Temple Touring in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu  the state with the tongue wagging names

Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram is a sleepy beach village of 12,000 with astonishing rock sculptures.

The Five Rathas- another monument buried  in sand and forgotten about until the British “rediscovered them” and let the Indian dig them out.

Arjuna’s Penance, a 12 meter long relief sculpture

We all  know what this sign means, but this is not the real India. This is Pondicherry or Punducherry a french leftover which offers baguettes, croissants, foie gras and horn free zones?

Tamil Nadu has got it’s own Film Industry called Kollywood.   Never got the chance to see a movie but you sure get a bit tempted.  Posters with a Peter Sellers lookalike.

                                               Tiruchirappalli- Sri Ranganathathar Temple                          Pilgrims, Rock fort Temple Tiruchirappalli

                                                                                                     Pilgrims inside the Sri Ranganathar Temple

Sunday and serious action at the Sri  Meenakshi Temple in Madurai.

Inside the Sri Meenakashi Temple , Madurai

                                                                                                                                      Streets of Madurai

Vegetable and fruit market Madurai                         Leaves ready to be stuffed and become Paan.

Devotees of Bhagavan AYAPPA SWAMY, the little brother of Ganesh, is very famous in the southern states. January is Yatra (pilgrimage) and during our travels we meet a lot of them, and they explained some of the family tree of this for us until then unknown god.

Sri Meenakshi Temple, Madurai                                          A close up at the Gopurams

Gopurams (gateway towers) acts as

colorful entrances

to the inner temple sanctums.

Sri Meenakshi Temple, Madurai