Have you ever heard of ISHA Yoga Center ? If you believe in spirituality then I am pretty sure you will welcome this place with a great heart. I must admit, initially I didn't know anything about it. But when I started to live in South India, I got to know about this.
On one fine day, while checking the places to visit in South India, I came across this place. All thanks to Google !
And one thing that took my attention was 112 feet Shiva Statue located at the Isha Yoga Center. So from that day, one more place got added to my bucket list. ---ISHA Yoga Center---
It is located in outskirt of Coimbatore city that comes in Tamilnadu state and is approx 530 km away from Capital city of Tamilnadu - Chennai.
It is a spiritual organisation founded by Sadhguru. This place is famous for its Dhyanalinga - A meditation hall with huge linga statue and Adi Yogi (A 112 feet giant sculpture of Shiva head).
If you are stressed and need some relaxation from your busy life then I believe this would be the perfect place for you. The place is so calm and so serene you will forget all your worries.
The sole reason of this place is providing different meditation & yoga classes to people who go there in search of some mental peace. But now its becoming more famous as a tourist spot. I think its because of Adi Yogi statue. Now-a-days most of the people are more interested in going there and taking a perfect photograph in front of Adi Yogi. But as per my opinion there are a lot of things to do rather than just clicking photographs in front of Adi yogi.
It was end of Feb and the big day - Mahashivratri (A Hindu festival that is being celebrated Annually) was getting closer. And I decided to go there as I have heard that Mahashivratri is being celebrated in a very grand way at ISHA. So I thought it was the perfect time to plan the trip.
The day before Mahashivratri i.e on Sunday, I boarded the train from Kochi and reached Coimbatore after 5 hrs of tiring journey. After discussing with a local guy I got to know that there is a bus stop near by from where I can get direct bus to ISHA. I think that is the best thing you can do, while you are on a trip. You will get all that information from locals which might not be there on Google.
After waiting for 20 mins, I got a bus (14D) which was going to ISHA. It was so rush but fortunately I got a seat.
Let me tell you, everyday 14D and 14G buses run between Coimbatore and ISHA in every half an hour and it takes approx. 1 hr to reach.
It was around 6 PM when I finally reached my destination. Once you get down of the bus, you will see that this place is surrounded by forest and mountains.
It was too crowded during that time. Anyway I knew that it would be the situation but then I wanted to spend Mahashivratri night at ISHA also. So I had to deal with it.
After the full tiring day, I had no energy left in me. So I decided to take some rest. After collecting my ISHA ID card from ISHA information help desk I directly went to the ISHA Ashram which I had booked earlier and took a much needed sleep. If you want to stay in their Ashram then you need to confirm your booking well in advance because it gets filled up too fast. You can check ISHA website or contact their help desk for more information regarding this. Otherwise you have to book your accommodation at Coimbatore city as there are no such facilities available near to ISHA.
Next day I woke up to the loud music which was being played for Mahashivratri celebration. It was so soothing to your soul. The vibe was so magical and serene. After finishing my morning routine, I entered to the Yoga Center premises.
At the entrance there is a information help desk from where you can get all the information about ISHA if you want so.