Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Rolling Stones

There's a great monument in Chennai called Valluvar Kottam. It's a giant stone chariot, dedicated to the revered Tamil poet, Thiruvalluvar. While it looks ancient, it's brand new by Indian monument/temple/fort standards: 1976. Why the chariot design? It's modeled after an ancient original in the town of Tiruvavur. Got it?

The impressive structure. Where the crowds drift to for a photo-op, next to the incredibly small, but strong elephants that hang out, pulling the chariot.

The stones that gather no moss. The regal elephants.

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