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2007-11-23 oochappan


Karnataka - Mysore

Kungumam is made from dried turmeric and with some lime, it turns the rich yellow powder into red color.

Offering kungumam to a married lady when she leaves the house is a form of respect or to a young girl, you bless her.
Although it is not offered to a widow.

In temples married ladies put a dot of yellow kungumam in their neck. Most of the Hindu put a red
dot of kungumam on their forehead, certainly when doing puja (pray-offer) in the temple and during religious festivals.

Although the red and yellow is mostly used for religious signs, the other colors can be used to
ornament kolams, a colored drawing in front of the house to welcome guests.

Here the scene of kungumam was taken on a market in Mysore centre, a nice place to visit for all the flowers stalls.

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Raymond14-Jan-2008 23:06
An outstanding image, the colors alomost pop-out of my computer screen. I also enjoyed the narration tremendously.
Very well done
Didier Vanderperre02-Jan-2008 02:45
Excellent perspective.
william mahan30-Dec-2007 04:35

Awesome...some of the best color saturation I have ever seen !
Guest 26-Dec-2007 01:15
Outstanding shot! V
Grobljar Vanjo16-Dec-2007 17:15
my deap compliment on collor set
an nguyen12-Dec-2007 00:52
Vibrant color, beautiful image. V
Guest 11-Dec-2007 09:28
Many colors I can see!!!
fred_il08-Dec-2007 00:52
Amazing colors!!!
Guest 24-Nov-2007 10:18
wow, amazing colours