We did kind of a piligrimage yesterday. Starting in the morning we drove to Pomono, NY where the Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple is. This beautiful temple,located amidst an abundance of trees and hills, couldn’t have been in a more picturesque place. The temple itself is supposed to be built just like a traditional South Indian temple would have been in India. It has the lakshana of a temple, meaning it isn’t just a meditation hall. The idols inside are very original and adds to the atmosphere.
Lunch was at the temple itself. The prasadam constituted puli-ogre, sweet pongal and curd rice. All of these were excellent and light and made good for the 2 1/2 drive. Ranga and Hema again and again thanked us for taking them there.
On the way back, we stopped at the Bridgewater temple in New Jersey. This temple is another beautiful temple and given it was a saturday, there was a mass Satyanarayana Pooja going on. We spent some time near the God and then walked down to the cafetaria. We couldn’t resist the vada, upma and pokora. The canteen is open 7 days a week and the food is at give away prices. That is the main attraction of a temple for the younger folks and the idea of the organizers to get them keep visiting the temple.
Friday, it was great fun at Arnold’s go-carts with Rama also taking the wheels.
Next, we headed to the King of Prussia mall. The mall was, as usual during holidays time, quite charming with the big X’mas tree in front of Bloomingdales. The day ended with some great dinner at California Pizza kitchen. Pizza was great and we took our favorite dessert, the Key Lime Pie, home.