Friday, October 01, 2010

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Ayodhya : A Mixed Bag



(Disclaimer: The views expressed here are personal, in a humorous vein and not intended to cause distress or hurt to any group or community)


Whew..I can almost hear a collective sigh of relief across the country as the Ayodhya verdict was pronounced.
It was almost like living in a Military State the last two days, with the milling Police,  ‘In-The- Face’ Security, Stifling Media restrictions making it like the End of the world was close and breathing down the country’s neck ..

As it transpired, some kind of a ‘politically correct’ and even ‘likeable’, ‘seemingly fair’ decision was meted out behind the closed gates of Allahabad High Court.
 I mean there was something in it for everybody…The winners, the losers and the bystanders… 
It was what the Central Govt saddled with the onerous task of maintaining law and order could have ever hoped for..It was as they said ‘No-one-lost-No one won’ kind of a situation…The kind where no one can strongly resent the verdict.


But unfortunately even after this ‘win-win’ judgment, no one came out victorious in the end. It solved exactly….NOTHING…


While Hindus can rejoice over the fact that Lord Ram is now a ‘ legally accepted God’( Much to chagrin of detractors in Dravidian parties who questioned about Ram in the not so distant past), Muslims despite their plea vacated, are free to appeal to Supreme Court or come around for that elusive reconciliatory talks, whatever suits them..
The other entity Nirmohi Akhara( Ram jaane, what they wish to achieve) being Sadhus, and bhaktas of Bhajrang Bali have Sita’s Rasoi to look after…


So is the issue over then?
Or as the Electronic media is blaring non stop: “India can move on..”?
May be
India can and will…No one can hold this great force back any longer.


But this issue will go into another long legal loop in the Supreme Court before any one party can claim actual implementable victory…

In sporting terms this was a DRAW or TIE… Haven’t heard of any Cricket match or football game ending in the Finals with a Draw… If it is not even acceptable to two teams in sport, will it be in real-life scenario as complicated as this one?


Hopefully one day , the Supreme court will give the final “FINAL” Decision and we can all move on..to the next controversy !!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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My 20 Good Murder Mystery Films in Hindi...


I have been a  fan of Murder mystery films from a long time and make it a point to watch as many whodunits as possible.With such a penchant for this genre of films, it is no wonder that I thought about  writing a post listing 20 of such  favourite Hindi films starting from 1960s till now..
This is based on my likes  only and  your own may vary..Please comment if you like to add some more..
In any case you may like to catch up with these movies if you have not watched some..
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So here it goes....in descending order of ranking from 20 to 1....


20. Jangal mein Mangal (1971): 

The movie starts with the  a group of College students ( Kiran Kumar, Reena roy play the lead) getting romantic in a jungle camp, despite the strict  forbidding wardens played by Pran and Sonia Sahni..Things go bump in the night and a ghostly creature wreaks havoc and murder..Who or what is it.?.This film was a cult hit then, popular among the younger generation what with its hit songs and romance .... but somewhere in the end the plot comes unstuck and loses grip,  meanders into a usual masala film climax…...which explains why it got the last rank...Tum Ktni khoobsoorat ho... being a memorable song from this oldie!)


19. Gupt (1997):

Rajiv rai's thriller starring Bobby Deol, Manisha Koirala and Kajol is an interesting premise about a jealous suitor and the mania it induces which has homicidal consequences.
Well kept suspense till the end, Good music and tight screenplay with the lead trio putting in professional performances made it a worthwhile watch...


18 . Anamika(1973):

This tells the tale of a mysterious woman played by Jaya Bhaduri who comes to the shelter of a woman-hating author Sanjeev Kumar , the story takes many interesting turns and then a surprise mystery solved in the end…Well known hit songs ( Meri bheegi bheegi si and Baahon mein chali aao ) and tight screenplay makes it worthwhile on a rainy day!


