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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rikko77 (10861) 2010-03-14 11:40
never heard of the painting "The fourth estate" by Giuseppe Pelizza da Volpedo? well, here's the wikipedia link, unfortunately only in French http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_Quarto_Stato. Your pic really makes me think of that painting even if its colors are very different. Anyway, we have here some people walking together under the same flag: it means they march united towards a common goal. Thanx for sharing this pic and the note as well.
Have a good day!
Wanda1 (15142) 2010-03-14 11:45
A bright and colourful shot of this ritual. I like the flags billowing in the wind and that they form a triangular composition, and the people all seem to have pretty determined expressions.
lucasgalodoido (23649) 2010-03-14 12:10
very beautiful this shot, and impressive the colors of flags here. The quality of your capture are perfect. Great job.
anducina (8407) 2010-03-14 12:21
Superb colorful costumes and textures, very picturesque scene...
rigoletto (34279) 2010-03-14 12:35
This photo is very attractive with its beautiful and lively colors. The square cropping works very well. The procession somehow reminds me the famous painting of Delacroix, symbolizing the French Revolution :)
fplohoff (0) 2010-03-15 4:35
Great colors. And a lively scenery. The crop is not everybodies cup of tea. Best regards, Frank
jhm (158904) 2010-03-16 5:42
Lovely picture with the big flag in middle, a small flag before and one the backside
Good composition with real colours.
Very good realisation, also of quality also.
Composition and presentation are very well. TFS.
Goutamendu (101) 2010-03-16 11:25
In India everybody can find a Dhvaja (flag) which is basically an orange or red banner flying above the temples, at festivals and in religious processions. It is a symbol of victory giving signal to all that "Sanatana Dharma shall prevail." Its color betokens the sun's life-giving glow. Apratim, I must say that
You have also started to wave the flag of your photographic excellence. Carry it on.!
dvlazar (6662) 2010-03-20 9:47
Your photos are really interesting - i especially like the great subjects from India and the strong colors.
ManuMay (36287) 2010-03-21 11:50
First of all let me congratulate you for your amazing gallery...really wonderful!!
This capture is so beautiful, so colourful and dynamic, very good definition, great composition indeed...evrything is really good...Thanks for sharing so good capture...Great work Apratim...
Have a nice day...
yquem46 (38752) 2010-04-12 1:24
I missed a couple of your (good) shots during my stay in morocco and my 3-weeks absence
I take this one with its superb colors (especially the large flag) and its dynamism
Have a nice day
- Copyright: Apratim Saha (apratimsaha) (440)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-01-13
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Nikon D 70s, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor
- Exposure: f/3.8, 1/8000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-03-14 11:12