When you are away on a trip n returned back to ur place, the soothing lunch one would yearn to have is either of the combo… 1. Vatha kuzhambu n suttapalam 2. ladies finger subji n killi thalichu kotina rasam(My mom’s spl)
In those days, if we go for a trip n come back, the immediate food would be this rasam only n suttapalam..Would taste heavenly… such an easy one.. Very easy to cook..
Today my menu was the latter one.. ladies finger n rasam…i cooked in earthern pot today..
Killi thalichu kotina rasam
Oil-2tbsp Mustard-1/2 tsp Toor dal-1tbsp. chana dal-1 tbsp. 1 or 2 red chillies(as per ur taste) few curry n coriander leaves, Tamarind water – 1 cup. Salt- to taste
1.Take a kadai, add oil-after it gets heated, add mustard.. after spluttering, add a red chilly , curry leaves toor n chana dal.
2. After sauteing for a minute add tamarind water then add tamarind water n salt.
3. Let it boil for 10 mins till the raw smell of tamarind goes.
4. Garnish it with curry n coriander leaves..
5. Ready to serve..
Taste would be heavenly….Do try it folks… C u all soon in next post….
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…
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!!!
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!!!
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.
Origin of the temple. Source: Wikipedia
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!