This pic was taken on our way to Sringeri [Karnataka] sometime in ’06. We were passing through a small village and chanced upon a woman performing Aarati [a form of worship by lighting lamps]. It looked like any other small room and we could not guess that it was a temple at all till we drew closer. It was a small room housing this beautiful Goddess and the woman said anybody from the village offers the daily Puja – be it man/ woman. The entire village had a lot of faith in the Goddess and believed no harm could befall them in her presence. Example of faith, devotion, equality – all @ once!