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Vidura’s Tree Near Bangalore His Last Days

In Hinduism on March 22, 2014 at 09:56

Vidura was the illegitimate brother of Dhirtharashtra and Pandu.

He was an expert in Archery, Dhanur Vidya.

Vidureswara temple

Viduresvarnatha Temple,Gauribidanur.


Naga Idols, Vidureswaranatha temple

Naga Idols for Begetting Children,Vidureswar Temple,


Lord Krishna was so impressed with his Archery, he made sure, when he visited Duryodhan to negotiate peace before the onset of the Mahabharata War,he made sure that Duryodhan insulted Vidura, as a result Vidura did not take part n the Battle .


Vidura was also known for his Righteousness and moral judgment,


While every one kept quiet when Draupadi was being stripped in the open court of Duryodhan,he was the lone figure to condemn the act,even Bhishma kept quiet on this occasion.


His Vidura Needi, dealing with Dharma, Righteousness is a standard text.


Vidura had been on pilgrimage and he planted an Aswatha tree, near Bangalore, India.


The name Vidurashwatha is derived from that of a big Ashwatha (Ficus religiosa) tree is  in this village


According to a legend of the times of Mahabharata, this tree was planted by Vidura, a courtier in the kingdom of Dhritarashtra; and hence the name Vidurashwatha.[1]


Unfortunately, in 2001, this ancient tree fell to the ground.


Vidurashwatha (Kannada:ವಿದುರಾಶ್ವತ್ಥ) is a small village is in the Gauribidanur taluk of Chikkaballapur district in the state of Karnataka, India. Situated near the Karnataka – Andhra Pradesh border and about 6 km from Gauribidanur, it had a major role to play in the freedom movement of India.


Vidurashwatha is known as the Jallianwala Bagh of the South.[1] On April 25, 1938, as a part of the freedom struggle of India, a group of villagers had congregated in a ground to organise a Satyagraha. Similar to what happened at Jallianwala Bagh, police fired indiscriminately at the group resulting in the death of 10 people. A memorial has been erected in this location bearing the names of those who lost their lives in this incident.[3]


There is also Naga Devatha Temple which is as old as the tree, here people do the prathishtapana of the naga god, to fulfil their desires, like having child, do better in business etc., the pooja here is done to alleviate all problems concerned with Naga dosha.


Vidura settled, after his misunderstanding with Duryodhan, Vidur Kuti , about 58 km from Kadarpur Nanu,Bijnaur district in the state of Western Uttar Pradesh, India.

He spent his last days here.


Lord Krishna visited this place.


Kanva Ashram is an ashram in a broken condition near Rawli town according to the legend “Abhigyan Shakuntalam”. Hastinapur’s King Dushyant reached there while hunting and fell in love with Shakuntala at first sight. During Mahabharat when the battle between Kauravas and Pandavas was about to begin, then on the request of both the sides, all wives and children were to be guardianed by Mahatma Vidur. He had insufficient space for them so he found an area for ladies and children, which is now known as Daranagar.







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Talent On Show Chithrakala Parishad

In India on March 11, 2014 at 09:29

I visited an Art Exhibition at The Chithrakala Parishad,Bangalore.

I generally avoid them because , in most cases, these are shows where people with very minimal talent trying to get exposure on the only qualifications they have ,Money and Influence.

This impression is because of my visit to some Arangetrams of Dance programmes.

I was proved wrong.

What was on display was a Collection of Paintings , belonging to various Genre,Pencil,Charcoal, Water Colors, Oil Painting.

Though not a connoisseur of Arts, I enjoy if some thing looks good.

Another interesting feature of this show is the fact that most of them are Amateurs, women with a Family to take are.

Lalith Kala Parishad,Exhibit

Art on display,Bangalore.


Shiva Painting

Chitrakala Parishad show.

Art Show.

Exhibit Bangalore

Corridor 3D

There was one pencil sketch of a child, which was vibrant with Life.

I shall try to get the image from the owner and post

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The Neglect Of Kannada Language

In India, Language on January 16, 2014 at 08:50

I was born in Tamil Nadu ,but I have spent about 20 years in Karnataka, with the curious result with the Tamils calling me a non Tamil and Kannadigas, a Non Kannadiga!

Be that it may, I am interested in the Language and literature of Kannada.

Unfortunate fact is that while it is highlighted that there are Kannada zealots, it is sad to note that Kannada is being neglected in Karnataka.

It will be obvious to any one living in Karnataka,while in Bangalore it is the Telugu,Tamil and North Indian Community leading the Population, you will find the Belgaum area calling Maharashtra is Their Home, Raichur, Gulbarga, Bidar as belonging to Old Hyderabad,South Canara and Kodagu stating that Kannada has dominated and ruined their language,Mysore remains an Island of sorts,Hubli,Dharwar not really bothering about the rest of the State!

