Divine Watch

A temple scene

A priest waits for devotees at a small temple while the saints watch over him.

Kalmandapam, Royapuram.

The Chennai Photowalk. Retrowalk #77

Shot with Sony ILCE 6400 and E 18-135 – F3.5 – 5.6 OSS @ 24mm.

f/6.3 S.S 1/15 ISO 125 Handheld.


Yogasana Pillayar

On Perambur High Road, we were curious about a Pillayar shrine on the footpath.The idol had  some unique postures. We queried the caretaker, Mr Kanniappan. He said that the pillayar is called Yogasana Pillayar because of the postures.He tried to explain the postures which I did not understand. However, I came out with admiration for his care, commitment, and devotion.

He enthusiastically encouraged us to photograph and even removed the drying garland of ‘arugam pullu’. He also willingly posed for a photograph which is  posted elsewhere.


Kanniappan - temple care taker

Kanniappan – temple care taker.

Meet Mr.Kanniappan, the committed care taker of the Yogasana Pillayar shrine on Perambur High Road.

It was the unique style of pillayar that first caught our eye during the Chennai Photowalk around Otteri .

More about the pillayar will follow.

Coordinates: 13.106218, 80.251058


Cats and Gods

cats and gods
cats and gods

These felines are competing with gods and garbage on a street side in Purasaivakkam. Captured during our Chennai Photo Walk on Sunday, the 10th April.

Pillayar strapped?

Ma Yashoda once tied Sri Krishna to an ‘ural’ (grindstone) for his naughty pranks like stealing butter. Click here to read the story.

Now the temple management of Sree Parthasarathy temple in Triplicane has strapped Lord Ganesha with a steel band around the legs. This is on the pillar in mandapam in the front. Ganesha and other images have all been strapped with a nice steel strap, probably to support some other structure or poles. Have they thought of the damage they are causing to the sculptures and to the sentiments of the devotees?