Church Gopuram

Church with gopuram

Many churches in South India have started adopting many elements from Hindu temples. Flagpoles (dwajastambham) and lamp pillars (deepastambham) are very common. This church even has a facade resembling a temple gopuram.

From The Chennai Photowalk : Besant Nagar


Krishna’s Pranks

Krishna Bommais

The toddler Krishna is raiding the pot of butter. The older Krishna is eyeing the panipuri.

Shot during the Mylapore Festival 2023



Oh! The attraction of the fragrant and fresh jasmine artfully knitted into a garland with deft hands is evident in the smile of the buyer, even if muted by the glass.

From the Chennai Photwalk #234 Besant Nagar

Myriad Variations

Eastern Entrance

This is the Eastern Entrance to the Kapaleeswarar Temple. Evert time I visit, I get a different perspective, depending on the time, the lighting, the devotees etc.

Yesterday was sShivaratri. It must have been more appropriate if I had posted this yesterday.

Om Navashivaya!

Three Generations

Three generations of devotees

Taken at the Manavala Maamunivar Utsavam of Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Thiruvallikkeni, Chennai.

Three generations of Vaishnavites await the Lord returning from the Peyalwar Sannidhi accompanied by 18 ceremonial umbrellas.

From The Chennai Photowalk #151

Multi Tasking

Single priest

Unlike larger temples the priest in this small temple has to perform all tasks. Near Kapali temple, Mylapore.

PSM Vinayaga Chathurthi photowalk.

Harley Davidson Fan?

A devotee

She is a strong devotee of Virupaksheeswarar. When asked if she is dressed for any special occasion, she said that she dresses like this every day. The shop she occupies is also owned by the temple.

On a closer look at the photo, I see the Harley Davidson logo on the mask. Just a coincidence I presume!

From The Chennai Photowalk

Drive Through Devotion


This devout man stopped his ride to chant and do a namaskaram to Sri Dandeeswarar on his way to work. A common practice.

Dandeeswarar temple in Velachery is over 10 centuries old. It is believed to have been established during the Pallava period and expanded during the Chola reign.

Multiple Connections to the Divine

Connecting to the divine

This photographer seems to have multiple ways of reaching the divine – ladder, lens, hose and a rope!

From the Chennai Photowalk #146 Velachery

Faces of Nanganallur 10

Mr Dawood Basha, auto driver.

Mr Dawood Basha was waiting for a savari near a temple. I walked up to him and chatted. On a casual enquiry about uniforms, he mentioned that it is mandatory, but being Sunday he is taking it easy as most of the trips will only be local.

The Chennai Photowalk #145 The Streets of Nanganallur

Sony A6400 with Sony E 18-135mm F 3.5-5.6 OSS @ 18mm (cropped) f/5.0; ss 1/125; ISO 400