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“Friends” ~ from the streets of Varanasi



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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.
A shot from my recent trip.

Every time I get a reason to travel and this time it happened to be my friend’s wedding at a typical rural village, down south in the district of Pudhukottai.

We started from Chennai on friday night on road, talking the gateway of south “NH45”. It was a late start due to a fellow pal, who got stuck at his work place. By that time all hotels were closed and bit of heavy rain welcomed us. Atlast we found a road side dhaba, which made us mouth water for the smell of egg porata. Atlast dinner was done. I asked the waiter, which place is this. To Our surprise he replied “Chenagalpet by-pass road”. OMG still we havent crossed Chenagalpet.

At was all fun with incidents from college days pulling each other. We were at pudhukottai the next day morning, which is about 45-50 km from the rock city, Trichy.

Started from our room around 10:30 am after breakfast. With the  information we had about places around, we headed to Chittanavasal, rock cut Jain temple.

Rock Cut cave, Jain temple @ Chittanavasal, Pudhukotai Dist

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Don’t ask me if have got a new wide-angle 🙂

This was my first click of the trip and this happened to be my best ever pano.  I JUST LOVED IT.

Chittanavasal, maintained by “Archaeology Survey Of India”, with an entry fee of Rs 5. Though it resembled like the small hill at Gingee, this has its own specialities.

ASI Entry Ticket

Stairs to climb the hill

Speciality of Chittanavasal:
It is said, after Ajanta & Ellora cave paintings, one can see the same sort of painting here in the Jain cave temple, which was built-in 7 AD. It was absolutely stunning to see the creation. Again a uniqeness is, these are not wall paintings. Painting on ceiling of the cave temple. these painting tell stories of ancient times.
Girl Picking flowers with basket, So man has invented basket much earlier. 2 Yogis of different colors, showing color discrimination. elephant taming, bison, buffalo, crocodile, frightened bird, their expressions shown so naturally and so on….

Temple with paintings

Way at the top of the hill

It’s a small temple of 25×25 ft only, of which the painting occupies the front corridor and a small room of about 10×10 ft.  Again this was mind-blowing!
WHY? keep reading
The person in charge of issuing tickets, can forward and explained us about it. He told us understand the beauty and spirituality of the place, so that you will enjoy it. if you just see them as cave. It’s just a cave.
He told us to stand in the corridor and went inside and said “OMMM”. Oh my Goddddddddddd… We could heard the echo for next 15-20 sec. Its  just a cut in middle of the mountain. How could have they designed!
I came out with so many questions in mind. Painting on a wall is possible, but how come on ceiling with some colored juice from fruits and vegetables using feathers, that too without electricity.
History of Chittanavasal:
Rock Cut Jaina Temple also called as Arivar kovil was excavated in early Paindias period in 7th Centruy AD. Facing west, It has an outside corridor and a small room inside. The rear wall consist of the room has relief figures of Jaina Tirthankaras in  sitting posture and side walls with relief figures of Parvasantha and Jaina Acaryas.

The front corridor was decorated with Mural paintings made of vegetable colors, depicting a Lotus tank with realistic figures of men, animals, flowers, fish etc. It recalls the “SAMAVASARNA” faith in Jainism. The Pillars have the dance girls.

Resembles Great Wall Of China PathwayEnd of pathway at the mount of hill

There wasn’t anything at the top of the hill, however there is a pathway made in recent times which gives a view of places around. The path way built resembles to be like the Great wall of China 🙂 🙂

To attract kids and raise the source of income, they have built an artificial lake like water body for pedal boats and parks for kids to play around.

Next our journey started towards kudumiyanmalai, about 15 kms from here.


Shikhagireeshwarar Temple

About the Temple:

An ancient Shiv temple about 50 kms from Tiruchy, under the maintenance of “Archaeology Survey Of India” (ASI). The presiding deities of are Shikhagireeshwarar and akhilAnDEshwari. Usually places under control of ASI will be so neat and clean but this place wasn’t. Probably because of the renovation works going on.

