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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Trip to Sathuragiri, Sadhuragiri:

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About General Place:

This place is one where it is believed all the siddhars congregate and worship Lord shiva till today.

Read more on them in link below

http://www.sathuragiri.com/


In this temple


Shiva is called: Sundara Lingam andSanthana Lingam

Ambal (Ambe)is called : She is supposed to have sat on a rock near Santhana lingam and performed tapasya on Lord Shiva.




Hotels:

You should stay with travel base as Virudhunagar or Sriviiliputur or Watrap. There isno hotel or lodge on top of mountail though the temple authorities have a few eating halls where you can sllep for night. They also serve you free food on top of mountain.




You could go by bus from Virudhunagar to watrap and get down at thaniparai on the way and take an auto at Rs 10 per person to foot hills. O


Details about the temple through links:

Official Website: http://www.sathuragiri.com/



Photos of temple:

Refer gallery tab in above site


Temple Phone Number and Contact:

Additional info and guides: http://www.sathuragiri.com/index1.htm


Std Code- Phone Number : agnilingam@yahoo.com
Other Links:


How I went:

I traveled to Virudhunagar and from there took a bus to watrap. These busses stop at Thani parai. From there I took and auto for Rs 10 to foothills. It was 4 pm. I started my climb. I reached the top by 9 pm. Just before that you have a temple to Pilavadi karuppar a local deity who you are supposed to worship for getting his and shiva’s blessings. There are many streams on the way. You should be careful not to venture alone on the climb as well as near waterholes.as jungle animals are there. There are showers in open for you to have a bath. I did that and then prayed then had free meals in the annadhana and slept in open. It was full moon day. Generally amavasya and full moon days are very crowded. The climb is tough but not so very difficult. Picking up a stickthat are strewnall alongthe way helps in climbing. Next day again did a darshan and climbed down. The way down cld be managed in 3hrs. about 1 hr into the climb you reach valukku parai(so calledbecause during rains it is slippery since it is a single holdless big rock face. Thereyou get some tea/ ginger coffee and something to eat. It is best to carry your own water(very imp) and food. On top in morning you do get some shops who may serve some breakfast. Free food from temple is available.

Places of interest around the place:

How to reach

Nearest Airport – Madurai

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Virudhunagar,Krishnankoil,Srivilliputur

Preferred travel base: Virudhunagar

STD Code of -

Railway Station code for MAS(central station) for all 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, Virudhunagar-VPT




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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