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Old 6th April 2009, 22:50   #16
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Mj, nice pics, you seem almost ready for the election campaigning in TN in that white avatar of yours.
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Old 7th April 2009, 08:20   #17
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Next was to Gingee. It was almost 10:30am and hot weather. But we thought of visiting the fort. Srini's brother was smart and said he will stay in AC rather than coming to fort. So, we all went in my car.

Roads from there was also good.

Btw, I see a broad road crossing this stretch after like 20kms of Tiruvannamalai. Not sure which road is this. Any idea?

Gingee is 38Kms from Tiruvannamalai town. You will start seeing the fort on the hill when you enter Gingee. You need to turn right to go to the Palace and fort.

You are here!

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When we reached the fort, the sun was right on top of our head. Entrance fees was Rs5 for Indians, and Rs100 for others.

Enterance to the fort

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Luckily we met with a insider who is working there. He was kind enough to explain us the details of the fort.

So here it goes.

The moment you enter the fort, you will see a circular place build of rocks. This is the flag hoisting place. Whichever king rules, his flag will be placed here. He mentioned around 13 Kings have been in this fort.

Flag hoisting location
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Just to opposite to this on the right is the "Murasu Mandabam". Its here they keep those big drums and announce messages.

Murasu Mandabam

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Then you enter inside and to your right you will see the Kalayana Mahal.

Way to Kalyana Mahal
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Bottom of the Mahal is the Queen's swiming pool. There is a mud pipe connection coming from the hill for water to the pool.

Mud pipe

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Swimming pool

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Next you have the Elephant tank to your left where elephants use to have water. And to the right you will have the place where horses will be tied.

Place where Horses would be tied and taken care

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Official Guide for us

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Grande Bed facing the Dancing place

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Straight you will face the ruined palace. The palace first has a BIG bed made of Single rock. It also has a pillow sort of thing made again in single rock. This was decorated with velvette clothes to make it like cushion. Raja was suppose to sit here and watch the dance that is done opposite to this.

Rock Bed

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The place you see on top of the hill is the one where they have "Aaraichi/Aalosanai Mani" (complaint bell???). Next to that is the Ranganathan Temple.
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Do I fit in here!!!

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Still further you have a circular staircase which leads you to the individual rooms of the palace. But there are no rooms now, all are runied and just some walls present.

Circular Staircase leading to Palace rooms

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Once we are done with this, we deicded to return due to the hot weather. There is also a Gym for the soldiers next to the elephant tank.

Gym for Soldiers

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Elephant Tank

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We said thanks to the person, handed him few notes and left the place.
When we were returning, my Aveo crossed the 12000KMs
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Old 7th April 2009, 09:02   #18
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OK, I feel Mj is finished except for one show stopper...

Now my pics will start...

The first set of pics contains the temple model and conditions of roads:

Temple Model. This is how the temple is constructed. The 4 gopuras on each side in outer circle and again 4 gopuras in inner circle and the main garbha gudi. This is the temple we visited.

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Road pics mainly nice road and Hosur road and pics of sunflower garden.

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Myself in A2B near Krishnagiri
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My brother near sunflower garden near chengai and our two rides that went to temple town
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To be continued...

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Old 7th April 2009, 09:26   #19
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My 2nd set includes the temple and gopuram pics, temple elephant, one of the kalyani of temple and temple street etc.

One of the Gopuram:
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Temple Elephant blessing my son and brother
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A brief on Bhagawan Ramana Maharishi at Thiruvannamalai
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My wife discussing with my brother and MJ's family (making some point i feel)
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The top of one of the Gopuram

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To be continued...

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Old 7th April 2009, 09:38   #20
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2nd set continued....

One of the Kalyani of the temple. There are 2 Kalyanis (Ponds)
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The main Nandi

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The sage on the wall of Kalyani

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Myself, brother and my son

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Walking down to the exit of the temple after darshan

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Mj's family & my family having breakfast at Hotel Arunachala
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@snaronikar,
man, you look wwf pahilwan in that t-shirt.
nice pics of temples, fort.
btw, gingee was ruled by marathas and it was third capital of maratha empire.
where is pic of your cute daughter?
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Old 7th April 2009, 10:05   #22
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Thanks Ashish. I will take it as compliments (pahilwan). I do lift weights even now...but not regularly to maintain my body shape (except tummy of course)

Here you go. A couple of pics my son and daughter...

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To be continued with pics of Gingee Fort, Ashram and show stopper...
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The second day (05.04.09) was much more exiting as we had planned to visit the temple in morning, have breakfast, then visit Gingee fort and the Ramana maharishi ashram. But not to forget the show stopper at the during the return of the journey.

Here are some of the pics of the fort (some maybe duplicate of Mj's pics).

Fort Layout
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Gingee Fort: Brief History
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Entrace of Fort

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Kalyan Mahal
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KrishnaGiri Fort
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Shaadi Mahal with pool for Ranis
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Fort visit continued...

The durbar where the nartikis danced and the rajas watched from the Rock bed
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Do I fit in here like maharaja...hmmm
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Circular staricase to reach top of the mahal
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To be continued...
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Great photos! Thanks to both of you!

The photo just above MJ family having breakfast - If MJ had walked between the two brothers, then we would have our own Rajnikanth walk there!
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The photo just above MJ family having breakfast - If MJ had walked between the two brothers, then we would have our own Rajnikanth walk there!
You mean like this

Adhanda Edhanda Arunachalam nandanda

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More like Baasha - you walk in front and the brothers follow you on either side. The temple elephant would have then knelt before you for blessings
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Great photos! Thanks to both of you!

The photo just above MJ family having breakfast - If MJ had walked between the two brothers, then we would have our own Rajnikanth walk there!
Thanks, Happywheels. Yeah..we would be the body guards to our own Mj (oops...Arunachala)
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More like Baasha - you walk in front and the brothers follow you on either side. The temple elephant would have then knelt before you for blessings
Oh no... Baasha fans will not accept it.

BAASHA - should be in pant and most importantly those beard. Both are missing here.

So, may be the temple elephant would have ... (Fill up your imaginations!!! )
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Oh no... Baasha fans will not accept it.

BAASHA - should be in pant and most importantly those beard. Both are missing here.

So, may be the temple elephant would have ... (Fill up your imaginations!!! )
What do you mean by the above? Can you elaborate...
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