The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp and their Temple are nestled in the woods on the mountain across the street from here. Yesterday they celebrated Kavadi, a religious Hindu festival. Offering of a Kavadi filled with self-torture and suffering at every step promises peace and good luck.
It is said that thousands of devotees attend - yes, no parking to be found in a radius of 3 km. They drive in from near and far and all hope to be amongst the first ones to arrive in order to park as close as possible to the Ashram. The procession starts at 9.30 in the morning and ends at 3 in the afternoon. They walk on gravel and asphalt.
The first ones are arriving
the young ones flashed their feet in a different way
This man rolled down the entire stretch of more than 1 km paved road
and this devotee seems to have needed to impose the severest penance on himself
Maybe I should have photographed more of the beautiful dresses but I overcame my shyness to late to do so.