Monthly Archive: October 2005

All set to go to Tirupati

We are all set for our trip to Tirupati tomorrow. Around 16 of us from our family would be part of this trip. We would be going by two Toyota Qualises. The plan is to start early morning at around 5.30 AM, have breakfast at Hassan, and lunch at somewhere near Kolar. As per our schedule, we would reach Tirupati tomorrow evening.

Total distance between Mangalore to Tirupati is around 642 kms (398.92 miles).
i.e., Mangalore to Bangalore is 357 kms + Bangalore to Tirupati is 285 kms.

So, its going to be quite a lot of travel. If everything goes as planned, we should be back by monday.

Will try to click some good snaps and post it here.

Its gonna be hectic 2 weeks!

The next two weeks are kind of going to be very hectic. My wife, would be travelling to US of A again. This would be her second work assignment in US. She would be traveling to Houston, TX. So, lot of things to do. Starting for finding accomodation to buying and packing stuff. This time we are a bit relaxed since its her second trip, and her travel itineary is almost the same as the previous one. (except for the final destination – which was Norcross, Atlanta, GA last time)

In the mean time, our entire family has planned to go to Tirupati this saturday to visit Sri Venkateswara Temple. We should be back by Monday end of the day. Lot of people would be around, so I think it wont be a boring trip.

And then the following week, I would have to travel to Chennai on official work!. So, lot of running around for the next two weeks.

In office too, some new and intresting work as come up. Getting a chance to work on a software called eRoom and Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 ( or Windows Sharepoint Portal Services on Windows Server 2003). But most of the folks at office are on vacation since its festive season here in India. Specially people who leave quite far from home are on leave. So, office is kind-of half empty. But no major impact on work/projects.

20 Random Facts about me.

Ok. Melody dragged me into this :). This is kind of chain mail stuff, except that the crow doesn’t shit on my head if don’t do this :). So, … just for fun.

…….. here we go. 20 Random facts about me…….

20. I joined school one year in advance. So, was younger then most of my classmates all the way. In a way, it was kind of advantage. Lot of things changed the next year onward. From Syllabus to textbooks to university!

19. I have always been fascinated with electronics stuff or gadgets if you can call so. More interested in seeing what’s within the gadgets! (No. I haven’t yet opened my iPod nano)

18. I Used to maintain an e-diary before I started to blog. But its way too personal to be put on the net!

17. As a kid, I studied at the Canara group of institutes in Mangalore, i.e., up to my 12th Grade. After that i did my Engineering in Computer Science from Manipal Institute of Technology , Manipal (under Mangalore University)

16. At home I am also known as Vasudev. Arjun is my official name.

15. While I was in engineering, I never wanted to join the company that i am currently working for. Infact, I was placed in an other company called Mascot System (now known was iGate). Due to recession in 2000-2001, our joining dates got delayed and delayed.. and sort of never came up.

14. I am a very time conscious, committed, fun-loving and cool person. When it comes to work, I am very serious about it. I think a lot. I do have a lot of patience. I love to talk. And, I love humor.

13. Used to get into lot of fights etc while at school. I think till about class 7 or 8. Stopped after that.

12. Got in trouble while at class 3 for jumping a big wall in school with a bunch of other kids. People / teachers tell that I was kind of a overactive/trouble maker kind of a kid. So, many of my teachers still remember me to date. But, I was pretty good at studies too. Not a topper, but used to be in the top 10.

11. I have never smoked nor had alcohol in my life. Lot of people don’t believe this since i have a nice little tummy now. :)

10. I am the only child of my parents.

09. I got married on the same day that I had proposed to my wife 2 years back. I have been knowing her for around 6 years before I proposed her.

08. After doing my graduation, I had given my GRE and TOEFL and had even got an admission into an university in US of A for doing my Masters. Was all set to go, but got a job offer at my current company at the last moment.

07. I like listening to easy music. Not particular of the class of music, as long as I can tolerate the music, its ok. Not a fan of hard rock etc.

06. Love photography. Wanted a camera since I was around 8 years old. But never got one in hand. Bought a Digital SLR a year back. And ever since then its has been fun. A amateur photographer now. Check out my flickr photostream.

05. I used to have lot of acnes on my face, while at college. But never bothered much about it. Now my face is pretty much clear.

04. Lost count of number of crushes I have had in life. No more counting now though.

03. Dates that I can never forget are : Last day of college, 15th Dec 2001, 08/09th Jan 2002, 15th Jan 2002, 12-15th may 2002. 8th Jul 2002, 15th Dec 2003. (No, i wont tell why these dates can’t be forgot!)

