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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Trip to Mantralayam Guru Raghavendra

Trip to Mantralayam Guru Raghavendra

How to reach mantralayam mantralaya from chennai mumbai bangalore

http://www.gururaghavendra1.org/visitragh.htm


http://www.gururaghavendra1.org/

http://www.mantralayam.com/

You can write to me on templeashok@yahoo.co.in for any clarifications /doubts..i shall try my best to be of use to u so that u have a good dharshan

6 th Sep 2006 Started rom Mumbai by Dadar express at 8.30 pm reaching Mantralayam by 9.30 am the next day ie 7th Sep. The station code of Mantralayam is MALM and ADONI the next station to mantralayam(about 25 min away) if u r going from Mumbai or one sation before if u r going from Chennai..

If you are taking the Chennai express from dadar or dadar express from Chennai 2163 or 2164 resp though it is notpossible to get a ticket to mantralayam MALM book your selfto Adoni if you are traveling from Mumbai or to Raichur if you are traveling from Chennai..the train definitely makes an unscheduled stop at Mantralayam and is by far a very comfortable train ..

from mumbai i have given a train list that pass through mantralayam below with start and time of arrival at mantralayam..have made this list till adoni so subtract half hr for arrival time at mantralayam.. from bangalore you can take 1013 0r 1014 kurla express that reaches mantralayam at 10.45 pm starting from bangalore at 2 pm..

S#
Select
Train No
Train Name
Departure
Arrival
Runs on
1
1013
COIMBATORE EXP
22:30
12:58
M T W TH F S SU


2
1081
KANYAKUMARI EXP
16:00
06:43
M T W TH F S SU


3
2163
CHENNAI EXPRESS
20:30
09:48
M T W TH F S SU


4
6009
CHENNAI MAIL
23:50
16:58
M T W TH F S SU


5
6011
CSTM CHENNAI EX
14:15
05:08
M T W TH F S SU


6
6339
NAGARCOIL EXP
12:20
02:23
- - W TH F - SU


7
6529
UDYAN EXPRESS
08:20
22:38
M T W TH F S SU




From station busses are normally available to mantralayam temple if not take a shared auto(half an hr travel) at rs 25 per head or hire one auto for rs80 exclusively..jeepscost rs150.. normally stay at a place called 100 rooms very near the temple..it is very neat and room rent for 1 day 24 hrs chk out is rs 100..both indian and western toilets are available..


100rooms-mantralaya
stdcode08512
279800,279429,279459

if not rs 150 200 rooms which are normal ones are available..one of which is 08512 279326,279586 called maruthi lodge..the other is 279568 which is a dharmasala with good rooms..

for people who want in Rs 500 range non ac and 850 range ac pavanama udupilodege is there phone is 08512 280062 and 09441181587
mantralaya room booking chennai office near triplicane parthasarathy temple
Std code 044
28440528




there is also the Andhra govt run punami guest house opposite with good rooms..apart from that there are very many small lodges…there is a good udupi hotel for eating…

So by 10 am I have booked my room and I am off to have my bath at tungabhadra river near by passing the entrance of the samadhi(brindavanam) of guru raghavendra..

Se below the exact photo
http://www.dvaita.org/scholars/raghavendra/Brndavan.htm

you can have a very relaxed bath and then come and pray first to Manchalamman very next door to guru raghavendra’s temple..do a aarathi for rs two..they let you do the aarathi (harathi)..then go into the brindavanam of Guru ragavendra..you can read the mantra of th guru straight ahead as you enter..men haveto take of their shirts..finish your dharshan..of anjaneya right opposite the guru and then you can sit in a meditating place before the Samadhi and then join the que for dharshan and exit..as you exit collect a food token(till 11.50 pm) and go to narayanamurthy hall a to have your lunch ..anytime between 9am and 12 they serve it..(if u jus missed 12 pm mark and you are told there is no token still head to the hall and they will serve you till about 12.15 or 12.30..take a chance..)..you will get really good rice and sambhar followed by sweet payasam kheer and then curd rice..you can before you leave the Samadhi also give money if you want for annadhanam..there is a counter for that inside itself..


Relax in your room and then by 2.15 take a shared auto from outside the place of stay to Panchamuki Panchamukhi where there is an anjaneya hanuman temple in a cave (guru raghavenda had meditated at this place for 12 years and got the boon from this anjaneya for remaing on earth in non body form (non physical body but still living) for 750 years in his Samadhi and bless people..350 years are over already..after another 350 years he will not reside at Samadhi to bless people but merge with god after that..after praying you can walk to another cave of lakhsmi right behind..watch out for monkeys..and then see the hanumans chappals that are changed every 5 years..it is believed that every amavasya day he uses these chappals to go around..this ammavasya day is very crowded..people sleep in the night at the temple itself..you cld also do it to get more blessings from hanuman anjaneya ..from here again you can go back to river have a nice bath,pray to manchalaman and then to guru raghavendra and leave mantralaya…the trip to station autos charge less..rs 40 you can get back to station ….

You should also visit Bhuvanagiri which is 12 km away from chidambaram in Tamilnadu and may cost Rs.150 by auto. There are also regular busses. This is the birth place/house of Raghavendra. The temple ph no is 04144-240500. They conduct regular pooja's andabhisekms there for which you can make your contributions.

17 comments:

Seetha said...

Mr. Ashok,

Your blog is very useful for first time travellers like me... thanks for ur inputs... Kudos....& Adio Samigo... Vaazhga nalamudan..

regards
Seetharaman

OmNamaSivaya said...

Thanks a lot for theencouraging words and wishes Mr.Seetharaman..try and send this link to as many contacts of yours pls feel free to write in on anything to templeashok@yahoo.co.in..Cheers
Ashok

solai said...

Excellent work Ashok.Vry useful information.I visit your blog often.Was planning to visit manralaya.But didnt have any idea.Thankyou

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashok,
Wonderful work that can benefit many first timers like me. I am planning to visit it by this month end and your notes will be of great help, for sure. I am also surprised with the fact that the birth place of Guru Ragavendhra is in Bhuvanagiri.
Regards,
Raju

SP Vijay said...

Please visit the site http://www.mantralayam.in for any advance reservations. There is a variety of accommodation options available. The advance reservation facility is offered for free and any information about Mantralayam can be got from here.
Feel free to write to reservations@mantralayam.in for any inquiries.

Thanx
Vijay on behalf of http://www.mantralayam.in

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Unknown said...

Its very useful one, if having any online reservation for Accommodation, pls let me know....

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