Devotees after reaching Palani stay in palani town and shave their head and take bath and on other day morning they come to hill top for Murugan Darshan/ Glimpse of god. They chant "HARO HARA" OR "VETRIVEL MURUGANKU HARO HARA" They walk to temple for get blessing from god to get their wish full filled and for some their wish might have got full filled and now they are coming to god to thank them. Nice to see these peoples devotion.
A visit to Rameswaram temple would take at least half a day, especially if you wish to take the obligatory religious bath at the various wells. If you desire to visit Danushkodi also, set aside a full day. In between, you could squeeze in a quick look at the other temples and religious sites. Ideally speaking, set aside two full days for a soul-satisfying and soul-purifying experience.
About 3 kms from the Ramaswamy Temple is the Gandhamandana Parvatham, the highest point in the island. Climb up to the terrace and a wonderful sight awaits you as the entire island is visible from this vantage point. You can watch the greenery and in the distance, the mighty ocean. Lord Rama’s feet are supposed to be imprinted on a charka there.
Barely 12 kms from the Ramaswamy Temple is the Kothanda Ramar Temple, a sub-temple of the Ramaswamy Temple where, the Ramayan say, the brother of the demon king, Ravana, Vibhishana, surrendered to Lord Rama. Surrounded by sand on all sides, there are steep steps leading up to the main hall. Large sized murals depicting the entire scene of Vibhishana coming to meet Lord Rama, surrendering and offering his services, are on the four walls of the main hall.
Rameswaram, in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, located on Pamban Island or Rameswaram Island, is separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel. The Pamban Bridge connects the two. The bridge itself is a work of art, arching in the middle to allow ships to sail unhindered beneath it. Over 2 kms long, it is supported by 79 pillars of which 64 are buried deep into the sea. It was inaugurated in 1988 after14 long years of construction.
By its side, is the precarious-looking Pamban Rail Scissors Bridge, also over 2 kms long. It is constructed on 145 stone pillars with the middle portion opening like a scissor to allow vessels to pass through. It was partially destroyed by the devastating cyclone that hit the island in 1964 but was speedily repaired. A broad gauge rail line now connects the island to the mainland.
Barely 2 kms to the south-east of the Meenakshi Amman Temple stands the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal. Constructed in the 1636 by King Thirumalai Nayak, the palace is a rare example of the Indo-Saracenic style (fusion of original Indian architectural concepts with those of Muslim architecture or plainly speaking pillars and beams merged with arches and domes). It contains the living quarters of the royalty, a shrine and an armoury.
About 5 kms from the Meenakshi Amman Temple, lies the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, a 16-acre water tank, 1,000 ft. length by 950 feet breath. Located in Vandiyur region, the tank has a Vinayaka (Ganesha) temple dedicated to Lord Vigneshwara, the Elephant-faced God at the centre. A temple dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Mariamman is located near the tank. ‘Teppakulam’ means ‘water tank’ in Tamil. Therefore, the name Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam.
About 8 kms from Madurai situated at an elevation of over 1000 feet is the 6th. Century rock-cut Thiruparankundram Temple, one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga (Subramanya), the Tamil Hindu god of war and patron of Tamil Nadu. Hindu mythology has it that the Lord rested here after his battle against the demons Soorapadman. Here He married Devasena (Deivayanai), daughter of Indra given to him as a gift for victory. Owing to this many Hindu marriages take place at this temple especially in the festival of marriage, Pankuni Uttiram, in late March. He worshipped his parents, Lord Parangirinathar and Avudainayaki at this temple.
The Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple may be considered as the apotheosises of Dravidian architecture. The 11 towers (‘gopurams’) with their intricate stucco work multi-coloured statues of gods, goddesses, animals and other mythological figures are a masterpiece.
Team Namascar, Giampiero Ambrosi, Konstantin Othmer, and Meghan Harken take part in the Indian Autorickshaw Challenge, a 1000 mile race for the clinically insane from Chennai to Kanyakumari, India in 3 wheeled autorickshaws!
Team Namascar, Giampiero Ambrosi, Meghan Harken, and Konstantin Othmer compete in the Indian Autorickshaw challenge. This Part of the race is from Tutticorin to Kuttralam. Insanity ensues in this autorickshaw race for the clinically insane.
Team Namascar, Giampiero Ambrosi, Meghan Harken and Konstantin Othmer compete in the Indian Autorickshaw challenge. This segment is Kuttralam to Kanyakumari. The last day of the race in which the Champion is crowned!
Team Namascar Giampiero Ambrosi, Konstantin Othmer, and Meghan Harken brave the roads of India to challenge for the IndianAutorickshaw challenge. Autorichshaw madness in this race for the clinically insane
Start of the Great Indian AutoRichshaw Challenge. Team Namascar takes off. Giampiero Ambrosi, Konstantin Othmer and Meghan Harken brave the roads of Tamil Nadu, India in a quest to win this autorickshaw adventure.
Arriving at the airport at night in Chennai, i had to take the tuk-tuk to go to Chennai city. A nice ride but pretty dangerous. Just hold your luggage real tight when you take the tuk-tuk in Chennai or wherever you are in India.