Rameshwaram – Villoondi Theertham – P4

Villoondi Theertham – 

Villoondi theertham is a famous tourist attraction in Rameshwaram . It is one of the beaches  and also one of the 64 theerthas (sacred water body) in Rameswaram. It is situated 6 Km far from Rameswaram main bus stand. Villoondi theertham beach is a calm place with the silent  tides. There is a good water spring situated inside the sea ,it is the main attraction of this place.

The word “Villoondi“ literally means “the place pierced by arrow “ and Theertham means sacred water  in Tamil language.

Note: The surprising factor is , the water doesn’t have the salty taste at all

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Rameshwaram – Sethu Karai – P3

Sethu Karai – 

Sethu Karai is a place 22 km before the island of Rameswaram from where Rama is believed to have built a floating stone bridge, the Ramsetu bridge, that further continued to Dhanushkodi in Rameswaram till Talaimannar in Sri Lanka.

In this place also people perform the rituals for the ancestors

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Sethu Karai Anjaneya Temple

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Rules vs Dharma ( Right Behavior & Social Order) – C43

Two Different Context – 

Ramayana and Mahabharata, they exists in two different contexts. Ramayana can be termed as early stage of an organization and Mahabharata as the stage after that. In the early stage of an organization there are no politics, everyone is humble to the organization , an ideal leader(Rama) and ideal employees, i.e., and ideal environment. In such a ideal environment ,where people are so humble, they never knew or tried to use the rules for their own good.

Where as Mahabharata is the later stage of an organization, where people are not so humble, and rules are being used to cause harm others.

How life is being handled with respect to Rules and Dharma – 

Let me explain the difference with an example. When Rama leaves Ayodhya and goes to the forest, in that situation Bharath had a chance to become the king of Ayodhya. But he denied to be the king of Ayodhya. Because he don’t want to be the king. He want his brother Rama to be the king.

Where as in Mahabharata both Kauravas and Pandavas are brothers but Kauravas didn’t want Pandavas to become king. This lead to a war between the brothers. In that war all Kauravas were killed by Pandavas with the help of Krishna. If you compare both the scenarios, in both of the cases rules were followed. But in Ramayana rules were not used for bad deeds. Where as in Mahabharata rules were used for bad deeds. That is the difference between Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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Rama told exactly what to do and how to live. On the other hand Krishna gave a choice and explained the results/effects of the path we choose

Rama upholds Dharma and at the same time follows the rules. While, Ravana doesn’t care about the rules. He follows the Law of the Jungle, or matsya nyaya as is mentioned in Indian scriptures. For him, there are no rules (Your property is my property. Your wife is my wife).

In Mahabharata, Duryodhana always follows the law to the last letter, but doesn’t care to think about the principles or Dharma.
Whereas, Krishna is always bending the rules but what for? For upholding Dharma.

Let’s make a 2×2 matrix to understand this.
As we move on the right hand side along the x-axis (Or the Dharma axis), Dharma is upheld.
As we move along the y-axis (Or the Rule-following axis), rules are being followed.

Now let’s compare Ramayana and Mahabharata using this 2*2 matrix. On one side we have Dharma (+ is Dharma Upheld. – is Dharma is not upheld). On the other side we have Rules (Followed, not Followed).

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From the matrix Rama is a person who follows the rules and thus dharma is upheld (Rama is the ideal leader of an organization which is in its early stage.). Ravana is a person who never follows the rules and thus dharma is not upheld. Krishna is a kind of leader who bends the rules to upheld dharma. If you compare both Rama and Krishna now Rama is the leader of an organization where there no politics. Krishna is a leader of an organization which is in the later stage. Aim of both the of them is to upheld dharma. But the way they did it was different as the situations are different. This again lead to another interesting question. Is breaking rules in order to achieve or upheld dharma correct or not?

Rules vs Dharma –  Breaking the rules ??? 

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Rules are written in order to achieve or upheld dharma. If that is not happening then there is no use of following rules.

In short, RULES=GOOD

This is what differentiates Ramayana and Mahabharata. In Ramayana , Rama followed the rules and thus the others . So, Finally Rama became the king. In Mahabharata Kauravas used rules in order to take away kingdom from Pandavs. i.e., rules are followed but good is not happening. Thus when good is not happening, A leader like Krishna will end the rules to upheld dharma. This is what the difference between Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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Rules vs Dharma ( Right Behavior & Social Order) – C42

Greetings all, I wanted to discuss about the rules and Principles in this post based on our Epic Hero’s Lord Rama from Ramayana and Lord Krishna from Mahabharata .

