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Temple Moments Part 5: The Wishing Tree


In the temple grounds grows a “tree of wishes”.
The threads tied around its boughs represent the prayers of women hoping to find happiness through marriage.
The miniature cot suspended from its branch is a plea to be blessed with a child.



Picture taken in Kapaleeshwarer Temple, Chennai
The libretto to Dvořák’s Song to the Moon from Rusalka can be found here

3 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    How sweet, or desperate…

    August 28, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    • Unless independently wealthy, the lot of unmarried women in India is far from easy. With little if anything in the way of pensions and the probability of never owning their own home, they must depend upon the generosity – or otherwise – of their brothers.
      For a married couple to have a son is similarly their only hope of help once retired. Any daughters will by then be living with their in-laws, and are unlikely to be able to make financial provision for their own parents.
      It’s a real “hit and miss” system, and financial security in old age is very much “in the laps of the gods”…

      August 28, 2013 at 9:14 pm

  2. Toffeeapple

    In that case, how desperate. Poor things.

    August 29, 2013 at 11:59 pm

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