A rare sight, the Andaman Islands from the air. These islands lay in the Bay of Bengal between India and the Malay peninsular. They are part of India and home to one of the most primitive tribes on earth, a group who did not even know how to make fire. On the other hand, they did know what the signs of a coming tsunami were and escaped the disaster of 2005 by running into the hills. Contact with them is highly restricted.
Yoginathaswami looking at the elephant destined for the steps of Iraivan temple, at the top of the hill from the river. A map of the Earth will be carved into the ball.
Sitting on this makeshift stool, the silpi carves the intricate designs upon the stone.
"Stand strong for Saivism." The nature of life for Saivites is to turn work into worship, to turn the secular into the sacred. Each day give a little extra warmth, humanness and upliftment to others. Every day is a holy day, all day long. We want to follow our religion even in our dreams. If we help someone, we're worshiping. Wherever we are, that's a place of worship. "To the Saivite Hindu all of life is sacred. All of life is religion."