Life in India – IV

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Somethings that most temples (medium-big) with a fair amount of history will definitely have :

1. A  Theppakulam ( Tank) somewhere in the vicinity, sometimes with a mandapam in the middle. The deity will be taken there during celebrations of the temple.

The Theppakulam / Water body near the temple with the decorated mandapam..

2. Much to the excitement and awe of devotees (irrespective of age), most temples used to have Elephants to be worshipped.

In regal finery for the celebration - mahout and animal look forward to visitors...

Though this is not a must in recent times, temples try to make sure there is an elephant for important functions and celebrations relating to the Temple.

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2 thoughts on “Life in India – IV

    Sukanya Ramanujan said:
    March 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    The quintessential temple elephant- though I feel they are better off being free in the wild.

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