Phalapuja Celebration in the Virupashka Temple, Vijayanagara
The ancient city of Vijayanagara may lie in ruins, but people still live there. The village of Hampi predates the ill-fated city and thrives to this day.
Here hundreds of villagers and pilgrims celebrate Hindu holy night commemorating the marriage of the gods Shiva and Pampa, Phalapuja, by placing oil lamps in the courtyard of the Virupashka Temple (pictured). Priests, carrying images images of the god and goddess, then lead the assembled throng in procession around the village and along the banks of the Tungabhadra River.