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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

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    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 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

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    Oil-rag lamps

    Oil-rag lamps held during street site-pacification (vithi- vastusanti), a necessary purifying rite before festival processions.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: personnel

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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

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    Minaksi

    Three-breasted Minaksi Statue, in Puthu-mandapa. Constructed in the mid-seventeenth century, during the reign of Tirumalai Nayakkar.; Minaksi temple; Putu-mandapa, SE corner; Keywords: deities, minaksi, mandapas

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    Blessing of drum

    Chief priest blesses drum, during site-pacification ceremony; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: priests, personnel, musicians

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    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

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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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    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

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    Sundaresvara decorated

    Siva Sundaresvara decorated for 6th morning procession, in Kalyana-mandapa.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; photo by natural light, in Kalyana-mandapa before start of procession; Keywords: sundaresvara, decoration

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    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

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    Yali vehicle, with Minaksi

    Yali vehicle, with Minaksi, on 5th evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 5th evening procession, S. Avani Mula Street; Keywords: minaksi, vehicles, processions

  • Thumbnail for Minaksi on Kamadhenu vehicle
    Minaksi on Kamadhenu vehicle

    Minaksi on Kamadhenu vehicle, 3rd evening procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 3rd evening procession; Keywords: minaksi, vehicles, processions

  • 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 Decorating deities, behind saree
    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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    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 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

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    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