As the first rays of the sun pierced, almost reluctantly, through the gaps of the thick clouds on an overcast January morning, the lush green paddy fields were still shrouded in thick fog. With birds chirping and the rhythmic hymns of Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam playing in the background, women deftly covered the wet earth outside… Continue reading Kumbakonam Diaries: Sacred Trails, Streetscapes and more….
A quiet panchayat town on the banks of River Kaveri, Swamimalai is well known for more reasons than one. Located just about five kilometres from the temple town of Kumbakonam, the town is home to the famous Swaminathaswamy Temple. The latter is a holy temple that is one of the six most holy shrines of… Continue reading Hands that create Gods: Bronze Idol making in Swamimalai