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POOMPUHAR - ANCIENT PORT CITY IN SOUTH INDIA

POOMPUHAR - ANCIENT PORT CITY IN SOUTH INDIA

1. Silapathikaram Art Gallery

         The Silapathikaram Art Gallery is a seven storied, classically built structure. The first floor of this building is 12 ft high and all the other floors have a height of 5 ft each. The tower comprises of Kalasams having a height of 8 ft, which brings the total height of this gallery to 50 ft. At the entrance of this gallery, there is a 22½ feet ‘Magara Thoranavayil’ has been designed on the pattern of Magara Thorana Vayil, found in Suruli Malai Mangala Devi Temple. The Anklet shaped tank within the building premises, has the statues of Kannagi and Madhavi on the sides of these tanks. The art facts in this gallery comprises of scenes from Sangam Epic Silappathikaram. 

2. Thirukkadaiyur

     It is also on the Tharangambadi-Myladuthurai road 16 kms from Poompuhar. Lord Shiva graces in the temple as Swayambumurthi, is called as Amirtha Kadeswarar. This is exactly the place where Lord Siva prevented Yama from extracting the life of 16 year old Markandeyan, hence Siva is also called as Kala Samhara Murthy. Though the presiding deity in the sanctum sanctorum is in the form of Lingam, a closer look is believed to portray the above concept. Devotees celebrate their, Ukra Radha Shanti (completing 59 years) , Sashti Aptha Poorthi (completing 60 years) Beemaradha Shanti (completing 70 years), Sathabishekam (completing 80 years), the important stages of the life, pray to the Lord and to seek Mother’s blessings for Longevity and Good Health.

3. Danish Fort

      This fort of Dansborg was built in 1620. The fort was surrounded by a moat, access to the fort being over a drawbridge. Along the Rampart; Governor’s complex, Church, Residential quarters, Barracks, Ware houses, Kitchen and Jail complexes were built to form a town within. Eastern side had the main part of the Fort facing the Sea. Sea on the on the Eastern and Western side protected the fort. Many parts of the fort have been constructed and re-constructed several times during their period.


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