It is the second half of the ritual, where these men stand facing the holy river Ganges at Dasaswamedh Ghat, and do the Aarti.
Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the most important Ghats of Varanasi. Dasaswamedh literally means the Ghat where ten horses were Sacrificed. According to legends ten horses were sacrificed by Lord Brahma to allow Lord Shiva to return from a period of banishment. The Ghat was renovated by Bajirao Peshava I in 1740 AD and later by the Queen of Indore, the princess Ahilyabai Holkar in 1774.
Aarti or arathi, aarthi (from the Sanskrit word "आरात्रिक" ) is a Hindu ritual of worship, a part of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities. Aarti is generally performed one to five times daily, and usually at the end of a puja or bhajan session. It is performed during almost all Hindu ceremonies and occasions. It involves the circulating of an 'Aarti plate' or 'Aarti lamp' around a person or deity and is generally accompanied by the singing of songs in praise of that deva (God) or person (many versions exist). In doing so, the plate or lamp is supposed to acquire the power of the deity.
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Fis2 (88857) 2013-10-28 13:09
good reportage photo.
I like frame and superb colors.
Silvio1953 (128479) 2013-10-28 14:17
Ciao Arunava, fascinating nocturne shoot, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (26635) 2013-10-29 1:21
A great share of this festival, again capturing the sensation of celebration, festivity and excitement from the moment. I love that this scene is presented so well against the beautiful architecture in the background too. I found a website sharing information about the Diwali festivities in Dublin this weekend too, I am hoping to go along and try to capture some images of that celebration, your shots here have inspired me to try and see more festivals!
All the best
holmertz (43767) 2013-10-29 3:41
Although this is very similar to the previous photo it shows a wider perspective and there is more light, so the effect is quite different. The diagonals are still strong, which benefits the composition, but we also see more of the immediate surroundings. This is another highly interesting photo.
snunney (88421) 2013-10-29 5:29
A fine capture of this night time ritual. The point of view shows the 'action' to good effect, helped by the good light management. I like the warm colours and fine rendering of the detail in the costumes.
Graal (99506) 2013-10-29 12:10
interesting presentation of unusual ceremony. Good shot and caught moment. Good informations and photo-work.
Have a nice evening.
jhm (142900) 2013-11-07 4:47
This type pictures are always very difficult for take, you did the wonderful.
Enlightenment and colours together this subject are pleasant to look at.
Pleasant colours and sharpness.
Excellent captured, nice composition.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
onphoto (1239) 2013-11-17 8:51
Very interesting image with helpful description! Varanasi as always well shot. Did you try to make that image B/W?
ikeharel (61523) 2013-11-18 2:03
Marvelous photo show a ceramony on night time, Arunava.
The youngsters held torchs in tandem, while ladies watch from the back, and tourists taking photos.
"Busy" scene, well collected and fine camera set.
- Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) (2255)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-13
- Categories: Festivals, Ceremony, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Banaras or Varanasi - the Eternal City [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-28 13:06