Sunday, November 11, 2012

Trip to Sirsi - The Journey with the time!!! - Part 4 (Concluding Part)

Sirsi Part I
Sirsi Part II
Sirsi Part III

Our Sarathi, Sunil landed at the customary starting point for Alemaarigalu trips, the "Sandeep's House".   After the customary pooja to our chariot, "Tavera" stopped at Agara, where we could see "Alaana" showering affections over her dad (Prashanth), the next pit stop was Kalamandir near marath halli , where our smarty Latesh found cooling his heals with some other Smart-E's. Raghu got in to our vehicle near Hebbal Flyover.  

"Yes yes..Sirsi five hundred rupees!" latesh said to a stranger in the bus stop, when that guy asked will this go to XYZ place.  

After that no stopping, but when it was stopped, what a magical sight filled in front of our eyes.

Beautiful landscape which made us to stop for a break!
A cool landscape, breezing winds, chilled water in the canal, tempted us to get in to.  Had a nice bath over there, our body, sitting idle doing nothing on the wheels for close to ten hours, was refreshed
Chilling canal!
With high on enthusiasm, energy, we started ticking off the list of places from our itinerary.

Sirsi map and its sorroundings
After munching the crispy masala dosa in Satkar Hotel, we entered Sirsi's centre of power, The Marikaamba Temple.  
Sri Maarikaamba Temple - Sirsi
The architecture of the temple is unique from the other south indian temples.  

Temple complex

It appears more like a palace from outside than a temple, but when you get in to the temple, eyes would refuse to flutter. 

One of the many beautiful paintings

The paintings on the wall, the gopura, the goddess "Maarikamba" idol, the temple complex,  every things inspires you to fold your hand, do the meditation.  That is the power of this temple. 

Gopura - A unique creation

 It lies in the heart of the town, you ask anyone, they will lift you up, and show the way to the temple.  That is the affection people show here to the travellers in this part of our state.  Amazing hospitality.
From 1930 animals sacrifice had been stopped 

The maarikaamba temple dates back to around 400 years, we pressed again the gas pedal of time, and surprisingly it took us almost 1800-1900 years back from the present time.

Route map we followed to Banavasi from Sirsi

That is the Kadamba dyanasty's power house "Banavaasi".

Banavaasi temple complex

The Banavaasi has everything in it, devotion, heritage, history, architecture, hospitality. 

Elephant and its nice carvings 

We were greeted by two majestic elephants, and with the main entrance decked with nice carvings.  
Carvings on the door at the entrance
`The temple complex was huge, and as per the history narrated very nicely by the priest, the temple got its expansion from three to four kingdoms, each dynasty different in their own respects, and so the structures.  
Slighly tilted nandi!

Nandi from the side wing

Nandi sitting pretty in a stone pillared stage

Temple complex

A stone mantap with  three world
Single stone mantapa
 The monolith stone mantapa, where you can see the three worlds carvings, Big Nandi, a rare phenomena where, one eye pointed towards Shiva, and the other towards Parvathi.

The temple has all the Ashta Dikpaalakas in their destined position, a very feature in any temples, Ganapathi in different forms, and also a Half Ganapathi(ardha ganapathi), the other half believed to be in Kashi in north India.

The major attraction of this temple is "Sri Madhukeshwara".  The linga is in honey color  and hence the name.  The linga impresses our eyes with its size, color  and after it is completely decorated with garlands, flowers, you can not take your eye sight from the Garbha Gudi.

The priest gave a brief information about each and every stone carvings in the temple and also the history of the temple. From our group conveyed a sincere vote of appreciation for his efforts , and he invited all of us to the lunch (Anna Daana) in the dining hall of the temple complex.  What a meal it was, hot rice, saaru, chilled butter milk.  The stomach patted our back saying "you people are taking care of me really well".

It was our time to do the little fast forward, we traveled about 1200-1400 years forward, and opened our eyes, we could see Shiva linga's everywhere.  

Road map to Sahasralinga from Banavaasi
This place called Sri Sahasralinga Kshetra.  

Sign board for taking turn on the highway!
A popular king in this locality from Sondhe dynasty, didn't had children to continue his legacy, upon a suggestion from the priest, he ordered to carve linga and nandi's in the heart of the river "Shaalmala", and worshiped and got the heir to the throne.  

