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    Sundaresvara

    Sundaresvara, 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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    Ratha procession

    Minaksi ratha procession; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; West masi Street; temple towers in background; Keywords: vehicles, ratha, procession, minaksi

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    Three priests

    Three priests in front of Sundaresvara image; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 2004; C. Muttapatter Sivaraja, on right, does image decoration.; Keywords: personnel, priests

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    Priest receives offerings

    Priest receives offerings during procession; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 2004; Keywords: personnel, priests, devotees, offerings

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    Ganesa and Skanda, on same cart, for procession

    Decorated images of Ganesa (right) and Skanda (left) on cart, for evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 1st evening procession; Keywords: ganesa, skanda, procession

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    Sundaresvara in Golden Capparam

    Siva Sundaresvara decorated, in golden Capparam vehicle, for 2nd morning procession. Photographer in foreground is Mayan, a writer for the Tamil journal Kumutham.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 2nd morning procession; Keywords: sundaresvara, vehicles

  • 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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    Minaksi, with decorating priest

    Minaksi decorated for 6th morning procession, with priest, K. Velayutha Bhattar, who supervised the decoration of Minaksi on the 6th day.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Priest is K. Velayutha Bhattar; Keywords: minaksi, decoration, priests

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    Nandi-banner raised on secondary flagpole

    Priest raises Nandi-banner on a secondary flagpole in Nandi-mandapa, during flag-raising ceremony.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: flag-raising

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    Minaksi Wedding

    Minaksi's Marriage (tirukalyana) sculpture, depicting Visnu, Minaksi, and Siva Sundaresvara, in Puthu-mandapa. Mid-seventeenth century.; Minaksi temple; Putu-mandapa; Keywords: deities, minaksi, mandapas

  • Thumbnail for Sundaresvara arrival, kalyanam
    Sundaresvara arrival, kalyanam

    Sundaresvara arrives for marriage ceremony; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; morning of 10th day; Keywords: sundaresvara, kalyanam

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    Audience at Minaksi kalyanam

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

  • Thumbnail for Sceptre and other regalia
    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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    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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    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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    Priests afix Sundaresvara on Golden Horse vehicle

    Priests place prabha (ornamental arch) over Siva Sundaresvara on Golden Horse vehicle, completing decorations for processio; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: sundaresvara, vehicles, priests, decoration

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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

  • Thumbnail for Sundaresvara decorated for procession
    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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    Deities in procession

    Minaksi and Siva Sundaresvara in procession in Seven-color vehcile, during 11th evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; in South Avani Mula Street, raining; Keywords: deities, vehicles, processions

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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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    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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    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

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    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