This sense of kinship has bred other local customs, too.
I met year-old Mukhan Arumugam just as he was offering his daily prayers under an enormous neem tree at the entrance to the village.
No-one in the village of Andaman, except the very elderly and the infirm, wears shoes, Arumugam told me.
Even in late January, the midday sun was blindingly bright.
During the festival, the village is filled with prayer, feasting, pageantry, dance and drama.
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View image of Around families live in Andaman, many of whom work in the surrounding paddy fields Credit: Credit: Kamala Thiagarajan. When someone in the village dies, for instance, regardless of whether the deceased is rich or poor, villagers gift a modest sum — Rs 20 each — to the bereaved family. Just as the priest was adorning the goddess with jewellery and people were immersed in prayer, a young man is believed to have walked past the idol with his shoes on. I wonder if time, travel and global exposure can dent this feeling. For this is the exact spot where villagers take off their sandals or shoes and carry them in their hands when they enter the village.