Speciality Food at Indian Railway Stations

Speciality Food at Indian Railway Stations

Some stations on Indian Railways are famous for the Regional specialty Food items available there. Below follows a list of some of them are divided in 5 Blocks.

NORTH INDIA — Railway Junctions / Stations

1)Agra – Petha (candied pumpkin)
2)New Delhi – Aloo chat (tangy potato snack)
3)Amritsar – Lassi, Aloo paratha
4)Varanasi – Seasonal amrud fruit (Guava)
5)Gorakhpur – Rabdi (a sweet made of milk and sugar)
6)Guwahati – Lal Chai (Assam blend Tea)
7)Lucknow – Shahi Biryani
8)MughalSarai — Rumali Roti & Aloo bajji & Puri Sabji
9)Bareilly — Moong dhall Pakodi
10)Patna — Litti
11)Jallandhar — Choley Bature
12)Kharagpur Jn — Dum Aloo & Aloo Tikki
13)Amritsar — Lassi
14)Bilaspur — Samosa
15)Old Delhi — Bread pakoda
16)Allahabad – Motichur ladoos
17)Ambala – Aloo paratha
18)Dehradun – Salted cucumber
19)Mathura Jn — Peda (Kesar)
20)Tundla Jn — Aloo Tikki
21)Varanasi — Rabri (sweet dish) & Lassi
22)Ludhiana — Badam Milk

SOUTH INDIA — Railway Junctions / Stations

1)Bangalore – Vada Sambar, fresh fruit juices
2)Haveri – Savanur Khara
3)Hubli – Curd Rice (yogurt Rice) with onions, chilly peppers & pickles)
4)Mysore – Dosa & Mysore pak sweet
5)Tiruchirapalli – Bondas in several variations
6)Hyderabad – Chicken biryani
7)Calicut (Kozhikode) – Dal vada & Halwa and Banana chips
8)Quilon – Rasam
9)Mangalore – Egg Biryani
10)Ernakulam – Fried yellow Bananas
11)Guntakal – Mango jelly
12)Chennai Central – Idli, Dosa’s , Murukku
13)Rameshwaram – IdiAppam (Rice Noodles)
14)Karajgi – Hot Idli and Vadas
15)Trivandram — Appam
16)Guntakkal — Utappam & Pongal & Mango Jelly
17)Dharmavaram — Dal vada
18)Madurai – Uthappam (spicy lentil/Rice pancake),Veg Meals
19)Vasco-da-gama – Fish curry/Veg cutlets
20)Tirupati – Ladoos, Rice sevai
21)Londa – Jackfruit
22)Coimbatore – Sambar-Rice, Tamarind-Rice, Lemon-Rice
23)Thanjavur – Salted cashewnuts
24)Maddur – Maddur-vade
25)Dharwad — Peda
26)Gudur – Lemons & Lemon Rice
27)Panruti – Jackfruit & Halwa
28)Virudunagar – Poli (a thick sweet flat bread)
29)Sankarankoil – Long Bananas , Chicken biryani
30)Srivilliputtur – Paal kova (a soft milk-based sweet)
31)Manapparai – Murukku
32)Kalluru ( Guntakal ) — Hot Idlis & chutneys
33)Nalwar — Bhel Missal & Cucumber Mix
34)Panjim – Cashew Nuts-Roasted
35)Warrangal — Medu Vada
36)Belagavi — Kunda sweet
37)Gokak — Karadantu sweet
38)Davanagere — Benne Masala dosa
39)Chinna Ganjam – Cashewnuts
40)Sankari durg — Hot Jelebis

CENTRAL INDIA — Railway Junctions / Stations

1)Nagpur – Bhujia, and oranges
2)Indore – Farsan & Gutte ki kis
3)Ranchi – Puri bhaji
4)Gwalior – Boiled chickpeas with chile peppers
5)Ratlam — Poha
6)Jhansi — Aloo puri & Channa Batura
7)Itarsi — Channa Batura
8)Nagpur — Misal & Bhujia & Oranges
9)Bhopal — Kulfi & chole Bature
WESTERN INDIA — Railway Junctions / Stations

