Pink Modakam?

Tomorrow is Ganesh Chaturthi. Pillayar is fond of Modakams or kozhukattais. Modakams are dumplings usually made of coconut and jaggery filled in a rice flour covering.

The lotus flowers, also offerings for the God look like pink dumplings.

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Celestial Maiden
Celestial Maiden

Stucco image of  celestial maidens at a temple in Saidapet

Locking the Prayers

Locking the prayers
Locking the prayers

Devotees submit locks along with their prayers at the Karuppusami shrine of Muneeswaran Temple at Burma Colony, Ekkattuthangal.

Dedicated Priest

Mr.Mani the priest in 2019
Mr.Mani the priest in 2019

Humans of Madras Series.

Mr Mani is one of the priests at the Peelikan Muneeswaran Temple, Burma Colony, Ekkattuthangal.

I had first met him three years ago during a similar Photowalk. When I met him last week he was only a shadow of his old self. He looked much thinner than what he was and there was a tired look about him. He was happy to see his phot from 2016 and explained that he had undergone three surgeries recently – for gall stones, prostate and one more. But he was continuing his dedication to the temple with the same commitment as before.

Salute to this man.

Mr Mani in 2016
Mr Mani in 2016

Faces from Thiruvallikkeni

Many faces from Triplicane
Many faces from Triplicane

Thiruvallikkeni or Triplicane is one of the ancient localities of the city of Madras (that is, Chennai). Among other things, it is well known for the Sree Parthasarathy Temple, the streets surrounding that and the festivals associated with it.

These street portraits were taken during the Temple thiruther when the deity is taken around the area in a chariot.

His Master’s Voice

The priest's dog
The priest’s dog

This dog occupying the pride of place is probably waiting for The Voice of His Master – a purohit (priest) in the local temple.

The dog and the lion

Peaceful co-existence

The dog and the lion
The dog and the lion

The dog seems to be peacefully relaxing under the very mane of a very ferocious looking lion in the Muttharamman Temple. Korattur Lake.

The Chennai Photowalk Retrowalk #56 Koratttur Lake

Fishmonger

Fish stall in Saidapet Market
Fish stall in Saidapet Market

A woman tends to her fish stall in Saidapet Market. Taken in low light and slightly tweaked in Lightroom.

The property on which the market stands is owned by the Karaneeswarar Temple. Most of the occupants normally pay a nominal rent.

Interestingly many of the shopkeepers were Muslim and most of them had pictures of Hindu Gods in their stalls.

At Saidapet market, owned by the temple trust.
At Saidapet market, owned by the temple trust.

Saraswathi

Saraswathi for golu
Saraswathi for golu

Saraswathi is the Goddess of learning, knowledge, music, and arts. This bommai is part of the endless display of golu dolls for sale in Mylapore.

For more golu doll pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/5AieNZSaoMV5Gv9u6

Morning Rituals

Morning Pooja
Morning Pooja

Another common scene.

The temple is a niche in the storefront. But the rituals are regular and elaborate even on a Sunday morning.

Somewhere between Tambaram and Madambakkam.