17.Parwana(1971):

 In his pre superstar era (1970) , Amitabh Bachchan plays a jilted lover to Yogita bali who falls for handsome Navin Nischol..Is all fair in love and murder?...Many have motives, but who is the real culprit?…Excellent premise of schematic murder that comes unstuck in the end...Referenced in the recent movie, Johnny Gaddar!..A couple of unforgettable songs too.( Simti si sharmaayeesi, Yoo na sharma phailaade)


16. Majboor(1974):

Amitabh bachchan’s towering presence, Pretty Parveen babi, mysterious fatal disease dogging the hero and a murder and ransom case. Add to this: Tight car chase scenes and well handled suspense of the killer’s identity makes it all watchable repeatedly, the movie has some  hummable numbers (Nahin main nahin dekh sakta, Roote rab ko  and Aadmi jo kehta hain)


15. Mahal (1969):

Dev Anand and Asha parekh star in this long winded story of  impersonation and murder of a rich old man in a palatial bungalow and hero is framed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.. Wait till the end to find out the truth on what transpired…Good performances, storyline and being a typical Dev Anand film and its share of popular hit songs!( Ankhon ankhon mein hum tum and Yeh duniyaawaale poochenge)


14.  Humraaz(1967):

B R Chopra's hit thriller...Sunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar and Vimi ( the ill fated actress who died penniless in real life) star in this musical murder mystery which is quite an edge of the seat stuff...Superbly handled plot , suspense and music in heady mix makes it a favourite ( Nile gagan ke tale, Na Mooh chupaake and kisi paththar ke moorat se etc are hummable even today)

13. Duniya(1968):

This is a late sixties offering starring a stylish Dev Anand and beautiful Vyjayanthimala. It has a solid multi layered  suspenseful story of a homicide tried in a court of law, excellent courtroom showdown between Balraj Sahni and Dev Anand , hit music and pleasing photography…A little slow in the first half but a good humdinger watch nevertheless! ( Dooriyan nazdikiyaan is still popular today)


12. Khel Khel mein(1975):

Rishi Kapoor and Neetu singh with Rakesh Roshan star in this popular musical murder mystery of a college students’ prank going awfully wrong....The screenplay, the hit music, the chemistry between the lead pair and well-kept suspense all make this a heady concoction..
( Ek main aur ek tu… and khullam khullaa pyaar)


11. Samay(2003):

This is a very thrilling and professionally produced movie staring Sushmita Sen as a female Police Officer in a rare role for a heroine . Everything about the investigation and killer’s identity is kept under control, and yet the last few scenes come off too timidly and leaves a a bad taste in the mouth..., It had a lot going for it  but somehow it leaves this mystery film in the 11th position and not any higher.


10.     Shaque(1976):

This movie set in an offbeat mode by Directors Aruna-Vikas tells the story of an office colleague’s murder which raises the hero’s wife’s suspicions convincing her that he had a hidden role in it and that rocks their marriage…But what’s the truth?…A strong and silent Vinod Khanna teams up with talented Shabana Azmi in this gripping thriller.


9. Buddha mil gayaa(1971):

Known more as a comedy caper starring the veteran Omprakash as the runaway old man, it is actually a riveting murder mystery  in which two out- of- work Photographers( Navin Nischol and Deven Verma) get embroiled in several murders taking place one after another.....
They  are at their wits’ end, trying to unravel the mystery.. Good hit songs by Kishore-RD Burman combo.
Director Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s only brush with thrillers!
( Raat kali ek khwab mein aayee among the hit songs)


8. Kab, Kyoon aur Kahan?:(1970)

Dharmendra plays a  suave CID Officer who romances  Babita on board a ship and slowly we get to the plot which involves Babita’s dad who dies under mysterious  circumstances leaving behind a huge “ jaaydaad” and an evil looking uncle Pran who is after it and her.. Nothing is at seems as the sinister plot unfolds and our innocent heroine is under threat of losing her sanity and perhaps her life too.. Unless of course the hero manages to unravel the mystery and save them all...A dash of horror makes it more pulse-pounding...


