Golu Bommai

The significance of Bommai Golu during Navaratri – India’s Doll Festival

Navaratri or Golu pandigai ( for Tamizhians) is India’s Doll festival and in fact, Hinamatsuri- the doll festival of Japan is very similar to this ancient Hindu custom of dolls’ display. While Navaratri (Navratri) across the rest of India is often associated with ritualistic worship or garba or Durga Puja, the local populace in TamilNadu celebrate it as a ‘nine-day dolls …

Gangaikondacholapuram temple

Gangaikondacholapuram – Possibly the most elegant UNESCO Heritage Site in the world

The UNESCO Heritage Site of Gangaikondacholapuram temple in TamilNadu, India, is a result of triumph, aspiration and dream of one of the widely acclaimed and successful Chola emperor – Rajendra Chola. Everything about this wonderful temple site is as grand and magnificent as the historical milestones of the emperor. Personally, I consider it the most elegant of …

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace-A stunning heritage structure in Tamil Nadu,India

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace also known as Madurai Palace is a testimony to the city’s secularism and diversity. If Madurai is world- famous for its Meenakshi Amman Temple, it is equally popular for the Anglo-Indian community, the churches, the Jaina Caves and its multicultural society. On my recent trip to Madurai, I decided to visit the …

darasuram

Airavateswara Temple at Darasuram, India : A Chola repository of micro carvings and sculptures – Part 2

Airavateswara Temple at Darasuram is a Chola repository of micro carvings and sculptures. For first-timers who are visiting this temple, it could be a bit daunting and overwhelming as to where and what to look, which sculpture to ponder over and which to give a miss, as it happened in my case. These two posts, …

Darasuram

Darasuram Airavateswara Temple,UNESCO Site in India -A Chola repository of micro carvings and sculptures – Part 1

“Darasuram is near our Swamimalai, isn’t it?”, asks my grandma. “Why do you want to go there? The temple there is in ruins”, she continues. This news disappoints me a bit. I ask her when had she visited the temple last, as, she frequents our family temple at Swamimalai often. She answers ’long back’. I …