Tamil Nadu

Nataraja in Chola Bronze

Understanding 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...
Colorful Durbar Hall at Maratha Palace Tanjore

Maratha 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...
Srirangam Temple city, Trichy

Srirangam Temple, Trichy – The 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...
Airavatesvara Temple Darasuram

Soaking The Charms Of Airavatesvara Temple At Darasuram

I reached Darasuram around dusk on auto through a muddy road that looked like going nowhere. But suddenly the Airavatesvara temple appeared in front...
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...
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. It is the signature temple of the Cholas. If...
Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram reflecting in the temple tank

Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram – An Iconic Shiva Temple

Chidambaram to most North Indians is just the name of a famous politician. And maybe it is the name of the village he comes...
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 the place I used a different mode...

Madurai Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu Visit – A Travelogue

Like a lot of other trips, Madurai to Kanyakumari circuit had been on my mind for a long time. Since the whole trip was...

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