Thursday, August 25, 2011




Date: 18th Aug 2011 to 23rd Aug 2011

Route: Bangalore-Mysore-Nanjangud-Sultan Bathery-Guruvayoor Temple-

54 yatriks left Bangalore by bus on 18th night at 11.30 and reached Nanjangud temple on Mysore Ooty road at 3.30am, had our bath in Kapila river, which was is full flow as it has been raining from a month, finished darshan at 5.45am and back to linganna choultry to have our cup of coffee. we left at 9.30am after having our our tasty breakfast and left towards Guruvayoor temple. on reaching the temple at 6.30pm we had our bath and left for the darshan of lord Krishna. after darshan we returned our Palahara (Breakfast) which was ready, and left by 10.00pm to reach pampa by 3.45am on 20.08.11.

We had a welcome drizzle at pampa, we shifted our all our luggage, utensils, food items and our irumudi by 5.00am carrying for almost 500mts, as our bus was not allowed near the place of our stay, due to heavy tourist.

we had our bath at Pampa river at 7.30am in rain and after pooj back to our barrack for a hot cup of coffee, we were served breakfast at around 9.00am and we were waiting for our another 54 yatriks who were coming by train from Bangalore, who reached Pampa at 7.30 pm in heavy rains, after thier irumudis were kept in a place, we had our evening bath at 8.00pm and after pooja we had our palahaara and went to sleep in an open barrack meant for yatriks. 

Pamba River

Pamba River is the third longest river in the South Indian state of Kerala and the longest river in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore. Sabarimala temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is located on the banks of the river Pamba.
River Pamba is considered as the Dakshina Ganga (Southern Ganges) due to its association with Kerala's Largest Pilgrim Centre - Sabarimala.

The River Pamba enriches the lands of Pathanamthitta District and the Kuttanand area of Alappuzha District

We were lucky again too as one of our group devotee had given for 1008 kalasa pooja. a small pooja was conducted in the temple premises in the afternoon, followed by Lunch prepared by our cooks. in the evening we had a view of Padi Pooja in rain, and retd to our rooms. on 22.08.11 after taking the Ghee for Abhisheka our Guruswamis returned and segregated all our Irumudis and packed with Ghee and other items which we had carried with Orumudi (One Bag). at 11.30am we had our life luckiest day to see the 1008 kalasa pooja performed by Brahmasri Kantaru Maheswararu Thantri and all 1008 kalas abhisheka on lord Ayyappa. i was so lucky that i had an occasion to view 74 kalasa abhishka sitting in front of the lord. the entire event finished by around 2.00pm and we started to decend to pampa after having our lunch. i was at the pampa ganapathi temple by around 4.15pm and had to wait for the last yatriks and cooks of our group to decend at around 6.30pm.we packed our bag, left for Kadambuza Bhagavathi Temple at 11.00pm to reach at 5.30am on 22.08.11.

it rained continuously throught night. on 21.08.11 all 108 yatriks from bangalore, with 8 Guruswami's left for Sabarimala, carrying our IRUMUDI on our head and reached by around 11.00am, climbing the 18 sacred steps, having darshan of Lord Ayyappa. some of us  were lucky to see the Abhisheka of lord with Ghee, Honey, Tender Coconut,Vibhuti.


Sabarimala is a Hindu pilgrimage center located in the Western Ghat mountain ranges of Pathanamthitta District in Kerala. It is the largest annual pilgrimage in India with an estimated 45–50 million devotees visiting every year. Sabarimala is believed to be the place where the Hindu God Ayyappan meditated after killing the powerful demoness, Mahishi. Ayyappan's temple is situated here amidst 18 hills. The temple is situated on a hilltop at an altitude of 468 m above mean sea level, and is surrounded by mountains and dense forests. Temples exist in each of the hills surrounding Sabarimala. While functional and intact temples exist at many places in the surrounding areas like Nilackal, Kalaketi, and Karimala, remnants of old temples survive to this day on remaining hills.

we settled in our room and our Guruswami's unfolded the IRUMUDI and kept Ghee and other items for Abhisheka for the Lord.

Sabarimala is linked to Hindu pilgrimage, predominantly for men of all ages. Women between the ages of 10 and 50 are not allowed to enter the temple, since the story attributed to Ayyappa prohibits the entry of the women in the menstrual age group. This is because Ayyappan is a Bramachari (Celibate). The temple is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja (approximately November 15 to December 26), Makaravilakku (January 14- "Makara Sankranti") and Vishu (April 14), and the first six days of each Malayalam month.

