Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ancient banyan poles; used in processions

Take the polished logs ( 32 feet in length) used to carry the main images of the gods in key festivals.
There are 2 logs cut out of banyan trees which are said to be over 100 years old.
Before using them for key events like Panguni festival ( used on three days), the logs are soaked in neem oil for about two weeks. This strengthens the logs and keeps off disease.
The volunteers who carry the images of the gods use the logs in processions.
Photo by R. Saravanan shows the logs being readied for the Adhikara Nandi procession on March 30. There are loads of temple accessories and items that carry vintage value. Each has a role to play in key events here.

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