Five Ancient Glorious Temples in Trichy and Chennai
In this year's Golu we wanted to showcase the family's 5 favorite temples from our trips in summer in 2 of the cities in Tamil nadu that we have our roots from - Chennai and Trichy. We picked salient features of the temples and hand built structures eg: gopurams, kulam, pillars, shrines and roads.
In the center is the replica of the Srirangam temple with the Ranganathar shrine with Andal (one of the famous azhwar) on one side and the special consort Thulakanachiyar (Muslim princess) on the other side, both are known for their love for Lord Ranganathar. We have the azhwars on one side and the Garuda Sevai in procession around the streets on the other side.
All the gopurams, the kulam (tank inside the temple), a smaller model of the 1000 pillar hall, the Garba Griham for the Ranganathar shrine are all hand built and hand painted.
On one side of Srirangam is the Raghavendrar Mutt and further up is the Rockfort Ganesha temple in Trichy separated by the Cauvery River.
The highway on the right depicted by hand made roads leads to the Chennai suburbs where the Mahabalipuram Shore temple is depicted and to the right of which is Ashthalakshmi temple where all the Lakshmis are at varying levels on rocks with the ocean serving as backdrop for both temples.
One fascinating story around the Srirangam temple is the shrine for the Muslim princess who gave up her life for Lord Ranganthar, this is a great lesson in communal harmony that existed centuries ago.
Contest entry Golu contest - 2017: Five Ancient Glorious Temples in Trichy and Chennai by shobanas