FLOODS IN INDIA

Floods are a common occurrence in India. The heavy precipitation from the two monsoons and periodic cyclones along the coast are almost inevitably followed by floods. The fury and accompanying devastation have got worse with each year and, despite the several grandiose schemes announced in the aftermath of the flood, they remain unabated. This article explores the reasons for floods, how they can ....


THE UNIQUE KALABHRA CAVE TEMPLE AT MELACHERI

Melacheri, a tiny village situated in Gingee taluk of Villupuram District has a rock–cut cave temple dedicated to Siva. This place is also known as Siva Gingee. This cave is excavated from the natural rock lying on the outskirts, north of this village. Locally, it is known as the Mattisvarar temple. It has a square garbhagriha with an oblong mukhamandapa in front of it. This mandapa is supported....

PLANTS, CONSTELLATIONS, THE ZODIAC AND THE PLANETS

Plants are the earliest form of life on earth. 10 million years ago, much before primitive man made an appearance; they were in fully developed existence with stems, fruits and flowers. Plants are the foundation stone of life on earth. They capture energy from the sun and use it to build up leaves, stems and roots making up a green mantle that covers much of our planet. Plants are not the only l....

TEMPLE ENDOWMENTS – AGNEESWARER TEMPLE AT THIRUPPUGALUR – PART V

Ornaments Ornaments were presented by many devotees during the reign of Rajendra II to the image of the god. Devan Pattagal Pandaram and his daughter set up the image of Suryadeva and his two consorts newly in the temple at Thiruppugalur. The names of donors are engraved in the inscription. Devan Pattagal Pandaram and his daughter belonged to Siva Padasekaraterinda Thirumanjanathar velam, a bathi....