• How Irresponsible Journalism Ruins Good Intentions

    Irresponsible Journalism Ruins Good Intentions

    I am really pained to write this post in Aalayam Kanden where I have refrained from writing anything other than information on lesser known temples. Read more

    Posted on 25 April 2017 TRAVEL
  • Know Your Nayanmars! - Part III (The Warriors)

    Know Your Nayanmars! Part (The Warriors)

    Continuing on the series of Nayarmars, we now look at the warriors! Although their roles were taking lives of the enemies for the sake of their king and... Read more

    Posted on 09 April 2017 TRAVEL
  • Know Your Nayanmars - Part II (The Kings)

    Know Your Nayanmars Part (The Kings)

    Ten Kings have been named by Sundaramurthy Nayanar as Nayanmars. This works out to 1/6th of the total number. These Kings ruled the land as representatives of... Read more

    Posted on 08 April 2017 TRAVEL
  • Know Your Nayanmars - Part I (The Ladies)

    Know Your Nayanmars Part (The Ladies)

    The Nayanmars were great devotees of Lord Shiva who, through their incredible deeds find mention in the Thiruthonda Thogai, sung by Sundaramurthy Nayanar, at th... Read more

    Posted on 07 April 2017 TRAVEL
  • Jai Sri Ram!


    Rama Navami - the birthday of Lord Rama, the Seventh Avatar of Vishnu, falls on the nineth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Chithirai. Read more

    Posted on 05 April 2017 TRAVEL
  • The Real Spider - Man!

    Real Spider Man!

    The Ayavantheeswara Temple at SiyathamangaiThe Tale: It was a chilly morning. It had rained the whole night before and the dampness still hung in the air.... Read more

    Posted on 30 March 2017 TRAVEL
  • Three Eyes and Ten Hands!

    Three Eyes Hands!

    Hanuman with Deer Vahana at AnanthamangalamHanuman - the God of strength, valour, loyalty and devotion! We see him, mostly in Vishnu temples in a separate shrin... Read more

    Posted on 28 December 2016 TRAVEL
  • Venkata Subramaniam!

    Venkata Subramaniam!

    Venkatasubramania Swamy Temple, ValasaravakkamSkanda Sashti refers to the six days of battle between Lord Muruga or Skanda with Soorapadma. Read more

    Posted on 24 October 2016 TRAVEL
  • Nara Simham!

    Nara Simham!

    The Malluru Narasimha Swamy Temple EntranceIt was over two years ago, that a devout follower of Aalayam Kanden called me to speak about the Malluru... Read more

    Posted on 13 September 2016 TRAVEL
  • Bappanadu - A Symbol of Communal Harmony

    Bappanadu Symbol Communal Harmony

    Durga Parameswari Temple at BappanaduRamadan is a time of spiritual reflection, increased devotion, sacrifice and sharing with the less fortunate brethren. Read more

    Posted on 30 June 2016 TRAVEL
  • The Temples of Karuvazhakarai!

    Temples Karuvazhakarai!

    Shahuji I, popularly known as Shaji was the Maratha ruler of Thanjavur during the period 1684-1712. During his reign, there were several unrests and threat to... Read more

    Posted on 05 June 2016 TRAVEL
  • Keesaragutta - A Hill Strewn with Shivalingams!

    Keesaragutta Hill Strewn with Shivalingams!

    Sri Ramalingeswara Temple at KeesaraguttaIndia has a number of temples associated with the Ramayana legend. Sometimes we even find similar legends associated... Read more

    Posted on 22 May 2016 TRAVEL
  • Sankara Narayana!

    Sankara Narayana!

    Recently, we undertook a four day visit to temples in UK and DK.....puzzled? Well, it is just Uttara Karnataka and Dakshin Karnataka! Read more

    Posted on 30 April 2016 TRAVEL
  • Do You Want a Job Abroad?

    Want Abroad?

    The temple tank of Sri Sundareswara Temple, Periya KothurSometimes, the will of God is beyond our comprehension....well, why sometimes, most of the time! Read more

    Posted on 28 February 2016 TRAVEL
  • Koogaimalai Kumara!

    Koogaimalai Kumara!

    Belukurichi Palaniappa TempleBelukurichi is a small village on a hillock called Koogai malai, in the Kolli range found in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. Read more

    Posted on 12 November 2015 TRAVEL
  • Dakshina Mookambiga - a Temple in the Middle of a Lotus Pond!

    Dakshina Mookambiga Temple Middle Lotus Pond!

    Dakshina Mookambiga temple at North ParavoorThe word Mookambiga immediately brings to mind Goddess Mookambigai of Kollur, in Udupi district of Karnataka. Read more

    Posted on 20 October 2015 TRAVEL
  • Pancha Lakshmi Narayana!

    Pancha Lakshmi Narayana!

    Utsava is a sanskrit word wherein Ut means remove and sava means worldly griefs. The word Utsava Murthy is referred to those deities normally made of metal... Read more

    Posted on 19 September 2015 TRAVEL
  • The Ganeshas of Thandalam

    Ganeshas Thandalam

    While we were on the recce visits of the temples along the banks of the river Cooum, we visited a village called Thandalam, which is one of the eighteen... Read more

    Posted on 17 September 2015 TRAVEL
  • Where Sri Raghavendra Chose to Reside!

    Where Raghavendra Chose Reside!

    Vadavaru, ThanjavurThe Prince of Thanjavur was in a pensive mood as he walked along the banks of the Vadavaru. His thoughts, as always, were with Guru... Read more

    Posted on 31 August 2015 TRAVEL
  • Kailaaya Eswaram!

    Kailaaya Eswaram!

    The Kailaaya Eswaramudaiya Mahadevar Temple at KesavaramKesavaram is a small village in Tiruvallur District. It is here that a dam has been built across the... Read more

    Posted on 21 August 2015 TRAVEL