16 février 2012

Velankanni Church - Lourdes of the East

Velankanni Church Velankanni is the most popular church on the Coromondal coast. This majestic 500yr old Church was built in Gothic Style with white facade & red tiles. It is located 12km from Nagapattinam & 350km from Chennai. This Roman Catholic Church is dedicated to Our Lady of Good Health - Arokia Matha.The shrine is open frm 5 am to 9 pm & the masses are conducted in 8 languages.  This church is popularly known as " Lourdes of the East".It's said that three miracles took place in this... [Lire la suite]
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25 janvier 2012

Two Catholic Churches near Kanyakumari Shore

                            Catholic Churches near KanyakumariThe two churches near the Kanyakumari shore are Our Lady of Ransom Church  & St.Arockia Nathar Church.Our Lady of Ransom Church : In 1542, St. Francis Xavier who came for missionary work was surprised to see "Our Lady of Delights Grotto" at Kanyakumari. It's said St Thomas also visited here. Later "Our Lady of... [Lire la suite]
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09 décembre 2011

Scary Trip to Serene Rock :)

Ferry ride to Vivekananda Rock   Hop on to ferries to visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial. Poompuhar Shipping Corporation operates ferry services  from 8 am to 4 pm & the charge is Rs.20.Here the waves are turbulent because it's confluence of the Indian ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian sea. The ferry ride to Vivekannanda Rock is an expedition. This 10 mn ride is a real NDE. You have to spend half a day queuing up, buying  ticket & visiting. The ticket counter & queuing up area is sheltered to... [Lire la suite]
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29 novembre 2011

Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari

Thiruvalluvar Statue Thiruvalluvar was a famous Tamil philosopher-poet who lived 30 yrs before Jesus Christ. He is the author of Thirukkural - a masterpiece in Tamil literature. It is written in couplets that explains the various aspects of life. The huge statue of Thiruvalluvar is erected in Kanyakumari on Jan 1st 2000. This statue rests on 11.5m pedestal that represents 38 chapters of Virtues Thirukkural. This was sculpted by Dr V. Ganapathi  & the rocks used came from neighbouring places -... [Lire la suite]
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21 novembre 2011

Cape Comorin - Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari Kanyakumari / Cape Comorin is the southern most tip of peninsular India. This is the place where two seas & an ocean meet - Arabian Sea, Bay Of Bengal & Indian Ocean. This meeting point is called Sangam. Just right to the cape is the  Kumari Ghat where the Hindu pilgrims have their holy dip . The two half-submerged rocks are called Pitru- Tirtha & Matru-Tirtha.They are 500m off the coast & 60m apart. It's said that Swami Vivekananda swam to Matru Tirtha & meditated... [Lire la suite]
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19 octobre 2011

Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple , Kanyakumari , Tamilnadu.

Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple is the unique temple in India where the trinities of Hindu mythology are worshipped together in one sculpture called Sthanumalyam -  Stanu is the synonym of Shiva, Maal for Vishnu & Ayan for Brahma. The idol rest inside the hollow of a 2000 year old Laurel tree (konnayadi). The bottom of the idol represents Brahma, the middle Vishnu & the top is Shiva.This 17th centuary temple is famous for it's architectural grandeur. The majestic... [Lire la suite]
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21 juillet 2011

Two Churches Of Tranquebar

Zion ChurchZion Church was built by Danes in 1701. It has a spiked dome. New Jerusalem Church  The New Jerusalem Church was built in 1718 by Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg. The marroon coloured  Danish Royal Crown Insignia &  the date of construction are seen on the façade of this church. A Greek Cross is also found on the top. 
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06 juillet 2011

Ziegenbalg Monument, Tranquebar

Ziegenbalg MonumentBartholomäus Ziegenbalg & Heinrich Plütschau were two German missionaries sent by Frederick IV of Denmark to preach Christianity in India. They landed at Tranquebar coast on July 9th 1706. They were the first protestant missionaries to Indian Sub-continent. Both worked hard to convert local Hindus to Christians & the first group were baptized on May 12th 1707. With the help of the Tamil scholars, Ziegenbalg mastered Tamil. He translated the New Testament to Tamil in 1715 A.D & a Tamil book "Ulaga... [Lire la suite]
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30 juin 2011

Masilamaninathar Temple on the Tranquebar Coast

Masilamaninathar Temple   Masilamaninathar Temple was built in 1305 A.D by the Pandya King Maravarman Kulasekara. This 13th centuary temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva & is built in Indo-Chinese architecture to attract Chinese merchants. Last tsunami engulfed the main gopuram & the carved granite pillars. Now the  Shiva-lingam is housed in the Dansborg Museum & the villagers used to conduct pooja only on the Sivaratri Day . The Tamilanadu Government is restoring this area. Granite stones are... [Lire la suite]
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23 juin 2011

Tranquebar Land Gate

Tranquebar Land Gate Tranquebar entrance is marked with a Danish Style Land Gate built in 1792. This 200yr old gate leads to majestic King's Street lined with colonial houses, two protestant churches, Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg Monument, Governor's Bungalow, Dansborg Fort & ruined Masilamaninathar Shore Temple. Tranquebar  has a  beautiful coast line with an old ruined brick pier.  Last Tsunami has heavily damaged this area.   
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