Saturday 23rd April 2016 being Swathi day and after a lot of invitations and guidance from the temple committee member (Shri. Krishna Prasad), i had the opportunity to visit Abhaya Hastha Swayambhu Sri Lakshmi Narasimha swamy temple. The temple timings are are as below:
- Forenoon 7 AM to 1 PM
- Afternoon 4.30 PM to 7 PM
And hence I started from Koramangala around 8 AM to Attibele. Till Attibele I have monthly BMTC bus pass to take care of the journey. From Attibele to Hosur I took the TNSTC (Salem) bus. I remembered Prasad’s advice to go back the Hosur bus stand where we can get local town buses. Exactly there was a bus to Agaram Sri Balamurugan Koil which is the bus stop for this temple also. The journey took around 45 minutes along the Dharmapuri Rayakottai road. After reaching Dharmapuri at 11 AM had the darshan of the Lord. Prasad told me that the temple needs to be circumambulated 36 times. They had done the same thing as per their Gurujis’ guidance and the temple tank was brimming with sweet water at lesser depth.
After having Ven Pongal Prasadam, started from the temple back around 1 PM. The bus stop does not cater to express services. So be prepared to wait for a while for ordinary buses. Or if you are lucky you can get an auto to Udhanapalli (3 KMS still away) and get the express bus from there. After reaching Hosur caught a bus to Attibele and back home by 3 pM.
Facebook Community Page of the temple: https://www.facebook.com/Abaya-Hastha-Swayambu-Sri-Lakshmi-Narasimha-Swamy-Temple-Agaram-Hosur-606347076136417/?fref=ts
I also learnt from Prasad that 46th Jeer is planning a visit to the temple in next 15 days. So stay tuned to their page for more updates.
This Ugadi (8th April 2016) was a long weekend. Hence I was just thinking would plan a trip to either of the following destinations:
Finally zero-ed in on Namakkal because of proximity and availability of seats in the buses. When I started on 7th night to Shanti Nagar there was a lot of crowd in the bus stand with more special buses to Tirupathi. I managed to get hold of my Salem bound bus at 11 PM. After maneuvering through St. Johns, Madivala and Electronic City bus entered the highway to Hosur, Salem around 1 AM. The bus reached Salem at around 5 AM. I took the Trichy bound bus to reach Namakkal in less than an hour.
After checking into Sri Krishna Lodge which is just next to the temple, had the darshan of Namakkal Anjaneyar (sweetie). Just opposite the temple there is a temple for Sri Lakshmi Narasimha along with His consort, Sri Namagiri Thayar. This Thayar is known very much because renowned mathematician (Srinivasa Ramanujan) got Her permission before starting to England. After hiring a to/fro auto, reached another hillock temple of Sri Ranganatha. It is is said that Hanuman did the prathista of Lakshmi Narasimhan and Ranganatha temple in this divya kshetra.
After a brief halt at the hotel took the bus to Mohanur temple of Sri Kalyana Prasanna Venkata Ramar temple. It is around 1 1/2 kms distance from Mohanur bus stand. After having darshan of the Lord took the bus back to Namakkal for a night halt at the hotel. There was deity procession of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha, Sri Hanuman and Thayar around 8 PM.
Next day morning had quick darshan of Hanuman, Thayar and Lakshmi Narasimha before starting back to Salem and heading back to Shanti Nagar after a brief breakfast.
For a while I had been planning to visit Malleswaram Sri Lakshmi Narasimha temple but had been postponing it due to some reason or other. Yesterday started a bit early and caught G3 till St. Johns Hospital. Then took KBS 3E till Majestic. From there I took another bus to Malleswaram 15th Cross. After enquiring the address with a couple of shopkeepers reached the temple at around 7.45 PM. It was the evening pooja time and bali peetams were being offered food and thaligai aradhanai to perumal. At around 8 the sanctum sanctorum opened for darshan. Had a good darshan of Perumal. After going through the small line had a glimpse of Perumal very near. Back side of sanctum sanctorum resembles Singaperumal Koil near Tambaram (caved out of rock) and it seems even this Perumal is Swayambhu (came all by Himself). There was lemon rice Prasadam distribution.
