During the Durga Puja fruits of various kind are offered to the Mother Goddess. After the rituals are over the fruits are first distributed among the devotees who hold fast as 'Prasad'. In its material sense, 'prasad' is created by a process of giving and receiving between a human devotee and the divine god. For example, a devotee makes an offering of a material substance such as flowers, fruits, or sweets — which is called 'naivedya'. The belief is that the deity then 'enjoys' or tastes a bit of the offering, which is then temporarily known as 'bhogya'. This now-divinely invested substance is called 'prasad' and is received by the devotee to be ingested, worn, etc. It may be the same material that was originally offered or material offered by others and then re-distributed to other devotees. In many temples, several kinds of prasad (e.g., nuts, sweets, fruits) are distributed to the devotees.
These poor village children do not understand all the fine points of the religious practise, they just want some fruits and sweets which they hardly get to enjoy.
Shot taken during Durga Puja festival at my ancestral home in a village in the district of Burdwan, West Bengal. However busy I am I make it a point to spend the Durga Puja days at my ancestral village.
In the WS you can have a look at the various fruits and sweets offered to the Goddess.
Thanks for having a look.
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photographer_sg (4412) 2014-03-08 1:15
that is a beautiful picture with all the innocent children photographed at a perfect moment. The difficult times that we live in have robbed most urban children of such simple pleasures. It brings back so many memories.
Thanks for sharing and have a great Sunday.
jhm (148772) 2014-03-08 1:24
All these hands together gives a very nice image.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
A nice composition, perfect captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Indrasish (2939) 2014-03-08 1:58
Dear Subho Da,
Excellent shot once again by you.. I like the shooting angle.. Superb composition with this Bramhin and the little children.. And also the frame is perfectly balanced.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. Very well done dada..
Good afternoon and wish you all the best..
PS:- Golap ta Premika kei dite hbe onno kau k dile mar r mati te porbe na.. :)
williewhistler (16193) 2014-03-08 2:14
now that is a very well chosen view point,the childrens arms and hands radiating out make a very interesting pattern and give the photo lots of drama.
You have handled the subject ever so well creating a fine photograph with many details and a great deal of charm.
Kind regards Les.
Fis2 (93889) 2014-03-08 6:12
Curious POV and composition.
I like this daily life shot.
Have a nice evening
Noel_Byrne (29235) 2014-03-08 6:41
I have no idea how you got this angle, but I applaud it, as its created a fascinating image. All those hands reaching out to share, and the note gives me a beautiful idea what this festival means, and the sharing takes on an even greater meaning in knowing that. Your workshop is a wonderful compliment too, full of life and color. Thanks for a very informative capture and note!
All the best
holmertz (49004) 2014-03-08 7:53
This is a lovely shot from a good POV showing all the small hands stretched towards the man handing out the sweets. Although we don't really see the children's faces, their eagerness is beyond any doubt. It's a simple but clever photo with a lot of charm.
subhendu_bagchi (26085) 2014-03-08 8:09
Wow! Superb composition here with those little hands stretched towards to get some 'prasad'. I like the photo arrangement. Nicely composed with sharp details and fine depth. Excellent colour tone too. Nice one. Tfs.
Nicou (136236) 2014-03-08 8:25
que c'est beau et touchant tendre les mains pour obtenir des fruits quelle vue de haut en bas quelle couleur et scène superbe.
siudzi (34141) 2014-03-08 8:40
Wow! What a stunning shot! The scene seen from the high POV looks extremely unique and interesting in my opinion. Perfectly executed DOF, exposure and saturation created a fantastic result. Bravo! Excellent one!
Cricri (115557) 2014-03-08 10:51
Belle image et scène de ces enfants tendant les mains pour avoir des sucreries, tout bon cadrage, lumière et DOF, belle image complémentaire en WS
Silvio1953 (136797) 2014-03-08 12:12
Ciao Subho, lovely composition with a lot of cute boys, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
mcmtanyel (19759) 2014-03-08 12:42
This is a very colorful photo of a ceremony. I like the selective focus and the interesting POV.
adramad (43153) 2014-03-08 18:11
A stunning composition of everyday life, in this case with the picture of this ritual, gorgeous captured the moment .... with all those children offering their hands to pick up a portion of the offerings, is a great image of story ...
Perfect management of both luminosity and excellent sharpness.
Well done. I love the picture.
Enjoy the weekend.
shreya2000 (2143) 2014-03-08 21:37
Dear Mr. Subho,
Very good daily life scene on the temples of India. I like the angle of the photo taken by you. Colours and contrast is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
rychem (32297) 2014-03-08 22:00
I like your POV, simply great, this is a perfect photo taken in the right moment, very well done
mirosu (15984) 2014-03-09 1:56
Beautiful photo in superb light, excellent clarity. The bird view of this children group is excellent. Perfect focusing, nice tight framing.
Very well done.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-09 4:38
a delicate and beautiful image this. Love the patience that these children seem to be showing and also their innocence. Lots of wonderful sharp detail and an original image from this festival. Spellbinding!
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-03-09 12:08
an impressive photo with spectacular composition and superb details, the timing is excellent. Suggestive photo work,
COSTANTINO (62697) 2014-03-09 15:04
all your useful notes explain in the best way
what during Durga Puja happens
thanks for sharing your thoughts with us
verywell chosen point of view
the arms and the hands of the children
create a beautiful atmosphere and picture
Graal (101738) 2014-03-10 0:26
good shot! Fine caught moment and scene. Good high POV you had. Well done photos - here and in WS.
Have a nice week.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-10 1:35
This is worth a million.
What struck me in this photo are the hands. Some of them paired, others single. What does it signify? Just the hint of natural greed, or reverence too. Will be hard to tell.
danos (94310) 2014-03-10 2:51
nice the snapshot from Durga Puja festival,with the children to laid out their hands to take some fruits from the dish on the table.I like the timing of the shot as the excellent light and colour management of the scene.Well done.
Oceania (5202) 2014-03-10 6:34
I like the angle you took this picture. The composition is also very nice. Your note is quite informative. Thanks for sharing.
PaulVDV (26704) 2014-03-10 12:43
I like both pictures very much.
The dishes with the offerings are really beautifully composed with the different colours of the fruit.
And the main picture is excellently composed by you with the children gathered around the table and all hands stretched out in the same direction.
You found a very good high POV so nobody was aware that you were photographing them.
Wonderful daily life-picture.
Best regards, Paul
fabbs99 (17129) 2014-03-11 21:53
Fascinating composition of the purohit distributing prasad.Great POV and good composition.Excellent composition,good presentation too. Very well done, TFS.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-03-11 22:51
Super photo of this interesting scene which you describe so well in your note.
Great colours, it appears you were above them, perhaps hanging out of a window.
Well managed, Tfs,
willperrett (9401) 2014-03-14 1:23
Unusual viewpoint for this shot, and it works very well, concentrating our eyes not on faces and personalities, but on those outstretched supplicant hands. The hands are indeed eloquent and moving: I find the photograph has a genuine emotional charge. Thanks for sharing, and sorry I missed it when you first posted it!
delpeoples (56726) 2014-03-25 18:58
Namaskar dear Subho
Like a scene from the movie Oliver, "can I have more please, sir?"
A wonderful high POV, with all the reaching arms and vivid colours making a fine graphism. Good sharpness and another interesting facet of daily life in your country.
- Copyright: Subho Banerjee (Subhogen) (4067)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-24
- Categories: Festivals, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Birds Eye [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-08 0:59