWADA: The All Universities Employees and Workers Union (AUEWU) will hold its fourth annual conference in Tirupati on June 11 and 12 at the arts block auditorium on the Sri Venkateswara University campus. A symposium on Navya Andhra Pradesh and the role of universities will be held as part of the conference, according to A V Nageswara Rao, according to union general secretary.
Actor Dhanraj’s devotional getaway with family at Tirupati(May 16, 2016)
Actor Dhanraj, who became popular with ETV’s comedy show Jabardasth was spotted at Tirupati with his wife and son recently. He shared a picture on social media, captioned, “Edu Kondala Vaada Venkata Ramana Govinda Govinda. Visited Tirupathi Devasthanams.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams celebrates Annamaiah’s 608th jayanti (May 22, 2016)
Tirumala: The 608th birth anniversary celebrations of saint-poet Annamacharya began on Saturday in Tirupati. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) conducted Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam at Tallapaka, the native village of Annamacharya. TTD announced that it will record more ‘Keertans’ composed by the saint poet. TTD executive officer D Sambasiva Rao said that Annamacharya wrote about 32,000 ‘Keetans’. About 14,000 of them are now available. The TTD composed and recorded about 1,700 songs so far, he said, adding that more Keetans will be recorded soon. The Tirumala board has been conducting Annamacharya Jayanti and Vardanti every year at Tirupati, Tirumala and Tallapaka, he added.The TTD began the telecast of Annamaiah Pataku Pattabhishekam, a programme designed by Trust Board member and film director K Raghavendra Rao, on Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel (SVBC).
Tirupati gearing up for smart city competition (May 30, 2016)
Hyderabad: Anticipating stiff completion in second phase of second round competition for the selection of smart cities Tirupati municipal corporation officials are gearing to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) for smart city under the city challenge method with new approach. New consultant had been roped in place of Lee associates, now IL&FS and AECOM India Pvt Ltd will do the job for temple town.
Tirupati stood at 22nd place in the first round, falling short of just two ranks to be selected in the top 20 smart cities list. It could not participate in the first phase competition in second round to select another 20 cities. Centre recently announced 13 cities as fast track selections. “Centre had asked entries from those states which did not get single city selected in the first, as result we could not participate,” M Sreedevi, Tirupati municipal urban commissioner said. ap had two cities Vizag and Kakinada as the selected smart cities in the first round to receive the funds.
Then chief secretary IYR Krishna Rao even made a special request with union urban development officials to consider the case of Tirupati as a special case as it falls under backward Rayalaseema region. However, fast track criteria made the request remain unattended.
For the first round, Tirupati had Lee associates as the consultant to prepare the DPR and it estimated that nearly Rs 2579 crore are required for making Tirupati as smart city. However, after much criticism on the DPR for laying over emphasis on road network, officials roped in new consultants for preparing the new plan for next round selection.
Experts say that it would be very difficult to get through the next round for Tirupati in next round. “If it was the first phase of the second round, it would have easily qualified but for the seven cities there will be hectic completion,” K Satish, a consultant with urban development sector said. Worried officials are leaving no stone unturned as chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu wants the selection to happen in next round.
New flights to Tirupati, Visakhapatnam (Apr 12, 2016)
Along with the already existing direct flights, SpiceJet introduced two connecting flight services between Visakhapatnam and Tirupati via Vijayawada.The new services would be operational from April 25.
SHOBHA YATRA OF LAKSHMI HARAM PERFORMED (June 19,2016)
SWARNA PADUKALU GIFTED TO LORD PRASANNA VENKATESWARA
Appalayagunta, 19 June 2016: In connection with Garuda Seva of Sri Prasanna Venakteswara swamy temple at Appalayagunta, the shoba yatra of Lakshmi kasulaharam from Tirumala took place where in the precious jewel reached this famous temple amidst tight security.
Both Tirumala Jeo Sri KS Sreenivasa Raju and his Tirupati counterpart Sri P Bhaskar took part in this shobha yatra.
SWARNA PADUKALU PRESENTED
On the other hand from Tirumala a set of Swarnapadukalu is being presented which will be adorned to the main deity of Lord Sri Prasanna Venakteswara swamy.
