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    Deities in the market

    Processional deities pass through market area on N. Avani Mula Street. Temple musicians are in foreground.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 2nd morning procession; Keywords: processions

  • Thumbnail for Priests tie grass kurca on flag-pole base
    Priests tie grass kurca on flag-pole base

    Priests tie grass kurca decorations on the flagpole base, during flag-raising ceremony.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: flag-raising, priests, ideas

  • Thumbnail for Decorated Minaksi, flag-raising
    Decorated Minaksi, flag-raising

    Decorated Minaksi image, during flag-raising ceremony; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: minaksi, flag-raising, decoration, ideas

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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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    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

  • Thumbnail for Crane and priest
    Crane and priest

    Sivaraj, a temple priest, holds a crane image, part of 2nd day lila of festival.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Narai (crane) is liberated by Siva, 2nd day lila. Priest is Sivaraj. Tiruvilaiyatal no. 48.; Keywords: priests, lilas, animals

  • Thumbnail for Site-pacification of Avani Mula Street
    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

  • Thumbnail for Deities at pavilion
    Deities at pavilion

    Deities being taken into P. C. Muttu Chettiyar pavilion, at end of 2nd morning procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 2nd morning procession; pavilion is a Pillaiyar temple; Keywords: pavilions

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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

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    Siva's gold purse

    Siva's gold purse, displayed by Ramani, carried in palanquin around temple. The Executive Officer of the temple, B. Raja, stands to the left.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Ramani (priest) holds up Siva's gold purse (polkiri), E.O. Mr. Raja to left; taken outside west gopuram as purse made procession on Chittrai Street. Tiruvilaiyatal no. 52.; Keywords: processions, lilas

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    Manikkavacakar of Tiruvathavur decorated

    Manikkavacakar of Tiruvathavur, decorated for 8th evening procession. The image of Manikkavacakar travels from his temple ten miles away to participate in the festival events.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; in Kalyana-mandapa, waiting for procession to begin; Keywords: nayanmars, decoration

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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

  • Thumbnail for Priest, as Siva, for 6th day lila
    Priest, as Siva, for 6th day lila

    Priest dressed as Siva, to perform in 6th day lila. The priest is C.M.S. Cinnasami Bhattar.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; priest is C.M.S. Cinnasam Bhattar (Vikrama Pandya moiety), represents Siva. Hat color not fixed.; Keywords: priests, lilas

  • Thumbnail for Sundaresvara on 4-pillar mandapa
    Sundaresvara on 4-pillar mandapa

    Siva Sundaresvara placed on 4-pillar mandapa before crowning, as seen through entry to shrine; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; taken from nandi-mandapa, opposite entry to Sundaresvara sannathi; Keywords: sundaresvara, crowning

  • 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

  • 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

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    Minaksi on Bull vehicle

    Minaksi on Bull vehicle, decorated for 6th evening procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: minaksi, vehicles, decoration

  • Thumbnail for Golden horse vehicle
    Golden horse vehicle

    Golden horse vehicle for evening procession, 8th evening; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; in Kalyana mandapa; Keywords: vehicles

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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.

  • Thumbnail for Festival -- ommatsuri, fall festival, Morioka, image 4.
    Festival -- ommatsuri, fall festival, Morioka, image 4.

    This float,a portable shrine, is from the Hachiman Shrine in Morioka. It is carried from the shrine through the streets on the shoulders of bearers as seen here and is, obviously, a heavy burden. Of secondary interest is the stone wall / embankment that is seen in the background. This is now a park, but was formerly the site of Morioka Castle, which was ordered destroyed in the Meiji era.

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    Muroji, 003, entrance path and bridge across Muro River

    On the right side of the image, above the woman walking on the path, may be seen the bridge that crosses the Muro River. On the far side of the river (a stream at this point) is Muro village. In the foreground is the path that leads from the bridge to the entrance gate at Muroji (to the left, out of the photo).

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    Temple Official as Photographer

    Mr. B. Raja, Executive Officer of the Minaksi temple, photographs the deities, before the 8th evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: personnel

  • Thumbnail for Deities in Seven-color vehicle
    Deities in Seven-color vehicle

    Minaksi and Siva Sundaresvara in Seven-color vehicle, before 11th evening procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: vehicles, deities

  • 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 Worship of tree shrine
    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