Temple Trip – Avinashi n Tirupur

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.

guru
Guruvayoorappan temple
avi1
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

avi2
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!

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ThiruKarthigai 2014/ Recipe

Karthigai 2014

2010 karthigai
2010 karthigai

It is celebrated in a special manner in Thiruvannamalai(Southern Part of India). Lord Shiva asks Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to find out the exact location of his head and his feet. Since Lord Shiva takes  a gigantic form, they are not able to find out anywhere. Then Lord Shiva takes the form of  a jyothi (light of fire) on the hill of Thiruvannamali. Therefore, this festival is also known as Annamalai Deepam. Here, a special torch is lighted on the zenith of the hill and it is believed that Lord Shiva’s
jothi will be visible on this day.

Lord Muruga took the form of six babies in a lake called “Saravana Poigai”. On this day, all his six forms were united by Parvathi(his mother) and this way, he had six faces. Special poojas are performed to Lord Muruga.

On this day, people clean the houses. In the evening, they draw kolams (rangoli) in the front of the house and also place some lamps on it. The lamps(Agal) are placed in the pooja and lighted. Then the Deeparathana is done in which the lamps are moved to different places in the house. The lamps glow all over the streets on this day. The lamps are arranged near the doors and windows and also in the balconies. In this way, people of Tamil Nadu celebrate Kaarthigai Deepam for three days.
Kaarthigai Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the Tamil month of Kaarthigai. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Kaarthigai month which coincides with Krithikai star. It is celebrated in a special manner in Thiruvannamalai. Lord Shiva asks Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to find out the exact location of his head and his feet. Since Lord Shiva takes a gigantic form, they are not able to find out anywhere. Then Lord Shiva takes the form of a jyothi (light of fire) on the hill of Thiruvannamali. Therefore, this festival is also known as Annamalai Deepam. Here, a special torch is lighted on the zenith of the hill and it is believed that Lord Shiva’s jothi will be visible on this day. Lord Muruga took the form of six babies in a lake called “Saravana Poigai”. On this day, all his six forms were united by Parvathi(his mother) and this way, he had six faces. Special poojas are performed to Lord Muruga. On this day, people clean the houses. In the evening, they draw kolams (rangoli) in the front of the house and also place some lamps on it. The lamps(Agal) are placed in the pooja and lighted. Then the Deeparathana is done in which the lamps are moved to different places in the house. The lamps glow all over the streets on this day. The lamps are arranged near the doors and windows and also in the balconies. In this way, people of Tamil Nadu celebrate Kaarthigai Deepam for three days.

(Source: Google)

Knowledge Sharing of my views on this festival:

In North India,they celebrate “Diwali” as Celebration of Lights.But, whereas
In Southern Part, they have a separate festival called “Karthigai” Which usually
falls in between Nov-December in the tamil month of “Karthigai”. This festival is especially for lighting agal vilakkus(made of clay) rather decorating our home with natural decoration of lights from entrance to backyard. Lots of people who work with clay get an opprtunity to sell their wonderful clay lights in different form n structure. It would be great witnessing those things!! Also this festival is celebrated in the evening time only. Then, coming to delicacies which is the important part of any festival-Another part of sellers who have a good time is grain sellers.. Commonly it is called as “Pori” which is white in color. It is of 2 different forms.
1. “Ner” pori
2. “Aval” pori

The difference between both the poris is that aval pori is little thinner than
ner pori.

So, we commonly say it as for karthigai – “Pori Urundais” are famous Which is prepared with jaggery and tit bits of coconut. Then Nei Appam. This time i prepared a simple porridge with milk n rice.

Milk Porridge with Rice flakes:

Ingredients:

A handful of rice
Milk – 2 cups
Sugar- According to taste
cashew n raisins -5 no.s
Elaichi -5
Coconut milk (optional)

Method:
1.Soaked the rice for half hr or so.. Then grinded it in the mixie!
2.keep a wide open vessel and switch on the stove.
3. Pour the milk and then grinded rice flakes.
4. Allow it to boil. Takes 5 mins or so!!
5. After it’s fully boiled, add required amt of sugar to taste/add coconut milk also for taste.
6. Then after sugar gets dissolved, just mix it n switch off the stove!

Finally add cashews, raisins n elaichi!!

Now, it is time to serve!

Porridge
Porridge

Have had wonderful memories of this festival.Love lighting so many lamps. Wishing You all a very happy karthigai!! Good time munching 🙂 Also, this celebrated in a grand manner in a place called “Thiruvannamalai”- Southern part of India. The sivan temple is very famous there. A must visit place. Have gone many time “girivalams” in that temple..Lovable time n memories!!!

Also, we celebrate this festival for 3 days in southern india since we dedicate each day to different type of theepam names
1. Barani deepam
2. Annamalai deepam (Thiruvannamalai)
3. Sarvalaya Deepam.