The pillars in the outer corridor have huge sculptures of Hanuman, some of the avatArs of Vishnu. The pillars in the inner corridor has sculptures of Shiva, Parvati, Vinayaka, Muruga, Shiva in Urdhvatandava, Narasimha.

The Outside corridor of the temple has a big mandapam, which has 645 pillars, However its popularly known as aiyaram (1000) kal mandapam.


Side view of a part of mandapam

This was initially built by The Cholas and later outer corridors were architecturally expanded by the Pandyas and the Vijayanagara emperors.

History Of Kudumiyanmalai:

Before this place was called Kudumiyanmalai, its name was Thirunalankunram.


Legend goes that the king used to visit the temple everyday in the evening and it was customary for the priest to give the prasad to the king after the evening pUja. One evening, it was getting late and King Sundarapandian had still not come. Since the closing time of the temple was nearing, the priest gave the prasad to the dasis who danced everyday at the temple. Seeing the king enter the temple just as the dasis were leaving, the priest got worried and took the flowers from the dasis who had already worn it on their hair and gave it to the king. Seeing a strand of hair on the flower, the king became suspicious and questioned the priest about the presence of hair in the flowers. Overcome by fear, the priest lied that it was from Lord Shiva’s head. Angered by the priest’s reply, the king locked him inside the temple, telling him that he would come the next day and check if the Lord did really have hair. Worried, the priest prayed to the Lord.

The next day when the king came, there was indeed a kudumi/shikha (tuft) on the Shiva linga! Becoming suspicious, the king tried to pull it from the Shiva linga, only to see blood coming from the lingam! That’s how the Shiva here got the name Shikhagishwarar & the place got the name, Kudumiyanmalai.

Ancient scripting on the walls

since it was after noon and the temple was totally emplty, the person incharge had an eye on us and restricted us from clicking 😦

Hill next to the temple:

There is hill behind the temple, where you can spot a small temple at the top. It didn’t have proper stairs to climb. However it was easy to climb as mentioned by the temple incharge. Our friends were tired and decided to stay in teh car, but I didnt want to missed the view of the dusk from hill top. Two of us decided to go ahead and it was worth it.

Pano view from hill top


Murugar Temple on the top

Back to Pudhukottai exactly at intro song of Mankatha movie @ vijay theatre, though I am not die hard fan of the ultimate star “AJITH” this was ultimate indeed. I ENJOYED IT 🙂

Friends wedding the next day morning. Back to Chennai!

Back to chennai without a sip of Jigarthanda, not at all. We went all the way into Trichy city without taking the by-pass road. That made our trip 🙂 My friends didn’t know about the famous “vechu”, a diffrent form of porata. Why to come back home half heart. Letz taste that toooooo.

What else do we need to end our trip when the climate is so chill.Hotttt vechu with mutton gravy at 7 PM in a road side dhaba.

Few Works From the trip:


I Am No More Valued

நெஞ்சம் நிறைந்த விநாயக சதுர்த்தி தின நல் வாழ்த்துக்கள்…


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விநாயக சதுர்த்தி வாழ்த்துக்கள்
Ganapathi bapapa moriya….
It’s My B’day, I am getting ready……….
Shot at Kusapet, Chennai. A typical north chennai locality with small streets and with huts and mud houses near Purshawakkam. People over there were very friendly and cooperative when I went with our Chennai Weekend Clickers team. Its well-known for making huge statues for Ganesh Chathurthi Festive. Residents of Kuspaet are basically potter, hence its also called Kuyavar Pettai. Ganesha statues of different sizes are made here from a month or two before the festival.
The small ones are made of clay and huge statues were made of “Plaster Of Paris”. Since the Govt has banned the use of making Plaster Of Paris statues, as it contaminates the water bodies, when the statues are dissolved in sea after the festival. Nowdays these big statues are made of some paper raw materials. These paper statues are not made at kusapet, however the sales still happens there, which retains the pride of the place.

Making of Pulliyar


Blessings from Ganesha

The WIKI says Love is an emotion of strong affection and personal attachment, but does this 4 letter word stop there!

Is it only for humans???

