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Melukote Diary

Hello folks, welcome to CCB. Recently I visited Melukote a temple town in Mandya district of Karnataka, India. Melukote is situated 150 kilometres away from the state capital Bengaluru.

We left Bengaluru at 8:00 A.M. in the morning and stopped for breakfast at Kadamba on Mysore Road just seconds away from the NICE road. The breakfast was decent but the Masala Dosa lacked crispiness. Post breakfast we headed back onto Mysore Road. The journey got slower due to humongous traffic caused due to the road repair works that were happening on Mysore Road. After reaching Bidadi the journey went smoother and faster since there was less of repair works going on the road. We finally reached Melukote at around 12:15 P.M.

The first place we visited post reaching Melukote was Yoga Narasimha Swamy temple that was situated atop a hill. We drove the car to half the peak and post that climbed too many steps to reach the temple.

The view from the top of the hill was great and mesmerising.

After visiting Yoga Narasimha Swamy temple, the next place we wanted to visit was Chaluvanarayana Swamy temple. We reached the temple premises and got to know that the temple was closed till 4:00 P.M. We had plenty of time till the temple reopened. Meanwhile we came in contact with a local guide who said, he’d be showing the surrounding places and also take us to the nearby restaurant for lunch.

We headed to Ananda Mess for lunch. They served Puliyogare, curd rice and Sakkare Pongal. The Sakkare Pongal was delicious,while the Puliyogare and curd rice were pretty normal to the taste buds.

Post lunch we headed to Akkana Kola and Tangiya Kola, which were the two Kalyanies a.k.a. pond. The lady who looks after the business of the pond said the story behind the nomenclature of the pond.

Post that we headed to Raya Gopura, on the way we witnessed another temple and a statue of Ramanujacharya.

We finally reached Raya Gopura and the sight was amazing.

After spending some time at the Raya Gopura we came back to the premises of Chaluvanarayana temple.

We waited at the temple premises untill the hands of our watch hit 4:00 P.M. The temple gates were opened at 4:00 P.M.,we had a good look of the deity and then we headed to Manavalamamuni Sannidhi. We offered our prayers to the deity and left back to our car. We bid adieu to our guide Mr. Daasappa and started the ignition.

Meanwhile it started to pour as we headed back to Bengaluru. We had a quick stop at Maddur for some snacks and coffee.

The temperature got really low as it poured and finally we reached back to Bengaluru to our cosy home.

Well folks that was it for this post. See you next time with a different one. Byeeee 🙂

When the River Meets the Sea

A month ago I visited Velankanni, a Special Grade Panchayat Town in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu in India. This place is famous for its Churches. Myriads of pilgrims visit this place. It was the time of Christmas and the town lustred with Christmas vibes.

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It is winters in India during December, so the climate was pretty decent. During the summers the temperature here would be quite high and I say this because I had visited this place a few years back during the summer season.

I always wanted to see the river meet the ocean and luckily I had the chance to witness it in Velankanni. The Vellayar, a minor branch of Kaveri River discharges itself into the sea in Velankanni. There were some other people around me, who too were curious to see the river meet the sea. Together we headed towards the spot where the river met the sea.

Since the soil was loose due to erosion by the river I did not step down into the river on reaching the spot because as the erosion continues to grow in magnitude the mouth of the river widens and the flow rate too increases, and stepping into the river at such a point is quite risky and dangerous. However, some of the curious people that I mentioned earlier stepped into the river where the erosion rate was less and some among them tasted the water and exclaimed saying “The water here is sweet !!!” They were excited because just few yards away the water in the sea was saline.

If you are a geography student you mayn’t find the above paragraph to be something cool because you already know the factors affecting salinity. For the regular folks the above paragraph can be a cool thing.

Moving on, when the tides become stronger and mightier they drag the sand towards the mouth of the river and close the mouth of the river, when the tides get low the sand deposition acts as a barrier between the sea and the river. When the volume of water in the river increases this barrier is broken and the aforementioned process continues in a cyclic manner.

After witnessing the river meet the sea, I went on for shopping at the nearby stores and I found that the price for the same articles varied from store to store. In some stores I ended up paying a higher price since, I did not know the real price or intrinsic value of the articles and in some stores I bargained and got few articles for a cheaper price.

Moving on to food, very few restaurants served tasty food and I found the price to be pretty expensive. I also visited the various church canteens, the food there was pretty good and worth the money.

I also visited the museum, the walls of the museum described the various events that happened in Velankanni in chronological order and the museum also showcased the various offerings given by pilgrims and devotees.

There are two spellings to the name of this town, as per the sign boards I witnessed, I’ve used only one among them in this post.

Well folks, that was it. See you next time with a different post. Have a great day 🙂