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Heaven on Earth – Sundays in my city

by Vidya Sury September 18, 2011 16 comments

In this Sunday in my city I am going to take you around Sundays I spent in different cities. I am calling it heaven on earth because they are all deities outside temples. In South India, they usually don’t allow you to carry your camera inside the temple and take pictures of the main deity in the sanctum sanctorum.


Why temples this week? I was just going through my photo albums for something when I got this idea of choosing a few and post them here. I enjoy, particularly, the roadside statues of deities because I admire how they are made so meticulously with such attention to detail. What’s more – most of these open air statues seem practically immune to weathering. Ah, Faith! No dearth of that here. So here we go. A brief temple trip through my camera.


This is quite close to our house in Bangalore and called the Circle Maramma temple. Believed to be quite powerful. This statue is outside the temple and quite massive. Vidur never tired of taking pictures of this temple. Thank God for digital cameras!

This picture is of an incarnation of Goddess Durga in South India (Tamil Nadu) – we passed through this place en route to Govindawadi. She is “Pachaiyamman”

VidyaSury govindwadi pachayamman


This is also near Govindawadi (Tamil Nadu) – and these are the guarding deities.See the bright colors – we were quite stunned when we suddenly came upon them while driving through a narrow road across fields on a hot summer Sunday.

VidyaSury govindwadi


This deity is “Amriteshwari” I forget the story, but we were quite fascinated by this statue. It is in South Karnataka

VidyaSury Amriteshwari


This is Maha Prathyankira Devi at a place called Morattaandi in Pondicherry. Wow. It looked amazing. I had to sneak and take pictures when the priest went off to get something. You can see Vidur and me posing there – just to give you an idea of the size of the statue.

VidyaSury morattandi prathyankara devi


This is Shiva – in Murudeshwara, Karnataka. This place is by the seashore and the outdoor sculptures are amazing. I couldn’t get enough of photographing these. This statue seems to rise and rise – see the people crowded at the bottom. Yes, it is huge!

VidyaSury Murudeshwar


This statue is of Thiru-Vakrakaali, en route to Pondicherry. We were looking for another temple when we took the wrong route and stumbled upon this one…and then realized this was also on our list. When one goes on temple trips by car – it is very easy to get distracted by the multitude of famous temples on the way, because we don’t want to miss anything.

VidyaSury thirvakkarai vakrakali


Okay – I know the post should have ended with that picture, but I couldn’t resist this. This is Vidur – dressed for a fancy dress competition at school.  Of course he is Goddess Durga. Don’t miss the eight hands with different things in each hand – cardboard cutout courtesy Moi. And the crown I am a big believer of home made. I was very gratified when he walked away with the first prize, out of more than 75 participants.

vidur sury fancy dress

Thank you folks – now go visit Unknown Mami and check out her gorgeous pictures and the other fabulous blogs that are part of this “Sunday in my City series.

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Raymonde September 18, 2011 at 6:29 am

Hi, dropping by from SIMC, have a beautiful Sunday. 🙂

Vidya Sury September 18, 2011 at 7:49 am

Thank you, Raymonde. You have a wonderful Sunday, too!

Life with Kaishon September 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Holy wow! Your costume is so fantastic! I am thrilled that you won. Very creative and cool. I LOVE it! : )

My belly looks like Durga’s. Big and round : (

TechnoBabe September 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

We don’t see anything like this here. It is always fun and interesting to see things in other countries. The picture with you standing in front shows how very large the statue really is. The statue of Shiva is my favorite.

Vidya Sury September 18, 2011 at 11:52 am

Thanks Technobabe! We had a great time visiting them.

Tara R. September 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this photos. The deity statues are incredible, so fascinating.

Vidya Sury September 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Thanks for coming by, Tara. Loved the wrought iron pictures in your post!

Vidya Sury September 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

@Life with Kaishon – Thanks 🙂 I really enjoyed doing it. Am still laughing over your comment about your belly – Durga is usually portrayed as the perfect “figure” in terms of stats.

I loved your “love story” photos!

Unknown Mami September 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I find these both awe inspiring and terrifying.

Vidya Sury September 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm

@UM – 🙂 The statues are awe-inspiring. The faith people have in their power is actually terrifying. Thanks for visiting – I so look forward to Sundays now :-)because they’re such fun, thanks to you.

Mrs4444 September 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm

What a great post–I loved these, thought the first one is my “favorite,” haha Hilarious, he is!

Vidya Sury September 19, 2011 at 3:20 am

Thank you, Mrs4444 (love that name!) Legend goes that Goddess Durga slew him. In fact, our next festival Navratri which starts end-September is all about these stories 😀

Kelly Tirman September 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these statues. they are so colorful and interesting. Thanks for sharing!

Vidya Sury September 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Thank you, Kelly!

My Inner Chick September 20, 2011 at 2:26 am

So Stunning.
I looooved “Goddess Durga.” She is my Favorite. xx

Vidya Sury September 20, 2011 at 4:38 am

🙂 Kim, you know, during the next month, all Durga temples (there are billions here) will see her dressed in her finest. There is a heritage temple in Tanjore where the temple dedicated to her is air-conditioned 🙂


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