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Way to "Ayyanar" Temple...

Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 15 October 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

"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...

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

I really love the light in this shot

15 Oct 2010 5:33am

Yvon from Orleans, France

it's a very nice temple

15 Oct 2010 5:33am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Beautiful work on the light

15 Oct 2010 6:10am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Very nice temple, superb shot. Good day.

15 Oct 2010 6:25am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Nice light and depth to this photo, well sone.

15 Oct 2010 6:26am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A beautiful pathway. It forms an inviting curve to the temple. Great lighting effect you achieve here!

15 Oct 2010 6:33am

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

a very peaceful place! I love the sense of peaking in that you've given us~

15 Oct 2010 6:39am

Becky from los angeles, United States

ah - lovely - and interesting text - wonderful light shining through the trees - looking forward to more.

15 Oct 2010 6:49am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Beautiful composition with the shadows .

15 Oct 2010 6:51am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

From shade into sun. I like the way you lead us along this path through the trees. Beautiful !!

15 Oct 2010 6:52am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

A nice shady path that leads to spirituality ... Now I know pronounce "Ayyanar "...: o))

15 Oct 2010 6:57am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Jolie composition ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

15 Oct 2010 7:04am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

What a wonderful perspective to the temple with this beautiful light play!

15 Oct 2010 7:10am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

nice shot

15 Oct 2010 7:11am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful way to the temple Sunder! These roads full of mixed vegetation lights and shadows. Ideal for meditation and tuning the spirit! Very good light and well composed the scene. Delicate and charming! Best regards, Adela

15 Oct 2010 7:17am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Nice composition with this path leading to the temple !

15 Oct 2010 7:35am

Florence from Paris, France

Like a railway...

15 Oct 2010 7:42am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Wonderful framing.. like how the stairs leading my eyes to the centre..

15 Oct 2010 8:26am

P. Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Like the dark leading to the light on this beautiful path.
A great picture showing this worship site.

15 Oct 2010 8:38am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow... this is very beautiful Sunder ! This lovely path adds a lot of dynamic to the whole composition, well done ! Have a great day :)

15 Oct 2010 8:42am

tataray from france, France

Entre ombre et lumière !...
Une magnifique montée d'escalier ))

15 Oct 2010 8:45am

Cruz from exurbia, United States

the s-shaped path to the temple leads you right into the’s hard to go “wrong” with there is an “s” to follow....good job...good explanation too

15 Oct 2010 9:04am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Very nice shot taken at this angle, I like the way it leads the eye up the path and lovely light.

15 Oct 2010 9:12am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nicely composed and excellent documentation

15 Oct 2010 9:49am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Nice composition and good play between light and shadow.

15 Oct 2010 10:17am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Nice view...

15 Oct 2010 11:05am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A beautiful path that leads into the sunlight! Beautiful composition!

15 Oct 2010 11:41am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

So well composed and beautiful light and shadow play, and a informative post, even though I lived in the area for 3 years your posts are showing me how little I really learned or remember of the culture there

15 Oct 2010 12:04pm

@JJ: When and whereabouts in Chennai did you live in? Or was it called Madras then?

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

good shot!

15 Oct 2010 12:52pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

So this is an "Overlay" religion-basic Hindu, plus this for your region. How funky! What a good idea! Oh, and , BTW, I love the shot! Sorry I haven'y put the tuts up yet, every time I start, the phone rings! I will get them done soon I promise!

15 Oct 2010 1:15pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

really not bad!! active lights here,well done

15 Oct 2010 1:34pm

Julie from Easton, United States

Really nice shot, the path leads your eye! Also the lighting works very well!

15 Oct 2010 2:07pm

thami from Fès, Morocco

J'aime bien ces marches qui guident le regard dans l'image!
Bonne fin de semaine lumineuse!

15 Oct 2010 2:19pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice

15 Oct 2010 2:32pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Great depth in this beautiful picture

15 Oct 2010 2:45pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Very nicely done SUnder, and I really appreciate the very informative narration. Thank you so much sir!

15 Oct 2010 2:48pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine composition of this stairway shot. Very interesting about the temple and those approved to minister there.

15 Oct 2010 2:53pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A pleasant shaded way... good balance between light and shadow, well done.

15 Oct 2010 4:14pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Love this view. There's much anticipation in the appraoach. Can't wait!

15 Oct 2010 4:43pm

Jyoti from Mumbai, India

nice angle... loved the place

15 Oct 2010 4:51pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

fabulosa fotografía sunder

15 Oct 2010 5:23pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely shot of the temple grounds with the sun coming through the trees. Thanks for the information, too.

15 Oct 2010 5:47pm

Marcie from Boston, United States

What wonderful light that shines its way on this path. Lovely image!

15 Oct 2010 6:42pm

Antoine from France

Superb photo with a very good framing. The light is very nice. Have a lovely day.

15 Oct 2010 7:22pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Sunder
It is a very pretty sight. Colors and details including sunlight and shadows are excellent. The general view conveys harmony. Have a nice weekend and all the best. Sincerely Christel

15 Oct 2010 8:12pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

beautiful composition and perspective! Wonderful color and light! Very beautiful!!!

15 Oct 2010 9:45pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I love this meandering capture with the trees and their canopies that make great silhouettes against the background.

15 Oct 2010 9:57pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I want to see more !

15 Oct 2010 11:03pm

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Interesting info. Can anyone go to the temple or do you have to be of certain class? Nice light in you pic ^^

16 Oct 2010 12:53am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Wonderful image and location!

16 Oct 2010 4:22am

Chriss from Saint Paul, Reunion

Lieu de prière, lieu sacré !
Place of prayer, sacred place !

16 Oct 2010 4:25am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Beautiful location...

16 Oct 2010 8:42am

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

From shadow to light, nice shot

16 Oct 2010 11:03am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Beautiful. : ))

17 Oct 2010 1:06am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

What a beautiful, and interesting place. Wonderful lighting

17 Oct 2010 9:15am

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Une très jolie lumière sur le chemin de la spiritualité, on se laisse porter par ta photo.
Beautiful !

17 Oct 2010 12:50pm

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

beautifully comp'd and framed!!

18 Oct 2010 10:54pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

The small walk inspires silence, reverence.

21 Oct 2010 5:01pm