Travel

My Visit to Saraswathi Temple in Vargal

December 20, 2016

My motivation to travel has doubled because I get to capture the moments and also at the same time express the same on my blog. This is my first attempt describing a short trip that I had planned for the weekend with my entire family.

How did I finalize my place firstly?

This is the first and foremost question that every individual will have on his mind when they are ready to travel, but they are unsure about the place and the way. Well, I didn’t want to get stuck with this thought, so I took on to other blogger’s experience and started browsing few articles over the internet and finally zipped through few places where I can travel back and forth in a day and get a good night sleep over the weekend.

So, the first criteria were to find out a place where it is easy to commute and should be less than 100KM drive. Secondly, the place should be in a stage where I would get some crowd rather than going to a remote place as I was going along with the family so I had to look for something comfortable for everyone. I found few places where we decided to try out Saraswati Temple at Vargal. Well, I have heard about this temple from few of my relatives and friends before and this excited me to visit the place and obviously visit the spiritual place.

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What is this place famous for?

According to Hindu culture, kids at 2-3 years of age go through “Aksharaabyasa” ceremony and Basara is very well known for it. The same ceremony can be done at Vargal Saraswati temple who are nearby to the place. “Vargal” is known for “Aksharaabyasa” for children and also it is one of the popular pilgrimage sites around Medak and Hyderabad.

How to reach Vargal?

I chose to drive to Vargal from my place as it was more comfortable and also I was in a place where I can use “Outer Ring Road” and skip the traffic. The place was about 90kms from my home and it took me about an hour and a half to reach the place.

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How did I pay my Toll Tax?

As everyone is aware of the “Modi’s effect on our currency, all Tolls were not accepting old 500 and 1000 Rupee notes and unfortunately I was carrying few old notes and I couldn’t use it and finally I have tried different options of payment like “Paytm” and debit/credit card swipes and finally I was able to pay my Toll Fee by swiping my Credit Card and experience was wonderful. Being a techie guy I had different plans on my head about automating the whole Toll fee payment process but I held on to that thought and got back to driving.

Roads were really good and at regular intervals, I get to see Signboards and directions to the temple and I found few places where you could stop by for a quick “chai” (i.e. aka Indian Tea) and get going with the driving. I have used Google Maps (Read More: How to use Google Maps offline ) to direct me from my home to Vargal and entire journey was smooth and I didn’t face any signal drop during my travel.

More information about the temple:

I am happy that temple authorities are taking time and making sure that they have an online presence as well and I was able to find all the information related to the temple here

Timings: 6 AM – 12.30 PM and 4 PM – 7.30 PM from Monday to Thursday, 6 am – 2 pm and 4 pm- 7.30 pm from Friday to Sunday. For more information of their website please check their website.

http://www.srivargalvidyasaraswathi.org/

Transport?

Well if you are not driving then you can also use Telangana Bus Transportation which starts at 10.15 AM from Secunderabad and again a shuttle runs from Temple to Secunderabad at evening time around 5.00PM.

My Experiences:

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  • If you are traveling with elderly people then I would suggest using Lift’s as this temple is located on the elevated hill and it is going to be difficult for elderly people to use the staircase. Check for the lift instead of taking the stairs.
  • The place is surrounded by Monkey’s make sure that you are not carrying any food-related bags freely. If you have to carry then please go cover them with some sort of a cloth or a bag
  • You get to have fresh air as pollution is not that much compared to urban life.
  • You get to see the big idol of Saraswathi Devi

Please do visit this place and do share your experiences in the comments section. If you have any questions please do comment 🙂

Stay safe and travel a lot 🙂

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