Friday, March 19, 2010

Hallowed by thy name Lord Marundeeswarar of Tiruvanmiyur

We worship the three-eyed Lord Shiva who nourishes and spreads fragrance in our lives. May He free us from the shackles of sorrow, change and death effortlessly, like the fall of a ripe cucumber from its stem!! ”

These are the verses that sprang to my mind when my mom and I decided to go to Marundeeswarar temple. She specifically wanted to collect the sacred ash from there and then proceed to Pamban Swami ashram near by collect sacred ash from there and mix the two portions to create an elixir for all ailments!! What a DIY project!

I read in a book that death at Kasi, birth at Tiruvarur, sight of Chidambaram and the thought of Tiruvannamalai confers Moksha to a devotee. Similarly, the mere sight and thought of the Tiruvanmiyur temple leads one from darkness to light.Lord Shiva revealed the healing properties of herbs to sage Agastya here hence he got the name Marundeeswara. The lingam here is a self manifested one and not sculpted by anybody. It has a white hue to it because the deity Kamadhenu or the divine cow anointed the lingam here with milk. Hence the presiding deity here is also known as Palvannanathar. The Vanni(Prosopis cineraria) is the temple tree here. Its flowers are said to safeguard a pregnancy! The consort has a separate shrine here and she is called Tripurasundari. What a magnificent & hoary temple it turned out to be.We entered the temple through the east coast entrance.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Sinful Indulgence in a beaker

One more of the weekend jaunts... we went to this place called Sandy's Chocolate Laboratory.This is one of the best places in Chennai for desserts especially the chocolate kind.You can also order main course like pizza etc.What I tried there was the dark chocolate milk shake. It was extremely rich and yummy,and very good for the bulging waistline .They served it in a beaker.They are located in the rutland gate 4th avenue Chennai.Check out the pic.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Weekend Exploits

M2, a friend and me went to this place called Cream Centre at College road. They currently have a Hyderabad Mumbai food fest. For starters we tried the "chut-patti chaat from the streets of Mumbai". The starters were awesome with large portion sizes. I tried the sabu dana vada, which was just right for my palate. It was not too spicy and it had the crunchy exterior. Next we had the Bambaiya Ragda their signature dish and dahi puri.This was yummy and filling too. We washed this down with iced tea. We were so full with the starters that we could not do justice to the main course.For main course we gorged on their vegetable satellite sizzler,Chana Batura and of course the mother of all biryanis the hyderababi dum biryani.This was one of the best biryanis we had in recent times. The biryani was presented in an earthen pot and was covered with a roti.Do check the place out. Fest on till 20th March. And check out the pictures.

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