2014 karthigai
2014 karthigai

People celebrate according to which deepam they belong to!! Depends on their Hierarchy…

Due to airy atmosphere, lamps did not stand for a long time. felt bad that inspite of lighting so many lamps was able to take a single pic only this year.

Happy Evening Folks!!

Travel Along….

After a very long gap, started my travel schedule for continuous 3 days…
On 2nd June, started the travel around 6.30 am. Our first visit for the day was a temple in Aanaimalai-Masaaniamman temple. It was 60 kms from our place. It is 15 miles away from pollachi. We reached there in one hour time.

 

masaani amman
masaani amman
masani aman temple
masaani aman temple

////A small history of the temple. Source: Google

Masaniamman Temple is situated at a distance of 15 miles away from Pollachi. This sanctified shrine attract large number of devotees. The idol of Masaniamman is very powerful one and offer blessing to all devotees who have a stunt belief in her. Devotees also expect that Goddess will respond their prayer within three weeks.

Merchants meeting loss in their business, people hassled by enemies, women or men who lost their belongings take bath, sport holy ashes of the shrine, grind red chillies in stone grinder of the temple, smear the paste on stone of Justice called ‘Neethi Kal’. In the sanctum, the extensive image of Masaniamman lying on her back measures about 15 feet long from head to foot.  The gigantic image of Masaniamman is painted with flashy colours.
Here, one can see Goddess Masaniamman in the lying posture. The idol has four hands, two hands placed on the ground, two hands raised above.  While the top left hands hold a skull and snake and other two hands holding drum and a trident.

On Tuesdays and Fridays devotees rush to this temple, during Krithigai and New Moon day they undergo special pooja.

There is a historical background for the configuration of this powerful temple. Anaimalai, a place near Pollachi was ruled earlier by the king called Nanan. He treated their people very badly. During his reign he had a very big mango tree in his farm on the riverside of Aaliyar, which was very special to him. He was so particular that nobody was permitted to use neither mangoes nor its leaves.

Once,a gang of girls went to river to take bath they noticed a mango floating on the river which belongs to Nanan’s tree, one of the girl picked up and ate the fruit. Even after several pleadings made by her father, instead of excusing her the king sentenced her to death.

After some time villagers in that area formed a female statue in lying posture using sand in graveyard with the remembrance of innocent girl and worshipped as ‘Masani’. Later Kozhinkhosargal defeated king Nanan and destroyed the mango tree.

It is also believed that Lord Rama on his way in search of Seetha was attracted by this powerful temple and made meditation over here which adds glory to this temple. So, once you visit Pollachi don’t miss to worship Masaniamman.////

My Experience:

When we visited the temple, i felt the posture of the deity was very different. yet, a powerful deity. Had a good darshan since we went on monday.  We need to avoid tuesdays n fridays to that temple since heavy rush is expected on those days!! Felt like we can keep on seeing the god over there..

After the temple, we started towards monkey falls nearby from there. in btw, there was a dam called ALIYAR DAM.

aliyar dam
aliyar dam
monkey falls
monkey falls

We just saw that from one end and continued our trip towards monkey falls.We need to get an entry ticket to the falls. Much water was not there. Compared to the time we entered and started back from there, the water volume raised. And water tasted too good. We had a great time at the falls. Then from there, we continued the journey to thirumoorthy falls n a small temple of brahma vishnu sivan- in the front side of the falls.

thriumoorthy temple n hills
thriumoorthy temple n hills

On the way to falls, we saw thirumoorthy dam also. As usual water was not present that much in the falls. Compared to monkey falls, the water volume was very bad here. Just at the side ways of temple, we need to walk around 15 mins to reach the falls. It was a different experience. Then, we just had a look at the vedathiri maharishi’s place… Since entry ticket per person was rs.50/-. Felt it too costly… so, we skipped it!! hope to see someother time that place….
While returning from there we visited Eechanari pillayar temple… wow, it was a magnificent ganesha.. loved it.. Great temple for ganesha lovers….

eechanari ganesha
eechanari ganesha

Finishing all these places, we reached back to our place at 3pm.. Also, travel n music go hand in hand… Being ilayarajas bday, heard wonderful songs in the radio city celebrating 70th bday of maestro. so, 70 hrs of non-stop hits of  Ilayaraja…

June 3rd- A Day in Ooty!!

