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  • Then Tirupati Ariyakudi Perumal Kovil

    The southern state of Tamil Nadu is known as the land of temples and the Chettinad region located in its heartland is no less. There are numerous famous temples here with the then Tirupati Ariyakudi Perumal Kovil being one of the outstanding ones. This 500 year-old-temple is located in Ariyakudi and is the biggest Vishnu temple in the Chettinad region which includes the Sivaganaga and Pudukottai districts. The temple is also believed to be one of the earthly homes of Lord Balaji. The presiding deity here is Lord Venkatachalapathi (also known as Thiruvenkatamudaiyaan) and has been brought fro...

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  • Chettinad Art, Artifacts and Antiques

    The Chettinad region of the southern state of Tamil Nadu is located in the Sivaganga and Pudukottai districts. The Nattukottai Chettiars or Nagarathar community that resides here were originally wealthy traders and bankers who traveled through the south-east Asian countries in search of commerce. From their travels, they brought back things of great value and beauty.With the money they earned, they also built magnificent mansions that were lavish and featured decor elements from different nations. These mansions had intricately-carved grand entrance doors and highly decorative inner central co...

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