There is no end for it.
To be continued………..

Kids, they are gifted to earth. Its always intresting to watch their expressions and activities, sometimes it even gets difficult to handle them 🙂

Recently did a shot for a family friend of mine, sharing few of them here.
Master. Prasanna, 2.8 years old from Nicobar island.
His creativity is from north pole to south pole and ofcourse a big chatterbox.

The Mahabalipu​ram Shore temple
The Mahabalipu​ram Shore temple

Though Being a Chennaite, staying a bit close, I had never visited the magnificent place. My friend Shivaram arranged a trip with his friends on a week end.

Shore temple at dawn

Shore temple at dawn

Alone I Stand

Our bikes roared through the Chennai East Coast road, we reached by 6.30. But it was late, we couldn’t be there for sun rise. The climate was so cool initially but showed no mercy later 😦 the sky was simply awesome blue with wonderful cloud formations everywhere. It has been a very long time since I have shot under such beautiful sky.

To my surprise the entry fee for shore temple was Rs. 10 and there was no entry for our cameras, however tripods weren’t allowed inside so had to leave them at the counter. Also the same ticket can be used to enter FIVE RATHAS as well. We came to know this from a hawker, selling butter milk. Lucky our friend had those tickets in his pocket.

About Mahabalipuram:

Mahabalipuram (as called today) was variably known as Mallai, Kadal Mallai and Mamallai in ancient history of 6th – 8th Centuary A.D. This was one of the Pallavs ports. A majority of these monuments seems to belong to Narasimha Varma and his successors. Many minor carbings lie scattered in the place shows witness or the pallavas architecture, art & religion patronage.

Alike my last to Gangaikonda Cholapuram, I could see this place is also maintained so neat and clean by the archaeological survey of india.

Butter Ball:
Teh Localites call it as butter ball, where a huge rocks stands still on a slopy hill. Its all the theory of center of gravity 🙂

Butter Ball

Butter Ball

Butter Ball - side view

Thirumurthy temple/cave:

There is a small temple next to it is a small cave like structure known as thiru-murthy, that is Shiva, Brahma abd Vishnu the 3 hindu gods. This place is also called as Bheema’s Adupu (3 stones kept together to balance a vessel for cooking). Bheema being a gaint in hindu mythology, its believed he used these rocks for cooking. I over heard this from a tourist guide explaing about this place.

Thirumurthy temple

Break fast at a road side shop, Not as taste as a usual road side, it as jsut sort of okie.

It was alomost going to be midday and the sun was at its peak. We settled under a shady tree next to a woman selling buttermilk. Its was super cool for such a hot climate. when we ask how mcuh she said 30 bucks, but we had only 5 buttermilk and its only 25 bucks. she said okie then take mangoes for balance. haaaa her intention was to get Rs. 30 form us some how.

Next was the five rathas,

Panch is a Hindi world which means ‘Five’. These fine rock temples are located in a sandy compound. These five Rathas are the perfect examples of the evolution of Dravidian style architecture. There are built in the shaper of pagodas and they look similar to that of the Buddhist shrines and monasteries. Rathas in English means chariots. There chariots are constructed with Towers, The cars of gods, multipillared halls, and sculptured walls which are chissled out minutely.

The Rathas have an association to the great epic Mahabharata which describes the heroes of Mahabharata with their wife Draupadi which is termed as pancha pandava rathas. The five rathas are

(i) Draupadi’s Ratha
(ii) Arjuna’s Rath
(iii) Nakul – Sahadev’s Rath
(iv) Bhima Rath and
(v) Dharamraja Yudhistar’s Rath

Five Rathas

Getting there:

Mahabalipuram is hardly 2 hours drive from chennai alond the ECR road.
From CMBT, Koyembedu: 568C (AC MTC bus) or any bus going to Puducherry, Kalpakkam, Cuddalore or Chidambaram (Look for the “ECR” sticker on the windscreen; these buses aren’t AC but they reach faster)
From T Nagar: 599 (AC MTC bus)
Hop ON Hop Off bus service:
Tamil nadu tourism has recently launch Hop ON Hop Off bus service which starts from tamilnadu tourism office at Walajah Road, Chepauk (near cheapuk cricket stadium). Service starts from 9AM. It cost Rs 250 AC and 24 hrs validity. Advantage of this service is you can get down at any spot along ECR and once you are done, board the next bus with the same ticket. Its worth you can check out diffrent tourist spot along ECR.

