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Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel to Broadcast Live the Ringing of the Bells at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple

Two huge bells placed at the Ghanta mandapam before Bangaru Vakili (Golden Threshold) in SrivariTemple in Tirumala Tirupati is sounded daily to alert people on commencement of various rituals like Thomala, Archana, Koluv and Naivedya Samarpana sevas. Now, Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel, the official television channel of Tirumala Tiruapati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to telecast live the ringing of the bells. Express Buzz reportsIt will be telecast every day without fail, even if the scheduled programme has to be stopped midway, SVBC officials said.According to them, the ringing of the bell on Tirumala has a mythological and historical importance. It is said that only after hearing the bells of Tirumala, that the Deva, Yaksha, Kinnera and other celestial beings take their food.The Ghanta Mandapam -- also known as Maha Mani Mantapam and Mukha Mantapam -- was constructed in 1417 AD by Amathya Mallanna, a minister in the Vijayanagara court, popularly known as Madhava Dasu.The bell is…

Thoughts on Love – Atmananda Krishna Menon

Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon (1883-1959) was a modern day Advatin. If you love another for his or her gross and external qualities alone, that love is of the lowest type. But if you love the other knowing that it is the life principle alone in the other that you love, then that love becomes sublime. And lastly, if you love the other knowing that it is that which transcends the attributes - body, senses and mind - that you love, there the otherness vanishes at once. That love is the most sublime, and is the Absolute itself. Your love is directed only to the real substratum or Self. You happen to love the qualities in one, simply because they belong to the substratum you love. You love, because love is the real nature of the real Self and you cannot help loving even for a moment. Genuine love absorbs everything into you, and then duality dies. But in conditioned love, or gratitude, duality persists in giving and taking. Atmananda Krishna Menon You may also like to read Atmananda Krishna Meno…