About

Well, I am an IT professional since 1984, headed the Indian unit of a MNC at Chennai and currently living at Kalakshetra Colony, Besant Nagar, Chennai.

Following were the triggering factors that prompted me to start this Blog:

  • Later after visiting a temple, I came to know about some significances of the temple which I had missed out during the visit. This makes me feel that my visit was a half-baked one. So I started the habit of doing some pre-research in the net and books before visiting a temple. During the process I found that there is no single source of information for a particular temple and there are many different sources giving different information in bits and pieces. So I felt giving all the temple information in one place is the need of the hour. Mainly I wanted to give all the “not-to-be-missed” details of the temples beforehand so that one can feel his/her temple dharshan a complete and fulfilled one.
  • I feel heavy hearted to see some of the very ancient temples with great legendary values and significance, deserted now. After so much of hard labour by our ancestors, these temples remain today without any patronage by us which is shameful to us. There are priests looking after these temples without absolutely any income. If my Blog can make at least a few people to visit these temples, I would be very happy.
  • After visiting a temple, I find out later that there are more such interesting temples/ places in the same route I just traveled and realised that my energy, time and money were not optimally spent. So I have given the temple details route wise.
  • I normally like traveling to new places and have a good spiritual interest as well. Combining, I found a new passion in visiting new temples and also write about them in an useful way for others. Forget about the religious aspect, there are so many temples with beautiful temple tanks, huge trees, sculptures and Rajagopurams in calm and serene atmosphere, which are good weekend spots as well (how long we can go on to the malls and restaurants during weekends?).
  • People have not learnt from the history (after all, history is there to get some learnings from the past), how we gave our space to others due to infighting, how our country was invaded, how many thousands of temples had been destroyed etc.,.
    • Look at what Lord Macaulay addressed to the British Parliament on 2nd Feb 1835:
      I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a begger, who is a thief, such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and, therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation.”. Without taking pride in our own culture and belief system, people and press consider it as a fashion to ridicule ourselves.
    • François Gautier, a Delhi based French journalist says that the no of temples destroyed by Aurangazeb is counted in 4, if not 5, figures.  Many of the records and firmans (edicts) of those destruction orders are still preserved in Indian museums, such as the Bikaner archives. I witnessed an exhibition of “Aurangzeb, As He Was According To Moghol Records” by Mr.Francois Gautier  using historical documents, which showed Hinduism as a timeless cultural manifestation, capable of maintaining its unique character and spirit of tolerance amidst sustained onslaught. We don’t realise that ourselves but need somebody else to tell that.
    • The political forces are trying their best to destroy our religion – the so called secular parties disgrace our country’s ancient spiritual and culture values just for the sake of vote banks. The Tamilnadu politician graduated from Cambridge questioned where was Lord Rama graduated for engineering to construct the Sethu Samudhram bridge and described Him as a ‘drunkard’ (but of course he got back severely enough of what he deserved). As a person from Tamilnadu, in a bit of anger, I wanted to do something and that too immediately since the offensive on Hindu religion is very severe currently (2007). So, if at all my blog is nice and informative enough, you should thank that Tamilnadu politician from Cambridge who questioned the skills of Lord Rama!
  • I understand that only less than about 10% of the temple collections is being brought back for the upkeep of the temples. Only when the temples get out of the hands of our political system, many dilapidated and ancient temples will come to limelight. This can be done only when the group of Spiritual seekers become bigger and stronger enough.
  • Last but not the least, I was pained to see how some of my Christian colleagues in my ex company played the dirty religious card in the office. Please be extremely conscience and watchful if you have a Christian guy as HRD or head. Notice that a Christian HRD guy, while changing job, will see to it that a Christian is replaced for that post and be aware that a Christian HRD post is too dangerous for non-Christians to live in a company…

So, for all the above reasons and many more, I wish to contribute whatever little I can to bring back the glory of my religion.

Your feedback will keep me going…..

Responses

  1. dear mr raju,
    an just chasing all the (as far as possible ) pjaces in the outskirts of chennai identified by you. you are amazing! . God be with you!
    Mohan

    • Thank you Mr.Mohan

  2. Dear Sir,
    Kindly inform the details of “Mada KOVIL – Nearly 70 Nos” built by KOCHENGA CHOLAN” if available.
    Thanks & regards,
    ShanthiSubramanian

  3. I pray god to give you more strength and more wealth to continue this spritual work. You are one of the rep of god i believe.

  4. Dear Mr. Raju, your work is exemplary. Wish you success in each and every spiritual walk of your life. By the by, i am planning to go to visit Poonamalle Vaitheeswaran Temple, Uthiramerur Guru Temple, Perumbedu Subramaniyar Temple. Could you please direct me how to go to these places and which transport is advisable. Do you have any contact details? Thanks & Regards, Thiagu.

  5. Sir, I am rajeswari ,from Chennai .my village called nallavour .it is locat have to take left in the place of kanchivai it is Shiva temple pls sir make visit to this place
    Shiva temple with Perumal ,in between karikal-kumbakonam

  6. அன்புள்ள ஐயா, தங்கள் இந்த திருப்பணி தொடர எல்லாம் வல்ல இறைவன் அருள் புரிய வேண்டுகிறேன்.

