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Hindu pilgrims come from far away to bathe in the holy waters

ritual bathing in the holy waters for hindu women .

 

a special day for them

 

Topaz textures

La Pooja o Puja pratica fondamentale induista, nel culto di una divinità è l’adorazione, l’omaggio, l’atto di mostrare rispetto a un dio, ad uno spirito, o ad un altro aspetto del divino attraverso invocazioni, preghiere, canti e rituali.

 

Una parte essenziale della puja per il devoto indù sta nella connessione spirituale con il divino. Il più delle volte il contatto è facilitato attraverso un oggetto, un elemento della natura, una scultura, un dipinto o una stampa.

 

Durante la puja la divinità è invitata a discendere in una immagine ed è trattata come un’ospite. Questa icona non è la divinità stessa, piuttosto, si crede di essere riempito con l’energia cosmica della divinità. Si tratta di un punto focale per onorare e comunicare con il dio. Per i devoti induisti il merito artistico dell’icona è importante, ma è secondario al suo contenuto spirituale. Gli oggetti vengono creati come recipienti per l’energia spirituale che permettono al devoto di sperimentare la comunicazione diretta con le sue divinità.

 

The Pooja or Puja fundamental Hindu practice, in the worship of a deity is the adoration, the homage, the act of showing respect to a god, a spirit, or another aspect of the divine through invocations, prayers, songs and rituals.

 

An essential part of puja for the Hindu devotee lies in the spiritual connection with the divine. Contact is most often facilitated through an object, an element of nature, a sculpture, a painting or a print.

 

During the puja, the deity is invited to descend in an image and is treated as a guest. This icon is not the divinity itself, rather, it is believed to be filled with the cosmic energy of divinity. It is a focal point for honoring and communicating with the god. For Hindu devotees the artistic merit of the icon is important, but it is secondary to its spiritual content. Objects are created as vessels for spiritual energy that allow the devotee to experience direct communication with his deities.

Aurangbad, India, July 1985

 

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The interior of an Hindu temple in Aurangbad during a religious ceremony.

 

(Ektachrome 100 film, shot with Minolta srt 101 camera)

Puja is the sanskrit word for a religioue ceremony .

In Hinduisme and Buddhisme it means worshiping God.

 

Tamshing Goemba, Bumthang, Bhutan

Dusshera is celebrated in Autumn (Sept-Oct) every year in different parts of India.It signifies the victory of good over evil.

In the eastern Indian state of West Bengal we celebrate Durga Puja during this time.As per Bengali tradition,every year in Autumn(September-October) Goddess Durga comes to her parental home for 5 days accompanied by her four children - Saraswati(Goddess of Learning & Arts),Laxmi(Goddess of weath),Ganesha (the Elephant God)and Kartikeya( the Bachelor God).For 5 days her idol is placed in beautiful pavilions(pandals) and she is worshipped and treated with all the tender love and care that a married daughter receives in her parental nest.The beautiful pandals are made of bamboo,cloth,papier mache,wood,and other materials.On the last day of Vijaya Dashami the images are taken out in a procession and immersed in rivers or other water bodies.

Nowhere is this festival celebrated with as much fanfare as in Kolkata(Calcutta).All Calcuttans irrespective of their religion come together to celebrate this festival in a spirit of love and brotherhood.It is a time for new clothes,good food,meeting up with friends and relatives,romancing and of course pandal hopping to see the best idols.:-)

I thought my friends would like to see a close-up of one of these lovely idols in full splendour.Here Goddess Durga is shown slaying the evil demon Mahishashura.To the left of the shot is Lakshmi(the Goddess of Wealth) and Ganesha the Elephant God and to the right is Saraswati (the Goddess of Learning & Arts) and Kartikeya the Bachelor God.

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This is the kumartuli pandal durga puja 2020

Questions come to mind of the reasons behind these ceremonies, of the necessity of these loud, colorful and intense human traditions. I keep them to myself and enjoy the moment, staying open and respectful, they will find their way and Ill find mine.

Bijoya Dosomi (Durga Puja)

Men performing a puja at the Tungabhadra River. Hampi, India

Elder hindu devotees pray 'Elder prayer' or 'buro buri puja' seeking the release of illness during winter in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Varanasi, India.

 

In foto il rituale Ganga Aarti al Dashashwamedh Ghat, una delle numerose scalinate a ridosso del Sacro fiume Ganga. La Pūjā si svolge tutte le sere dopo il tramonto ed è un culto in onore di Shiva e la Ma Ganga (Madre Gange).

 

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railway platform is her home.......another pic of the same girl with her friends was posted here...

 

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Sorry Time keeps getting away from me. I opened an Etsy shop were I can sell my new found hobby of journal making ! ;)

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This is an image of Lokenath Puja (Worship to Lokenath Brahmachar who was an 18th-century saint, yogi and philosopher in Bengali).

This is an image of Lokenath Puja (Worship to Lokenath Brahmachar who was an 18th-century saint, yogi and philosopher in Bengali).

This is an image of Lokenath Puja (Worship to Lokenath Brahmachar who was an 18th-century saint, yogi and philosopher in Bengali).

Yah the charak puja series is not done yet :)

I was kinda happy with the wide angle composition of this photo ..but it was little over exposed due to the continues change of lighting condition..and reason for that was random rays through the moving clouds. So I had to work for a very long (really long) time to create the same effect I am trying to give the series.

 

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Taken at Sreemangal, Bangladesh, 2012.

 

Durga Puja 2008, New Delhi

Kali Puja (Seen On Explore#404)

He's a difficult chara for me to rp. The reason to this is because I honestly feel too dumb myself to pull out someone as intelligent as him in a convincing manner >_>;;

*ORZ*

 

Then (as indirect consequence to this) sometimes he spends a long time being left aside... but I still love him lots <3

  

sunrise at the the comorin cape, Tamil Nadu India

With beating of drums ,cymbals,cennala,vocal ululation by womenfolk accompaniment, the rhythmic dance of the purohit offers light in form of embers of burning dry coconut bark sprinkled with dhoop creating smoke and supposedly pious environment for the puja.

brahmins (priest caste) having their early morning puja in rishikesh.

This is an image of Lokenath Puja (Worship to Lokenath Brahmachar who was an 18th-century saint, yogi and philosopher in Bengali).

Varanasi, India.

 

In foto il rituale Ganga Aarti al Dashashwamedh Ghat, una delle numerose scalinate a ridosso del Sacro fiume Ganga. La Pūjā si svolge tutte le sere dopo il tramonto ed è un culto in onore di Shiva e la Ma Ganga (Madre Gange).

 

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Morning puja at the kumbh mela in Tamil Nadu

This is an image of Lokenath Puja (Worship to Lokenath Brahmachar who was an 18th-century saint, yogi and philosopher in Bengali).

Varanasi (India)

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...devotion: this lady walks along dusty tracks every day to offer personal puja, quietly reading aloud from her book of devotions, in this tiny Hindu temple near her village in rural Rajasthan, India

 

more portraits, brought together in a book here > 'Women of India'

 

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