India

Elephants in Kerala

People in Kerala are in love with elephants. A crowd quickly gathers around an elephant whenever he makes a public appearance. Temple festivals are usually showcased with magnificent tuskers carrying the deity in ceremonial processions. They remain gentle and docile in the middle of large crowds or when fireworks are going on. Elephant is the state animal of Kerala and is featured on the emblem of Government of Kerala.

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Tusker in Ernakulam

Palace Inside Fatehpur Sikri

Palace Inside Fatehpur Sikri
Palace Inside Fatehpur Sikri
The image has a number of pillars which lend a feeling of depth. Red sandstone has been used in the construction. The pillars have intricate carvings. To the left is a garden which is in bright sunshine.

Location

The image was captured in Fatehpur Sikri which is 37 km from Agra. It was the capital of the Mughal empire under Akbar from 1571 to 1585. Here there are a number of palaces, courts, harems and other buildings. The buildings are well preserved and serve as fine specimens of Mughal architecture.

Camera Data

The strength of the photo is the great feeling of depth which comes from the composition used. The receding line of pillars create the feeling of distance. The camera used is Sony DSC-W35. Shutter speed used was 1/320 sec at an aperture of f/2.8. Focal length was 6.3 mm.

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Sree Muthappan Madappura Parassinikadavu

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Muthappan Madappura Parassinikadavu

Sree Muthappan (Malayalam: ശ്രീ മുത്തപ്പന്‍) is a Hindu deity who has a large number of worshippers in North Malabar region of Kerala State, South India. Devotees consider Muthappan and Thiruvappan as manifestations of Shiva and Vishnu. Hence Muthappan wholly represents the idea of Brahman, the unity of God, as expressed in the Vedas. Worshippers believe that if you call Him with Bhakti (Malayalam: ഭക്തി) (devotion), He hears your prayers.

Worship in Sree Muthappan Madappura

Worship of Muthappan is unique, in that it does not follow the Sattvic (Brahminical) form of worship, as in other Hindu temples. The main mode of worship is not via idol worship, but via a ritual enactment of Muthappan, performed daily at the Parassinikadavu temple. Fish is one of the offerings to Muthappan and people of all castes, religions and nationalities  enter the temple and take part in the worship.

Muthappan is also the principal deity in the ritualistic Theyyam dance (Muthappan Theyyam) performed in the famous Parassinikkadavu temple. The ritual performers of Muthappan Theyyam belong to the “vannan” community of Kerala. Priests belonging to Thiyya community perform the puja rituals and rites for Muthappan.

Source: Wikipedia