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Posts tagged “Kapaleeshwarer Temple

Beyond The Temple Walls, Part 4: Policing Duties

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Posing or policing, a policeman’s lot is not a happy one:

There are times when I can be fooled into wondering if the sun has still not set on the British Empire…

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Picture taken outside the Kapaleeshwarer Temple in Chennai


Beyond The Temple Walls, Part 3: Seeing The Pattern

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A woman sketches a kolam pattern on the pavement outside her shop

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Picture taken outside the Kapaleeshwarer Temple, Chennai


Beyond The Temple Walls, Part 2: An Offering

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A boy prepares temple offerings.
Devotees give fresh coconuts, fruits and flowers in lieu of sacrifice.

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Picture taken outside the Kapaleeshwarer Temple, Chennai


Beyond The Temple Walls, Part 1: Who Will buy?

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Just beyond the walls of any major temple an unofficial itinerant market invariably appears;
the Hindu equivalent of a Cathedral gift shop and tea-room.

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Picture of a flute seller taken outside the Kapaleeshwarer Temple, Chennai


Temple Moments Part 5: The Wishing Tree

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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.

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


Temple Moments Part 4: A Man Rejected


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Picture taken in Kapaleeshwarer Temple, Chennai


Temple Moments Part 3: Red Gold And Blue

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An azure canopy bathes all beneath it in a still pool of aquamarine;
a temple devotee passes by..

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Picture taken in Kapaleeshwarer Temple, Chennai


Temple Moments Part 2: Dreams And Visions

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An old man dreams temple dreams, while his young neighbour sees iPhone visions.

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Picture taken in Kapaleeshwarer Temple, Chennai


Temple Moments Part 1: Making An Entrance

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Picture taken by the ancient gateway of Kapaleeshwarer Temple in Mylapore, Chennai

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