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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Adding on to the oxygen kitty

Ainthinai Ctc's Pondy last week tree plantation program covered by The Hindu

Thursday, March 19, 2015

CTC Ainthinai's Tree Plantation cum Heritage Trip at Gangai Konda Cholapuram on Feb 14,15 by Senthil


மரம் நட்டோம் ! வரம் பெற்றோம்!

விண்ணை வென்ற வித்தகன் - பயண கட்டுரை 
வணக்கம். கடந்த வாரம்(14,15-Feb-2015) CTC- ஐந்திணை குழுமத்தின் மரம் நடும் நிகழ்வின் பயண கட்டுரை.
CTC தனது  மரம்  நடும் விழாவை சரித்திர புகழ் பெற்ற  கங்கை கொண்ட சோழபுரத்தில்  நடத்த ஏற்பாடு செய்யப்பட்டு இருந்தது.

சனிக்கிழமை காலை 6 மணிக்கு கங்கை கொண்ட சோழபுரத்தை அடைந்தோம். திரு. கோமகன் அவர்கள் எங்களுக்கு அன்பான வரவேற்பு அளித்தார். அவர் இல்லத்தில் காலை சிற்றுண்டி அன்புடன் பரிமாறபட்டது .அவரது  வீட்டின் முகப்பிலிருந்து எந்த ஜன்னலை திறந்தாலும் கோவில் கோபுரம் நன்றாக தெரியும். அந்த அளவிருக்கு அவருக்கு அந்த கோவிலின் மீது காதல். பிறகு நங்கள் மரம் நாடும் வேலைய ஆரம்பித்தோம் மொத்தம் 87 மரக்கன்றுகளும் 33 செடிகளுக்கு வேலியும் கட்டினோம். பிறகு ஒரு ஆற்றங்கரை (?)  குளியல். அதன் பின் திரு கோமகன் இல்லத்தில் மதிய உணவு உண்டோம். மாலை 4.30 மணி அளவில் அவர் எங்களை திருக்கோவிலுக்கு அழைத்து சென்றார்.
கோவிலை பற்றி:

உள்ளே நுழையும் போதே இரு துவார பாலகர்கள் வரவேற்கின்றார்கள். அடுத்து பெரிய நந்தி.  இது ஒரு சுதை நந்தியாகும். இது ஒரு மண்டபம் மேல் சிவன் சந்நிதிக்கு 200 மீட்டர் தொலைவில் உள்ளார்.  தினமும் சூரிய ஒளி  நந்தி மீது பட்டு அது சிவன் மீது ஒளியை பாய்ச்சுவது விந்தை. எனவே விளக்குகளை அணைத்தாலும் சிவனை சூரிய ஒளியில் தரிசிக்க முடியும். அதை கண்ணார கண்டு இன்புற்றோம்.  கருவறையில் தென்னிந்தியாவிலேயே பெரிய லிங்கம். தஞ்சை பெரிய கோயிலை விட பெரிய சிவன். கம்பீரமாக காட்சி தருகிறார்.  8 ஆதார தூண்கள் கோவிலை தான்குகின்றன.  கோவில் சுவர்கள் சந்திரகாந்தா எனும் கல்லை கொண்டு கட்டப்பட்டுள்ளது. இது கோடை காலத்தில் குளிர்ச்சியாகவும், குளிர் காலத்தில் வெப்பமாகும் உணர வைக்கும். அவர் எங்களுக்கு ஒவ்வொரு இடத்திலும் உள்ள நுட்பமான விஷயங்களை கூறினார். இந்த கோவிலில் நவக்ரங்கள் இல்லை. சூரியன் மட்டும் 7 குதிரை மேல் அமர்ந்து அருள் பாலிக்கிறார். 
முக்கியமான ஒன்று :

பொதுவாக சாதரணமாக யாருக்கும் அனுமதி கிடைக்காத கோவில் மேல் 2 அடுக்கு மண்டபதிருக்கும் அதற்கும் மேல் உள்ள கோபுர உச்சியின் கீழ் பாகத்திற்கும் அழைத்து சென்று காண்பித்து எங்களை மெய் மறக்க செய்தார். அது ஒரு தெய்வீக அனுபவம். அதை சொல்ல வார்த்தை இல்லை. அந்த கோவிலின் ஒவ்வொரு கணக்கும்  கட்டிட கலையின் உன்னத சான்று. 
ராஜேந்திரனை பற்றி :