7. Shikar (1968):

Dharmendra and Asha Parekh star in this late sixties Murder mystery set in a jungle resort in which both the police and villains are after the heroine who has amnesia, suspected to have killed the villain, and an innocent hero rushes to her rescue. Good screenplay, nice songs and a very satisfying film…


6. Gumnaam(1965):

A classic whodunit in a mystery island where the characters get bumped off one after another and each suspects the other ; all the while a ghost song repeatedly plays near the bungalow...what’s really happening here?...Manoj Kumar, Nanda, Pran and Helen star in this golden oldie mystery thriller. ( Title song and Hum kaale hai to kya huva)


5. Teesri Manzil(1966):

This was a tie for the fourth place..It’s a great entertaining movie with hyper-energetic Shammi kapoor, pretty Asha parekh, glorious RD Burman songs and an excellent murder mystery that keeps you glued till the last scene…
Director Vijay Anand’s best work in the era and total paisa-vasool !
( Aajaa aajaa and deewaana mujh saa nahin  and a host of others in the hit album.)


4. Dhund(1973):

Again BR Chopra, the maverick is back with a chilling mystery starring Danny, Zeenat Aman and Navin Nischol , where on a foggy night the woman is ostensibly is shown to have killed her sadistic hubby, and a stranger has a car breakdown and enters the home at the same time to rescue her…..But what is the truth? Excellent cinematography and tight screenplay, and the mist creating an eerie feel throughout. A worthy watch to see how nicely everything falls into place at the end.


3. Ittefaq(1969):

Rajesh Khanna and Nanda star in this 1970s songless BR Chopra mystery about a Mental patient cum murderer on the loose and a lonely woman at her bungalow on a rainy night where they find a corpse…Excellent eerie ambience and tight screenplay…Must watch to find out who is behind it all..This is a gem of a movie starring the superstar in a role few would have chosen in their hey days..Rajesh Khanna and the story makes it worthwhile...


2. Khamosh(1985):


Vidhu Vinod chopra was good at his work and here he is at his professional best as the Director of a chilling serial murder mystery which takes place in the sylvan Kashmir setting amongst a film crew out on outdoor shooting.
Good solid performances from Nasiruddin shah, Shabana Azmi , Amol Palekar and Pankaj Kapur. The last minute revelation and  a shocker of a climax are the high points in this thriller.


1.     Kanoon(1960):

This classic is like the definition of a murder mystery. Ashok Kumar and Rajendra Kumar lock horns as Judge and Lawyer in ‘whodunit’ case in the courtroom with a layered plot… Shot in B&W, with no songs and other common distractions,  B R Chopra manages to bring out the best from the thespian artistes and make you glued to your seats till the final dénouement.
A thinking man's mystery far ahead of its time...


Now over to you, readers...!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

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Cricket leaves Football 'Offside'?

After Cricket T20 world up comes the Football one....
But only chronologically..Because popularity wise  football rules..!

 Nearly 200 countries avidly follow and practise this game unlike Cricket which is normally played in ex- British colonies in the Commonwealth realm..

For some, Football is a religion and the fans are known to be hysterically passionate bordering on violent where the fortunes of their home teams or clubs are concerned.

But in the scheme of things that the football body FIFA adopts, only 32 countries qualify for the world event once in 4 years...India isn't one of them, unfortunately...

 India has indisputably made its presence felt as a world cricketing major but never as a serious International contender in what the world also calls as Soccer.....

Many blame it as too much emphasis on  just Cricket, be it attention, coverage  or Corporate investment wise...It is said that no other game including Hockey once known as our National game have ever managed to raise the passions of Indian sports lovers like Cricket does...

But you see, that's the point... I started talking about football , didn't I,  and see where I ended up?

I vaguely remember following football in my childhood in Bangalore where I grew up when some B league tournaments were played out for free in Malleswaram grounds and there were some enthusiastic followers then too.Understanding the game , some even cheering one favorite team or the other...

Football bodies in India should have woken up then , back in the eighties when Cricket was enthroned as the undisputed monarch of public attention and love.

They should have taken the palpable popularity of some its well known teams like Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Dempo etc to  its deserving heights and sought some corporate and media help to do their bit for this very exciting and popular game the world elsewhere follows...
If football fans in India feel they have been shortchanged as Cricket has usurped the pride of place, leaving no leeway for other games, they could be right, but they have woken up only too late...

