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The Faith: Gangasagar pilgrimage fair, India.

Gangasagar pilgrimage and fair, held annually, is the second largest congregation of mankind after the holy Kumbha Mela. Almost a million of Hindu devotees from all over India gather at Gangasagar for a holy dip.

Besides the devotees, hundreds of sadhus, priests and alms-seekers come to Gangasagar every year for a unique spiritual experience!

The river Ganga (Ganges) which originates in the Gangotri glacier in the snow clad high Himalayas, descends down the mountains, reaches the plains, flows through ancient pilgrimage sites, and drains into the Bay of Bengal. A dip in the ocean, where the Ganga meets the sea is considered to be of great religious significance particularly on the Makara Sankranti day (January 14/15), when the sun makes a transition to Capricorn from Sagittarius.

The Gangasagar fair (mela) exhibited a colorful ceremonial display of ritualistic acts, all being driven by deep faith in Hindu religion, directed for the sake of wealth and peace for self and for the dearest and nearest ones, for new generations to come, and of course in deep regards for the ancestors. I wondered by how for generations , the faith, devotion, endurance and love directed the people of my country in their continuous journey for eternal peace with all poverty acclaimed, other wise .I wondered by the gleaming faces of my country people who had no affluence of the west. I wondered by their enormous life forces with very ordinary food. I wondered by their grace with very ordinary cloths, and simplicity out of ignorance of the complex world. I found my religious India at a glance there. And I believe that my India isn’t a “Lost Paradise” even today, where humanity flourished for ever. Nikon D 7000.

   

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Taken on January 11, 2012