As I researched and as I read more about these saints, saw the images on Google and read the reviews on trip advisor, I found this question growing in me – Why did I have to hear about Giri Pradakshina from a 18 year old indecisive kid who wanted Coorg one day and wanted this, the next day?
I suddenly wanted to visit this place just for the Giri Pradakshina.
One of the senior lady travelers dropped because we planned to do the trip by bus. Her daughter was not willing to allow her mom and promised to take her by car soon.
The other one dropped as her son has cricket practice on Sunday. I was willing to do the trip on week day just to accommodate her. Her husband cannot manage work from home these days and so will not be available to take care of her son, when she is travelling. (I work for my clients from anywhere, any time, so for me week days or weekends do not matter)
Finally the young lady whose brilliant idea this was, along with her mother had to back out because her father whose permission had to be sought for this trip forewarned them to cancel the trip because it was raining in Chennai.
Are we going? We sure are – My mother is my best travel partner, particularly early morning, bus rides to pilgrims.
For me this was not a destination visit any more.
I can get very unreasonable once in a while – It was a mental monologue with the one I was planning to visit – Make this happen!!
5th November 2017
We left home at 6:00 AM. We had to board a bus from Anekal to Hosur. Anekal, however was a good 5 kms away from my residence. I have been staying in this house since 2012 and never have I found an auto that early in the morning in these five years. That day we did. Autos do not ply in that route usually.
Bus fare is INR 15 for each. That auto took just INR 10 to cover the same distance.
The mental monologue was working.
Bus was about to start when we reached Anekal. We quickly got ourselves two comfortable seats and enjoyed the morning breeze. (Fare INR 18/- per person)