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Tumburu Theertham at Tirumala – Story of Tumburu Gandharva Tirth at Tirupati

Tumburu Theertham is a sacred lake at Tirumala and it is deep in the jungles. It is around 6 km from Papanasam into the jungles. TTD opens a bridge that gives easy access to Tumburu Theertham on the Phalguna Purnima day (February – March). There is an interesting story that is associated with Tumburu Gandharva Tirth.
Legend has it that Tumburu Gandharva had cursed his lazy wife to become a frog and live in the lake in Tirumala. Tumburu Gandharva later repented and told his wife that she will attain her previous form when Sage Agastya will reach the spot and narrate about its holiness.
After several years, Sage Agastya reached the spot with his students. He sat below a tree in which the frog had found refuge. The Sage narrated about the holiness of the cave – it is believed that one attains moksha or liberation by bathing in the Tirth.
On hearing the words of the sage, the frog regained its previous form.
This sacred lake later came to be known as Tumburu Theertham.
You can trek to the Tumb…

21 forms of Ganesha in clay at a Mumbai Ganesh Pandal in 2011

Sculptor Gunesh Gajanan Adval is creating 21 different forms of Ganesha in clay for the 2011 Ganesh Pandal of Vakratunda Mitra Mandal at Sangita wadi in Dombivli East in Mumbai. This Ganesh Chaturthi, Vakratunda Mitra Mandal is celebrating their 21st year as Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal. All the 21 forms of Ganesha will be based on the stories of Ganesh and all the idols will from the imagination of the artist. Mid-day reports
Adval has already completed four of the 21 idols. What's planned for the rest includes, Ganpati resting on a flower, sitting beside a mouse, sitting on the moon, dancing, writing the Mahabharata, battling demons with a mace, fighting with demons with a trishul, seated in a pious position, doing yoga, seated on a swing, riding a mouse, and with a lion, among others. Adval said, "Ten idols will depict Ganesha in his childhood, while another 11 will show him as an adult."
Thirty five year-old Adval, who moved to Mumbai from Kohlapur in 2008, is envir…