Pancha (Five) Bootham (Elements) Stalam (Place) dictates five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, each representing the manifestation of the five prime elements of nature – land, air, water, sky, and fire. All of the five temples are located in southern part of India, four being in Tamil Nadu and one in Andhra Pradesh.
Day 1 - Chennai
Chennai would be the starting point of your sacred temple tour, wherein you will be spending a day in our given accommodation of your choice and preference. And also a visit to the local temples, based on your needs.
Day 2 - Chennai – Kalahasthi – Tirupathi
After an early meal, we start our journey from Sri Kalastheeswara temple referred as Vaayulingam representing the element of air in Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the most famous Shiva temples in south India because Kannappa was disposed to offer his eyes to stop the blood flow from Shiva linga. Lord Shiva is the kindest stopped him and gave him mukti from life. We visit Tirupathi after Sri Kalastheeswara temple for darshan and have an overnight stay in the provided accommodation at Tirupathi.
Day 3 - Tirupathi – Kanchipuram – Thiruvannamalai
With heavy breakfast, we move ahead from Tirupathi to Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. Ekambareshwar Temple significantly specifies the element of earth or Prithvi. It is termed as one of the tallest temple towers in India as its southern tower out of the four gateway towers have 11 stories and a height of 55 meters (180 ft). This temple is the largest and one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the city.
We then head to Thiruvannamalai, located at the base of Annamalai hills. Arunachaleshwar or Annamalaiyar temple signifies one of the five elements, the Pancha Bootha Stalams, the element of fire or Agni. The temple complex is one of the largest temple complexes in India as it is stretched across 10 hectares of land. The temple has numerous shrines, with those of Annamalaiyar and Unnamulai Amman being the most prominent. The day ends with an overnight stay at Thiruvannamalai.
Day 4 - Thiruvannamalai – Chidambaram – Kumbakonam
After a hearty breakfast, we proceed to Chidambaram in Cuddalore District, East Central Tamil Nadu. Thillai Natarajar Temple is in the mains of the temples in Shaivism, which has signified and fostered performance in art, sculptures, architecture, and worship over two millennia. It represents one of the five Pancha Bootha Stalams, the element of sky or akasha. The sculptures of Chidambaram inspired the postures of a dance form called Bharat Natyam. After the temple tour, we hop on to Kumbakonam where we spend our night with scrumptious dinner.
Day 5 - Kumbakonam – Trichy
We start our day with a ride to Trichy (Tiruchirapalli). Jambukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikaval located in Srirangam Island is one of the five Pancha Bootha Stalams, the element of water or neer in Tamil. The sanctum of Jambukeshwara which is an underground water reserve is said to be always filled with water despite pumping out water daily. The temple hosts the annual Natyanjali, a festival of classical Indian Dance and also has a school for training nadhaswaram, a classical pipe instrument in Tamil Nadu.
Day 6 - Trichy Departure
The glorious and mesmerizing trip ends here with a hope of satisfaction in your eyes. We assume to be associated soon in future.
|DAY #||DESTINATION||TOURIST ATTRACTIONS COVERED|
|Day 1||Chennai||Kapaleeshwarar Temple - Arupadai Veedu Temple - Vadapalani Murugan Temple|
|Day 2||Chennai - Tiruthani - Kumbakonam||Subramanya Swamy temple - Swaminatha Swamy Temple|
|Day 3||Kumbakonam - Palani - Madurai||Palani Murugan Temple - 38 Sub Temples - Shopping|
|Day 4||Madurai||Tirupparankunram Murugan Temple - Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple - Azhagar Kovil|
|Day 5||Madurai - Thiruchendur||Thiruchendur Murugan Temple|