Got this frame at the ghat of river Ganges, at the morning (actually it was the time when the Sun is yet to come) of chhat puja.
Chhath, also called
Dala Chhath, is an ancient Hindu
festival dedicated to Surya, the
Hindu Sun God, Surya, also
known as Surya Shashti. The
Chhath Puja is performed in
order to thank Surya for
sustaining life on earth and to
request the granting of certain
wishes. The Sun, considered the
god of energy and of the life-
force, is worshiped during the
Chhath fesival to promote well-
being,prosperity and progress.
In Hindu mythology, Sun worship
is believed to help cure a variety
of diseases, including leprosy,
and helps ensure the longevity
and prosperity of family
members, friends, and elders.
The rituals of the festival are
rigorous and are observed over
a period of four days. They
include holy bathing, fasting and
abstaining from drinking water
(Vratta), standing in water for
long periods of time, and
prashad (prayer offerings) and
aragh to the setting and rising
In this frame you can see some
devotees in the sacred river
Ganges. After the holy deep one
of them is prayering something
to the god 'Sun'. I like this
colourful frame for the
arrangement of colours. Hope
you'll enjoy it.
Critiques | Translate
annjackman (15487) 2010-12-22 23:46
Thankyou so much for showing something so interesting and colourful. There is good detail such as the gold pattern on the clothes. There is rather a lot of white sky and wonder whether possibly a little crop could help to balance it. I enjoy this image a great deal. TFS.
snunney (72604) 2010-12-23 4:43
A thought provoking composition of these ladies at prayer. I like the colours to be seen in the clothing and the offerings with the twinkling candles. Like Ann, I would be inclined to crop most of the sky to just above the heads.
kordinator (14795) 2010-12-23 4:46
Wonderful group portrait.
Nicely dressed girls.
Interesting is the ritual scene.
Beautiful colorful moment you captured.
It is all well composed and presented.
danos (78040) 2010-12-23 6:33
nice the view from these women as are ready to invite with their presents the coming day ,at the bank of the sacred river.A well reportage shot of the daily life of Gages.
peppe59 (14551) 2010-12-23 7:44
beautiful photo of daily life and traditions. Optimal quality
ciakgiak (30379) 2010-12-23 14:18
spectacular scene, you captured a very exciting moment with a perfect timing end a great quality. The colors and the lights are really superb.
Congratulations and TFS.
jhm (127907) 2010-12-24 4:00
The three women of which I think one woman get a baby.
Composition and presentation are pleasant for look at.
Very well done,TFS.
mauro61 (52545) 2010-12-25 2:36
un'altra immagine ben composta in cui rtacconti di questi rituali.
Inquadratura piena e ottima luce.
Angshu (52890) 2010-12-26 21:06
Bhalo hoyechhe! The offerings in the FG leads us to the subjects...the ladies! Exposure is good on the flames. if only the girl on the left was not hidden behind the sugarcanes...but a good work!
batalay (33377) 2010-12-28 10:54
This is one of the finest shots I've seen on Trekearth lately. The exotic nature of the subject, the composition, the colors, the exposure all collaborate to make this a memorable photo.
I wish you a Happy New Year,
BWJ (3022) 2010-12-29 18:09
This is a beautiful photo. I like very much the vivid colors in the foreground and the women's lovely clothing. Your note is informative and explains the scene well. You also captured nicely the serious atmosphere of this ritual. It is a very successful shot!
JCG (35129) 2010-12-31 10:24
Much meditation on this photograph. A beautiful catch of sight at this time of intimacy with this coloured foreground. Good management of the ambient lights. Well done Subhendu.
With all my friendships of Brittany and I wish you, like with all your family, an happy new year 2011,
abmdsudi (32471) 2011-01-01 6:53
I just love the colouful varieties. A fine set and what a wonderful lighted fire. Excellent captures, I especially like the earnest expressions on the faces and the feel of calm moment. Superb detail, beautiful lighting and composition. Well done. TFS
Best wishes for 2011
pablominto (53744) 2011-01-09 7:30
Interesting social interaction, where we have to read the words from the ladies faces..!
Lovely colour palette and a fine composition, where the foreground creates fine depth...
A good documentary of the festival!
- Copyright: Subhendu Bagchi (subhendu_bagchi) (20976)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-13
- Categories: Daily Life, Festivals, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5600
- Exposure: f/3.0
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Chhath Puja - A Hindu ritual [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-12-22 17:17