Other sannidhis in the temple are:
- Sri Chakrathazhwar (with Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar)
- Utsava Murthy
- Sri Anjaneyar (Chiriya Thiruvadi)
The temple has U mark meaning vadakalai temple and yellow colored indicating affiliation to Ahobila Mutt. When I came out of the temple, I could see three other temples in the vicinity, though did not have time to enter them:
- Sri Ganapathy/Murugan temple (hillock)
- Sri Gangai Amma Temple
- Sri Siva Temple
The contact address for Malleswaram Sri Lakshmi Narasimha is below (for any devotees’ quick reference):
Address: 15th Cross Road, Vyalikaval, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560003, India
Selaiyur is the suburban area of Chennai and part of East Tambaram. The following are some of the important temples that can be considered visiting during your trip here:
I had a meeting with a German-based company on March 13 2016 and hence started on March 12 2016 from Shanti Nagar. I took the KR Market bus to Shanti Nagar but missed the Hopcoms bus stop and hence had to figure out a way back walking for 10 to 15 minutes with the luggage bag. Interestingly at that time of the night there weren’t much autos to call too. The bus reached Trichy through Salem/Namakkal by 5 PM. When the bus reached Trichy I was in deep sleep. The hustle and bustle of Trichy bus stand was so interesting that I thought the bus is standing near some railway level crossing and hawkers are shouting. When I just woke up, the bus was all empty and hence realized the destionation had already reached. The conductor was surprised to see me just barging out because he was about to move the bus to the depot.
I took a bus to Srirangam for an accomodation in Vijayawada choultry where I stayed an year back during another pilgrimage. After having breakfast in Srirangam headed to Karumandapam and the meeting went till 3 PM. We had ordered some pizzas for lunch. After heading out of Karumandapam, I went to the following temples:
- Woraiyur Vekkali temple. I got the opportunity to get the darshan of the Lordess in very close proximity besides the darshan of Golden Chariot procession.
- Woraiyur Nachiar temple.
Then I headed back to Srirangam Choultry for dinner and night halt. On the way I was planning to visit Thiruvanaikkaval but it was too late then.
The next day morning got a bus after breakfast and quick darsan of Ranganayaki, Mettazhagiya Singar in Srirangam headed to Chatram Bus Stand to go to Gunaseelam Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Swami temple After darshan of the Lord, took the Tanjore bus to alight at Toll-Gate to reach Samayapuram. Samayapuram was little crowdy because the next day there was a Poocheridal function. After having darshan of the Lordess took the bus to Thiruvanaikka. For some reason I always get to visit Thiruvanaikka in the afternoon and it becomes too difficult to walk through the prakaram from Akilandeswari Sannidhi to outside the temple.
By evening tried to visit Srirangam temple. The crowd was too much for even INR 250 and crowd management was pathetic. Hence just replied to Sri Ranganatha as “vAzhndhE pOm nIrE” on the lines of Thirumangai Azhwar for Parimala Ranganathan in Thiruindhalur.
Around 9 PM reached Central Bus Stand again and after brief dinner got the bus back to Shanti Nagar.
7th March 2016 was Shivarathri and hence I had the following three temples in my agenda:
- Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Temple
- Sri Arunachaleswara Temple (SG Palya)
- Sri Ayyappa Temple (Taverkere).
The first one ruled out because the temple manager told me that we can stay for the full night. The second was too small to hold a big crowd. So I chose the third one. I started around 5.30 PM from work to reach home and proceed to the temple. But the day long fasting had kind of exhausted me that I slept in the bus and when I woke up it had crossed Adugudi. So I let go the bus and returned in the same one to Forum Mall. After reaching room, quickly freshened up to visit (2). I had some tasks to complete and after completing it proceeded to (3) around 9 PM.
The (3) had following schedules for Abhishekam on 7th/8th March 2016.
- 9 PM
- 12 AM
- 3 AM
- 6 AM
The temple also showed extreme hospitality by serving tea at 3.30 AM and 5.30 AM to keep the devotees away from dozing off. The priests did very excellent job of patiently reciting the Rudram and Chamakam for all the poojas without feeling any sort of tiredness.