About DreamTemples

Hi and Welcome!

I’m Sheela and I live in Salem in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Dream Temples is my site on temples and travel in my home state. Here I have also written a few posts on some places in the neighboring states of Kerala and Karnataka.

Tamil Nadu is home to thousands of Hindu temples and some of the most magnificent temple complexes of India are located in this state.The temples here are built in the Dravidian style of architecture.

Here, temples are a way of life, a part of everyday life of the people. It is customary to go to a temple in the morning or in the evening. 

Our temples showcase a vibrant culture of more than two thousand years, and its rituals remain largely unchanged. The engineering skills of the people many hundred years ago has to be seen in order to fully understand their expertise.

Like most people living here, going to temples was a part of my life. Vacations usually meant my family visited famous temples along with nearby tourist places. Somewhere along the way I became aware that temples were not just places of worship. My love for history made me seek the stories in each temple! I was captivated by the sculptures and the stories they told..they were the stones that spoke so exquisitely and recorded incidents that would last forever and forever. Amazement turned to wonder… what motivated the rulers of a lost era to undertake such works of art? I felt  immensely humble to think of the their devotion and strong faith that motivated them to do this.

I started blogging as a way to record and remember my journeys to temples. A trip to Kanya kumari at the very tip of India was one of the earliest posts on this blog. There are many old and fascinating temples around my hometown Salem. Very little is known about them beyond the beautiful towns and villages where they are built. I knew I had to write about them as people who enjoyed visiting temples would definitely visit if they knew their whereabouts.

And so the journey continues….

This blog is about the temples that I visit and also about some holiday destinations in Tamil Nadu. Here, you will also find posts about  local festivals, temple rituals and  history. I hope you enjoy reading about them! Lately I also visited some places in the neighboring state of Kerala.

And I would love to hear from you! Do share your thoughts in the comments section of each post.

Visiting temples can be a very pleasant experience. On special occasions, a visitor can expect to see a  procession of the temple deities to the accompaniment of traditional vadhyams or musical instruments, or a Thevaram or Divya prapandham hymn recital, sometimes even a dance recital. Even small temples and way-side shrines have a compelling charm.

It is always interesting to know about the temples you visit because each one has a story to tell. When you visit temples you can ask the priests to tell you about the temples..they will usually tell you the temples’ history and any other relevant details. The role of the priests is truly admirable. Many are old, and most work on a meager income, but the temples they serve with such faith and love are clean, sparkling places of worship. 

I hope you find my posts are useful when you plan your travel in Tamil Nadu. 

You can also contact me at sheela.dreamtemples@gmail.com

Thanks for visiting!

Sheela

 

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17 thoughts on “About DreamTemples”

  1. Hi,
    A fantastic blog u have, i was amazed with the pictures and the detailed description of every temple, with the sthalapuranas. I visit a lot of temples and always curious with the legends and history of every temple i visit.
    I once drove for 3000kms, covering the panchabhutha sthalas, arupadai veedus, navagraha temples and tirupati. I have made navagraha trip thrice.
    As i am reading your blog, i covered the namakkal, rasipuram, kollimalai temples, i drove through the breathtaking 70 harpin bends in my honda mobilio. Then we went to vilangulam Akshayapureeshwarar temple, from there we went to palani and back enroute to bangalore stopped at tiruchengode ardhanareeshwarar temple. Excellent write ups. Keep up the good job. If you have a write up on Akshayapureeshwarar temple, please send it.

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    1. Hi Kavitha,
      I am amazed to hear about the number of temples you have visited and also the distance you have travelled! 3000 kms in one trip, Wow!
      I enjoy my visits to temples a lot and I’m really happy that you visited the Namakkal, Rasipuram, Kollimalai temples and Tiruchengode Ardhanareeswarar temple. Its wonderful to know that my posts inspired your visit to these temples and that you enjoyed taking the 70 hairpin bends in Kollimalai! I have not visited the Akshayapureeswarar temple so far, but hope I will one day.
      Thanks very much for reading my blog and for the feedback. I feel encouraged to write about more temples.

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  2. Since my contact and subsequent initiation by Swami Pranavananda in the Kolli Hills I have delved more deeply into Tamil traditions and the spiritual heritage. In spring 2016 I spent 10 days in and around Tiruvannamalai and found so many amazing people and places.. Next time who knows where Lord Shiva will direct me, but finding sites such as yours shows me some of the many possibilities. An excellent site – Swami Shantananda Brahmendra Avadhuta, UK

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    1. Thank you for reading Swamiji. The age old traditions of Tamil Nadu are very rich and fascinating as is the fact that even today they are faithfully observed with very little changes.
      Lord Siva will definitely guide you on your path.

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  3. I loved your blogs, and I completely agree with you about Temples of Tamil Nadu. Have you been to Vaduvur Kothandraman temple, in Manargudi District? If not, I wish you visit the temple , it is a small temple, not very old, but there is something peaceful about the temple.

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    1. Hi! Thank you for checking out my blog. I’m so glad I found your blog which is very nice,very honest. I will definitely visit Vaduvur Kothandaraman temple when I have opportunity to do so. Thank you for telling me about this temple.

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  4. There are very few blogs detailing temples. I also blog about temples,though only the ones falling certain parameter. It is essential that these temples must be very old and must have some unique element to attract a person – history, architecture, legacy, following etc.
    It’s great to stumble upon your blog….keep writing!

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