I took this shot at Aheritola Ganga Ghat.. I clicked it at the time of Tarpan..
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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aleXundar (583) 2013-10-07 11:15
Another close up with magnificent clarity and colours.
A very well timed shot to depict the activity of the day.
With best wishes,
goodwill (4879) 2013-10-07 11:48
This is a better shot depicting the meaning of Shradha. The focus is impressive and the eyes follow the small water stream from hands to infinity.
The foreground is eye catching but is distracted by the man wearing the underwear....
Take care of the back ground too......this will improve the shot value.
subhendu_bagchi (21024) 2013-10-07 18:36
hello brother, a nice close up with excellent clarity, sharpness and depth. Light is also managed very well. Like the blurred background which made us to concentrate only on the hands. Excellent one. Tfs.
krzychu30 (12651) 2013-10-08 1:34
it´s fabulous complement to one of your previous shots taken at this special event.
Your work here is exquisite!The close-up and the way you´ve coped with the depth is just great and make the scene so meaningful and expressive for us.
Superb composition my friend!
Have a good day in Kolkata
Noel_Byrne (13314) 2013-10-08 7:52
It is so great to see people pay respect to their elders and those who have passed, its certainly not a big thing in my world here in Europe. Yes, there are large monuments, but so many are forgotten about, so its much nicer to see people take part in actual festivals to celebrate this.
I love the close up here, and the fluid motion of the moving water.
Thanks as always, good day from Ireland
dkmurphys (42483) 2013-10-08 10:15
Very fine scene, a charming detail of that ceremony. Well taken.
Miguel82 (14442) 2013-10-16 1:31
A brillant presentation and close up dear Indrashish, you present well that ceremonial object, the tarpan
High resolution, fine colors and framing
All the best, have a nice day
eldancer1 (20772) 2013-10-22 9:14
Awesome capture of this religious tradition and I it that only the hand is being shown. Good details. Very well done, tfs.
- Copyright: Indrasish Guha (Indrasish) (2351)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-04
- Categories: Daily Life, Festivals, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D5100, 80-200mm Nikon
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-07 8:25