1)Pune – Misal & Patties & Vadapav
2)Karjat – Batata vada / vada pav (Potato snack)
3)Lonavala – Chocolate Fudge / Cashew nut Chikki (Cashew nut brittle candy)
4)Neral – Seasonal Jambhool fruit
5)Khandala – Seasonal Jamoon fruit (plums)
6)Solapur – Kunda (sweet barfi)
7)Kolhapur – Sugarcane juice
8)Miraj – Rasam and Rice
9)Jaipur – Dal bati
10)Gandhidham – Dabeli
11)Anand — Flavored Milk
12)Ajmer — Kadai Kachori & Mewa (Mix Fruits)
13)Ahmedabad – Vadilal ice-cream
14)Surat – Undhyo (mixed vegetables) & Vada pav & Moongfali
15)Chittorgarh — Onion & Potato Pakoda
16)Surendranagar — Camel’s Milk Tea
17)Ratnagiri – Mangoes, dried jackfruit
18)Daund – Peanuts
19)Anand – Gota (fenugreek fritters), and milk from the dairy farm there
20)Khambalia Junction – Potato/onion/chili fritters
21)Dwaraka – Milk pedhas
22)Viramgam – Fafda (ganthiya), Poori + Alu-bhaji
23)Pendra Road – Samosas
24)Abu Road — Rabri (sweet dish)
25)Jodhpur — Mirch Bajji
26)Manikpur – Cream
27)Bharuch – Roasted Peanuts
28)Mumbai — Vada Pav & Biryani

EASTERN INDIA — Railway Junctions / Stations

1)Howrah – Sandesh sweet & Jhaal Muri & Rasgolla
2)Puri – Halwah
3)Bhubaneshwar – Dal and Rice
4)Vijayawada – Mango Jelly & Fruit juices
5)Rajahmundry – Bananas
Don’t miss the Speciality Foods at different Railway Stations when you are traveling and it’s often astonishingly very Good.You need to get it Packed or Eat there itself depending upon the train halting time.
—- Hari Om —-

———– Hari Om ———–

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Mangala Chandika Stothra

Sri Mangala Chandika Stothra


Sri Mangala Chandika Devi

Mangala Dosha comes from the previous Births one who separates Husband and Wife and Tortured married women because of this Marriages are delayed for a Girl or Boy.


Sri Mangala Chandika Stothra

IF there are many Obstacles for the Marriage and Success in Life one needs to recite this Mantra to ward off.

To find out Purva Janmada Papa or Old Birth Sins done one can check from his or her Jataka From Lagna , Chandra and Shukra check if Mangala is in 2,4,7,8 and 12 Position where Guru Dristi or Guru Bala is Not there then one must assume this Dosha is there.


Sri Mangala Chandika pooja

So to Ward off this Dosha or Sins our Rishis have found this Mantra one has to Light 5 faced Deepa sit infront of it and chant atleast 21 Times per day for 45 days and one will get the result within this period.


Sri Mangala Chandika Stothra

This is a Wonderful Mantra if One Recites it Daily Results will come quickly.

———- Hari Om ———-


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Kasturi Ranganatha Temple — Erode

Kasturi Ranganatha Temple — Erode – Tamilnadu – India


Sri Kasturi Ranganatha Swamy


Main Entrance

This Temple is just 2kms from Erode Bus stand is in the heart of Erode city and near Pannerselvam Park and market and about 3 Km from Railway station and by the side of Aarudhra Kapaleswara Temple is and is magnificiently Built may be around the time in 1100 AD and Renovated by Vijayanagar kingdom Rulers.


inner Gopuram




Left side Passage


Right side Passage

The Temple has several unique features to it. The main deity of the temple is Kasthuri Ranganatha, but he is very different from any other Ranganatha Perumal one might have witnessed in other temples.


Om Namo Narayanaya


Lord Venkateswara




Sri Kamalavalli Thayar temple

The history of the temple says that Durvasa Maharishi, well known for his short temper, once got angry with Lord Brahma and cursed him. Brahma came here and worshipped Lord Vishnu, and got Saapa Vimochana. So true to the legend, the Lord has one arm out stretched and palm extended over Durvasa Maharishi as if to pacify him and the other is stretched towards Brahma who unlike in other Ranganatha temples is not placed on a lotus over the Lord’s navel , but he is being held by the Lord over his left hand. One can get to see Durvasa Maharishi by peeping into the Sanctum Sanctorium. The entrance has been deliberately built that way so that the devotees do not disturb the sage and anger him.


