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For the last few days, I was in Thailand along with friends to celebrate the Thai Songkran Water Festival. Spraying water on passersby and being poured with ice-cold water was super fun – the gamers (a large part were tourists) were all happy playing. Unfortunately, I couldn’t say the same about Thailand’s tourism industry. Right from the Airport (DMK), the Hotels we stayed and the shops we visited, we could clearly see the absence of…

Today, while returning from Tirumala Tirupati to Chennai, I stopped for lunch at GRT Regency Hotel, Tiruttani. Considering the location, it appeared to be a fine hotel and their restaurant Amudham served a tasty meal and the service was good – I enjoyed the food. While entering the restaurant, I noticed they had a big banner advertising for Ragi Koozh (Finger Millet Porridge, called as கேழ்வரகு  கஞ்சி அல்லது கேப்பை கூழ் in Tamil).  Priced at Rs.99…

Every trip to Tirumala Tirupati has to begin with a darshan to Goddess Alamelumanga at Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple in Tiruchanur, near Tirupati city. Goddess Padmavathi is the incarnation of goddess Lakshmi and is the consort of Lord Venkateswara. If you leave Tiruchanur and go to the city of Tirupati, near the railway station there are two more well-known Vishnu temples. The first is the Sri Govindaraja Temple, Tirupati (ஸ்ரீ கோவிந்தராஜ சுவாமி கோயில், திருப்பதி), which…

Being a Vaishnavaite, I have been to Tirumala Tirupati for many times to offer my prayers to God Sri Venkateswara there. In the past, I have written about my trips to Tirupati – Visit to Tirumala Tirupati temple (2013) & Sri Venkateswara Museum, Tirumala. Here are some photos I took this evening in Tirumala Tirupati.

Being a Vaishnavaite, I have been to Tirumala Tirupati for many times to offer my prayers to God Sri Venkateswara there. Almost always I go there with my family – we would’ve pre-booked for a time for our darshan – it being Tirupati it would be crowded and we would’ve stood in the queue for at least a few hours, being tired, the majority decision will be to return to Chennai immediately after – this…