Tamil nad / Pondicherry Articles

Cleaning is his mission

Santhanam looks like your average retired person, sitting in front of the TV or playing with his grandchildren and perhaps doing the mandatory temple visit daily. Hear him speak and you are amazed by the extraordinary thing he is doing, at an age when people will be maintaining a calendar for doctor's appointments or complaining about how the present is not as good as the past. Uzhavaram is a small spade that Tirunavukkarasar is depicted with. The saint was revered for his habit of keeping...

Treasure trove for art lovers

The square temple tank and the pillared corridor were an elegant sight at the Bhoominadha Swami temple, Thiruchuzhi. The clouds in the sky and the setting sun cast a warm glow on the pillars. A cursory glance revealed several conventional 18{+t}{+h}/19{+t}{+h}century Saivite images, some erotic images and floral designs. A long pillared corridor, within the main precincts of the temple, sets off two smaller shrines, one for the Lord and the other for the consort. The entire pillared corridor...

Every stone has a story here

A place that can delight passionate supporters of art and sculptures is tucked away deep in southern Tamil Nadu not very far off from Kerala, 47 km from Palayankottai (Sri Vallabha Chaturvedimangalam in the old days). This massive 18-acre temple for Nambi Rayar Perumal, in Tirukurungudi, has held its secrets well. Even the senior scholars, relentless in their fieldwork and reach have forgotten to write a monograph. The Chitra gopuram and the main gopuram have more than 3,500 sq.ft of wooden and...