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
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.
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.
Vijayanagara kingdom symbols
Vijayanagara kingdom symbolsVijayanagara 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. .
Perumal in Vamana Avathar
Gali Gopuram at 2083rd step 7.4 KM from Thirumala, where foot path dharshan tokens are issued.
Perumal in Krishna Avathar
Perumal in varaga Avathar
Lakshmi Narasimhar Sannadhi
Mokalimitta Gopuram at 2910th step – ie start point of mulangal muduchu steps.
The Last step 3550.
Godadevi – Andal
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 ---