Gingee – The impregnable fortress
November 6, 2016 By sastha

After four days in Kumbakonam and soaking in all the sights, architectural wonders, ancient temples, the fables around them and the wonderful people, I decided to go to Gingee. It is pronounced as Senji, and I was confused. I never heard of this place before my friend asked to me visit this place. It was […]

Fort Kochi
October 25, 2016 By sastha

We planned for a day trip to a place called Palaikeri, a fisheries department run fishing cooperative, during the Pooja holidays but destiny had something else in store for us. We started at about 7:30 am and drove down to Thripunithura, a suburb of Ernakulam. On the way, we decided to stop by at the […]

Vaitheeswaran Temple or Pullirukkuvelur is dedicated to the god Siva in Tamil Nadu. Siva is worshipped as Vaitheeswaran or the “God of healing.” It is believed that prayers to Vaitheeswaran can cure diseases. It is one of the nine Navagraha (nine planets) temples associated with the planet Mars (Sevvai, Angaraka).  The temple is mentioned in […]

Navagraha Temples – Thingalur
April 2, 2016 By sastha

The Kailasanathar Temple is situated in the beautiful village called Thingalur, about 33 kilometres from Kumbakonam on the way to Tiruvaiyaru. The presiding deity is Soma (Moon), but the main deity is Kailasanathar or Siva. The place is revered by the verses of Appar, but since there is no mention about the deity, it is […]

Navagraha Temples – Suryanar Kovil
April 1, 2016 By sastha

Suryanar Kovil is located about 15 km from Kumbakonam, 2 km from Aduthurai and the Kumbakonam – Mayiladuthurai road in Tamil Nadu and a part of the Navagraha (nine planets) temples. The presiding deity is Suryanar, the Sun, and his consorts Ushadevi and Pratyusha Devi. The temple also has separate shrines for the other eight […]

“The devotees of Lord Siva are innumerable. The Puranas abound with stories about these devotees, who faced many trials and tribulations to see their Lord. One such devotee was a man named Nandanar, who loved visiting the temples of Lord Siva. However, there was one such temple that eluded him, and that was the temple […]

The Thanjavur Palace Museum complex is just a km from the Brihadeeswara Temple. It dates back to 14th century CE built by the Nayaks and the Marathas. The Maratha royal family still resides in this palace. The complex contains the Palace, the Rajaraja Chola Art Gallery, Saraswathi Mahal Library, and the Bell Tower. Thanjavur Maratha […]

The Big Temple – Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
September 24, 2015 By sastha

I left Kovilpatti the next day after the dream visit to Kalugumalai, but not before going to the Shenbagavalli Temple in Kovilpatti town. The temple and the precincts had an air of celebration as it was the Tamil New Year. Lots of families, children in new clothes, traders, a huge Ferris wheel, and all the […]

Azhagar Koil and Tirupparamkunram, Madurai
September 10, 2015 By sastha

Alagar Koil, Pazhamudircholai, and NupuraGangai I started early in the morning to Alagar Kovil or Azhagar Koil. Mr Chandrabose was kind to drop me at a point where I can get a bus to this hill temple about 21 km away. On the way, I had a very early breakfast at a roadside eatery called […]