06, January 2013MY EXPERIENCE
This is the 31st Patha Yathra organized by SPIC’s present and retired employees and also my 6th yathra. As usual we have started our preparations of our yathra well in advance. Got our accommodations at Thirupathi hill on 4th January 2013. On 31st night we had a small pooja at Shiva Vishnu Temple at T. Nagar, which was a regular feature. After breaking coconut at Shiva Vishnu Temple around 02.30 Hrs on 1st Jan 2013, we have started our Yathra. We have reached Rettai eari Kalyana mandapam around 07.00 Hrs via Nelson Manikkam Road, Anna nagar, Villivakkam. After finishing our break fast reached Karanodai for Lunch. We had taken rest for about 2 hours in a rice mill premises. Around 19.00 Hrs reached Periya Palayam and had the dharshan of Lord Shiva and Sri Bahavani Amman.
On Second day we have covered around 40 KM and reached Pitchathur for our night halt, via Suruttappalli and Nagalapuram. On the way we had the dharshan of Sri Pallikondeeswarar at Suruttappalli, Sri Saibaba ( Lunch was hosted by devotees of Nagalapuram ) and Sri Vedha Narayanasamy Perumal at Nagalapuram. This time also we have skipped Ramagiri. We have rested at a Kalyana mandapam arranged by Mr Gupta, one of our Fertilizer dealer and started our Third day Yathra around 02.30 Hrs.
On Third day we have reached Vadamal pet which was one of the toughest route and covered another 40 KM. On the route we had the Dharshan of Sri Kalyana Venkatesa Perumal and Surakkai Siddhar at Narayanavanam. We had our Lunch at Puthur and taken rest at Throwpathi Amman Temple’s Kalyana Mandapam, which was organized by a Devotee. This is a new event this time.
Since, we expect there will be important pooja at Sri Padmavathy Temple, which will make delay of our schedule, to avoid we have started our 4th day’s yathra in advance around 01.00 Hrs from Vadamal pet Kalyana mandapam. After dharshan of Sri Padmavathy Thayar reached Alipiri foot hill for our hill yathra. This time I was able to climb 1250 steps without stopping for rest ( Thanks to Sri Balaji for given me the strength at this age ). We have got our dharshan ticket ( 15.00 Hrs on 04-01-2013 ) at Kali Gopuram on 2083rd Step. Reached the top hill around 14.30 Hrs after taking our lunch served on the way by devasthanam. We had the good Dharshan of Sri Balaji around 20.00 Hrs. The total distance covered in this yathra was 150 KM from Chennai and the steps climbed was 3550+ from Alipiri.
There was no major problems to any body. The team members ( 28 persons ) were at the age group of 19 years to 73 years. First two days, I was suffering from knee pain and it stabilized and there was no pain on third and 4th day. On climbing the steps I do not have any problems. On return, we 10 persons hired a Jeep for Srinivasamangapuram and had the dharshan.
Thanks to Sri Balaji and our team members for making this yathra a successful and memorable one.
Amman is preparing for the daily Urchavam
ARUL MIGU SRI MRAGATHAMBIGAI SAMEDHA SRI PALLIKONDEESWARAR TEMPLE AT SURUTTAPPALLI
Sri Pradhosha nandhi in Mandapam
Back side view of the temple complex
Front view of the Pallikondeeswarar Temple
SRI VEDHAVALLI THAYAR & SRI VEDHANARAYANASAMY TEMPLE AT NAGALAPURAM
Thayar Sannadhi with West side Rajagopuram
West side Rajagopuram
Mani Sannadhi with 3 tier Rajagopuram
Back side of west side arch / gopuram with 10 Avathara sudhai Sirpangal
North side Rajagopuram with corridor and nandhavanam
SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA PERUMAL TEMPLE AT NARAYANAVANAM
Stone vilakkuthoon ( Lamp post ), 16 pillar mandapam and the main Rajagopuram
Main shrine entrance gopuram with dwajasthambham
SRI PADMAVATHY THAYAR TEMPLE AT THIRUCHANUR
Padmavathy Thayar Temple Rajagopuram - early morning view
Padmavathy Thayar Temple Rajagopuram - morning view SUN yet to come up
SRI VENKATESA PERUMAL TEMPLE
View of the bus route and mulangal muduchu gopuram ( in blue colour)
Ladies are climbing on their knees
Mulangal Muduchu Raja gopuram - View from front side
Mulangal Muduchu Raja gopuram - View from back side with mountain
Neerazhi mandapam in front of Sri Varagasamy temple
Rajagopuram view at night
SRINIVASA MANGAPURAM TEMPLE
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