Spots to check along East Coast Road:

MGM dizze world
Dakshin Chitra
Crocodile Bank
Nithya Kalyana Perumal temple
Tiger Cave
Muttukadu Boat house
Cholamandal Artist Village

Few creations from Mahabs:

Mahab, a wider view

A self catch
A self catch

இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!!

அனைவருக்கும் இனிய சர்வதாரி தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!!!!

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Sri Neervana Swamy Temple, Thiruneermalai, Pallavaram, Chennai

Thiruneermalai is a panchayat town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Its about 8 kms from Pallavaram Bus stop. The temple at the top of the hill is famous for filming.

The temple:
The base Temple is dedicated to Lord Rama also known as Neervanan in a standing posture and the temple up the hill has four shrines for Lord Ranganatha (Kidanthaan – in reclining posture), Animamalarmangai Thayaar, Trivikrama (Nadanthaan – in standing posture) and Lord Narasimha (Irundhaan – sitting posture). It is a double prakaram temple. The Garuda shrine faces the Lord. The view from the top of the hill is wonderful.

The legend is that when Valmiki prayed to Lord Ranganatha and Goddess Ranganayaki in the base temple, they took the form of Lord Rama and Sita, Sesha, Conch, Chakra as Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatruguna and Garuda as Hanuman. Sage Valmiki could view Lord Ranganatha, Lord Trivikrama and Lord Narasimha in the top temple.

Getting there:
Its hardly 15-20 mins drive from pallavaram or you could board M55A which starts from Broadway and goes through Thiruneermalai till Pazhanthandalam.

In & around Thiruneermalai:

Your life is a piece of clay, dont let anyone else mold it for you.

Pottery and faming seems to be the main works of people there, but its vanishing slowly and very few familys are involved in this told this gentlemen, who closed the business for the day to visit his new born grand daughter. But he himslef came forward and did 2 pot for us to click. hats off to him.

Temple Tank @ Thiruneermalai

Temple at the base of hill

Mandapam at the entrance

Temple Entrance to climb the hill

Temple Entrance to climb the hill

Entrance of Main temple

Entrance of Main temple

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it ~ Jean de La Fontaine

Whats fun for us..... is life for others.

Supermoons and elections doesnt come every fortnight.

Supermoons and elections doesnt come every fortnight.

Its the orbital mechanics that brings the moon closer to Earth than that it has been in more than 18 years, the biggest full moon occured on March 19th 2011, Saturday. It was as much as 14% wider and 30% brighter than lesser full Moons.

Its wasnt visbile completely everywhere due to bad weather, But we Indians we lucky enough to enjoy the Super moon.

I tried to shot, but ended up in nothing with my 18-55 mm lens, after a couple of days got a chance to use canon 70-300 mm lens of my friend. This time I didn’t want to miss the chance but it had already melted half way.

Tamil Nadu State Election:

On April 13 2011, people of tamil nadu has the “right to vote” for a canditate of their choice. Each one has their own reason to chose a party/canditate.

What may…what go…
Do not miss the chance to exercise your franchise

This offer came to me all of a sudden, There was last minute drop out in my friend’s outing plan and I made use of the chance. Chennai to my friend’s home at Tutucorin and visiting places in and around.

Chennai to kovilpatti by Guruvayur Express, I always hate this so-called express. It can be renamed as passenger. Took a bus from kovil patti to tutucorin and it was almost 10PM when we reached home.

Started to Papanasam next day morning. It’s almost 4 hrs drive. Breakfast on the way and reached around noon. We were in the neighbouring district – Thirunelveli.

It’s about 2000+ m from sea level on a hilly region, Our first stop was at Agasthiyar falls. Pathaneer to start off with, the sort of juice extracted from the palm tree in summer.

