Photographer's Note

The temple is situated in the Western Ghats nestled in a valley 914meters above sea level in the Southern state of Kerala in India and is dedicated to a Diety by name Lord Dharma Shasta or commonly called Lord Ayappa.

There are a many things which are unique to this Temple in India, one among the most interesting aspect to me is the dissolution of a person's religion when he goes there. The Lord is an embodiment of a very profound Vedic Philosophy called Advaita. According to Advaita, there is only one primordial Supreme force(What we call it by different Religions are irrelevant) and all other things manifested in the Universe are born / created from it, which essentially means, all Human beings and everything we see around us, carries an integral part of that Supreme self within us and that both of them are the same. Simply put, the God you are praying to is also within you!

As a result, irrespective of race, caste, creed, everyone who goes there are called "Ayappa" because that is the name the Lord is called there. In addition, the re-incarnation of the Lord after the birth of Christianity and Islam and having had personal friendship with people from these religions has created a blend of Religious integration, a much needed role Model, all across the World today.

Apart from that other features unique only to this Temple is the way Devotees go there after observing a strict 41 days of austerities, trek 4Km uphill from the River base, not because a road cannot be laid, apparently that is the way the Lord requires the Devotees to come and hence has been left with a rough concrete pathway for most of the path with railings.
The Temple also happens to be the second richest Temple in the World, and overtakes the First one during the 3 month peak season between Nov-Jan. The first one which remains the richest during the rest half of the year is Tirupathi in AP, again in South India.

About this shot: Photography is a strict No No around the Temple, but there are a couple of shots I've managed to take just outside the Temple premises. This shot was taken on the way back. People can be frequently seen carrying their Children on their back.
There are also people who cannot climb at all. For those of them, there are people who can carry them for a Cost on a small Chair with extended arms up this 4 Km stretch and bring them back down the next day. This post captures one of those moments.

Cheers, Blue

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  • Copyright: Blue Aquan (blueaquan) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 48 W: 23 N: 66] (313)
  • Genre: Miejsca
  • Medium: Kolorowe
  • Date Taken: 2009-08-17
  • Categories: Wydarzenia
  • Naświetlenie: f/3.8, 1/320 sekund
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  • Date Submitted: 2009-08-29 0:45
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