• Vairavan Kovil Temple

    The Nagarathar Chettiars of the Chettinad region were once a very rich and prosperous clan of merchants who have been into trading with the far shores of south-east Asian countries since as far back as 8th century CE. With the wealth acquired, they built opulent mansions and eventually became powerful money-lenders.Earlier, there were 96 settlements of these Chettiars with each village having its own temple for worship; now, only 74 of these villages remain. Karaikudi is the main town for this community and there is a beautiful temple located nearby. The temple is known as Vairavan Kovil. Itâ...

  • Hill Temples in Tamil Nadu

    Tamil Nadu is famous for its temples with many going back to ancient times. This southern state is also a favorite pilgrimage spot for Hindus from all over. Not only will you find huge temples with spectacular sculptures and carvings, but you will also find awe-inspiring carved cave temples, with many being built on top of hills. One wonders why they were built in such remote out-of-the-way areas…. It could be because only the very devout would make the effort to climb up high to offer worship or it could be that meditation and prayers are more sincere when offered in the quiet hills away f...

  • Festivals in Tamil Nadu

    The southern state of Tamil Nadu is steeped in culture, history, and religion. It has been a favorite haunt of pilgrims as it is home to numerous historically significant temples too. Religious festivals take up a large part of the calendar here with some festivity or the other always round the corner. Tamil Nadu is deeply entrenched in mythology and history with numerous legends to feed the curiosity of the visitor. When visiting this state, you can rest assured that there will be some festival or the other being celebrated somewhere nearby! Here are some of the famous festivals of Tamil Na...

  • Famous Chettinad Dishes

    The Chettinad community is tucked away in a corner of Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu and is famous for its taste buds-tickling cuisine as well as its amazing heritage homes. The Nagarthar Chettiars of Chettinad travelled far and wide over the south-east Asian countries and their traditional cuisine has picked up elements from these countries and fused them most amazingly with their own. Every dish offered by the Chettinad cuisine is vivacious, vibrant and vivid in all its flavours. The cuisine is celebrated across the country with every dish being a masterpiece in its own right. Generally ...

  • Reasons to Visit Mahabalipuram

    For travel enthusiasts, Mahabalipuram makes the ideal destination as there is something here to interest every kind of tourist. The best part of this temple town is that it is relatively untouched by the vulgarity of commercialization and still retains its pure cultural heritage. The town is located about 60km away from the bustling city of Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal and makes an ideal weekend getaway for residents of the capital city. Mahabalipuram is located in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu and is well connected by a network of roads as well as by rail. The serene ambience, anci...

  • Brahadambal Temple

    Pudukkottai district is home to many ancient monuments, many of which are temples of unbelievable beauty. The Brahadambal temple is one such gem and is located in Thirukokarnam, a small town that is about 5km away from Pudukkottai city in Tamil Nadu. This temple is known by various other names including Kokarneswarar, Gokarneswarar and Thirugokarnam temple.The uniqueness of this rock-cut temple lies in its being one of the oldest temples in south India dating back to the 7th century AD. It is believed to have been built by the Pallava dynasty King Mahendravarma 1 and is still functional today...

  • Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple

    The Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple, also known as the Brihadeeswarar temple is considered among the largest temples in the country and is a fine example of Dravidian architecture during the Chola era. It is located in Gangaikonda Cholapuram in the Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu in southern India. The temple is believed to have been built in 1035 AD by King Rajendra Chola 1, son of King Raja Raja Chola who built the original, much larger Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and he is worshipped here in the form of a lingam which is 18 feet wide and 13 feet...

  • Thirumayam Fort in Pudukkottai District

    In ancient days, it was a common practice to build forts to protect ones’ territories and subjects from invasions. Such a fort exists in the town of Thirumayam, situated along the Pudukkottai-Karaikudi highway just a short distance away from the city of Pudukkottai in Tamil Nadu. Pudukkottai is famous for its historical temples, Sittannavasal paintings and ancient monuments. The Thirumayam Fort is believed to have been built in 1687 AD by the Raja of Ramnad, Sethupathy Vijaya Ragunatha Thevar. He later handed over the fort to his brother-in-law, Ragunatha Raya Tondaiman. The fort has an in...

  • Sittannavasal Paintings in Pudukkottai

    The Sittannavasal cave is a rock-cut temple or monastery that’s also known as Arivar Koil. It is part of a 2nd century complex of Jain temples located in the Sittannavasal village of Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu. In Tamil, the word Sittannavasal literally translates to ‘abode of the great saints’. The temple is famous in India for its magnificent mural paintings dating back to the 7th century. These paintings are considered to be among the best paintings of medieval era India and are second only to the paintings in the Ajanta Caves and Bagh Caves. The Sittanavasal village can be ...

  • History of the Nattukottai Nagarathar Community

    Also known as the Nattukottai Chettiars, the Nattukottai Nagarathars are believed to have settled in Kaviripoom Pattinam, also known as Poombugar, a coastal city during the 2nd century AD of the Chola Empire. They were basically traders with great business acumen and dealt with gems, silks, pearls, spices and salt. Early records show that this community travelled to Colombo in 1805, to Penang, Singapore in 1824, to Moulmein in Burma in 1852 and to Mandalay in Myanmar in 1885. Some of the other countries visited include Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and established money...