Kumbakonam – The Celebration of Hindu Legends

Anya-kshetrE-krtam Papam-punya-kshetrE vinasyati Punya-kshetrE krtam Papam VaranAsyam vinasyati VAranAsyaAm krtam pApam KumbakOnE vinasyati KumakOne krtam pApam KumbakOnE vinasyati   You can sin anywhere and wash it away in a holy … Continue reading Kumbakonam – The Celebration of Hindu Legends

Unfinished Monoliths of Mahabalipuam – An Architectural Journey

An obsolete touristy village today, on the shore of Bay of Bengal, 60 km south of Chennai, Mahabalipuram in 7th century CE, however, was a flourishing city bustling with activities … Continue reading Unfinished Monoliths of Mahabalipuam – An Architectural Journey

Kanchipuram Murals – An Artistic Sojourn

Every year millions of tourists, art connoisseurs and heritage enthusiasts visit Ajanta, the mural capital of India located in Sahyadri Hills of Maharashtra. The mural heritage of Ajanta was however … Continue reading Kanchipuram Murals – An Artistic Sojourn

Kaman Pandigai

Lovely blossoming mango flowers are his lovely arrows,                                Kinsuka is the bow and black bees its string.                                Bright moon is his imperial canopy,                                And the spring breeze … Continue reading Kaman Pandigai

Dravida Temple Architecture – Origin and Development : A Visual Journey

As an art and heritage lover, I have travelled to many historical sites in the country but Tamil Nadu seemed to have eluded me. With the three great living chola … Continue reading Dravida Temple Architecture – Origin and Development : A Visual Journey

Megaliths of Mallachandram

 “Megaliths were not built for commoners. They signify the emergence of a ruling class or elite who presided over a surplus economy,” Ravi Korisettar, Retired Professor of Archaeology, Karnatak University. … Continue reading Megaliths of Mallachandram