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Durga. Tirumala, India | by Marji Lang Photography
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Durga. Tirumala, India

Woman praying at a shrine by a holy tree near Sri Venkateswara swami temple in Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh, India.


The painted deity is goddess Durga, carrying various weapons and riding a ferocious lion. For the Goddess-worshipping Shaktas, Durga is sometimes equated with Mahadevi, the Supreme Goddess. Her triumph as Mahishasura Mardini, Slayer of the buffalo Demon is a central episode of the scripture Devi Mahatmya. Her victory is celebrated annually in the festivals of Navaratri and Durga Puja.


Sri Venkateswara swami temple is the richest pilgrimage center after the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala, and the most-visited place of worship in the world.The temple is visited by about 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims daily (30 to 40 million people annually on average), while on special occasions and festivals, like the annual Brahmotsavam, the number of pilgrims shoots up to 500,000, making it the most-visited holy place in the world. (wikipedia)


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Taken on December 7, 2011