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We The People: Tamil Nadu's Unique Temple Where Dolls Greet Visitors Before The Deity

The hundreds of cement dolls outside Azhagu Muthu Ayyanar temple in Cuddalore’s Thenambakkam village are a symbol of devotees' desires and wishes fulfilled.

Thenambakkam, Windfall of Wishes Photo: Indrajit Khambe

Colourful dolls, hundreds of them, stand solemn around the Azhagu Muthu Ayyanar temple in Cuddalore’s Thenambakkam village.

Made of cement, each doll is the physical representation of a devotee’s desire fulfilled and a prayer answered. And they come in all forms, a police officer, doctor, pilot, lawyer. Some are shaped to resemble an aeroplane, car, bike, camera, a house, even a hand or foot.

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