I took this shot at Aheritola Ganga Ghat.. Most of the male was doing tarpan for their ancestors..
About Mahalaya and Tarpan:-
Pitru Paksha (Sanskrit: पितृ पक्ष), also spelt as Pitr paksha or Pitri paksha, (literally "fortnight of the ancestors") is a 16–lunar day period whenHindus pay homage to their ancestors (Pitrs), especially through food offerings. The period is also known as Pitru Pakshya, Pitri Pokkho, Sola Shraddha ("sixteen shraddhas"), Kanagat, Jitiya, Mahalaya Paksha and Apara paksha.
Pitru Paksha is considered by Hindus to be inauspicious, given the death rite performed during the ceremony, known as Shraddha or tarpan. In southern and western India, it falls in the Hindu lunar month of Bhadrapada (September–October), beginning with the full moon day (Purnima) that occurs immediately after the Ganesh festival and ending with the new moon day known as Sarvapitri amavasya, Mahalaya amavasya or simplyMahalaya. The autumnal equinox falls within this period, i.e. the Sun transitions from the northern to the southern hemisphere during this period. In North India and Nepal, this period corresponds to the dark fortnight of the month Ashvin, instead of Bhadrapada.
According to Hindu mythology, the souls of three preceding generations of one's ancestor reside in Pitru–loka, a realm between heaven and earth. This realm is governed by Yama, the god of death, who takes the soul of a dying man from earth to Pitru–loka. When a person of the next generation dies, the first generation shifts to heaven and unites with God, so Shraddha offerings are not given. Thus, only the three generations in Pitru–loka are given Shraddha rites, in which Yama plays a significant role. According to the sacred Hindu epics (Itihasa), at the beginning of Pitru Paksha, the sun enters the zodiac sign of Libra (Thula). Coinciding with this moment, it is believed that the spirits leave Pitru–loka and reside in their descendants' homes for a month until the sun enters the next zodiac—Scorpio (Vrichchhika)—and there is a full moon. Hindus are expected to propitiate the ancestors in the first half, during the dark fortnight.
Annadaana ("Giving food to the hungry") is a central part of the rituals during these 16 days. On all these days, offerings are made to the departed, including those whose names or manner of death are not known. On these days tarpan, shraaddha and pinda daan are performed daily according to the procedures under the guidance of a priest. Although these rites are to be carried out daily in this fortnight, it is considered that to perform them on the last day i.e. on Mahalaya Amavasya |(or "Sarva Pitru Amavasya") is extremely important and sacred. The performance of Shraddha by a son during Pitru Paksha is regarded as compulsory by Hindus, to ensure that the soul of the ancestor goes to heaven. In this context, the scripture Garuda Purana says, "there is no salvation for a man without a son".
The scriptures preach that a householder should propitiate ancestors (Pitris), along with the gods (devas), ghosts (bhutas) and guests.The scripture Markandeya Purana says that if the ancestors are content with the shraddhas, they will bestow health, wealth, knowledge and longevity, and ultimately heaven and salvation (moksha) upon the performer.
The performance of Sarvapitri amavasya rites can also compensate a forgotten or neglected annual Shraddha ceremony, which should ideally coincide with the death anniversary of the deceased. According to Sharma, the ceremony is central to the concept of lineages. Shraddha involves oblations to three preceding generations—by reciting their names—as well as to the mythical lineage ancestor (gotra). A person thus gets to know the names of six generations (three preceding generation, his own and two succeeding generations—his sons and grandsons) in his life, reaffirming lineage ties.
The shraddha is performed on the specific lunar day during the Pitru Paksha, when the ancestor—usually a parent or paternal grandparent—died. There are exceptions to the lunar day rule; special days are allotted for people who died in a particular manner or had a certain status in life.
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timecapturer (37068) 2013-10-04 3:39
this shot intrigued me and on reading your notes realised the significance of this image. It is a thought provoking and quite tender image and so beautifully executed. Powerful, original and informative imagery. Inspiring!
Wanda1 (14362) 2013-10-04 3:40
I like your close up focus on the hands cradling the fragile offering, providing us with wonderful details, and and insight into the components of the offering. Great composition with a 2 thirds, 1 third division. Maybe the image is just slightly too dark, and could perhaps have been brightened a little, but it is still a lovely image.
Noel_Byrne (13356) 2013-10-04 7:21
As Brian mentioned above, this is a very tender image, and your note shows the importance so well. Perfectly well done to share this beautiful tradition.
All the best
danos (78122) 2013-10-04 9:03
nice the snapshot with the pilgrim to has in his open hands Mahalaya.
I like the snapshot with the light management to be superb.
siudzi (27757) 2013-10-04 13:57
Love this image! The scene has something very special and outstanding which makes the view really unique and eye-catching. Taken with a great sense of the moment. Superb work! Well done. Bravo!
subhendu_bagchi (21056) 2013-10-04 21:08
excellent close composition brother. Like the way you show only the hand gesture of the man performing 'Tarpan'. Excellent clarity. Good light. The sharpness is incredible. A nice work. Only one suggestion- if you could avoid/omit the legs from background and capture it with the backdrop of water it would be better. Just an idea, hope you'll not mind it. Overall a superb shot. Like it a lot. Tfs.
krzychu30 (12689) 2013-10-04 21:54
sorry for my late reply my friend,butt I just came back from my vacation.
Beautiful shot here!It has some kind of soothing effect on us(maybe it´s a combination of your well aplied close-up,the subject of the image and so lovely light).Anyway the end result is strong and eye-catching my friend!
Have a nice weekend
ikeharel (44023) 2013-10-05 0:48
Good afternoon Indrasish,
As much as red the note, all about tradition in this photo - I can appreciate the pose of the man probably while praying, and the fabulous colors in contrast holding the flower in his hands.
Nicely spotted and applied.
Have a nice weekend,
aleXundar (595) 2013-10-05 10:01
This is an image that stays in mind for a long time.
You have captured things exactly which were required for the ritual... and shared it on the auspicious day. Thank you.
Great colours and exposure.
With best wishes for Devipaksha,
elysan (202) 2013-10-06 1:35
Bellissima immagine, ben studiata e ottimamente realizzata...Complimenti e grazie per l'interessante nota.
Un saluto, Ely
- Copyright: Indrasish Guha (Indrasish) (2351)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-04
- Categories: Festivals, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D5100, 80-200mm Nikon
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-04 1:11