Chithra Madhavan

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

Where Srinivasa blesses with a sankha and a chakra

The historic area of Nandambakkam, a suburb of Chennai, is home to the Kodandarama Svami temple, which dates back to the Vijayanagara era.

02 May 2018

Siva is Nandishwarar here

Adambakkam, situated close to Alandur, is an ancient place as testified to by the presence of an old temple for Siva, worshipped as Nandishwarar.

17 Apr 2018

Three-time award winner for best maintained temple 

Vellalar Street, a narrow road in Purasavakkam, one of the oldest areas of Chennai, is home to a small temple dedicated to Srinivasa Perumal (Vishnu). T

10 Apr 2018

Linga that relieves nerve-related disorders

Perambakkam, an ancient place close to Thiruvallur, is home to the Vaikuntha Perumal temple and also to the Siva temple dedicated to Cholishwarar.

03 Apr 2018

A rare shrine for sage Vikhanasa Maharishi

Perambakkam, a small and ancient village situated enroute from Sriperumbudur to Thiruvallur, has two temples, one for Siva dedicated to Cholishwara and another for Vishnu.

28 Mar 2018

Sriperumbudur temple is a treasure trove of inscriptions

The ancient names of this deity, as given in the inscriptions are Bhutishvarat-Azhvar, Aludaiyar Thirupudishvaram Udaiyar, Udaiyar Thiruppudishvaram-Udaiya Nayanar and others.

21 Mar 2018

This temple has the old sounds of music

The Bharadvajeshwarar temple, popularly known as the Puliyur Sivan Kovil, is one of the many ancient shrines in Kodambakkam.

14 Mar 2018

Palapur’s history etched in this shrine

Among the numerous villages that dot either side of the banks of River Palar (known in Sanskrit as Ksheera Nadi) is one known as Palapur which is home to a temple for Vishnu worshipped as Keerthi Nara

08 Mar 2018