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Houses of the Holy

Meenakshi temple, Madurai. Photo Olaf Otto Becker

“There are temples throughout Chettinad, neolithic cave temples and 16th-century clan temples and tidy ancient structures erected during the artistically nonpareil reign of the great Chola kings. There are animist Ayyanar temples set in rural groves, their grotesque deities guarded by life-size terra cotta horses. There are temples as architecturally impressive as those on any tourist map, places like the 11th-century shrine to Shiva at Avudayarkoil, a place of baffling architectural geometries.”

Guy Trebay visits Chettinad, see his report in the New York Times’ Style magazine here.

Also, see Olaf Otto Becker’s photographs here