Brahmotsavam at Parthasarathy Temple Parthasarathy Temple at Chennai is a popular Vaishnavite temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna. This 8th century temple is one of 108 Divya Desams or holy abodes of Lord Vishnu. The name ‘Parthasarathy’, in Sanskrit, means the ‘charioteer of Arjuna’, and Lord Krishna is worshipped in that role in this temple. The temple subscribes to Vaikhanasa agama and follows Thenkalai tradition. 10 days long Brahmotvasam of Parthasarathy temple (பார்த்தசாரதி கோயில்) is celebrated during the month of Chithirai (April-May).
The Sunday Photowalk
Customized walking tours are now a major attraction in many big cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Varanasi, and Bengaluru. And, these are no random strolls around the old town but are carefully planned around specific themes, ranging from jewelry to history to street food. Stroll through the streets with like-minded photographers who exchange notes about their experience of the walk and the shooting process. The Chennai Photowalk happens twice every month on Sunday mornings and is conducted by a group leader.
India Weaved in Dreams
Weavers from Thirumazhisai Thirumazhisai is a suburb of Chennai, India, located in Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu. It’s best known for the brick fields and dhoti weavers, Out of 25 + handlooms, 5 of them were operating when this article was written and sure these will put an end card soon. In a day they have to weave 2 Dothis each, which will cost Rs.300 per unit as a commercial cost, so sure these weavers won’t get more than Rs.
Mylai and its Festival
Mylapore Festival All great cities have a soul. Mylapore can rightfully claim to be the soul of Chennai (Madras) city here in south India. It pre-dates Chennai’s birth in the 17th cent. and has seen the city grow as it has, its own. Mylapore retains the look and feel of an old neighborhood, the culture and heritage typically south Indian, yet it has not escaped development. This place that is proud of its arts, culture and tradition and people is just the setting for a cultural festival.
Beyond the Crystals
Capturing the lives of Marakkanam’s salt pan workers. Close to Pondicherry, on the section of the East Coast Road that connects the city with Chennai, a fascinating and unusual landscape captures the attention of passersby. Upon getting closer to the fields, one is blinded by the brightness of the scorching sun, and within minutes, one’s throat becomes parched. These are the circumstances under which the salt pan workers of Marakkanam, Tamil Nadu labour.
Chettinad houses are a blend of colonial architecture and palace style houses with traditional architectural styles used dexterously with European groove and influences from various other parts of the world. This became possible because of the extensive travel undertaken by the Chettiars on business trips. Extensive woodwork made of Burmese teak wood, the attractive black and white imported Italian tiles for the lengthy hallways and the other decorative items such as the unique British style lamp shades were used elaborately.
Kolam | Lifestyle & Culture
Kolam – The Traditional Floor Drawing of South India Kolam is a drawing generally drawn at the entrance of a house or any other building. This is a very old practice in South India. Dried rice flour or other types of white powders are used for drawing kolams. Although there are numerous traditional kolam patterns and lot more can be created depending on the creativity of the person who draws it, it is not drawn like a picture.