Chithra Madhavan

Vishnu as the protector of wealth

Dedicated to Vaithamanidhi Perumal — the protector of treasures, this temple in Thirukkolur is one of the Navagraha Sthalams for Chevvai

08 Jan 2020

Lord with the healing touch

A lesser-known shrine in Srivilliputtur, the Vaidyanatha Svami temple has stories of God Shiva in the form of inscriptions and paintings

02 Jan 2020

Famous temples of Srivilliputtur

In this small town is a temple for Andal, one of the 12 Azhvars, where Lord Vishnu is found standing beside His devotee

26 Dec 2019

Hill-temple closely connected with Srivilliputtur

The idol of Srinivasa Perumal at this temple, atop a small hill in Thiruvannamalai,is similar to the Venkateshwara idol at Thirumala

19 Dec 2019

A Pallava marvel at Panamalai   

From historic paintings, murals to inscriptions in Samskrit and Grantha script — history seeps through the Talagirishwara temple

11 Dec 2019

Rama temple in the heart of Chennai

Situated in West Mambalam, this temple is believed to have been built with great devotion by a descendent of Bhadrachala Ramadas

03 Dec 2019

Vishnu temple in ancient Chola village 

The deity at this Vishnu temple is more than six-feet tall, and the mantapa in front of the central shrine has images of Azhvars and Acharyas

26 Nov 2019

Ancient shrines chiseled by a scholar

Kalakanteshwara temple and Varadaraja Perumal temple in Adayapalam are edifices that tell tales of Appaya Dikshita and his devotion

20 Nov 2019

Nandi guards this ancient temple

As one of the 275 Padal Petra Sthalams, the deity at the Vilvanathishwarar temple has been praised in ancient Tamil hymns

14 Nov 2019

Vellore’s magnificent Vijayanagara-era temple

The Kalyana-mandapa within the temple has many carvings of various deities, as well as an intricately designed ceiling with lotus patterns

06 Nov 2019

Stately deity near River Palar

This Vishnu temple in Pallikonda is situated to the north of Ranganatha Svami temple in Srirangam

29 Oct 2019

Ancient Vishnu temple on arterial road

The complex has a grand stone image of Lakshmi Narayana Perumal, a majestic vimana, stucco 
figures and a monolithic lamp-pillar

23 Oct 2019

A temple built by a scholar-devotee

The Sanjeevi Rayar Temple is said to be built on a part of the land where a part of Sanjeevi hill fell, in honour of Lord Hanuman

16 Oct 2019

Vishnu temple near Chennai’s cultural hub

At this temple, Lord Vishnu reclines on a five-hooded Adisesha with Goddesses Lakshmi and Bhudevi near the feet and Brahma emanating from the navel

10 Oct 2019

A Chola temple in an ancient seaport

Chola- and Vijayanagara-era inscriptions record donations in the form of salt pans to the Bhumishwarar temple due to its proximity to the ocean

01 Oct 2019