Many shivalingas and nandi in the river Shalmala
  When the water level is low in the river, you can see as many shivalinga and nandi your eyes can count. 

Carvings, Carvings and many more!
Since Sun already booked return ticket, we had to rush, with a short break in Yellapura, we headed towards Satoddi falls, one of the serene falls i had seen so far.  

Road map from Sahasralinga to Satoddi falls

With no chance of taking a bath, falls was in her glory, so we had to be contended with doing more freezing in camera, than in the chilled waters of the falls.
Post card falls - Satoddi falls

This water falls is a part of Kodasalli dam, the stunning approach path of almost 5 Kms, is a motorable road but with a high degree of difficulty, in the dense deep forest takes you to the falls forest check post.  There you need to take entry ticket, and trek again for about half a kilometer inside the forest to find out this perfect wallpaper falls. 

Picture perfect - Satoddi falls
Our sarathi's driving skills were tested on the way to back to Sirsi, and as always he was the winner in the test.  A brief stint at the Yellapura check post for recharging our souls, we headed to Sirsi to find a place to rest our tired body.  

There is a proverb, FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED!. This proverb can be improved further saying "A Friend's one call can do wonders in an isolated place. Mr.Prakash Hegde of "Ittige Cement" blog fame did wonder by giving a call to Mr. Vishwa, the owner of Hotel Madhuvana,  to accommodate the tired souls to take rest, and recharge for the next day outing.  

Shelter for our stay...A grand hotel

Latesh, Sri, Prakash, Sandeep, Prashanth, Raghu, Sunil
Mr. Vishwa was generous in helping us to spend a night there, and Mr. Prakash (Prakash Hegde's Relative) who greeted us and helped us to plot a perfect program for the next day, which helped us to manage the time, as well as visit as many places possible on the run.

Our alemarigalu group bow our head in respect and also salutes with a great appreciation to the generosity, and hospitality to Mr. Vishwa, Mr. Prakash & Mr. Prakash Hegde for helping us in a big way which can not be measured in any yardstick.

Recharged team was ready for the grind next day for visiting varied place like a hillock, falls, temple, beach, and the Hotel CA!

creek...creek...the reverse gear signal was showing an indicator.. ..saying....the vehicle reached a dead end, and so the blog.

Thanks for everyone who visited, read, and commented on the four part series of breathtaking sirsi and its surroundings.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Trip to Sirsi - The Journey with the time!!! - Part 3

Sirsi Part I
Sirsi Part II

A wonderful 12 hours on a day where we ended the day by visiting the father..and started the day with his son...

The father and son get ups are different ,if you see them you will know by yourself that you will think twice to scratch your head. Father has a long, curled, sticky hair, where as the son has few humps on his head.  Even Charles Darwin's also will think twice, how it can happen.  

Hey no no..don't scratch your head, we started the day with Maha Ganapathi Temple in Sirsi, and ended with Mahabaleshwara temple in Gokarna. Ha Ha Ha :-)

Who doesn't like Ganesh?...Probably no one in this world.  A nice combo of ultra modern temple, and  powerful god inside as per the Sirsi people, without blinking, the group of alemaarigalu started off by praying the lord of clear the obstacles "Maha Ganapathi".  The temple hold its place in the centre of the Sirsi town, with devotees pouring in. 

Map to the Mahaganapthi Temple

Maha Ganapathi Temple Complex

Ganesha in Gargha Gudi

After taking the darshan,we headed towards his father's den..that is Yana.  A good 40+Kms from Sirsi, through the dense forest gave a soothing effect, a test drive of "Tavera" for about 3-4 Kms also boosted my energy level.  

Sirsi to Yana - Route Map

A board said "Welcome to Yana" with pictures of Bhairaveshwara and  Mohini Shikara. The place is rich in heritage, devotion and the  mother nature just sleeping with arms spread across.  Such a lovely place to visit the weekends. Any blogs  you open to know the history of yana, it throws up tons of pages.  That is the beauty of "Yana".  
Bhairaveshwara Shikhara in Yana

Mohini Shikara in Yana

Alemaarigalu in Yana!

