• Koodal Azhagar temple, Madurai [அருள்மிகு கூடலழகர் திருக்கோயில் யானை, மதுரை]
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    Koodal Azhagar temple, Madurai

    After my brief visit to Rameswaram, I am staying for two days in Madurai. Today, I went to Madurai Meenakshi Temple and then to Thiru Koodal Azhagar temple, Madurai [அருள்மிகு கூடலழகர் திருக்கோயில், மதுரை]. Sri Koodal Azhagar temple is a South Indian Hindu temple in Madurai. It is believed that Koodal Azhagar had appeared to slay the demon Somuka who abducted the four Vedas. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to God Sri Vishnu, who is worshipped as Viyooga Sundarrajan and his consort Lakshmi as Mathuravalli.

  • Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Temple, Madurai
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    Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Temple, Madurai

    After my brief visit to Rameswaram, I am staying for two days in Madurai. Today, I went to Madurai Meenakshi Temple. Due to security reasons, the temple authorities don’t allow any electronics including smartphones inside the premises, so I couldn’t take any pictures. One of the most famous Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu, Sri Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Temple [மதுரை மீனாட்சி சுந்தரேசுவரர் கோயில்] in Madurai is dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi, a form of Parvati, and her consort, Sundareshwarar, a form of Shiva. Wikipedia says “Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple was built by Pandayan Emperor Sadayavarman Kulasekaran I (1190 CE–1205 CE)”.

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    Gandhi Memorial Museum, Madurai

    After my brief visit to Rameswaram, I am staying for two days in Madurai. Today, I went to Gandhi Memorial Museum in Madurai. This follows my trip to the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, the residence of Mahatma Gandhi, and the Raj Ghat in Delhi, the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi Memorial Museum, Madurai was established in 1959, in memory of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The museum preserves and exhibits the blood-stained garment worn by Gandhi when he was assassinated. The museum is on a campus called Tamukkam, which in Telugu means a sports pavilion. The museum is free for entry and is open on all days…

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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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    Pudukkottai Government Museum

    Today while driving to Rameswaram from Chennai (Madras), I stopped for an hour at the Government Museum, Pudukkottai (அரசு அருங்காட்சியகம், புதுக்கோட்டை). Surprisingly, they had a sizeable number of artefacts. Unfortunately, due to the extensive renovation of the building, which had been stalled for two years due to the pandemic, the items on display are all cramped in the few available display windows – for example, marine animals and ancient musical instruments share a display and so on. If you are in the region, then spending an hour or two here will be a welcome break in your journey. Thanks to Subashini THF whose post about this place a few years…

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    கண்ணில்பட்ட சாலைப் பாதுகாப்பு கவிதை

    சென்னை மறைமலை நகர், சென்னை-திருச்சி (ஜி. எஸ். டி) தேசிய நெடுஞ்சாலையில் பார்த சாலைப் பாதுகாப்பு வாசகம். “கண் சொருகுதல் ஓட்டத்திற்கு ஆகாது” நெடுஞ்சாலையில் வாகனம் ஓட்டும் போது கவனம் மிக அவசியம். சிறு கவனக்குறைவுக் கூட ஆபத்தாக முடியும். அதனால் வாகனம் ஓட்டும் போது தூக்கம் வந்தாலோ அல்லது சோர்வாக இருந்தாலோ, ஓய்வு கட்டாயம். அதை உணர்த இதைவிட சுருக்கமாக, நச்சென்று சொல்ல முடியுமா?

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    Ranganathan Street on an early morning

    In Chennai aka Madras, T.Nagar’s Ranganathan Street is one of the most popular destinations for shopping. You can buy everything you would need for a small army here, right from textiles, footwear, kitchen utensils, grocery, electronics, jewellery, and everything in between. The area is known to be packed with a bustling crowd on any given day, especially before festival days when you will be squeezed from all sides even when you are just passing through the place. With basic caution from the shopper’s side, the place is safe to visit – while physical harassment of ladies and pickpocket thefts are non-zero occurrences, they are not common as well – the…

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    Farm visit near Pochampalli Town, Tamil Nadu

    When he came to know of my visit to Salem this week, Mr Selva Murali of Visual Media Technologies invited me to visit his hometown Pochampalli, near Krishnagiri. He enticed me by offering to show me, a city boy, to visit his organic farmlands, taste the native produce and enjoy the scenic views of the lake & greenery around. I readily agreed. I was expecting a small town, but I was surprised to find a buzzing township with several shops, eateries, and even industries nearby. From Salem, it is a two-hour drive-by National Highway 44 (new number) towards Krishnagiri, you need to take a right turn at Kariamangalam which comes…