Sunday, August 28, 2005

Weekend Darshan - 4

This week we(myself and Srivatsan) were joined by one of Srivatsa's colleagues in our trip to Bhaktavatsala Perumal temple in Tirunindravur, near Avadi.

For a change this time, we decided to go by train. It meant that we had to travel till Park station by the metropolitan trains and then change over to the suburban train from Chennai Central.
It was a different experience in the sub-urban routes and it reminded me of my college days when I used to travel by sub-urban trains on the Tambaram - Chengalpet route.

There's a marked difference in the lifestyle of the people living in these places when compared to those in the city. Nobody runs to climb the stairs or chases the trains to board atleast the last compartment. There are no tense faces that look at the track and the watch alternatively once every two seconds. There are no oldies talking office politics while holding the morning edition of "The Hindu". People here were calm, showing no sense of urgency, which we don't get to see in the city.

Bhaktavatsala Perumal temple is 1.5km from the station. Its not big but certainly is very calm and peaceful. The information board here dates this temple 1500 years back, and seeing some of the walls and pillars here, it is not hard to believe. The temple is undergoing renovation and a new rajagopuram in being constructed.

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On our way back we accidentally landed at Irudayaleeswarar Temple nearby. This also seemed to be an old one. There were some beautiful paintings on the roof, which seemed to be depicting some story.

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A memorable trip in the end.

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