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We stepped into the Garbha Griha or Worship Hall. The literal meaning of Garbha is Womb, and the Garbha Griha is located in the heart of the temple. It was pitch dark here, because of a power failure. Sunlight doesnt filter in so deep inside the temple. It took me seconds to get accustomed to the darkness. The only light was from a lantern fixed to a pillar.

It was an amazing atmosphere, and should I say helps devotees to venerate, being cut off from the outside world because of the lack of light.

Lord Vishnu, Lord Papanaseswar (Siva), Veerabhadra, and Durga are all worshiped here in the Veerabhadra Temple at Lepakshi. Veerabhadra, a wrathful manifestation of Shiva, was the patron deity of the Nayak rulers.

The pillar of Durga, one of the finest in the sanctum sanctorum, is bedecked with jewellery and finery and is worshipped every day. The light on Durga image from the lantern on the adjacent pillar, added an aura which is indescribable. The priest is visible as a haze on the left with the lighted lamp in his hand briskly walking towards the devotees. In WS, I have posted another shot of the Puja (worship) being performed by the priestbut I could not hold that shot very still....Theres a slight shake.

ISO 200
Focal Length : 36 mm/6mm
Hand Held

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