Drishti for the Comrades

A communist memorial
A communist memorial

I have always been curious about the various forms of artefacts displayed to ward off the evil eye (Drishti). I have been capturing some of them and presenting here.

This house which commemorates the staunch communist members of the family has images of Ganesha as well as other drishti artefacts.

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Muneeswaran

Muneeswaran - rear view
Muneeswaran – rear view

A colourful and tall statue of Muneeswaran dominates the skyline in Burma Colony, Ekkattuthangal.

Even a monochrome rear view is quite imposing.

From The Chennai Photowalk

 

Dwarapalakas

Gatekeepers
Gatekeepers

In front of a mandapam opposite Sri Kapaleeswara swami Temple, Mylapore, Chennai

Daily Newspapers

Newspaper in the park
Newspaper in the park

The print survives, again.

A scene from a park in Saidaper, Chennai

Half Hidden

Celestial Maiden
Celestial Maiden

Stucco image of  celestial maidens at a temple in Saidapet

Communication – The Old and The New

The Mail Box and The Cell Phone
The Mail Box and The Cell Phone

In these days of cellphone and instant communication, the old red mailbox is still surviving.

From Defence Colony, Ekkattuthangal.

 

Mangoes and Berries

Berry seller in Mahabalipuram
Berry seller in Mahabalipuram

Woman selling mangoes, berries, pineapple slices and cucumber in Mahabalipuram.

Pleasing shanty town

Srinivasapuram as seen from Leela Palace
Srinivasapuram as seen from Leela Palace

Weaving through the narrow lanes of Srinivaspuram near Santhome beach can be an unpleasant experience. However, the same shanty town seen from the luxurious Leela Palace room windows makes a pleasing sight.

Through the windows

Broken Bridge

Broken Bridge across Adyar
Broken Bridge across Adyar

The original bridge was built in the 1960/70’s for use mainly by the fishermen for moving between Uroor and San Thome. It was destroyed in the high tides in the ’70s and was not rebuilt. Today, it is a haven for photographers, adventurous youth, clandestine lovers and antisocial.

The bridge has been photographed a million times, but I thought this angle from the Leela Palace was not so common.

Taken through a glass window.

 

Locking the Prayers

Locking the prayers
Locking the prayers

Devotees submit locks along with their prayers at the Karuppusami shrine of Muneeswaran Temple at Burma Colony, Ekkattuthangal.