Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ayyanar statue on the outskirt of Chennai!

One Sunday afternoon we were at the outskirts of Chennai and not so far from the city border but almost inside a village surrounded by green fields and buffaloes emerging around. 5 km from Medavakkam on the road to Mambakkam that connects the Vandalur-Kelambakkam road, one could get a glimpse of a taller statue of Ayyanar (the guardian deity of villages), only if you looking for it really, because the trees or houses could hinder the view easily as it lies inside a small village.
Ayyanar
 added warm tone to get a terrific look :)
A narrow concrete road leads to this statue, after few rights or lefts inside the village, an open space appear and there a two story height Ayyanar statue sits on an elevated platform. Looked like a newly erected one or recently painted stands solemn with a long size sword hold to his right hand, this is the biggest Ayyanar statue I have seen ever. The Ayyanar statues are spread all around Tamil Nadu and I have seen them many in numbers while travel through the south-western districts of Tamil Nadu.

எருமை மாடு... buffalo
village buffaloes
The time everyone was suppose to take a nap; the men of the village were playing cards sitting on the empty roads under the tree shadows, as a group here and there leave little space for our car to pass on. A mother feeding her kid from a small bowl in hand directed us to the temple.  Adjacent to the Ayyanar statue, sat his cousin Karupannasami - a black small statue similar to the larger one with wood fence around. On the other side was an Amman Temple built with enough space around, and I guess the statue was erected on behalf of the temple and there’s also a tank behind the statue.
Green palms
green coconut palms near the temple
Apart these, one could also find vast landscape of green fields around this village and Siththalapaakam Lake is right opposite to this place with a patch of forest area… I find it quite pleasure and leisure taking this route (Medavakkam-Mambakkam Rd) few times. 

16 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

very ornate statue! love the palms and the buffalo!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Wow the statue of Ayyanar is amazing. I have never seen anything like that. What kind of trees are those in the second picture?? They are beautiful.

Pooja Mittal said...

U always travel
To such beautiful and intresting places.. Loved that temple.. I have seen a lot of soth indian temples and i must say they are just amazing..
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Betsy Adams said...

Hi, We had dinner tonight with Dad Adams to celebrate his 101st birthday.... He ate well--including a Brownie and Ice Cream...

Wow---what a statue... It is full of so much detail. Gorgeous!!!!

Love the buffaloes also... Reminds me of our trip to Utah.
Hugs,
Betsy

Indrani said...

That is a huge statue!
Great series!

Ercotravels said...

Nice post. The guardian deity is really impressive.
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Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of country side. That statue is very huge and grand.

Destination Infinity said...

I have been to this area a few times, but I have never seen this statue. Next time when I go, I will remember - thanks to your post.

Yes, the statue is large, colourful and wonderful. Your photo touch-up is even better.

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George said...

The statue is very impressive. I'm glad you found it and shared it with us. The scene of the coconut trees is beautiful as well.

ladyfi said...

What a lovely temple.

Sandhya said...

The ayyanar statue is beautiful! If it is surrounded by greenery, we must visit, since it is very close to Chennai. Thank you, Jeevan!

Pattu Raj said...

This is so very tamilnadu icon. We cant miss Ayyanar in any village. He is there to protect the villages.

Lovely introduction and photograph .

ashok said...

nice captures Jeevan

Twilight Man said...

Your buffaloes are slimmer with hairs on the body! Our buffaloes are so fat and hairless!! LOL

Ponniyinselvan/karthikeyan said...

I like Green fields very much. Want to spend some time in there.

Sharmalan Thevar said...

It is not Ayyanar. It is Muniswaran of Kovilancheri.