Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Images of India - 140

A glimpse of India in black and white. A chefs special in a 5-star hotel at an event. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Parthasarathy Swamy Temple, Chennai

The Parthasarathy Swamy Temple located in modern Triplicane of Chennai is one of the oldest temple in the city. It was originally built by the Pallavas in the 8th century by king Narasimhavarman I. 

The temple was expanded during the Chola period and subsequently by the Vijayanagara kings in the 15th century. The temple has two towers in opposite directions to each other that is in eastern and western directions.

The temple has two main shrines one for main deity Parthasarathy facing East and the shrine of Narasimha facing West. The two shrines are located back-to-back with a very narrow passage between them.

There are beautiful carving on the Kalyana Mandapam, four pillared mandapam in front of the temple.

The pillars of the temples are decorated with elaborate carvings. The stone carvings both big and small have been crafted with great care and it is a treat to the eyes.