Annamalai hill in Tiruvannamalai is dated to be older than the Himalayas and formed out of a volcanic eruption. Every fullmoon, thousands of National and International pilgrims circumambulate the hill, which is believed to be manifestation of element fire, one of the five elements of Saiva Philosophy. Even as thousands walk around in devotion and reverence, normal life unfolds with fierce passion. This photograph was shot by Abul Kalam Azad in the year 2014.

Mystical Realities

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  • Abul Kalam Azad is an Indian visual artist and photographer based in Kerala. His works are largely personal explorations and documentation of experiences, and memories of his native land, people, and their culture. They deal with issues of identity, ethics, micro/macro history, and eroticism. His works have exhibited Nationally/Internationally in reputed museums and galleries. He has received Charles Wallace Award in the year 1996 and recognized by the French government through a scholarship grant. He is a recipient of grants from the Government of India and India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). He is the founder of Ekalokam Trust for Photography and Editor-in-chief of PhotoMail Online magazine.