• Kathithamalai Kumaran

    Kathithamalai Kumaran

    Kathithamalai Vetri Velayudha Swamy TempleKathithamalai, which is now referred to as Kaithamalai, is near Uthukuli in Tirupur District. Read more

    Posted on 12 November 2018 TRAVEL
  • Our Lady of Glory Pulicat - the First Parish of Tamil Nadu

    Lady Glory Pulicat First Parish Tamil Nadu

    The new church of Our Lady of Glory in PulicatLast year, during Madras week, I had been on a heritage trip to Pulicat, organised by Aarde Foundation, led by... Read more

    Posted on 26 August 2018 TRAVEL
  • Chennaiyin Rameswaram!

    Chennaiyin Rameswaram!

    Adhi Kesava Perumal Temple in KuvatturKuvattur - A name ringing in Tamil news channels a few months ago, is home to the quaint Adhi Kesava Perumal Temple. Read more

    Posted on 06 August 2018 TRAVEL
  • Dakshina Bhadrachalam

    Dakshina Bhadrachalam

    Sri Kothandarama Temple, West MambalamVankayala Kuppaiah Chetty was restless. His health was failing and he could not comprehend why. Especially that night, he... Read more

    Posted on 01 July 2018 TRAVEL
  • Thiruvananthapuram of Tamil Nadu!

    Thiruvananthapuram Tamil Nadu!

    Inside the Aavarani Anantha Narayana TempleThousands throng the temple of Lord Ananthapadmanabha Swamy, at Thiruvananthapuram, through strict security and... Read more

    Posted on 03 June 2018 TRAVEL
  • Dattagiri Guhalayam

    Dattagiri Guhalayam

    Dattagiri Murugan TempleKongu region in Tamil Nadu is well known for its Murugan temples. As the Tamil porverb goes " Kunrirukkum Idamellam Kumaran Iruppan",... Read more

    Posted on 28 May 2018 TRAVEL
  • Manavur Karkadeswara

    Manavur Karkadeswara

    The Karkadeswarar Temple at ManavurWhile I was involved in the mapping of temples along the river Cooum, the Koova Puranam served as the main source of referenc... Read more

    Posted on 05 May 2018 TRAVEL
  • Lanka Veera Hanuman

    Lanka Veera Hanuman

    Bhaktha Hanuman Temple, RambodaHanuman Jayanthi is celebrated in the southern part of India during the Tamil month of Margazhi, Hanuman is seen as an... Read more

    Posted on 17 December 2017 TRAVEL
  • Has the Curse of Talekad Been Finally Broken?

    Curse Talekad Been Finally Broken?

    Wednesday 6th December, 2017 saw the Royal family of Mysuru and public rejoice alike at the arrival of baby boy to the titular King of Mysuru, Yadhuveer... Read more

    Posted on 09 December 2017 TRAVEL
  • Vayalanallur Kandaswamy!

    Vayalanallur Kandaswamy!

    Kandasamy Murugan at VayalanallurThis post is two years late. Although I had visited this temple first in 2015, and then several times since, even taking... Read more

    Posted on 24 October 2017 TRAVEL
  • Koonthalur Kumara!

    Koonthalur Kumara!

    Koonthalur Jambukaranyeswara Temple Roma Rishi - he was so called because of the hair that covered his body, his flowing mane and long beard. Read more

    Posted on 20 October 2017 TRAVEL
  • Tirumarugal!


    There are a number of temples associated with the Nayanmars and the miracles performed by them in their journey of worship and promotion of Shaivism. Each one o... Read more

    Posted on 19 June 2017 TRAVEL
  • Appar Guru Poojai at Tirupugalur!

    Appar Guru Poojai Tirupugalur!

    Appar - A Brief HistoryAppar also known as Tirunavukkarasar was born Marulneekiyar in an agriculturist family of Thiruvamur in Tirumunaipadi Nadu. Read more

    Posted on 04 June 2017 TRAVEL
  • Know Your Nayanmars - Part IV - The Brahmins!

    Know Your Nayanmars Part Brahmins!

    Continuing on our series on Nayanmars, we now move on to look at the priests, who worshipped the Lord for their love of him, and not just because it was their... Read more

    Posted on 01 June 2017 TRAVEL
  • 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