The size, material and colour of the street name boards of Madras have undergone several metamorphoses over the decades. The latest is the blue fibre(?) boards on steel pillars with white lettering, replacing the yellow concrete with black lettering.
It was interesting to see the old wall paintings with curious props on the narrow Nalla Thambi Street in Triplicane.
Many a time it is difficult to a locate a particular numbered street in an area like Anna Nagar or Indira Nagar as the numbering of street defy any logic.
One misses the old area maps (with ‘You are Here’markers) in the planned neighbourhoods like CIT colony, Gandhinagar etc.
Last Sunday, it was Garuda Sevai at the Parthasarathy Temple. While the main utasva moorhty was being taken around the streets, boys from the surrounding area decorate idols from their homes and take them round behind the main procession. The enthusiasm of the boys, all decked in the traditional attire and caste marks, was infectious. Here an older boy is taking care of a younger one.
I am always attracted by small owner-managed stores dotting the streets. I was really impressed by this grocer on Singarachari street, Triplicane lording over his empire and at the same time waiting for the temple procession to pass his shop.
In yesterday’s post,we saw an affluent man itching to have exercise on his son’s bicycle. Contrast this with this man outside the Lighthouse MRTS station having a siesta on his three-wheeler cart after a hard morning .This was late evening and the Chennai Photo Biennale was on in the station above – points which were of no concern for this tired soul.
Kumbabhishekam, Samprokshanam, Ashtabandhanam, Jeernodhaaranam are all phrases we hear about the spiritual rejuvenation of Hindu temples periodically-usually once in 12 years.
Ashtabandhanam is the process of reinstalling the murtis with the ashtabandhana mixture. This is a combination of eight or more ingredients, including, wood lac (arakku) , red ochre (kaavi), limestone, rosin, beeswax, and butter.
The picture shows the pounding (in ‘ural’ with ‘ulakkai’) and blending of the ingredients at Sree Kapaliswarara temple a day before the Kumbabhishekam. You can see the finished mixture and dollops of butter on the floor and the semi-finished mixture in the ural.
Kapleeswarar temple was buzzing with the preparations for the Kumbabhishekam the next day.The sanctums were closed and all the activities were in the prakaarams. A random shot produced this image of a string of flowers and the T shirt stripes forming a graphic shivalingam and pedestal.
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