A friend bought a brand new Apache RTR 160cc and I asked him the perfect treat for it - A ride. Came a Sunday and an evening we took off to Mayanur.
So what’s so special about this place and how did I find this place? During several of my trips in an around Trichy, Karur, Kulithalai etc, I’ve spotted this place several times early in the morning as the bus or train crosses. A place so serene. A railway track, then a small serene stream, then the road with lots and lots trees. Now does that sound absolutely picturesque. Yeah, and I am used to watch this great scene during several of my early morning travels. And everytime, I crossed this place, I started to yearn more and more to visit the place just for the place itself.
And now came the perfect way to visit the place. A bike ride…
So off we went and tried to find the place and we did. There was the beautiful little stream running just parallel to the road and a location where there was a small bridge that connected the road and the railway track with a small path on the other side. We left our bike there and crossed the track and went to the other side. There was the vast Cauvery flowing down in its full grace and I was overwhelmed.
Just as I enjoyed the river, I noticed a temple o’er there. I enquired the locals and I found that it was the Chellandiyamman Temple. In all Amman Temples it is a practice of having month long celebrations in the Tamil month of Aadi. And the time we ended up in the temple was very much Aadi. The celebrations were in full swing.
This temple is considered to be built 2500 yrs ago by all the 3 kings of the Chera, Chola and Pandya Kingdoms. She is called the Madukkarai Chellandiyamman. The king of the Chola Kingdom, prayed to the Goddess here to make the Kingdom fertile. So the Goddess here, has her head tilted to the north east. She is a special towards wedding problem, child birth issues, property issues. The present construction of the temple is not ancient. We took a circumambulation of the temple and came out.
Several festivities were happening in the riverbed. We witnessed some of them and proceeded to a structure that attracted us.
It is called the Thaduppu Anai or the Check Dam. Its not a proper dam, but a dam like construction which is created casually by dropping in several boulders and rocks across the length of the river.
I badly wished I was with someone who knew to swim, so that I could literally jump into the river. However I got hold of my temptation and started our journey back. Same bike. Same race!!!
To Reach There:
From Karur: 19 km towards Trichy.
From Trichy: 60 km via Kulithalai
From Kulithalai: 23 km towards Karur
Nearest Railway station: Mayanur
Dedicated to Diwesh