South INDIA Religious News Updates
Andhra Pradesh: Free Temple Tour for SC, ST, BC, and EBC under ‘Divya Darhsanam’
The Endowments Department in Andhra Pradesh state is organizing a four-day free tour for SC, ST, BC and EBC pilgrims under ‘Divya darsanam’ programme to various prominent temples in the State from November 28 to December 1, Assistant Commissioner of Endowments Anand Kumar said.
Pilgrims will be taken in four buses on a tour from Sri Omkareswara Swamy temple at Sirivella, in Kurnool district at 8 a.m. on November 28 to Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple at Vontimitta, and Tirumala, for a night halt. The pilgrims would visit Tiruchanur, Srikalahasti and Jonnawada temples on November 29, Vijayawada and Peddakakani on November 30 and Srisailam temple on December 1 and return at 8 p.m. that day, he announced.
Tamil Nadu : Thirukarthikai Tiruvizha Fest begins in Swamimalai
With the hoisting of the sacred flag, the annual Thirukarthikai Tiruvizha festivities commenced at the famous Sri Swaminatha Swamy Temple at Swamimalai on Friday.
Credited as among the six Padai Veedu of Lord Murugan, Swamimalai attracts hundreds of devotees every day and the Thirukarthikai Tiruvizha is an added attraction. To mark the commencement of the festivities, special poojas were performed for the sacred flag mast in the presence of the processional deities of Lord Swaminatha Swamy along with His divine consorts Valli and Devasena.
The deities will be taken in various processions and alangarams during the festival days in the mornings and evenings. On December 2, the sacred temple chariot festival would be held in the morning while in the evening the Thirukarthikai Deepakatchi will be held.
Telangana : Kondapochamma Temple to be developed soon
Telangana State Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao on Sunday said Kondapochamma temple would be developed and required funds released soon.
Addressing a gathering after participating in the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-appointed committee held at Kondapochamma temple on Sunday, Mr. Harish Rao said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was committed to the development of temples in the State and naming a reservoir in his constituency after Kondapochamma was an example for that.
He said the government had been spending funds for development of temples from the exchequer in addition to the endowments department and this practice was for the first time in the State.
Karnataka : Annual Diocesan Eucharistic procession held in Udupi
The annual diocesan Eucharistic procession organized on the feast of Christ the King at Milagres Cathedral evoked good response from nearly four thousand Catholics representing 51 parishes of the Udupi Catholic Diocese on Sunday.
According to a release, Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi Diocese, along with the priests concelebrated the solemn Eucharistic mass in the presence of a large number of people.
During the homily, the bishop highlighted the importance of the Eucharist and its evolution by citing a number of examples and events from both old and new testaments. The mass was followed by adoration of the holy Eucharist. Soon after the adoration, the solemn Eucharistic procession began.
The brass band led the procession followed by the cross and candle bearers and the people holding lighted candles. The bishop held the blessedsacrament that was rested on a pedestal fitted on a decorated vehicle.
The procession moved through the Milagres Cathedral through ozanum house and entered the Mount Rosary Church Santhekatte premises. Rev. Fr. Stany B. Lobo, Rector of Milagres Cathedral, expressed gratitude to all those who had helped in organising the annual diocesan eucharistic procession.