செப்டம்பர் 27, 2008

Sri Venugopala Swamy at Kottaimalai

Amazing Krishna Temple of Sri Venugopala Swamy at Kottaimalai (Padavedu) near Vellore at Tamilnadu:


• Not possible to miss the temple once seen in photos - such a lovely location

• Ancient Sambuvarayar period stone temple with a beautiful stone dwajasthambam

• Opens only on Saturdays from 9AM to 4PM and is located on top of the Raja Gambeera Mountain popularly known as Kottaimalai at a height of about 2500 feet.

• The only route available is a ghat road running through a thick and beautiful forest. A breath taking journey to this temple can be performed partly by a specially made tractor which takes people to the foot of the temple from where there are about 350 steps to climb. En route one has to pass through a few iron bridges constructed around the hill which are engineering marvels.

• Due to the 2500 feet height factor and the many mountains around, a very strong and cool breeze blows out at the mountain top and one has to stand very carefully with a firm grip on the ground.

• The main deity is the beautiful Lord Venugopala Swamy standing in a very stylish posture playing flute along with his consorts Rukmini and Satyabhama.

• A temple not to be missed since this has something for all types/ ages of people – as a spiritual place and as a pleasure spot - so near Chennai.

From Chennai
Chennai (Adayar) to Vellore Highways junction - 142 km
Vellore Highways junction to Santhavasal - 37 km
Santhavasal to Padavedu Renugambal Temple - 6 km

From other places:
Thiruvannamalai to Padavedu - 55 km
Aarani to Padavedu - 23 km

You can see more info frm this blog

http://shanthiraju.wordpress.com/2008/06/13/kottamalai/

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