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Creating the kolum with colored powder  

Creating the kolum with colored powder

Karthigai Deepam: Festival of Lights in Madurai

December 13th 2016
Thousands of tiny lighted clay pots of oil shimmered on streets, alleys, balconies, and shop steps around Madurai. Karthigai Deepam celebrates the birthday of Murugan, the second son of Lord Shiva, and people here eagerly anticipated this holiday. Outside the door steps of houses, women had created purple, pink, yellow and red flower-shaped kolums right on the street, and placed oil lamps and f ... read more
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Indian Flag The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world, dates back at least 5,000 years. Aryan tribes from the northwest invaded about 1500 B.C.; their merger with the earlier Dravidian inhabitants created the classical Indian culture. Arab in... ... read more
13th December 2016

Heart-to-heart magic!
So brilliant to find a neighborhood, even in a big city, where you can wander, experience daily lives and be welcomed to personal connections. Such a contrast to how travelers often characterize India as overwhelming. You've shown us a lovely alternative--thank you. And I love that the deity is a tree--a reverence for all life!
15th December 2016

Easy connections
Thanks Tara. I'm so pleased with this area, and find myself being drawn into the details of their lives. Everything seems manageable...the trash, the poverty, the fumes, the crowds...amazing what personal connections with the people can do to your outlook on a place. Stay a while and really feel a place, I'll advise other travelers. A whole other dimension opens up.

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