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    Ratha wheels

    Wooden wheels of ratha; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; Keywords: vehicles, ratha, procession

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    Ratha procession

    Sundaresvara ratha procession; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; 11th morning procession, West Masi Street; Keywords: vehicles, ratha, procession, sundaresvara

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    Sundaresvara in palanquin

    Sundaresvara carried in palanquin, morning procession; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; procession on 4th morning; Keywords: deities, sundaresvara, decoration, palanquin

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    Blessing of drummer

    Chief priest blesses drummer during site-pacification ceremony; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: priests, personnel, musicians

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    Skanda (Murugan)

    Skanda and two wives, images decorated for evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: skanda, decoration

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    Ganesa, decorated

    Decorated Ganesa image, ready for evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: ganesa, decoration

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    Sundaresvara on 4-pillar mandapa

    Siva Sundaresvara placed on 4-pillar mandapa before crowning, as seen through entry to shrine; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; taken from nandi-mandapa, opposite entry to Sundaresvara sannathi; Keywords: sundaresvara, crowning

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    Decorating deities, behind saree

    Priests decorate deities for evening procession, behind saree. Decoration of the deity images should respect the privacy of the gods.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; in Kalyana-mandapa, on raised platform on west side; Keywords: decoration

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    Priest, as Siva, for 6th day lila

    Priest dressed as Siva, to perform in 6th day lila. The priest is C.M.S. Cinnasami Bhattar.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; priest is C.M.S. Cinnasam Bhattar (Vikrama Pandya moiety), represents Siva. Hat color not fixed.; Keywords: priests, lilas

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    Wall painting: Minaksi

    Wall painting of Minaksi, inside temple corridor. This central panel depicts the marriage of Mianksi and Siva Sundaresvara, officiated by Visnu.; Minaksi temple; Uncompleted wall-painting, in corridor north of Golden Lotus Tank, inside temple complex; Keywords: deities, minaksi, paintings

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    Sundaresvara on Bhuta Vehicle

    Siva Sundaresvara on Bhuta Vehicle, decorated for 2nd evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 2nd evening procession; at P. C. Muttu Chettiyar pavilion, just before procession; Keywords: sundaresvara, decoration, vehicles

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    Minaksi encounters Siva

    Wall painting of Minaksi encountering Siva Sundaresvara, during her Conquest of the Directions; Minaksi temple; Uncompleted wall-painting, in corridor north of Golden Lotus Tank, inside temple complex; Keywords: deities, minaksi, paintings, sundaresvara

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    Minaksi on Lion vehicle

    Minaksi mounted on Lion vehicle, for 1st evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 1st evening procession; Keywords: vehicles, minaksi

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    Minaksi on Yali vehicle

    Minaksi in 5th evening procession, on Yali vehicle; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 5th evening procession; Keywords: minaksi, vehicles, processions

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    Bhuta vehicle

    Bhuta vehicle, used in 2nd evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Sundaresvara rides Bhuta vehicle on 2nd evening; Keywords: vehicles

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    Camels

    Temple camels waiting for procession to begin.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 1st evening procession; Keywords: animals, processions

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    Yali vehicle, with Minaksi

    Yali vehicle, with Minaksi, on 5th evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 5th evening procession, S. Avani Mula Street; Keywords: minaksi, vehicles, processions

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    Sundaresvara on Kailasa Vehicle

    Siva Sundaresvara on Kailasa vehicle, 3th evening procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Sundaresvara on Kailasa (Ravananugraha) vehicle, 3rd evening procession; Keywords: sundaresvara, vehicles, processions

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    Two swordsmen

    Two swordsmen, mock fight in Kalyana mandapa. These are men from an agricultural caste in nearby village, who have inherited the privilege of playing these roles during the 6th day lila.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Fighters are farmers, from Pandya-Vellalar jati, who have hereditary right to participate in 6th morning lila; Keywords: personnel, lilas

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    Deities at mandakapadi

    Rear view of deities in state, at Old Cokkanathar Temple, prior to morning procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; early morning, taken at Old cokkanatha Koyil, N. Veli Street, before deities leave for Vaigai River; Keywords: deities, pavilions, devotees

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    Oduvar tells story of Jnanasambandar

    Head Oduvar (Tamil singer) of the temple recites story of establishment of Saivism in Madurai; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Tiruvilaiyatal no. 63 is told by head oduvar.; Keywords: personnel, lilas

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    Priest-as-Siva on elephant

    Priest-as-Siva on elephant, in procession. Ashta Shakti Mandapa gateway is in background.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; On Amman Sannathi Street, with part of Minaksi gateway in background; Keywords: priests, lilas, animals, processions

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    Priest-as-Siva and two swordsmen

    Priest as Siva, and two swordsmen, at start of 6th day lila; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Lila is Tiruvilaiyatal no. 27; Keywords: personnel, priests, lilas

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    Temple Official as Photographer

    Mr. B. Raja, Executive Officer of the Minaksi temple, photographs the deities, before the 8th evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: personnel

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    Sundaresvara on Golden Horse vehicle

    Siva Sundaresvara on Golden Horse vehicle.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: sundaresvara, vehicles