The 9th year pilgrimage falls in the same angelical year of 2016 as the 8th year pilgrimage but in different Tamil years. I had booked the bus tickets in [http://www,.tnstc.in/]SETC in the first week of Karthikai month itself. Furthermore I had also booked in the Virtual Queue at the same time. On Friday we started early morning to Thirumal Nagar (Poonamalee) Ayyappa temple and had the Irumudi Kattu there. After that before the strike of Rahu Kalam (10.30 AM) we booked an Uber and started to Koyambedu CMBT. Our bus was only at 2 PM and after a little wait we boarded the bus. It was a little long 14 hours journey and we reached Pampa at around 7 AM through Trichy Bypass, Dindigul and Kumily.
After having the dip at Pampa and getting the Virtual Queue identification cards we started trekking the hill. After little confusions in locating group members we reached Sarankutthi around 10.30 AM. The queue from there took around 3 hours and by that time the temple closed at 1 PM. So we had the touch of Pathinettam Padi at 2 PM and then entered through North Gate for darshan of the Lord. After completing darshan of other deities, started to trek down to Pampa at 5.30 PM. By the time we reached Pampa it was close to 8.30 PM. Was feeling way too tired to walk further to Kerala RTC bus stand. Perhaps this is the reason Lord had directed me to cancel the return ticket which was originally scheduled for 6 PM. So once at Pampa Ganapathy temple took rest there till 11 PM and heard Harivarasanam from there. Had another sleep till 4 AM and then started to RTC bus stand to catch the 6 AM bus to Chennai.
Another day long journey of 14 hours and we reached Chennai around 11 PM on Sunday.