Monday, March 26, 2012

PonnAmbala medu a dream still...

Update, Jan 2015: Forest Dept. has made it virtually impossible to go there now-a-days. CCTV surveillance cameras are installed. Rules are being followed strict after PTR completed absorbed Poonambalamedu

I was in Pondicherry when I received a call from dad said he is going to PonnAmbala medu and will be leaving on Saturday. It was his dream that he want to visit that holy spot from which Lord Ayyappa give dharsan to Pandhala Maharaja on Maharasankrathi. After a day I came to Chennai and came to know that still two place are vacant for the trip, thought I can join and dad accept my proposal as its not a opportunity that anyone can get.
I clicked this from q, photography is actually prohibited :P

As per the schedule we started on Saturday morning from my home after ketunerai. We reached Pamba via Villupuram, Trichy, Dindigal, Theni, Cumbam, Kumily, Vanidiperiyar, Mundakayam, Kalaketty, approx it took 690Km for us to reach there. Stayed in Maramath complex, Pamba in festival periods these will be used as guest house for Police and VIPs. Sunday morning 5am started to Sannithanam had dharshan around 0830hrs, did NeiAbhishekam before 1000hrs.

On that day someone has booked for Udhayaasmana pooja which was followed by Sahasrakalasabishekam. During this period they used to play Panchavathiyam, a very powerful, vibrating tune, peoples used to play this from mandapam just opposite to Sannidhanam. I sat within 5 ft from them in mandapam and listened to it for almost a hour, generally in Makaram period we don't even get a minute to stand there! I relished in all this and returned to room after I prayed in front of Kodimaram for a long time, did a sashtanga namaskaram.

All those moments were plagued once I reached room, I was informed it is not possible for some of us to go there. So, obviously I had to give it up for the deserving pilgrims. But we peoples who didn't get opportunity to go spent time in Lower camp river and Coconut farm, it was relaxing. 

Coconut farm