Sri Anjaneya Temple


Sri Chakratalwar Temple


Sri Dhanvantari Swamy Temple


Sri Laxmi Hayagriva Temple

Another unique feature is that the Dwara Paalakas ( guards ) of the Lord who are usually found on either side of the sannadhiand here they are found at the feet of the Lord worshipping him. These are said to be Devas who had been cursed to become demons and had attained Saapa Vimochana by worshipping Kasthuri Ranganatha and hence are found at his feet serving him.




Sri Vishwasena swamy Temple

Many Festivals are conducted throughout the Year and in particular are 1)Chitra Pournami 2)Brahmotsavam in Puratasi month 3)Garuda Sevai in Panguni and Thai month.4)Vaikunta Ekadasi pushya month.Goddess here is called Kamalavalli Thayar. She looks so serene and welcoming.











Moola Devaru: Kasthuri Ranganatha in a Sayana Kola
Goddess: Kamalavalli Thaayar
Utsavar : Varadaraja Perumal
Temple Timings : 6am-12noon and 430pm-830pm

A wonderful temple and worth visiting if you are in Erode a Must and get Lord Ranganatha and Devi Kamalavalli Blessings and Ashirvadam and also Visit to Brahmin’s Hotel next to the temple and enjoy Excellent mouth watering South Indian Tasty Dishes.

———- Hari Om ———-




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Eka Sila Brindavana


another Picture


Entrance to Ekasila Brindavana

Bikshalaya or Bichali is 20 Kms from Mantralayam in Raichur district, Karnataka state.There are many Autos , Jeeps and Taxis are available in Mantralaya and this is the place of Sri Appanacharya, the prime Sishya of Sri Raghavendhra stayed here with Appanacharya’s House for about 13 years and the house where Sri Raghavendhra Swami stayed is still there.


Tungabhadra river


another View


Steps to River side

Bikshalaya is a garden place just on the banks of river Tungabhadra with plenty of Big trees.


Way to Ekasila Brindavana


River View


Tulasi Katte

Ek Shila Brindhavana of Sri Raghavendhra is present here as per the wish of Sri Raghavendhra himself. This is without any roof and is the Brindhavana in the world open to the Mother Nature.This Brindavana is on top of the Japadakatte(platform) where Sri Raghavendra Swamy and Sri Appanacharya used to sit and discuss.


Grinding Stone


Varalu kallu Rayaru Used it



This is the Rubbu Gundu and Varalu kallu used for Manually Gring Chatni and Sri Appanacharya was Grinding Dal Chatni for the Naivedya of Sri Moola Rama Devaru and to Rayaru,Rayaru was Fond of Dal Chatni and Sweet Appi Payasa.


Appanacharya House


Life History of Rayaru




Serene Atmosphere

When Sri Raghavendhra Swamy decided about his Brindhavana in the year 1671, he purposely sent Appanacharya away from Mantralaya because he knew Appanacharya could not bear that very moment. But the news of Raghavendhra’s Brindavana spread like a wild fire and on hearing the shocking news, Appanacharya rushed to Bichali. He had to cross Tungabadra but the river was in full flow. But he didn’t care and remembering his Guru, crying and weeping, Appanacharya started crossing the Tungabhadra creating a slogan for his guru.. Appanacharya’s devotion, faith, firmness made Tunghabadra to pave the way for him by spliting up the water in to two sides. But by the time Appanacharya reached Mantralaya the last slab was already placed and he could not see his Dear Guru. Tears gushed out from his eyes and his voice choked. The stotra had reached its final stanza but he could not utter any word while crying and weeping beyond.Then Sri Raghavendra completed the stotra from inside the Brindavana itself.


