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Installing a Flagpost 4

Posted by
Devi (Chennai, India) on 18 May 2017 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

It has been dragged near the pit. Now it has to be lowered after bathing it with holy water and anointing with sesame oil and applying turmeric paste , vermilion paste and sandal paste too.. In many temples, the Flag Post is kept in a long trough for 48 days and anointed with sesame oil.

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Interesting story.

18 May 2017 5:36am

@Jypyä Pop: Thank you Jypya :))

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

On va finir par l'installer ?.....:)(

18 May 2017 6:02am

@tataray: :)))))))

Captain Guildive Ajoupa from Saint Nazaire Pays de la Loire, France

Encore un effort.

18 May 2017 7:14am

@Captain Guildive Ajoupa: Thank you Captain :))

yo from Ile de France, France

Les travaux touchent à leur fin ... :)

18 May 2017 7:38am

@yo: Merci beaucoup Yo :))

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Il y est presque !!!!

18 May 2017 8:55am

@Martine Libouton: Merci beaucoup Martine :))

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

what a wonderfully complex ritual to focus the mind you document here

18 May 2017 9:06am

@grouser: Thank you grouser :))))

Shaun from Thorton, United States

Nearly completed Devi.

18 May 2017 9:50am

@Shaun: Well, almost :)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Interesting ceremonial background information to go along with this shot!!

18 May 2017 11:52am

@Steven: Thank you Steven :)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel dessin blanc et installation quelle vue sueprbe.

18 May 2017 12:06pm

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup Nicou mon ami :)

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Interesting series, well captured.

18 May 2017 12:15pm

@Willem: Thank you Willem :)

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

The entire pole is anointed with all of those items? Quite a process. I like the step by step images

18 May 2017 2:09pm

@Ruthiebear: Thank you Ruthie..yes, everyone takes part in this ritual :)

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

So big post it is. Wonderful capture.

18 May 2017 2:15pm

@Kyu: Thank you Kyu :))

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal


18 May 2017 2:55pm

@MEC: :))))))

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Quite a ceremony for the flag post ! Superb framing .

18 May 2017 3:14pm

@Mhelene: Merci beaucoup Mhelene :)

Claudiel from belgium, Belgium

What a work!

18 May 2017 3:54pm

@Claudiel: Yes tough task!

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States


18 May 2017 4:28pm

@B. Thomas: :))))))

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The tension builds as we await the raising.

18 May 2017 4:42pm

@Steve Rice: That did give us some anxious moments !

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Interesting serie!! ;)

18 May 2017 6:59pm

@Lalena: Thank you Lalena :)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

So why anoint with oils and pastes that I am more accustomed to hearing about in cooking terms?

18 May 2017 7:46pm

@Curly: Yes cooking and also religious ceremonies. Both have properties to prevent "Decay of wood " and keep the wood strong ! You will never find termites here even after years !

Irene from San Francisco, United States


19 May 2017 1:09am

@Irene: :))))))

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

the end approaches

19 May 2017 1:26am

@Harry: Yes....

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A wonderful ceremony. I love the customs.

19 May 2017 1:41am

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you for the appreciation Elaine :))

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful capture of the ceremony. Lovely series. Nicely presented, Devi. Thank you. :)

19 May 2017 3:08am

@Sam: Thank you Sam :) Hope your net connection is okay :)

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

It is interesting to learn things like this. Thank you.

19 May 2017 4:47am

@Michael Rawluk: Thank you Michael Now in India, many Churches are erecting Flag Poles too, made of stainless steel.

L'Angevine from Angers, France


19 May 2017 10:10am

@L'Angevine: Merci L'Angevine:))

Lewis from Harns, Netherlands

Interesting story and photo.

19 May 2017 3:26pm

@Lewis: Thank you Lewis :)

Dany Kervran from Morillon, France

Your explanations are very interesting, Devi.

19 May 2017 4:43pm

@Dany Kervran: Thank you Dany :)

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Fine, one last effort, come on !!!
Explanation of the ceremony very interesting. Thank you very much for your teachings.

20 May 2017 10:59am

@Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia): Happy that you like the images :)))

farNaaz50 from Gorgan, Iran

Are they just a sign or have a meaning ?

20 May 2017 2:04pm

@farNaaz50: Mmmmmm..they channel " nergy " into the devotee who stands here or even prostrates n the ground. This has a lot of significance too!

: Helen : from is currently photographing at home in, Australia

I imagine it smells very nice with all that oil! I wouldn't begin to imagine how much it weighs!

21 May 2017 8:42am

@: Helen :: Thank you for following Helen. It weighs a lot !!!!

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