Saturday, September 26, 2009

Annamacharya -Telugu Pada Kavita Pitamaha

As we are busy attending Lord Venkateswara Brahmostsavam festival, it is only right that we should remember the Great Annamacharya likewish Kancherla Gopanna or Ramadasu who was a great devotee of Lord Sri Rama.
This great poet saint Annamarcharya who loves music and who worship the Supreme Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy. As known as“Telugu Pada Kavita Pitamaha, the great grand poet born once in a million years, it is proud of Telugu Literature. He is like an ever shining jewel in the grandeur of Lord Venkateswara.
Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya (1408 - 1503) is an Indian poet and musician widely regarded as the Telugu pada kavita pitaamaha. An ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati, AP. Annamacharya is also known as Annamayya. He successfully composed more than 32,000 Sankeertanas in praise of Lord Venkateswara, the deity of seven hills at Tirumala, India where unbroken worship is being offered for over 12 centuries. It is a rare feat which is near impossible to replicate! The Sankeertanas were found engraved on copper plates which were hidden for centuries inside the Sri Venkateswara temple at Tirumala.
Annamacharya considered his compositions as floral offerings to God. In the poems, he praises Venkateswara, describes his love for him, argues and quarrels with the Lord, confesses the devotee’s failures and apprehensions, and surrenders himself to Venkateswara. His songs are classified into Adhyaatamika (Spiritual) and Sringaara (Romantic) Samkirtanas.
Annamacharya had composed and sang 32,000 sankeertanas (devotional poems), 12 Satakas (sets of hundred verses) Ramayana in the form of Dwipada, Sankeertana Lakshanam (Characteristics of Sankeertanas), Sringara Manjari (romantic poems) and Venkatachala Mahathyam. His works were mainly in Telugu and Sanskrit.
His songs gained great popularity among masses. Saluva Narasimharaya, the then ruler of Tangutooru learnt about this great saint and invited him to his court. He was then honoured and appointed as the “Asthana Kavi” in his court by the king. Annamayya stayed in the kingdom for a couple of years composing and singing great songs on Sri Venkateswara Swamy.

At one point, Annamacharya was once hand-cuffed and sent to the jail. The king ordered the soldiers to torture him until he obeys to sing praising the King. Annamacharya was even beaten mercilessly. When Annamacharya was singing a keerthana praising the Lord of Seven Hills saying that He is the only succour for him, amidst thundering flash the hand-cuffs broken instantly on their own and fell down. On learning the miracle the king Saluva rushed to the prison and fell on Annamacharya’s feet seeking pardon for his terrible mistake. His entire ego was shattered by the eternal devotion of saint Annmacharya for Lord Venkateswara.
When Annmacharya was in Tirumala he introduced many rituals and festivals celebrating and hailing the Lord. It was Annamacharya who first started and decided to perform “Nitya Kalyanotsavam” (the ever celebrated marriage ceremony) of the Lord Srinivasa with Goddess Sri Devi and Bhoodevi. Many other rituals and festivals introduced by Annmacharya are still followed in Tirumala Temple. He spent many years in Tirumala Temple composing and singing millions of songs on Lord Venkateswara Swamy.
The songs of Annamacharya inspired and motivated even the people of backward classes to have the darshan of that divine Lord. The great saint has composed and sang songs like “Kondalalo Nelakona Koneti rayadu vadu..! Kondalanta varamulu guppedu vadu..!” which means the God is our local who lives with us in these rocks and caves blessing one and all equally. “Tandanana Ahi Tandananapure… Tandanana bhala Tandanana… Brahmamokkate Parabrahmamokkate…. Parabrahmamokkate Parabrahmamokkate II…and"Tandana Padam" which is sung with a folk instrument called "Dappu" to propagate the Truth of equality of all human beings.
Annamacharya used to write the keerthans on palm leaves. When a group of miscreants were burning the Annamacharya's keerthans. As news reached to the King Saluva Narasimharaya who then decided to preserve this treasure forever and decided to engrave them in copper plates. With the help of Annamacharyas son Tirumalacharya the sankeerthanas saved from fire were engraved into copper plates. After completion of the engraving work, the great saint Annamacharya left the millions of his well-wishers and lovers in sorrow as he died on 23rd of February 1503 A.D. According to Telugu calendar the month is "PHALGUNAM", the Tithi (A day in a month according to the position of the Moon) is "BAHULA DWADASI".