Trust Office





Appannacharya used to beg (Bikshe) for food. The Rice that he gathered was put on a cloth and tied to a tree branch. After performing the Pooja he used to just sprinkle some holy water on the Rice and it turned into cooked rice. With the passage of time it came to be called as Bichali.


Ugra Narasimha temple Entrance


Ugra Narasimha

Idol of Ugra Narasimha Devaru and It was installed here by a great Madhwa Saint Sripadarajaru ( Mulbagilu ) under Ashwatha Tree near Japada katte.


Anjaneya Installed by Rayaru


Ganapati Vigraha


Pravachana Hall


another View

Idol of Lord Hanumantha or Anjaneya and this idol was installed and worshipped by Sri Raghavendra swami himself. This Hanumantha or Anjaneya idol has been carved from the same stone that is used for making the Brindavana of Swami in Mantralayam.


Rayaru Sleeping Place


Small Pravachana hall

This is the Hall of Appanacharya’s house called Padasale and one centre place where Guru Rayaru was Sleeping taking Rest at this Spot and kept Sacred Moola Rama devara Pettige or Box in the Corner.


Naga Silas



NagaSilas are in the Circles in Steps and its prathistapana was done by Great Madhwa saint Jitamitraru of Shesha Devaru near Japadakatte,People who wish for Santhana Bhagya needs to install Nagasila and get Blessed.








Sri Purandara Dasara Mantra


Surya Narayana swamy
If one Visits to Mantralayam please make it a point to Visit Bishshalaya also where Rayaru Lived for 13 years in Penance on the Banks of River Tungabhadra and get Blissfull feeling and Blessed.

          ————- Hari Om ————–


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Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Swamy Temple – Mantralayam

Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Swamy Temple – Mantralayam


Sri Anjaneya Swamy

main-entrance                                                       Main Entrance

Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Swamy temple is just 1 Km walkable distance from Sri Raghavendra Swamy Moola Brindavana in Mantralayam very near to Krishna Nagar.

lord-anjaneya                                                            Lord Anjaneya

anjaneya-mantra                                                           Anjaneya Mantra

One must Visit this Temple if one happens to visit Mantralayam and it is very Calm place not crowded and get Blessings from the Lord.

another-picture                                                          another Picture

navagraha-stotra                                                           Navagraha Mantra

No one knows the History of this temple and one can feel the Calm Vibrations if one rests here for 5 minutes inside the temple.

another-view                                                                Another View

resting-place                                                                    Resting Place

Poojas are conducted in Morning and Evenings and during Festival times and on Saturdays it will attract many and bit crowded.
—- Hari Om —-

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Essence & Greatness of Sri Madhvacharya

Essence & Greatness of Sri Madhwacharya


Sri Madhwacharya

This below article in Kannada language is on the Great-ness of ” HARI SARVOTHAMA VAYU JEEVOTHAMA ” Prathipadane BY sri MADHWACHARYA a Great Saint founder of Dwaitha Siddantha is Really Great and this article is simple understandable , Pure essence , straight forward answers to all in attaining Salvation and to get Pure Happiness in Life.


Article on Essence & Greatness of Acharya Madhwa

Saint Vyasaraja elaborating sri Madhwacharya’s philosophy :

Lord Hari is the Supreme Being. The world of multiplicity is an ultimate reality. The Jivas are different from these and among themselves. They are the servants of Lord Hari, and there are distinctions of high and low among them. Liberation consists in the enjoyment of the bliss that is inherent in oneself. Pure devotion is the means of attaining it. There are three ‘pra-manas’, namely perception, inference and revealed scripture. The sole purport of the entire vedic revelation is Lord Hari,It is the sole purport of the vedic revelation which we try to see and achieve when we offer pure devotion to Lord Hari or Lord Krishna.

Sri Madhwa insists on Bhakthi as the method to attain the Lord. It is supreme attachment to the lord based on the complete understanding of the greatness and the supremacy of the Lord which transcends all kinds of love. This kind of amara Bhakthi alone secures Moksha or Heaven.

Some of ‘Acharya Madhwa’s’ unique contributions:

1) Vedas are the only source to know the lord, Prthyaksha Anumana and Agama are the way to know the lord.

2) The Lord is Sakara as well as Nirakara. He is Saguna as well as Nirguna.

