• 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
  • 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