Very few visitors to Mamallapuram get to see the Pidari Ratham and Valian kuttai rathams.These are located about 500 mtrs West of Arjuna’s penance and can be reached by road. The entrance to the complex is close to ECR.
Both rathams are unfinished structures carved out of huge boulders. The work has begun from the top but the bottom is not completed. They resemble huge ‘Chettiar bommais’ at the bottom. The sanctums are also not complete and one is not sure for which god(s) these are meant for.
When we reached the Valiankuttai ratham, a man was peacefully sleeping in the niche, oblivious of the visitors.
The devotees of Melmaruvathur Adhi Parasakthi normally wear pure red. Looks like they have now changed to wearing saris in Red with yellow designs. Recently, several busloads of them were seen in Mahabalipuram combining a picnic with pilgrimage.
We often say, “the best camera is the one you have with you”. Using this yardstick, the phone camera wins all the time. It is handy, quick, inconspicuous and always with you – well, almost always.
So, I wasn’t surprised when my fellow photographer kept his SLR aside to use his phone camera to capture this lovely temple tower.
I also prefer the phone when I need the GPS co-ordinates or when I want to share an image immediately.
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