The perfect summer vacation-Finding our roots
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The perfect summer vacation-Finding our roots

This year, I and my husband decided to give a special summer vacation break to my son. We didn’t know that, it would turn to be a blessing to our total family. My cousin invited me to attend a function (called as temple thiruviza) in her in-laws town. The temple function is for the Goddess, known as Kaali Amman and Bhagvadhi Amman. It was in a small town, called Narsingapuram, near A.vellodu, located near Dindigul in Tamil Nadu. The population is very less as most off the people had shifted to cities. 

The beauty of the temple function is a trust created by a family, called as UKR trust. It was established in 1976, by Mr.Rengaswamy Naidu’s sons. The next and next generations, are still continuing the tradition. All the sons, son in laws, daughters, daughter in laws, grandchildren travel from different parts of the world to be a part of the function. All the distant relatives are invited. Everyone is welcomed, with a warm heart and beautiful smile.

For the 3 days function, all guests stay in home of distant relatives. The food is served in a common place. No buffet. The food is served in Banana leaves, as the guests seat themselves in tables and chairs. There are no waiters to serve, all family members especially gents and children, serve to ladies and other guests. Those 3 days are only for entertainment and fun. No cooking for ladies. The guests spend time with each other talking and getting to know each other. There were farm lands nearby and children and elders bathed in the fields for fun. There was no internet connection, so there was no watsapp, or Facebook to distract.

Within few hours, my son socialised with all the kids. He was surprised to find a whole village of people related to him. He came and said me in a delighted tone,” Mom, I have a whole village of cousins”. Each one of them was related to each other in some way and finding their relationship was a quiz by itself.

We saw the traditional temple functions, conducted one by one.There were many games conducted by the trust to remember our roots like Uri, where a pot is hanged at the top and a blind folded person should hit it right. The tug of war, between 2 couples, competitions for kids, to enhance their talents. Over all, the 3 days, made us realize the simple beauty called life. We didn’t have the luxury of our home. We had our minimum requirements fulfilled, we were happy and at peace.

My son loved the trip the most. Even though we have modernized, and in the age of internet, I felt the need and importance of finding our roots and showing our children, our real native places. The soil, our forefathers had grown up. It was the most memorable experience and I thank our fore fathers, who created the trust and Yesterdays and today’s generation, who are leading the trust with utmost love and care. My hats off to all the people, who are continuing the tradition from the last 40 years and for the many more years to come.


This year, I and my husband decided to give a special summer vacation break to my son. We didn’t know that, it would turn to be a blessing to our total family. My cousin invited me to attend a function (called as temple thiruviza) in her in-laws town. The temple function is for the Goddess, known as Kaali Amman and Bhagvadhi Amman. It was in a small town, called Narsingapuram, near A.vellodu, located near Dindigul in Tamil Nadu. The population is very less as most off the people had shifted to cities. 

The beauty of the temple function is a trust created by a family, called as UKR trust. It was established in 1976, by Mr.Rengaswamy Naidu’s sons. The next and next generations, are still continuing the tradition. All the sons, son in laws, daughters, daughter in laws, grandchildren travel from different parts of the world to be a part of the function. All the distant relatives are invited. Everyone is welcomed, with a warm heart and beautiful smile.

For the 3 days function, all guests stay in home of distant relatives. The food is served in a common place. No buffet. The food is served in Banana leaves, as the guests seat themselves in tables and chairs. There are no waiters to serve, all family members especially gents and children, serve to ladies and other guests. Those 3 days are only for entertainment and fun. No cooking for ladies. The guests spend time with each other talking and getting to know each other. There were farm lands nearby and children and elders bathed in the fields for fun. There was no internet connection, so there was no watsapp, or Facebook to distract.

Within few hours, my son socialised with all the kids. He was surprised to find a whole village of people related to him. He came and said me in a delighted tone,” Mom, I have a whole village of cousins”. Each one of them was related to each other in some way and finding their relationship was a quiz by itself.

We saw the traditional temple functions, conducted one by one.There were many games conducted by the trust to remember our roots like Uri, where a pot is hanged at the top and a blind folded person should hit it right. The tug of war, between 2 couples, competitions for kids, to enhance their talents. Over all, the 3 days, made us realize the simple beauty called life. We didn’t have the luxury of our home. We had our minimum requirements fulfilled, we were happy and at peace.

My son loved the trip the most. Even though we have modernized, and in the age of internet, I felt the need and importance of finding our roots and showing our children, our real native places. The soil, our forefathers had grown up. It was the most memorable experience and I thank our fore fathers, who created the trust and Yesterdays and today’s generation, who are leading the trust with utmost love and care. My hats off to all the people, who are continuing the tradition from the last 40 years and for the many more years to come.


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