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Retrowalk #37: Parry’s Corner

January 19, 2017

We’ll walk through the maze of Attorney at laws offices’, the Kaligambal Temple, 150+ years old Muthialpet School, Mannady, Krishnan Koil, Coral Merchant Street Nagarathar Chathirams, The Lungi Merchants, Kachaleeswarar Koil, YMIA’s Gokhale Hall, Catholic Centre, St Mary’s Church & Armenian Church. Hopefully we get to see the trade starting in the morning around the places of worship and thereby a melange of colours to capture. (We could end the walk heading for a breakfast at the Cosmo Cafeteria for many and for a few at the Hot Chips and for very few at Ramakrishna Lunch Home)

Starting Point : Front of Anderson Church, NSC Bose Road.
Time : 6:30 am
Date : 22nd Jan 2017
Route Map: https://goo.gl/JMgdic

Walk Lead By: Arivannal Vajjiravelan

Note :
1) Find your own parking spaces, preferably near the starting point, as we’ll be ending up close by this area.
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…  Arivannal @ 9840014409

Photowalk #107: Othandeeswarar & Jagannathar

January 5, 2017

This time, let’s explore the western corridor of Chennai – ‘Thirumazhisai’. Starting from the Othandeeswarar temple, we’ll walk down the streets to reach Jagannatha Perumal temple aka Thirumazhisai Aazhwar temple. We’ll be covering these two heritage temples, and later explore the surroundings to spot the dhoti weavers in action. Out of 25 + hand looms, 5 are in working conditions and sure these will put an end card soon. Thirumazhisai is also best known for the brick fields, which we’ll visit while returning. Being a Sunday, we’ll try our luck to spot the brickfields that are in action.

Starting Point: Othandeeswarar Temple
Route: goo.gl/41YU98

Date: 08-01-2017
Time: 6:45AM

Reaching the place:
1. From Chennai take the Poonamallee high road.
2. Just after Motel Highway on the left hand side, take the immediate right (usually taken en route to Tirupati).
3. After making a right go for 500 yards, and you’ll spot Othandeeswarar temple on your right.

Know more :
1. Othandeeswarar Temple – located in Thirumazhisai, a village in Tiruvallur district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It is located 22 km from the state capital Chennai. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple was built during the 11th century by Chola king Kulothunga Chola II. Shiva is worshipped as Othandeeswarar and his consort Parvathi as Kulirvithanayaki.

2. Jagannatha Perumal Temple – Thirumalisai Alvar, a Tamil saint revered in the Srivaishnavism school of south India, in Tondai Nadu (now part of Kanchipuram and Tiruvallurdistricts). He was born in 4203 BCE.[1][2] The legend of this saint devotees of Srivaishnavism believe that he was the incarnation of Vishnu’s disc, Sudarshana. He is believed to have been born at Jagannatha Perumal temple, Tirumazhisai by divine grace.

3. Weavers: myshot365.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/india-weaved-in-dreams/

Note :
1)Park your vehicles on the street next to Othandeeswarar Temple
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

Churches of Mylapore: Walk #106

December 21, 2016

This weekend, on the eve of Christmas, let’s walk down the cultural hub of South Chennai, exploring the churches along way. Starting from the wonderful Nageshwara Rao public park, let’s visit the Luz Church, and walk by the popular Kutchery road to reach San Thome Basilica.

I’m sure we are all bored of Mylapore for Photowalks, yet this is gonna be slightly different from the previous ones with great night shooting opportunities … So, do join us!!!

Churches along our way:
1. Luz Church (Nossa Senhora da Luz)
2. Holy Rosary Church
3. Santhome Church (San Thome Basilica)
4. CSI St.Thomas English Church
5. CSI St.Thomas Tamil Church

Date: 24th December 2016
Time: 4:30 Pm (Yes, Evening)

Starting Point: Nageshwara rao public park (Entrance)
Route: https://goo.gl/9fRq07
Distance: Approx 2 km

Walk Led by Balaji Ramachandran (Ph: 99625 15330)

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…

4.We’ll try seeking permission to enter these churches…. we might be denied too.