3) The Lord is ‘Sarvagunapoorna’ and ‘Sarva doshavivarjitha’.

4) His ‘‘Jeevatraividya’'(Sathvika,Rajasa and Thamasa) was a unique concept which was not known earlier.

5) He said that every sound, every letter is an epithet of the lord.

6) Madhwa says that this world is a Dependent reality and Not a myth.

7) Pancha Bheda was his concept (Paramathma –Jeevathma, Jeeva-Jeeva, Jeeva-Jada, Jada-Jada and Jada- Paramathma).


Pancha bheda Tatva

8) As god is omnipresent, he is there in the idols also. So we should worship the intrinsic Paramathma in the idol.

                                                     ——– Hari Om ——–

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Pitru Paksha

Pitru Paksha

This year Pitru Paksha or Mahalaya Paksha starts from 17th September 2016 to 30th September 2016 and end on Mahalaya Amavasya day on 30th September 2016.Here are the Details day wise:
September 17th –Sat – Mahalaya Pitru Paksha begins – Prathama thithi shraddha

September 18th –Sun – Dwitiya thithi Shraddha

September 19th –Mon – Trithiya thithi Shraddha

September 20th –Tues – Chaturthi thithi Shraddha

September 21st –Wed – Panchami & Shasti thithi Shraddha

September 22nd –Thu – Saptami thithi Shraddha

September 23rd –Fri – Astami thithi Shraddha

September 24th -Sat – Navami thithi Shraddha

September 25th –Sun – Dasami thithi Shraddha

September 26th –Mon – Ekadasi – NO Shraddha will be done on this Day – Fasting Day

September 27th –Tue – Dwadasi thithi Shraddha — Yathi Mahalaya

September 28th –Wed – Trayodasi thithi Shraddha

September 29th –Thu – Chaturdasi thithi Shraddha

September 30th -Friday – Mahaalaya Amavasya – Most important day of Shraddha – FOR ALL




One Has to Read the above it informs how importance is Shraddha Karmas for the Pitrus already Departed and very inner depth Meaning & Information upon on the Soul.

Shraaddha and Tarpana

Shraaddha is the name of the ceremonies performed by Self or Relatives to help the Jeeva ( Soul ) who has departed off his physical body in death. A Jeeva who has cast off his physical sheath is called a Preta. The part of the Shraaddha performed to help him at this stage is called the Preta Kriya.

Benefits of Shraaddha And Tarpana of the Departed Souls

Gifts to deserving Brahmanas for the benefit of the PitrUs, in the proper time and place and with faith, are known as Shraaddha. Shraaddha gives satisfaction to the Pitrus by the offering of the sixteen Shraaddhas, the son helps his father to dwell in joy with the Pitrus. The son should perform the Sapindikarana rites for his father. Performance of Shraaddha and Tarpana relieves the hunger and thirst of the departed soul during its journey to the Pitru Loka ( world ).

Those who go to hell are extremely oppressed by hunger and thirst. Performance of Shraaddha and offerings of Rice and oblations to them, relieve their sufferings. Hence, performance of Shraaddha is indispensable. Those who dwell in heaven also get satisfaction, strength and nourishment.

Cremation is the best way of destroying a dead body. This is highly beneficial for the departed soul. If the body is not burnt; the Jiva is linked to the earth. The soul hovers round or hangs about the dead body on account of Moha or attachment to the physical body. Its journey to the celestial regions is interfered with. The vibrations set up by the recitation of Mantras and the offerings and oblations of water, bring solace and comfort to the departed soul. The Sapindikarana ceremony helps the Jeeva to pass from the Preta Loka to the Pitru Loka. He is then enrolled among the Pitrus or the ancestors. The son walks three times round the dead body of his father before fire is set to the pyre and sprinkles water once, reciting the Mantra: “Go away. Withdraw and depart from here.” The bones and Ashes are collected on the next day and immersed into a river. Those who can afford take them to Benares or Haridwar and immerse them into the Ganga River. It is believed that the soul whose mortal remains are consigned to the sacred River Ganga attains to the higher regions of spiritual light and splendour and in the end to salvation.

