Together with Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society in New York on November 17, 1875. A group of students belonging to any religion are united to draw people together in the common search for and aspiration of Truth. It is the society’s goal to form a Universal Brotherhood of Humanity regardless of race, sex, and color. They also aim to study the laws of nature, religion, philosophy and science.
Chennai, considered as the cultural capital of India, is home to the National Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery is an architectural Mughal inspired masterpiece built in sandstone and is considered as one of the finest Indo-sarcenic structures in India. This pink and motif adorned building was built in 1907 by T. Namberumal Chetty based on Henry Irwin’s theme. Standing proud in the sprawling lush greenery, the art gallery seemingly looks like an Art beacon.
Originally known as the Victoria Memorial Hall, the gallery is an integral part of the 16.25 acre Government Museum Complex in Pantheon Road. Although the complex boasts of other interesting buildings, the Gallery draws a major attraction to the visiting public [Read more…]
Forty kilometers south of Chennai on the East Coast Road on the way to Mahabalipuram is a fishing village called Covelong. Covelong is found in Tamil Nadu where the nearest city is Chennai and it is separated from the mainland by the canal that runs from Chennai all the way to Mahabalipuram.
Also known as Kovalam or Cobelon, Covelong is a port town that was urbanized by the Nawab of Carnatic, Saadat Ali (Muhammad Sa’id Sa’adatullah Khan II) who ruled Carnatic, an area that includes the present day Chennai, from 1742 until his death in 1744. When [Read more…]
Valluvar Kottam is a very well-known monument in Chennai that was erected in honor of the classical Tamil philosopher, scholar and poet, Thiruvalluvar. Aside from these, Thiruvalluvar was also a saint who influenced the way of life of numerous Indians by setting them on the path to righteousness. Believed to have lived during the 1st century B.C., Thiruvalluvar was originally a weaver. It is assumed that he was born in Mylapore, part of the city of Madras, known today as Chennai.
Thiruvalluvar wrote his renowned epic Thirukkural, which is one of the highest-valued ancient literary works written in the Tamil language. Although it was written 2,000 years ago, the Thirukkural is regarded as a common article of faith, serving as a guidebook [Read more…]
Kodambakkam is a residential neighborhood in Chennai known as the center of the Tamil film industry and fondly called by locals as Kollywood. It is located in the western part of Chennai and surrounded by the neighborhoods of Nungambakkam to the east, Vadapalani to the west, West Mambalam and T. Nagar to the south, and K.K. Nagar and Ashok Nagar to the southeast. It is eight kilometers away from Fort St. George.
The foundation of the Kodambakkam district has spanned around two thousand years of history. One of the oldest temples, the [Read more…]
In the middle of Chennai lies Triplicane, a beautiful place that overflows with rich traditional, religious and cultural activities and is usually teeming with shoppers and worshippers. It is known as one of the oldest business districts in South India, but perhaps it is more famous due to the fact that it holds one of the oldest temples in Chennai, the Parthasarathy Temple. The temple name comes from the ancient story where the Lord Krishna took the role of a chariot. The word “Parthasarathy” means, the charioteer of Arjuna in Sanskrit. The true age of the temple is unknown, but it is believed to have existed for over 1200 years and was said to be the works of Alwar saints. Covering about 1.5 acres in the ancient Tiruvallikkeni Village, it directly faces the Lily pond where the village name is derived from.
The temple complex has so many interesting areas and features. The towers and the pillars are all adorned with intricate carvings. One [Read more…]