Looks like a Lizard !!!
The team in Kailasa can be seen in Vibhooti all the time, after visiting the lord shiva, we were searching for Vibhooti, a board displayed in Yana  said "Way to Vibhooti Falls ~ 8Kms", which comes on the way to Gokarna from Yana, follow the sign board way to Vibhooti falls on the left side on the road towards Gokarna , take a left turn and drive for about 2Kms, and a good 1 Km trek in the forest leads to the falls.  
The Forest Cover!

Colours all the way

The Pristine Vibhooti Falls

The Vibhooti falls is a gentle water falls, which has everything in it, crystal clear water, a nice pool to get in to , tempting picture post card landscape.  A nice weekend getaway for the people in this locality, and even for the people like us THE ALEMAARIGALU. 

The team decided to visit Gokarna Temple, and then do a beach trek to Kudle Beach. All of us wanted to See the God of Light the "Sun"getting in to the water.

Yana to Gokarna - Route Map we followed

Without wasting much time, we went to the temple, had a quick darshan, and roamed around the temple to view the sun decked beach, and swiftly moved over the ridges of the adjoining hills to reach the clean and serene beach "The Kudle Beach". 

Sun was on the slide show, painting the sky and the beach with his own paint brush, camera started making the noise "click" "click".  

on the ridge!

Sun shutting down his office


Something "fishy"

One & Only!!!

"Star" attraction!
When the sun said good bye for the day, we headed towards filling our stomach..Oh man..for the first time, we had billed less, but we are content with our stomach..the reason behind this is Hotel CA :-)

(One more rewind is on)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Trip to Sirsi - The Journey with the time!!! - Part 2

Please click here for the Trip to Sirsi - Part I

I threw the stone to the beehive, and the bee started stinging one by one!!!

Hey don't look beyond the boundary, just that, we completed a glorious trip to Sirsi - The journey with the time, my soul was wondering, how to present, what to present.  Ideas started flying and stinging like the honey bee's.  

I love to drive my car in the reverse gear, so this blog as well :-)


A small, but a hotel with a moderate interiors welcomed us, out stomach was craving for something which it can hide in it.  I called the service personnel, he came running towards me..before i could open the mouth saying "Ha Ha Ha", the owner/cashier (guessing) triggered the bell saying, "take the token, and eat whatever available".  The ride to roller coaster laughter started from here. 

I collected the token from the cashier, and he said.."you can sit in your place, keep this copy of the token with you, he will serve to your table".  One hand pressing the stomach coz of laughing all the way, and in the other hand holding the token, slowly i started walking towards our table.

Prashanth, Latesh eye brows raised to the extent of second floor, i cooly narrated the story. Curious Prashanth started observing whats happening at the entrance of the kitchen.  

A smart looking "lady" started entering the token details in a ledger, and as and when the service personnel started serving the items we "paid" for, she found to be ticking the items in the ledger.  Since we were laughing more, and eating less, in no time we came to the end of the "paid" items, last arrow from the bow was Curd Rice.  

Our "chariot rider"  Sunil went to the counter, and said two curd rice, the cashier coolly said the "amount", I went and completed rituals for that "paid" items, Raghu was astonishingly looking at the staple served to his table - The curd rice. White rice in a bowl, and a glass of butter milk served separately.  One more surprise was waiting for us "The Vegitable Curd Rice" was served in a platter which we are accustomed with., and the taste was too good.  Till day i rewind the curd rice taste in my tongue :-) 

Latesh, Prashant, Sunil, and myself were laughing loudly, the cashier was looking at us as if we are the aliens.  

Latesh "Sri, if we sit for some more time, then he will switch off the lights in this area, and will say "you people already had dinner, so for talking you don't require lights.  Still, If one of you, found eating then a spot light will put on, point to that guy". We couldn't control myself from the laughter, came out, and "paid" for the Ice Creams, and started laughing again.  One thing is the food was good and economical :-)

Latesh pointed out one box with a caption "Tips for the workers".....Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. 

With a roller coaster ride on the Gokarna-Honnavara highway,we crossed Siddapura, Saagara, Shivamogga, Arasikere, Gubbi. 