We started around 6.30 AM  to ooty. long back, i had visited that hill station. So, i did not have an idea abt that place. there was ghat section for abt 40-50kms which i was not aware of. I had visited wayanad n kodaikanal. i did not have these kinds of probs. So, had all the travel sickness climbing up a hill. but, inspite of that njoyed the trip
which is most essential. What a change in climate… Such a chill n cool place..
We reached Doddabetta peak around 9.30 AM. After visiting that we went to rose garden. loved the colors

 

Rose flower speaks
Rose flower speaks
Lovable colors of roses
Lovable colors of roses

of roses available there. There were so many colors. Many light, dark and contrast colors were seen. spent a lovely time there amdist nature. Then we went towards boating. We all sat in a motorboat and went around the lake. it was around 15 mins drive!! Finally, reached botanical garden. Had a good time roaming around the garden. it was just few days after the flower show was over, we went there. So, they had kept all the arrangements as such without disturbing. it was a feast to our eyes!!

botanical garden
botanical garden

Then, we started to come down around 2.15pm and reached down the hill arond 4.30pm… It was a thrilling experience having to and fro travel sickness climbing up n down the hill.. I enjoyed every bit of it after a long time… We reached our abode by evening 6.30pm. Exact 12hrs of travel along with our fav.film songs!!

June 4th- 3 Temples visit

We started at the same time today also -6.30AM. We first started towards Maruthamalai.

maruthamalai
maruthamalai
perur
perur sivan temple

 

After shifting to coimbatore, this is my second visit to that temple. Felt very happy. The steps to be climbed was not that much. Very less steps compared to other places. On seeing pancha mukha pillayar felt too gud. there was no crowd today. we were the first to see the deity in free darshan. Had a gud time there. Then, we started towards Perur(Sivan temple). Had a nice darshan there. it was crowded there since it was a subhamuhurtham day.
finally visit of the temple for today was isha yoga dhyanalingam temple at the bottom of velliangiri hills.the temple is 30 kms from Coimbatore. The founder is Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

isha yogic temple
isha yogic temple

 

The place has developed a lot compared to the olden days when i had visited the same place in 90’s. Before, only the dhyanalingam  was there. But now, they have kept a lady deity named linga bhairavi. Also, there are separate bathing places for ladies and gents. For gents, it is suryakshetra, and for ladies it is moon(chandrakshetra). new rules n regulations have sprung up to be followed there!

I like their way of preaching meditation. For people to know more abt this temple, am attaching a video.

Moreover, all the three temples are in the same route. so, we can finish it in half a day’s time… Also,at isha yogic temple, we get very good vibrations..

Successfully finished the travel for 3 days. Nice songs to accompany! Felt very nice and rejuvenated after this trip!! my aunt and their daughters had come for a vacation to my place. I accompanied them to all the places mentioned above…

Do excuse me if anything is wrong… few of the places are very new to me!!

A Very Short temple visit to Palani n Tharaapuram

After a long time, am writing a travelogue- A very short trip to Palani.

On Nov 22nd night, we started(me, raghu. mom n dad) around 9.30pm and landed in palani around 7.10 am in railway feeder road palani near KPN office the next day. Then we were escorted to a hotel where we are supposed to stay! The hotel where we stayed is  “Vasantha Bhavan – Abirrami Residency”. We had a comfortable stay there except for the fact that it was little far from the temple.

After we entered the hotel, we had our bath and got ready by 8.30 am. Then we started to temple in a auto. While climbing up, we went through   யானை வழிப் பாதை. We carried a small pot of milk, and another pot of curd while climbing up for abishegam. At around 10.15 am we reached the temple.Then we went in 100 rs. queue. Since we did  abishegam, we were allowed to sit for 5-7 mins. After the darshan, we came downwards thru ropecar. Then, we went to our place to take rest.

In the evening, we went in a car to a temple named periyavudaiyar thirukkovil.

 அருள்மிகு பெரியாவுடையார் திருக்கோவில்

அருள்மிகு பெரியாவுடையார் திருக்கோவில்

Its a sivan temple. We had pongal prasadam there and then slowly started towards thaarapuram anjaneyar temple which was 40 kms from palani. The full name of the temple is “Kaadu anumantharaya swami temple”.

 அருள்மிகு காடு அனுமந்தராயச்வாமி திருக்கோவில்

அருள்மிகு காடு அனுமந்தராயச்வாமி திருக்கோவில்

We had a superb darshan there. We prayed for everyone’s well being. Since it was saturday, had a lot of rush in the temple. Inspite of the rush in the temple, we had a good darshan there. Then on the way we had our dinner and came back to the hotel peacefully. The next day, me n raghu alone went to the temple again to have a darshan. We climbed upwards through யானை வழிப் பாதை.

அருள்மிகு பழனியாண்டவர் திருக்கோவில்
அருள்மிகு பழனியாண்டவர் திருக்கோவில்

We both enjoyed climbing up.. We had a darshan for 2 secs only in rajaalangaram. the same 100 rs queue. Same way, while coming down also, we came thru the same way!! We had a great time!!

Then after returning from the temple to the room, we visited the nearby shops for timepass. After that, as usual took rest.. Then in the night we started our journey back to chennai. On the whole, it was a relaxing 2 days short temple visit trip to palani..

இரவு ஒளியில் பழனியாண்டவர் திருக்கோவில்
இரவு ஒளியில் பழனியாண்டவர் திருக்கோவில்