TGIF! – Chennai’s approach to religion

We in Chennai aren’t particular about which gods we worship (or occasionally don’t). We have a kovil in every lane – sometimes even two! We pay our respects to all divine entities and display no prejudice. But our real religion is our coffee-tiffin. Every eatery in the city has a patron deity and every deity’s devotees patronize a particular “pure-veg hotel” (occasionally even “High Class Veg”).

If you’re in Mylapore, visit Lord Shiva at the Kapaleeshwar temple. And then check out the Karpagambal mess.

Sources: Wikipedia and The Hindu
Sources: Wikipedia and The Hindu

If you are more of a materialist, drop in on Lord Vishnu at the Parthasarathy temple in Triplicane and once you’ve enjoyed the prasad, Follow the crowds to Ratna Cafe.

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Sources: Wikipedia & Tamilbrahmins.com

Church goers, head for mass at Besant Nagar’s very famous church then cross the road to Murugan Idli. Do not miss the sweet pongal.

Souces: Annai Vailankanni Shrine, zomato.com
Souces: Annai Vailankanni Shrine, zomato.com

Any pantheists out there? You can worship the universe one dosa at a time. (Please, don’t get pedantic about the definition of pantheist on a Friday afternoon!)

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Source: Unknown recesses of the internet

I haven’t forgotten my fellow agnostics. How can we really overrule the possibility of a creator for as long as such beauty exists?

Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia

Atheists, I understand how you feel. It’s hard to believe in a loving and fair god who allows this abomination to pollute our sacred soil

Source: The Hindu
Source: The Hindu

And now I’m hungry! Well done, Goddess… Have an awesome weekend, everyone!

You know, the hardest thing about writing these posts is trying to find a synonym for awesome. See you back here on Monday! Bring along a friend or two 😉


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