It was yesterday, the riskiest day of this year in my life. Most men understand why I mentioned it as a dangerous day and what it means; of course, it was my wife’s birthday. Though her date of birth is 10th October, as per the Malayalam star sign, it was 6th October this year. It is this day that writes the next one-year horoscope for most of us. I, too, wanted a lovely year ahead and gave all commitments anyone could bluff at her like any other men in the world. For a change, it is planned for a spiritual trip this year and wanted to visit Isha Foundation Coimbatore
We planned to start the trip at 4 am and reach Coimbatore by 8, spend the whole day and evening back home or stay at Isha Foundation Coimbatore was my plan.
How we started
The previous day, I planned to sleep at 9 pm to get up early for the trip and reached home by 7 pm, where my planning started to deviate one by one. The heavy rain and lightning started precisely at 7 pm which continued till 8.30, by the time power gone and generator stopped working (first time in its history). Power came by 10 pm, but was worried about the ability as we had guest at homestay who are supposed to reach the airport at 10.30, 12 and 1 in the night. So without taking a risk, Asked my team to shift all guests to the hotel near the airport. Long story short, I slept at 2 am after making sure every guest reached the hotel safely.
We slept at 2 am to wake at 4 am after tuning my alarm to 4 am to start at 5 am to Isha Foundation Coimbatore. 1 hour late is accepted for an entrepreneurs family and still don’t understand what happened. I woke up decently at 8 am – the clock in my room was smiling at me sarcastically. To be on the safer side, I wished her, and somehow managed her and started at 10 am (imagine late of 6 hrs on your wife birthday) from home to the same place, Coimbatore.
How we started
We started from Aluva (Kochi) at 10am and drove towards Coimbatore. The road was extremely good for first 100km and had our lunch, the so called birthday lunch (Chappati, Masala dosa) in a veg. restaurant. My luck re-started from here, the food was extremely good and saw first smile on her face after I got up at 8am. The staff was friendly and was caring, we loved the place. On the rush, I could not collect cash from ATM. But this hotel collected money through google pay, even for the chips we brought from the outside shop. The hotel person asked us to pay through google pay to him and he intern gave cash to the chips vendor. Our children brought some toys too.
Towards Isha Foundation Coimbatore
The road was not good for next 20 km which took some time and we reached Isha centre by 3.30PM
Isha Foundation Coimbatore
At Isha centre, you see the Adiyogi statue first which is a marvelous work and the volunteers explained us how to go around.
At Isha Foundation Coimbatore
Here we need to deposit our footwear, mobile and move forward to have
- Bath in the Suryakund (for men) and Chandrakund (for women)
- We can either have a dip here or not, but move to have darshan of Naga
- And then to Linga Bhairavi and
- Dhyanalinga Darsan
Me and son Madhav had a dip in Suryakund which was a refreshing feel, very clean and a spend of 10 to 15 minutes make us feel good. Sree and daughter Sivada was afraid of taking dip and we went for Naga darshan.
From here we went to Linga Bhairavi temple where different que for men and women and the spiritual feel is unique inside.
After this darshan we moved to Dhyanalinga which is the main place for the visit. This place is so secret that we are not allowed to talk, murmur inside even the sound of bangles is avoided by sticking cello tape over the bangles. We sat for approximately 15 minutes and the holistic feel was something different.
We just loved the spirituality inside, the way things are arranged, organized and volunteered. This is a place which should be visited atleast once by those who enjoys the spirituality.
On every Saturday, Sunday, Paurnami and Amavasi days there is a lazar show around the Adiyogi statue at 8 to 8.15PM. Fortunately the day being sunday we rushed back to Adiyogi statue and reached by 7.50. Big crowd was waiting for the lazer show. We could get a seat too at Isha yoga centre.
This was the best part of the day, the lazer show was magnificent, excellent and is something one should not miss when you are at Isha centre. I recorded first 5 minute of the show and is posting here.
I did not even ask for the feedback of trip to Isha yoga centre. It was just understandable how I could make the day special. I don’t know how coincident it was. All we could enjoy well only because we started late.
We planned to return same night itself and had dinner from a typical tamil restaurant on the way. Here too the service was so caring and the food was good. We had Kothu porotta, porotta, dosa etc and reached home back at 1am.
At Isha centre there is hardly place for payment, we can just relax and have a great day. We did pay Rs. 30 for car parking, 10 per head for bullock cart, 20 per head for the dip.
A day cherished for long and an advisable place to visit.
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