Tonic Tours – Temples of ECR – Part 1.

We are happy to announce  the next Tonic Tour for the month of July 2013.  The itinerary has been planned based on popular demand from our patrons to explore temples around Chennai.  The first of our temple tour series is going to be a mix of the modern and the traditional – a short trip with something for everyone.

iskcon-chennai-sri-sriThe first place of worship is the modern ISKCON temple on the ECR. It is a Vaishnava temple dedicated to ECRT1Lord Krishna. Built on 1.5 Acres of land, it is the largest Radha Krishna temple in Tamil Nadu.   The temple is a marvel of modern architecture and is constructed on five levels with a 7,000 sq ft temple hall on the first floor, an auditorium for cultural and spiritual programmes on the ground floor and a prasadam hall in the basement. Wheelchairs, ramps and elevators are available for those who need them.

Nithya_Kalyana_Perumal_02The next stop is the Nithya Kalyana Perumal Temple at Thiruvidandhai.  Nithya Kalyana Perumal Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams (108 most important temples of Lord Vishnu) and is believed to be at least 1000 years old and built by Chola kings. The presiding deities of the temple are Adhi Varaha Perumal and Nithya Kalyana Perumal. Varaha is one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, who has the face of a pig and body of a human being. The main shrine of the temple has the idol of Varaha (Adhi Varaha Perumal).

 

 

suddhananda_ashramThe final stop is an idyllic ashram with a quaint temple under the canopy of large banyan and Peepal trees.  The tour party can relax in the verdant surroundings, listen to the sounds of the song birds, imbibe the serene atmosphere, and partake of lunch before returning back to Adyar.  Lunch will be vegetarian fare. The tour is on the 24th of July 2013 and will start from Old is Gold Store at 9:30 AM and will end at Old is Gold Store at around 3:00 PM.  Charges: Rs. 1200/– per person and Rs. 2200/- for two.

About Tonic Tours

Tonic Tours is a division of Old is Gold Store – A store for senior citizens.  Tours arranged are short day trips designed to provide a comfortable and undemanding day out for senior citizens.  These trips allow senior citizens to travel in safety and comfort, visit new places and make new friends.

About Old is Gold Store.

Old is Gold Store is India’s first store exclusively for senior citizens – providing products, services and information to help India’ senior citizens lead a life of safety, dignity and comfort.

Tonic Tours – First trip report

On Wednesday 29th of May 2013, the day after Agni Nakshatram ended, our first Tonic Tour took a gang of 10 senior citizens (oldest being 89 years young) to Dakshinachitra as planned.  The air-conditioned coach left at 9:30 AM from our office and reached back at 3 PM right on schedule.

“First day I did not get up and say what am I going to do today?.  Thanks for making this a wonderful day” said one 85 year old man, while his wife agreed with much gusto!

“My mother really enjoyed it, especially the pottery session”, said a happy son who called in the next day.

Though the weather was reasonably pleasant for the time of year, it was nevertheless a rather hot day.  As we were returning after a sedate half day of watching pottery and glass blowing demonstrations followed by lunch,  we thought the gang would be too tired to talk.  To our surprise,  all of them had only one question to ask – “Where are we going next?”

To the spirited people who traveled on our first tour, a big thank you!  Your words of appreciation are to us the wind beneath our wings.

Here’s to many more such trips.