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    Sundaresvara on Bhuta Vehicle

    Siva Sundaresvara on Bhuta Vehicle, on Amman Sannithi Street.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 2nd evening procession; Keywords: sundaresvara, decoration, vehicles

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    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

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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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    Sundaresvara decorated, for 6th morning procession

    Sundaresvara decorated, holding sword and shield, for 6th morning procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: sundaresvara, decoration

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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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    Sundaresvara in Minaksi digvijaya

    Sundaresvara (boy and image) during Minaksi digvijaya; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1984; Keywords: sundaresvara, digvijaya

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    Fireworks

    Fireworks during Minaksi digvijaya; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1984; Sundaresvara vimana in background; Keywords: fireworks, procession, digvijaya

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    Sundaresvara

    Sundaresvara, during Minaksi digvijaya; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1984; Keywords: sundaresvara, digvijaya

  • Thumbnail for Minaksi
    Minaksi

    Minaksi emerges from temple; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 2004; Keywords: deities, minaksi, 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, 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 Minaksi decorated, rear view
    Minaksi decorated, rear view

    Minaksi decorated for 6th morning procession, rear view. Her hair ornament is part of her special decoration for this day's procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; in Gold Capparam; shows (jatai alankara) special decoration of pinnal (hair braid); Keywords: minaksi, decoration

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

    Scene inside Sundaresvara shrine, during crowning ceremony. Most of the ceremony cannot be seen by most onlookers, as this photograph reflects.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; view from just inside entryway to shrine; Keywords: sundaresvara, crowning

  • Thumbnail for Minaksi on Golden Horse vehicle
    Minaksi on Golden Horse vehicle

    Minaksi on Golden Horse vehicle, for 8th evening procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; in Kalyana-mandapa, waiting for procession to begin; Keywords: minaksi, vehicles, decoration

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    Siva's gold purse

    Siva's gold purse, carried in palanquin around the temple. The gold purse is part of the 3rd day lila.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; gold-purse, in palanquin, in small procession on Chittrai Street.; Keywords: processions, lilas

  • Thumbnail for Bhadrakali Sculpture
    Bhadrakali Sculpture

    Large Bhadrakali image in Kambattadi Mandapa, now worshiped with butter lamps; Minaksi temple; large sculpture in mandapa to east of main sundaresvar sanctum; Keywords: deities, kali

  • Thumbnail for Golden horse vehicle
    Golden horse vehicle

    Golden horse vehicle for evening procession, 8th evening; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; in Kalyana mandapa; Keywords: vehicles

  • 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 Decorated Manikkavacakar
    Decorated Manikkavacakar

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

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    Ajanta Caves, bridge over dry Waghora Riverbed

    The Ajanta Caves were carved out of the rocky hillside surrounding a bend in the Waghora River. During the dry season, the riverbed becomes a footpath but in the rainy season, people wade through the stream over slippery rocks.

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    Auspicious figures on door lintel, amorous couple

    Images of amorous couples adorn the outer entrances to several of the caves. These couples are understood to be auspicious symbols of good fortune, fertility and prosperity.

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    Ajanta Caves, panorama view from the vantage of the earliest caves

    A view of the series of caves from the perspective of the earliest caves in the group. Though not visible in this photo, the builders constructed small channels through the caves to guide water from the waterfalls into and through the living areas for the convenience of the monks.

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    Khuldabad, dome of the Aurangzeb Mosque

    A staunchly religious man, Aurangzeb enforced Sharia law for all, forbidding drinking and gambling in his realm, and reinstating the hated jizya tax on non-Muslims.

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    Painted Maitreya Buddha

    The last in a series of painted buddhas and bodhisattvas framing the doorway above one of the caves, the royal Maitreya, buddha of a future age, is seated in a lotus position. His right hand may be held in the varada mudra, the gesture of compassion.