Friday, March 27, 2009

UGADI - Beginning Of Hindu New Year

UGADI - A festival marking the beginning of Hindu new year and celebrated in most parts of South India.

        UGADI name has been changed from Yuga Aadi (Yuga + Aadi means "Beginning of New age"). The ages starting from a major reference point are Golden age, Silver age, Copper age and Iron age and also known in Hindi as Satyuga or Krutha yuga, Treta yuga, Dwapar yuga and Kaliyuga. The very end of Iron age i.e. the Kaliyuga is refer to hell or "Naraka" or the age of ignorance, which our Puranas or even in Srimath Bhagavath Gita mentioned that the Kaliyuga is "the night of the Brahma, the creator of new world and the Satyuga is the Day of Brahma".

Special Preparations:
        A week ahead of this festival,preparations will start.Houses are given a thorough wash. Shopping for new clothes and buying other items that go with the requirements of the festival are done with a lot of excitement.

The UGADI Day:
        On the auspicious day of Ugadi, people wake up before the break of dawn and take a head bath after which they decorate the entrance of their houses with fresh mango leaves. The significance of tying mango leaves relates to a legend. It is said that Kartik (or Subramanya or Kumara Swamy) and Ganesha, the two sons of Lord Siva and Parvathi were very fond of mangoes. As the legend goes Kartik exhorted people to tie green mango leaves to the doorway signifying a good crop and general well-being.
        The celebration of Ugadi is marked by religious zeal and social merriment. Special dishes are prepared for the occasion. In Andhra Pradesh, eatables such as "pulihora", "bobbatlu" and preparations made with raw mango go well with the occasion. In Karnataka too, similar preparations are made but called "puliogure" and "holige". The Maharashtrians make "puran poli" or sweet rotis.
        Mouth watering UGADI pachachadi is one such dish that has become synonymous with Ugadi. It is made of new jaggery, raw mango pieces and neem flowers and new tamarind which truly reflect life - a combination of sweet, sour and bitter tastes!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation)

         Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation is one of the biggest transport service provider in India which was set up in 1961.It was started with 1792 buses and is wholly owned by the Government of Karnataka, India.
        KSRTC has more than 25000 employees serving round the clock operating 5400 buses of various types like Airavatha Volve,  Rajahamsa, Sarige,Meghadoot AC,Mayura, Sheetal and many more along with City & Sub-Urban buses.
        KSRTC has made a profit of Rs.27 crore and its total earnings crossing Rs.1000 crore making it one of the best state transport undertakings in India.
        My personal experience with KSRTC was very good.KSRTC buses, well known for the comfort though roads & highways in Karnataka are not appreciable.
        If you have a Debit or Credit card and have little bit knowledge of internet, then reserving a seat in any of the KSRTC bus is just few clicks away. Log in to the KSRTC's official site for finding bus schedules, reserving/cancellation of seats, news about KSRTC, special offers etc.,
       The online reservation is being maintained by Radiant Infosystems Inc. Radiant won the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 2008 award as it is ranked as the fastest growing technology company in India. Recently it has implemented its first punctuality & revenue monitoring system for the KSRTC, Bangalore. This is a smart-card based system and expected to streamline the functioning of KSRTC services.

Click here if you are looking for the KSRTC reservation centers in various parts of Bangalore.
Click here if you are looking for KSRTC reservation from outside Karnataka.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Awesome Bangalore Weather

Bangalore Weather: 
         Bangalore city is located in the Deccan plateau of southern peninsular India.It is situated at a height of 949 meters above the sea level.

         Bangalore experiences a very favorable weather throughout the year.The warmest month in Bangalore is April and the coldest month is January.

        Bangalore always experiences a soothing weather with warm summers & cold winters.Rainfall takes place quite often.Bangalore witnesses the south-western monsoon rains.If you are planning to visit Bangalore in rainy season then we suggest you to avoid the place from July to September.         

       June to September is accompanied with rains caused by the Southwest Monsoon whereas November and December carry the Northeast Monsoon. 

      With temperatures ranging between maximum of 33º C to lowest minimum of 14ºC, the city of Bangalore has moderate climate throughout the year. Average rainfall is 38 inches. 

      Weather becomes foggy in the early mornings of October to February,December & January being the maximum.

      But, of course, the weather condition is declining day by day due to pollution, tree cut due to road widening and similar reasons. 

    But still I would like to tell you personally that Bangalore's weather one of the best in India is. You can get 100s of sites to know about Bangalore whether and make arrangements accordingly.



Wednesday, March 4, 2009

SriLankan Team BackTo Home

Below are few images captured when the srilankan team came back home after experiencing a massive terrorist attack in Pakistan during a cricket match.Click Here for more news on this.