Immediately after death, the Jiva obtains the Ativahika body which is made up of fire, air and ether. Later on, it may have a Yatana Deha for suffering the tortures of hell if it had done great sins on the earth-plane, or a celestial body for enjoying the pleasures of heaven if it had done virtuous actions while living in the world. In the Yatana Deha, the air-element preponderates; while, in the celestial body, the element of fire is dominant. It takes one year for the Jiva to reach the Pitru Loka.

There are two classes of Pitrus, viz., the celestial Pitrus who are the lords of the Pitru Loka, and the human Pitrus who go there after death. Brahma is the paternal grandfather of all. Kasyapa and the other Prajapatis are also Pitrus, as they are the original progenitors. Pitru Loka or the Abode of the Pitrus is also called by the name Bhuvara Loka.

The word Pitrus primarily means the immediate ancestors, viz., father, mother, etc. Shraaddha Karma is performed for three generations of Pitrus, or to all Pitrus. Main Three Pindas are offered to the father, the grandfather and the great grandfather. Two Brahmins are fed first. Seven generations can mutually influence one another by the giving and receiving of food.

Here is a Useful Dwadasa Pitrugala List ( 4 Pages ) a detailed ones and everyone who is performing Mahalaya Shraddha during the Pitru Paksha must carry all the Details filled in before starting the Shraddha karma.  










Origin Of The Pitrupaksha – A Story from the Mahabharata

The renowned hero of the Mahabharata, Daanavira Karna, when he left the mortal coil, ascended to the higher worlds and reached the region of the heroes. There, the fruit of his extraordinary charity while upon earth came to him multiplied thousandfold, but it came to him in the form of immense piles of gold and silver. Karna had done limitless charity of wealth, but had neglected to do Anna-Dana. Thus he found himself in the midst of wealth and plenty, but with no food to appease him. He prayed to Lord Yama. The Great Ruler responded to Karna’s prayer and granted him a respite for fourteen days to return to the earth-plane once again and make up for his former neglect. Karna came down from the Mrityu Loka, and for fourteen days, he fed the Brahmins and the poor, and made offerings of water, etc. He performed the prescribed rites also on the last day. On his return once again to the higher world, the effect of Karna’s observances during this fortnight removed all his wants there. The time of this occurrence was the dark fortnight of Asvayuja.

Due to the grace of Lord Yama, it came to be so ordained that such rites done at this particular period acquired the following unique merits. Offerings made at this time reached all departed souls, whether they were kins directly in the line of the offerer or not. Even those who died without progeny received these oblations given on this Pitrupaksha Amavasya day. All those who had failed to do deeds of charity and Anna-Dana and were thus denied these comforts in the Pitru Loka, benefited by these ceremonies. Those deceased whose date of death is not known and whose annual Shraaddha cannot be done, they also get these oblations of Pitrupaksha. Souls whose life was cut off by violent, accidental or unnatural death and to whom, therefore, offerings cannot reach in the ordinary course, to them, too, the Pitrupaksha offerings reach directly. All these the boon of Lord Yama made possible from the time the great Karna performed the Asvayuja-Paksha rites. The Hindus now observe this Paksha with great faith, with strict regulation, taking bath thrice, with partial fasting, etc. On the newmoon day, Sarvapitru Amavasya, the full rites are done and plenty of charity given.


Paksha details

Propitiation Of Departed Spirits

The day of Mahalaya Amavasya is a day of great significance and importance to all Hindus. It is the annual festival for propitiating the spirits of our ancestors, with devout prayers for peace. The Hindu Itihasas say, that on the Mahalaya Amavasya, there is a conjunction of the sun and the moon and that the sun enters the sign Virgo (Kanya). On this day, the departed manes, i.e., our ancestors, leave their abode in the world of Yama and come down to the world of mortals and occupy the houses of their descendants.

The fortnight preceding the new moon is specially consecrated for the propitiation of such departed spirits. The ceremonies performed in honour of the manes or ancestors during each day of this fortnight are considered to be equal to those performed at Gaya. The principle in all such rites is the worship of the departed souls and the satisfaction of their wishes so that they might be in peace during the rest of the year.

———- Hari Om ———-

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