15-Aug-2018 was Nag Panchami. Deepshree had planned to offer Puja at home on that day. As it was also Independence Day, everyone at home had holiday on that day. We had contacted our Purohit, Pandit Ravi Sharma, and he had agreed to conduct the Puja. He told us that he would start the Puja at 5:00 AM. So, we all got up by 4:00 AM and got ready. However, the Puja started only at around 6:30 AM.
The Puja took about 2 hours. At the end of the Puja, Pandit Ravi Sharma told us that nearby there was a very large Subramanya Swami temple at Ghati Subramanya. Immediately, we planned that we would go there the same day. I checked Google Map and found the route. We had to drive through Dodballapur. We had been to Dodballapur earlier. In fact, we were considering buying a plot of land close to Dodballapur at one point of time.
After the Puja, we had breakfast. Riya decided to go with Ujwala and Bhavitha to Orion Mall as she had to buy some essentials. So, that left Ranoo, Deepshree and I for the Ghati Subramanya trip. We started from our house at around 11:00 AM.
We first went to the Subramanya Swami temple close to our house in Kaval Byra Sandra. We offered our prayers. However, we met the Treasurer of the Temple. He started explaining the various plans he had for the Temple. We committed to donate Rs. 10,000 for the new constructions. (However, we could not give him this money as we donated Rs. 11,000 for the Kerala Flood victims).
At around 12:30 PM, we started for Ghati Subramanya. We drove past CBI Road to get on to the Airport Road. From there, we took the service road to get into Yelahanka. From Yelahanka, we took the road to Doballapur.
The road to Dodballapur is largely good. However, there is fair stretch which is under construction. So, only one side of the road is open. We reached Dodballapur at around 1:30 PM.
At Dodballapur, they are making a flyover over the Railway Lines. So, we had to take the old road and this is extremely tricky. We crossed that and were on the other side. Driving a little bit more, we were at Shree Ganesh Grand. We decided to stop here and have lunch.
The toilets at Hotel Ganesh Grand are fairly good. On the 1st floor, there is a air-conditioned restaurant. We ordered South Indian Deluxe Thali for each of us. At around 2:30 PM, we once again started for Ghati Subramanya. I noticed that we were about 29 KMs away.
The road is fairly good. There is one confusing point where we had to decide to take a right turn on a bridge and we did that properly. Driving a bit more, we found a side road with a board for Ghati Subramanya. We took that diversion. Soon, we were driving on a single road. There were fair number of cars on the road. So, we had to drive slow. We crossed a Railway Gate on the way.
Then, we came across a traffic jam. This was because the villagers had set up a temporary market and lots of people were buying from them. It took nearly 30 minutes to get through this. Driving another 5 KM, we were at Ghati Subramanya.
We parked our car at a distance in the open field. Some villagers were taking care of this. Our decision was good as the Temple’s Parking place was full. We walked to the Temple. Outside the Temple, there are a lot of Stones with Nagas.
Normally, Subramanya Swami Temples are on top of a hill. However, Ghati Subramanya Temple is down in a valley.
We bought offering from a Lady and left our slippers at her stall. We walked to the main Temple.
There was a huge rush at the Temple as it was Nag Panchami. We were lucky as about 10 minutes after our entry, they stopped anyone from entering the temple. We walked the pile of people to reach the ticket counter. We had to buy tickets for Rs. 50 per person.
Once we entered the Temple, we had to walk along the guided path. It took us nearly 2 hours in this line to reach the deity. It was a very tiring experience. When we reached the deity, we had about 5 second to offer our prayers and were pushed out.
Anyway, we came out of the Temple and collected our slippers and were back in our car. We gave Rs. 20 to the villagers for looking after the car. Then we drove back to our home at Bangalore.