Day 93 | 14 April 2015 | Kora to Kallambella | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

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Leaving Saakshi Retreat, Kora at 5.30 am, Walk of Hope covered 22 kilometres and reached the Country Club, Seebi at 11.30 am. The padayatra passed through Nelahalu, Devarahalli, Thimarajanahalli, Seebi Daserahalli and Bomanahalli before reaching Kallambella. 

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Although it looks like the padayatra passed through many places, it was quite the contrary as the villages are a little away from the highway and, many a time, it is only their signboards that one sees from the highway. The roads are mostly empty and hours went by without the padayatra coming across a single soul. What a strange sight it must be to a random passerby - a hundred odd people clad in white walking quietly along the deserted road. Quite a contrast if one imagines how it was in Bangalore just four days ago with hundreds of walkers passing through busy city streets and people lining the roads. Today, the day was cloudy and the sun peeped in through the clouds once in a while. Humidity was still in the air after the heavy rains yesterday. The yatris walked on with the regular breaks. Breakfast was served at a Government school by a tree, which provided ample shade while they ate. Breakfast was extended as a few walkers fell far behind. Once they reached, Sri M and the majority of walkers left again. There’s not much change in the topography today. The arecanut and coconut farms thrived amidst open lands. The yatris walked up to Kallambella and then were transported to The Country Club for their night’s stay. The Country Club is located in Seebi Agrahara which they walked past in the morning. The walkers got to experience luxury once again - the Country Club resort is like an oasis in a place far removed from civilization. The rooms have air conditioning and bathtubs; there is a large swimming pool and even an arcade for games. The day and the walk, both were relatively short today. Seebi, formerly known as Sibur and Harihararayapura, is an agrahara village. Agrahara is the name given to the Brahmin quarter of a heterogeneous village or to any village inhabited by Brahmins. There is an old temple dedicated to Sri Lakshmi Narasimha – the ‘avatar’ of Vishnu. This idol depicts ‘shanta’ (peaceful) Narasimha with his consort Lakshmi on his lap. The entire temple is built of stone and the image of Narasimha in the temple is in the form of a saligrama. The ten avatars of Vishnu, the leelas (sports) of Shiva and the scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata are painted on the beams and ceilings of the temple. These paintings appear to be from the latter part of the 18th century A.D. said to have been commissioned by one Nallappa, an officer serving under Tipu Sultan. They are contemporary to the paintings at Srirangapattana. Narasimha,or Narasingha, as known in derivative languages, is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Narasiṁha is often visualised as half-man/half-lion—having a lion-like face and claws with a human-like torso and lower body. This image is widely worshipped in deity form by a significant number of Vaiṣhṇava groups. He is known primarily as the 'Great Protector' who specifically defends and protects his devotees in times of need. Vishnu is believed to have taken the avatar to destroy the demon king, Hiranyakashipu, the father of Bhakta Prahlada. There was no Satsang today and upon reaching the resort, the padayatris rested for the day and spent their time at leisure. A Bhajan session for a short while was organized in the evening at 6.00 pm by local artistes. Dinner was served by 8.00 pm and everyone retired for the night soon after.

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