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TTD announces that Tirumala is birthplace of Lord Hanuman, provides ‘evidence’

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on Wednesday announced that Japali Theertham near Akasha Ganga waterfall in Tirumala Hills was the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. The announcement cam on April 21, that is National Sanskrit University vice-chancellor V Muralidhara Sharma, who was one of the experts on the committee constituted by the TTD to establish Anjanadri Hill of the Seven Hills (Tirumala Hills) as the birthplace of Hanuman, announced at a programme organised in Tirumala that this was established after four months of intense research and collecting various pieces of evidence.

“It has been established based on puranic anthologies, literary evidence, epigraphic evidence and geographic details,” he said and added that Venkatachalam is also known as Anjanadri and 19 other names. Hanuman was born on Anjanadri in Treta Yuga, he said.

He said they have collected evidence from 12 Puranas and as for literary evidence, they were found in verses of Kamba Ramayanam and Annamacharya Sankeerthanas. He said that epigraphic evidence includes inscriptions found in Tirumala temple that in 12th and 13th-century Venkatachala Mahtyam was recited in Tirumala temple, processional deity of Sri Rangajanaya was brought to Anajandri for protection during the attack of Turks and later taken from there to Srirangam, inscriptions at Varadaraja Swamy temple in Kanchipuram, Sawal-e-Jawab, a record of practices engaged in Tirumala by North Arcot First Collector G Stratton in 1801–2 and later translated by VN Srinivas Rao in 1950.

As for geographical details, Sharma said in Skanda Puranam, when Anjana Devi asked Sage Matanga where Venkatachalam is, he clearly explained that it is north of Swarnamukhi river and 12 yojanas from Ahobilam.  

“Claims that Hampi is the birthplace of Hanuman are not true. Hampi is Kishkinda while Venakatchalam is Anjanadri. It is clearly evident from the conversation between Sugreeva and Hanuman when the former asks the latter to bring Vanaras from Anajandri. If it was in Kishkinda, he would not have asked that way,” he said. He also dismissed the claims of other places like in Bhoomla district of Jharkhand, Gujarat and Kaikal in Haryana.

Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit, TTD Executive Officer Dr KS Jawahar Reddy, who constituted the committee to determine the birthplace of Lord Hanuman, additional EO Dharma Reddy and others were present.

Other Claims

However, there is doubt among some historians over Anjaneya’s birthplace. The five other places which claim Hanuman originated from include:

1. There is a hillock near Anjanadri at Hampi in Karnataka. But scholars of Kannada University at Hampi affirmed that there is no material evidence to prove that.

2. Anjan village, 21 km from Gumla district headquarter in Jharkhand.

3. Anjan mountain in Navsari region of Gujarat.

4. Kaithal region in Haryana

5. Anjaneri, 7 km from Triambakeswar in Nashik district of Maharashtra

Historians contend that the Hampi region was popularly known as Kishkinda in legends and Puranas. Hence, Anjaneya could have gone to Hampi from Tirumala, which was just 363 km away. They also scientifically say that Hampi was 1,240 km from Gumla in Jharkhand, 1,626 km from Kaithal of Haryana, 616 km from Maharashtra, and ruled them all out and suggested that migration to Hampi is feasible.


Restrictions on darshans in Tirumala

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is likely to impose restrictions on darshan of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala due to the rising intensity Covid-19 cases in the country. Free Darshan is completely stopped. More restrictions on special entry tickets are also expected.

It is now mulling cutting down on daily issuance of Rs. 300 special entry darshan tickets too, starting from the month of May. Guidelines in this regard are expected to be released soon.

The devasthanam has in a statement said devotees, who have booked Rs. 300 special entry darshan tickets online for darshan from April 21 till April 30; but cannot come to Tirumala due to rising cases of Coronavirus in the country, can use the same tickets for darshan in the next 90 days.


Sixteen-year old boy to head Shiroor mutt

Sixteen-year old boy to head Shiroor muttShiroor mutt is one of the ‘Ashta’ (eight) mutts of Udupi

At a press meet in Udupi on Wednesday, the Sode seer introduced Aniruddha Saralatthaya, a class X student, who will be the next head of the Shiroor mutt.

Three years after the death of Shiroor mutt chief Swami Lakshmivara Teertha, a 16-year old boy has been named as his successor by Sode mutt seer Sri Vishwa  vallabha Teertha.

Shiroor mutt is one of the ‘Ashta’ (eight) mutts of Udupi. Lakshmivara Teertha died on July 19, 2018, without naming a successor. Vishwavallabha Teertha, seer of Sode mutt, the ‘Dwandva’ Mutt of Shiroor, has been handling the mutt’s activities.


Registration for Amarnath Yatra temporarily suspended

In view of evolving Covid-19 situation, registration for Amarnath Yatra is being temporarily suspended, said Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board on Thursday.

The board further said that the situation is being constantly monitored and it will be reopened once the situation is improved.

Online registrations for this year’s Amarnath Yatra commenced on April 15.

