Fire & Flowers

Benny Aynick, Abhijith Suresh 9:19, India

Vedi Vazhipadu (Fire Cracks) is a holy offering made regularly at Malanada Temple. Sreemathy Amma is currently the only female doing this job. She started doing it in the year 1982 when her husband died in a fire accident. The job was his family’s legacy handed over by generations of ancestors. The craft however was only passed down to the males of the family. She was the first female in their history to take up this position.