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MonthAugust 2016

UPDATE: Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk – George Town, Chennai, India

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Saturday 10/1 from 6:00am to 8:00am

Map George Town SK WW PW 2016-10-01

Starting point at the corner of NSC Bose Road and Malayaperumal Street

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Ganesh Chaturthi Festival – Readiness Check at Kosapet

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Thank you for stopping by, please enjoy the images and the story we saw at Kosapet – Ganesha Idols

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Ganesh Chaturthi: A Hindu Festival like no other celebrated each year over 10-days but what is Ganesh Chaturthi and why it is celebrated?  Click Here.

I ventured over to Kosapet in the early morning to observe the final preparation of the Ganesh (Ganesha) Idols for purchasing which will later be immersed in the sea.  I’ll be there at Foreshore Estate Beach where 1000s gather to finalize the festival sometime within the next 2 weeks.

Have a look out for the Bearista Bear who at times has been known to sneak into the photo.

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Ganesh Trio
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Hand Rinsed Laundry
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Locked Door
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Bearista Bear Sneak Visit
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Rickshaw Driver Open for Business
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Ganesh All Lined Up
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Take a Break Under the Eyes of Ganesha
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Alley-Way Temple
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Buy Me, Immerse Me
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Open Door
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Bearista Bear and his Lady Friends
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Saloon and Spa for Ladies
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Small Ganesh Lined Up

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Covelong Point Surf, Yoga and Music Event

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the story we saw at Kosapet – Ganesha Idols

 

Surfing Competition 8/26

Surfer Dudes and Dudettes

 

Shri Aadhi Para Sakthi Temple – Konnur Chennai

Here I am in South India in the state of Tamil Nadu absorbing the cultural richness of people, festivals, colors and anything else one sees around the corner.

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Let me introduce the Dashan Sheying traveling mascot who will at times make a guest appearance in my photoblog a kin to the “Traveling Gnome” phenomena which continues even today. Had to drink a lot of coffee to score this guy.   Please welcome “Mr. Bearista Bear” to the team.

Startbucks India - Bear

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the story we witnessed at Shri Aadhi Para Sakthi Temple

 

 
Had a chance to visit a small, local residential Amman Temple in Konnur this morning.  People were extremely friendly and as usually asked that I take their photograph – what an honor

The Gold Star is the location of the temple, see below.  The physical temple may be small at 80sqm, yet the local families make a small temple large with heart.

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Faces of Shri Aadhi Para Sakthi Temple
Images of Giving Personal Penance
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Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 10/1 in Chennai, India

ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear Friends,

I will be leading a photowalk in George Town area and hope you’ll be able to join us.  Time: 6:00a-8:00a Sharp.

Photowalk Details and Sign-Up

Map George Town SK WW PW 2016-10-01

Adventure to India’s Pichavaram Mangrove Forest

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the story we saw at Pichavaram Mangrove Forest.

 

We decided to venture 5 hours south of Chennai leaving at 10:00pm for a 5:35am beginning of sunrise at blue hour for one of the most scenic, peaceful visits locations within India, i.e. the Pichavaram Mangrove Forest.

Route Taken Thru the Mangroves by Row Boat
Mangrove Route

First time to see a Mangrove where the Mangrove trees basically suck up the salt in sea water leave on the opposite fresh, dark water.

Inside where only hand-powered boats can go are 4000 wide to narrow canals to transverse.  With low tide coming in at times it was out of the boat to push. A two hour adventure.

Later we headed for the famous Thillai Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram.

Image Gallery
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Sunrise Offshore

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Thank you for stopping by, please enjoy the images and the story behind the scenes as we headed offshore for sunrise at 4:45a, i.e. Blue Hour at 5:35a.

 

Route Taken

Sea Route

 

 

 

I’ve never seen such a full, intense sunrise with the impromptu fishing fleet headed to sea making great silhouettes.

The whispering clouds streaked across the slowly emerging blue sky.

 

Image Gallery
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Baliamman Temple in Villivakkam, Chennai

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Thank you for stopping by, please enjoy the images and the story we saw at Baliamman Temple in Villivakkam.

 

 

August is the start of the Hindu Festival season in South India and increases in frequency for the next few months.  I thought I’d see additional temples for Laki Amman with a focus on “Firewalking”.

September, Ganesha is back – fun time.

Image Gallery
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Chennai Photowalk 2016-08-13

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Thank you for stopping by, please enjoy the images and the story behind the scenes as we do our every other Sunday 6am photowalk around Chennai.

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Photowalk Route

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Image Gallery

 

Leftovers from Aalayamman Temple in Teynampet

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August, the month of Adi for the Goddess Laki Amman Festival.

Image Gallery – Fujifilm Color and B&W ACROS Film Simulation

 

Goddess Laki Amman Festival @ Aalayamman Temple Teynampet

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August, the month of Adi for the Goddess Laki Amman Festival.  Two particular events that intrigue Westerns like myself are:

  1. Theemithi (fire-walking ritual): This ritual is performed mostly in evenings or nights. Men and women gather in front of an area where burning charcoal is setup on the floor. Devotees walk on this fiery patch to pay for their wrongdoings.
  2. Penance: Self imposed punishment for wrongdoings is also very common among devotees. Carrying fire pots with bare hands, tongue and skin impalement and flagellation are encouraged to get rid of devotees’ guilt.

In this post, I’ve captured the Penance of common people for wrongdoings to remove devotees’ guilt.  In a later post, I’ll share images from the fire-walking ritual.

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Back to Butterflies

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What is it about butterflies that attract photographers, nature lovers… everyday people?

Here the Image Gallery is a combination of butterflies, jewel bugs and bees from work plus a repeat at the Kotturpuram Tree Park.

I’m not sure I have all the names correct, let me know of changes.

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