Heritage Walk: Waves of conversion and a games thrown in – Aug. 27, 2016

Tiruvanmiyur in 7- 8th Century – Led by Pradeep Chakravarthy.
7.00 a.m. to 7.45 a.m.

A landmark on the Vadagu Peruvazhi (as the ECR was known in Chola times), Tiruvanmiyur. Marundeswarar 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 30min walk will explore the sadly modernized temple and understand how religion and politics mingled for mutual benefit in the 6-9th centuries.

After the 30min walk, we play games in the temple! For years now Kreeda has been involved in documenting the Graffiti Games carved in temples and old monuments. Kreeda has found two game boards carved on the floor of this temple. One is the more popular Aadu Puli Aatam, while the other is a board that has not been seen elsewhere. While it bears a certain semblance to other game boards one cannot be completely sure if this is the same game or a different one. Kreeda has been researching this game and has put together three sets of optional rules to play the game.

This program is done with the support of the Chennai chapter of INTACH.

Meeting spot entrance to temple opp. the temple tank and facing the beach (NOT the one on ECR)
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
Kreeda games will bring the boards and other accessories to play the game, just bring your fun quotient with you!
Please dress appropriately for a house of worship. No shorts please!

Registrations to pradeepandanusha@gmail.com on or before August 20, 2016