The devotees are expected to follow a vratham (41-day penance) prior to the pilgrimage. This begins with wearing of a special Mala (a garland made of Rudraksha or Tulasi beads). In general from then they are to refrain from non-vegetarian food of any kind, except dairy, alcohol, and tobacco, engaging in sex, using foul language, hair-cuts and shaving. They are expected to bath twice and visit the local temples regularly and only wear plain black, blue or saffron coloured traditional clothing. The visit to Sabarimala is thought for settling the shani-dosha to make the planet give better life and lifespan. This is according to astrological principles of controlling shani-dosha.

Hundreds of devotees still follow the traditional mountainous forest path (approximately 52 km) from Erumely, believed to be taken by Ayyappa himself. The part starts from Erumely to Aludha river, then crosses the Aludha mountain to reach Karivilam thodu. Now comes the sacred Karimala crossing, from there to Cheriyanavattom, Pariyanavattom and finally Pamba River. Then have claim neeleemalam and we enter into the ganesh bettam ,shreeram betta padam.Aranmula kottaram is one of the halt place of holy journey 'thiruvabharana khosayatra'. But many people use vehicular traffic which can go till the Holy Pamba River by an alternate road. Thereafter, all the pilgrims have to follow a mountainous forest trekking path approximately nine kilometers up a steep hill (Neeli Mala) to Sabarimala. This path, now developed, with shops and medical aid by the sides, used to be a mere trail through dense forest.

Sri Kadampuzha Temple

The presiding deity here is Sree Parvathy Devi in the form of Kirathi (hunter). The specialty of this temple is there is no deity in the sree kovil but a small area is kept protected. There is a Thidambu, made up of Pancha loha, and Bhagavathy is Lakshmi, Saraswati, Durga, and Bhadrakali- all in one form as a Kirati. .

The other main offerings are Muttarukkal with breaking coconuts there, which is believed to help you get through your problems, such as dehamuttu, udyogamuttu, vivamuttu, vidhya muttu etc. The other offerings are Pushpanjali, Thrikala puja, choroonu, ganapathy homam, niramala, thulabaram etc.

Kadampuzha Bhagavathy is believed to possesses immense curative and rewarding powers. Hence, people come from all parts of the country to have a darshan of Bhagawathi and get their dream fulfilled.

Devi Temple, Kadampuzha is a Hindu temple and pilgrimage centre in Malappuram District, Kerala, India. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddessDurga, a form of Devi, the supremely radiant goddess.

The Devi temple, owned by the Malabar Devaswom Board under the Government of Kerala, is administered through a trust consisting of the Variar family and non hereditary co-opted trustees.

The town of Kadampuzha was once in the hands of the "Thekkencheri" Nair family, but in the 1860s most of their land was lost. There is another temple, Madambiyar Kavu temple, situated a short distance away from the Devi temple, which was originally constructed and maintained by the Nair family. The idol of the Madambiyar temple is Lord Shiva in his "Kirata" incarnation

Daily offerings and special eventsThere are two main daily rituals at the temple. The Poomoodal (covering the deity under a heap of freshly picked flowers) is the highest puja done in the temple. The Muttarukkal, another offering, involves breaking coconuts before the deity by the pujari, correctly into two equal halves, and is used for warding away obstacles in the various facets of the life of the devotees. The word itself means 'keeping away obstacles'. If an offered coconut fails to be broken into two exact halves, then fresh coconuts are broken until one is broken 'correctly' - ensuring that the problem has been solved by the divine interference of the deity.

Karthikai day in the month Vrishchikam (November–December), is considered a special day and is celebrated in a grand manner at this temple.

The deity is considered more powerful on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Legends surrounding the templeA story regarding the Devi says that the Pandava Prince, Arjuna, fought with Lord Shiva during his Kirata incarnation (he was accompanied by Devi Parvathy during her Vanadurga incarnation).

A demon named Mukasura took the form of a wild boar and started destroying the trees and shrubs around Arjuna. Arjuna was in deep meditation at the time, in order to get the Pasupathasthra (a divine arrow named "Pasupatham") from Lord Paramasiva.

Both Arjuna and Shiva shot at the wild boar and both claimed that his arrow had killed the animal. They argued, and finally agreed to fight a battle with bow and arrow. The victor of the battle would also get the honour of being the killer of the wild boar. The ensuing battle was fierce and Arjuna was defeated. Despondent over the defeat, Arjuna placed a big stone in front of him and started praying to the mother of the universe Parasakthi while showering flowers over the stone. He was amazed to see that the flowers fell at the feet of the Kirata and Kirati. He realised that those people were actually Lord Paramasiva and Devi Parvathy. The Lord and Devi Parvathy were pleased with Arjuna and gifted him with the Pasupathastra arrow.

