Sri Kothandaramar Temple

Perumal & fallen yaali

The festival was over. The ‘ther’ decorations were taken down and stored in a mandap. Here, a figure of Perumal looking pitifully at a fallen Yaali.

Kothandaramar Temple, West Mambalam, Chennai.

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Intense

The intensity on the eyes of the young poojari seems to match that of the Muneeswaran .

A scene from the Burma colony Peelikan Muniswaran Temple

Some Greenery

Madhavaperumal temple tank
Madhavaperumal temple tank – Santhana pushkarini

Madhavaperumal temple in Mylapore is an important Vaishnavite temple. It is believed that Peyalwar was born here. This is also place where Lord Vishnu married sage Bhrigu’s daughter. The tank here is called Santhan Pushkarani

MGR Lookalike

Man dressed as MGR
Kailasam in front of Vauxhall 14 , 1938

Mr Kailasam likes to dress up as the late Chief Minister MG Ramachandran. He was conspicuous at the Heritage Motor Show at the Ramachandra Convention Centre Thiruvanmiyur. He was keen to be photographed with the cars and the visitors. Here he is in front of 1948 Vauxhall.

From Darkness to Light

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IIT-Madras
IIT-Madras

At the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

असतोमा सद्गमय। तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गमया।
मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय॥ ॐ शांति शांति शांति – बृहदारण्यक उपनिषद् 1.3.28.

“Aum Asato mā sad gamaya
Tamaso mā jyotir gamaya 
Mṛtyormā amṛtam gamaya
Aum śānti śānti śāntiḥ ” (Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad 1.3.28)

meaning of which is –

“From ignorance, lead me to truth;
From darkness, lead me to light; 
From death, lead me to immortality
Aum peace, peace, peace

Courtesy: Quora

From The Chennai Photowalk.

Thanks also to IIT Management and Prof.Sachin Gunthe.

Truck Art

Truck art on the windshield
Truck art on the windshield

Trucks, buses, vans and other commercial vehicles sport very interesting pictures and wordings. ‘Horn OK Please’ is universally known.

My idea is to showcase some of these graffiti here.

Dwarapalakas

Gatekeepers
Gatekeepers

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

Half Hidden

Celestial Maiden
Celestial Maiden

Stucco image of  celestial maidens at a temple in Saidapet

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.

 

End of Confinement

Is the election over?
covered wall painting of MGR

As per the Model Code of Conduct, the Election Commission had covered all political posters, wall paintings, plaques etc. Here, much after the elections the ever popular former Chief Minister, M.G.Ramachandran is peeping out of his confinement.

From Photowalk Retro #62 Burma colony, Ekkattuthangal.