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  • Thumbnail for Rope-pullers and bananas
    Rope-pullers and bananas

    Rope-pullers, catching bananas thrown from roof; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; during stop of ratha, bananas as refreshments; Keywords: devotees, ratha, procession

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    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

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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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    Sceptre and other regalia

    Sceptre, crown, and other items of sovereignty, before crowning of Sundaresvara; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; taken in front of Sundaresvara sannithi: objects are cenkol, vettram, makuta, and eruttani (writing implement); Keywords: priests, regalia, crowning

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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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    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

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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

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    Wooden ratha base

    Wooden base for processional chariot, with initial bamboo superstructure; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 2004; Keywords: vehicles, ratha

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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

  • Thumbnail for Ratha wheels
    Ratha wheels

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

  • 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

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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

  • Thumbnail for Devotional table near Pittuttoppu mandapa
    Devotional table near Pittuttoppu mandapa

    Devotional table (tirukkan) near Puttuttoppu mandapa, before procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: devotees

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    Pittuttoppu Vaniya Vaisiyar mandapa

    Pittuttoppu Vaniya Vaisiyar mandapa, with deities inside. This is the site of the 9th day lila in Arapalayam, a suburb of Madurai, along the bank of the Vaigai River.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Mandapa in Arapalayam, near river, where lila takes place (Tiruvilaiyatal no. 61); Keywords: pavilions, lilas

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    Deities in Seven-color vehicle, in Kalyanamandapa

    Deities in Seven-color Vehicle, in Kalyana Mandapa, prior to start of 11th evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; prior to 11th evening procession; Keywords: deities, vehicles

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    Sundaresvara decorated for procession

    Siva Sundaresvara decorated for 8th evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; in Kalyana-mandapa, waiting for procession to begin; Keywords: sundaresvara, decoration

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    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

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    Temple Shops

    Shops in Minaksi temple complex, along Viravasantaraya Mandapa passageway on east side of temple complex.; Minaksi temple; Keywords: temple

  • Thumbnail for Sundaresvara in palanquin
    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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    Devotee at temple

    Devotee arrives at temple; pulled the small ters from Salem; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; Devotee has pulled small ters with hook in back, from Salem; Keywords: devotees, vows

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    Ratha procession

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

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

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

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    Sundaresvara

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

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    Site-pacification

    Brahmin assistant drags burning bundle into street, to pacify or purify Avani Mula Street, during vithi-vastusanti ceremony.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Leaving Putu-mandapa at east entrance, onto East Avani Mula Street. Bundle made of samittu: dry sticks of margosa, araca tree, and other kinds of light wood.; Keywords: priests, santi