Route map we followed from Gokarna to Bengaluru
On the way he inquired about the availability of fuel, but to our bad luck from that day all petrol bunk across the nation were on strike of working in only day shift.  So we had to wait till around 7.30 in the morning.  By the time, a person,  guided us to a fellow petty shop owner who was filling the vehicles. Strange exactly opposite to the petrol bunk there was one more (????).  By paying Rs.2/- extra per liter, we headed towards Bengaluru, and there by our home.

A fabulous trip, surprisingly low on the fun quotient, but high on the places and its significance,  covered came to an end. 

{Keep watching will rewind back :-) }

Saturday, November 3, 2012

ಶಿರಸ್ಸಿಗೆ ತಂಪು ಕೊಡುವ ಸಿರ್ಸಿ...ಒಂದು ಸುತ್ತು - ಭಾಗ ೮ (ಕಡೆಯ ಕಂತು)

ಯಾಣ ದರ್ಶನದಿಂದ ದೇಹದಲ್ಲಿನ ಸೊಕ್ಕು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಕಡಿಮೆಯಾಯಿತು.

ದೇವರ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಯ ಮುಂದೆ ನಾವೆಂತ ಕುಬ್ಜರು ಎನ್ನುವ ಮಾತು  ಯಾಣದ ಭೈರವೇಶ್ವರ ಶಿಖರದ ಮುಂದೆ ನಿಂತಾಗ ಅರಿವಾಯಿತು. ನಾವೇನೆ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಧಿಸಿದರು ಮಡಿಕೆ ಮಡಿಕೆಯಾಗಿ ಒಗ್ಗಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಂತು ಚೂಪು ತುದಿಗಳಿಂದ ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಅಣಕಿಸುವಂತೆ ಭಾಸವಾಯಿತು. ನಿನ್ನ ಗುರಿ ಹರಿತವಾಗಿದ್ದಾಗ ಏನು ಬೇಕಾದರೂ ಸಾಧಿಸಬಲ್ಲೆ "ಕಾಂತ" ಎನ್ನುವಂತೆ ಭೈರವೇಶ್ವರ ತಂಗಾಳಿ ಬೀಸಿ ಆಶೀರ್ವದಿಸಿದ.  ಮೋಹಿನಿ ಶಿಖರ ಭೈರವೆಶ್ವರನಿಗೆ ಸರಿಸಾಟಿಯಾಗಿ ನಿಂತು..ನೋಡು "ಕಾಂತ" ಭೈರವೇಶ್ವರ ನಿನ್ನ ಗುರಿಯ ಹಾಗೆ.ನಾನು ಅದರ ಫಲಿತಾಂಶದ ಹಾಗೆ.  ಜೀವನದ ಇಳಿಜಾರು ಹಾದಿ ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ಹೊತ್ತು ಇರುವುದಿಲ್ಲ, ನಿನಗೆ ಏರು ಹಾದಿ ಸಧ್ಯದಲ್ಲೇ ದೊರೆಯಲಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿತು. ಧನ್ಯನಾದೆ ಹರಿ-ಹರ ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಾ ರೊಕ್ಕವನ್ನು ಪರೀಕ್ಷಿಸುವ ಗೋಕರ್ಣದ ಕಡೆಗೆ ಚಲಿಸುವಂತೆ ನಮ್ಮ ವಾಹನಕ್ಕೆ ಹೇಳಿದೆ.

ಯಾಣದಿಂದ  ಗೋಕರ್ಣಕ್ಕೆ ...ಸೊಕ್ಕಿನಿಂದ ರೊಕ್ಕದ ಕಡೆಗೆ ನಕಾಶೆ 

"ಪೂಜೆ ಮಾಡಿಸಬೇಕೆ, ಆತ್ಮ ಲಿಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ನೀವೇ ಅಭಿಷೇಕ ಮಾಡಬಹುದು, ಮನಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಏನಾದರು ಪೂಜೆ ಮಾಡಿಸಬೇಕು ಅಂದುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದರೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಚೀಟಿ ಬರೆಯಿಸಿ..." ಈ ಮಾತುಗಳನ್ನು ಧ್ವನಿಮುದ್ರಿಕೆಯಂತೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿನ ಹಲವಾರು ಅರ್ಚಕರು ಬಾಯಿ ಪಾಠ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಇರುವಂತೆ ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಕೇಳುತ್ತಲೇ ಇದ್ದರು.  ನಾವು ಬೇಡ ಎಂದು ಸೀದಾ ಗೋಕರ್ಣನಾಥನನ್ನು ದರ್ಶನ ಮಾಡಿ, ಆಶೀರ್ವಾದ ಪಡೆದು ಹೊರಗೆ ಬಂದೆವು.

