Tag Archives: Temple

The series continues. The next chapter in the Vetals of Goa theme features the deity from Sanvordem. My introduction from the first post in the series is excerpted below:   From The Vetals of Goa: Amona The ancient deity of Vetal, its iconography and associated rituals, are important elements of, and unique to, Goa‘s Hindu […]

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Amid the astounding ruins of Hampi. The Vijayanagara ruins in Hampi have been deemed a World Heritage Site. I went there in 2007 before grand plans were unveiled to transform the area into a tourist zoo. This shrine cut into rock is at the Malayavanta Raghunath temple. Notice the parakeet in the third photo.   […]

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Village shrine. A serene Goan monsoon view across a paddy field in Quitala, a tiny ward of the village Salvador do Mundo.       This final image was taken at the shrine on an August 2007 morning. Some may have questions about the swastika – please see this.    

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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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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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