Heritage Walks/Tours

Photowalk / Heritage Walk – Aug. 18, 2013

Starting Point : Votive Shrine, Halls Road, Kilpauk. At 6.30 a.m.

The Walk would aim to cover the history of many Kilpauk based landmarks starting with the Votive Shrine @ Halls Road and move towards the Devar Kottai & then to Citadel at Landons Road,then cover Seetha Kingston House School and the other Ekambareswarar properties with history and end the walk at Kalki House off P H Road.
Organised by Chennai Photowalk and Kilpauk Heritage Walk. Volunteers from Kilpauk Heritage Walk will give a brief background about each landmark.
Contact : Ram at ramaswamy.n@gmail.com for registration & 9444062684 if one has lost his/her way on the day of the walk.

Heritage Walk in Tiruvottiyur – Aug. 25, 2013

The Chennai Bloggers Club is organising a Heritage walk at Tiruvottiyur.

On 25, Aug 2013 led by Mr. Gokulane Ravi.
Walk starts at 8 a.m and go on for an hour. The meeting point will be Theradi bus stop, Tiruvottiyur. This walk will cover Thiruvottiyur Thyagaraja and VadivudaiAmmanTemple and the four Mada Veethi’s around the temple.

Open to all. Contact Gokulane Ravi on 9884645438 on the day of the walk or a day before for direction.

The Banyan Walk – Aug. 24, 2013

The Banyan has been a part of Chennai’s history since 1993, when the founders Vandana and Vaishnavi saw a homeless woman with a mental health issue on Haddows Road who was in need of help. A movement started to reach out to vulnerable people with mental health issues.

The Banyan Walk will take you on a journey of adversity and recovery, starting at the Transit Care Centre in Mogappair, to the open shelter for homeless men in Santhome and ending at the Rural Mental Health Programme in Kovalam. You will hear stories of difficult lives, of dreams lost, but also of hope and new beginnings.

The Walk will also include interesting stories about the history of the areas where The Banyan is located. For more information, please contact Archanaa  at 9840523235.

Trace Origin of Madras at Pulicat

Aarde Foundation is organising a heritage tour in Pulicat on Aug. 24, 2013.
The schedule of the trip is:

6.15 a.m. – Departure from Loyola College back gate (Mahalingapuram)
8.30 a.m. – Breakfast at Pazhaverkadu (Pulicat)
9.00 a.m. – Visit to Pulicat Interpretation Centre
9.30 a.m. – Heritage Walk
12.15 p.m. – Departure from Pulicat to Chennai

The charges for the tour is Rs. 500 per person. This includes A/C bus trip, breakfast, snacks, water bottle and guided walk.
Limited registration.

To register, contact Aarde foundation at phone no. 99400 79444. Email: info@aarde.in

Waves of conversion : Heritage walk – Aug. 25, 2013

Waves of conversion!

Tiruvanmiyur in 7-8th Century: A landmark on the Vadagu Peruvazhi (as the ECR was known in Chola times), Tiruvanmiyur. Marundeeswarar Temple is a great place in Madras to understand the work of the Shaivaite saints in reconverting Tamilians in the Chola times to Hinduism from Jainism and Buddhism. The 30-minute walk will explore the sadly modernised temple and help understand how religion and politics mingled for mutual benefit in the 6-9th Centuries. Using the hymns on the temple, we will recreate how Tiruvanmiyur looked in those times and how the conversion techniques the saints used can teach the modern management expert a thing or two about achieving lasting changes in institutions.

Date: Sunday, 25th August 7.30-8 a.m. Meeting spot will be announced to those whose registration is accepted.

The walk is free and will not focus on the religious aspect of the temple – there will be no time in the walk to offer worship, please plan for that separately.
Please dress appropriately for a house of worship. No shorts please!
Participants above 40 cannot register unless they bring with them a school (class 8 and above) or college student. This is the best way we can get younger folks interested and they will get enough information that will help them in their careers. The student doesn’t necessarily have to be someone you even remotely know; so please don’t ask for exceptions!
No more than 30 participants.

Registrations to Pradeepandanusha@gmail.com on or before August 11th, 12 noon.
No transport/food arrangements for the walk.