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Old 31st August 2010, 12:19   #76
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Default Short break on the trip to pen down few words on Sabarimalai for SVB - concluded

Since the entire area from Erumeli towards Sabarimalai is forest, there're lots of restriction on accomodation facilities. Also, no one stays in these areas. Everyone comes down, walk uphill, have darshan, walk down the hill & leave the place; this is the usual practice that's being followed.
So there might arise a question as what happens if I reach holy Pampa at night & when the temple is closed? If it is season time, that is, between Nov to Jan, then there's nothing to worry because there're more people than the trees around, paths are well lighted. Say someone reaches Pampa by 11:00 PM, they've an option to have food (yes, the hotels are 24 X 7) or walk uphill to Sabarimalai. The enroute temples
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will be closed (including the Vavarsamy temple in Erumeli), so just pay a courtesy pray & then keep walking to the top. If too tired & can find a place at the foothills as mentioned below, they can opt to stay here in the open place/shed.
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If decided to walk to the top & then stay, the better place is...
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But again, there's no guarantee to find a space to lie down as I've witnesses most people standing through the night. I used to think why people undergo such pains? But then I quickly console myself thinking about Tirupati
With the introduction on the caging system,
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I'm not sure how difficult or easy the darshan is going to continue during the season time. But one thing for sure is, with the forth coming years, the crowd is never going to be the same or decrease, its only bound to increase more & more. I wouldn't be surprised even if the hill is going to get flat as we'd witnessed a land slide couple of years ago. This time, I also saw the grooves on the mosaic steps are smooth/even & the friction was less

I hope all these info were sufficient & have answered all of your questions @StarVegaBond. Pls feel free to raise any more questions you've & I can gladly answer them.

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Old 31st August 2010, 12:47   #77
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Oh boy, hotels in Pampa. We used to carry items to cook and eat you know. We never had anything in hotels on the way or even in the train. We used to cook food (bland and without onion and garlic) and have it.
Now with advent of hotels there, I forsee Sabari also becoming a picnic spot. Hope when I go there sometime I don't get to see video arcade game parlors, water parks, animal rides, adventure theme parks, movie halls etc.
And when we used to go there was no lights. We used to walk from Erumeli from sunrise to sunset then settle for the night in a nice looking area. Then pray to lord and go to sleep in the forest in a nice and clear area. Sleeping looking at a million stars were terrific. No animal used to come near us. It was a two sometimes three day walk for us from Erumeli to the temple. On the return, we used to take the shorter route.
I've seen Elephants, foxes, deers, bears, wild buffalloes, pigs, many birds, insects and the creatures I dread the most called worms and caterpillars.
My father has spotted leopards as well in the wild. And he used to say that during those times they used to chant swamiye saranam ayyappa and the beast will just casually walk away. And after that all voices go up in unison praising the lord.
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Default Day 5 - Aug 25

The next day we bid bye to MVPA & started towards Wadakkanchery. Since my Aunt stays in Kalady, we planned to visit them enroute. I call up my cousin on the way & fortunately he's in Perumbavoor. We pick (load) him & drive home.
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In between I get a call from office (as if the servers are burning) for nothing & a good 30 minutes is being wasted. Meanwhile, Wifey, Mother are taken care at Adi Shankara temple by cousin. I go late & then click some shots; I've loads of them taken only for one person, guess who???

The entrance
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The left side of the entrance
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The left most side of the entrance
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Information bulletin for you
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This is the family temple for Shri Adi Shankara. The main deity here is Lord Krishna & is located towards the right side of Adi Shankara Temple. If you take left side of the temple one can go towards the Kalady river.
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Legend says that, Shri Adi Shankara's Mother was not allowed to take water from the village's well & she was sad. On hearing this, Shri Adi Shankara simply drew a line out of his toes & that became Kalady river
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Some random shots on the river
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Cousin said that this is Shiva temple, not sure though
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i'm humbled aargee. thanks for the photos.
the river's name is purna. and there is a great story behind how they found that the present kalady is the birth place of adi shankara.
who is ready for the story?
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I hope all these info were sufficient & have answered all of your questions @StarVegaBond. Pls feel free to raise any more questions you've & I can gladly answer them.
Thanks very much aargee, i will first digest all information, if i have any questions i will certainly ask

for your efforts and passion to share info, i would like to give you a 5 star.

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I make it a point to go to sabarimala every year and have been almost doing it for more than 10 years.
Sabarimala and Lord Ayyapa has a very special place in my heart.
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Very nice Aargee.
All I remember now is GSV Iyer's Movie!
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i'm humbled aargee. thanks for the photos.
My pleasure MS sharing with you; I would've been more happier, if I would've visited your suggested route; this is the least I could do.

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who is ready for the story?
Knowing about you, I deliberately did not pen down the story; I'll let you go.

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i will first digest all information, if i have any questions i will certainly ask
Sure, its loads of info I know & it takes lot of time to go through. More than time, patience

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for your efforts and passion to share info, i would like to give you a 5 star.
Thank you very much Sir

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Sabarimala and Lord Ayyapa has a very special place in my heart.
Yes; brings humbleness within

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All I remember now is GSV Iyer's Movie!
Thanks; but what's that? I couldn't get the context here.

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Sorry for the typo. Its GV Iyer. One of the best movies made. (On Shankara)
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Default Day 5 - Aug 25 - continued

Here're some exclusive shots; I hope you'll like them
One more frontal view of the temple
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The right hand side view
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Another information bulletin
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This is how the Lord Krishna's temple looks from Sri Adi Shankara's Temple
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Top view of Sri Adi Shankara Temple
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Sorry MS; the story is already put up here & is captured for you
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Inside Krishna temple. This is on the left side & a temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa (Sastha) & Lord Ganesha within the Krishnan temple premises
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KL Greeneries
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Top view of Lord Krishna Temple
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This is the backside of the temple.
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Closer look at the stone lamp
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This is the right side view of the temple
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Zooming the mandapam
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Another view
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A pigeon; if it were TN, people would've fried all of them now
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The temple was closed when it came to my turn; damn office :( So I came out of the temple & walked towards left side to the river & then I spot...


EDIT
Oh boy!!! Forgot to add info on the Kms
I'd filled 14 Lts to the brim previous evening at 46889
Started from MVPA at 46890 & reached Kalady when the ODO clocked 46917

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Although I am a typical Mallu, many things mentioned here was unknown to me. Thank you Aargee and MX6 for sharing these priceless info. Aargee, you don't write that bad

@MX6, I never knew you were also a Keralite, you seem to have a wealth of information Sir

Swami sharanam!
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Aargee, you don't write that bad
Well, I keep dragging & dragging over 3 days now & its only 4 days of story completed yet with bland English.

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@MX6, I never knew you were also a Keralite, you seem to have a wealth of information Sir
MX6 is a typical TN guy; its his knowledge on travel that makes people think if he belongs to KL (Kerala or Kulalumpur)

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Just stumbled on this awesome log aargee... Looks like you had a great vacation.

Cheers!
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It is due to MX6 and other members like aargee's wealth of knowledge that the tech site like team-bhp is worth visiting everyday. It reminds us that even though west world offers all the sensual pleasures that drains all your pocket, its our country within that fills you up spiritually and makes you lead a better life. With National geographic and historians claiming that india has lost 96% of its heritage beauty and temples (not to mention cluture), I wonder how it would be 400 years back!!
Thanks to you guys for reminding us the greatness of this culture. Keep posting more.
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