Mandasa Sagaram, a beautiful pond surrounding cultivating paddy lands, Vasudeva temple, Govt. Junior College, Meghamala hills, with the backdrop of tallest (among nearby states) and amazing Mahendragiri mountain belt. 

Raja of Mandasa

Raja of Mandasa

Col. (Ret’d.) Meherban-i-Dostan Raja CHHATRAPATI SINGH Deo,

The present and 51st Raja Saheb of Mandasa (Manjusha) since the 26th January 1976. (Manjusha House, 33-17/2, Officers Colony, P.O. Ramkrishnapurram, Secunderabad 550056, A.P., India)
born 3rd January 1942, educated at La Martiniere College, and at St. Xaviers College Calcutta, A.D.C. to the President of India, served with distinction in the Indian Army, as a Captain in 7th Light Cavalry, he participated actively in the India Pakistan War of 1971, which saw the birth of Bangladesh, he is responsible for the greening of Mussoorie Hills as Commanding Officer of the Ecological Battalion of Territorial Army at Dehra Dun and is a recipient of the Indira Gandhi Pariavaran Award; Secretary General of the Rowing Federation of India, International Rowing Umpire, Vice President Asian Rowing Federation, elected as President of the Rowing Federation of India for 2008 to 2012, Executive Committee Member Indian Olympic Association, Deputy Chef-de-Mission Busan Asian Games, member Secunderabad Club, member Bhubaneswar Club Ltd; the Centenary Celebrations of the Srinivasa Raja Mani Zilla Parishad High School, were held in the year 2005. Raja Chatrapati Singh Deo and Rani Rajlaxmi Singh Deo graced the function as Honoured Guests, which was also attended by many prominent personalities, including past students, who are now well settled in India and abroad. The School, was set up by the Manjusha Royal Family during the reign of Raja Vasudev Rajamani Raj Deo, in the year 1905 and handed over to the Government after the abolition of the Zamindari System. On the occasion, two statues, one of Capt. Raja Sreenivasa Rajamani Raj Deo and another of Lt. Raja Jaganath Rajmani Raj Deo were installed in the school premises; he is also the Hereditary trustee of the Temple of Lord Jagananth, which is within the Palace compound. The building had become old and dilapidated and with the initiative of Raja Chatrapati Singh Deo and the cooperation of the well wishers, namely the people of Manjusha, a brand new Temple has been constructed and has become an important  landmark; he married Rani Rajlaxmi Singh Deo, only daughter of Raja Rabindra Narayan Bhanj Deo of Kanika, and has issue, two sons, Yuvraj Akshay Pratap Singh Deo and Rajkumar Vishal Pratap Singh Deo.



Coronavirus: Herbal remedies in India and other claims fact-checked

By Shruti Menon – BBC Reality Check, Delhi, BBC 

False and misleading information has been spreading on Indian news channels and social media posts as the authorities attempt to control coronavirus with strict restrictions on movement throughout the country.

We’ve been looking at some of the most prominent examples.

Traditional herbs won’t boost your immunity to the virus

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strategy against the coronavirus includes advising citizens to use traditional herbs.

Mr Modi has said people should follow official guidance to use a particular herbal combination known as “kadha” which will “increase immunity.”

The immune response is what the body does when it fights off a virus but there is no evidence that it can be boosted in this way, say medical experts.

“The problem is that many of these claims (about certain supplements boosting immunity) have no grounding in evidence,” says Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at Yale University.

Screen grab of official advice page
Screen grab of official advice page

India’s Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) promotes traditional healing therapies and lists various practices for boosting the immune system.

Many of these remedies have been promoted by the ministry to specifically ward off the coronavirus.

There is however no scientific evidence that they are effective.

The Indian government’s own fact-checking service has already debunked similar health claims, such as around drinking warm water – or gargling with vinegar or salt solutions.

Below, we take a look at one these traditional remedies, the drinking of tea, and how a fake claim originating in China, has been picked up and spread elsewhere, including India.

A non-existent study on the impact of the virus

Screen grab of ABP News
Screen grab of ABP News

A popular Hindi TV channel, ABP News, reported there was research to show that if there hadn’t been a nationwide lockdown, there would have been 0.8 million people in India infected with coronavirus by 15 April.

The TV channel attributed this figure to a top medical research organisation – the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) information technology chief, Amit Malviya, tweeted out this story, getting thousand of views and retweets.

But the Indian Health Ministry says there’s no such study, something which was confirmed by the ICMR itself.