The treasures of Annamacharya engraved in copper plates were hidden in a rock built cell opposite to Hundi (donation sack) in the Tirumala Temple unnoticed for over 400 years. His Son, Peda Tirumalacharya and Grandson, Chinatirumalacharya got the Sankeertanas of Annamacharya engraved on copper-plates and Treasured those Copper Plates in "Sankeertana Bhandaram" (a rock-built-cell at TIRUMALA temple. For many years the great saint Annamacharya had remained in the darkness. His songs were sung among people of Andhra Pradesh. But unfortunately, nobody knows the real creator of those songs until those valuable treasures of Annamacharya were found.
It was only in the year 1922, two thousand and five hundred copper plates comprising of 14,000 sankeertanas and a few other works were found in the rock built cell. The cell was later named as “Sankeerthana Bhandagaram” which means a treasury of poems opposite to the Hundi. It was only during the decades of 1970 the facts of Annamayya and Tallapaka Village has come into light.
Ever since the discovery of this lost treasure, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) and other organizations in India are working hard to promote the music and literature of Annamacharya in India and around world.
Saint Annamacharya’s birth and death Anniversaries were grandly celebrated at Tirumala. TTD organizes many devotional activities and promote the sankeertans of this great grandfather of our Telugu Literature.
And every year there will a number of artistes from Annamarcharya project coming to Malaysia via Sree Venkateswara Temple of Sungai Sumun, Perak, Malaysia to perform during Brahmostsavam festival at Sree Venkateswara and after which around other Telugus living areas of the country.
Source: TAM / Sri Tirumala Venkateswara Vaibhavam

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Goddess Padmavathy / Lord Sri Venkateswara

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Lord Sri Venkateswara Brahmotsavam Festival

Lord Sri Venkateswara's Brahmotsavam festival 21- 30/9/2009
Brahmotsavam is an annual Hindu festival celebrated for nine days in the months of September/ October every year at all Sri Venkateswara Temples around the world. Special abishegams are held from 1st to 30 of Puratasi Indian month. And this year, it is from 17th September till 17th October 2009. Generally the whole month only vegetarian food or at least during Brahmotsavam festival time.
In Tirupati Brahmotsavam is conducted from 21-30/9/2009 while Malaysian Venkateswara/Srinvasa/Varatha Perumal/ Balaji are conducting as from 19 or 20-9/09 till 29/9/2009. The Brahmotsavam festival is the most important and auspicious functions in Tirupati and all Sree Venkateswara Temples. Popular stories trace the origin of this celebration to Brahma, the creator God, who first conducted this festival to Sri Balaji at Tirupati. Brahma worshiped Sri Balaji on the banks of the holy Pushkarini in Tirupati as a way to give thanks for the Lord’s protection of mankind. Hence, this utsava bears his name as “Brahmotsavam,” which means “Brahma’s Utsavam.” In Tirumala, Brahmotsavam is celebrated in the month of September/October.The Brahmotsava is performed over a nine-day period. During the nine days of the festival, the religious activities include daily homas and processions for the utsava murti on different vahanas, which are the chariots that can be seen in all Sree Venkateswara Temples. Every evening, the utsava vigrahas are decorated with different alankarams. The concluding day is the Janma Nakshatra (birth star) of Sri Balaji, which is celebrated in a grand way with Avabhritha Utsava (special abhishekams for the utsava murti). In Tirupati, the Sudarsana Chakra is bathed in the Pushkarini and all the devotees bathe afterwards. In Aurora, a priest takes the Sudarsana Chakra on his head and takes a holy bath near the Dhvajastambham. Afterwards, the Chakra is placed on a high platform, so the devotees can walk under it and be blessed with the water dripping down from Sudarsana. The celebration officially concludes with “Dhvajavarohanam,” the lowering of the Garuda flag. The priests pay respects to Gods and Sages with the chanting of Vedic mantras and see them off on their return to the Devaloka.The Brahmotsavam celebration provides a unique opportunity for all devotees to participate in the festivities and utsavas and experience the “Vaikuntha Anubhava” (heavenly enjoyment and feeling) and receive the blessings of Sri Venkateswara Swami. Every year, millions of devotees witness the processions,celebrations during the annual Brahmotsavams of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala. Every day of Brahmotsavam will be a feast for the eyes of the devotees who gather there. On the first day the Garudadhwaja (flag with the emblem of a black garuda) is hoisted near the Srivari Alaya Dhwajasthambham. A festive procession of Lord Venkateswara on the Pedda Seshavahana proceeds around the four streets of the main temple for two hours until midnight.Ankurarpana and Senadhipati Utsavam are celebrated on the day preceding the first day of Brahmotsavam.Some interesting observations during brahmotsavas are: As incredibly as the swan which separates the water content from milk, the reigning deity of the seven hills too, on Hamsavahan, relegates the paap and blesses the bhakta based on his punya. As the powerful snake transforms itself as a vehicle for the Lord during the Seshavahan and Chota Seshavahan in the Brahmotsavam celebrations, the essence of the Sharanagati Tatva explains the moral behind this utsav. The initial prayers offered at the Dwajarohan utsav and Garudotsav is to pray for an unscathed living with high moral values, while Garuda, requested by the Lord himself to stay in the hills, guards the skies from anything untoward coming by.
Tirumala Venkateswara Temple (Telugu: తిరుమల వేంకటేశ్వర దేవాలయం), also known as Tirupati Venkateswara Temple is a famous Hindu Temple of Lord Venkateswara located in the hill town Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh. The temple is located on the Venkatachalam hill that forms part of the seven hills of Tirumala, and hence the temple is also known as the Temple of Seven Hills (Saptagiri in Sanskrit, Edukondalu in Telugu , The presiding deity of the temple, Lord Venkateswara, is also known by other names - Balaji or Srinivasa or Perumal.The temple is the richest and the most visited place of worship in the world. The temple is visited by about 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims daily, while on special occasions and festivals, like the annual Brahmotsavam, the number of pilgrims shoots up to 500,000, making it one of the most visited holy place in the world. According to the legend, the temple has a self-manifested idol murti of Lord Vishnu, with the Lord believed to have resided here for the entire Kali Yuga. In Sri Vaishnava tradition, the temple is considered one of the 108 Divya Desam sites.
also from ; wikipedia