SEA OF HUMANITY TURN OUT FOR GARUDA SEVA
Thousands of devotees turned out for Garuda Seva which took place as a grand spectacle in Appalayagunta on Sunday night.
The processional deity of lord Sri Prasanna Venakteswara Swamy majestically seated with all His splendor was taken around the streets.
The devotees had the glimpse of the deity who was decked in mammoth Lakshmi kasula haram brought from Tirumala.
MALAYAPPA BACK AS “SWARNA KAVACHADHARI” (19th June,2016)
JYESTHABHISHEKAM CONCLUDES ON A GRAND NOTE
Tirumala, 19 June 2016: After donning the attires of Vajra Kavacham and Muttangi Kavacham on first and second days of the three-day annual festival of Jyesthabhishekam, the processional deity of Lord Sri Malayppa Swamy is back in his original splendour wearing the Swarna Kavacham on Sunday.
The three-day Abhidhyeyaka Abhishekam concluded in Tirumala on a religious note with Shatakalasa Tirumanjanam and special abhishekam which were performed to the deities on a specially arranged plat form in the Kalyana Mandapam in Sampangi Prakaram in Srivari temple between 8am to 11am.
SWARNA KAVACHA SAMARPANA:
Later the deities were rendered Kavacha Pratishta where in the Golden Coat was decorated to Lord Malayappa Swamy and then taken to Sahasra Deepalankara Seva in the evening.
In view of the festival, TTD has cancelled Kalyanotsavam, Unjal Seva, Arjitha Brahmotsavam and Vasanthotsavam where as thomala and archana were performed as Ekanta.
TTD EO Dr D Samabasiva Rao, Tirumala JEO Sri KS Sreenivasa Raju, TTD Trust Board Members Sri G Bhanuprakash Reddy, Dr P Hari Prasad, Temple DyEO Sri Rama Rao, Peishakr Sri R Selvam were also present.
DIVYA PRABANDHA MAHOTSAVAM ON JUNE 20 IN TIRUMALA DURING POURNAMI GARUDA SEVA (19th June,2016)
Tirumala, 19 June 2016: The Community Divya Prabandha Parayana Mahotsavam will take place in Tirumala on Monday evening during the monthly Pournami Garuda Seva procession.
The temple management of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is organising the spiritual event, Nalayira Divya Prabandha Parayana Mahotsavam where in over 200 Prabandha Parayanadars hailing from AP, Karnataka and TN are set to take part in this mega religious fete.
It may be mentioned here that TTD had earlier organised Veda Mahotsavam, Bhajana Mela during monthly pournami garuda sevas. In a similar manner this programme will be organised under the aegis of Alwar Divya Prabandha Project of TTD.
Earlier in the evening there will be a spiritual convention in the Asthana Mandapam by 4pm followed by Pournami Garuda Seva on Monday evening on June 20. Tirumala Peeda Jiyangar Swami, Tirumala Chinna Jiyangar Swami, TTD EO Dr D Sambasiva Rao, TTD Trust Board Chief Dr Ch Krishnamurty, JEOs Sri K S Sreenivasa Raju, Sri P Bhaskar will also take part in this religious programme.
LORD MALAYAPPASWAMY ADORNED WITH MUTHANGI ALANKARAM (18th June,2016)
Processional deity of Lord Malayappaswamy along with His consorts adorned with Muthangialankaram (famous pearl-studded armour) were taken out in procession on the second day of ongoing three day Annual AbhideyakaAbhishekam at Tirumala on Saturday evening.
TTD EO Dr Sambasiva Rao, DyEO Sri Chinnamagari Ramana, Peishkar Sri Selvam, Parpathyedar Sri Doraswamy Naik and others took part.
2nd DAY OF ANNUAL JYESTHABHISHEKAM IN SRIVARI TEMPLE (18th June,2016)
Tirumala, 18 Jun. 16: On second day on ongoing three day Annual Jyesthabhishekam in Sri Vari Temple, Tirumala, the temple priest performed Snapana Tirumanjanam (celestial bath) to the processional dieties of Lord Malayapaswamy and His consorts admist vedic hymns at Sampangi Prakaram inside Srivari Temple on Saturday.
Deputy EO Temple Sri Rama Rao, Peishkar Sri Selvam, Parupattedar Sri Ramachandra and other officers took part in the festival.