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Nataraja in Chola Bronze

Understanding The Chola Bronzes, Bronze Statues & Art Form

Chola Bronzes are the finest example of metal art - with their poetic recreation of divine images that are as much divine as they are sensual.
Kali Amman Temple, Chidambaram

Chidambaram Travel Beyond Its Iconic Nataraja Temple

  I had expected Chidambaram city to be a small Nataraja temple town. But it turned out to be a thriving town way beyond its temples, though as a tourist all you get to hear...
Colorful Durbar Hall at Maratha Palace Tanjore

Maratha Palace or Thanjavur Palace – Maratha Might In South India

Post Chola period, in the medieval times, Tanjore or Thanjavur came under the Nayakas. Who were followed by the Maratha Nayakas Bhonsle family? The last one being the clan of Shivaji through his half-brother...
Srirangam Temple city, Trichy

Srirangam Temple, Trichy – Largest Living Temple

All my friends who had done the Chola temple trail before me kept telling me that I should spend at least a day in Srirangam Temple Trichy. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is the name of...
Airavatesvara Temple Darasuram

Soaking The Charms Of Airavatesvara Temple At Darasuram

I reached Darasuram around dusk on an auto through a muddy road that looked like going nowhere. But suddenly the Airavatesvara temple appeared in front of my eyes. Airavatesvara Temple is also popularly known...
Brihadeeswara Temple, Gangaikondacholapuram

Brihadeeswarar Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Brihadeeswarar temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram was supposed to be the bigger version of the same temple in Tanjore. It was built by the son of the King Rajraja who built the temple in Tanjore...
Brihadeeswara Temple, popularly called the Big Temple or Thanjavur Temple

Big Temple or Brihadeeswara Temple, Tanjore aka Thanjavur

Brihadeeswara Temple or literally the big temple is the epitome of South Indian temple architecture. And is the signature temple of the Cholas. If you do not have the time to go around and see...
Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram reflecting in the temple tank

Nataraja Temple or Chidambaram Temple – An Iconic Shiva Temple

Chidambaram to most North Indians is just a name of a famous politician. And maybe it is the name of the village he comes from. It is only when you come down south or...
Carvings & Caves at Mahabalipuram

Revisiting Mahabalipuram – UNESCO World Heritage Site

This was my third trip to Mahabalipuram in 13+ years or so. Every time I traveled to Mahabalipuram I used a different mode of transport to go and a different camera with me. This...

Madurai Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu Visit – A Travelogue

Like a lot of other trips, Madurai Rameshwaram & Kanyakumari circuit had been on my mind for a long time, and since the whole trip was not working out I went for a short trip...

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