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Faith in Fire

This is a Hindu ritual which happens various places in west Bengal India. The name of the ritual in ‘Dhuno Pora’. Dhuno Pora is a tradition that is followed during the Mohisashur Mardini Puja. The vowed woman sits in front of the idol, legs folded and hands rested on the knees. Then she is draped with pieces of dripping wet cotton cloth, from head to toe. Three malshas(Clay Pot) are placed, one each on the head and the two hands atop lumps of wet mud. The malsha s have a fire burning with the help of jute sticks and solid dhuno (frankincense). Then comes the toughest part, a man expert in this trade comes forward with a bowl full of finely powdered dhuno(frankincense). They take a handfull of the powder and throw some in to ignite the flame a little more. Dhuno being a highly inflamable substance widens the fire quickly, and it is then when he throws the rest of the powder towards the sky, which produces an immense flame seen in the pictures.

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Date Taken: 04.2017
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