The Madurai Meenakshi Temple #WTFOW #writebravely

The Madurai Meenakshi Temple #WTFOW #writebravely

I visited the Meenakshi Amman temple of Madurai in April this year with my parents and sons.  I have still not recovered from the beauty of this magnificent temple town and its surroundings.  I feel,  I have not yet seen it all completely and plan to revisit the temple again.

This was a plan I made for close to a year ever since I saw a post from a fellow blogger.   My maternal grandfather had visited the temple in his youth and had asked my mother to visit it atleast once in her lifetime.  It is incredibly beautiful.  The pictures I took do absolutely no justice to the beauty of the place.

Tamil temple architecture is different from Kerala temple architecture.  The layouts are similar with an outer periphery,  an inner periphery and the sanctum sanctorum with the idol inside the inner periphery.  Everything is laid out as per the shastras with the idols placed as per directions.  Kerala temples are sombre, serious affairs with the stone walls left in its natural states,  minimal decorations,  quiet atmosphere inside the temple with the smell of sandalwood paste, flowers and coconuts. Continue reading

Son of Shiva by Preetha Rajah Kannan #BookReview

Son of Shiva by Preetha Rajah Kannan #BookReview

This is the second book of Preetha Rajah Kannan I am reading.  I had loved Shiva in the City of Nectar.  The book and a few other blogs had inspired me to travel to Madurai during the summer vacations.  So, when Jaico Publishing asked me to review this book,  I was more than happy to take the offer.

The Hindu religion is full of stories.  In fact,  in today’s terms,  I would call it mythological fantasy.  Each story more fantastic than the other.  There are the numerous re-tellings,  and local village stories pertaining to the Gods.  There is so much of religious literature in local languages that we the English readers are missing it.  So,  I am glad that Preetha has compiled a treasure trove of stories based upon the Tamil writings primarily from the book Sri Kandhapuranam written by Dr. Akila Sivaraman and other sources.  So,  is this a translation?  Not really.   The stories are put together following a sequence of events.  Back stories are highlighted as and when a character is touched upon.   Continue reading