02. I hate lies and… I don’t lie…., Well most of the time.

01. Not all facts mentioned above are true :).

So those were purely 20 random facts about me, just the onces that I could think as I wrote this post. Thanks to Melody for tagging me :)

So, let me pass this on to……

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Temples and more temples!

Me back from the two day temple visit trip. It was a mini-pilgrimage kind of trip along the west cost of south India. We visited around 15 temples in all.

We started on Wednesday morning at around 7.00 AM. We had hired a Toyota Qualis for the trip. Although our primary intention was to visit our Kuladeva’s temple in Goa, we did visit quite a lot of temples on our way to Goa.

Our first stop was at the Bappanadu temple at Mulky. Its just next to the National Highway (NH 17).
Mulky Bappanad Temple
Mulky Bappanad Temple (Click to Zoom)

This is the Famous Dhol or Drum at Bappanad temple.
Mulky Bappanad Dhol
Mulky Bappanad Dhol or Drum (Click to Zoom)

Our next stop was at Udupi for breakfast at one of our relatives house at around 8 AM. After our breakfast, we visited the Kadiyali temple at Udupi.
Kadiyali Temple at Udupi
Kadiyali Temple at Udupi (Click to Zoom)

Chariot outside Kadiyali Temple
A small chariot outside Kadiyali Temple (Click to Zoom)
Dwajasthamba at Kadiyali Temple - Udupi
Dwajasthamba at Kadiyali Temple – Udupi (Click to Zoom)

From Kadiyali we headed north. We briefly stopped for a while at a place called Amunje to visit one more relative of ours. After that we continued our travel. Our next stop was at Saligram. Saligram is in between Udupi and Kundapur. We visited two temples in Saligram. Shree Anjaneya Temple and Shree Guru Narasimha Temple.
Shree Aanjaneya Temple at Saligram
Shree Aanjaneya Temple at Saligram (Click to Zoom)

Shree Guru Narasimha Temple at Saligram
Shree Guru Narasimha Temple at Saligram (Click to Zoom)

Our next stop was at Anegudde Shree Vinayaka Temple at Kumbhasi, near Koteshwara (Kundapur). I have been to this temple couple of times.
Anegudde Shree Vinayaka Temple - Kumbhasi
Anegudde Shree Vinayaka Temple – Kumbhasi (Click to Zoom)

After Annegudde, we further continued our trip. Our next stop was at Hattiangadi. This time, at Shree Ganapathy Temple at Hattiangadi. Hattiangadi is on the way to Kollur.

Shree Ganapathy Temple at Hattiangadi (Click to Zoom)

Our next stop was at Shree Kollur Mookambika Temple. This temple is pretty famous. On the day we reached there, it was quite crowded. It was Navami on that day, and there were quite a lot of devotees. There were long queues (5 to 6 hrs!) for God’s Darshana. We prayed from outside, and continued our travel. Here are some snaps of Kollur Mookambika Temple.

Golden Chariot at Kollur Mookambika Temple
Golden chariot at Kollur Mookambika Temple (Click to Zoom)
People at Kollur Mookambika Temple
People at Kollur Mookambika Temple (Click to Zoom)
Dwajasthamba at Kollur Mookambika Temple
Dwajasthamba at Kollur Mookambika Temple (Click to Zoom)
Carvings on the Dwajasthamba at Kollur Mookambika Temple
Carvings on the Dwajasthamba at Kollur Mookambika Temple (Click to Zoom)
Deepasthamba at Kollur Mookambika Temple
Deepasthamba at Kollur Mookambika Temple (Click to Zoom)
Carvings on the Dwajasthamba at Kollur Mookambika Temple
Carvings on the Dwajasthamba at Kollur Mookambika Temple (Click to Zoom)

Outside the temple one can find lot of shops where the devotees can buy quite a lot of stuff related to Shree Mookambika Goddess. From Photos to Audio cassettes to CDs. There are quite a lot of shops targeting the kids.

Memorabilia from Kollur Mookambika Temple
Memorabilia from Kollur Mookambika Temple (Click to Zoom)

Toys for Kiddos @ Kollur Mookambika Temple
Toys for Kiddos @ Kollur Mookambika Temple (Click to Zoom)

After Kollur, we traveled further north. We didn’t visit Murdeshwar and Shirali since it was already afternoon and the temples would be closed during that time. We stopped for lunch at Kamat Hotel at Honnavar. Had a heavy lunch, and the sleep followed naturally. By the time we woke up, we had reached Karwar. Karwar is the border town of Karnataka State.

