Which is the Main Entrance?

Eastern Entrance to Kapali Temple

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.

Western Entrance


Thirupporur Temple

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?

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

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

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.

Thiruvanmiyur Beach

Thiruvanmiyur beach temple

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!


At the Dharmeswara Temple, Manimangalam. The temple was built by the Cholas, but the village has an older history. This was the theatre of war between Badami Chalukyas and Pallavas led by Narasimhavarman I. This is also one of the Chaturvedimangalams.
Lord Shiva is worshipped here as Dharmeswarar. Goddess is Vedhambikai.
ASI is maintaining this temple. I first visited the temple in 2007. There is some improvement ow but it is offset by a new structure in bright blue roll-formed steel sheets in the outer prakaram. Definitely an eyesore. Villagers also freely graze cattle on the premises.
One of the cows grazing and the vimanam formed a nice reflection on a puddle.
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Ramakrishna temple

Universal Temple

Ramakrishna Mutt temple

The Ramakrishna Mutt is very much part of the Madras landscape since the late 19th century. It lends its name to the arterial road from Mylapore to Adyar. The new temple built a few years ago adds tot he skyline of the city. The Universal temple synthesizes the architectural elements of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain temples. Inspiration has also been drawn from Cathedrals and Moghul gardens.