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Thindhi beedi at Bengaluru.. I was lucky to go there within the same day I heard about it..
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However the second half failed to hold on to that. The second part of the movie in brief tells the lost Chozha & his famine struck people are longing to go back Thanjai. I felt that the second part was too long with many scenes dragging till the climax. It was lot confusing too which left with many unanswered questions:
- If the Chozha's had mystical powers to safeguard themselves why did they use it against the enemies
- Everyone is malnourished and why do they deck up Andrea who is supposed to be a prisoner
- Their mental power had been amazing that they had envisoned the future, then was it lost in the centuries past by
- What is the madness which happens to Karthi, Reema & Andrea during the intermission
It was like breaking a myth/belief that the Chozha's lived in a much more civilised way, women were brave & intelligent. It is hard to digest that they didn't have much strategy against the enemy or cannot safeguard their women and fall down without much grace.
I love to belive that they were (/are) lot better than us. Its hard to accept it any other way.Might it is a myth or not I wish to hold on to that as the truth.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
We reached there early morning. There was a group of children aged around 6 to 12 years singing Siva puranam
Our next destination after breakfast was Padavedu. Padavedu is 30+ kms in the Vellore – Thiruvanamalai road. Follow the straight road from Vellore to Thiruvannamalai, pass by Kannamangalam-Vaazhiyur until Sandhaivasal. In Sandhaivasal turn right until you reach Padavedu.
Padavedu is a small village of banana and paddy fields. All the temples are old temples and amazing to hear that they were buried in sand. Over it the villagers have been cultivating corn until the buried temples were found it in ‘prasannam’ and archeological facts. Hats off to TVS company who have renovated and maintaining these temples. Amazing service they have been doing; all these temples are maintained very clean and daily they give prasadham as a kaingaryam.
We were lucky enough to get to see at least few of these temples. ‘Renuka Paremeswari’ temple is the most famous in this village.
Renuka Parameswari temple
Very famous temple and everyone on the way can direct it to the temple. The temple has a history of Parasuramar and his mom Renuka. Thank you, the temple has a very good signboard on all the temples, short history and opening timings.
Yoga Ramar Temple, Padavedu
Sambar saadham and curd rice prasadham.
This is a new temple built and we went there hoping that we could request him to visit the ‘Chinna Varadhar’ temple. Though we were not lucky enough as the archagar has just closed the Varadhar temple and he said next time.
Milagau Vadai and curd rice (prasadham from Chinna Varadhar) temple.
Ammayappa Eswarar Temple, Padavedu
Recently renovated from the buried sand and the temple is at a beautiful location facing paddy field. This is the only temple with ‘Abarnambigai’ as the goddess. The name ‘Abarnambigai’ comes in Lalitha Sakasaranamam. In front of the goddess shrine they still have a place from where the idols and jewels of the goddess were recovered.
Curd rice, mixed rice and payasam prasadham.
Chinna Varadhar Temple, Padavedu
We didn’t want to miss the ‘Chinna varadhar’ temple, though it was closed. We got a guide on the ay and the middle-aged woman agreed to show us the route if we dropped her in the car near the temple.
Well we had to get down on a small road. The temple is hidden in between banana and paddy fields. Watch the path as it might be slippery.
It was an experience to sit on the steps of the closed temple and no human in sight, lush green at any angle you turn the head.
End of day 2 – Wish to go back to Padavedu and visit all the temples and if there’s a chance to stay in that village for a couple of days. A very satisfactory day and the only regret was that we were not in Padavedu early in the morning.
Check these for more information on Padavedu: