Sunday, December 11, 2016

Mysore Trip(Day 1)

Dated : 5-12-2016
Crew : Madhu, Naga

Places covered : Mysore Mahal, Talakadu, Srirangapatna(Sriranga Swamy Temple, Tippu Sulthan's Fort), Philomena Church, Mysore Sandal Factory

Our trip started on 5th Dec, 2016 in Bangalore Mail(Train No: 12657, Time : 23:15, Fare : 135/person, Distance : 362 KM when the Chennai City was in havoc about the CM's hospitalization. We decided not to be in the Chennai. So started to Bangalore.

We thought to stay in the Bangalore, but none of my friends were came into contact at that time. It was early morning 5:45 AM. So decided to plan to go Mysore. It was an 3 hours drive by train. There were so many trains to Mysore from Bengaluru. Our train starts at 6 AM and reached by 9:30 AM.

We took a room in Sangeeth Hotel(Phone No: 0821 4252334) near to railway station. It costs around 700 per day(24 hours). The hotel was good at service. And we care comfort with the language, as he knows Tamil.

He also offered Sight seeing places at a decent price but we were interested to find our own way.

We started to Mysore Palace first. It was a short walk distance from both Railway station and Hotel too.

Mysore Palace:

Sthalapuranam:
* It was ruled by the rulers of Wadiyar. King Yaduraya first built a palace inside the Old Fort in Mysore in the 14th century, but later it caught fire and reconstructed.
* Construction of the current palace was commissioned in 1897, completed in 1912.
* Jayachamaraja Wodeyar was the twenty fifth and the last king, reigning from 1940 to 1950, when he agreed to merge the state with the union of India.
* Dasara is the most extravagant festival of Mysore. It is celebrated in September and October of each year.
* Sound and light programs are arranged on all days between 7 and 7:45, except on Sundays and public holidays.

Timings : 10 AM to 5:30 PM
Ticket Fare : 40 per adult
How to Reach: Buses available and can go by Foot.

Best time to Visit: September and October
Duration: 1 hour

Highlights: Mesmerizing court halls and architecture, Camel and Elephant rides.











Talakadu(Shiva Shrines):

Sthalapuranam:

* Among the temples of Talakadu, the Pathaleshwara, Maruleshwara, Arkeshwara, Vaidyanatheshwara and Mallikarjuna temples, the five Lingams believed to represent the five faces of Shiva, form the Pancha pathi and have become famous. In honour of these five Shiva temples, a fair is held once every 12 years called Panchalinga Darshana, last held in 2009. The Panchalinga Darshana is held on a new moon day in the month of Karthika when two stars conjoin, the stars of Khuha Yoga and Vishaka. On this day, tradition has it that pilgrims should first bathe in the Gokarna theertham, worship Gokarneswara and Chandikadevi, and then worship Vaidyeshwara, and then bathe in the northern eastern southern and western stretches of the Kaveri and then worship Arkeshwara, Pataleshwara, Maraleshwara and Mallikarjuna, returning to Vaidyeshwara after each worship, finally worship Kirtinarayana and conclude the pilgrimage in one day.

Read also : Curse of Talakadu

Timings : 10 AM to 5:30 PM
Ticket Fare : Free 
How to Reach: No direct bus available. Buses available from KSRTC bus stand to T. Narsipura and then reach to Talakadu by Auto. 3 temples in one direction and another 2 in two different directions. 
Best time to Visit: After rainy season. 
Duration: 1 day.(Including Cauvery Valley) 
Highlights: The village is thrown back to the ages. You could see the mud walls and all the temples looks like buried in the sand.
If the temples completed by noon, you could take rest in the Cauvery valley. It is the nice place to refresh.


Other Sight Seeing Places to cover : Siva Samudram and Somanathapur. It is better to cover the Somanathpur and then temples along with Siva Samudram.


















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