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  • Velankudi

    The Chettinad region in Tamil Nadu is famous for many things including its cuisine, culture and magnificent heritage homes that were built so opulently, they could almost be classified as palaces. The Nagarathar or Nattukottai Chettiar community living in this region included 93 villages, but these have dwindled down to around 70 with people migrating to the larger cities. The Nagarathar community can be divided into 9 clans with each clan following one among the 9 important ‘Nagara Kovils’. An important feature of these nine temples is that they all have Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati as...

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  • Vettuvan Koil Temple

    Most people are attracted to the mysterious, the allure of the unknown and the will to explore all things of a bygone era. Such is the fascination that goes with the Vettuvan Koil. The name itself means heaven of sculptors. It is an ancient unfinished Hindu temple that was carved out of rocks between the 8th and 9th century. It is also the only monolithic Pandyan temple still surviving. This incomplete monolithic cave temple is sculpted from a single rock, with only the top portion of the temple having been completed. This portion itself houses about 122 beautifully executed sculptures of var...

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