இவனின் இயற்பெயர்  மதுராந்தகன் . மிகவும் அழகு வாய்ந்தவன். அதனால் காமவேள் என்றொரு மற்றொரு பெயரும் உண்டு.
கி பி 1012 இல் அரியணை ஏறினான். அன்று முதல் ராசேந்திரன் என அழைக்கப்பட்டான். "திருமன்ன வரை இருநில மடந்தையும் போர்ச்சயப் பாவையும் சீர்தனிச் செல்வியும் தன் பெருந் தேவியான இன்புற " என தொடங்கி தொடுகடற் காவற் கடுமுரட் கடாரமும் மாப்பொரு தண்டாற் கொண்ட கோப்பரகேசரி வன்மரான உடையார் ஸ்ரீராசேந்திர சோழதேவர்க்கு யாண்டு என முடியம் மெய்கீர்த்தி வரிகள் இவன் புகழை பாடுகிறது. இவன்  தன்  ஆட்சியில் இடைதுறை, வனவாசி, கொள்ளி  பாக்கை, மண்ணை கடகம் ஆகிய நாடுகளை வென்றான்.  ஈழம் முதல் கடாரம் வரை வென்றான். அதனால் "கங்கை கொண்ட சோழன் " என சிறப்பு பெயர் பெற்றான். தனது தந்தையை போன்று இவனும் சிறந்த சிவபக்தன். எனவே தஞ்சை பெரிய கோயிலை போன்று இவனும் ஒரு கோவிலை கட்டினான். அந்த ஊரே  "கங்கை  கொண்ட சோழபுரம்" என அழைக்கப்படுகிறது.இதன் அருகிலேயே சோழ கனகம் எனப்படும்  பெரிய ஏரியை உருவாக்கினான். இவன் பின்னே வந்தவர்கள் இதையே தலை நகராக கொண்டனர்.
மறுநாள் மீண்டும் கோவிலை தரிசித்து மாளிகைமேடு எனும் கோட்டையை பார்த்துவிட்டு வீர நாராயண பெருமாள் எனும் விஷ்ணு ஸ்தலத்தை தரிசித்து காட்டுமன்னார்கோயில் வழியாக மேலகடம்பூர் அமிர்தகடேஸ்வரர் கோவில் எனும்  மிக நுட்பமான சிற்பங்களைக் கொண்ட தொன்மையான தேவாரப் பாடல் பெற்ற திருத்தலத்தையும்  மற்றும் கீழ்  கடம்பூர்  திருத்தலத்தையும் திரு கடம்பூர் விஜய் என்பவர் துணையோடு தரிசித்தோம். பிறகுசென்னைக்கு குடிநீர் தரும் (?) வீராணம் எனும் ஏரியையும் பார்த்து பாண்டிச்சேரி வழிய சென்னை வந்தடைந்தோம் 

சிறப்பு  நன்றிகள் : சிவா, திரு கோமகன்,திரு கடம்பூர் விஜய், இளஞ்செழியன்  மற்றும் சசிதரன்.

குழு:
தலைவர் சிவா. இளஞ்செழியன், மணிகண்டன், சசிதரன், சாந்தாலக்ஷ்மி, உஹாப்ரியா, கதிர், சுகன்யா, ஹேமப்ரியா  மற்றும் அவர்கள் பெற்றோர்கள், மலர்விழி,மணிவண்ணன்  மானசா, சசிகலா, ஹேமசந்தர் , ரமேஷ், நித்யா, ஷாகுல்,ஹரிஷா,மற்றும் நான் செந்தில்.

