Glowing full moon on Guru Purnima!
This is a tradition dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers, or evolved, beings who have shared their wisdom with you in a manner that has enriched or deepened your knowledge, or life experience. Though it's traditionally celebrated by Buddhists, Hindus and Jains, anyone can partake in this wonderful tradition. If you have ever had a guru, which simply means someone who has "taken you from darkness to light" (could even be a parent/ b
This is the wonderful Marriamman Festival, celebrated in the Badaga villages of the Nilgiris, in Tamil Nadu, India. The entire village is lit up, the sound of drums and bells merge into the cool breeze. Wonderful aromas of spices and curry leaves waft out of kitchen windows, as people put out their finest whites and get set to join the revelry. In the meanwhile, a decked up chariot gets its final touches, before carrying the Marriamman deity across the village. Women, childr