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    Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thiruppullani

    Leaving Rameswaram after a brief visit, I was heading to Madurai, on the way, I went for a darshan (worship) at the famous Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thiruppullani [அருள்மிகு ஆதிஜெகந்நாதப்பெருமாள் கோயில், திருப்புல்லாணி]. Instead of going to Madurai by Madurai to Dhanushkodi highway (National Highway 87), I was advised to take the Rameswaram to Thoothukudi Road (State Highway 717), this smaller road reaches directly the temple in Thiruppullani. I loved taking this road-since it had been only a few months after the seasonal rains, there was greenery all around this road which had no traffic and it was beautiful. On the way, I saw the towers of the Arulmigu Mangalanathi Swamy…

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    Sri Ardhanareeswarar Temple, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu

    We had a good darshan at Arulmigu Ardhanareeswarar Temple at Tiruchengode Hills (திருச்செங்கோடு அர்த்தநாரீசுவரர் கோயில்). The sacred hill is about 650 feet high, the drive by car is short, about ten minutes and by foot it will be a climb of 1156 steps.  From Namakkal where we had offered our prayers earlier, Tiruchengode was a 45-minutes’ drive by Salem-Trichy (Tamil Nadu State Highway 94), from Salem city it will be about an hour. Since we went early on a weekday (Wednesday) there was no crowd in the temple, only a dozen other devotees. Tamil Wikipedia says the foot path to the hills is considered sacred, and a promise made in…

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    Namakkal Anjaneyar and Narasimhaswamy Temple, Tamil Nadu

    I feel blessed to have gotten a good darshan at Namakkal Sri Anjaneyar Temple [அருள்மிகு ஆஞ்சநேயர் சன்னதி, நாமக்கல்] and at Namakkal Sri Narasimhaswamy Temple [அருள்மிகு நாமகிரி தாயார், நரசிம்மர் திருக்கோயில், நாமக்கல்]. Namakkal Sri Anjaneyar Namakkal Sri Anjaneyar is one of the famous temples for Lord Hanuman in the state and is over a millennium old. The 18-feet idol is composed of a single stone and is believed to be growing slowly in height every year, as a result, there is no roof for the holy idol. Namakkal Sri Narasimha Temple The Sri Narasimha Temple is in the foothill of a small fort, the main Sanctum Santorum is carved out of the…

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    Sri Saraswathi Pooja 2021

    பெருந்தொற்று காரணமாக உலகம் முழுவதும் அவதிப்படும் உழைப்பாளிகளுக்கும், வசதியில்லாத படிக்க முடியாமல் இருக்கும் மாணவ மாணவிகளுக்கும் இந்த ஆயுதப் பூஜை, சரஸ்வதி பூஜை தினத்திலிருந்து விடிவு பிறக்கும், நல்ல காலம் வர வேண்டும் என்ற பிரார்த்தனையோடு எங்கள் வீட்டில் பண்டிகையை எளிமையாக கொண்டாடுகிறோம். In India, especially in the state of Tamil Nadu, everyone celebrates the Hindu festival for Goddess Saraswathi (the God of Education and Learning) as the festival of Tools (in Tamil called as Ayudha Poojai). On this day, in offices and factories around the state, production is stopped by evening, all the main hand-tools used in the place including (select) computers are stacked in front of pictures of Hindu Gods and Goddess – students keep their schoolbooks – this is followed by holy hymns…

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    Navarathri Golu 2021

    Today marks the beginning of Navarathri (Nine Days) festivals in Tamil Nadu, it is called Dasara in many other parts of India. During Navarathri the dolls and idols of Gods and Goddesses are kept exquisitely decorated in what is called in Tamil as Golu (கொலு). Last year, due to the horrible pandemic we had a small display (2020. You can view the display we had in our earlier years here: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2007 & 2004. This year we went for doing a little better, still scaled down, and started the work of bringing down the wooden planks, clothes, the dolls and the paraphilias two weeks back:…