Photographer's Note

Tamil Nadu - Madurai - Queuing at the temple entrance

On the pictures Gert usually notices and likes the ladies who are dressed in red.
Hopefully this photo will not be an overdose for Gert.

I took all three pictures near one of the entrances of the Meenakshi Temple.
The conditions for being allowed inside have become extremely strict.
Of course you take off your shoes. There is a large stand at each entrance where you can store them.
Apart from the clothes you’re wearing, you can only take your wallet inside. No camera and since recently also no more smartphone.
On the blue sign on the right of the main photo you can see that smartphones are prohibited.

Smuggling in isn’t really possible. You will be searched thoroughly. See another picture in the WS.
In my pocket I had a mini flashlight the size of my little finger and this was found in the search. Also this mini flashlight was not allowed inside. I had to drop it in the shoe stand and wait again in the long queue.

The worst thing, however, was not being able to take a single photo inside one of the most beautiful temples in India.
I searched for a way to smuggle my smartphone in but at each entrance the search was thorough.
Years ago Malgo, Gert and Miguel were more lucky. A few weeks ago, Miguel showed here a picture of one of the hugely decorated interiors.

With the exception of two smaller rooms non Hindus can visit the entire temple. But it was a major setback for me to see the infinite number of fantastic statues, the many sculpted columns and the numerous pilgrims wandering through the complex spread over 5.7 ha and not to be able to take a single picture …

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4997 W: 17 N: 11994] (48400)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2019-01-02
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/0.1, 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2019-06-18 12:54
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Points: 50
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