The street of Kolkata are so interesting and there is lot of scope for photography. This photograph was taken at Kalighat,Kolkata. In the wall Goddess Kali is painted. Kali, also known as Kalika , is a Hindu goddess associated with death and destruction. The name Kali means "black", but has by folk etymology come to mean "force of time (kala)". Despite her negative connotations, she is today considered the goddess of time and change. Although sometimes presented as dark and violent, her earliest incarnation as a figure of annihilation still has some influence. More complex Tantric beliefs sometimes extend her role so far as to be the "ultimate reality" or Brahman. She is also revered as Bhavatarini (literally "redeemer of the universe"). Comparatively recent devotional movements largely conceive Kali as a benevolent mother goddess.
Kali is represented as the consort of god Shiva, on whose body she is often seen standing. She is associated with many other Hindu goddesses like Durga, Bhadrakali, Sati, Rudrani, Parvati and Chamunda. She is the foremost among the Dasa-Mahavidyas, ten fierce Tantric goddesses.
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holmertz (58340) 2009-04-17 12:15
I agree that the streets of Kolkata offers innumerable photo opportunities. The Kalighat temple is an exciting place, although the priests are sure to rip off any tourist. I tried a workshop to make the woman appear more clearly.
arnabchat (7233) 2009-04-20 14:33
good to see you down on the streets! .... no no, just kidding! you know what i mean, i like to see people bringing pictures from the street... i am an addict to street photography!
love this one, simple and wait and click technique used, well framed.
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