Friday Lunch turns Pilgrimage Discovery
Being Friday today and instead of just struggling with the old unpalatable and monotonous food, I had a schedule to work out some sumptous lunch outside. Then, the decision was homed in on to Hotel Saravana Bhavan in Ashok Nagar. Of course, the restaurant is bit expensive. HSB did enter into and get hands dirty into litigations but that is in a different behavior aspect of its founder, Rajagopal. As far as the restaurant is concerned, the quality is extremely good albeit the quantity would be an inverse proportional. They do have door deliveries and fast food outlets in many of the key places in Chennai. So planning a bite at HSB should'nt take a while as also getting a bite for the wallet -- credit card and the bank account.
Well! Coming back to the discussion, the travel to the restaurant from my workplace is just about three bus stops and in the bus, there was an advertisement by a travels operator based from Mylapore (I guessed this, based from the telephone number). They were operating almost weekly tours to Shirdi.
Shirdi is famous for Shirdi Sai Baba temple and it is located, I guess, in the state of Maharastra. There are a lot of Shirdi Sai Baba devotees. Regarding Chennai, Shirdi Sai Baba has His temple in Mylapore, in the road opposite to Mylapore tank, opposite to Desika Bhavanam. I do not at the moment, recall the road, but from near Mylapore tank, it is about two to three minutes walk and anybody there would be able to guide the pilgrim, wishing to worship Shirdi Sai Baba
For the tech savvy, you can locate Shirdi Sai Baba temple website over here. Perhaps, since it is Friday, you can have a plan of visiting any of Shirdi Sai Baba temples. Within Chennai, Mylapore should be fine. I have noted down the telephone numbers of the travel operator whose advertisment I have seen and would like to give them for readers' convenience:
Did a check in Chennai BSNL Directory lookup for the abovesaid numbers. The first number could not be found listed but the latter was listed with the following details. But I think, since Shirdi is an overnight journey from Chennai, you may need to book for the next week now. Here is the travel operator details:
|KUMARESAN M ,|
43,SOUTH MADA STREET,