arrow left arrow right
photo contest slideshow
Sunset over the bridge
The Plymouth Poppy Wave
The Nightlights
Ijen Volcano
The Rock
Beautiful Day
Butterfly
Ijen Volcano
Prayer
Pigeons
Sea of faith
Sea of faith
Frozen Trees
Perkov with grapes
Woodsmen haul their last load of the day
Surya-Pujan
Accordion player, Kolcejevo, Serbia
Ingoman, Monastery Koana, Serbia
A priest presents the loaf for veneration
When the sun awakens Bromo
Indpendence Day water fight
Mid summer cattle branding in Big Hole, Montana
Rainstorm over US 93, Lost River Valley, Idaho
15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Sea of faith

Hindu women offer prayers as the sun sets over the Arabian Sea during Chhath Puja festival in Mumbai. Chhath is an ancient Hindu Vedic festival historically native to the Madhesh province and Mithila region of Nepal and Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh states of India.The Chhath Puja is dedicated to the Sun and his wife Usha in order to thank them for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes. Chhath does not involve any idol worship.This festival is observed by Nepalese and Indian people, along with their diaspora.While it is a Hindu festival, some Muslims also celebrate Chhath.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 offering prasad (prayer offerings) and arghya to the setting and rising sun. Some devotees also perform a prostration march as they head for the river banks.

TAGS: India, Indiana

photographer avatar
Mumbai , India, India
Member since 2017
Photo Information
Copyright:
© Shanth Kumar SL.
All rights reserved.
Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 10.2017
Total Views: 45
Filed Under: People
Camera Information
Date Uploaded: Nov. 11, 2017, 4:10 a.m.
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D750
Focal Length: 24mm
Shutter Speed: 1/8
Aperture: f22
Report This
SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE COLLECTIONS
PHOTO LOCATION Mumbai , India, India