~ Kumari Puja | A Hindu Ritual ~
In Kumari Puja, the tradition of worshiping young pre-pubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or devi in Hindu religious traditions. The word Kumari, derived from Sanskrit Kaumarya meaning "virgin", means young unmarried girls in Nepali and some Indian languages and is a name of the goddess Durga as a child.
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Photo captured at the Cossimbazar Rajbari (palace of Cossimbazar). A BIG THANKS for the members of Cossimbazar Raj family, who gave us permition for capturing these special moments...
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daddo (20651) 2013-10-17 2:22
Namaste Subhendu. In a world where men rule and where in Judeo-Christian beliefs God has a long beard and rules supreme, it is nice to read about devine female energy.Colourful scene and by the way, one of the few thin Brahmins that I have seen. Not a specific criticism of Brahmins as many monks and priests in the west were and are known for their girth. Regards. Klaudio.
williewhistler (9893) 2013-10-17 2:35
I am enthralled by your photograph and text,thank you for sharing these colourful and precious moments with a complete stranger.
You have captured the image of the young girl surrounded with all the trappings of the occasion most sympathetically.
A lovely,lovely shot.
Thank you again,
timecapturer (37236) 2013-10-17 2:41
one of those images that is both unique and beautiful. A compelling study and one that is full of significance and amazing colours. I commend you for taking and sharing yet another fascinating and tender insight to Indian life and tradition. Thanks.
jhm (128107) 2013-10-17 3:58
This shall are very extraordinarily, that you could pictures make in these splendid house
Splendid picture with a very well quality.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
On these way create you a lot depth and perspective.
Excellent captured, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
josepmarin (56537) 2013-10-17 4:04
an excellent capture of a special moment, during this celebration of a religious tradition, in a very vital and intimate scene, full of life and mysticism.
About the quality of your photo, taken inside the palace, I must say is very high, has a warm colours, and a perfect management of the light.
A great work, my friend.
Sergiom (45600) 2013-10-17 5:53
Quelle belle scène de la vie quotidienne. Les couleurs sont très vives, comme à Bollywood. On sent bien l'importance du moment, immortalisé des deux côtés par les photographes.
aleXundar (643) 2013-10-17 9:46
An intimate photo of the ritual in a great family.
As usual, the exact moment is captured when each character in the image is doing something, including the 'Kumari' and the other person trying to compose a close up.
Excellent colours and details.
holmertz (31408) 2013-10-17 10:15
This is a very interesting picture of a ceremony not often seen by non-Hindus. True to the Indian way of life it offers us great colours. I do wonder about the feelings at that moment of the little girl, so heavily dressed up. Is she proud and honored or confused and scared? I could imagine her feeling rather uncomfortable, in spite of (or maybe because of) the solemn rituals.
jjcordier (67366) 2013-10-17 22:10
Intéressante photo de cette scène qui est une étape dans la vie de cet enfant.
Didi (51343) 2013-10-19 4:22
Interesting local scene with nice warm artificial lights
But if you wants it's possible to adjust the white balance
tatadalou (4013) 2013-10-20 7:43
You were not alone to take a picture of the scene ! I find your framing very dynamic, the position of the three protagonists gives some little relief. nice colourful shot. Regards,
- Copyright: Subhendu Bagchi (subhendu_bagchi) (21168)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-11
- Categories: Festivals, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D5100, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-17 1:06