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Raghu Dec 17, 2011 2:46 AM

A relaxed deity: The idol of Hindu god Ayyappa comfortably being taken in a procession on a tractor-trailer.

A tense devotee escorting the procession:

saly Dec 17, 2011 3:25 AM

Very colorful and interesting shots, Raghu. I like the second one very much, I think you captured the moment very well. What was the occasion for this procession?

Grounded Dec 17, 2011 3:36 AM

You did a prety good job in what looks like very harsh mid day lighting raghu.

Raghu Dec 17, 2011 10:58 AM

Thank you Saly and G.

Saly, Lord Ayyappa is a very revered god in Hindu religion and hundreds of thousands devotees take pilgrimage to his abode Sabarimala in Kerala during mid-January, on the day of Makara Sankaranthi. Besides that, devotees also perform prayers at common places in their respective towns on a pre-appointed day. Generally this is done in a grand manner by collecting money from all devotees. For the benefit of those who could not take the pilgrimage or even visit the local prayer place (elderly, physically challenged, etc.), the idol of the deity is taken in a procession through the town and people worship the Lord at their doorstep. A google search for "Ayyappa" or "Sabarimala" will give you more information.

Thank you for your interest - I admire photography for the sole reason that it makes you learn more!


jjdog2 Dec 17, 2011 12:03 PM

Nice shots and thanks for sharing the history behind the event.


saly Dec 17, 2011 12:43 PM

Thanks Raghu, I had read about Kerala, but didn't know that these processions took place locally. That is very interesting, thanks for posting!

catalex54 Dec 17, 2011 2:55 PM

Very interesting and beautiful shots Raghu, thanks for sharing!!

Square one Dec 17, 2011 3:46 PM

Good captures Raghu, as Grounded says, lighting looks very bright, almost midday?

Ozzie_Traveller Dec 17, 2011 3:46 PM

G'day Raghu

Thankyou for sharing a part of your daily life :)
Your 2 images both show a vital part of the world you/we live in, and the facial expressions, esp of the 2nd man tell me much as well

As photographers, we are often talking about the "technicalities" of Depth of Field, and here your images have enough DoF to show me more of the world about you and where you live

Well done ...
Regards, Phil

Raghu Dec 17, 2011 8:06 PM

Thank you JJ, Catalex, Sq.One and Phil. Yes, it was close to noon when I took these shots.

Here are two more, a close up of the same man - note his face reflected in the sickle he is carrying; and a group of performers who go just before, announcing the arrival of the procession by the loud, rhythmic beat of all the various drums and other instruments.

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