In India, deity decorating a calling for Hindu temple artist


              Visitors to the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Chennai, India, take photos of the fully decorated idol of the goddess Durga on Nov. 29, 2022. S. Goutham, who spent nearly three hours decorating the idol, is a fifth-generation practitioner of this millennia-old spiritual art of decorating temple deities. (AP Photo/Deepa Bharath)
            
              Deity decorator S. Goutham places a garland woven with red and yellow roses on an idol of the goddess Durga at the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Chennai, India, on Nov. 29, 2022. Goutham is a fifth-generation practitioner of this millennia-old spiritual art of decorating temple deities. (AP Photo/Deepa Bharath)
            
              An idol of the goddess Durga at the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Chennai, India, on Nov. 29, 2022. S. Goutham, who spent nearly three hours decorating the idol, is a fifth-generation practitioner of this millennia-old spiritual art of decorating temple deities. (AP Photo/Deepa Bharath)
            
              Deity decorator S. Goutham holds a specially crafted piece of jewelry that would adorn the chest of the goddess Durga at the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Chennai, India, on Nov. 29, 2022. He says the jewels and weapons on a deity tell a story and give each decoration its unique personality and character. (AP Photo/Deepa Bharath)
            
              Deity decorator S. Goutham steps away from the altar of the goddess Durga at the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Chennai, India, on Nov. 29, 2022, to view his work from the perspective of temple visitors. Goutham is a fifth-generation practitioner of this millennia-old spiritual art of decorating temple deities. (AP Photo/Deepa Bharath)
            
              Deity decorator S. Goutham is seen at the altar of the goddess Durga at the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Chennai, India, on Nov. 29, 2022. Goutham is a fifth-generation practitioner of this millennia-old spiritual art of decorating temple deities. (AP Photo/Deepa Bharath)
            
              Deity decorator S. Goutham picks out gem-encrusted jewelry to decorate an idol of the goddess Durga at the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Chennai, India, on Nov. 29, 2022. He says the jewels and weapons on a deity tell a story and give each decoration its unique personality and character. (AP Photo/Deepa Bharath)
            
              S. Goutham lays the foundation for an elaborate decoration of a deity at the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Chennai, India, on Nov. 29, 2022. Goutham is a fifth-generation practitioner of this millennia-old spiritual art of decorating temple deities. (AP Photo/Deepa Bharath)
In India, deity decorating a calling for Hindu temple artist