All said and done, football festival has kicked off in South Africa now and promises to be as exciting as ever...

Let us hope due to some miracle the fever catches on here enough to do some favour to the floundering Indian football sometime sooner than later. And football bodies raise their pitch enough to succeed.  

They have been languishing in the 'offside' for long, so this should be their 'goal'…( pun intended!).



Sunday, April 18, 2010

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Powerplay in Cricket!

I said Powerplay and I do not mean the first few overs in the Cricket match when there are no field restrictions...

Very similarly, we are now witness to powerful politicians and industrialists and film stars and their kin dabbling with Cricket and breaking ( someone said" Bending is OK") rules of ethics and propriety besides bring up the indecent display of slush money itself that goes in to bidding and auction of players...

Lalit Modi , the so called wizard of this new exciting phenomenon called Cricketainment, started it all two years ago and no one was sure how the money came and went. But we were just ‘bowled over’ by this new recipe which mesmerized the country like a new drug.

Now with the ugly face-off between this money spinner Lalit Modi and the present Junior Minister of External ‘affairs’ (LOL!) Shashi Tharoor, the skeletons are tumbling out of the IPL cupboard and it’s not a pretty sight.
Sure, Cricket has come far from its humble beginning of being a gentleman’s’ game to something resembling a gladiator like action sport…But that still should not have robbed it of its basic tenets of legal discipline and sport ethics..
It now transpires that this Kochi team which has made more news even before it started playing, has a kin of Tharoor tucked away who is getting this sweet deal or sweat equity or what have you..

We do not know how many such clandestine or ghost deals have been struck in earlier bids or money has been pooled/ siphoned off from/to undisclosed sources.
Coming to the matches themselves, it is cricketainment alright, because it is more thrilling than any cricketing wizard can hope to predict and prophesize..
Most matches have had unpredictable twists and shock results much like a bollywood masala film…,which makes one think if this is all kind of ‘controlled’ entertainment for the sake of filling the stadiums and keep TV TRP ratings alive? You know how advts and publicity is big money these days…

Is this some kind of IPL management’s own way of ‘fixing matches’ to keep the thrill factor alive till the last minute? We may never know..

In any case they have managed to grab the entire nation by the scruff of its neck and keep us addicted to this stuff and glued to TV screens..

Though the big ‘phoren’ guns have not fired this time, on the plus-side, it has thrown up fresh young talent and that should make for a good reservoir of cricket possibilities for the next few seasons...

There are no ‘no-balls’ in this cricket business now; everything is a ‘free-hit’!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

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My Favorite Kishore Duets- video links




Legendary singer of Bollywood and my favorite male voice, Kishore Kumar sang many wonderful and memorable duets with Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Aarti Mukerjee and a host of others for heroes from Dev Anand to Sachin for decades he was active...Here is an attempt to recapitulate his versatile talent in some of what I consider his 25 Best songs ... This is my next after the previous post on Kishore solos......

These are again the presently available you-tube links of original film song clips..

Download them as long as they are availble...Cilck the links and follow to youtube site,,
You can record the songs to your computer with firefox /download helper..Sometimes the videos may be removed by youtube.

You could still search in the site with the title as keyword...





Enjoy and share...Let me know if you had any difficulty or if you want some other songs of his...


Sunday, February 21, 2010

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Kishore Kumar -'OId is Gold' songs



In Hindi film world, there will never be another Kishore Kumar the veteran singer-actor- director who sang with such panache , such wide variety of songs for so long and for so many actors, which can at best be re-mixed today but not even rendered with equal effect.

I have been browsing you tube for video songs of these 60's to 80' s hits and even came across some B&W classics as well. I want ed to share the goodies with everyone too..

I have compiled the songs with their you tube links below and you can watch you favorite actors from Dev Anand, Rajesh Khanna , Amitabh and others in original movie song clips.

