Photographer's Note

Last year, I followed the elephants all day, from the temple, all the way to the ocean and back to the temple. At the shore, only the temple elephant went to the holy site for a puja. The rest waited at the end of the road. The Goddess of the temple was bathed in the ocean, then returned to the temple. All the men in the procession, (blocks and blocks long), made two long lines as far out in the ocean, as they dared go. The Goddess was carried down the middle of the lines, blessing all. All the way back to the temple, the elephants stopped at each house that had prepared a puja, holy offerings for the Goddeas. Treats and grain for the elephants were freely given to the procession. The storm began as we approached the beach, first drizzle, then thunder and lightning, pouring rain. The rain contuined the entire way back, drums beating frantically, 21 elephants or more swaying down the narrow city streets, gold glittering on their heads. Everything drenched. The worshippers simply put up tarps or stood with umbrellas over their holy fires, and offerings. It was a magical sight.

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Additional Photos by gloria williams (touristdidi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 272 W: 0 N: 1757] (8583)
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