Panaiyur Visit – A picture post

This was on 23 April 2008.

An ancient Siva temple was being re-consecrated. The temple is the abode of Lord Trikaleshwarar and Goddess Kokilambal, and is in a village named Panaiyur. Panaiyur is in Arani district, and about 45 kms from Kancheepuram.(An old post about this temple renovation can be seen in this blog, and a later one here).

We left Chennai by around 7:00 am or so. Stopped over at Kancheepuram for Darshan of Kamakshi Amman. Had breakfast at Saravana. Drove down past the dry river (sand mine) Palar, turned towards and drove past Aiyangarkulam….Drove past Kalavai…And by 10 am or so, we were approaching Panaiyur village…

The whole village was decked up for the kumbabishekam…

The temple was right amidst the fields…And the road from the village proper to the temple was a one-horse path…And the whole village was walking up or down that path…Somehow, we squeezed the car through the crowd, and reached the temple….

The main kumbabsihekam function had just concluded. A shamiyana had been put up near a big Banyan tree…

Panaiyur Temple function

Heres a part-picture of the entrance of the temple…

The temple is said to be 700 years old…It was pretty much in ruins till some years ago … And then, through some oracles and such, some people were enthused to renovate it…And that saga finally culminated in the Kumbabishekam function, this day…

The whole place was given great character, by the presence of that holy banyan tree (Arasa Maram)..

Panaiyur koil aala maram

The day was hot…The shade of tree was a welcome refuge…

Panaiyur - Shade of the Aala maram

Stopped by for some delicious lunch at the house of one of the local hosts… A typical village house…With a ‘thinnai’ in front…

Panaiyur - A typical village home

Left Panaiyur by 2 pm or so…

We took a slightly different route on the way back…We went to Arcot instead of to Kanchipuram…The roads were better… And then drove down the Vellore-Chennai highway, bypassing Kancheepuram… Stopped at a highway restaurant for a tea break… And found some other interesting travelers parked there… Heres a picture…

Camels

India! Incredible India!


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