ಗೋಕರ್ಣ ದೇವಾಲಯದ ಒಂದು ಪ್ರವೇಶ ದ್ವಾರ

 "ಗೊಂಬೆಗಳ" ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನದ ಸಮುದ್ರ ತೀರ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಎರಡು ಬೆಟ್ಟಗಳ ನಡುವಿನ ಕಣಿವೆಯ  "ಕುಡ್ಲೆ" ಸಮುದ್ರತೀರಕ್ಕೆ ನಮ್ಮ ವಾಹನ ಓಡಿತು.

ಈ ಕಣಿವೆಯನ್ನು ದಾಟಿದರೆ ಸಿಗುವುದು ಕುಡ್ಲೆ ಸಂದುರ ತೀರ !

ಪ್ರಶಾಂತ್ ಅಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಮೊದಲೇ ಹೋಗಿದ್ದನಾದ್ದರಿಂದ ನಮಗೆ ಸರಳವಾಯಿತು. ನಾ ಕಂಡ ಅಮೋಘ ಸಮುದ್ರ ದಂಡೆ ಈ ಕುಡ್ಲೆ  ಸುಮುದ್ರ ತೀರ.  ಎರಡು ಬೆಟ್ಟಗಳ ನಡುವಿನ ಕಣಿವೆ ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೂರ್ಯ ತನ್ನ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ ಮುಗಿಸಿ ಸಾಗುವುದನ್ನು ನೋಡುವುದೇ ಒಂದು ಸೊಬಗು.  ಹತ್ತಿರದ ಬೆಟ್ಟ ಗುಡ್ಡಗಳನ್ನು ಕಡಿದು ಹೋಟೆಲ್, ರೆಸಾರ್ಟ್ಗಳು ತಲೆ ಎತ್ತಲು ಶುರುಮಾಡಿದ್ದವು..ಆದಷ್ಟು ಬೇಗ ಈ ತಾಣವು ವಾಣಿಜ್ಯ ಕೇಂದ್ರವಾಗಿ ಗಬ್ಬೆದ್ದು ಹೋಗಲು ಹೊರಡಲು ಅನುವಾಗಿತ್ತು.

ಬಂಗಾರದ ಸೀರೆಯನ್ನು ಪ್ರಕೃತಿ ಮಾತೆ ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಕ್ಷಣ

ಸುಂದರವಾದ  ತಣ್ಣಗಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಸೂರ್ಯ ತನ್ನ ಬಂಗಾರದ ಬಣ್ಣದಿಂದ ಇಡಿ ತೀರವನ್ನು ಹೊನ್ನಿನ ಶರಧಿಯನ್ನಾಗಿ  ಪರಿವರ್ತಿಸಿದ್ದ.  ಅಲೆಗಳ ಅಪ್ಪಳಿಸುವಿಕೆ ತುಸು ಜೋರಾಗಿತ್ತು ಕಾರಣ ಮಾರನೆದಿನ ಅಮಾವಾಸ್ಯೆಯಾಗಿತ್ತು (ಹಹಹ).

ಅಲೆಗಳ ಮೆರವಣಿಗೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ ದಿನಕರ 

ಸೂರ್ಯನೊಡನೆ, ಸಮುದ್ರದಲೆಗಳ ಜೊತಗೆ, ಹೊನ್ನಿನ ನೀರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ತುಸು ಆಟವಾದಮೇಲೆ, ಛಾಯಾಚಿತ್ರಗಳ ಮೆರವಣಿಗೆ ಸಾಗಿತ್ತು.

