The ancient group of monuments at Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram, earlier known as Mahabalipuram, is an ancient coastal town about 60 km off Chennai along the Coromandel coast. Mahabalipuram is famous for its group of monuments and features in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. The monuments were built during the Pallava dynasty around the 7th and 8th century. Continue reading “The ancient group of monuments at Mamallapuram”

Kanchipuram : The heritage city of Temples

Kanchipuram is a very old town and is well known for its temples. The town is believed to be one of the holiest places and is one of the Sapta Puris of Hinduism. Kanchipuram was ruled by the Pallava rulers followed by the Cholas, the Pandyas and the Vijayanagara empire. The town has some major shrines dedicated to the three sects of Hinduism. While the Kamakshi Amman temple is one of the 51 shakti peeths, out of 108 major shrines of Lord Vishnu, 14 are situated in Kanchipuram itself. Continue reading “Kanchipuram : The heritage city of Temples”

Ooty & The Nilgiri Mountain Railway

If Ooty is the queen of hills then monsoon is the time when she adorns the most exquisite fabric of the nature. Never is she more romantic and more pulchritudinous than in the monsoons. The deluge may be a predicament for the tourists but it also brings with it billowing clouds which wreathes the peaks and the tea gardens. The mist and the breeze creates a miasma of happiness and romance. Truly said love is in the air of Ooty in the monsoon. Continue reading “Ooty & The Nilgiri Mountain Railway”

Madurai trip & visit to the Meenakshi Amman Temple

Madurai situated on the banks of river Vaigai is one of the oldest city in India. Hindu mythology has legends mentioning this place in events that happened millions of years ago. Madurai is believed to be the site of the celestial wedding of Lord Shiva and Tadaatagai (an incarnation of Goddess Parvati). An annual 10 day Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival is observed during April and May to celebrate the wedding , which attracts over 1 million visitors. Continue reading “Madurai trip & visit to the Meenakshi Amman Temple”

Visiting the Third Dham at Rameshwaram

I have always been someone who is attracted to our ancient culture. The artistry of ancient temples and forts have always allured me more than visiting hill stations and beaches. As an ardent follower and explorer of Hinduism, I love travelling to famous temples, exploring the legends and folk tales these monuments have beholden for centuries.

Hinduism has four shrines called the Char Dhams visiting which is a matter of paramount virtue for any Hindu. Being from Odisha, I had been to Puri dham numerous times. I had also been to Badrinath dham in Uttarakhand. Currently residing in South India, it was time for me to reignite the pilgrim in me and visit the third dham- RAMESHWARAM. Continue reading “Visiting the Third Dham at Rameshwaram”