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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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    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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    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 Rope-pullers, ratha procession
    Rope-pullers, ratha procession

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

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    Wooden ratha base

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

  • Thumbnail for Audience at Minaksi kalyanam
    Audience at Minaksi kalyanam

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

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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 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

  • 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

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    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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    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

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    Nandi banner

    Nandi banner on secondary flagpole, west of Sundaresvara shrine. Siva's bull Nandi is in center, surrounded by auspicious emblems like the trident, the sun, and lamps.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; similar banners one each of four flagpoles, to cardinal directsions from Sundaresvara shrine. Tailors make them for festival, hereditary rights to make them. Nambiyar receives at close of festival.; Keywords: flag-raising

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    Nambiyar offers tribute

    Chief priest (nambiyar) offers tribute (balidana), at south gate of temple. Tribute offerings are performed at eight corners of the temple complex each morning and evening of the festival.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; S. Adi Street, inside South Gopuram.; Keywords: priests, tribute

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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

  • 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 Nandikesvara

    Siva Sundaresvara in 5th evening procession, on Nandikesvara vehicle.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 5th evening procession, S. Avani Mula Street; Keywords: sundaresvara, vehicles, processions

  • Thumbnail for Minaksi coming out of temple gate
    Minaksi coming out of temple gate

    Minaksi comes out from temple gate, 6th evening procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: minaksi, priests, processions

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    Minaksi on Yali vehicle

    Minaksi in 5th evening procession, on Yali vehicle; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 5th evening procession; Keywords: minaksi, vehicles, processions

  • Thumbnail for Muroji, 033,  Hall of Eternal Light, front exterior
    Muroji, 033, Hall of Eternal Light, front exterior

    This image shows the front of the Hall for Memorial Tablets, also known as the Hall of Eternal Light. As is seen here, the structure is extended out in space on scaffolding over the steep hillside. The white pieces of paper along the lines between posts on the edge of the porch are omikuji, printed "fortunes." They have been tied to the line here with a prayer that the deity may assist in the fulfillment of the fortune. Omikuji are very commonly found at Shinto shrines and represent, perhaps, a crossing over of a practice between Shinto and Buddhism.

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    Deities at mandakapadi

    Rear view of deities in state, at Old Cokkanathar Temple, prior to morning procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; early morning, taken at Old cokkanatha Koyil, N. Veli Street, before deities leave for Vaigai River; Keywords: deities, pavilions, devotees

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    Decoration of vehicle

    Women decorate the Seven-color Vehicle with auspicious kolam design, prior to placing deities in it.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: vehicles, decorations

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    Saptavarna vehicle

    Saptavarna (seven-color) vehicle, used for 11th evening procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; female decorates floor of vehicle with kolam design; Keywords: vehicles

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    Worship of tree shrine

    Tree and icons of worship, in outer part of Minaksi temple complex; Minaksi temple; on North Adi Stree, near North Gopuram; Keywords: deities, devotees

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    Decorated Manikkavacakar

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

  • Thumbnail for Yali vehicle, with Minaksi
    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