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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

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:

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

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2017 10:17 pm

    Thanks for the email Ashwin.. could you tell me how long this session will be.. approximately..

    Also im not a pro in photography and in just learning now. Is there any criteria to join the walk?

    Pls do let me know.

    • January 6, 2017 8:34 am

      Hi Sreeram,

      The walk would happen approximately for 2.5-3 Hrs.

      And, we don’t have any criteria to join us, come simply walk with us, and learn from fellow photowalkers.

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