Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple
After enjoying the breath taking views around, we enter
the temple. All the dwajasthambams we have seen so far are of either wood or metal and one does not remember
having seen any, made of stone. Here is a beautifully carved out stone dwajasthambam with the lightning arrestor at the top.
There are two water streams [sunai] on either side of the
temple and water from one of them is very clean and is being used for drinking and abhisheham.
Front view of the temple
It is a small temple with only the main shrine and a small
The most beautiful sight to behold is ofcourse
the sanctum, where the Lord Venugopala Swamy is standing in a very stylish posture playing flute along with his
consorts Rukmini and Satyabhama.
The abhisheham is conducted by bhattacharyars and one
can see a great devotion in their duties. During the abhisheham, the feeling that we experience of having come all
the way up to see You, Sri Venugopla, in abhisheham, is something marvellous. We also get the feeling that Sri Venugopla
Swamy has been so kind and grateful to invite us/ accept us and give His dharshan is bound to bring joyous tears to all
the innumerable devotees coming to Padavedu . One has to be lucky enough to have His dharshan, especially after
the long, strenuous and enjoyable climb up the mountains...!!
What makes this temple so
special is the sincerity of the people working for the temple. Right from salt to rice, all the Abhisheham and Annadhanam
items are to be carried over from the ground level to the mountain top. The whole cooking is being done at the mountain top
and Annadhanam is being done to all people,whatever may be the crowd and the situation. till around 4:30 pm when the
temple closes. One is also amazed with incidents in watching women collect cow-dungs
from the road-side in neat plastic bags to be used for watering the temple entrance at the top. Such is the Sincerity
1. During a Purattasi Saturday, sun rays falls on the foot
of the deity and raises to head during the early morning hours. Some say that this happens on the third Saturday and some
say that no one knows on which Saturday of the month, this will happen. There will be 100s of people staying overnight to
witness the event and the place wears a festive look with good lightings. Lot of Annandhanams by many people take place on
the mountain top and along the way. The temple will be open for the entire night and the Abhishehams will be completed before
5:30am itself on that day.
2. You can call up either the Bhattacharyar or the TVS office
at Padaveedu to inform your plan to Kottamalai. Or, if you want to make a wish and start just like that without any
prior planning, you can still do that like many others. The tractor comes and goes and while walking, if the tractor passes
by and if there is a seat, just get in, else continue walking. From 9 AM to 4 PM the temple is open and you can visit any
time during this period.
3. Accomodation is available in Padavedu. The
Rent for the Rooms per day is Rs.150/=
4. This is a temple not to be missed since this has something
for all types of people - the divine aspect, the beautiful sceneries, cool breeze [It is believed that some people come
to visit this mountain top, just to sleep over the rock and experience the magic] and above all, a place to shed some
Calories - so very near Chennai.