The Return of Saturn, again and again
If you're at all into astrology, you'll know that Saturn, also known as Shani in Indian astrology, has a profound effect in our lives. If you're into astronomy, you'll know that it takes may Earth years for Saturn to orbit once around the Sun. Consequently, Saturn is also refered to as the "slow-moving" one.
Hindus worship Lord Shani, imploring him to have mercy on them, and lessen negativity in their lives. This temple was very unique in that it was completely open-air, so everyone in the area could have darshan of the monolith. Another feature of this temple was that only men who were freshly showered and clothed (notice the orange fabric dhotis on the men) could so direct worship/puja here. Shani is especially worshipped on Saturdays, since that day of the week is associated with Saturn. We were there on Saturday, December 7, 2002.
Gallons of ghee (clarified butter) were offered to Shani, the form here is the black stone in the middle of this picture.
This temple was especially popular that Saturday.
Many temple stalls lead the way to the entrance, which was past this building on the right.
Places to purchase items for the home (like horseshoes and little voodoo-ish dolls) to ward off negative energy.
I was always checking out those motorcycles!
Do you remember me telling you about having one of those voodoo dolls for my doorway, and expecting to freak out my neighbors back home in NC? Well *giggle* that's just about what I did! I tried to explain to them that it's like a gargoyle, meant to scare off negativity.
Here he is, keeping negativity away outside my front door, this very minute!