Saturday, 7 January 2012

30TH PATHA YATHRA FROM CHENNAI TO THIRUMALA (01-01-2012 02.30 Hrs to 05-01-2012 , 20.30 Hrs )

07, January 2012
I am lucky enough to join the SPIC's  30th Patha Yathra  group  to Thirumala from Chennai. This was my 6th patha yathra  from Chennai. The route followed  was Chennai,  T Nagar – Red hills – Karanodai -Periyapalayam (Night stay ) – Uthukottai – Suruttapalli – Nagalapuram – Pitchathur ( Night stay) – Narayanavanam -  Puthur (bypass ) – Vadamal pet ( Night Stay ) – Thiruchanur – Alipiri – Thirumala. We had a tough time of walking between Puzhal & Red hills  and Periyapalayam & Uthukottai ( early morning 02.00 Hrs to 05.00 Hrs), since it was raining. Many devotees had the bite of cheppal and boil.  Apart from this I had the other problem of  muscle cramp on my right leg.  Devotees sincerely followed the schedule, and got up at 02.00 Hrs and started Yathra on every day. On the last day of our yathra ie on 04-01-2012, we started at 01.00 Hrs to avoid  Vaikunda Ekadesi rush ( Skipping the Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple at Thirupathi ). But to our surprise (Disappointment), on reaching the Kali Gopuram  we are able to get the Dharshan ticket only after 12.00 Hrs on 05.00 Hrs. ( Man proposes God Disposes ). So we  are forced to take rest in the rooms on 04-01-2012 night. On 05-01-2012, the rush was regulated by  the Devasthanam strictly as per the timings allotted. Entered in the “Q” at 09.30 Hrs as per the announcement ( 12.00 Hrs Dharshan time ).   After 6 Hrs moved in the “Q”,  we are able to see  Lord Balaji’s  Nija patha Dharshan  and we are very lucky enough to see  the ‘SORKA VAASAL Dharshan’ too. Returned to Chennai on 03-00 Hrs on 06-01-2012.     

WE EXTEND OUR SINCERE THANKS FOR ALL THE SPONSORS OF THIS PATHA YATHRA AND WE PRAYED  LORD BALAJI TO SHOWER HIS BLESSINGS ON THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES. 

                      ( Sudhai Nandhi in front of Suruttapalli Pallikondeeswrara Shiva Temple )
( Suruttapalli Pallikondeeswarar Shiva temple - This is the only place where Shiva's moortham is in sudhai sirpam as moolavar)
                                           ( Nagalapuram Sri Vedhanarayana swamy Temple )
( Sri Peruma's Avatharangal sudhai sirpangal in front of the main Rajagopuram )
                                           ( Nagalapuram Sri Vedhanarayana swamy Temple )


( Nagalapuram Sri Vedhanarayana swamy  Temple Rajagopuram with Thayar Sri Vedhavalli Sannadhi Vimanam )
                                             (Nagalapuram Karuvarai entrance Rajagopuram )
                                          ( Siva linga Kone falls on the way to Nagalapuram )
           ( Rajagopuram view from inside - Sri Kalyana Venkateswararasamy temple at                                                                                 Narayanavanam)
                             ( Early morning view of Sri Padmavathy Thayar Temple Rajagopuram )
                                                ( Hanuman statue  on the route to Thirumalai )
                                                 ( The Rajagopuram near mulangal muduchu )
( Night view of Rajagopuram with lighting decoration )
( Night view of Rajagopuram with lighting decoration )
           ( Thirukkalyana mandapam in front of Raja gopuram where early morning program is                                                                        in progress )
                                              ( Sudhai sirpam on the walls - southern side )
                                          ( Sudhai sirpam on the walls - southern side )
                                                   ( Temple tank - beautifully maintained )
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