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!!
For ppl who do not know abt the temple, am attaching a video clipping which lasts abt 9mins… hope u enjoy it!!
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…
Happen to visit the panchamukha anjaneyar temple in vadavalli today…
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!!
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.
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!!!
Sep 5 2015 -Krishna Jayanthi/Janmashtami… I made uppu seedai and kesari for this year festival..
The above pic-kolam was put by our house help..
Then, above foot steps is of our son varun which we treated as krishna steps since he is our house cute krishna..
Then,in above pic except for kesari and only seedai bowl kept near the array of delicacies- others are store bought..
Hope all are having a blast.. Happy janmashtami to everyone!!
Sep 4, 2015:
The Story of Guruvayur trip from Coimbatore
Below pic source: Google
Since it was our son’s first star bday we started early morning 6 am today and we reached there by 10 am due to the needs of our kiddo in the middle.. we gave thulabaram-equal amt of sugar to his weight. It was a nice experience. We missed to take pics since we did not know the rules n regulations of the temple. No regrets. we thought can make it up next time when we go with our kiddo. To our surprise, he did not cry while sitting in tharasu/weighing seat..
Then, we came out from that line and started waiting in the line to have darshan of our lord cute krishna… In the outside queue, we waited for almost an hr.. in btw, varun felt asleep. after we went inside, we waited there for about 10 minutes… meanwhile, i started observing around – bananas, coconuts, yellow pumpking were lying around more. Also, they were playing music in nadaswaram n molam.. Was giving ear to it whether i was able to find out the song they were playing… Luckily, before we entered the sanctorum of Lord, he was playing “Aadathu asangathu”.. Felt happy that i was able to identify the song!!have given the link of the song below.
This song is apt for today since its krishna jayanthi
When we entered the sanctorum, cute krishna was dressed in golden color dress… It was beautiful to watch even though it remained for just few secs.. Luckily varun slept till we came out of the temple.. Then, as usual a small shopping in the line of shops sprung outside. We ate and then to the place which we liked the most as usual to elephant sanctuary… clicked a few pics there..
The main part comes here… We were supposed to meet a friend of raghu in palakkad. When that person called, we had been inside the temple and so, raghu’s mobile was switched off.. When we started back from guruvayur, raghu called him many times to know the shortest route to their place from guruvayur…But that fellow was not reachable… By that time, we had reached beyond thrissur, he took the mobile and told the proper route.. From ottapalam to patthiripala and then 2 kms from there. By that time we had reached mannuthy.so, we turned around and it took around 3hrs to reach ottapalam.. Just waste of time… but anyways, we met the person… No regrets!!!
The actual route from guruvayur to palakkad is no need to enter thrissur… from guruvayur we need to catch the road which goes to pattambi and from there to palakkad… Time taken will be one and half hrs..
This trip was an absolute learning lesson for us.. Helped to know the proper route in parts of kerala and the few names of the places in kerala.. The new names were surprising and at times funny too since it took few mins to get hold of the name!!
We returned home around 9pm back to cbe…
On the whole it was a memorable journey also.Even though no temple pics, few pics taken at places made it more memorable!!!
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..
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.
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
Finally, we visited a small temple chenniandavar(Lord Murugan) temple at karumathampatti-Viraalikaadu.
Then we returned home back by 10.30 am. We all had good darshan at all the above temples!
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.
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.
Then, we visited “Paramekkavu Bagavathy Amman temple”. Had a good darshan!
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.
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…..
Finally, we reached back around our place by 8pm satisfied. A very good day it was!!!
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.
////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.////
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.
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.
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….
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
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!!
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.
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.
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!!