I have visited mantralayam from Chennai by train mumbai mail(starts at 22:50) reached mantralayam road at 10:45 AM.we catched Bus fare is Rs 8 or we can choose share auto cost is Rs 10.half an hour drive reached mantralayam. For accomodation we booked room at 12:00 belongs to mutt which is cheap Rs 100.People can prefer mutt guest hous than private guest house interms of money.
We took bath and had darshan of swami Raghavendra at 1:30 PM .pilgrims are requested to wear dhoties to see swamiji very near & to remove the shirts.There is a special queue for those who wearing pants but they has to remove the shirts & banniyans.At 2 darshan is closed.Had meal and took rest in room upto 4:00 PM.
Then we visited panchamugi anchineya temple through share auto Rs 30 & came to mantralayam at 6:30 PM. Had mangala aarthi approx at 9:00 PM.
We have seen swamiji used paathapadigai which was kept in a house(it was kept & workshipped by familly).This is rare to see since we got all the info through a guide name Mr.Murali.He is very genuine guided & helped us to see in and around mantralayam.
People who wish to see mantralayam can contact him for any help..
We had thulasi archana on next day.Performed annadhanam with the help of murali (guide).Very happilly we returned back.