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)
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.
This year, Republic Day, falls on January 26th and hence taking off on a Friday effectively gives a bountiful long weekend. Hence I had booked for a trip to Kumbakonam on Wednesday night itself to reach Kumbakonam on Republic Day morning.
The primary temple of visit was Sri Oppiliappan temple because of Shravanam date on January 28. Along with that a few more temples were visited and then on Sunday night took the train back to Tambaram.