I had shared my album of post budget Pondy Bazaar with the IIMA- Chennai group. One of the alumni Mr Srikant pointed out that this Pillayar has a Shanku and Chakram, normally associated with Vishnu. Only after his response, I noticed this uniqueness.
I have no idea about how Pillayar came to have the Sangu and chakram, but I am aware that the masons and sculptors of gopurams take liberties with the terracotta or stucco figures that go on the gopuram, often deviating from the accepted norms of iconography. If anybody has any other explanation, please do share it with the readers of this blog.
Erukkam Poo or Crown flower is a shrub native to India and some other Asian Countries. It grows even in dry places. The botanical name is Calatropis Gigantea. The flower of this shrub has 5 petals and a unique crown. The flower is believed to be a favorite of Lord Ganesha. The shrub which is usually neglected suddenly gains importance during Vinayaka (Pillayar) Chathurthi.
The latex from the stems and leaves are poisonous and have been used on arrow tips.
This was spotted on the banks of River Adyar near Manapakkam during Chennai Photowalk #140.
As you would expect in a metro with a history, Chennai has people of all religious faiths. So, it is not surprising to see Jain temples in many of the sections of the city. The one on Kutchery Road Mylapore is quite prominent being located in a busy road very close to the Kapali temple.
Though situated in Triplicane, the Theerthapaleeswarar temple on Natesan Salai is counted as one of the 7 important Siva temples of Mylapore. The others are: Kapaleeswarar, Karaneeswarar, Velliswarar, Valeeswarar, Virupaksheeswarar and Malleeswarar, all situated in Mylapore.
Siva as Theertha paleeswarar had blessed sage Agastya here. Sea water is used for Abhishekam.
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