Please let me know if any links did not work :
  1. ( Right click > open in new tab/window.)
  2. ( Better download these videos using firefox /download helper..Sometimes the videos may be removed by youtube)






Sublime Kishore Kumar song Videos:



Sublime Kishore Kumar song Videos:

1. jeevan se bhari teri aankhen ( safar)
2.
Phir Wohi Raat Hai ( Ghar)
3.
Tum Bin Jaoon Kahan - Pyar Ka Mausam [1969]
4.
Kiska Rasta Dekhe(Joshila)
5.
Yeh dard bhara afsana - Shreeman Funtoosh
6.
Mere Dil Mein Aaj Kya Hai - DAAG
7.
mere mere bhigi bhigi se - Anamika –
8. Ruk jana nahi tu kahin haar ke ( Imtihan)
9.
Pyaar maanga hain ( college girl)
10.
Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon - Mehbooba [1976]
11.
Rimjim Gire Savan - Manzil -
12.
jab dard nahi tha seene main ( anurodh)
13.
Badi sooni sooni hai (Mili 1975)
14.
O Mere Dil Ke Chain- Mere Jeevan Saathi (1972) -
15. O Majhi Re - Khushboo
16.
Chanda O Chanda (Lakhon mein ek)
17.
Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, Blackmail (1973),
18. BANPHOOL
Title song (banphool)
19.
Gum Hain Kisee Ke- Rampur Ka Lakshman
20.
PHOOLON KE RANG SE DIL KI KALAM SE ( Prem poojari)
21.
Yeh lal rang kab mujhe chhorega (Prem Nagar)
22.
Yeh Jeevan Hai (Piya ka ghar)
23.
Sama hai suhana suhana Ghar ghar ki kahani
24.
Dil Aaj Shayar Hai [Gambler]
25.
Ulfat Mein Zamane Ki – (Call girl)
26.
Ghungroo Ki Tarah Bajtha Hi Raha Hoon Main...( Chor machaaye shor)
27.
Kehna hai kehnaa hai ( padosan)
28.
Chalte chalte title cong
29.
Mera Jeevan Kora kagaz korahi reh gaya

30. Wo sham kuch ajeeb thi ( Khamoshi)

31.Rangoli sajaao re ( Rangoli)

32. Koi lautaade mere ( door gagan ki chaaon mein)

33. Mere Mehboob qayamat hogi (Mr X in Bombay)
34
Hamen Aur Jeene Ki - Agar Tum Na Hote [1983]
35
Dil aisa kisi ne mera ( Amanush)
36
Teri Duniya Se Hoke Majboor Chala...( Pavitra paapi)
37
Ye vahi geet hai jisko maine –( Maan jaiye)
38
"Aa Ri Aaja kuwara baap


More in Next...I promise


Friday, February 19, 2010

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Review: My name is ….ENOUGH!


The only message that comes across clearly from the movie ‘My name is Khan’ is that

All American Muslims should not be treated like terrorists in America by other fellow Americans and US president is supposed to ensure that


Fine!


But what beats me is why is this film called a ‘Hindi’ film, a bollywood product and is being released in India with so much fanfare and unnecessary (perhaps sponsored) controversy?

Moreover, besides being irrelevant to this country, the dialogue in the movie is 75% of time in English with fake accents…It can hardly qualify as a ‘Hindi’ film and much less as an Indian film…

The performances by the lead pair are average; leaves you with a feeling that you have seen it all before…


Even if we agree that Muslims should not be viewed with suspicion and much less subjected to violent discrimination in that country (I say `even if we agree’, because there is no strong reason proposed by the film maker to that effect!), the hero need not have been affected by Autism or more appropriately Asperger’s syndrome which is a very strange affliction and is certainly not common enough among ‘only Muslims’ that they should be given an exemption from suspicion!


That USA, as well as other ‘white’ countries need to look at the humanitarian crisis created due to their Anti Muslim fixation is indisputable but this artificial film hardly makes a strong case for it.

Besides, others say this movie is liberally lifted from other english movies- Rainman (Dustin Hoffman) and Forrest Gump( Tom Hanks). I haven’t seen either and perhaps they are right.


