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    "Whatever man makes and makes live
    lives because of the life put into it.
    A yard of Indian muslin is alive with Hindu life.
    And a Navajo woman, weaving her rug in the pattern of her dream
    must run the pattern out in a little break at the end
    so that her soul can come out, back to her.
    But in the odd pattern, like snake-marks on the sand
    it leaves a trail."
    (D. H. Lawrence - English novelist & poet, 1885 –1930)

    This is a tazia shot in Varanasi (Benaras) during Muharram.
    Muharram is the first month of Hijri era however the month is better known for the tragedy of Karbala, where Imam Husain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, and his 72 companions were martyred during the battle against evil forces of Yazid, then ruler of Syria who had claimed to be the successor of Islamic spiritual seat.
    On the ninth day of Muharram the Tazias, the replicas of Mazar of Imam Husain in Karbala, made of paper and bamboo sticks are kept at Imam Chauks and also on Chabutaras (platforms) of Hindu devotees.
    The Muslims as well Hindus keep night vigil.
    No country other than India has the versatile and varied nature of making Tazia.
    Its making involves workers from almost all communities and religions and gives employment to the whole household of an artist during Muharram.

    Varanasi (Benaras) is known as the ancient city for devout Hindus and also as the city of Lord Shiva, it is also known for its unique cultural harmony and coexistence which is often referred to as the "Ganga Jamuni tehzib" (Ganges-Yamuna Culture, गंगा जमुनी तहज़ीब, گنگا جمنی تهزیب).
    Joint observance of Muharram is the most conspicuous example of this cultural and religious harmony which is reflected in Hindus participating in Tazia processions and paying homage to Imam Husain, the martyr of Karbala tragedy.
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    1. Pollob 87 months ago | reply

      It looks like the tazia is actullay made of light. wow!

    2. ♪jeanpierre 87 months ago | reply

      Fantastic! Incredible moon light!

    3. rexboggs5 87 months ago | reply

      Wow, what a fabulous photo of a fabulous building.

    4. Daniel Mennerich 87 months ago | reply

      A great picture, well done!
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      I think this is a GRRREAT work of art !!!!!

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    5. JamesWired 87 months ago | reply

      Great shot

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    6. spincast1123 87 months ago | reply

      Congratulations your photo was WOWed and seen in the WowieKazowie Group!

    7. dan_1942 [deleted] 87 months ago | reply

      nice composition and lighting.

    8. r.batista 87 months ago | reply

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    9. pinguin1961 87 months ago | reply

      Really an excellent and beautiful work!
      This picture is really an adventure for the eyes. – Really magical!

    10. bevcraigwhite 87 months ago | reply

      we must not take these things for granted...they are not created alone...or in a flash of the eye !!!!

      good reminder here !!!

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    11. Alexander´s photographs © 87 months ago | reply

      your shot is like a dream... fantastic!

    12. JerKor 87 months ago | reply

      Masterfully done!
      Thank you for sharing your excellent work
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    13. pancontax 87 months ago | reply

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