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Elephants march down the temple steps in Varkala, Kerala, India, down city streets, to the ocean, carrying the Goddess. Hundreds of men form a double line in the water. After a holy blessing ceremony, she is taken as deep as the last man, washed in the salt water, and back returned to the temple, in the same manner. There are drummers, dancers in the procession, and hundreds of devotees, (and me). Along the way all the Hindu households are waiting for her blessing. People offer grains, and other treats to the holy elephants.

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