Tag: shiva

How the royal Elephant got his colour restored – Darasuram

The legend tells us, that Airavata, Lord Indra’s most beautiful white elephant with four tusks and seven trunks, was cursed by Sage Durvasa for disrespecting him by mistake. Durvasa, a sage known for his temper, presented Lord Indra a garland of heavenly fragrant flowers… Continue Reading “How the royal Elephant got his colour restored – Darasuram”

Kumbakonam – India’s most ancient cultures

If you love to retrace the footsteps of ancient cultures, myths and legends you certainly have to come to this part of India. If you are keen to explore more than just the century and measurements of temples then this is the place. If… Continue Reading “Kumbakonam – India’s most ancient cultures”

Madurai

Madurai is one of the oldest living cities of the world. The center and the reason for the city is the complex of the Sri Meenakshi Temple. The immense and colourful Entrance doors (Gopurams) are visible even before you reach the city. To get… Continue Reading “Madurai”

Thanjavur

People call it the “big temple” and the talk is of the probably grandest structure in South India, the Brihadeshwara Temple at Thanjavur. The top of the temple is adorned by a 70 ton rock and till date the speculation is on, on how… Continue Reading “Thanjavur”

Chidambaram

Chidambaram might be considered by many just a stop over on the way to central Tamil Nadu. Yet just passing by would be a pity, because to the locals this is one of the most important places in the land. The Shiva temple in… Continue Reading “Chidambaram”

Evening prayer

Om. I am neither the mind, Intelligence, ego, nor ’chitta’, Neither the ears, nor the tongue, Nor the senses of smell and sight, Neither ether, nor air, I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness. I am Shiva! I am Shiva! I am neither the ’prana’,… Continue Reading “Evening prayer”

Living on a prayer

Inside the great Menakshi Temple in Madurai

Temple offerings, Madurai, India