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Vazhai Vettu: Marking the end of Navarathri Festival

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

"Religion, like poetry, is not a mere idea, it is expression. The self-expression of God is in the endless variety of creation; and our attitude toward the Infinite Being must also in its expression have a variety of individuality - ceaseless and unending."
~ Rabindranath Tagore - the well-known Hindu poet, playwright, philosopher, composer, artist and Nobel laureate (1861-1941)

Navarathri festival ended with Maanam Poo or Vazhai Vettu (destruction of Aanavam and killing of the Mahisasuran) at the Hindu temples on September 28th 2009.

An idol of Goddess is decorated and taken on a parade outside the temple. Men carried her on their shoulders. She was brought out by the men at twilight.


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