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Thrivikramji on A Rameswaram Ramanasramam trip with Geetha

Thrivikramji on A Rameswaram Ramanasramam trip with Geetha

My wife Geetha is walking slowly toward the south tower gate-gopuram of Meenakshi Temple Madurai. It is after a late night sleep in the Railway dormitory or equivalent in the station that we started walking to the temple.

My wife Geetha is walking slowly toward the south tower gate-gopuram of Meenakshi Temple Madurai. It is after a late night sleep in the Railway dormitory or equivalent in the station that we started walking to the temple.



Closer view of the Meenakshi Temple gopuram

Closer view of the Meenakshi Temple gopuram



Meenakshi Temple gopuram plus the tall compound with vertical white cherry red stripes - In fact this decoration on the compound is unique to the temples of Tamil Nadu. It had been copies by others in t he neighbouring states also.

Meenakshi Temple gopuram plus the tall compound with vertical white cherry red stripes – In fact this decoration on the compound is unique to the temples of Tamil Nadu. It had been copies by others in t he neighbouring states also.



Meenakshi Temple gopuram gets painted like this quite regularly but periodically. I do not like this personally. Point is it is very difficult to fgure out the figures or figurines adorning the free exterior space of gopuram.

Meenakshi Temple gopuram gets painted like this quite regularly but periodically. I do not like this personally. Point is it is very difficult to fgure out the figures or figurines adorning the free exterior space of gopuram.



Geetha in Meenakshi Temple

Geetha in Meenakshi Temple



Meenakshi Temple- another shot. There are two sets of compound walls and two sets of four gopurams each. Quite a bit of money was spend on those days to create this food-for-work like mission of wealthy led by the local ruler.

Meenakshi Temple- another shot. There are two sets of compound walls and two sets of four gopurams each. Quite a bit of money was spend on those days to create this food-for-work like mission of wealthy led by the local ruler.



This pillayar -ganapthy- is the first stop inside the temple for the visitors but not the workers/staff.

This pillayar -ganapthy- is the first stop inside the temple for the visitors but not the workers/staff.



This is what is called Ayiram kal-thousand pillar- mandapam with in the temple complex.

This is what is called Ayiram kal-thousand pillar- mandapam with in the temple complex.



Geetha is taking a walk here in the mandapam.

Geetha is taking a walk here in the mandapam.



Inside the temple complex in the museum

Inside the temple complex in the museum



Outer walkway around the tall inner compound

Outer walkway around the tall inner compound



Geetha posing for a picture

Geetha posing for a picture



Now Thrivikramji got pictured

Now Thrivikramji got pictured



Now we are in Ramaeswaram

Now we are in Ramaeswaram



Closerup vieiw of Gopura vasal

Closerup vieiw of Gopura vasal



Later in the same evening when the lights were switched on

Later in the same evening when the lights were switched on



The majestic and uniquely singular prakaram anywhere in t he world.

The majestic and uniquely singular prakaram anywhere in t he world.



Another entrance to the temple

Another entrance to the temple



Geetha in the prakaram.

Geetha in the prakaram.



Geetha walks thru prakarm.

Geetha walks thru prakarm.



Look at the length and the formation of stone pillars lined up with out any engineering knowhow

Look at the length and the formation of stone pillars lined up with out any engineering knowhow



Another view

Another view



Vibhishana Temple, Dhanushkodi, Rameswaram

Vibhishana Temple, Dhanushkodi, Rameswaram



Barren backshore, Dhanushkodi

Barren backshore, Dhanushkodi



Large H a helipad On right background Vibishana temple

Large H a helipad
On right background Vibishana temple



The westerly view from the Dhanushkodi spit {?}

The westerly view from the Dhanushkodi spit {?}



U could hire the Minivan to the tip of the dhanushkodi, say 12 km, away.

U could hire the Minivan to the tip of the dhanushkodi, say 12 km, away.



Thrivikramji shot again with a lens

Thrivikramji shot again with a lens



Lens captured Thrivikramji

Lens captured Thrivikramji



Rameswaram Terminus We took a trip from here to Thiruannamalai-part train and part road

Rameswaram Terminus
We took a trip from here to Thiruannamalai-part train and part road



Camera looking thru the window at the scenes on our way to Chennai from Rameswaram. I suppose train left Rameswaram aroound 5 O'clock in  the evening

Camera looking thru the window at the scenes on our way to Chennai from Rameswaram. I suppose train left Rameswaram aroound 5 O’clock in the evening



Look at the sand dues on the rail road side

Look at the sand dues on the rail road side



Distal view of sand dunes

Distal view of sand dunes



Geetha chose to take an early nap in the train

Geetha chose to take an early nap in the train



A view of The Pamban concrete bridge from the train over the thatched roof of storages.

A view of The Pamban concrete bridge from the train over the thatched roof of storages.



Calm waters around Pamban.

Calm waters around Pamban.


A wider shot.

A wider shot.



