Hindu worship, or puja, involves images (murtis), prayers (mantras) and diagrams of the universe (yantras).
Central to Hindu worship is the image, or icon, which can be worshipped either at home or in the temple.
A shrine to Ganesh Individual rather than communal
Hindu worship is primarily an individual act rather than a communal one, as it involves making personal offerings to the deity.
Worshippers repeat the names of their favourite gods and goddesses, and repeat mantras. Water, fruit, flowers and incense are offered to god.
Worship at home
The majority of Hindu homes have a shrine where offerings are made and prayers are said.
A shrine can be anything: a room, a small altar or simply pictures or statues of the deity.
Family members often worship together. Rituals should strictly speaking be performed three times a day. Some Hindus, but not all, worship wearing the sacred thread (over the left shoulder and hanging to the right hip). This is cotton for the Brahmin (priest), hemp for the Kshatriya (ruler) and wool for the vaishya (merchants).
At the temple for a festival Temple worship
At a Hindu temple, different parts of the building have a different spiritual or symbolic meaning.
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jacquest (18927) 2011-10-26 3:47
Another nice image of daily activity. The clothes of the people makes this image very colorful with remarqeuable sharpness.
Have a nice day
rodgerg (55767) 2011-10-26 4:00
Excellent framing for the presentation of this well coloured scene of family. The vived colors, well colected, arise very well in the BG. You have too very well collected the attitudes of the differents peoples especially the young boy in yellow.
DjoleEric (0) 2011-10-26 4:19
Beautiful pictures with good contrast and nice boajam.
peppe59 (14555) 2011-10-26 4:28
image very attractive and interesting, you have caught the moment.
Excellent quality and light.
bayno (18344) 2011-10-26 4:34
Dear Lakshmi, I know that Ganesh is the god favored by merchants, beautiful image that makes us understand the strong religious belief in India, good color and good management of light, not easy on this occasion, warm regards, Valter
Sergiom (81847) 2011-10-26 5:18
Ce qui frappe dans cette image ce sont les vętements. L'homme et les enfants sont ŕ la moderne et les femmes conservent les vętements traditionnels.C'est un peu partout pareil.
snunney (100816) 2011-10-26 5:27
An interesting and informative composition of this family group at their devotions. The sculptured columns make a very attractive frame. A well presented with good colour contrasts and clarity.
pajaran (61906) 2011-10-26 9:29
VRlo interesantan i dobar tekst o jednoj kulturi i obicaju ...
Dobar trenutak snimka ljudi i dece koji se mole, lepa fotografija.
Dobar ostrina snimka i kontrast, lep boje.
Imajte lep dan i vreme.
Very interesting and good article about a culture and visit ...
A good time recording the people and children who pray, beautiful images.
Good length and severity contrast, beautiful color.
Have a nice day and time.
All the best.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-10-26 12:02
a beautiful daily life photo with splendid architectural details, the composition is attractive, superb shot, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
Fis2 (99766) 2011-10-26 12:24
A very interesting scene.
Good frame and colours.
wolf38 (31296) 2011-10-26 22:11
Hi lakshmi. A beautiful scene everyday living. Wonderful colors. Well seen and presented. Rgds wolfgang.
baddori (20151) 2011-10-26 22:16
Grande nitidezza in un contesto di meditazione .
josepmarin (58359) 2011-10-27 0:19
in this photo you caught a scene of the familiar worship to an icon or an idol that we cannot see, which is placed inside the niche in a wall.
The image is colorful because of the vivid colors of the clothes of these persons, which creates a nice contrast with the most neutral tones of the walls of the temple.
It is a good work, which shows us the daily life and the traditions of the country, in a vital and spontaneous composition.
saxo042 (37900) 2011-10-27 0:49
The people here provide many beautiful colours. The temple show us interesting details. A very good combination of the past and the present.
ikeharel (72955) 2011-10-27 3:00
Good light management Lakshmi, and fine contrast blue and pink dresses from the surrounding wall in brown.
patdeph (35748) 2011-10-27 7:23
beautiful scene of people praying in the temple,where I find the colors really splendid.
jmdias (65119) 2011-11-16 5:57
very informative note and photo. excellent control of the light, we can see every detail and you got to catch the exact moment. nice job.