An author and eminent research scholar in the field of history and archaeology, Dr Madhavan has an academic record steeped in history. She has extensively written on South Indian temples and she undertakes temple walks for various age groups. Being well versed in Sanskrit epigraphy (Study of Inscriptions) has been an added advantage for her. She has a special interest in temples and their history. She has been visiting many temples in Tamil Nadu and likes probing into their history and architecture.