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Jun 21 (17:25)   MDU/Madurai Junction (6 PFs)
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Festivals and Events in Madurai.
Pongal (Harvest Festival) – January : Pongal or the Harvest Festival is celebrated by way of paying tribute to the Sun, Nature and cattle for helping them with a rich harvest. The 3 day festival is celebrated with great pomp and splendour. Bogi is celebrated the first day. Homes are given a fresh lick of paint and old articles are removed. The second day is Pongal, the main festival. Sugarcanes, Pongal (a sweet variety of rice) and festoons of mango leaves mark this auspicious day. Mattu Pongal
is celebrated the third day. On this day people pay tribute to the cattle for bringing in prosperity.
Jallikattu (Taming the Bull) – January : The most popular sport in Tamil Nadu is part of the pongal celebrations. This game of valour is held in the villages with great pomp and splendor though only as a popular sport. People from the neighbouring villages throng the open grounds to watch man and beast pitting their strength against each other.
Chithirai Festival (April/May) : It is celebrated every year on the Full moon day of the Tamil Month Chithirai. (April/May). Legend says that Lord Vishnu, as Alagar, rode on a golden horse to Madurai to attend the celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi with Lord Sundareswarar (Lord Siva). This festival is marked by solemnity and serenity.
Festival of the Cradle (June- July) : During the festival the deities – Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar (Lord Siva) are taken in procession to a mirror chamber. For nine days they are on a swing, which rocks gently.
Avanimoolam Festival (August / September) : This festival during August / September celebrates the coronation of Lord Sundareswarar (Lord Siva). Daily A “Lila” or play is performed where the temple priest recite the stories of Lord Siva in 64 miracles, which protected the city of Madurai from adversity. One among is Coronation would be performed for Sundareswarar and another Significant one is Lord Sundareswarar (Lord Siva) carrying soil for earning pittu would be enacted.
Navarathri (Nine nights) Festival (September) : Goddess Meenakshi, During this nine day festival, would appear in a separate dress and look every day and bless the devotees at the `kolu mandapam’ in Amman Sannidhi. The entire temple would be lit in colour lamps and the dolls would be arranged in a manner to find a niche in the hearts of the devotees. This festival is held in honour of Goddess Meenakshi in all her forms, which embody fury, compassion and wisdom.
Dance Festival (January/ March/ November/ December) : A dance festival is being organized by the Tourism Department for Fifteen days. Exponents of various dances forms from all over the country perform in this festival.
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Sep 06 2018 (22:53)   BDCR/Bhadrachalam Road (3 PFs)
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This station is located in Kothagudem town. But called as 'Bhadrachalam Road' to help the pilgrims, visiting the temple at Bhadrachalam, to co-relate.
1. There is a bus stand right outside the railway station. All the buses from 'TSRTC bus stand Kothagudem', going towards the town of Bhadrachalam will stop there. But if you are lucky, you will get seat, if not better take an auto to the bus stand and you can get a seat. The frequency is quite good, as a lot of buses from many parts of AP, TS
go to Bhadrachalam via Kothagudem.
The distance between the station and the bus stand is just a Km or so.
Pic 3 - The timings are worn off, but it shows that a lot of buses are there.
2. The distance between Kothagudem and Bhadrachalam is around 40 Kms. The Express buses take a little over an hour due to bad road conditions and a little diversion into the villages. But other buses like SL, UD, AC buses take just an hour.
3. On the way, you will cross the mighty Godavari river and in the right you can also have a distant look at the temple which is located on the banks of the river on top of a hillock.
Pics 1 and 2.
4. Tell the conductor and get down before the bus stand at the temple stop. At the stop, there will be autos waiting. Share autos nowadays charge Rs. 15 per head. Near the stop itself there is a temple office, where you can book dormitories and rooms.
5. The temple has all the facilities like cloak room, rooms for staying etc... Mobiles too need to be kept in the storage facility as they are not allowed inside.
The climb to the main temple is not steep or arduous, just a hundred or less steps.
Prasadam is available near the back of the temple.
Annadhanam is also there they said, but you will have to enquire. If not, there are many hotels near the temple or many near the bus stand.
After the visit, you can return back to the bus stand by the same share auto basis (Rs. 15).
6. Parnashala is another place of interest. It is located some 35 Kms from the temple. There are buses available from the bus stand. Decent frequency from what I inquired. I myself have not gone but seen on my way to another place. As per legend, it was here that Ravana abducted Sita and also the place where Rama and Sita stayed for some time during their exile.
Parnashala and Bhadrachalam are at the south of Dandakaranya forest.
You can read more on the net
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YouTube videos where Parnashala video is available.
There is a hut and wooden figures to depict the story.
Here is one : click here

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Nov 03 2017 (19:07)   TPTY/Tirupati (5 PFs)
nambi83   348 blog posts
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Just last week i went to Tirumala/Thirupathi, from that observation i am sharing this tip if it was old tip pls ignore.

To reach Tirumala from Tirupathi railway station go to the extreme end of FOB next to platform 1, while descending itself u can see gov bus conductors will issue a ticket to reach tirumala hills and bus will be parked adjacent itself. Every 1 minute bus frequency will be available from Tirupathi railway station.Also to reach Alipiri or Srivari mettu Foothills (those who want to go by using footsteps
to Tirumala) small mini bus too available from Tirupathi railway station but frequency will be skeleton services.

If u r able to walk means, Tirupathi bus stand will be just 5 minutes walk, just wait on the main road close to bus stand free bus services to Alipiri gate(foothills for pilgrims who want to go by footsteps to Tirumala, but frequency will be maximum every 30 minutes). I used this free bus for my last week Tirumala visit.
Sep 02 (19:14)   SC/Secunderabad Junction (10 PFs)
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Whenever you visit Secunderabad Jn, please do try Badam milk/Rose milk and sweets like Doodh Peda/Basunti/Milk cake/Malai laddu from the Vijaya Dairy Parlour, which is located at Platform 1 of Secunderabad Railway station.

They are of high quality & the very taste of them will keep lingering in your mouths for a long time.

I stayed with my parents at Secunderabad till my 12th grade, my grandpa from Chennai used to frequently visit us. And before giving a send off to him in Charminar SF Express at Platform 1, I used to try badam milk/rose milk and would mostly take Doodh Peda & Malai laddu packs home, on every possible occasion)

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Feb 12 2014 (21:26)   VLNK/Velankanni (3 PFs)
Ronnie Braganza   134 blog posts
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Small stn, 10 mnts walking distance to Velankini church, sharing mini cabs available Rs 10 per person from stn/bustand. Buses to all places within Tamilnadu available from bustand near to church.

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