Rare Ganesha

Shree Shiva Shakthi Vinayagar at Sivapraksham St.
On the Shree Shiva Shakthi Vinayagar koil gopuram at Sivapraksham St.

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.

Ganesha’s Favourite

Erukkam Poo [Crown Flower]
Erukkam Poo [Crown Flower]
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.


Colour of the Robe

Valluvar Statue behind plastic sheets
Valluvar Statue behind plastic sheets

Recently, a controversy has erupted in the political circles about the colour of the robe of Thiruvalluvar.

This gave me an opportunity to go back to my archives of photographers from the Thiruvalluvar temple, Mylapore.

As the temple was under renovation the idols were wrapped up in plastic sheets. As the weather-beaten blue sheets were crumbling the idols emerged hesitantly.

The next controversy could be about his beard or tuft.

Theertha Paleeswarar

A shrine behind being got ready for puja by a woman devotee.
A shrine behind being got ready for puja by a woman devotee.

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.