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Tirupati Balaji recreation comes to Delhi for darshan

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New Delhi: Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has organised the Sri Venkateswara Vaibhavotsavam festival, a 10-day celebration in Delhi. Tirupati Balaji devotees will see a recreation of his idol in an atmosphere that mirrors the customary practices in Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh.

For the first time, rituals performed at Tirumala will be held in a 10-day festival starting from October 31till November 8 in the parking space of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

The pran pratishthan (invoking God in the idols) will be carried out, followed by Vaibhavotsavam– which includes daily sevas, Visesha (special puja) and Poorabhishekam.

Devotees of the Lord, who had to wait for as long as 20 years to book for the darshan (view of the Lord) online can now witness Poorabhishekam, and fulfil their desire easily.

Till now, only three places in Andhra Pradesh have witnessed these rituals outside the Tirumala temple. Delhi is the fourth city and the first one outside Andhra Pradesh to witness it. To make the darshan as authentic as possible, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which manages the Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, is leaving no stones unturned.

“Apart from the idols, even the temple curtains are being brought from Tirumala. We want the devotees to get exactly the same experience and feeling in Delhi,” said Bhanu Prakash Reddy, board member, TTD.

The idols of the Gods will be taken out in a procession, a ritual called Veedhotsavam, every evening.

During this peak festive enthusiasm, Delhiites are set to make a new addition to their list: Lord Balaji of Tirupati fame has come to the National Capital Region.

In this festive season, thepeople of Delhi have an opportunity to grace Diwali with this special presentation by TTD to get some blessings of the God. Several days are left for this festivity to get over and the Delights seems to be taking full advantage of the easy availability of tickets on entry.

 

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Andhra Government to Give Free Smartphones to 1.4 Crore Women

1.4 crore women in Andhra to get free smartphones

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The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to give free smartphones to all members of women’s self-help groups in the state to enable them to avail various government services on digital platform.

The state has around 1.4 crore members in Development of Women and Children in Rural Area (DWCRA) groups, popularly known as the women’s self-help groups.

The phones will have Android operating system and will come with a sim card with required speed, unlimited calls, daily 50 SMSes and 1 GB data.

K. Vijayanand, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, on Wednesday said Andhra Pradesh Technology Service will be the nodal agency for procurement of the phones.

A procurement committee will announce guidelines for the same.

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Smartphone by OnePlus. Flickr

A technical committee will be framing guidelines to distribute the phones.

The Internet is expected to increase the reach of citizen services being provided by the government. He said the move would help bridging the digital divide.

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The government is providing citizen services under various platforms like E-Pragati, Mee Seva, Yuva Nestam and Real Time Governance. There is also a toll-free number 1100 to lodge complaints.

There are already 900 web-based and 100 mobile applications available to provide various services to the people. (IANS)