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    Priest performs light ceremony

    Nambiyar perfroms aradhana, before procession; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 2004; Performed prior to 6th evening procession; Keywords: personnel, priests, illumination

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    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

  • Thumbnail for Minaksi in digvijaya
    Minaksi in digvijaya

    Minaksi (image and actor) in Indra-vimana; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; Minaksi digvijaya is 9th evening procession; Keywords: minaksi, digvijaya, vehicles,

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    Priest receives offerings

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

  • Thumbnail for Kailasa vehicle
    Kailasa vehicle

    Kailasa (Ravananugraha) vehicle; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; used for 3rd evening procession; Keywords: vehicles

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    Minaksi

    Minaksi emerges from temple; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 2004; Keywords: deities, minaksi, procession

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    Wall painting: Minaksi

    Wall painting of Minaksi, inside temple corridor. This central panel depicts the marriage of Mianksi and Siva Sundaresvara, officiated by Visnu.; Minaksi temple; Uncompleted wall-painting, in corridor north of Golden Lotus Tank, inside temple complex; Keywords: deities, minaksi, paintings

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    Minaksi encounters Siva

    Wall painting of Minaksi encountering Siva Sundaresvara, during her Conquest of the Directions; Minaksi temple; Uncompleted wall-painting, in corridor north of Golden Lotus Tank, inside temple complex; Keywords: deities, minaksi, paintings, sundaresvara

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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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    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

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    Candrasekhara, during tribute offering

    Candrasekhara in palanquin, carried during regular tribute offering ceremonies. Candrasekhara is another form of Siva, who wears the moon in his crown.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: deities, tribute

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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

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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

  • 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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    Deities in procession

    Siva Sundaresvara and Minaksi in procession, along South Avani Mula Street.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 2nd morning procession; Keywords: sundaresvara, minaksi, 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

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    School -- students' kendo sticks from an after school club

    All middle school students are required to participate in after -school activity clubs at the school. They are free to select which clubs they wish to join, but participation is mandatory. The clubs, of course, are group activities, an important part of education in Japan. Many of the clubs focus on areas of traditional Japanese culture, such as tea ceremony or ikebana. This photo shows the wooden swords - kendo sticks - of students belonging to the club that learns and practices the traditional art of kendo.

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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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    Minaksi on Golden Horse vehicle

    Minaksi on Golden Horse vehicle, for 8th evening procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; in Kalyana-mandapa, waiting for procession to begin; Keywords: minaksi, vehicles, decoration

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    Worship of Hanuman Column

    Devotee worships Hanuman on column, in mandapa of temple complex.; Minaksi temple; column sculpture in mandapa to east of main Sundaresvara sanctum, now heavily worshiped; Keywords: deities, hanuman

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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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    Devotional table near Pittuttoppu mandapa

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

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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

  • Thumbnail for Purchase of butter lamps, for worship
    Purchase of butter lamps, for worship

    Worshipers purchase butter lamps, for worship of Nine Planets; Minaksi temple; Keywords: deities, planets, devotees

  • 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