Chithra Madhavan

Without a Gopuram, this temple is breaking norms

Eekadu, a village close to Thiruvallur, is home to a small temple for Kalyana Viraraghava Perumal which is rather unique. This temple faces west and the entrance has only a gate and not a gopuram as s

15 Aug 2018

Where Lord Venkatesvara Swami married padmavathi

Narayanavanam is situated in Chitoor district, is home to a Vishnu temple dedicated to Kalyana Venkatesvara Svami, where, according to tradition, the sacred wedding of God Venkatesvara Svami and Goddess Padmavathi, daughter of Akasaraja took place.

07 Aug 2018

Shrine dedicated to vishnu’s matsya avatara

Nagalapuram, approximately eighty km from Chennai, houses the Vedanarayana Svami temple, a unique shrine for God Vishnu’s first incarnation as a fish (Matsya Avatara)..

31 Jul 2018

Where lord Siva rests his head on Parvati’s lap

Surutapalli is home to an unique temple enshrining the majestic reclining image of Siva, worshipped here as Pallikondeshwarar.

25 Jul 2018

This temple has special sanctums for acharyas

Arani, a small town in Thiruvallur District, has a temple for Vishnu dedicated to Adikesava Perumal. This east-facing temple has a modern gopuram constructed only up to the entrance level.

18 Jul 2018

lord siva in the land of sampangi flowers

Located near River Arani in the small town of Arani in Thiruvallur District is a large temple for God Siva, worshipped as Sampangi Pitchalishwarar.

10 Jul 2018

Hanuman idol here is carved out of a single slab of stone

The small village of Nalatthur near Thiruttani has a temple for Hanuman (Anjaneya) worshipped as Veeramangala Veeranjaneya Swamy. This deity, approximately five and a half feet tall, is carved out of

03 Jul 2018

Sculptures of Shiva and vishnu adorn the chariot

Minjur,  a village fairly close to Chennai has two old temples. One is for Varadaraja Perumal (Vishnu) and the other is for Ekamranatha (Shiva)

26 Jun 2018

A Temple similar to that in Kanchipuram

Minjur, close to Chennai, was known as Mauncharanyam (in Samskrit, Mauncha is a type of grass and Aranyam is forest) as this variety of grass once grew here in abundance.

20 Jun 2018

Pillars of Chola era adorn the sanctum of this temple

Melur, a small village in Thiruvallur District, is well-known to devotees of Siva and Parvati as it is home to the Thirumanangishwarar temple.

13 Jun 2018

Rama protected this town from flooding

Thiruninravur has two famous temples, one for Hridayalishwarar (Siva) and another for Bhaktavatsala Perumal (Vishnu).

06 Jun 2018

Here Siva resides in his devotee’s heart

Thiruninravur in Thiruvallur District is home to the Hridayalishwarar temple, dedicated to Siva.

30 May 2018

Episodes from ‘Ramayana’ are seen in the mandapas in this temple

Vada Madurai, a small village near Periyapalayam, has a history going back to at least the Chola times.

23 May 2018

Sage Agasthya prayed to a Siva Linga here 

Vadamadurai, a village near Periyapalayam in Thiruvallur District, about 40 km from Chennai, has an antiquity going back to at least the Chola times. There are two small temples here. One is for Vishn

15 May 2018

Ramanujacharya visited this temple in West Mambalam

The Adikesava Perumal temple, located on Govindan Street in West Mambalam is one of the many temples in and around Chennai which are associated with the Srivaishnava preceptors (Acharyas).

09 May 2018

Asian Games 2018