Saturday trip to Thirumalagiri

Today was a holy saturday. Initially I had a plan only to visit Thirumalagiri temple in JP Nagar. So I started in the evening around 5 PM. I got a bus to Roopena Agrahara and from there switched to a Banashankari bound bus.  I got down near JP Nagar. Searching for the route for Thirumalagiri spotted another temple — Sri Kalyana Venkateswara temple in JP Nagar Phase 1. They also gave green banana fruit as prasadam here. After having darshan here walked down the street towards Thirumalagiri.

There was a bit of crowd and had darshan of the Lord after 6.30 PM Maha Arathi. In Tirupathi we can not stand near sanctum sanctorum for long.. That gap was fulfiled here. I was able to stand for a long time having a divine glimpse of the Lord. The Hanuman was having vadamala. There was some vada and puliyogare distribution too. The Ganapathy in this temple is beautiful. The Yoganarasimha sannidhi was simply majestic.

After completing the darshan started back to signal to catch the bus towards Madiwala and then back home.

Trip to Basavangudi Big Bull (Nandhi) Temple

Today being Republic Day holiday, I thought I would have a visit to some neighborhood temple. Hence thought would visit Basavangudi Nandi temple.  I started around 2 PM to get the bus from Bangalore Diary Circle to KR Market. Fortunately got a bus to Basavangudi Police Station almost immediately. It was around a 10 minute walk to the temple.

There is also a Ganapathy near the temple. Nandhi temple is reachable after climbing a few flight of stairs. After worshipping Nandhi, went to Sri Ramakrishna Mutt which also features holy rocks on which Swami Vivekananda and Sarada mata sat during their visit to Bangalore. After this went to the famous restaurant called Puliyogare Point.

After some quick bites took the bus back to KR Market and then back to Bangalore Diary Circle by around 7.30 PM. Check out a few photos here.

Nandi-Bull-Temple

Pradosham at Gangai Amman Koil (Ekkaduthangal)

21012016I totally forgot that today is Pradosham. When casually browsing through Whatsapp messages I found in one group there was a message about Pradosham.

So today evening at 5.30 made a visit to my nearby Shiva temple. The presiding deity of the temple is Gangai Amman. There are sanctum sanctorums for the following deities:

  1. Lord Ayyappa
  2. Lord Anjaneya
  3. Lord Shiva (and Lord Nandhi)
  4. Lord Srinivasa
  5. Lord Subramaniya
  6. Lord Ganapathi

The Pradosham function went till 6.30 (with Abhishekam, deity procession and prasadam distribution) and then I started back home by 6.45. The easier way to reach this temple is as below:

  1. Get down at Ambal Nagar bus stop (towards Ashok Nagar)
  2. Either take Ambal Nagar Main Road and turn left at dead end and walk straight and you will reach the temple near the police outpost near Poonamalee Road junction.
  3. Walk a few yards and turn left at Poonamalee Road (near Church). Continue walking till Police Outpost and you will see the temple to the left.
  4. Bus Route: S35 (towards Defence Colony) and Bus Stop is Gangai Amman Koil Street.

Trip to Thirupporur Kandasamy Temple

Today is Thai Kruthikai. So I thought evening I would visit a Murugan temple. So I started a bit early around 3.30 PM and boarded a Adyar bound bus  to get down near Madhya Kailash. Did I mention my intended destination? It is the world-famous Thirupporur Kandasamy Temple which also got featured in Vikram’s Kandasamy film.

After getting down at Madhya Kailash got another bus to Sozhinganallur and from there got a bus to Thirupporur. Thanks to MTC for expanding the city limits to make the journey as much comfortable as possible.  I reached TPR around 5.15 PM. After brief refreshments and finding place to put the shoes, entered the temple. It was around 30 minutes queue but at the sanctum sanctorum it was peaceful without much hustle-bustle to push and pull the people. After a good darshan of Murugan, Deivanai (near the sanctum sanctorum) and Valli (while in the queue) came out of the temple at around 7 PM.

In the temple, I also discovered a new name of Bhairavar. It is Kshetra Palakar. Utsavar moorthy of Murugan was also decorated outside the sanctum sanctorum. The return journey was little different. My initial intent was to get a Tambaram bound bus and I did the same but when the bus reached Kelambakkam, I alighted to switch to Sozinganallur bus to get 95 (to Tambaram East) which would save more time.

