Wednesday, 6 January 2016

PATHA YATHRA TO THIRUPATHI THIRUMALA FROM SHIVA VISHNU TEMPLE, T. NAGAR, CHENNAI

07, January 2016.
34th Year Patha Yathra to Thirupathi from Shiva Vishnu Temple, T Nagar, Chennai. This Yathra was organized by SPIC employees every year.  The group comprises of  SPIC employees, retired  employees of SPIC and their relatives.  The age group  varies from 15 to 82. Mr Rajagopal, a retired employee aged 82 years young walks all the way with a steady speed. The total distance  covered during patha yathra was 154 KM. The Patha yathra route was T Nagar- Periyapalayam-Uthukkottai-Surttappalli-Nagalapuram-Pichathoor-Narayanavanam-Puthur-Vadamalpet- Thiruchanur- Alipiry- Thirumala. 
Normally the Yathra used to begin around 02.30 Hrs with bajans and songs on Vinayagar, Murugan, Shiva and Perumal.  After  few KM the group used disintegrate, depends on the speed of walking.  An average of 40 to 45 KM will be covered in each day. The group used to stop for tea and biscuit on various tea stalls on the en-route. After  lunch we used to take rest for about 2 to 3 hours and continue to walk up to 19.00 Hrs to 20.00 Hrs.  Mostly breakfast, lunch and dinner will be hosted by the donors. The night halts are at Periyapalayam, Pichathur and Vadamalpet.  We used to walk along the national highways.
SHIVALINGA KONA FALLS.
This year there was not much water in the falls. Enjoyed taking bath in the falls. The water falls is about 2 KM off main road before Narayanavanam.
Shiva in the natural cave 
Kamatchi


Ant hill on the side of steps 
NARAYANAVANAM SRI SRI SRI SURAIKAI SWAMYKAL JEEVA SAMADHI.
We used to have the dharshan of Sri Sri Sri Suraikai swamykal first at Narayanavanam and then Sri Kalyana Venkateswarar. This year we are very fortunate to participate in the morning abhishekam. Archakar asked us to participate by pouring the milk on Suraikai Swamikal moola moortham. It was a pleasant moment for us and the archakar also allowed us to take photographs.
Entrance to Suraikai Swamaikal Jeevasamadhi 


Abhishekam to Suraikai Swamaikal moortham  

Suraikai Swamaikal's disciple jeevasamadhi 
NARAYANAVANAM SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE.
It was believed that Sri Padmavathy thayar married Sri Venkatesa Perumal at this place and people showed the stone used for grinding the turmeric. Had our dharshan, Prasadham ( hot curd rice) and breakfast. We continued our walk Via Puthur.
Garudalwar sannadhi opposite to  Kalyanavekatesaperumal temple 

16 pillar mandapam with Rajagopuram 



Entrance arch from Puthur to Narayanavanam 

It was a long path without many villages with beautiful mountains on the side. Hope the hills will disappear soon due to quarrying.  Thaduku was our tea point on this route.
A small murugan temple between Puthur and Vadamalpet 
VADAMALPET ANJEYAR TEMPLE
This shrine is little lower than the main road and is at the entrance of the place. Had the dharshan of Sri Anjaneyar and took rest in a Kalyana mandapam- Arya Vysya Dharma Pari Rakshana Mandapam.

THIRUCHANUR SRI PADMAVATHY THAYAR TEMPLE.
We are about 1 hour late than the scheduled time and had the Dharshan of Sri Padmavathy Thayar  around 09.00 Hrs.
Padmavathy Thayar Temple entrance arch on the south side 
Padmavathy Thayar Temple 7 tier Rajagopuram before sun rise  
Padmavathy Thayar Temple Rajagopuram After sun rise  

Padmavathy Thayar Temple chariot  
Padmavathy Thayar Temple chariot  
Padmavathy Thayar Temple tank east side  
Padmavathy Thayar Temple tank  
Patha Yathra group 
  
THIRUMALA FOOT PATH.
We continued our climb from Alipiry.  We two people - slow climbers- started earlier. I took almost 4 hours  to reach the last step of 3555.  Climbed 1000 steps with out taking rest  in between. Hope this is a test for my health condition of my heart. Lunch ( Perumal’s favorite tamarind rice ) was served by the Devasthanam at Galigopuram.    
                                                  First Gopuram 
Vijayanagara kingdom symbols  
                                    Vijayanagara kingdom symbols  
                                         Vijayanagara kingdom symbols  
Perumal in macha Avathar  
Perumal Koorma Avathar 
Kotta Gopuram – 2nd from Alipiri was built by Matla Kumara Anantaraja in 16th century. The stone steps from Alipiri was also formed by him. His father and his mother relief along with Lord Srinivasa canbe seen inside the Rajagopuram and their names are inscribed in telegu and Tamil. The path way was further developed by TTD during 1985. 2.4 KM from Thirumala
Matla Kumararaja's father and his mother relief along with Lord Srinivasa canbe seen inside the Rajagopuram and their names are inscribed in telegu and Tamil. . 
Tamil inscriptions 

Perumal in Vamana Avathar  
Gali Gopuram at 2083rd step 7.4 KM from Thirumala, where foot path dharshan tokens are issued. 
Gali Gopuram 




Perumal in Krishna Avathar  
Perumal in varaga Avathar 




Lakshmi Narasimhar Sannadhi 


Mokalimitta Gopuram  at 2910th  step – ie start point of mulangal muduchu steps. 

Thirupannalwar 
The Last step 3550. 
Periyazhvar



Godadevi – Andal 
Nammalwar
Mandapam Renovated during 19999 ?- ( one 9 is added )



  
Joined the yathra from Ramagiri after Nagalapuram, skipping 1½ day  walk, due to official work.  I was comfortable  even after the leg injury and angle dislocation, which happened two years before.  I could feel that my speed had dropped, compared to the previous yathras.   I extend my sincere thanks to SPIC’s team and coordinator to allow me for this year’s pathayathra.
---OM NAMO NARAYANAYA ---

---OM SHIVAYA NAMA ---

2 comments:

  1. hi
    have u visited kanchipuram shiva temples ?

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  2. Not all Balaji, but some of the temples..

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