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    Setting offerings

    This woman is adding more offerings to this collection.

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    Religion in public

    People leave offerings for the spirits during the Hungry Ghost Festival along public sidewalks.

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    Long table of offerings

    This long table contains many offerings.

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    Restaurant meal

    Dishes from a restaurant in Chinatown.

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    Tourists on Sentosa

    Tourists relax on Sentosa, a small vacation island of Singapore.

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    Siloso Beach

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

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    Street Musician

    A man plays music on a walkway near Chinatown.

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    Streets of Little India

    A street in Little India.

  • Thumbnail for Sundaresvara in palanquin
    Sundaresvara in palanquin

    Sundaresvara carried in palanquin, morning procession; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; procession on 4th morning; Keywords: deities, sundaresvara, decoration, palanquin

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    Devotee at temple

    Devotee arrives at temple; pulled the small ters from Salem; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; Devotee has pulled small ters with hook in back, from Salem; Keywords: devotees, vows

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    Ratha procession

    Sundaresvara ratha procession; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; 11th morning procession, West Masi Street; Keywords: vehicles, ratha, procession, sundaresvara

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    Rope-pullers, ratha procession

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

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    Sundaresvara

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

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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

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    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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    Sirpathis

    Sirpathis carry pole supporing icon; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 2004; Preparation for 1st evening procession. 42 Sirpathis (non-brahmins, not directly temple employees).; Keywords: personnel, sirpathis

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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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    Blessing of drum

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

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    Muroji, 024, five-story pagoda, ground story and detail of bracketing

    This slide of the pagoda at Muroji was taken in the spring, 1998, before the typhoon damage of September 22, 1998, and the subsequent restoration work on the pagoda. The slide shows the first story of the five-story pagoda, which is only 8 feet square. Also shown is the detail of some of the bracketing that was used in Buddhist pagodas and other temple buildings. The bracketing is perhaps less important here, structurally, than in other temple compounds, because the roofs here, at Muroji, are covered with cedar bark, rather than the very heavy tile of other temples.

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    Muroji, 031, gravestones to the side of the stairs leading to the Hall of Eternal Light (Hall for Memorial Tablets)

    Perhaps one hundred yards to the left and behind the pagoda, one begins a steep ascent up the side of the mountain to the Hall of Eternal Light. The stone steps lead one up the side of the hill in almost a straight line, going up the side of the hill for perhaps a quarter of a mile. At one point, off to the side of the stairs leading up the mountainside, one sees this short set of stone steps leading up to a niche carved out of the hill, where there is this small group of memorial stones.

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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