Tirupati and Tirumala ~ December 15-17
In the morning of December 15, Kaliji with Matarani, Ganga, Ananda, Nandi and Sri Kanth, began the journey to Tirupati and Tirumala.
In the nine-hour drive through the Indian countryside, they saw papaya palm plantations; vast fields of crops of fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, corn and rice; monkeys; and stunning large, geometrically formed
The visit to the Tirumala-Tirupati region was an amazing energy-charged experience. Located in the verdant Eastern Ghats, a mountain range that runs along southeastern India, this area has ancient temples, waterfalls and a rich spiritual history.
Tirupati is among the most ancient and spectacular sites of pilgrimage in India. It is situated in the Chittoor district in southern Andhra Pradesh.
The town of Tirupati owes its existence to the sacred Temple of Sri Venkateswara, situated on the Tirumala Hill adjoining it. With a history that dates back over twelve centuries, it is a royal place among ancient worship sites in southern India.
Tirumala Hill is 3200 feet above sea level, and is about 10.33 square miles in area. It comprises seven peaks, representing the seven hoods of Adisesha (the cosmic serpent).
The sacred Temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatadri (Venkata Hill). Venkateswara is also called the Lord of the Seven Hills. The awe-inspiring deity of the Lord of the Seven Hills is situated in the main temple complex of Tirumala.
The enormous temple complex, with the main shrine and dome in solid gold, is dedicated to Vishnu residing as Venkateswara. It is visited by about 100,000 to 200,000 pilgrims daily, while on special occasions and festivals, like the annual
Brahmotsavam, the number of pilgrims is more than 500,000, making it the most visited holy place in the world.
At this auspicious time of ekadashi vaikunta, when large numbers of pilgrims line the roads, in the very early hours of 2 to 4 am on December 16th and 17th, 2010, Kaliji, along with the YogaTunes group of Ravi, Indira, Don, and Prema, had most blissful darshan in Venkateshwara Temple.
Kaliji prepares to go to the temple, left. With Sri Kanth, right.
The visit was kindly arranged by Ravi and Sundar Renduchintala. Thanks also to executive officer Sri IYR Krishna Rao. He directed many organizations under TTD to coordinate the main event in Tirupati.
Tirupati Yatra ~ TriYoga, Dec 16
TTD (Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams), in association with YogaTunes, organized a unique two-day program with Yogini Kaliji in Tirupathi on the eve of Vaikunta Ekadashi.
A 40-minute press conference preceded the program in Andhra Pradesh with dozens of local and national television and other news media represented including SVBC, Hindu, Andhra Jyothi, i News, Gemini TV, Mahaa News, NTV,
TV 5, Studio N, and Zee News Limited.
Ever smiling, ever happy Kaliji with the media …
The TriYoga program was sponsored by TTD in co-ordination with Andhra Pradesh State Yoga Association and Department of Education. Over three-thousand people were in attendance.
P. Chandra Sekhar of the Chittoor District Yoga Association made opening comments followed by the invocation and ritual lighting of the lamp.
Ravi Renduchintala spoke of YogaTunes which combines the trinity of TriYoga, the healing/meditation music of H.H. Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore, and the healthy prana-filled vegan
Kaliji expressed the happiness she felt to be here at this time of celebration in this holy place.
A TriYoga demonstration was given by Kaliji to show the sattvic, meditative flow.
YogaTunes played healing music of Sri Swamiji while Kaliji demonstrated blissful flows. Excerpts from Celestial Message, Nada Himalaya, and Pancha Tattva Raga Sagara were played.
Many attendees expressed interest in obtaining personal copies of Sri Swamiji’s music, TriYoga flow DVDs, and Mudra handbooks.
Crowds of people thronged forward to better view the demonstration as those with the media and video cameras moved to the front.
Ganga and Matarani demonstrated as Kaliji spoke about the TriYoga practice, and why it is for everyone due to its systematic approach. Kaliji did a final demonstration for the awed and appreciative audience.
The program concluded with pravachan (Q and A.)
Later in the day in beautiful gardens, Kaliji was interviewed again by the media, including SVBC and NTV.
In early evening of December 16, Kaliji gave a talk and presentation at the Vedic University, greeted by teachers and students, including over 150 boys dressed in white, singing Vedic chants.
Special thanks goes to Sunder Lakshman Renduchintala, Ravi’s brother who masterminded the entire program.
Updates and more photos can be seen on the YogaTunes Facebook page.
Some of the news articles can be seen here:
The Hindu (the second largest newspaper in India)
The Hindu (another news item in The Hindu!)