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…..

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Responses

  1. Can I get some details and contacts at Thilatharpanapuri – near Koothanoor on Mayavaram – Thiruvarur road, We propose yo perform a tharpanam there. It also has a Vinayaka with a human face – Naramukha Vinayagar there which is a specilaity of that place. Thanks.

  2. sir, the details of each and every aspect is very good but it is disappointment there is no mention abt landline phone nbr\ cell\or even email id of temple office or mr rajus/ pl include at least now.

  3. Dear Mr. Raju,

    I am a french Phd Candidate, specialized in South Indian architecture, mostly in the 15th-17th centuriesTamil Nadu. I have done a lot of field trips for my thesis, but sometimes, time and opportunities are too rare to allow me to visit all the temple I would like to. And as I’m not Hindu, the most sacred parts of the garbhagriha are often closed to non-Hindus visitors, which I totally undestand. That’s why your blog has been for me a gold mine of information, especially regarding the photographic documentation.
    I take the liberty to contact you today to talk about the possible use of these pictures, that might be unique, in my scientific environment (and I can’t imagine using them without your permission of course).
    Would you accept to reply via e-mail to discuss my proposition, and i can give you all the explanation needed? I’m almost done and will defend my thesis at the end of June 2017, so I actually don’t have much time.
    I would be honored and very thankful if you could write me back very soon.

    Thnaking you in advance for your time,

    Ada.

  4. Hi ShantiRaju
    We are part of Cycle brand. We have created a platform for all Hindu religious institutions and temples for devotees to connect. We are looking to build a content repository to help these devotees while traveling to those places.
    Would you be interested in working with us. Please do get in touch with us.

    Jai
    VP Ops

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  6. why dont you expand with an whatsapp group

  7. Dear Sir,

    I am from ARCOT near vellore. In my village there is a Lakshminarayana perumal temple. The shrine is facing east. There is ample space towards south. So I planned two small shrines facing north one as VAlamburi Thumbikkai Alwar and next is Hanuman. Both the deites will be facing North. Is it OK. Just wish to know the vaasthu rules. Since it is renovated on self interest and without any contribution from anyone, I hubly request to suggest me whetehr the plan is correct.

    If you give me your contact detail, I can talk to you

  8. Hello Sir,
    I have been first time to this sight. Really awesome collections of our temples. I need a help sir. I am looking for a goddess temple in and around Chennai. She is a small girl waiting for her parents and she became statue. With this history have you come across any temple, sir.


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