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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…

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