ಅಲೆಗಳ ರಭಸಕ್ಕೆ ದಡಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದು ಬೀಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಮೀನುಗಳು ಸಂದೀಪ್ ಅವರ ಕುತೂಹಲದ ಕಣ್ಣುಗಳನ್ನು ತೆರೆಸಿತು. ಪರೀಕ್ಷಾ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂದೀಪ್ ಕಂಡಿದ್ದು ಹೀಗೆ.

ಮೀನಿನ ವೀಕ್ಷಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂದೀಪ್ !

ನಮ್ಮ ಸಾರಥಿ ಸುನೀಲ್ "ಜೋಗಿ" ಶೈಲಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನೆಡೆದು ಬರುತಿದ್ದ ದೃಶ್ಯ ಚಂದವಿತ್ತು.  ಅವರನ್ನು ಗೆಳೆಯರೆಲ್ಲ "ಜೋಗಿ" ಅಂತಾನೆ ಕರೆಯೋದು ಕಾರಣ ಜೋಗಿ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಉದ್ದನೆ ಕೂದಲು ಬಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದರು ಎನ್ನುವ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೆ.

ಜೋಗಿ ಶೈಲಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸುನೀಲ್ !

ಸೂರ್ಯದೇವನಿಗೆ ಜಗತನ್ನು ಬೆಳಗುವ ಕಲೆ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಗೊತ್ತು.  ಆ ದೇವನನ್ನು ಒಂದು ಕೈಯೊಳಗಿನ ಅಂಗಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೆರೆ ಹಿಡಿಯೋಣ ಅನ್ನಿಸಿತು. ಸುನೀಲ್ ಬನ್ನಿ ಸರ್ ಈಗ ತೆಗೆಯಿರಿ..ಸರಿಯಾಗಿ ಹಿಡಿದಿದ್ದೀನಿ ಅಂದರು . ನೀವೇ ನೋಡಿ ಆನಂದಿಸಿ.

ಶುಭಕರನಿಗೆ ಕರಗಳಿಂದ ಒಂದು ಚೌಕಟ್ಟು!!!

ಇಕ್ಕಟ್ಟಿನ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಬಂದಾಗ.ನನ್ನ ಬಾಳು ಅಡಿಕೆ ಕತ್ತರಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಿಟ್ಟಿದೆ ಗುರು ಎನ್ನುವ ಮಾತು ಸಹಜ.ಇಲ್ಲಿ ನೋಡಿ ಭಾನುವನ್ನು ಅಡಿಕೆ ಕತ್ತರಿಯೊಳಗೆ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿಸುವ ಒಂದು ವ್ಯರ್ಥ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ!!!

ಅಡಿಕೆ ಕತ್ತರಿ ಹಾಗು ಸೂರ್ಯ!

ಈ ಭೂಮಿ ಬಣ್ಣದ ಬುಗುರಿ ಎಂದರು ಡಾ. ವಿಷ್ಣುವರ್ಧನ್..ಅವರ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಯಾದ ಸುನೀಲ್ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದು ಸರ್ ನಮ್ಮ ಸಾಹಸಿಂಹ ಹೇಳಿದ ಹಾಗೆ ದಿನಕರನು ಬಣ್ಣದ ಬುಗುರಿ..ನೋಡಿ ಸರ್ ಒಮ್ಮೆ ಆಡಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ..ಎಂದರು..ಅದು ಹೀಗೆ ಮೂಡಿಬಂತು.

ಸೂರ್ಯನೇ ಒಂದು ಬುಗುರು..ಕಾಲ ನಮಗೆ ಚಾವಟಿ 

ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬರ ಜೀವನವನ್ನು ನಕ್ಷತ್ರಗಳು, ರಾಶಿಗಳು, ಗ್ರಹ ಚಲನೆಗಳು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸುತ್ತವೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಜ್ಯೋತಿಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ ಹೇಳುವ ಮಾತು..ನಮ್ಮ ಪಯಣದ ಹಾದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದು ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದ "ನಕ್ಷತ್ರ" ಮೀನು. 