My personal view of the Lord Sri Venkateswara is that we Andhras/Telugus who come from Andhra Pradesh or other parts of India. We should gather for all the festivals conducted at any Sri Venkateswara Temples either in Malaysia or India or anyway. As Lord Sri Venkateswara(Tirupati) of Andhra Pradesh is most worship in the world. The materials, songs, books and etc about the Lord are found the most. This in a way could help to gather US united under 1 roof and work towards 1Telugu.
I am also in opinion that doing or following prayers/festival for 9 days as Brahmotsavam make ones devotion/ attachment nearer to God. As according to our ancestors the 9 is the absolute number which classifired everything into 9 like 9 planets 9, 9 grains, 9 basic minerals and realising that 9 denotes all important occasions. Even one chants 108 times. Hence, following Brahmotsavam festival of Sri Venkateswara make one perfect or complete commitment to God.
I frequently go to Sri Srinivasa Perumal Devasthanam, at Klang, Puchong, Batu Caves,Subang Jaya, Sri Venkates Temple at Sungai Sumun, Teluk Intan, Perak and other one is at Komali Estate, Batu 6, Gemas, Johor built by my family Guru Swami Sinamah.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

1 minute silence was observed as a mark of respect for late Dr Y s Rajasekhara Reddy at Santapa Sabha held at Indian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -11/9/2009

His Excellency Ashok K. Kantha Garu, Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia, his Deputy Sri B. N. Reddy, Sri Venkatesah, Vice President, G T Lachana, Deputy President, TAM garland the picture of Late Dr YSR and pay their last respects.

Memorial service of late CM Andhra Pradesh in Malaysia

Santapa Sabha in honor of our late C.M of Andhra Pradesh - Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Garu

On 11/9/2009 about 100 Telugus and others gathered to pay tribute to the late C.M. Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Garu at the Indian High Commission Kuala Lumpur.Malaysia
Smt Durga Priya was the Master of Ceremony of the event who read out detailed biography and also recited a Telugu poem about the late C.M. Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Garu.

Sri Dr Achaiah Kumar Rao, President of Telugu Association of Malaysia (TAM) thanked all those who attended and highlighted that late C.M. Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Garu(YSR) is a great lost not only for India but also the Telugus outside of India. As it was during his term that AP Government provided about 6000 Telugu primary text books for our Malaysian Telugu students and even allowed Telugu teachers from AP to help the holiday classes conducted in Malaysia. The President went on to say that "I hope and pray that good tides with the Government of AP would continue".

