Monday, January 23, 2017

Marundeeswarar Temple, Chennai

Marundeeswarar Temple in Chennai occupying an overall area of 1 acre is one of the oldest temples in the Thiruvanmiyur region. In the 11th century this temple was expanded by the Chola Kings. The temple can be entered through the huge five tiered gateway tower.

The temple has two entrances, one from East Coast Road and the other from West Tank Street both adorned by 5-tiered gateway tower.The colourful stucco figures adorn the towers.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva is facing west. There is a separate mantapam for his consort Thripurasundari.

The tower above the sanctum of the presiding deity is of Chaturvastam design.The mandapam of the main temple has a front hall with 36 massive pillars adorned with carvings.

The temple has smaller Shrines for Ganesha, Murugan facing the east.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Common Mynah at Gir

In Gir Sanctuary went for Safari in an open jeep and we could see some birds flying around. We spotted few Common Mynah in the forest.

It has brown body with a black hooded head. It has bare yellow patch behind the eye with bright yellow bill and legs. It has a white patch on the outer primaries.

It is a omnivorous bird and feeds on insects, arachnids, reptiles, small mammals, seeds, grain and fruits and discarded waste from human habitation.