This pilgrim is making progress.
K. Krishnanunni of Thiruvilwamala is an ardent devotee who claims to have visited more than 1,200 temples in the country.
He says he has visited 108 Durga temples in different parts of the country. “It took me one-and-a-half years to visit the Durga temples,” he says. “I travelled every week-end.”
A few years ago, he visited 108 Shiva temples of ancient Kerala believed to have been consecrated by Parasurama. The temples are located between Kanyakumari and Gokarna, in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It took him three years to visit the Shiva temples.
The idea sprang up after he read about the temples in a Malayalam book written by Kunjukuttan Ilayathu. Mr. Krishnanunni works in a private firm in Thrissur.
Some pilgrims seek his advice while planning their itinerary.
He cherishes a pilgrimage to Char Dham (meaning ‘four abodes’) in the Garhwal Himalayas. Char Dham in Uttarakhand represents all three major Hindu sects and consists of a Vaishnavite shrine (Badrinath), a Shiva shrine (Kedarnath) and two shrines dedicated to Shakti (Gangotri and Yamunotri).