Here Principle Refers to Dharma ( right behavior and social order )

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Lets me start with 

Yuga’s embedded with these epics – 

Ramayana is about the Treta Yuga, which is the earlier innocent age. As a person, Rama personifies the characteristics of an ideal person (Purushottama) who is to be emulated. He had within him all the desirable virtues that any individual would seek to aspire, and he fulfills all his moral obligations (Maryada). Rama’s purity and piety in his intentions and actions inspires affection and devotion for him from a variety of characters from different backgrounds.

Mahabharata is about the Dwapara Yuga, which is slightly more corrupt and darker age where people know what to do but no one follows. At that time Krishna showed a path (Just showed) which to follow. If he wants he could finished the whole Kurukshetra war in a single day. But he did not do, instead of that he directed Pandavas, so that they will know what to do.

 Portrayal of these Epics  – 

The Ramayana is a Sanskrit epic written by Valmiki. It is regarded as one of the two great works of Indian literature, along with the Mahabharata. The Ramayana also plays an important role in Hindu literature. It depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal father, the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife and the ideal king. On the other side Mahabharata depicts characters like Krishna, who always breaks the rules, Yudhishtir who always follow the rules.

But the question arises when we compare Rama and Krishna. Whom should we follow? Rama, who strictly follow the rules? Or Krishna, who breaks the rules? And what can be drawn from these two great epics and applied to the current business situations?

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– To be Continued 

Rameshwaram – Pamban Bridge – P2

Pamban Bridge – 

Pamban Bridge is a cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait that connects Rameswaram to mainland India. The railway bridge is 6,776 ft (2,065 m) and was opened to traffic in 1914. The railroad bridge is a double-leaf bascule bridge section that can be raised to let ships pass under it . The railway bridge historically carried metre-gauge trains on it, but Indian Railways upgraded the bridge to carry broad-gauge trains in a project that finished on 12 August 2007. Historically, the two leaves of the bridge were opened manually using levers by workers.

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Rameshwaram – Places that SHOULDN’T be Missed – P1

Greetings all, I had a planned trip to Rameshwaram last Month. It was a family trip and  it was my second time visit to Rameshwaram, but it was totally a different experience from my prior visit , as every place I visited this time is a ” Pick the odd ones type” of place . 

How to reach –

From Chennai , it can be reachable through Train & Bus facility . There are frequent bus services from Madurai & Trichy as well. Nearest Airport is Madurai. 

Places of Interest – 

  1. Devipattinam – Navagraham (9 Planets in Sea )
  2. Uthirakosamangai – Maragatha Natarajar  ( Emerald Statue) 
  3. Arichal Munai & Dhanushkodi 
  4. Thirupullani Perumal Temple – Ramar in Sayanakolam 
  5. Villoondi Theertham 
  6. Sethu Karai 
  7. Pamban Bridge 

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Kanchipuram – Athivaradhar Festival 2019 – Once in 40 Years Festival

History –

The well renowned Varadaraja Perumal Temple which is otherwise called as Hastagiri or Attiyuran is considered to be one among the temple of 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Lord Vishnu is located in the holy city of Kanchipuram. It is believed that Alwars(Vaishanava Saints) have sung hymns on the glory of the Lord of the Temple.
The Temple tank- Anantha Saras which is located on the northside of 100 pillar hall consists of two Mandapams.

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The idol of Lord Athivaradharajar in reclining posture,made of Athi(Fig) Wood is preserved inside a Silver casket and immersed beneath the water on the south side Manadapam of the Ananthasaras Pond.

The lord Athi Varadar is taken out every 40 years for worship. Previously it is believed that the Athi Varadar Festival was held on the following dates 18/8/1854, 13/6/1892, 12/7/1937, 2/7/1979. Since after the last event, the Athi Varadar raising event is happening this year on July 1st 2019.

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This Picture was taken this year when Athivaradhar taken from Ananthasaras

When to visit –
The majestic event, Raising of Lord Athi Varadar starts from 1st July to 17th August 2019. The Idol is taken out from the temple tank on 1st July and placed outside for public worship in Vasantha Mandapam for a period of 48 days. It is said that devotees can worship the lord in both reclining posture for 24 days and standing posture on remaining days. No Devotees will be allowed to see the upheaving process of Lord Athi Varadar from Temple tank.

