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Shot taken during the Sitala Puja in Kolkata, West Bengal. The devotee performing 'Dondi' with her baby for fulfillment of personal wishes by the almighty. It's a very ancient tradition that's meant to ask for the blessing of the Hindu goddess Shitala and give thanks to her. The experience is very intense. Everyone participating begins by going into the Holy Ganges River. When they emerge they lie face down on the pavement along the path that leads to the temple of Shitala. Then they get up, walk a few feet, and lie face down again.
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||Nov. 30, 2017, 12:42 p.m.