Retrowalk #36 – Saiyidapettai Bazaar

December 15, 2016

This December, we hit Saidapet starting from the west at Sri Prasanna Venkata Narasimha Perumal Temple, we shall walk towards the busy market – place called Bazaar Road. The chaos of the market along the subway can be experienced. The few major attractions are:-

The few major attractions are:-

  1. Sri Prasanna Venkata Narasimha Perumal Temple
  2. Karaneeswarar Temple and its Tank
  3. Shri Soundareswarar Temple
  4. Bhagawan Mahaveer Digambar Jain Temple
  5. The Busy Saidapet Market

This is going to be a short and sweet walk, so come join us!!!

 

Starting Point:  Sri Prasanna Venkata Narasimha Perumal Temple

Route: https://goo.gl/QV3Eax

Date: 18-12-2016

Time : 6:15AM

 

Note :
1) Find your own parking spaces, preferably near the starting point, as we’ll be ending up close by this area.
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

Photowalk #105 : Kasimedu Fishing Harbour

November 24, 2016

This Sunday, Let’s capture the sunrise (if we are lucky enough), and explore the busy fishing ground at Kasimedu; watch out for the first catch activities brought in by small boats and trawlers; the fish market scenes and the boat building-repair sites.

Starting Point : N4 Police Station (Ennore High Road)
Map Location : https://goo.gl/GyP08j

Time : 06:00 Hrs
Date : 27th November 2016

So, wake up earlier than usual, and join the walk – Might not wait beyond 5-10 minutes delay.

Note :
1.Find your own parking spaces, quite easy in this area.

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…
(Kumar Vel @ 8939572638) or (Aswin @ 9710060463)

Retrowalk #35 – Chinna Thari Pettai (Chindadripet)

November 10, 2016

Are you ready to see Adhipureesswarar & Adhi Kesava Perumal in the same Compound? the Jain Temple? Are you game to Check the Fish Market (closing your nose already?), the Zion Church? the Sandalwood Garland Market (Now open the nose)? the Napier Park and end the walk @ Simpsons….

Come & Join the walk.

Starting Point : Kasturi & Sons (Next to P.Orr & Sons)

Time: 06:15 Hrs
Date: 13th November 2016
Route : https://goo.gl/9hGRLp

Walk Led by: Sundar @ 9952092257 & Aswin @ 9710060463

Note :
a) No Registrations needed
b) Just click the “Join” in FB Group or Just land up at the starting point
c) Any Camera will do, not just a DSLR, even no Camera will do (just walk with us)
d) Exchange no.s amongst yourselves / same route clickers and hitch a ride together
e) Find your OWN parking

Photo Walk #104 : Thiruvanmiyur

October 20, 2016

Thiruvanmiyur is one of the large modern residential neighborhood in South of Chennai. The name Thiruvanmiyur is derived from Thiru-Valmiki-Ur, marking the location of the Sage Valmiki temple, said to be 1300 yrs old, which will also mark our starting point. We’ll walk through Arulmigu Marundheeswarar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, venture into lanes of neighborhood and finish our walk at the beautiful Thiruvalluvar Nagar Beach.

Starting point: Valmiki Siddhar Jeevasamathi Kovil – Start of ECR road (near Thiruvanmiyur Bus Depot)

Route: https://goo.gl/maps/t9UTHbis82T2

Walk Led by Sundar @ 9952092257

Parking: Try to park near Marundeeswarar Temple or close to End point of the walk (Thiruvanmiyur Beach or 1st Avenue Road leading from Thiruvanmiyur RTO from ECR road)

Interesting information:

1. Arulmigu Marundheeswarar Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva is said to be 1000 – 2000 yrs old. Lord Shiva has taught Sage Agasthiar about medicinal qualities of herbs (“marundhu” in Tamil), hence the name Marundheeswarar. Sage Valmiki is said to have worshiped Lord Shiva in this shrine to correct his past life as a robber. This temple is rich in history.

Courtesy:

http://www.marundeeswarartemple.tnhrce.in/history-marundeswar.html

http://temple.dinamalar.com/en/new_en.php?id=14

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marundeeswarar_Temple

2. Sage Valmiki Temple: The temple is said to be around 1300 yrs old. It is a small temple that lies in the middle of the ECR road. It is built in honor of the sage who visited here to worship Lord Marundheeswarar.

Courtesy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marundeeswarar_Temple

http://www.marundeeswarartemple.tnhrce.in/history-marundeswar.html

http://www.columbuslost.com/Temples/Maharishi-Valmiki-Temple-at-Thiruvanmiyur/info