Stone Gallery At Madras Museum

Namma Mylapore’s Geetha Iyengar organized a tour of the stone gallery at Madras Museum in Egmore, as part of the Madras Day 2014 celebrations. Chithra Madhavan was our tour guide and boy was she knowledgeable! She made the entire session a total pleasure. She had answers to most questions and unlike folks I’ve encountered in the past, she had no issues with not knowing (esoteric?) bits of information and didn’t make up stuff AFAIK. As Chithra described it, the tour was just a taste of the vast number of exhibits in the stone gallery of the Madras Museum. So, this blog post would be a teaser trailer of the tasty morsels served up. In the various sections we visited, I only took a couple of pictures. So, these serve as a teaser to folks reading this post which should encourage them to visit the museum at leisure, multiple times to take in everything. I’d recommend going with a guide like Chithra. You can contact Namma Myalpore via email and they ought to be able to get you setup. So here goes.

Sanchi Stupa Miniature

Sanchi Stupa Model
Sanchi Stupa Model

This miniature is a replica of the Great Stupa at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh. Sanchi’s about 50 km from Bhopal. A stupa┬áis a place where relics of the Buddha or his disciples are stored and worshiped. The Great Stupa at Sanchi was commissioned by Ashoka The Great in the 3rd century BC. As usual, more details about the actual Sanchi Stupa at Wikipedia. Continue reading Stone Gallery At Madras Museum

Madras Day 2014: Chennai Turns 375

I just learned about Madras Day. I’ve been in the city a little more than 2 years and this is the first I’ve heard of it. It certainly feels like I live the life of a hermit in the midst of a sea of people. Oh well, live and learn.

The celebrations have been going on for over a week and there have been a number of events that I’ve already missed. But the weekend starts tomorrow and I’m going to try and take in some local culture. Before I get accused of sounding like some outsider yobbo, Continue reading Madras Day 2014: Chennai Turns 375