This project is built around a geographic database — i.e., it contains geographic information.

Geographic information is any information that is tied to a place — and place is what geographers study.

The database was built with information collected from a variety of sources.

You can explore geographic information in many ways :

on a static map, an interactive map, interactive database (data table), etc.

On this page are some exercises that will help you explore our project data using the many ways that this site offers —

data tables, maps, audio, video, text, and images. There will be more exercises posted here over time.

We hope that you will enjoy learning many geographic skills and become curious enough to ask your own geography

questions both from this project, and in general by completing these exercises and creating your own.

As always, please share your findings, thoughts, and comments in the space below each post.

Happy exploration!

What's a database? What's in the database of this project? Explore to learn some basic data skills that can help you with exploring this project. These skills will help you in many other contexts also. What are you waiting for? Come on in!
Muttusvāmi Dīkshitar composed songs relating to a wide variety of deities. Many of these songs have place associations. Explore to find out about some of the deities he has sung about and the places associated with them.
Every deity in Hinduism is a manifestation of one Supreme Being. Here are five specific manifestations of Śiva (the dissolver of the universe) as the Five Elements of nature (pañcha.bhūta.linga), songs about them, and their places. Explore!
Hindu astrology lists "nine planets" (nava.graha) whose configurations are believed to influence life. Each "planet" is pictured as a deity with individual attributes. Explore the place associations with each of these in Tamil Nadu.