YELLAMA-Devdasi Festival - Thomas L. Kelly
Covered in  purifying neem leaves, this woman had been gravely ill.  Her family came to the Yellamma shrine last year and prayed for the deity to spare her life.  In penance and thanks for their answered prayers, she wears the neem leaves and walks toward the central shrine.
Saundatti, Karnataka, India.

Covered in purifying neem leaves, this woman had been gravely ill. Her family came to the Yellamma shrine last year and prayed for the deity to spare her life. In penance and thanks for their answered prayers, she wears the neem leaves and walks toward the central shrine.
Saundatti, Karnataka, India.

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