Goddess of fertility.

Gajalaxmi is one of the 8 aspects of the Hindu Goddess Laxmi. In Goa this manifestation of the Goddess is associated with fertility. Her presence is especially pronounced in the villages along the Mandovi River basin where she is also referred to as Kelbai and Bhauka.

The representation of Gajalaxmi in the ancient (10th-13th C) monolithic panels found in Goa shows her flanked by two elephants (Gaja is the Sanskrit word for elephant) and in the company of warriors, musicians and devotees. Many of these panels are found outdoors in forest groves or in temple compounds.

Gajalakshmi in Cudshem, Sattari, Goa

Gajalaxmi in Cudshem
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

Gajalakshmi in Cudshem, Sattari, Goa

Wider view of the grove
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

Gajalakshmi at Ganjeshwari temple at Ganjem, Sattari, Goaq

In Ganjem
5D, 24-105L

Gajantlakshmi Temple in Volvoi, Goa

Gajantalaxmi Temple in Volvoi
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

Gajalakshmi at Kelbai Temple, Caranzol, Sattari, Goa

In Caranzol
5D, 24-70L f/2.8 II


In 2007 I met Gajalaxmi in the flesh in Hampi, Karnataka.

Lakshmi the elephant at Virupaksha temple

Laxmi the elephant, at Virupaksha Temple in Hampi
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And finally, a charming recitation of the Ashtalaxmi stotram

  • Nandkumar M. Kamat - November 19, 2017 - 1:59 am

    The region of western ghats in Mahadayi river basin from Tilari to Ganjem represents the ancient cult of Gajalaxmi worship. She is manifestation of Shakambari-the goddess of fertility and vegetation, and in all the monoliths the depiction of elephants is symbolic of the SW monsoon clouds. The Gajalaxmi monsoon festivals promoted mainly by the extinct hilly tribal kingdom of Malavas (which Kadambas of Goa destroyed in 11th century and took the title Malavara-mari-the slayers of Malavas) were soon forgotten. Certain images also show erotic coupling scenes, because magico-fertility rituals were also performed to the accompaniment of music and dances. Maharashtrian scholar Ramachandra Chintamini Dhere in his monograph Lajjagauri has demystified this cult. The iconography and stylistics of the goddess is a tribute to human dependence on biosphere. The lotus buds in the hands of goddess indicate fertility. Gajantlaxmi? No, it was Lord Siva who is known as gajantaka, or Gajasur-slayer as depicted in the magnificent scene of Gajasursamhara at Hoysala temple at Belur, Karnataka. Laxmi never slayed Gajasura – in fact naming Gajalaxmi panel as Gajantlaxmi is incorrect. But one cant argue before the faith and traditions on basis of iconographic studies. This portfolio is good for students of iconography of the monsoon goddess in the age of global climate chage. Congratulations Dr. Rajanbab.ReplyCancel

Rhyolite gorge.

The slender waterfall nestled in the colourful slopes of Ljósárgil in East Iceland gives this scene its music.

Ljósárgil in Þórudalur, Iceland

5DS, 100-400L IS II

Ljósárgil in Þórudalur, Iceland

Fall colour at Ljósárgil
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II


A morning of mystique.

Magical moments at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount in Old Goa.

An earlier post on this chapel is here.

Chapel of the Mount Mary, Old Goa Chapel of the Mount Mary, Old Goa Chapel of the Mount Mary, Old Goa

Chapel of the Mount Mary, Old Goa

Chapel of the Mount Mary, Old Goa
DJI Phantom 4

  • Premanand - November 13, 2017 - 7:20 am

    I just love that flying mosquito (DJI Phantom) of yours!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

Glacial valley.

Vignettes of winter in beautiful Deildardalur – meaning, the valley that divides (into two or more valleys) – in north Iceland.

In the final two images, the small glacier Deildardalsjökull is seen in the distance behind the Tungufjall mountain.

Deildardalur, Iceland

Winter designs
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Ennishnjúkur in Deildardalur, Iceland

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

Tungufjall in Deildardalur, Iceland

5DS, 100-400L IS II

Deildardalur, Iceland

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

  • Premanand - November 9, 2017 - 8:15 am

    The great pyramid of Tungufjall! 🙂
    The last photograph of the valley is excellent.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - November 9, 2017 - 8:58 am

      Thanks, Premanand. This area, known as Tröllaskagi, has quite a few of these ‘pyramids.’ReplyCancel

  • Bob_B - November 9, 2017 - 5:12 am

    After seeing your recent post on LuLa, I was happy to see more from this part of Iceland. Your first photo really grabs my attention, as the pattern is mesmerizing and a delight to my eyes. I have Iceland on my bucket list, and hope to visit in the (near) future.ReplyCancel

  • Jackson Frishman - November 8, 2017 - 4:54 pm

    What a place! The Tungufjall is amazing!ReplyCancel

Everyone’s a portrait photographer now.

Sri Ganesha with the iPhone X. The Portrait Mode works very well and virtually no intervention is needed.

Update: DxO review for the iPhone X camera.

Ganapati, Original, iPhone X

Ganesha – Original
iPhone X

Ganapati, Stage Light, iPhone X

Ganesha – Stage Light
iPhone X

Ganapati, Mono, iPhone X

Ganesha – Stage Light Mono
iPhone X

  • Carlos Peres da Costa - November 6, 2017 - 1:54 pm

    Are you making propaganda of iPhone X ? The photos are great but the value of your talent would be more worth using a simpler camera as the iPhone is quite expensiveReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - November 6, 2017 - 9:15 pm

      Carlos-bab, the camera in the new iPhone is very good. Also, the cameras & lenses I work with for my regular photographic work are far more expensive than the iPhone. Good imaging tools don’t come cheap.ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - November 6, 2017 - 7:14 am

    Your opening line reminds me of an old Kodak ad…”Bas le aa ee ye aur photographer ban jaa ee ye!”. (Just buy it and become a photographer!) 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Nachiketa Yakkundi - November 5, 2017 - 2:25 pm

    Wow, what stunning picture quality, Rajan!ReplyCancel