Dharmalingeswara Mountaintop temple

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When we used to go trip via that route, we just see the temple view and just pass on….  But, today we got the opportunity to visit this temple alone and it was worth  the time spending there… The temple name is Dharmalingeswara mountaintop temple.

The darmalinga malai is the Shiva temple on the rock, around 13 km south of Coimbatore.   There are nearly 800 steps to reach the top of the temple.(Source:Wikipedia) Would be a great trek to youngsters… Just enjoyed it to the core.. The temple’s location area name is called Madukarai.

njoyed every moment of it since atmosphere was too cool with the morning breeze… Our kiddo also walked along!!! Climbing up and coming down was a challenging n a thrilling experience!!

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For ppl who do not know abt the temple, am attaching a video clipping which lasts abt 9mins… hope u enjoy it!!

Dharmalingeswara temple

while returning, we visited a sports outlet named decathlon such a spacious outlet for sports enthusiastic persons.. a normal person would love sports again for running n cycling itself leaving behind other sports, so many varieties of shoes n high end bicycles in a trendy way…. Classic it was….

hope to get ready to run marathons soon which is happening yearly oflate…

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PanchaMukha Anjaneyar Temple

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Happen to visit the panchamukha anjaneyar temple in vadavalli today…

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Above pic sourced from Internet….

A very old temple to say.. They had the goshala maintained neatly.
Also, pratyangira sannidi was also there.. We also feeded the
cows there.. A nice feel to say.. Visited a friend’s place in
vadavalli and then went to temple along with my parents… it
was a satisfying one!!!

For more details on the temple, am attaching a link here so that
you can know more abt the temple!!

http://www.kovaizone.in/coimbatore-tourist-attraction/coimbatore-temples/panchamuka-anjeneyar-temple.html

Also, visited another temple nearby. The temple name is
“SelvaGanapathy Bhuvaneshwari Amman temple”. This temple also
had goshala. opposite side of that temple there is a saraswathi
temple.Next to koothanur, this temple only gives darshan of
goddess saraswathi alone.. A calm, divine n serene temple.
These both temple kumbabishekam is going to happen on May 20th,
2016(Friday). It would be a grand one, i believe!! Lovely temples..
Feel very happy!!

The above both temples are nearby anjaneyar temple.

C u soon with another interesting one!!!!

Short Temple Trip

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Back from a short temple trip.

1.Town hall-Koniamman temple
2.Race course – Saradambal temple
3.Puliyakulam-Pillayar temple

Started around 5.15 pm from peelamedu…first visited koni amman temple.. After so many yrs visited this temple.. Felt very calm n warm in the temple..Then next saradambal temple..This temple was so clean n perfect.. Saradambal looked so beautiful.. just fell in love with her.. Also, the adi sankarar sannithi was very nice!! Then, finally to pillayar temple.. Here, the idol of vinayak was carved in single stone and asia’s largest vinayak.. 19 inches height vinayak it was!! Did not feel to take the eyes from vinayak… Had a lovely darshan in all the temples without crowd!!!

Also, the cab driver was playing 80’s n 90’s old hindi songs which i enjoyed so much… After a long time, heard those songs… Nazar ke saamne, then, raja ko rani se pyar ho gaya… from baazigar and so on… Felt very happy!!!

Returned back by 7.30 pm.. In short, a memorable trip it was!!!

Pic courtesy: Google

ShreeVidhya Raghu's photo.

Puliakulam pillayar

Last Trip of 2014

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Today early morning, 6.30 am we started to bannari on mysore road. On the way to bannari,
we visited mondipalayam srinivasa venkatesa perumal temple..To know more abt this temple, refer the link http://www.venkatesaperumal.tinfo.in/history.html

Mondipalayam perumal temple

Mondipalayam perumal temple

Then we had breakfast in balaji bhavan and then headed towards bannari.On the way, we saw bhavanisagar dam. water was not there.

BhavaniSagar Dam  View 2

BhavaniSagar Dam View 1

BhavaniSagar Dam View1

BhavaniSagar Dam View2

Yet, it was an awesome view.

we reached bannari temple by 9.30 AM. The deity was small but so beautiful.

Bannari Amman Temple

Bannari Amman Temple

we had a very calm atmosphere in both the temples and had very good darshan. Bannari temple was very spacious.

To know more abt bannari temple, refer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bannari_Amman_Temple

Then, we saw kodiveri dam. To know more abt this dam refer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodiveri_Dam.

