This time, a smaller group travelled not directly to thanjavur, but to Trichy and the main idea was to visit an early chozha temple located in Srinivasanallur near Musiri. The trip came to an end with the visit to Thiruvarur and with a magical darshan at Sayaraksha (Evening ritual) offered to the lord of Arur Shri Tyagaraja Swami.
Among the many dynasties who ruled from south India, the Vijayanagara Empire deserves a special mention, not just for their great administrative capacity but for their effort in preserving and protecting the monuments in entire south India. The story of this empire is very inspiring in the way it originated which became one of the greatest dynasties in India at that point of time. If it wasn’t for the Vijayanagara Empire, one who cannot say what could have been the fate of the wonderful temples of Dakshina Bharatha.
It was an idea of S.Jayakumar to visit the pudukottai region after listening to Prof. Swaminathan, a Heritage enthusiast who has done an extensive work on art and architecture of the pudukottai region. This visit gave a new dimension to everyone. Vijayalaya Chozheeswaram in Narthamalai, two temples in Kadambar malai, the Jain beds, the paintings and cave temples in Chittannavasal created a great impact on us. Before this visit, Jayakumar met one of the eminent scholars, Dr.
During the visit to the mamallapuram in August 2010, we decided to make a visit to Kanchipuram in the following month. During this trip, we were stunned by the beauty of Kailasanatha temple and vaikunda perumal temple . Theses temples, are not as popular as the Ekambaeswara or the kamakshi temple, but they represent the wonderful artistic tradition of our country. At the end of the day, we visited mamandur cave temples said to have been the creation of Mahendravarma- I, was a memorable one.
After two trips to chozha country consecutively, this time it was for the Pallavas, the dynasty which is one of the earliest to create some wonderful monuments in South India. Pallavas who excelled in all the three types of architecture that are cut in, cut out and structural, whose artistic creations are mostly seen in thondai mandalam. Mamallapuram, the port city of the mighty pallavas of Kanchipuram is a world heritage site where all the three types of architecture can be seen.
The second visit to the chozha country was even more profound. we could say we were on the right track during this trip. We met few scholars, we prepared ourselves better and visited new places some unknown places,. At this point of time, we would like to thank varalaaru.com for their informative articles on many chozha monuments which are not known to everyone. Here are the few places : Pullamaingai, Koneri Rajapuram which is known as thirunallam, thiruveezhimizhalai, pazhuvur.
This was the first trip of this group who knew each other through Orkut’s Ponniyin Selvan fan page. The plan for the trip came up during one of the meetings and the team decided to visit the places that is mentioned in the Kalki’s magnum opus ponniyin selvan novel. Though the first idea was to follow the route of the hero of Ponniyin Selvan, Vandhiya thevan, it worked the other way around. Even then, we could call this as Vandhiya thevan yathirai . From thondai naadu to chozha naadu was an eye opener for everyone and many things that followed and we are here.