I read Adiyogi book by Sadhguru and was extremely mesmerized & so I really wanted to visit this place.I remember looking at the pictures of Adiyogi on Google . I was flabbergasted by the beauty of that statue.
Since I'm working in Chennai,it was easy for me to visit this place . It's 10 hours journey to reach there.
I personally opted for a train journey as I wanted to cherish each & everthing about this trip right from exploring new places to meeting new people. There are other options available when it comes to commute , with flights you can reach that place in max 2hours.
It was a weekend escape & also my birthday trip so my friends and I decided to visit this place.
The Coimbatore Express left the Chennai station around 10:20 pm .We had our reservations done for about a month ago and still got on RTC, so you need to book tickets for at least 2 months in prior as people are continuously traveling to that place so train is always full.
We reached Coimbatore by 7am next morning. After that we had breakfast at a place nearby to the station. The best part was -
Yummy masala dosa at an affordable price .
We had our research done before leaving for this trip regarding the stay & the affordable transport facilities to reach Adiyog.The cabs and autos tend to charge extreme rates. Ola & Uber are yet another comfortable means of commute.
Since we wanted to save up on travel so we opted for traveling by public bus . The bus stand was near to the station, which had buses in every 30 mins of halt.
We sat in 11-D and it took around 25-30 mins for us to reach ISHA YOGA CENTER.
We already had our bookings done for cottages there . The cottage facilities offered by ISHA YOGA CENTRE fitted our budget quite well. You have other options to stay in Coimbatore as well.
So in all , we were 7 people,4 girls and 3 guys.
For guys,they gave a family room and 2 rooms for 4 girls.They had different names for the
rooms . For booking purpose you can mail them the dates of your visit & stay at the cottages, following which they will send you a form with all the necessary details, from the type of cottages you would prefer to stay in , to the facilities offered by the Centre. They were extremely professional with their work & didn't take much time in reverting about the confirmation of our bookings.
A thing that surprised me a little was,
they called up our parents & made certain enquiries like them granting us permission for this etc.
The centre had separate routes to visit the girls and the boys room.
The girls room was called "Aalayam"
We checked in to our cottages , relaxed for some time,changed into better clothes and then left for brunch.
Oh my,they served such healthy and fully portions of food.The food was extremely healthy & filled with nutrients. It was soo good to see how everyone harmoniously coordinated with each other, like the way foreigners indulged in helping to serve the food and then cleaning up the place . The sight was all calm and soothing.The vibe was so blissful .
There is this rule of not using phone while having food so I couldn't take pictures of the food they served and how the place looked like .
After having food we wanted to explore the place, it was warm there but we managed it somehow.
THR ISHA YOGA CENTER is built on a huge area and there are many things that you can explore and visit.
Firstly we went to Dhayanlinga .
It's basically Shiva linga where Shiva meditated and when you enter that place you can feel the presence of energy over there. You're strictly asked to remain silent. Cell phones are not allowed inside the place .
The Seva people were holding flash cards which said that as the bell rings you have to go inside and after 15 mins with another bell ring you can come outside and if you want to stay you can be there .
As per they say "keep your glance on the Dhayanlinga and you'll start meditating yourself" I was completely unaware of how those 15 mins ended so soon. When i opened my eyes I felt extremely relaxed, peaceful & rejuvenated.The energy you feel over there is so strong, divine & positive.
After that we visited the DEVI TEMPLE . We walked and roamed around that place for a while.
The place has 2 kunds where you take dip in the spring water.Separate kunds for men and women.
Women's Kund was named as Chandra Kund and Men's was Surya Kund.
It was a small pool which had Shivalinga formed of mercury. You have to change into a gown , if you intend on taking a dip into the pool.So we planned on doing this the next day to enjoy the early morning vibes.
After that we went back to our rooms ,relaxed and then left to see the magestic beautiful statue.
It was 10 mins walk from centre . The statue is quite huge (112feet) that it's visible from the centre . Moving closer to the statue , i was in awe of the statue's brilliant architecture & beauty. The fact that i was able to enjoy the moment on my bday was making it even more majestic.
I sat there for sometime. A temple was situated just in front of the statue .We went there and had some water offering to the shivalinga.
We sat there for almost 1-2hours,got pictures clicked and then left .After that we went again for Dhayanlinga, meditated for atleast 30 mins and by that time we were hungry,so we left for dinner which was served to us at the ISHA CENTRE. And that was an end to the beautiful first day.