Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ornate Doorframes of the Antique Houses in the Lanes of Anna Salai, Chennai

Wooden Carved Door Frame at Boothaperumal Street
 
Wooden Carved Door Frame at Boothaperumal Street - Closeup view

Wooden Carved Door Frame at Boothaperumal Street - Note the Vaishnavite Symbol - Namam


Wooden Carved Door Frame at Boothaperumal Street

 
Wooden Carved Door Frame at Boothaperumal Street - Closeup view
 
Wooden Carved Door Frame at Boothaperumal Street - Closeup view

 
 
Have you ever noticed the arch of the Pachaiamman Temple near Boothaperumal Street (earlier Boothaperumal Naicker Street) around Poompuhar showroom and Makka Masjid on Mount Road?
 
The temple, according to the residents, may be around 300 years old. The old lanes and bylanes remind us the rustic atmosphere. This colony can also be accessed from link road i.e, on the banks of Coovum.
 
The lanes and bylanes located around the temple show rustic houses - low entrances, finely carved teakwood wooden frame panels, the door frames at floor level and lintel level are smeared with turmeric and kumkum dots, raised sitouts or thinnais, small niches to lit oil lamps, One of the door shutter was marked with the Vaishnavite mark, the Namam. 
 
The temple claims that the lanes and bylanes and the housing sites belong to the Pachaiamman temple and the temple authorities are left with no proof to estaablish their claim. However the houses in these lanes are occupied by families for generations. Some of the houses exhibit the cuddappah stone signage claiming rights over the houses.

 
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