The guest of honour for the event was His Excellency Ashok K. Kantha, Indian High Commissioner of Malaysia who also added that it is very saddened to lose a great leader of his kind. His Excellency added Dr YSR initiated a variety of programmes that influence the Economy of Andhra Pradesh and for the benefit of the common people and farming community.Followed by Indian classical music by Sitarist Steven and tabla specialist Sri Ravi.

After which Sri B. N. Reddy Garu, Deputy High Commissioner was kind enough to share his views about the great leader how he was able to touch the hearts of the people of Andhra Pradesh as some of them could not accept the fact that YSR has demised, and they took their own lives.
Sri B. N. Reddy went on say about Dr YSR programmes like JalaYagnam as to improve irrigation facilities to the farmers,and the health insurance and emergency services scheme for rural masses where the government pays the entire price of any surgery up to 200,000 rupee and does not require people to pay any premium and Pavala Vaddi a program that provides loans to people at 3% per year so as to encourage them to take up small scale businesses rural women and reimbursement and reservations colleges fees for minorities.The event ended with light refreshments.
Sri Vengkatesh, Vice President of TAM was the Coordinator of this event who also presented a slide show about the Dr YSR.
Of all those who attended there were even about 5 members from Seremban while another 5 Telugu members namely Sri BK Simachalam, Ramulu, Soorinarayana, Ramu and Appalanaidu Akiah who came as far as from Bagan Datoh/Teluk Intan (150kms away from KL ), the birth place of Andhra Association of Malaya which to date, known as Telugu Association of Malaysia.
It could have been much more effective if only most of the Klang valley branches office-bearers and all national council members would have turned up.
During Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy term that Telugu Association of Malaysia Delegation to Andhra Pradesh from 19 – 29/8/2005
The Delegation led by the Deputy President Dr Achaiah Kumar Rao followed Vice President cum Organising Secretary of Golden Jubilee Sri Enkatesulu Juvalu, Athi Narayanara ,Sri Sree Ramulu, General Secretary Sri Appalanaidu Akiah General Treasurer J S Maniam and Asst General Secretary Venkatesah, National Youth Deputy Chief Sri Venkataravana and Selangor and Wilayah Chairman Suriaraya visited Andhra Pradesh met our beloved Telugu Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Sri M.Sathanarayana Rao, Minister of Sports and Culture & Cinematography , Sri D Prasada Rao, Minister Revenue & Rehabilitation and Youth Services, Sri G N Rao, Commissioner of Youth and all other State officials to extend our invitation for Golden Jubilee Celebration in Malaysia from 3,4 & 5 March 2006 and to discuss to create better ties between Andhra Pradesh and Malaysian Telugus.
World Telugu Associations Committee Meeting 10-11/9/2005
Dr Paul Naidu , President and myself (Enkatesulu Juval) represented at above meeting held
10 -11/ 9/2005 at the Jubilee Hall, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. The guest of honour was Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Almost 50 Telugu Associations including Malaysia participated in a two day convention at Hyderabad,AP. Mainly discussed to propagate Telugu language, Culture ie to celebrate Ugadi,Sankranti and AP Formation Day. It was decided to hold World Telugu Conference in January 2006 coinciding with 'Pravasi Bharathiya Divas'at Hyderabad,AP.Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy assured the meeting that all possible support in preserving and propagating Telugu culture language and identity of Telugus in every part of the country and also across the globe.Minister for Sports and Culture Sri M Satyanarana Rao, assured that the AP Government will assist in Telugus teachers, pujaris, cultural troupes to help the Telugus abroad.All Associations are requested to register themselves with the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation to enjoy special concessions to members visiting AP.
We like to thank Sri Arja Srikantha, Director of Culture & Sri G N Rao Commissioner of Youth Services and both thier teams for the hospitality rendered to us.
Enkatesulu Juval
Vice PresidentTelugu Association of Malaysia

Friday, September 4, 2009

My Heartest & Deepest Condolences to the State Government of Andhra Pradesh for the death of

DR. Y.S Rajasekhar Reddy
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
We deeply mourn the loss of a Great Charismatic Leader and a Caring Human being with strong humanitarian values.