In any case nothing looked very original in this film anyway.


In fact we are getting sick of watching ‘sick heroes’ affected by unfamiliar diseases-Paa, Ghajini and now MNIK.


Give me Hrishida’s Anand anyday where the hero braves the ‘familiar’ cancer with unfamiliar courage and fortitude.


Friday, January 01, 2010

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Thanjavur -Tiruchi Temple tour -2009



We set out this winter on a temple trail on what is fairly familiar stretch to me, but with my family of wife and children who had not seen these ancient temples in the Tiruchi-Thanjavur belt.

Day 1:

We arrived at Tiruchirapalli Junction from Chennai on Rockfort express by 5.30 am and we had a pleasant ride to the Hotel ( Hotel Femina, Tiruchi) in their pickup cab.
It is a good hotel to stay for trips like these, a little up-market but comes with a good complimentary breakfast in their Woodlands restaurant and you won’t have any complaints about their room and service.

There is even a Travel desk where we booked a cab for both the days of our tour..Charges were quite decent, I can say, as the drivers were courteous and well-informed.
We had planned to see Thanjavur the first day and Tiruchi on the second. A compact Indica meant for four of us stood ready at 8.45 am at the Portico.

It is around 60 kms to Thanjavur town from here and our first stop was though at Thiruvaiyaru which is about 13 km away from the city. We started at 9.00 am. The driver seemed to know his way around and was quite co-operative.

Thiruvaiyaru
The driver took us through what he called a ‘shortcut’ and it was a new tarred village road under PM Graam sadak plan, so it was a smooth ride through green paddy and sugarcane fields, but it was 10.20 when we reached the Thyagaraja Samadhi at Thiruvaiyaru.
We met hundreds of villagers dressed in yellow who do annual padayatra to Samayapuram temple all along the road. Young and old with walking sticks, stood out for their spirit and devotion.
The annual celebration of Thyagaraja is around the corner and Ganapathi homam was in progress when we had Darshan of the revered poet-saint’s samadhi.

The next stop was the ancient panchanatheeswarar temple at Thiruvaiyaru also called Iyaarappar temple. It is one of the saptha sthanam temples of Lord Shiva, a huge temple with a no of prakaarams one after another but it looks like the temple really needs some maintenance.
After darshan here, we left for Chandran temple, one of the navagraha temples nearby.

Thingaloor Chandran temple:

One of the smaller shrines outside the usual Moolavar (always Shiva) had quite a few devotees praying there when we reached. We offered our prayers and left taking arati and vibhuti.
It was around 11.00 am now and we needed a cool break and so we drank delicious tender coconuts outside the temple.

Thittai Guru Bhagawan temple

We reached here in about 20 mins from the last stop.
This navagraha temple had celebrated Guru peyarchi just a week or so back, (the moving over of Guru from one zodiac sign to another) and we could see the Shamiana and barricades for it too. Vasishteswaraswamy is the ruling deity here and the Lord Guru is outside in compact enclosure bedecked in yellow. Children prayed for their smooth sailing in education and we two for everything else in life.

Punnainallur Mariamman temple

As we enter Thanjavur there is a diversion to Punnainallur on the suburbs, and there stands a lovely temple dedicated to Goddess mariamman.
Though there was a huge rush, we managed to have darshan with special ticket and broke for lunch at Gnanam Hotel. The food was moderate, both in price at Rs 70 per Veg. meals and taste.

Thanjavur Palace and library
( All pics below-click to enlarge)


Maratha ruler Serfoji II was a connoisseur of art and literature and has a palace full of antique statues and palm leaf, manuscripts and rare books. This is worth a visit for art and literature lovers and quite awe inspiring. Wish they could renovate the place and make it more attractive.

Brihadeeswara temple or Periya Koil (Big temple)


It is without doubt a colossal monument of Chola style stone architecture. The sheer size of Gopurams, shiva lingam and statues are magnificent.

We are there on a Pradosham day and hence even this huge temple looked very crowded. I had a ‘near darshan’ while the other three family members managed to push inside and had direct darshan. Felt blessed and blissed!

