After a fitful night’s sleep, I woke up feeling ok. I looked and sounded cross and so nobody wanted to ask me anything. I was glad 🙂 Managed to get ready by 8 am – we were planning to go to Thirunallar today.
Breakfast at Meenakshi Bhavan took forever and when we finally left Kumbakonam – it was 9 am. The Senior Arien had arranged for a taxi to take us to Thirunallar. I think I slept the entire journey away – that does not go to show the roads were gr8 – it goes to show tht I was pretty sick 😦
I was rudely awoken by the Arien (he probably wud have liked to doze off as well – but did not – so the rudeness) when we reached Thirunallar. I could not remember the temple at all – we kept walking towards the entrance and as we neared – I realized tht we were walking to the temple frm the right and not frm the front. Whtever the reasons, I was glad to remove my sandals and walk into the temple. (Yupp – the sandals continued to hurt). It was xtremely crowded inside and we all realized tht we had come to the sanishwara bhagawan temple on a saturday – a very auspicious day for sanishwara bhagawan. A priest stopped us from taking spl darshan tickets and asked us to get to the normal darshan queue – not wanting to get on his bad books we did jes tht. It was one of the best things to do. The spl darshan queue hardly moved – ours on the other hand was moving at a steady pace.
We finished our darshan and reached the car at 12 – the Senior Arien wanted to visit a place known as Kottuchery – which was pretty close to Thirunallar. His cousin lived there – plus he wanted us to see their old house – where he spent his vacations. I was pretty sick and would have lowed to fall asleep anywhere – to really raise objections – I also realized tht the Senior Arien already had the Taurean’s support. So, we met them, visited the old home, the senior Arien showed us the entire house, sharing funny anecdotes – he was nostalgic – almost sentimental – and he was totally enjoying it. We chatted with them for an hour and left after having tea.
The senior Arien had another plan up his sleeve -to visit his aged aunt and uncle who stayed at Govindapuram. We had not seem them in two years and so no objections were raised. On our drive to Govindapuram, the driver felt xtremely hungry and so stopped to have sm grub – we stewed as we waited. We had not had our lunch as well n we def cud not eat at the place where he had stopped – wht a mess!!
The Arien decided to take sm snaps. The first thing we all noticed was this board – I really did not know that things had changed so much in this lil village – this was common in B’lore quite a few years ago – now, almost everyone has net connection at home 😀 We giggled incontrollably like it was the funniest joke – I think we were hungry. The senior Arien got us Good Day biscuits which we had after saying “Biscuits?? Now???” . The Arien and the senior Arien bonded over biscuits while me and the Taurean ‘Hi-Fi’ ed each other over various issues that we agreed on and both the Ariens did not.
When the Ariens realized wht we were doing – both sulked in their own ways – senior Arien occupied himself with asking for directions to Govindapuram. Arien took more snaps. We (Piscean and Taurean) had coconut water and then went to pacify them – they can sulk for a looong time 😀
When the driver returned and we started on our way – we saw a huge snake on the road – it was crossing the road – the driver went mad trying to miss it – he braked hard n turned sharply so as to miss it – all of us stared ahead – the snake was also a lil psyched – it slithered like it was drunk. After we crossed the snake, the driver braked and told us tht the snake was a “nalla paambu” – literal translation being “good snake” – funda being you don’t kill it even by mistake 😀 The Arien realized belatedly tht he cud have taken a snap 😛
The visit to Govindapuram was short and sweet. We visited the Anachenayar temple – which housed the Bhodendra swamigal’s samadhi. It is a very calm and peaceful place and on the day of the visit – and tho’ we were walking in pretty late – they shared some of the prasadam (from the vadamalai) with us. The best joy was of course the happiness tht was seen in the face of my great aunt.
We returned early as I was very tired – we had lunch at a small hotel as Meenakshi bhavan was closing. I had parota and was ready to crash – we packed n I fell asleep. The train was at 6:30 and so we left at 5:30. We reached on time and there was no hassle as the taxi-driver dropped us at the railway station. We met the same grp tht we had initially travelled with – but thankfully they were not travelling with us 😀
We reached Bangalore the nxt day – rather early. It was a good short trip – I was sick for most part of it but I still feel we covered a lot, this time.