Sunday, 11 January 2015

Online Special Entry Ticket & Darshan at Tirumala Temple

With the recent introduction of online e-special entry darshan at Tirupati Tirumala temple, devotees need to book tickets online from temple website TTD Website. Tickets can be booked in fourteen days advance. It is quite simple and easy to book the tickets online. Combined with planned accommodation one can easily have darshan of Lord Venkatehswara or Balaji or Edukondalavada without much hassle in crowd especially if you are accompanying aged or children. I could visit Tirumala temple and could complete the darshan with in one hour including the time taken to receive Laddu at Laddu counters outside the temple.

Entrance to Tirumala hill

If you have online account in TTD Website, you can login to see the availability of tickets with slots available for darshan and book tickets or else you can create an account in few steps. Keep scanned copy your passport size photo and make sure that the picture size is less than 20KB (as TTD Website only allows pics of size less than 20KB).

Select the slot you like to have darshan based on your arrival time to Tirumala, please note that reporting time at Q counter for darshan is one hour before your actual darshan slot timing. So plan accordingly. A maximum of 6 members can only be booked on one ticket.

select the number of people and slot

Select the slot you like to have darshan, fill the details such name, address and importantly your ID card with number (don’t forget to carry the same id card as you enter in website as other id cards will not be allowed) Make sure that you have entered all the details correctly and proceed to payment. Internet banking is not allowed, you can book tickets only through credit or debit cards using any of the payment gateways available.

fill the name and other details

all persons photos will appear, you can proceed with payments further

Once the payment is successful (per person Rs. 300), you can print the ticket for the special entry darshan and the tickets will have the photographs of all the persons you have booked for that particular ticket. For children below 12 years tickets are not necessary. Take two copies of it as you have to give one at initial verification counter and the other at Laddu counters to get two laddus at free of cost per person.

free bus facility to commute from one place to other at Tirumala

you can take bus from bus stand to Vaikuntam Q complex free of cost

information center 

entrance of special darshan queue, it need not be same place. You can ask anyone present there, they will guide you.

Notice to wear traditional dress 

Don’t forget to wear traditional dress as sometimes the security at Gate may demand you to come in traditional dresses. I have seen people coming in normal pant and shirt also. But be prepared to enter in traditional dress as at last minute you cannot rush for traditional dresses.

Some suggestions:
  • Be on time near the Q – complex
  • Be sure about travel dates and time as tickets can not be cancelled or transferred or prepones or postponed
  • Don’t keep any electronic gadgets or pen drive or similar things which are not allowed inside temple premise and multi level checking are there
  • Keep bags in luggage rooms well in advance as huge Q may be there to deposit bags
  • Wear traditional dress
  • Use Andhra bank payment gateway if you are using maestro debit/credit cards

Sunday, 30 November 2014

WiFi Internet at Bangalore Railway Station

Life seems to be miserable without internet now a day with all gadgets surrounding us. Also, we can’t deny the fact that internet makes the life easier in all day to day activities from mobile recharge to purchasing grocery. To bridge the gap of waiting time for trains and to entertain passengers, railways has come with launching WiFi internet connections at railway stations. Initially the connection will be at selected stations and later to be extended in all stations and on trains.

RailTel, a government of India enterprise is providing broadband services at Railway station and also it is providing broadband internet services to the masses under the banner RailWire.

Anyone can register through this link providing mobile number. Automatic login screen pops as soon as it is connected to RailTel. If not open any link from browser.

I could experience the WiFi connection at Bangalore railway station on my phone. Connection speed is good. Registration and usage is simple and after 30 minutes free usage, recharge scratch cards has to be purchased from the WiFi help desk/counters at the cost of Rs. 35 per hour and Rs. 25 for half an hour. Additional usage cards can be purchased online itself.

Username and password will be provided through SMS

continue using Internet without any hassle for next 30 minutes free of cost

Friday, 3 October 2014

How to Open & Operate PPF account online through SBI Internet Banking

Public Provident Fund (PPF) account is the Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) and Income Tax exempted (under section 88 of IT Act) deposit scheme offered to general public. An individual in his/her own name or on behalf of a minor can open this account. Few nationalized banks, private sector banks and post office can open and maintain public provident fund accounts. But only few banks like State Bank of India (SBI) and ICICI banks offer facilities to open, maintain and operate PPF account through online banking. Don’t confuse Public Provident Fund (PPF) account with Employee Provident Fund (EPF) account, both are entirely different.

It is easy to open PPF account online through SBI Net banking. Once the application is made for PPF account online, visit the branch where you are having SB account with the printout of application of PPF account and a copy of identity proof and address proof as it is mandatory to have completed KYC for PPF accounts. Verifying documents bank will open the PPF account and issue separate passbook for PPF account.

from e-services tab, select New PPF account to get application form for PPF account. Default address of account will be taken same as your SB account address

take print out of submitted application form and submit it to the branch

you can view balance and other information of PPF account as you view other accounts

PPF account will be mapped in your SBI internet banking login within few hours. You can view and operate it online. You can transfer funds to PPF account using funds transfer to own account option from payments/transfer tab. 
You can transfer money to PPF account using Funds transfer to Own account option

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

How to see who likes your Facebook page

Having Facebook page for every event or brand is common now a days. But with the recent updates on Facebook page policy, it has become difficult to see who likes your Facebook page. It is not possible to easily see who likes your page from likes options as it only shows the count of number of people liking your people(as shown in picture).

Can't see who likes the page except the count of likes

Can't see who likes the page except the count of likes

To see who likes your page go to page likes on right side of screen you will see an option, Page Likes, click it and then select see all so that you can see all who likes your page. 

Can see all who likes your Facebook page

Even by this you can’t see all people liking your page as few set their privacy settings such that what they like will not be visible to others. If they are friends to you and if you login to Facebook page then you can see all who likes your page. 

Monday, 8 September 2014

Shri Vinayaka Temple, Idagunji, Honnavar

Shree Vinayaka temple, Idagunji is one of the popular temples of Karnataka attracting devotees all over the world. The temple is in Idagunji village and the legend dates back to the pre historic times. Idagunji is situated at a distance of fifteen kilometers from Honnavar, a small coastal town on the banks of Arabian Sea. On the Honavar - Bhatkal national highway before Mavinakatte (around 17 kms from Honnavar), there is a turn on left side with an arch of Idagunji temple. From the arch the temple is four kilometers away.

Lord Vinayaka's picture taken from temple website

Necessary things for performing rituals are available at temple office in the temple premise and also in the outside shops. Temple also has lodging facility at a very nominal rate but rooms are few and for better lodging facilities one can stay at Honnavar or Murudeshwara. Idagunji also has a sabha bhavana where marriages and functions can be arranged. Temple has arranged for free meals in the Mayura Bhojanalaya building everyday at free of cost.

Many people visit Idagunji with a belief that the God Vinayaka solves all kind of problems. Almost all people of this region visits this temple before proceeding for any celebration like marriage, house warming ceremony etc. in their family to take the blessings of Lord Vinayaka.

Visit the website, giving more information on temple, maintained by one of the devotees of Lord Vinayaka staying in USA.