Markama
India, state of Orissa, Rayagada district, spring 1997. Photo by Cornelia Mallebrein.

The goddess Markama in the sanctum of her temple in Bissamcuttack, where she is represented by a natural boulder. The goddess's face is covered with red powder and is decorated with silver eye, tongue, and nose, as well as a diadem. There are seven swords placed on the stone image; one belongs to Markama's spouse, Niamraja, a deity of the Dongaria Kondh tribe.

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