Guess what do you first see when you cross the border and hit Goa ? Yes. Its the liquor shops. Liquor is cheap in Goa and widely consumed. Also, the cost of fuel is pretty low. i.e., Diesel is cheaper by around INR 2.5 and Petrol is cheaper by around INR 4! So, most of the vehicles fill in the fuel once they enter Goa. Same is the case when the vehicles come back.

We reached Ponda, Goa at around 8 PM. Shree Ramanathi Temple that we were supposed to visit is located in Ponda, Goa.

Shree Ramanathi Temple at Goa (Shanteri Kamakshi)
Shree Ramanathi Temple at Goa (Shanteri Kamakshi) – Night Shot (Click to Zoom)

Shree Ramanathi Temple at Goa (Shanteri Kamakshi)
Shree Ramanathi Temple at Goa (Shanteri Kamakshi) – Morning Shot (Click to Zoom)

We stayed at one of the Mutts (Kavale Mutt) for the night. The rooms were pretty good. The next day, we got up early, and went to the Shree Ramanathi Temple again. After God’s Darshana, we went to our Kula Deva’s temple. i.e., Shree Devaki Krishna Ravalnatha temple at Marcela, Goa. I had been to this temple when I was around 9 years old I guess. We had to perform something called “Vara Bheti”. Its a ritual that is performed when married couple go to the Kula Devastana for the first time.

Shree Devaki Krishna Ravalnatha Temple at Goa
Shree Devaki Krishna Ravalnatha Temple at Goa (Click to Zoom)

Shree Devaki Krishna Ravalnatha Temple at Goa
Shree Devaki Krishna Ravalnatha Temple at Goa (Click to Zoom)

We also visited the nearby Shree Laksmi Ravalnatha Temple
Shree Laksmi Ravalnatha Temple at Goa
Shree Laksmi Ravalnatha Temple at Goa (Click to Zoom)

Next we went to Shree Balaji Temple.
Shree Balaji Temple at Goa
Shree Balaji Temple at Goa (Click to Zoom)

Ashta Lakshmis around the Dwajasthamba at Shree Balaji Temple at Goa
Ashta Lakshmis around the Dwajasthamba at Shree Balaji Temple at Goa (Click to Zoom)

Our next stop was at Shree Mangeshi Temple
Shree Mangeshi Temple at Goa
Shree Mangeshi Temple at Goa (Click to Zoom)

By this time, we were hungry. So, we had some light snacks just outside the Shree Mangeshi Temple. After Shree Mangeshi Temple, we stopped at Shree Mahalasa Narayani Temple. I had visited this temple too when I was young.
Shree Mahalasa Temple at Goa
Shree Mahalasa Narayani Temple at Goa (Click to Zoom)

The Deepasthamba (a tall post which has lot of lamps or diyas on it) at the Mahalasa Narayani temple is really beautiful. I have clicked a couple of snaps of the same.
Deepasthamba at Mahalasa Narayani Temple at Goa
Deepasthamba at Mahalasa Narayani Temple at Goa (Click to Zoom)

Carvings around the base of the Deepasthamba at Mahalasa Narayani Temple at Goa
Carvings around the base of the Deepasthamba at Mahalasa Narayani Temple at Goa (Click to Zoom)

Carvings around the base of the Deepasthamba at Mahalasa Narayani Temple at Goa
Carvings around the base of the Deepasthamba at Mahalasa Narayani Temple at Goa (Click to Zoom)

The Base of the Deepasthamba supported by horses and elephants at Mahalasa Narayani Temple at Goa
The Base of the Deepasthamba supported by horses and elephants at Mahalasa Narayani Temple at Goa (Click to Zoom)

Shree Mahalasa Narayani Temple at Goa
Shree Mahalasa Narayani Temple at Goa (Click to Zoom)

The last temple that we visited was Shree Lakshmi Narasimha Temple.
Shree Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Goa
Shree Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Goa (Click to Zoom)

Pond at the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple
Pond at the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple (Click to Zoom)

One interesting thing that I noted was the architecture of almost all the temples in Goa were similar. Almost all the temples that we visited in Goa had a similar layout and design!. Compared to it, the temples in South Kanara (Dakshina Kannada) are pretty different. They have a different design altogether!!

So, after all the temple visits, we came back to Shree Ramanathi Temple and attended the Maha Aarathi at around 1 PM and had our Prasadam. After that, we started back. We had our lunch at a hotel called Abhiksha. Very good hotel. The food was very good. Just like the previous day, we had a heavy lunch. By this time, it was around 2.30 PM. It was getting pretty cloudy, and it rained heavily. The return trip was basically nonstop travel.

We stopped in between for a couple of minutes for a small tea break at Bhatkal. Throughout the return journey, it as kind of raining lightly. We reached back Mangalore at around 10 PM.