We were on a three days road trip and had travelled from Bangalore to Horanadu. We managed to a book a room in a decent property in spite of huge rush to the Shree Annapoorneshwari Temple in Horanadu. It was a holiday season and we had to face little difficulty in booking the rooms.
Shree Annapoorneshwari Temple Horanadu
At about 6.30 p.m. we reached the Annapoorneshwari Temple and realized how big the crowd was by seeing the parked vehicles. My colleague, Santosh, purchased tickets for some special rituals and so we had a separate line to enter the sanctorum and that moved in little faster than the other line.
It was a long wait for us partly due to the ritual timings and partly due to the crowd. We entered the sanctorum in an hour and the priest asked us to come back at 9 p.m. for one more (main) ritual. We had some time so decided to have dinner at the temple.
Entrance to Sanctum (Horanadu Temple)
Shree Annapoorneshwari is the Goddess of food and those who worship her will never be devoid of food. The devotees who come to this temple will never leave without eating food here. The temple dining serves generous free food and of good quality. They serve minimal south Indian food that consists of white rice, sambar, vegetable and a payasam (Sweet). They serve two rounds of white rice so the devotee can eat it with buttermilk and Rasam.
After our dinner, we managed to head straight to the Sanctum Sanctorum to witness the final ritual. There were many devotees already inside the sanctorum. Luckily, we got the space to stand and witness the last worship for the day.
At about 10.00 p.m. the devotees were still walking around the temple. The temple made provision for the devotees to sleep within its premises. I wanted to sleep here but we had booked the rooms already, at Nagagiri Comforts, little far away from the temple.
Those who sleep in the temple premises will have to wake up early at 4 a.m., when the first temple bell rings or the preparation for the first prayer starts.
We spent some time in the temple complex and later left to the room. Our next destination tomorrow was Sringeri. This post is a part of our three days trip from Bangalore to Agumbe. Hope you found my posts good enough to read.