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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Trip to Aaachalpuram

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About General Place:

This place is one of the 276 Siva temples most famous in south and sung on by one of the four major shiva poets of south. They are Appar, Thirugyana Sambandar, Manickavasagar and Sundarar.Read more on them in link below

http://www.geocities.com/profvk/WOVpage11.html

Some temples are sung on by all four of them( eg Thiruvannamalai).

This temple has found mention in Sanbandar’s works. Normally most of the hymns were sung by the above after visiting the place and the poetry is a live experience of how they saw Lord Siva and his consort Parvati in that temple. Normally each temple has Siva and Parvati known by a separate name in that particular temple.

It is believed that the marriage of Sambandar was held here and all who attended the wedding got salvation to shiva’s feet.


In this temple


Shiva is called: Shivalokatyagar

Ambal (Ambe)is called : Tiruvenneerammai, Uma Devi



http://www.templenet.com/Tamilnadu/s159.html


Hotels:

You should stay with travel base as Chidambaram (http://templevisitsofashok.blogspot.com/2007/05/trip-to-chidambaram-natarajar-nataraja.html)


Hotel: I have given two below
I stay in hotel Vandyar very near busstand and for Rs.250 you get very decent double bed room. AC room is Rs 500. Ph 04144 225374, 225375
Slightly more costly is Hotel Saradharam Non ac double is Rs.550 and Ac is 1000.
ph 04144 221336
both are very near bus stand
some more link to hotel:

http://www.hotelstamilnadu.com/chidambaramhotels.htm

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Tamil-Nadu/Chidambaram.htm




You could go by bus from here in 45 minutes though the frequency is little low. Alternatively you can go to a place called kollidam and travel from there.

Auto from Chidambaram can cost Rs.250 to and fro with 1 hour wait.

I would recommend Mr.Raja. Very nice person. Very reasonable with rates. Do agree on rates before hand. You can call from outstation on +91-9976866781 or dial 0 and then the number or if calling from chidambaram itself dial the number straight




Details about the temple through links:

Official Website: NA


Photos of temple:

http://www.templenet.com/Tamilnadu/s159.html


Temple Phone Number and Contact: Not available .However the priest there is

Mr.Mahalingam (alias Mani as he is known here) Gurukkal. Ph No 04364 277620.
His son is Mr.Ravi Gurukkal.

Std Code- Phone Number :
Other Links:

http://www.templenet.com/Tamilnadu/s159.html


How I went:

I traveled to Chidambaram by bus from Chennai. It is a 5 hour ride. I stayed a vandyar hotel near bus stand and after early morning bath took an auto to the place. I have given the priests number below. Little further down is a must visit temple called mahendrapaali which found a mention in my previous blog. Please do visit the same. Today happened to be sani (Saturn ) pradosh a very important pradosh day among the daily and monthly pradosh. I had been longing to do pradosh pooja for 15 years in some famous temple but never could do it. So today was the day shiva had in mind to give me that blessing and had decided on this very important temple also. I did pradosh pooja in this temple with lot of abhishek and to my hearts content.

http://www.shaivam.org/siddhanta/Pradhosham.html

Places of interest around the place:

How to reach

Nearest Airport – Chennai or Trichy

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Kumbakonam,Trichy

Preferred travel base: Chidambaram

STD Code of -

Railway Station code for MAS(central station) for al trains bound north east and west and MS(egmore)for all trains from Chennai to southern towns, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT, Allahabad-ALD




For Internet/ Mobile Railway ticket Booking in India use

www.irctc.co.in


For Travel by Private bus to and fro to any major town in India and some interstate destinations use the links below for bus booking through internet.

http://www.redbus.in/

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