The APSRTC on Saturday launched ‘Dine on Board’ service on Garuda, Garuda Plus and Vennela buses.
Passengers can feat on delicacies such as biryani, roti-curry, sandwiches, and the like for dinner. The food items would be delivered to buses at the Mahatma Gandhi Bus station, 15 minutes before departure. Besides dinner, passengers can also order food from popular outlets like Karachi Bakery and Pulla Reddy Sweets. The service was launched in association with a private agency on a 6-month trial basis in 15 buses connecting the city to Bangalore, Pune, Shirdi, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Tirupati. Terms of the agreement stipulate that the private agency not charge more than 20 per cent of the MRP or cost of food items as notified by respective outlets.
To avail the facility, passengers should call 868-893-1666 and place their orders at least three to four hours before the journey. For details, log onto http://www.alongtheway.in
This New Year, commuters travelling in RTC Garuda, Garuda plus and other AC buses would have the pleasure of enjoying delicious biryani, roti curry, curd rice and even yummy sweets from popular joints and pizzas as authorities are planning to launch “Dine on Board” service very shortly. Passengers opting for this service can order their choice of food while booking tickets at Authorised Ticket Booking counters or online and pay accordingly. The food would be served hot in buses at Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) minutes before the journey begins.
The objective was to make it convenient for passengers. Most passengers complain about drivers stopping buses at dhabas and roadside hotels during long distance journeys. Besides, affecting passengers’ health, it also consumes lot of time and eventually journey time extends, said RTC Greater Hyderabad zone Executive Director Executive Director A. Koteswara Rao.
RTC will be entering into an agreement with a private agency for launching the service. The agency will be preparing biryani, roti curry, curd rice etc at its premises, while sweets and pizzas would be purchased from the respective outlets selected by passengers.
Devotees’ delight:The deity of Goddess Padmavati being taken around on ‘Sarvabhoopala Vahanam’ at Tiruchanur temple, in Tirupati on Wednesday.–PHOTO: K. V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR
It was a splendid sight as the deity of Goddess Padmavati was taken on the celestial ‘Sarvabhoopala Vahanam’ in Tiruchanur on Wednesday, as part of the ongoing Kartheeka Brahmotsavams.
Sarvabhoopala means ‘King of the Universe’ and the vahanam represents combined force of the demi-Gods like Indra, Varuna, Vayu and Agni. Being the consort of Lord Venkateswara, Goddess Padmavathi took a pleasure ride along the four ‘mada’ streets in the form of Sarvabhoopali.
Later, the devotees thronged to witness ‘Swarna Rathotsavam’ festival, wherein the deity was taken around the temple on a dazzling golden chariot.
Evening turned spectacular with the procession of Goddess Padmavathi on her spouse’s favourite ‘Garuda Vahanam’. The ‘golden feet cover’ of Lord Venkateswara was brought to Tiruchanur on this occasion.
According to the temple legend, Garuda appealed to Lord Venkateswara for His divine presence during the Goddess celestial procession on Garuda Vahanam.
The Lord accepts his request and sends His golden feet as a symbolic presence to accompany the procession. Since then, the ‘golden feet cover’ of Lord Venkateswara is used during the procession.
TTD’s Chairman K. Bapi Raju, EO M.G. Gopal, JEO Pola Bhaskar, Tirupati Urban Superintendent of Police S.V. Rajasekhar Babu and others took part.
Artistes perform ahead of the procession of goddess Padmavathi in Tirupati on Tuesday.– PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR
Goddess Padmavathi went to town on two of her favourite celestial carriers, the palanquin and the elephant, on Tuesday, the fifth day of the annual Kartheeka Brahmotsavams currently under way.
As part of the ‘Pallaki Seva’ performed this morning, the deity was decorated with rare jewels and ornaments befitting the occasion and made to sit on the palanquin, which was carried on the four ‘Mada’ streets around the temple. The celestial beauty is described as ‘Mohini’ on the occasion.
Vasanthotsavam was performed at the ‘Mukha Mandapam’ in the afternoon, wherein the priests gave her a celestial bath with sandal paste.
The famed ‘Gaja Vahana Seva’ was celebrated in the evening, when the deity was taken on her favourite celestial carrier. Elephant is to the Goddess what Garuda is to Venkateswara. Heavy inflow of devotees was witnessed in the temple vicinity.
Meanwhile, TTD Chairman K. Bapi Raju released an audio disc ‘Vishnu Geetha Manjari’, while Executive Officer M.G. Gopal, Joint EO Pola Bhaskar and Deputy EO Bhaskar Reddy took part.