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    Ice cream to go

    A traditional way of selling ice cream.

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    Street Offering

    A container which is used to burn offerings during the Hungry Ghost Festival.

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    Street vendor

    A vendor prepares roasted chestnuts.

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    Offering Allowed

    A man burns offerings in a No-Parking zone.

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    Massages

    A common sight -massages in a shopping mall.

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    Audience at Minaksi kalyanam

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

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    Audience at Minaksi kalyanam

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

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    Siloso Beach

    Part of Sentosa Island, Siloso Beach is a popular vacation destination.

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    Ratha wheels

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

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    Temple camels

    Camels during ratha procession; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; Keywords: animals, procession

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    Newspaper Stand

    A newspaper vendor eats lunch while customers browse.

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    Sundaresvara

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

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    Deities in Kalyana-mandapa

    Two deities on their carts, in old wedding pavilion (kalyanamandapa) of temple, await start of procession. Minaksi to left is on Lion vehicle, and Siva Sundaresvara on right is on Kalpataru vehicle.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 1st evening procession (postponed due to rain); Keywords: deities, procession

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    Site-purification

    Chief priest (nambiyar) and brahmin assistant perform pacification of the site, at entrance to Puthu Mandapa. The processional streets must be purified at the beginning of the festival.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Rite conducted at east entrance to Putu-mandapa, for pacification of Avani Mula Street; Keywords: priests, santi

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    Wooden ratha base

    Wooden base for processional chariot, before preparations; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 2004; Kept on East masi Street. 2001 plaque claims that the two big rathas are about 300 years old; Keywords: vehicles, ratha

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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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    Blessing of drum

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

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    Golden horse vahana

    Golden horse (kutirai) vahana; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 2004; Used as vehicle during 5th day procession; Keywords: vehicles, vahana

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    Sirpathis

    Sirpathis (image-carriers) pose during rest, during flag-raising procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: flag-raising, personnel

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    Ganesa, decorated

    Decorated Ganesa image, ready for evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: ganesa, decoration

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    Camels

    Temple camels waiting for procession to begin.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 1st evening procession; Keywords: animals, processions

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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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    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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    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

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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