"Ayyanar" (pronounced "eye - yeah- naar ") temples are specific to Tamils and are found in State of Tamil Nadu, (South India) of which Chennai is the capital city.
Ayyanar is a "gaurdian" diety and his temples are located always at the outskirts of the villages. Rural villagers firmly believe that he gaurds their villages, properties. While the offerings are vegetarian in many temples, sacrifices of animals such as lamb and chicken are common.
In striking contrast to Brahmin priests in other Hindu temples, Ayyanar temple worships are performed by Non-Brahmin priests.
Even today, Hindu temple priests are usually Brahmins ( highest in the caste system, which is still very much prevelant ) and only they are allowed into the Sanctum saanctorium of temples.
More shots of Ayyanar God to come...