Part of the mistake lies in governance,because people in Bangalore think, Bangalore is Karnataka and all the developmental activities are focused in the area with a bit thrown out for Mysore.

Net result is that you do not find as any second cities as in Tamil Nadu, which has Madurai,Tiruchi,Salem,Tirunelveli,Erode,Coimbatore.

People can recall Mysore,Brindavan Gardens,Hampi,Beluru,Halebid,Sravana Belagola,aprt from Bangalore in Karnataka

You may notice that these are essentially tourist spots of interest.

The sad part or the heartwarming fact is that Kannada is at least  2000 years old, if not older, a classical language of India and is spoken by at least 38 Million people.

Yet I find Kannada speaking people in Public a rarity in Bangalore!

In a couple of posts I will be highlighting the antiquity of the Kannada Language.

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Ahobila How Reach Stay Accommodation Food

In Hinduism, Travel on January 12, 2014 at 15:47

Ahobilam, the Temple of Lord Narasimha, an Avatar of Vishnu, is located in Andhra Pradesh.

Vishnu Murthis in Ahobilam.

Nine Murthis of Ahobilam

Ahobilam is located in Karnool district of Andhra Pradesh in the hills of the eastern ghats, about 400 KM northwest of Chennai.

The temple consists of nine shrines to Lord Nrisimha located around a 5 KM circle. In addition to the nine shrines, there is a temple for Prahaladavarada Varadhan in the foothills of the mountain. Due to security reasons and the difficulty in performing daily worship, many of the utsava vigrahasof the nine shrines are kept in this temple.


Garuda wished for a vision of Lord Nrisimha in the form of the Avathara. To fulfill his wish, the Lord settled in the hills around Ahobilam in the midst of dense forests in nine different forms. For this reason this hill came to be known as Garudadri, Garudachalam, and Garudasailam.

Ahobilam is the place where the Lord killed Hiranyakasipu and saved Prahalada. Mahalakshmi took avathar as Senjulakshmi among the Senju, tribal hunters of the hills, and married the Lord.

Sri Ahobila Muth, one of the most important Sri Vaishnava religious institutions in India, was established by Sri Athivan Satakopan at the instructions of Lord Lakshmi Nrisimha of Ahobilam. In fact, the utsava moorthy of the Malola Nrisimha temple, one of the nine shrines of Ahobilam, is the presiding deity of Sri Ahobila Mutham. Sri Malolan accompanies Srimad Azhagiya Singar, the spiritual and titular head of Sri Ahobila Mutham, on his travels.

Thirumangai Azhvaar has sung ten verses about this temple in Periya Thirumozhi.

It can be reached from Nandyl,Cuddappah or Kurnool Andhra Pradesh.

There is no railway link direct to Ahobilam.

One can reach by reaching any of the places mentioned here or through Dhone from where one reach Ahobilam through Baganpalle and Koilkuntla.

How To reach Ahobilam.

By Train from Chennai to Ahobilam
Bombay mail leaves Chennai at about 9:55 p.m. and reaches Kadappa at about 3:15 a.m. You can take Bombay mail going to Chennai for the return journey. Chennai bound Bombay mail arrives Kadappa at 10:25 p.m. and leaves at 10:30. It reaches Chennai at about 5:40 a.m. Reservations may be made for round trip from Chennai to Kadappa and back. Quota for Kadappa is available in Bombay mail.

From Kadappa, Ahobilam is about 100 KM. If you can afford it you can hire a taxi for the day to go to Ahobilam and return. The approximate cost would be Rs. 1000 for the round trip. If you are a group you can hire a van for a day. In either of these two cases, you will be able to finish all the Dharshan and return to Kadappa at night in time to catch Bombay mail back to Chennai.

If you are in a position to hire a taxi, you can take a bus to Ahobilam. There may be direct bus to Ahobilam, but frequency may be limited. In stead, take a bus to Allagadda, and then from Allagadda you can take another bus to Ahobilam. If you have to travel bus you may have difficulty covering all the temples in one day.

By bus from Chennai to Ahobilam
There is an overnight bus from Madras to Nandiyal leaving at about 8:00 p.m. Nandiyal is a big town past Allagadda. Buy your ticket to Allagadda. The bus will reach Allagadda at about 6 a.m. Get down at Allagadda. From Allagadda, Ahobilam is about 30 KM. Town busses ply between Allagadda and Ahobilam every 45 minutes. The last bus leaves Ahobilam to Allagadda at 9:45 p.m. You may also hire a taxi from Allagadda. The same bus returns to Chennai. It leaves Allagadda at about 7:00 a.m. Check locally for exact time. By car from Chennai to Ahobilam
The drive from Chennai is through Renigunta, Kadappa, and Allagadda. It will take about 9 to 10 hours of hard driving. Avoid night driving if you can.

