Friday, December 29, 2017

Sadhu in Sri Meenakshi Temple






This is a Sadhu or holy man I encountered outside the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, Kerala, India.  Sadhus are religious ascetics respected by Hindus and Jains.  There are Kumkuma powder markings on his face.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Namaskaram in Periyar Tiger Reserve

I encountered this man in the Periyar Tiger Reserve outside of Thekkady, the spice capital of Kerala, India.  Don't expect to see any tigers in the tiger reserve. However, if you walk by the river you will encounter tribal people fishing.  This fisherman is greeting me with the word namiskaram. As part of this greeting, which is like namaste but used in the south, there is a bending forward and placement of the feet with the ankles touching and the toes pointing out to the sides.