Tag Archives: Temple

Theyyam

An ancient ritual. A Theyyam in progress at the Muthappan temple in Parassini Kadavu, northern Kerala. Crowds jostling for the limited space available and the low ambient light rendered this a difficult situation to photograph. But the Canon EOS 5D was a landmark camera and the image stabilization feature of the EF 24-105L lens helped. […]

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Dhalo

Ancient fertility festival. In January and February every year, the Gaude community of Goa celebrates a festival of dance known as Dhalo. It is an ancient ritual with origins in the fertility cult. Although both men and women participate in the festivities, the womenfolk assume the primary role. The central theme of Dhalo revolves around […]

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Siddhanath Hill

An ancient shrine. The shrine of Siddhanath (Lord Shiva) is perched atop the eponymous hill at an elevation of 370 metres near the village of Borim, Goa. The linga here is of great antiquity dating back to the 12th C when the Nath Panthi movement flourished in Goa. This sect also established their presence elsewhere […]

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Chamundeshwari of Pilgaon

Home of the Goddess. Adjoining the meandering Mandovi river, Pilgaon was once the archetypal Goan village: lush, leafy, serene, blessed by the goodness Nature grants a riverine habitat. But all that changed when Goa‘s mining mafia commandeered the area. For the past five decades these environmental assassins, under the guise of helping Goa‘s economy, laid […]

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Mahashivaratri

Night of the Great Yogi. These images were taken at last evening’s Mahashivaratri celebrations at the Kamleshwar temple in the village of Korgaon in north Goa. Kamleshwar is one of the many epithets of Lord Shiva. Note: As mentioned in an earlier post, the screen of my MacBook Pro was damaged last month. I am […]

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