EMPERORS CARNAGING TRIP TO BR HILLS by Ravindra Prasanna




It all started from the day I registered for this ride. Doing a bike ride for so long distance after a year had adrenaline rushing through me as to thinking how to do it. Still was ok and was sure of doing it. Here was lot of other events planned in the same week end, but shortlisted on this. Did not have my riding gears and a strict mail form the organizers made butterflies in my stomach and the next instant was in the shop buying my riding gears. Got all the gears and was ready and took my King of roads Royal Enfield and reached the meet up point fully with gears outside. Seeing the hot sun was just thinking how am I going to get fried with the gears on. Was the first one to arrive in the meeting point. None was there, and then met arun and slowly everyone started pouring in. Nice to see an enthusiastic group in front of me. Everyone got ready with their gears on the ever strict organizer Balaji started with all his instructions and safety to be followed and started riding.




 
The great design wizard was my pillion and started riding for some kms and the wizard took the bike from me and started riding, it was a slow and steady pace drive following balaji in the front and Praveen sweeping us. Everyone came to the first halt and got introduced mostly to all because mostly I, arun and sivashree were the newbies I believe.  Oops forgot was amazed to see doctor on saddles Elakiya and was just waiting for a time to ask about her interest in bikes which got fulfilled only in our return back to chennai. The road stretch till krishnagiri was nice and it was like we are the king of roads on our bikes just ramping through the night. Then with some more halts everyone reached the nice road toll and the organizers got us an excellent place to rest down. 




Oops forgot the ambur star biriyani where it was as usual rampaging dinner which we can always see in trip with emperors and after some photos and chatting sessions we all started to take our rest. As soon as I entered my sleeping bag was like a heaven for me but still there were there guards of mosquitoes always ringing in our ear and all over.

 

Then came yet another organizer Bharani and ever teen ager Gowtham who were both dressed up fully with gears to fight against our mosquito guards. Everyone got up early morning and soon started getting ready for the onward journey. Organizers gave us necessary instruction and the order in people has to drive and we started our ride.




It was excellent stretch of riding to BR Hills. We reached banks of Cauvery where everyone settled down for some time and me and ever talking sheik, kannan, newbie arun and balaji had a dip in Cauvery River
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which was refreshing. Then Saranya got us a healthy breakfast in pine apple and water melon and to add spice ended with a bhel puri. It should be an awesome feeling seeing the bikes in order like the cannons fired in the road. The sky god was as sweet on us as the climate was excellent. We all started entering the reserve forest hills and waiting for lunch, as our tummies started banging us. I enjoyed our ever teen ager Coimbatore mapla Language nice to talk with him .he is a pro regarding bikes and everyone got inside the hotel for our lunch. As usual I was just running through my dishes and everyone was doing the same stole a chapatti from bharani plate also and everyone finished our lunch. But accountant saranya till the end did not get me appalam. Jokes apart she was a smiley of our group and it was going great with her capturing us in her marvelous eyes through our beautiful camera. The pictures were excellent as it brought out the awesome feelings in us. 

 

Then the organizers had booked us rooms in the resort and everyone started settling down and everyone had a small nap. But as usual girls went on with their photography typical girls just kidding. Then after a small rest everyone got ready for a trip around the hills and we reached places where we took lot of selfies and photos and slowly the group was getting in the groove. Then after spending some time started back to our rooms and in between went to temple and had some nice views.





The trip back to the room seeing the bikes in order was like an army marching in excellent co ordination. Then everyone came to run had a refreshing bath changed up and all came to the campfire place. It was nice to get to know everyone and everyone became jovial with people started pulling the legs of others. It was mostly praveen's excellent translation in one of the previous trips was the lime light. But the silent tornado was praveen kumar who was in to everyone and then we played dumb sharates an old but fun filed games bringing out the excellent acting skills in us. Then had a good dinner and went off to our room and had a very good sleep.








Early morning had a walk in the roads and it was nice smell of the misty morning and nice to see nature at its best. Always live with nature never will it disappoint us. Everyone once again garnered near the camp fire area and had a good breakfast and everyone got ready once gain with their amours for the return ride. Had plans of seeing some more spots but did not have sufficient time and had to start with the return journey.

The return ride through the sathyamnagalam forest roads the ghat roads was excellent everyone went roaring in their bikes with the black sheet covered and we were driving in to it. The thimbam hair pin bends were like cursive writing on the floor. The bikes lines up one behind another and had an excellent ride back down the hills. It was one of the awesome stretches of roads which I have seen and driving was excellent really felt a meaning in my life and vowed never to forget it. Everyone was down and I think the weather god was little harsh on us as she had showered the sun out and yet we did not bow down and we decided to take it on. Everyone had good butter milk and started driving back, halted for lunch with good non veg and veg verities and everyone started back.



