Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of the RWTH Aachen University

Monthly Archives: May 2015

Life on the IIT Madras Campus

The IIT Madras is one of the leading universities in India and one of the local cooperation partners of the University of RWTH Aachen. Due to this cooperation, the IIT Madras gave me opportunity to stay at the IIT Campus.
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Temple, Traffic and Safari

Kapaleeswarar Temple One of the most beautiful places of interest you have to visit in Chennai is the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, which is located in Mylapore and build in honour to the god Eeshwarar, an alias of Shiva. The legend behind this temple is the following: Brahma failed to show the due respect to Shiva. Therefore, Shiva plucked one of Brahmas heads (kapalams). Brahma came down to the side of Mylapore and installed a Lingam (symbol) to please Shiva. Another legend says that goddess Parvathi once playfully closed Shiva’s eyes which made the world fell into darkness. So Shiva cursed Parvathi to become a pea-hen and do penance here to get back her original personality. You can visit one of the four yearly festivals or one of the six daily rituals Read more »

Sightseeing Chennai

There are many places in Chennai which are worth to visit. In this Blog three of them will be shown in detail and are a must see, when you have a stopover.

Let`s start with the St. Thomas Mount in the west of Chennai. The shrine was built in 1523 on top of the mount. The altar of this shrine was built on the spot where St. Thomas’ death has occurred. At the northern foot you can find a gateway of four impressive arches surmounted by a cross bearing the inscribed date 1547. A way of 160 steps leads up to the top, which is equipped with 14 Stations of the Cross erected. Read more »