Author: Syam


Figurines of the Pandavas (the five sons of Pandu in the Indian epic Mahabharata) placed at the eastern entrance of Padmanabha Swamy temple. Thiruvananthapuramduring Painkuni Festival


ManjalNeerattu, a special offering by the devotees to Devi after the Meena Bharani aarattu. The solution is prepared by boiling turmeric powder, ashtagandha powder, rose water, saffron flowers, secretion of civet and perfumes in more than 30 vessels.


He visits the market every morning and evening and the aroma of spices, fresh vegetables and the crowd makes him pleasant. Clicked at Devaraja Market, Mysore where he was sitting in front of a shop with blue colored walls and roof.

Malanada ~ The temple of Kaurava King

Peruviruthy Malanada or Malanada is the only Duryodhana Temple in South India. The story is that as part of his efforts to trace out the “Pandavas” in exile, Duryodhanan traversed the forests in the south and reached Malanada hill. The annual festival of Malanada Temple is known as “Malakkuda”. It is amazing to witness the ceremonial display of giant wooden horses and bullocks in connection with the annual temple festival. Malakkuda Festival is celebrated during the summer, the second half of March every year in Kerala.

Bharatanatyam ~ Meenakshi Srinivasan

Bharatanatyam, a pre-eminent Indian classical dance form presumably the oldest classical dance heritage of India is regarded as mother of many other Indian classical dance forms. Conventionally a solo dance performed by women, it initiated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and eventually flourished in South India. Theoretical base of this form traces back to ‘Natya Shastra’, the ancient Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts. Sharing here few moments from Meera Bhajan , performed by charismatic Meenakshi Srinivasan.