Last weekend trip to Tirupathi has been a mix of emotions.
Here is why.
Tension : when we started at 6 PM to reach Majestic by 8PM. [Friday, 14-Dec-07]
Relief : when we reached Majestic at 7:55 PM and rushed to catch 8PM APSRTC bus to Tirupathi and finally got into it.[Friday, 14-Dec-07]
Excitement : when we started on pathway to wonderful Seven Hills.[1030hrs Saturday, 15-Dec-07]
Joy : when we finished all 3600 steps in 6 hrs.[1630hrs Saturday, 15-Dec-07]
Disappointment : when we counted on someone to get Kalyanam tickets for us.[1900hrs Saturday, 15-Dec-07]
Nervousness : when we were stuck in the queue for Free Darshan[2100hrs Saturday, 15-Dec-07 and through out the night]
Curious : when we waited in the queue from 5AM for the Arjitam counter to open at 8AM to buy Kalyanam tickets by ourselves.Uncle started waiting from 3 AM[0500hrs Sunday, 16-Dec-07]
Happiness : when we got the Kalyanam tickets.[0845hrs Sunday, 16-Dec-07], when we got return tickets to Hyderabad, when we had Darshan of Sri Kalahastiswara Swami, when we sold our Bangalore return tickets for 350/-, when we went out to shop in Tirumala.[1000hrs till 2200hrs Sunday, 16-Dec-07]
Excitement : when we started in queue at 8AM for Kalyanam.Reporting time is 10AM and actual performing time of Sri vari Kalyanam is 12PM.[0800hrs till 1230hrsMonday, 17-Dec-07]
Bliss : when I got the privilege to Darshan the Splendid and Magnificent Lord Venkateswara.Got 2 big and 5 small much-sought-after Prasadam Laddus and 2 vadas[1300hrs Monday, 17-Dec-07]
This is the third year in row I had the opportunity to visit the Holy Tirumala.In 2005, I went with mom and dad, in 2006 with Srihari and in 2007 with Sailu,uncle, aunt and bobby.
For all the above reasons, this trip will surely be memorable to me.
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