Sunday, December 17, 2006

ICVGIP (Madurai) trip

Returned from Madurai yesterday after attending one day of ICVGIP 2006, where I had to present a poster on my paper. It was a good short trip. TCE college did a good work at hosting the conference.
The poster session was for 2 hours and 8 out of 15 papers in that were from CVIT lab of IIIT Hyderabad. Which obviously left the ppl wondering to the extent that I heard someone saying "This one is also from IIITH" when he came to see my poster (My poster was the third last in the room and last one from IIIT).
We visited Meenakshi temple in the evening and to summarise it is simply superb. The temple is largest in the world occupying around 16 Acres and as the guide said took around 40 years and many kinds to complete it.
The backword trip tought me something, I would put it as "When in Chennai, travel in local trains". We almost missed our flight as our Autowala stopped at all traffic signals and also took sometime to get petrol when we already running late as he wouldn't understand when we said in Hindi or English and could explain us how far Airport was and how much time it would take. This time I was able to appreciate Chennai local train for they turned out to be very good mode of transport compared to Roadways (which I tried in my last trip some 5-6 weeks back).


  1. Ang Kor Wat is the biggest temple complex in the world. Surely, there are bigger temples in TN as compared to Meenakshi temple. However, is a grand one.

    did you see the golden lotus is the pond?

    Observation1 in Madras: Reduce the fare by atleast 20% of what the autowalla quotes.
    Observation2 in Madras: Hindi does not work :|

  2. typo:
    did you see the golden lotus in the pond?

  3. Yeah I did see that! The guide said it was 35 Kgs of Gold donated by Sun TV. Though te first statement was unbelievable the second made lots of sense :D

  4. *Corrections: Thanks to "Blah" and Wikipedia:
    The biggest functional "Hindu" temple is 156 Acres

    While the biggest temple is 203 acres in size the second link.

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