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Great tyro 2012-05-09 13:29

Hello Manoj,

You've given us a very interesting note here. You say that this man is from a poor background but yet he wears clothes of saffron and vermilion. Are such clothes not expensive? And, if they are expensive, does that mean that this poor man has spent a large proportion of what little money he has to buy them so that he can worship at this temple? If so, that is real dedication.

It really is awful that such wonderful traditions are being threatened by increasing westernisation and, as you say, the plague of materialism.

A lovely photograph with excellent lighting - we can still see his facial features well despite the fact that he is partially shaded under that umbrella. It might have been nice to have seen his entire right foot and perhaps just a little more of the "No Parking" sign behind him, but the picture is otherwise very well composed. The colours and exposure are perfect and it's superbly sharp and clear.


Kind Regards,


Old 05-09-2012, 10:38 PM
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Thank you, John.
These dresses are not very expensive, and quite commonly worn. I believe this person may have worn these just for visiting the temple. Some adorn them when they go on pilgrimages which include visits to many different temples[Kerala itself has a big number , each temple having a main deity- in this place it is Siva, the destroyer among the Trilogy of main Hindu gods]
Many thanks for your useful comments.
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