Sculpture of Shiva as Gajasurasamhara (“The Slayer of the elephant demon”) depicted in one of the pillar of the Puthu Mandapam at Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Sculpture of Shiva as Gajasurasamhara ("The Slayer of the elephant demon") depicted in one of the pillar of the Puthu Mandapam at Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
This sculpture was hidden among the encroachments but revealed once they’re cleared recently. It’s a rare sculpture depicting the mythical story where Lord Shiva slayed a demon that came in the form of elephant. This Puthu Mandapam was built during the early 1620 CE Nayak rule.

Sculpture of Shiva as Gajasurasamhara (“The Slayer of the elephant demon”) depicted in one of the pillar of the Puthu Mandapam at Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

A young boy among the crowd watching the temple procession lead by boom boom bull, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

A young boy among the crowd watching the temple procession lead by boom boom bull, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
A young boy among the crowd watching the temple procession lead by boom boom bull, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Two young men looking at a taller sickle displayed in a hardware shop at Pudhu Mandapam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Two young men looking at a taller sickle displayed in a hardware shop at Pudhu Mandapam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Such a tallest sickle can only be used in temples it seems, as weapon of a deity.

Two young men looking at a taller sickle displayed in a hardware shop at Pudhu Mandapam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India