Category: Trichy Heritage

  • Iyermalai Ratnachaleswarar Temple

    Iyermalai Ratnachaleswarar Temple

    The second in my three-part series on Shiva temples on the Akhanda Cauvery focuses on Thiruvatpokki.

  • Kadambavaneswarar Temple, Kulithalai

    Kadambavaneswarar Temple, Kulithalai

    Kadambavaneswarar Temple, Kulithalai – did you know the place takes its name from Kuzhi Thandalai – the grove in a depression? Read on for more details on this historic temple.

  • Along Akhanda Cauvery with Muthuswami Dikshitar

    Along Akhanda Cauvery with Muthuswami Dikshitar

    Past Forward’s next tour, with commentary by me and music by Vivek Sadasivam, will cover three temples composed on by Muthuswami Dikshitar and along the Akhanda Cauvery. Dec 1&2, 2018.

  • The Pancha Ranga Kshetras on the Kaveri

    The Pancha Ranga Kshetras on the Kaveri

    Srirangam may be the best known but the Kaveri branches off into two at several places along its route, providing islands where Vishnu temples have come up. A brief look at the five that are bracketed as Pancha Ranga Kshetras.

  • Any Chance for TN Heritage?

    Any Chance for TN Heritage?

    This article was written last fortnight and a new government is being sworn in today. The contents are however still relevant. Election campaigning for the next Tamil Nadu Assembly is in progress and all parties have released their manifestos. While the general trend is one of being bountiful on freebies, most have stuck to their…

  • More pics from Iyermalai

    I have had so many emails after last week’s write up on Iyermalai that I am uploading the rest of the photos: I should have taken more pictures but at this point old Ratnachalanayaka took me by the hand and the matter became too emotional for me to wield a camera. I still can’t think…

  • Following Dikshitar to Iyermalai

    I stand at the base of the Iyermalai (aka Vaatpokki) at 9 a.m. At the summit I can see a rock fort akin to the more famous one at Tiruchi. A song and an artist’s rendition of it have brought me here – Muthuswami Dikshitar’s ‘Pahimam Ratnachalanayaka’ (Mukhari) and Musiri Subramania Iyer’s recording of the…

  • Birds Road, Trichy – not an aviary

    The moment I saw yonder signboard, I was quite sure that some literal translator had been at work. Birds Road my sense of history told me, could not be commemorating a winged creation of God, much though the Tamil translation would have me believe it. For those who are not familiar with the place, this…

  • Rock Fort & its environs Part 2

    Continued from part 1 The town was to, however, play a key role in this takeover, for the siege of Trichy in the Carnatic wars was when Robert Clive displayed his mettle. Clive Hostel, nestling at the foot of the Rock Fort and facing the Nayak-built temple tank, is today synonymous with a warren of…

  • Rock Fort & its environs, part 1

    “Come, O ladies, let us go see the Lord of Srirangam,” sang Tyagaraja when he visited Trichy in 1836. I should have known that he was predicting a heritage tour of the area and, sure enough, did one recently with an all-woman audience. AURA is a women’s association in Trichy which does much by way…