Aug 092014
Winners – Winners Gallery – Traveler Photo Contest 2014 – National Geographic.

Photo and caption by Mahesh Balasubramanian used with permission

Taken during the Mayana Soora Thiruvizha festival, which takes place every March in the small village of Kaveripattinam the day after Maha Shivarathiri (the great night of Shiva). The festival is devoted to Angalamman, a fierce guardian deity worshipped widely in Southern India.