Pathaneer on a hot summer day

Agasthiar Falls

This falls wasn’t a very big one, it had small branches on the other sides, which we managed to reach climbing small boulders. Lots of school children and localites spending their week end. One best thing about this place is vendors there have been banned to use plastic carry bags, but still people who visit pollute the place.

Branches near to the main falls

What a pleasure when you stand under the down pouring water.

These local terrorist grab eatables from the visitor, You can never escape from them.

Local terrorist

Our next stop was at the Kariyar Dam, which is about 30-45 minutes drive up the hill. This is a reserve forest, spread across a massive area marked as a reserve for tiger rehabilitation programme. At the check post you need to pay Rs 15/per individual, car and camera.

This official peeped into our car for inspection 🙂

At the checkpost

Vehicles aren’t allowed after a point, got to walk about 1.5 km, which was bit steep. It was almost 4 pm, all of us were hungry without lunch, so thought of taking some snacks with us. Forest officer seeing this shouted at us… “If you take this up, our people with collect it from you”. I thought eatables aren’t allowed inside like the ZOO in Chennai. Then he added up saying with a smile, if you harm them you will pay a fine of 25000.

Then realised he is talking about the local terrorist. so decided to leave the bag in our car. By the time my friend’s mom could reach the car, she lost 2 chips packets.

Walk for 15 min from car parking - Kariyar Dam

This dam is being used for generating hydro-electric power and then using for irrigating and other purposes. This spot is being maintained by Tamil Nadu Electricity Board and not Tamil Nadu Tourism.

The main office of TNEB, hydro power station. Photo prohibited, people shouted when i pointed my camera against this building. I somehow managed to get one 🙂

TNEB hydro power station

Couldn’t figure our why it mentioned as Thambraparni Dam 1938-1943, Probably it was the old name. The river which starts from here is still being called as “Thamaraparani”.

Talking to a guard, I came to know this was constructed during british period and not maintained by TNEB.

You got a take a motor boat which cost Rs 20/head, need to wait until the boat is filled with it capacity of 15 or you can hire it completely for Rs. 300.

Need to get down about 50-100 meters down as the water level as decreased.

I have been boating very frequently past few months, but this one was something very different. This boat will take you to the other side of dam to Vanateertham Falls and it’s not possible to go by walk.

Boating and water outlet at the dam

Getting down at the other side of dam, again need to climb a bit steep rocks. These Rocks aren’t usually visible and will be covered full with water ever the place from where I shot this.

Other side of Dam


Walking about 15-20 mins from the boat, a big falls called vanateertham falls.

Vanateertham Falls

Totally exhausted after a bath at falls, back to boat and entry of dam. Luckily we got a share auto from the Dam till car parking avoiding 15 mins walk.

Back to tutucorin, on the way back, Yummy yummy egg parota and jigarthanda. If you havent tasted “jigarthanda” please do when you get a chance. In Chennai you get it in all outlet of Murugan Idli Shop.
Probably it can be termed as “Indian Falluda”

I knew tutucorin is famous for its harbour, it adds a huge income in overseas trade. It’s also well known for “Dry Fish” its cheap and good.

Apart from these, Tutucorin is also famous for “Macroons”, wow wow wow.. it just melts in mouth. the one we get in our super markets sucks. My friend said it’s quite costly, but didn’t knew it was costlier than home-made chocolates, Yes, it cost Rs 500 per kilo. But trust me.. worth it 🙂

It needs to be stored in an air tight container, if not it becomes like cotton candy. Never miss a tutucorin dry fish and macroons if you get a chance.

Getting to Papanasam from Chennai:
Board a train from Chennai Egmore to Thirunelveli, you get frequent buses from there to Amba Samudram, from Amba Samudram hiring a car will be fine to go up the hill and visit places near by, as there are only 2 buses which run in this route.

Few of my work from this trip:

Little Lady drying her hair

Success doesnt come without hurdles, its your choice to move ahead or stay back

Faithful Friends

Good Or Bad, each journey has a reason!

Its Summerrr