Before this one of our organizer Bharani , Praveen kumar and Coimbatore mapla gowtham left us tangling down and they went their place. Everyone reached krishnagiri where the organizers decided to rest for some time and azeem bhai went onward to his home . Then everyone had some rest and then again started early morning and it was really awesome driving in the night . Had small tea breaks where we saw our camera draining out, yazer anger, and everything.



Then the last stretch was covered where everyone had to depart . Mean while in between this only had a chat with elakiya and really was happy about her passion towards biking and really as praveen said “It’s a disease once you get that passion “ and it’s very much true. Had some good conversation with her .Then everyone departed and started towards their home and at the point of reaching my home my trip meter was 1252 kms and was amazed that we drove this long.



So here I end my amazing experience in this trip and was really an excellent ride and the way saw bike trip before this and the way  handled my bike was very far better at the end of the ride . Vowed to join this group whenever possible. Special thanks to our organizers, accountant and excellent friends who made this trip memorable and once in a life time 
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. As I take this saying life starts out of our comfort Zone which I always see in peters mails it’s really a great saying. 

                                                                “Live with nature, the best life you can get“





Write Up from Praveen V V




"Yet another ride with Emperors" that is what I thought when we started the ride. But CTC and Emperors made it an unforgettable experience as usual.

It was in the noon when we reached BR hills, the last 40 kilometers were a awesome ghat section. Both the curves and sceneries were impressive. Unlike a usual Emperors lunch everyone had lunch only from their plates :P. May be because of the long ride everyone was tired enough.



After lunch we started our ride for sight seeing to K.Gudi. People are back to form when we reached K.Gudi. It slowly started with selfie with elephant, then people started teasing each other and finally fun reached its peak when people started teasing our accountant. It was about 2 hours spent at the lawn with elephant(Kumki) at the background, romantic sunset, selfiees, groupfies and fun filled conversations.

 

After we are done with BR Temple view point we reached our rooms. Everyone recharged ourselves for campfire tonight. Campfire started with Praveen's Madurai and Mattuthavani translations. When dumb charades started people were in full form. Dumb charades is the most common game but the participants made it the ultimate fun.




To mention few highlights it was Gautam with his clueless reaction, Sheik with his die hard efforts in an attempt to explain "Aaria Suriya", Elakya with her "Rendu Surya" prediction, Azeem with his 11 letter clue for Aadhibhagavan and Balaji - Saranya - Yasar - Siva - Arun for their tough competition. (Highlights may not make sense for people who are not available in the spot but participants would enjoy those memories)

Next day it was ride, ride and ride.. It was all in one experience from ghat sections to lonely forest roads to Thimbam hairpin bends to Gobi countryside and finally highways leading back home. What else I can ask for as a rider.



Am not mentioning anything about the accommodation, food, comfort level and way of rides. It was all CTC standard and at Emperors benchmark quality.

Would like to thank all the participants for the wonderful trip and memories. Extending special thanks to the organizers Praveen, Bharani and Balaji, accountant Saranya, photographer Prassanna.


Thanks​,
Team Emperors.

Post Trek Video Coverage - Emperors Express Trek 9 - Difficult Trek on 8th March 2015


Wonderful Emperors Express Trek 9 Video coverage by Alejandro Posada :-)

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- Prem kumar

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

1800+ members participated in 60 birthday events across outdoors, sports and green initiatives

Last month 1800 members were active into trekking, swimming, cleaning garbage, cycling, learning navigation, biking, hill running, planting & maintaining saplings, camping, donating blood, climbing, sustainable living, harvesting organic crops, ladies treks, photography, social treks, heritage, mountain biking, getting inspired by passionate speakers. 

What are YOU still waiting for?



On the occasion of our 7th birthday, between mid Feb to mid Mar CTC organized 60 events through 50+ organizers covering outdoors, sports and green initiatives. Our yearly Trek Polamaa Symposium attracted 200+ members inspired by 10 prominent speakers from across India. Additionally 50+ teams participated in a 5 week Navigation Bootcamp to acquire the skill of map reading and navigation.


