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Madras Day 2015 – Walk, Walk & Walk.

August 7, 2015

Madras Day Walks – 2015

Walk #1:

We visit an Institution that is 103 years old. Yes the Madras Literary Society inside the DPI Complex, Nungambakkam. Started as an auxiliary of the Royal Asiatic Society in 1812, the Society was part of the College of Fort St. George, located at present day College Road. It was where the East India Company’s employees stationed in Madras were trained in administration, languages, law, religion and customs.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/QK3hi
{Entry Next to WCC, In the DPI Complex. No “Name Sign” present}
Date: 15Aug’15, Saturday
Time: 2 pm (yes, in the afternoon)
Duration: 1 Hour

Photowalkers are free to attend the Talk on Cultural History of the City post the walk at the same premise by 3pm.

Walk Leaders for the Walk #1: Ram: 9444062684 / Muthusamy: 9444949507
(No need for Registration, Plan ahead for Parking closer to the starting point, as there are no parking inside the DPI Complex for Private vehicles, and many bye-lanes near are having consulates and embassies, hence many are security zones. One side of College Lane is Public parking)

Walk #2:

Remember the Forgotten, We are actually not walking, and we are on the tracks. Cover MRTS & EMU, at the advent of Metro in the city.

Route: MRTS Train from Thirumayilai to Park, EMU from Park to Guindy, Walk around the Race Course, EMU Back to Park, MRTS Back to Thirumayilai.
Starting Point: Thirumayilai Station – Entry Stairs.
Date: 16Aug’15, Sunday
Time: 630 am

Walk Leaders for the 2nd walk: Ram: 9444062684 / Muthusamy: 9444949507 (No need for Registration, Plan ahead for Parking at the Starting point)

Walk #3:

Social History of Annanagar, Walk conducted by the Local History Enthusiast around the Old World Trade Fair locations.

Route: Neighbourhood’s of Tower Park.
Starting Point: Tower Park Entrance – Ayyappan Temple Side.
Date: 23Aug’15, Sunday
Time: 7 am.

3rd Walk Lead by Ms Tsundari: 9840495717 (No need for Registration, Plan ahead for Parking at the Starting point)

Walk around Chetti Pettai : Retro Walk #21

July 22, 2015

Namberumal Chetty very wealthy businessman and acquired many houses in the Chetpet area. It is said that he had 99 houses in Chetpet and the locality was originally called Chetty Pettai (Chetty’s place). He refused to acquire the 100th house on astrological advice! Namberumal Chetty was the first Indian and third resident of Madras to acquire a motor car.

Attractions enroute :-

* Kalki House (Now houses Maharishi Vidya Mandir)
* Pachaiyappa’s College Hostel Road, that runs parallel to the railway track
* Nowroji Road that houses old Bungalows
* Srinath Bagh
* Ega Theatre
* Chetpet Lake that’s renovated.

Starting point : KAPICO Maruti (Opp KS Hospital) – On the Poonamallee High Road.

Date & Time : 26th July’15, Sunday. 630am

Route : https://goo.gl/maps/mWSBZ

Walk Leader : Balaji Ramachandran – 9962515330.

Retro – walk #20 – Thiru Mayilai

July 7, 2015
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This Sunday, walking down the streets of LUZ, the cultural hub of South Chennai. A Retrowalk # 20 exploring glorified temples around Luz corner, institutions having links with Indian freedom movement and the wonderful Nagewara rao Public park.

Meeting Point: Madhava Perumal temple

Route : https://goo.gl/maps/uIS4r

Date : 12th July’15, Sunday, 630am

Major Attractions :

Towards the end, visiting Nageswara Rao Park at Luz Church Road.

The Madhava Perumal temple, very well-known in this city, is located off the ever-busy Kutcheri road. Located to the east of Sanskrit College and north of Kapaleeswarar temple it is very near the Mundakkanni amman temple. The temple is dedicated to Madhava Perumal and Divine Mother Shakti as Amruthavalli Thayar. Peyazhwar was born near this temple and worshipped Madhava Perumal daily. Thirumazhisai Azhwar was enlightened by Madhava Perumal.

Sri Mundakkanni Amman Temple, located nearer to Madhava Perumal temple, is the popular temple dedicated goddess and worshiped in the form of an anthill.

Thiruvalluvar Temple located at Thiruvalluvar Koil Street, Mylapore is a memorial built before 400 years in memory of the Tamil Poet saint Thiruvalluvar. The temple also has sanctums dedicated to Ekambareswarar (Shiva), goddess Kamatchi, Ganesha and Muruga. An Iluppai tree trunk, more than 2000 years old and with links to Tiruvalluvar’s birth, is being protected with a cover.

Sri ApparSwamigal Temple, dedicated to Appar is located just opposite Sanskrit College

Thanneer thurai Anjaneya Swami Temple opposite to the Appar Swamigal Temple and next to the Sanskrit College / vegetable market, this temple is highly popular.

Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College in (Autonomous) is a Government Aided College established in the year of 1946 and affiliated with Madras University. It is located 70 – 72 P.S. Sivasami Salai, Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004.