Another legend says that Adi Sankaracharya, during his travels, once happened to pass through Kadampuzha, which was then a grassland. At one place he could not pass further, as he seemed to strike an invisible wall. He understood it to be the meeting point of the Goddess Parasakthi in her Devi Parvathy incarnation and Lord Parameswara in his "Kirata" incarnation. Adi Sankaracharya prayed to the Devi and she appeared before him. After blessing him, the goddess disappeared into a small hole in the ground. He did the first poojas to the devi there on that day in Vrishchikam (November–December) and the sanctum of the temple is said to have been built around that hole. There is no idol in the temple.

Currently, the temple is under renovation/modification/beautification and hence the devotees are requested to make a note of the revised timings till the construction is completed.

a)The MUTTARUKKAL offering is being done only in the morning i.e. between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. No MUTTARUKKAL will be conducted in the evening.
b)The POOMOODAL offering is being done between 9 & 11 a.m. after which the temple will be closed after morning pujas by 11 a.m.
c)The temple will be opened for the evening darshan at 6 p.m. and will be closed at 7 p.m.


Saturday, August 6, 2011


LALBAGH FLOWER SHOW-2011 - ಭಾರತ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಫಲ ಪುಷ್ಪ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನ

I had visited the famous Independence Flower Show at Bangalore's Lalbagh on 05th August 2011, here are the some information and photographs of my visit.


Depicting peace, serenity and unity of religion, the replica of the Lotus Temple of New Delhi and the wheel of Konark Temple, Orissa, would be the main attractions of the show.

"The 20 feet high and 30 feet wide Lotus Temple replica will be placed at the centre of the Glass House. Two lakh carnations, 75,000 roses, tuberoses and more than and 10,000 ornamental leaves in varied colours would be used for its beautification

The Independence Day flower show will be held till August 15 at Labagh Botanical Garden

ಭಾರತ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಫಲ ಪುಷ್ಪ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನ
ಸ್ಥಳ : ಲಾಲ್ ಬಾಗ್, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು.
ದಿನಾಂಕ : 05-08-2011 ರಿಂದ 15-08-2011
ಸಮಯ : ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ 9.00 ರಿಂದ ಸಂಜೆ 6.00 ಗಂಟೆಯವರೆಗೆ
Lalbagh is currently under the aegis of the Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka. The Directorate is housed amidst the splendid environs of the botanical garden. Today it has been an internationally renowned centre for scientific study of plants and botanical artwork and also conservation of plants. Formal and informal styles dominate the garden in perfect harmony, which is a testimony to the beauty of nature. The garden extends lush green paradise with an area of 240 acres in the heart of the city. Nearly 673 genera and 1,854 species of plants are found in Lalbagh. The collection of the plants has made it a veritable treasure house of plants.

Some important things to see in Lalbagh are,

The Glass House
Kempegowda Tower
Lecture Hall
Lalbagh House
Pigeon House
Statue of Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar
The Directorate Building
Lalbagh West Gate Guard Room
The Museum
Deer Paddock
Aquarium building
Lalbagh lake

The garden is accessible through four gates. Vehicles are allowed only through the East gate towards the Double Road. There is ample parking space on entering through this gate. Vehicular movement inside the garden is restricted. Access to the Directorate of Horticulture and related offices is through the main gate. HOPCOMS, MHS and BNCS offices are easily accessible through the Double Road gate.

Biannual flower shows are organized every year in January and August on the occasion of the Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations respectively. Training in Horticulture, Post Harvest Technology and Mushroom cultivation, Classes in Ikebana and Bonsai are also conducted.


Lalbagh remains open daily from 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. throughout the year. Click here to see the official website for Lalbagh.

History of Lalbagh

Lalbagh Gardens was known Rose and Cypress Garden till 1856. King Hyder Ali’s father was in the service of Dilawar Khan, Viceroy of Mughuls. Dilawar Khan had a passionfor setting up many gardens across Mysore. Among them the famous ones are Moghul gardens at Sira near Tumkur, Lalbagh at Srirangapatna, a garden at Malavalli , Lalbagh Gardens in Bangalore.

The Lalbagh was originally a 40 acre land. Nurtured by Tipu Sultan, Hyder Ali’s son the garden had plants and saplings from Cape Town, Mauritius, Turkey Tenerife, Persia, Kabul and other places.

Hyder Ali laid out this famous botanical garden and his son added horticultural wealth to them by importing trees and plants from several countries. The garden today houses over 1000 species of flora which include rare and enchanting collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. The Glass House, modelled along London's Crystal Palace, is the center of attraction in this 2400 acre park. Bi-annual flower shows attracting participants from all over India is held in the Glass House.

