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Thaipusam Festival at Batu Caves

January 14, 2014  -  Festivals, World

Continuing on photo series on the Thaipusam festival which is coming up on the 17th of January in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Here are more photos from when I attended the festival in 2012.

Young ladies carry pots of milk as offerings to the central shrine located in the massive limestone cave

Young ladies carry pots of milk as offerings to the central shrine located in the massive limestone cave

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Thaipusam Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

January 13, 2014  -  Festivals, World

Thaipusam is a Hindu festival that is held each year during the full moon in the tenth month of the Hindu calendar – Thai – falling from mid-January to mid-February in the Gregorian calendar. This year Thaipusam will take place on Friday, the 17th of January which is coming up in a few days. The best place to experience the Thaipusam festival is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

At this spectacular festival, which sees about 1.5 million people attend, pilgrims pierce themselves as part of a spiritual discipline. The miracle is there is no blood or hole from these piercings. Definitely put it on your list of festivals to attend.

Over the next few days I’ll share photos from the Thaipusam festival which I attended in 2012. Enjoy!

Pilgrims bathe by the river before beginning their journey up the caves. unfortunately many of them are not too conscious of the environment leaving piles of plastic everywhere and in the river as well.

Pilgrims bathe by the river before beginning their journey up the caves. Unfortunately many of them are not too conscious of the environment leaving piles of plastic everywhere and in the river as well.

A pilgrim showers by the river before embarking on his journey.

A pilgrim showers by the river before embarking on his journey.

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Thousands of people make their way up the stairs at the famed Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur.

Thousands of people make their way up the stairs at the famed Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur.

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The Pot Maker of Chandelao, Rajasthan

January 2, 2014  -  Cities, Towns & Villages, Men

The lighting in the morning was perfect for the shot. The sun was rising and lending a soft light into this somewhat dark room - enough to light up the potter and his work behind him.

The Potter.

The lighting in the morning was perfect for the shot. The sun was rising and lending a soft light into this somewhat dark room – enough to light up the potter and his beautiful work behind him. The room was extremely tidy for a workshop and the finished pots meticulously arranged, each made so beautifully. This was photographed about a 45 minutes drive away from the town of Chandelao. It’s not even a village but a few houses out in the desert where this potter and his family lived. Chandelao is a village 90 minutes east of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

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Indian Street Food, South India

December 27, 2013  -  Food

One of the highlights of going to India is certainly the food. Samosas are fried or baked pastry with a savory filling of often spiced potatoes, peas, onions and sometimes chicken or other meat. Here on Marina Beach in Chennai, South India, a food vendor creates a mound of mouth watering samosas. Check out this link for a samosa recipe.

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A lady decorates a mound of chick peas with what seems like coconut shreds and carrot gratings.

A lady decorates a mound of chick peas with what seems like coconut shreds and carrot gratings.

Hundreds of locals stroll the beach in the evening and these street carts provide an array of snacking options. With the wind blowing strongly on this beach that faces the Bay of Bengal I will not be surprised if some of these snacks have a topping of sand on them .

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Borobudur Temple at Full Moon, Java, Indonesia

September 29, 2013  -  Architecture, Temples

Last week I was in Central Java for a couple of nights with the main purpose to photograph the Borobudur Temple at sunrise. The timing was especially special this time. The timing of the sunrise was almost the same as the timing of the moonset. On opposite horizons two very special events were taking place. Which one to photograph? I can only look at one horizon at a time. I picked the moonset as it is quite difficult to time a visit to such a special place to capture the moonset right when the sun is rising. Here are a few images from that very special morning.

A full moon sets behind the gorgeous Borobudur temple creating a spectacular start to the morning.

A full moon sets behind the gorgeous Borobudur temple creating a spectacular start to the morning.

The full moon about to set on the horizon over a landscape of jungles and mist. And on the opposite horizon the sun rises.

The full moon about to set on the horizon over a landscape of jungles and mist. And on the opposite horizon the sun rises.

A setting full moon and a rising sun create a spectacular morning at Borobudur.

A setting full moon and a rising sun create a spectacular morning at Borobudur.

Truly a special morning. Breathtaking in every way!

Truly a special morning. Breathtaking in every way!

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The Fishing Village of Mamallapuram, South India

August 14, 2013  -  Cities, Towns & Villages, World

One of the places I love to get away to in South India is Mamallapuram. Chennai is the closest city to this sleepy fishing village and where most travelers fly into. Chennai, though it has its highlights, is noisy and congested and one feels like getting away pretty quickly after being there for a day or so. Mamallapuram is that perfect getaway from Chennai. It’s right on the beach on the Bay of Bengal, quiet and unhurried, littered with ancient temple ruins that date back over 1,300 years, and filled with artists. A great place to chill, have a cup of chai and watch the fishermen bring in their haul each morning.

The fishing village will be our first stop on our spiritual adventure in South India next March.

Fishermen bring in the morning haul with the gorgeous 1,300 year old Shore Temple standing majestically behind them at the Bay of Bengal.

Fishermen bring in the morning haul with the gorgeous 1,300 year old Shore Temple standing majestically behind them at the Bay of Bengal.

Freshly woven flower garlands.

Freshly woven flower garlands.

The beach at Mamallapuram is covered with colorful fishing boats

The beach at Mamallapuram is covered with colorful fishing boats

Mamallapuram is full of talented artists.

Mamallapuram is full of talented artists.

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