Intersection: Religion and Practicality in Madurai

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Marilyn Whiteley on April 14, 2008

Atop a low building, among the cables, is the lingam, symbol of the god Shiva.

omshakti on April 14, 2008

Sometimes one prays for wireless temples, streets and monuments, but your picture really transcends those "unbecoming" sights: the wires seem to echo the three lines on the lingam.

After all, electricity is one of the aspects of the Shiva shakti, the divine energy...

A fine picture, a fine capture. Namaskar

pier luigi baglioni on April 15, 2008

When I see the religious figures of the Far East, I wonder how they can believe those gods. Then I tell myself that the eastern think the same thing of our ...

omshakti on April 15, 2008

I'd say that the Easterners, especially the Hindu, as a majority, accept all gods and religions. Not only do they tolerate proselytic religions, but they also invite them on their private altars, Jesus next to Krishna, as the Hindus seem to know that all gods are but aspects of one ineffable and unspeakable Reality.

picsonthemove on April 15, 2008

I do noit only think the believe in them, they do also worship their spirits, their goods ... You always see something fresh in front of the shrines



Hank Waxman on April 15, 2008

"X" marks the spot. Without the wires, this shot might not have mae it. Excellent!

©junebug on April 15, 2008

Very beautiful and interesting picture, Marilyn! Thank you for taking us to all the wonderful places you've visited and also for the additional information! Greetings, Anne

Marilyn Whiteley on April 15, 2008

Thank you, omshakti, pier luigi, picsonthemove, Hank, and Anne, for your contributions to the conversation.

When I have tried to explain to people what I like about Panoramio, I have said that conversation may be about on the photo or the photo's subject or both, and that it is often international and even intercultural. In this brief conversation we see all of that, and I am grateful to you for joining in!

This is one time when I guess I should give thanks for the "shutter lag" of the camera I had at the time. This is not the photo composition that I wanted as we passed by in our bus, but it's what my slow-acting camera gave me--and I now believe that it "works"!

Pepe Triton on April 15, 2008

Sorry Marilyn, I'm not the fastest..., but the important thing is to get here. :)

I love the contrast of cables with religious decoration. It makes forms and colors sensational. Greetings

Marilyn Whiteley on April 15, 2008

You know, Pepe, that I was as surprised as you were that I noticed your photo so soon after it was posted! Thank you for your kind words about this one. Greetings, Marilyn

ai savery on April 15, 2008

A wonderful image, Marilyn. Good composition (even though I read about your 'shutter lag') and everything in it truly says something about the symbol and its setting. An argument to not 'declutter' our images as much as we think we need to. Very appropriate title too. Now I know you're not in India, I see the date - and you probably had the date in the last photo I commented on if I could read.... ;) Cheers, alicia

Marilyn Whiteley on April 15, 2008

Alicia, I've had other experiences in which the photo I got was better than the photo I thought I wanted! It's a wonderfully pleasant experience. Perhaps our eyes can handle clutter if there's some "organization" behind it--even if the composition is accidental! (As you see, from time I still mine the depths of my computer photo album. There's usually a trigger, in this case conversations with omshakti about other photos.) Greetings, Marilyn

Juan Jo. Andújar on April 16, 2008

Good shot. Hopefully someday these wires are considered visual pollution. Greetings from Spain, Juan.

Marilyn Whiteley on April 16, 2008

Thanks, Juan. Actually along many streets in south India, the visual pollution of wires is much, much greater than this! I think I have one picture of it that I may upload someday. Greetings from Canada, Marilyn

EVA_L on April 18, 2008

Wonderful and original image, dear Marilyn! And good title... Cheers, Eva

Marilyn Whiteley on April 19, 2008

Thank you, Eva, for your very nice comment. I'm always glad to to hear from you! Cheers, Marilyn

QueenDrakula on July 18, 2008

Nice picture, all your pictures are very lovely :)

Marilyn Whiteley on July 20, 2008

Thank you, Queen, for your visit. Greetings from Canada.

Qechcan13 on August 2, 2012

Interesting picture. This was taken in India?Sri LAnka?

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  • Uploaded on April 14, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2005/02/19 07:18:24
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