Category-wise Participation





Event Schedule


Feb 14-15CountFeb 21-22CountMar 7-8CountMar 14-15Count
Javadhu 2-days Hills Cycling - Peter & Rady212-day Hill Run - Peter & Durai31Nagari Moderate 2-day trek - Peter & Rady23Kalrayan MTB ride - Peter19
Feb 15 - 1-day Photo trip - Noel & Pramod21Nagala 2-day difficult trek - Sankar, Saravanan, Subha & Arun Siva26Emperors Bike Ride to the Confluence of Eastern & Western Ghats - Praveen, Bharani & Balaji G14Return to the frying pan - 3 day difficult trek - Sankar, Saravanan & Subha11
Ainthinai - Gangai Konda Cholapuram Heritage &
Plantation Trip on Feb 14 & 15- Siva & Parthiban
20Feb 21 - half-day foodie walk - Noel & Pramod19Mar 7 Kovur Govt. School-Saplings Maintenance - Nambi & Mani18Camping event - Noel & Pramod33
Social trek - feb 14 - Rajasekar & Nambi20Feb 22 - half-day photowalk - Noel & Pramod27Mar 8 Kolathur Saplings Maintenance - Nambi,Elanchezhiyan10Ainthinai's Back To Our Roots - XI Paddy Harvesting at
Organic Villie on 14-Mar-2015
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One day Cycling - feb 15 - Rajasekar & Nambi7Ainthinai Tree Plantation @ Pondicherry - Selva20Emperors Heritge Trip with camping,tree maintenance - Kanchipuram - Masu,Vinoth25Emperors Express Trek 11 - Prem & Mohan15
Valentines Trek - Sat night + Sunday - Brijesh & Ravita
Ravi & Anala
201 Day ECR photo trek - Dinesh Kumar R23Emperors [Camping Ride to Yelagiri Hills] - SabaNayagam & Dhinu / Vishwa22Meghamalai photo trip 3 days - Dinesh Kumar R21
1 Day photo trek - Dinesh Kumar R15Ainthinai's Volunteering Cum Training Program at Sadhana Forest on Feb 21 & 22 - Prasanna, Siva19Ainthinai – Family Camping cum Saplings
Maintenance Drive at Thenneri, Walajabad
- Siva,Eswari,Parthiban,Ram
30Emperors & Ainthinai: Tree plantation and seashore camping @ Pondy - Masu & Malan51
Emperors "A Day with Irula's - Camping and Snake Walk" - Krishna & Masu14Emperors Munnar trek - 2 days - Vibin & Malan21Nagala 2-day moderate trek - Jayanthan, Ruthira & Gautham23Velliangiri Trek - Ela26
Nagala 2-day moderate trek - Jayanthan, Ruthira & Gautham23Two day trek to Nagala - Nachi, Prasanthi, Arvind Spidey11Ladies trek - Prasanthi + Swati + Raj Jacob17Ainthinai's Cleanup Drive cum Awareness Program at Nanmangalam Reserve Forest - Siva,Ela56
Nagala One day trek - Ela, Karthik Vijayakumar, Arvindh Vinodh, Arvind Spidey15Two day difficult trek to Nagala - Raj Jacob + Sandeep8Two day Nagala trek - Karthik Vijayakumar + Ela Murugan + Aravindh Vinod19
2 day Motorbiking to Pichawaram & back - Sahas, Raj Jacob and Sandeep7Emperors Two Days Beach walk to Kumta - Balaji Mohan & Vinoth KB18Emperors Express Trek 9 - Prem & Arun Prasanth10
Emperors 2-day Kodai Trek - Vibin & Malan25Emperors- Rock Rappelling in South Chennai - Krishna & Praveen23Snake walk - Karthik R yadav & Hari16
One day cycling near Bangalore - Dalvir & Nobal13Trek Polamaa IV200Navigation Bootcamp150
Emperors one day MTB ride - Arun & Vinodth sundar7
Weekday Swimming Camp110110110110
Weekday Running CampNANA3547
Total338556522414
Full Total1830

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