This year’s 56 day-yatra will commence simultaneously on both routes from June 28 and culminate on Raksha Bandhan, August 22.

The yatris who propose to travel by helicopter do not require registration as their helicopter tickets shall suffice for this purpose. However, they shall be required to produce the Compulsory Health Certificate,(CHC) in the prescribed format issued by an authorised doctor, before they are allowed to travel by helicopter.


Thirrsur Pooram celebrated without pomp amid Covid

Amid strict vigil and restrictions in the wake of surging Covid-19 cases in the second wave of the pandemic in Kerala and across the country, Thirrsur Pooram was celebrated on Friday without spectators.

Unlike the usual pomp and thunderous cheers of spectators — who enjoy the ensemble of percussion instruments and parade of 80-odd, caparisoned elephants — this time, Pooram was restricted to mere rituals.

The entry was restricted to only artists, temple board members, mahouts and others involved in the rituals of the festival. Earlier, the temple body and many Hindu outfits had insisted for a regular festival, citing the just- concluded assembly elections, but after several rounds of discussion, all agreed to limit the festival to mere rituals.

The lack of spectators, however, failed to dampen the grandeur of the visual spectacle. The Pandi Melam led by maestro Peruvanam Kuttan Marar enthralled the festival, which was live streamed by many channels. Thiruvambadi temple only paraded only one elephant, but Paramekavu Devi temple brought 15 jumbos and Kudamattom, the change of colourful parasols in quick succession, added to the grandeur.

The largest cultural pageant of the state, Pooram was started in the late 18th century by erstwhile King of Kochi, Sakthan Thamburan. Every year, the festival is held at Vadukunathan temple in Thrissur. But last year, it was not held in view of the pandemic situation. Usually, more than two million devotees take part in the 10-day celebration, which culminates with a musical ensemble and grand fireworks. It is also a major tourist attraction of the state. But over the last two years, pandemic has taken sheen out of the festival.


Planting trees crucial to protect soil’s fertility: Isha founder

Fertile soil is the real asset of the nation and planting trees is crucial to protect the fertility of the soil and the health of the people, Isha Foundation Founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said on Thursday.

This is the primary objective of Isha’s Cauvery Calling movement which is encouraging farmers in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to adopt tree-based agriculture which has proven to yield enormous ecological and economic benefits for the farmer,a release from Isha said on the occasion of World Earth Day.

“Mother Earth is so generous. If only we give her the chance, she will restore everything in absolute abundance and beauty,” he said in a message.

In the 2020 planting season, farmers in both states planted 1.1 crore saplings on their farmlands in the Cauvery river basin which is expected to have a significant impact on the soil health and water holding capacity of the densely populated river basin, the release said.

“Without fertile soil, there is no question of abundant water as healthy soil is the greatest reservoir of water. Nutrient-rich soil can absorb rainwater and store it underground, protecting it from evaporation and recharging groundwater tables,” the spiritual leader said.


Fugitive godman Swami Nithyananda bans Indians from entering ‘Kailasa’ ISLAND NATION

Fugitive godman Swami Nithyananda has banned Indians from entering ‘Kailasa’, his island ‘nation’ due to the ongoing Covid pandemic.

Nithyananda has also banned travellers from Brazil, European Union, and Malaysia. His statement was released in a video.

In December 2020, Nithyananda had made headlines when he announced a 3-day visa to ‘Kailaasa’ off the coast of Ecuador in South America. 

When the Covid-19 pandemic struck the world in March this year, Nithyananda had made headlines saying that those who made fun of him for going into self-isolation are scrambling to find a place where they can quarantine themselves, a media report said.

The godman had fled India following several charges against him, 

While the police were investigating how Nithyananda managed to flee the country when his passport had expired, shockingly, the website says ‘Kailaasa’ has its own “passport”. The symbols on the passport include the flag of Kailaasa, called Rishabha Dhvaja, and features Nithyananda along with Nandi, Lord Shiva’s mount.


Mangaluru temple authorities booked for violating COVID-19 norms

The authorities of the Ullal Somanath temple near Mangaluru in Karnataka have been booked by the local police on charges of violating COVID-19 guidelines by organising a religious event in which thousands of devotees had participated.

Mangaluru tahsildar Guruprasad had issued a notice to the temple at Ullal three days ago seeking a reply. On Tuesday, Ullal police registered a case under the Epidemic Act and section 269 of the Indian Penal Code for organizing the ‘Jatrotsav’ violating the state government order.

As part of Brahma kalasha Utsav, the temple authorities had organised a chariot procession and ‘hore kanike’ on Monday. Thousands of devotees from various corners had gathered for the procession and many were seen not wearing masks or maintaining social distancing.



Mahavir Jayanti is one of the most auspicious festivals in the Jain community. This year, it is being celebrated TODAY  April 25, 2021. The Jains offer prayers, carry out rath yatras and visit temples, to commemorate Mahavir Jayanti.

This festival marks the birth of Vardhamana Mahavira, who was the 24th and the last Tirthankara, spiritual teacher in Jainism.




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