Kodiveri Dam View 2

Kodiveri Dam View 1

Kodiveri Dam View 1

Kodiveri Dam View 2

Also, we came to know we can travel to mysore from sathy or sathyamangalam through ghats section of 29 hairpin bends (courtesy info: meenaprakash). Then, the kodiveri dam was very nice for sight seeing. There was not much flow of water but yet it was enough to bath. so, we had a gud time there.. It was great fun to play in water.nearly we spent 1-1 1/2 hours there. Had really a great time!!!

This is the first trip where we saw on both sides fully lushy greenery… it was awesome to watch!! Knowledge sharing of routes that sides with the person who drove n mountains in the view… Enjoyed n very happy 🙂

Mountain enroute sathy

Mountain enroute sathy

After that we headed towards coimbatore which is our destination…..

Wishing one and all a very happy, prosperous n peaceful 2015! have a great week ahead friends 🙂

Temple Trip – Avinashi n Tirupur

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Early morning 6 – 6.15 AM we started to tirupur around 6 AM and it was around 56 km from peelamedu,  coimbatore. We reached around 7.30 there. At first, we visited perumal temple which is so famous there. The uniqueness of the temple is no hundials, no money collections anywhere inside the temple. No archanas done too!! The attention given to one and only “PERUMAL”. Moreover the temple is maintained very well in a systematic way!! The temple is under private people’s maintenance..

Tirupur Venkatachalapathy "Perumal" Temple

Tirupur Venkatachalapathy “Perumal” Temple

then we visited a small guruvayoorappan temple nearby perumal temple.Including perumal, 10 avatars of his statues were seen. : Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Rama, Krishna, Buddha and Kalki are the avatars of perumal.

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Guruvayoorappan temple

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Avinashalingam temple first entrance gopuram

Then we visited avinashi.The famous temple over there is siva temple in the name of “Avinashalingeswarar n karunambigai” – A very famous temple in that place! To know more about avinashi temple, check out the link http://tiruppur.nic.in/avinashitemplephoto.html

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Side gopuram for thaayar “Karunaambigai”

At the entrance of Avinashalingam temple

At the entrance of Avinashalingam temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we visited a small temple chenniandavar(Lord Murugan) temple at karumathampatti-Viraalikaadu.

Chenniandavar temple(Lord Murugan)

Chenniandavar temple(Lord Murugan)

Then we returned home back by 10.30 am. We all had good darshan at all the above temples!

Visit to Thrissur/Guruvayoor/Elephants Sanctuary

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My 50th post abt Travel……  Happy about it!!

We started around 5.15 am from peelamedu coimbatore. As usual the way was filled with awesome greenery on both sides. It was a pleasure watching the nature.

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Enroute palakkad

Enroute palakkad

Enroute palakkad

Reached vadakunnathan temple by 8.40 am. Had a great darshan. First time, we saw a temple in such a vast place.. Very happy to see such a place!! It’s a shiva temple. Lord shiva is worshipped in the form of lord nagaraja/serpent. It was great to watch the serpent in a great height.

Inside view of one side of the temple

Inside view of one side of the temple

Vadakkunnathan temple

Vadakkunnathan temple

 

Then, we visited “Paramekkavu Bagavathy Amman temple”. Had a good darshan!

Paramekkavu bagavathy temple, thrissur

Paramekkavu bagavathy temple, thrissur

Next, we visited guruvayoor krishna temple. Due to uccha kala pooja, we were held up in the queue for 45 mins. Had a nice darshan inspite of the crowd. Had a great time.

Guruvayoor temple

Guruvayoor temple

Then nearby 3 kms, we visited elephant’s sanctuary. We spent just half an hour over there.. But, it was worth it!! Had great fun too… it was worthwhile watching the elephants eating food.. There were too many aged elephants and their legs were tied in iron chain…It is a great task maintaining so many elephants!! We need to watch it from a distance and that too we should not stare at them for a long time. I love elephants, so went for it. Since i could not see those creatures chained, could not see it for a long time…..

Elephants in the sanctuary

Elephants in the sanctuary

Lovable Elephant

Lovable Elephant

 

Finally, we reached back around our place by 8pm satisfied. A very good day it was!!!

Palakkad Trip(Temple n Sight Seeing)

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We started around 7.15 am in the morning and reached around 9.30 to meenkulathi bagavathi amman temple in palakkad district. the temple is actually on the way to palakkad. Even though the travel time was long, we enjoyed it since there was that much lush greenery on both sides of the road along with mountains. So happy to see the views. Loved it.Usually, it will be crowded on fridays n tuesdays it seems.
Since it was saturday today, we had a very good darshan without any hassles.