After Tipu’s regime the garden was under the care of Major Waugh of Madras European Regiment who later handed over to the East India Company. Till 1812, Benjamin Heyne was in charge of the Botanical Gardens. He collected more than 350 species from Western Ghats and more than 200 species were named by him.

In 1858 onward, Mr. New, followed by Cameron and Javaraya, Krumbiegal and Marigowda and their team whose vision and effort have Lalbagh as what we see today. Cameron extended the 40 acres to 120 acres. Larger numbers of vegetable were introduced. The Glass House, a small replica of the crystal palace of London was built under the guidance of Prince of Wales. Edward Lear, English Poet visited the garden in dog cart in 1874. The Lalbagh tower, one of the 4 towers constructed by the King Kempe Gowda II in 1597 AD , marks the city’s boundary on the South of Bendakalooru (Bangalore now).

In July, 2003 it was decided that the Department of Horticulture and Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) would jointly take up the development of Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens.

The structure was completely renovated and inaugurated by SM Krishna on Jan 15, 2004. Renovation details:

Cost Rs 5 crore
Renovation time 3 months
Glass: 60,000 tonnes, 3505 unbreakable panes
1,000 sq mtrs of galvanised steel
The 2.75 sq mts Glass House sandblasted using 75 microns of Zinc Chromide to prevent rusting.
325 gutters constructed along the eduges to drain out water.
Silicon gel 1,577 litres
Foundation stone laid by Diwan of Mysore Sir Mirza Ismail restored
75 lunx of illumination work done and special lighting that saves 40% energy put up inside
New benches made of cast iron with wooden frames constructed

Lalbagh Flower Show-2011 Independence day

Here begins the Annual flower show at Glass House, Lalbagh entertaining Bangaloreans and its neighbours with a range of local and international floricultural presentations.

For Independence day in 2008 the theme was Hampi, once the glory of Vijayanagar Empire. This year visitors will get to experience the Heritage of Hampi at the Garden City through the blossoms. The world famous stone chariot resurrected in flowers will showcase the history of Hampi and landscapes are made showing the Tungabhadra river.Our musical instruments in the form of Veena, tabla and violin etc are arranged in more than 500 species of flowers.

Flowers are the most important part of puja/worship depicts the traditional “Kalasha” and an Ugra Narasimha Statue. Our horticulturists from the Lalbagh HOPCOMS have made a Rainbow using the vibrant colours. Hundreds of orchids, zinnia, nastardium, crysantamums, daisies, marigold, cacti, fuchsia, jasmine, geranium single roses, dahlias, etc species of flowers are to be viewed. Not to mention the floating vegetable gardens are recreated at the Lalbagh Lake, resembling the Dal Lake, Kashmir.

How to reach : This year there will be only on entry to the visitors from KH Road (Double Road) and exit from South gate towards Jayanagar. Parking is available at the beginning of Double Road and also near the exit. Due to security reasons all vehicles and visitors are screened. Visitors are requested not to carry eatable and handbags to the park.

Entry Fee

Adults: Rs.30 on weekdays, Rs.40 on holidays
Children (6-12 years): Rs.10
Parking: Rs.150 on weekdays, Rs.200 on holidays
Video Camera: Rs.50
Still Camera: Rs. 20
Flower Show - Independence Day 2011
Show starts on August 5, 2011
Open from 9 am to 6 pm

January Session-Republic Day
Online Ticketing has been withdrawn
Entry fee: Rs 30 for adults (weekdays); Rs 40 on weekends, Rs 10 for children (under 12)
Jan 24 - free entry for school students from 8 am to 12 noon
Tickets can be bought from Lalbagh main gate, Double Road gate, Siddapura gate, Basavanagudi gate and 200 Hopcom centres.

Last year the show attracted 350,000 visitors, this time 600,000 are expected.

No plastic item will be allowed inside Lalbagh during the flower show.


Tickets will not be issued after 5 pm
No luggage or food items allowed
Scanning at entrance with meta detectors
Survellance cameras installed
Additonal police personnel deployed

Dinosaurs made of 50,000 flowers, mermaids of roses and 120 new species.
720 species will be displayed, of which 120 among them, including tulips, wax-flower, nebrane and rice-flower are introduced for the first time.
80 foreign species are likely to be the attraction this year.

Teddy bears, rabbits, fish, elephants and deer made of flowers will woo children.
Ikebana, Indian floral art, vegetable carving, Dutch flower arrangements, dry flowers, Thai art, Jannur and Bonsai shows will open on August 8 and 9.

100 stalls selling gardening gadgets and plants

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No buses allowed inside garden

Parking on KH Road
Vehicles have to enter Double Road gate and exit through Siddapura gate