• 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
  • Thiruvanchaikalam!


    The Mahadevar Temple at ThiruvanchaikalamThiruvanchaikalam or Thiruvanchikulam is the only Devara Padal Petra Sthalam in Malai Nadu (Kerala). Read more

    Posted on 24 July 2015 TRAVEL
  • Mangudi Maakali !

    Mangudi Maakali

    The old Brahmin woke up with a start. He had just witnessed a very divine dream. Goddess Kali had appeared in his dream, promised to come to Mangudi village on ... Read more

    Posted on 05 July 2015 TRAVEL
  • Pagasalai Padhiri!

    Pagasalai Padhiri!

    The Murugan temple at PagasalaiThere are a number of temples in Tamil Nadu where Lord Muruga is found alone, without his consorts Valli and Deivanai. Read more

    Posted on 02 July 2015 TRAVEL
  • The Samadhis of Harrington Road!

    Samadhis Harrington Road!

    Recently, I was invited by a friend to speak at a Story telling event, the topic of which was Stories in and around Harrington Road. Read more

    Posted on 28 June 2015 TRAVEL
  • A Temple for Rain!

    Temple Rain!

    Singaandeeswara Temple at ThiruvurCome summer, our hearts long for rains! Aalayam Kanden has the pleasure of bringing to you a Cooum riverside temple, rich in... Read more

    Posted on 03 June 2015 TRAVEL
  • A Temple for Heat Related Problems!

    Temple Heat Related Problems!

    The Thengangapureeswara Temple at ChinnanarimeduTen skin tension! claims a soap commercial. Come summer, there are a range of problems that... Read more

    Posted on 26 April 2015 TRAVEL