I took this shot at a Durga Puja Pandal ( In my Locality). Yesterday was Vijaya Dashami( The End Of Durga Puja). I want to describe you that This Dia (Light) is the significance of the last day of Durga Puja (Vijaya Dashami). We have to wait till one year for this Durga Puja and we believe that we will pass this time happily and again we will celebrate our Durga Puja joyfully.
Vijayadashami also known as Dashahara, Dussehra, Dashain (in Nepal), Navratri or Durgotsav is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated in various forms, across Nepal, India and Bangladesh.
The name Dussehra is derived from Sanskrit Dasha-hara literally means removal of ten (Dasha(ten) and Hara(defeat)) referring to Lord Rama's victory over the ten-headed demon king Ravana. The day also marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demons Mahishasur. The name Vijayadashami is also derived from the Sanskrit words "Vijaya-dashmi" literally meaning the victory on the dashmi (Dashmi being the tenth lunar day of the Hindu calendar month).
As the name suggests Vijayadashmi or Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar which corresponds to September or October of the Gregorian calendar. The first nine days are celebrated as Maha Navratri(Devnagari: नवरात्रि, 'nine nights') or Sharada Navratri (the most important Navratri) and culminates on the tenth day as Dasara.
In India, the harvest season begins at this time and so the Mother Goddess is invoked to start the new harvest season and reactivate the vigor and fertility of the soil. This is done through religious performances and rituals which are thought to invoke cosmic forces that rejuvenate the soil. Many people of the Hindu faith observe through social gatherings and food offerings to the gods at home and in temples throughout India and Nepal.
In Bengal, Dussehra is celebrated as Durga Puja. Deities of the goddess Durga are worshipped for five days, and on the fifth day (Vijaya Dashami) immersed in a river or pond. This is referred as Durga Bisarjan/Bhashaan. In Jharkhand, Bengal, Assam and Odisha, the goddess Kali, an appellation of Durga, is also worshipped as a symbol of Shakti (Power).
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pyffepa (623) 2013-10-15 8:58
Great explanation about Durga Puja.
I appreciate your lovely picture illustrating very well your subject.
The shadowed candelabra with is finely lighted border against the green background if visually effective.
aleXundar (595) 2013-10-15 9:11
This 'Dia' is everywhere. For opening a ceremony - we light it with joy. After closing - we keep it with a pinch of sadness.
Your lamp is hoping for the next year's celebrations --- a bright flame on black pedestal.
Nicely taken dear, thanks.
With Bijoya wishes,
goodwill (4879) 2013-10-15 9:35
This is a symbol of hope, to wait for one more year for the rich celebrations of the Durga Puja.
A shot truly depicting the essence of this site; Trek Earth. In Punjab too, Durga puja is celebrated, and interestingly its the devotees from Bengal and Orissa living here who celebrate the Puja with great love and affection.
TFS this light which shall enlighten many hearts.
siudzi (27757) 2013-10-15 10:54
This is very special and unique capture executed with a really great technique and quality. Strong and eye-catching composition achieved. Very well done and thanks for sharing!
Noel_Byrne (13356) 2013-10-16 0:40
A very powerful and evocative image, the focus on the flame while the background is slightly blurred is really superbly done, and conveys a great sense of spirituality. The dark green tones of the backdrop are a very nice addition too, adding a sense of solemnity. As ever, a really nice scene and captured perfectly.
All the best
subhendu_bagchi (21056) 2013-10-16 3:47
wow, wonderful concept and skillfully described through your photography. Really in this time just after 'vasan' we have to face a lot of sorrow for the passing festival and in this time as the light of 'dia', the hope for the next festival comes. A nice pictur to tell the story. Tfs.
krzychu30 (12689) 2013-10-17 0:52
the light against so delightful green backdrop becomes really evocative feature of the shot.
Masterfully composed and executed.The light looks quite poor,so I bet it wasn´t easy for you to choose th eright exposure to depict the scene properly.But you did it perfectly!
And again special Thanks for your note,which bring us closer culture of your beautiful country.
Have a nice day
- Copyright: Indrasish Guha (Indrasish) (2351)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-14
- Categories: Festivals, Ceremony, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D5100, Nikkor 18 55mm
- Exposure: f/7.0, 1/40 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-15 7:01