Rain is normal part of Kodaikanal
weather the locals are use to it, except, devotees visiting for the first
time (at this time of the year) get a wet surprise, today was no exception
those without umbrellas or any raincoat experienced the rain god’s
“waterpower” moreover, it is quite a task to dry those sopping wet clothes
in Kodai’s relatively cold weather. (It is the only hill-station that gets
both the country's monsoons, the south-west and the north-east. They cross
over Kodaikanal between July and October. Rain clouds creep into this tiny
township on the hill, which is 2,133 metres above sea-level, and they
carry a chilly dampness that must not be fun at all.) Lesson: do not
forget your umbrellas, raincoat or light woollen.
At around 4:45 PM the bhajan boys and few other devotees who had also
travelled with Swami to Kodaikanal
came inside the Bhajan mandir/hall, bhajan hall in Sai Sruthi is much
bigger and can accommodate large gathering. After 10 minutes Swami entered
the bhajan hall sitting on His mobile chair, Swami got up from His mobile
chair and walked few steps and sat down on His throne placed in the Bhajan
hall. The bhajan boys started with normal bhajans though later on only
Meera bhajans were sung e.g. meray to Girdahr Gopal dussro Na koi etc.
there were also Telugu bhajans. Guess, it was raining while the bhajans
were going on. After the bhajans (appx 5.45 pm) Swami was given Aarthi.
Swami got up and went out from the door behind His throne, which leads to
Swami’s residence hall; it is from this hall that Swami comes to the main
The holy mass of devotees here in Kodaikanal
is on the rise, everyday taxis and busses are coming with new devotees.
And they all must cover the narrow, twisting road up the hills to reach Kodaikanal.
Since, there is no official ashram canteen the local restaurants and local
shops including the well stocked Nilgiri’s food shop is doing quite a lot
of extra business.
One cannot find the well-known auto rickshaws of India or Puttparthi here,
if they do exist then they are well hidden, it is the local cars/taxis
that charge around 50 Rs for a short distance i.e. from the nearby guest
houses to the Sai Sruthi, which is rather expensive. Most of the devotees
walk to the Sai Sruthi enjoying the pleasant weather and greenery. There
are also other means e.g. one can rent a cycle etc.
There were no formal celebrations of Easter at Sai Sruthi however we know
that many Indian Christian and overseas Christian devotees wandered in
between old pine trees to commemorate the holy Easter at La Salette Church
(pic above), "Mother Salette" Kodaikanal's
first, built in 1866. It is an old limestone structure that has withstood
the elements for more than 135 years to serve its congregation even today.
The faithful are drawn to the statue of Mother Mary here that is said to
possess miraculous powers. Happy Easter, everyone!
darshan news 16th April
Darshan News 17th April:
"Today morning Swami came out at around 9.55 a.m., for His
PS. The meaning of
Kodaikanal is "the Shade in Summer".
*archive library pictures
Flight with Divinity pictures
Kodaikanal darshan experience:
"...There are indications that there might be a program Vishu/Tamil
New Year- April 14 celebration at Kodaikanal so far there has been
no official announcement. Swami is giving regular darshans. The
gathering of devotees over here..."
[Swami is coming regularly for darshan so
far He has skipped only 2 darshans, because of rain - SBOI]