Many a times we plan and work for certain things and things don’t fall in our way and at times things work for us just as easily as we snap our finger.
My tirupati trip was one such. I certainly feel it was the call of the divine.
We were always orally planning a trip to Tirupati in the past few years, to be precise 7 years. Everytime the name of the place came up, we would say we would make a day’s trip from Chennai, but when in Chennai we would have no time to make a trip. Though Tirupati is in Andhrapradesh, it is closer to Chennai and we manage to visit Chennai annually but our tirupati trip never happened.
But recently on a weekend last month, I and my husband decided to travel to Tirupati since both our children would be away on excursion. We went to the local TTD to book our ticket, we were told by the authorities that due to Brahmotsavam there were no cottages or darshan tickets during end sept. Finally we booked our tickets for mid oct with our thumb impression.
Two days later, my son’s friend called up to talk to my son, before I could put him to my son, I was asking him if he had packed his things and was all set for the excursion. The conversation between him and me went like this
He said ‘Haan aunty, V and S( my daughter and his sis are class mates) are leaving in the morning, I and S( my son) are leaving in the afternoon and mama and papa are leaving by the evening train.
Me: Kahan jaa rahen hai mama and papa?.
I immediately asked his mom whom we knew very well for the past 10 years, how they could manage to visit Tirupati during Brahmotsavam and she said her husband regularly travels to Tirupati as he has his business links there,so it should’nt be a problem. They told us also to book our train tickets and the rest could be managed there.
And that’s how our sudden trip to Tirupati came up during Brahmotsavam, with a planned mid- oct darshan ticket it happened in end-sept.
Though I was apprehensive about the Brahmotsavam crowd, We thought since the children were not with us we could even stand for as many hours in the queue and have our darshan. Our waitlisted tickets got confirmed in time and after my daughter and son left by the morning and afternoon train, we too left to Tirupati along with the Kapoors.
I generally hate crowded temples/places and Tirupati on any day, is not just crowded but always over-crowded , then Imagine how the crowd would be around Brahmotsavam.
But to our surprise, the crowd was very less in Tirupati, not even the regular crowd, Thanks to the T-Bandh, It was cut off from 14 districts and the people of neighbouring states were perhaps apprehensive and so the service providers like Cab guys, hoteliers told us they were making less business.
On reaching Tirupati, My husband decided to trek up to Tirumala from Tirupati. I decided to join him. Will share about this in my next post.