Mountain on the way

Mountain on the way

Coconut trees enroute

Coconut trees enroute

Origin of the temple. Source: Wikipedia

meenkulathi bhagavathi amman

meenkulathi bhagavathi amman

Meenkulathikkavu is the oldest temple in Pallasena. Tradition has it that centuries ago three families belonging to the Veerasaiva Mannadiar clan worshipped the goddess Meenakshi as their deity. An acute drought in Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu) drove them to seek greener pastures.  One of them took a stone from there along with their other possessions. Worshipping their stone as their friend, philosopher and guide, they trekked to several places before reaching Pallasena. Enchanted by the forests surrounding the villages they settled there and prospered in the diamond trade. Whenever they went on business, they offered their customary prayers to the family deity. An aged member of their clan went for his customary bath before leaving on a trip home. He left his valuables and a palm leaf umbrella in the care of two youths. When he came back, he was shocked when he could not lift the things he had left
with the youths. An astrologer said that Meenakshi had manifested herself under the umbrella and that was why it could not be moved. Huge crowds came there to witness the miracle. The place came to be known as Kudamannu.

The present Meenakshi temple and the adjacent temple tank were constructed over the next four centuries. A Thirumandiram was written as a testimony to the event. The Mannadiar clan has grown into 110 manais (veedus) They conduct Navarathri, Pongal and Bhairava festivals.

Buildings
The structure is built in the Kerala style. It is constructed in such a way that the shadow of the wall never falls on the ground. There are two entrances, one in the north and the other in the west. The temple tank is next to the western entrance. Crossing the dhwajasthambha [clarification needed] made of teakwood and covered with copper. The garbhagriha contains a large idol of Meenakshi Amman. Devotees are not allowed to wander around the garbhagriha. Around the main idol, the saptha maathas (several female deities – Brahmi, Maheswari, Kaumari, Vaishnavai, Indrani, Chamundi and Varahi) are installed. There are separate shrines for Ganapathi, Veerabhadra, Durga, Shiva, Bhairava, Brahma Rakshas and Ayyappa. In the adjacent hill called Vamala there are shrines for Muruga, Ganapathi, Siva, and Shasta.

Events
Navarathri, Karthigai, Mandala Vilakku, Maasi Thiruvizha, Pallivettai and Bhairava Pooja are the most celebrated events in the temple. eight-day maasi festival includes Ottamthullal and Kathakali programs depicting scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is customary that the deity’s sword and lamp are taken in procession by the descendants of the youths who stood guard over the valuables and the palm leaf umbrella.

Though the Mannadiar clan is given a privileged place in the activities of the temple, members of the entire community participate in the conduct of the temple festivals. The unique structure of the temple and its mode of worship have gained immense popularity among the natives of the village. Devotees firmly believe that the bath in the tank (known for its abundant fish) rids one of all chronic ailments.

There was a siva temple at the peak of a mountain at madukkarai. Need to climb more steps to see the God. We did not visit this temple. But still we took pic from a long distance.

Shiva Temple-Madukkarai

Shiva Temple-Madukkarai

Then from there, we visited vatika and silavantika park. It was worth the ticket.. there were so many playthings for kids where we watched n enjoyed and then saw palakkad fort. There was a small anjaneyar temple inside the fort.

Palakkad Fort

Palakkad Fort

There was a concert going on too in the side. It was nice to watch. Then,after these things, we went to visit malampuzha dam n garden. Dam n Garden – at the same venue. It was a pleasure to watch these places. Lovely it was.

Boating view

Boating view

Malampuzha Dam

Malampuzha Dam

 

Extra additions was boating n suspension car like in pazhani we have to reach the temple. Since we were used to boating, we thought we can go to suspension car. But, it was lunch time. so, it was closed. We thought we can go the next time we go. Also, there was a separate park for kids including a toy train car.

Hibiscus in malampuzha garden

Hibiscus in malampuzha garden

Malampuzha park

Malampuzha park

It was great to look at. After all these, we had our lunch and came home.Then, we visited fresh water aquarium. Was thrilled n excited to see so many kinds of fishes. Felt very happy.

Fish in fresh water aquarium

Fish in fresh water aquarium

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Fish2

It was a pleasant trip for a day from our place. Enjoyed. Hope to go more like this hereafter. Relived my blore days today. Eventhough it’s a long post, hope you all njoy it.. thank you!!