The Friday (21st July 2017) I had the booking to RMM (Rameswaram) for Aadi Amavasya that falls on 23rd July 2017. The train had unusually high number of Waiting Lists and RACs flooding its compartments. Fortunately I had a confirmed accommodation. We reached Rameswaram station around 5 AM on Saturday. There were buses plying from the station to Agni Theertham temple beach shore.
After reaching the Agni Theertham and taking holy dip in the sea proceeded towards the temple. The temple crowd was less since it was one day before Amavasya and had the fortunate bliss of getting the darshan of even morning deepararadhana. The temple had good arrangements for cloak room and foot wear keeping too. Cloak room is pretty cheap at INR 10 with good sized lockers and foot wear keeping is free though there is no token issued.
After completing Rameshwaram, started to Dhanushkodi. Kothandaramar temple is on the way and scheduled it for next RMM trip. After completing Dhanushkodi travelled back to Market to visit Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam house which is a must visit for every Indian citizen.
After completing these trips started to RMD (Ramanathapuram) by bus and then to Thirupullani from there. We had made booking at Ahobila Mutt Malola Bhavan. We completed temple darshan that day itself to avoid the rush on Aadi Amavasya day. The day’s dinner and next day’s lunch was at Srirangam Srimad Andavan Ashrama Thatheeyaradhanai, which was sumptous and excellent. Next day morning we went to Sethukarai for the holy dip at sea. Buses were halted around half a kilometer away from Sethukarai because of surging heavy crowds right from wee hours of Aadi Amavasya.
Towards afternoon started from Thirupullani to RMD railway station for catching the train back to Tambaram (TBM).
Our sibling blog has covered a few years ago about this temple. You can check its permalink here. Yesterday evening I chose to visit this temple. The route I took to this temple was from Ambattur after work hours.
I chose to take a bus to Ambattur Industrial Estate and from there I was looking for a bus to Red Hills. Only a bus to Puzhal was there. So took that bus and after getting down at Puzhal camp, took the next bus from Poonamalee to Red Hills. From Red Hills I took the bus to Thiruvotriyur which takes us to Madhavaram/Ponniammanmedu/Kanakan Chatram. Interestingly this is the same route which goes from Puzhal camp to Red Hills. But the downside of catching the bus at Puzhal is you will end up standing in the crowd through the journey unlike getting a seating accommodation if you board the bus at Red Hills.
After getting down at Kanakanchatiram, you can see a petrol bunk in the opposite site and take the road next to it. I think it is called Big Street. After a few feet walking down, you can find a lane called Vinobhaji Street which is the one that houses the temple.
The time when we went they were doing evening poojas (Saya Rakshai). After completing of the same they allowed us for darshan of the temple. The unique feature of this temple is that Narasimha is in standing position. There are also other sannidhis like Naga Narasimhar, Chakkaratathazhwar (with Narasimhar), Hayagreevar (behind main sanctum sanctorum on the wall). There is a shrine for Andal and Ayyappa too.
The return journey we took back to Red Hills which was a good transit point for a comfortable journey though it takes 20 to 30 minutes more than getting a bus at Madhavaram bypass intersection.
As part of the tour arranged by Sri Lakshmi Hayavadana Travels, Nanganallur operated by Booma Ravi we had visited yesterday the following temples.
- Pon Padhar Koottam
- Pon Vilaintha Kalathur
The trip started from near Hindu Mission Hospital (Tambaram) at 6.45 AM with drop back at Tambaram bus stand at 8.45 PM. Breakfast was served at Chitravadi and Lunch at Kaliyapettai. There was good prasada viniyogam at Mukundagiri also. In Mukundagiri, we also got an opportunity to meet Sri Anantha Padmanabhachariyar, ex-editor of Sri Narasimha Priya magazine.
Chitravadi has a hill shrine for Sri Narasimha. The entrance of the hill temple is like mouth of the lion.
And the speciality of Pon Vilaintha Kalathur are as follows.
- One of the deities of the temple is in Sthalasyana Perumal temple (Mamallapuram)
- And there is a neighboring temple for Sri Rama where you can have a darshan of Dharbha Shayana Ramar (similar to Thirupullani)
This week (Sunday) on my visit to Mangadu the priest near the Utsavar and also the priest at the Pillayar sannidhi told me to visit the Velleswarar temple nearby. So after completing darshan of Kamakshi I came out of the side entrance and walked towards Velleeswarar temple. It is about 5 minutes walk from the temple. The most important note about Velleeswarar temple is that Lordess Kamakshi Herself had darshan of the Lord and Her footprints are near the Nandhi.
After completing darshan of the Lord, went to Vaikunta Perumal temple. Completing all the darshan at Mangadu returned back to Tambaram.
This Tamil New Year weekend we planned for a trip to Namakkal. On Tamil New Year night we took the Salem Express and reached Salem on Saturday morning. After freshening up in Salem junction itself headed straight to Namakkal town for darshan of Hanuman. After completing darshan of Hanuman took the bus to Salem junction again but en route got down for Kottai Mariamman Temple and Raja Ganapathy temple.
All temples complete and it was peak afternoon summer exhausting. So chose to wound up the tour and returned back to Railway Station. The same train which dropped us in the morning was standing in the platform. In the night got the train back to Tambaram.
Looks like hot summer ahead I don’t think so any outbound trips during April to June and hence this travelog would resume active trips from July onwards.
You might have recalled from our September 2016 trip that the original schedule was then to visit Mattapalli and Pancha Narasimha Kshetras. However due to reservation issues it did not materialize. Thanks to Vaidehi Parthasarathy, the tour organizer from Tambaram in March 3,4 and 5 we were planning the tour.
We took the Tamil Nadu express to reach Vijayawada. After freshening up in Vijayawada we headed to Mangalagiri Panaga Narasimha temple first. From here the next destination was Bhadrachalam (a long distance drive) with night halt. Bhadrachalam was beauty beyond bounds and had an opportunity to have a darshan of Shayana Pooja also.
After completing Bhadrachalam and holy dip in the river next morning started back to Pancha Narasimha kshetras as below.
- Kethavaram and
After completing all darshan with a night halt at Mattapalli we reached Vijayawada the third day to catch Tamil Nadu express for the trip back home.
The initial September trip had plans for Kanakadurga also in its ambit. But this tour organizer had only Sri Vaishnava kshetras in the plan and hence Kanakadurga had to be dropped. We would try including Kanakadurga later.
Since this year Shivrathri falls on 24th and Shravanam on 25th I chose to have a trip to Kumbakonam to worship Oppiliappan and optionally Adhi Kumbeswarar. Interesting, Kumbeshwar went out of bounds in the tour and hence completed Shivarathri darshan at Thirunageswaram.
After completing both on Sunday took the train back to Tambaram.