Gangasagar Mela is the largest fair celebrated in West Bengal, India. Makar Sankranti is celebrated in the last day of the Bengali month of Poush. In Bengal, this day is one of the most auspicious day of the year. Thousands of pilgrims from different parts of the country gather at Gangasagar, the point where the holy river Ganges meets the sea, to take a dip and wash away all the earthly sins. Makar Sankranti falls on the day of the year when the sun-considered the king of all grahas (planets)-is in the rashi (zodiac sign) known as Makar (Capricorn). This is considered the most beneficial and auspicious zodiac of the sun. The calculations for determining Makar Sankranti are done according to the solar calendar. Therefore, Makar Sankranti always falls on the 14th January according to the English calendar. It is usually the month of Magh of the Hindu calendar, the 'Tithi' or the position of the moon keeps shifting because of the difference in calculations.
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yquem46 (38752) 2010-03-01 10:25
Really a nice one that I like
Colorful women pouring water for the puja, reflections on the wet sand, beuatiful attitude of the 3 women, excellent quality
have a nice evening
Corpus (381) 2010-03-01 12:00
Lovely mix of colours from the women, sky and even the people in the background. Cool that you left enough space for the complete reflection on the sand.
Thanks for visiting,
bebbetto (40) 2010-03-01 12:11
Hello Apratim. Great picture, well composed.
artesia (959) 2010-03-01 12:28
That would be unusual portrait.. Great idea to include the reflection, that's probably made this a great photo.
The color just eye catching..
divail (8334) 2010-03-01 18:16
Ces femmes absorbés par leur tâche sont vraiment intéressantes. Costumes colorés, attitude concentrée. Je remarque que leurs ombres sont complètes et la photo est bien équilibrée.
sayeed_rahman (6459) 2010-03-02 8:13
close to the frame, in the moment..the action and we have a story..nice one Apra..these places can give birth to an innumerable count of subjects..just need to keep your eyes open
plimrn (21344) 2010-03-02 11:13
What wonderful framing!! There is such life and vibrancy in the women; then you capture a full reflection in the wet sand. While the technical quality of photograph is also great; the way you captured the womens' joy in their worship meets the highest goals of TE.
Wishing you health, love and joy, Pat
jemaflor (101437) 2010-03-03 9:51
Well captured that scene with these nice reflection on the wet ground, interesting effect, good pov.
silvan (1786) 2010-03-03 9:52
A splendid subject taken with great ability. I think that a limited number of photographers can show a so perfect picture. Compliments.
leo61 (0) 2010-05-14 11:24
Another great one!!!
Perfect POV again,nice poses of these women and good reflections.