Indian Columbus: Broadway – A Virtual Heritage Walk

I am standing in front of the narrow Road opposite Chennai High Court and wondering – “Can I drive? No…not possible….ride? Not sure….forget it….I don’t think I can even walk on this Road.” “Who named it Broadway? Is it supposed to be a joke?” Certainly, the ultra-urban youth of today’s Chennai who spends their time … Read more

Indian Columbus: Arjuna Ratha – Mamallapuram

Introduction If I miss the Five Ratha Complex and still claim to have visited Mamallapuram, people might literally laugh at me. Yes! It is one of the most picturesque and famous monuments of the heritage-rich town. My two previous posts give a detailed introduction to Five Rathas and exclusive coverage of Draupadi Ratha. As it … Read more

Indian Columbus: Varaha Mandapam – Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram is filled with experimental monuments of Pallava-era sculptors. Varaha Mandapa is the most complete and ornamental shrine among various cave temples. Four majestic relief panels adorning its walls are the highlights. People named it after the Varaha panel, one of those four relief panels seen here. Layout The west-facing cave temple has a simple … Read more