That completes a brief narration of my TPR trip.

The 8th Year Pilgrimage to Sabarimala

If you have been following my previous travelog, you would have seen my 8th year pilgrimage already but to Potamac-bank Maryland Sabarimala. And this year the pilgrimage was to Kerala Sabarimala after a hiatus of six years. Looks like the Saade Saathi has put a pause to my Sabarimala pilgrimage during its regime.

January 8: We started to Nanganallur Guruvayoorappan Temple where Nanganallur Manikanda Sabha had organized the Kettu Nira (Irumudi Preparation) for everyone. After completing the Irumudi preparation and food at 12.30 PM we were waiting in the same place till 4.30 and started to Pazhavanthangal Railway Station to get the train to Chennai Central. The train ticket was a waitlisted one. Thanks to a co-pilgrim working in Dinamalar who got hold of General Manager office team in Southern Railways to get through the HO (EQ) quota and get the same confirmed.

January 9: We reached Chengannur Station and then boarded a tempo traveller which we hired for our Sabarimala pilgrimage. A few spots which we visited were:

  1. Holy Dip at Pampa near Aranmula
  2. Visit to Aranmula Sri Parthasarathy Temple
  3. Erumeli Sri Dharmasastha Temple
  4. Vavar Mosque

Since a section of pilgrims were trekking through Periya Pathai, instead of waiting at Pampa, we thought we would see a few places. A few places we visited were:

  1. Thrickodithanam 
  2. Tiruvalla 
  3. Thiruvanvandur 

 

The saturday night had a cruel smile of destiny on me with profuse vomiting. Thanks to Ayyappa I swam through the hurdle and went to a doctor next morning who gave me an intravenous injection to sustain through the pilgrimage.

January 10: Reached Pampa by evening. Rest at Viri after dinner being served by Nanganallur Manikanda Sabha.

January 11: Started Trekking early morning in Chinna Pathai and reached Sannidhanam by 7 AM. Had a good, less-crowded darshan. Then after unpacking Irumudi, went through North Gate for another round of Darshan. After completing the darshan of Malikaipurathamman, started trek down by 11 AM.  Reached Nilakkal by 2 PM. Then the next long journey resumes to Kaladi.

January 12: Had the darshan at Kaladi temples and Sri Sankara Mutt and started back to Kottayam for boarding the train back to Chennai in the evening.

 

Trip to Singaperumal Koil

Today being Sunday, I just thought in the evening, I would have a trip to Padalathri divyadesam commonly known as Singaperumal Koil. I started around 4 PM and after a brief transit at Tambaram reached SP Koil around 5.45 pM. The temple had still effects of New Year preparations with crowd control barricades in place. The Utsavar moorthy was decorated in the mandapam of the temple.

After darshan of Lord (the three-eyed Lakshmi Narasimha), his consort (Sri Ahobilavalli Thayar), Sri Andal and other sanctum sanctorums started back around 6.40 PM to home.

 

Incidentally the start of New Year had a holy touch:

  1. December 31 Melmaruvathur
  2. January 1 Ayyappa Pooja @Thirumullaivoyal
  3. January 2 Pozhichalur Shani Temple
  4. January 3 SP Koil

Thei Pirai Ashtami Celebrations at Pozhichalur Shani Temple

Thei Pirai Ashtami Celebrations at Pozhichalur Shani Temple

Today is Thei pirai. In my previous visit to Pozhichalur Shani Temple, I saw a board there indicating special poojas on the following days:

  1. Thei Pirai (Falling Phase of Moon)
  2. Amavasya (New Moon Day)

So I had planned to attend the pooja today. I started around 3.30 PM. Fortunately got connecting buses in time and reached temple by 4.30 PM. One another devotee also wanted to give milk so I went to the shop outside to get two milk packets. The homam started by 5 PM followed by Abhishekam, Deeparadhana, deity procession and Prasadam distribution which went till 8.30 PM.

The salient feature of this pooja is that during the deeparadhana to Sri Samhara Kala Bhairavar, two dogs also howl at the same time.

When starting back one co-devotee who was bound to Perungalathur gave a ride till Tambaram so that effectively spared a cumbersome wait at Pozhichalur since bus services shrink at that time.