The pic: taken on the banks of the ganges in varanasi as the daily arti(prayer) was conducted.
Agni is a Hindu deity,one of the most important of the Vedic gods.He is the god of fire and the acceptor of sacrifices.The sacrifices made to Agni go to the deities because Agni is a messenger from and to the other gods.He is ever-young,because the fire is re-lit every day,and also immortal.
Agni,the Vedic god of fire,has two heads,one marks immortality and the other marks an unknown symbol of life. Agni has made the transition into the Hindu pantheon of gods, without losing his importance.He is one of the supreme gods in the Rigveda.The link between heaven and earth,the deities and the humans, he is associated with Vedic sacrifice,taking offerings to the other world in his fire. In Hinduism, his vehicle is the ram.
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serp2000 (39244) 2013-12-21 20:11
I have a plan to visit The South Asian region again and this photo gives me more positive emotions and I hope to see the Vedic culture again. Good capture of this expressive sacral moment.
Best wishes from Russia!
Buin (42268) 2013-12-22 0:19
I do not know much about religious practices in your part of the world but this photo really is impressive and somehow fascinating. All the golden tones - even in the flame - create a very special and a bit mysterious atmosphere. The exposure time of 1/30 sec. works very well here. A worth seeing picture! Thank you also for the interesting note!
By the way, your whole collection here on TE is a real treat.
Greetings from at the time cold, wet and grey Germany!
Romano46 (16586) 2013-12-22 3:16
questa tua foto mi piace molto per il particolare significato oltre che per la bella tecnica di ripresa che, grazie ad un punto di ripresa scelto molto bene ti ha permesso di dare una particolare evidenza al soggetto.
Ottima anche la gestione della luce, sempre difficile in simili situazioni.
Ottima la composizione ed eccellente la nitidezza.
Una foto bella e ricca di espressività.
Ciao e buona domenica
timecapturer (47320) 2013-12-22 3:18
a superbly captured shot this. A real sense of the atmosphere and movement here as well as the drama of the ceremony. Excellent and original imagery!
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
rbassin (17235) 2013-12-22 3:26
un gros plan bien exécuté, bel effet de la flamme, et bonne gestion du mouvement
rigoletto (34237) 2013-12-22 9:43
hello dwaipayan. your note made me feel like reading some lines from the silmarillion, such an impressive cult of deities and events you have. and the low pov you had here emphasizes the effect, i feel like witnessing a thousands of years old rite. very well done.
Nicou (119293) 2013-12-22 9:45
quelle vue et compo sueprbe iamge quel flamme et toutes ces dorures les tons fantastique captage.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (39415) 2013-12-22 11:48
A forceful and dramatic composition, very well exposed with good contrasts of light and darkness.
mcmtanyel (12017) 2013-12-22 20:21
This is a lovely photo under natural light at night. Well seen and rendered.
Noel_Byrne (22669) 2013-12-23 1:02
This is a beautiful scene, the lighting and composition is perfect and reminds me of a scene from a movie. the light created by the flame is thrown perfectly over the mans face and the smoke creates and excellent mood. Brilliant note too, thanks for sharing.
All the best
kato (11630) 2013-12-23 3:57
You're capturing well this scene by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see this religious rite of the Vedic culture in Hindu deity. It's also delightful and impressive for metaled torch with fire by arti, although I do not know the doctrine of Hinduism.
batalay (35125) 2013-12-23 5:00
What a dramatic shot from Varanasi with the flames leaping out of the brass pot. You were perfectly positioned to capture the priest(?) in the midst of the ritual.
Happy New Year,
claudeD (31695) 2013-12-23 8:28
Hello to India,
I like your fotojob here very much. Excellent composition and light managment.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg and merry Xmas for you and your family ...
abmdsudi (41936) 2013-12-23 9:45
A fine low light shot with great effect from the fire - and his in-depth intense look works great as the vital element in this shot. Exposure is well managed in natural warm tone, wonderful capture and perfectly judged, Well done. Congrats
divail (8322) 2013-12-24 19:13
Je connais mal l'Inde, mais un ami qui l'a visité à plusieurs reprises m'en a beaucoup parlé et présenté de nombreuses photos, dont plusieurs à cet endroit. J'aime l'intensité du moment, l'attitude du personnage et le mouvement dans la photo. C'est très impressionnant.
Cricri (104267) 2013-12-27 9:08
C'est une très jolie scène, magnifiquement capturer de la flammes et du mouvement
THAR (3871) 2013-12-29 11:55
c'est sublimissime. Bravo!
tatadalou (6069) 2014-01-20 21:00
Really love the mood of your picture. The little blur on fires due to the eposure time makes it more impressive, more mystical.
Good job !