Tag Archives: South India

Mamallapurum’s Five Rathas

The Rathas were a short walk south of Mamallapurum and although they supposedly resembled a chariot, my imagination missed this interpretation. While these seventh century structures were well preserved, they did not deviate much from what I had already seen. Continue reading Mamallapurum’s Five Rathas

School children on the heritage trail

Perched on the highest boulder in Mamallapuram’s heritage site was Olakkaneswara Temple. Lines of children from two different schools stretched along the rock’s neck. I waited at the end near some cute girls. Continue reading School children on the heritage trail

Mamallapuram’s main heritage site

Nestled within the boulders of Mamallapuram, were temples carved into granite boulders just west of the shore temple. I wandered through a labyrinth of paths where elaborate friezes were carved into the stone as well as temples fronted with columns. Continue reading Mamallapuram’s main heritage site

The Shore Temple – Mamallapuram

I headed to the beach to catch the sea breeze on a sweltering thirty-four degree afternoon. I waded into the warm ocean that offered some relief when I spied the Shore Temple on an outcrop of land jutting into the Bay of Bengal. Continue reading The Shore Temple – Mamallapuram

The business of religion

The best maintained buildings in Puducherry were both the churches and the main temples.

Puducherry’s Ganesh Temple radiated in all its grandeur as if it had recently been painted every colour of the rainbow. Inside was more eye-popping than the exterior. As I wandered the perimeter ogling at the freezes, a queue waited to enter the inner sanctuary for blessings. Continue reading The business of religion