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*Mount Sabari*

*Mount Sabari*
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Copyright: Narayanan Ganesan (gannu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-06
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-15 0:52
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Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sabarimala (Malayalam: ശബരിമല, Kannada: ಶಬರಿಮಲೆ , Tamil: சபரிமலை, Telugu: శబరిమల ) is a pilgrim centre in Kerala in the Western Ghat mountain ranges of India. The temple is situated here in the midst of 18 hills. The area is in the Sahya hilly regions of Kerala in Pathanamthitta District. The temple is situated on a hilltop at an altitude of 914m/3000ft. above mean sea level, and is surrounded by mountains and dense forests. Temples existed in each of the hills surrounding Sabarimala. While functional and intact temples exist at many places in the surrounding areas like Nilackal, Kalaketi, and Karimala, remnants of old temples are visible in the remaining hills.

Sabarimala is one of the most visited piligrim centres in the world with an estimated 4.5 - 5 crores devotees coming every year. The world's second largest annual pilgrimage, after Haj in Mecca, is reported to be to Sabarimala.The pilgrimage to Sabarimala is a singular example of one where pilgrims, without consideration of caste, creed, position or social status, go with one mind and one `mantra' dreaming constantly of the darshan of the presiding deity at the Holy Sannidhanam.

To Reach the sannidhanam you have two ways a. One to trek for 48-50kms and another way to reach is Pampa River. Vehicular traffic can go till pamba and beyond last five kilometres to the shrine can be best reached by trekking. However, porter carried chairs are also available for aged and handicapped pilgrims. You trek on barefoot and normally people dont wear shoes or sandals as they are not allowed in the Hindu mythology.

The important message given at the temple is the ultimate knowledge that you are God, Tat Tvam Asi in Sanskrit meaning "That is you". Tat Tvam Asi, meaning "Thou Art That" is the message that is given out by the Lord. It means, in short, you are part of the Universal Soul (in Sanskrit "Paramatma") which is the quintessence of Advaita philosophy. It also means for reaching The Paramatma or Universal Soul, you search yourself .i.e. the Jeevatma(Life soul) present in you.

Due to hard journey I kept my camera in my car in the River Pamba and managed to take only one or two shots. This is the last one. Thank you for reading my note.

Exposure Time: 1/500
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 25/1 mm
Date Taken: 2009-01-06 12:39
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 266 kb

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Hello Ganesh,

Nice view of the hills and the tree with yellow leaf in foreground is attractive.TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-15 6:31]

Hello Ganesh,
Another great view of the Western Ghats. The composition with the FG palm is great and gives the forested hilly landscape a fine perspective.
Thanks for sharing this,
Best wishes,

Dear Ganesh,
I like the depth, details of the place framed into one frame with palm tree in the foreground. Very well composed shot. TFS this Holy panorama.

Hi Ganesh Ji,
A nice capture of this beautiful landscape. Very well composed with lovely natural colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2009-01-16 9:15]

Dear Gannu,

Hope you had a good Darshan. I love the way you have placed the tree in the picture.

- Murali

Hi Narayanan,
A simple but very effective landscape photo. The large palm tree in the FG makes the photo great and the high POV down the valley even better. I like the many different shades of green and the hazy look in the distance.

nice landscape, TFS Ori

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