Time to visit – 
On the occasion of this event, it is expected that lakh number of devotees would visit the temple. Hence the authorities have allocated a special darshan time to local people (Kanchipuram District) and outsiders.

Dates to avoid – 
• July 14, 15, 16 – For VIPs and VVIPs.
• July 20 – Expected visit of Tamil Nadu Governer.

Darshan Ticket Cost – 
General and Special Darshan- Two tiers have been arranged in the temple premises for the devotees.
• General Darshan Ticket Free/No Cost
• Special Darshan Ticket- Rs.50 per head
• Sahasranama Darshan ticket costs Rs.500 per head and the timing would be from 11AM to 12PM and 5PM to 6PM.

Darshan timing for Outsiders – 
Devotees apart from Kanchipuram Taluk are allowed to see Lord Athi Varadar from 6AM to 2PM and 3PM to 5PM

Special Darshan Timings and Date for Devotees from Kanchipuram Taluk – 
Devotees who hail from Kanchipuram Taluk can have special darshan of Lord Athi Varadar in Vasantha Mandapam from 5pm to 8Pm on below mentioned dates. People are requested to bring the Aadhar card for this evening darshan as they will be allowed only once if their Aadhar card has been scanned. Subsequently, if devotees are willing to worship the lord again, they can have darshan through General or Special Queue.

Special Darshan Dates – 
• July 1st to 3rd 3 Days
• July 12th to 24th 13 Days
• August 5th to 12th 8 days
• August 16th to 17th 2days

Modes of transportation –
Parking Location and Facilities:
Arrangements have been made for parking the private car and two-wheeler of pilgrims visiting the temple at pachaiyappan College (Nazarathpet), Tiruveedipallam, Lala Estate (City) and Olimugamathupet.

Airways –
Nearest Airport- Chennai

TNSTC Bus Operation Details – 
In Kanchipuram, temporary bus stations have been set up at three locations – Orikkai, Olimugamathupet and Pachaippan College Complex.
20 buses are operated per minute from the temporary bus station to the temple area. Buses plying to Chennai, Thiruvallur, Thiruthani, Poonthamalli, Tirupati and Bangalore will take from Olimugamathupet bus stand.
Buses plying to Uttiramerur, Vandavasi, Tindivanam, Trichy, Puducherry and Cheyyaru, Thiruvannamalai, will take  from the Orikkai bus stand.
Buses plying to Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Kalpakkam and Mamallapuram will reach Central Bus Station via Nattapettai and Vaiyavur.

Railways – 
Nearest railway station- Kanchipuram
In addition to this, pilgrims travelling from other parts of the state can make use of the following electric train schedules to reach kanchipuram.

Basic facilities – 

Where to eat?
Only those who have obtained approval from district administration can distribute free food to pilgrims. Food samples will be tested by the respective authorities. Similarly, food security ocials have inspected about 300 restaurants in Kanchipuram and the foods from those restaurants will be tested daily.

Where to stay?
With respect to the occasion, Hotel booking is allowed only for 12 hours, rooms in most hotels are booked. Therefore, charitable organizations are making arrangements for wedding halls to accommodate the Pilgrims
from other states.

Drinking Water – 
For the benefit of pilgrims,Clean drinking water is provided in temporary bus and parking areas. There are 2 purifiers placed inside the temple and 4 purifiers on the outside. Six new refineries have been installed in
major parts of the city. A 5,000-litre capacity tank of drinking water will be kept inside the temple and 10 outside the temple and the 2,000-litre will be set up in 85 locations in the city.

Public Toilets – 
In Kanchipuram Municipality,70 Public toilets are already in use. Also, it has been planned to add an additional 11 to 22 temporary toilets in each of the 4 mada streets around the temple. Apart from this, arrangements are made to set up 36 toilets in the Little Kanchipuram and 92 toilets in the large Kanchipuram.

First Aid – 
The health department has decided to set up 5 medical teams inside the temple and 4 medical teams outside the temple. Provision of temporary medical rooms with a 24-hour doctor facility and 108 ambulances insignificant areas has been arranged.

 

Note – 

All these information collated and shared from Kanchipuram Collector Office 

Documentation by:

• Divya. A

• Praveen. S

• Senthil Murugasan.

 News journals 

Office of the honorable collector- Kanchipuram Dist.

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Rameshwaram – Pamban Bridge View 

One of the most beautiful scenic views of Rameshwaram, as it is unique when the train crosses the bridge which is built on the sea , as Rameshwaram is an Island.

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