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  • Thumbnail for Sundaresvara on Kalpataru vehicle
    Sundaresvara on Kalpataru vehicle

    Siva Sundaresvara mounted on Kalpataru (wish-granting tree) vehicle, awaiting 1st procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 1st evening procession; Keywords: sundaresvara, vehicles, decoration

  • Thumbnail for Minaksi on Lion vehicle
    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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    Nadaswaram troupe

    Nadaswaram troupe plays at the flag-raising ceremony. The troupe consists in two nadaswaram players, one tavil drum player, and a tala (hand-cymbal) timekeeper.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: flag-raising, personnel, musicians, ideas

  • Thumbnail for Site-pacification of Avani Mula Street
    Site-pacification of Avani Mula Street

    Chief priest and brahmins, performing pacification of crowded East Avani Mula Street.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; On East Avani Mula Street; Keywords: priests, santi

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    Temple bullock

    Velu and temple bullock, in procession; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 2004; Velu belongs to Chettiyar caste. He looks after temple cows, brings milk for abhisekas; Keywords: personnel, animals

  • Thumbnail for Golden horse vahana
    Golden horse vahana

    Golden horse (kutirai) vahana; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 2004; Used as vehicle during 5th day procession; Keywords: vehicles, vahana

  • Thumbnail for Rope-pullers, ratha procession
    Rope-pullers, ratha procession

    Rope-pullers and Sundaresvara ratha; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; Keywords: devotees, ratha, procession

  • Thumbnail for Sirpathis
    Sirpathis

    Sirpathis (image-carriers) pose during rest, during flag-raising procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: flag-raising, personnel

  • Thumbnail for Ratha wheels
    Ratha wheels

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

  • Thumbnail for Temple camels
    Temple camels

    Camels during ratha procession; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; Keywords: animals, procession

  • Thumbnail for Priest-as-Siva on elephant
    Priest-as-Siva on elephant

    Priest-as-Siva, mounted on elephant, emerges from temple at start of procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; note that elephant is Vaisnava: borrowed from local Visnu temple (Kutal Alakar), since Minaksi temple elephant unable to carry howdah in procession; Keywords: priests, lilas, animals, processions

  • Thumbnail for Priest-as-Siva addresses deities
    Priest-as-Siva addresses deities

    Priest-as-Siva addresses deities, in Minaksi-Nayakkar Mandapa, as part of 6th day lila. He narrates the story of that day's lila.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: priests, lilas

  • Thumbnail for Priest, as Siva, for 6th day lila
    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

  • Thumbnail for Looking under the green saree
    Looking under the green saree

    Devotees look under green saree, as priests decorate deities for 8th evening procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; in Kalyana-mandapa, on raised platform on west side; Keywords: deities, decoration, priests

  • Thumbnail for Sundaresvara on Bhuta Vehicle
    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

  • Thumbnail for Crane and priest
    Crane and priest

    Sivaraj, a temple priest, holds a crane image, part of 2nd day lila of festival.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Narai (crane) is liberated by Siva, 2nd day lila. Priest is Sivaraj. Tiruvilaiyatal no. 48.; Keywords: priests, lilas, animals

  • Thumbnail for Minaksi on Swan Vehicle
    Minaksi on Swan Vehicle

    Minaksi decorated for evening procession, on Swan (anna) vehicle, for 2nd evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 2nd evening procession; at P. C. Muttu Chettiyar pavilion, just before procession; Keywords: minaksi, vehicles, decoration

  • Thumbnail for Minaksi digvijaya
    Minaksi digvijaya

    Wall painting of Minaksi's Conquest of the Directions, inside temple; Minaksi temple; Uncompleted wall-painting, in corridor north of Golden Lotus Tank, inside temple complex; Keywords: deities, minaksi, paintings

  • Thumbnail for Sundaresvara on Nandikesvara
    Sundaresvara on Nandikesvara

    Siva Sundaresvara in 5th evening procession, on Nandikesvara vehicle.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 5th evening procession, S. Avani Mula Street; Keywords: sundaresvara, vehicles, processions

  • Thumbnail for Minaksi on Bull vehicle
    Minaksi on Bull vehicle

    Minaksi on Bull vehicle, decorated for 6th evening procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: minaksi, vehicles, decoration

  • Thumbnail for View of Temple Towers
    View of Temple Towers

    View of Temple Towers from Goripalayam, across river; Minaksi temple; Taken from large statue of Thevar, at Goripalayama intersection (same as photo in 1982); Keywords: temple, towers

  • Thumbnail for Worship of Planets
    Worship of Planets

    Worshipers at small shrine of Nine Planets, in Kambattadi Mandapa to east of Sundaresvara shrine.; Minaksi temple; small shrine in mandapa to northeast of Sundaresvara shrine; Keywords: deities, planets, devotees

  • Thumbnail for Decorated Manikkavacakar
    Decorated Manikkavacakar

    Decorated Manikkavacakar from Tiruvathavur, before 11th evening procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: deities, decoration

  • Thumbnail for Sundaresvara on Golden Horse vehicle
    Sundaresvara on Golden Horse vehicle

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

  • Thumbnail for Buddha in lotus position behind doorway with pillars
    Buddha in lotus position behind doorway with pillars

    In a cave within a cave, the Buddha sits on a pedastal behind a doorway carved with buddhas and bodhisattvas in various poses. Two deer lie below him on the pedastal and the entranceway pillars are carved to create the royal setting of a palace.