Cultural Heritage

MAMANDUR – A PALLAVA HERITAGE

Mamandur, situated on the Kanchipuram-Vandavasi (Wandiwash) road, and about 15 km from Kanchipuram, is the location of a natural cave housing a Tamil Brahmi inscription. Brahmi is the earliest Indian alphabetical script with regional variations, one of which is Tamil Brahmi. Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions are dated between 300 BCE and 300 CE.

It has been suggested that

ADIYAMAAN CAVE TEMPLES AT NAMAKKAL

G. Balaji

Namakkal is famous for the ‘Namakkal Anjaneyar’, and 18 foot tall idol of Hanuman that stands beneath the open sky. The city lies at the foot of a huge rock, upon which there is a fort built by Ramachandra Nayakar, a Vijayanagar chieftan who ruled Namakkal during the 16th century. It is believed that Tippu S

TRADITIONAL AGRAHARAM HOUSES OF KANCHIPURAM

J. Sumathi

Ancient and medieval society in Tamil nadu was dominated by the Brahmin community who were leaders in terms of learning and social standing. The traditional architectural styles of their houses were shaped by parameters such as climate, occupation and the prevailing socio-economic and soci

KILAKARAI-THE OLDEST MOSQUE IN INDIA

Dr.Nanditha Krishna

Kilakarai (“the shore down under”) is a remote and lazy little town in Ramanathapuram district, not far from the district headquarters of the same name. It was once a flourishing sea port and a gateway to South India for Arab traders in search of the famed pearls of Madurai and corals of the Gulf Mannar. They traded with S

EDAKKAL CAVES

G. Balaji

The Western Ghats are a mountain range and a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It is a place where biological diversity is still under preservation.  A total of thirty nine properties including national parks, wildl

SOME RARE DEPICTIONS OF NAIGAMESHA

V. Sandhiyalakshmi

In an unpublished gold coin of Huviska (140 CE), son of Kanishka the Kushana king, there is a goat-faced deity (plate 1), facing forward, with a halo behind his head. He holds a standard surmounted by a rooster and fillet in his right hand, the left resting on the hilt of a sword tied to his waist- girdle.  He is

MISTS OF KUMBAKONAM

Filed under: Tales of India Leave a comment There was not always mist in Kumbakonam, on most days it was clear, but on the mornings when there was mist, it lay over the ground, over the rice paddies extending to the horizon; the mist lay entwined around the trees, it spilled over the waterways in ethereal clouds, shrouding the past and the present, veiling all the mysteries of this world and th

BIG PICTURE – TUMBLEDOWN HERO STONES TELL A SORRY TALE

by Rohith BR,   Circa 750: Long before Bengaluru was born, KR Puram was surrounded by several other villages. And they faced threats from dacoits who would target their cattle. During one such attack, a villager named Mareya put up a strong fight against the dacoits and saved the cattle of his village. As he lost his life in the battle, the villagers erected a Veerag

PALANI HILLS A SACRED NATURAL HERITAGE SITE

"M. Amirthalingam" "CPREEC" Palani hill is a sacred hillock situated in Dindigul district of Tamilnadu state. It is associated with the Dhandayuthapani swami temple and it occupies a special place. Palani hill is regarded as one of the arupadai veedu (six sacred places). Swamimalai, Tiruchendur, Tiruttani, Tirupparankundram and Pazhamudirsolai are the others. Palani hill is a part of an

NAVA THIRUPATHI NINE SHRINES OF VISHNU

Dr. G. Balaji This set of nine temples dedicated to Vishnu are located in ancient Pandyanadu, now known as southern Tamilnadu. These beautiful shrines were built on the banks of the Tamaraparani river in Tirunelveli. These temples were classified among the 108 Divyadesams praised by the Alvars or Tamil Vaishnava saints. The hymns of the Alvars not only described the sanctity of