Chitambaram temple - Thursday, January 03, 2002
Still here. I seem to get attached to places. I like it more
and more you see, so I don't know when I will leave?! I met another
German man, Jurgen. He is staying at the same place as me, and
he also knows the people who owns the place Im staying at. So
yesterday he was invited with them (Shakila and Ramalingam and
their son Vishnu, 2 years old) to go to a very holy Shiva temple
in Chitambaram (uh....it was called something like that...I never
get the hang of all these Indian names of places!!!)
Anyway, they invited me along as well. It was very nice, went
in a rented car there, Shakila did some puja (prayer/offering
to Shiva). Every 1st of January they have a special ceremony in
this temple and all the Brahmins recite a lot of mantras for good
luck the coming year. Everyone who comes there on this day are
all supposed to be blessed with this good luck, so obviously MANY
people come here! It was very interesting too see.
After this we drove far into the countryside into a beautiful
place full of backwaters. In the end we came to a bigger lake
and there we went on a small boat trip. So the whole day was really
Vishnu, Ramalingam (Shakila behind) and me, backwaters in Tamil
Oh, forgot to tell about New years eve. I didn't have any plans,
so I just went to this restaurant almost next door to where I
live and there I met Jurgen. We had some food together and then
we asked Riaz (friendly guy running the place) if he knew of any
parties and he told us about one held by Auroville in this remote
He described the way to us very simply as this; just go across
the bridge and then turn right!!!
Hehehe, we passed about 5 bridges and after every bridge we had
to look for someone English speaking to ask if we were at the
right place. It took such a looong time to find the place! But
in the end we managed!
It was quite ok, but most people were Aurovillians and a lot
of families with kids, not really a party atmosphere, so we left
actually before midnight. But it was still fun :)
Uhm, this is getting loong. Today Jurgen and I joined this introductory
tour to Auroville (it is for 3 days) to get some more insight
into the place. It was very interesting. There were 3 other Germans,
2 French, 1 Finnish, 1 Italian also. Interesting bunch. We saw
some videos and a couple of people spoke about the place and about
the philosophy of "The Mother" who founded the place
in the 60's and Sri Aurobindo, an Indian philosopher, enlighten
person who also is a big part of it....
Then we went around a bit to some projects they have going. Like
some pavilions they are building to represent each country. So
far they have only made one for India and Tibet.
uuups, I got to run. Will add more about this in some days.