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  • Thumbnail for Gender and perfection in the epic heroine : examining what Sita means for women in India today
    Gender and perfection in the epic heroine : examining what Sita means for women in India today by Manning, Rebecca

    Sītā, the heroine of the Rāmāyaṇa, is a remarkably prominent figure in Hinduism. She has made an impact on women of all different types in India. From young girls to older women; from women in rural regions to those in urban centers; from women of the lower class to those of the upper class, Sītā’s presence in India has no boundaries. Sītā as a model has been interpreted variously. On one side, Sītā is held as the ideal Hindu wife and woman. She is always loyal to her husband, Rāma, and sacrifices her own needs for his; she is the pativratā (ideal wife) in this way. However, despite her label as the ideal wife, numerous feminists have viewed Sītā as a destructive model for women to look up to. Sītā is devoted to Rāma always, even when he treats her cruelly. By using Sītā as a model, women can be subjected to mistreatment from their husbands, and lose their own sense of self-identities. However, whether one accepts or rejects Sītā, the fact that she holds such a large presence today shows that Sītā has something valuable to offer contemporary women. Shown through interviews with contemporary Hindu women and folk songs, it is clear that Sītā is highly revered for her self-sacrificing nature. She undergoes repeated suffering due to Rāma, yet maintains her dignity and continues living with devotion. For contemporary Hindu women, Sītā is a powerful example. Many of these women are also defined by their husbands, and undergo suffering and mistreatment due to them. For these women who identify with the suffering and hardship that Sītā undergoes, by channeling her example of living with fidelity, devotion, and self-sacrifice, they can find meaning and self-respect in their own difficult lives.

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    Chief priest at flag-raising

    Chief priest (nambiyar) performs a purifying ceremony in front of secondary flag-pole during flag-raising; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: flag-raising, priests, 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

  • Thumbnail for Kamadhenu vehicle
    Kamadhenu vehicle

    Kamadhenu (wish-granting cow) vehicle, used in 3rd evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Minaksi rides Kamadhenu on 3rd evening procession; Keywords: vehicles

  • Thumbnail for Decorated Minaksi
    Decorated Minaksi

    Minaksi image decorated for procession; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 2004; Decorated for Flag-raising ceremony and procession, 1st day; Keywords: deities, minaksi, decoration

  • Thumbnail for Audience at Minaksi kalyanam
    Audience at Minaksi kalyanam

    Audience attending Minaksi kalyana; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; Keywords: devotees, kalyanam

  • Thumbnail for Deities in Seven-color vehicle
    Deities in Seven-color vehicle

    Minaksi and Siva Sundaresvara in Seven-color vehicle, before 11th evening procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: vehicles, deities

  • Thumbnail for Sundaresvara coming out of temple
    Sundaresvara coming out of temple

    Siva Sundaresvara emerges from temple during morning procession. The gate is the Ashta shakti Mandapam, on the east side of the temple complex.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 2nd morning procession; Keywords: sundaresvara, processions

  • 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 Deities in the market
    Deities in the market

    Processional deities pass through market area on N. Avani Mula Street. Temple musicians are in foreground.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 2nd morning procession; Keywords: processions

  • Thumbnail for Deities in procession
    Deities in procession

    Siva Sundaresvara and Minaksi in procession, along South Avani Mula Street.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 2nd morning procession; Keywords: sundaresvara, minaksi, processions

  • 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 Deities at pavilion
    Deities at pavilion

    Deities being taken into P. C. Muttu Chettiyar pavilion, at end of 2nd morning procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 2nd morning procession; pavilion is a Pillaiyar temple; Keywords: pavilions

  • Thumbnail for Purchase of butter lamps, for worship
    Purchase of butter lamps, for worship

    Worshipers purchase butter lamps, for worship of Nine Planets; Minaksi temple; Keywords: deities, planets, devotees

  • Thumbnail for Saptavarna vehicle
    Saptavarna vehicle

    Saptavarna (seven-color) vehicle, used for 11th evening procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; female decorates floor of vehicle with kolam design; Keywords: vehicles

  • Thumbnail for Decoration of vehicle
    Decoration of vehicle

    Women decorate the Seven-color Vehicle with auspicious kolam design, prior to placing deities in it.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: vehicles, decorations

  • 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 Subrahmanya of Tirupparankundram
    Subrahmanya of Tirupparankundram

    Subrahmanya of Tirupparankundram, decorated for 8th evening procession. The Subrahmanyam image has also come from its home temple, on the outskirts of greater Madurai, to take part in the festival.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: subrahmanya, decoration, tirupparankundram

  • Thumbnail for Worship of Hanuman Column
    Worship of Hanuman Column

    Devotee worships Hanuman on column, in mandapa of temple complex.; Minaksi temple; column sculpture in mandapa to east of main Sundaresvara sanctum, now heavily worshiped; Keywords: deities, hanuman

  • Thumbnail for Temple elephant
    Temple elephant

    Temple elephant, adorned with gold forehead plate, at reception pavilion, Old Cokkanathar Temple.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: animals

  • Thumbnail for Minaksi coming out of temple gate
    Minaksi coming out of temple gate

    Minaksi comes out from temple gate, 6th evening procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: minaksi, priests, processions

  • Thumbnail for Priest-as-Siva and two swordsmen
    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

  • Thumbnail for Jnanasambandar
    Jnanasambandar

    Jnanasambandar image, before 6th evening procession. On the 6th evening, the great Tamil devotees (nayanmar) of Siva are recognized.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; East Adi Street, near elephant stables; Keywords: nayanmars

  • Thumbnail for Minaksi on Yali vehicle
    Minaksi on Yali vehicle

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

  • 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