Share this photo on Twitter Share this photo on Facebook

Kavadi...

Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 23 February 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Kavadi Attam is a dance performed by the devotees during the ceremonial worship of Lord Murugan. It is often performed during the festival of Thaipusam and emphasizes debt bondage


The benefits that the devotee gains from offering a Kavadi to the Lord are a million fold greater than the little pain that he inflicts upon himself. Generally, people take a vow to offer the Lord a Kavadi for the sake of tiding over a great calamity.


Though this might on the face of it appear mercenary, a moment's reflection will reveal that it contains in it the seed for the supreme love for God. The worldly object is achieved, no doubt, and the devotee takes the Kavadi; but after the ceremony he gets so God-intoxicated that his inner spiritual chamber is opened. This is also a method that ultimately leads to the supreme state of devotion.

thami from Morocco

Là, ce sont les accessoires! Quand vas-tu nous montrer une photo de cette danse?
Bonne journée lumineuse et chaleureuse!

23 Feb 2011 9:25am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superb dress with the feathers of peacock I think, very beautiful picture. Good day.

23 Feb 2011 9:46am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fascinating shot and explanation! All wonderful items on display here.

23 Feb 2011 10:54am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Another great example of a piece of your life that I couldn't even start to understand without your great shots and narrative. Thank you

23 Feb 2011 10:54am

Marcie from Newton, United States

Such gorgeous colors. Love this!

23 Feb 2011 12:35pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful explanation of this ritual Sunder! Thank you for taking the time to share these wonderful cultural gems with us! ;-)

23 Feb 2011 2:09pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Beautiful ritual and photo to add visuals.

23 Feb 2011 7:01pm

tataray from france, France

Une magnifique explication .. mERci))
Belles textures et couleurs.

23 Feb 2011 7:14pm

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Nice! Great information about the ritual.

23 Feb 2011 7:50pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Beautiful textures and colours in your photo, and a very informative text to educate and enrich the viewer. Thank you for sharing!

23 Feb 2011 7:51pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

really super shot

23 Feb 2011 8:11pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Nice colorful shot !

23 Feb 2011 8:15pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Wonderful colors,and a very intriguing story that goes with this shot again Sunder!

23 Feb 2011 8:42pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Sunder
An interesting ritual including information. Color and detail are excellent. The link I read with interest. Thank you for your nice comment. Have a nice time and all the best. Dear greetings Christel

23 Feb 2011 11:14pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Interesting information. Thanks for sharing it.

23 Feb 2011 11:27pm

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

nicely framed :) beautiful and ornate!

23 Feb 2011 11:35pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Very colourful

23 Feb 2011 11:46pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great composition of light, color, patterns and textures. I love the vertical frame of diamonds on the left.

24 Feb 2011 12:10am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice

24 Feb 2011 12:29am

Gary from Cochise County, United States

As usual, your images are colorful and informative.

24 Feb 2011 1:24am

Georgie from Sherwood Park, Canada

Colorful composition and interesting info! Well done!

24 Feb 2011 2:00am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very interesting shot.

24 Feb 2011 2:30am

Sam from Chennai, India

Great shot and a wonderful explanation, Sunder! :)

24 Feb 2011 5:20am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful!

25 Feb 2011 5:28am