Traveling to Ahobilam from Hyderabad
The distance between Hyderabad and Ahobilam is about 380 KM. By train, take Thungabadra Express from Hyderabad (Kacheguda) to Kurnool. This train leaves Hyderabad (Kacheguda) at 7:00 p.m. and reaches Kurnool 10:30 p.m. From Karnool, Ahobilam is about 150 KM. You may hire a taxi or take a bus for this part of the journey. The approximate cost would be Rs. 1400 for the round trip. The return train arrives Kurnool at 1:15 a.m. and reaches Hyderabad at 5:20 a.m.

You may also take a bus from Hyderabad to Allagadda. From Allagadda, Ahobilam is about 30 KM. Town busses ply between Allagadda and Ahobilam every 45 minutes. The last bus leaves Ahobilam to Allagadda at 9:45 p.m. You may also hire a taxi from Allagadda.

Traveling to Ahobilam from Bangalore
From Bangalore, Ahobilam is about 350 K.m. The train timing is not very convenient from Bangalore. Prasant Express leaves Bangalore at 2:00 p.m. and reaches Nandiyal at about 11:50 p.m. From Nandiyal, Ahobilam is about 60 KM via Allagadda. The return train to Bangalore leaves Nandiyal at about 11:10 p.m. and reaches Bangalore at 10 a.m.

By road, the travel is via Madanapalli, Cuddapah, and Allagadda. The drive is about 7:30 hours.

Facilities for Stay at Ahobilam.

Sri Ahobila Mutt maintains a Guest House called Malola Guest House. There are a total of 14 rooms, 4 single rooms, 6 double rooms, and 4 triple rooms. Of these, two double rooms and two triple rooms are air conditioned. In addition, there are 10 dormitory type rooms.

Normally reservations are not undertaken by the Ahobila Mutt authorities.

But one can always try.

Mr. Badri Narayanan


A privately run canteen is located adjacent to Malola Guest House. Vegetarian food is sold at this canteen.

In addition, Sri Ahobila Matam has established a trust called Annamacharya Nitya Annadanam Trust. The goal of this trust is to provide free food to devotees of Sri Lakshmi Nrisimha. Free prasadam is offered three time a day. Dadiyannam (Curd rice) is offered morning and evening. At noon time Tadiyaradhanam (full course meals) is offered.

The monthly expense for this exceeds Rs. 20,000. Contributions to the trust is welcome. Please contact the Malola Guest House manager at 8519-232045 for detail.




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How To Apply For Building Licence BBMP Bangalore

In consumer forum on December 17, 2013 at 11:46

I am posting information from  BBMP the procedure, processes to be followed while planning to construct, modify a building.

For updates check with BBMP, Link provided below.

You may check  the other Link for Rules for construction by The BBMP.

Bangaloe rHousing authotiy

BBMP Bangalore

3.1 Licence – Every person who intends to erect or re-erect a building or make material
alterations or cause the same to be done, is required to obtain a licence from the
3.2 Application and documents to be submitted with the application – Every person
who intends to erect or re-erect or alter a building, including temporary structures for
the purpose of exhibitions, trade fair or circus or execute any of the works other than
repairs, as specified in Sections 299, 304 or 312, of the Act, shall give an application in
writing to the Authority in the Form set forth in Schedule II and such application shall be
accompanied by plans, documents and information as required hereunder.
3.2.(1) Title deed/possession certificate – A copy of the title deed or possession certificate
of the property, issued a competent authority.
3.2.(2) Property card and latest assessment book extract – A copy of the property card
along with the sketch issued by the Department of Survey and Settlement, and Land
Records (City Survey) and latest assessment book extract issued by the Corporation
indicating the measurements of the property .
3.2.(3) Upto date tax paid receipt – The receipt for having paid up to date property tax to the
Corporation shall be enclosed.
3.2.(4) Previously sanctioned plan – Attested copy of the previously sanctioned plan if the
application is for addition/ alteration/modification to the existing building. If the applicant
for any reason cannot produce the previously sanctioned plan of the existing building,
then in such cases the plan of the existing building along with site plan, etc., will have
to be submitted.
3.2.(5) Drawings – The following drawings in ammonia prints. One drawing on tracing cloth /
polyester tracing film shall be enclosed in addition to the ammonia prints.
3.2.(5.1) Key plan – A key plan drawn to a scale of not less than 1 in 10,000 showing the
boundary locations of the site with respect to neighbourhood landmarks.
3.2.(5.2) Site plan – Site plan drawn to a scale of 1:500 for sites of area upto one hectare and
1:1000 for sites of area more than one hectare. The site plan shall indicate the
following, namely:-
a) title of drawing consisting of the property number of the site name of the block,
street or road in which the site is situated, number of the site if situated in an
approved layout, and reference number of such approval with the use of the
b) the boundaries of the site and of any contiguous land belonging to the owner
c) the north direction relative to the plan of the building;
d) the name and description of the adjacent roads, street, or lanes, if any, with the
width thereof; Building Bye-Laws –

..”Khatha, Title deeds help and BBMP site.





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