Yesterday I had two pilgrimage destinations to visit.
- Mangadu Kamakshi Temple
- Menambedu Sri Goverdhanesa Temple
So after starting from Tambaram at 1 PM reached Mangadu around 2.30 PM. Mangadu was less crowded and hence completed the same in less than 30 minutes. At 3 PM took the bus from there to Poonamalee. At Poonamalee, took the bus to Ambattur OT Rakki Theater. After getting down at Rakki Theater, took another bus to Menambedu Alamaram bus stop.
You can easily spot the Bhajanai Koil Street where Krishna temple is located because at the entrance of the street you can find two beautiful Dwarapalakas decorating the street. I called Sridhar Vadhyar since the temple was locked. He informed the local contact and the temple got opened and was started readied for Sahasranama Parayanam.
The Sahasranama Parayanam got completed by 7 PM after which there was some Sankalpam and Prasada Viniyogam. Anjaneya is small, cute and beautiful. The temple history says it had been a bhajanai koil several years ago and they had a temple car also. After which around twenty years back some one installed the new idol of the Lord and made it a regular temple.
The return journey was still great because of rains. The rain is a symbol of God’s blessings.
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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)
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.
I am currently in the process of preparing an index of Global Hindu Temple Network as a hosted spreadsheet. You can find the same here. Please remember that this project is in the nascent stage with no assurance of accuracy or presentational aesthetics. The intent of sharing is that it would give an insight into the categories that we are desiring to cover and to benefit pilgrims in a quick and easy way.
As of 12th January 2017 we have the following categories:
- 51 Sakthi Peetams
- 12 Jyotirlingams
- Sri Siva Temples
- Arupadai Veedu
- Navagraha Temples
- 108 Sri Vaishnava Divyadesams
- Sri Vaishnava Abhimana Sthalangal
Let me know if you know another temple and would like us to add the same here.
I had been planning out the following trip a couple of months ago.
- Shani Shingnapur
- Pandharpur and
from 5th to 8th of January 2017. After boarding Mumbai mail on 5th it reached mid night of 6th to Pune. After a couple of hours wait boarded the Shirdi passenger. The train reached Shirdi at around 12 PM on Friday. After completing darshan, I started my journey to Shani Shingnapur (70 Kms from Shirdi).
The journey was long and good with crowdy buses. After completing darshan at Shani Shingnapur we started back to Pune (Pandharpur had to be skipped because of lack of time). On Saturday instead of Pandharpur we had a trip to the following destinations.
- Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapathy
After completing these took the night train to Chennai.
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.