A group of lady pilgrims from Mel Maruvathur at the 8th Century Shore Temple, built by the Pallavas.
A temple on the Santhome Loop Road. This area is mostly inhabited by fisherfolks.
Which is the Main Entrance?
Have you thought about this? The ‘main’ entrance through the Eastern Rajagopuram is not the ‘front’ entrance to Kapali temple? It is actually the back entrance!
The Lord faces West and the Dwajastambahm is also on the West. So the entrance from the West facing the tank is the front of the temple. The Eastern Gopuram is tall and there is Ganapathy at that entrance. This makes us assume that this is the front.
This was highlighted by Dr Chitra Madhavan in her talk about the 3 temples of Mylapore on Sunday, 8th January as part of the Mylapore Festival 2023.
This is something which we see but never think of.
The Kandaswmy temple at Thirupporur also known as Thirupporur Murugan Koil is an ancient temple tracing its origin to the Pallava period. The temple was renovated in the 18th century and later.
Though Thirupporur is only about 25 Kms from my place in Chennai, I could have darsan only recently. Fortunately, another occasion followed.
The temple is the abode of Lord Muruga and his consorts, Valli and Devanai.
The gopuram seen above is seven-storied and rises to a height of 70 feet.
Vaikashi Vishakam (May-June) is an important festival in this temple.
Harley Davidson Fan?
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
Multiple Connections 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 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
A priest waits for devotees at a small temple while the saints watch over him.
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.
This beach in Thiruvanmiyur is sometimes referred as RTO Beach. A small temple acts as a landmark in the otherwise featureless seafront.
Paramapadham – the Steps to Heaven
Snakes and Ladders: where are the snakes?
Paramapadam is a popular traditional Indian board game, also known as Snakes and Ladders. It is based on Indian spirituality of attaining heaven through performing many virtuous acts. The ladders representing the virtues take the players closer to the Ultimate Goal of Vaikuntha while the snakes or the sins pull one down. The traditional game is played with rudimentary counters and dice or cowrie shells which are commonly available. https://www.tamilnadutourism.com/traditions/games/paramapadham.php
This casual sight of two ladders leaning against the wall of a subsidiary shrine in Pavala vanna Perumal temple, Kanchi reminded me of this game. You may ask, “Where are the snakes?” Let us hope for an ideal life filled with only virtues!