The solid objects projecting out of the sea water and along a line is the ruins of a road-cum-rail bridge washed away in a sea-storm in mid-Dec.1964. We as students were camping in Tadapatri (south AP) with Dr Raju Philip, read about it in News paper, on the following a day - a sunday

The solid objects projecting out of the sea water and along a line is the ruins of a road-cum-rail bridge washed away in a sea-storm in mid-Dec.1964. We as students were camping in Tadapatri (south AP) with Dr Raju Philip, read about it in News paper, on the following a day – a sunday



A closer view of the segmented or ruin of bridge pier

A closer view of the segmented or ruin of bridge pier



The New concrete pier of the modern road bridge. Delhi Metro Sreedharan was involved in the construction group. GSI did the marine survey for the alignment according C. Karunakaran, the DGGSI.

The New concrete pier of the modern road bridge. Delhi Metro Sreedharan was involved in the construction group. GSI did the marine survey for the alignment according C. Karunakaran, the DGGSI.



Looking at the bottom of the deck from thru train window

Looking at the bottom of the deck from thru train window



Another rudiment of old pier

Another rudiment of old pier



Bridge ends at the Pamban end and train ready to stop at Pamban station

Bridge ends at the Pamban end and train ready to stop at Pamban station



Notice the salt encrusted intertidal land

Notice the salt encrusted intertidal land



Our train in inland from the coast, and sure it was getting dark

Our train in inland from the coast, and sure it was getting dark



A shot of Thiruannamalai

A shot of Thiruannamalai



Geetha too liked the flower

Geetha too liked the flower



Gopuram at Thiruannamalia

Gopuram at Thiruannamalia



Closer up view. No one can stop EB putting up power lines and luminaries, often at the coast of the view of such historic and archaeologically important structures in our country.

Closer up view. No one can stop EB putting up power lines and luminaries, often at the coast of the view of such historic and archaeologically important structures in our country.



MUbiquitous coconut palm

MUbiquitous coconut palm



Another tower - another view. In fact there are two sets of compounds and four gopurams each in both.

Another tower – another view. In fact there are two sets of compounds and four gopurams each in both.



MGetting a good shot of the gopuram is indeed a difficult task.

MGetting a good shot of the gopuram is indeed a difficult task.



Even here I miss the street level floor of the gopuram

Even here I miss the street level floor of the gopuram



In deed a novel view of gopuram

In deed a novel view of gopuram



Geetha takes the path in between the two compounds of the temple.

Geetha takes the path in between the two compounds of the temple.



Gopurams lined along a line. View from the eastern entrance of temple

Gopurams lined along a line. View from the eastern entrance of temple



Ceiling painting was a favorite pastime of Michaelangelo. Out yestercarafts men made the carvings and lifted the stone slabs up above to decorate.

Ceiling painting was a favorite pastime of Michaelangelo.
Out yestercarafts men made the carvings and lifted the stone slabs up above to decorate.



I like this view of gopuram. Do You?

I like this view of gopuram. Do You?



Thiruannamala is also known for a hermi- Ramana Maharshi   Geetha in the Ramanasram compound

Thiruannamala is also known for a hermi- Ramana Maharshi
Geetha in the Ramanasram compound



This old man perhaps takes a break after the visit to the asramam. They serve three free meals a day to the visitors. In fact we are in side the main entrance. On t he right side is inquiry/reception etc

This old man perhaps takes a break after the visit to the asramam. They serve three free meals a day to the visitors.
In fact we are in side the main entrance. On t he right side is inquiry/reception etc



A geologically interesting scene. A crystalline rock ridge is covered with rectangular boulders with the corners and edges unsharp. Dominantly a work of physical weathering. This is only one site in the ridge others follow. If you took a bus from Villipura to Thiruannamalai u will notice this on your right side more than half ways from Vilippuram.

A geologically interesting scene. A crystalline rock ridge is covered with rectangular boulders with the corners and edges unsharp. Dominantly a work of physical weathering. This is only one site in the ridge others follow. If you took a bus from Villipura to Thiruannamalai u will notice this on your right side more than half ways from Vilippuram.



A geologically interesting scene. A crystalline rock ridge is covered with rectangular boulders with the corners and edges unsharp. Dominantly a work of physical weathering. This is only one site in the ridge others follow. If you took a bus from Villipura to Thiruannamalai u will notice this on your right side more than half ways from Vilippuram.

A geologically interesting scene. A crystalline rock ridge is covered with rectangular boulders with the corners and edges unsharp. Dominantly a work of physical weathering. This is only one site in the ridge others follow. If you took a bus from Villipura to Thiruannamalai u will notice this on your right side more than half ways from Vilippuram.



Another view.

Another view.



Another view.

Another view.



I liked this frame

I liked this frame



This circular interchange near Villipuram is a smart way of speeding the flow of traffic. Kerala engineers are yet to learn THESE BASICS of road building.

This circular interchange near Villipuram is a smart way of speeding the flow of traffic. Kerala engineers are yet to learn THESE BASICS of road building.



Another view

Another view



You cross this Bridge across a ephemeral river -Pennar (?)- on your trip to Chennai from Thiruannamalai.

You cross this Bridge across a ephemeral river -Pennar (?)- on your trip to Chennai from Thiruannamalai.



We are in Chennai Egmore- in the last leg of the trip

We are in Chennai Egmore- in the last leg of the trip



Inside Chennai Egmore Train Station

Inside Chennai Egmore Train Station



Look at the steel fab work of the Chennai Egmore station

Look at the steel fab work of the Chennai Egmore station

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