Chariot for the Gods

Sri Kodanda Ramar temple ther
Sri Kodanda Ramar temple ther

Almost every Hindu temple has a wooden chariot or “ther” to take out the idols on procession on designated occasions. Though they are used only occasionally, great attention is given to the chariots. Most have very elaborate wooden carvings matching or even surpassing the stone sculptures in beauty. They are also adorned with all ‘alankarams’ when needed: otherwise, they are confined to their sheds. Modern technology is nowadays used for wheels, axles, brakes etc to enhance the safety factor.

The above ‘ther’ is from the Kodanda Rama Temple, West Mambalam. It has recently been spruced up for a festival.

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Nandis on the wall

Nandi in villivakkam temple
Nandi in villivakkam temple
nandi in Thriumazhisai temple
nandi in Thriumazhisai temple
Nandi on the walls of Kapaleeswarar temple
Nandi on the walls of Kapaleeswarar temple

Nandi, the sacred bull is the vaahan of Lord Shiva.Normally, we will find the Nandi in front the sanctum sactorum. The nandis of Lepakshi (click here for a post) and Thanjavur are huge.

Nandi images are also common on the walls of any Shiva temple. These are from the walls.

May Nadikeswara bless my  400th daily post.

Temple door

Temple door
Temple door abstract

At Thirumazhisai, near Chennai

The Chennai Photowalk. #107

Look what I found!

In the sanctum of Valian kuttai ratham

In the sanctum of Valian kuttai ratham

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.

Gopura Darsanam

Gopuram and Dwajasthambham
Gopuram and Dwajasthambham

‘Gopura darisanam kodi punyam’, goes the saying in Tamil. Gopuram is the tower at the entrance of a south Indian Hindu temple. For those who can not go to the temple for some reason, even viewing the tower is considered to be a blessing. The kodimaram or Dwaja stambham is the other tall structure.

Viewing both through my lens was indeed a blessing at the Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal temple in Saidapet. The bird in flight added to the dynamism of the image.

Slaying of Hiranyakashipu

Slaying of Hiranyakashipu by Narasimhamoorthy
Slaying of Hiranyakashipu by Narasimhamoorthy

At the Marundeeswarar temple, Thiruvanmiyur.

for other images of the same episode in Vishnu’s avatar, see:

Sreerangam: https://stonestoriessite.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/more-narasimha/

Melukote: https://stonestoriessite.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/narasimha-melukote-karnataka/

Thrukkurungudi: https://stonestoriessite.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/narasimha-in-thirukkurungudi/

Kulathupuzha: https://stonestoriessite.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/yoga-narasimha-murthy-from-kulathupuzha/

Banta Srei: https://stonestoriessite.wordpress.com/2010/10/10/narasimha-banteay-srei-cambodia/

 

 

Diamonds are forever, set in concrete

concrete grill
concrete grill

The Chennai Photowalk, Besant Nagar October 9, 2016.

 

Abandoned

Abandoned Quarters in Fort St.George
Abandoned Quarters in Fort St.George

Fort St.George Chennai has so much history to showcase.  But the whole site is pathetically neglected and abused. There are multiple authorities which claim ownership of various segments or installations – Archeological Survey of India (ASI), Ministry of Defence and the Government of Tamil Nadu. Heritage ultimately suffers.

Sculpture on Nungambakkam High road

Sculpture on Nungambakkam High Road
Sculpture on Nungambakkam High Road

This is sculpture is just opposite Taj Coromandel on Nungambakkam High road, officially Uthamar Gandhi Salai. Inside the CIE (Cottage Industries Exposition) office compound.

Reminds you of some of the bas-reliefs in some of our historical sites.

Valluvar Kottam

Valluvar Kottam, Lake Area, Nungambakkam
Valluvar Kottam, Lake Area, Nungambakkam

The iconic Valluvar Kottam, built in 1976 to commemorate the Sait-Poet, Valluvar. It was built in the deepest area of what used to be a lake.