We left Jaipur catching a Jet airways flight. Though we were on an international trip, the airlines charged for excess baggage – something I had to follow up on after getting back home. The flight to Bangalore had a stop at Mumbai. We couldn’t go straight to the gate as at US airports. You had to walk round, go through two security screenings – totally ridiculous after just embarking off a plane. This is the same case even in Europe, one has to go through a security check even for connecting flights.
Arriving in Bangalore after three years surely had its impact. Predictable changes again – more traffic, more highways. Meeting family was the best part.
The same day we drove back to Sringeri. The 75 km journey should normally need an hour’s worth of driving, but the roads again posed a great deal of challenge in addition to the darkness. We arrived at Kanaka’s cottage – a guest house reserved ahead by my brother. After some hot simple meals, we took to bed.
Sringeri is the one of Adi Sankaracharya’s four established maths. His Holiness said a snake sheltering a frog about to give birth and convinced of the place’s higher level of energy, he established a muth here. A Muth is a religious school or seat of preaching. There are two temples here. The Sharadhamba temple and the Vidyashankara temple. The latter is architecturally stunning built around 1358 AD and is intact in every aspect. The temple walls have incredible engravings from Hindhu mythology – to sequence of yoga postures, to the ten forms of Lord Vishnu (Dashavathara). The intricate carvings have stood the test of time. The main temple hall has twelve pillars denoting the zodiac signs.
We took more time than the hour we had planned at Sringeri. A guide helped understand the temple better. Stopping next at NR Pura was a mission accomplished. We wanted Vikas to visit his ancestors temple before he headed off to college. Belur and Halebid were on the way but for lack of time, we skipped them. Else it would have been a great photo-shoot opportunity. A late lunch at Chickmangalur got us some masala dosas and coffee at a unknown but fairly clean restaurant. When we reached Bangalore around 9:30 PM, our travels for the trip were almost over, excepting a trip to Tumkur the very next day.