“The ICMR has never carried out any study saying that a lockdown would have had such an impact,” Dr Rajnikanth, regional head of research management and policy, told the BBC.

ABP News has stood by its story, despite the Health Ministry denying it.

However, the ministry has acknowledged there had been some “internal research” about predicted infection numbers which has not been made public.

The actual number of infections that there would have been without a lockdown can’t be known, of course, as people in India have been under strict restrictions of movement since 25 March.

A fabricated post about tea drinking

“Who would have known that a simple cup of tea would be the solution to this virus.”

This false claim – shared on social media – refers to the Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, who was hailed a hero for his efforts to raise the alarm about the virus early on in Wuhan, and who later died of the disease.

It claims that in his case files, the doctor had documented evidence that substances commonly found in tea – known as methylxanthines – can decrease the impact of the virus.

The widely shared post also falsely claimed that hospitals in China were giving Covid-19 patients tea three times a day.

Man drinking tea
Man drinking tea

It’s true that methylxanthines are found in tea, as well as in coffee and chocolate.

But there’s no evidence Dr Li Wenliang was researching their effect – he was an eye specialist, rather than an expert on viruses – nor that hospitals in China were treating Covid-19 by giving patients tea. can take steps to protect yourself and others during a COVID-19 outbreak.

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Lord Vasudeva of Mandasa

Lord Vasudeva of Mandasa

Krishnam Vande Jagath Gurum


Approximately in 1200 AD, Raja Vaman Singh Deo, from North gave up his kingdom to his uncle and came to the Mahindra Hills for penance and established the territory of Manjusha. The local legend says that he had a vision while he was doing penance. His vision indicated that he would receive a signal as to where he can establish his kingdom. At that moment a gold ring slipped from his finger and fell into the river. It was found downstream at a place and Kingdom of Manjusha was established there. The river still flows and its name is “Suna Muddi” which means Golden Ring.

Manjusha was at first in Ganjam District of Madras Presidency and then it became a part of Vizag District of Madras Presidency. Later it came into Srikakulam District. Lord Vasudev is the presiding Divinity of Manjusha.

Brief History of Temple

Lord Sriyah Pathi, Srimannarayana, an embodiment of auspicious qualities with no trace of any flaws, an ocean of compassion, is gracing his Devotees along with his Devi in the Deity form as ‘Parava:sude:va’, receiving the worship of his devotees in Mandasa in Sri:ka:kulam mandalam.

In the lunar year of “Pramo:da”, in the month of “Ma:rgasi:rsha”, on the day of Krushna Dwadasi, Vrushchika Lagna, Wednesday, in 1744 AD, the temple was consecrated by the lunar dynasty heir Sri Hari Hara Rajamani. The temple which was once patronized by kings and reigned supreme lost all its grandeur in due time. In the later years it became impossible even to maintain the temple with daily worship and rituals.

The temple established by the rulers and later maintained by the trustees came into the hands of the Endowments department and was being well managed. But unfortunately it slowly lost all its lands income, fame and remained in ruins.

Temple Renovation

In 1988 November, while conducting a World Peace walk in Srikakulam, Sri Chinna Srimannaryana Ramanuja Jeeyar Swamiji reached Mandasa and observed the state of this temple. After writing requisition (D. Dis No. B3/1751/98 Dt 7-7-2000) to and receiving permission (Rc No : A1/417/98 Dt. 22.06.2000) from the “Deva:da:ya and Dharma:da:ya Sa:kha” of Andhra Pradesh, Swamiji gained the custody of the temple.

Swamiji constituted a re-establishment committee under the supervision of Sriman P.B. Visal Gupta of Rajam. The temple was re-established with an approximate amount of Rs.60 lakhs with the help of the sculptor of Bhubaneswar Sriman Raghunattha Mahapathro.

The reconstruction started on 13-11-2003 was done for the “Garbhalayam”, “Dwaja Sthambham”, “Mukhamandapam” etc according to the traditional practices of construction and adding new sculptures where ever required. The old structures were kept intact and preserved without any damage.

The findings of 457 Arabic engraved coins, copper plates, a couple of gold ornaments etc., were secured with the local government authority until the completion of the reconstruction and then were stored properly in the temple.

Temple Dedication

For U.V. Sriman (Mandasa) Ramanujaacharya Swamiji’s kind shelter,support, and venerable personality to be remembered forever, to have the grace of his beloved Lord Vasudeva on all, Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji has submitted this work of reconstruction, hoping to be highly pleasing to the Acharyas and Acharya of his Acharyas – “Mandasa Swamy”.

