Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan

Temple Wealth: Thefts, trials, and punishments

Court cases being investigated and resolved forms the third largest topic discussed in Tamil inscriptions, the first two being details on donations made to temples and notes on land demarcation.

23 Aug 2022

Temple Wealth: Thefts, trials and punishments

The accused were branded as siva-drohis and punished by confiscation of their lands and properties. The properties were certified as endowment and fell under direct ownership of the temple.

23 Aug 2022

For whom God performed the final rites

Addressed with a prefix, 'Veera', Vallala Deva of Arunasamudra has become the most celebrated among the long list of monarchs who have offered their service to Siva Arunachaleshwara.

24 Jul 2022

Chidambaram: The town, temple and more

A heritage trip to Tamil Nadu is almost incomplete without visiting the Sabha Nayakar temple in Chidambaram, popularly called the Sri Nataraja temple.

03 Jun 2022

Trees from the past in a Tamil Nadu temple town

Tirukalukundram, in addition to the scenic views and spectacular architecture, the town has historical importance as well.

11 May 2022

Architectural conservation – An Indian perspective

Protection, restoration & conservation of ancient structures are seen as foreign. Aspects of indigenous protection, available in plenty, still await their approval by modern conservation specialists.

13 Apr 2022

Public participation in policymaking under Pandyas

The king and his ministers seem to have had no major role in looking after irrigation and associated activities.

15 Mar 2022