Today by evening my current contract was getting completed and the vendor had placed me with a different client from tomorrow. So got all the relieving from the current client and then I thought I would have a visit to Thiruverkadu. I took a bus from Guindy to CMBT. From CMBT interestingly I got the 27C from T. Nagar. The bus was quite packed at least till Maduravoyal market. Only after that I got a place to sit. I reached Thiruverkadu after a one and half trip at 7.30 PM. After finding a place to leave the footwear I had to rush inside the temple. Fortunately the crowd was manageable and hence had a very comfortable and relaxed darshan at the temple.
After spending around 30 minutes in the temple started back and caught the direct bus to Tambaram from Thiruverkadu. It managed to reach Chromepet by 9.10 and hence hopped off there to catch the small bus S3 which takes a shorter route to my residence.
Quite early in the morning I started from Tambaram towards Thiruvotriyur. The roads were quite free and hence in less than an hour the bus reached Toll Gate. After waiting for 10 to 15 minutes, I got a bus to Melur to visit the early morning Trisakthi. After completing the temple, caught a return bus to Thiruvotriyur. Had a chance to witness the abhishekam also in the noon pooja. After a brief lunch at Thiruvotriyur now caught a bus to CMBT from where I need to take a bus to Thirumullaivoyal (Avadi).
In Thirumullaivoyal along with the Trisakthi, had a darshan of Pachaiamman in whose temple got some sweet pongal also. After completing darshan took the bus towards Ambattur OT to catch D70 to Velachery towards back home.
A little introspection from 2008 on where have been the New Year celebrations since 2008.
||Des Plaines IL
We have been planning a few places to visit for the New Year and finally zeroed in onto Mahabaleshwar/Panchagni. We hired out a van for our group of eight people and started out around 2 AM from Pune. Our initial break was a few kilometers before Mahabaleswar for a quick morning breakfast. We reached Mahabaleswar around 10 AM. A few of the places we had sighted before lunch were the viewpoint, temples and strawberry orchards. After lunch towards evening we had a little boating in Venna Lake and started back to Pune to reach the city around 11 PM.
We did have an interesting experience en route with a traffic cop asking bribe in a unique fashion — ‘Police Tax’. The picture of the cop and the name board near him showing the various tariffs are indicated here. A report also has been sent to the state administration.
I had an important meeting on 25th and 26th November at Mumbai. Hence started 24th night to Pune station. Yes. The date is indeed interesting. 26/11 in Mumbai and visiting the prime meeting location is enough headache because of heavy traffic to security arrangements.
Though I just had an open ticket got hold of the TTE to purchase an ‘Excess Fare Ticket’ for Mumbai Express from Chennai which came around 12 AM on 25th. The train rolled in to VT (now CST) station around 5 AM. It was another short trip by Andheri Fast train and reached there by 5.40 AM. After checking in to a hotel in Andheri and brief fresh-ups headed over to the meeting at Bandra around 10 AM. Though the meeting got over by 1 PM, I just thought instead of returning back to the hotel and wasting time I would do a little outing. I hence caught a bus to Mahalakshmi temple. Bandra to Mahalakshmi (and yes, the place itself is known by the same name) took around an hour in the traffic. After visiting the temple headed back to the hotel in Andheri around 8 PM.
The second day as usual headed up to the meeting at 9 AM. But now I had the baggage too because I had to check out. After the meeting at 1 PM, I preferred a visit to Prabhadevi (Siddhi Vinayak temple). Prabhadevi is near Dadar and hence had to take a bus from Bandra to Borivali and a fast train to Dadar. From Dadar there are shared taxi rides to and fro for Siddhi Vinayak temple. After a little long wait in the queue and completing the darshan of Lord Ganapathy, returned back to Dadar to catch the Shivneri bus back to Pune at 3 PM.
Had been around three weeks since moved to the West Coast of India. My room mate (Sai) told me that the best place to visit around is a day’s tour to the following places:
- Shani Shingnapur and
- Ranjangaon Mahaganapathy
I hence booked a ticket with Purple Prasanna travels and the bus started on Friday night from near Pimprigaon. It reached Shirdi the next day early morning 3.30 AM at Hotel Vatsala. After a quick freshing up we headed over to Shirdi Saibaba temple for the 4 AM Arathi. It was packed with crowd and after completing the Arathi darshan started back to the pickup point. Our next trip to Shani Shingnapur started at 8.30 AM. Shingnapur is around 70 kms from Shirdi. After completing the darshan at Shingnapur the bus headed over to Ranjangaon Maha Ganapathy. En route there was a halt at 2 PM for lunch.
The bus reached Pune back at 5.30 PM.