This establishment of “Thamra Sasanam” by “Acharya Peettham”, was carried on Sunday 26-6-2005, according to the lunar calendar “Prathivanama Samvatsaram Jeshta Bahula Panchami”(Year Parthivanama, Jeshata month, fifth day after full moon), morning 10:45(Dhanishta Nakshtrayukta Simha lagnam Sumuhurtham).

Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji’s Dream Fulfillment in Mandasa Vasudeva Swamy Temple

Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji, in his twenties and his close friend, Sriman T.K. Gopalacharyulu Swamy, from whom Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji learnt philosophy, went to learn Sri: Bhashyam from the renowned scholar, Sri Ramanujacharyulu.

Sri Bhashyam is considered to be the pinnacle work of our foremost Acharya, Bhagawad Ra:ma:nuja:cha:rya, as it is a lucid interpretation of the Bramha Suthras, a complex Vedanthic text that covers the essence of all Vedic knowledge about God, Souls, Matter, and their connection.

At the time Sri Ramanujacharyulu Swamji was living in a small town called Mandasa, which is located in Srikakulam District in Andhra Pradesh. The village is home to a beautiful temple of the Lord, Vasudeva. As Sri Ramanujacharyulu was a Raja Guru, he was in the assembly of the local zamindar and was also teaching him the wisdom of our Vedic culture.

On the night that they arrived in the village, the two young students shared the same amazing dream. In the dream, the two were attempting to cross the wide river Godavari on a small footbridge. After crossing about two-thirds of the way, the portion of the bridge in front of them was suddenly found to be broken. There was no way to go to the other end of the river. They were very scared and suddenly both woke up startled. Afraid about the significance of this shared dream, they immediately went to Sri Ramanujacharyulu’s chambers and told him about their dream.

They felt that the dream implied that the study of Sri: Bha:shyam was too vast a subject for them, and they were going to leave their studies without fully completing it. The wise Guruji observed the two frightened students, thought for a while and said, “Now first wash your feet, chant Sri: Vishnu Sahasrana:mam and sleep peacefully. Tomorrow morning, we will do something about this.” Next day, the Guruji took both the young men to Lord Vasudeva’s Temple. He instructed them to prostrate in front of God and he too prostrated along with them. He stood up and prayed to Lord, “Oh My Lord! These two young students of mine are the ones who will be standing guard to your scriptures. They are the ones who are going to re-establish our Siddha:ntha. So, it is Your responsibility. I am not going to teach these boys. It will be you who should teach them through me. Please take care of them.”

He ordered both the disciples to prostrate again and they did so. When they got up, he patted them on the back and told them not to worry any more, as they were now under the care of Vasudeva. And in front of the Lord, the Guru began his lessons to the two young students on the wisdom of the Sri Bhashyam.

In answer to Sri Ramanujacharyulu’s prayers and blessings, the boys completed their lessons. Not only did they complete their studies well, but they did so in just 6 months, well ahead of the two to three years that was normally allotted for the study of this complex text. Sri Ramanujacharyulu’s compassionate prayer was all that was necessary for the two boys to become the kind of scholars that we know them to be today.

Today many scholars from South India who are sought out for their knowledge of Sri Bhashyam are those that have studied under either Sri T.K Gopalacharya Swami or Sri Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji. That both of them had attributed their wisdom to the compassion of Sri Ramanujacharyulu Swamiji, and the grace of Lord Vasudeva Perumal.

Consecration Ceremony Report

HH Sri Thridandi Chinna Srimannarayana Ramanuja Jeeyar Swamiji reached Mandasa, a historic place in the Srikakulam district, on the Orissa border by 16th night. There was a grand reception by thousands of devotees with lamps in their hands and camphor offered with a lot of devotion inviting Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji who came here for the consecration of the historic Vasudeva Perumal Temple.

This temple flourished during 17th century and was a great inspiration centre for many a devotee in those days. In the beginning of this century too it has been a great learning centre for many scholars of great Vedic tradition. In memory of this importance, this temple which was in the dilapidated state during the recent years, has been renovated and reconstructed by HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji.

This temple was reconstructed exactly in the same way with same architecture and design getting similar material and skilled workers who were experts in that tradition, from the neighbouring state Orissa too. Sriman Visal Gupta, the chief co-ordinator and Sriman Ramana Sriman Satyanarayana along with many volunteers and devotees organised the programme in a grand manner.

