Travel Photography Photos tagged as hindu
I attended my friend Sumi's wedding in Nilambur this year. The Hindu wedding takes place on a stage at the front of a huge hall which is filled completely. Much payasam is consumed, fed to each of the happy couple by numerous family members as a blessing, amongst many other rituals to seal their marital bond. The stage is also rammed with photographers and videographers galore, all with studio flash setups and what looked like builders lamps for the videographers, which between them meant that the thousands of people watching in the hall didn't see all that much - they were highly intrusive, but all normal procedure it would seem. These coconut oil lamps that ran across the whole of the front of the stage provided an element of serenity to the proceedings. After the ceremony, the guests from the hall are allowed into the dining area - everyone is fed a traditional meal called Sadya, a variety of vegetarian preparations with rice, papadums, savouryu dried banan chips, salt-filled dried chillies, yoghurt, rasam (a type of soup), and payasam for dessert. It's delicious, and a favourite of most Hindus in the area, but I wasn't prepared for the cattle run when the door was opened, middle-aged women in beautiful saris who normally carry themselves with such stately calm were pushing others out of the way and climbing over each other to get through the door and get a good seat, and with about a thousand per sitting, you can imagine how that goes. I tried to get a shot, but was barged out of the way by the aforementioned ladies before I could get a shot I was happy with. I prefer to remember the calmer moments anyway.
Just after 5am on the banks of the Ganges this little awning is filled with people awaiting blessings from the self styled representative of one of the myriad Hindu deities
Sunset is one of the most auspicious times to bathe in the Ganges. Especially if it is at the time of the great Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad
The ruins of this temple of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu is situated 29 km from Srinagar in Kashmir. The Shrine of Awantipura has been erected amidst the lush green valleys of Jammu & Kashmir in India by Emperor Avantivarman who ruled over the Jammu & Kashmir region during the 9th Century AD. Archiologists have gathered artifacts from Indus river civilisation which indicate that Hinduism dates back to 7000 BC.
In Hindu religion, Goddess Duga happens to be married to Lord Shiva. Worshiping of Goddess Durga is the largest celebration in the state of West Bengal in India which goes on for 4 days each year. At the end of the 4th day, Goddess Durga is supposed to be returning back. For Hindu women, marks of red powder (Sindoor) on their fore-head resemble that they are married and this is considered to be sacered by the religion. When Goddess Durga returns home after 4 days on Earth, every married woman bid farewell to the Goddess by putting this red powder (Sindoor) on Her forehead, wishing her a long married lifem as they invite her back to Earth next year. This occasion has now become a part of this huge celebration for all. In this photo one finds an American lady dancing with the crowd smeared with the red powder (Sindoor) ... Such is the spirit created during this Celebration .. This photograph was taken by me on 24th October 2012 ...
Inside the Hindu Temple at Ellora
Largest monolithic cave temple in world
The girls outside Hindu temple at Ellora
I must admit I was a bit scared by this Sadhu although he seemed friendly enough
"Holi" is one of the major Hindu festivals of India and is the most vibrant of all. The joys of Holi knows no bound. Holi is a festival of colours, when people all around smear each other with various shades of colour, as a mark to offer "Thanksgiving" for good harvest. Holi usually falls on March every year. This photo was taken at the time of "Holi" in March 2012 ..
Holi is a festival that is usually celebrated right after winters. It is celebrated in the month of March-April. The dates vary every year due to the fact that the Hindu calendar is based on solar cycles. This is a colorful festival celebrated with much joy and fervor all over northern India.