Chennai Coast and Culture
Bus route #1- Thiruvotriyur to Thiruvanmiyur
The Goddess and the Ocean
The Navaratri season has just drawn to a close and before we let October clear the coast, here is one more round of tribute to the Divine Goddess- this time from a littoral perspective all the way from Chennai in Tamilnadu.
We all know that the Divine Goddess in her form as Lakshmi is closely associated with the beautiful ocean, as the daughter of the waves (or the celebrated ‘Alai magal’ in tamil) and as the consort of Lord Vishnu who rests afloat the Adi Seshan on the ocean. However- did we know of an association of Goddess Parvathi with the same expanse of water?
As if thrown gently ashore by the Lords themselves are two very ancient temples lining the coast of Chennai along the Bay of Bengal, dedicated to Lord Siva and his consort Goddess Parvati, manifested in one of her very powerful forms- Tripura Sundari. Join us as we walk this shoreline from Thiruvotriyur, a port town almost marking the northern limit of the city to Thiruvanmiyur, a crowning ‘elitist’ jewel in the city’s southern end.