We had managed to cover 6 temples and one Samadhi in one day from 9 to 7 , which was pretty good going. Thankfully wife and children co-operated with the tough schedule and enjoyed themselves too.

We returned to Tiruchi, had dinner (snacks like idli , dosa) in Guru Hotel near our stay and took well deserved rest.

Tip:

· Travel taxis charge Rs 600 plus Rs 4 per Km. We had covered 160 kms in day.
·
One needs to provide for the temple special darshan tickets which vary from Rs 5 to 25/-

at most places in this stretch besides parking fees also in the same range.


On the way Thanjavur-Trichy --a green stretch!

Day 2:

We managed to leave by 9 am after a sumptuous breakfast, courtesy of Hotel Femina and left for the Trichy- Srirangam tour. This time the driver was more informed and did the entire basic route planning for us.

Rockfort

The famous oldest rock formation in the world houses two ancient temples.
One needs to climb 200+ steps to Thayumanuvar temple midway and all 430 till Uchi pillaiyar.


We had decided against climbing the steps of Rockfort to uchi pillaiyar temple due to our physical constraints; so we had darshan of Manikya Vinayakar at the foot of the hill and left.

Jambukeswarar temple at Thiruvanaikaval

Situated on the banks of Cauvery River, this one takes one’s breath away at the sheer size and beauty associated with the architecture.

Hailed as “Jala sthalam” of the famed panchaboota sthalam (representing earth, water, fire, air and space) and one of the 275 shiva sthalams of Tamil nadu, this temple has a no of long carved corridors and you must see it to believe its ambience and effect it creates on devotees.
The Sivalingam is said to be submerged by water when the neighbouring river stream is in spate and meant to represent God form as water. At other times you can see and feel water inside the garbhagriham where you have to stoop and enter. The Lord's consort is Akhilandeswari , housed in a separate temple.

Samayapuram Mariamman temple

Although we did go Srirangam temple next, there was a very heavy crowd waiting for doors to open at 1 Pm. Hence we quickly left this place to visit Samapayapuram Mariamman temple.
Thousands of padayatra pilgrims had gathered there and it was a sea of yellow.

Momentarily my family got separated in the melee but got reunited inside the garbhagriham. The rush and jostling all was worth it and we had the benign darshan of the red faced Devi soon.
We had a quiet delicious Veg. lunch, Iyer style at Maduraa hotel in this interval.

Srirangam Temple:

Srirangam temple is not just another temple but a small town in itself. It was three days after Vaikunta Ekadashi and naturally there were serpentine queues and it looked like three-four hours at the least and we chose to pay to have special darshan quickly. The paramapada vassal door is open during these days.

The Lord was decorated with Moti( Muttu) and we really felt blessed seeing the deity at very close quarters.

Gunaseelam Perumal temple

On the Trichy stretch, amid greenery and flowing Cauvery canal waters lies a lovely temple dedicated to Prasanna venktachalapathi.

The temple opened at 4.30 pm an we had towait for 30 mins. Again the wait was worth the trouble and we had good darshan with little crowd for a change this time.
It is supposed to be a powerful deity and a no of mentally disturbed and diseased people are said to have been cured by praying here.

We took timeout and wet our feet in cool welcome waters on the way back.



Woraiyur vekkaliamman temple

This is an open to sky temple and we had evening darshan here in the last lap. The amman is said to have saved the villages from mud rain and asked the devotees to build a temple where she would stand unsheltered.
The deity is lovely and so was alankaram. This one is not to be missed by anyone touring this stretch.
Tip:
The second day trip took us 96 kms in a day but we covered 6 temples again between 9 to 7 pm!

It was a memorable trip for the family and we cherished it.
We took the night train back to Chennai.

Some pics from our mobile cameras are shown below


Brihadeeswara temple, Thanjavur




Trichy-Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswarar temple


Panchanatheeswarar temple


On the way Thnajavur-Trichy



Thanjavur Palace -ceiling


Thanjavur palace and museum


Chandran temple , Thingaloor


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