ಬಾಳಿನ ದಿಕ್ಕನ್ನು ಬದಲಿಸುವ ನಕ್ಷತ್ರ - ನಕ್ಷತ್ರ ಮೀನು 
ವಿವಿಧ ಭಂಗಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅಸ್ತಮಿಸುತಿದ್ದ ದಿನಕರನನ್ನು ಸೆರೆ ಹಿಡಿಯಲು ಶ್ರಮಿಸಿ, ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಬೀಳ್ಕೊಡಲು ಅನುವಾದೆವು. ತುಸು ಕತ್ತಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಗೋಕರ್ಣದ ಸಮುದ್ರ ತೀರದ ತನಕ ಬರಬೇಕಿತ್ತು ಮತ್ತು ಆದಷ್ಟು ಬೇಗ ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಹೊರಟು  ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಸೇರುವ ತವಕ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿತ್ತು, ಕಾರಣ ಮರುದಿನ ಎಲ್ಲಾರು ತಮ್ಮ ತಮ್ಮ ಕೆಲಸಗಳಿಗೆ ಮರಳಬೇಕಿತ್ತು.

ನಾವು ಕಡಲಿಗೆ ಹೋಗಿದ್ದ ಸಮಯ, ಮತ್ತು ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಹೊರಡುವ ಸಮಯದ ನಡುವೆ ಅಲೆಗಳ ಆರ್ಭಟ ಮುಂದೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಸಾಗಿತ್ತು.  ಕಡಲ ಕೊರೆತವನ್ನು ಅಕ್ಷರಶಃ ನೋಡಿದ ಅನುಭವ

 ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಹೊರಟು, ಸೀದಾ ಕುಮುಟ, ಹೊನ್ನಾವರ, ಸಿದ್ದಾಪುರ, ಸಾಗರ, ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗ, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಮಾರ್ಗವಾಗಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿಗೆ ತಲುಪಿದೆವು.

ಗೋಕರ್ಣದಿಂದ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿಗೆ ಪಯಣದ ಹಾದಿ 

ಪ್ರವಾಸ ಸುಂದರವಾಗಿತ್ತು, ನಮ್ಮ ಗುಂಪಿನ ಹಾಸ್ಯದ  ಮಾಂತ್ರಿಕತೆ ಈ ಪ್ರವಾಸದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಇತ್ತು, ಅದರೂ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ 2000 ವರುಷಗಳ ಯಾನದಿಂದ ಮಂತ್ರ ಮುಗ್ಧರಾಗಿದ್ದರು. ಎಂತಹ ಅಮೋಘ ಪ್ರವಾಸ, ಈ ಪ್ರವಾಸದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಕ್ತಿ, ಚರಿತ್ರೆ, ಇತಿಹಾಸ, ಪ್ರಕೃತಿ, ಜಲಪಾತಗಳು, ಎಲ್ಲವು ಸರಿಯಾದ ಪ್ರಮಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೇರಿದ್ದವು ಹಾಗಾಗಿ ಖರ್ಚು ತುಸು ಹೆಚ್ಚೇ ಆದರೂ ಯಾರಿಗೂ ಅದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಎರಡನೇ ಮಾತೆ ಇರಲಿಲ್ಲ.

ಸಿರಸಿಯ ಮಾರಿಕಾಂಬೆ, ಮಹಾಗಣಪ,  ಸಹಸ್ರ ಲಿಂಗೇಶ್ವರ,  ಬನವಾಸಿಯ ಮಧುಕೇಶ್ವರ. ಭೈರವೇಶ್ವರ, ಗೋಕರ್ಣದ ಪರಶಿವನೇ ನಮ್ಮ ಅಲೆಮಾರಿಗಳ ತಂಡಕ್ಕೆ ಸದಾ ನಿಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಆಶೀರ್ವಾದ ಇರಲಿ ಎಂದು ಬೇಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತ ಈ ಪ್ರವಾಸ ಕಥಾನಕದ ಕಡೆ ಕಂತನ್ನು ನಿಮಗೆ ಅರ್ಪಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇನೆ.

ಇಲ್ಲಿಯವರೆಗೆ ಈ ಪ್ರವಾಸದ ಎಂಟು ಕಂತುಗಳನ್ನು ಓದಿ, ಪ್ರೋತ್ಸಾಹಿಸಿ, ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯಿಸಿದ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಅಲೆಮಾರಿಗಳ ತಂಡದ ಪರವಾಗಿ ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು.