I recently had a wish to visit a Temple which is far from maddening crowds , one that has few visitors.
Meanwhile we wanted to visit Tirumala and made all the arrangements.
Before we actually went to Tirumala , I was casually looking at other sightseeing places in and around Tirumala, on the Internet. Places that we could visit in half a day.
Saw a list of places including Akasaganga, Paapanasam, Srivaari Paadalu, Natural Arch formation , Museum . I had visited all these places quite a few times during our previous visits. In the list I saw ‘Jabali/Japali Theertham’. I came across this place for the first time. The place is around 3km by road, from the main temple.It is said that a sage named Jabali meditated here and had the vision of Lord Hanuman.
We had half a day at our disposal and decided to go there.
Reached the entrance to the Temple in a car in less then 10min, driving through the winding road on the hills with the windows drawn and breathing in fresh cool air blowing through the trees all around. Our driver stopped at this arch .
We began walking up the stairs barefoot. Thankfully the steps were not steep :). After some 50 long steps and no temple in sight , we asked a lady selling raw mangoes and cucumbers , ‘how far before we reach the temple ?’. She replied ‘around 100 steps up and 100 steps down’.
We took a deep breath and continued till we reached the top and were able to see the steps going down. The walkway is neat and clean and smooth. Very comfortable and enjoyable for those who are young and healthy. A bit difficult if you get tired easily.
We saw wild squirrels , wild hens , monkeys along the way. It was 4pm. Came across very old and tall trees as we got closer to the temple. It was a beautiful sight. We were actually in a valley .
The Golden coloured Temple is ensconced in a little valley , surrounded by lush greenery with a pond (Theertham) in front of it. This pond supposedly receives a continuous trickle of water.
There were a few shops and hardly 20 people in and around the temple.
After Darshan of Lord Hanuman , we sat on the steps and that is when I realised that my wish had come true. To visit a Temple which is away from the crowds.
It was a strange feeling. How quickly my wish was fulfilled.
The place gives a glimpse of life in a jungle where Rishis and sadhus would have lived and meditated. The feeling is indescribable and ethereal.
We bought a few soveniers from the shops. It was 6pm and we started walking back. The sun was setting and there was a golden hue all around above the trees. We walked back with background music from chirping birds while eating raw mango and cucumber pieces dipped in salt and red chilli powder 🙂
Loved the whole experience .
As I close my eyes I see myself sitting on the stairs in front of the temple and can vividly visualize that I am surrounded by tall trees, the pond and the temple and chirping birds .
It is these places and experiences which get etched in our memories and make life beautiful.
A must visit when you are in Tirumala.