October 7, 2017

Gayatri Devi Temple in Chennai

It is rare to find a temple for Gayatri in South India. In Selaiyur, near Tambaram, the southern outskirts of Chennai, there is a small temple for Gayatri.

Gayatri is usually depicted with five heads and ten arms. However, in this temple, she is depicted with single head and two arms. She holds Vedas in her left arm and kamandalu in her right arm. She is seated on white swan.

It's a small temple managed by a trust from Haridwar. It is called as Gayatri Shakti Peetham. It is located near Air Force Quarters in Varadarajan Nagar of Selaiyur. The temple maintains a calm atmosphere.

Happy travelling.

October 2, 2017

Mylapore Karbagambal Mess

"You cannot claim to have visited Chennai, if you have never been to Mylapore." This is what I told to you a friend of mine from Pune who has come to Chennai for more than ten times but not visited Mylapore. Mylapre is known for a lot of things - heritage, Navaratri, temples, music and also the traditional restaurants which are called as "Mess".

Karpagambal Mess is one of those famous messes in Mylapore which Chennaites love. It was established in 1953 CE in East Mada Street by Ramadas Iyer. Originally it was started as a small eatery and it could serve only 50 people maximum. Now, it has expanded as multi floors air conditioned restaurant.

Till 1980s, when the bus was the main transportation service in Chennai, people from far away localities who visit Kapaaleeswarar would never miss to have their lunch or dinner at Mami's Mess or Karpagambal Mess. Both of them are located near the temple.

Filter Coffee, Keera Vadai and Badam Halwa are some of the dishes that are sought-after. Old framed paintings of Gods and Goddesses adore the walls of the restaurant even today.

Those who regularly visit this restaurant would know that this mess has lost its old charm and taste. Nevertheless, it is still patronized by the people of Chennai. It still remains as an identity of Myalpore for sure.

Happy travelling.

October 1, 2017

The Best Rose Milk from a Small Newspaper Mart

Rose Milk - the pink colored flavored milk with rose syrup, was one of the most favorite drinks in Tamil Nadu till 1980s. Today, it has become difficult to find this tasty beverage in the restaurants and shops. Nevertheless, there is one place in Chennai city where people throng in large numbers for rose milk even nowadays. Do you know, where in Chennai, you could get the best rose milk? For more than six decades, this shop remains as the Number 1 in Chennai when it comes to this drink. This is not a restaurant, hotel or provisional store. It's a small newspaper mark, which is meant to sell newspapers and magazines.

Kalathi Newspaper Mart in East Mada street in Mylapore is a very small shop. However, anyone in this area, would easily direct you to this place. It is so famous in this locality for many decades. In 1927 CE, Kalathi Mudaliar started this shop as there was no other shop in this area to sell the daily essentials. It was taken over by Shri. Kannan in 1951 CE. He introduced rose milk in 1952 CE. Since then, this shop continues to be the best place which sells rose milk. Even today, you could find people in small queues in this shop buying rose milk. This mart sells more number of glasses of rose milk than the daily newspapers and magazines.

In the 1960s and 1970s, a lot of cine stars and play artists were the regular customers of Kalathi rose milk.

Happy travelling.