Bangalore/Bangaluru, approximately, give in and take, our 4 hours drive landing us in Mysore. The start in Mysore/Mysuru? We being driven up the hill via the tight narrow route to Chamundeswari Temple (New Kantharaj Urs Rd).
Out of the toilet in a jiffy whilst still watching our steps due to pools of water here and there, we then walked towards the temple in the carnival like holiness amongst the hundreds. Holiness in South India me figuring out by this day. Holiness sincerely really profound and if you want to shorten your stand in the queue, pay. Just pay for the express lane and once you are inside Chamundeswari/Chanmundi Temple. please, no long mantras please. Instead, you should quickly pray and quickly move on. Otherwise, don't be surprise if the police men or women hit you hard on your hand. Which by way happen to me. Damn! Honestly, I was shocked. Then again, like I could have done anything in return? No. Moreover, the crowd. Mostly, South Indian, Indians. Oh-boy! They care less. They will push and shove you like nobody's business. All in the name of holiness in the survival of the fittest situation like. All again, for the sake of god, and no, not for the faint-heart. Duh! What an experience.
On the road again, and our god worshipping in Coimbatore? Maruthamalai Murugan Temple. From the foothill we catching the bus, for which you have to pay and prior to getting down in front of Maruthamalai Temple for Murugan's blessings. Thank god, no madness to rushing and pushing, and we going up the steps, all the way to the main alter. We prayed, we walked downwards via the same steps, and this time, in the long queue which has mounted for boarding the bus, prior to returning downhill.
Next. Isha Yoga Center. Ooooo!! Impressive. Nature surrounding, but when it came to going inside? Into the mainframe garden. I backed off. I didn't want to. I didn't feel comfortable leaving my handphone in the locker. Whilst some still went aside, the rest of us sat outside and once they returned, after making us wait for at least 2 hours, we paid for the bullock-card ride for heading to, the quite a distance 12 feet athiyogi statue. Wow!The huge solid black statue? Meaningful, heart touching and mesmerising. My-my! What a feeling. What about paying for the prayers? Neh! A clean heart is a god's heart and not how hard or how many times you pay and pray.
Sightseeing in Coimbatore over and done, subsequently, we making our way into Zip By Spree Coimbatore Hotel. My room? Pleasant and pleasing to my senses. Quite an absolute overnight comfort zone indeed.
Next change? Kodaikanal.