Luz Church aka Church of Our Lady of Light (Nossa Senhora da Luz in Portuguese) (பிரகாச மாதா ஆலயம் in Tamil) is located at 156, Luz Church Road, Mylapore. The inscription in Portuguese script on the south wall tells (‘Friar Pedro of the Observance of St. Francis) that this church was built in 1516. Since the locality was thick forest when it was built, the locals aptly referred to as ‘Kattu Koil.’ In Portuguese (Nossa Senhora da Luz) ‘Luz’ means light. This 16th century Portuguese church includes baroque ornamentation and tall gothic arches. Now this Parish is one of the oldest in the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore.

Ranade Hall (Shop No.40,, Luz Church Rd, Mylapore), named after Mahadev Govinda Ranade (1842-1901), Judge and reformer. It was part of the South Indian National Association founded by Krishnaswami Iyer and Sundara Iyer. Ranade Library (founded in 1905) houses 8000 classic books of 1800s and 1900s. The Srinivasa Sastri Hall above the Ranade Library was opened in 1955 to host lectures and meetings and was named after Rt. Hon. V.S. Srinivasa Sastri.

Nageswara Rao Park, a 4 acres (1.6 hectares) sylvan enclosure with broad walks, is located on Luz Corner. It was named after Desodharaka Nageswara Rao Pantulu, freedom fighter, publiher of Telugu newspaper, the Andhra Patrika and producer of the Amrutanjan balm, and thrown opened to the public in October 1949. It was at Sri Bagh (Amrutanjan premises) the famous Sri Bagh Agreement was signed which eventually saw the formation of a separate Andhra state. A pond Arathu kuttai was converted in to the present park. The Sundaram Finance maintains the park and Sunday’s mike-less kutcheri by budding Carnatic musicians is the major attraction.

Walk Leader : Muthusamy – 9444949507 & Ramaswamy – 9444062684

Note :

1.Park your vehicles at your convenient locations

2.No need for Registrations, just land up at the Starting Point at the mentioned date/time.

3.Call in case of any difficulty in locating the group…

Retro-walk #19 : Pudupet – “Chor Bazaar”

June 23, 2015

This Sunday, walking down the lanes of Pudupet, with thousands of dedicated shops selling everything from spare parts, niche products to mechanical maintenance and modification services. This ‘Chor Bazaar’ is the place to go to for cost-effective makeover of any vehicle. The market has stood the test of decades and many police raids to restore countless automobiles to their original glory !

Towards the end, visiting Komaleeswarar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva as Komaleeswarar. This area around the temple is known as Komaleeswaranpet but popularly referred to as Pudupet.

We’ll be walking down the Harris Road aka Adithanar Salai to spot the following across the route:-

Major Attractions :
1. Venkatachala Naicken St – Two wheeler spares
2. Adithanar Salai (Harris Road) – Lorry & Van spares
3. South Kuvam River St – Body Parts (Cars and Vans)
4. Sadhu St – Komaleeswarar Temple

Meeting/Starting Point : Casino Theater

Route : https://goo.gl/399IoQ

Date : 28th June’15, Sunday, 630am

Note :

1.Park your vehicles near the starting point, unless you want your bike or car parts finding their way to the specialized shops.

2.No need for Registrations, just land up at the Starting Point at the mentioned date/time.

3.Call in case of any difficulty in locating the group…Aswin @ 9710060463

Walk in the land of Brahma, Walk #89

June 11, 2015

Ayanpuram is the original name. Ayan means Brahma. When Lord Muruga admonished Brahma and took over the creation, it is believed that Brahma prayed to Lord Shiva and got his job back. It is believed that Lord Brahma worshipped Lord Shiva here. It is in recognition of that Ayanpuram is named. (It was also called Brahmapuri)

Date : 14June’15, Sunday.
Time : 630 am
Route : https://goo.gl/maps/H04WN
Starting Point : Near Ayanavaram Bus Stand

A photo-walk along the historic township of Tirusulam

May 21, 2015

The township of Tirusulam has its origin in the Tiruppurasundari Tirusoolanathar temple which is believed to have been constructed in the 12th century AD by Kulothunga I. The walls of the temple have inscriptions from the Chola period. The temple has big historical mysteries behind the walls. There is a story of a hiding place for precious metals and jewelry beneath the earth, where a secret path is said to exist. Kulothunga I is said to have hidden treasures somewhere here, instead of inside the temple. There exists a subway under the temple that connects the temple to the nearby hills known as “Panchapandava’s Hills”, where the king had his palace.

This is the tallest hill in the city and has many places of worship. There is a Mosque at the top of the hill. On one side of the hill, there is a “Murugan Temple” – a temple to the Hindu God, Muruga. On another side of the hill is a Church.Tirusulam has a very big market (earlier called Pallavaram Market). It has hundreds of shops and roadside vendors, that have been in operation for more than 75 years. The market is now open on Fridays too.

STARTING POINT : Tirusulam railways station
STARTING TIME : 6.30
Date : 24th May’15, Sunday

WALK ROUTE : https://goo.gl/maps/yBA0A

For further Queries contact walk leaders .

WALK LEADERS :
HARI (9962929206) & SIVA (9994482210)

Avenues of Shenoy Nagar : Walk #88 :-

May 8, 2015

Lets walk the avenues of Shenoy Nagar this weekend. By the various tree lined streets, shade, lights filling in the morning …. also the Metro getting ready there at Thiru Vi Ka Park.

Date : 10 May’15, Sunday
Time : 630am
Starting Point : Near Shenoy Nagar Library, https://goo.gl/maps/a4m6c.

Lets click a few ….

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