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Akilandeshwari - The Queen of Thiruvanaikaval

Akilandeshwari - The Queen of Thiruvanaikaval

TravelSanatana Dharma

Invoking nostalgia and bhakti with a Jambukeswarar-Akilandeswari Temple last, Thirukadaiyur in the town of Tiruchirapalli last year to pay homage to its queen.

The Return Of the King

The Return Of the King

Sanatana Dharma

We await with bated breath for January 22, bristling in excitement as if a grand wedding is taking place in our own homes. We imagine a tree-bark clad superhero returning after a long estrangement from his land climbing up the steps of a pink sandstone building. Cheered by a vast crowd, he walks on in slow motion, to ascend the throne that was longing for his warmth.

Dakshinamurthy - Shiva as Guru

Dakshinamurthy - Shiva as Guru

Sanatana Dharma

Learn about the symbolism of the cin-mudra, through an image of Dakshinamurthy or Shiva as the primordial Guru in the Advaita parampara. 

Ardhanareeswarar - None Bigger, None Better

Ardhanareeswarar - None Bigger, None Better

Sanatana Dharma

In memory of Thirukartthiggai which occurred recently, essay inspired by a story in the Sivapuranam rendered as a lesson in iconography using the traditions of the shilpa shastras as described in Elements of Hindu Iconography by T.A Gopinatha Rao.

Echoes of devotion from the 9th Century CE

Echoes of devotion from the 9th Century CE

Travel

Recalling in Margazhi, a timely memory of a beautiful seva at the Thillai Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram

Mt. Kailash - 7. In Conclusion

Mt. Kailash - 7. In Conclusion

Travel

This is the concluding post of my parikrama of Mt. Kailash, followed by some reflections. 

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