Reconstruction of the temple was mainly supported by Smt. Renu and Sriman Chary Tamirisa who came from Houston USA. The whole Prathishtta programme was conducted by highly experienced scholars and Veda and Agama experts of JET University, in a most authentic way. The Prathishtta (consecration) programme was completed by about 11.30 AM after which public took the opportunity to have the delightful Darsan of the Lord Sri Vasudeva Swamy. Separate shrines for Sri Devi Bhudevi, Goda Krishna were also consecrated and initiated. The temple took to its rejuvenated glory reminding the past memoirs.

Nammalvar, Periyalwar, Thirumangai Alwar, Bhagavad Ramanuja and Manavala Maha Muni Sannidhis were also restored and it has been a great sight to see such a glorious sight with earful, heartful singing of glories of Lord, Acharyas and the Vedic rituals.

Amidst Vedic chants, Puranic chantings, Prabandha Songs, Alwar Acharya interactions with Lord and the devotees, it has been a wonderful celebration. Thousands of devotees from all over the district rushed to the place to witness this grand holy event. Thadiyaradhana was performed to all the devotees. Every one was happy with this grand event as it gave them a new hope, inner strength and divine support in the form this grand temple. HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji offered Mangalasasanams to one and all who co-operated in bringing this glory of the temple back onto the track.

HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji stressed upon the point of preserving the same tradition, architecture and system of the temple and said modernizing the temple with the undeveloped systems (existing today) and treating them according to our rational logic instead of understanding the underlying values and respecting them has become a fashion in many places. Modernizing temples and culture will only spoil the originality and thus instead of becoming a sanctified place, an educational place, temples will only become commercial centers for public attraction and monetary benefits, which should not happen.

HH Sri Swamiji said, the modern youth is very much aware of the values, however, they need proper guidance of why and what for which one has to preserve the structures in their original form and learn the history from the traditional scripts, usages and customs which are in practice since ages.

DSC_0096 Vasudeva temple west 1998
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DSC_0180 Inauguration stone of Vasudev temple
Indian banks issue gag orders …….

Indian banks issue gag orders …….

MUMBAI (Reuters) – State-owned banks in India have barred employees from posting pictures, video clips or messages on social media on issues such as overcrowding at bank branches during the coronavirus crisis, according to multiple sources and documents seen by Reuters.

Banks have seen a surge in traffic after Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined a package of anti-crisis measures including direct cash payments to millions of poorer Indians, who have been queuing at branches to access the funds.

Some branch staff have complained on social media of the difficulty in imposing social distancing in such conditions, earning a rebuke from employers and even from the police.

State Bank of India, the country’s largest lender, said in a notice sent to its employees that disciplinary action would be taken for violating the code of conduct if they spoke on social media about the functioning of its branches.

“On scrutiny of these posts it is observed that many of these social media users are our employees,” said the letter, adding that some posts had made disparaging comments about the bank, its management and policies.

A similar memo warning employees against social media posts has also been issued by other state-owned banks including Punjab National Bank, a communication seen by Reuters said.

Emails sent to both banks seeking comment remained unanswered.

Asked about the memos, a spokesman for the Finance Ministry said the Department of Financial Services, which oversees state-owned banks, had not issued any gag orders and was “always looking for honest feedback to improve the customer services”.


Bankers say they are now also being harassed by police for failing to ensure the social distancing required to help curb the spread of coronavirus.

“Instead of helping us the police are threatening to arrest us,” said one bank official, who asked not to be named due to the restrictions imposed by the state-owned bank where he works.

The All India Bank Officers’ confederation, a union of bank employees, has raised the matter with federal and state authorities, requesting them not to penalize bank employees.

“So far we’re neither getting help to manage the crowds, nor are we being allowed to voice complaints… about the critical lapses and failures of social distancing at banks,” said another bank employee who also requested anonymity.

The Finance Ministry spokesman said the government had ordered state authorities “to render all possible help to the bankers in implementing social distancing”.

Bank unions said they had also asked for protective gear for branch officials but this had not yet been provided as India is still struggling to meet the safety requirements of health workers.

India has extended a lockdown on its 1.3 billion people until at least May 3 to combat the spread of coronavirus. India has so far reported more than 10,000 cases of the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus, including 358 deaths.

(Reporting by Nupur Anand; Editing by Gareth Jones)