Saturday, August 22, 2015


As part of the Madras Day 2015 celebrations, A heritage walk was conducted in the Chintadripet Sivan Vishnu temple by Pradeep Chakravarthy.

 A background of History : the Britishers came to india looking for cloth and wanted to setup weavers near chennai for them to export to england. They collected capable weavers from all over south india who were willing to settle nearby chennai and created a village for them. This village was "Chinna Thari Pettai" which has changed to the now chintadripet. the weavers stipulated some conditions for them to relocate to this place and some of these were

 * The village must have temples
 * the village must have large no of trees for them to dry their cloth
 * there must be water source nearby for the business.

 The Britishers identified the current chintadripet as one that suits all the conditions and made the weavers settle here. Hence growth of chintadripet is growth of chennai.

 Shiva Temple entrance
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Inside Sivan Temple
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Mandapam outside Sivan temple
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Perumal Temple Entrance
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Inside Perumal Temple
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Vaahanam ;
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Sculptures in the Mandapam outside the Shiva Temple
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Bronze Statues: These two bronze statues are one of the most prized possessions of these temples.
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Sculptures inside the temple
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Varaha Avataram
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Krishna Avataaram
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I think the below must be Vaamana Avatharam
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Koorma Avatharam
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Another instance of varaha Avataram

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Narasimha Avataram
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Krishnar dancing on snake
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Krishnar Stealing Vennai
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Animals listening to Krishnar
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Some other Sculptures :

 Kids dancing with mother
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Monday, May 09, 2011

My Travels - 2011


I am giving the links to my older posts here as I felt it was difficult to navigate around this blog.

1. The After Effects of Tsunami : A Weekend Gone Sour

2. Tirupati Trip

3. Coonoor - Kothagiri Trip

4. Wayanad Trip

5. Guntur Trip

6. Halebid Belur Trip

7. Thekkady - Idukki Trip

8. Munnar Trip

9. Hyderabad - Waarangal Trip

10. Mazhai In madras

11. Pondicherry Trip

12. Caves In/around Chennai - 1 - Goodiyam Caves

13. Kaatupalli Island Trip

14. Waalajah - Arcot - Vellore Trip

15. Chitoor Trip

16. Hills in Chennai - 1 - Chinna Malai

17. Hills in Chennai - 2 - Parangi Malai

18. Temples in Chennai - 1 - Thiruvalluvar Temple

19. Caves In/around Chennai - 2 - Chinna Malai Cave

20. Caves In/Around Chennai - 3 - Vallam Caves

21. Temples In Chennai - 2 - Singa Perumal Kovil

22. Temples in Chennai - 3 - Sekkizhar Kovil

23. Temples in Chennai - 4 - Kundrathoor Murugan Kovil

24. Temples in Chennai - 5 - Thiruneermalai Kovil

25. Tada falls

26. Kollimalai Trip

27. Kannur and Thalassery Trip

28. Nilgris Trek Day 1

29. Nilgris Trek Day 2

30. Nilgris Trek Day 3

31. Nilgris Trek - Murugamalai

32. Nilgris Trek Day 4

33. Nilgris Trek Day 5

34. Nilgris Trek Day 6

35. Kottai Malai

36. Poosimalai Kuppam Aranmanai

37. S V Nagaram Aranmanai

38. Goa Trek Day 1

39. Goa Trek Day 2

40. Goa Trek Day 3

41. Goa Trek Day 4

42. Goa Trek Day 5

43. Goa Trek Day 6

44. Goa Trek Day 7

45. Goa Trek Day 8

46. Goa Trek Day 9

47. Kollimalai Trek Day 1

48. Kollimalai Trek Day 2

49. Heritage walk to Fort St. george

50. Kodaikanal To Munnar Trek - Day 1

51. Kodaikanal to Munnar Trek - Day 2

52. Kodaikanal to Munnar Trek - Day 3

53. Kodaikanal to Munnar Trek - day 3

54. Kodaikanal to Munnar Trek - day4

55. Kodaikanal to Munnar Trek - Day 5

56. Kodaikanal to Munnar Trek - Day 6

57. Thirusoolam Quarry

58. Heritage walk to St thomas mount

59. Vijayawada Trip

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Vijayawada Trip

Vijayawada trip

Date : 5-3-2011
Place : Vijayawada
People : Megarajan and Raghavendra

Another day, Another Marriage, this time in Vijayawada.

There is something interesting about caves and I heard there were many caves around vijayawada. Hence the plan was to see as many of them as possible.
These were the ones I had in mind.

[1] Undavalli caves
[2] Mogalrajapuram caves
[3] Akkanna and Madana caves

But I was able to see only Undavalli caves in this trip and I had to miss the others.

Undavalli caves

The undavalli caves were just outside of vijayawada and were well maintained by the ASI.


Description of the undavalli caves


Old Telugu Inscriptions in the cave


Brahma and other associated gods.


anantasayana perumal


Greenery around the caves :


Garuda ;


Not sure who these people are , but they keep a constant watch.


Amaravathi stupa :

In my last trip , I missed this one and I expected a lot out of this. But it turned out be a damp squib with nothing more than a mound.

This is a buddha statue currently being built to make amaravathi more prominent in the buddhist tourist map.




this is model of the stupa which must have been present in amaravathi .


Kondapalli fort

In my many previous treks, though I have not been the fittest of all, I have seen many people struggling hard to climb, and needed help. But today was the day when it caught up with me and I was left gasping for breath and I had to see others waiting for me to catch up. :-( . Somehow with the help of Raghavendra who accompanied me in this trip, I was finally able to climb to the top.


The fort was a big one and it had the nicest of views.



Kondapalli Toys

After we climbed down the kondapalli fort, we spent a lot of time going through the shops in the kondapalli village and finally I didnt buy anything worthwhile.
The toys were many and were very good. I wish they were more popular and they sold more of them.


This was the biggest of them all and was eye catching.


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