    என் சகோதரர் சுரேந்திரன் இந்த இணைய வலைப்பதிவுக்கு வழி காட்டியமைக்கு கோடி நன்றி.

    என்னால் இயன்ற உதவிகளை செய்ய காத்திருக்கும்
    ரமேஷ் துரைசுவாமி

    • Long live your contribution to Hinduism and for every proud Hindu Indian

  7. I really thank u for your great work as after seeing ur site we in our family used to visit some of the temples whenever enroute and even plan for weekend trip for a single area and visit the temples. A small request sirji, if u can pls send a set of these temple details to 1 or 2 religious journals as some of the oldage persons do not know to see ur blogs and they used to read religious journals and seeing about the temple details they form a group and they used to visit the temples as recently one of our old known person visited Munnur temple after seeing the publication about the temple in a journal. This is only my small request. Please accept my namaskarams….Aruna Sridhar, Chennar-88

  8. Looking for a archakar for a 1200 year old siva temple In our native village in Tirunelveli Dt. Salary will be good and family accomodation assured. can you help me.

  9. Ayya avargale, U r doing yeoman service.Can we also join you in your next trip and have the thiruarul
    savithri

  10. There is an ancient Shiva temple around tambaram selaiyur which has a nandhi with three faces.ghee is poured on the nandhi by devotees suffering from cancer and they get cured miraculously and the ghee never melts at all. The temple is open only on Mondays and opened till 6 am only. Have you seen this temple

  11. Dear sir,
    you are doing extra ordinary effort.i seed your website and identified and went for some temples, thank you for your details given

  12. your contribution was excellent give details tamil also

  13. It is Gods wish that are on a noble mission.I share most of your thoughts.Pl let me know how to come together all of us t preserveour treasures .I will join you if you have any plan.

  14. Can we join ur next pilgrimage

  15. Sri Rajuji, Namaskaram, I would like to contact you to collect the details of vedapatasala.My email address is cgsankarsharma@gmail.com. contact no 9840929973/9092223468 Thanking you.

  16. Dear Raju

    There is this old time temple in Ernakulam called Elamkunnapuzha Subramaniya Swamy temple. The moorthi is a chaturbha subramanya swamy idol known to be one of the oldest dating back to history. It is also revered as kochu or little tiruchendur in Ernakulam. Your insights on this temple and photos will be extremely enlightening

  17. Dear Sri Rajuji, Pranams, I would like to contact you. My email address is ramesh.ramanan@in.com. Thanks.

  18. Dear Raju,

    I heartily congratulate you on the yeoman service that you are rendering to anyone who is interested in visiting temples.

    I am planning to visit Rameswaram with family, and do ‘one time tharpanam’ for my parents, as I have not been regularly doing these. My both parents had natural deaths, and so, it is not Thila Tharpanam, but just an one time tharpanam. I understand that there may be people who may take us for a ride there, if we do not go through known sources.

    If you have anybody in Rameswaram who can help me in this, I will be grateful to you. BTW, we are Thenkalai Iyengars from Trichy, many thanks.

    Best regards
    Seshadri

  19. Dear Sir,
    I have learned so many things from this blog. Ad you have created such a a awareness for so many people please visit my blog and give me you feedback too if possible
    http://unknownindianhistory.blogspot.in/

  20. I visited many temples with the help of your blog in and around chennai, am also working for a MNC BPO company in chennai. Your blogs gave a cinematic view of the place.

    Regards
    Karthic.A

  21. Let God and well wishers give you added strength to you to continue your spiritual journey facilitating others to understand our ancient temples.
    Bewt wishes.
    Ravindran.K

  22. I am so happy that you have reflected my thoughts. I want to send you some legal information that the HRCE can have no legal control of the various temples. Please do let me know your email id. R. Ramamurthy, Chairman, CyberSecurity & privacy Foundation.

  23. I have visited your page many times to take reference to different temples. Thou I’ve been offering thanks mentally…today i was overwhelmed after reading the article published in Times of India and penned this special THANKS and best wishes for future endeavor.

  24. Very happy as well as pained to read the contents.you are doing a wonderful job.god bless. By gods grace have been lucky to have visited most of the temples throughout India. 106 out of 108 DIVYA deshams 12 jyotirlingams chaar dhaams ashta vinayaks so many temples.what a divine feeling just recollecting my visits

    • HAVE U VISITED 106 out of 108 DIVYA deshams & 12 jyotirlingams. GREAT…NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE UR ACHIEVEMENTS

      • I just know about the Agneeswarer temple while visiting a customer on sales call, and would like to know more about on this and searched the net, I found your blog. Really I am blessed. on seeing your blog I could remember Kavingar’s words that Hindu religion can never be destroyed by anyone, because no one know it roots. I believe when devotees like you are there, it will grow like a Banyan tree, please accept my Namskaram. Thank you and wish you to bring more to this. Om Nama Sivaya. – C Mathevan Pillai, Chennai-122


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