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.